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Call Down the Thunder


Storm Tree / Thunder Path Amazon
Last Updated for Median XL Sigma 2.3.3


Stormcall can't catch a break, can it? From 1.0 basically killing the build by making its main gimmick (bypassing immunity on a farming skill) irrelevant, to the most popular Amazon build when it got its shiny new single-target skill in 1.3, to an extremely unpopular build near the end of the 1.x patch cycle, getting reworked to a dexterity-scaling caster for a moment there in 2.0, it now has a new rework in 2.3.

And after all of those changes, it's pretty good now. The single target damage potential is extremely high, and though it has a few issues sustaining life and mana and is a bit glass-cannon, the reward for playing the build is good enough for it to hit the top of the ladder.

Now, this guide is a little different from most in that I will admit to have not actually played this version of the build yet. I've played it in XVc, 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, and 2.0... but not yet 2.3. Mea culpa. The build is straightforward and I thought it deserved an updated guide for newbies to follow along with the top of the ladder, since the previous guide hasn't been updated yet. Early and midgame choices are fairly obvious. Endgame isn't too hard to figure out, either, but a couple of details are interesting.

Community Showcases


MetalMusicMan vs 125-130 bosses and Scosglen (2.3)
huangyunshy vs Samael (2.3)
xion2091 vs Samael (2.3)

Breakpoints


Cast Speed: (8 fpa) 42 / 80 / 163 (6 fpa)
Hit Recovery: (5 fpa) 86 / 174 / 600 (3 fpa)
Block Speed: (6 fpa) 200 / 480 (5 fpa)
► Energy


Attributes


Strength for gear
Dexterity for gear; it's only 1100-1400 total for max block (50%) depending on your gear choices and character level, so you can pick it up if you want
Energy until mana sustain is comfortable (around 1500-2000 total in late game), and see breakpoints above
Remaining points into Vitality

Skills



Storm
25 Thundermaiden: 30 free pierce and lots of spell focus
30 Stormcall: scales damage of both itself and Askari Lightning
30 Askari Lightning: primary single target spell, keep at lower level while leveling for lower mana cost
7 Conductivity: Stormcall drops Askari Lightning on hit, dramatically increasing farming speed
5+ Discharge: permanent uptime of another 20 lightning pierce
0-7 Resistance: base block can be useful defensively but requires Dexterity investment

Divine
1+ Wild and Free: both the move speed and hit recovery bonuses have diminishing returns, but 5-10 points here is pretty solid
1 Balance: flat defense is OK with the Thundermaiden bonus, but less important than anything else we have
1 Ecstatic Frenzy: turn on while summoning Spirit of Vengeance to remove the reanimates
1+ Defensive Harmony: effectively reduces damage taken after resistances, and the slow is very nice for safety in farming areas (bosses are capped at 25% with 3 points in this skill). I think this skill is underrated, but it's not a top priority.

Mastery
10 Specialization: more skill levels more better
5 Chemistry: potions are the build's primary sustain
your choice for 3rd mastery, 3 Meditation / 10 Endurance

Reward
15 Spirit of Vengeance: huge spell damage bonus and lets you run jewels or runes in your sockets
1 Spellbind: useful debuff
10 War Spirit: 500 flat life is very good, and scales with any %life you may have

Early Gear


Weapon:
Prophecy
Prophecy
Scepters

'Ith'
Runeword Level: 18
+1 to All Skills
+(3 to 4) to Maximum Damage
+(10 to 26)% Enhanced Damage
+1 Life Regenerated per Second
Fire Resist +(21 to 40)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 40)%
Poison Length Reduced by (10 to 15)%
Attacker Takes Fire Damage of (21 to 25)
Attacker Takes Cold Damage of (21 to 25)
Voidstream
Voidstream
Grand Scepter (4)

