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Monster Hunter Freedom 2 - Full FAQ / Walkthrough
Author: noilleberreven (chocori.icy.eyes@gmail.com)

This FAQ is Version 0.1A - it was last updated on April 19th, 2008.
Contact information can be found at the bottom of this FAQ. 

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[1] Introduction                                                   [1]
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Monster Hunter Freedom 2
Platform: Playstation Portable (PSP)
Number of Players: 1-4 Cooperative Play
Developer: Capcom Production Studio 1
Publisher: Capcom
US Release: Aug 29, 2007
EU Release: Sep 07, 2007
AU Release: Sep 12, 2007
JP Release: Feb 22, 2007 (as "Monster Hunter Portable 2")

This walkthrough is based on and intended for use with Monster Hunter
Freedom 2 for the PSP. It was written using the North American version
of the game. Some of the information found in this walkthrough is
translated from the JP Official Guide Book for the game. The
information contained here can also be applied to the EU, AU, and JP
versions of this game (all information should be the same in the EU 
and AU Monster Hunter, and the only information different in the JP 
Monster Hunter are download quests), and some of the tactics and
information provided may still apply to the previous and future games
in the series.

This is a walkthrough, meaning that it is intended to walk you through
the game and provide help on every obstacle that comes your way. It
will not hold your hand and make you a master of the game just by
reading it, nor is it intended to be the ultimate guide to the world 
of Monster Hunter or the last piece of writing you will ever need to 
read. This walkthrough is merely an additional resource for you to use
to learn more and more about Monster Hunter.

It's worth noting that when talking about how to fight most monsters,
I will normally just refer to a monster's openings - opportunities
when it is safe to attack. It is up to you and your mastery of the
weapon you're using to know what attacks you can get in during those
openings. Only when a monster has very specific strategies for
fighting it will I go into further detail than that. In the future, I
might write weapon specifics for each monster fight, but right now it
doesn't seem necessary.

This walkthrough is typed 70 characters wide on Lucida Console, and
should be read with a similar monospaced font on a resolution that can
display 70 characters wide.

Version 0.1A (04/19/2008)
  - First version uploaded to GameFAQs, as it meets the minimum 
    requirements to be approved for submission. This walkthrough
    currently covers all quests up to Ruler of the Snow.

    This is probably actually the third time I've written this thing,
    I've scrapped it and rewritten it several times until I felt it
    was written right.

I'm going to make a lot of references to clockwise/counter clockwise,
and left/right, so let's make sure we all know which is which:

   <--- THIS IS LEFT                            THIS IS RIGHT --->

Have trouble remembering that? Just remember that L comes before R in
the alphabet, or that you normally read English from left to right...

Clockwise refers to the direction that hands move on a clock. If you
aren't sure which direction that is...  just look at a clock.

Counter clockwise is the opposite direction.

And by the way, if you find this on any website OTHER than GameFAQs,
it's been stolen without my permission. Avast, pirates!

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[2] Table of Contents                                              [2]
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To quickly find what you need, press CTRL+F (APPLE+F for Macs) and use
the search engine on your internet browser to hop to the section you 
want. For example, if you wanted to get to the table of contents, you 
would search for "[2]". Remember to have the brackets on the ends of 
the section number.

I've taken out all the parts I haven't finished writing from this
Table of Contents, because I know it's frustrating to scroll down to
a section you want and read "Under Construction". :p

[1] Introduction

[2] Table of Contents

[3] Playing the Game

  [3.1] What is Monster Hunter? 
  [3.2] Changes from MHF
  [3.3] Controls
  [3.4] The Menu
  [3.5] The Village of Pokke
  [3.6] Your Home
  [3.7] Crafting
  [3.8] Pokke Farm
  [3.9] The Eleven Weapons

     [3.9.a] Sword and Shield
     [3.9.b] Dual Swords
     [3.9.c] Great Sword
     [3.9.d] Long Sword
     [3.9.e] Hammer
     [3.9.f] Hunting Horn
     [3.9.g] Lance
     [3.9.h] Gunlance
     [3.9.i] Heavy Bowgun
     [3.9.j] Light Bowgun
     [3.9.k] Bow

  [3.10] Armor, Decorations, and Armor Skills 
  [3.11] Progressing through the Game

     [3.11.a] Quests
     [3.11.b] Gathering
     [3.11.c] Hunting
     [3.11.d] Slaying 

[4] Pokke Elder Quests - Offline

  [4.1] * One Star Elder Quests

     [4.1.a] Mountain Herb Picking
     [4.1.b] An Anteka in the Snow
     [4.1.c] Hunt the Carnivore!
     [4.1.d] Sinking Feeling
     [4.1.e] Slay the Blangos

     [4.1.f] Urgent Quest - The Carnivorous Leader

  [4.2] ** Two Star Elder Quests

     [4.2.a] Gathering - Snowy Mountains
     [4.2.b] Gathering - Jungle Zone
     [4.2.c] Gathering - Desert Zone
     [4.2.d] The Carnivorous Leader
     [4.2.e] Reckless Bulldrome Hunter
     [4.2.f] Slay the Giaprey!
     [4.2.g] The Pack of Blangos
     [4.2.h] The Taboo of Negligence!
     [4.2.i] Hunt Down the Velocidrome!
     [4.2.j] Jungle Menace
     [4.2.k] Rarest of the Rare Beasts
     [4.2.l] Hunt the Rare Forest Congas!
     [4.2.m] Attack of the Giant Bugs!
     [4.2.n] Collect to Combine
     [4.2.o] Hunt the Gendrome
     [4.2.p] The Land Shark
     [4.2.q] Liver of Legend!
     [4.2.r] Gone Fishin'

     [4.2.s] Urgent Quest - Shadow in the Snow

  [4.3] *** Three Star Elder Quests

     [4.3.a] Gathering - Swamp Zone
     [4.3.b] Gathering - Forest and Hills
     [4.3.c] Shadow in the Snow
     [4.3.d] The Subterranean Glutton
     [4.3.e] Blango Slaying Tactics
     [4.3.f] Aim for the Jungle Crab
     [4.3.g] Master of the Giant Lake
     [4.3.h] A Swarm of Hermitaurs
     [4.3.i] The Purple Poison Menace
     [4.3.j] The Lurking Desert Giant
     [4.3.k] Water Wyvern in the Desert
     [4.3.l] Slay the Genprey!
     [4.3.m] Gypceros: Venomous Terror
     [4.3.n] Attack of the Blue Kut-Ku
     [4.3.o] The Mischief-maker
     [4.3.p] Fang of the Iodrome!
     [4.3.q] Slay the Great Kut-Ku!
     [4.3.r] A Killing from Mushrooms

     [4.3.s] Urgent Quest - The Ruler of the Snow



[12] Item List
[15] Afterword

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[3] Playing the Game                                               [3]
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Not everyone reading this walkthrough has played the game, or has any
idea what Monster Hunter is or how it's played, or owns the game
manual for Monster Hunter Freedom 2. And that's ok, because here I'll
go over all that wonderful and explanative goodness you can probably
find by playing the game and reading the manual.

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[3.1] What is Monster Hunter?                                      [3]
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It's hard to describe. The answer to that question is usually "Look up
videos on YouTube", but I'll try.

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is the second game in the Monster Hunter
Freedom series. The Freedom games are ports of the original Monster
Hunter games for the PS2, with a few modifications to make the game
playable on the PSP (which lacks dual analog and the hardware power of
the PS2).

In Monster Hunter, you do just what the name implies - you hunt
monsters. It sounds like a simple concept that's already been done in
video games, but what sets Monster Hunter apart from other games is
depth - this isn't like any other game where you just target a monster
and attack it until it dies. 

You have full control over your hunter. The analog stick controls
movement, and the other buttons control actions like attacking, 
drawing and sheathing your weapon, rolling, guarding. You don't evade 
attacks simply by pressing the evade button, you have to actually 
avoid the attack yourself. These monsters aren't cakewalks either.
Monsters are anywhere from two to twenty times your size. Even the
weakest attacks will shave off 20-30% of your health. Two hit kills
are commonplace and 100% combos can happen in an instant. Fights can
take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, on average.

For that reason, you need skill to pick up and get better at Monster 
Hunter. Decent reflexes. Time management. Quick learning. Common 
sense. The ability to be in the right place at the right time. Simply
having the best weapons and armor isn't going to let you blaze through
the game (though it certainly will help if you're good).

Will you like this game? That's up to you. The only game I can think
of that is remotely like Monster Hunter is Diablo II - if you liked 
that, you will probably like Monster Hunter Freedom 2. In fact, the 
more I think about it, the more Diablo II and Monster Hunter seem 
similar.

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[3.2] Changes from MHF                                           [3.2]
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As the name implies, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is the second game in
the Freedom series, introducing many changes from the first game. 
Here's a list of them in somewhat random order:

- New town (Pokke) instead of Kotoko
    It's all the same to me, honestly.

- Farm Point system has been revised
    You no longer get points for selling or buying items. Instead,
    you get a certain number of points for every "Account Item" you
    bring in...  Powderstone is worth 3000, Special Mushrooms are
    50, and so forth...  This also introduces new items like Goldstone
    Piece and Silverfish. You also get points for doing quests at the
    Training School and for doing Treasure Hunting quests.

- Farm renovations changed
    Mushroom Tree and Beehive will give you items similarly to Bomb
    Mining did. Instead of having to gather items one at a time,
    you will see a list of all items you got from it and can pick
    which items to take and which to sell for z. You can also send
    items obtained this way directly to your storage box.

    There is a new renovation, Trenya's Boat, that will bring you
    items in exchange for points.

- Reward system changed
    Any items left in your post-quest rewards will be sold for z
    instead.

- Miniature storage boxes added
    These boxes give you access to your item storage, but not your
    equipment storage. There's one at the Pokke Farm, and one at the
    Guild Hall.

- Storage holds six pages of items
    To cater to the increased number of different items, obviously.
    It's still not enough.

- Inventory holds 24 items instead of 20
    Now there's no excuse for forgetting your Combo Books.

- New boss monsters
    Tigrex, a wyvern whose wings have adapted into legs.
    Daimyo Hermitaur, a hermit crab living in a Monoblos Skull.
    Shogun Ceanataur, a hermit crab living in a Gravios Skull.
    Shen Gao Ren, a large crab living in a Lao-Shan Lung Skull.
    Bulldrome, the drome version of Bullfango.
    Giadrome, the drome version of the new Giaprey.
    Congalala, a primate that attacks mainly with contact damage.
    Blangonga, a primate that uses ice.
    Rajang, a ferocious horned gorilla that uses lightning.
    Kushala Daora, the Elder Dragon of wind (wind shield).
    Chameleos, the Elder Dragon of Mist (invisibility).
    Teostra, the Elder Dragon of Fire (burning aura).
    Lunastra, the female version of Teostra.
    Akantor, the new final wyvern.
    White Fatalis, now with less health and more instakills!

- New minions
    Giaprey, white Velociprey that can spit ice at you.
    Congas, the minion version of Congalala.
    Blango, the minion version of Blangonga.
    Hermitaur, the minion version of Daimyo Hermitaur.
    Ceanataur, the minion version of Shogun Ceanataur.
    Great Thunderbug, a floating insect that goes for contact damage.
    Remobra, annoying little wyverns that try to poison you.

- Basarios now takes extra damage when stomach is broken
    Before he didn't. Now he does. He's still too easy.

- Camera revamped
    It no longer sucks to fight in FnH 9!

- New armorsets (mostly for new monsters)

- New armor skills
    Most are there to complement the new weapon types or new status
    ailments, but there are a few other notable ones you can use with 
    any weapon. (Evade+2, Runner...)

- New items
    Obviously...  most are to deal with the new status ailments, but
    there are some new ones. Cooked Fish both heals the red HP gauge
    and acts as an Immunizer, Shock Traps are like Pitfall Traps that
    hold monsters in place but have a much shorter duration...

- Armors can be previewed before crafting
    If the armor shows up on your crafting list, you can preview it
    even if you don't have the materials to make it. You can't
    rotate the preview though, which sucks.

- Armor can now be upgraded
    At the cost of z and Armor Spheres, you can upgrade your armor,
    giving it 2 more defence per upgrade. As you upgrade more,
    the cost increases and type of Armor Sphere needed changes. 
    Each armor has a preset maximum level of upgrade - for some it's
    14, for others it might only be 7.

- New effect, Quake
    It's essentially Faint/KO (you even mash out of it), but it 
    happens when you get hit by the quaking effect of a monster's 
    attack.

- New status ailments
    Frozen, during which you will run at egg-carrying speed. You can
    still roll, but you cannot use any items except Thawing Agents.
    Fatigued, during which your max stamina becomes 25 and you cannot
    use any items to raise it without curing the Fatigue first.
    Odor, during which you cannot use any items on yourself other
    than Deodorant. There are no armor skills that prevent Odor.
    Defence down, during which your defence is cut in half.

- Wyvern Wind fixed
    Instead of making you fall backwards, Wyvern Wind now properly
    pushes you away from the point of origin.

- Decoration system added
    Armors and weapons now have slots, which can be filled with 
    decorations to modify the armor skills given by that piece of
    equipment.

- Color changing armor system added
    S-series armor will have parts whose color can be changed. Colors
    are changed at your equipment box.

- Maximum armor/item rarity is now 9
    They're Red!

- +Rank removed, only Normal and Hard Rank now
    Dragonite Ore, MB+, and other old +Rank items can be obtained in 
    the higher starred Normal quests.

- Maximum HR is now 6
    But since Hard Rank now starts at HR4 instead of HR3, it's
    essentially the same thing as it was before (especially 
    considering the fact that going from HR1 to HR3 is now a joke).

- A few new monster properties
    Hard Ranked Gravios and Black Gravios can do a sweeping beam that
    has less range but covers a wide area in front of him.
    Hard Ranked Gypceros can be carved once when it is playing dead.
    Plesioth can do a body splash like Cephadrome does.
    Yian Kut-Ku can do a swoop like Rathalos does.
    All Rathian variations can do a second backflip after the first.

- New affinity system added
    Affinity controls critical hits and negative critical hits. 
    Critical hits do 125% raw damage, negative critical hits do 75% 
    raw damage. 0% affinity means no critical hits at all.

- New area, SnowyMountains
    If you like getting tons of Ice Crystals and one or two Machalite,
    you might like SnowyMountains. I don't.

- Desert, Volcano, Jungle, and Swamp have been changed
    The changes are mainly to open up more of the areas to monsters
    who previously only stayed in one or two areas (like Diablos).
    They're also a nice change.

- Most areas now come in Night and Day variations
    Night and day will control some environmental changes. Some paths
    become blocked off or become open. Desert(night) becomes cold
    instead of hot. The lava level is higher in Volcano(night).
    Jungle(night) and Swamp(day) have rain. Swamp(night) has poisonous
    swampy areas. Forest and Hills does not have a night variation.

- Bombs cannot be used in the rain
    A new item, LightningRod, can only be used in the rain.

- New weapon types
    Bows have unlimited ammo at the cost of damage. They are simpler
    to use than Bowguns and offer a new range alternative to those who
    couldn't manage ammo with Bowguns.
    
    Gunlances are slightly weaker Lances that can only do cutting 
    damage, but have shelling, which enables them to perform longer
    combos and deal some explosion-type damage in their combos.
    
    Hunting Horns are significantly weaker than Hammers, but can
    inflict KO and can perform Recital music, which can give out
    temporary buffs like increased movement speed, +30% damage, 
    infinite stamina, healing... 
    
    Long Swords are like Great Swords, but are much faster in
    exchange for also being much weaker. They cannot block, but can
    accumulate Spirit Gauge, which increases attack when filled and
    can be consumed to use a strong Spirit Attack. (Also, all Great
    Swords that were previously katana-like in appearance are now 
    Long Swords)

- Hammers have been improved
    Hammers (as well as Hunting Horns) can inflict KO. KO acts like
    other status ailments, but the amount of KO inflicted varies by
    attack (Hammers are better at it), and KO will only accumulate
    when the attack hits the monster's head (except for the smaller
    Dromes, in which case any attack that hits will inflict KO)
    A monster that is KO'd will fall on the floor (like a leg stagger
    knockdown), but will stay down long enough for two triple pounds.

- Sword and Shield have been severely weakened
    They now have a VAR of 1.12 on their raw damage instead of 1.5,
    so they do approximately 74.6% of the raw damage they did before.
    In exchange, most of SnS' attacks have High Wind Res, and you can
    use items with the weapon out. Yippee.

- Lances have been weakened
    They now do 72% damage when they do Impact damage except for the 
    charging (81% instead) and blocking (100%) attacks. On the other
    hand, they can now do three backstep/sidesteps in a row.

- Dual Swords have been improved...  sorta
    They do more raw damage on each attack, but do only 70% elemental.
    It's a bit of a toss-up, really.

- Great Swords have been improved
    They now have a charge attack which has High Wind Res while
    charging and is the most powerful single attack in the game.

- Heavy Bowguns have been improved
    They can now get a Power Barrel mod which further increases their
    raw power. Or a Shield which auto-guards as long as you aren't
    reloading or recoiling. You're better off with the damage, but
    at least now you have something better to pick than a Scope, Long
    Barrel, or a Silencer.

- Sleep has been improved
    Sleeping monsters now take triple damage on the attack that wakes
    it up. This has improved Sleep Bombing and is of great benefit
    to Hammers and Great Swords, which can make the best use of this
    triple damage.

- Stun has been improved
    Stunned monsters now take 10% extra damage from everything.

- New element, Ice
    Personally, I don't like the element. Things notably weak to Ice: 
    Cephadrome, Velocidrome, Rathalos, Monoblos, Diablos, Rajang. 
    Notice how a lot of the things on that list you wouldn't use an
    elemental weapon on anyway.

- Monsters now have less HP and all weapons are slightly weaker
    It all kinda evens out, but it's pretty obvious these changes
    were made to help prevent soft headlocking. HL is still possible,
    though.

- Monsters hit harder
    It's true. Oh, it's true.

- Defence values on armor is roughly doubled
    150 defence in this game is about the same as 75 defence in MHF.
    Elemental resistance system remains the same.

- Some carves have been simplified
    For example, instead of Rathalos and Rathian Claws, there are
    just Fire Wyvern Claws dropped by both monsters. All rubies from
    all Rathalos variations are now Rathalos Rubies, same applies to
    Rathian Rubies...

- Almost all hunting quests are now "slay or capture"
    As a result, all capture quests have been removed. The only quests
    that aren't slay or capture are the ones for monsters that can't
    be captured anyway.

- Powderstone/Herbivore Egg/Wyvern Egg quests removed
    Well, there's still an Egg delivery download quest, but for the
    most part, they're gone. The items are still in the game as
    Account Items though.

- Early Bird Piercing removed
    On the bright side, High Speed Gathering is one of the easier
    skills to get via Decorations.

- Sword Saint Piercing cannot be crafted
    It is now the reward for completing every single solo training
    mission with every weapon. That's 10 x 5 Battle Training and 
    5 x 5 Special Training.

- Training School now offers Group Training quests
    Mandatory to unlock Fatalis. There's only three of them :(

- Treasure Hunting quests can now be done solo
    It's not like you're going to score very high by yourself anyway.

- Downloadable content
    Oh yeah, downloadable content. An alternative to people who can't
    unlock the Fatalis brothers the normal way, or want access to
    items before they can get them (HR4+s can fight HR6 monsters via
    download quests). There's other bonuses in the downloadable
    content too, but not much of it really matters.

I think that's it, aside from the numerous small weapon changes (i.e.
Shining Wyvern Blade has slightly less raw). That was a long list.

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[3.3] Controls                                                   [3.3]
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Controls are probably the most intimidating part about this video
game, but give it some time and they'll grow onto you.

Here's some ASCII to remind you what buttons you've got on your PSP:

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--- In Menus:
  Simple menu controls.

D-Pad: 				Scroll up/down/left/right
X: 				Confirm
Circle: 			Cancel

--- In Town:
  More simple controls.

Analog Stick: 			Movement
X:				Talk
Square:				Use exit
Triangle:			Quick travel

  You actually can't use this in town, but when using any exit that
  goes TO Town, you can press Triangle instead to quickly go to one
  of the other areas that you would have to go through Town to get to.
  It's just a convenient thing to have.

Start:				Open Menu

  More information on the Menu in the section about the Menu. 
  (Section 3.4)

--- In the Field:
  Field controls can be complicated!
  Weapon specific controls will be covered in the section about
  weapons. (Section 3.9)

Analog Stick:			Movement
 
  Movement is based on your camera angle. If you press down on the
  analog stick, your character will move towards the camera no
  matter which way your character was facing before.

D-Pad Left:			Turn camera left
D-Pad Right:			Turn camera right
D-Pad Up:			Turn camera up
D-Pad Down:			Turn camera down

  You don't have full 360 degree camera turning when turning up/down, 
  it simply switches between three preset camera angles and positions.
  
  You should operate the analog stick with the tip of your thumb, and
  hit the D-Pad buttons with the side of your index finger. This lets
  you move in one direction while turning the camera in another,
  which makes running circles around your enemies a breeze.

X while moving: 		Roll or dive

  Rolling is your basic evasive maneuver. Learn it, love it. Rolling
  uses some stamina (25, to be exact), but it can get you out of a
  tight spot in a hurry. Rolling also has a few invincibility frames.

  You can only dive if your weapon is sheathed, if a monster sees you,
  and if you are currently running in a direction away from that
  monster. Diving has far more invincibility frames than rolling, but
  the weapon sheathed requirement makes it less useful than rolling.

X+Analog Left or Right:		Side roll

  You can only do a side roll with your weapon out in order to end
  a combo, otherwise you will do a regular roll instead. There is
  nothing special about a side roll, other than the fact it can be
  done to cancel or end combos.

