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Strafe

Amazon Skill

Requires level: 24
Skill tree: Bow and Crossbow Skills

Fires a volley of arrows at multiple nearby targets.

Prerequisites:

Magic Arrow

Multiple Shot

Cold Arrow

Guided Arrow

Data contributed by Stormlash
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Description

Magically splits one arrow into several that target multiple nearby enemies.

Strafe
is the skill of choice for many high-level Bowazons, although Multishot is also an option.

Strafe
will automatically aim and fire at targets on the screen up to the
Strafe
limit. As you get more points in
Strafe
it will hit more monsters at once.

Strafe
is good at alerting you to new monsters entering the area. If you start firing in a new direction where you previously have not been firing at, you will know a monster is over there in that new direction.

Try to lead groups of monsters into a tight pack. You will then be able to take advantage of
Pierce
. This will also keep you from switching back and forth in opposite directions which will save time.

Strafe
isn't as good against a single monster as large groups of monsters. You may quickly run out of Mana when using shots against a single monster. Try switching to another skill if you are fighting single monsters.

Strafe
will sometimes fire a little off-screen, but Multishot is much better for firing at monsters off-screen.

Strafe
works very well with Cold Damage. Find an item that adds Cold Damage to make all your hits Cold Damage
Arrows
. This will chill monsters and will also sometimes shatter them preventing monsters from raising the corpses.
Freezing Arrow
also works well with
Strafe
especially in Normal and Nightmare mode before Cold Length is significantly reduced. You can also set one mouse button to Freeze Arrow and the other to
Strafe
(or use Hot Keys). Fire a Freeze Arrow to stop the monsters in their tracks, then follow up with
Strafe
to shatter them.

You may wish to assign
Strafe
to your right mouse button. That way if you need to get away, clicking the left button won't cause you to
Strafe
rather than move.

Strafe
works with the Paladin's
Concentration
Aura in the following way:
Damage = Bow_Damage*(1 + Dex_bonus + Concentration_bonus + Strafe_bonus)

There is a rather hidden "Minimum shots" effect in
Strafe
. What this means is that
Strafe
will fire at least this many shots at one monster, but will fire more up until the
Strafe
limit if there is more than one monster. This is very useful in making multiple hits vs. one single monster, but the downside is that it puts you in
Strafe
lock more often.

The formula is as follows: Min
Arrows
fired = 2 + slvl / 4 rounded down.
Which means, at level 4, 3 shots are fired; at level 20, 2 + 20/4 or at least 7
Arrows
are shot.

Strafe
Lock
While you are Strafing, your character will be locked in place. You will be unable to move until you are done Strafing. Keep in mind that as you put more points into
Strafe
and it hits more targets, the time you are locked will be longer. Hardcore players might wish to avoid placing too many points into
Strafe
. For players on Normal mode this is generally not a problem. Be sure to not fire a
Strafe
right before trying to run away and you will usually be OK.
Description by Stormlash
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Lore

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.
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Magically splits one arrow into several that target multiple nearby enemies.

Strafe
is the skill of choice for many high-level Bowazons, although Multishot is also an option.

Strafe
will automatically aim and fire at targets on the screen up to the
Strafe
limit. As you get more points in
Strafe
it will hit more monsters at once.

Strafe
is good at alerting you to new monsters entering the area. If you start firing in a new direction where you previously have not been firing at, you will know a monster is over there in that new direction.

Try to lead groups of monsters into a tight pack. You will then be able to take advantage of
Pierce
. This will also keep you from switching back and forth in opposite directions which will save time.

Strafe
isn't as good against a single monster as large groups of monsters. You may quickly run out of Mana when using shots against a single monster. Try switching to another skill if you are fighting single monsters.

Strafe
will sometimes fire a little off-screen, but Multishot is much better for firing at monsters off-screen.

Strafe
works very well with Cold Damage. Find an item that adds Cold Damage to make all your hits Cold Damage
Arrows
. This will chill monsters and will also sometimes shatter them preventing monsters from raising the corpses.
Freezing Arrow
also works well with
Strafe
especially in Normal and Nightmare mode before Cold Length is significantly reduced. You can also set one mouse button to Freeze Arrow and the other to
Strafe
(or use Hot Keys). Fire a Freeze Arrow to stop the monsters in their tracks, then follow up with
Strafe
to shatter them.

You may wish to assign
Strafe
to your right mouse button. That way if you need to get away, clicking the left button won't cause you to
Strafe
rather than move.

Strafe
works with the Paladin's
Concentration
Aura in the following way:
Damage = Bow_Damage*(1 + Dex_bonus + Concentration_bonus + Strafe_bonus)

There is a rather hidden "Minimum shots" effect in
Strafe
. What this means is that
Strafe
will fire at least this many shots at one monster, but will fire more up until the
Strafe
limit if there is more than one monster. This is very useful in making multiple hits vs. one single monster, but the downside is that it puts you in
Strafe
lock more often.

The formula is as follows: Min
Arrows
fired = 2 + slvl / 4 rounded down.
Which means, at level 4, 3 shots are fired; at level 20, 2 + 20/4 or at least 7
Arrows
are shot.

Strafe
Lock
While you are Strafing, your character will be locked in place. You will be unable to move until you are done Strafing. Keep in mind that as you put more points into
Strafe
and it hits more targets, the time you are locked will be longer. Hardcore players might wish to avoid placing too many points into
Strafe
. For players on Normal mode this is generally not a problem. Be sure to not fire a
Strafe
right before trying to run away and you will usually be OK.
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