Health Globe

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Health Globes are orbs of life energy that can escape from killing monsters. In an early build of Diablo III, there were also Mana Globes.

Why they Exist

Two health orbs after battle. Full picture.
While there isn't a given reason in the lore (yet) for these power-ups floating in mid air like an arcade game, the reason for their existence in the gameplay is to increase speed of gameplay without relying so heavily on potions. The development team wanted to keep Diablo III fast paced and filled with action, not waiting idle for health or mana to regenerate. Jay Wilson also said that the old potion-based combat, where potions basically were extra health and mana to your pools, they wanted it to be more interactive.

Game Mechanics

One health orb in the middle of a fray. Full picture.
These globes of health work as you would expect, when stepping on them, you will get an increase in health. The increase is over time, so not instant, and you only activate them if you are lacking health. The interesting thing about multiplayer and orbs is that they heal all party members in the vicinity, enabling any player to be a makeshift healer. Even if the person picking the orb up is at full health, it will heal others.

The drop rate is quite low, but with the amount of monsters coming at players, there should rarely be a lack of orbs, and when they are far between, there is always potions. Additional tweaks have also been promised.


We're also playing around with some alternate functionality for when/how they're picked up while you're at full health, as well as some visual tweaks. Regardless we're going to make sure it's as fun and balanced as possible.

Health orbs heal on a % basis; if they fill say, 25% of a character's hit points, then a Barbarian would get more actual health from one than a Witch Doctor, even though both would see their health globe fill the same amount.

Drop Rates

Jay Wilson said they were on about 25-35%.

Boss Battles

During Boss Battles, where no extra monsters are killed, individual hits on a boss will have a (low) chance of spawning a Health Orb.


A new globe as seen in the Wizard gameplay trailer.

In the BlizzCon 2008 build, the globes had changed slightly, getting some sort of ornamental graphic on the top and bottom, like a small golden crown.

Health Globes and Mana

In the GamesCom 2009 demo, Mana Globes have been removed. At the end of one video, the Wizard regains a large amount of mana by picking up a Health Globe. This is because they now get Mana as well as Health from Health Globes if they invested in Stability Control.


There has been some small level of controversy about these Health Orbs as some players do not like the idea of "power-ups" in a RPG game. It is nowhere near the levels of the art controversy, but some people are genuinely upset.

In either way, it is highly unlikely that Blizzard will change Health Orbs significantly at this point.

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