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My friend told me the longer I survive in battle the more likely legendary drops, and death will reset the timer,is this true?

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No, death does not affect your legendary drop rate. There indeed is a "timer" so people won't get frustrated for not getting a legendary. This timer tick only when you are fighting monsters (so idling in base won't get you a legendary), it is made so no player can fight for more than 10 hours without finding one. Nothing reset the timer except finding a legendary.

You can refer to this post and this post for more information about it.

  • Do you have a source of it being reset on game restart? If it really is, busy people who play for a hour at a time are basically exempt from this system, and can still play for 10 one-hour sessions and not get a legendary. Right? – Orc JMR May 3 '14 at 4:39
  • @OrcJMR Well apparently I was mistaken and it does not. Ill edit that – WizLiz May 3 '14 at 9:09
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This is based on a long-standing idea that legendary drops are based on a timer, which is completely false.

  • technically there is a timer but it doesn't affect anything 99.9% of the time reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/2168xn/… – l I May 2 '14 at 16:42
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    @z- The reason for this "timer" is so people don't play for 10 hours and never get a legendary. Staying alive has nothing to do with your chances of finding legendaries. – FoxMcCloud May 2 '14 at 19:03
  • oh yes, I didn't meant to imply that the timer is a death timer. – l I May 2 '14 at 19:38

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