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                        For Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
			  (aka Monster Hunter Tri G)

              		            v 0.5

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	Contents
	
	Change History

	Introducion 

	
	Part 1:	Bowgun Mechanics

		Bowgun 101

		Ammunition
		
		Elemental shots
		
		Upgrading Bowguns

		Heavy Bowguns

			Suggested HBGs

			Siege Mode

		Light Bowguns

			Suggested LBGs

			Rapid Fire

		Armour Skills

		Using Bowguns in Multiplayer
	
			Support
			
			Damage
	

	Part 2: Armour Sets and Skills

		Armour skills for Gunners

		Suggested Low Rank sets

		Suggested High Rank sets

		Suggested G Rank sets


	Part 3: Strategies for Gunning Every Creature


		Bird Wyverns

			Great Jaggi/Baggi/Froggi
			Qurupecco and Crimson Qurupecco

		Pelagus & Fanged

			Azuros
			Urcusis
			Volvidon
			Jinogua & Stygian Jinouga

		Flying Wyverns

			Rathalos & Azure Rathalos
			Silver Rathalos
			Rathian & Pink Rathian	
			Gold Rathian
			Diablos and Black Diablos
			Gigginox and Baleful Gigginox
			Barioth & Sand Barioth
			Naruga and Green Naruga
			Lucent Naruga

		Brute Wyverns

			Barroth and Ice Barroth
			Uragaan and Steel Uragaan
			Duramboros & Desert Duram
			Brachydios
			Deviljho & Hungry Jho

		Leviathans

			Royal Ludroth and Purple R Ludroth
			Nibelsnarf
			Gobul
			Agnaktor and Glacial Agnaktor
			Lagiacrus & Ivory Lagiacrus
			Abyssal Lagiacrus
				
		Elder Dragons

			Jhen Mohran and Hallowed Jhen
			Alatreon
			Ceadeus and Gold Ceadeus
			Dire Miralis


	Part 4: Mark of a Hero


	Part 5: Credits, Contact & Copyright Info


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				Change History

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		v0.6: 	Updated with some info I'd missed and some fixed 
			errors. Thanks to the guys on GameFAQs and the MH 
			Podcast group for helping with this.	

		v0.5:	Draft Compendium is released

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                                Introduction

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Welcome all to the Bowgun Compendium Ultimate; May all your days be long upon
the earth.

This guide is an attempt to distil all the information about gunning you'll
need in order to successfully use the Bowgun classes in Monster Hunter
3 Ultimate. Getting to grips with all the intricacies of Bowguns can be
quite daunting at first, so the aim of the Compendium is to get you the
information you need as well as analysis about what that information means
in terms of gameplay.

In the interests of getting the guide out, I've run with some assumptions
which may affect the accuracy of some of the information. These are:

<> The damage formula is fundamentally similar to all previous games in
the MH series

<> Monsters that are returning from Portable 3rd or Tri have similar 
weaknesses and weak points as they did in those games.

While these are assumptions, there are good reasons to run with them until
the information is confirmed - this is mainly because Capcom doesn't tend to
change much between games in its formulae. Still, be aware this first
iteration of the Compendium will inevitably change before it's finalised.

With that caveat in mind, I have actually tested all the strategies detailed
below in this draft version of the Compendium, so they do actually work.

Throughout the guide there are YouTube links to videos I've made to
demonstrate tactics. To view these, copy and paste them into your internet
browser. In the interests of time, some of these videos are taken from 
Portable 3rd from where creatures are identical, for all intents and 
purposes.

Alternatively, you can jump right to my eponymous channel on YouTube
at youtube.com/mazereon and locate the videos from there.

 - mazereon


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			Part 1: Bowgun Mechanics

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There are a number of different types of damage you can deal in Monster Hunter
games. The Hammer and Hunting Horn weapons deal Impact damage (and so do some
other attacks from other classes), bladed weapons do Cutting damage, Barrel 
Bombs and Cannons do Explosive damage, and Bowguns usually do Shot type 
damage.

This is important to know because where creatures are weak to getting hit by
melee weapons isn't always where they're weak to Shot type damage.

To further complicate things, Bowguns can use Elemental shots. When using 
these shots, your gun doesn't do Shot damage, it instead does damage of that 
element.

This means that you're going to need to know a fair bit of information to gun 
well - not just how to shoot, but where to shoot, and with what type of 
damage.

Don't worry about that just yet, but keep it in mind while we talk about 
controls.

			Controls

Unsheathe is X, and thereís no unsheathe 'attack', though pressing R
trigger, X and A together unsheathes and loads your gun with your currently 
selected ammo.

Reloading is X while unsheathed. Selecting ammo is by holding L trigger,
then selecting the desired ammo with X and B, and then releasing L. You must
re-load if you switch out of your chosen ammo and then back to it. A to
fire.

Your scope is R trigger once unsheathed, aimed with the analogue stick. R
trigger again to unzoom.

Tapping the bottom right of the touch screen with both classes does a melee 
bash attack that does little damage, but adds KO value. It's not very useful
in multi.

If you hold L trigger while pressing any direction key, you switch to a third
person view that allows you to aim on the fly. Good for scoping surroundings
in a pinch, and very handy with faster aiming in Siege mode.

Pressing X and A together with a Heavy Bowgun enters Siege mode, and
you can use X and then A to confirm the Siege ammo.

Pressing B makes you roll or sidestep depending on your current situation.
Using the analogue stick allows you to direct the sidestep if you've just
fired or roll direction otherwise.

			Range

When you fire your BG, there are five ranges, from shortest (1) to longest
(5). How far away you are from a creature impacts on how much damage you'll
do.

For Pierce and Pellet, ranges 2 and 3 do the most damage, 1 and 4 are next 
most and 5 (the longest distance away) is the lowest damage. To observe this, 
try sniping a small minion monster at very long range - it takes around twice 
as many shots to kill compared to firing point blank. Elemental shots however 
are range independent - so they do full damage at range 1 and range 5. Note 
though that they don't fire past about range 5.

For Normal, ranges 1 and 2 do the most, then 3 and 4, and finally long range
shots at 5 do very little. Normal 3 is effective up to range 3, though.

while underwater, effective ranges are halved. That means when underwater,
fire Normal shots from a single 'roll' back and Pierce from 2-3 back. 

Crag and Clust shots do fixed damage aside from the initial contact hit,
and can be fired at any range with virtually the same effect. Clust's damage 
depends on how many of the bomblets explode on or near the creature - 
obviously the more, the better.

You'll soon find the sweet spot to shoot from to maximise your damage, and
you'll see that the impact flash is larger at the right range.

			Deviation, Recoil and Reload

All BGs have a listing on the info page for Shot Deviation, recoil and reload.
Shot deviation is how far off centre your shots fly. It's not a huge issue,
and can be corrected for with the Precision skill.

Recoil and reload affect how much your shots push you back, and how quickly
you load more shots. These values mix with shot types' natural values, and
that's how fast you load or how far you recoil.

For example, Normal 1 shots reload very fast. So even on a gun with Slow
reload, you'll reload quickly. Or, you might have a gun with Light recoil, but
firing Dragon shots will still push you back. While these values on a
gun are important, the shot's natural reload/recoil values are a little more
important.

The rule of thumb is that you only need Recoil- on your armour if you can't 
fire your shot of choice without recoil. That means often Pellet 3 or 
Pierce 3 users need to find a gun with low recoil, or use a set featuring 
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To be a range master, you must understand your weapon. And to understand a
range weapon, you must understand what youíre firing. Please note numbers
listed are for the default bag size of shots and with combines, you can take
more ammo.

Firstly, you'll notice when selecting ammo that some shots have a special
border in your shot list while most are white. Red shots indicate ammo that
is Rapid Fired (LBG) or can be Siege fired (HBG).

Normal 1 and 2 are simple shots: You fire them, and they hit and damage the
hitzone they land on. Normal 1 has infinite ammo but does very little damage
Ė if you end up with only this left on a quest, you should probably abandon
if the monster youíre hunting isnít almost dead. Normal 2 does good damage
and is simply targeted and fired. Works well generally and on small, fast
monsters or where pierce shots donít work well. You can carry one Normal 1
that fires infinitely and 99 Normal 2.

Normal 3 is slightly different. It hits, then damages the hitzone it lands on
and shards fly off. These will either hit adjacent hitzones or fly off. If
you land ricochets, itíll do a lot of damage. Takes a bit of practice to use
effectively but youíll learn where to hit to land most ricochets, most often.
It has a longer effective range than Normal 1 & 2 do. You carry 99, and 
the shot is slightly more effective than in second generation Monster Hunter.
Underwater, this shot has a tendancy to ricochet much more often, and since
it has a longer range, it's highly recommended for your aquatic battles.

Pierce 1, 2, 3: These all work the same. They hit one hitzone and travel
through to the next one, then the next until they hit the appropriate number
of times or exit the creature. Pierce 1 hits 4 times, Pierce 2 hits 5, and
Pierce 3 hits up to 6 times. While lower level shots will do more per 'hit', 
if you connect all the hits from higher level shots, they'll do more damage.

Also, high levels of Pierce are more effectively fired from longer back. A
point blank Pierce 3 won't do as much damage as if you were four rolls back.
You carry 60 of each level.

Pellet 1, 2, 3: These shots are different from the above in that they require
little precision. You fire, and the shot splits up and hits hitzones in your
cone of vision. It's not totally random, and certain monster parts will
attract pellets more than others. Works excellently for dromes: fire, and a
half second later shards will hit a few points. You can pack 60 of level 1,
70 if 2 and 80 of 3.

Sub 1 and 2: An underwater specific version of Pellet S. I haven't done a lot
of hunts with this shot, but if you're underwater and having a tough time
aiming other shots, give it a whirl. More info to come.

Crag: A simple shot: You fire, it hits and a split second later explodes.
Does good damage and acts like a sonic bomb. Enough damage (more accurately,
KO value) from this will KO a monster like a hammer if you hit the head.
Itís not much use in solo play, but itís very good for online battles.
Again, has recoil to watch out for. 
Max 9 shots per level.

Clust: You fire a shell, and when it hits it does minor damage while sticking
in the target. But then it fragments into several bomblets which explode.
If all hit, it does severe damage, but will take practice to land. This works
very well on bigger, slower creatures, but again on a faster monster itís
not great because the bomblets wonít stay on it if it moves. Another shot
with recoil. Max 3 shots per level.

Exhaust: Creatures have an invisible stamina gauge in this game. As they
attack, that gauge depletes until they are forced to break off and recover
stamina and will stand on the spot taunting. Exhaust S helps to lower their
stamina faster, and will do KO damage like Crag S if you get a head shot. You
can take 12 of these at level 1 and 8 at level 2.

