The Countess is the objective of The Forgotten Tower (quest) in Act I of Diablo II, which involves seeking the riches hidden underneath the remains of her tower. She is said to have "bathed in rejuvenating blood of a hundred virgins" in life before being buried alive within her tower. She is a Super Unique Dark Stalker found on the 5th level of the Forgotten Tower in the Black Marsh and must be killed in order to complete the associated quest.
Do not attempt to bring her out of her room; if she strays too far from her room she will not trigger the event that unlocks the chest. The chest will only open if you kill The Countess for the first time.
Compared to the other monsters around her, she has a higher chance to drop runes, which is useful to know at Nightmare and Hell difficulty. She can drop up to Io Rune in Nightmare difficulty, up to Ist Rune in Hell difficulty. She can drop the Key of Terror in Hell difficulty, which can be used in the Pandemonium Event.
It is beneficial to repeatedly kill the Countess for Rune hunters as she has a very high chance to drop multiple runes even after the Forgotten Tower quest has been completed. The best Runes possible will improve on harder Difficulty levels. Also note that the best odds of getting multiple runes comes from playing alone, the more players there are in game, the lower her chance to drop more than one rune is.
In Normal, she can drop up to Ral.
- "Care for a bloodbath?" (evil laughter)
- "Your blood will boil!"
- The Countess is reminiscent of the real Erzsébet Báthory, a Hungarian countess who was rumored to have bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her beauty and youth. In addition, Erzsébet Báthory was punished for her crimes by being entombed within her castle alive, much like the fate of The Countess.