  Unlike moving, if you side roll to the left, your character will
  roll to his or her left, regardless of which direction your camera
  is facing. You also have to remember that you must hold the Analog
  Stick left/right and not simply the direction which is your
  character's left/right (otherwise you might do the wrong roll,
  which can make the difference between life and death).

X, standing still:		Crouch

  Moving while crouching is slower, but increases your carving speed
  and reduces the chances of a monster detecting you. If you roll
  while crouching, it takes longer to roll and you will not be
  crouching when the roll ends.

X, while fishing:		Pull line
X, while cooking:		Pull food

  Fishing and cooking! Not things you'll do very often, but when you
  do, remember that X is the button you need to press, not Square or
  Circle. More on fishing and cooking in the section about Hunting.
  (Section 3.11)

X, near a Supply Box:		Open Supply Box

  Blue Supply Boxes will provide you with basic items on every quest.
  Just press X to open the Supply Box menu and use the menu controls
  to take the items you want.

X, climb:			Climb ledges and vines
R, while climbing:		Climb faster

  This is pretty self explanatory. If you see a ledge you can reach,
  press X to climb it. Same goes for vines. Holding R makes you climb
  vines faster, but you use Stamina as long as you keep it held down.
  Run out of stamina and you'll fall off!

Square, weapon sheathed: 	Use items
Square, weapon drawn:		Sheathe weapon

  Only the Sword and Shield weapon type can use items with the weapon
  drawn. All other weapon types must sheathe their weapons before
  using items.

Triangle, weapon drawn:		Weapon attack #1

  The functions for Triangle vary from weapon to weapon, but it is
  the universal main attack button for all weapons.

Circle, weapon drawn:		Weapon attack #2

  Again, the function for Circle varies from weapon to weapon. It is
  a secondary attack for all weapons. For some weapons, it's stronger
  than Triangle, for others it's weaker...

Circle, carving position:	Carve monster

  You have to have your weapon sheathed and be standing close enough
  to a dead monster to carve it. Carving items from monsters is how
  you will get most of your items in this game, so learn it well.

Tap L:				Moves camera behind you

  Does exactly what it says. Useful for running from place to
  place, but using the D-Pad is best during fights.

Hold L:				Open Inventory
Square, inventory open:		Scroll left through items
Circle, inventory open: 	Scroll right through items
Triangle, inventory open:	Scroll through ammo types

  Inventory controls. Inventory stays open as long as you keep L held 
  down. Release it and it closes! Unlike most games, opening your
  inventory does NOT pause the game. The action just keeps going!

R, weapon sheathed:		Run

  It's how you get from place to place. You usually won't run while
  fighting, unless you're using one of the slow weapon types or 
  want to get out of whatever mess you've gotten yourself into.

R, weapon drawn:		Block / R action

  The functions for R vary from weapon to weapon. For most weapons,
  R is block.

R+Triangle+Circle, weapon sheathed:	Block / R action

  This is what you press when you need to block in a hurry but don't
  have the time to pull your weapon out and then block. It saves time.
  It's pretty useful. For some weapons, R+Tri+Cir does something other
  than the R action.

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[3.4] The Menu                                                   [3.4]
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There are two menus in Monster Hunter Freedom 2, the main menu that
shows up when you start the game, and the in-game one that you can
pull up by pressing Start.

The Main Menu's options are pretty self explanatory...

New Game - Starts a new game. Pick a character slot, create your
           character, and begin a new game!

Continue - Loads a previously saved game.

Gallery - Watch movies that you've already seen in-game as well as a
          few that you can't see in-game.

Options - Change the game options such as sound, background loading,
          etc.

Download - Connect to Capcom's download service, where you can
           download various things...

The in-game menu is far more important, since it's where you'll manage
your items, check your status and armor skills, pause the game...
You'll use it a lot. I'm sure of it. ;)

   Items - Lets you go through your items. You can discard items,
           rearrange their order...  when you're in Multiplayer, this
           is also how you give items to another hunter.

   Combine - Combining items! If you have two compatible items, you
             can combine them to make another more useful item. Check
             the Combination List on GameFAQs for a list of items you
             can make through combining.

   Quest Info - This shows information on the current quest you have
                taken. Most people just look at this to check how
                much time they have left on their quest.

   Gestures - This lets your character perform gestures. It's grayed
              out when you aren't out on the field in a quest.

   Player Info - This lets you check a quick summary of the other
                 players in the Gathering Hall. It'll show their
                 equipment, their Hunter Rank, their name...  It's
                 grayed out outside of the Gathering Hall, since you
                 obviously can't use it on yourself. :p

   Guild Card - This lets you edit and view your Guild Card, give your
                Guild Card to other players in the Gathering Hall,
                and view the Guild Cards you've received from others.

   Status - This...  shows you pretty much everything you need to know
            about your character's current state, including how much
            attack and defence you have, how much money you've got,
            what armor skills you have...

   Equipment Detail - This lets you check your equipped armor and
                      weapons in close detail.

   Reference - Reference gives you access to two lists. Combo List
               shows all the item combinations you've completed and
               can give you help on figuring out the item combinations
               you haven't completed. Monster List shows you a list of
               all the monsters you've bought reference books for,
               how many you've killed, and the maximum/minimum length
               for each monster type.

   Options - There's only one option here, and it controls if you
             choose which channel of the Gathering Hall you join or
             if the game does it automatically. Only change this if
             you're having trouble playing Ad-Hoc with others.

   Player Log - This shows the log of characters who've joined or left
                the Gathering Hall. Grayed out when you aren't in the
                Gathering Hall, and the log is reset when you leave
                the Gathering Hall (not that it's important anyway).

   Pause - This only appears while you're on the field, and only if
           you're playing by yourself. It pauses the game!

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[3.5] The Village of Pokke                                       [3.5]
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Pokke Village! Where you'll be doing most of your pre-quest
preparations. It's also where you start off in the game, so it might
be a good idea to know what's around!

                                       Exit
 Training School                     /      /
     \        \    Gathering Hall   /      /
      \        \______/       \____/       ŻŻŻŻŻŻ\ 
       \                       Red         Pokke  |
        \                      Cat         Elder  |
         \                                       /
           \   NPC1                             /
             \                                 /
               \                             /
                 \     NPC2                /
                  \                      Item
                   |                    Seller
                   |     NPC3             |
                   |             NPC5     |
                   |                      \
                   |                       Crafter
                   | NPC4                      \
                   |                          Felyne
                   |                          Seller
                   |                              |
                  /                        ______/
                 /     /\                 /      |
            Home      /  \               / Wandering   
             /       /   |              /     Cat
            /       /    |                       |
      _____/        ŻŻŻŻŻ                        |
                     Blue                        |
  Nothing             Cat             Farm        \
                                      Aid          \
      ______________________________________        \
                                            \ Pokke
                                             \ Farm

Yum yum, delicious maps. Here's what everything on the map is:

Home - It's your home. You can change weapons and armor here, save,
       and get food from your chefs.

Training School - This is where you do Training Quests. Some items
                  can only be obtained at the Training School. More
                  about the Training School in the section about
                  Training School Quests. (Sections 8, 9, and 10)

Gathering Hall - This is where you go to do multiplayer and Guild
                 Hall quests.

Pokke Elder - The Pokke Elder gives you the solo Elder quests.

Exit - After taking a quest from the Pokke Elder, go here to leave
       Pokke Village and go out to the field.

Item Seller - She sells essential items for quests. As you progress
              through the Elder Quests, she'll start to sell higher
              end items.

Crafter - You'll be talking to him a lot. The Crafter will craft all
          weapons, armor, and decorations in the game. He's also in
          charge of removing and attaching decorations to your armor,
          and upgrading your armor.

Felyne Seller - The Felyne Seller sells armor and weapons rather than
                crafts them, but only sells lower end equipment. As
                you progress through the game, you can buy better
                armor (but not better weapons).

Nothing - Just that, nothing. It's a path that looks like it would
          go somewhere but it doesn't go anywhere.

Farm Aid - This guy will let you purchase renovations for the Pokke
           Farm, and lets you exchange Pokke Points for some harder
           to obtain items (It's usually not worth the points though).

Red Cat - This NPC doesn't always appear here, but when she does,
          she sells from one of several item lists. Keep checking to
          see if she's selling an item you want!

Blue Cat - This cat will sell Felyne Chefs. As you progress through
           the game, you'll be able to have more and more chefs (who
           can then cook better food for you)

Wandering Cat - If you've downloaded a Wandering Cat, it'll appear
                here to be hired.

NPC1 - This guy has semi-useful random information on the more
       legendary monsters you'll face.

NPC2 - This NPC talks with NPC3 on a variety of subjects. Sometimes 
       they disagree.

NPC3 - This NPC talks with NPC2 on a variety of subjects. Sometimes 
       they disagree.

NPC4 - This guy is the hunter you replaced. He usually has information
       on upcoming urgent quests or urgent quests you've already done.

NPC5 - This felyne NPC tells you about some armor skills.

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[3.6] Your Home                                                  [3.6]
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Home! Home is definately one of the more important places in Pokke 
Village, since it houses a variety of things...

                 Felyne
                 Kitchen__
                 \        \
                  \     Bed\
               Storage      \
                 Box___      \
                        Exit

At the Felyne Kitchen, you can get the Felynes you've hired as chefs
from the Blue Cat to cook food for you. By cooking the correct
combination of ingredients, you can get temporary effects like Max
Health+50, Damage+5%, Stamina+30...   Although the effects only last
for one quest or one life (whichever comes first), being able to
increase your maximum health by 50% is nothing to shrug at. Get used
to getting food from your Felyne Chefs before every quest.

You can read more about the Felyne Kitchen from the Felyne Kitchen and
Felyne Whim Skills on GameFAQs. I won't go into any more detail on the
subject when you can just read those FAQs instead.

The Bed is where you save. Even though you're given the option to save
after every quest, if there's some reason you want to save while
you're in Pokke Village, the bed is where you do it.

Storage Box! Another thing you'll be spending quite a bit of time
with. The storage box stores your items and extra equipment. Your
inventory will fill up fast if you just leave your Brute Bones and
Sharp Claws in there, so just deposit them into your storage box. It's
also the only place where you can change your equipment, so if you 
ever need to change armor or weapons, go to your storage box to change
them.

Your Storage Box can register up to 10 sets of armor and weapons,
which lets you quickly change from one set to the other without
changing each part one at a time. It's very useful once you own lots
of different sets of armor or weapons that you use for certain
situations, or when you want to remember that combination of armor
that gives you a certain armor skill...

And there's the exit, for when you want to head back to Pokke Village.
Don't hit yourself on the way out. :)

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[3.7] Crafting                                                   [3.7]
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Crafting is simple and almost completely automatic in Monster Hunter.
In fact, I almost feel bad writing an entire section about it!

To craft, talk to the Crafter in town and pick the type of crafting
you want to do - Weaponcraft, Armorcraft, or Decorations.

--- Weaponcraft

If you pick Weaponcraft, there'll be two choices - Create Weapon or
Improve Weapon. 

If you pick Create Weapon, they'll ask you what weapon type you want
to create. Pick whichever one you want, and then a list of all the
weapons you can craft from scratch will appear.

Picking Improve Weapon will bring up your equipment list, and you pick
the weapon you want to upgrade. Once you've picked a weapon, a list of
all the possible upgrades will appear.

Pressing Square will show the new weapon and how it compares to the
old weapon (if upgrading) or the weapon you have equipped now (if
creating). You can press Select to see a preview of what the weapon
will look like.

If the name of the new weapon is white, you have all the materials 
and money you need to create it! Press X to upgrade, and then again 
when they ask you if you're sure.

If the name of the new weapon is gray, you either don't have enough 
money or you don't have all the materials you need. You can check 
what materials you need by pressing R. It'll look something like 
this:

Barrel Lid          : 0 (  0) / 3
ShakalakaTreasre    : 0 ( 15) / 3
FlynMealPassReg     : 0 (  2) / 5

The first number shows how many items you have in your inventory. In
my case, I don't have any Barrel Lids, ShakalakaTreasres, or
FlynMealPassRegs in my current inventory. The second shows how many
you have in your storage. The third number shows how many items you
actually need. It doesn't matter if the items are in your storage or
if they're in your inventory, as long as you have the number of 
items you need.

Now that you know what you need, go out and get it!

Upgrading Bowguns is a little different. You don't upgrade Bowguns
into new Bowguns, but you mod the one you have to make it better. In
addition, upgrading Bowguns doesn't require any materials - only 
money.

A Light Bowgun can get a Level Up, a Long Barrel, a Scope, or a 
Silencer. The Level Up will increase the Bowgun's raw power by 12. The
Long Barrel will ensure all bullets will be accurate. The Scope lets
you zoom in (it's useless), and the Silencer will make it so monsters
attack you less often in Multiplayer.

A Heavy Bowgun can get a Level Up, a Power Barrel, a Shield, or a
Scope. The Level Up and Scope do the same thing they do for Light
Bowguns. The Power Barrel adds another 24 raw power onto the Bowgun. 
The Shield makes it so that your Bowgun will automatically guard 
attacks as long as you aren't reloading or recoiling from a shot.

Light or Heavy, either way your Bowgun can only have one of these mods
and only four Level Ups.


--- Armorcraft

If you pick Armorcraft, there will again be two choices - Create Armor
and Upgrade Armor.

If you pick Create Armor, they'll ask you what armor part you want
to create. Pick whichever one you want, and then a list of all the
armors you can craft from scratch will appear.

Picking Upgrade Armor will bring up your equipment list, and you pick
the armor you want to upgrade.

Armor can only have one type of upgrade - a Level Up. Level Ups
require Armor Spheres and money. Just like with upgrading weapons, if
the upgrade is possible, it'll be white. If the upgrade isn't
possible, it'll be gray.

Creating armor is the exact same process as creating a weapon. White
means it's doable, gray means it isn't. By pressing Square, you can
see the armor and how it compares to your current armor, and even what
armor skills you would have if you equipped it.


--- Decorations

If you pick Decorations, there'll be three choices. The last two are
for removing or attaching decorations to your armor. The first is
for creating decorations.

Creating decorations is just like creating armor, except that there is
less info to see when you press Square. Removing and attaching 
decorations will take you to your equipment list - pick a piece of
equipment that has slots and it'll show you a list of all the
decorations you can put in or take out of it.

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[3.8] Pokke Farm                                                 [3.8]
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Boldrin's FAQ about the Pokke Farm covers everything you need to know
about the Pokke Farm. But for sake of completion, I'll go over the
basic concept of what the Pokke Farm's all about.

The Pokke Farm allows you to gather materials in-between quests. When
you are first introduced to the farm, there isn't much you can gather
from it. In order to gather more materials and more higher-end
materials, you need to perform renovations (and progress through the
game to unlock these renovations).

To pay for renovations though, you need Pokke Points. The Farm Aid in
town outside the Pokke Farm can explain them, but the basic idea is
that you get Pokke Points for finding and bringing in Account Items.
You can also get points from doing Training Quests and Treasure
Hunting quests, but it's more efficient to just bring in Account
Items.

Once the Farm is out of things to gather, you need to do a quest. Once
you come back from your quest, there should be more things for you to
gather again.

Be sure to get things from the Pokke Farm in-between each quest to
make things easier on yourself. If you won't do it for you, then at
least do it for all the people on the original Monster Hunter who
had to suffer without a farm to gather Machalite Ore and Dragonite
Ores from. :p

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[3.9] The Eleven Weapons                                         [3.9]
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Before you can play Monster Hunter, you have to know what weapon type
you want to use! Otherwise you'll need to experiment, which can lead
to terrible situations like having to fight Plesioth with a Hunting
Horn...

While it's very much possible to beat the game using one weapon type,
you'll have a much easier time using several weapon type, since no
weapon type works equally well against all monsters. Great Swords
might be great against Rathalos, but terrible against Rajang. Instead
of trying to use a Great Sword against Rajang, you'd have an easier
time if you used a Hammer or Sword and Shield instead.

You don't need to be a master of all weapons, but you should at least
try to learn at least three different weapon types. You can start with
one - but if you find that there is a huge glaring weakness in that
weapon type (like the inability to block, or lack of reach), go ahead 
and pick up another weapon type that covers that weakness.

You can go ahead and read the following sections and decide for
yourself which type you want to use, but if you want my viewpoint on
the weapon tiers:

End Game (HR6+):
Top: Hammers, Great Swords, Lances
Mid-High: Hunting Horns, Dual Swords, and Gunlances
Mid: Heavy Bowguns
Mid-Low: Long Swords and Light Bowguns
Bottom: Sword and Shield and Bows

Late Game (HR4+):
Top: Hammers and Great Swords
Mid-High: Hunting Horns, Gunlances, and Lances 
Mid: Dual Swords, Heavy Bowguns
Mid-Low: Long Swords, and Bows
Bottom: Light Bowguns and Sword and Shield

Mid Game: (4* Elder+/HR2-3)
Top: Hammers and Great Swords
Mid-High: Hunting Horns, Gunlances, and Heavy Bowguns
Mid: Long Swords, Lances, and Sword and Shield
Mid-Low: Light Bowguns and Dual Swords
Bottom: Bows

Early Game: (1*-3* Elder)
Top: Hammers
Mid-High: Hunting Horns, Great Swords, Long Swords and Gunlances
Mid: Lances, and Sword and Shield
Mid-Low: Heavy Bowguns, Light Bowguns, and Bows
Bottom: Dual Swords

These are mostly based on damage output. There are other things to
consider when picking a weapon besides just this tier list. For
example, I put Bows near the bottom tier at almost every phase in
the game because they have the worst damage output - but they are also
the safest weapon to use because you are constantly standing where
it is difficult for monsters to hurt you.

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure where Hunting Horns belong on the
tier list. They aren't played very often in solo, and people generally
accept them as being great in multiplayer - yet, nobody has really
delved any deeper into it than that. Where does HH stand in terms of
damage output? How much does Recital Mode cut into precious 
attacking time? We simply accept that it's good, when in reality it 
may actually be terrible.

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[3.9.a] Sword and Shield                                       [3.9.a]
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Weapon Type: Cutting

Sword and Shield (SnS) used to be one of the most powerful weapon
types in MHF. Although now they've been weakened, they still find use
in dealing high elemental damage.

SnS are fast and agile weapons. Mobility and speed are the strong
points for SnS - you can jump in towards a monster, hit it three or
four times, then quickly roll away from it before it can punish you.

Though they aren't the strongest weapons you'll ever use, they're
often suggested to new players because they are a simple weapon to
learn and use, and many of the things you learn with a SnS will apply
to all the other weapons.

Early game (1* - 3* Elder): 7/10
   A few good early game SnS like Viper Bite and Velocidrome Bite
   make SnS a good candidate for early game. Not the best, but still
   good.
Mid game: (4* - HR3): 7/10
   Some of the Elemental SnS finally start to get good at mid-game,
   and SnS like Djinn, Eternal Strife, and Kirin Bolt Ultimus work
   fine when Deathprize doesn't get the job done.
Late game: (HR4+): 5/10
   SnS really suffers late game, since late game SnS are only barely
   stronger than their mid game forms. Odyssey Blade and Azure Ogre
   Sword are still good.

Pros:
++ High hit count = higher elemental damage. 
++ Hits fast, and almost every attack can be cancelled into a roll
+ Simple to use
+ Can use items with weapon out
+ Can block

Cons:
-- Just doesn't compare to hard hitting weapons like the GS or Hammer
- Low raw damage requires you to make many different elemental SnS
- Mobility is useless against monsters who wouldn't hit you anyway
- Hard to consistantly hit a weakpoint for very long since SnS combo
  causes you to move forward
- Low reach makes hitting some weakpoints difficult

Tree:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

Early Game:
Hunter's Dagger -> Snake Bite -> Viper Bite
Hunter's Dagger -> HD+ -> Assassin's Dagger -> Velocidrome Bite -> VB+

Mid Game:
Viper Bite -> Deathprize
Bone Kris -> BK+ -> Chief Kris -> Red Saber -> Djinn
Kirin Bolt -> KB+ -> Kirin Bolt Ultimus
Rusted Sword -> Tarnished Sword -> Eternal Strife

If you don't really need a fire weapon (i.e. you use Gunlances too),
then don't make Djinn. Make Corona instead.

Late Game:
Bone Kris -> BK+ -> Chief Kris -> RedSaber -> Corona -> GoldenFalchion
Kirin Bolt Ultimus -> Thor's Dagger
Velocidrome Bite+ -> Odyssey -> Odyssey Blade
Blue Ogre Sword -> Azure Ogre Sword

Controls:
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Unsheathe attack

Action: Triangle + Circle with weapon out
        Triangle with weapon sheathed
        Triangle after bouncing
Damage: 18%
Roll after: Yes

A jumping slash that covers a lot of ground. This is a good and 
balanced attack, and should be your main combo starter. Get used to 
the distance this covers, since you'll be using it a lot and won't 
want to miss - since missing with this often results in missing with 
the entire combo.

--Combo Slash 1

Action: Triangle
        Triangle after Unsheathe Attack
        Triangle after Upslice
Damage: 14%
Roll after: Yes

A single diagonal slash from top right to bottom left. This is a very
quick attack. It feels weird to me to use this attack and not
immediately use Combo Slash 2 right after it, since they are both very
fast and reasonably powerful attacks.

--Combo Slash 2

Action: Triangle after Combo Slash 1
Damage: 12%
Roll after: Yes

A single diagonal slash from bottom left to right mid. The next attack
in the SnS combo, and a fast one to boot. You can almost always find
time to get this one in before having to roll out.

