This is a guide for that Jabzon in the present D2R patch (2.6). This comprehensive guide aims to assist new players unlock the entire potential of the Jab Amazon character focussed on her behalf job skill. While not one of the most popular builds, the Jabzon is a powerful melee character similar to a Zealer, Frenzy Barb, or any other melee physical damage dealer. With the right gear and proper playstyle, she will be a strong character for PvM and PvP content. We'll cover essential gameplay strategies, talent builds, gear selection, and leveling ideas to ensure you dominate by having a powerful, but non-flashy skill which will surprise you with damage output. The Jabzon sees some use in being an Uber or DClone killer. Usually fend can be used in conjunction with Jab being an additional method to deal damage.
The Jab Amazon: A Brief Overview
The Jab Amazon is a melee-focused character focusing on the use of spears or javelins. She is a versatile and powerful warrior, able to deal massive levels of physical and elemental damage (if equipped to do this). Her high attack speed and mobility make her a formidable opponent both in PvE and PvP content and offer an interesting option to the standard bowazon or Javazon.
As you level up, distribute your stat points as follows:
Strength: Enough to equip your desired gear.
Dexterity: Primary focus for increased attack rating and damage.
Vitality: Secondary focus for additional survivability.
Energy: Minimal investment, as you'll depend on leech and potions for mana.
Skill Tree Breakdown
The Jab Amazon's skills are split into three trees: Javelin and Spear, Passive and Magic, and Bow and Crossbow. Focus on the next skills for any potent Jab Amazon build:
Skills to the max:
1. Jab doesn't have damage synergizes which is beneficial as you will have additional points to wield.
2. Fend provides you harm to adjacent targets and it is useful for farming areas such as the Cow level.
3. Penetrate increases your attack rating substantially upping your chance to hit for Jab and Fend.
4. Critical Strike provides you an enormous boost to % in doubling you're on-hit damage. This coupled with Deadly Strike is a potent combo.
5. Valkyrie is a great choice to use all your remaining skill points and offers you a powerful ally in combat who can help soak damage.
Other skills and pre-requisites:
1. Impale is like a prereq to Fend.
2. Invest 1-5 Points into Dodge, Evade, and Avoid.
3. Inner Sight and Slow Missiles as prerequisites to Valkyrie, and powerful combat buff tools either to increase your opportunity to hit or reduce enemy missile speed.
4. Decoy provides you with one more soaker and is a prereq to Valkyrie.
When selecting gear for the Jab Amazon, prioritize the next stats:
Increased Attack Speed (IAS): Essential for maximizing your Jab along with other attack skills.
Enhanced Damage: More damage means faster killing.
Life Leech and Mana Leech: Keep your health insurance and mana replenished during combat.
Resistances: Aim for maximum resistances to mitigate incoming elemental damage.
Detailed gear suggestions with alternatives
Primary: Titan's Revenge (Unique Ceremonial Javelin) for enhanced damage, skills, and replenishment quantity. An Ethereal one with High ED and Life leech will give you a powerful one-handed option and is a go-to for many Jabzons.
Alternative: High-damage rare spear or javelin with IAS, enhanced damage, and leech.
Alternative: Ethereal Breath from the Dying inside a 2-handed spear offers the highest damage option if you're willing to forgo the shield and additional defenses.
Primary: Fortitude (Rune Word) for enhanced damage, resistance, and life. This is the most effective armor choice because of the huge boost to break.
Alternative: Chains of Honor (Rune Word) for +skills, resistances, and damage reduction. Consider this option if survivability is a problem.
Primary: Guillaume’s Face may be the highest damage option providing a substantial boost to Crushing Blow and Deadly Strike. Use this for the fastest clear possible.
Alternative: Andariel's Visage (Unique Demonhead) for IAS, +skills, and life leech. This is a powerful option but bears in mind you should counterbalance the negative fire resistances with Ral or from another source.
Alternative: Vampire Gaze (Unique Grim Helm) for damage reduction, life leech, and mana leech. Great Mid-tier option that's quite easy to locate.
Crown of Ages may be the best defensive option with 30 to any or all res and 15 damage reduction. The two open sockets can be used as ias/ed jewels, Ber runes, or Um runes based on what you need. Keep in mind the high stat requirement means you can invest less in dexterity or vitality.
