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1.11 Rushing Guide by IR0NMA1DEN
Version: 1.0 | Updated: 08/12/06
-Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction Multiplayer Rushing Guide (1.11) -V1.0 (8/12/06) -By IR0NMA1DEN DISCLAIMER: This is property of IR0NMA1DEN (Ben Ferrara). This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. In plain English, this means that it is against the law for you to copy this guide. If you want to print it out, that's fine, but if you wish to use any part of it, please contact me to ask first. I will put my email address in the CONTACT ME section of this FAQ. ===================== - TABLE OF CONTENTS - ===================== I. Version History II. Purpose of the Guide III. Rusher Tips IV. Perspective of the Rusher V. Perspective of the Rushee VI. Glitch Rushing VII. Contact Me VIII. Credits/Thanks -=-=<>=-=- I. VERSION HISTORY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ V1.0 (8/12/06) New release. -=-=<>=-=- II. PURPOSE OF THE GUIDE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am writing this guide to help explain the system of progressing through the game's quests that we use on Multiplayer Diablo 2. In it, I hope to teach people to become better at rushing someone, and to let new players know what to do and where to be during a rush. The Rush walkthrough will be in a series of steps. NOTE TO READER - The level requirements for the Ancients' quests in the 3 modes changes as you go. In Normal, it is 20. In Nightmare, 40, and in Hell, 60. I did not know where to put this to get it seen by everyone without typing it in twice so, I put it right at the top. -=-=<>=-=- III. RUSHER TIPS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This section will give you pointers on what character types make good rushers. First off, let me say the NO character who cannot Teleport is an efficient rusher. It is very irritating to the rushee when they have to wait a long time for a walking character to find where they're going. A Sorceress should ALWAYS be able to Teleport. If your character is not a Sorceress, equip them with an Enigma armor. It allows anyone to Teleport. Now I will list some character builds that are good at rushing. To see how to make these characters, look for a guide on Gamefaqs.com. They are a lot of good ones there. 1. A Blessed Hammer Paladin (AKA Hammerdin) is hands down the best rushing character. They are fast casters so they Teleport quick, they block most hits to them, so they won't die so easy, and they can kill any monster that isn't a Magic Immune Animal Class monster. 2. Any Sorceress besides a melee Sorceress is great for rushing in Normal and Nightmare difficulties. In Hell difficulty, they have problems with immunities to their element type in monsters. 3. A Bone Necromancer is also a good rushing character. Similar to a Hammerdin, they use a magical attack too. So they can kill anything but a Magic Immune. The difference is that they can't kill ANY Magic Immunes. The hammer a Paladin casts is a blessed thing. It will hurt an Undead or a Demon no matter what. The advantage a Bone Necromancer has over the Hammerdin is their attack can be shot a good distance. So basically, killing ability was sacrificed for more range. 4. A Wind Druid. See my guide on the Hurricane Druid for this build. No special notes about this character aside from being good at killing things. -=-=<>=-=- IV. PERSPECTIVE OF THE RUSHER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This section will teahc you how to do a rush quickly and efficiently. It will be a walkthrough of what to do in each of the 5 Acts to get a person through the difficulty setting they are on. This is written under the assumption that this Rush is being done for free. If it is not being done for free, you will either accept the item payment before the rush is started, or after act 2. If you're doing this rush for the forge, you will have to do the Hellforge quest in Act 4 and collect the runes/gems. I will include the way to do this at the end of this section. Let's get going. Act One <>:<>:<>:<> 1. Form a party with the person/persons you are rushing. 2. Go through the Catacombs Level 2 waypoint. 3. Teleport through Level 2 until you find the stairs to Level 3. 4. Teleport through Level 3 until you find the stairs to Level 4. 5. Teleport through the wall the stairs leading back to Level 3 are set into. 6. Cast a Town Portal. 7. Wait until the person/persons you are rushing comes through your Town Portal. 8. Kill Andariel. Act Two <>:<>:<>:<> 1. Go through the Halls of the Dead Level 2 waypoint.* 2. Teleport through Level 2 until you find the door leading to Level 3.* 3. Search Level 3 until you find a shining treasure chest.* 4. Clear the monsters out of the room.* 5. Cast a Town Portal.* 6. Go through the Far Oasis waypoint. 7. Search the Far Oasis for the Maggot Lair Level 1. 8. Teleport through Level 1 until you find the hole leading to Level 2. 9. Teleport through Level 2 until you find the hole leading to Level 3. 10. Search Level 3 until you find a shining chest guarded by a huge maggot. 11. Clear the room of monsters. 12. Cast a Town Portal. 13. Go through the Lost City waypoint. 14. Teleport along the outer wall of the Lost City until you enter an area called The Valley of Snakes. 15. Enter the Claw Viper Temple Level 1. 16. Teleport through Level 1 until you find the door leading to Level 2. 