Phoebe, the Hammerzon

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Phoebe, the Hammerzon


Introduction
There's always been a lot of meme'ing and jokes about the Hammer of Zerae skill in Median XL. Yes, the skill is kind of clunky for the way that MXL speeds and mechanics work, but with some adjustment and learning how to position, it's a really viable build. For those of you miss your old hammerdins in D2, I give you a character who laughed at a paladin's spinning magic hammer and buried it in the past. Lightning hammers are the new cool thing.

*** Disclaimer ***
This guide in its current state will be acting as a miniguide so that players can have something to reference and guide them through gearing and building a character. It will become a full guide in the future with shiny pictures, videos, and uber mechanics explained as needed. ***




Pros
-Mega tank from leech, block, defense, and physical resist.
-Massive physical damage potential in the Hammer of Zerae skill.
-TUs to clear most content? Yes.
-Ability to switch between melee, ranged, and kiting playstyle.
-"You liked hammerdin in vanilla D2? We made it cooler." -Marco

Cons
-Hammerdin playstyle from vanilla D2? Clunky in the nature of MXL's speed and mechanics (but it still works, so this can be ignored).
-Early game may take a lot of Arcane Crystal farming (but this gear is enough for most early, mid, and some endgame charms, so it's fine)



Utilized Skills and Descriptions


Storm

Thundercrack
110% WDM, 30% Phys --> Lightning Conversion (30% of your physical damage becomes lightning damage)
Melee attack that shoots lightning bolts at nearby enemies. Also acts as a synergy for defense to Asterism.

Stormcall
Physical/Lightning Spell
We don't focus on spell damage, so this skill is just a pre-requisite.

Hammer of Zerae
150% WDM
Main skill! Launches a spiraling lightning hammer that also multi-hits as it passes through the enemies.

Asterism
Passive - Storm Devotion
Locks you into the storm class - gives % defense, max damage, and lightning pierce.

Magnetic Field
60% WDM, 100% Phys --> Lightning Conversion (All of your physical damage becomes lightning damage)
Smalll AoE square of lightning bolts that massively multihits.



Neutral Tree

Wild and Free
Passive
Gives you faster move speed and hit recovery.

Fire Elementals
Summon
Fire elementals that carry your Defensive Harmony passive, so anything that hits them will also get slowed.

Balance
Passive
Gives your character a ton of flat defense, which scales really high with the defense from Asterism.

Ecstatic Frenzy
Active Damage Buff
Sets your defense to zero, makes you fast, gives you magic damage. We like to be tanky. Just a pre-requisite.

Defensive Harmony
Passive
Slows melee and ranged attackers



Reward Tree

Paragon
Passive
Gives you a ton of vitality per perfect gem socketed in your gear.

Spellbind
Debuff
Cast a curse on targets in front of you: Reduces enemy damage, physical resist, defense, and move speed.

War Spirit
Active Buff and Damage
Gives a large amount of crushing blow and automatically shoots spike novas when near enemies every couple seconds.



► List of Breakpoints thanks to Kendiggity





Early Game




Gear
Weapon:
Dreamswayer
Dreamswayer
War Scepter (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Dexterity: 64
One-Hand Damage: (13-15) to (21-26)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
4% Chance to cast level 8 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+1 to Amazon Skill Levels
15% Attack Speed
+(31 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (2 to 3)-(4 to 8) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 4-8 lightning damage
14% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 10%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 26
Required Dexterity: 98
One-Hand Damage: (32-37) to (48-58)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
8% Chance to cast level 16 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+(1 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
25% Attack Speed
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (7 to 9)-(13 to 19) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 15-30 lightning damage
16% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 30%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 44
Required Dexterity: 195
One-Hand Damage: (62-69) to (97-110)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
12% Chance to cast level 22 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+2 to Amazon Skill Levels
35% Attack Speed
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (14 to 17)-(27 to 33) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 60-120 lightning damage
18% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 50%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 54
Required Dexterity: 387
One-Hand Damage: (82-89) to (124-138)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
16% Chance to cast level 24 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+(2 to 3) to Amazon Skill Levels
40% Attack Speed
+(121 to 140)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (18 to 20)-(34 to 40) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 120-240 lightning damage
20% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 60%
Socketed (6)

