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Anyone tested that? I need to get rid of them. Once my friend died, he dropped so many orbs, that server can't work fine. I absorb them all (it took about 20-30 minutes), so if I will die, server will crash again.

So if I died in lava lake, will all orbs burn out?

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Yes, they burn.

I also had a very nasty experience with the server going down due to XP orb lag and tested the lava bath method in 1.8. It seems to work, I did a 2x2 lava pool and when returning from the dead no XP was left at all.

I'm not sure if they fixed the XP orb lag in 1.9Pre but untill I know for sure I take regular cleansing lava baths.

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Magma is always the solution. Dwarf Fortress has taught me this. –  Raven Dreamer Sep 26 '11 at 15:35

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