One-Hand Damage: 6 to 7
Required Level: 4
Required Dexterity: 40
Item Level: 6
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Dexterity)%
+1 to Amazon Skill Levels
+1 to Paladin Skill Levels
5% Cast Speed
+50% Damage to Undead
+(6 to 8)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(6 to 8)% to Lightning Spell Damage
Slows Attacker by (3 to 5)%
Regenerate Mana +(21 to 25)%
Physical Damage Reduced by (3 to 5)
Socketed (1)
One-Hand Damage: 13 to 15
Required Level: 23
Required Dexterity: 67
Item Level: 25
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Dexterity)%
+2 to Amazon Skill Levels
+2 to Paladin Skill Levels
15% Cast Speed
+50% Damage to Undead
+(11 to 13)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(11 to 13)% to Lightning Spell Damage
Slows Attacker by (9 to 11)%
Regenerate Mana +(31 to 35)%
Physical Damage Reduced by (9 to 11)
Socketed (2)
One-Hand Damage: 20 to 30
Required Level: 41
Required Dexterity: 139
Item Level: 46
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Dexterity)%
+3 to Amazon Skill Levels
+3 to Paladin Skill Levels
25% Cast Speed
+50% Damage to Undead
+(16 to 18)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(16 to 18)% to Lightning Spell Damage
Slows Attacker by (15 to 17)%
Regenerate Mana +(41 to 45)%
Physical Damage Reduced by (15 to 17)
Socketed (3)
One-Hand Damage: 30 to 35
Required Level: 51
Required Dexterity: 279
Item Level: 80
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Dexterity)%
+4 to Amazon Skill Levels
+4 to Paladin Skill Levels
30% Cast Speed
+50% Damage to Undead
+(18 to 20)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(18 to 20)% to Lightning Spell Damage
Slows Attacker by (18 to 20)%
Regenerate Mana +(46 to 50)%
Physical Damage Reduced by (18 to 20)
Socketed (3)

Shield:
Stone
Stone
Shields

'Thul'
Runeword Level: 28
+1 to All Skills
25% Hit Recovery
+(3 to 5) to Maximum Damage
5% to All Attributes
+(30 to 40) to Life
Cold Resist +25%
Cannot Be Frozen
The Ivory Tower
The Ivory Tower
Tower Shield (4)

Defense: (205 - 233) to (404 - 459)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 7
Required Strength:
17
Required Dexterity: 43
Item Level: 12
+1 to All Skills
+(4 to 5)% Bonus to Spell Focus
5% Cast Speed
+(11 to 15)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(11 to 15)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(41 to 60)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Mana +(3 to 5)%
Requirements -40%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (678 - 712) to (1219 - 1280)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 25
Required Strength:
31
Required Dexterity: 58
Item Level: 29
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
+(8 to 9)% Bonus to Spell Focus
10% Cast Speed
+(16 to 20)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(16 to 20)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(81 to 90)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Mana +(9 to 11)%
Requirements -45%
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1525 - 1593) to (2685 - 2805)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 42
Required Strength:
101
Required Dexterity: 113
Item Level: 50
+2 to All Skills
+(12 to 13)% Bonus to Spell Focus
15% Cast Speed
+(21 to 25)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(21 to 25)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(101 to 110)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Mana +(15 to 17)%
Requirements -50%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (2278 - 2371) to (4002 - 4165)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 51
Required Strength:
181
Required Dexterity: 210
Item Level: 85
+2 to All Skills
+(14 to 15)% Bonus to Spell Focus
15% Cast Speed
+(26 to 30)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(26 to 30)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(121 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Mana +(18 to 20)%
Requirements -55%
Socketed (4)
(damage) /
Eloi

Eloi
Amazon Shields

'ThulNefGul'
Runeword Level: 65
15% Attack Speed
+(15 to 25) to Champions of the Sun
+(6 to 8)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
-25 to Energy
Cold Resist +25%
Physical Resist 10%
-5% to All Vendor Prices
(purely defensive)
Helm:
Zerae's Veil
Zerae's Veil
Morion (4)

