A piece of equipment created from bits and pieces of a large creature. This can include teeth, claws, bones in general, hides and coats, whole appendages, chitin from Big Creepy-Crawlies, organs, and generally anything that can be cut off and utilized. The reasons for doing this can vary: it can be a matter of convenience, because the body part in question has properties not easily replicated by other means, or just a means of showing off. Possession of such things tends to be shorthand for "badass hunter", since Fridge Logic dictates that the character most likely had to kill the creature in question to get the requisite materials. Claws and teeth also tend to be Absurdly Sharp Blades, to emphasize the ferocity of the previous owners, or at least justify their continued usage in place of more "advanced" weapons. The creation of such equipment has become prominent in video games, as well, particularly the RPG genre. If the player isn't capable of crafting the gear themselves, it's not uncommon to find an NPC who can do the job in their stead... of course, they need 20 Bear Asses for materials. Truth in Television: before metalworking, bones were a common choice for tool materials, and hides provide a lot of mileage in terms of insulation and warmth. Since bones are a common choice for this trope, there's a lot of overlap with Bad with the Bone, Ballistic Bone or Skeletons in the Coat Closet. The runner-up, fur, generally leads to Pelts of the Barbarian, Fur Bikini, and/or Nemean Skinning. If the body is used as a weapon without it being taken apart first, that's Grievous Harm with a Body. If used ornamentally, it can also overlap with Battle Trophy. See also Item Crafting and Organ Drops.
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Anime and Manga
- Being the barbarian he is, Conan the Barbarian in all his appearances in media (comic books, movies, tabletop games, video games, etc.) usually wears animal skins and parts into his costume, included a fur loincloth and a necklace made of teeth.
- The Swarm of War has Orks outfitting themselves with armor and weapons made out of Zerg bones. The Ork leader is actually called Warboss Bugklaw.
Film - Animated
- Nac Mac Feegles from Discworld books make plenty of gear from animal parts, but since they are wee people they make use of small animals; rabbit skulls are used as helmets, mouse leather is used for bagpipes etc.
- Often appears in Redwall, and used for disturbing effect considering that it takes place in a World of Funny Animals. There are a few villains in the series with clothing, armor, or weapons made from parts of animals they've allegedly killed, such as Cluny the Scourge and his cloak made from bat wings, and Urgan Nagru and his wolf pelt, with the skull intact.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- 1st Edition Monster Manual. The large plates behind a bulette's head can be made into shields of up to plus three power by a skilled dwarven craftsman.
- Dragon magazine
- #62 has "Evil dragon armors", an article on making armor out of dragon scales. Each type has specific abilities based on the dragon it's made from.
- The #98 article "The Magic of Dragon Teeth", which has dragon teeth made into magical devices that could summon "dragon men" when planted in the earth.
- Module WG5 Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure. The whip possessed by the iron golem is made out of cockatrice feathers. It retains the cockatrice's ability to petrify any creature it hits.
- Dark Sun setting. Because of the shortage of metal, bones were often made into weapons.
- In Baldur's Gate the shells (exoskeletons) of ankheg monsters can be made into armor.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, there are several sets of armor that can be made from drake scales and dragon scales by Wade.
- The Elder Scrolls:
- Bonemold armour is made by gluing layers of bone with resin, serving as medium armour in Morrowind. In-Universe legends hold that it was invented at the request of a Lord who needed armour that was light enough for his servants to wear while they fetched water in drought conditions, but heavy enough to protect them from groups of roving cannibals.
- In Skyrim parts from slain dragons can be used to craft some of the best armour in the game. Their bones can be made into heavy "dragonplate" armour and their skin can be made into light "dragonscale" armour.
- Elsword has a lot of weapons and occasionally armors made/taken from the bosses' body. The Secret Dungeon Bonus Bosses in particular tend to either drop the special equipments themselves (rarely), or drop the materials you'd need to craft the equipment (more commonly).
- In the last Killer Instinct game, Chief Thunder returns from the first game with large feathers in his head and a necklace made of teeth, probably from wild animals like wolves, bears, etc. This trope becomes more literal with his alternate costumes, having helmets with heads of a bear, a wolf, a skull of an animal and even in one costume, his axes are sharped bones attached to a stone and a stick.
- Animals in Minecraft frequently drop resources such as leather, wool, feathers or ink sacs that can be crafted into more stuff. Thus, any gear the player obtains through these materials qualifies for this trope.
- Monster Hunter is this - the game. You are a hunter tasked with killing monsters, using their body parts to build and upgrade armor and weapons, and use them to hunt even stronger monsters.
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