Everything You Need to Know about the Countess

Everything You Need to Know about the Countess

Who is the Countess?

player about to fight the Countess
The Countess in Diablo 2 Resurrected is a quest boss who needs to be killed for The Forgotten Tower quest in Act 1. She can be found in the 5th level of the Forgotten Tower under the Black Marsh. The Countess is an interesting target because of her unique rune drop mechanics. Besides runes, she also drops the Key of Terror on Hell difficulty, used for the Pandemonium Event.

Drop mechanics

The Countess has 2 drop tables, her normal monster drop table and a special rune drop table. In total she can drop up to 6 items, taking into consideration player difficulty. Her normal monster drop table is rolled first, so increasing the player difficulty will increase the amount of items from the normal drop table and reduce the amount of rune rolls. That's why it is best to farm the Countess on player 1 difficulty, to get the best rune drop chances. Magic find on the other hand does not affect rune drops, because it only affects the rarity of her normal drop table, not the amount of items. This means that the amount of rune drop rolls remain the same.

Her special rune drop table can roll up to a Ral rune on Normal difficulty, Io rune on Nightmare difficulty, and Ist rune on Hell difficulty.

countess rune drop table per difficulty
difficultyrune drop (in addition to lower difficulty)
normalel, eld, tir, nef, eth, ith, tal and ral
nightmareort, thul, amn, sol, shael, dol, hel and io
helllum, ko, fal, lem, pul, um, mal and ist

Keep in mind that her normal monster drop table can also drop runes, albeit with a low drop chance for higher runes than her rune drop table. On Nightmare difficulty this goes up to an Ko rune and on Hell difficulty she can drop up to a Lo rune.

rune drop chances for countess (source), * = normal drop table
runedrop chance normaldrop chance nightmaredrop chance hell
Lon/a n/a1 in 45779*
Ohmn/a n/a1 in 30519*
Vexn/a n/a1 in 32151*
Guln/a n/a1 in 21434*
Istn/a n/a1 in 236
Maln/a n/a1 in 157
Umn/a n/a1 in 161
Puln/a n/a1 in 107
Lemn/a n/a1 in 82
Faln/a n/a1 in 54
Kon/a 1 in 3837*1 in 42
Lumn/a 1 in 2558*1 in 28
Ion/a 1 in 211 in 22
Heln/a 1 in 141 in 15
Doln/a 1 in 121 in 13
Shaeln/a 1 in 81 in 9
Soln/a 1 in 71 in 8
Amnn/a 1 in 51 in 5
Thuln/a 1 in 61 in 6
Ortn/a 1 in 41 in 4
Ral1 in 3 1 in 61 in 6
Tal1 in 2 1 in 41 in 4
Ith1 in 4 1 in 81 in 8
Eth1 in 3 1 in 51 in 6
Tir1 in 4 1 in 81 in 8
Nef1 in 6 1 in 111 in 12
Eld1 in 12 1 in 271 in 29
El1 in 8 1 in 181 in 19

Runewords you can farm from the Countess

Normal Countess

Stealth and Leaf are probably the most useful starter items in the game. It is therefore a good strategy for a new account to do a few Countess runs to obtain these runewords.

Allowed Bases
Runeword Recipe
Nadir2 socketshelm
nef + tir
+50% Enhanced Defense+10 Defense+30 Defense vs. Missile (nef)+5 to Strength+2 to Mana after each Kill (tir)-33% Extra Gold from Monsters-3 to Light RadiusLevel 13 Cloak of Shadows (9 charges)
Steel2 socketsswordaxemace
tir + el
+25% Increased Attack Speed+20% Enhanced Damage+3 to Minimum Damage+3 to Maximum Damage+50 to Attack Rating (el)50% Chance of Open Wounds+2 to Mana after each Kill (tir)+1 to Light Radius (el)
Malice3 socketsmelee weapon
ith + el + eth
+33% Enhanced Damage+9 to Maximum Damage (ith)-25% Target Defense (eth)+50 to Attack Rating (el)100% Chance of Open woundsPrevent Monster Heal-100 to Monster Defense Per HitDrain Life -5
Stealth2 socketsbody armor
tal + eth
Magic Damage Reduced By 3+6 To Dexterity+15 To Maximum StaminaPoison Resist +30% (tal)Regenerate Mana 15% (eth)25% Faster Run/Walk25% Faster Cast Rate25% Faster Hit Recovery
Leaf2 socketsstaff
tir + ral
+3 to Fire SkillsAdds 5-30 Fire Damage (ral)+3 to Inferno (Sorceress Only)+3 to Warmth (Sorceress Only)+3 to Fire Bolt (Sorceress Only)+(2*Clvl) Defense (Based on Character Level)Cold Resist +33%+2 to Mana after each Kill (tir)

