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                   M O N S T E R   H U N T E R   F R E E D O M

                              "Hunt or be Hunted!"

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                  |  Monster Hunter Freedom FAQ/Walkthrough  |
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                  |  Author: Boldrin (dimgradation@gmail.com)|
                  |  Version: 2.25                           |
                  |  Last Revision: 07/12/07                 |
                  |  Platform: PlayStation Portable (PSP)    |
                  o------------------------------------------o

             Monster Hunter Freedom Username (NA): Boldrin / Vanji


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|                               Table of Contents                             |
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 - Introduction.........................................................[I]
 - Weapon Obtainability Guide...........................................[II]
 - Armor Obtainability Guide............................................[III]
 - Revision History.....................................................[IV]
 - Thanks/Acknowledgments...............................................[V]
 - Contact Information..................................................[VI]
 - Copyright Information................................................[VII]


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  [I]  \                          Introduction
--------\======================================================================


After many years of contemplating completing a FAQ for the GameFAQs community,
it would make sense that the one I would finish is of course in the game I
by far have played the most. That game is of the Monster Hunter series.

I've thought of things for usefulness of the community, but everytime fruition
began, it soon wilted away as I would get lazy and push off the FAQ. 

No longer though, for I give you Boldrin's first successful FAQ, the 
Equipment obtainability guide. This will assist you with knowing what is the
most powerful weapon of any Raw, Elemental, or Status genre as of yet.

There is room for expansion with other things, but for now, let's get started.


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 [II]  \                    Weapon Obtainability Guide
--------\======================================================================


Section Note:

Remember, this is a basic guideline. For details on how to obtain these
weapons, refer to the Weapon Image Guides located on the General FAQ page
of GameFAQs.

Due to the limited horizontal space of GameFAQ's... FAQs... I'll be 
abbreviating pretty heavily. Hopefully you'll still be able to read it.

The purpose of this guide is to help you determine the best obtainable weapon
at any given time of the game.

Legend:

O===========O====================O==============O==============O==============O
| TYPE      |       Elder        |    HR 1/2    |    HR 3/4    |     HR 5     |
O===========O====================O==============O==============O==============O
| [Type of  | [Insert Best       |              |              |              |
|  Damage ] | Obtainable Weapon] | [Etc]        | [Etc]        | [Etc]        |
o-----------o--------------------o--------------o--------------o--------------o

If a space is blank, carry over the weapon from the previous space(s).


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O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| TYP |      Elder      |     HR 1/2      |     HR 3/4      |       HR 5      |
O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| RAW |ShiningWyvernBlad|                 |                 |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| FIR | Blazing Falchion| Djinn+          | High Ifrit      | Golden Falchion*|
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| WAT | Frost Edge+     | Odyssey         |                 | Odyssey Blade   |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| THU | Kirin Bolt Mega | Thundertip      | KirinBoltIndora |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| DRA | Eternal Strife  |                 | Black Drgn Swd  |T. Black Drgn Swd|
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PAR | BlackBelt Sword |                 | Expert Sword    |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PSN | Poison BattleAxe|                 | Deadly BattleAxe|                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SLP | Sandman Finsword|                 |                 | HighSandmanSpike|
o-----o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o

* Golden Falchion - 

    Can be obtained at HR3/4 if you obtained a Gold Rathian Plate 
    from Elder Wyverns of Land and Sky.

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| TYP |      Elder      |     HR 1/2      |     HR 3/4      |       HR 5      |
O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| RAW | Dual Diablo+    | Insectors+      | InsectorSlicers |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| FIR | Gradios Ultimus |                 |                 | Corpse Blades*  |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| WAT | Cutlass+        |GuildKnightSabres|                 |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| THU |      N/A        | Guillotine      | Sanction Blades | Kirin Bolts     |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| DRA |      N/A        |                 |[Eternal Schisms]| [Ultimus H&E]   |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PAR |      N/A        |                 |                 |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PSN | Melting Wail    | Melting Wail+   |                 |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SLP |      N/A        |                 |                 |                 |
o-----o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o

* Corpse Blades - 

    Can be obtained in Elder quests if you recieve a Gold Ian Ruby from
    Elder Wyverns of Land and Sky

-----

[Dragon Element, HR3/4/5]

    Dragon is a touchy subject, so I just included both Dragon type dual lines 
    at the available times. The argument is obvious that Eternal Schisms 
    are the best dual line for all Dragon type monsters, but for most wyverns, 
    Ultimus Heaven and Earth end up being superior. If you're a DS fanatic,
    just be safe and get both.