Slicing: Normal Bowgun shots do Shot type damage (apart from elemental and
explosive shots). This shot type does Cutting damage, meaning that gunners
can now cut tails off with enough cutting damage dealt. Note that a certain
amount of cutting damage is needed, so you can't shoot it with any other shot
type and expect a tail to fall off with 1 Slicing S. 

They do minimal damage though, so it's usually best to plan to help melee 
users cut the tail rather than expect to do it easily yourself.

Status shots (Poison S, Sleep S, Paralyze S): These shots all lower a
monsters' tolerance to that status. When the status tolerance reaches 0, they
will be poisoned, sent to sleep or paralyzed. Each time they are inflicted,
their tolerance rises for the next time.

You carry 12 level 1 and 8 Level 2.

Slime S: Slime is a new element in 3U. As you coat a creature in slime, it'll
build up until you reach enough and then it explodes for similar damage to
a Large Barrel Bomb. This shot type is not as good as the melee equivalent,
and best used when you can apply it quickly (like RF'd or sieged shots).

Wyvernfire S: Still testing this one. Basically, think a version of Gunlance's
shot of the same name.

Recover S: This shot does what it sounds like: heals any target in its wide
radius. And yes, 'any' target means you will heal monsters you hit with it
too. In practice, it's better to sheathe and use a Lifepowder as it's faster
than changing ammo and aiming at your team mate, and it heals everyone in
the zone and not the monster.

Tranq S, Armour S, Demon S: These shots are utility shots. Demon shots raise
team mates' attack, Armour S obviously does the same for defence, and Tranq
S will have the same effect as Tranq bombs (although you must hit the head).

In all honesty, these are all but useless shots in practice. I know that a 
lot of the Tri players swear by Demon/Armour shots, and the point of using 
them is to help kill a creature faster. But if you focus on more of a damage 
role instead of a supporting one, you'll probably find you kill creatures 
faster anyway.

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Elemental shots (except Dragon) are 'normal' style shots.

That means, they hit an do all their damage to a single hitzone. As in 
previous games, these shots do elemental damage that scales with your 
Bowgun's raw, including Dragon S.

Dragon S is still a pierce style shot, so it passes through multiple hitzones 
unlike the other elemental shots. It's very powerful and has a huge recoil,
but given its very limited ammo capacity (even with combines) it's best not
to base a hunt around this shot type.

While above it says elemental shots are only elemental damage, that's not 
strictly true. Elemental Shots are mostly elemental damage, but do have a 
small Shot damage portion. Only the shot damage is affected by Affinity, so 
if you have a gun with strong negative affinity it will still function well 
with Elemental shots. The raw portion of an elemental shell is miniscule 
though, this note is only here for completeness sake.

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So congratulations, youíve decided to get into the mysterious and new world
of bowgunning. Off you run to the creation store and plonk down your Rathalos
Plate for that shiny new cannon. Now youíve made it, what are those options
you get?

You may only attach one of the two possible options, which are different for
heavy and light bowguns.

Power barrel: Gives a good boost to damage. When you have defensive skills on
your armour, this is probably the attachment of choice. Roughly 10% extra
damage.

                  	OR, a

[HBG Only] Shield: An attachment to have if you have offensive armour skills
and need some protection. While you arenít attacking, youíll auto block
attacks, including screams. The residual damage you take is higher than other
classes, but it's better than getting run over by a Diablos. Your shield will
work when you're in Siege mode.

[LBG Only] Silencer: This device noticeably lowers recoil. If you're using a
Pellet, Pierce, Crag or Clust set primarily, this is a very handy
attachment to have. For recoil-less shots, it's not worth using.

		And with both of those, you can equip a:

Zoom Scope: When in zoom mode, you can zoom your gun in further. Not really
that useful in most situations, since without the Target range down skill,
your shots wonít reach as far as you can see. But hey, why not?

			Limiters

Once you hit G rank, Rare 6 and above BGs have the option of removing their
'Limiter'. On HBG, this option increases your damage and clip size at the 
cost of removing Siege mode, and on LBG it removes Rapid Fire from your 
weapon in exchange for being able to load all your shot types at once and
allowing you to switch between them without having to re-load when 
re-selecting as you normally would. 

For LBGs, this requires some careful consideration, as 
Rapid Fire is often a serious source of damage. If you're using a LBG for 
its damage and/or clip size on a non-RF shot, it's a no brainer.

For HBGs, a Limiter should be considered mandatory in almost all cases. 
Siege mode was introduced in Portable 3rd to address the removal of Auto 
Reload in MHP2G/Freedom Unite, to try and re-balance them. A larger - but
not infinite - clip in exchange for being stuck in place might sound like an
acceptable trade off, but given how range and mobility dependant this class
is, in practice Siege mode is not very useful solo except in few 
circumstances. It's more useful in multiplayer, but again only where a 
creature is immobilised - so, not much of the fight. 

A limiter will slow your movement speed slightly on HBG too, as well as 
restricting your rolling capabilities.

It's for this reason that except where noted, I always recommend you put a 
Limiter on your HBG.

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With the removal of Speed Fire/Auto Reload from 2nd gen and the addition of
Siege mode, much has changed. While quick kill times are still to be had
with this class, a little more strategy is required. But on the plus side,
you can Siege with every HBG, allowing a pseudo Speed Fire much more easily
accessible than previously.

As above, Siege mode is entered with X and A, and ammo selected with X
and then A to confirm. It's worth noting that Siege capable shots don't have
to be Siege fired, they can be used normally. This is a welcome departure 
from LBG's enforced Rapid Fire.

HBGs do have their downsides. As youíve no doubt noticed, when unsheathed, it
has limited mobility (comparable to a Gunlance). Limited ammo (ignoring the
Normal 1 shot which does negligible damage) means if you arenít accurate,
you'll end up having to use subpar ammo or even worse, completely unable to
finish a quest. And youíll need to be stationary while firing, leaving you
open.

But the fact is, with practice and skill, these issues can be practically
negated.

The strengths of HBG are many, as itís a class that can be played a number
of ways. Itís got great elemental damage and great raw damage. Ammo limits
arenít really a problem when you learn weak points and bring combines, and
you can equip a shield and use the Guard Inc skill to constantly tank all
hits Ė and even without it, the shield auto-blocks if you arenít firing. Or
you can go all out offence and use a power barrel for even more damage.

HBGs also use a different damage formula from LBG - it gets a boost of around
12% as a hidden multiplier in the formula. That means if you have a HBG with 
200 raw and a LBG also with 200 raw, the HBG gets a (200 * 1.12) 24 damage 
boost.

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The rule of thumb when choosing a gun is to look for what shots you plan to
be using most. In addition, large clips (so above 6) of Normal 2/3 are always
useful, and lower recoil/reload speeds makes the higher impact shots more
useful. 

Pellet: Crimson Pecco's weapons are excellent here. Good clips, good recoil
and slots as well as good interaction with a Limiter makes these Pellet guns
of choice.

Normal: Rathian's line is excellent and easily made, though when available,
Jhen's (and to a lesser extent Ceadeus's) are better choices. The Nibel and 
Ivory Lagi guns also work very well here, especially if you do find many 
opportunities for siege fire. 

Pierce: The Naruga weapons are the real stars here. Don't be put off by the
lower raw - the affinity and reload/recoil means your damage per second is
going to be high.

General use: Alatreon's weapon is a great all-round elemental machine, and 
Jhen's cannons fire a lot of useful ammos.


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In second generation MH, given armour skills like Evade Inc and Speed Fire 
that nullified HBG's downsides, LBGs were a reasonably poor cousin to their 
bigger brethren. In most cases, as their damage output often couldn't compete 
and their upsides weren't overly useful, there wasn't often much reason to 
use the LBGs, especially solo.

But now that HBGs have lower raw overall and no Speed Fire to assuage their
low clip sizes and reload values, LBGs are really stealing the spotlight.
Rapid Fire (below) is a hugely valuable tool, given that creatures seem a
little more elementally resistant and ammo is often a concern. And now that
monster's hitboxes are much tighter, LBG's mobility really lets you stay 
close and deliver more damage.

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Rapid Fire (RF) is a mechanism unique to LBGs. Most LBGs have a shot (or
shots) that they RF, which is listed in the last page of the gun description.

A shot that is rapid fired will launch multiple shells for every one attack
initiated, while still using a single bullet. For example, a gun that Rapid
fires Thunder S will fire three Thunder rounds, one after the other, while
still just using one of your Thunder S shots in your inventory.

While each individual shot in that volley does less damage than normal, if
the whole volley connects it'll do more damage than that single non RF'd shot.
However, it takes a little longer to do it in. Proper use of RF can massively
reduce quest clearing times.

Most elemental RFs use three rounds per shot, at 70% of the original power.
If all 3 hit, that's 70% x 3 = 210% of the initial power, while still
consuming less ammo. While it's often faster to fire two non RF'd shots in 
the same time (so, 2 x 100% = 200%) you'll end up needing to reload more 
often without RF. This is quite different to 2G/FU where LBG users could use 
Speed Fire - making RF in 3U a more attractive option.

RF works extremely well on status shots, since they have a fixed value and
long range. Since status tolerance rises over time, the faster you inflict it,
the more effective it is. RF can deliver status very quickly, making it easier
to inflict.


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As with picking a HBG, it's crucial to think about the shots you're going to
be using most in a given quest. Looking for a gun that rapid fire that shot
is usually your best option, even if that gun's raw is a little lower than
another choice. And again, a good Normal 2/3 clip never hurts.

For each element, look for the gun with the highest raw that Rapid Fires the
element you're after. Normally, that's Rathalos (Fire), Lagi/Jin (Thunder),
Barioth (Ice) and Water (Plesioth).

Pellet: Use the Dobo line. Good clip sizes and Weak recoil plus good raw. 
The Rathian and Pink Ian lines work too, though need a Silencer or Recoil-.

Normal: The Barroth and Jade Barroth guns are solid and double as Pellet 
weapons, and the Giggi guns do Normal well and Poison very well, which is 
useful on almost all creatures. The Zinogre and Lagia weapons are excellent 
Normal guns once you can make them.

Pierce: The Barioth weapons have a good clip size/damage/affinity matrix and
with a Silencer have good recoil. The Naruga weapons are also good, but 
ideally you'd want Load Up with them.

General use: For use on Brute wyverns the Giggi guns' Poison RF is useful.
The Ancient/Rusted weapons are very good for the explosive shots in the 
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Just like how blademasters tend to have favourite skills for their weapons
(Sharpness +1, anyone?), there are several skills that greatly increase BGís
potential.