Defense: (13 - 15) to (14 - 16)
(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 2
Required Strength: 25
Item Level: 2
+1 to Amazon Skill Levels
+4% to Lightning Spell Damage
-4% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(31 to 50)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(16 to 25)%
Physical Resist 2%
(3 to 5)% Bonus to Defense
Socketed (1)
Defense: (96 - 108) to (107 - 120)
(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 18
Required Strength: 50
Item Level: 21
+(1 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
+(5 to 8)% to Lightning Spell Damage
-8% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(36 to 45)%
Physical Resist 3%
(9 to 11)% Bonus to Defense
Socketed (3)
Defense: (276 - 304) to (309 - 340)
(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 36
Required Strength: 175
Item Level: 41
+(2 to 3) to Amazon Skill Levels
+(10 to 12)% to Lightning Spell Damage
-12% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(91 to 110)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(56 to 65)%
Physical Resist 4%
(15 to 17)% Bonus to Defense
Socketed (4)
Defense: (446 - 505) to (490 - 555)
(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 350
Item Level: 74
+3 to Amazon Skill Levels
+(12 to 16)% to Lightning Spell Damage
-15% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(121 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(66 to 75)%
Physical Resist 5%
(18 to 20)% Bonus to Defense
Socketed (4)
(3)
Armor:
Akara's Robe (1)
Akara's Robe
Quilted Armor (1)
Defense: 74 to 100
Required Level: 10
Required Strength: 10
Item Level: 255
+50 Defense
+(6 to 10) to all Attributes
+50 to Life
Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
Cannot be Upgraded
Socketed (2)
Akara's Robe (3)
Akara's Robe
Quilted Armor (3)
Defense: 496 to 599
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 175
Item Level: 255
+1 to All Skills
+250 Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
+100 to Life
Elemental Resists +(21 to 25)%
Cannot be Upgraded
Socketed (5)
/
Queen of Glass
Queen of Glass
Ancient Armor (4)

Defense: (315 - 344) to (630 - 688)
Required Level: 11
Required Strength:
33 to 34
Item Level: 19
15% Cast Speed
-(6 to 8)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(76 to 125) to Mana
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 25)%
Requirements -(11 to 15)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (899 - 969) to (1718 - 1852)
Required Level: 30
Required Strength:
57 to 60
Item Level: 34
25% Cast Speed
-(11 to 13)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(176 to 225) to Mana
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
Cold Resist +(31 to 35)%
Requirements -(21 to 25)%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (2084 - 2224) to (3911 - 4173)
Required Level: 47
Required Strength:
175 to 186
Item Level: 55
35% Cast Speed
-(16 to 18)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(276 to 325) to Mana
Lightning Resist +(41 to 45)%
Cold Resist +(41 to 45)%
Requirements -(31 to 35)%
Socketed (5)
Defense: (3013 - 3202) to (5650 - 6005)
Required Level: 54
Required Strength:
323 to 344
Item Level: 90
40% Cast Speed
-(18 to 20)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(326 to 375) to Mana
Lightning Resist +(46 to 50)%
Cold Resist +(46 to 50)%
Requirements -(36 to 40)%
Socketed (6)
(3)
Gloves: anything with resists → Honorific with lightning spell damage, spell focus, strength, dexterity, magic find, etc. to taste
Belt:
Rainbow
Rainbow
Belts

'Eth'
Runeword Level: 15
+5% to Spell Damage
+(6 to 10)% to Summoned Minion Resistances
Regenerate Mana +(5 to 10)%
Elemental Resists +(10 to 15)%
(6 to 8)% Magic Find
+2 to Light Radius
Moonwrap
Moonwrap
Sash (4)

Defense: (16 - 18) to (20 - 21)
Required Level: 1
Required Strength: 25
Item Level: 1
5% Cast Speed
+3% to Spell Damage
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
Cold Resist +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (119 - 129) to (131 - 141)
Required Level: 17
Required Strength: 50
Item Level: 20
15% Cast Speed
+9% to Spell Damage
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (331 - 353) to (370 - 395)
Required Level: 35
Required Strength: 125
Item Level: 41
25% Cast Speed
+15% to Spell Damage
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
Cold Resist +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (493 - 524) to (542 - 576)
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 250
Item Level: 72
30% Cast Speed
+20% to Spell Damage
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
Cold Resist +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (2)

Boots:
Rabbit's Foot
Rabbit's Foot
Boots (4)

