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   /  _  \   ____  _____|__| ____  _____/  |_ \_____    \__ __  _____ _|  |_
  /  /_\  \ /    \/  ___\  |/ __ \/   \_   __\ |       _/  |  \/  ___\_   __\
 /    |    \   |  \ (___|  |   __/   | \|  |   |        \  |  /\__  \  |  |   
 \____|____/___|__/____/|__|\____|___|_/|__| + |____|___/____//_____/  |__|   
           __________  __                      ____________
          /    _____/_|  |_ ___   ___   ____   \_   ______/__  _____
          \______  \\_   __\ _ \ /   \ / __ \   |    ___\__  \/ __  \
          /         \ |  |( (_) )   | \   __/   |     \  / __ \ \_\ |
         /__________/ |__| \___/\___|_/\____|   \_____/ (_____/\__  |
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 |                     Author: Marcus Girard ( MHxOGRE )                      |
 |          Tags: (Monster Hunter Tag: 0GRE) (Xbox 360 Tag: chef usa)         |
 |                          Began: November 4th, 2007                         |
 |                      Completed: -------- ---, ----                         |
 |____________________________________________________________________________|
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 With a new installment of the Monster Hunter fanchise comes new and original
 versions of classics we all know and love such as Ruststones and Ancient
 Stones. I know what your thinking, "Wait a minute, I always hated those
 stupid Ancient Stones...". Well, I was just yanking your chain there. 
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 | || CT.TS ||                   Table of Contents                || CT.TS || |
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 |               - Table of Contents.....................CT.TS                |
 |               - Introduction..........................NT.RO                |
 |               - Frequently Asked Questions............AQ.00                |
 |                    - What?............................AQ.01                |
 |                    - Why?.............................AQ.02                |
 |                    - Where?...........................AQ.03                |
 |                    - How?.............................AQ.04                |
 |                    - Weapon Trick?....................AQ.05                |
 |                    - LS,HH,GL,BOW?....................AQ.06                |
 |               - Polishable Weapons....................WP.00                |
 |                    - Rust Weapons.....................WP.01                |
 |                    - Ancient Weapons..................WP.02                |
 |                    - Other Weapons....................WP.03                |
 |               - Version History.......................VN.HS                |
 |               - Contact Information...................CT.NF                |
 |               - Legal.................................LE.GL                |
 |               - Credits...............................CR.DT                |
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 | || CH.00 ||                    Introduction                    || NT.RO || |
 |_||_______||____________________________________________________||_______||_|
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 
 
 Salut! Welcome back for another installment of the Legendary Monster Hunter 
 Freedom series, yay! This is My first MHF2 Faq and my 7th, count'm 7th, 
 Monster Hunter Faq. I guess that makes me oldschool, huh..heh. I've been 
 playing Monster Hunter games since the first on the Playstation 2 when it was
 released in America. In this guide i'll be giving you any and all info on a
 familiar favorite and popular item in the Monster Hunter community, so please
 enjoy! 

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 | || CH.00 ||              Frequently Asked Questions            || CH.00 || |
 |_||_______||____________________________________________________||_______||_|
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 +-- What is a Ruststone, and an Ancient Stone? -------------------- AQ.01 --+

 A Ruststone is an item in Monster Hunter Freedom 2 that is meant to be
 polished into weapons. In this new installment of Monster Hunter Freedom
 there are 5 items that can be classified as "Rust Stones". A Flat Ruststone
 will be polished into a Great Sword. A Small Ruststone will be polished into
 a Sword and Shield. A Large Ruststone will be polished into a Hammer. A
 Ruststone Rod will be polished into a Lance. A Ruststone will be polished
 into a Light Bowgun. An Ancient Stone is an item in Monster Hunter Freedom
 2, similar to a Ruststone, that is meant to be polished into rare weapons.
 In this new installment of Monster Hunter Freedom there are 5 items that can
 be classified as "Ancient Stones". An Ancient Flatstone will be polished into
 a Great Sword. A Sm Ancient Stone will be polished into Dual Swords. A
 Lg Ancient Stone will be polished into a Hammer. An Ancient StoneRod will
 be polished into a Lance. An Ancient Stone will be polished into a Light
 Bowgun. The difference? Nothing extravagant, the main difference is an
 Ancient Stone is a rarer item and contains rarer weapons. Although a Rust
 Stone can be found at HR2+ level, I can't say the same about Ancient stones.
 You'll need to level your Hunter Rank to 4 before you can find one.

