Made ANOTHER character. Just cleared the main storyline with TUSK LANCE+. AFFINITY WOOOOOO
Since I am too poor to have lots flash bombs, I just used LBB+ to stagger los out of the air after triple fireball instead of my normal flash bomb timings. It's kind of fun.
Barioth is fun as usual, but extra so because of his low rank easy to break claws. I haven't gotten the timing down yet, but after 1 triple pound during a KO, you can blow off his claw with 2 LBB+. If you time it right, you'll break and trip him out of his first roar. Too early and the claws just break without the stagger.
I've lost my ability to evade lance blos without evasion. I just took hits, whee. The horns blow off with 4 LBB+ or 2 LBB+ 3 LBB which you can easily get during the Metal Gear Solid detection.
I bought leather, made alloy, bought chainmail, and cleared the whole game with Alloy. I did make Steel just to lance Uragaan, but that was it.