You Have Died: The Player is informed by text that covers the screen that they have died. You are instructed to hit the Escape key to continue. The amount of Gold you lost upon death is calculated. You are informed that you've lost Experience (in Nightmare and Hell Difficulties).
In Diablo II, as in real life, death is something you should strive to avoid. If your Hit Points drop to zero during the game, you have died.
If you are killed, your character will lose a percentage of the total gold both carried and stored in the Stash. This percentage is equal to your character’s level but will not exceed 20%. After this ‘death penalty’ is deducted, the rest of the gold your character was carrying falls to the ground in a pile. If the penalty exceeds the amount of gold you were carrying, the remainder of the penalty is deducted from your Stash. In Single Player, dying will not take away all your gold. No gold is lost from your Stash, and 500 gold per character level is exempt from the death penalty. For example, if a 10th level Single-Player character with 5,000 gold dies, he will lose no gold.
Tips: There is a way of getting part of the gold. You enter in the room again and go where you died, part of your gold you be there on the ground.
There is a way you can get around this in Diablo II: Resurrected: make sure you’re depositing gold regularly into your shared gold stash. To do this, open your stash, select a Shared tab, and then click the money in your inventory to deposit. This will save your gold from the death tax. Think of your Shared stash gold as a savings account, and the Personal stash as checking — if you want to buy something that costs more than what’s in Personal (checking), you’ll need to transfer gold out of Shared (savings).
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The Character's total Gold from their Stash and Inventory is summed.
If there would be Gold remaining from the Inventory after the 20% summed total is removed, the remaining Inventory Gold is dropped at the location of the Character's corpse. In this case, you find that you died and lost all gold.
If the 20% total exceeds the Gold in Inventory:
As an additional death penalty, your character will lose some experience if he dies while in Nightmare or Hell difficulties. You will lose 5% of the experience required to attain the next level on Nightmare and 10% on Hell, but you will never drop down to a lower level. In games of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, if you recover your corpse at the location of its demise, you can regain 75% of the experience points you lost. If, however, you choose to ‘Save and Exit’ out of your current game in order to restart and recover your body in town, you will not regain any of your lost experience. Nightmare and Hell Difficulty players should ask themselves whether they want to risk losing more experience by attempting to recover their body to regain 75% of their experience. If you die several more times you’ll end up losing more experience than you gain by recovering your body. Sometimes it is safer to leave the game to recover your corpse giving up the experience you might have regained by recovering your corpse.
Press the Esc key after dying to restart in town. Your corpse will remain in the place where you died. You will have to return to your corpse in order to retrieve your equipment. When you find your corpse, left-click on it to pick up and re-equip your items (hint: when you are near your corpse, it will appear as a purple “X” on your Automap). Make sure you have room in your inventory to pick up all the items on your corpse, though — if you don’t, any items you can’t hold will remain on your old corpse. Be sure to collect any gold you might have dropped when you died, too.
If your character has no corpse when he dies, one will be created, and your equipped items will remain on that corpse. If your character already has a corpse, another corpse (up to a maximum of 16) will be created and your most recently equipped items will remain with the new corpse. Be careful about equipping valuable equipment when you already have a corpse out in the field, if you exit a realm game with more than one corpse on the ground, only the corpse having the most valuable equipment (gold equivalent value) will be saved. Also, if you die and you already have 16 corpses, your items will fall to the ground, and anyone can take them. Unequipped items, however, will always remain in your inventory.
When you find your corpse, click on it to take all of its equipped items. Only you (and anyone you permit) can loot your corpse.
After re-equipping your items, you might want to confirm that you are using your weapon of choice, and not your “backup” equipment or some item you accidentally picked up from the area surrounding your corpse.
If you exit a game without retrieving your corpse, one will be placed in town in the next game you create or join.
NOTE: A “Hardcore” character cannot be reincarnated if it dies — you will simply return to Battle.net chat as a ghost. Hardcore characters cannot create or join games once they have died.