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How to maximize drop odds of Twisted Essence of Suffering, Charged Essence of Hatred, Burning Essence of Terror and Festering Essence of Destruction?

Do you want to increase or decrease the /players setting (or have more/less players in game) and/or increase or decrease magic find?

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MF only affects the quality (normal/magic/rare/set/unique) of an item. There is no evidence to support that MF or increase of player characters has anything to do with essence drop rates.

I'll put the drop rates below in case you want them. The drop rate actually changes based on if you're killing them for the first time or not.

At players 1 drop, chance to drop 1 essence:

Andariel Non-Quest: 1:14 Andariel Quest: 1:9

Duriel Non-Quest: 1:7 Duriel Quest: 1:5

Mephisto Non-Quest: 1:17 Mephisto Quest: 1:15

Diablo Non-Quest: 1:17 Diablo Quest: 1:15

Baal Non-Quest: 1:17 Baal Quest: 1:15

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    what is "Non-Q" and "Q" ? – arghtype Aug 25 at 21:32
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    @arghtype Quest and non quest. Basically if you're killing them for the first time or not. Sorry I was just lazy, I'll fix the answer. – FoxMcCloud Aug 25 at 21:33
  • So players setting doesn't matter? Thinking of the countess, summoner and nihlatak who have increased chances to drop keys of terror/hate/destruction with an increased player setting, it would seem the same with essences. – Paul Erlenmeyer Aug 25 at 22:31
  • @PaulErlenmeyer I know, all I can say is... D2. I think the keys have a set drop rate and can be manipulated MF but these essences are unlike all other items in the game. – FoxMcCloud Aug 26 at 0:30
  • You change from colons to division slashes after the first. When I see 1:14 I think that is the odds so I have 1/15 chance to get it. Is that what you mean? – Ross Millikan Aug 26 at 2:36

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