Nightmare Countess (in addition to Normal)

At the start of a new ladder season, some of the most sought-after runewords can be easily obtained from the Nightmare Countess. Runewords like Insight, Spirit, and Lore are very valuable for farming in early ladder season.

Allowed Bases
Runeword Recipe
Ancient's Pledge3 socketsshield
ral + ort + tal
+50% Enhanced DefenseCold Resist +43%Lightning Resist +48% (ort)Fire Resist +48% (ral)Poison Resist +48% (tal)10% Damage Taken Goes to Mana
Holy Thunder4 socketsscepter
eth + ral + ort + tal
+60% Enhanced Damage+10 to Maximum Damage-25% Target Defense (eth)Adds 5-30 Fire Damage (ral)Adds 21-110 Lightning Damage (ort)+75 Poison Damage over 5 seconds (tal)+3 to Holy Shock (Paladin Only)+5% to Maximum Lightning ResistLightning Resist +60%Level 7 Chain Lightning (60 charges)
Zephyr2 socketsmissile weapon
ort + eth
7% Chance to Cast Level 1 Twister When Struck+25% Faster Run/Walk+25% Increased Attack Speed+33% Enhanced Damage-25% Target Defense (eth)+66 to Attack RatingAdds 1-50 lightning damage (ort)+25 Defense
Pattern3 socketsclaw
tal + ort + tir
+30% Faster Bock Rate+40-80% Enhanced damage10% Bonus to Attack RatingAdds 12-32 Fire DamageAdds 1-50 Lightning Damage (ort)Adds 3-14 Cold Damage+75 Poison Damage over 5 seconds (tal)+6 to Strength+6 to DexterityAll Resistances +15
Edge3 socketsmissile weapon
tir + tal + amn
Level 15 Thorns Aura When Equipped+35% Increased Attack Speed+320-380% Damage To Demons (varies)+280% Damage To Undead+75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds (tal)7% Life Stolen Per Hit (amn)Prevent Monster Heal+5-10 To All Attributes (varies)+2 To Mana After Each Kill (tir)Reduces All Vendor Prices 15%
King's Grace3 socketsswordscepter
amn + ral + thul
+100% Enhanced Damage+150 to Attack Rating+100% Damage to Demons+100 to Attack Rating against Demons+50% Damage to Undead+100 to Attack Rating against UndeadAdds 5-30 Fire Damage (ral)Adds 3-14 Cold damage (thul)7% Life stolen per hit (amn)
Spirit4 socketsshieldsword
tal + thul + ort + amn
+2 To All Skills+25-35% Faster Cast Rate (varies)+55% Faster Hit Recovery+250 Defense Vs. Missile+22 To Vitality+89-112 To Mana (varies)+3-8 Magic Absorb (varies)ShieldsCold Resist +35% (thul)Lightning Resist +35% (ort)Poison Resist +35% (tal)Attacker Takes Damage of 14 (amn)SwordsAdds 1-50 Lightning Damage (ort)Adds 3-14 Cold Damage (thul)+75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds (tal)7% Life Stolen Per Hit (amn)
Strength2 socketsmelee weapon
amn + tir
