Unless you're going to be running about in 8-player games on bnet or using /players x all the time, you could theoretically finish all of normal using just your normal attack and a good enough rare bow.
If you want to start slowly from pre-reqs, the way I always do it is critical strike -> fire arrow -> magic arrow -> inner sight for the level 1 skills, in order of descending usefulness. Of course, I like to have at least 1 point in every skill in bow and passive because no matter how poor you are, you'll eventually find some +skill items and even one point boosted by skills in penetrate and CS will result in more damage over time. (If you have a big damage bow, magic arrow and fire arrow's % conversion can also be a good backup if you run into physical immunes)
Investing in FA is a big style thing. Do you have a Windforce waiting for you so mana leech is not a problem? Or are you happy with your character emptying the mana bulb in a matter of seconds? (any decent zon with ~30ish IAS and high-level FA and the typical 200-500 mana can empty their mana pool within a minute without mana leech) Example: my zon can maintain strafe using mana leech alone, but FA empties her pool within 15 seconds or so at 9/3 or 10/3 (too lazy to find out what breakpoint she hits).
From personal experience, FA isn't a bad skill, it's just a more item- (or potion-) dependent one than some others (like lightning fury) - you need either big mana leech or big damage, and a lot of pierce to make it work.
Hello, this is Helio. I made another acc because something was going funky.
Unfortunately, I have absolutely NOTHING stashed away or waiting with a friend. So, no mana- leech items.
I did the first few skills lind up the same way as you pretty much. Right now, I have 2 Pts invested in CS, 5 in MA, 1 in IS, and 1 in SM, 1 in Dodge, and the pre-reqs. In the future of my Bowazon,, I'd like to have my Valk maxed and taken care of, hopefully have at least a Slvl 15 Decoy, and I think that MA and Strafe will be my bread and butter for some bosses.
I'm THINKING I should get FA, because, from my past Bowazons, I ALWAYS invested in IA eventually. However, I'm thinking I should stay away from that on this char. I'm gonna try to go MA, GA, and Strafe in the end. Would FA be good in that combo?
MA, GA and Strafe all require a lot of damage and IAS from gear, so I think you'll find it tricky having both damage boosters and IAS gear together with the +skills you'll need to power FA up... besides, if you max 3 skills already (excluding valkyrie/decoy too) will you have enough left for FA's synergy? Sure, theoretically any character has 110 skill points available, but how many characters are there where you actually play past the early 80s or so?
Well, the guide I pointed you to is all about building a strong MA amazon which does not rely at all on mana leech so it is great for an untwinked bowazon.
If you have spare points, at least 1 in FA is fantastic to freeze groups solid, and the freeze length can be upped with charms.
Now..if you do have gear..anything from a Magewrath, to Lycanders, to Full M'avinas, all I can say that FA (given enough leech or potions) is fantastic. Nothing like spamming a maxed FA/maxed Synergy. Monsters just go down FAST.
But again..it all revolves around items..and to me, the fire tree is the most items dependend build..or maybe I am not the patient type. I think there is a reason why ppl play mostly Strafers, Frostmaidens and only very few play Firezons.
In my first .10 zon I tried going with the fire tree... Immolation arrow is damn nice, but the cast delay is horrid; I'd imagine that is what keeps most people away from the fire skill tree.
Anyhow yes, the non-elemental dmg skills are item dependent - gogo 3/xx/third mod sc's; my zon is full of them (and all found by myself). Here's the layout of my zon:
Str - 144
Dex - 329
Vit - 120
Eng - Base (unsure w/ +items)
8/9/20 30ed/8max/23FRes VampGaze (Possibly swap out for more ias to get 9/2 bp)
Wf 8% socketed with Shael - Demon Limb/Lidless on switch
Laying of Hands
250/19 RavenFrost - Dual Leech Rare Ring with other mods
8x 3/xx/3rd mod scs
8x 6/xx/3rd mod lcs
With MA she has approx 3.1k dmg w/o Might from merc
Strafe is hitting around 2.3-2.5k w/o merc
MS is around 2.1-2.2k
I'll have to confirm my posted dmg and i'll update accordingly.