: Every stat is good here for early game.
Shield:
Chargebreaker
Chargebreaker
Setzschild (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 12
Required Strength: 47
Defense: (492-573) to (969-1127)
Chance to Block: 4%
5% Chance to cast level 3 Guard Tower on Kill
+(16 to 25)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(11 to 15)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(35 to 57)% Enhanced Defense
(8 to 10)% to Strength
(8 to 10)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (3 to 5)
Physical Resist 5%
Total Character Defense (8 to 10)%
Socketed (1)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 30
Required Strength: 70
Defense: (1695-1902) to (3048-3418)
Chance to Block: 4%
6% Chance to cast level 9 Guard Tower on Kill
+(36 to 45)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(21 to 25)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(81 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
(14 to 16)% to Strength
(14 to 16)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (9 to 11)
Physical Resist 7%
Total Character Defense (14 to 16)%
Socketed (3)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 147
Defense: (4287-4723) to (7550-8319)
Chance to Block: 4%
7% Chance to cast level 15 Guard Tower on Kill
+(56 to 65)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(31 to 35)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(126 to 149)% Enhanced Defense
(20 to 22)% to Strength
(20 to 22)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (15 to 17)
Physical Resist 9%
Total Character Defense (20 to 22)%
Socketed (5)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 56
Required Strength: 305
Defense: (6416-6983) to (11272-12268)
Chance to Block: 4%
8% Chance to cast level 18 Guard Tower on Kill
+(66 to 75)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(36 to 40)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(149 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(23 to 25)% to Strength
(23 to 25)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (18 to 20)
Physical Resist 10%
Total Character Defense (23 to 25)%
Socketed (6)

: tl;dr this is op.
Armor:
Rebel
Rebel
Body Armor

'El'
Runeword Level: 11
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(6 to 10)%
+(12 to 23)% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
+20 to Dexterity
-10 to Vitality
-10 to Energy
Elemental Resists +(16 to 20)%
+1 to Light Radius
-->
Werecat
Werecat
Breast Plate (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 55
Defense: (203-233) to (370-422)
5% Chance to cast level 1 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
4% Life stolen per Hit
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 81
Defense: (622-700) to (1081-1207)
6% Chance to cast level 7 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
6% Life stolen per Hit
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(81 to 100) Defense
+(21 to 30) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 170
Defense: (1471-1608) to (2544-2777)
7% Chance to cast level 13 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per Hit
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(131 to 150) Defense
+(31 to 40) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 353
Defense: (2168-2349) to (3738-4046)
8% Chance to cast level 16 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per Hit
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(181 to 200) Defense
+(41 to 50) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 6%
Socketed (6)

: Phys res, attributes, weapon damage proc
Helm:
Titan's Burden
Titan's Burden
Spangenhelm (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 11
Required Strength: 81
Defense: (113-131) to (170-197)
4% Chance to cast level 3 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(35 to 57)% Enhanced Defense
(7 to 10)% to Strength
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (1)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 119
Defense: (401-450) to (562-631)
8% Chance to cast level 9 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(81 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
(15 to 18)% to Strength
Physical Resist 7%
Socketed (3)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 251
Defense: (1028-1132) to (1419-1563)
12% Chance to cast level 15 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(126 to 149)% Enhanced Defense
(23 to 26)% to Strength
Physical Resist 9%
Socketed (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 519
Defense: (1548-1685) to (2118-2306)
16% Chance to cast level 18 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(149 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(27 to 30)% to Strength
Physical Resist 10%
Socketed (4)

: Phys resist, crushing blow, weapon damage proc
Gloves:
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Defense: (28-30) to (49-54)
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Defense: (149-161) to (203-218)
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Defense: (393-420) to (519-554)
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Defense: (581-617) to (759-807)
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

: comfy attack rating, some dex, and attack speed
Belt:
Deadfall
Deadfall
Heavy Belt (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 63
Defense: (135-159) to (178-210)
1% Chance to cast level 2 Shower of Rocks on Kill
1% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 25) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
(3 to 5)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 92
Defense: (485-551) to (616-700)
2% Chance to cast level 4 Shower of Rocks on Kill
2% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 45) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
(9 to 11)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 195
Defense: (1270-1400) to (1595-1758)
3% Chance to cast level 8 Shower of Rocks on Kill
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+(56 to 65) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
(15 to 17)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 404
Defense: (1918-2095) to (2403-2626)
4% Chance to cast level 12 Shower of Rocks on Kill
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+(66 to 75) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
(18 to 20)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
Socketed (2)