Defense: 8 to 14
Required Level: 1
Required Strength:
21
Item Level: 1
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+10% to Spell Damage
+5 Maximum Stamina
(1 to 5)% Gold Find
(1 to 5)% Magic Find
Requirements -15%
Socketed (1)
Defense: 75 to 88
Required Level: 17
Required Strength:
35
Item Level: 20
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+12% to Spell Damage
+10 Maximum Stamina
(5 to 10)% Gold Find
(5 to 10)% Magic Find
Requirements -30%
Socketed (2)
Defense: 184 to 215
Required Level: 34
Required Strength:
96
Item Level: 40
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+16% to Spell Damage
+15 Maximum Stamina
(15 to 20)% Gold Find
(15 to 20)% Magic Find
Requirements -45%
Socketed (3)
Defense: 258 to 296
Required Level: 43
Required Strength:
140
Item Level: 71
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+20% to Spell Damage
+20 Maximum Stamina
(25 to 30)% Gold Find
(25 to 30)% Magic Find
Requirements -60%
Socketed (4)

Amulet:
The Dreamcatcher
The Dreamcatcher
Amulet

Required Level: 80
Item Level: 80
+(1 to 3) to All Skills
20% Cast Speed
-(4 to 10)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
Elemental Resists +(20 to 25)%
+(10 to 15) Mana after each Kill
/ Rare with +skills, lightning spell damage, lightning pierce, spell focus, life, resists, etc.
Rings:
Ring of Regha
Ring of Regha
Ring

Item Level: 1
Adds 3-5 Damage
+5% to Spell Damage
+(5 to 15) to Strength
+(5 to 15) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +10%
/ Rare with +skills, lightning spell damage, lightning pierce, spell focus, life, resists, etc.

Midgame Gear


The class set
Zerae's Divinity
Zerae's Divinity
(Amazon Storm Set)

Zerae's Holy Wrath
Zerae's Redemption
Zerae's Refinement
Zerae's Vindication

Set Bonus with 2 or more set items:
+100 Spell Focus
-25% to Enemy Lightning Resistance

Set Bonus with 3 or more set items:
Physical Resist 10%
50% Bonus to Defense

Set Bonus with complete set:
+200 Spell Focus
+125 to Maximum Damage
+50% to Lightning Spell Damage
-50% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+18 to Divine Judgment
+400 to Life
+2 Life on Striking

has really good stats for midgame and I recommend getting ahold of it if you can.
If you don't have enough Ornate shrines to get decent rolls, Eerie is second best.

Weapon:
Zerae's Holy Wrath
Zerae's Holy Wrath
War Scepter (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: (154 - 165) to (249 - 265)
Required Level: 90
Required Dexterity: 494
Item Level: 1
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 50 Supernova on Kill
+(1 to 3) to Amazon Skill Levels
Adds 63-125 Damage
+50% Damage to Undead
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Damage
(10 to 15)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(75 to 100) to Energy
+(51 to 100) Life after each Kill
Socketed (6)

Zerae's Divinity
(Amazon Storm Set)

Shield:
Zerae's Vindication
Zerae's Vindication
Setzschild (Sacred)

Defense: (12985 - 14322) to (15525 - 17124)
Chance to Block: 4 to 5%
(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 90
Required Strength:
462
Item Level: 1
+(1 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
(0 to 1)% Base Block Chance
25% Block Speed
+(21 to 25)% to Lightning Spell Damage
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
Physical Resist 10%
Requirements -40%
Socketed (6)

Zerae's Divinity
(Amazon Storm Set)

Helm:
Zerae's Refinement
Zerae's Refinement
Einherjar Helm (Sacred)

Defense: (2349 - 2643) to (2527 - 2843)
(Amazon Only)
Required Level: 90
Required Dexterity: 534
Item Level: 1
+(1 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
+(51 to 75) Spell Focus
(21 to 25)% Attack Speed
(21 to 25)% Cast Speed
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(31 to 36)%
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
+100 to Dexterity
Socketed (4)

Zerae's Divinity
(Amazon Storm Set)

Armor:
Zerae's Redemption
Zerae's Redemption
Plate Mail (Sacred)

Defense: (7374 - 8171) to (8485 - 9421)
Required Level: 90
Required Strength:
468
Item Level: 1
30% Combat Speeds
(11 to 15)% Life stolen per Hit
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
+1000 Defense
(26 to 30)% to Dexterity
(26 to 30)% to Energy
+(101 to 200) to Life
Requirements -25%
Socketed (6)

