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Diablo II Strategy Guide Info:
  • Patch: v1.09
  • Gametype: PvE/PvM and PvP
  • Class: Not class-specific
  • Specialisation: Bowazons or any bow user
  • Author: AllNamesRTaken
      Please note that strategy guides from v1.09 have vastly different skill and item stats, thus may not be applicable to the latest version of the game.


Physical Damage[edit]

Clvl - 50 60 70 80 90 99
Buriza-Do Kyanon 200% 102-293 102-318 102-343 102-368 102-393 102-415,5
Buriza-Do Kyanon 150% 85-265 85-292 85-315 85-340 85-365 85-387,5
Eaglehorn - - 48-281.6 48-294,4 48-307,2 48-318,7
  
Cruel Hydra Bow 200% - - 35,5-241,4 35,5-241,4 35,5-241,4 35,5-241,4
Cruel Hydra Bow 300% - - 40-272 40-272 40-272 40-272
Lycander's Aim 150% 75-155 75-155 75-155 75-155 75-155 75-155
Lycander's Aim 200% 85-176 85-176 85-176 85-176 85-176 85-176
M'avina's Caster - - 40-201 40-201 40-201 40-201
Windforce - - - 38-491 38-522 38-550,3


Speed Gain[edit]

Amount of Shots per 10 seconds, at the maximum possible 25 frames per second

IAS - 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120
Buriza-Do Kyanon 1.09* 18 - - 19 - - 21 - 21 - - - -
Buriza-Do Kyanon 1.08** 17 - - 18 - - - - - - - - -
Eaglehorn 17 18 19 21 23 - 24 - 25        
Hydra Bow 17 - 20 - 23 - 25 25 26 - 28 - 29
Lycander's Aim*** 20 23 - 24 - - - 29 29 - - - -
M'avina's Caster**** 23x - 25 25 - 28 - 28 - 29 29 - -

* = + 80% IAS
** = + 50% IAS
*** = + 20% IAS
**** = + 40% IAS

Speed Comparison

Speed & Damage Comparison[edit]

Formula used: shots per 10 seconds * (Physical Damage + Elemental Damage)


Table 1: No IAS boni, other than natural speed boni on the weapons
Clvl - 50 60 70 80 90 99
Buriza-Do Kyanon 200% 2412-8802 2412-9252 2412-9702 2412-10152 2412-10602 2412-11007
Windforce - - - 760-9820 760-10440 760-11006
Buriza-Do Kyanon 150% 2106-8298 2106-8784 2106-9198 2106-9648 2106-10098 2106-10503
Eaglehorn - - 816-4787 816-5004 816-5219 816-5418
Cruel Hydra Bow 200% - - 604-4104 604-4104 604-4104 604-4104
Cruel Hydra Bow 300% - - 680-4624 680-4624 680-4624 680-4624
Lycander's Aim 150% 1900-4100 1900-4100 1900-4100 1900-4100 1900-4100 1900-4100
Lycander's Aim 200% 2200-4520 2200-4520 2200-4520 2200-4520 2200-4520 2200-4520
M'avina's Caster - - 920-4623 920-4623 920-4623 920-4623


Table 2: 80% IAS (Including the natural speed boni)
Clvl - 50 60 70 80 90 99
Windforce - - - 950-12275 950-13050 950-13758
Buriza-Do Kyanon 200% 2412-8802 2412-9252 2412-9702 2412-10152 2412-10602 2412-11007
Buriza-Do Kyanon 150% 2106-8298 2106-8784 2106-9198 2106-9648 2106-10098 2106-10503
Eaglehorn - - 1200-7040 1200-7360 1200-7680 1200-7968
Cruel Hydra Bow 300% - - 1040-7072 1040-7072 1040-7072 1040-7072
Lycander's Aim 200% 2940-6328 2940-6328 2940-6328 2940-6328 2940-6328 2940-6328
Cruel Hydra Bow 200% - - 923-6276 923-6276 923-6276 923-6276
Lycander's Aim 150% 2660-5740 2660-5740 2660-5740 2660-5740 2660-5740 2660-5740
M'avina's Caster - - 1040-5226 1040-5226 1040-5226 1040-5226


Overall Comparison


Table 3: Average Damage @ 80% IAS Formula: (Minimum Damage + Maximum Damage) /2 = Average Damage
Clvl - 50 60 70 80 90 99
Windforce   - - 6612 7000 7354
Buriza-Do Kyanon 200% 5607 5832 6057 6282 6507 6710
Buriza-Do Kyanon 150% 5202 5445 5652 5877 6102 6305
Lycander's Aim 200% 4634 4634 4634 4634 4634 4634
Eaglehorn - - 4120 4280 4440 4584
Lycander's Aim 150% 4200 4200 4200 4200 4200 4200
Cruel Hydra Bow 300% - - 4056 4056 4056 4056
Cruel Hydra Bow 200% - - 3600 3600 3600 3600
M'avina's Caste - - 3133 3133 3133 3133

Notes / Discoveries / Oddities[edit]

  • In-Game displayed damage differs from the correct damage, because for enhanced damage calculation 1 (one) damage has to be added to the base damage of a weapon.

example: A hydra bow with 200% ed should do 30 - 204 damage, but actually does 33 - 207 damage.

