When you have stacks of Nephalem Valor bosses drop significantly more loot (Source). What sort of monsters drop extra loot (not just more magical loot from the magic find, but an increased number of items)?

I've noticed the Warden and the Butcher dropping an increased number of items with Nephalem Valor but I haven't seen blue or yellow mobs dropping more.

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It is safe to assume that the Act bosses count as bosses, but what is less clear is if free range bosses count. The Act bosses are:

Act I

Skeleton king. Araneae. The Warden. Butcher.

Act II

Magda. Zoltun Kulle. Belial.


Ghom. Siegebreaker Assault Beast. Cydaea. Azmodan.

Act IV

Rakanoth. Diablo.

Free range bosses are also described at that link, but it will take research by someone at 60 to answer whether they count (and I am not yet 60). I would note that champions and uniques should not be expected to count, as they are specifically mention differently in the Blizzard post.

  • I tried to use the spoiler tag, but as usual Markdown hates me.
    – EBongo
    May 26, 2012 at 22:26
  • Ah interesting, I did not realize the warden was in the same category as the skeleton king.
    – Rapida
    May 26, 2012 at 22:26
  • Izual does not count as a boss for Nephalem Valor.
    – MatsT
    May 29, 2012 at 12:52

The complete list of bosses with a 'bonus pool' for Nephalem Valor is as follows:

Act I

  • The Skeleton King
  • Queen Araneae
  • The Warden
  • Butcher

Act II

  • Maghda
  • Zolton Kulle
  • Belial

Act 3

  • Ghom
  • Siegebreaker Assault Beast
  • Cydaea
  • Azmodean

Act 4

  • Izual
  • Diablo

You'll note that, with the exception of the Warden, the main thing these all have in common is that they have a dedicated 'boss chamber' in which the fight occurs, which you cannot leave once the fight begins, which makes them easy to identify.

  • Did you have a source? or is this from experience?
    – Rapida
    May 27, 2012 at 5:22
  • Source, yes. Linkable, no. Sorry. May 27, 2012 at 5:24
  • Izual does not count as a boss for this, rather Rakanoth does.
    – MatsT
    May 29, 2012 at 12:53

Everything counts for Nephalem Valor drops. See the original Blizzard announcement here.

The primary mechanism of Nephalem Valor is that it increases magic find and gold find by 25% both. So every loot drop including blue and gold mobs, but also even white mobs and chests are affected by Nephalem Valor.

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    I realize a large part of the Nephalem Valor is the magic find, but as I state in the question I'm looking for the bosses that drop extra items (not higher quality ones) based on your Valor stack. As shown here: reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/u6e2p/… The feature I'm asking about was described in more detail here: diablofans.com/topic/37479-nephalem-valor-buff
    – Rapida
    May 26, 2012 at 22:13
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    From the Blizz post: "As an extra reward, if you kill a boss while this buff is active, you’ll receive extra loot drops from that boss." That is what Rapida is referring to.
    – EBongo
    May 26, 2012 at 22:17

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