--Combo Slash 3

Action: Triangle after Combo Slash 2
Damage: 8%, 12%
Roll after: Yes

A knee, followed by another diagonal slash. Since this attack is
actually two attacks, it's pretty slow, and if you don't think you can
get it in without getting punished, then don't do it. Roll instead...
It's pretty weak raw damage wise, but is still effective with an
elemental weapon. Notice that you move forward a bit with this attack,
which can cause you to miss the target's weakpoint.

--Revolution Slice

Action: Circle
        Circle after Unsheathe Attack
        Circle after Combo Slash 1
        Circle after Combo Slash 2
        Circle after Combo Slash 3
Damage: 24%
Roll after: Yes

A spinning slice that does heavy damage. The damage is great, it can
be used to end your combo with a bang, but remember that sometimes
it's safer to just roll to end your combo instead... You move forward
a bit with this attack, though it's not as bad as Combo Slash 3
(especially since a Revolution Slice will end your combo anyway,
giving you a chance to reposition for your next attack)

--Upslice

Action: Triangle after rolling
        Triangle while guarding
Damage: 15%
Roll after: Yes

A vertical slash upward that does good damage. 15% damage. This attack
is actually pretty strong! Not as strong as the unsheathe attack, but
it can be done immediately after a roll, something with the unsheathe
attack can't do. This lets you remain constantly on the attack, if the
situation calls for it.

--Guard

Action: R Button
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed
Damage: Not an attack
Roll after: No

Guard. SnS Guard is the weakest guard and receives pushback/chip
damage on most attacks, but it's better than taking the hit.

For those of you who are savvy on how Guarding works,
0 Power or less: No pushback and no chip damage
14 Power or less: Small pushback and some chip damage
15 Power or more: Heavy pushback and full chip damage

--Use Item with weapon drawn

Action: Square while guarding
Damage: Not an attack
Roll after: No

Uses an item without having to sheathe your weapon. Not all items
can be used. If you use a Whetstone, your weapon will be sheathed when
you are finished.

--Guarding Attack

Action: Circle while guarding
Damage: 14%
Roll after: No

A horizontal slash that quickly returns to guard stance. Pretty slow, 
but it immediately  goes back to guarding after the attack ends. This 
isn't anywhere near as useful as the Lance and Gunlance's guard 
attack, since the SnS also has the weakest guard stance in the game.
I hardly ever use it, since guarding with the SnS isn't something you
can rely on and abuse throughout a fight.

--Chain Diagram:

                    Rev Slice      Rev Slice    Rev Slice
                        OR            OR           OR
Unsheathe Attack > Combo Slash 1 > Combo Sl 2 > Combo Sl 3 > Rev Slice
                        OR            OR           OR           OR
                       Roll          Roll         Roll         Roll
                        v             v            v            v
          v-------------v-------------v------------v------------v
          v
          v      Rev Slice       Rev Slice    Rev Slice
          v          OR             OR           OR
Roll > Upslice > Combo Slash 1 > Combo Sl 2 > Combo Sl 3 > Rev Slice
          ^          OR             OR           OR           OR
          ^         Roll           Roll         Roll         Roll
          ^          v              v            v            v
          ^----------v--------------v------------v------------v

Guard > Guarding Attack > Guard

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[3.9.b] Dual Swords                                            [3.9.b]
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Weapon Type: Cutting

Dual Swords (DS) have been improved since MHF, now doing more raw
damage in exchange for doing less elemental damage. This has knocked
out the old popular Eternal Schism and put the spotlight on other
dual swords which utilize both strong raw and strong elemental power.

Dual Swords are also fast and agile weapons, though it takes a little
bit longer for DS to finish a combo compared to the faster SnS. Though
they can't block, DS are all about offence, and they really shine in 
situations where defence isn't necessary, such as when a monster is 
stunned by another hunter, caught in a trap, or taunting you.

Dual Swords also have the best of both worlds - they can put out a
lot of damage when mobility isn't needed, but they can also hit and
run when mobility is needed. However, this requires that the Dual
Swords do good damage even with hit and run, which can be a problem
when early game DS are weak...


Early game (1* - 3* Elder): 3/10
   Ugh. Almost all DS available at this point in the game suffer from
   bad sharpness, bad damage, or both.
Mid game (4* - HR3): 6/10
   Bladed Edge+ becomes available, and is the best raw DS for a long
   time. New elemental DS become available, but sharpness remains 
   a problem for these DS until they reach their late game forms.
Late game (HR4+): 9/10
   Ultimus Heaven & Earth? Corpse Blades? Guild Knight Sabers? They do
   it all. If it moves, one of those three dual swords will likely
   tear it to bits.


Pros:
++ Above average damage output, excellent in multiplayer
+ Almost all attacks can be cancelled into a roll
+ Best melee weapon for many end-game monsters

Cons:
- Need to be attacking constantly to compare to full raw weapon types
- Burns through sharpness quickly
- Weak early game
- Difficult time hitting some weakpoints


Tree:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

Early Game:
Bone Scythe -> BS+ -> Chief Scythe

Mid Game:
Chief Scythe -> Bladed Edge -> BE+
Bone Kris -> BK+ -> Chief Kris -> Red Saber -> Twin Flames 
    Twin Flames -> Hi Twin Flames
Twin Dagger -> TD+ -> Dual Tomahawk -> Order Rapier -> Holy Saber
Black Sword -> Double Dragon

Late Game:
Hi Twin Flames -> Gradios Ultimus -> Corpse Blades
Holy Saber -> Guild Knight Sabers
Double Dragon -> Dual Dragon Ultimus -> Ultimus Heaven & Earth
Worn Blades -> Weathered Blades -> Hi Twin Daggers -> Silhouette Saber


Controls:
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Step Cross Slash

Action: Triangle + Circle
        Triangle with weapon sheathed
        Triangle after bouncing
Damage: 12%, 11%
Roll after: Yes

You dash forward and slash ahead with both swords. This is the Dual
Swords version of the SnS Unsheathe Attack - the attacks serve almost
exactly the same purpose, so I'm gonna just copy and paste what I
said about the SnS Unsheathe Attack:

This is a good and balanced attack, and should be your main combo 
starter. Get used to the distance this covers, since you'll be using
it a lot and won't want to miss - since missing with this often
results in missing with the entire combo.

--Combo Slash 1

Action: Triangle
        Triangle after Step Cross Slash
Damage: 18%
Roll after: Yes

A single diagonal slash from top right to bottom left. 18% damage.
It's a quick, balanced, and strong attack. It's part of your combo.
What else is there to say?

--Combo Slash 1 (mirrored)

Action: Triangle after rolling
Damage: 19%
Roll after: Yes

Same attack as the Combo Slash 1, but it's mirrored so the attack is
bottom right to top left, not that it really matters. The damage is
higher and it's the only attack that can be done immediately after
a roll, just like the SnS Upslash.

--Combo Slash 2

Action: Triangle after Combo Slash 1
        Triangle after Combo Slash 1 (mirrored)
Damage: 10%, 8%
Roll after: Yes

A turning slash with both swords. A pretty fast attack, though the
damage isn't much to write about.

--Combo Slash 3

Action: Triangle after Combo Slash 2
Damage: 6%, 12%, 18%
Roll after: Yes

A low poke, followed by a turning slash with both swords. The damage
is good, but the attack itself is so slow that I usually prefer to
do the much faster Spinning Slashes after Combo Slash 2 instead of
this. Of course, if you're just mashing Triangle with your Dual 
Swords, you probably won't have much choice in the matter :p

--Spinning Slashes

Action: Circle
        Circle after Combo Slash 1
        Circle after Combo Slash 2
        Circle after Combo Slash 3
Damage: 15%, 10%, 6%
Roll after: Yes

A jumping spin with three diagonal slashes. This acts as a combo ender
much like the SnS' Revolution Slice, only it can't be done immediately
after Step Cross Slash. The damage is decent and the hit count is
good. 

--Spinning Slashes (mirrored)

Action: Circle + Analog Stick Left
        Circle + Analog Stick Left after Combo Slash 1
        Circle + Analog Stick Left after Combo Slash 2
        Circle + Analog Stick Left after Combo Slash 3
Damage: 15%, 10%, 6%
Roll after: Yes

Same attack, but mirrored. This one doesn't do extra damage, so the
only reason to use it is if you know regular Spinning Slashes will
miss if you don't. Note that it is very difficult to do this by itself
without accidentally turning left.

--Demonize

Action: R Button
        R Button after Step Cross Slash
        R Button after Combo Slash 1
        R Button after Combo Slash 2
        R Button after Combo Slash 3
        R Button after Spinning Slashes
        R Button after Rolling
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed
Damage: Not an attack
Roll after: Yes

During Demonize, you constantly drain stamina and your attacks do more
damage. Demonize will end when you use it again or when you run out of
stamina.

While under Demonization, your attacks do more damage:
Step Cross Slash: 16%, 14%
Combo Slash 1: 24%
Combo Slash 1 (mirrored): 25%
Combo Slash 2: 13%, 10%
Combo Slash 3: 8%, 16%, 24%
Spinning Slashes: 20%, 13%, 8%

You also have access to a few new attacks...

--Fury Combo

Action: Triangle + Circle while Demonized
Damage: 33%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 40%
Roll After: Yes

Ah, the fury combo. It does a ton of damage, and a ton of hits, so
it'll put out a hefty amount of elemental damage. It does have its
flaws though. For one, it's a long attack. The only way you can land
all ten hits on a monster's weakpoint is if it's standing perfectly 
still or if you've trapped it. Also note that the strongest hits are 
at the beginning and end of the entire attack - if you're only hitting 
with half of the combo, you might as well not use it at all.

The fury combo has built in ESP, so it will not be interrupted if it
bounces off a monster's hide.

Newer hunters are often criticized for staying in Demonization all
the time and spamming this and only this attack. If you devote
yourself to using only the Fury Combo, you will miss out on plenty of
opportunities to get in small combos, and the damage you lose that
way will add up.

Not to mention you're chugging through sharpness (people tend to 
ignore that they've lost a sharpness level and keep Fury Comboing
through it even though they're doing way less damage) and denying 
yourself the Step Cross Slash by staying in Demonization mode. Still, 
different situations call for different tactics. If you find the 
chance to land a Fury Combo, go for it.

It is possible to roll and end your Fury Combo, but I don't know how
to do it. :P

--Double Spinning Slashes

Action: Circle while Demonized
Damage: 20%, 13%, 8%, 20%, 13%, 8%
Roll After: Yes

Two spinning slashes! More damage from Demonization, and you're doing
one right after the other! What more could you want?

--Spinning Slashes Fury Combo

Action: Circle, Circle while Demonized
Damage: 20%, 13%, 8%, 33%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 8%, 40%

One spinning slash with a fury combo tacked onto the end. A nice way
to end the Demonization if you know you're about to run out of
Stamina.

--Chain Diagram:
                               Spinning Sl  Spinning Sl
                                  OR           OR
  Step Cross Sl > Combo Sl 1 > Combo Sl 2 > Combo Sl 3 > Spinning Sl
                     OR           OR           OR            OR
                    Roll         Roll         Roll          Roll
                     v            v            v             v
            v--------v------------v------------v-------------v
            v
            v             Spinning Sl  Spinning Sl
            v                OR           OR
  Roll > Combo Sl 1 Mir > Combo Sl 2 > Combo Sl 3 > Spinning Sl
            ^                OR             OR           OR
            ^               Roll           Roll         Roll       
            ^                v              v            v
            ^----------------v--------------v------------v

 
  Everything >> Demonize >> Roll
  Double Spinning Slashes >> Roll
  Spinning Slashes Fury Combo >> Roll
  Fury Combo >> Roll

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[3.9.c] Great Swords                                           [3.9.c]
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Weapon Type: Cutting

Great Swords (GS) used to be that big hulking sword that people would
use to cut tails that they couldn't otherwise reach...  now that Long
Swords have been introduced as a brand new tail reaching and cutting
weapon, GS needs a new task to do incredibly well...

And now they've got it. The GS has a charge attack, which when fully
charged, does the most damage out of any other attack in the entire
game. Being able to do the most damage in a single hit makes the GS
very effective against monsters whose weakpoints are only vulnerable
for a short time - while other weapons may only get one or two weak
attacks in, the GS gets one attack that does insane amounts of damage.

One fully charged GS swing does the same amount of raw damage as 3
regular GS swings. That might not seem like much, but remember that
the GS is a slow weapon that does already high damage on each swing.


Early Game (1* - 3* Elder): 6/10
   Early game GS are a little weak, but once you develop them as far
   as they can go, they'll still put a hurting on everything. Ravager
   Blade and Golem Blade+ are equally good. Khezu Shock Blade is even
   better than Ravager/Golem, but becomes obsolete after 4* Elder.
Mid Game (4* - HR3): 9/10
   Great Swords get a huge boost, since now you should be able to make
   Tactical Blade, which will be the strongest GS available for a long
   time.
Late Game (HR4+): 10/10
   Siegmund plows through almost everything. It's just too good.
   Elemental GS also become available now, though only a few of them
   are worth not using Siegmund.


Pros:
+++ The charge attack does the most damage in the game
+ Elemental GS still do good raw damage and have high elemental power
  to boot
+ The GS charge means you can use just one strong raw GS for almost
  everything
+ It can block, though every attack blocked lowers your sharpness
+ Sharpness doesn't deplete very quickly
+ Most attacks have High Wind Res

Cons:
- It's a slow weapon
- Less useful in multiplayer, since it's more difficult to bait your
  monster into getting hit by a GS charge
- The GS is weak if you can't utilize the GS charge
- It's hard to learn to GS charge everything, though the ability to
  release your charge at any time makes it easier


Tree:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

Early Game:
Bone Blade -> BB+ -> Bone Slasher -> Golem Blade -> Golem Blade+
Buster Sword -> BS+ -> Buster Blade -> Ravager Blade

Note: You can go Ravager Blade -> Khezu Shock Sword, but then you
      need to make a new Ravager Blade for Ravager Blade -> RB+.
      If you don't have a problem with that, then go ahead. KSB is not
      very good, since you can't upgrade it any further until late
      game.

Mid Game:
Golem Blade+ -> Valkyrie Blade -> Spartacus Blade
Ravager Blade -> RB+ -> Tactical Blade
Black Blade

Note: You cannot get Rathalos Tails or Webbing from the 2* Guild
      Rathalos. Wait until 6* Elder or HR3 Troublesome Pair.

Late Game:
Spartacus Blade -> Siegmund
Black Blade -> Fatalis Ancestor
Finblade -> Plesioth Wsword -> Plesioth Csword -> Plesioth Azureblade
Worn GS -> Weathered GS -> Teostra Blade -> King Teostra Blade

Controls: 
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Overhead Swing

Action: Triangle
        Triangle with weapon sheathed
        Triangle after bouncing
Damage: 48%
Roll after: Yes

An overhead swing with good forward range. Learn this attack well, as
you'll be relying on it often for monsters you can't Charge Slash.
It's the strongest unsheathe attack in the game, and you can roll
afterwards. I've fought many monsters using just this attack, rolling,
sheathing, and repeating.

This attack comes out slower if you don't use it as an unsheathe
attack.

--Side Swing

Action: Circle
Damage: 36%
Roll after: Yes

A weaker wide swing that hits all around you. Useful for clearing out
weaker monsters, but not much else, since its ability to hit a
weakpoint is pretty unreliable.

--Upswing

Action: Triangle + Circle
Damage: 46%
Roll after: Yes?

A reverse overhead swing. 46% damage.
This attack hits both in front and behind you. This attack will launch
other hunters you hit with it into the air, so it's highly encouraged
that you never ever use this attack in multiplayer. Solo, it has its
uses...

--Guard

Action: R Button
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed
Damage: Not an attack
Roll after: No

Guard. GS Guard is a medium strength guard, but you lose some
sharpness every time you block an attack with a GS.

For our guard savvy hunters...
14 Power or less: No pushback and no chip
15 to 39 Power: Small pushback and some chip damage
40 Power or higher: Large pushback and full chip damage

--Charge Slash

Action: Press and Hold Triangle
        Press and Hold Triangle with weapon sheathed
Damage: 71.5% (Level 1), 96% (Level 2), or 143% (Level 3)
Roll after: Yes

(Note: For our damage formula savvy, the damage values given here 
already factor in the bonus VAR for using the Charge Slash. The VAR
is factored in to better compare the Charge Slash to the other
attacks.)

Begins charging an overhead swing that does insane damage. You'll hear
three noises as the swing charges, each noise indicates that you've
charged it to the next level. The Charge Slash can be released at any
time, even before it has reached Lv1 (it'll act as an Overhead Slash
instead)

As absurd as the damage values for these attacks are, note that the
attack is very difficult to land, and that if you cannot land the Lv3,
you are usually better using regular unsheathe Overhead Swings
instead. Landing the Lv3 on the weakpoint is very important, as it
will almost always guarantee a head stagger, allowing you to safely
roll out without any fear of being punished for the attack.

Note that like the Overhead Swing, this attack comes out slower if you
don't use it as an unsheathe attack.

For help on landing this fearsome attack, look for naijiao's videos on
GS Charging on YouTube.

--Chain Diagram:

                 o>>>>> Side Swing <<<<o
                 v          ^          v
          Overhead Swing    o   Charge Slash
                 ^          v          ^
                 o>>>>>> Upswing <<<<<<o

                    Everything > Roll

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[3.9.d] Long Swords                                            [3.9.d]
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Weapon Type: Cutting

Ah, one of the new weapon types. Long Swords were originally known as
Tachis in the Japanese game, and so the initial impression hunters got
of the LS was that it was a purely offensive weapon that focused on
power and speed.

As time passed, we realized that the LS was not a purely offensive
weapon, but rather a balanced weapon that has good amounts of speed,
raw power, elemental power, and mobility. Due to this, the Long Sword
is usually beaten out by another weapon that specializes in one area
rather than trying to balance many areas.

Of course, if you don't care about that and just want a good, balanced
weapon that can take on almost anything, then the Long Sword is for
you. The only real weakness of a LS is that it can't block - but
instead it has a Spirit Gauge that fills up as you land attacks,
which boosts your power when filled to the max and can be used to 
use stronger attacks.

Early Game (1* - 3* Elder): 8/10
   Early game Long Swords are very powerful, but require quite a bit
   of effort to craft and upgrade. Eager Cleaver boasts a good amount
   of raw and sharpness with some Thunder element to boot, and is
   probably the only LS you'll need for a while.
Mid Game (4* - HR3): 6/10
   New elemental Long Swords become available, but aside from that,
   LS doesn't get much stronger than it was in Early Game. Wyvern
   Blade "Blood" and Red Dragonsword will help your Devil Slicer cover
   more elemental ground though.
Late Game (HR4+): 4/10
   All the LS get new upgrades and boosts, but they just don't compare
   to how strong other weapons have gotten at this point in the game.
   Still, they remain balanced weapons and have a few good matchups.

Pros:
+ Most elemental LS have a ton of element to compensate for their
  shortfalls in raw power
+ Moderately high hit count allows it to utilize elemental power
  well
+ Tri+Cir attacks and dodges attacks at the same time
+ Good reach makes tail cutting easier
+ Can roll out of most attacks

Cons:
- It can't block
- Spirit Gauge can be difficult to accumulate against faster moving
  monsters
- Weak in doing raw damage without the Spirit Gauge boost

Tree:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

Early Game:
Iron Katana -> "Grace" -> "Gospel" -> Eager Cleaver
Bone -> Large Bone -> Bone Katana "Wolf" -> "Shark" -> "Dragon"


Mid Game:
Eager Cleaver -> Devil Slicer
Bone Katana "Dragon" -> Supremacy Blade
Bone -> Large Bone -> Bone Katana "Wolf" -> "Shark"
   Bone Katana "Shark" -> Wyvern Blade "Fall" -> "Blood"
Fire Dragonsword -> Red Dragonsword

Note: You cannot get Rathalos Tails or Webbing from the 2* Guild
      Rathalos. Wait until 6* Elder Troublesome Pair.

Late Game:
Devil Slicer -> True Devil Slicer
Supremacy Blade -> Divine Slasher
Wyvern Blade "Blood" -> Wyvern Blood "Maple"
Red Dragonsword -> Smoulder Dragonsword
Akantor Katana

Note: Use the Akantor Katana only with the armor skill Sharpness+1.
      Otherwise, it is weaker than using Divine Slasher.

Controls: 
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Vertical Slash 1

Action: Triangle
        Triangle with weapon sheathed
        Triangle after bouncing
Damage: 33%
Roll after: Yes

A vertical slash that has a lot of reach. Like its brother, the GS,
this is a powerful unsheathe attack that can be rolled after and used
as hit and run. It is also a combo starter for...

--Vertical Slash 2

Action: Triangle after Vertical Slash 1
        Triangle after Upslash
Damage: 28%
Roll after: Yes

Looks exactly like Vertical Slash 1, but does less damage. It can be
used after the Upslash, or tacked onto the end of the Vertical Slash
1 before rolling away to safety.

--Stab

Action: Circle
        Circle after Vertical Slash 2
        Circle inbetween parts of the Spirit Combo
Damage: 20%
Roll after: Yes

Not much of an attack, but it's part of the Long Sword combo. A hit's
a hit when you're using an Elemental LS anyway.

--Upslash

Action: Triangle after Stab
Damage: 23%
Roll after: Yes

Better than the stab, but still not much of an attack. Note that it
creates a loop with Vertical Slash 2 and Stab.

--Backsweep

Action: Triangle + Circle
        Triangle + Circle after any other attack
Damage: 30%
Roll after: Yes

A wide diagonal slash from left to right, followed by a long backstep.
This attack comes with a few invincibility frames, and the backstep
makes it an incredibly safe attack (use it to leap out of an attack's
range and attack at the same time).

