When a monster drops a health globe, how long will it last if not used? Should I leave unused health globes behind as backup in case I come back to the same room / dungeon floor later?

  • I believe they stay for about a minute or until you go to a new floor/area.
    – Emerica.
    Apr 23, 2012 at 16:30
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    Considering you can't Town Portal during a boss this would be good to know for rationing.
    – Resorath
    Apr 23, 2012 at 16:33
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    Tangential question, are health globes instanced like item/gold drops are, or are they shared? (90% sure of the latter)
    – Nick T
    Apr 23, 2012 at 16:53
  • @NickT they are shared. You should really ask it in an independent question, though :)
    – Oak
    Apr 23, 2012 at 16:55

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My findings have been interesting. It seems to be affected by how far it is from you and whether you are indoors.

If you are within about 1 and 1/2 to 2 screens' distance away from it when you are outdoors, then it dissipates in 60 seconds. This distance factor seems to be a lot smaller when you are indoors.

If you give sufficient distance, then it seems to last for a long time, as long as 50 minutes in one instance before disappearing.

Globes do not disappear when you exit the dungeon that you are currently in (either by portaling or exiting the current dungeon) and return later. They do disappear if you quit your current session, however.

I am going to stop testing as I doubt anyone would wait for more than 50 minutes to go back to a mere health globe. Boss fights last longer, but since most boss fights are fought in a constrained area, it's best to use the health orbs within a minute of them appearing as you are unlikely to get beyond two screens from them.

  • I can confirm that out-of-sight globes last longer. I happened to leave one behind, getting back 5 minutes later I've found it there where I left it.
    – Kappei
    May 15, 2012 at 12:22

I counted in a few videos—they last around a minute before disappearing. It wouldn't make sense to leave them behind as reserves.

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    I've been playing for a bit and I'm pretty sure they last more than a minute, do you have any source?
    – Oak
    May 15, 2012 at 1:33
  • Beta experience and videos. Let me know if you've seen it change
    – Wolf
    May 15, 2012 at 4:05

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