Matriarch Windforce, Windforce Strafer with and Faith Merc

PhineasB

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Matriarch Windforce, Windforce Strafer with and Faith Merc
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As I've mentioned a few times, there are a few builds that I've wanted to make for a while, but I've mostly focused on the Untwinked 99ers or tournaments since finishing my 7x7+2 a while back. That project included a Strafer, which I enjoyed and hoped to include another with Windforce, but I didn't find it before completing the project. With that barrier now removed, I decided it was time to give this classic build a whirl:
Code:
Windforce's Windforce
Hydra Bow
Two Hand Damage: 38 - 510
Durability: 31 of 55
Required Level: 73
Required Strength: 134
Required Dexterity: 167
Fingerprint: 0x912c1ffb
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Increased Attack Speed
287% Enhanced Damage
+13 to Maximum Damage
+234 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
6% Mana stolen per hit
Knockback
+10 to Strength
+5 to Dexterity
Heal Stamina Plus 30% 1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Carnage
 
Ruby Jewel of Carnage
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xdb68bcdb
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
37% Enhanced Damage
+13 to Maximum Damage

Regular readers of my Mat/Pat write ups will observe the creative naming for this character :p Pretty cookie cutter on equipment, so I won't detail here, but readouts are below. I went Harmony switch for mobility and a backup PI solution if amp wasn't triggering (but mostly for mobility). The only distinctive pieces were these nice rare boots, which allowed her to be >60 for all resists before Anya reward and maxed or near maxed for all but lightning. And these 2/20 bowazon rares that fit the build well, although LoH or other +damage% to monster type gloves would likely be better if min-maxing, but less style, so . . . .
Code:
Shadow Spur
Heavy Boots
Defense: 5
Durability: 9 of 14
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 18
Fingerprint: 0xb99a08ec
Item Level: 40
Version: Expansion 1.10+
12% Chance to cast level 4 Nova when struck
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+4 to Dexterity
Cold Resist +33%
Lightning Resist +25%
Poison Resist +37%

Plague Grip
Gauntlets
Defense: 19
Durability: 23 of 24
Required Level: 35
Required Strength: 60
Fingerprint: 0x494d43fd
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
12% Chance to cast level 4 Nova when struck
+2 to Bow and Crossbow Skills (Amazon Only)
+20% Increased Attack Speed
+19% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +10%
14% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Summary of Playthrough
Windforce was twinked aggressively, following standard progression for my non-casters up to Ribcracker. Harmony Rune bow became available at lvl 39, and she was off to the races as a strafer, being able to equip Windforce in A5 NM.

She sat a bit at the start of Hell, and I picked her back up at the beginning of last weekend. I ended up pushing Vita until she was over 1000 HP, which ended up being more than enough, and then dumped the rest into Dexterity for added damage and AR. Per my normal approach with twinked playthroughs, she full-cleared all A85 areas and the red portals in A5.

She was p5 (p1 for Act bosses) until A4 Plains, when I turned things down to p3 because she was plenty safe but it was getting a little dull to simply hold down RMB until things died. Good timing, because there were more gloams per square foot than I can recall seeing. RoF and CS were a breeze, and Diablo fell.

A5 Hell was quite a roll of monsters. All witches, all the time, I think every level where they can roll up to Ancients, and Gloams also for Anya rescue and WSK and Throne Room. But the Decoy with Windforce's attack giving knockback and amp (and ability to switch to multishot to keep moving when the projectiles locked onto her location) were more than sufficient.

Windforce made it through without a death, and Olena was also surprisingly sturdy. I only had to resurrect her three times in Hell, once to Andy, and twice in A5. The first was a nasty double boss pack of witches in one of the red portal areas, with amp going and one with multishot and Fanatacism and Holy Freeze auras. The second was to wave 3 hydras after the wave had been taken out and Olena deciding to pace to and fro in the fire bath :\

Hell forges were Dol and Pul. Aside from that, no drops of note in Hell, which isn't surprising with only 14 MF (she picked up a Gull in Normal Tristram). I took very few screen shots as a result, and none of the boss fight screenies turned out well. But Devil Hack was an early greeting to A5:
H A5 Devil Hack.jpg

Thoughts on Build and What's Next
All in all, it was a fun playthrough. I'm glad that I ticked this build off the list, especially after going so before finding the key weapon. I did a Pit run after Mat'ing just for kicks, and I can see why the build was popular. She tore through once she got there, but I can't see running the Pit with her at this point given the other characters available and lack of teleport to get there. So she's going straight into retirement.