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| TYP |      Elder      |     HR 1/2      |     HR 3/4      |       HR 5      |
O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| RAW | Supremacy Blade | Judgement       | Great Golem+    | Divine Slasher  |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| FIR | RathalosFireSwd |                 | RathalosFireSwd+|                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| WAT |      N/A        | Ples Watersword |                 | Ples Waterblade |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| THU | Eager Cleaver   | Eager Cleaver+  | Devil Slicer    |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| DRA | Obelion         | Red Dragonsword |                 | [See Below]     |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PAR | Cat's Soul      | Cat's Curse     |                 |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PSN |      N/A        | Chrome Razor    | Scythe of Menace|                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SLP |      N/A        |                 |                 |                 |
o-----o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o

[Dragon Element, HR5]

    As above with duals, Dragon has such a variable rate and different values 
    that it becomes necessary to judge the situation before picking a Dragon 
    elemental weapon.

    The two Greatswords of interest are Inferno Dragonsword, and 
    Eternal Eradicator. The general rule of thumb is that E.E. is only 
    valuable against Dragon creatures (similiar to Eternal Schisms) while 
    Inferno Dragonsword is a more well-rounded weapon. It is your choice.


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| TYP |      Elder      |     HR 1/2      |     HR 3/4      |       HR 5      |
O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| RAW | Growling Wyvern | Diablo Spear    | DragonRiderSpear| Black Tempest   |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| FIR | Crimson WarPike |Sanction Gunlance| Red Prominence  |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| WAT | CeramicBlosLance| Emerald Spear+  |                 | White Disaster  |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| THU | Thunderspear    | Thunderlance    |                 |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| DRA |      N/A        |                 | Black DrgnSpear |T.Black DrgnSpear|
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PAR |      N/A        | Dark Spear      | Dark            |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PSN | Expert Lance    | Gravios Spear   |                 | Grav Venom Spear|
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SLP | Nightmare       |                 |                 |                 |
o-----o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o


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| TYP |      Elder      |     HR 1/2      |     HR 3/4      |       HR 5      |
O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| RAW | Expert Hammer   | Onslaught       | Ham of Hams     | War Basher*     |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| FIR |      N/A        | Dead Revolver   |Sanctioned Hammer|Torment Purgatory|
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| WAT | Lobster Hammer  | Lobster Hammer+ |                 |KingLobsterHammer|
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| THU |      N/A        | Great Nova      | Super Nova      |                 |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| DRA | DragonDestroyer | Dragonbreaker   |                 | Dark Punisher   |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PAR | Binder Mace     | Iron Devil      |                 | Devil Masher    |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| PSN | Graviton Hammer | Titan Hammer    | Venom Monster   | Great Titan     |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SLP | Teddy Bear      |                 |                 |                 |
o-----o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o

* War Basher - 

    After the release of Grahf's Melee Damage FAQ, we know that War Basher
    does superior damage to Nocturn Gigaton, has better sharpness, and is 
    simply far easier to obtain. 

    The only case where Nocturne Gigaton is better, though marginally at best,
    is with sharpness + 1 armor, in which case, there is so little of the 
    white sharpness that you might as well not bother.

    My suggestion is to settle with War Basher.


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Attack Power..........[ATK]....................(Highest Available Attack Power)
Ammo Versatility......[AMM]..............(Great Variety/Number of Attack Shots)
Supporting............[SUP]....................(Great Variety of Support Shots)
Speed Shot............[SPD]..........................(Recoil/Reload Evaluation)
Primary Suggestion....[1ST].........................(Suggested for Quick Kills)
Secondary Suggestion..[2ND]..........................(All-around Useful Bowgun)


O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| TYP |      Elder      |     HR 1/2      |     HR 3/4      |       HR 5      |
O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| ATK | Wolf Do*        |                 | Kut-Ku Rage     | Profusion*      |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| AMM | Maelstrom       | Jade Storm+     |                 | Jade Tempest    |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SUP | Black Belt      |                 | Expert Bowgun   | Profusion*      |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SPD | Uranos Grenade  | Uranos Grenade+ | Titan Launcher+*| Chronos Grenade |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| 1ST | Uranos Grenade  | Uranos Grenade+ | Titan Launcher+*| Profusion*      |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| 2ND | Black Belt      |                 | Expert Bowgun   | Profusion*      |
o-----o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o


* Wolf Do - Can be obtained in Elder quests from defeating 7 Yian-Garugas to 
make him + ranked.