+35% Enhanced Damage7% Life stolen per hit (amn)25% Chance of Crushing Blow+20 to Strength+10 to Vitality+2 to Mana after each Kill (tir)
Honor5 socketsmelee weapon
amn + el + ith + tir + sol
+1 to all skills+160% Enhanced Damage+9 to Minimum Damage (sol)+9 to Maximum Damage (ith)+250 to Attack Rating (el)7% Life Stolen per Hit (amn)25% Deadly Strike+10 to StrengthReplenish life +10+2 to Mana after each Kill (tir)+1 to Light Radius (el)
Insight4 socketspolearmstaff
ral + tir + tal + sol
Level 12-17 Meditation Aura When Equipped (varies)+35% Faster Cast Rate+200-260% Enhanced Damage (varies)+9 To Minimum Damage (sol)180-250% Bonus to Attack Rating (varies)Adds 5-30 Fire Damage (ral)+75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds (tal)+1-6 To Critical Strike (varies)+5 To All Attributes+2 To Mana After Each Kill (tir)23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Lore2 socketshelm
ort + sol
+1 to All Skills+10 to EnergyLightning Resist +30% (ort)Damage Reduced by 7 (sol)+2 to Mana after each Kill+2 to Light Radius
Radiance3 socketshelm
nef + sol + ith
+75% Enhanced Defense+30 Defense vs. Missile (nef)+10 to Vitality+10 to Energy+33 to ManaDamage Reduced by 7 (sol)Magic Damage Reduced by 315% Damage Taken Goes to Mana (ith)+5 to Light Radius
Peace3 socketsbody armor
shael + thul + amn
4% Chance To Cast Level 5 Slow Missiles When Struck2% Chance To Cast level 15 Valkyrie On Striking+2 To Amazon Skill Levels+20% Faster Hit Recovery (shael)+2 To Critical StrikeCold Resist +30% (thul)Attacker Takes Damage of 14 (amn)
Rhyme2 socketsshield29
+40% Faster Block Rate20% Increased Chance of Blocking (shael)Regenerate Mana 15% (eth)All Resistances +25Cannot be Frozen50% Extra Gold from Monsters25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Myth3 socketsbody armor
hel + amn + nef
3% Chance To Cast Level 1 Howl When Struck10% Chance To Cast Level 1 Taunt On Striking+2 To Barbarian Skill Levels+30 Defense Vs. Missile (nef)Replenish Life +10Attacker Takes Damage of 14 (amn)Requirements -15% (hel)
Black3 socketsclubhammermace
thul + io + nef
+15% Increased Attack Speed+120% Enhanced Damage+200 to Attack RatingAdds 3-14 Cold Damage (thul)40% Chance of Crushing BlowKnockback (nef)+10 to Vitality (io)Magic Damage Reduced By 2Level 4 Corpse Explosion (12 Charges)
White2 socketswand
dol + io
+3 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)+20% Faster Cast Rate+2 to Bone Spear (Necromancer Only)+4 to Skeleton Mastery (Necromancer Only)+3 to Bone Armor (Necromancer Only)Hit causes monster to flee 25% (dol)+10 to vitality (io)+13 to manaMagic Damage Reduced by 4

