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If I have white hearts, soul hearts, and normal hearts, in what order will they be taken when I am damaged?

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The normal priority excluding the blood machine is soul hearts, then white hearts, then regular hearts.

If you use the blood machine at more than half a regular heart, the priority becomes white hearts, then regular hearts, then soul hearts. At half a heart, it will consume white hearts, then soul hearts, then your last half a heart (killing you). This means if you have a white heart, it will be consumed first on a blood machine - watch out!

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I was killed by blood donation despite soul hearts - it seems having half a regular heart left in Necropolis where blood donation requires a full heart is a bad idea... – Zommuter Jun 24 '12 at 15:57

It depends on the source of damage.

Generally, from monster hits, spikes and others, the order is soul -> white -> normal.

The blood donation machines are an exception because they will always drain your white hearts first then your normal hearts, until you have half a hart remaining, THEN drain your soul hearts

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Blood machines actually take the white heart first, always. – Ian Pugsley Jun 17 '12 at 18:23
@IanPugsley thanks for the correction, I modified the answer – Kappei Jun 18 '12 at 5:37

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