I have seen this post about death in D3 but it does not answer my question above.

If you are alone or in a party, pull some enemy or enemies, then do a bunch of damage, but do NOT kill them, what happens to their health after you wipe? Does it get reset to full health again? or does something else happen?

  • I don't have evidence to back this up (at work), but their health stays the same in solo mode (confirmed, untested in co-op but assumed to be the same). I've died, respawned, and returned to the enemy/enemies who killed me and their health was exactly where it was at the time of my death. I can't say much about their health regenerating or anything along those lines, however.
    – Chris
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 20:54

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For normal enemies, including champions and rare mobs, damaged health will not return (assuming they have no self-healing abilities in the first place). On higher difficulties, however, they will regen, slowly (though dead champs stay dead, thankfully!)

For bosses, dying means they will reset to phase 1 and must be beaten starting from the beginning again. (Cinema scenes will replay too).

Dying while in a party is similar. Unlike in regular combat, you will not be able to revive until the boss is dead, and while losing a party member in the middle of a boss fight might make it harder, the boss won't reset until all of the party has been slain.

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    Dying in multi-phase bossfights IS. THE. WORST. Commented May 18, 2012 at 20:59
  • @IanPugsley Especially to lag. Suck it, Belial! I got you in the end! Commented May 18, 2012 at 21:00
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    @RavenDreamer - are you sure there is no health regen for elites/champions? I've seen reports of them regening while you are fighting them. Though that could be because of vampiric or some other ability.
    – EBongo
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 21:09
  • @EBongo Vampiric champions would definitely regen, but again, that's a specific affix. In the general case, they don't heal. Commented May 18, 2012 at 21:15
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    @RavenDreamer: In higher difficulties at least, champions and rare mobs will regen health even without vampiric or similar abilities. I've sat at the "death" screen and watched them wander around with their health ticking up. Commented May 30, 2012 at 4:19

In later difficulties (definitely inferno, I don't recall hell), champs will regen life when no one is in combat with them. They might even do it while in combat, but if so I haven't noticed that. If you have to run across the map it's not uncommon to find mobs fully healed. Kite them back to your spawn place to minimize such healing.

  • Confirmed for Hell Act 1 (solo at least) also, not sure about lower than that. I think a similar effect happens in Nightmare also, but not 100%. Commented May 30, 2012 at 4:18
  • Also, thanks for bringing this question back to my attention, I meant to dig it back up and add to Raven Dreamers answer. Commented May 30, 2012 at 4:20

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