: Crushing blow, strength, weapon damage proc
Boots:
Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 28
Defense: (27 to 39)
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.09375 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 41
Defense: (109 to 141)
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.15625 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 87
Defense: (248 to 310)
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.21875 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 179
Defense: (346 to 427)
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.25 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

: Strength and Dex, weapon damage proc, style points
Rings: Anything
Amulet: Anything

On Switch:
Weapons:
Koth's Lesson
Koth's Lesson
Mace (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 36
One-Hand Damage: (9-10) to (13-15)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
15% Chance to cast level 4 Bloodlust on Kill
+1 to All Skills
+(31 to 50)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Damage
+(111 to 170)% Damage to Undead
+(51 to 100) Defense
+(11 to 15) to Strength
Maximum Life (3 to 5)%
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 62
One-Hand Damage: (22-24) to (32-36)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
21% Chance to cast level 12 Bloodlust on Kill
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
+(71 to 90)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(71 to 90)% Enhanced Damage
+(231 to 290)% Damage to Undead
+(151 to 200) Defense
+(21 to 25) to Strength
Maximum Life (9 to 11)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 130
One-Hand Damage: (40-44) to (60-66)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
27% Chance to cast level 20 Bloodlust on Kill
+2 to All Skills
+(111 to 130)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
+(351 to 410)% Damage to Undead
+(251 to 300) Defense
+(31 to 35) to Strength
Maximum Life (15 to 17)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 261
One-Hand Damage: (55-60) to (80-87)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
30% Chance to cast level 24 Bloodlust on Kill
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
+(131 to 150)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(131 to 150)% Enhanced Damage
+(411 to 470)% Damage to Undead
+(301 to 350) Defense
+(36 to 40) to Strength
Maximum Life (18 to 20)%
Socketed (3)

: Bloodlust damage buff

► Notes, Sockets, and MOs



Stats
Strength: Enough for armors
Dexterity: Everything else
Vitality: None
Energy: None



Skillplan
Max: Thundercrack, Asterism, Balance
15-Point: Wild and Free, Defensive Harmony
1-Point: Magnetic Field, Hammer of Zerae



Gameplay
Really simple playstyle, but you have some options depending on how you want to play. Hammer of Zerae is by far your strongest skill and gives you good aoe coverage with instant leech to full when you hit mobs, but the damage spreads out a little slow because of the way it spirals around. Thundercrack is a good early leveling skill because of how far the lightning bolts seek out and pierce enemies to spread damage through entire mobs. Magnetic Field is more of a kiting playstyle and good for stacking a lot of hits quickly on monsters/bosses (disclaimer: for bosses that teleport when damaged, mag field will not be very effective because the boss will just instantly teleport away).

Pick and choose your style or combination of styles. I used all three depending on the situation I was coming up on. Use your Koth's Mace on switch to cast bloodlust to gain the extra physical damage buff, then go crazy and do Thor things.





Mid-Game




By this point, you should be well into the character's development, getting your lvl 90 Ultimate skill, Ennead skill, and Black Road skill as you progress through the Hell ubers and challenges.



Gear
Weapon:
Dreamswayer
Dreamswayer
War Scepter (4)

Required Level: 7
Required Dexterity: 64
One-Hand Damage: (13-15) to (21-26)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
4% Chance to cast level 8 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+1 to Amazon Skill Levels
15% Attack Speed
+(31 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (2 to 3)-(4 to 8) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 4-8 lightning damage
14% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 10%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 26
Required Dexterity: 98
One-Hand Damage: (32-37) to (48-58)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
8% Chance to cast level 16 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+(1 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
25% Attack Speed
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (7 to 9)-(13 to 19) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 15-30 lightning damage
16% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 30%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 44
Required Dexterity: 195
One-Hand Damage: (62-69) to (97-110)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
12% Chance to cast level 22 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+2 to Amazon Skill Levels
35% Attack Speed
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (14 to 17)-(27 to 33) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 60-120 lightning damage
18% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 50%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 54
Required Dexterity: 387
One-Hand Damage: (82-89) to (124-138)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
16% Chance to cast level 24 Nightmare on Melee Attack
+(2 to 3) to Amazon Skill Levels
40% Attack Speed
+(121 to 140)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (18 to 20)-(34 to 40) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
Adds 120-240 lightning damage
20% Life stolen per Hit
Total Character Defense 60%
Socketed (6)