Primary: Laying of Hands (Set Bramble Mitts) for IAS and enhanced damage against demons. A good selection for IAS and a strong buff in PvM content.
Alternative: Dracul's Grasp (Unique Vampirebone Gloves) for a lifetime tap, life leech, and strength. The Lifetap provides you with near immortality once proc’d, same with fantastic for Ubers.
Primary: Gore Rider (Unique War Boots) for crushing blows, deadly strikes, and open wounds. The best Uber boots for any reason will be the conventional boot for Jabzons.
Alternative: War Traveler (Unique Battle Boots) for additional damage, magic find, and stats. A great selection for Magic Find builds.
Primary: String of Ears (Unique Sharkskin Belt) for Life Leech, physical damage reduction, and magic damage reduction, A great well-rounded belt for self-sustain.
Alternative: Verdungo’s Hearty cord is yet another great option providing a significant boost to survivability with DR and HP.
Primary: Highlord's Wrath (Unique Amulet) for IAS, deadly strike, and +skills. The best amulet for optimum damage builds.
Alternative: Cat’s Eye is a good option for that iAS and FRW which supports you clear faster.
Alternative: Mara’s Kaleidoscope is a good option if you're having resistance issues and want a buffer. Along with using the +2 skills and stats, this makes Maras the ideal choice.
Primary: Raven Frost (Unique Ring) for can't be frozen, attack rating, and dexterity. One is always used and can't be frozen. The other mods are beneficial for any Jabzon.
Secondary: Dual leech rare ring with life/mana leech, resistances, and attack rating. These are the best mods for any Jabzon.
Standard Anni, Torch, and Gheeds ought to be used. Sunder is optional but suitable for certain areas should you don’t have to amplify harm to get past physical immunes. Use as numerous life/ar/max damage charms as you can find. Alternatively, use resistances or FHR charms for added survivability.
Ideally, an Act 2 Might Mercenary Aura is going to be utilized for any powerful Might aura. Options for his weapon include Pride (powerful Concentration aura), Reaper’s toll (Decrepify procs on attack), and Infinity (to reduce defenses and empower your lightning damage should you have decided to go having a hybrid build. A standard Fortitude ought to be used, as well being an Andariel’s Visage, for that powerful life leech and attack speed, or G-Face for powerful boss-killing mods (like Crushing Blow and Deadly Strike).
Progress with the game at your own pace, concentrating on completing quests and killing monsters.
Team track of other players to improve experience gains and share the loot.
Prioritize the Javelin and Spear tree while leveling to unlock most of your skills early.
Use a mix of Jab, Lightning Fury, and Charged Strike to cope with various enemy types and situations.
Keep an eye out for gear upgrades, paying special focus on items that improve your attack speed, damage, and survivability.
Use Jab as most of your attacks against single targets and small categories of enemies, or if they’re inside a line as with Maggot lair.
Fend is a fantastic option where monsters are dispersed in front of you.
Cast Valkyrie to act like a tank and draw aggro, providing you with more space to fight from a safer distance. Decoy serves the same purpose to some lesser extent.
The Jab Amazon excels in parties because of her versatility and damage output. However, she contributes hardly any in terms of auras or buffs herself. She does frontline well with sufficient life leech and survivability from gear. Consider teaming track of characters that offer complementary auras or buffs, for example:
Paladin: Auras like Fanaticism, Conviction, or Salvation can greatly increase your damage and survivability.
Druid: Oak Sage summons and Cyclone Armor can offer additional health insurance and elemental protection.
Necromancer: Curses like Amplify Damage or Lower Resist can boost the damage you deal to enemies.
As you approach the endgame, the Jab Amazon is well-suited for tackling various challenges, for example:
Uber Tristram: With the right gear and skill build, you can effectively undertake the Uber bosses and get powerful Hellfire Torches.
The Pandemonium Event: Your elemental and physical damage output might help your party quickly clear these difficult areas.
Key Runs: The Jab Amazon's versatility allows her to efficiently farm Countess, Summoner, and Nihlathak for keys.
PvP Combat: Use your speed, mobility, and high damage output to interact and eliminate opponents in PvP duels.
The Jabzon is a unique build that will surprise individuals with your damage output. You can farm very effectively using the right gear and build. Remember to balance your damage with ensuring you can survive in most areas because the Amazon is a naturally fragile character. Good luck!