* Titan Launcher+ - Obtainable in HR3 White Velociprey arena, or HR4 from 
Powderstone Festival quest for Gravios Heavy Shells. Otherwise recieved in HR5.

* Profusion - Can be obtained as early as HR3 if you recieved a 
Silver Rathalos Ruby and Gold Rathian Ruby in elder Wyverns of Land and Sky.


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Attack Power..........[ATK]....................(Highest Available Attack Power)
Ammo Versatility......[AMM]..............(Great Variety/Number of Attack Shots)
Supporting............[SUP]....................(Great Variety of Support Shots)
Speed Shot............[SPD]..........................(Recoil/Reload Evaluation)
Primary Suggestion....[1ST].........................(Suggested for Quick Kills)
Secondary Suggestion..[2ND]..........................(All-around Useful Bowgun)


Heavy Bowguns
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| TYP |      Elder      |     HR 1/2      |     HR 3/4      |       HR 5      |
O=====O=================O=================O=================O=================O
| ATK | Great Arbalest  | Lao-Shan Cannon | Wolf Heirloom   | Empr Lao Cannon |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| AMM |                 |                 |                 | Destiny's Hand  |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SUP | Rapidcaster     |                 | Vor Cannon      | Vor Cannon+     |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| SPD | Monodevilcaster | Lao-Shan Cannon*| Wolf Heirloom   | Empr Lao Cannon*|
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| 1ST |                 | Lao-Shan Cannon |                 | Empr Lao Cannon |
|-----+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------|
| 2ND |                 |                 |                 | Destiny's Hand  |
o-----o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o-----------------o

*Lao-Shan / Empr Lao Cannon(s) Speed Thesis

    Lao-Shan Cannon/Emperor Lao of the few bowguns in the game with a 
    light recoil rate. Recoil ends up being superior to loading speed, 
    especially with large ammo capacity/heavy shots, because there's less/no 
    delay on your shots.

    Basically... It's better to get off 6 shots in 6 seconds and spend 5 
    seconds to reload, than 6 shots in 12 second and 2 seconds to reload.

    If the load speed is unbearable for you, consider armor that increases
    your Bowgun reload speed.

-- Author's Note --

   The Heavy section is currently incomplete, and may never be completed.
   This is generally due to the fall-out of communication between me and
   DaiIchiban on the subject matter of this section. However, all the
   noteworthy Heavy Bowguns have been mentioned, so it's still a functioning
   guide that you may still follow.


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 [III] \                         Armor Obtainability
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Section Note:

These are armor suggestions thanks to Kayin9988. All formatting done by me.

By no means should these be considered the "best" armors (as this is 
variable based on quest), but suggestions and when you can achieve them.

Armor Legend:

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| Level       |    Armor Pieces    |       Def           |   Skills           |
O=============O====================O=====================O====================O
|             | "[Armor Set Name]" | [Combined Defense]  |                    |
|             |--------------------+---------------------|                    |
| [Game Rank  | [Armor Helm]       | [Helm Defense]      |                    | 
|  Armor is   | [Armor Arms]       | [Arms Defense]      | [List of Skills]   |
| Obtainable] | [Armor Body]       | [Body Defense]      |                    |
|             | [Armor Waist]      | [Waist Defense]     |                    |
|             | [Armor Legs]       | [Legs Defense]      |                    |
o-------------o--------------------o---------------------o--------------------o

Also, I'll be listing the total defense without any status boosts,
charms/talon values, or the initial +1 defense you get. Please account for
this in your -OWN- defense calculation.