17. Clear the small one room level of monsters. 18. Cast a Town Portal. 19. Wait until the person/persons you are rushing talk to Deckard Cain and Drognan. 20. Go through the Arcane Sanctuary waypoint. 21. Search the Arcane Sanctuary for a unique monster called The Summoner. 22. Back away a bit from the Summoner and cast a Town Portal. 23. Wait until the person you are rushing comes though the Town Portal. 24. Kill the Summoner. 25. Go through the Canyone of the Magi waypoint. 26. Have the person/persons you are rushing tell you which sign marks the True Tomb. 27. Match the sign description they gave you with the corresponding sign in front of each of the 7 Tombs of Tal Rasha. 28. Enter the matching Tomb. 29. Search the True Tomb until you find a small room with an Orifice inside it. 30. Clear the room of monsters. 31. Cast a Town Portal. 32. Wait until the person puts the Horadric Staff into the Orifice and the wall is destroyed. 33. Go through the destroyed wall. 34. Wait until the person you are rushing comes into the room with you and Duriel. 35. Kill Duriel once your partner is in the room. Act Three <>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Go through the Travincal waypoint and cast a Town Portal. 2. Travel east and slightly north until you find a large building. 3. Kill all of the Council Members. 4. Go through the Durance of Hate Level 2 waypoint. 5. Teleport through Level 2 until you find Level 3. 6. Go through the small lower area until you find a pool of blood with a path running up the middle of it. 7. Go the the end of the path and Teleport just past the orange portal onto a small circular platform. 8. Cast a Town Portal and wait for your partner. 9. Walk up off that small platform and kill Mephisto. Act Four <>:<>:<>:<> 1. Go through the River of Flame waypoint. 2. Teleport northeast until you enter the Chaos Sanctuary. 3. Continue teleporting Northeast until you find yourself in the middle of a large pentagram. 4. Teleport toward the Northwest until you find a dead end. 5. Activate the two Seals on the floor and kill the super unique monster called The Grand Vizier of Chaos. 6. Go back to the pentagram and take the Northeast path. 7. Activate the seal here and kill the super unique monster back along the path called Lord De Seis. 8. Go back to the pentagram and take the Southeast path. 9. Activate the two seals here and kill the super unique monster called The Infector of Souls. 10. Go back to the pentagram and cast a Town Portal outside of it. 11. Wait for your partner to come through your Town Portal. 12. Kill Diablo when he appears (if he hasn't already).** Act Five*** <>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Go through the Ancients Way waypoint. 2. Search this cave for the stairs leading to the Arreat Summit. 3. Cast a Town Portal right next to the stairs leading up. 4. Go onto the Arreat Summit. 5. Wait for your partner to arrive. 6. Activate the Altar of Heavens. 7. Kill all three Ancients. The Hellforge Quest <>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Go through the River of Flame waypoint in Act 4. 2. Teleport the opposite direction from the Chaos Sanctuary. 3. Search the entire area for the Hellforge. It looks like an altar on top of some steps. 4. Kill Hephasto the Armorer and all the monsters near the Hellforge. 5. Cast a Town Portal. 6. Have the person break Mephisto's Soulstone with the Hellforge Hammer. 7. Pick up the gems and the rune when step 6 is completed. 8. Continue from the point you left off in the rush. * These 5 steps should only be done if the person/persons you are rushing do not have a Horadric Cube. Usually that means only do these steps in the Normal difficulty. ** If you are playing classic Diablo II (Non-Expansion), you will stop here. *** Only do this Act if the person you are rushing is level 20 or higher. The Ancients quest can only be gotten once the player has reached level 20. -=-=<>=-=- V. PERSPECTIVE OF THE RUSHEE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Getting a rush involves a lot of waiting. Most of the time, you will be sitting in town waiting for a Town Portal from the Rusher. This section is written under the assumption that the person rushing you is giving you waypoints as you go along. If this is not true, skip over the steps that involve getting waypoints. The golden rule about getting a rush is STAY DEAD if you die while your partner is killing a boss or something for you. You will get the quest if you have not hit escape if you died close enough to the boss. Reincarnate after the Rusher gives you the OK. The details of how to do the Hellforge quest (common payment for rush) is at the end of this section. Act One <>:<>:<>:<> 1. Get the Catacombs Level 2 waypoint. 2. Wait for a Town Portal from level 4. 3. Go in and watch Andariel die. 4. Go back to Town and talk to Warriv. 5. Select Go East from the menu when Warriv is done talking. Act Two <>:<>:<>:<> 1. Get the Halls of the Dead Level 2 waypoint.* 2. Wait for a Town Portal from Halls of the Dead Level 3.* 3. Open the chest if it's not open already and pick up the Horadric Cube.* 4. Get the Far Oasis waypoint. 5. Wait for a Town Portal from the Maggot Lair Level 3. 6. Open the chest if it's not open already and pick up the Staff of Kings. 7. Get the Lost City waypoint. 8. Wait for a Town Portal from the Claw Viper Temple Level 2. 