--Spirit Combo Part 1

Action: R Button
Damage: 35% (16% when Spirit Gauge is too low)
Roll after: Yes

A wide diagonal swing that hits a wide area. Starts the Spirit Combo.
Unlike the other parts of the Spirit Combo, this can be done even
without enough Spirit Gauge, but it will do less damage.

--Spirit Combo Part 2

Action: R Button after Spirit Combo Part 1
Damage: 36%
Roll after: Yes

Another wide diagonal swing, this time in the opposite direction.
You cannot do the Spirit Combo Part 2 if you do not have enough
Spirit Gauge. I don't really use this if I know I can't do the third
part, but some people might find it useful as a quick substitute for
the Vertical Slash.

--Spirit Combo Finisher

Action: R Button after Spirit Combo Part 2
Damage: 18%, 18%, 40%
Roll after: Yes

Two quick sweeps followed by a strong vertical slash. You cannot do 
the Spirit Combo Finisher if you do not have enough Spirit Gauge.

--Chain Diagram:

        Vertical Sl 1 > Vertical Sl 2 > Stab > Upslash
                            ^                     v
                            ^<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

        Spirit Combo 1 >>> Spirit Combo 2 >>> Spirit Combo 3
               v                ^  v                ^
               v>>>> Stab >>>>>>^  v>>>> Stab >>>>>>^

                  Roll << Everything >> Backsweep
           

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[3.9.e] Hammer                                                 [3.9.e]
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Weapon Type: Impact

It's a hammer. This end's the one you hold. This other end is the big
end that you swing around.

Hammers are big. And as most of us know, all big things in video games
are slow. Hammers are no exception - the Hammer's combos are
relatively slow, nor do they cover as much distance as the SnS or Dual
Swords can.

On the other hand, they're big. Huge. They dole out the most raw
damage of any other weapon type - it'd be a shame if they didn't,
given how slow they are. Of course, just like the Great Sword with the
GS charge, players have figured out how to use the power of the hammer
at it's greatest potential, while making the lack of speed as small
of a handicap as possible.

It's not enough that Hammers do tons of damage - they deliver so much
force that they can actually knock out monsters, causing them to
helplessly fall over and be vulnerable for a good 7-8 seconds. Each
KO sets a monster up to receive even more pain from a Hammer, and it's
not unusual for a monster to get KO'd three or four times in a
single fight. Any Hammer attack that hits a monster's head will work 
towards causing the KO - which also works out great for hammers, 
because the Impact weakpoint of a monster usually is the head.

KO is honestly, just way too good of a status effect. The only time
when Hammers aren't that great are when the weakpoint isn't the
head or is hard to reach, or when blocking is essential. Aside from
that, Hammers can fight any monster in the game with little trouble.

It's a hammer. It's slow, it's powerful, it knocks out monsters, and
if you learn how to use one well, you'll probably never have trouble
with this game again.

Early Game (1* - 3* Elder): 9/10
   I want to say that early Hammers are crippled by a lack of green 
   sharpness. I really do. But then I factor in KO, and KO is just so
   good that it makes the Hammer worth using over every other weapon
   type. The power of KO is something that can't really be described
   in text. You have to witness it yourself.
Mid Game (4* - HR3): 9/10
   Anvil Hammer. Enough green sharpness and raw power to go around.
   And let's not forget, KO.
Late Game (HR4+): 10/10 
   Onslaught Hammer is easy to make and is powerful enough to rival
   Siegmund. Fatalis Buster is both powerful and has Dragon element
   to boot. Diablos Chaos Broker takes effort to make, but it is so
   overwhelmingly powerful that you may not need another raw weapon
   ever again.

Pros:
+++ KO. Getting a KO means you get two free triple pounds, more than
    enough to maim anything that moves.
+ Hammers have one of the best (if not the best) damage outputs in
  the game, thanks to the massive power of the triple pound and the
  KO status.
+ Hammers are versatile - use the triple pound for slower monsters
  that require brute power, and use the superpound for faster monsters
  that require speed, mobility, and range.

Cons:
-- Hammers can be problematic in multiplayer, since all of the
   hammer's good attacks will knock away allies
- Hammers are terrible at utilizing elemental damage
- Hammers can't Block
- Being an impact weapon, it can't cut tails
- Hammers can be difficult to learn if you're used to fast weapons


Tree:

Early Game:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

War Hammer -> WH+ -> War Mace -> Iron Striker
Bone Club -> Atlas Hammer -> Kut-Ku Jaw

Mid Game:

Iron Striker -> Iron Striker+ -> Anvil Hammer
Kut-Ku Jaw -> Kut-Ku Pick
Black Hammer

Late Game:

Anvil Hammer -> Onslaught Hammer
Black Hammer -> Fatalis Buster
Kut-Ku Pick -> Hard Bone Hammer -> Hard Bone Hammer+
   Hard Bone Hammer+ -> Diablos Hammer -> Diablos Chaos Broker

Controls: 
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Unsheathe attack

Action: Triangle with weapon sheathed
Damage: 20%
KO Inflicted: 15
Roll after: Yes

A weak upward swing. Keyword is weak. Even for a Hammer, this attack
is weak. Weeeeak. Fortunately it's only the unsheathe attack, and you
can always just use R + Triangle + Circle to unsheathe and immediately
charge instead.

--Triple Pound Part 1

Action: Triangle
        Triangle after Side Swing
Damage: 52%
KO Inflicted: 10
Roll after: Yes

A vertical pound with the hammer. The damage is good, but you need to
connect with the entire triple pound to get good damage out of it.

--Triple Pound Part 2

Action: Triangle after Triple Pound Part 1
Damage: 20%
KO Inflicted: 15
Roll after: Yes

Another pound, not nearly as strong, but better KO. It's all just
sizing you up for...

--Triple Pound Finisher

Action: Triangle after Triple Pound Part 2
Damage: 100%
KO Inflicted: 45
Roll after: Yes

Bam! A golfswing that does insane damage and KO, and the reason the
Hammer puts out such disgustingly high raw damage. Landing this on the
weakpoint almost guarantees a stagger.

--Side Swing

Action: Circle
Damage: 15%
KO Inflicted: 15
Roll after: Yes

It's fast and inflicts good KO. That's about all this attack has going
for it.

--Charge

Action: Press and Hold R Button
Damage: Not an attack
Roll after: Yes

You step back a bit and begin to charge the hammer up for a powerful
swing. While charging, you have High Wind Resistance.

--Lv1 Charge Swing

Action: Press and release R Button before reaching Lv2 charge
        Triangle after bouncing
Damage: 45%
KO Inflicted: 10
Roll after: Yes

A quick side swing that moves you a good distance forward. Plenty
stronger than the Side Swing but just as fast since it can be used
quickly (just don't charge at all).

--Lv2 Charge Swing

Action: Press and release R Button between Lv2 and Lv3 charge
Damage: 45%, 35%
KO Inflicted: 10, 15
Roll after: Yes

A quick side swing, followed by an upward swing. Like the Lv1 Charge
Swing, but with the extra hit tacked on the end. Good KO.

--Super Pound

Action: Press and release R Button once fully charged while not moving
Damage: 20%, 76%
KO Inflicted: 5, 30
Roll after: Yes

Your other good attack. It has a wide area of effect, so it hardly
ever misses. Does great damage and great KO. You can't use it very
quickly since it has to be charged, but being a charge move means you
have all the mobility of charging while charging it.

The Super Pound also has built in ESP, so it won't be interrupted if
it bounces off a monster's hide.

--Hammer Spin

Action: Press and release R Button once fully charged while moving
Damage: 20%, 10% per revolution
KO Inflicted: Unknown (possibly none?)
Roll after: No

You begin to spin with the hammer, around and around...  the damage is
terrible, but it's the only effective way to utilize elemental or
status effects with a hammer, not that you should really be doing
those things with a hammer anyway...

The Hammer Spin has built in ESP, so it won't be interrupted if it
bounces off a monster's hide.

--Hammer Spin Finisher #1

Action: Press Triangle during Hammer Spin after first revolution
Damage: 45%
KO Inflicted: 10
Roll after: Yes

It's the Lv1 Charge Swing. Listed it again anyway to avoid confusion
about the Hammer Spin. If you do a Hammer Spin by accident, do this
finisher then roll to quickly get out of it before you get yourself
hurt.

--Hammer Spin Finisher #2

Action: Press Triangle during Hammer Spin after second or third revo
Damage: 45%, 35%
KO Inflicted: 10, 15
Roll after: Yes

It's the Lv2 Charge Swing! Nothing..  really special here.

--Hammer Spin Finisher #3

Action: Press Triangle during Hammer Spin after fourth revo
Damage: 100%
KO Inflicted: 45
Roll after: Yes

The Triple Pound Finisher! It's the Hammer Spin's best finisher too!
The Hammer Spin is almost not worth using if you don't use this.

--Hammer Spin Finisher #4

Action: Do nothing until the Hammer Spin finishes
Damage: 40%
KO Inflicted: Unknown (possibly none?)
Roll after: No

This is what happens when you mess up the #3 Finisher. This attack can
barely even be considered an attack because it is so hard to hit with,
so slow, can't be rolled after... it pretty much is terrible in every
possible way.

--Chain Diagram:


Side Swing >> Tri Pound 1 >> Tri Pound 2 >> Tri Pound Finisher >> Roll
                  OR              OR                 OR
                 Roll            Roll               Roll



           Lv1 Charge Swing >> Roll
                  OR
           Lv2 Charge Swing >> Roll
Charge >>         OR                     Finisher #1 >> Roll
             Super Pound >> Roll             OR
                  OR                     Finisher #2 >> Roll
             Hammer Spin >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>     OR
                                         Finisher #3 >> Roll
                                             OR
                                         Finisher #4
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[3.9.f] Hunting Horn                                           [3.9.f]
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Weapon Type: Impact

Hunting Horns are one of the more unique weapons in Monster Hunter. 
Unlike other weapons whose sole purpose is to bash something's face
in, Hunting Horns are more of a support weapon, being the only weapon
that can provide buffs to allies. 

By pressing R, you can go into Recital Mode and play music, which then 
adds effects to all hunters in the area. While early on, some of these 
effects seem useless (Fire Res, Heat Negated, stuff like that that you 
could get from just using an item), the effects that you can play 
later on (Heal 60, Attack Up 30%, Infinite Stamina, etc.) make Hunting 
Horns extremely valuable on the field.

Solo-wise, Hunting Horns are a notch below the other Impact weapon,
the Hammer in terms of damage output. They are a bit faster and able 
to put out more hits, but they do less raw damage per hit. (Though 
that also makes them better at utilizing elemental power). All Hunting 
Horns are capable of playing W-W or P-P, which gives the user of the 
Hunting Horn increased movement speed while the weapon is unsheathed, 
giving the Hunting Horn a significant mobility advantage over other
weapons.

Hunting Horns are also able to inflict the KO status - though not
nearly as well as Hammers, which inflict KO roughly three times faster
than a Hunting Horn.

Pros:
+++ Excellent team support weapon
+ Can inflict KO, though it's not as good as the Hammer for
  inflicting KOs
+ Decent at utilizing elemental damage
+ Never run out of healing items with a Hunting Horn that can heal!

Cons:
- Recital Mode takes time to use and it is near impossible to play
  an entire song solo with a boss monster in the area
_ In a team, if the HH user does not fight, the team would've been
  better off if he had helped fight with another weapon (Three people
  with Attack Up 30% do less damage than four people with no Attack 
  Up 30% at all)
- Needs Attack Up 30% just to do decent damage
- Hunting Horns are pretty weak early game
- Flute Expert is almost mandatory to cut down on time spent rebuffing

Tree:

Early Game:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

Ivory Horn -> War Drum -> War Drum+
Bone Club -> Cyclo Hammer -> Khezu Horn -> Khezu Horn+

Mid Game:

Sakura Recorder
Khezu Horn+ -> Blood Horn
Dragonwood Horn

Late Game:

War Drum+ -> War Bongo -> War Conga
Blood Horn -> Blood Flute
Sakura Recorder -> Sakura Recorder+ -> Gold Recorder
Dragonwood Horn -> Spirit Dragonwood Horn
Akantor Horn

Controls: 
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Right Swing

Action: Triangle
        Triangle with weapon sheathed
        Triangle after Poke (second Poke only)
        Triangle after Left Swing (limit of three consecutive swings)
Damage: 31%
KO Inflicted: 18
Roll after: Yes

A wide diagonal swing from right to left. Not much for damage, but
it's good at inflicting KO.

--Left Swing

Action: Triangle after Right Swing (limit of three consecutive swings)
        Triangle + Analog Stick Left
        Triangle + Analog Stick Left after Poke (second Poke only)
Damage: 31%
KO Inflicted: 18
Roll after: Yes

Same attack, but mirrored. Guess Capcom threw this in so we wouldn't
think our hunters get tired of doing Right Swing over and over.

--Poke

Action: Circle
        Circle after Poke (limit of three consecutive Pokes)
Damage: 12%
KO Inflicted: 0
Roll after: Yes

A pretty pathetic attack, it's only really useful for utilizing status
and elemental damage, and for going straight to Recital Mode Stance 2.

--Super Pound

Action: Triangle + Circle
        Triangle + Circle after any non-Recital Attack
Damage: 15%, 48%
KO Inflicted: 5, 10
Roll after: Yes

Just like the Hammer's. Same area of effect effect, but nowhere near
as much damage or KO. It doesn't need to be charged though, which
makes it of use.

I personally prefer to just stick with Left and Right Swings. The
Super Pound's only good quality to me is the area of effect's added
range.

The Super Pound also has built in ESP, so it won't be interrupted if
it bounces off a monster's hide.

--Enter Recital Mode

Action: R Button
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed
Damage: 22%
KO Inflicted: 20
Roll after: Yes

Enters Recital Mode Stance 1. While in Recital Mode Stance 1, you will
play Note #1, which for all Hunting Horns is either Purple or White.

The damage and KO, while good, aren't really worth rising trying to
land the attack. Outside of Multiplayer, it is considered unsafe to
enter Recital Mode with monsters in the area.

--Exit Recital Mode

Action: R Button while in any Recital Mode Stance
Damage: 26%
KO Inflicted: 20
Roll after: Yes

Good KO, but again, risky to use outside of Multiplayer. Usually
better off just rolling to exit Recital Mode.

--Transition to Stance 1

Action: Square while in any Recital Mode Stance
        Circle while in any Recital Mode Stance
Damage: 38%
KO Inflicted: 20
Roll after: Yes

Better damage, but pretty tricky to hit with. Square causes you to
move left, Circle causes you to move right.

Enters Recital Mode Stance 1. While in Recital Mode Stance 1, you will
play Note #1, which for all Hunting Horns is either Purple or White.

--Transition to Stance 2

Action: Triangle while in any Recital Mode Stance
Damage: 41%
KO Inflicted: 25

Good KO, good damage, but like all Recital Mode attacks, tricky to use
and use safely. Causes you to move forward.

Enters Recital Mode Stance 2. While in Recital Mode Stance 2, you will
play Note #2.

--Transition to Stance 3

Action: Triangle + Circle while in any Recital Mode Stance
        R Button after Poke
Damage: 43%
KO Inflicted: 20
Roll after: Yes

Ah, finally, damage on a Recital Mode attack worth using! If you
transition from another stance, your hunter will move back, which
can make landing the attack difficult. There is no attack when 
transitioning from a Poke.

Enters Recital Mode Stance 3. While in Recital Mode Stance 3, you will
play Note #3.

--Chain Diagram:

              Stance 2   <---->   Any Stance will chain to and from
                 OR                any other stance and Exit/Enter
                Roll                           Recital
                 OR         
Poke >> Poke >> Poke >> Roll
         OR      OR             Left Swing     Left Swing
        Roll  Left Swing            OR             OR
                 OR      >>>>>> Right Swing >> Right Swing >> Roll
             Right Swing            OR             OR
                                   Roll           Roll

 Anything non-Recital >> Super Pound >> Roll
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[3.9.g] Lance                                                  [3.9.g]
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Weapon Type: Both Impact and Cut

The Lance is a defensive weapon - Lances and Gunlances are the only
defensive weapons in the game, and handle differently from their
offensive brethren. It's a complicated weapon that's only really
effective when in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing
with it. If after reading that, you're still interested in the 
Lance...

They have the strongest guard in the game. Not only that, you can
attack, turn around, and walk while guarding (you'll walk slower than
usual, but it's still better than nothing). They hit hard and fast -
not as hard as a hammer, and not as fast as the Sword and Shield, but
there's a strong amount of both to make the Lance a powerful weapon.
Strong enough to have excellent damage output, and fast enough to
utilize elemental power. The ability to do both Impact and Cut damage
gives the Lance access to both Impact and Cut weakpoints on a monster.

Lances are slow though, and this is what usually keeps someone from
getting real good with a Lance. While the Lance is unsheathed, you
walk slower - about as slow as a Great Sword user with his weapon
out. Factor in the defensive nature of the Lance, and you've got a
weapon that makes most people feel like a sitting duck.

Course, if you can work around the slow nature of the Lance, you've
got yourself one of the best weapons in the game. (So good that Capcom
has spent the last two games nerfing it to put it on the same level
as other weapons.)

From Monster Hunter Freedom, Capcom reduced the amount of Impact 
damage Lances do, and gave them the ability to do chain together three
sidesteps or backsteps (A long backstep immediately ends the chain).

Pros:
++ Can attack, move, and turn while blocking
+ Has the strongest guard in the game
+ Moderately high hit count allows it to utilize elemental power
  well
+ Deals both Impact and Cut damage

Cons:
-- Movement speed is crippled and can't roll with a Lance unsheathed 
- Difficult to learn and use properly due to lack of speed
- Less useful in multiplayer, since a monster is less likely to target
  you, forcing you to spend more time running around.
- Lances are weak until late game

Tree:

Early Game:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

Iron Lance -> Iron Lance+ -> Steel Lance -> Paladin Lance -> Rampart
Long Horn -> LH+ -> Long Tusk

Mid Game:

Rampart -> Growling Wyvern
Long Tusk -> Crimson Lance -> Diablo Horn -> Diablo Spear
Black Lance

Late Game:

Growling Wyvern -> Knight Lance -> Knight Spear -> Babel Spear
Diablo Spear -> Black Tempest
Knight Lance -> Aqua Spear -> AS+ -> Emerald Spear
Black Lance -> Black Ruiner Lance

Controls: 
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Stab

Action: Triangle
        Triangle with weapon sheathed
        Triangle after Stab or Upstab (limit of three consecutive)
Damage: 23% (30% if it's the third stab)

A forward stab with good range. You won't be using this all that much,
because...

--Upstab

Action: Circle
        Circle after Stab or Upstab (limit of three consecutive)
Damage: 28% (30% if it's the third stab)

An upward stab that has less range but hits higher and does more
damage. Plenty better than the Stab simply because of the extra
damage. You'll barely notice the loss in range, because the upward
stab is better for hitting weakpoints anyway.

--Backstep

Action: X
        X after Stab or Upstab
        X after Backstep or Sidestep (limit of three consecutive)
Damage: Not an attack

Costs 25 Stamina. You jump back a short distance. It's not much, but
it's as close to rolling as you're going to get with the Lance family.

--Sidestep

Action: X + Analog Stick Left or Right
        X + Analog Stick Left or Right after Stab or Upstab
        X + Analog Stick Left or Right after Backstep or Sidestep
            (limit of three consecutive)
Damage: Not an attack

Costs 25 Stamina. Like the backstep, but to the side. Again, closest
thing you'll have to rolling. You can chain together any combination
of three sidesteps or backsteps (remember each one costs 25 Stamina)
or end the chain with...

--Long Backstep

Action: X + Analog Stick Down
        X + Analog Stick Down after Stab or Upstab
        X + Analog Stick Down after Backstep or Sidestep

Costs 25 Stamina. Like the backstep, but it covers more distance.
This will immediately end your chain of sidestep/backsteps though.

--Guard

Action: R Button
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed
Damage: Not an attack

Guard. Lance Guard is the strongest guard in the game. You can also
move and turn while Guarding, though at a reduced speed.

For our guard savvy hunters...
39 Power or less: No pushback and no chip
40 Power or higher: Large pushback and full chip damage

--Guarding Attack

Action: R Button + Triangle or Circle
Damage: 20%

A forward stab that's quick and has decent range. Not the strongest
attack, but you'll immediately go back into Guarding after the attack,
which makes it pretty safe given that the Lance has the best Guard
in the game.

--Charge

Action: Triangle + Circle
Damage: 20% per hit

A charge with the Lance that can hit multiple times. As great as this
sounds, it's pretty hard to get more than three hits out of it, let
alone 3 hits on the enemy's weakpoint. It's only really useful because
it has High Wind Resistance. It also drains your stamina.

--Charge Finisher

Action: Triangle during Charge
Damage: 40%

A long thrust with the Lance that ends the Charge and does high
damage. This is better, but it has a long recovery time since you
can't sidestep or backstep after it.

--Charge Cancel

Action: Circle during Charge
Damage: Not an attack

Stops your Charge. Also has a bit of recovery. Can't really see a
reason to use this - if you've done a charge, might as well commit to
it with a Finisher than this.

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[3.9.h] Gunlance                                               [3.9.h]
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Weapon Type: Cutting

The Gunlance is a new weapon in MHF2 and closely related to the
Lance...  in fact, they're almost exactly the same weapon. Capcom was
lazy with this one, I think.

As such, Gunlances share many of the strengths and weaknesses of the
Lance. Like Lances, Gunlances have the strongest guard in the game,
they hit hard and fast, and they also cripple your moving speed.

Gunlances are a bit weaker though - they do less raw damage than a
Lance does, and elemental Gunlances tend to have less element than
their Lance brothers. In exchange, Gunlances have the ability to shoot
short-range bullets at their enemies inbetween attacks (this is known
as "shelling").

