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D2R: Amazon Leveling Guide Act 1 N (Up to Level 13)




The Amazon Leveling Guide provides you with all the necessary information to get your favorite Character started! This guide mainly focus on Act 1 Up to Level 13 Amazon Leveling.


Not every Skill is suitable to be used during early leveling for three reasons:

Only a number of Skills work well without any previously farmed gear.

A lot of builds lack damage during the leveling phase. It can become a big struggle or even straight up impossible to progress starting with an end game build.

Some builds have a hard time transitioning into hell due to Immunities.



We provide you with step by step Skill trees and easily accessible items that help you in your play through. Additionally, you get tips and insights on how to deal with Immunities and the more difficult fights.


The Amazon Leveling Guide utilizes Poison Javelin and Exploding Arrow from Normal to Nightmare Act 3 and transitions into Lightning Fury and Charged Strike for the remainder of the leveling process.


Skill Point Allocation

Level 2-5: Fire Arrow

Den of Evil: Magic Arrow

Level 6-10: Poison Javelin

Level 11: Multiple Shot

Level 12-13: Exploding Arrow


Attribute Allocation

Level 2-11: All into Vitality

Level 12: 3 into Dexterity, 2 into Strength

Level 13: All into Strength


Playstyle & Progression

Clear out the Den of Evil and pick up items to sell, like Rings, Amulets, Charms, etc. Keep using  Throw with your Javelin to kill your enemies until you hit Level 6. While this process may be tedious, it's important to persevere. And if you ever need a quick boost or find yourself in need of additional items, remember you can buy D2R items on for that extra edge. 


Important: Pick up and keep any type of Ruby for later use! When you come across Gem Shrines, drop every Gem apart from your highest Ruby to upgrade them as high as possible.


Pick up a couple of Chipped Gems and put them into your Stash. You can use them to repair the expensive Lower Resist and Teleport Charges by putting 1 Chipped Gem + 1 Ort Rune and the Charges-item into the Horadric Cube and hit Transmute.


Return to town, sell the items to Charsi and purchase a bunch of  Javelin stacks. Buy some Life and Stamina Potions from Akara as well. Add both the Tome of Town Portal, and the Tome of Identify if possible.


From this point onwards, Elite Groups are your primary focus when it comes to killing monsters. Don't waste your time with individual monsters. They grant far less Experience!


Start using Poison Javelin as soon as you hit Level 6. This attack creates a straight line of clouds, dealing Poison Damage to targets moving through it. There are different situations that require a different use:


Against fast moving melee targets: Throw the Poison Javelin in front of you and run through the cloud to lure in the enemies.


Against ranged monsters: Throw the Poison Javelin next to them and move to the opposite side of the line. Move out of range of the monsters. This forces them to move into the cloud. While ranged monsters are in range of you, they usually don't move a lot.


Fight your way to the Black Marsh. Find the Waypoint and start farming The Countess inside the Forgotten Tower for the below listed Runes. Put the Runes into your Stash for storage.


Check Charsi for the 2 Socketed Studded Leather, and 2x2 Socketed Helmet at the start of each run. Also check for a 2-3 Socketed Hunter's Bow.


Equip your Gemmed Hunter's Bow, ideally filled with 2x Chipped Ruby. Wait with the final Socket until you killed Andariel - She might drop a big Ruby. They increase the explosion damage of your main damage dealing ability; Exploding Arrow. Be aware of the massive amount of Mana this skill goes through! Prepare your inventory with Potions accordingly and equip your Gemmed Cap if you have farmed Tir Runes. Continue to use Poison Javelin from your secondary Weapon Swap until the end of Act 1.


After acquiring all Runes, make your way to the Catacombs Level 4, where you face the first Act boss, Andariel - Maiden of Anguish.


Gear Checklist

1-2 2Socketed Helmets: Shop at Charsi or drop from monsters. The first Helmet is used to put  Ral Runes or Tir Runes into. The second one is used for the Runeword Lore later on.


Make sure that one of them is NOT a Magic Item for the latter.


2 Socketed Studded Leather: Shop at Charsi or drop from monsters. This Body Armor is used for the Runeword Stealth later on. Make sure that it is NOT a Magic Item.


Clipped Ruby: Drop from monsters. Placed into a Bow for increased damage on  Exploding Arrow. Upgrade them with Gem Shrines if you come across them!


Hunter's Bow: Shop at Charsi or drop from monsters. This Bow is filled with the highest  Ruby quality you have at Level 12. Make sure that it is a HUNTER'S BOW because of the Attack Speed!



Tal Rune and Eth Rune: Wed better to equip at least Tal Rune and Eth Rune. These Runes can farm at The Countess and are used later for Stealth.



1-2 Ral Runes ansd 1-2 Tir Runes: Farm at The Countess. If acquired, these Runes are used for Gemmed Cap.


Hunter's Bow Spear: Shop at Charsi or drop from monsters.


These bases can be used for Zephyr Hunter's Bow and Strength Spear. These are optional Runewords.


Everyone's game style is different, and players can choose the gameplay that suits them according to their own game style.We hope our guide can help you and improve your game experience! Good luck!




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