Question from spartysilver

Boss drops?

How come the second time you beat bosses the drops are not as good? Ive noticed this to many times to be coincidence. Will it be different for other difficulties or is it like this throughout the entire game?

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SlugAlucard answered:

Drop rates from bosses that you've killed before on ANY difficulty are greater reduced in quality. I've NEVER seen a boss drop anything but Blue Magic items during my Nightmare and Hell runs on multiple characters.
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JeffLam answered:

You get better rewards the first time you beat a boss on a particular difficulty level. After that their drop rates are reduced.
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cymrich answered:

Obviously it's to keep people from farming them over and over for loot to throw on the auction house.
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MonkiesRule99 answered:

Really? My friend just picked up a legendary off of the Butcher on Nightmare
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guinness4life answered:

In this game, elite mobs drop better items than bosses. These mobs will be "blue" and have additional abilities such as vortexes on higher difficulty levels.

There is an elite mob in nearly every cave/indoor dwelling if you wish to farm them.
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SlugAlucard answered:

Bosses have decreased drop rates after you've killed them on Normal. This doesn't mean that they never drop anything other than blues, but it does mean they seem to do so even more rarely than packs of blue or unique mobs.
Once you're lvl 60, you gain access to the Nephalem Valor buff that does seem to get rid of this boss drop chance decrease and allows bosses to drop higher quality items more often.
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