Shelling uses up the weapon's sharpness, and Gunlances have to be
reloaded when they are out of shelling ammo (you have infinite ammo,
you don't need to bring your own). They do explosion type damage
though, which does the same amount of damage whether it hits a
weakpoint or not.

In addition to this, Gunlances also have Wyvern's Fire - a powerful
shell usable by all Gunlances every two minutes. Wyvern's Fire does
a ton of explosion type damage early on, but becomes weaker later game
since it doesn't get much stronger...

Pros:
++ Can attack, move, and turn while blocking
++ Has a combo that can be done while blocking, making it excellent
   for "turtling"
+ Moderately high hit count allows it to utilize elemental power
  well
+ Shelling and Wyvern's Fire are very powerful early game

Cons:
-- Movement speed is crippled and can't roll with a Lance unsheathed 
- Difficult to learn and use properly
- Shelling is both time consuming and sharpness consuming
- Weaker than Lances in many cases, and also harder to use than Lances

Tree:

Early Game:

(Note that it is usually possible to obtain some of these weapons 
earlier than stated here via Download Quests.)

Iron Gunlance -> IG+ -> Steel Gunlance
Iron Lance -> Snow Gunlance -> SG Mk. II -> Marine Fisher

Mid Game:

Steel Gunlance -> Special Ops Gunlance -> Imperial Gunlance
Steel Gunlance -> Luna's Howl -> Luna's Roar
Marine Fisher -> Deep Fisher

Late Game:

Imperial Gunlance -> Silver Rook -> Gun Chariot
Luna's Roar -> Luna's Flare
Deep Fisher -> Deep Ocean -> Sea King Gunlance
Akantor Gunlance

Controls: 
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| All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Melee  |
| Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and   |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
|                doing, I'd suggest reading it.                  |
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--Rushing Stab

Action: Triangle with weapon sheathed
        Triangle + Analog Stick Up
Damage: 34%

A running vertical swing with the Gunlance. Good damage, but the
running can make it difficult to aim.

--Stab

Action: Triangle
        Triangle after Rushing Stab, Stab, or Swing (limit of three)
        Triangle after Shelling (Shelling resets the combo)
Damage: 21% (28% if it's the third stab)

Basic stab. Fast, but the damage isn't that great.

--Swing

Action: Triangle + Circle
Damage: 30%

A wide vertical swing with the Gunlance. Good damage, but slower than
the usual stab.

--Shell

Action: Circle
        Circle after any attack
Damage: Depends

A shell fired from the gun of the Gunlance. The damage depends on the
Shelling type and partially on the Fire resistance of the monster. The
direction the shell is fired depends on where the Gunlance was
pointing when fired.

Shelling resets the combo, allowing you to exceed the normal limit of
three stabs in a single combo by linking them with Shelling.

Shelling DOES consume sharpness, and deals explosion damage (the same
as Barrel Bombs and Crag/Clust S) and some fire damage.

--Reload

Action: R + Circle
Damage: Not an attack

Reloads the Gunlance. Obvious enough.

--Backstep

Action: X after Rushing Stab, Stab, Swing, or Shell
Damage: Not an attack

A small back step. Unlike the Lance's, these can't be chained 
together.

--Sidestep

Action: X + Analog Stick Left/Right after Rushing Stab, Stab, 
                                                   Swing, or Shell
Damage: Not an attack

A small side step. Unlike the Lance's, these can't be chained 
together.

--Long Backstep

Action: X + Analog Stick Down after Rushing Stab, Stab, 
                                                   Swing, or Shell
Damage: Not an attack

A long back step that covers a good distance. Not sure why you'd use
the regular back step when this one is available.

--Guard

Action: R Button
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed
Damage: Not an attack

Guard. Gunlance Guard is the strongest guard in the game. You can also
move and turn while Guarding, though at a reduced speed.

For our guard savvy hunters...
39 Power or less: No pushback and no chip
40 Power or higher: Large pushback and full chip damage

--Guarding Attack

Action: R + Triangle
        R + Triangle after a Guarding Attack (limit of three)
Damage: 24%

An upward stab. You return to Guarding after this attack, and it can
be done three times. The damage is good, it's relatively safe... if
you don't mind not being able to Swing or Rushing Stab, this is pretty
much the only attack you need.

--Wyvern Fire

Action: R + Triangle + Circle
Damage: Depends

Wyvern Fire! It hits four times and does explosion and fire damage,
just like shelling. It's significantly more powerful and doesn't use
ammo, but still uses the Gunlance's sharpness. There's also a bit of
a startup time on it, so you can't just throw it out whenever. It can
be done roughly every two minutes (you'll hear a clicking reloading 
noise when it's ready, and the steam vent will close).

It's powerful early game, but it doesn't get much better throughout 
the game, so it's pretty weak by end game.

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[3.9.i] Heavy Bowgun                                           [3.9.i]
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Weapon Type: Gun

Heavy Bowguns are...  heavy bowguns. It's a gun that launches bullets
propelled both by a bow and by an explosive charge. Weird, I know.
Like your typical video game, the heavy weapons are slow but powerful 
- in this case, you walk at half the speed with a Heavy Bowgun out. In 
exchange, you have the best damage output of all the ranged weapons in 
the game.

Despite this, Heavy Bowguns are still pretty mobile (more mobile than
Lances and Gunlances, at least), since you can still roll. They only 
really have trouble with monsters that are too fast for rolling alone
to avoid.

Both Heavy and Light Bowguns aren't limited to just dealing out
damage - they also have access to ammunition that serves other
purposes. Status Shots are hands down the fastest way to inflict
status ailments on monsters, and support shots can aid allies with
long ranged healing and buffs. Crag and Clust Shots also double as
Sonic Bombs, and are great for armored enemies, as they completely
ignore a monster's defence.

Heavy Bowguns can get three attachments - a Shield, which will
automatically block attacks, a Power Barrel that further increases the
Heavy Bowgun's power, and a Scope, which allows the user to zoom in
while aiming (useless, by the way).

Heavy Bowguns are big, slow, powerful, versatile, and ranged. If you 
don't need speed and want more damage, it's the perfect ranged weapon.
If you do need speed, then consider one of the other ranged weapons 
instead.

Pros:
++ It's ranged. Being ranged gives you the advantage of being able
   to attack from a distance, and the advantage of always being able
   to attack a monster's weakpoint.
+ Strongest of all the ranged weapons

Cons:
- Heavy Bowguns are extremely costly to use and maintain
- Ammo restrictions make them terrible against some end-game monsters
- All elemental bowgun ammo is weak (except Dragon S), so heavily
  reliant on raw damage
- Requires ammo management on the field which can be distracting or
  difficult to some
- Movement speed is lowered while Heavy Bowgun is unsheathed

Tree:

1* Elder: Bone Shooter
2* Elder: Rapidcaster
3* Elder: Rapidcaster
4* Elder / HR2 : Monodevilcaster
5* Elder / HR3 : Duelcaster
6* Elder / HR3 : Duelcaster
HR4: Seven Stars or Monodevilcaster+
HR5: Seven Stars or Monodevilcaster+
HR6: Empr Lao-Shan Cannon and Destiny's Hand

Controls: 

--Draw

Action: Triangle

Unlike other weapons, the Heavy Bowgun does not have an unsheathe
attack.

--Reload

Action: Triangle
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed

Kinda self explanatory.

--Shoot

Action: Circle

Shoots the Bowgun. Damage depends on the ammo being used and the
distance from the target, and of course, where the bullet hits.

--Aim (first person)

Action: R Button

This changes the view to first person and gives you a crosshair to
aim the Bowgun. You can aim with the analog stick.

--Aim (third person)

Action: Hold L and press D-Pad

This creates a red crosshair that shows you where the Bowgun will hit.
You can change your angle with D-Pad Up and Down. (I personally don't 
bother using this ever)

--Change Ammo

Action: Hold L and press Triangle
Changes the ammo type being used. Remember to reload!

--Melee Attack

Action: Triangle + Circle

An attack with the butt of the bowgun. Does 2 damage.

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Weapon Type: Gun

Light Bowguns are lighter versions of the Heavy Bowgun. As you can
imagine, they have more of a focus on speed rather than brute power,
which makes them better at utilizing Status Shots at the cost of some
damage.

This speed only comes in the form of increased movement speed - with
a Light Bowgun out, you move at regular speed.

How much damage are you sacrificing for this speed? Light Bowguns
average out to be around 25-30% weaker than Heavy Bowguns in the
damage dealing department, which doesn't make them very good in
straight forward damage dealing.

On the other hand, the boost in speed makes it easier for the Light
Bowgun to use Status Shots and other ammunition that doesn't depend
on raw power, like Crag S and Clust S. If that's the only ammo you
plan on using, then a Light Bowgun might work better than a Heavy.

New to Light Bowguns in MHF2 is the Rapid Fire feature - a Light
Bowgun that can Rapid Fire a particular type of ammo will shoot salvos
of two to five half-power bullets (the number depends on the Bowgun),
all at the cost of just one bullet. The half-power and the extra time
spent shooting a salvo doesn't make it all that great of a new
function, though.

Pros:
++ It's ranged. Being ranged gives you the advantage of being able
   to attack from a distance, and the advantage of always being able
   to attack a monster's weakpoint.
+ Excels at using Clust and Status ammunition

Cons:
- Light Bowguns are extremely costly to use and maintain - even more
  expensive than Heavy Bowguns if you plan on using Clusts often
- Ammo restrictions make them terrible against some end-game monsters
- Status Ammo and Clusts get weaker as you progress through the game
- Requires ammo management on the field which can be distracting or
  difficult to some
- Weakest of all ranged weapons

Tree:

...I honestly can't write this section, due to the different needs of
Light Bowgun users for different tasks. You'll really just have to
look at what's available and decide for yourself what's best for you
based on your needs as a Light Bowgun user.

Controls: 

Yes, I did copy and paste the controls from the Heavy Bowgun section.

--Draw

Action: Triangle

Unlike other weapons, the Light Bowgun does not have an unsheathe
attack.

--Reload

Action: Triangle
        R + Triangle + Circle with weapon sheathed

Kinda self explanatory.

--Shoot

Action: Circle

Shoots the Bowgun. Damage depends on the ammo being used and the
distance from the target, and of course, where the bullet hits.

--Aim (first person)

Action: R Button

This changes the view to first person and gives you a crosshair to
aim the Bowgun. You can aim with the analog stick.

--Aim (third person)

Action: Hold L and press D-Pad

This creates a red crosshair that shows you where the Bowgun will hit.
You can change your angle with D-Pad Up and Down. (I personally don't 
bother using this ever)

--Change Ammo

Action: Hold L and press Triangle
Changes the ammo type being used. Remember to reload!

--Melee Attack

Action: Triangle + Circle

An attack with the butt of the bowgun. Does 2 damage.
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Weapon Type: Gun

Bows, the new ranged weapon type. The main thing about Bows that
distinguishes it from its Bowgun bretheren is that Bows have infinite
ammo, and thus no ammo management, making it more of a user friendly
weapon and easy to use even if you were terrible with the Bowgun. Bows
are also significantly more mobile than Light Bowguns, again making
the weapon easy to use.

Of course, all this easiness comes at a cost. Bows are pretty weak all
the way from the beginning until the end of the game. They are also
very weak in the wrong hands, usually taking four or five times longer
to do a quest than any other weapon. Just because they're easy to use
doesn't mean they can't be used incorrectly. :)

Pros:
++ It's ranged. Being ranged gives you the advantage of being able
   to attack from a distance, and the advantage of always being able
   to attack a monster's weakpoint.
+ Best mobility of all the ranged weapons
+ Easy to use due to no ammo management
+ Infinite ammo makes it possible to use against certain monsters that
  Bowguns can't be used on

Cons:
-- Extremely weak until end of the game
- Coatings can be costly to make for every quest
- Heavily reliant on elemental damage until end game

Tree:

You pretty much need to make every single bow that you possibly can,
because Bows rely so very much on elemental damage.

Controls:
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|  All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Bow   |
|  Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and  |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
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--Draw

Action: Triangle with weapon sheathed

Unlike other weapons, the Light Bowgun does not have an unsheathe
attack.

--Pull

Action: Press and hold Triangle

As you keep pulling the arrow, you'll hear noises and see flashes
indicating that you've charged the arrow to Lv2, Lv3, and Lv4. These
levels will determine which of your Bow's three (four with Load Up)
shots will be fired when you release the arrow.

The damage done depends on the distance, the shot type, the level of
the charge, and of course, on where you hit.

--Melee Attack (Horizontal)

Action: Circle
        R + Triangle + Circle
Damage: 10%

A melee attack with an arrow. Though this attack isn't very strong...

--Melee Attack (Vertical)

Action: Circle after Melee Attack (Horizontal)
Damage: 24%

This one is! It'll do more damage than your shots, but it's pretty
hard to hit some weakpoints with it. You're usually better off just
sticking with shooting.

--Aim

Action: R Button + D-pad

This moves the camera and gives you an over the shoulder view of your
hunter. A red line appears that will show you the path your arrow
would take, and it can be adjusted with the D-Pad.

--Load Coatings

Action: Triangle + Circle

Loads the currently selected arrow coating.

--Change Ammo

Action: Hold L and press Triangle

Changes the arrow coating being used. Remember to reload it if you've
changed the arrow coating you're using.

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[3.10] Armor, Decorations, and Armor Skills                     [3.10]
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Had a whole section on weapons. Gotta have one for armor too, right?

Armor, in Monster Hunter, plays a bit of a different role than it does
in other games that have armor and weapons. In those games, armor is
your primary source of defence - how much you get hurt and whether
you die or not depends mostly on the armor you're wearing.

In Monster Hunter, your primary source of defence is your brain. Who
needs armor when you can dodge and block attacks and avoid getting
hurt at all, right?

Of course, that doesn't make armor completely worthless. Pieces of
armor, when assembled correctly, can give you armor skills - passive
skills that directly affect your hunter and their capabilities to
hunt. They're pretty important, and most hunters will tell you later
game that "Armor Skills > Defence". This is true, for the most part.

You still need some defence, just don't get an armor set solely for
the purpose of increasing your defence. Just get enough defence so 
that you can survive 3 or 4 hits without needing to heal. If you're
getting killed in one or two hits, upgrade. Otherwise, don't.

Putting together armor for Armor Skills takes a bit of thought, and
the ability to count to 20. Let's take a look at the details on each
piece of armor first though...

Example:

Shinobi Suit (Sky)
Defence     : 28       Level      :  1
Fire Res    :  2       Water Res  : -6
Thundr Res  :  4       Ice Res    : -3
Dragon Res  :  2

A suit that can only be worn 
by those pure of heart, like 
a crystal cloudless sky.

Hunter Type: Blademaster/Gunner
Rarity: 8
Slots: OO-

[Skill Tree:Skill Points]
Spc Attack  : +2
Cold Res    : -1
Evade       : +2

--- Defence

Defence is defence. The more you have, the less damage you take from
attacks. The Defence formula is reverse exponential... in other 
words, the more Defence you have, the less useful each additional 
point of defence is.

If you have, say, 1 Defence, and you get 20 more Defence, that'll 
reduce the damage you were taking to about 80%. Now, if you have 300
Defence, and get 20 more Defence added onto that, it'll only reduce
damage to 95% of what you were taking before. Got it?

Don't focus too much on raising Defence. Rely on it too much early
game and you'll get trounced late game when Defence doesn't help you
anymore.

--- Level

The Level of the armor is... well, the level of it. You can increase
an armor's level by upgrading it with Armor Spheres - each level up
will increase the defence of that piece of armor by 2. No other 
benefits to it besides that.

--- Resistance (or, simply 'Res')

Fire Res, Water Res, Thunder Res, Ice Res, and Dragon Res, will reduce
damage taken from those elements by 1% for each point of Res (or
increase it by 1%, if you have a negative amount of Res). That's not
really a lot - plus, you have to factor in the fact that few attacks
are actually elemental. Yian Kut-Ku might spit fireballs, but that
doesn't mean all of his attacks are Fire elemental - only his
fireballs are (And how often do you get hit by those? Almost never.).

Dragon Res is the only Res that really matters, since the few 
monsters that have Dragon element attacks have it on almost all of
their attacks.

--- Hunter Type

Hunter Type indicates what weapons can be used (or rather, MUST be
used) while wearing that armor. Blademaster/Gunner means you can use
any weapon type, while Blademaster means you can only use the melee
weapons, and Gunner means you can only use the ranged weapons.

Gunner armor tends to have weaker defence but stronger elemental
resistance. Blademaster armor has more defence, but less elemental
resistance. Blademaster/Gunner armor tends to be the same as Gunner
armor in terms of defence and resistance, with the exception of 
helmets. All helmets are Blademaster/Gunner.

--- Rarity

Rarity just indicates what point in the game you can get that armor,
really. It has nothing to do with how rare the armor actually is.
(Just look at Akantor armor and Cephalos armor. Ceph armor is Rare 1,
and almost nobody uses it. Akantor armor, on the other hand, is Rare
8 and worn by everyone and their mother.)

--- Slots

Slots refers to the number of decorations you can put into that armor.
This armor happens to have OO-, which means it has two slots. That
means you can put in two one-slot decorations, or one two-slot
decoration.

--- Skill Points and Armor Skills

And finally, Skill Points. This part lists all the skills given by
this armor, and how many points it gives towards that skill. In order
to activate an armor skill, you need to get 10 or more points in that
skill. 

Getting 10 points in a skill is always good, even if the skill
sounds bad. Hunger for example, sounds bad, but actually reduces the
rate at which your max stamina decreases if you can get it to 10.

Some skills can go beyond 10, and have higher levels of that skill
activate when you reach 15, or 20 points. Let's look again at Hunger:
At 10, Hunger simply halves the rate at which you lose max stamina.
At 15, Hunger causes your max stamina to never decrease.

It's also possible to get a skill to -10, at which point you get an
armor skill that's bad for you. It's very rare that you will ever
have to use armor with a bad armor skill though, thanks to 
decorations.

Here are some common armor skills hunters use:

AutoTracker - AutoTracker will automatically show you where on the
              map the target monster is. No need to use Paintballs
              or Psychoserums... it requires 15 PsychicVis.
Sharpness+1 - Sharpness+1 adds sharpness to your sharpness bar - this
              can make weapons that are otherwise terrible due to a
              lack of sharpness good and usable again. Requires
              10 points of Artisan.
Reckless Abandon - Reckless Abandon increases your weapon's affinity
                   by 10%, increasing the rate at which you get
                   critical hits. Requires 10 points of Expert, and
                   has higher levels at 15 and 20 points.
High Grade Earplug - "HGE" causes all monster's roars to have no
                     effect on you when you don't block them. Requires
                     15 points of HearProtect.
Runner - Runner reduces the rate at which you use stamina. Requires
         10 points of Stamina.
Speed Fire - This speeds up the charging of bow shots. (Speed Fire
             also has an effect for Bowguns, but it is so terrible
             that most bowgunners regard it as the worst skill for
             Bowguns) Requires 10 points of Speed Fire.
ESP - ESP makes it so that when your weapons bounce off a monster, it
      doesn't interrupt the attack. Requires 10 points of Fencing.

For a list of all the armor skills in the game, their effects, and
the amount of skill points required for them, read KingofMH's FAQ
on GameFAQs about Armor Skills.

--- Decorations

As I mentioned earlier, the number of slots on a piece of armor let
you know how many decorations you can put on it. There are three types
of decorations - one-slot, two-slot, and three-slot decorations.

One-slot decors usually add +1 to an armor skill's skill points. Many
one slot decors will also add -1 to another armor skiil's skill points
though, just to balance it out.

"Easy" Armor Skills like SwdSharpener and HiSpeedGathering have one
slot decorations that add +2 to that armor skill's skill points. 
They're called easy because then you only need a total of five slots 
to get that armor skill using only decorations, as opposed to other
skills which can take anywhere from seven to twelve slots.

Two-slot decors usually add +3 to an armor skill's skill points, but
they will only fit in a piece of armor with two slots. You can't split
it up and use one slot of one piece of armor and one slot on another,
it has to be two open slots on the same piece of armor. Two-slot
decorations are more efficient than using two one-slot decorations,
but there is the difficulty in finding a piece of armor with two
slots.

Three-slot decors are the most efficient of all, usually adding +4 or
+5 to an armor skill's skill points. However, there are only a few
pieces of armor in the entire game that even have three open slots.

Weapons also have slots, but hunters often avoid trying to rely on
the slots on their weapons, since then you would have to use that
weapon with that set of armor. If you get a stronger weapon that has
no slots, you'd have to decide whether you want the strength of the
stronger weapon, or the armor skills provided by the slotted weapon.

For information on Decorations, just read KingOfMH's FAQ on GameFAQs
about decoration skills. It lists every decoration in the game and
the materials you need to craft them.

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[3.11] Progressing through the Game                             [3.11]
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Well, now you know the controls, what the town is like, and what
weapon you want to use. What now?

The goal of Monster Hunter is to become a high-ranking and prestigious
Monster Hunter in the community of Pokke Village. When you start out,
you're going to be regarded as a newbie by the village, and thus they
won't sell you their best items or let you take the hardest quests.

By completing the quests available to you, you can unlock higher
ranking quests, which also gives you access to better materials for
better equipment, and better items/farm renovations being sold in
town.

That's essentially your entire purpose in this game - to get the best
stuff and become the best hunter. You do this by completing quests,
most of which involve hunting down monsters.

Hunting is so very important to this game, and there's still so much
to learn!

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In order to start hunting, you need to take a quest from the Pokke
Village Elder or from the Gathering Hall Quest Managers. (The
Village's quests are single player only, and are easier than the
Gathering Hall quests, which are slightly harder since they can be
done in multiplayer)

Either way, you'll be shown a list of quest levels. Once you've picked 
a level, you can scroll left and right through the list of quests.

