Well. I made a bowazon. Faith GMB, Merc with Last Wish. Gores, Raven, Cat's eye, Torch, etc. She is terrible. She is struggling with killing the monsters in RoF, and she can barely make it to CS. And if she does, she dies as soon as she get struck by elemental damage. Seriously, with all this godly gear - that very few can afford - she is still that bad? I maxed pierce, critical strike, etc. I used mulitshot but I tried strafe as well, strafe does slightly more damage (still far from even remotely satisfying) but suffered from poor killing speed. She even had troubles running cows... What is wrong? I've seen Amazons clearing the cowlevel quickly, like 1 multishot, all the cows just dropped to the ground. That was what I was expecting, but I got disappointed.
Use fort instead of treachery. If you're using strafe, you don't need a lot of ias to reach a reasonable BP. The 120 BP (or whatever it is) is graphical and doesn't actually improve your speed. You should also use highlord's, imo. You can put a faith on an A1 merc if you prefer fanat, as well.
#1. Id swap your Valkyrie wings, for either a 2os "Giant Skull" or a Andariels Visage. Or the very rare 30frw/3os or 20frw/3os magic Circlet.
GS "lvl 65/106str req" - Knockback, str for gear, 2os(read 2x 30max jwls), crushing blow, nice defense.
Andyface "lvl 83/102str req" - Lifesteal, IAS, str for gear. Can have 1 socket only.
#2. Cats eye. If you can/want to sacrifice the dex/frw for more dmg, you can always use highlords(Deadlystrike+IAS) or Atmas(%chance to cast Amplify Damage on strike)
#3. Treachery. Well.. Fade is nice, and the IAS is unbeatable. Dex is good too... But do you really think its the best armor for a Bowzon?
There are several other choices.
I like the runeword Fortitude. +300% enhanced dmg, huge defense bonuses with Chilling armor on struck. And life! And on top of that even some @res!
Another, cheaper alternative would be the Duress runeword. Fhr/enhanced dmg/crushing blow!/open wounds!!/ nice resists.
#4. Razortail is a very popular belt, but not that expensive. Id go for that! dex/dmg/pierce! (To get that +100% pierce is a must sometimes!)
Or use Nosferatus Coil, IAS/lifesteal/str.
#5. Gore riders works. But try either Sandstorm trek for the stats/fhr. Or Waterwalk dex/life. They work too, but Gores is nice aswell.
#6. Rare gloves with dual leech/IAS/Dex is the best! Ive got a 20IAS/knockback glove. Crafted ofc, but thats insanely rare so I dont recommend getting that at all.. especially not if you already got knockback from Windforce or Giant Skull.
Manasteal is very important to be able to spam Multishot. If you prefer strafe, lifesteal could be more important.
Id aim for the gloves last, so youll know if you need the 20ias. otherwise you can get some with resists aswell!
There arent any real good unique gloves for this class though, but LoH(Laying of Hands) is a very good pair for any PHdmg dealer!
20IAS/+50Fire resist aaaand.. +350% dmg to demons!!!!
Which is insane!
At least a third of your enemies would be demons, iirc. And all act bosses are demons! (it does indeed work after all ed/+max dmg has been calculated. so youll do +350% dmg as your char screen shows to demons.)
#7. Id get a dual leech ring. They dont need to be fancy, but life/mana steal will be your main goal for your rings. Ravens CBF is a must though. So aim for a high ar raven! 1dex = 5ar remember that!
#8. High stat anni+torch is important, dont mind the resists at first!
#9. The aura from an Act2 merc will aid you more. Mercs arent 100% necessary for this class, but if you want one, Id get a A2 merc using either holyfreeze or might. And get him tanky gear! Stone runeword works very well here, if you get some decent eth high str armor.
Stats!! Ive got enough str for gear, about 0 vita and 0 energy.
I can survive 2 hits, the third will kill me. But with knockback >90% chance to hit, lifesteal and some frw, I dont need more then the life Ill get from the gear! combined with a decent cta+crap spirit on switch.
+400 dex makes you a full offensive character. Why go life when you dont want to get hit anyway?
If you want to get hit you wouldnt go for this build at all.
I dont remember my dmg atm, but Ill get back to you about that later today!
For charms, Id save every resist/dmg charm I could lay my hands on. But only fire/light. Ignore the other two entirely.