Between now and RFL, I hope to complete the Class Set MP playthrough next weekend to Mat my dual nova Tal's Sorc (if work schedule cooperates). And I'm progressing the next non-Sept character into A2 Hell, what I call an Ursine Bovine, a shifted Barb wearing Cow King's Set. He's mainly a vehicle to use that set for a Mat/Pat and because I thought it was a funny combo. I have five other builds I've been meaning to make but haven't yet (3 Assassin builds and an Earthshifter Druid), so that may turn into a non-Sept Sept-like project alongside my 2H Melee sept.

Thanks for reading! Hoping to post another one (or two) soon.

Readouts
Code:
Name:       Windforce
Class:      Amazon
Experience: 1158425497
Level:      86

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   105/139
Dexterity:  185/238
Vitality:   215/215
Energy:     15/15
HP:         865/1088
Mana:       142/182
Stamina:    364/364
Defense:    46/1712
AR:         895/45255

Fire:       183/143/83
Cold:       172/132/72
Lightning:  175/135/75
Poison:     241/201/141

MF:         14       Block:      32
GF:         0
FR/W:       33
FHR:        66
IAS:        40
FCR:        25

Magic Arrow: 1/3
Fire Arrow: 0/0
Cold Arrow: 1/3
Multiple Shot: 12/14
Exploding Arrow: 0/0
Ice Arrow: 0/0
Guided Arrow: 1/3
Strafe: 20/22
Immolation Arrow: 0/0
Freezing Arrow: 0/0

Inner Sight: 1/1
Critical Strike: 16/16
Dodge: 0/0
Slow Missiles: 1/1
Avoid: 0/0
Penetrate: 20/20
Decoy: 15/15
Evade: 0/0
Valkyrie: 0/0
Pierce: 9/9

Jab: 0/0
Power Strike: 0/0
Poison Javelin: 0/0
Impale: 0/0
Lightning Bolt: 0/0
Charged Strike: 0/0
Plague Javelin: 0/0
Fend: 0/0
Lightning Strike: 0/0
Lightning Fury: 0/0
Code:
Plague Grip
Gauntlets
Defense: 19
Durability: 23 of 24
Required Level: 35
Required Strength: 60
Fingerprint: 0x494d43fd
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
12% Chance to cast level 4 Nova when struck
+2 to Bow and Crossbow Skills (Amazon Only)
+20% Increased Attack Speed
+19% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +10%
14% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Fortitude
Dusk Shroud
ElSolDolLo
Defense: 1386
Durability: 19 of 20
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 77
Fingerprint: 0x12dd85d6
Item Level: 78
Version: Expansion 1.10+
20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+107 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +29
Damage Reduced by 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 to Light Radius
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: El Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Lo Rune

Atma's Scarab
Amulet
Required Level: 60
Fingerprint: 0x8afa8d78
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
5% Chance to cast level 2 Amplify Damage on striking
20% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 40 Poison Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
Poison Resist +75%
Attacker Takes Damage of 5
+3 to Light Radius

Skull Coil
Ring
Required Level: 66
Fingerprint: 0xd85b854c
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+93 to Attack Rating
5% Life stolen per hit
+19 to Strength
+10 to Dexterity
Cold Resist +10%

Razortail
Sharkskin Belt
Defense: 103
Durability: 13 of 14
Required Level: 32
Required Strength: 20
Fingerprint: 0x8b1537a0
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Piercing Attack
+10 to Maximum Damage
+140% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+15 to Dexterity
Attacker Takes Damage of (Based on Character Level) 86

Kira's Guardian
Tiara
Defense: 140
Durability: 25 of 25
Required Level: 77
Fingerprint: 0xe596f38f
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+8 to Minimum Damage
+90 to Attack Rating
+100 Defense
All Resistances +70
Cannot Be Frozen
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Argent Jewel of Bliss

Shadow Spur
Heavy Boots
Defense: 5
Durability: 9 of 14
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 18
Fingerprint: 0xb99a08ec
Item Level: 40
Version: Expansion 1.10+
12% Chance to cast level 4 Nova when struck
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+4 to Dexterity
Cold Resist +33%
Lightning Resist +25%
Poison Resist +37%

Raven Frost
Ring
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0xd137b31e
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+250 to Attack Rating
Adds 15 - 45 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
+19 to Dexterity
+40 to Mana
Cold Absorb 20%
Cannot Be Frozen
Harmony
Crusader Bow
TirIthSolKo
Two Hand Damage: 62 - 235
Durability: 33 of 44
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 97
Required Dexterity: 121
Fingerprint: 0xa34f218f
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 10 Vigor Aura When Equipped
259% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
+9 to Maximum Damage
Adds 55 - 160 Fire Damage
Adds 55 - 160 Lightning Damage
Adds 55 - 160 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (92 Frames)
+4 to Valkyrie
+10 to Dexterity
Regenerate Mana 20%
+2 to Mana after each Kill
+2 to Light Radius
Level 20 Revive (25/25 Charges)
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Tir Rune
Socketed: Ith Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune
Socketed: Ko Rune

