Just about every philosopher makes claims about certain phenomena depending on other phenomena—just about every philosopher will say, for some value of x and y, that x depends on y, or exists in virtue of y, etc. It is the job of metaphysics to train the spotlight on this talk, to try to unpack it, to see whether anything really answers to it, to see what difficulties different accounts might face, and so forth.
Eg. Dependence is in the philosopher’s toolbox; metaphysicians examine it to see whether it is in good working order. Metaphysicians talk about dependence because everyone else engages in dependence talk.