After I've beaten the Rift Guardian and grab the loot, I teleport back to town and talk to Orek to get the gold and experience. Then, there's a countdown for about 30 seconds while the rift portal stays open. I go through the portal again, but I find that I'm at the entrance of the rift, with the enemies cleared out, naturally. Then I run around a few seconds before I'm taken back to town again.

Why does the rift stay open? What am I supposed to do?

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    Had thought it was just in case you left without intending to
    – Radhil
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 0:04

1 Answer 1


It stays open for a bit because that is just how its designed. You are not supposed to have to do anything.

Think of this as a bit of forgiveness if you talked to him by accident but needed to go back in and grab an item real quick. This gives you that moment to handle the Oh Crap I have to go grab that legendary I didn't have room for! Or, for other people to be aware that the rift they are in is closing on them.

There is no specific 'they are giving you time to do something' aspect here.

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    A common case where it comes in handy is if you reach the blood shard cap on the rift boss and someone talks to Orek right away. Plenty of time to have a quick chat with Kadala and go back in for the rest.
    – Svj0hn
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 6:26
  • @Svj0hn Indeed.. I do recommend simply not completing the rift until you are actually done with it, but the little buffer of time does help when you get a bit forgetful
    – James
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 17:21
  • Certainly. The problem is more apparent when gaming in a party though
    – Svj0hn
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 21:30
  • Also lets slower players catch up in multiplayer.
    – MrFox
    Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 12:07

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