 +-- Why write a guide for this? ----------------------------------- AQ.02 --+
 
 In this guide you may notice how often I mention the first Monster Hunter
 Freedom and compare this game to the first. One of the most illusive elements
 of the first was the Ancient Stone, due to its rareness. Now, when I say
 they're rare I mean if you don't know the procedure of obtaining set these
 items chances are you will never find one. This confusion has caused alot of
 people grief throughout Monster Hunter Freedom. Why write a Faq? I like to
 write about anything in this game that will help you because I am a huge fan
 of the series. I do it for you guys and gals. I'm a chef in real life so I
 love to please people. Any Monster Hunter Chefs out there, holla!

 +-- Where can I find These Stones? -------------------------------- AQ.03 --+

 There are only two ways to obtain one of these items. The first is the faster
 and easier method, so I prefer this method. The first method is to mine. Now
 the only place you can mine is the volcano and the tower. The volcano is best
 because you will have ascess to it much earlier than the tower. Rust Stones
 you can mine the Gathering Hall 4 Star Volcano. If you're after Ancient
 Stones you'll have to mine in a Gathering Hall 6 Star Volcano quest. The
 other method of obtaining one of these stones is by killing/repeling a
 Lao-Shan Lung. There should be one in the rewards. And the higher star the
 beast the rarer the stone should be. Here is a list of the areas that can
 mine an Ancient/Rust Stone;

 O=====================================O   O=================================O
 |            Map : Volcano            |   |           Map : Tower           |
 O=====================================O   O=================================O
 | Area |   Location of Mine Site      |   | Area |   Location of Mine Site  |
 o------+------------------------------o   o------+--------------------------o
 |  6   |   At the northwest mine site |   |  1   |   At the east mine site  |
 |      | & At the west mine site      |   |      | & At the west mine site  |
 |------+------------------------------|   |------+--------------------------|
 |  8   |   At the northeast mine site |   |  4   |   At the north mine site |
 |      | & At the north mine site     |   |------+--------------------------|
 |      | & At the northwest mine site |   |  5   |   At the north mine site |
 o------o------------------------------o   o------o--------------------------o
 
 +-- How do I polish one of these Stones? -------------------------- AQ.04 --+

 Once you've acquired a Stone save your game and head to the Equipment &
 Crafting Shop, located in the east of the Pokke Village. Talk to the guy in
 charge of crafting weapons. Second select "Weaponcraft", then
 "Create Weapon". Depending on the type of stone, may it be a lg Ancient stone
 or a Rusted Flatstone, you'll need to select the appropriate weapon type. You
 will need to scroll to the last page of the crafting list (simply press left
 on the dialog pad). You should see a crafting option saying "??????", which
 is a type of Rust or Ancient Stone. If you have both Rust and Ancient stones
 of the same type there will be two options that read "??????". Once polished
 the Stone becomes a weapon. There are random weapons that can be obtained in
 an easier fashion, but you might find an Ancient Weapon...

 +-- How do I do the Weapon Trick? ---------------------------------- AQ.05 --+

 ...Chances are, when you polished that weapon it was not what you wanted. Well
 there is a way to change that. Remember earlier when I told you to save your
 game? Well, there was a reason for that. If you didn't get the desired weapon
 reset your PSP and reload your character. Go complete a quick gathering quest
 and return to the Crafting Shop. Polish the stone, reset and complete the
 quest until desired weapon is obtained.

 +-- What about the Longsword, Hunting Horn, Gunlance and Bow? ------ AQ.06 --+
 
 Unfortunetly, there are no Rust or Ancient Longswords, Hunting Horns, Bows or
 Gunlances. Sorry to break it to yeah. I wish I could change that too fellas. 