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| Level |          Armor Pieces             | Def |   Skills                  |
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|       | "HR1 Anti-Wind [Lg], Autotracker" | 078 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Diablos Helm                      |  18 |                           |
| Elder | Diablos Mail                      |  18 | Wind Pressure [Lg]        |
|       | Diablos Vambraces                 |  18 |                           |
|       | Hi-Metal Tasset                   |  10 | Hunger x 1.5              |
|       | Cephalos Greaves                  |  14 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR2 Anti-Wind [Lg], Autotracker" | 107 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Black Piercing+                   |  15 |                           |
| HR1-2 | Diablos Mail+                     |  28 | Wind Pressure [Lg]        |
|       | Diablos Vambraces+                |  28 |                           |
|       | Chain Belt+                       |  12 | Hunger x 1.5              |
|       | Cephalos Greaves+                 |  24 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Anti-Wind [Lg], Damage Recover+1"| 161 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Damage Recovery Speed+1   |
|       | Khezu Helm U                      |  36 |                           |
| HR3-4 | Diablos Mail+                     |  28 | Wind Pressure [Lg]        |
|       | Diablos Vambraces+                |  28 |                           |
|       | Khezu Tasset U                    |  36 | Hunger x 1.5              |
|       | Ioprey Greaves U                  |  33 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Anti-Wind [Lg], Luck Booster"    | 181 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Luck Booster              |
|       | Diablos Helm U                    |  38 |                           |
| HR5*  | Diablos Mail U                    |  38 | Wind Pressure [Lg]        |
|       | Diablos Vambraces U               |  38 |                           |
|       | Dragonwings+                      |  34 | Hunger X 1.5              |
|       | Ioprey Greaves U                  |  33 |                           |
o-------o-----------------------------------o-----o---------------------------o

* HR5 Alternate Suggestion to get rid of "Hunger X 1.5":

    Diablo Cap U
    Diablo Plate U
    Diablo Vambraces U
    Chrome Metal Tasset S
    Shinobi Leggings (Heaven/Earth)
    ---
    Skills: Wind Pressure [Lg], Detect, and Good Luck.
    Defense: 128

    - Thanks to Blazer for this suggestion

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| Level |          Armor Pieces             | Def |   Skills                  |
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|       | "Early High Earplug, Fast Sharpen"| 077 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Rathalos Soul Helm                |  17 |                           |
| Elder | Rathalos Soul Mail                |  17 | Sharpening Skill Inc      |
|       | Black Belt Vambraces              |  12 |                           |
|       | Rathalos Soul Tasset              |  17 | Spectre's Whim            |
|       | Cephalos Greaves                  |  14 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR2 Sharpness+1, Autotracker"    | 091 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Black Piercing+                   |  15 |                           |
| HR1-2 | Black Belt Mail                   |  12 |                           |
|       | Hornet Vambraces                  |  10 | Sharpness+1               |
|       | Gravios Tasset+                   |  30 |                           |
|       | Cephalos Greaves+                 |  24 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Fatalis Killer Blademaster #2"   | 120 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Rathalos Soul Helm                |  17 |                           |
| HR3-4 | Rathalos Soul Mail                |  17 | Sharpening Skill Inc      |
|       | Garuga Vambraces S                |  36 |                           |
|       | Rathalos Soul Coil                |  17 | Spectre's Whim            |
|       | Ioprey Greaves U                  |  33 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "High Earplug, High Defense Set#3"| 180 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----|                           |
|       | Garuga Mask                       |  36 |                           |
| HR5   | Diablos Mail S                    |  38 | High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Garuga Vambraces S                |  36 |                           |
|       | Cephalos Tasset U                 |  34 |                           |
|       | Khezu Greaves S                   |  36 |                           |
o-------o-----------------------------------o-----o---------------------------o


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| Level |          Armor Pieces             | Def |   Skills                  |
O=======O===================================O=====O===========================O
|       | "ESP, Earplug, Fast Sharpening"   | 070 | Earplug                   |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----|                           |
|       | Sword Saint Piercing              |  10 | Sharpening Skill Inc      |
| Elder | Rathalos Soul Mail                |  17 |                           |
|       | Black Belt Vambraces              |  12 | ESP                       |
|       | Rathalos Soul Tasset              |  17 |                           |
|       | Cephalos Greaves                  |  14 | Spectre's Whim            |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR2 Sharpness+1, Autotracker"    | 091 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Black Piercing+                   |  15 |                           |
| HR1-2 | Black Belt Mail                   |  12 |                           |
|       | Hornet Vambraces                  |  10 | Sharpness+1               |
|       | Gravios Tasset+                   |  30 |                           |
|       | Cephalos Greaves+                 |  24 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR4 Sharpness+1, Autotracker"    | 164 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Skull Face S                      |  31 |                           |
| HR3-4 | Steel Mail U                      |  32 |                           |
|       | Monoblos Vambraces S              |  38 | Sharpness+1               |
|       | Gravios Tasset+                   |  30 |                           |
|       | Ioprey Greaves U                  |  33 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Sharpness+1, Divine Protection#2"| 193 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Divine Protection         |
|       | Fatalis Head                      |  44 |                           |
| HR5   | Fatalis Hide                      |  44 |                           |
|       | Chain Vambraces U                 |  17 | Sharpness + 1             |
|       | Fatalis Wing                      |  44 |                           |
|       | Fatalis Feet                      |  44 |                           |
o-------o-----------------------------------o-----o---------------------------o


