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I plan on spawning Death Trap and letting him get kills for a long period of time for exp. Will any items that are dropped despawn over time (pc)?

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marked as duplicate by EBongo, kalina, galacticninja, Schism, Zommuter Aug 31 '13 at 6:54

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This is likely something that may be system specific. What platform are you playing on? – Batophobia Aug 30 '13 at 17:30
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Most items will despawn fairly quickly (within minutes, upon leaving the map or when tons more stuff spawns elsewhere), except for quest items and rare loot (green or better). Green stuff definitely sticks around longer than white, but it does seem to eventually despawn when off-map. Items of blue rarity and higher appear to either have unlimited or greatly extended lifespans, even when leaving a map.

So you can definitely be confident that some of the rarer stuff will remain, but I'm unsure if all of it will, as there's likely a despawn on green/rarer stuff as well so the game doesn't crash if you somehow piled up hundreds of them. This is all based on (300 hours of) casual observation though, I'm unsure of the exact specifics.

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You say that green loot despawns quickly and then say that it sticks around for a while. I'm not very knowledgeable in this area so maybe I just don't understand – Kecoey Aug 30 '13 at 3:51
@Kecoey, the meaning is that all items except quest items, and rare loot (green or better), will despawn quickly. Basically, that comes down to white items, ammo, cash, health, shield boosters, and other little things. Does this also apply to customization skins, Ben? – FakeRainBrigand Aug 30 '13 at 5:54
Sidenote: When the Warrior blocks legendary loot with its corpse, people advise to leave the area and come back. This implies Legendaries can survive at least two map changes and the time needed to clear Hero's Pass. – Orc JMR Aug 30 '13 at 14:11
@OrcJMR I've had legendaries survive more or less an entire hour+ game session. If they do despawn I don't think it's based on how many maps you pass (I do think greens will eventually despawn map-based, but more than 2 transitions) – Ben Brocka Aug 30 '13 at 14:49
Is this for the PC version? – Batophobia Aug 30 '13 at 17:30

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