Zerae's Divinity
(Amazon Storm Set)

Gloves: Ornate-crafted Leather Gloves. Highest roll after bless is +2 Amazon skills, 36% lightning spell damage, 25% lightning pierce.
Belt:
Ashaera's Armor
Ashaera's Armor
Belt (Sacred)

Defense: 1687 to 1760
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 575
Item Level: 105
+(21 to 25) Spell Focus
+(11 to 15)% to Spell Damage
+500 Defense
(11 to 15)% to Energy
Elemental Resists +(10 to 15)%
Physical Resist 10%
Socketed (2)
/
Nor Tiraj's Wisdom
Nor Tiraj's Wisdom
Heavy Belt (Sacred)

Defense: (2805 - 3315) to (3029 - 3580)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength:
687 to 937
Item Level: 105
+100 Spell Focus
-(20 to 25)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(15 to 20) to Lightning Shield
+(15 to 20) to Stormclash
+(120 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
Maximum Mana +10%
(10 to 50)% Bonus to Defense
+2% to Experience Gained
Requirements +(10 to 50)%
Socketed (2)
/ Ornate-crafted Sash. Highest roll after bless is 31% lsd, 20% pierce.
Boots:
Elemental Trance
Elemental Trance
Boots (Sacred)

Defense: (1113 - 1302) to (1147 - 1342)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 500
Item Level: 120
+1 to All Skills
5% Cast Speed
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
40% Hit Recovery
-(11 to 15)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(71 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
(11 to 15)% to Energy
Socketed (4)
/ Ornate-crafted Boots / Honorific Boots (ornate bless) with lightning spell damage, spell focus, strength, dexterity, magic find, etc.
Amulet:
The Tesseract
The Tesseract
Amulet

Required Level: 100
Item Level: 105
+2 to All Skills
25% Cast Speed
+(1 to 30)% to Fire Spell Damage
-(1 to 20)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(1 to 30)% to Lightning Spell Damage
-(1 to 20)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(1 to 30)% to Cold Spell Damage
-(1 to 20)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+(1 to 30)% to Poison Spell Damage
-(1 to 20)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
/
Black Dwarf
Black Dwarf
Amulet

Required Level: 110
Item Level: 105
+2 to All Skills
20% Cast Speed
20% Hit Recovery
+(15 to 25)% to Lightning Spell Damage
-(5 to 20)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+(15 to 25)% to Cold Spell Damage
-(5 to 20)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+(21 to 29) to Supernova
(30 to 40)% Bonus to Defense
-5 to Light Radius
/ Rare with +3 skills, lightning spell damage, lightning pierce, spell focus, life, etc.
Rings: Rare with +skills, lightning spell damage, lightning pierce, spell focus, life, etc.

If you don't have the set (playing singleplayer or for whatever other reason), here are some alternative choices:
► Alternatives to Set


Endgame Gear


This is not an exhaustive list of all good gear choices, but this covers the "standard" setups for the build used by high-level characters in the Dimensional Labyrinth.

Weapon:
  • Solar Scion
    Solar Scion
    Scepter (Sacred)

    One-Hand Damage: 29 to 34
    Required Level: 110
    Required Dexterity: 404
    Item Level: 120
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Dexterity)%
    Conductivity: Chance to Cast Doubled
    +(5 to 7) to Amazon Skill Levels
    2% Base Block Chance
    +(100 to 200) Spell Focus
    +50% Damage to Undead
    +33% to Spell Damage
    (15 to 20)% to Strength
    (15 to 20)% to Energy
    +(100 to 150) Life Regenerated per Second
    Maximum Mana +10%
    Socketed (3)
    is best in slot because of how dramatically well +7 skills scales the build. Nothing else really comes close.
Shield:
  • A Perfect Storm

