Milking refers to abusing the fact that certain monsters shoot/throw some weaponry which may or can not be gained by just killing them.
In cases of one handed weapon there is one weapon per monster limit, while missiles can be gained in heaps per single enemy. Both weapons and missiles have a base type listed in the table below (currently it is not possible to get arrows/quarrels of -foo- slaying), however, all available suffixes/prefixes are available.
The best strategy is running along a wall of room (with preferably close doors) allowing monster to follow. Keeping some space between character and monster is recommended but unnecessary. It is better not to do this in corridors with low level characters as you can easily end in unfavorable position without room to maneuver.
The following table lists all milkable monsters:
|Monster type||Milkable item||Extra|
Stone giant lord
Fire giant king
|Rock||May drop a sling when killed|
|Ratling archer||Quarrel||May drop a light crossbow when killed|
|Orcish spear||Single spear|
|Hill orc sergeant||Orcish battle axe||Single axe|
|Black hurthling||Black hurthling quarrel||May drop a hand crossbow when killed|
|Dark elven archer|
|Dark elven quarrel||May drop a hand crossbow when killed|
|Battle axe||Single axe|
|Arrow||May drop a long bow when killed|
|Orc||Orcish knife||Single knife|
|Arrow||May drop a short bow when killed|
|Greater earth elemental|
|Huge rock||May drop a sling when killed|
Note that barbarian encounters in wilderness can practically net a large amount of arrows (including prefixed ammo) in short time.
Arrow and spear traps can also provide ammunition if triggered multiple time by monsters of by PC with 'Ctrl-t' command. Triggering traps on yourself will always lead to a successful hit, however, with sufficient protection (in terms of PV) damage to PC may be nullified. Note that spear traps always produce base iron spears without any prefixes/suffixes.
Milking titans is generally not recommended (unless the PC is a level 32+ Archer) as the eternium quarrels shot by titans can inflict massive damage on the PC and have quite high to-hit.
Though not milking in the strictest sense of the term, giant ant workers and other digging monsters can be similarly milked for rocks by allowing them to dig out large sections of a dungeon level.