Aren't swords weapons, with grips? --- In regard to the robot loot, I don't particularly like it either... however, from what the A-team has said here and in Adviser chat, I do believe that the A-team is pretty powerless to change the robot loot at this point. What they can do is bring out BPs using robot loot to make use of this stuff. There aren't a lot of TT materials used in Ark BPs, and even lyst can get pretty expensive here on Ark, so a new source of TT food for crafters to grind would not be a bad thing. Another concept we have to realize is that it's treasure HUNTING. Do you think every time an archeologist looks at an ancient site, they find chests and chests worth of gold coins and awesome, valuable artifacts? No. Treasure is rare, by definition. That's why I'm against finding a set amount of arkoins or items in the instances... it should not be FARMING, it's treasure hunting. That said, of course MA needs to make the item and arkoin drops appropriate... right now they're probably struggling with balancing loot because the instances are new and because there's arkoin hoarding going on. If the gear at the NPCs is going to cost a huge number of arkoins, then the drops need to be increased. So... assuming the auction event takes some of these arkoins out of circulation and replaces the function of the NPCs until they get running, I think it's a really good idea. And MA, get those NPCs fixed before the next VU!