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| Level |          Armor Pieces             | Def |   Skills                  |
O=======O===================================O=====O===========================O
|       | "Early High Earplug, Fast Sharpen"| 077 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Rathalos Soul Helm                |  17 |                           |
| Elder | Rathalos Soul Mail                |  17 | Sharpening Skill Inc      |
|       | Black Belt Vambraces              |  12 |                           |
|       | Rathalos Soul Tasset              |  17 | Spectre's Whim            |
|       | Cephalos Greaves                  |  14 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR2 Sharpness+1, Autotracker"    | 091 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Black Piercing+                   |  15 |                           |
| HR1-2 | Black Belt Mail                   |  12 |                           |
|       | Hornet Vambraces                  |  10 | Sharpness+1               |
|       | Gravios Tasset+                   |  30 |                           |
|       | Cephalos Greaves+                 |  24 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Fatalis Killer Blademaster #2"   | 120 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Rathalos Soul Helm                |  17 |                           |
| HR3-4 | Rathalos Soul Mail                |  17 | Sharpening Skill Inc      |
|       | Garuga Vambraces S                |  36 |                           |
|       | Rathalos Soul Coil                |  17 | Spectre's Whim            |
|       | Ioprey Greaves U                  |  33 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "High Earplug, High Defense Set#3"| 180 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----|                           |
|       | Garuga Mask                       |  36 |                           |
| HR5   | Diablos Mail S                    |  38 | High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Garuga Vambraces S                |  36 |                           |
|       | Cephalos Tasset U                 |  34 |                           |
|       | Khezu Greaves S                   |  36 |                           |
o-------o-----------------------------------o-----o---------------------------o


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O=======O===================================O=====O===========================O
| Level |          Armor Pieces             | Def |   Skills                  |
O=======O===================================O=====O===========================O
|       | "HR1 Anti-Wind [Lg], Autotracker" | 078 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Diablos Helm                      |  18 |                           |
| Elder | Diablos Mail                      |  18 | Wind Pressure [Lg]        |
|       | Diablos Vambraces                 |  18 |                           |
|       | Hi-Metal Tasset                   |  10 | Hunger x 1.5              |
|       | Cephalos Greaves                  |  14 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR2 Anti-Wind [Lg], Autotracker" | 107 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Black Piercing+                   |  15 |                           |
| HR1-2 | Diablos Mail+                     |  28 | Wind Pressure [Lg]        |
|       | Diablos Vambraces+                |  28 |                           |
|       | Chain Belt+                       |  12 | Hunger x 1.5              |
|       | Cephalos Greaves+                 |  24 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Guard+1, Recovery+1, No Helm"    | 132 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Guard + 1                 |
|       | [Supply Own]                      |  -- |                           |
| HR3-4 | Khezu Mail U                      |  36 |                           |
|       | Borealis/Auroros Gauntlet Mai     |  32 | Damage Recovery Speed+1   |
|       | Borealis/Auroros Tasset Mai       |  32 |                           |
|       | Borealis/Auroros Pants Mai        |  32 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Guard+1, Divine Protection #2"   | 194 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Guard + 1                 |
|       | Rathian Helm S                    |  36 |                           |
| HR5   | Fatalis Hide                      |  44 |                           |
|       | Borealis/Auroros Gauntlet Ten     |  42 | Divine Protection         |
|       | Rathian Tasset S                  |  36 |                           |
|       | Rathian Greaves S                 |  36 |                           |
o-------o-----------------------------------o-----o---------------------------o


