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I have noticed the more times I die in a game, the longer I must wait to revive. What is the formula for revive time and is there a cap?

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The answer was "I don't know" – Eric May 26 '12 at 3:18
Just because it has a bad answer doesn't mean you should ask again. Ask the answerer to improve his answer or post a bounty. – user9983 May 26 '12 at 3:44
We should probably call it the revive timer because the game calls it that, and searching for revive under diablo-3 turns up nothing... – Pent Jun 13 '12 at 23:44
@Pent good call – user9983 Jun 14 '12 at 0:28
up vote 10 down vote accepted

I don't know the exact formula, but the delay seems to increase by 5 seconds each time you die. It starts at 3 seconds and has a max of 28.

It does not seem to be affected by any other actions, and resets after 2 minutes.

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Excessive amount of time = 2 minutes :) – user26358 May 27 '12 at 18:50
I recall being able to die around 3 times before the timer goes beyond 3 seconds. – Sadly Not May 27 '12 at 20:32
@SadlyNot I also seem to remember that occurring, but I could not reproduce it in my tests. If anyone can offer evidence of this, I will update my answer. – AlchemicalApples May 29 '12 at 18:58
Just verified, was at 30 sec timer and went back to town for 2min. Came back and at 3sec timer. – user27156 Jun 6 '12 at 20:32

The approximate formula is that every time you die within 2 minutes, 5 seconds is added to the revive timer. If you don't die within 2 minutes the timer resets and you can once again revive in 3 seconds.

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As of patch 1.0.7, there is not such thing a death penalty:

The resurrection timer will no longer increase if a player is killed multiple times in a row


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The respawn timer when you die keeps increasing , if you wait 2 min it will go back to zero

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