or
Bane
Bane
Sceptres

'Lum'
Runeword Level: 37
5% Chance to cast level 7 Rust Storm on Melee Attack
20% Attack Speed
+(58 to 86)% Enhanced Damage
+(8 to 13) to Maximum Damage
(31 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
(0.0625 per level)% Chance of Crushing Blow (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to all Attributes
10% Magic Find
: this choice is up to you. I kept the TU because it held more gems for Paragon
Shield:
Chargebreaker
Chargebreaker
Setzschild (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 12
Required Strength: 47
Defense: (492-573) to (969-1127)
Chance to Block: 4%
5% Chance to cast level 3 Guard Tower on Kill
+(16 to 25)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(11 to 15)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(35 to 57)% Enhanced Defense
(8 to 10)% to Strength
(8 to 10)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (3 to 5)
Physical Resist 5%
Total Character Defense (8 to 10)%
Socketed (1)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 30
Required Strength: 70
Defense: (1695-1902) to (3048-3418)
Chance to Block: 4%
6% Chance to cast level 9 Guard Tower on Kill
+(36 to 45)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(21 to 25)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(81 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
(14 to 16)% to Strength
(14 to 16)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (9 to 11)
Physical Resist 7%
Total Character Defense (14 to 16)%
Socketed (3)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 147
Defense: (4287-4723) to (7550-8319)
Chance to Block: 4%
7% Chance to cast level 15 Guard Tower on Kill
+(56 to 65)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(31 to 35)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(126 to 149)% Enhanced Defense
(20 to 22)% to Strength
(20 to 22)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (15 to 17)
Physical Resist 9%
Total Character Defense (20 to 22)%
Socketed (5)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 56
Required Strength: 305
Defense: (6416-6983) to (11272-12268)
Chance to Block: 4%
8% Chance to cast level 18 Guard Tower on Kill
+(66 to 75)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(36 to 40)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
+(149 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(23 to 25)% to Strength
(23 to 25)% to Dexterity
Physical Damage Reduced by (18 to 20)
Physical Resist 10%
Total Character Defense (23 to 25)%
Socketed (6)

: its still op
Armor:
Werecat
Werecat
Breast Plate (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 55
Defense: (203-233) to (370-422)
5% Chance to cast level 1 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
4% Life stolen per Hit
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 81
Defense: (622-700) to (1081-1207)
6% Chance to cast level 7 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
6% Life stolen per Hit
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(81 to 100) Defense
+(21 to 30) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 170
Defense: (1471-1608) to (2544-2777)
7% Chance to cast level 13 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per Hit
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(131 to 150) Defense
+(31 to 40) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (5)

Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 353
Defense: (2168-2349) to (3738-4046)
8% Chance to cast level 16 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per Hit
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(181 to 200) Defense
+(41 to 50) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 6%
Socketed (6)

: still best possible option
Helm:
Titan's Burden
Titan's Burden
Spangenhelm (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 11
Required Strength: 81
Defense: (113-131) to (170-197)
4% Chance to cast level 3 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(35 to 57)% Enhanced Defense
(7 to 10)% to Strength
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (1)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 119
Defense: (401-450) to (562-631)
8% Chance to cast level 9 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(81 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
(15 to 18)% to Strength
Physical Resist 7%
Socketed (3)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 251
Defense: (1028-1132) to (1419-1563)
12% Chance to cast level 15 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(126 to 149)% Enhanced Defense
(23 to 26)% to Strength
Physical Resist 9%
Socketed (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 519
Defense: (1548-1685) to (2118-2306)
16% Chance to cast level 18 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(149 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(27 to 30)% to Strength
Physical Resist 10%
Socketed (4)

: still best possible option
Gloves:
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Defense: (28-30) to (49-54)
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Defense: (149-161) to (203-218)
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Defense: (393-420) to (519-554)
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Defense: (581-617) to (759-807)
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

