I've been recently playing the original Diablo, since back when I was a kid I didn't appreciate it as much as it deserved. Knowledge from later Diablo games helped a lot.

I have been having trouble with life-steal. I am playing a rogue and I've been using The Undead Crown which is dropped by the skeleton king.

The wiki says it gives me 5% life steal. At that time, my damage was ~5-10 so I assumed the 5% got rounded to zero. However, now that my damage is ~20-40. I still see no life gained from the crown.

My question is, how is the life-steal supposed to work? Is it only noticeable with really high damages? Is it broken?

  • Can't find anything in Jarulf's guide that would make this apply. =/ I'd make sure you've updated to the most recent version of the game, you'll have to do this manually here: us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-patch-information
    – Decency
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 2:00
  • @decency, yes I had updated to 1.09b which is the latest patch.
    – Shahbaz
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 9:36
  • What process are you using to determine your not gaining any life?
    – Ramhound
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 16:26
  • @Ramhound One was to open the character page, hit multiple targets, multiple times and see that my life doesn't increase. I did that many times. Another thing I did many times was to note my health, hit many targets without taking a hit and checking my life again, which was unchanged.
    – Shahbaz
    Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 18:59
  • My only thought is that lifesteal doesn't work with ranged weapons, but I'm not sure if that's the case for certain.
    – Decency
    Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 4:25

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You may be using a bow. You can't steal life with them even if the life steal comes from another item (your Crown).

Source: http://diablo2.diablowiki.net/D1_Modifiers#.25_Steal_Life

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    This is question is related to the original Diablo, ie: Diablo 1.
    – Decency
    Commented Jan 5, 2013 at 23:10
  • Edited and included info about D1. Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 16:46

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