I did not take this oddity into account in my calculations because I consider it to be a bug.

  • When a stack of arrows or bolts gets empty, the game automatically fetches a new stack from the player's inventory. This process slows down the shooting speed for 1-2 seconds.
  • Items which have a chance on casting a spell with graphical effects when attacking can significantly slow down attacks, especially when used in combination with fast weapons.
  • Please note: All values in this guide are based on Diablo II: Lord of Destruction v1.09 item stats.


Summary[edit]

Buriza-Do Kyanon - "potal! potal! Here I come!"[edit]

Disadvantages:

  • Crossbows are naturally much slower than bows.
  • Much IAS boni are needed to achieve a noticable frame increase, 160% IAS bonus only

grants 2 more shots per 10 seconds.

Advantages:

  • The Buriza comes along as a great package in natural form, with a lot of essential amazon mods such as

100% piercing, 80% increased attack speed, decent cold damage and more.

  • Incredible damage per time factor, only beaten by a windforce with additional IAS.
  • Allows usage of "alternative" equipment, since most essential mods are already covered on the weapon.

Summary:

  • The Buriza remains a top choice for any amazon. It even beat the legendary windforce by 1 (one) damage in

natural form in this test *chuckle*

  • The added 32-196 cold damage is a valuable companion in hell difficulty, home of many pesky physically

immune monsters.

  • 100% piercing helps saving skill points and allows using a belt other than razortail.
  • The natural 80% IAS on the weapon, along with the small boni from more IAS invite to not focus on popular

IAS equipment (twitchthroe etc), but rather go for damage reduction gear (Shaftstop etc).


Lycander's Aim - "Surprise, Surprise!"[edit]

Advantages:

  • High Natural Speed along with high gains from IAS items
  • Highest minimum damage
  • Low Price

Disadvantages:

  • Low Maximum Damage

Summary:

  • This weapon pretty surprised me during the tests. Although M'avina's Caster remains the naturally fastest

weapon (except for a row of irrelevant low-level unique bows and non-set/non-unique bows), Lycander's Aim beats it, starting at 70% IAS bonus, Lycander's bow fires 29 times over a 10 second period, where M'avina's bow is still stuck at 28, making it a top-choice pvp weapon, also because of the high minimum damage, which often leads to single-shot kills.

  • Recommended to focus on IAS gear with this bow, should be socketed with shael rune.
  • Mana leech on the bow allows wearing easier to find/cheaper to buy single-leech items.
  • The skill boni do not provide significant benefits


M'avina's Caster - "Which Arrow killed you?" - "All of them!"[edit]

Advantages:

  • Although greatly increased, still decent speed gains from IAS items
  • Fastest bow until 70% IAS

Disadvantages:

  • Damage cannot keep up with other tested bows at higher character levels

Summary:

  • Recommended using it in combination with other m'avina's items
  • Top-Choice pvp weapon, although Lycander's Aim works better unless you go for damage reduction gear.


Eaglehorn - "Is that a windforce??"[edit]

Advantages:

  • Sufficient damage, speed, and speed gains

Disadvantages;

  • High Price

Summary:

  • Its ignore target defense mod makes up for the relatively low minimum damage
  • A Top-Choice bow for the cow level in hell difficulty
  • Recommended using in combination with an amplify damage item


Windforce - "show me plz, show me!!"[edit]

Advantages:

  • Great Damage, Great Speed
  • Perfect for bragging, showing off, earning cash

Disadvantages:

  • Insane Price

Summary:

  • Mana Leech allows using easier to find/cheaper to buy single-leech items
  • Knockback keeps them pesky cows away from you, and lets you use gloves other than cleglaw's pincers
  • Strength bonus (10) makes it easier meeting the 134 strength requirements
  • The ultimate pvm bow

Cruel Hydra Bow - "Buriza up my ass!"[edit]

Advantages:

  • Decent Speed
  • Magic item, therefore allows more sockets than any of the other tested bows
  • Good all-rounder

Disadvantages

  • Lack of useful mods, other than the high ed% ;)

Summary

  • Recommended using in combination with amplify damage item
  • Gets useful above 250% ed

Credits[edit]

Shazam, for assistance on actually understanding all this stuff I wrote about
Ceph, for lending me some of his bows
Coca Cola Inc., for keeping me awake

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