Evade +2: This is a staple skill that you should learn to use. You can use
the split second of invulnerability to roll through roars and most attacks,
allowing you to remain in the thick of battle and play very aggressively.
Now that hitboxes are fixed, it's a luxury rather than a requisite.

Evade Inc: This is a good skill to boost mobility. Itís simple: you roll
further. Allows for aggressive play, and it's more important on HBG.

Pierce/Pellet/Normal S Up: These all boost the damage of their associated
shot. They have enough of a bonus to make them worthwhile, but are best
suited to use on specific monsters. For example, an armour with Pierce Up
is great for long monsters but not much use versus Azuros.

Pierce and Normal Up are +10% and Pellet Up is +20%.

Reloading Speed+ : Much like it suggests, increases your reloading speed.
Useful if you're going for a Pierce/Pellet set, but not hugely useful
otherwise.

Critical Eye +1/2/3: A simple damage skill. CE +1 increases your DoT by
2.5%, +2 by 5% and +3 by 7.5%. It works by increasing your chance of a
critical hit (+25% damage) by 10% per level. If you have negative affinity
it makes you less likely to do a negative critical hit (-25%).

Since BGs have low-ish raw, you'll almost always get a better bonus from a
given shot type boost (like Normal Up) instead of Critical Eye +3.

Attack Up: This adds a fixed damage boost to every shot. At +10 points it
adds 10 damage, +15 points (Attack Up Medium) adds 15 damage and +20 points
(Attack Up Large) adds (wait for it...) 20 raw. While this is a mediocre
boost, at low rank it can often be better than skills that add a % of
weapon raw.

Elemental Attack Up: Increases the damage of your elemental shots. This can
be a great skill for fighting element weak monsters, but for creatures that
have low elemental weaknesses itís not helpful. Boosts elemental damage by
20%. It's also only found naturally on Alatreon armour.

(Elemental) Attack +1/2: These skills (one for each element) boost damage
by +10% at +1 and 20% at +2. In effect, they replace EAU on most sets. While
it's annoying having to re-gem sets for different elements, at least now
you can store sets and gems in your house.

Load Up: Means your ammo limits per clip are increased by one shot per clip.
You get this skill from many armours as an equivalent to Sharp +1 (so on
sets like Helios, Jho). It's useful always, but it'll never really take
a gun from mediocre to good. Handy on many RF guns.

Adrenaline +2: When you get very experienced, this is a great skill. When at
less than 40% health, your damage increases by 30%, the single biggest boost
of any skill except Felyne Heroics. Since Heroics no longer stacks with
Adrenaline +2, I would suggest this one instead since Heroics only activates
when youíre under 10 health, making it very dangerous. Being under 40% health
isnít fun but at least if a Rhenoplos gets niggly, it wonít one-shot you.
Being an experienced range player means you need never get hit, so being on
reduced life isnít an issue.

Stinger/Exploiter: This skill gives you a 5% damage boost when hitting
monster's weakest points. Only applies to raw damage though, but on a Normal
focussed set it's a decent boost to damage over time if you're accurate.

Bonus Shot: This skill means when you RF a shot, it'll add another bullet
to the end of the current volley. I'm still testing whether it adds it at the
same damage % as the others or a reduced one, but it does hold you in place
longer which is dangerous. On slow foes though it can be exceptional.

Recoil reduce: the Pierce and explosive shots can have a big recoil, and
different guns have different recoil rates. You should always be careful
about when you shoot, but this skill can help you get more hits in.

Earplugs: Not as essential as for blademasters, but a great skill to have.
You shouldn't always be within scream range or be able to evade through it if
you are, but everyone makes mistakes. The difference is that for gunners in
G rank they can be fatal :)

Combination Pro: This cheap (5 slot) skill is much more useful than you think.
Most creatures have a weakness to a specific shot level or type, and this
skill lets you maximise that weakness. For a lot of elemental shots, it's a
great skill.

Precision: Now that guns have a built in deviation, this skill can correct it.
Cheap to gem in and often worth it at low rank.


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With the above information in mind, here are some armour sets for different
situations. To be updated with more soon - but given how the skills on 
armours are much more diffuse in 3U, it's probably the case that mix sets
are almost always superior. If you download a program called the Armour Set 
Searcher (It's currently hosted on forums.Minegarde.com) by the excellent
Athena, you can put in the skills you want and charms you have and it'll tell
you how to make the set you want.

				HR1 - 3: LOW RANK

Ingot: A simple to make set that's packing useful skills.

				HR4 - 6: HIGH RANK

Volvidon: Evade+ and Attack up are two great skills for any type of gunning,
and this set isn't overly hard to make.

Narga: Evasion heavy set that's more useful for HBG.

Ingot S: A great performer for Pellet and easily made.

Azure Los: Earplug, RA+, and can fit in Normal Up and Evade Inc - a great 
set for all round play, and especially good with the Jhen HBG.

Alatreon - a very good elemental set, especially with the versatile Alatreon
LBG.

				HR6 - 999: G RANK

Rust Duram: The skills here are great for any type of gunning, and the slots
(two OOOs and three singles) let you put in (Shot type Up) very easily 
without a charm adding to it. A great versatile set at the start of G rank, 
and it looks really sweet, too.

Ingot X: Pellet/Recoil- makes an excellent combo, especially with the Rust
Dobo gun.

Goldbeard Ceadeus: While this set isn't as prolific for gunners, the Load Up
and Earplug combo is quite useful. It's also got slots enough to expand as 
well as having good def.



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			General Gunning Tactics			
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For each monster, youíll need careful preparation and thought before heading
off into a quest. Rocking up with whatever gun and armour can be the
difference between a five minute quest and multiple failures. Once youíve
decided what monster to hunt, there are a few simple steps to make sure your
quests are fast and fun. Basically, for anything you fight, you want to have
enough ammo of the right type to finish the fight without having to resort
to using ineffective shots. Sometimes, this means having a primary and a
secondary ammo type.

Firstly, is what youíre fighting elementally weak or not? Every creature has
a weakness to an element, but if the creature in question is slightly weak to
an element, then finding a gun that fires that element should be a secondary
priority. But if youíre fighting something like a Naruga, Barioth or
Ludroth, then bring your Fire S by all means. If it has two big weaknesses,
then an elemental gun should be your first priority.

Secondly, are you fighting a long monster, fast monster or one with a big weak
spot? For long monsters, look for guns that fire Pierce 3 and/or 2. For fast
ones, Scatter 3 and Normal 2, and for ones with an obvious weak point
(like Rathalosís head) then take Normal 2 and 3.

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			Using Bowguns in Multiplayer
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Many of you reading this will be playing Ultimate as a sequel to Monster 
Hunter Tri, and while I never played Tri, I have heard a lot of anecdotal 
stories about gunnersí behaviour online and it has confirmed what Iíve seen 
from playing Freedom Unite and Portable 3rd online. 

If youíre approaching gunning as a way to look like youíre doing something 
useful while waiting for the other players to kill the monster because 
youíre not confident fighting it, then what you ought to do is jump offline 
learn how to fight the creature solo first. 

Gunning should not be seen as a way to be legitimately outside of harmís 
way. If youíre ďsnipingĒ from most of the zone away, youíre either doing 
next to no damage and using up a spot on the team or youíre using range-
independent shots like Clust, and youíre going to be exploding the 
blademasters away and drawing the monster away from them.

Trust me on this, youíre not doing yourself any favours and youíre going to 
be unlikely to earning friends online. It's my firm opinion the game is 
much more fun when youíve got a good handle on the mechanics.

To gun effectively online, there are two broad approaches: Support and 
Damage. 

Regardless of which path you focus on, there are a few notes that will make 
you a better gunner:

<> Donít use Pellet online. Any damage you do will be outweighed by the fact 
up to three other players are suddenly unable to do any damage because your 
shots are flinching them.

<> Your shots canít hurt other players, but they can hit them. When players 
are between you and a monster, take a half-second to aim up at a creature.

<> Shots like Heal S, Demon S, Armour S, Paint S Ė donít use them. Heal S 
will heal monsters as well as players, and itís faster to put your gun away 
and use a Lifepowder, which heals everyone in the zone (and you) without 
risking healing a monster. Ditto Demon/Armour S Ė if youíre dead set on 
giving other players the pretty minor boost those shots offer, take a Wide 
Area set instead and eat power/armour seeds. Itíll save time as well as 
buffing you.

<> Stay close to the monster. Even if youíre using range independant shots 
or are focussed on Support rather than Damage, the monster will eventually 
target you. If youíre across the zone, youíll drag the creature away from 
your team mates which is a direct drop in damage over time. Itís also easier 
to make all your shots count if youíre close. This obviously crucial if 
youíre playing a Damage role and youíre underwater, since youíll be up close 
and personal.

	Support

Support is probably what many players think of as the classical role of a 
gunner in an online match, if they havenít seen the potential of a good HBG 
user. There is nothing wrong with focussing on playing a supporting role, 
and against some creatures and with certain teams itís actually a better 
option. If youíre playing with friends who arenít very developed in their 
hunting or with a team of randoms and youíre the most experienced on the 
team, itís a good idea to play Support at first.

The focus of this role is to provide support (duh) to your team mates in 
killing the boss. Youíre going to be doing this in a number of ways:

<> Using Paralyze shots to hold the creature in place for your other team 
<> Using Poison shots to help with damage on heavily armoured targets
<> Using Sleep shots and Barrel Bombs to assist in huge damage bursts
<> Using Crag S and Exhaust S to help stack KO damage on a monsterís head
<> And of course, actually shooting the creature for damage

So obviously using status inflicting shots is a priority. Remember that 
each status infliction takes most shots than the last, so once youíve caused 
three inflictions of a status, itís time to switch to another, or to move to 
straight damage shots. 

Finding the right weapon is important Ė anything with Rapid Fire of a status 
shot will be very powerful, and if youíre in a team with some heavy hitters 
(hammer/GS users mainly) then itís worth sacrificing some damage if it means 
you can better help those team mates pump out damage.

If you are going to attempt to sleep something so you can sleep bomb it or 
have a team mate do a big attack to wake it up (the first attack on a 
sleeping creature does 3x damage) then co-ordination is key. Donít use the 
last few shots you think will send it to sleep while itís already KOíd or 
paralyzed, wait until itís physically a bit away from the melee players so 
they donít accidently wake it up immediately.

If you are using Exhaust S or Crag S, donít forget you need to get head shots 
to build up KO value. If youíre the only person doing consistent KO damage 
(so there arenít any HH/Hammer users or other players with Crag S) then 
after the second KO switch to another shot type as the third KO will take a 
while and youíre more valuable at that point going for another status or 
damage.

