Death drop

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When the player kills a monster, sometimes it may leave one random item under its corpse it didn't already have when alive; these items are known as death drops. If a monster is neither a Kop nor a type which can't leave corpses, it has a 1/6 chance of leaving a random item on it.[1]

Death drops use the normal object generation mechanism, so the object class of the dropped item depends on which level the monster was killed in. [2] See Object#Item generation for a table of object class probabilities.

There is also a penalty against small monsters, who can only leave food rations, leashes, figurines, or items that weigh at most three. The game only tries to generate the item once; if it isn't eligible (as per above), no death drop is left.

As of 3.6.0, cloned monsters (such as gremlins that have multiplied) cannot leave death drops, nor can any monster occupying the player's square (such as engulfers or mounts).[3]

Special Drops

Some monsters additionally always leave behind certain non-random body parts:

Monster Item
dragon dragon scales (1/3 chance, 1/20 if revived)
unicorn unicorn horn (1/20 chance if revived)
long worm worm tooth
iron golem 2d6 iron chains
glass golem worthless pieces of glass
clay golem 50 + 1d20 (avg. 60.5) rocks
stone golem statue of a stone golem
wood golem 2d4 quarterstaffs
leather golem 2d4 leather armors
gold golem gold
paper golem 1d4 blank scrolls

See also


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