So basically, I was playing in my friend's minecraft world. My friend had died minutes before, so I tried getting his stuff and bringing it back to him. I was really far away from where we lived, so I was a little nervous that I would die. This was all so fast to process, but I was killing a zombie, then a creeper came behind me and blew up. I most likely would have died, but when the creeper exploded I got 4 absorption hearts. I was really confused, so I tried looking it up on google. But I couldn't find much, so I thought it'd be best if I asked here. Thanks to anyone who can help :). I also added my reaction to what happened, I was really confused LMAO.
The only Absorption sources are golden apples and Totems of Undying, so I'd think you had a Totem of Undying in the offhand and just didn't notice. That'd make even more sense if you weren't wearing enough armor to avoid dying to the creeper.
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If you'd like to talk with me about other games, here are a few I play.
Team Fortress 2
Borderlands series (Borderlands 2 is my favorite game, ever. TPS combat is a lot of fun and makes up for the lower-quality story, in my opinion)
Elder Scrolls series
Warframe (IGN is something like That_One_Flesh_Atronach)
Pokémon series (HGSS forever)
Left 4 Dead 2 (Boomer files always corrupt though)
SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT is the most innovative shooter I've played in years!)
Dead Rising series (Dead Rising 2 is one of my favorite games, and the 3rd was a lot of fun. 1st has poor survivor AI and the 4th is bad)
Just Cause series
Come to think of it, I mainly play fighting-based games.
According to a comment the damage calculation is flawed such that you gain health when you take damage twice during the same tick and the second attack is weaker than the first attack (normally the game allows damage to bypass damage immunity if the second attack deals more damage than the first attack, with the difference applied; somehow, this bug lets the negative difference through and it actually heals you and appears as absorption hearts even though you don't have the effect (basically the game's way of showing the additional health).