For armour skills, Abnormal Up is important as itís 12.5% more status. Thatís
not often the difference between 3 and 4 inflictions, but it does give you a 
little more wiggle room in terms of how much ammo you need or getting a 
status off in time (status value counts down over time, so if youíre going to 
apply it, make sure you do so quickly). Having the lowest recoil helps too, 
but a silencer is a better choice than Recoil + skills usually. Load Up is 
usually great on these sets.

Once youíve identified the statuses youíre going to use on a given hunt (itís 
best to pick two so youíre not juggling too much) take those shots (level 1 
and 2) and combines, and always take stacks of Normal 2 and 3, and youíre 
good to go.

	Damage

HBG was once a King among weapons. Back in the late days of second generation
Monster Hunter, HBGs became notorious for how fast they could potentially 
down elementally weak targets. Since those glory days things have been 
restrained somewhat, but BGs do retain a unique property in that they donít 
have to suffer any drop in damage output in multi. A melee user will end up 
having to deal with a monster that doesnít present its weakpoint as often and 
multiple hammer users canít all hit a creatureís head. But a gunnerís damage 
output is usually undiminished online when played well.

A Damage gunner setup works off the idea that instead of spending a minute or 
so firing non-damaging status shots at a creature for ten seconds of free 
hits, itís better to spend that minute just damaging it instead. And if you 
have a team that doesnít need the support, a constant stream of maximised 
damage is going to put a severe dent in any creature and shorten your kill 
times dramatically.

Essentially, you play very much as if you were playing solo, though making 
some adjustments:

<> Donít use Pellet S. Seriously.
<> Ensure you aim horizontally or vertically away from other players, if 
   they are between you and the target
<> Get point blank 

That last note Ė about getting really close Ė is going to have to be 
tempered with your shot choices. Many players from Tri swear by Pierce S, 
which requires that youíre back 2-4 rolls from a creature to maximise damage. 
But if youíre using Pierce 3 and hanging out 5 rolls back, youíll often be 
dragging a creature away from your team mates, which isnít conducive to speed 
runs. Consider using Normal 2/3 instead or switching to an Elemental shot set.
Youíre also going to want two targets. Creatures always have a primary shot 
damage weak point (often the head) which youíll find isnít always an option. 
Always know where else you can shoot Ė and with what ammo Ė to ensure youíre 
pumping out the damage. If you find that a creatureís back is always to you 
and raw Shot damage isnít great, consider going for the front or back legs 
for a trip instead, and then Siege when itís tripped (for example).
  
As for using Adrenaline, it's up to you. But if you have to ask if it's a 
good idea, it's probably a good indication it's a bit too risky just yet. 


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              Part 2: Strategies for Gunning Every Creature

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Firstly, please note furthermore that there is no Ďrightí way to gun any
creature. There is only successful or not. These tips represent my 
experience, and are the way I find fastest to gun every creature. Other 
strategies are just as valid, though perhaps not as fast. Each brief strategy
has a few parts.

Recommended Ammunition: The shot types to use, in order, to kill everything.
Using the recommended ammo, you should always be able to kill your target if
you use weapons/armour appropriate to the level youíre attempting (ie, high
rank gear on high rank creatures). Always take combines for the shots youíre
using, especially for your element shots.

Armour Skills: These come in two flavours, Recommended and Required. No
armour skill is ever truly required, but these will make the fight either
much faster or much easier. Recommended skills are good to have, but can be
done without. Itís important to note that additional damage skills like
Reckless Abandon+ or Attack Up are always beneficial.

Difficulty to gun: Every quest can be soloed at every rank with every weapon.
Still, there are some creatures that are not easy to gun. If a creature is
listed as High difficulty to gun, seriously consider using a melee weapon.
Like how most people hate to use non-guarding melee weapons on Plesioth,
sometimes itís just not worth the aggravation if you can avoid it. Where a
creature really is made simpler by additional mobility, I've noted that and
suggested Light bowguns. It'll usually mean a slightly longer quest, but
will often reduce frustration.

From here, itís a bit of an epic wall of text, so Ctrl+F is your friend.
Just hit those two buttons, and enter the name of the monster youíre after
and youíll be taken straight to the part you want. Where multiple monsters
have the same strategies, they are listed together.


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Great Jaggi, Great Baggi, Great Wroggi
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2 or Pellet 3 (Fire S for Baggi)
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Normal/Pellet Up
Difficulty to gun: Easy

The 'drome' wyverns are a great place to start gunning if you haven't done a
lot of it before. These creatures may be harder than previous games, but they
are still very much a push over with any class.

Your main tactic will be to stay at medium range and blast them with Normal
shots. They seem to have only two hitzones - head and body. Shoot them in the
head whenever you can, as it'll let you break their crest/frill as well as
doing more damage.

Be wary of their minions, though - they can easily interrupt attacks and set
you up for a hipcheck, which does a surprising amount of damage compared to
their regular attacks. As long as you keep the minions at bay with a few 
shots every now and then, you should have no problem parrying the attacks 
and firing in return. It's a great time to get familiar with range, as well,
since Normal shots aren't effective from long range.

You can also spam Pellet shots at the dromes, but Pellet has really been 
beaten with the nerf stick in this game. You won't need to aim, but it'll 
take longer. It will however hose down the minions nicely.


Qurupecco and Crimson Qurupecco
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 3/2 and Ice S
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Ice Element +, Normal Up, Earplug (for Crimson).
Difficulty to gun: Easy (Moderate for Crimson)

Qurupecco is much like Kut Ku, from previous games - a slightly more advanced
walking target from the dromes. While it looks like a big turkey, you'll need
to be aware of what it can do in a pinch.

Your main target will be its head, and you can crack its beak as well as
breaking the flints off its wings. If you keep the pressure on with Normal or
Ice shots, you'll down it reasonably fast.

The main thing you'll need to watch out for is its summon dance. If it starts
waggling around and you see sound waves coming from the beak, it's trying to
call another monster to help it. At low rank it'll usually call a monster like
an Azuros or Ludroth, which are annoying. But the High rank ones can summon
creatures up to the fearsome Deviljho, who you're not going to be equipped to
fight. It's important that you bring dung bombs if you can; throwing faeces at
a creature will drive them from the map.

When it clicks its wings together twice, it's going to jump at you and use the
flint on its wing tips to create and explosion. It's simple enough to dodge by
rolling left or right, but you really do want to avoid getting hit as it'll
do a lot of damage and leave you on fire (which will drain your health, but
rolling three times will put it out).

Crimson Quru can use its flints to do a flash attack that'll leave you dizzy,
and it'll inflict Thunderblight instead of Fireblight. This will leave you
more easily KO'd while it's active, which can be deadly at high rank.

Most of the time it'll do a hopping charge at you, or spit acid that inflicts
defence down. These attacks are simple to avoid, and then you can retaliate
with a couple of Normal 2 or a Ice S RF volley.

Crimson Qurupecco is a much more worthy adversary than its green cousin. When
you've done enough damage to rage it, it'll actually shriek at you which
requires earplugs to block. It's also more prone to summoning Deviljhos, and
it's got a fair bit more health. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same fight,
but it does seem to love hovering.


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Azuros
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2/3
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Normal Up
Difficulty to gun: Low

Azuros is designed to ease new players into the cut and thrust of more 
advanced hunting (well, more advanced than Bulldrome and the Bird Wyverns, 
at any rate).

Its weakest shot point is the head, and it's usually up on its hind legs,
meaning you'll need to pan your targeting reticule up to hit him there. Once
Azuros becomes fatigued though, it'll spend more time with its head at
ground level, giving you much easier access.

When it's on its hind legs and pulls one arm back, it'll start doing a drunken
slash attack with its paws. While it's not too deadly, it can attack with a
full 360* range of motion, so be careful about how close you stand. Other
than rolling away from that and not firing at it while it's charging you down,
most of its attacks are quite linear and well telegraphed. It doesn't have
that much health, so don't feel compelled to risk attacks.

It's a good chance to try out different gunning tactics to get a feel for 
them, so if you want a punching bag for your Clust, Crag, Pellet or Pierce 
shots then you can use Yogi.


Lagombi
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Recommended Ammunition: Fire S
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Fire Element +2
Difficulty to gun: Low

While Lagombi is faster than Azuros and can use projectile attacks, it's
also ultimately a very linear creature. It's also got a reasonably crippling
Fire weakness on the head, meaning you can break the ears off and have it
staggering frequently even with level appropriate gear.

Most of the fight will be spent almost like being a matador - let it slide 
past you, and then aim at the head with Fire shots. Other than being careful
of its multiple sliding attack, you'll only have to look out for the boulder 
toss and the circular slider attack. This latter one is important to learn to
recognise and dodge, as it's got a wide range and will take a chunk out of
your HP.

If you don't have a Fire capable gun then Normal shots are almost as 
effective. If you find yourself firing at medium-long range often, use 
Normal 3 instead as it's got a longer effective range.

Try not to stand right behind it, as it can back up and sit on you reasonably
quickly.

This fight should be reasonably fast. It's tempting to spam fire shots at its
back, but if you wait a second till it turns around for a head shot, you'll
make more effective use of your ammo.


Volvidon
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Recommended Ammunition: Water S, Normal 2/3
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Paralyze
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

Volvidon is like a big armadillo pinball, and it's got a few tricks that can
prove annoying for gunners in the first few attempts.

Its main attacks are a deceptively long range tongue whip (which will reach
to the limits of effective Normal 2 range), the bouncing attacks, short range
dung gas halos, and a medium range paralyze spit.

The best way to counteract the tongue whip is to roll into it. That may sound
counter-intuitive, but right after you hit 'X' to roll, your character will 
be invulnerable to any attack in the game for about 2/30ths of a second. It's
called your 'moment of invulnerability' (MOI) and it's important for gunners
to get to grips with. You can extend this time with Evade +1/2, but most
attacks in the game can be avoided without it. So, when you see Rango drop
to its front paws and cock its head to the side, get ready to roll left or
right. You'll probably get hit the first few times, but you'll eventually
get the hang of rolling.

The paralysis spit has a wider area of effect than you'd expect, so it's
important to avoid it. Volvi seems to always follow up an effective Para with
a bounce attack, which you'll be helpless to avoid.

While the multiple bounces do inflict quakes on the ground, rolling away from
them is usually sufficient.

By this point in the game you'll be able to make the Ludroth LBG, which RF's
Water S, which Volvi really doesn't like. Firing off a single volley and then
pausing to see its response is a very effective way to safely pump out lots
of damage. As always though, using raw damage (Normal shots) will also get
the job done.