Some details to note while you're scrolling through this list and
looking for quests...

Reward: This is the reward you get for doing the quest. You lose
        a third of it each time you die during the quest. Also, the
        reward is divided among all the hunters doing the quest -
        do it by yourself and you'll get the full reward, do it with
        three others and you'll split the reward four ways.

Contract Fee: This is the amount of zenny you have to pay to start
              the quest. If you succeed in completing the quest,
              you'll get paid double the Contract Fee back. Note that
              in multiplayer, only one person needs to pay the
              Contract Fee, and only that person will get the double
              Contract Fee bonus at the end of the quest.

Time Limit: The amount of time you have to do the quest. It's usually
            50 minutes, but it can be less than that for some quests.

Location: This is the area the quest takes place in. Very good to know
          before doing the quest, since you might need to prepare
          potions or healing items before going to certain areas.

Goal Condition: The goal condition will tell you what you need to do
                to complete the quest. "Slay XXX" means that the quest
                is complete once you slay the specified number of 
                that enemy. "Hunt XXX" means you can complete the
                quest either by slaying the specified monster or by
                capturing it. "Deliver XXX" means you need to go and
                find the requested items and drop them off at the
                Supply Box to complete the quest.

Fail Condition: Most quests usually have the same two Fail Conditions,
                Reward Zero and Time Over. Time Over is obvious
                enough, run out of time and you fail. Reward Zero
                means you'll fail as soon as your reward is zero - 
                which as I mentioned before, drops by 1/3rd every time
                you or another hunter on your team dies.

Once you've found a quest you want, press X, confirm your choice,
pay the Contract fee, and the quest is yours! If it's a quest from
the Village Elder, just walk up to the town exit and press Square
to go.

If it's a Gathering Hall quest, walk over to the north exit and press
Square to go. If there are other hunters in your team, you need to
wait for them to go to the exit and say they're ready to go. If you
just press Square when they aren't ready, the quest will start and
leave them behind.

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[3.11.a] Gathering                                            [3.11.a]
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Gathering! There aren't many gathering quests to do, but Gathering is
the easiest way to get materials for creating items or upgrading
your equipment. Even if you're not on a Gathering quest, you can
gather items anyway just to get more items.

You can't complete a Gathering quest without knowing how to gather,
which I'll explain here:

-- Basic Gathering

There's floor gathering - if you see a plant, a mushroom, or some 
rocks that look out of the ordinary, put your weapon away and press
Circle near it to start gathering. You can keep gathering from that 
spot until you get the message "There is nothing else here."

"There is nothing else here." doesn't mean you can never gather at
that spot ever again - it just means there's nothing left to gather
there for the rest of this quest. If you come back again after you've
finished the quest and taken a new one, there'll be items to gather
again.

Some items you can gather are large - so large that your hunter has
to carry it in their arms (like in the opening video). During this,
your hunter moves slower (you can still run, but it's a slow run) and
you can't use any items or your weapons. If you fall from too high
a cliff, the item will break. If you get hit, the item will break.
If you run out of stamina, the item will break. If you crouch or roll,
the item will break. Drop off the item at the Supply Box to deliver 
it.

While it's a difficult task, these large items are usually worth a 
ton of Pokke points once delivered safely.

(When a Gathering Quest asks you to deliver a certain item, simply
gathering it is not enough to complete the quest. You also have to
deliver it to the Supply Box at camp.)

-- Mining

Mining is a bit different - you need to have a Pickaxe in your
inventory. The Item Merchant in town will sell Old and Iron Pickaxes
(and later on in the game, Mega Pickaxes). If you find a place in
the wall that looks cracked, it might be a mining point. Walk up to it
and switch to the Pickaxe in your inventory. If there's an X over it,
you might need to reposition yourself, or it might not be a mining
point at all.

If there is no X over your Pickaxe's icon, that means you can mine
from the mining point. Just use the Pickaxe and your character will
gather a mineral from it. Again, you can keep gathering until you're 
told "There is nothing else here."

However, you need to keep an eye on how many Pickaxes you have -
they'll randomly break. Old Pickaxes are more likely to break but are
cheaper. Mega Pickaxes are less likely to break but also expensive.
Iron Pickaxes are just average.

Mining is very important, since minerals are used to create almost
half of the weapons in the game. If you find a spot that gives you
good minerals (not Ice Crystals or Stones or trash like that), make
a habit of mining there every time you pass by on a quest.

-- Insects

Insect gathering is similar to mining. You need to have a Bugnet in
your inventory to gather insects. Again, the Item Merchant in town
will sell you Old and regular Bugnets.

Insect gathering is the same process, only Insect gathering points
look like fireflies (yellow lights) floating in the air. Use your
Bugnets the same way you use your Pickaxes.

-- Fishing

Fishing used to be how Bowgunners were supposed to get the materials
to make their Bowgun ammo, but those items are now sold in stores.
Nowadays, you rarely ever have to fish - you will probably only use
it to clear two or three quests that require fishing, or to fish out
Plesioth (more on that when we actually fight Plesioth).

To fish, you need to be standing near a fishing point (you'll know
you can fish there because... there will be fish there) and you need
to have a fishing bait selected in your inventory. Simply use it,
and your hunter will cast it out onto the water.

Now you need to watch your bait - as soon as a fish bites it and pulls
the bait under the water, press X to fish it out. Press it too soon
and you won't catch the fish - too late and you'll lose your bait.

-- Carving

Carving is the method through which you'll get most of your items for
upgrading equipment. Once you've killed a monster, put your weapon
away and walk over to it's corpse, then press Circle to carve it.
The number of times you can carve a monster depends on what monster
it is - just keep pressing Circle to carve. You'll know you can't
carve anymore when your character doesn't do anything.

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[3.11.b] Hunting                                              [3.11.b]
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Hunting quests! Hunting is the meat and bones of Monster Hunter, a
huge majority of the quests are Hunting Quests.

Hunting Quests are cleared when you capture or slay the target
monster. I'll go more into the actual slaying and killing of the
monster in the next section. This section will be more about capturing
the monster, and the tools of the trade that you have at your
disposal.

The weapon you carry on your back isn't the only tool you have for
getting the job done - the Hunters of Pokke and Kotoko have to be
crafty and ingenious to outsmart these ferocious monsters.

You can carry 24 items in your inventory. While some of these 24 slots
will be taken up by carved items, minerals, and other spoils from your
ventures, the rest of the slots can be used to hold items to help you
out on your quest.

There are plenty of items you'll use as a Hunter - I tried to only
list the commonly used items and essential ones here. You should be
able to figure out what the rest of the items do as you encounter
them. :)

First off are Healing Items. Until you get really good at this game,
you're going to have to carry quite a few of these along with you
on every quest.

(Note: Your maximum health and stamina are 100, unless you eat food
from your Felyne Chefs.)

First Aid Med - Heals 30 HP
Potions - Heals 30 HP
Mega Potions - Heals 60 HP
Max Potions - Heals HP to max and increases the max health to 150
Ancient Potions - Heals HP and Stamina to max and increases both
                  maximums to 150
Nutrients - Increases max health by 10.
Mega Nutrients - Increases max health by 20.
Rations - Increases max stamina by 25
Rare Steak - Increases max stamina by 25
Well-Done Steak - Increases max stamina by 50
Gourmet Steak - Increases max stamina to 150
Burnt Steak - Randomly increases or decreases max stamina by 25

Most people carry 10 Mega Potions, and carry 10 Potions and 10 Honey
so that they can combine more on the field. As you get better, carry
fewer and fewer Mega Potions - then eventually stop using Mega Potions
altogether. Then reduce the number of Potions you use...

Steak isn't all too important, since quests usually don't last long
enough for you to need to reraise your max stamina. You're supplied
with Rations on most quests anyway.

Max Potions and Ancient Potions are harder to make and combine, so
just bring them only for really difficult quests. They're not the kind
of things you can afford to make for every single quest.


Next are Effect Items. Though there are some that heal, the basic
idea of these items is to grant some sort of effect to your hunter.
Some of these effects are defensive, some are offensive...

Cool Drink - Counteracts the effects of the heat in Volcano and
             Desert. If you don't use a Cool Drink in these areas,
             your health will slowly decrease. (Also, your red health
             won't regenerate - because it's constantly decreasing!)
Hot Drink - Counteracts the effects of the cold Desert night, Swamp
            caves, and Snowy Mountains. If you don't use a Hot Drink 
            in one of these areas, your stamina will be blinking red
            and your maximum stamina will decrease at double the
            normal rate (-25 stamina roughly every 3 minutes)
Immunizer - Doubles the rate at which your red health regenerates.
Rare Fish - Instantly regenerates your red health.
Gourmet Fish - Instantly regenerates your red health and copies the
               effect of Immunizer.
Gourmet Fish+ - Instantly regenerates your red health and copies the
                effect of Immunizer for a longer amount of time.
Burnt Fish - Randomly regenerates your red health or hurts you.
Demondrug - Increases your attack until the end of the quest or your
            next death.
Armorskin - Increases your defence until the end of the quest or your
            next death.
Psychoserum - Drinking this will show you where on the map all the
              boss monsters are.
Deodorant - Cures Odor.
Antidote - Cures Poison.
Thawing Agent - Cures Frozen.
Energy Drink - Cures Fatigue.


Next are Bombs. Bombs are useful against those monsters that don't
seem to take very much damage from your weapons since they ignore
a monster's defensive power.

Sm Barrel Bomb - Sm Barrel Bombs are timed bombs - after being placed,
                 they'll explode after a set amount of time.
Lg Barrel Bomb - Lg Barrel Bombs pack a punch! They do more damage
                 than other bomb types but don't detonate on their
                 own - once you put them down, you need to trigger the
                 explosion with another bomb or by attacking it.
                 Monsters can detonate them too, so watch out!
Bounce Bomb - Bounce Bombs pack the same amount of power as a Sm
              Barrel Bomb, but they're rigged to bounce up into the
              air.
Lightning Rod - Other bombs can't be used in the rain. Lightning Rods
                can - and they'll call down a neat looking bolt of
                lightning to strike the lightning rod and anyone
                around it.
Anti-Dragon Bomb - These bombs are only given to you for use in a few
                   quests - they need to be placed ON the target
                   monster. They hurt more than a Lg Barrel Bomb and
                   detonate on a timer like Sm Barrel Bombs.


Traps. Traaaaps. Traps are essential for capturing a monster - a
monster needs to get caught in a trap before you can capture it.

Pitfall Traps - Pitfall Traps create a large pitfall in the ground
                once placed. Once a monster is caught in it, they'll 
                flail around and try to break out of it. There are
                some types of terrain (like snow) that Pitfalls can't
                be placed on, though.
Shock Traps - Shock Traps act like Pitfall Traps, except they stun
              the monster and hold it in place. They don't last as
              long as Pitfall Traps do, though on the other hand they
              can be used on all types of terrain.

Thrown Items. This covers a large amount of items...  you throw them,
they do something. Neat-o.

Flash Bombs - After traveling a certain distance, Flash Bombs explode,
              temporarily stunning any monster that looks directly at
              the explosion.
Paintball - If a Paintball hits a boss monster, that monster will
            become marked on your map, and you will be able to keep
            track of where it goes. It wears off eventually, though.
Tranq Bomb - Tranq Bombs will tranquilize a monster caught in a trap.
Throwing Knife - Alone, it doesn't do much. You throw it and it does
                 a small amount of damage. However, combine it with
                 some other items and you get...
Sleep Thr Knf - Throw enough of these at a monster and it'll fall
                asleep.
Poison Thr Knf - Throw enough of these at a monster and it'll get
                 poisoned.
Paralyze Thr Knf - Throw enough of these to paralyze a monster.
Farcaster - You throw this at the floor, actually. It teleports you
            back to base camp.
Boomerang - You throw it, it flies forward, and does pathetic damage
            if it hits. Sometimes it returns to you. Sometimes it
            doesn't.

Flutes! Flutes usually effect all hunters in the area and can be used
over and over until they break, which makes them handy for
multiplayer.

Flute - After playing this flute, all monsters in the area will attack
        only you.
Health Flute - This flute heals all hunters in the area.
Demon Flute - This flute raises the attack of all hunters in the area.
Armor Flute - This flute raises the defence of all hunters in the 
              area.

Most of these items can be combined - check the Combination Lists on
GameFAQs or check the item list in this FAQ to figure out how to
do so.

You won't use all of these items all of the time, and there are a few
other items I didn't list that you'll encounter, but these are some
of the more common items. Learn what they do, learn to use them in
the field, and hunting will be a lot easier.



Capturing monsters requires three things - a monster that can actually
be caught, a trap, and tranquilizers. 

Traps come in two varieties - Pitfall and Shock. I already explained 
what those do, but Shock Traps are ideal for capturing, since it's a 
bit of a waste to use a Pitfall for capturing, plus Shocks are easier 
to make and can be used on any type of terrain.

Tranquilizers come in many forms - the most common is a bomb, which
you throw like a Paintball. Early quests will supply you with Tranq
Bombs, so most hunters usually have a stockpile of extra Tranq Bombs
lying around.

As for the monster...  most monsters can be caught, and there are a
handful that can't be captured. But you can't just capture a monster
as soon as you see it - it has to be weakened to a certain amount of
health. All monsters have some sign to indicate that they're weak
enough to be captured. 

Once you've got a monster weak enough to capture, simply get it into
a trap and throw your Tranq Bombs at it until it falls asleep. That's 
how you capture a monster.

As for the actual act of making a monster weak enough to capture, read
on to the next section...

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Slaying! Killing monsters. Fun.

Usually Slaying quests are either one of the following:
- Slay the XXX
- Slay (a number larger than one) XXXs

The quests that have you just slaying one monster are the same as 
Hunting quests - the only difference is that the monster can't be
captured (because you can't trap it, and thus, can't capture it).

The quests that have you slaying many monsters usually have you 
slaying a ton of smaller monsters. These are easy enough and I really
shouldn't need to explain how to do them.

To slay a monster, you simply have to reduce it's health to zero. You
can do it with bombs, with poisoned meat, and with traps and other
tools, but most of the time, you're going to be relying on the weapon
you're carrying on your back. So let's learn to use it!


--- Sword and Shield

The Sword and Shield's better strengths is the ability to roll after
almost every attack. You can hop in attack, roll out, then hop back
in and attack again as soon as you see the next opening to attack.

Tri+Cir is going to be the attack you use the most. It allows you to
quickly close the distance between you and a monster and attack at
the same time, and it also acts as a combo starter.

Circle is also a good attack, because it is, sadly, the most powerful
single hit in the SnS' arsenal at 24%. One Circle is equivalent to
about two Triangles. Only have enough time for one slash? Make it a
Circle.

Start your combos with Tri+Cir. From there, you can either roll,
continue the combo with Triangle, or end the combo with a Circle. If
you continue the combo, you again have the option of rolling,
continuing, or ending with a Circle. And so on and so on until the
end of the combo when you can't do anymore Triangles.

Long SnS combo: Tri+Cir, Tri, Tri, Tri, Cir, Roll
Hit and Run: Tri+Cir, Cir, Roll
Hit and Run (faster): Tri+Cir, Roll

Sword and Shield can attack while Guarding, but the only useful use
for that is to detonate Large Barrel Bombs without taking too much
damage from the bomb's explosion.

Don't forget that you can items with the Sword and Shield unsheathed.
Just hold R and press Square. You'll save plenty of time if you
remember that you can do that instead of sheathing and unsheating your
weapon each time.

--- Dual Swords

Dual Swords work a lot like the Sword and Shield, but with a bit less
mobility and a bit more power. Though you can still roll after most
of your attacks, you can't roll in the middle of some of them, like
Circle. Once you begin a Spinning Slash, you must wait until all three
slashes complete before you can roll out.

The Spinning Slashes Fury Combo is the best way to put out a ton of
damage with your Dual Swords, but it's only really ideal against
slow or stationary targets. Try to use it against anything else and
you'll get hit halfway through, or miss the second half of the combo.
Remember that the final hit of the combo does the most damage, and
you'll want to try to connect with that attack above all else.

Against faster enemies who won't let you use an entire Fury Combo,
you'll need to rely on the Dual Swords' regular combo and hit'n'run
tactics with regular attacks.

The Dual Swords' regular combo is just like the Sword and Shield's.
Tri+Cir is your basic attack, it starts combos, it closes distance,
it does decent damage. From there, you can continue the combo with
Triangles, end the combo with Circle, or roll out. If you continue
the combo, you have the same options again. Exactly like the Sword
and Shield's combo.

Though you get more damage if you Demonize, remember that you cannot
do Tri+Cir while Demonized - you'll do the Fury Combo instead. (Of 
course, you can work around this by doing Tri+Cir, Demonizing, and 
then finishing your regular combo) It's best to just not use Demonize 
at all unless you have an opportunity to use a Fury Combo.

Long DS combo: Tri+Cir, Tri. Tri, Tri, Cir, Roll (look familiar?)
Hit and Run: Tri+Cir, Cir, Roll
Long DS combo (demonized): Tri, Tri, Tri, Cir, Cir

Remember that you can also Demonize at any time during your combo -
if the opportunity to Fury Combo shows up, Demonize and take it.
Don't forget that Demonizing grants you High Wind Res, which allows
you to go in on the offensive when other weapon types would have to
stand back.

--- Great Swords

Great Swords are both the simplest weapon and the hardest weapon.

They're simple because there's only one attack you'll ever need,
the GS Charge. They're hard because, well, good luck landing that Lv3
GS Charge.

Of course, even if you aren't a GS Charging God, the GS is still a
decent weapon.

Even if it isn't Lv3, Lv1 and Lv2 still do excellent damage. Heck,
even an uncharged Overhead Swing does good damage. The fact that you 
can release the GS Charge at any time makes it very easy to use, 
once you're aware of when it is and isn't safe to attack.

Once you see an opening to attack, run in and start charging. As soon
as it's no longer safe to attack, release the charge and sideroll to
avoid getting punished.

Manipulating monsters to get hit by the charge is very important.
Almost every single monster will turn around to face you after every
attack. Knowing this, you can start charging a GS Charge at Rathalos'
tail, then release it on his head as he turns around to face you. Easy 
GS charge to the head.

Naijiao on YouTube posts many videos explaining how to land the Lv3
GS Charge on some of the more difficult monsters. You can learn quite
a bit simply from watching them, a lot more than I can ever explain
to you with text.

If you're using an elemental GS with high element, hit count will 
matter more than landing the GS charge, and so, we introduce the 
"infinite combo".

It's not a real infinite combo, nothing like what Magneto or Storm
can do to you in Marvel vs Capcom 2. Hunters have just called it the
infinite combo, possibly out of ignorance of what an infinite actually 
is, or conforming to what everyone else is calling it. I think the 
proper way to describe it would simply be a loop.

The Overhead swing of the GS will link into the Side swing, and the
Side swing will link into the Overhead swing. All you have to do is
do one after the other. Overhead swing, side swing, overhead, side,
overhead, and so on and so on and watch the hits add up.

Remember that Great Swords make you walk slow. I usually sheathe my
weapon after a roll so that I can move around at normal speed - the
fact that the GS' most used attack is also its unsheathe attack is
all the more reason to sheathe your weapon more often.

--- Long Swords

Long Swords are...  interesting. As I said, they're well balanced
weapons that are suited to many different situations. Of course, that
means you'll need to know how to deal with all of these situations...

The Spirit Combo is very important to the LS, since it's pretty much
a quick burst of high damage. Extensive use of the Spirit Combo will
be necessary for the LS to remain competitive with other weapons. You
should be using it whenever you can, don't worry if your Spirit Gauge
starts draining. The damage you lose from losing full Spirit Gauge is 
well worth the extra burst of damage from the Spirit Combo.

Most of the time, you'll want to be employing hit and run tactics to
take advantage of the Long Sword's good speed and mobility. Triangle 
unsheathe, Triangle, roll or Tri+Cir, repeat. The damage adds up. Like
the Great Sword, you can sheathe your weapon after each run so that
you can move at full speed again (which might be necessary for some
of the faster monsters).

When larger opportunities show up, do a full LS combo instead. Tri,
Tri, Cir, Tri, Tri+Cir, or go for the Spirit Combo if you think the
entire thing will hit.

When you have really large openings, there's the loop - Vertical Slice
2, Stab, Upslice, repeat (Tri, Cir, Tri, Tri, Cir, Tri, repeat)... of
course, don't forget to unload a Spirit Combo as soon as you have
enough gauge to do so.

Tri+Cir is a good and stable attack when you aren't sure if it's safe
or not. It might not do much damage by itself, but the step back you
take during the attack and the invincibility frames make it pretty
safe for testing the waters.

Pretty much just stick to that, regardless of whether you have a raw
or elemental LS. LS are balanced enough that you don't need to change
your tactics much to make use of elemental weapons.

--- Hammers

There's not really much to say about the Hammer. The Triple Pound is
absurd. Learn the timing, learn it well, and pretty soon you'll be
landing finishers on your enemies' faces and inflicting KOs. And it
will be glorious.

There's also the Super Pound, for monsters who are still too difficult
for you to Triple Pound. It does reasonably good damage, though it can
have trouble hitting some monsters' weakpoints.

Charging gives you High Wind Resistance, so take advantage of that
and drop Super Pounds on the heads of monsters who rely on wind for 
safety.

The Hammer Spin also works, though having to charge it up and let it
go to four revolutions each time can really cut into your damage per
second. Not to mention it's pretty hard to get that finisher to hit
where you want it to.

--- Hunting Horns

Eh. Not much I can say about Hunting Horns. As I said, I'm not
entirely sure how they stack up against other weapons because nobody's
really tested them in a solo environment.