9. Click on the Tainted Sun Altar to break it and pick up the Claw Viper Amulet. 10. Put the Claw Viper Amulet and the Staff of Kings into the Horadric Cube and transmute them. If you think you lost the amulet, you are probably equipped with it. 11. Talk to Drognan and Deckard Cain when the Horadric Staff is made. 12. Get the Arcane Sactuary waypoint. 13. Wait for another Town Portal from the Arcane Sanctuary. 14. Go in and watch The Summoner die. 15. Click on the book on the pedestal and go through the red portal. 16. Go to the waypoint just outside the red portal and go back to town. 17. Tell the rusher the sign of the True Tomb of Tal Rasha from your quest log, quest number 6. 18. Wait for a Town Portal from Tal Rasha's Tomb. 19. Put the Horadric Staff into the Orifice on the floor. 20. Wait for the wall to get a hole blasted into it and go into the hole. 21. Watch Duriel die. 22. Go through the hallway after Duriel dies and talk to Tyrael. 23. Go back to town and talk to Jerhyn in the palace. 24. Talk to Meshif by the place where the Town Portals appear. 25. Select Sail East when he shuts up. Act Three <>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Get the Travincal waypoint. 2. Follow the Rusher and watch the High Council die. 3. Get the Durance of Hate Level 2 waypoint. 4. Wait for a Town Portal from Durance of Hate Level 3. 5. Watch Mephisto die. 6. Pick up the Mephisto's Soulstone from his body. Act Four <>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Get the River of Flame waypoint. 2. Wait for a Town Portal from Chaos Sanctuary. 3. Wait in the middle of the pentagram on the floor and avoid dying. 4. Watch Diablo die. To avoid being killed by his Flame Nova, go north and on the corner of the wall just outside of the pentagram is a piece of outhanging wall. Hide behind it. 5. Talk to Tyrael and go to Harrogath.** Act Five*** <>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Get the Ancients' Way waypoint. 2. Wait for a Town Portal from either the Ancients' Way again or the Arreat Summit. 3. Activate the Altar of Heavens of the Arreat Summit and watch the Ancients die. The Hellforge Quest <>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Wait for a Town Portal from the River of Flame. 2. Search the floor for the Hellforge Hammer. 3. Click on the Hellforge in the middle of the area to put Mephisto's Soulstone on it. 4. Click on it three times with the Hellforge Hammer equipped to break it. 5. Back away and let the Rusher have the gems and the rune. * Only do these steps if you do not have a Horadric Cube. ** This is where you stop if you are playing Non-Expansion Diablo II. *** Do not do this Act until you are level 20 or higher. There is a level requirement on the Ancients' quest. -=-=<>=-=- VI. GLITCH RUSHING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Remember where I wrote that you have to be level 20 to do the Ancients' quest? You do, but there is a way to bypass this quest and defeat Baal anyway. This is called a glitch rush. A glitch rush is worth the time it takes to do for one reason. You can be level 60 in just 4 hours this way! I will tell you how this is accomplished in this section. This is written for both the Rusher and Rushee. Glitched Baal Quest <>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<>:<> 1. Get your Rusher and someone who needs their normal Baal quest done who has beaten the Ancients but not Baal yet. 2. Have the Rusher Teleport down to The Throne of Destruction from the Worldstone Keep Level 2 waypoint and get into Baal's Throne Room. 3. Clear the room of the initial monsters that are in there and cast a Town Portal in a corner of the room. 4. Kill all five waves of monsters that Baal spawns. 5. Go into the Worldstone Chamber after Baal runs away. 6. Kill Baal once the person who needs their quest is done. The Rushee should have been in the party and in Harrogath this whole time. Repeat this process in Nightmare difficulty to get to Hell difficulty. Then get a rush in Hell up until Act Four. After you reach Act 4, join public Chaos Runs. Those are experience gaining games that let your experience skyrocket up until Level 60! From level 20-25 experience will be slow. I don't know why. Well, there you have it; how to rush, get rushed, and how to glitch rush. I hope it helps. This guide better make some of you better rushers! -=-=<>=-=- VII. CONTACT ME ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you wish to comment on any of this material or you still have questions, feel free to email me. Keep in mind that ALL hate mail will be deleted. Don't waste your time even writing it. If you seriously have the time on your hands to write me a hate mail, I suggest getting a job or something. If you wish to use any of this guide, please contact me to ask permission and please credit me in the event that I grant that permission. Thank you. Email: FinalFantasyO_o@msn.com -=-=<>=-=- VIII. CREDITS/THANKS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - All those players who have given me rushes. - All those players I have rushed. - Blizzard for making the game. - GameFAQs for posting my guides and being the best gaming website out there. - My friend Nick, who was so new to the game I handwrote him a guide on getting a rush. He couldn't read my handwriting, so I decided to type one for everyone to make use of. If he can't read this, I will think I'll declare him illiterate.