    A Perfect Storm
    Amazon Shields

    'TuulUrtFul'
    Runeword Level: 100
    +(3 to 4) to Amazon Skill Levels
    1% Base Block Chance
    +(40 to 60) Spell Focus
    40% Block Speed
    40% Hit Recovery
    +(30 to 40)% to Lightning Spell Damage
    -(10 to 15)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +(121 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
    (10 to 15)% to Energy
    Maximum Lightning Resist +1%
    Maximum Cold Resist +1%
    Lightning Resist +30%
    Cold Resist +30%
    Physical Resist 5%
    Setzschild is a high damage option and still offers some defensive stats.
  • Golden Chariot
    Golden Chariot
    Setzschild (Sacred)

    Defense: (11002 - 13867) to (14557 - 17982)
    Chance to Block: 4%
    (Amazon Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 770
    Item Level: 105
    Gematria
    (Bonus per Socketed Great/Elemental Runes)
    +250 to Life
    +0.5% to Maximum Elemental Resistances
    15% Chance to cast level 1 Mythal on Melee Attack
    +(2 to 3) to Amazon Skill Levels
    +(120 to 180)% Enhanced Defense
    +(500 to 2000) Defense
    Physical Resist 10%
    +(25 to 100) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (6)
    very nearly takes care of your defense needs by itself with 1500 life, 3% max resists, and 10% physical resist when socketed with 6x Arcane, Lightning, or Ghal runes.
Helm:
  • Rakkis' Benediction
    Rakkis' Benediction
    Morion (Sacred)

    Defense: 854 to 864
    (Amazon Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 500
    Item Level: 120
    Hammer Path: -30% Enemy Lightning Resistance
    Thunder Path: 150 Life after Each Kill
    +(1 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
    -1% Base Block Chance
    +40% to Lightning Spell Damage
    (15 to 20)% to Dexterity
    +500 to Life
    Physical Resist 10%
    50% Bonus to Defense
    30% Magic Find
    Socketed (4)
    is a good hat that offers most of what the build wants, but lacks pierce (the pierce applies only to hammerzon, not to this build).
  • Indigo
    Indigo
    Circlets

    'UnTaha'
    Runeword Level: 110
    +2 to All Skills
    +100 Spell Focus
    50% Cast Speed
    -(15 to 20)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
    -500 Defense
    Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
    Elemental Resists +(13 to 15)%
    Requirements -100%
    offers +2 to max elemental resists which is a very good defensive stat, and is no slouch on damage either.
  • Ornate-crafted Morion is a pure damage option with up to +4 Amazon skills, 31% lightning spell damage, 20% pierce, and Blood Fury oskill.
Armor:
  • Hide of the Basilisk
    Hide of the Basilisk
    Chain Mail (Sacred)

    Defense: (5807 - 6817) to (6568 - 7711)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 600
    Item Level: 120
    +(1 to 2) to All Skills
    30% Cast Speed
    +(25 to 38)% to Lightning Spell Damage
    -35% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +(13 to 16) to Thunderstone
    +(130 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
    +250 to Mana
    Maximum Lightning Resist +4%
    Physical Resist 15%
    1% Reanimate as: Random Monster
    Socketed (6)
    , even if it didn't have a big chunk of physical resist, simply can't be beat.
Gloves:
  • Lamha Na Draoithe
    Lamha Na Draoithe
    Gauntlets (Sacred)

    Defense: (1339 - 1506) to (1567 - 1763)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 625
    Item Level: 120
    +2 to All Skills
    +150 Spell Focus
    30% Cast Speed
    +(16 to 20)% to Spell Damage
    +(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
    +75 to Strength
    -100 to Life
    Elemental Resists +15%
    Socketed (4)
    has a ton going for it that makes it very difficult to replace.
  • Lorekeeper
    Lorekeeper
    Light Gauntlets (Sacred)

    Defense: (1018 - 1179) to (1159 - 1342)
    Required Level: 80
    Required Strength:
    300
    Item Level: 120
    +3 to All Skills
    20% Combat Speeds
    +(5 to 10) to Firedance
    +(90 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
    Regenerate Mana +(40 to 60)%
    Requirements -50%
    Socketed (4)
    can substitute for boss fights where you're going to be standing in the Firedance circle the whole time.
  • Ornate-crafted Leather Gloves have to be basically max roll to compete and probably still don't get there. +2 Amazon skills, 36% lightning spell damage, 25% lightning pierce is possible.
Belt:
  • Doomcloud Spine
    Doomcloud Spine
    Plated Belt (Sacred)

