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Basic Trope: Shopkeepers have powerful weapons and armor for sale at obscene prices early in the game.

  • Straight: The shopkeeper in the second town sells a Disc-One Nuke for 100,000 gold.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The shopkeeper is selling the Infinity +1 Sword
    • The weapon costs 100,000,000 gold instead.
  • Downplayed:
    • The weapon costs 1,000 gold, and normal weapons at that point cost in the 300 range.
    • The weapon is only marginally better than normal weapons at this point.
  • Justified:
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    • The first town is a large metropolis, so there are powerful weapons for sale.
    • Item Crafting is expensive, especially for powerful items.
  • Inverted:
    • The Disc-One Nuke only costs 2 gold.
    • There is a weapon being sold for 100,000 gold. It's made of solid gold, and is utterly useless as a weapon.
  • Subverted: The weapon normally costs 100,000 gold, but it's on sale for 1,000.
  • Double Subverted: It's on sale for 1,000 gold, but it's so absurdly sharp that it shatters on contact, making it useless as a weapon.
  • Parodied: The cost of the item is higher than the player's money cap; it can never be bought, although it might be possible to get one as a random drop or by "borrowing" one.
  • Zig-Zagged: The shop sells items of a wide variety of prices and power levels. Prices differ wildly, and not proportionally to each other either.
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  • Averted: The shopkeeper only sells items at the level you would expect.
  • Enforced:
    • The developers want to make the game realistic, so the major city does in fact sell powerful weapons and armor.
    • The developers want to give a reward for players willing to Level Grind.
  • Lampshaded: "And he expects we can afford that price?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The shop has these weapons, but refuses to sell them at any price.
  • Discussed: The protagonist remarks that the common shopkeeper is selling a ridiculously powerful weapon.
  • Conversed: ???

We'd offer a link back to Teaser Equipment, but that'll cost a million gold!
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