I am thinking of trying this build: http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4551608970

However, I've heard that life steal is nerfed by 80% in inferno.

Does that affect healing blades?


2 Answers 2


The effectiveness of the Life Steal affix – which restores your Life by a percentage of the damage you deal – is reduced in advanced difficulties, as shown:

Normal: 100%

Nightmare: 70%

Hell: 40%

Inferno: 20%

Keep in mind, however, that Life on Hit items are still perfectly viable in any difficulty. It's very common for the monk and barbarian to have high LoH (1500+) just to survive Act 3/4 inferno.

Diablo 3 Life Steal Entry

  • Both answers are correct. This one is more detailed.
    – user4951
    Commented Sep 1, 2012 at 13:34

Yes, all skills which provide life steal are subject to the same effectiveness reduction based on difficulty that is applied to life steal provided by items.

  • 1
    any references?
    – user4951
    Commented Sep 1, 2012 at 2:07

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