Hell Countess (in addition to Nightmare)

Because Ist runes are still a very rare drop from the Countess, it will still take a long time to find these. On the other hand, the Countess does drop more regularly runes for other good runewords like Treachery and Obedience. Both very good runewords for your Mercenary.

Allowed Bases
Runeword Recipe
Memory4 socketsstaff
lum + io + sol + eth
+3 To Sorceress Skill Levels+33% Faster Cast Rate+9 To Minimum Damage (sol)-25% Target Defense (eth)+3 To Energy Shield (Sorceress Only)+2 To Static Field (Sorceress Only)+50% Enhanced Defense+10 to Vitality (io)+10 to Energy (lum)Increase Maximum Mana 20%Magic Damage Reduced By 7
Smoke2 socketsbody armor
nef + lum
+20% Faster Hit Recovery+75% Enhanced Defense+280 Defense vs. Missile (nef)+10 to Energy (lum)All Resistances +50-1 to Light RadiusLevel 6 Weaken (18 charges)
Splendor2 socketsshield
eth + lum
+1 To All Skills+10% Faster Cast Rate+20% Faster Block Rate+60-100% Enhanced Defense (varies)+10 To Energy (lum)Regenerate Mana 15% (eth)50% Extra Gold From Monsters20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items+3 To Light Radius
Harmony4 socketsmissile weapon
tir + ith + sol + ko
Level 10 Vigor Aura When Equipped+200-275% Enhanced Damage (varies)+9 To Minimum Damage (sol)+9 To Maximum Damage (ith)Adds 55-160 Fire DamageAdds 55-160 Lightning DamageAdds 55-160 Cold Damage+2-6 To Valkyrie (varies)+10 To Dexterity (ko)Regenerate Mana 20%+2 To Mana After Each Kill (tir)+2 To Light RadiusLevel 20 Revive (25 Charges)
Melody3 socketsmissile weapon
shael + ko + nef
+3 To Bow and Crossbow Skills (Amazon Only)+20% Increased Attack Speed (shael)+50% Enhanced Damage+300% Damage To Undead+3 To Slow Missiles (Amazon Only)+3 To Dodge (Amazon Only)+3 To Critical Strike (Amazon Only)Knockback (nef)+10 To Dexterity (ko)
Lionheart3 socketsbody armor
hel + lum + fal
+20% Enhanced Damage+25 To Strength (fal)+15 To Dexterity+20 To Vitality+10 To Energy (lum)+50 To LifeAll Resistances +30Requirements -15% (hel)
Obedience5 socketspolearm
hel + ko + thul + eth + fal
30% Chance To Cast Level 21 Enchant When You Kill An Enemy+40% Faster Hit Recovery+370% Enhanced Damage-25% Target Defense (eth)Adds 3-14 Cold Damage (thul)-25% To Enemy Fire Resistance40% Chance of Crushing Blow+200-300 Defense (varies)+10 To Strength (fal)+10 To Dexterity (ko)All Resistances +20-30 (varies)Requirements -20% (hel)
Unbending Will6 socketssword
fal + io + ith + eld + el + hel
18% Chance To Cast Level 18 Taunt On Striking+3 to Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)+20% Increased Attack Speed+330% Enhanced Damage+9 to Maximum Damage (ith)+50 to Attack Rating (el)+75 Damage to Undead+50 to Attack Rating Against Undead (eld)8% Life Stolen Per HitPrevent Monster Heal+10 to Strength (fal)+10 to Vitality (io)Damage Reduced By 8+1 to Light Radius (el)Requirements -20% (hel)
Lawbringer3 socketshammersceptersword
amn + lem + ko
20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Decrepify On StrikingLevel 16-18 Sanctuary Aura When Equipped (varies)-50% Target DefenseAdds 150-210 Fire DamageAdds 130-180 Cold Damage7% Life Stolen Per Hit (amn)Slain Monsters Rest In Peace+200-250 Defense Vs. Missile (varies)+10 To Dexterity (ko)75% Extra Gold From Monsters (lem)
Passion4 socketsweapon
dol + ort + eld + lem
+25% Increased Attack Speed+160-210% Enhanced Damage (varies)50-80% Bonus To Attack Rating (varies)+75% Damage To Undead (eld)+50 To Attack Rating Against Undead (eld)Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage (ort)+1 To Berserk+1 To ZealHit Blinds Target +10Hit Causes Monster To Flee 25% (dol)75% Extra Gold From Monsters (lem)Level 3 Heart of Wolverine (12 Charges)
Treachery3 socketsbody armor
shael + thul + lem
5% Chance To Cast Level 15 Fade When Struck25% Chance To Cast level 15 Venom On Striking+2 To Assassin Skills+45% Increased Attack Speed+20% Faster Hit Recovery (shael)Cold Resist +30% (thul)50% Extra Gold From Monsters (lem)
Voice of Reason4 socketsmacesword
lem + ko + el + eld
15% Chance To Cast Level 13 Frozen Orb On Striking18% Chance To Cast Level 20 Ice Blast On Striking+50 To Attack Rating (el)+220-350% Damage To Demons (varies)+355-375% Damage To Undead (varies) (eld)+50 To Attack Rating Against Undead (eld)Adds 100-220 Cold Damage-24% To Enemy Cold Resistance+10 To Dexterity (ko)Cannot Be Frozen75% Extra Gold From Monsters (lem)+1 To Light Radius (el)
