Runes, which are as rare as they are valuable in D2R, allow you to obtain powerful bonuses on equipment and, more importantly, to compose fantastic runic words that are possible at high levels. Here is a farming guide to help you find them and harvest them as quickly as possible.
What is the best way to farm the Bloody Countess?
As you can see from our list of Diablo 2 Resurrected Rune Words, there are dozens of enticing combinations to choose from, each of which can completely transform your character if used correctly. Because some of them are available from level 13, and because there is a good plan to find them easily from Act 1 of Normal mode, your very first character will be able to enjoy them if you follow the instructions in this guide.
Additionally, the method is extremely simple, requiring only that you repeatedly kill the Bloody Countess from Act 1 in the Dark Marsh, on the 5th level of the Forgotten Tower’s cellar. You might as well admit it right away: if you want to compete at a high level, you won’t be able to avoid seeing this poor woman, so you’d better memorize the route.
One of the first steps is to locate the relay “The Dark Marsh” in Act 1, which can be found immediately after the Dark Wood. The location of the teleportation point is a requirement for the remainder of the adventure, so you only have to search for it on the map. The Countess has already been asked to be killed if you have found her book, but this is an optional step in the quest.
The second stage is the most difficult; you must locate the Ruined Tower in the swamp, which is a difficult task. In general, it is not far from the relay, and you will most likely come across it while taking a brief tour of the surrounding area during your journey. This is not always the case, however, and you can either search the map for a more favorable spawn point or restart the game and hope for a better spawn point the next time.
Once you’ve located the tower, go into its bowels and then descend the floors of the cellar until you reach the fifth level of the tower. It is possible to obtain two different versions of the Countess map; however, in practice, this only changes the orientation of the map; she is always in the back room, where ghosts and corrupted rogues are present.
The only thing to be on the lookout for in this battle is the presence of walls of fire on every front door step of the enemy. You have two options: either stay out of the room and attract monsters one by one, or charge into the room with all your might and attack them directly. Just make sure you don’t get caught in the flames. Please keep in mind that your Mercenaries and Summons have a bad habit of committing suicide in the fires of battle. Please keep in mind that they are impervious to both fire and frost while in Hell mode as well.
After her death, she will typically drop 1 to 3 Diablo 2 ladder runes on average, with some of the more rare runes for the corresponding difficulty setting being among those dropped. All that is required of you is to collect them, return to town, and then exit the game. Restart the game and repeat the process until you have obtained the desired number of runes.
What runes can be found on the Countess’s body and clothing?
The rarity of the runes increases from left to right, with the runes on the left being the most common and the runes on the right being the most rare. The likelihood of obtaining them is low, if not extremely low. She has the ability to knock down runes from previous difficulty settings as well as new ones. It is impossible to obtain any of the game’s five most valuable runes from it. In addition, while in Hell mode, she accidentally drops one of the keys to the Uber bosses, making the trip that much more profitable.