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I've been recently playing the original Diablo, since back when I was a kid I didn't appreciate it as much as it deserved. Knowledge from later Diablo games helped a lot.

I have been having trouble with life-steal. I am playing a rogue and I've been using The Undead Crown which is dropped by the skeleton king.

The wiki says it gives me 5% life steal. At that time, my damage was ~5-10 so I assumed the 5% got rounded to zero. However, now that my damage is ~20-40. I still see no life gained from the crown.

My question is, how is the life-steal supposed to work? Is it only noticeable with really high damages? Is it broken?

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Can't find anything in Jarulf's guide that would make this apply. =/ I'd make sure you've updated to the most recent version of the game, you'll have to do this manually here: us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-patch-information –  Decency Oct 10 '12 at 2:00
    
@decency, yes I had updated to 1.09b which is the latest patch. –  Visa is Racism Oct 10 '12 at 9:36
    
What process are you using to determine your not gaining any life? –  Ramhound Oct 10 '12 at 16:26
    
@Ramhound One was to open the character page, hit multiple targets, multiple times and see that my life doesn't increase. I did that many times. Another thing I did many times was to note my health, hit many targets without taking a hit and checking my life again, which was unchanged. –  Visa is Racism Oct 10 '12 at 18:59
    
My only thought is that lifesteal doesn't work with ranged weapons, but I'm not sure if that's the case for certain. –  Decency Oct 11 '12 at 4:25
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Life stealing on Diablo 2 only works with physical damage. Have you checked how much of your 20-40 damage does actually come from physical?

EDIT: Sorry. If it's original Diablo then you may be using a bow, you can't steal life with them even if the life steal comes from another item (your Crown).

Source: http://diablo2.diablowiki.net/D1_Modifiers#.25_Steal_Life

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This is question is related to the original Diablo, ie: Diablo 1. –  Decency Jan 5 '13 at 23:10
    
Edited and included info about D1. –  BitMaiden Jan 6 '13 at 16:46
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