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Hell Countess

Discussion in 'Hardcore' started by Stimm, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. Stimm

    Stimm IncGamers Member

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    Hell Countess

    Today i finally broke down and decided that i would break down and run the Forgotten Tower and try and build up my pitiful rune supply. Right now my highest rune is PUL followed by DOL. So my options of making any runeword tops out at "HONOR" Here is a brief annalysis of my first 50 runs

    Total runs 50
    Total times i wish i had Maphack :rant: stupid *** huge tower : 21
    Total times i wish i was running with a nova sorc instead of orb : 50
    Average time per run : 3:45
    Time if i had maphack 90 seconds
    Highest rune drop : FAL
    Drops of EL , ELD or combo of both :9
    Times i cursed at the Countess for a crappy rune drop : 9
    Best item drop : Set Kraken from unique ghost :scratch: seems kinda high tc for that area but hey

    Well thats it so far, now to do some norm areas to get chips so i can cube my runes
     
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    terrymanning IncGamers Member

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    What level is your sorceress? What is your life and mana? Do you teleport or walk? I have a level 79 Orb sorceress and I am wondering if she is strong enough to try and do some countess runs. Thanks!

    TM
     
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    *thinks of way to get Terry killed*

    hmm, i suggest you do Solo Baal runs! :teeth:
     
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    skunkbelly IncGamers Member

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    My meteorb sorc is 84 now... I did a couple hell countess runs with her at level 80, and she did just fine. 79 ought to be fine.
     
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    Stimm IncGamers Member

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    lvl 92
    Build pure orb max tk warmth
    teleport
    1100 life / 800 mana
    remember she is ALWAYS cold / fire immune so if your merc is a wuss dont bother
     
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    skunkbelly IncGamers Member

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    One thing I should mention, give that the countess is indeed C/F immune... a point in static is always a nice help :) My merc is nothing special (using a Pierre Tombale Courrant, or however you spell it), but he has no problem with her as long as I static her down to size first.
     
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    I'm in the midst of my own Hell countess experiment. I was planning to do 100 runs and look at the results. So far I am up to around 64 or so. I use a bow amazon, level 93. I've noticed that I find more on my way to her then actually from her. On my way, I have found Pul, Jah, Lum, as well as A few Amns and Sols.The Countess, herself, usually doesn't drop too well, it seems :(
     
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    Stimm IncGamers Member

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    Was the JAH from a chest or champion pack? Ive also started hitting weapon / armor racks and been getting quite a few sets / uniques
     
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    Mike wishing he had maphack.... somethings wrong here, Iirc Kelicc found the Jah from a random boss / monster pack.
     
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    Countess runs for mmy Barb have been little more than exp so you guys are doing fine. Havent tried my sorc doing here but may.
     
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    The Jah came from a boss pack of Blood Clans on Tower level 4. The boss dropped it. Boy was a shocked!
     
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    The ultimate countess runner would probably be a nova/chain lightning sorc as she, as stated, is always cold+fire immune. Just see that your sorc is strong enough and most importantly have 60%+ fast cast rate. That way you don't have to encounter any bad guys on the way down there.

    If you are going for the main stream fire/cold sorc, fire is definately the best, as her posse are always cold immune.

    Good luck!
     
  13. Stimm

    Stimm IncGamers Member

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    Ya Stinger i reap a whopping 600 xp per run , 1000 if i whack the champions i encounter on the way down.

    @Probowl yea after wandering the Black Marsh for a minute to 90 seconds then spending another 2 trying to find tower 5 only to get an EL and ELD sure i wish i could speed it up, havent and wont get it though
     
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    found a Lo rune 2 weeks ago from countes herself :) i usually teleport quick to her. But maybe i have to kill all on my way, to find jah :p
     
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    I think from a risk vs. reward you would be just as well off to do nm countess runs. From my experience, the rune drops are not that different.
     
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    That was true in .09 Fred with the prevalence of msle and conviction. The biggest problem i encountered when doing countesswas her immunity to cold. The one thing nm has over hell is size of the tower , but then again i got a lot of uniques sets on the way to the countess.
     
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    I am running the Countess with a CLsorc, i tele there and zap her, no luck sofar though. I ran her for a while with my barb for wich she dropped an ist. If you want to tele there instead of killing everything on the way Clsorc's are IMO the best build for the Countess.

    Now after the post where someone said that he found a Jah on the way there, lots of people will start killing everything on the way to the Countess, for them i have these words: you can clean out the place a million times, you will NOT find a Jah there.
     
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    I found it after my 28th run out of (soon to be) 100. Not saying I wasn't EXTREMELY lucky, but it is possible.
     
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    If you compare the drop probabilities, there's good and bad to both runs.

    NM:
    1. safe and easy
    2. quicker (smaller tower levels)
    3. almost identical probabilities for rune drops up through Io
    BUT...
    4. no chance for runes higher than Io
    5. no experience for higher level chars

    Hell:
    1. Chance for runes up through Ist
    2. you actually get experience
    BUT...
    3. takes longer
    4. chance for high runes is slim
    5. you can die

    I'm starting to think that unless you're lucky, NM runs are the way to go... but of course, it only takes one Mal or Ist to ruin that theory :D
     
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    Congrats! However your find make's my words even more relevant, unless next poster is gonna say: Wow man! I also found 1 on the way to the countess!

    Now, even more people will start killing everything on the way to the Countess, so i'll say it again: you will NOT find a Jah there.

    ^^
     

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