If I'm fighting a major boss in Diablo III (Maghda, Belial, the Big D himself, and so on), is there any way to escape or flee from the arena other than death? Can I quit the game, or yank my ethernet cable?

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This can be used from what I read. In a game by your self, pause the game. Then log in on a different computer. This will cause you to be kicked out of the game.

The other thing that I've noticed if you afk too long (about 25+ mins) paused you get kicked from the game, so that could be an option as well.

Both methods could be useful for hardcore mode, in normal mode I would just take the death.

  • only applies in non-public games.
    – Woot4Moo
    Jun 1, 2012 at 15:04
  • Are you sure that the 10 second countdown timer doesn't kick in using this technique?
    – bwarner
    Jun 1, 2012 at 18:09
  • @bwarner The first method I only just heard about and have been unable to do any testing on. The second method I know there is no 10 second countdown on it, but I was playing normal. (I doubt it makes a difference)
    – Halfwarr
    Jun 1, 2012 at 18:57
  • The second method can't save you from death. Once I paused and went afk. A few minutes later I came back and saw I was disconnected. Then I re-logged in and found I was dead. I wasn't trying to cheat. I just thought pausing was safe. I didn't know I would get disconnected for pausing too long. It seems that when you get disconnected, you are no longer considered "paused". You are considered active for a number of seconds and monsters can take the time to kill you. Losing a character in that way is irritating. >_<
    – Betty
    Jun 10, 2012 at 10:07
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    @BrQAnt You can no longer log into your account a second time to disconnect you, it was fixed in 1.0.3. I have submitted an edit to the answer to clarify this. I do not believe that idling out will work either but I haven't tested it personally. Betty (comment above) appears to have lost a character while performing these actions though.
    – kalina
    Jun 25, 2012 at 8:50

If you are outside of town, the only way to quit the game involves a 10 second countdown timer. Whether you yank your ethernet cable, unplug your computer, or just go to menu -> leave game, the countdown timer will be triggered. Your character will stand still and take no actions for 10 seconds as you wait to leave the game. This occurs whether or not you can visibly witness it.

So, yes, you can leave a game during a boss fight. If the reason you want to leave the boss fight is because you want to avoid death, however, I don't think it's going to work out too well. If you're having trouble surviving while actively fighting back, being completely motionless for 10 seconds isn't going to help matters.


Pulling out the internet cable still leaves you in the game for a while before you time out so you would still die. Same for just quiting the game, probably enough to get you killed.


You can do any of the following:

1) Yank the ethernet cable, this terminates communication to and from the server
2) Hard reset your computer (power removal or holding the button)
3) Exit the game (you have to survive about ten seconds or die it doesn't really matter)
4) Log out (same as #3)

There are no ways to get out of the arena, i.e. town portals will not save you. It should be noted it is still possible to have your character die (which is of concern in hardcore mode) and to suffer equipment damage.

  • That is also what I would like to know.
    – Woot4Moo
    Jun 1, 2012 at 14:39
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    @desaiw I did not downvote this but any of these will get you killed. Probably the reason for the downvote.
    – Halfwarr
    Jun 1, 2012 at 14:55
  • @Halfwarr Not necessarily, there is just a high probability fo rit
    – Woot4Moo
    Jun 1, 2012 at 15:03
  • @desaivv Please see here. Commenting while downvoting may be helpful occasionally, but it should by no means be mandatory. Jun 1, 2012 at 16:15
  • @StrixVaria even still, the downvote occurred seconds after I posted, which implies (to me having been on SE networks for ~2 years) something so grievous that it needed to have a comment.
    – Woot4Moo
    Jun 1, 2012 at 16:22

There's no efficient way to instantly quit the game, I think. So yes, either you die or you wait 10 seconds for the game to close.


You could actually get someone to tank the boss for you while you quit the game. Just a suggestion.

  • then how would they get out?
    – nageeb
    Jun 1, 2012 at 19:00
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    @nageeb: obviously they ask someone else to tank the boss!
    – Jimmy
    Jun 1, 2012 at 21:52

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