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O=======O===================================O=====O===========================O
| Level |          Armor Pieces             | Def |   Skills                  |
O=======O===================================O=====O===========================O
|       | "Early Gunner Set"                | 042 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Rathalos Soul Cap                 |  09 |                           |
| Elder | Rathalos Soul Vest                |  09 | Autotracker               |
|       | Black Belt Vambraces              |  12 |                           |
|       | Velociprey Coat                   |  04 | Devil's Whim              |
|       | Cephalos Leggings                 |  08 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR1 Full-time Gunner Set"        | 052 | Normal S Attack Up        |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----|                           |
|       | Sure Shot Piercing                |  10 | Earplug                   |
| HR1-2 | Rathalos Soul Vest                |  09 |                           |
|       | Black Belt Vambraces              |  12 | Autotracker               |
|       | Velociprey Coat                   |  04 |                           |
|       | Coffee Pants                      |  17 | Spectre's Whim            |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "HR3 Full-time Gunner Set"        | 090 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Autotracker               |
|       | Cephalos Helm U                   |  34 |                           |
| HR3-4 | Rathalos Soul Vest                |  09 |                           |
|       | Black Belt Vambraces              |  12 | High Grade Earplug        |
|       | Leather Belt S                    |  16 |                           |
|       | Ioprey Leggings U                 |  19 |                           |
|-------+-----------------------------------+-----+---------------------------|
|       | "Divine Protection, Loading       |     |                           |
|       |  Speed+1, No Helm Gunner Set"     | 086 |                           |
|       |-----------------------------------+-----| Divine Protection         |
|       | [Supply Own]                      |  -- |                           |
| HR5   | Personal Vest S                   |  20 |                           |
|       | Dragonfist S                      |  22 | Loading Speed + 1         |
|       | Dragontail S                      |  22 |                           |
|       | Dragonlegs S                      |  22 |                           |
o-------o-----------------------------------o-----o---------------------------o


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Games Of Eon will always have the latest version of this document
Get it here: http://mh.gamesofeon.com/faqs/equipmentobtainability.txt

FAQ started on 11/09/06

Version 1.00 (11/09/06)
 - Rough Draft released on GameFAQs message Board

Version 1.01 (11/10/06)
 - First complete version of the FAQ.
 - Revised charts and took suggestions from GameFAQs community.

Version 1.02 (11/13/06)
 - Changed a few values from feedback provided on Message Board.
 - Revised some tables, abbreviations, etc.
 - Corrected a few spelling errors.

Version 2.00 (11/14/06)
 - Added Armor Obtainability section.
 - Added Legends and detailed descriptions for guide details.
 - FAQ accepted by GameFAQs

Version 2.25 (07/12/07)
 - Added Bowguns to Weapon Obtainability section.
 - Replaced a few suggested armor combos by Kayin with my own/blazer's.
 - Restructured Thanks/Acknowledgements secion.
 - Minor formatting issues / spelling / capitilization.
 - Few adjustments to the obtainability guide.
 - Removed references to Terrense's guide, as it's no longer existent.
 - Updated Frequently Asked Questions.

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 - Guide Sources

       Xiamut, for which a great deal of the FAQ layout came from.
        > http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/47351.html

       FongThong, for his bowgun creation guide.
        > http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/64359.html

       Kayin9988, for his armor combo guide.
        > http://bbs.newwise.com/viewthread.php?tid=253022 


 - Providers

       Kayin9988, "Armor Obtainability" section.
       DaiIchiban, "Weapon Obtainability - Bowgun" section.
       OwwMyEye (and friends), for multiple corrections/suggestions.


 - Monster Hunter Freedom message boards for providing information/feedback

       - KingOfMH        - musichawc       - SetAmon      - TheBeast101
       - Hero_Of_Zeros   - WTF_Its_Shado   - Wandermeyer  - Ss3trnks2
       - KingOfRestore   - Blazer          - Toan_1       - Yomoska
       - SilentWing      - IV_II_O (420)   - _namargin_   - Jack Asteroid
       
       As well as Monster Hunter Legends and the rest of CMWABME


 - Lastly, Capcom, pretty much the best Game Developer of the 2004-2006 era.


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 Q: Why is your guide called the "Equip Guide" if there's no instructions
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