Zinogre & Stygian Zinogre
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Recommended Ammunition: Pellet
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Pellet Up, Evade Inc (if HBG) and Recoil- if required.
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

Zinogre was the P3rd's flagship monster, and it's also going to end up as a
wall for many new players who so far will have been breezing through the game.
Fear not though, because Zinogre's movements are slow when it's not powered up
and easily enough avoided in rage mode, when you know what to look out for.
I've listed this as a 'Moderate' fight because while not taking damage is easy
enough, Zinogre doesn't take large levels of shot or elemental damage, so 
you'll be fighting for long enough to make a few mistakes if you're not careful.

Zin's horn is a magnet for Pellet shots, which will deal a whole lot of damage
to it fast. It also means you don't need to fine aim, but you do need to be
aware of your ranges (too close and you won't get as many pellets in). 

Zinogre's normal state is reasonably slow, and it'll often let you fire at it
while it stalks you. Fire at the head when you can, and back otherwise. As 
soon as you see it start powering up, concentrate fire on the horns. If you
let it power up successfully twice, it'll go into a second state where its
attacks are faster, more damaging and most dangerously, inflict 
'Thunderblight', meaning that you're much more likely to become KO'd (dizzy).

Its major normal mode attack to be aware of is the paw slam. If it jumps
towards you and tries to hit you with its paw, it'll pause for a second and 
then attack again. Don't start attacking until it's done both attacks,
tempting as it may be to. If it turns its side to you, it'll do a shoulder 
check. Avoid it by rolling backwards away from it, or if you're close, 
roll/hop sideways, making sure you're rolling sideways parallel to its head.

When it enters the second powered up state, it can go into rage mode (it'll
roar and you'll get caught if you don't have earplugs).

Once it's in its second state, it'll do two new attacks. One is a long 
range body slam that leaves it on its back and will do a lot of damage, and
the other is a vertical jump/break dance move where it'll try and attack you
with a tail slam. Also, its two jump paw slam attack becomes a three paw 
slam attack.

Don't try and use shock traps or flash bombs when it's in its powered state,
since it'll absorb them. It's important to target hitzones consistently, 
since it requires a flinch or a certain amount of damage to force it out of 
being powered up. Keep the pressure on, but be careful to pick your moments 
since you'll take longer to clear the quest if you have to break off often 
to heal.

Here's my take on gunning the Dual Zinogre quest from P3rd with rank 
appropriate gear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuB_zaNuKjY


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Rathalos & Azure Rathalos
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2/3
Required Skills: Earplug
Recommended Skills: Normal Up, Evade Inc
Difficulty to gun: Moderate/Hard

Rathalos is a wyvern to be taken seriously, and is a real chore if you don't
have a good gear set up.

Judging by Tri's Rathalos, it takes mediocre elemental damage, especially since
Dragon S isn't a hugely viable shot for most of the game. That means you're
going to be using Normal 2/3 constantly, and you're going to be aiming for
the head.

Rathalos in this game is much more frustrating for blademasters, since it 
flies much more often and lands less predictably. It's this same lack of easy
openings that makes it annoying to gun, although hitting the head with Normal
shots isn't overly difficult. As a bonus, when you flinch it in mid air, 
you'll get the satisfying animation of dropping it from the sky so you can 
get a few free hits in.

When it's airborne, it's usually going to be at distance, especially when it's
fireballing. That means Normal 3 is the superior shot when it's flying, and
Normal 2 will work well while it's on the ground and you're at close range.
In all honesty though, the difference isn't huge, so go with whatever will give
you a higher clip (usually, Normal 3).

This can get a very frustrating fight, so taking some Exhaust S can be a good
idea. When it's tired, it'll keep fail fireballing often, and so tiring it out
quickly can quickly remove the stress from the fight.

If you've raged it, it will always scream and jump back into a fireball. This
can be a deadly move at High rank, so if you don't have Earplugs, you need to
immediately roll away if you see it rearing up to roar.

Azure 'Los is very similar, the major difference being his air bite has an AoE
fire effect now. Just avoid him when he's hovering at you slowly and otherwise
treat it like a normal Los.


Silver Rathalos
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Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, Normal 2/3
Required Skills: Thunder Element +2
Recommended Skills: Evade Inc
Difficulty to gun: Moderate/Hard

In previous games, Silver Los was simple to melee and tough to gun, but 3rd 
gen has really reversed those fortunes. Now that the wings are very Thunder 
weak, gunners can exploit this from range and happily ignore or dodge most of
Silver's attacks.

Try and keep track of wing staggers, because if you get a mid air wing stagger
it'll fall down, giving you several free wing hits.

Try and target the wing/body joint, since the wings move around a fair bit and
you can miss shots quite easily.

Obviously, as a G rank creature, he's going to be putting out a fair amount 
of damage and you've got less defence than a blademaster, so you'll need to
tread carefully. If you're playing multi, definitely consider a Thunder/Para
/Poison set up to help your short-range compadres.

Here's a visual demonstration that'll hopefully give you all the guidance you
need:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y3Dm-tmFp0


Rathian & Pink Rathian
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Earplug
Difficulty to gun: Low

While Rathian is a much better foe in 3rd generation compared to 2nd, it's 
still a relative pushover for gunners. A constant stream of Normal shots on 
the face is reasonably easy to accomplish, and as it takes reasonable shot 
damage it's effective.

When Rathian is hovering, it's tempting to go for a few headshots, but you
need to exercise caution. She can quite quickly do a mid air tackle that
covers a fair amount of ground, as well as flying to you and poison flipping
quickly. If you're not confident, it's better to wait until she's landed.

When she's fireballing is a great time for headshots, but be careful of her
new area of effect napalm attack. Staying two rolls left (her right) of her
head will mean you're safe from all her attacks. From that position, you'll
be in good Normal shot range and can keep up the punishment.

Just be careful not to get greedy with attacks as she's turning toward you
for a charge and you'll soon find her limping off.

Pink Ian's only new moves are a wider poison flip that you should be nowhere
near and having a fire effect on her bite. It just means you can't exploit
that attack from as close. If you're hear her when she does it, try and roll 
under her or to her left.


Gold Rathian
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Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, Normal 2
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Earplug
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

Gunning Gold Ian is similar to gunning the green version, except your focal
point will be the legs rather than the head for Normal shots, and the wings
for Thunder.

As long as you're staying a couple of rolls away, her fireball attack should
be easily dodged. One thing to watch out for is her new napalm attack, where
she can fire three times while moving back. It covers a large amount of ground
and will hurt, so it's best to avoid her while she's doing this unless you're
confident you can avoid it.

Otherwise, apply the above Rathian tactics, making note of the alternate
weak points. It'll take longer, but it's not a hugely difficult fight.


Diablos and Black Diablos
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Recommended Ammunition: Ice S, Normal 3 or Pierce 2/3
Required Skills: Evade Inc (HBG), Normal/Pierce Up or Ice Element +2
Recommended Skills: Combination Pro
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

Diablos is a tricky beast. While in some respects it's easier in this game 
with the stamina system and more precise hitboxes on the charge, the shot 
damage weak point is no longer automatically targeted with Pellet shots. So 
while it's easier to avoid getting hit, you'll also sadly be putting out 
less damage.

So far the best way I've found to
gun Diablos is to fire Ice shots at the face. This does good damage and will
also break the horns reasonably fast, but will require a bit more precision
than previous 'Blos fights.

After you've run through your Ice shots, you'll want to aim Normal shots at
the tail. Note though that the tail stub (the hammer bit) is actually a
different hitzone and takes little damage. The tail is relatively thin and
moves around, so aiming at the crotch end of the tail is a good way to go.

If you can't shoot the tail, the wings are the next best point and take around
75% of the damage the tail does.

Dodging Diablos's moves is reasonably simple now that the charge hitbox doesn't
extend so far on either side, and it feels like Blos is a bit slower. While
you don't want to be far away from it (this encourages it to charge more) you
do want to be careful to avoid its circular twist attack (once in normal, often
twice in rage). it's easy to avoid the main hit but still get caught by the
tail. Blos also seems to do a three quick charges and then taunt attack -
don't get hit by this if at all possible, since you'll end up dizzy easily and
be unable to stop it trolling you with a third charge.

While you still can Pellet the tail, you'll find most of the pellets hit the
tail stub (so, a body hitzone) or the hammer end of the tail. Pellet shots
feel significantly weaker than previous games, and the combine for Pellet 3
is now limited since you can carry 49 less of the material. It's still
possible to pellet a Blos, it's just not as efficient now.

When the 'Blosses have burrowed, sometimes you'll see a large dust cloud where
they are. Sheathe at this point, and as soon as the dust cloud stops frothing,
superman dive. You'll see Blos fly out of the ground a split second later, and
instead of coming up vertically it can fly out of the ground at a 45* angle.
It'll often taunt after jumping out like this though, giving you free hits.


Gigginox And Baleful Gigginox
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Recommended Ammunition: Fire S (Giggi) and Water S (Baleful Giggi)
Required Skills: Elemental Shot +2
Recommended Skills: Combination Pro, Poison Negate
Difficulty to gun: Easy

Gigginox at High rank and above is a headache for Blademasters, with its area
of effect poison attacks - G rank poison is no joke. But just like with 
Khezu, Giggi is a breeze to gun.

The elemental weak spot is the head, and for normal shots it's the head in
normal mode, and the tail/fake head in rage mode. Since Giggi is reasonably
slow and telegraphs its moves, it's reasonably easier to either Siege or
Rapid fire at it. Now that Water shots are normal style, you can use exactly
the same tactics on Baleful 'Nox, too.

Don't stand directly in front of Giggi, but about two rolls away and one roll
to the side. That way, you're still in close range, but you're able to quickly
get out of harm's way. When you see it doing its slow charge, it's better to
resist the temptation to hit the face and just roll backwards once. Giggi
charges at where you are, so once you've rolled back it should stop its
charge just in front of you. After a charge, roll backwards and to your left,
as it'll do its stretchy head swipe which hits close and left, and then far
and right. You can roll through the attack simply enough, but it's a risk you
don't need to take and means you can't retaliate as fast.

While Baleful 'Nox is essentially the same creature, be aware it uses Thunder
attacks. When it's spitting thunder balls at you, you'll
usually be at medium range. If that's the case, try and stand between the
three balls, as you don't have to move far to get between them safely.
Usually though, a roll to the side will allow you to get out of harm's way as
the balls travel together before diverging at medium range.

So just keep up the elemental firing, switch to Normal shots when appropriate
and don't be under it when it's on the roof. It'll usually be out of effective
range, or in attacking range so it's best to just leave it to drop down.


Barioth and Sand Barioth
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Recommended Ammunition: Fire S (Barioth) and Ice S (Sand Barioth)
Required Skills: Elemental Attack +2, Evade Inc (Desert Barioth)
Recommended Skills: Earplug
Difficulty to gun: Low

Barioth is a creature that's really easy to dominate as a gunner. If you focus
a few bursts of fire at one wing, you'll break it. This not only trips it over,
but significantly restricts its mobility for the rest of the fight, making it
fall over when it tries to jump around you.

