The 2-decade-old cult classic action RPG has defined the genre of hack and slash RPGs and has been responsible for the development of many modern genres and gameplay mechanics.
The huge influence of the Diablo franchise means that you've probably heard about the game before even if you are playing it for the first time now with Diablo 2 Resurrected, and amongst many legendary characters, the most well-known is a Horadrim sage named Deckard Cain.
And amongst the first few quests in Act I, one particularly interesting will ask you to find and save the old man.
Alas, you have somehow failed to do that (about which the message at the start of Act II politely informs you), and now you are wondering what that means and will it have any consequences?
Well, as Deckard would say, stay awhile and listen...
What happens if you fail to rescue Deckard Cain?
The quest to find and save Deckard Cain will be given to you by Akara, the high priestess of the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye.
In order to find him, you will need to know how to use Cairn Stones and activate them in the correct order. Check out our dedicated guide about Cairn Stones to learn how to travel to Tristram, as we are not here for that, we are here because you've forgotten to save to old sage and progressed to Act II.
But now you have been informed that the quest has failed, and you are wondering what exactly that means for the story and your playthrough?
First of all, Deckard wasn't safe in the town of Tristram. He was waiting for you there captured by several monsters, one of them being Tristram's blacksmith Griswold (from Diablo 1), who is now a monster and would have attacked you if you had gone to save Deckard.
But luckily for you and for Deckard, he will be rescued nonetheless, as the Rogues will come to help him.
So, what are the real consequences here for you? First of all, you will not receive the quest reward from Akara - a random magic ring.
The bigger punishment for not completing this quest comes from Deckard himself, as the old man will not grant you his services for free. If you had saved him, his item identification would have been free of charge for you.
But in this case, Deckard charges a fee of 100 gold per identified item, and he will only show the total amount owed to identify items in your inventory, and not the item list so you can pick and choose.
And there you have it, those are the consequences of failing to rescue Deckard Cain before entering Act II. They are not that severe (unless you love having gold), but still annoying enough that it would have been better if you had saved him.
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