--> Abandoned Craft or
Water
Water
Pantheon Set
Leather Gloves (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 304
Defense: (940-1175) to (954-1192)
+(100 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
(11 to 15)% to Strength
(11 to 15)% to Dexterity
Poison Resist +(31 to 50)%
(11 to 15)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
(13 to 19)% Gold Find
Requirements -33%
Socketed (4)

Belt: Honorific Greaves (Sacred): see MO's
Boots:
Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 28
Defense: (27 to 39)
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.09375 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 41
Defense: (109 to 141)
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.15625 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 87
Defense: (248 to 310)
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.21875 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 179
Defense: (346 to 427)
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(0.25 per level) to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

: Strength and Dex, weapon damage proc
Rings: 2x
Ring of Truth
Ring of Truth
Ring

Required Level: 20
15% Hit Recovery
25% Block Speed
(31 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
Total Character Defense (11 to 15)%
Slows Attacker by (3 to 5)%
+2 to Light Radius

or
Empyrean Band
Empyrean Band
Ring

Required Level: 40
1% Chance to cast level 7 Singularity on Kill
(3 to 5)% to All Attributes
Increase Maximum Life and Mana 10%
(5 to 15)% Gold Find


Amulet: Rare with +skills, life, flat physical resist

On Switch:
Weapon:
Koth's Lesson
Koth's Lesson
Mace (4)

Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 36
One-Hand Damage: (9-10) to (13-15)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
15% Chance to cast level 4 Bloodlust on Kill
+1 to All Skills
+(31 to 50)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Damage
+(111 to 170)% Damage to Undead
+(51 to 100) Defense
+(11 to 15) to Strength
Maximum Life (3 to 5)%
Socketed (1)

Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 62
One-Hand Damage: (22-24) to (32-36)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
21% Chance to cast level 12 Bloodlust on Kill
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
+(71 to 90)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(71 to 90)% Enhanced Damage
+(231 to 290)% Damage to Undead
+(151 to 200) Defense
+(21 to 25) to Strength
Maximum Life (9 to 11)%
Socketed (2)

Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 130
One-Hand Damage: (40-44) to (60-66)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
27% Chance to cast level 20 Bloodlust on Kill
+2 to All Skills
+(111 to 130)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
+(351 to 410)% Damage to Undead
+(251 to 300) Defense
+(31 to 35) to Strength
Maximum Life (15 to 17)%
Socketed (3)

Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 261
One-Hand Damage: (55-60) to (80-87)
Strength Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Strength)%
30% Chance to cast level 24 Bloodlust on Kill
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
+(131 to 150)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(131 to 150)% Enhanced Damage
+(411 to 470)% Damage to Undead
+(301 to 350) Defense
+(36 to 40) to Strength
Maximum Life (18 to 20)%
Socketed (3)

: Bloodlust damage buff
Shield:
Kodo
Kodo
Shields

'Ath'
Runeword Level: 90
5% Chance to cast level 8 Bloodlust on Kill
+(11 to 15)% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
-10% Hit Recovery
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
(11 to 20)% to Strength
(11 to 20)% to Vitality
: Bloodlust damage buff

► Notes, Sockets, and MOs



Stats
Strength: Enough for armors
Dexterity: Everything else
Vitality: None
Energy: None



Skillplan
Max: Thundercrack, Asterism, Balance, Paragon
10-Point: Wild and Free, Defensive Harmony
1-Point: Magnetic Field, Hammer of Zerae
Leftovers: Spellbind



Gameplay
Same as early game, except now, you have access to Spellbind. Use that for targets that move too quick for you or have high physical resistance. It helps a lot against bosses to manage the fight. You should also get Paragon by now, which explains why we socketed so many gems in our TU gear. This will give you a substantial amount of HP and you'll start to fall into the tankiness of the build.





End Game




By this point, you should have a fully developed character. This section aims at your optimized end-game hammerzon for damage, survivability, and versatility.