In a group, you'll want to get Flute Expert and stay mostly out of the
group and the monster's way while you play music. Once you've played
enough Attack Up Lg and Defence Up Lg (or whatever songs you can play
with your Hunting Horn), go in and help out the group. If there's a
Hammer user, you can help him inflict KO with some Right Swings and
Left Swings to the head - they inflict decent KO. Take note of the
duration of your songs, and renew them as necessary. It's best if you
renew the buffs BEFORE they end, especially for those buffs which need
to be played twice or are particularly long.

By yourself, Attack Up and Healing songs will probably be best. The
Healing songs give you a source of endless healing so you can save
your Potions and such for when you need them in battle. Attack Up
will keep your HH competitive with the Hammer's damage output. Swings
will work, as will Super Pounds, anything will work as long as you
don't Poke too much or try to land Recital Mode attacks.

--- Lance

He's a complicated man, and noone understands him but his woman!

You'll want to avoid the turtling strategy you'll probably hear about,
since turtling is a task better suited to Gunlances than Lances.

Lances need to be played in a somewhat hit and run fashion...  only
difference is you're running to stay on the offensive, not get on the
defensive. Run in, attack the monster with unsheathes and upstabs. If
it fights back, block the attack or dodge it with a long backstep, and
go back on the offensive. If it runs, sheathe, chase after it, and go
back on the attack.

You'll need to become very good at guarding attacks just before they
hit and using R+Tri+Cir. The more time you spend Guarding, the less
time you can spend killing.

Having the strongest guard means that instead of getting out of the
way of an attack, you can simply guard it and quickly go back on the
offensive.

There are a few attacks you can't guard...  gas based attacks and beam
based attacks are unblockable. A few attacks will also break your
guard, and you'll need to sheathe/run more to avoid those since you
can't really guard them.

You'll notice as you play that some attacks can only hit you once.
Learn which attacks can only hit you once and take advantage by
quickly going back on the offensive as soon as you block the hit.

--- Gunlance

The Gunlance is different from the Lance in how it should be handled,
mainly due to how the Gunlance has a superior Guarding attack.

The turtling method involves getting the armor skill "Guard+2" (it
lowers the Power of attacks, making them less likely to chip you) and
"Guard Inc" (it lets you block unblockables), then relying on your
almighty Guard to just sit there and poke at your enemy with Guarding
Attacks whenever the opportunity arises.

If you don't plan on turtling, just stick with the strategy for 
Lances. It's basically the same for Gunlances, just now you have
Shelling that you can use instead of sidesteps (to link attack chains)
and Wyvern Fire which can be used for quick damage early game.

--- Bowgun, Heavy and Light

Point it at your target's weakpoint and shoot it. A few miscellaneous
things...

Damage depends on where the shot hits, on the ammo type, and on the
distance from the target. To make sure you always do as much damage
as you can...

Aim for the weakpoint. This should be obvious enough.

Use good ammo. Normal S Lv1 is incredibly weak, and the 270z or so it
costs to buy 99 of the better Normal S Lv2 isn't that expensive. Don't
be cheap. Just buy it. Normal S Lv2-3 and Pierce S Lv1-3 should be
your main ammunition for Heavy Bowguns. Light Bowguns should use
whatever special ammo is best suited to the job...

Normal S is your generic damage dealing ammo. Nothing special about it
except for Normal S Lv3, which ricochets in a random direction when it
hits, and thus can hit more than once.

Pierce S passes through when it hits a monster, hitting every hitzone 
it passes through on the way out (or until it's done its maximum
number of hits). Higher levels of Pierce S do less damage but more
hits.

Pellet S is terrible. It sprays a wide area (and it likes to stun your
ally hunters) and does not do very much damage, in exchange for doing
many hits. It still does terrible damage though, and you should barely
bother with this ammo.

Crag S does low damage once it hits, but it sticks in your target and
then explodes, doing explosion type damage which ignores defence and
can produce a Sonic Bomb effect. Higher levels of Crag S do more 
explosion damage.

Clust S is similar to Crag S, but instead of sticking, it breaks apart
into three to five bomblets that fall to the ground and do explosion
damage if they hit anything on the way down. They are notable for
doing tons of this explosion damage, but are expensive and difficult
to hit with every single bomblet. Higher levels of Clust S release
more bomblets.

Flaming S, Ice S, Water S, Thunder S and Dragon S are elemental ammo.
Flaming S acts like Normal S. Ice S, Water S, and Thunder S act like
Pierce S Lv1. Dragon S acts like a Normal S that hits five times.

Poison S, Stun S, and Sleep S inflict status ailments. Hit a monster
with enough of these and it'll eventually be inflicted with that
status. Unlike other ammo types, status shots do not need to be aimed
at a weakpoint to be effective - as long as they hit, they hit.

The other ammo types (Demon, Armor, Paint, Recov, Tranq) are kinda
self explanatory and aren't all too great.

Damage %s for ammo:

Normal S Lv1: 6%                    Crag S Lv1: 3% + 20 explosion
Normal S Lv2: 12%                   Crag S Lv2: 3% + 30 explosion
Normal S Lv3: 10% per hit           Crag S Lv3: 3% + 40 explosion
Pierce S Lv1: 10% per hit (max 3)   Clust S Lv1: 6% + 32x3 explosion
Pierce S Lv2: 9% per hit (max 4)    Clust S Lv2: 6% + 32x4 explosion
Pierce S Lv3: 7% per hit (max 6)    Clust S Lv3: 6% + 32x5 explosion
Pellet S Lv1: 5% per hit (max 3)
Pellet S Lv2: 5% per hit (max 4)    Poison S Lv1: 10% + 25 poison
Pellet S Lv3: 5% per hit (max 5)    Poison S Lv2: 15% + 50 poison

Flaming S: 1% + 40 fire             Stun S Lv1: 10% + 25 stun
Ice S: 1% + 10 ice per hit          Stun S Lv2: 15% + 50 stun
Water S: 1% + 10 water per hit
Thunder S: 1% + 20 thunder per hit  Sleep S Lv1: 25 sleep
Dragon S: 1% + 64 dragon per hit    Sleep S Lv2: 50 sleep

The strong ammunition types are strong, but they also come with huge
recoil, which significantly slows down how often you can put out
shots. You can fix this by getting the Recoil Reduction+2 skill...

Recoil values for ammo:

Recoil - ?? Bonus - RR Bonus = 0-8: No Recoil
                               9-10: Small Recoil
                               11+: Full Recoil

Recoil Reduction+2 gives a RR bonus of 4.
Recoil Reduction+1 gives a RR bonus of 2.
I'm not sure what the ?? Bonus is. The kanji makes no sense <_>
When you do have the ?? Bonus, it is 1.

Normal S Lv1: 6                     Crag S Lv1: 9
Normal S Lv2: 7                     Crag S Lv2: 10
Normal S Lv3: 8                     Crag S Lv3: 11
Pierce S Lv1: 8                     Clust S Lv1: 11
Pierce S Lv2: 8                     Clust S Lv2: 12
Pierce S Lv3: 9                     Clust S Lv3: 12
Pellet S Lv1: 8 
Pellet S Lv2: 8                     Poison S Lv1: 9
Pellet S Lv3: 9                     Poison S Lv2: 11

Flaming S: 8                        Stun S Lv1: 9
Ice S: 8                            Stun S Lv2: 11
Water S: 8
Thunder S: 8                        Sleep S Lv1: 9
Dragon S: 11                        Sleep S Lv2: 11

Oh, but I'm not done! Now you see why the Bowgun was an intimidating
weapon to learn and use. Your distance from the target is also a
factor in the amount of raw damage you do. (Status, element, and 
explosion damage are unaffected by range modifiers, unless you are so
far that you don't hit at all.)

Here's a chart:

X = Bonus damage (1.5x)
o = Normal damage (1.0x)
- = Penalized damage (0.8x)
. = Crippled damage (0.5x)
(blank) = no damage (0x)

                         Distance from the target
                Near             Moderate               Far
Normal S Lv1: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXoooooo------...................  
Normal S Lv2: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXooooooo-------.............
Normal S Lv3: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXooooooo-------........
Pierce S Lv1: oooooooooXXXXXXXXoooooooooooo------.............
Pierce S Lv2: oooooooooXXXXXXXXXXXoooooooooooo------..........
Pierce S Lv3: oooooooooXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXooooooooo--------......
Pellet S Lv1: ooooooooooooo
Pellet S Lv2: ooooooooooooooo
Pellet S Lv3: oooooooooooooooooooo
Crag S Lv1:   oooooXXXXoooooo----------.......................
Crag S Lv2:   oooooXXXXXoooooo----------......................
Crag S Lv3:   oooooXXXXXXXoooooo----------....................
Clust S Lv1:  oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Clust S Lv2:  oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Clust S Lv3:  oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Flaming S:    oooooooooooooooooooooo
Ice S:        ooooooooooooooooooooooo
Water S:      ooooooooooooooooooooooo
Thunder S:    ooooooooooooooooooooooo
Dragon S:     ooooooooooooooooooooooo
All other S:  oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

(The MHP2nd guide also has information on reload speeds, but I won't
bother you with that since it has nothing to do with damage.)

--- Bow

Point it at your target's weakpoint and shoot it.

Not only does your damage depend on where you hit, your shot type,
and your distance from the target, but Bows have another variable
thrown into the mix - the charge level of the shot.

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|  All numbers related to damage are obtained from DS31x's Bow   |
|  Damage Formula FAQ. If you aren't intimidated by numbers and  |
| equations and want to better understand how much damage you're |
| doing, I'd suggest reading it... though I'm giving you a crash |
|                       course on it right now.                  |
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Charge Level 1: 40% raw, 50% element, 50% status
Charge Level 2: 100% raw, 75% element, 100% status
Charge Level 3: 150% raw, 100% element, 150% status
Charge Level 4: 150% raw, 112.5% element, 150% status

Now for the shot's type... Scatter spreads a bunch of shots in a
horizontal line and should be avoided. Rapid spreads shots vertically,
but the shots do good raw damage and it is more ideal for nailing a 
weakpoint. Pierce shots penetrate and hit multiple hitzones and are
capable of doing the most damage if used correctly.

Scatter 1: 4%, 5%, 4%
Scatter 2: 5%, 6%, 5%
Scatter 3: 4%, 5%, 5%, 5%, 4%
Scatter 4: 4%, 5%, 6%, 5%, 4%
Pierce 1: 6% per hit (max of 3)
Pierce 2: 6% per hit (max of 4)
Pierce 3: 6% per hit (max of 5)
Pierce 4: 6% per hit (max of 6)
Rapid 1: 12%
Rapid 2: 12%, 4%
Rapid 3: 12%, 4%, 3%
Rapid 4: 12%, 4%, 3%, 2%

When a Poison/Stun/Sleep Bottle is used, each shot also does a
different amount of status on top of the 50-150% modifier you already
have from the charge level...

Scatter 1: 5, 5, 5 status
Scatter 2: 6, 6, 6, status
Scatter 3: 4, 4, 4, 4, 4 status
Scatter 4: 4, 4, 4, 4, 4 status
Pierce 1: 5 status per hit
Pierce 2: 4 status per hit
Pierce 3: 4 status per hit
Pierce 4: 4 status per hit
Rapid 1: 13 status
Rapid 2: 7, 7 status
Rapid 3: 5, 5, 5 status
Rapid 4: 4, 4, 4, 4 status

Power Bottles increase damage, though I'm not sure by how much. I'm
looking at the official guide and just drawing a blank because the
modifiers they list hardly make sense.

And again, like Bowguns, Bows are affected by the distance to the
target:

X = Bonus damage (1.5x)
o = Normal damage (1.0x)
- = Penalized damage (0.8x)
. = Crippled damage (0.5x)
(blank) = no damage (0x)

                         Distance from the target
                Near             Moderate               Far
Scatter 1:   oooooooooXXXXXooo------------------.....
Scatter 2:   oooooooooXXXXXooo------------------.....
Scatter 3:   oooooooooXXXXXooo------------------.....
Scatter 4:   oooooooooXXXXXooo------------------.....
Pierce 1:    oooooXXXXooo-------....
Pierce 2:    oooooXXXXooo-------....
Pierce 3:    oooooXXXXooo-------....
Pierce 4:    oooooXXXXooo-------....
Rapid 1:     oooooooooooXXXXXXXXXXoooooooooo------...
Rapid 2:     ooooooooooXXXXXXXXXoooooooooo-----...
Rapid 3:     ooooooooooXXXXXXXXXooooooooo-----..
Rapid 4:     oooooooooXXXXXXXXooooooooo----..

You can go ahead and throw this in someone's face the next time they
wonder why their bow is so weak at long range.

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[4] Pokke Elder Quests - Offline                                   [4]
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Elder Quests! You can take these quests from the Pokke Elder in the
northeast corner of Pokke Village. These quests can only be done by
yourself - if you want to do multiplayer quests, you should go to the
Gathering Hall instead.

Elder Quests are significantly easier than Guild Quests, since they're
intended to introduce you to more and more features of the game
and slowly ease you into the world of Monster Hunter. You really
shouldn't start right away with the Guild Quests unless you've already
played Monster Hunter before, want a challenge, or want to immediately
start playing multiplayer with others.

The only downside to Elder Quests is that you cannot increase your
Hunter Rank by doing Elder Quests. Increasing your Hunter Rank lets
you get closer to Hunter Rank 4, when you can take Hard-Ranked quests,
which have new, harder monsters, and stronger weapons and armors to
be crated.

Fortunately, the ranks in the Elder Quests have equivalents to the 
Hunter Ranks: 

HR1 = 1* to 3* Elder Quests
HR2 = 4* to 5* Elder Quests
HR3 = 5* to 6* Elder Quests

If you have 6* Elder Quests, you aren't HR3 per se, but you have
access to crafting the same weapons and armor that HR3 players do.

For this reason, players who play the Elder Quests first and then
raise their Hunter Ranks find HR1 to HR3 easy or boring - either
because they've become used to fighting these monsters, because they
start the Guild Quests with HR3 equipment, or because they aren't
getting anything new every time they increase their Hunter Rank.

Well, that's enough on that subject. Read on if you want to do Elder
Quests! Skip below to Section 5 to read about Guild Quests!

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[4.1] * One Star Elder Quests                                    [4.1]
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One star quests! Everyone has to start somewhere. Most of these
quests are just gathering quests intended to get you used to the
game before feeding you to the big monsters.

There's only five one star quests, a pretty small amount compared to
how many quests you get in the other ranks. In order to advance and
unlock the two star quests, you must clear the following quests:

- Hunt the Carnivore
- Sinking Feeling
- Slay the Blangos!

And then clear the Urgent Quest, The Carnivorous Leader.

Don't gripe, it's only four quests. Certainly a lot less than how
many you'd need to do for other ranks...

Since you're just starting out, your equipment should just be the
simple starter Mafumofu armor set and a weapon of your choice. I
suggest getting an Iron weapon of that type once you're comfortable
with a weapon type, simply because Iron weapons are easier to upgrade.
There isn't much need to upgrade your armor yet, though if you have
the money to blow off, you could buy or craft Chain armor.

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[4.1.a] Mountain Herb Picking                                  [4.1.a]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 300z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    I want to pick some of this village's famous Mountain Herbs for
    my brother in town, but there are too many monsters! Could you
    please go out for me and bring back 5 Mountain Herbs?

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 5 Mountain Herbs
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Ah, Gathering Quests. Get used to them, as many of the One Star Elder
Quests are Gathering Quests.

In order to clear a Gathering Quest, simply collect the items the
quest asks for and drop them off at the Red Supply Box at camp.

Mountain Herbs are easy to find though, so think of this quest just
as an introduction to the Snowy Mountains...  you'll even get to see
a video of the Snowy Mountains if this is your first quest going
there.

The Mountain Herbs can be found in Areas 5, 6, 7, and 8. Fortunately,
you only need 5 Mountain Herbs, so just visiting Area 5 should do.

Leave camp and go to Area 1. Directly in front of you and a bit to
your right are some ledges - climb them and enter the cave to enter
Area 4. Run forward and make the first right to find some more ledges.
Climb those and enter that cave to go to Area 5.

Go forward and you should see what looks like plants growing near
ice crystals. Gather there by pressing Circle until you get the
message "There is nothing else here." Head over to the other bunch
of plants and gather some more Mountain Herbs there.

Keep gathering, even if you already have 5. Mountain Herbs are
Account Items, so the Guild will pay you some extra money and Pokke
Points for each extra Account Item you bring in. Once you get another
"There is nothing else here." message, simply go back the way you
came to camp and drop off the Mountain Herbs to finish the quest.

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[4.1.b] An Anteka in the Snow                                  [4.1.b]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 300z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    In the Eastern lands, it is said that an Anteka's antlers are
    good for one's health. I would like to test this proverb. Please
    acquire 3 of these antlers for this purpose.

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 3 Anteka Antlers
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Yet another Gathering Quest. This time, you're looking for Anteka
Antlers, which can be found by carving them from slain Anteka.

An Anteka looks like a moose with a smaller body. You can find them
in Area 2. Simply go there (figuring out how to get to Area 2 is
simple enough) and slay Anteka, then carve their bodies to get
Anteka Antlers.

They won't always give you Anteka Antlers - if you've killed all the
Anteka there and still don't have 3, just leave Area 2 and re-enter.

If you do that and you still don't have 3 (real unlucky), then you'll
have to explore the rest of Snowy Mountains looking for some more
Anteka. There's probably some in Areas 5 and 6.

Once you've got 3, drop them off at the Red Supply Box to finish the
quest. Easy enough.

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[4.1.c] Hunt the Carnivore!                                    [4.1.c]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 300z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    HELP! The children are being attacked by small, white monsters
    called Giaprey! 5 of the beasts are outside! Do something!
    Please! Think of the children!

   Clear Conditions: Slay 5 Giaprey
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "The Carnivorous Leader"
urgent quest and move up to ** Two Star Elder Quests.

Mmm, those Anteka were alright, but they didn't really fight back.
This time you need to hunt down 5 Giaprey - monsters that are actually
carnivores and built to tear apart delicious meals like you.

But no worry, you've got weapons and armor, so you should be able to
brutally slaughter the Giaprey. Anyway, this is a Slaying Quest, so
there's nothing to gather or collect and no need to return to the
Red Supply Box to finish the quest. Simply slay the target monsters
and you'll finish the quest.

You'll find three of the five Giaprey in Area 5. Just take the same
path you did for gathering Mountain Herbs to get there.

Three Giaprey at once! Giaprey aren't very strong, so they rely on
strength in numbers. They can quickly close the distance on you by
leaping at you, and like to avoid your attacks by sidestepping around.
Aside from the leap, they don't really have any quick attacks, so as 
long as you stay out of their direct line of vision, they shouldn't 
be able to hit you at all.

The Giaprey won't take many hits before they die, so you can go ahead
and rush them down. It can take anywhere from 2 to 10 hits, depending
on the weapon type you've brought and if you've managed to upgrade it
by now.

If you find that the Giaprey are dodging your attacks too much, you
should be more patient in your assault - don't attack as soon as
you're in range, but wait until the Giaprey looks like it's 
vulnerable or busy doing something other than sidestepping, then
attack it. Either that or you can just use a faster attack, though
those usually don't do nearly as much damage.

Unlike Popos and Anteka, Giaprey need to be carved pretty quickly
after they die, otherwise their corpses will disappear~ You'll get
some Giaprey items in the quest rewards, but you should probably try
to carve at least a few of them.

Once you've killed those three, turn left and go southwest until you
see a path leading to Area 3. The other two Giaprey are there. Two
Giaprey should be easier than three were (plus Area 3 is bigger and
more open), so it shouldn't take long to clean up here.

Once those two are dead, quest complete!

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[4.1.d] Sinking Feeling                                        [4.1.d]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 300z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 20 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Night)
   Quest Info:

    As usual, I went into the mountains on my hunt for Popos;
    however, today they were frightened and fled to the summit.
    Something must be up there...  Please get the Popo Tongues
    for me!

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 3 Popo Tongues
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "The Carnivorous Leader"
urgent quest and move up to ** Two Star Elder Quests.

Oh, your first quest to the Snowy Mountains at night. Neato.

Understand what a sinking feeling is? It's when you're hesitant to
do something in fear that something bad will happen. That's exactly
what happens in this quest.

The Quest Info doesn't make any mention of it, but you must also avoid
a Tigrex while doing this quest. A Tigrex is that monster you saw in
the opening video. The one that threw you off a cliff. Him.

But don't worry, you don't have to kill it. Obviously, you aren't 
ready yet to do that yet, so just stay out of his way and hunt down 
the Popos. The Popos are higher up in the mountains this time and 
not in Area 1, so it's pretty likely that you will run into Tigrex.

(Popos are the large tusked beasts that look extra meaty. The kind of
monster you'd kill for meat if you needed to feed a village. Oh, and
they can be carved twice instead of just once.)

If you see Tigrex, run! Go back to the area you were at before and
wait a while. Check now and then to see if Tigrex has left, or just
find a different path to use.

If Tigrex sees you first though,(you'll know if he's seen you because
there'll be a yellow eye icon next to your name, and he'll attack you)
he'll stay in that area and wait for you for a while, even if you
leave the area. The best thing to do is to go around that area and
take another path to where you want to go.

It might even be a good idea to let Tigrex see you, because then he'll
wait in that area and not move around, which makes it much less likely
that he'll come in and surprise you while you're cutting up Popos in
another area.

I can't advise passing through the area Tigrex is in without either
a blocking weapon or very good rolling/diving.

Once you've got the 3 Popo Tongues, drop them off in the supply box
to finish the quest. No more surprises in this quest. :)

Later on in the game, when you're able to fight Tigrex without getting
brutally slaughtered, you can use this quest to practice fighting him,
or to get Tigrex carves. If you break Tigrex's face, and then finish 
the quest by dropping off the Popo Tongues, you'll get either a Tigrex
Fang, a Tigrex Shell, or a Tigrex Skull Shell (rare) in the rewards.
You can practice against Tigrex and then simply drop off the Popo
Tongues if you discover that you can't kill him.

