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Not always will there be Money Spiders from which the player can collect loot, but sometimes there is a special technique, ability, or equipment that has a higher chance, if not guarantee, to create items or resources from defeated enemies, however improbable it may be.

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Compare Loot Command, Video Game Stealing, Rewarding Vandalism, Random Drop Booster, and Money Multiplier. Contrast Piñata Enemy and Disadvantageous Disintegration.


Examples:

Action Adventure
  • Devil May Cry 5: The Dr. Faust hat given to Dante midway through the game creates Red Orbs with which the player can purchase and upgrade abilities. However, most of its attacks and abilities also cost Red Orbs (dealing more damage the more Red Orbs it uses), and Dante will also lose Red Orbs if he's hit while using it. Upgrading Dr. Faust to its maximum level greatly increases the amount of Orbs it uses and the damage it deals, while also increasing the amount Dante earns to such absurd degrees that a player can unlock every ability in a few hours.
  • Path of Exile: In a general sense, stacking the "Increased Item Quantity" modifier on equipment essentially turns every attack into a Loot Making Attack to a degree. The aptly named "Item Quantity Support" passive skill gem turns any skill gems linked to it into a more powerful version of this trope at its maximum gem level.
  • Warframe:
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    • Nekros's Desecrate ability is able to force fallen enemies to drop more loot.
    • Titania's Tribute ability turns enemies into collectible buffs and debuffs.
    • Hydroid's Pilfering Tentacles augment allows the tentacles he summons to boost the amount of loot dropped by enemies in their grasp.
  • Honkai Impact 3rd: Some Stigmata in the game will make the enemy drop something (depending on the stigmata) by the user's attacks, usually with a cooldown. One example is the Theresa: Gluttony Stigma, which makes your successful attacks drop candy every 5 seconds that can be picked up to increase your damage output.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
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MMORPG

  • Diablo II: The barbarian has abilities in the skill tree that let them search enemy corpses for extra potions and gear.
  • Zandalari Trolls in World of Warcraft have a passive which allows them to obtain more gold from defeated enemies.

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena

  • A lot of video games have a character who either has a passive or an active ability that allows them to obtain gold from defeated enemies quicker.
    • Dota 2 has the Alchemist who can obtain more gold from defeated enemies. In addition, the "Hand of Midas" item will instantly kill a neutral creep for gold.
    • SMITE's Fafnir has an ability to obtain more gold when he deals the finishing blow. He also becomes more powerful the more gold he has in his inventory.
    • Twisted Fate's passive ability in League of Legends rolls a dice when he kills an enemy that gives extra gold.

Platformer

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: Defeating three or four enemies in a row will give the Kongs a Banana Coin upon defeating the third and fourth enemy. Defeating five enemies onward will give an Extra Life Balloon for each enemy defeated starting at the fifth enemy.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Keeps the same mechanic as the game before and adds the KONG POW move which turns all enemies on-screen into items (Extra Life Balloons for Diddy, Gold Hearts for Dixie, and Banana Coins for Cranky).
  • Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow: The Mimic soul, when equipped, gives you more money each time you receive damage.
  • The Jewel Sword in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will sometimes prompt enemies to drop salable gemstones when defeated. Unfortunately, it's a very rare occurrence unless you have a high Luck stat, and almost always drops the lowest-value Zircon when the effect does kick in. This, combined with the sword being relatively weak and slow to wield, makes the Jewel Sword a bit of a Powerup Letdown.
  • The Alchemy Coin in Shovel Knight is a relic that, when used, sends a spinning coin along the ground that turns any weaker enemies it hits into treasure you can collect.
  • In most Super Mario Bros. platformers, shooting an enemy with a fireball turns it into a coin.
  • In Iji, cracking an enemy before killing them guarantees a drop of ammo for their biggest gun.