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 | || WP.00 ||                  Polishable Weapons                || WP.00 || |
 |_||_______||____________________________________________________||_______||_|
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          _____
        (, /   )
          /__ /
       ) /    \_   [WP.01]               _____________________________________
 +--- (_/        UST WEAPONS ---------+ |~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
  ______________________________________| Attk | -Price | Afnt | Element/ Def |
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+------+--------+------+--------------|
 | Rusted Great Sword...................| 0432 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+------+--------------|
 | (_Tarnished Great Sword..............| 0528 | 02500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Ancient Blade....................| 0864 | 40000z | -20% | Dragon +100  |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Steel Ice Blade..................| 0672 | 35000z | +00% | Ice +200     |
 |      /                               |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |     (_Steel Ice Blade+...............| 0720 | 50000z | +00% | Ice +240     |
 |        /                             |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |       (_Daora's Decimator............| 0912 | 90000z | +00% | Ice +350     |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------| 
 | Rusted Sword.........................| 0126 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+------+--------------|
 | (_Tarnished Sword....................| 0140 | 02500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Eternal Strife...................| 0126 | 40000z | +00% | Dragon +520  |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Steel Ice Dagger.................| 0192 | 35000z | +00% | Ice +180     |
 |      /                               |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |     (_Steel Ice Dagger+..............| 0210 | 50000z | +00% | Ice +200     |
 |        /                             |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |       (_Daora's Razor................| 0266 | 90000z | +00% | Ice +320     |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------|
 | Rusted Hammer........................| 0468 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+------+--------------|
 | (_Tarnished Hammer...................| 0572 | 02500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Breath Core Hammer...............| 0936 | 40000z | -20% | ............ |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Jadite Mace......................| 0780 | 35000z | +00% | Fire +260    |
 |      /                               |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |     (_Jade Mace......................| 0832 | 50000z | +00% | Fire +300    |
 |        /                             |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |       (_Lunastra's Crown.............| 0936 | 90000z | +00% | Fire +370    |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------|
 | Rusted Lance.........................| 0207 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+------+--------------|
 | (_Tarnished Lance....................| 0253 | 02500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Undertaker.......................| 0414 | 40000z | -20% | ............ |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |   (_Steel Ice Spear..................| 0322 | 35000z | +00% | Ice +200     |
 |      /                               |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |     (_Steel Ice Spear+...............| 0345 | 50000z | +00% | Ice +240     |
 |        /                             |------+--------+------+--------------|
 |       (_Daora's Fang.................| 0437 | 90000z | +00% | Ice +300     |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------|
 | Demonlock............................| 0168 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 I should note now that you CAN NOT polish a stone and find a Steel Ice spear
 or a Daora's Fang. The only item in these Weapon Trees that can be polished
 are the Rusted Great Sword, Rusted Sword, Rusted Hammer, Rusted Lance and the
 Demonlock.