Generally speaking, target the head with raw damage and the head or wings
with your elemental.

Most of the time in the fight, it'll do its medium speed hopping charge at
you. It's tempting to fire at the head as it rushes you, but you'll take
heavy damage if you misjudge the staggers, so it's usually better to roll to
the side instead. When it's past you, go for the wings. Whenever it's safe,
fire at the head. When it backs up a couple of steps quickly, it's going to
ice or sand blast, so it's important to recognise the attack early and roll
out.

When Wind Barioth fires a sand blast, it'll create a tornado. While annoying
by itself as it restricts movement, Barioth can also jump into the tornado
to launch itself at you. It's quite possible to dodge this attack by MOIing
through it, but it's simpler to sheathe and superman dive when you see it
running to the tornado.

When Barioth flies up, try and get under its shadow or far enough away so
you can pan the camera up to see it. While its aerial attacks are pretty
obvious, just be aware that if you're in a zone it enters, it won't land in
one spot, it'll usually fly at you.

Tail whips are simply avoided, and another great headshot opening.

Here's a demonstration of the above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v7H1BfbuYQ


Naruga and Green Naruga
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Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S
Required Skills: Evade+, Element Attack +
Recommended Skills: Earplug
Difficulty to gun: Low/Moderate

I've listed this fight as 'Low/Moderate'. What that means is that this battle
is easy if you're familiar with gunning Naruga, but if you're not used to how
it moves and evasion, you'll find it trickier until you get the hang of it.

Immediately after you press 'X', you are invulnerable for a fraction of a
second. It's this moment of invulnerability (MOI) that lets you roll though
virtually all of Naruga's attacks, since they move so fast. Evade + extends
how long this invulnerability lasts, so if you're not used to rolling it will
help.

You're going to be firing Thunder S at Naruga's head, and Thunder S at Green's
head and wings. While regular Naruga's fire resistance has been raised, it's
still a very fast method to kill it, but sadly there won't be any more sub 5
dual Naruga antics... When the head isn't available, the tail is a secondary
weak point on normal Naruga, and you'll be aiming for Green's wings again.

Naruga's movements can be quite disorienting at first. It's going to keep
jumping around you, and then jumping right at you quickly. You'll need to be
good at used the Claw hand technique to quickly re-orient the camera so you
can keep track of it.

When it starts its charge, it's a good time to get a head shot or two. When
it reaches you, it'll usually tail-whip. This move is easily rolled, but again,
you'll need to get familiar with the timing. It'll take some trial and error,
so if you don't get it right away, don't fret.

When it looks at you and scowls, it's going to tail-slam. This can be deadly,
so make sure you roll backwards and right asap, before unloading at the tail.
The Green one can slam once and quickly jump up and re-slam, so don't start
attacking until you're sure it's not going to jump again.

That might seem a little unusual, so watch a Naruga gunning video from Unite
if you're after some visual tips. I'll try and make a P3rd Naruga video
shortly.


Lucent Naruga
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Recommended Ammunition: 
Required Skills: 
Recommended Skills: 
Difficulty to gun: 

(Coming soon)


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Barroth and Jade Barroth
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Recommended Ammunition: Fire S (and Water on Barroth) and Normal
Required Skills: Earplug
Recommended Skills: Evade+
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

Barroth has an interesting elemental weakness mechanic. When it's covered in
mud, those hitzones are weak to water. once you've 'washed' the mud off the
head, it's then weak to fire. Otherwise, the tail is the raw shot damage
weak spot of choice.

Barroth telegraphs its moves quite far in advance, especially the charge 
attack. Quite often it'll charge past you, giving you several free shots at 
either the tail or parts of the body still covered in mud. Otherwise, it 
tends to tail whip or shake mud at you, which allow you to sit back out of 
range and blast it with relative impunity. The major issue to beware of is 
the rage mode transition, which makes it significantly faster. It's easy to
get caught by the roar and hit before you're able to recover, which makes 
Earplugs an investment for this battle.

Keeping the pressure on normal Barroth is reasonably straightforward, and most
of its attacks seem to be targeted at blademasters, so gunners should typically
find this a reasonably simple fight as long as you're careful not to get your
self charged or muddy.

Both Barroth are poison weak, so if you're going up against the normal one,
the Ludroth gun with Water, Normal and Poison options is a good weapon to
have handy.

Jade Barroth is much more niggly. It's weak to fire all over, and after you've
melted off the snow over its body, Fire S on the head is going to leave it
hurting. But it's much more mobile than its muddy cousin, and can charge very
erratically. The 'ring around the Rosie' charge can be quite devastating, as
can the double head-bash that inflicts snowman. It'll also do a pimp walk at
you without attacking, which can be quite unnerving.

It's got a fair chunk of HP too, so it's a good idea to use the Rathalos LBG
for its Fire S RF. Fire a volley at its side, and then re-position so you're
not in front of it when it turns. You can down it reasonably fast, but you
will need to be careful since one unlucky curve charge and you can be riding
the kitty express back to camp.

Here's a video of Ice Barroth from the P3rd demo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ1Wffo_St4


Uragaan and Steel Uragaan
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Recommended Ammunition: Water S and Poison S
Required Skills: Water Element +
Recommended Skills: None
Difficulty to gun: Low

If you remember Black Gravios from previous MH games, you'll be right at home
fighting Uragaan. It shares the same crippling weaknesses to Water and Poison,
and is just as easy for gunners to exploit.

Uragaan takes among the highest poison damage of any creature in the game, so
while status shots are often not worth the time in solo play, they become
important here. Both the Ludroth and Gigginox guns will let you keep Ura
poisoned, and you can actually kill it without raging it once just by keeping
it constantly poisoned.

After you've poisoned it, you're going to want to move to Water shots on the
face (the chin, specifically). While this will send him into rage mode fast,
his attacks aren't too hard to avoid. When he does enter rage mode though he'll
cut his roar short to chin pound twice, so it's best to roll out if at all
possible.

Steel Ura is the same, and seems to spend lots of time doing the tail whip.
While the tail isn't as Water weak, it's still worth shooting as you'll break
parts off for extra rewards.

If you keep switching between Water and poison shots, you'll be able to kill
it quickly at very low risk. As long as you're comfortable side-stepping the
rolling attack you should have no trouble here.


Duramboros & Rust Duramboros
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Recommended Ammunition: Fire S (Water on Rusty), Normal 2/3 Or Pierce 2/3
Required Skills: Damage boosting skills
Recommended Skills: None
Difficulty to gun: Low/Moderate

The great moss mountain wyvern Duram is enormous and has HP for Africa, but
isn't especially hard for gunners besides taking a while. And unusually,
gunners are able to shoot its tail off, as well as breaking the back and horns.

Duram is weak to Fire (Rusty is weak to water), and its shot damage weak point
is the tail. That's helpful, because during most of the fight it'll be trying
to hit you with it, giving you lots of openings for attacks. it'll quite 
often back up, and look like it's about to attack your cats or leave the 
zone, but more often than not it's actually trying to swipe at you with its
massive tail. The best option is to roll/hop backwards twice and then while 
out of its range, blast away.

Its other major attack is the roflcopter tail. You can either simply get out
of range and then fire at it, or dodge the first revolution and get under it
and fire at the legs, aiming for a trip. If you don't trip it and it flings
itself away, you're still able to run up and fire at it for a few seconds
freely.

As long as you always assume it's trying to hit you with its tail, you should
be able to stay safe. You can either Fire S the head, Normal the tail or
Pierce down the tail to preference.


Brachydios
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2/3 Or Water/Ice
Required Skills: Damage boosting skills, Evade Inc
Recommended Skills: As above
Difficulty to gun: Moderate/Hard

Brachydios is the new flagship monster for 3 Ultimate, and he's a tough 
customer to gun down. Pellet shots are ineffective and he doesn't have huge
elemental weaknesses, which when combined with his huge HP pool and fast 
movement makes for a tricky fight.

Normal 2 or 3 to the head or tail (both equally shot-damage weak) are your 
go-to shots here, so any gun with big Normal clips is a good option. His 
normal mode shouldn't prove too tricky, and once you get the hang of his 
patterns you mainly need to remember to get rid of slime hits ASAP and 
watching his tail, since on many attacks it'll swing round deceptively far.

Rage mode though is different. He's quite fast and many of his attacks have
a large area of effect, so it's about picking your shots well. His arm lick
into jump attack does huge damage with its explosion, which renders the 
mobility you'd normally look for in a LBG a little moot, since you can't 
always roll out of range. It's better to be walking/running to one side 
when you see him charging up for it, and then evade through the explosion, 
or roll towards his body (instead of sideways). Always stay on 90%+ HP when
possible since it's easy for him to get a slime hit on you and then detonate
it with a follow up attack while you're recovering.

It's worth considering strategies like sleep or paralyze bombing him, or
using exhaust shots to fatigue it faster, to help whittle down its HP.


Deviljho
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Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S and Normal 2/3 Or Pierce
Required Skills: Damage boosting skills, Evade+/Evade Inc
Recommended Skills: As above
Difficulty to gun: Moderate/Hard

Jho is one of the most charismatic creatures seen in MH for a long time, and
it's also one of the most consistently challenging and fun fights you'll have.

Jho is a giant Tyrannosaur creature, as you've no doubt seen. Uniquely among
MH creatures, his attacks have massive range and speed, but tiny hitboxes.
As long as you stay on the offensive, his attacks will rarely connect. But if
they do, you're in trouble since he hits like a truck.

In normal mode, Thunder/Shot damage on the face is effective, and in rage,
you want to re-aim at his belly when you can, though either hitzone in either
mode can be used.

His rock throw can be dodged by simply rolling to the side, and his multi-
bite attack (which will either be done three or five times) can be walked
under without the need for rolling. It's tricky at first, but try and
recognise the difference in load up between his walking bite and his bite into
tail spin, because you'll want to time the dodge differently. In either case
though, roll under him *between* the legs, not outside his legs, since the
tail can often clip you for small damage.

Take armour seeds if you can, because when he's fatigued his bite attacks 
inflict defence down which can be problematic if you fail an evade.

Jho eats voraciously, and this can really be used to your advantage. Tainted,
drugged and poisoned meats will be consumed with aplomb, and while each is
effective just once (unless you're in multi), it gives you a free chance
to sleep bomb or parahaxx some of his huge HP away (for perspective, in Tri
it had more HP than Alatreon, the last boss).