Gear
Weapon:
Legion
Legion
Scepter (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 404
One-Hand Damage: (147-178) to (221-268)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
20% Chance to cast level 10 Phalanx on Melee Attack
1% Base Block Chance
+(150 to 180)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (95 to 120)-(151 to 190) damage
+200% Damage to Undead
Adds 1-800 lightning damage
+(11 to 20) to Balance (Amazon Only)
Socketed (3)

-->
Battlemaiden
Battlemaiden
War Scepter (Sacred)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 494
One-Hand Damage: (120-174) to (370-456)
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (20/256 per Dexterity)%
+100% Bonus Lightning Damage to Thundercrack
40% Cast Speed
40% Attack Speed
+(150 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
Adds (25 to 60)-(240 to 300) damage
+50% Damage to Undead
(5 to 10)% Mana stolen per Hit
(5 to 10)% Life stolen per Hit
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(4 per level)% (Based on Character Level)
Maximum Fire Resist +4%
Socketed (6)

: just wow. the damage on this scepter
Shield:
Danmaku
Danmaku
Athulua's Hand (Sacred)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 349
Defense: (2657-3003) to (2861-3234)
Chance to Block: 5%
5% Chance to cast level 15 Javelin Nova on Kill
1% Chance to cast level 45 Fire Bolt Nova on Striking
15% Chance to cast level 5 Javelin on Striking
+(2 to 3) to Amazon Skill Levels
35% Attack Speed
25% Block Speed
1% Base Block Chance
Adds 15-25 damage
+(21 to 25)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
Socketed (4)

: 1% block, striking and kill weapon damage procs, always best in slot.
Armor:
Skin of Kabraxis
Skin of Kabraxis
Plate Mail (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 576
Defense: (5412-8968) to (6338-10357)
+300% Weapon Physical Damage if Wielding a Scepter
1% Chance to cast level 24 Pagan Rites on Kill
+1 to Scepter Mastery
+(100 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
(10 to 20)% to Dexterity
+(100 to 1000) Defense
Physical Resist 5%
Total Character Defense (10 to 100)%
Socketed (6)

: Massive damage boost while wearing a scepter, phys resist, defense
Helm:
Titan's Burden
Titan's Burden
Spangenhelm (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 11
Required Strength: 81
Defense: (113-131) to (170-197)
4% Chance to cast level 3 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(35 to 57)% Enhanced Defense
(7 to 10)% to Strength
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (1)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 119
Defense: (401-450) to (562-631)
8% Chance to cast level 9 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(81 to 103)% Enhanced Defense
(15 to 18)% to Strength
Physical Resist 7%
Socketed (3)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 251
Defense: (1028-1132) to (1419-1563)
12% Chance to cast level 15 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(126 to 149)% Enhanced Defense
(23 to 26)% to Strength
Physical Resist 9%
Socketed (4)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 519
Defense: (1548-1685) to (2118-2306)
16% Chance to cast level 18 Shower of Rocks on Melee Attack
Stun Attack
5% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(149 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
(27 to 30)% to Strength
Physical Resist 10%
Socketed (4)

: probably still the best option -- maybe
Helepolis
Helepolis
Spangenhelm (Sacred)

(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 606
Defense: (2894-3192) to (3206-3537)
+38 to Maximum Damage
10% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(7 to 12) to Guard Tower
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
(21 to 30)% to Strength
Physical Resist 20%
Total Character Defense (31 to 50)%
Socketed (4)

or
Shaheeda
Shaheeda
Amazon Helms

'Shaad'
Runeword Level: 100
1% Base Block Chance
Adds 13-38 damage
Adds 125-375 fire damage
(6 to 10)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(118 to 146)% Enhanced Defense
+75 to Dexterity

Gloves:
Dacana's Fist
Dacana's Fist
Chain Gloves (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 514
Defense: (515-1545) to (565-1695)
+(0 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+(-300 to 300) to Life
Elemental Resists +(-50 to 30)%
1% Reanimate as: Necrobot
+(-25 to 15)% to Experience Gained
(-100 to 60)% Gold Find
(-100 to 60)% Magic Find
Socketed (4)

-->
Rogue Foresight
Rogue Foresight
Heavy Gloves (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 484
Defense: (492 to 522)
+1 to All Skills
Adds 10-40 damage
5% Deadly Strike
+(3 to 9) to War Spirit
-10% to Strength
20% to Dexterity
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (4)

