PvM Build Rankings in Diablo 2
This page covers each class and build in respect to their solo clearing capabilities in Diablo 2. Each build currently available on the site is ranked below.
Amazon's Best PvM Build
The Javazon has two of the most powerful Skills in the game between Charged Strike and Lightning Fury. On top of having insanely high Damage, both of these Skills also do not require Attack Rating which helps in a solo clearing through the game. While Act 3 Hell can be difficult, taking it slow and having a Lower Resist Charges Wand can help this Amazon get through and finish the game.
Assassin's Best PvM Build
The Trap Assassin is not only one of the best Assassin builds but also one of the strongest Characters to beat the game solo overall. Between high Lightning Damage mixed with the Fire and Physical damage from Death Sentry, there is no monster type she cannot kill. Additionally, Mind Blast and Cloak of Shadows provide great crowd control leading her to manipulate any environment while her Traps wipe it clean.
Barbarian's Best PvM Build
The Barbarian overall struggles to clear the game in a timely manner but he is extremely tanky and a great pick for someone looking for a challenge. Of the Barbarian builds, the strongest ends up actually being the Singer build as it does not require insanely difficult gearing, avoids the Attack Rating calculator, and provides an Area of Effect attack that damages and stuns at the same time.
Druid's Best PvM Build
The Elemental Wind Druid is the strongest overall, actually starting out in Fire and the Respecializing into Wind after Level 30. With a Cold Damage Hurricane and a Physical Damage Tornado he is able to clear out most mobs without immunity concerns. Additionally, his Summon Grizzly can be a fantastic tank to sit behind and blast out massive damage while staying out of harms way.
Necromancer's Best PvM Build
The Summon Necromancer is one of the best noob-friendly builds in Diablo 2, allowing for a swarm of minions to fight on your behalf while you sit back and relax. While his overall kill speed may be a little bit slow and he isn't known for killing Bosses extremely well, the Summoner handles every area in the game with ease and should have no big issues arise.
Paladin's Best PvM Build
The iconic Hammerdin uses a Magic Damage attack to avoid most immunities and wreck his enemies. On top of its ability to hurt most enemies, Blessed Hammer also boasts an insanely high damage output and a decent area of effect to clear out every area in the game. While his playstyle may take a little bit to get used to, he is insanely powerful and one of the most player Characters in the game for a reason.
Sorceress' Best PvM Build
The Blizzard Sorceress is known for her late game Magic Find utility and high damage output, but she is also extremely well equipped to power through the game quickly. Starting from Level 1 Blizzard is powerful enough to clear out a lot of monsters in Normal while also slowing and providing additional safety to the Sorceress. As the game continues she only grows more powerful until eventually she hits Immunities and needs to bring in a Mercenary or a secondary element Skill to finish the job.
PvM Tier Lists
Solo Playthrough Tier List
Remember that this list is for a PvM solo playthrough of the game. The overall strength of these Characters fully geared or leveled vastly changes and should not be considered when observing this list.
S-Tier Solo Playthrough Builds
|Assassin||Lightning / Death Sentry Assassin (Trapsin) Build|
|Necromancer||Summoner Necromancer Build|
|Paladin||Blessed Hammer Paladin (Hammerdin) Build|
|Sorceress||Blizzard Sorceress Build|
|Sorceress||Hydra Orb Sorceress Build|
|Paladin||FoH Smiter Paladin Build|
|Paladin||FoH Paladin Build|
A-Tier Solo Playthrough Builds
|Amazon||Lightning Fury / Charged Strike Amazon (Javazon) Build|
|Druid||Tornado / Hurricane Wind Druid Build|
|Necromancer||Bone Necromancer Build|
|Druid||Fire Druid Build|
|Sorceress||Fire Sorceress Build|
|Amazon||Frost / Fire Bow Amazon (Bowazon) Build|
|Paladin||Smiter Paladin Build|
|Sorceress||Blizzard Frozen Orb Sorceress Build|
|Sorceress||Meteor/Orb Sorceress Build|
|Barbarian||War Cry Barbarian (Singer) Build>|
|Sorceress||Nova Sorceress Build|
B-Tier Solo Playthrough Builds
|Sorceress||Lightning Sorceress Build|
|Amazon||Elemental Spearzon Build|
|Paladin||Zealot Paladin Build|
|Amazon||Freezing Arrow Amazon (Frost Maiden) Build|
|Barbarian||Frenzy Barbarian Build|
|Necromancer||Poison Necromancer Build|
|Assassin||Phoenix Strike Assassin Build|
|Druid||Fury Druid Build|
|Paladin||Holy Freeze Zealot Paladin Build|
|Amazon||Multiple Shot / Guided Arrow Amazon (Physical Bowazon) Build|
|Paladin||Avenger Paladin Build|
|Druid||Summoner Druid Build|
C-Tier Solo Playthrough Builds
|Barbarian||Berserk Barbarian Build|
|Assassin||Dragon Talon Assassin (Kicksin) Build|
|Assassin||Blade Fury Assassin (Bladesin) Build|
|Barbarian||Dual Throw Barbarian Build|
D-Tier Solo Playthrough Builds
|Sorceress||Enchantress Sorceress Build|
|Barbarian||Whirlwind Barbarian Build|
|Amazon||Physical Spearzon Build|
Group Playthrough Tier List
Remember that this list is for a PvM group playthrough of the game. The overall strength of these Characters fully geared or leveled vastly changes and should not be considered when observing this list.