The two main approaches are Thunder S RF, or Pierce abuse. While both are
effective, you'll always get the full Thunder damage on it if you connect,
whereas Pierce shots can exit his body if you don't hit down his face or tail.

Jho is an intimidating, but fundamentally fun, fight.

Here's my take on gunning Jho:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D95yosa2riw


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Royal Ludroth, Purple Royal Ludroth
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Recommended Ammunition: Fire S
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Poison negate is useful for Purple.
Difficulty to gun: Low

As most of you have played Tri, I'm sure you'll all familiar
with Spongy. Ludroth is a quite simple fight, and even a non perfect run
can net you sub 3 minute times with rank appropriate gear.

As long as you're using Fire S on the sponge or Normal 2 on the head, it'll
go down pretty fast. None of its attacks are especially intimidating either,
so as long as you avoid getting jumped on you can even tank it a bit.

Poison Ludroth is essentially the same creature, just with the ability to sap
your HP faster. Antidotes can help with that.

Here's a video from the P3rd demo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivHYeyFMXsk


Gobul
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Recommended Ammunition: Thunder, Normal, Pierce
Required Skills: None
Recommended Skills: Damage boosting
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

With the way Normal 3 ricochets underwater and Gobul's dislike of Thunder, 
you've got a couple of good options for taking down the oversized puffer fish.

Gobul's weakpoint is the lantern, closely followed by the chest and head. If
you're focussing hits on his face (especially underwater) you'll quickly find
you can break the lantern off, which stops him being able to flash at you.

Gobul's attacks tend to focus on reasonably linear, either straight forward 
or to the side, and while he doesn't do huge amounts of damage, it can add up
quickly if he uses his long vacuum underwater, so be wary.

A couple of Normal 3/Thunder S volleys at the face, then repositioning if you
need to and repeating, will reasonably quickly kill Gobul. It's not hugely
weak to Shot damage but it does have a lot of openings. Again, be careful
of the range it can quickly cover.

Another option is to stick with Pierce, since once it's bounded past you'll
often be forced to shoot at its back or wait for it to turn. Pierce down its
body or along the legs and it'll soon be trippin', letting you get lots of 
tasty free hits in.


Nibelsnarf
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Recommended Ammunition: Ice S or Pierce 2/3
Required Skills: Evade Inc for HBG
Recommended Skills: N/A
Difficulty to gun: Low/Moderate

Nibel is an unusual fight. Without special tactics it can be a drawn out fight,
but if you know how to fish it up, then you can really dominate them.

Snarfy has many attacks that involve it running at you or attacking with its
mouth wide open, like its Jaws style un-burrow or the back and forth waltz
across the desert. If you lay a LBB or LBB+ down and it attacks into them,
it'll end up eating the bombs. If it does this, it'll explode shortly after,
which is your cue to run up to it and press O to fish it up (follow up with
some vigorous button mashing). Once fished out, you're able to fire at its
Uvula (the weak spot, the dangly pink thing at the back of its throat) freely.
The belly is a good secondary if you can't get round to his mouth reliably.
You can bomb it like this multiple times, though each time you need to use
more explosives than the last (try a LBB, then two, then a LBB+, then two of 
those).

Otherwise, if it burrows under, sheathe and sprint around. When its sand spout
stops, it's about to surface under you, so superman dive.

It'll frequently sit on the surface of the sand doing little, giving you lots
of openings to blast the head with Ice S. This will break the ears/gills pretty
handily. You also don't have to worry much about the sand flop attack it does.

When it's sucking up sand for its sand beam attack, try and get behind it and
you'll be able to fire at the back of its head.

Otherwise, it's a reasonably placid creature when not attacking, and after a
couple of fights you'll find that for a lot of the fight you can keep firing
away without worrying about retaliation.

Snarfs have a fair bit of HP so if you see it limping, it's usually a better
idea to go for a capture unless you particularly like fighting big creatures
in small caves.


Agnaktor and Glacial Agnaktor
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Recommended Ammunition: Water S and Fire S (Ice Agnak) and Normal 3 OR Pierce
Required Skills: Evade Inc, Damage boosting skills
Recommended Skills: Damage boosting skills, Blightproof
Difficulty to gun: Moderate/Hard

Agnaktor is a worthy foe, for both gunners and melee. While it's simple enough
to target its weak points, it's got a lot of attacks that can easily hit
players at medium range and it can do a lot of damage with them.

Firstly, your main targets with your respective elemental shots are the head
and chest. If you want Agnaktor Claws, you'll need to break the lava/ice off
all four limbs, but this will suck up a lot of ammo and time. For raw damage,
aim at the face.

When Agnak has been out of the lava for a while, its skin cools down. When it's
like this, water shots are a better option than raw. Conversely, Ice Agnaktor
thaws if it's out of the ice for a while, so you'd start with Fire and move
to Normal if you wanted to maximise your shots.

Always try and stay on the left of Agnak's head (so, your right). At high rank
it'll do a beam that sweeps around, but won't get you if you're close (two
rolls away) on the left.

If it pulls back for a charge, try and resist rolling or running left or right
until the last second. It's quite good at predicting where you'll be, but if
you walk in a straight line backwards or stay still it'll come to where you
are.

When it burrows under, sheathe and keep moving. Always run straight left or
right of where it entered the ground, and if it's in the roof, be ready to
superman dive if you need to. If you get hit when it's in lava mode, you'll
be fireblighted, so roll to put it out. If it's under the ground and you feel
a small quake, it might be about to half emerge and do a 360* beam. Get right
next to it if you can, or right away sheathe and be ready to dive otherwise.

You can flinch it with head shots pretty easily. When it's fatigued, it's far
less threatening too, so if you can prevent it from feeding on Rhenoplos then
do so.

So, the main plan is to be aiming for the head when possible, or the chest
otherwise, especially if the head is moving around a lot.

While I don't recommend this below tactic, it is extremely efficient at
farming Agnaktor. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g9FOgdUxhI


Lagiacrus and Ivory Lagiacrus
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Recommended Ammunition: Fire S and Normal 3 
Required Skills: Damage boosting skills
Recommended Skills:  Blightproof
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

While underwater fighting is the bane of many MH player's life (unless you're
a lancer), it's actually not that bad as a gunner. You don't need to worry
about getting disoriented as much since first person aiming fixes that nicely.
Unlike in Pokemon, Fire is very effective on many water based creatures, and
Lagicarus really hates it. Fire S on the chest, horns and back will quickly
break those parts, and it'll break the claws for easy trips quite handily, 
too. If you can make a Fire S RF gun it'll make things much smoother.

While underwater, Fire S on the above places and Normal 3 on the chest and 
back will very effective, as Normal 3 ricochets a lot underwater. Lagiacrus
is going to spend a lot of time charging back and forth, so if you dodge to
one side and fire at its back when it's gone past you'll get into a quick
rhythm. Make sure you're close enough to get the right range too, as you'll
need to be closer when underwater.

When it's in Rage and doing the thunder ball, it'll often do a second right
after, so don't fire at it after the first one. If it starts circling you,
it'll stop after a few seconds and launch at you. It's best to sheathe if 
you see it doing this so you can sprint out of the way.

When on land it's a simple fight; dodge the slide charges and fire at the 
back or chest. 

For Ivory, the fight is all land-based, and you don't need to worry about
its AoE thunder coat since you should be just out of range. I'll update this
further at a later stage, but check out the tips in the 'Mark of a Hero' 
section below. But with a good spawn and a little luck, you can clear this 
quest sub-5 with High rank gear.


Abyssal Lagiacrus
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Recommended Ammunition: 
Required Skills: 
Recommended Skills: 
Difficulty to gun: 

(Coming soon)

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Jhen Mohran
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Recommended Ammunition: Pierce 2/3, Ice S
Required Skills: Damage skills
Recommended Skills: More Damage Skills
Difficulty to gun: Low

Jhen isn't an ideal creature to gun, since it's a big punching bag that is
more easily exploited with melee. Still, it's not overly difficult.

When the fight starts, grab the Ballista binder and ballista shots, and Anti
Dragon bombs. Run up the ramp and grab a cannonball from the rear of the ship.
It'll surface soon after on the right of the ship, and you should run to the
cannon and hit O.

Then, jump on the ballista, and start firing. You can break both tusks, but
don't waste shots if you aren't accurate at range with them. When it does a
small belly flop, it's thrown rocks at you, so roll off the ballista right away.
Jump back on and keep firing.

When it gets closer and you've used your ten ballista shots, spam two or three
more cannon balls at it. Then, you should be wary of body slam attacks. If it
pulls back from the boat, you can jump on the ballista and select the yellow
binder, and fire. You'll pull it close and stop its attack.

Jump on the lower leg soon after, and run up to the cracked part of the spine.
Plant two Anti dragon bombs, and then straight away run around the spine to
the other side of the same crack, and start Ice blasting it.

After the spine is cracked, jump back on the boat and keep using the cannon.
Soon, it'll jump over the boat. While it's doing this, grab more ballista
shells from the spear rack (crouch to gather faster). Fire at it on the left
side of the boat, and when it goes under, get three more ballista shells or
heal. It'll surface, coming right at the boat, which is when you want to
hit the gong.

When it approaches the boat and you've used your ballista shells and a couple
of cannons, jump on the tusks and run to the closer spine, and fire at it till
it cracks.

You should soon see it dive and surface far away on the left side of the boat.
When this happens, it'll dive again and then come at the boat from the front.
It'll come up, dive back under, and come up again. As soon as it come up the
second time, activate the ship's dragonator.

All going well, you'll force it to the final showdown. Ballista x 10 from long
range, then run to it and Pierce 3/2 into the mouth from side on. When it gets
close to the boat, dragonate or bind it if you have to.

Keep it up and in no time you should have a dead Jhen!


Alatreon
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 3/2 and Clust 2 Or Pellet
Required Skills: Damage skills, Evade Inc, Combination Pro
Recommended Skills: Evade+
Difficulty to gun: High

Alatreon is the final boss of MH Tri, and as a final boss, it's much more 
challenging and interesting than Fatalis, and you must fight and kill it in 
a single round.

Alatreon's head is a magnet for Pellet shots, so if you don't need webbings
or would rather just kill it, then Pellet is a great method. It's also a
reasonably robust strategy for a flying Ala, though you definitely want to
keep an eye on when the Ballista Binder resets so you can ground it. 

If you're playing in multi, obviously Pellet isn't an appropriate tactic.
You can instead use Normal 3 on the head, help your team mates with sleep or
paralyze openings, or Clust 2 for decent damage and wing breaks.

You'll get good head shot openings when it fireballs, and when it charges its
horns for the horn flick. You should be getting three head shots even time
it does this. Whenever it's charged past you and turns 180*, it'll always
have its head low to the ground and can be shot then, too.

