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So I have been doing some tests on my own, because I always thought that AoE was better even with not that many creatures around. Seems like I have been wrong all these years.

I did my tests on my RP using normal bow and normal crossbow, and 1 powerful vampirism and 1 powerful void imbuement. 

First I tested the difference when I attack a wyrm, which I don't Hs, and a cave rat, which I do hs, with crossbow:

Crossbow and spectral bolts
1 Wyrm (3 hits)600 hp = 150 life + 48 mana
596 hp = 149 life + 48 mana
840 hp = 210 life + 68 mana
1 Cave Rat30 hp = 227 life +73 mana
30 hp = 203 life +60 mana
30 hp = 142 life +46 mana

So, what I see, and I hope someone correct me if I'm wrong, is that you steal hp and mana according to the hit that you would be dealing to the creature if it had more hit points.

Next I checked the differences on cave rats but using bow and crossbow, single and multiple target:

Crossbow and spectral boltsBow and diamond arrowsTotal life and mana gain
1 cave rat (single target)30 hp = 227 life +73 mana30 hp = 85 life +30 mana
30 hp = 203 life +60 mana
30 hp = 142 life +46 mana
3 cave rats at the same time30 hp = 40 life +13 mana (to each one) 120 hp 
39 mana
5 cave rats at the same time30 hp = 25 life +9 mana (to each one)125 hp
45 mana
8 cave rats at the same time30 hp = 25 life +8 mana (to each one)200 hp
64 mana

So according to this, it depends on the amount of creatures/players hit by you, would be better to use diamond/bolts.

Someone, better on maths than me, know when the use of each one is better, to maximize the steal of mana/hp?

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When You atack with aoe attack You will get maximum mana/hp for single damadged target. Basicly the higher dmg You will deal to the monster more hp/mana You will get no matter how You will deal it (single target or aoe).
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