    Defense: 4089 to 4479
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 675
    Item Level: 120
    Adds 100-150 Lightning Damage
    +25% to Lightning Spell Damage
    -15% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +200% Enhanced Defense
    +50 to Vitality
    15% to Vitality
    Maximum Lightning Resist +2%
    +5 Lightning Absorb
    Socketed (2)

    Henchmen Trophies
    (Legendary Set)
    is used by almost all the top ladder stormzons for the damage, life, and max res it provides. Other options are too far into pure damage or provide stats that would be better gotten by swapping a different piece out.
Boots:
  • Honorific Boots ornate-blessed and stacked with UMOs are the most common choice.
    Lodestone
    Lodestone
    Mystic Orb

    Right-Click to Apply
    +5% to Spell Damage
    Requirements +10%
    +10 Required Level
    ,
    Auriel's Focus
    Auriel's Focus
    Mystic Orb

    Right-Click to Apply
    +2% Bonus to Spell Focus
    +25% Enhanced Defense
    +15 to Energy
    Poison Length Reduced by 5%
    +10 Required Level
    ,
    The Moon Crystal
    The Moon Crystal
    Mystic Orb

    Right-Click to Apply
    10% Cast Speed
    Regenerate Mana +10%
    Lightning Resist +15%
    Cold Resist +15%
    +10 Required Level
    ,
    Idol of Stars
    Idol of Stars
    Mystic Orb

    Right-Click to Apply
    +14 to Strength
    +14 to Dexterity
    +10 to Energy
    +10 Required Level
    all have their purpose.
  • Spirit Walker
    Spirit Walker
    Heavy Boots (Sacred)

    Defense: 696 to 737
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 550
    Item Level: 120
    +1% Physical Resist per 18% Mana Regeneration
    +2 to All Skills
    +(50 to 100) Spell Focus
    (10 to 40)% Movement Speed
    Jitan's Gate Cooldown Reduced by 1 seconds
    +35% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
    -15% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
    Socketed (4)
    are very good as they are on most casters.
  • Vision

    Vision
    Boots

    'GhalOlYhamArc'
    Runeword Level: 120
    10% of Total Energy Gained as Life
    +1 to All Skills
    +15 Spell Focus
    +10% Bonus to Spell Focus
    -(10 to 15)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
    +(141 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
    +10 to all Attributes
    Maximum Life and Mana +(1 to 5)%
    Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
    Physical Damage Reduced by (10 to 20)
    compete reasonably well with Spirit Walker.
  • Angel's Wrath
    Angel's Wrath
    Chain Boots (Sacred)

    Defense: (1625 - 2217) to (1762 - 2403)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 575
    Item Level: 120
    +(0 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Sorceress Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Necromancer Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Druid Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Barbarian Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Amazon Skill Levels
    +(0 to 2) to Assassin Skill Levels
    (10 to 40)% Movement Speed
    +(120 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
    Maximum Life +5%
    Physical Resist 10%
    Socketed (4)
    (with +2 Amazon skills) is a more budget defensive choice used by at least one ladder zon.
Amulet:
  • The Tesseract
    The Tesseract
    Amulet

    Required Level: 100
    Item Level: 105
    +2 to All Skills
    25% Cast Speed
    +(1 to 30)% to Fire Spell Damage
    -(1 to 20)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    +(1 to 30)% to Lightning Spell Damage
    -(1 to 20)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +(1 to 30)% to Cold Spell Damage
    -(1 to 20)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
    +(1 to 30)% to Poison Spell Damage
    -(1 to 20)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    with high lightning rolls is hard to beat.
  • Black Dwarf
    Black Dwarf
    Amulet

    Required Level: 110
    Item Level: 105
    +2 to All Skills
    20% Cast Speed
    20% Hit Recovery
    +(15 to 25)% to Lightning Spell Damage
    -(5 to 20)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +(15 to 25)% to Cold Spell Damage
    -(5 to 20)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
    +(21 to 29) to Supernova
    (30 to 40)% Bonus to Defense
    -5 to Light Radius
    offers similar damage stats, though the highest is a little lower and it can fit 1 less UMO in exchange for a couple other useful things.
  • Rare amulets can get +4 skills (counting lucky bonus), 20% lightning spell damage, 15% pierce, and 400 life.
Rings:
  • Empyrean Glory
    Empyrean Glory
    Ring