If you have access to a gun with Clust 2 (at LEAST 2 shells per clip, too) as
well as having a good Normal clip, then it's a good way to go. Aiming at the
neck or wings will allow you to pump out damage (53 Clust 2 worth) and
hopefully rip the wings, which will save you time doing it later. After your
clusts, follow the Normal to the head strategies above. Be very careful to
manage your recoil and reloading, though.

This fight can take around half an hour at first, so you'll need 99 Normal 2
and 3, and combines for more. Bringing Normal 1 is also a good idea for your
first few bouts. Felyne Sharpshooter (+10% normal S damage) is extremely 
important to have active if you possibly can, too.


Dire Miralis
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 3, 2
Required Skills: Damage boosting
Recommended Skills: As above, with Combo Pro
Difficulty to gun: Moderate

Miralis is akin to Fatalis from the older games. It's a huge dragon that 
summons meteors a la Crimson Fatalis. It's your HR7-8 urgent, and once you 
beat it, your HR cap is removed. You'll be fighting it on land and at sea,
as it periodically decides to wander around the one zone you fight it in.

Miralis is quite intimidating, but as with Jho, if you get right up close 
and personal you'll be in a better position to deal damage and stay safe.

You can use any gear you see fit, but I recommend something like Agnaktor X
and the Ivory Lagia HBG, with the limiter removed. This will give you 
Steadiness +2, Normal Up, Partbreaker. If you can squeeze in Combo Pro with
a good charm then do. But a high clip of boosted Normal 3 is the priority.

Once the fight starts, run forward and left a little to avoid a meteor. When
you get to the water's edge, load your Normal 3 before his scream gets you.
After you recover, swim up to him at the surface of the water, and get point
blank to his chest. From here, unload your Normal 3 clip right into his 
shoulders or chest. You'll get the ricohets like crazy and as long as you 
stay point blank, he can't hit you, except for the big flop.

If you hear rumbling sound rising in pitch, he's about to flop down and change 
stances to his slithering state. If he does this, it's the one attack that 
will hit you in front of him. If you hear it coming, sheathe and swim out or
roll away, but even in rage it's not an OHKO with around 350 def. If he does
get you, sheathe and sprint out to heal.

When he's slithering, if you're next to the beach, then you can swim there 
on the surface and he can't get you except with fireballs. Do leave him be
when he's slithering, as he'll do huge damage and moves fast.

If you see him turn towards the shore and walk that way, he's probably decided
to have his customary long walk on the beach. You can fire freely here if 
you're close enough.

Once on land, load your Normal 2. Normal 3 won't ricochet as reliably here, 
so save it. You can stand just next to his feet next to his crotch under him
and he won't be able to get you while you fire at his feet for trips (and
once tripped, roll up and shoot the chest or head) or Normal 2 on his tail 
orb until it breaks. Again, listen for the whirring sound that signals his 
flops. If he's doing that then again, stay away. It's a good time to use the 
ballistas when he's doing this.

Eventually, he'll wander back to the water. Repeat the first phase stuff with
normal 3. He'll go back and forth, but after about 30 mins of blasting, he'll 
drop dead.

Stay at full health and play it safe until you're happy with how he moves and
you should be able to down the big molten dragon. Make sure to break his 
shoulders for Hellwings, head for Eyes and tail core for Smelter breaks. 


Ceadeus, Goldbeard Ceadeus
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Recommended Ammunition: Normal 3, Pierce
Required Skills: Damage boosting, Guard Inc (for Golbeard)
Recommended Skills: As above
Difficulty to gun: Low (Ceadeus) High (Goldbeard)

Ceadeus is quite a procedural fight in the first instance (like Lao or Jhen)
and a psuedo Leviathan fight after. In the first phase, once you break the
Beard off, it'll speed up to the last phase. So, that's the first order of 
business.

In the first phase, it's not going to attack you much at all, letting you
fire volleys of Normal 3 with impunity at the beard. Get in close enough that
you're getting the larger yellow flash on your hits (angle isn't so 
important). Try and swim ahead of it rather than firing from behind, and once
your shots aren't in the sweet spot for range any more, sheathe and 
re-position. The breast (area under the beard) is also a good target.

It will stop and swing at you ocassionally, but if you're in the right 
position (ahead of it and under it) you won't get hit. If you do, just heal
up and continue.

Once it's in the last zone, swim up to the dragonator (behind it when you 
first enter the area) and use it when he's in front of the dragonator button.
If you can get 10 Underwater Ballista from the Argosy Captain then great and 
use them, but it's not a huge deal otherwise. It's got some big attacks, but
if you stay under it and fire at the beard and breast, not many of its 
attacks will be close to you. Keep up the pressure and it should at the very
least be a simple repel.

Goldie is much more frustrating. It's a similar fight to the regular 
Ceadeus's last phase, though it's more aggressive and hits a lot harder. At 
the end of High rank too you don't have particularly great gear as a gunner.
I recommend that you get a set with Guard up and put a shield on your gun to
let you tank his water beams as they have huge range and are very fast.

Other that that, try and stay close and shoot for the beard, face and horns 
(to break them) and breast. Normal 3 works wonders, and Pierce 3 is a good
option as well after that since it's got a longer range than Normal 2. 
Combine Pro and Guard Up would form the basis of a good set here, and 
Felyne Sharpshooter to boost your Normal S is really helpful. 


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                      Part 4: The Final Offline Quest:
			      Mark of a Hero

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Traditionally, the final offline quest in each Monster Hunter game is a 
unique test in it features creatures a rank above the others from that quest
giver. So, a low rank quest giver's final quest would feature High rank 
monsters.

It is a truer test of hunting ability, since you can't go online for 
assistance. This is also a great way to vet other players before playing with
them - if you can get their guild card you'll be able to see if they've 
completed the quest or not. If they have, it's a sign they know what they're 
doing.

Aside from just being a rank above the norm, these final quests are 
notoriously difficult. Ultimate's quest, Mark of a Hero, is no different. 
It's in the Arena and features a White Lagiacrus, followed by a Brachydios 
and an Azure Rathalos at the same time.

Time is going to be an issue here, as are ammo limits. We'll need to 
carefully plan to make sure you donít end up firing Normal 1.

Make a Bonus Shot, Earplug, Combination Pro, Damage Boost (AU or RA+ - If 
your attack is above 320, RA+3 is going to boost your damage more than AUL)
set, and the best Rathalos LBG you can. If youíre at High rank, thatís the
Rathaling Phoenix. Unless you have a great charm you canít get all those 
skills, so prioritise the non-attack skills first. Use Athenaís Armour Set 
Searcher (Google it, latest version is 1.15b) if you need to and plug in 
those skills and itíll tell you the best way to do it with charms you have. 

Letís go through that gear.

*The point of earplug is for when Azure Los screams Ė you donít need it for 
Ivory Lagi, but if you get caught stunned with a Brachy rolling about, 
youíre liable to take heavy damage.

*Bonus shot is to help with the ammo restrictions youíll face; and because 
that gun fires two excellent shots for the mission (Fire S for Ivory and 
Normal S for Brachy/Los).

*Combination Pro is to get you more from your Normal S combines.

And lastly, the damage skills should be obvious. If youíre doing the quest 
with High rank stuff, itís definitely worth doing Moga Woods free roaming 
to reset your kitchen until youíre able to get Felyne Sharpshooter. 10% 
more damage on your Normal shots is very helpful, as is Thundercaller if 
you donít want to wait for Sharpshooter.

For items, take full Fire S, Normal 2 and 3, Poison 1 and 2, and combines 
for all of these. Take potions as you need, but take two Max Potions Ė if 
you do die, the last thing you need is getting reduced to 66% of your max 
health. Mega juices mean you donít need to worry about stamina, and power 
seeds and a Mega Demon Drug are free damage. A farcaster can be useful for 
getting back to camp for a free heal and to grab the Normal 2 in the box 
if youíre running low. 

Generally speaking, stay on full health at all times. Ivory Lagi in 
particular dishes out huge damage and can easily combo you with massive AoE 
attacks, so be wary.

Ivory Lagiacrus

While you can hit Ivory with Pierce on the body or Normal on the tail, 
Fire S on the chest/head/back really brings the pain train to olí Whitey. 
And with bonus shot on your Fire S RF, a 15 minute kill is what you should 
be aiming for. Since heíll spend a lot of time doing the thunder coat (make 
sure if heís doing the longer load up version youíre back far enough as the 
sparks have deceptively long range) youíre able to get in free damage, 
though be very careful of his flicked thunder ball, as itíll spread around 
where the initial hit lands. Roll towards him to get away from it rather 
than to the sides.

His electrified slide has big range and is very fast, so you might end up 
eating some damage there. But if you hang around just outside thunder coat 
range and keep up the pressure on his back crystals and chest (and tail 
with Normal 2 shots if you run out of Fire S) he should be a simple fight, 
though potentially very damaging. Try and stay away from the walls too, 
since itís easy for him to get a hit on you and then put a thunder ball 
over your body before you stand up.

Brachydios & Azure Rathalos

As you may have seen by now, this is the easier part of the fight in many 
respects. If you keep Azure between you and Brachy, Brachyís explosive 
attacks will do a lot of damage to Los. With some Normal 3/2 pot shots 
(be very careful of that RF on Normal 2 with Bonus Shot) and then putting 
the damage down during fatigue, itís pretty straightforward to kill 
Rathalos in around ten minutes. 

From there, take a deep breath Ė one last hurdle and youíre done.

Brachy is a pain to gun in his rage mode, given the big area of effect 
explosions heís got. Normal shots at the face and tail are the order of 
the day, and if youíre not confident, itís better to sheathe and run 
around to wait for openings rather than taking risks and getting stapled 
to the floor. Itís worth doing a BG run on the solo Brachy quest first to 
get a feel for it rather than starting here. Load your Poison shots and use 
them carefully when heís in Rage mode, as itís better to use his un-raged 
state for Normal blasting. After youíve poisoned him twice itís not worth 
doing it a third time.

If you keep the pressure up and play carefully with his rage mode, this 
part of the fight shouldnít be a huge drama, and soon youíll have him taking 
a dirt nap.

Congratulations! Now, youíve just got Alatreon and youíre done with Village.


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                      Part 5: Credits, Contact & Copyright Info

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*GameFAQs

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It goes without saying that using this guide without my express permission
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I am happy to take questions by email, too. My email address is in the
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make sure though that your question isn't already answered in the guide itself.

Lastly, credit where itís due.

To my brothers Vash_TS and Knives; you guys have made me the hunter I am
today. Mad love to you both.

Where specific numerical data from the game is inlcuded, this has been drawn
from the Japanese Wiki.

You, the reader, for bothering to get this far.

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