Wealth3 socketsbody armor
lem + ko + tir
+10 to Dexterity (ko)+2 to Mana After Each Kill (tir)300% Extra Gold From Monsters (lem)100% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Enlightenment3 socketsbody armor
pul + ral + sol
5% Chance To Cast Level 15 Blaze When Struck5% Chance To Cast level 15 Fire Ball On Striking+2 To Sorceress Skill Levels+1 To Warmth+30% Enhanced Defense (pul)Fire Resist +30% (ral)Damage Reduced By 7 (sol)
Wisdom3 socketscirclet
pul + ith + eld
33% Piercing Attack20% Bonus to Attack Rating5% mana stolen per hit+30% Enhanced Defense+10 EnergyLowers Stamina drain by 15%Cannot Be Frozen+5 mana after each kill15% damage taken goes to mana
Bone3 socketsbody armor
sol + um + um
15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone Armor When Struck15% Chance To Cast level 10 Bone Spear On Striking+2 To Necromancer Skill Levels+100-150 To Mana (varies)All Resistances +30 (um)Damage Reduced By 7 (sol)
Crescent Moon3 socketsaxepolearmsword
shael + um + tir
10% Chance To Cast Level 17 Chain Lightning On Striking7% Chance To Cast Level 13 Static Field On Striking+20% Increased Attack Speed (shael)+180-220% Enhanced Damage (varies)Ignore Target's Defense-35% To Enemy Lightning Resistance25% Chance of Open Wounds (um)+9-11 Magic Absorb (varies)+2 To Mana After Each Kill (tir)Level 18 Summon Spirit Wolf (30 Charges)
Duress3 socketsbody armor
shael + um + thul
+40% faster hit Recovery (shael)+10-20% Enhanced Damage (varies)Adds 37-133 Cold Damage15% Chance of Crushing Blow33% Chance of Open Wounds+150-200% Enhanced Defense (varies)-20% Slower Stamina DrainCold Resist +45% (thul)Lightning Resist +15%Fire Resist +15%Poison Resist +15%
Gloom3 socketsbody armor
fal + um + pul
15% Chance To Cast Level 3 Dim Vision When Struck+10% Faster Hit Recovery+200-260% Enhanced Defense (varies) (pul)+10 To Strength (fal)All Resistances +45 (um)Half Freeze Duration5% Damage Taken Goes To Mana-3 To Light Radius
Stone4 socketsbody armor
shael + um + pul + lum
+60% Faster Hit Recovery (shael)+250-290% Enhanced Defense (varies) (pul)+300 Defense Vs. Missile+16 To Strength+16 To Vitality+10 To Energy (lum)All Resistances +15 (um)Level 16 Molten Boulder (80 Charges)Level 16 Clay Golem (16 Charges)
Oath4 socketsaxemacesword
shael + pul + mal + lum
Indestructible30% Chance To Cast Level 20 Bone Spirit On Striking+50% Increased Attack Speed (shael)+210-340% Enhanced Damage (varies)+75% Damage To Demons (pul)+100 To Attack Rating Against Demons (pul)Prevent Monster Heal (mal)+10 To Energy (lum)+10-15 Magic Absorb (varies)Level 16 Heart of Wolverine (20 Charges)Level 17 Iron Golem (14 Charges)
Prudence2 socketsbody armor
mal + tir
+25% Faster Hit Recovery+140-170% Enhanced Defense (varies)All Resistances +25-35 (varies)Damage Reduced by 3Magic Damage Reduced by 17 (mal)+2 To Mana After Each Kill (tir)+1 To Light RadiusRepairs 1 Durability every 4 seconds
Rain3 socketsbody armor
ort + mal + ith
5% Chance To Cast Level 15 Cyclone Armor When Struck5% Chance To Cast Level 15 Twister On Striking+2 To Druid Skills+100-150 To Mana (varies)Lightning Resist +30% (ort)Magic Damage Reduced By 7 (mal)15% Damage Taken Goes to Mana (ith)
Sanctuary3 socketsshield
ko + ko + mal
+20% Faster Hit Recovery+20% Faster Block Rate20% Increased Chance of Blocking+130-160% Enhanced Defense (varies)+250 Defense vs. Missile+20 To Dexterity (ko)All Resistances +50-70 (varies)Magic Damage Reduced By 7 (mal)Level 12 Slow Missiles (60 Charges)
Venom3 socketsweapon
tal + dol + mal
Ignore Target's Defense+273 Poison Damage Over 6 Seconds (tal)7% Mana Stolen Per HitPrevent Monster Heal (mal)Hit Causes Monster To Flee 25% (dol)Level 13 Poison Nova (11 Charges)Level 15 Poison Explosion (27 Charges)
Delirium3 socketshelm
lem + ist + io
1% Chance To Cast lvl 50 Delirium When Struck6% Chance To Cast lvl 14 Mind Blast When Struck14% Chance To Cast lvl 13 Terror When Struck11% Chance To Cast lvl 18 Confuse On Striking+2 To All Skills+261 Defense+10 To Vitality (io)50% Extra Gold From Monsters (lem)25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (ist)Level 17 Attract (60 Charges)

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