Real Time Strategy

  • Warcraft III: Some units in the Horde faction can be given the pillage upgrade, allowing them to generate extra resources when attacking enemy buildings.
  • Warlords Battlecry III:
    • Some units have the ability to generate extra resources for their faction when killing enemies; kobolds and assassins can earn gold from their assassination ability, basilisks can generate stone with their petrifying gaze, and the celestial dragon and fae tower can crystalize enemies into magic crystals.
    • Bronze Golems and Zombies can be given the Scavenge ability, letting them generate extra resources from corpses (zombies) or the remains of destroyed buildings (golems).

Shooters

  • DOOM (2016): The number of HP-restoring items that drop from enemies greatly increases if you kill them with a gory melee Finishing Move. If you use the chainsaw, they'll drop more ammunition.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Scout's Candy Cane melee weapon will cause any enemies killed to drop a small health pack.
  • Bioshock: Inverted with the Winter Blast Plasmid; if an enemy frozen by it is then shattered to pieces afterwards, no loot will be available for the player.
  • Overwatch: Reaper formerly was able to collect health orbs from enemies that were killed.
  • Spec Ops: The Line: finishing off mortally wounded enemies before they expire on their own increases the amount of ammo they drop.
  • Fallout 76: Played with; the Luck perk "Mystery Meat" has a chance of generating random forms of animal meat by healing with Stimpaks.

Role Playing Games

  • Nintendo Wars: Sasha's Super CO Power converts 50% of damage her units deal into War Funds.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem Awakening has the Despoil skill, learned by those who have access to the Barbarian class. With this skill, there's a chance, based on the character's luck stat, that upon defeating an enemy the character may gain a Small Bullion, which can be sold for 1,000 G.
    • Fire Emblem Fates has the Salvage Blow skill, learned by The Blacksmith class, allows users a chance to receive a random weapon if they initiate combat.
  • Golden Sun: killing an enemy with a Djinn of the element it's weak to will make it drop more money, experience, and gives a higher chance of dropping an item.
  • Final Fantasy VI: When summoned, the Ragnarok Esper will attempt to transform an enemy into an item.
  • Final Fantasy VII: The Morph command causes the character to use a weakened attack that will transform an enemy into an item if used as the killing blow.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Rogues and Ninjas have the Mug ability, boosting drop rates if used as or before the killing blow.
  • Various Final Fantasy titles (such as Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy X) will have an ability called "Mug" which turns Video Game Stealing into an attack.
  • In Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm, the skill "Trick or Treat" can instantly kill a monster and turn it into a Sweets type item.
  • In Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, Jess has the skill Funny Pouch, which deals large damage to a single target. If the skill kills the target, you will get a Sweets type item.
  • The Pokémon move Pay Day creates money for its trainer each time it's used, with the awarded amount of coins being based on the level of the Pokémon using the move. During Generations 1 and 2, the amount of money scattered was two times the user's level. From Generation 3 onward, the multiplier was increased, so that the money received per use is now five times the user's level.
  • Valkyrie Profile video games allow characters to juggle enemies who are either staggered or airborne (depending on the game), rewarding them with experience gems, orbs that reduce wait time for special attacks, or even items. Some characters have attacks that generate additional orbs if they hit an enemy in the right conditions - Natalia in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume is notable for this, as is Lucien from Lenneth.
  • One special move in Dragon Quest XI is called "Itemised kill", in which Erik will always obtain an item from "Half Inch" while the hero deals damage.
  • In Fallout 4, the fourth rank of the Fortune Finder perk will cause enemies to occasionally explode into a pile of caps upon being killed, killing an enemy with a Plasma weapon grants a chance to find Nuclear Material as a bonus resource on their corpse.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Imperial player characters have an inborn skill which allows them to always find a few extra gold pieces wherever gold is found.
  • Chefs in Miitopia have the "Monster Dinner" skill, which instantly defeats a monster and turns it into a food drop. This drop is separate from both the random post-battle drop and the Cat's "Steal Grub" skill, potentially allowing a lucky player to get three food drops from the same enemy.

Other

  • Trimps have an army formation that increases their loot at the cost of health and damage.

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