         _____
        (, /  |
          /---|
       ) /    |_    [WP.02]              _____________________________________
 +--- (_/        NCIENT WEAPONS ------+ |~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
  ______________________________________| Attk | -Price | Afnt | Element/ Def |
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+------+--------+------+--------------|
 | Worn Great Sword.....................| 0624 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+---------------------|
 | (_Weathered Grt Sword................| 0720 | 12500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Epitaph Blade....................| 0960 | 60000z | -20% | Dragon +100  |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Teostra Blade....................| 0768 | 80000z | +00% | Fire +480    |
 |      /                               |------+--------+---------------------|
 |     (_King Teostra Blade.............| 0816 | 90000z | +00% | Fire +620    |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------|
 | Worn Blades..........................| 0168 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+---------------------|
 | (_Weathered Blades...................| 0182 | 12500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Eternal Schism...................| 0182 | 60000z | -20% | Dragon +480  |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Hi Twin Daggers..................| 0224 | 55000z | +00% | Ice +350     |
 |      /                               |------+--------+---------------------|
 |     (_Silhouette Sabres..............| 0238 | 80000z | +00% | Ice +400     |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------|
 | Worn Hammer..........................| 0676 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+---------------------|
 | (_Weathered Hammer...................| 0780 | 12500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Pulsating Core...................| 1040 | 60000z | -20% | ............ |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Steel Ice Hammer.................| 0832 | 80000z | +00% | Ice +290     |
 |      /                               |------+--------+---------------------|
 |     (_Daora's Colossus...............| 0988 | 90000z | +00% | Ice +330     |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------|
 | Worn Spear...........................| 0299 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |  /                                   |------+--------+---------------------|
 | (_Weathered Spear....................| 0345 | 12500z | +00% | ............ |
 |    /                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Matenro..........................| 0483 | 60000z | -20% | ............ |
 |    )                                 |------+--------+---------------------|
 |   (_Teostra's Howl...................| 0414 | 80000z | +05% | Fire +180    |
 |      /                               |------+--------+---------------------|
 |     (_Teostra's Roar.................| 0460 | 90000z | +10% | Fire +200    |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+-------------------------------------|
 | Island of the Gods...................| 0204 | 01000z | +00% | ............ |
 |______________________________________|______|________|______|______________|
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          __)
        /(,  )
       /    /
      /    /   [WP.03]               _________________________________________
 +-- (___ / THER WEAPONS ---------+ |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
  __________________________________|  Weapon Class  |  Item Needed to Make   |
 |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 |               ---                |  Great Sword   | 01: Flat Ruststone     |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |  Great Sword   | 01: Ancient Flatstone  |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                | Sword & Shield | 01: Small Ruststone    |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |  Dual Swords   | 01: Sm Ancient Stone   |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |     Hammer     | 01: Large Ruststone    |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |     Hammer     | 01: Lg Ancient Stone   |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |     Lance      | 01: Ruststone Rod      |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |     Lance      | 01: Ancient StoneRod   |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |  Light Bowgun  | 01: Ruststone          |
 |----------------------------------+-----------------------------------------|
 |               ---                |  Light Bowgun  | 01: Ancient Stone      |
 |__________________________________|_________________________________________|
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 | || CT.TS ||                    Version History                 || VN.HS || |
 |_||_______||____________________________________________________||_______||_|
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 Version 0.00 - (November 4th, 2007) - Began The Walkthrough.
 Version 1.00 - (November 6th, 2007) - First Release of Walkthrough.
 Version 1.50 - (November 8th, 2007) - Nearly Completed, First Update.
 Version 2.00 - (-------- ---, ----) - Finished The Walkthrough.
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 | || CT.TS ||                  Contact Information               || CT.NF || |
 |_||_______||____________________________________________________||_______||_|
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 This will be my information to you and will provide the guidelines for
 contacting me, and my info. 

 I've changed my email because yahoo sucks for email;
 
 Email: Markymarctm(at)hotmail(dot)com 
 
 Guidelines:
 In order for me to answer your emails to me you will need to follow a very few
 simple guidelines.
 - If you recognize me from Monster Hunter please Email Me.
 - Must not be Junk and/or Bulk mail.
 - Must be written in proper etiquette for me to be able to respond to it.
 - Must be in English.
 - Put "MHF2 Ancient/Rust" as the main topic or I will NOT respond. Its just a
   test to see if you can follow directions, therefore your worth my time. =)

 Here is where you can vew all of my other works:
 http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/64076.html

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 | || CT.TS ||                         Legal                      || LE.GL || |
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 This guide is copyright (c)  2007 Marcus Girard A.K.A. MHxOGRE.
 All rights reserved. Please contact me before taking anything from this guide.
 All unauthorised reproduction is forbidden. If need be, I will take legal 
 action against the person, party, or company involved in the infringment of my
 regulations.
 Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is a copyright  of Capcom of America.
 Monster Hunter Portable 2 is a copyright  of Capcom of Japan.
 
 Sites that can legally post this faq:
  
 GameFAQ - http://www.gamefaq.com

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 | || CT.TS ||                        Credits                     || CR.DT || |
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      I thank Capcom and the Monster Hunter community for being so great!