I'm level 94 in harbinger league.

Sometimes after a fight is over:

  • My health is full and not reducing
  • My energy shield is full and not reducing
  • There are no large circles on the ground (such as after killing a bloodline pack)
  • There is no lingering fire blob (those that chase you and blow up shortly after catching you)
  • I do not have any enchantment that can harm me

But then some kind of explosion happens and I die.

I have 5k energy shield and 1.7k health.

This has happened perhaps 5-10 times, and it always seems to happen 1 to 10 seconds after a fight is over.

It just happened to me after the beachhead boss fight completed as I was picking up loot.

I suspect it could be some kind of mine or trap or something, but I cannot see anything on the ground that is killing me.

What is likely to be killing me?

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    Do you have any enchantment on some piece of armor that casts a spell that can harm you? (something with Chaos damage ?) – Ksyqo Oct 17 '17 at 8:35
  • Interesting, I have not had this problem before, can you post a picture of when you died so I can see the environment? – spyang302 Oct 17 '17 at 13:41
  • I don't have any enchantment that can harm me. I'll take a screenshot next time it happens. I suspect some kind of mine or trap or something, but I have not been able to identify anything visually yet. – Brian Webster Oct 17 '17 at 19:01
  • Is this a particular boss or area, or does this happen anywhere? – VanBuzzKill Oct 18 '17 at 17:03
  • @VanBuzzKill Anywhere, even on some lower tiered maps. (I've had it happen anywhere from T5 maps to T16 maps). There seems to be zero graphical indication that a corpse (or something) is about to explode and one-shot builds with significant defenses (and full health/shields) – Brian Webster Oct 18 '17 at 17:43

But then some kind of explosion happens and I die.

It could be a Detonate Dead effect, some monsters explode after being killed (particularly those raised by a Stygian Revenant). Particularly in high-level areas these explosions can deal significant damage (I am pretty sure I got one-shotted as well a couple of times). An example can be seen in this brief video.

Looking at the official forum, it seems that you/we are not alone.

An effective mitigation is to stay away from corpses for a few seconds after killing them.

  • Wow, nice find! I think your analysis is correct. Isn't it unfortunate that we must hold off on looting and basically refuse to cross over corpses? This seems to be a long-standing bug, which I can understand because it doesn't happen very often and it is hard to intentionally reproduce. – Brian Webster Oct 18 '17 at 17:43
  • @BrianWebster I don't think it is a bug, all skeletons raised by a Stygian revenant explode on death. so I guess that it is intended behaviour. – Federico Oct 19 '17 at 14:52
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    Old but relevant: player at #1 in the hardcore ladder one-shotted by boss corpse explosion: youtube.com/watch?v=4cu567Mimgc – Federico Poloni Nov 25 '17 at 12:26

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