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I'm currently on a quest to retrieve the items necessary to fulfill Caillou's order. As a result, I'm curious to know what in-game factors influence item drops from monsters (if any).

Does the level of a monster increase the likelihood of a drop? Are there any items I can wear to make drops occur more often? Will stronger monsters of a certain type(i.e. red slimes are stronger than blue slimes) drop items more often, or drop items of a higher grade? Will chaining together kills affect the quality and likelihood of an item drop? Factors like these are what I'm interested in.

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Chaining Kills only appears to affect Experience Gems.

"Stronger" monsters have separate drops because they are separate monsters. A level 10 green slime and a level 1 green slime use the same drop table. But a Level 60 Grey Slime can drop different items than either Green Slime.

Thus, if you are trying to farm a particular material, it is advisable to go to the first / most common appearance of that monster. Difficulty is irrelevant when it comes to item drops.

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There is one item drop that is only available to certain levels of Will O Wisps, but that's as a result of those being present in a specific dungeon more than explicitly the level. Nevermind the Crystal Nightmare drops. –  Grace Note Dec 21 '11 at 18:03
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