After our statistic guru Varquynne posted that guest article about loot drops it got me thinking: I often run around in dungeons and impatiently skip all the loose rocks, barrels and coffins. Unfortunately I also feel like I'm missing out of shiny gold when I do so. This lead me to ask the question: Are smashing barrels, loose rocks and coffins (etc) worth the time gold-wise?
After a quick mail to Varq it turns out he already has the data (keep in mind that the sample is limited so these aren't 100.00% accurate but it gives you an idea). This was his answer:
"It ends up averaging to ~1.9 gold per barrel/urn, ~3 gold per normal monster you kill, and ~13 gold per clickable/destructible (for levels 1 to 9 of the beta). Seems like it generally pays to bust open logs, coffins, loose stones, etc."
Yes. Smash everything in sight, it pays off.
Although gold has no real purpose in the beta it will be of utmost importance in retail. Players quickly destroying barrels and clickables will gain a very significant advantage in gold. Thank you Varq for the info!
PS: People in the official forums claimed to have gotten items, even a rare item once, from barrels and loose rocks. Fyi