Windforce's Windforce
Hydra Bow
Two Hand Damage: 38 - 544
Durability: 31 of 55
Required Level: 73
Required Strength: 134
Required Dexterity: 167
Fingerprint: 0x912c1ffb
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Increased Attack Speed
287% Enhanced Damage
+13 to Maximum Damage
+268 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
6% Mana stolen per hit
Knockback
+10 to Strength
+5 to Dexterity
Heal Stamina Plus 30%
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Carnage

Ruby Jewel of Carnage
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xdb68bcdb
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
37% Enhanced Damage
+13 to Maximum Damage
Code:
Steel Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x5d28050f
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+127 to Attack Rating
+40 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Strength
Grand Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0x9f9607e1
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+7 to Maximum Damage
+72 to Attack Rating
+5 to Strength

Ruby Small Charm of Inertia
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x5a1d0d3
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3% Faster Run/Walk
Fire Resist +11%

Ruby Small Charm of Life
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x96226b98
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+6 to Life
Fire Resist +11%

Ruby Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xfe1ae20e
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +11%

Ruby Small Charm of the Glacier
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x494e839d
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 3 - 5 Cold Damage Over 1 Secs (25 Frames)
Fire Resist +11%

Amber Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xbd8d1378
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Lightning Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm of Winter
Small Charm
Required Level: 38
Fingerprint: 0x4aaa3643
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 4 - 9 Cold Damage Over 1 Secs (25 Frames)
Lightning Resist +11%

Fine Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x9d56dc54
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Maximum Damage
+18 to Attack Rating
+19 to Life


Sharp Grand Charm of Balance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0x319a64f9
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12% Faster Hit Recovery
+7 to Maximum Damage
+51 to Attack Rating

Fine Grand Charm of Balance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 16
Fingerprint: 0x482b70ad
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12% Faster Hit Recovery
+6 to Maximum Damage
+48 to Attack Rating

Sharp Grand Charm of Life
Grand Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0xbc0ce8fc
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9 to Maximum Damage
+62 to Attack Rating
+20 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Life
Grand Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0x953c5b5a
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+7 to Maximum Damage
+71 to Attack Rating
+12 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Life
Grand Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0xd979416
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Maximum Damage
+74 to Attack Rating
+19 to Life

Fine Grand Charm of Balance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 16
Fingerprint: 0x1d4f4036
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12% Faster Hit Recovery
+6 to Maximum Damage
+39 to Attack Rating
Code:
Name:       Olena
Race:       Rogue Scout
Type:       Ice - Nightmare
Experience: 73997902
Level:      86
Dead?:      false

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   136/136
Dexterity:  206/206
HP:         1436/1532
Defense:    1185/4695
AR:         2189/658889

Fire:       196/156/96
Cold:       196/156/96
Lightning:  196/156/96
Poison:    196/156/96

Vampire Gaze
Grim Helm
Defense: 378
Durability: 21 of 21
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 48
Fingerprint: 0x1de88cdb
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+6 to Minimum Damage
Adds 6 - 22 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
7% Mana stolen per hit
8% Life stolen per hit
+100% Enhanced Defense
15% Slower Stamina Drain
All Resistances +15
Damage Reduced by 20%
Magic Damage Reduced by 15
Ethereal
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Scintillating Jewel of Bliss

Fortitude
Dusk Shroud
ElSolDolLo
Defense: 3132
Durability: 11 of 11
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 67
Fingerprint: 0x3c7aabc5
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+96 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25
Damage Reduced by 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 to Light Radius
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: El Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Lo Rune

Faith
Ward Bow
OhmJahLemEld
Two Hand Damage: 86 - 227
Durability: 29 of 48
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 72
Required Dexterity: 146
Fingerprint: 0x7b1bea67
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 14 Fanaticism Aura When Equipped
+1 to All Skills
330% Enhanced Damage
Ignore Target's Defense
300% Bonus to Attack Rating
+75% Damage to Undead
+50 to Attack Rating against Undead
Adds 120 - 120 Fire Damage
All Resistances +15
10% Reanimate as: Returned
75% Extra Gold from Monsters
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ohm Rune
Socketed: Jah Rune
Socketed: Lem Rune
Socketed: Eld Rune
 

TheNix

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Congrats on the Mat! I've had a half an eye on an Eathshifter druid but never got a round to it. I'll keep an eye out.
 
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PhineasB

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Thanks all. @maxicek seeing that jewel when I was sorting through my stashes a while back is what finally prompted me to punch a whole in a Windforce and create this gal. Too long gathering e-dust, and I'm definitely glad using it was the motivation to start working through this builds I've been meaning to try.
 
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