The boss fights in the Nephalem Rifts often drop multiple blood shards. They show up in bright purple and it says "Blood Shards (X)" where 'x' is the number I received from that fight. It seems like every time I fight one of these rift bosses, I get a different number of blood shards. And, when I play with some of my friends, they usually get a different number than I do. What determines how many blood shards are dropped from Nephalem Rift boss fights?

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    I think its RNGeesus but not confirmed yet
    – WizLiz
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 7:17
  • I think difficulty also plays into it. Playing on Norm I usually got 20-30, but when I was leveling up on Torment 1 I often got 50-80. Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 15:39
  • @DiabloMonkey I think you're right but it has to be more than that because people in the same game as me, on the same difficulty also get a different number.
    – spugsley
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 16:48

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Difficulty increases the number of blood shards you get.

The number you get will vary slightly each time. It is a random value within a range determined by your difficult level.

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