    Required Level: 50
    Item Level: 120
    1% Chance to cast level 40 Singularity on Kill
    (6 to 10)% to All Attributes
    Maximum Life +5%
    Maximum Mana +15%
    15% Gold Find
    is a fairly good all-purpose ring, saving stat points and leaving lots of room for MOs.
  • Adrenaline Rush
    Adrenaline Rush
    Ring

    Required Level: 100
    Item Level: 120
    +1 to All Skills
    40% Combat Speeds
    40% Movement Speed
    Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
    is a quick fix for speed breakpoints and +1 max resists is incredibly valuable.
  • Rare rings can get +1 skills, 15% lightning spell damage, 10% pierce, and 75 life.

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Great write up, thank you! :clap:
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4-5 minutes sam kill is also a bit over, plz nerf it to at least 6-7 minutes in 2.4, which is the average level a good build should be, instead of 2 minutes sam kill in 2.3.
Better make its leveling curve smoother, especially early/mid game, like being a bit more tanky/better clearing speed in early game. But the single damage really needs a major nerf in late game, at least a 50% lategame dps nerf, or more than 50% in my opinion.
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Nerf watever you want but pleez be sure it won't touch early-mid... in other words - nerf endgame items used, not skills themselves (currently tried this ssf and it's kinda painful already at 115 in TUs.. already farming cowes for like 3 weeks for no even Ded lake lady so.... meh, will just re-do as javazon for having ability for at least farming Dunc somehow fast with reasonable mf :) ).
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I wish more people posted their builds. Thank you very much!
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Scalewinged wrote:Nerf watever you want but pleez be sure it won't touch early-mid... in other words - nerf endgame items used, not skills themselves (currently tried this ssf and it's kinda painful already at 115 in TUs.. already farming cowes for like 3 weeks for no even Ded lake lady so.... meh, will just re-do as javazon for having ability for at least farming Dunc somehow fast with reasonable mf :) ).


You need to either play more carefully or use Askari for farming in early game. And have you tried
Eloi

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Amazon Shields

'ThulNefGul'
Runeword Level: 65
15% Attack Speed
+(15 to 25) to Champions of the Sun
+(6 to 8)% to Summoned Minion Damage
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
-25 to Energy
Cold Resist +25%
Physical Resist 10%
-5% to All Vendor Prices
for some meatshields? I see a lot of people gloss over it when it's a very good tool for surviving early game on zons that can use a shield, especially now that fire eles are restricted to bloodzon.

I slapped together the TU setup on the dev build just now and it's performing about how I expected it to. In Duncraig, 5k-7k tooltip stormcall struggles since it doesn't consistently stunlock things and you get swarmed, 30k tooltip askari (slightly weaker than live at the moment, will probably be coming down some more even at this level) onehits even lightning absorbs.

TU setup, LSD and SF MOs everywhere, Nef runes in all sockets. +20 zon skills, 447% LSD, 420 SF, 61 pierce (effectively 81 with Discharge), 842 energy.
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How do I want spend my MO? I don't have any fancy Unique ones yet. Playing SSF with group of buddies. I have all the breakpoints minus the 400/600 one but that seems unrealistic to get. Should I just focus Lightning Dmg + Spell focus till that hits 1000? Farming Frautz np trying to move in Scog but having issues. Any tips? Using most Mid game gear. Have a few the end game items but if i drop set I wont have high lightning pen. Thanks for the guide! Also regarding "Honorific Boots ornate-blessed and stacked with UMOs are the most common choice. Lodestone, Auriel's Focus, The Moon Crystal, Idol of Stars all have their purpose." Would I use non sacred base I assume to keep level lowest?
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great guide sio, however i think bona dea runeword deserves a mention
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I'm sitting at 65% block speed, not focusing on any speed outside of what's already on bis endgame pieces and charms. Any thoughts on how to get to 120 relatively efficiently?
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Dumb question: How do you wear Zerae's? do you use -req jewels?