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Strafe (Diablo II)

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For the Demon Hunter skill, see Strafe (Diablo III).

Class: Amazon
Required Level: 24
Skill Tree: Bow and Crossbow Skills
Requires: Magic Arrow, Cold Arrow, Multiple Shot, Guided Arrow
Cost: 11 Mana

Fires a volley of arrows at multiple nearby targets.

Damage Type: Physical
Other Stats: Requires a Ranged Weapon

Strafe is an Amazon Skill in Diablo II. It is one of her area damage abilities, hitting multiple enemies in quick succession, but more targeted than Multiple Shot.


Once a warrior has attained this facility, she can fire a volley of arrows with amazing speed and precision, striking one target after another. Veteran mercenaries often tell a tale of a new recruit who was nearly struck down in battle because he was too distracted when first seeing an Amazon use this ability. Do not doubt his word, as he is probably referring to himself. Just smile and buy him another tankard of ale.

General InformationEdit

Strafe allows the Amazon to quickly fire up to 10 arrows or bolts at all targets within range, with every projectile carrying all the properties of its launcher. Like Multiple Shot, this skill suffers from getting its attack power reduced to 75%, but gains a damage increase as Strafe reaches higher levels. Strafe uses only one arrow per cast. If there are only a few targets (or even one target), Strafe fires at the same target(s) multiple times. The formula for maximum amount of arrows per target is (2 + Strafe level) / 4, rounded down. As Strafe auto-targets any enemy within range (which extends to past the border of the screen), it is a good scouting spell to cast when entering an unfamiliar area.

In terms of damage per second, Strafe is one of the best Amazon multi-hit skills, with Multiple Shot being its only rival in most circumstances. The skill is however dangerous to use in certain situations as careless casting results in "Strafe Lock", causing users to be unable to move until all the arrows from Strafe are fired.

Skill ProgressionEdit

Mana Cost: 11

Level 1234567891011
Number of Attacks 5 6 7 8 9 10 10 10 10 10 10
Damage Bonus 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55%
Level 12131415161718192025
Number of Attacks 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Damage Bonus 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 100% 125%

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