: Phys res, more dex, flat damage
Belt:
The Endless Loop
The Endless Loop
Light Belt (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 490
Defense: (1101 to 1143)
40% Combat Speeds
+(10 to 19) to Charged Strike
Slow Target 10%
+50 to all Attributes
+50 Life Regenerated per Second
+(0 to 1) Mana on Striking
Socketed (2)

: Cheap end-game option for slow target, attributes, and a lot of all speeds
Boots:
Wind Runner

Wind Runner
Boots

'EaEaEaEa'
Runeword Level: 100
+(0 to 1) to All Skills
35% Attack Speed
10% Movement Speed
Adds 37-70 damage
250% Bonus to Attack Rating
(10 to 15)% Life stolen per Hit
+(171 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
: %ar, flat damage, leech, op boots, and you can roll for high move speed.
Rings: 2x
Assur's Bane
Assur's Bane
Assur's Bane (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
+1 to All Skills
Adds 7-13 damage
+150% Damage to Undead
+1 to Purify
Increase Maximum Life and Mana 10%
+2 to Light Radius


Amulet: Rare

On Switch:
Weapon:
Qarak's Will
Qarak's Will
Giant Sword (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 480
One-Hand Damage: (150-163) to (233-246)
Two-Hand Damage: (206-225) to (285-305)
Strength Damage Bonus: (30/256 per Strength)%
10% Chance to cast level 36 Bloodlust on Kill
6% Chance to cast level 40 Pentagram on Melee Attack
15% Chance to cast level 34 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+250% Bonus Damage to Bloodlust
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 50-125 damage
Adds 167-334 fire damage
+(26 to 38)% to Fire Spell Damage
5% Reanimate as: Flesh Clan
+333 Life after each Kill
Socketed (4)

: Bloodlust damage buff

► Notes, Sockets, and MOs



Stats
Strength: Enough for armors
Dexterity: Everything else
Vitality: None
Energy: None



Skillplan
Max: Thundercrack, Asterism, Balance, War Spirit
10-Point: Wild and Free, Defensive Harmony
1-Point: Magnetic Field, Hammer of Zerae, Spellbind
Leftovers: Paragon



Gameplay
You've been playing the build for a while now. Now go... go far. Go throw your lightning hammers and be the queen of Zerae.





Credits and Closing Comments




thanks ben, seekers, thraxis, pat, and anni for letting me discover this build and carry you all to glory in duncraig and bremm. i am glad i was able to be useful this season.

Kendiggity for providing the speedcalc breakpoints

suchbalance, please don't kill my pretty hammergirl.




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As always nice guide buddy can't wait for the updates
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Loved the introduction and will definately try this one out :twisted:
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so you max Thundercrack or Hammer of zerae?
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Losfisk wrote:so you max Thundercrack or Hammer of zerae?


Thundercrack since it adds more TCD to your passive. Maxing Hammer of Zarae would only result in the mana cost ramping up too much.
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jasiunas wrote:Loved the introduction and will definately try this one out :twisted:


It should be quite a useful starter char. Can do really well with TUs once you adopt the style and targeting.

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Losfisk wrote:so you max Thundercrack or Hammer of zerae?


Thundercrack since it adds more TCD to your passive. Maxing Hammer of Zarae would only result in the mana cost ramping up too much.


To both of these, yes as Hecht said, Thundercrack gives 10% TCD to the Asterism passive per level. It's a huge bonus. Maxing Hammer of Zerae wouldn't be too bad on mana cost since leech anyways, but there's no reason to waste points there since the build is only concerned with the physical portion of it for the most part.
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Looks great, thanks for the guide Crash. I'll be re-speccing if my bloodzon doesn't work out or I get bored with it :mrgreen:
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I've just started one today and now you wrote this miniguide (: Thanks man. Item tags are not updated but i guess you know about that (:
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How is this build at farming? Or does it mostly excel at killing ubers a slow farm
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Kaltherion wrote:How is this build at farming? Or does it mostly excel at killing ubers a slow farm


At the core, its one of the best available builds for amazon farming. Pounce felt really dead to me and java is probably still good but I can't get into the playstyle and I don't like squishy chars.

I just went now and killed another Belial and Xazax. Xaz took about 45 seconds with a couple deaths cause I didn't bother prepping resist fully. Belial took a couple minutes but thats mostly because of how the fight is now and trying to find him in ratfink form to do damage.