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[4.1.e] Slay the Blangos                                       [4.1.e]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 300z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Night)
   Quest Info:

    Whew! That was incredibly scary! On my walk up the mountain
    road, some Blangos began to chase me! I think they are still up
    there, so please slay them quickly!

   Clear Conditions: Slay 3 Blangos
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "The Carnivorous Leader"
urgent quest and move up to ** Two Star Elder Quests.

Ooooh, another hunting quest. This time you need to hunt Blangos,
which are small baboon like creatures. Slay 3 Blangos and you're done
with this quest.

All 3 of the Blangos you need to slay are in Area 8. You should know
the Snowy Mountains well enough to get there by now.

Blangos aren't very fast or strong, but they're pretty durable
compared to the Giaprey you've hunted earlier. They'll mostly rely on
two attacks - a claw swipe, and a lunge. The claw swipe is pretty
quick, but the range is short, so as long as you aren't directly in
front of the Blango, it shouldn't be able to hit you with it. The
lunge has better range, but it's a lot slower. Again, you can dodge
it easily by not standing in front of the Blango. Go around and hit
it from the side and it should go down easy.

Wasn't that easy?

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[4.1.f] Urgent Quest - The Carnivorous Leader                  [4.1.f]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    It seems that I can trust you with a difficult job like this. I'd
    like you to hund down the leader of a Giaprey pack, the Giadrome.
    I wish you a beautiful victory in our defense!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Giadrome
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any, as long as it's upgraded

Upon clearing this quest, the Pokke Elder will give you access to
** Two Star Elder Quests. This quest will move from the URGENT! quest
section to the Two Star section.

Ah, your first actual hunting quest with a real boss monster.
Giadromes are the alpha males of Giaprey - they're stronger than
regular Giaprey in every way. Giadromes have more health and do a bit
more damage when they hit. So it sounds like just a stronger Giaprey,
right?

Nope. There's a special trait to Giadrome that seperates it and all
the other bosses in this game from the regular minions you've fought
so far. Bosses don't stagger on every hit.

That's right, you could be bashing Giadrome's head in with a hammer
and he won't even care - he'll just keep attacking you. This can
result in you getting interrupted on every attack, and eventually
getting killed.

But hey, it's not that bad. You just need to rethink how you're going
to fight Giadrome. When you fought the Giaprey, I told you to just
rush them down. They didn't have much health, and every attack would
make them stagger. They couldn't really do much to you. Giadrome,
on the other hand, is easily capable of taking you to the cleaners.

So instead of rushing him down, take a patient approach to fighting
him instead. Wait for Giadrome to make himself vulnerable and
capitalize on every opening he gives you, then back off and wait for
the next opportunity to attack. If he hits you, back off and reassess
the situation.

It sounds slow, but it's how you're going to have to fight every
boss from here on out. It's something you'll need to get used to.

Aside from that, Giadrome has the same attacks and patterns as
Giaprey. Don't stand in his direct line of sight, slow down if he's
dodging you attacks too often, etc. If Giadrome isn't alone, kill all
the other enemies in the area first. It's easier to kill Giaprey with
a Giadrome in the area than it is to kill a Giadrome with Giaprey in
the area.

If this is the first time you've fought Giadrome, you'll find him in
Area 6, and see the short video for it. Otherwise, you'll probably
run into him at Area 7 or 8.

Giadrome, like most bosses, will try to flee from the area when it's
weak and near death. Don't start celebrating when you see Giadrome 
flee though - Dromes will recover a small bit of health everytime they 
change areas. Just because the Giadrome flees doesn't mean it's ready
to kick the bucket. Keep at it and it'll die soon enough, though.

How long it'll take mainly depends on how much you've managed to 
upgrade your weapon at this point in the game. If you've been visiting
your Pokke Farm in between each quest, you should have at least one
upgrade done.

Also, you're provided with tools for capturing Giadrome in this quest
(the Tranq Bombs and Shock Trap). When Giadrome is weakened enough,
you can use the Shock Trap to trap him, and then throw the Tranq Bombs
at him to capture him. You'll know Giadrome is weak enough to capture
when he flees the area.

Or you could just use the Shock Trap to get free hits on him. That
works too.

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[4.1] ** Two Star Elder Quests                                   [4.2]
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Two star quests! This party's just getting crazy! More quests with
boss monsters, though we've still got some Gathering quests and minion
Slaying quests.

There's eighteen two star quests. That's right, an entire 13 more than
you had at one star. In order to advance and unlock the three star
quests, you must clear the following quests:

- Reckless Bulldrome Hunter
- Jungle Menace
- Rarest of the Rare Beasts
- Liver of Legend

And then clear the Urgent Quest, Shadow in the Snow.

Wa-hey, five quests this time. Just because you only need to do those
four doesn't mean you should ignore the rest of the two star quests
though. Plenty of new materials to be found just by doing them...

Still wearing Mafumofu armor? Now's the time to finally drop it for
something new. The Giadrome Hides you got can be used to finish that
Giaprey armor, or you could consider making Steel or Battle armor
if you can collect the materials.

Oh, and you can now purchase Insect Thicket+1 for your Pokke Farm,
if you have the Pokke points to do so. You can gather rarer bugs from
it than with the normal Insect Thicket, including Great Ladybug and
Killer Beetle.

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[4.2.a] Gathering - Snowy Mountains                            [4.2.a]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 12z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    A gathering quest in the snowy mountains. Gather all the materials
    you can from the field, then deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to finish 
    up.

   Clear Conditions: Deliver Paw Pass Ticket
                     or Survive until Time Over
   Fail Conditions: Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This is a Free Gathering quest, about as close to free roaming as you
are ever going to get in Monster Hunter.

The Supply Box has only a Paw Pass Ticket and a Map. Delivering the
Paw Pass Ticket would clear the quest immediately. You can go around
the Snowy Mountains and gather as many materials as you can, then
deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to end the quest.

Note that there are no Hot Drinks in the Supply Box...  you'll need
to either use your own extras that you've saved, or just ignore the
faster stamina loss.

If you alternate doing these Gathering quests and visiting the Pokke
Farm, you should have plenty of materials for everything in no time.

Personally, I don't like gathering at the Snowy Mountains. I prefer
to spend my time over in other maps, but here's some places of
interest:

Honey - Area 4, near the Veggie Elder (West part of map)
Rare Mining Point - Area 8. This Mining Point is more likely to give
                    you those precious Machalite Ores and less of
                    those annoying Ice Crystals. Occasionally, you'll
                    get a Khezu Whelp, which is an account item that
                    drains your health as long as you hold onto it.
                    Either deliver it if you're almost done with the
                    quest, or Discard it.
Wyvern Eggs - Area 3. Eggs are worth good Pokke Points, but can be a
              hassle to safely deliver to Camp. The path you should
              take is 3 > 5 > 4 > 1 > Camp.
Mining Point - Areas 3, 4, 5, and 6. These are more likely to give
               you Ice Crystals, but now and then you might get an
               Iron Ore.
Paintballs - Area 7. If you're passing through, might as well pick up
             some paintballs.

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[4.2.b] Gathering - Jungle Zone                                [4.2.b]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 12z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    A gathering quest in the jungle. Gather all the materials you can
    from the field, then deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to finish up.

   Clear Conditions: Deliver Paw Pass Ticket
                     or Survive until Time Over
   Fail Conditions: Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Another Free Gathering quest, only this time it takes place in the
Jungle and not in the Snowy Mountains.

If you're going through these quests in order, this'll be the first
time you've been to the Jungle. You can use this time to look around
and get acquainted with the area.

If you alternate doing these Gathering quests and visiting the Pokke
Farm, you should have plenty of materials for everything in no time.

Here's some places of interest:

Black Pearl - Area 10. Check the Oyster in the Southeast corner of
              the island.
Honey - Areas 3, 9, and Camp. The Camp's honey are near the top of
        the vines, Area 3's are on the east side, and Area 9's are
        on the south side.
Goldenfish - Area 9. Goldenfish are worth good Pokke Points, but you
             need to have Goldenfish Bait (only Goldenfish will bite
             Goldenfish Bait, making them easier to catch).
Rare Mining Point - Area 8, middle. Mmm, machalite.
Mining Point - Areas 1, 3, 4, 7, and 9.
Wyvern Eggs - Area 7. Eggs are worth good Pokke Points, though you'll
              want to clear the area of Hermitaurs before you try to
              deliver any. Two paths this time: 7 > 3 > 4 > Camp or
              7 > 5 > 2 > 1 > Camp.

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[4.2.c] Gathering - Desert Zone                                [4.2.c]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 12z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Desert (Day)
   Quest Info:

    A gathering quest in the snowy mountains. Gather all the materials
    you can from the field, then deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to finish 
    up.

   Clear Conditions: Deliver Paw Pass Ticket
                     or Survive until Time Over
   Fail Conditions: Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This is a Free Gathering quest, about as close to free roaming as you
are ever going to get in Monster Hunter.

If you're going through these quests in order, this'll be the first
time you've been to the Desert. Again, you can use this quest to look
around and get used to the Desert.

Opposite to the Snowy Mountains, the Desert has hot zones that will
drain your health (and prevent your red health from healing) as long
as you're in them. You need to drink a Cool Drink to counteract the
effects.

Unfortunately, the Supply Box has only the usual Paw Pass Ticket and a
Map. No Cool Drinks. Though, the health drain isn't that bad, and just
like the cold effect of Snowy Mountains, it's something you can just
ignore.

If you alternate doing these Gathering quests and visiting the Pokke
Farm, you should have plenty of materials for everything in no time.

It's a good idea to NOT take the Paw Pass Ticket out of the box until
you're done with the quest. The Desert has Melynx, who like to steal
your items when they hit you. If it gets stolen, you have to kill the
Melynx to get your item back. If it gets away, you have to go to the
Felyne Drop Point at Area 8 to retrieve it. It's not that big of a
deal if they get away with something like a Potion or a Stone, but you
kinda need that Paw Pass Ticket to finish the quest.

I prefer to gather over at the Jungle, simply because you don't need
Cool Drinks or Hot Drinks for it. Here's some points of interest
anyway:

Rare Mining Point - Area 10. This Mining Point is more likely to give
                    you those precious Machalite Ores and less of
                    those annoying Ice Crystals.
Herbivore Eggs - Area 10. They're just like Wyvern Eggs, only they
                 belong to something else. Otherwise, they're exactly
                 the same...  10 > 7 > 3 > 2 > Camp is the path.
Mining Point - Areas 3, 4, and 9. Area 9 gives you trash like Ice
               Crystals and Stones.

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[4.2.d] The Carnivorous Leader                                 [4.2.d]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    It seems that I can trust you with a difficult job like this. I'd
    like you to hund down the leader of a Giaprey pack, the Giadrome.
    I wish you a beautiful victory in our defense!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Giadrome
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any, as long as it's upgraded

After you cleared Urgent Quest - The Carnivorous Leader, it disappears
from the Urgent quests and becomes this quest. Just in case you want
to do it again for Giadrome parts.

The only thing that's different this time is that the Giadrome won't
be waiting for you in Area 6, since there's no longer a video to
watch since this isn't the first time you've fought a Giadrome.

In case you already did the Giadrome quest before reading this FAQ,
and didn't read where I told you how to fight one:

Wait for Giadrome to make himself vulnerable and capitalize on every
opening he gives you, then back off and wait for the next opportunity
to attack. If he hits you, back off and reassess the situation.

It sounds slow, but it's how you're going to have to fight every
boss from here on out. It's something you'll need to get used to.

Aside from that, Giadrome has the same attacks and patterns as
Giaprey. Don't stand in his direct line of sight, slow down if he's
dodging you attacks too often, etc. If Giadrome isn't alone, kill all
the other enemies in the area first. It's easier to kill Giaprey with
a Giadrome in the area than it is to kill a Giadrome with Giaprey in
the area.

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[4.2.e] Reckless Bulldrome Hunter                              [4.2.e]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1200z
   Contract Fee: 200z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    My son decided to become a hunter and ran off after a Bulldrome
    on his own! Of course, now the tables have turned and I'm worried!
    Hunt down the Bulldrome on the snowy mountains!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Bulldrome
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "Shadow in the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to *** Three Star Elder Quests.

Mmm, another hunting quest for a Drome monster. Bulldrome is the 
Drome version of Bullfango...  who you haven't fought yet, and thus
have no idea what he'll be like (unless you've played MHFreedom).
Capcom likes to make this FAQ writing business hard. :p

Bullfangoes are creatures that resemble wild boars, only they have
bigger horns. Much bigger horns. Much like wild boars, they're
extremely aggressive - upon seeing you in the area, they'll 
immediately attempt to impale you with those horns. They're slow
though, so the common method of beating them is to just dodge a charge
and kill them before they can charge again.

Bulldrome is a bit tougher - it takes more damage to stagger him, and
he recovers from his charges a lot faster. So fast that you'll
probably only get one or two hits in on him before you have to avoid
the next incoming charge. And of course, he has more health than your
usual Bullfango - about as much as Giadrome had.

So, let's look at Bulldrome's attacks:

Charge - Bulldrome runs at you. If it hits, it hurts. It's as simple
         as that. Simply roll or get out of the way, then chase after
         him to attack him before he can get ready to charge again.

Taunt - He likes to use this a lot when you don't play aggressively,
        probably to bait you into attacking. Bulldrome makes some
        noise and shakes his head around a little bit. Taunts never
        seem to work out the way monsters want them to though, and
        Bulldrome's taunt leaves him open and vulnerable to attack
        for a good length of time.

Quick Turn - Bulldrome gets back on his hind legs for a moment, makes
             an angry sound, and quickly does a 180, attempting to 
             hit you with his horns.

A problem people have had with Bulldrome is that he combos them - as
soon as your hunter recovers from a charge attack and gets back up,
Bulldrome is charging at you again and hits you before you can do
anything about it. I've personally never had it happen to me, so I'm
not sure if this actually does happen.

So yeah, fighting Bulldrome is like fighting Bullfango. Dodge the
charge, hit him a few times, dodge the charge, hit him a few times,
rinse and repeat. As long as you avoid getting hit, you should have
no trouble with Bulldrome at all.

Bulldrome migrates around the Areas 6, 7, and 8, in a counter
clockwise direction. Simply go through those three areas clockwise
and you should run into him soon enough. If this is the first time
you've fought one, he'll be waiting for you in Area 7.

Just like Giadrome, Bulldrome will flee when he's almost dead (and
he'll also heal when he changes areas). And again like the Giadrome
quest, you've got a Shock Trap and Tranq Bombs supplied to you. Use
the Shock Trap to get free hits or to capture him, it's up to you.

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[4.2.f] Slay the Giaprey!                                      [4.2.f]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    A pack of 20 Giaprey have been preying on my Popos! They're too
    much for me to handle and now they're back! Please get rid of them
    for me! Hunters, this is your chance!

   Clear Conditions: Slay 20 Giaprey
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Chance? Chance for what?

This is the same as the Hunt the Carnivore! quest you already did,
only this time you need 20 Giaprey instead of 5. Oh, and there'll be
a Giadrome moving around the map too. Neat.

20 is a rather large number, and you might be wondering just where
would all 20 Giaprey be if there's only 2 or 3 per area.

After you've killed the Giaprey in an area and their corpses fade,
new Giaprey might respawn in that area. There's a limit to how many
Giaprey you can fight in one area though.

You can speed up the respawning process by leaving and re-entering
the area. If there aren't any Giaprey there, you need to move onto
the next area. You'll need to do this often for some of the other 
Hunt 20+ something quests, so remember it.

Aside from that, nothing new. If you run into Giadrome, you can kill
him or just ignore him while you focus on the Giaprey.

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[4.2.g] The Pack of Blangos                                    [4.2.g]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Night)
   Quest Info:

    I request that you slay the Blangos rampaging through the
    mountains... A Bulldrome was also spotted in the area.
    Successfully avoid the Bulldrome and go about your mission.

   Clear Conditions: Slay 5 Blangos
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Ugh. This is again, another quest you've already done, but this time
you need 5 Blangos instead of 3. This time, there'll be a Bulldrome
moving around the map too.

5 isn't even that many. Three of them are in Area 8, the other two
in Area 7. You might run into Bulldrome, but you can just kill the
Blangos in the area and ignore him anyway.

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[4.2.h] The Taboo of Negligence!                               [4.2.h]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 300z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Night)
   Quest Info:

    I want to pick some of this village's famous Mountain Herbs for
    my brother in town, but there are too many monsters! Could you
    please go out for me and bring back 5 Mountain Herbs?

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 15 Mountain Herbs
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Another repeat quest. At least this one is sorta interesting.

This time, you need to deliver 15 Mountain Herbs instead of just 5.
Oh, and you only have 20 minutes to do it this time. It's also Night
this time, though that doesn't really make a bit of difference.

Hopefully you remember where the Mountain Herbs are - Areas 5, 6, 7,
and 8. You should get 8-10 in Area 5, 2 in Area 6, and 6 in Area 8.

Drop them off and celebrate the fact you're done with the repeat
quests...  for now.

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[4.2.i] Hunt Down the Velocidrome!                             [4.2.i]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    It seems a large carnivore appeared as my wife was gathering
    mushrooms! There is no way I can let her out to pick mushrooms
    now... Help us defend the safety of the villagers!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Velocidrome
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Boo, just as the repeat quests were coming to an end. This isn't
exactly a repeat quest, but it's pretty close to being one.

Velocidrome are the Drome versions of Velociprey, who are almost
exactly like Giaprey in every single way (The only difference is
Velociprey look different and don't spit ice). Velocidrome, as a
result, is almost exactly like Giadrome. The only real difference
is that Velocidrome doesn't spit ice and he doesn't live in snowy
areas.

Don't worry, not all of the fights in this game are going to be like
this. Hopefully you've done enough Jungle Gathering quests to be 
used to the Jungle by now. You should find the Velocidrome in the
Area 5, 6, and 7 area. If this is the first time you've fought one,
he'll be waiting for you in Area 8.

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[4.2.j] Jungle Menace                                          [4.2.j]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1500z
   Contract Fee: 250z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Night)
   Quest Info:

    I want you to hunt and kill the giant bird-like monster that has
    appeared in our jungle. It's wreaking havoc on our environment
    and must be stopped!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Yian Kut-Ku
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "Shadow in the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to *** Three Star Elder Quests.

Ah, finally, something new. Yian Kut-Ku is the first real wyvern
you'll fight in this game, and the first monster who has multiple
hitzones. I'll need to explain those...

Everything you've fought up to this point has had only one hitzone.
It didn't matter if you hit Giadrome in the face or in the legs, your
attacks did the same amount of damage. Yian Kut-Ku, and mostly every
other boss from this point has multiple hitzones - if you hit him
in the legs, it'll only do about 1/3rd as much damage as if you had
hit him in the face. That's because his legs are a different hitzone
from his head.

The difference between doing this quest in 3 minutes and doing it in
20 minutes revolves mainly around these hitzones. If you just hit Yian 
Kut-Ku wherever, you're going to take a long time. If you focus all of
your attacks on his weakpoint instead, you'll be done with this quest
in no time.

However, there's another thing I need to explain..  Impact damage,
Cut damage, and Gun damage. Each hitzone also takes different amounts 
of damage from each damage type. The weakpoint for Impact weapons
might not be the same as they are for Cut weapons, or the same for 
Gun weapons.

If you have one of these weapons, you have an Impact weapon:
Hammer or Hunting Horn

If you have one of these weapons, you have a Cut weapon:
Sword and Shield, Dual Swords, Long Sword, Great Sword, Gunlance

If you have one of these weapons, you have a Gun weapon:
Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun, Bow

These two will do either Impact or Cut damage, whichever is highest:
Bow's melee attack and Lances

Whew, ok, got all of the essentials explained.

Yian Kut-Ku's Impact weakpoint is pretty much any bodypart that isn't
his legs. His Head is the weakest of all, though. His Cut weakpoint
are the wings, and his Gun weakpoints are his head, stomach, and
wings (head is weakest).

Of course, some damage is still better than no damage. If you can't
hit the weakpoint, you might as well hit something else.

Now you know where to attack, now for when to attack! Just like
Giadrome and Bulldrome, you need to wait for Yian Kut-Ku to make
himself vulnerable, then attack while it's safe to do so. YKK might
have the durability of a bundle of sticks, but he's also one of the
fastest monsters in the game. Don't give him a single chance to hit 
you or you could get nailed by a 100% combo.

So, Yian Kut-Ku's attacks:

Peck - This is why YKK is considered a Bird Wyvern. He'll peck forward
       a short distance, taking a step forward each time. It doesn't
       appear to be much of an attack, and doesn't even hurt very
       much when it does hit - but try to block it and you'll get your
       guard broken for sure. He recovers from this attack pretty
       quickly, though you can still attack him with a quick attack.

Leaping Peck - The same as his Peck, only YKK leaps forward a good
               distance before doing it. He likes to catch you with
               this when you think it's safe to stand far away from
               him. His feet will also do minor damage if you get
               trampled by them - though sometimes getting hit by
               his feet causes the rest of the attack to miss you
               completely.

Tail Swing - The tail swing. Almost every monster has it, so get used
             to it. YKK does a 180 turn counter clockwise, then
             another turn. When in Rage Mode, these are approxmiate
             160 degree turns instead of 180. Though YKK looks like
             he's biting during the attack, only the tail can hurt
             you - so as long as you're on his left side (your right),
             he can't surprise you with this attack. The faster
             weapons are capable of punishing this attack and
             following the tail, so that you can punish him further if
             he does it again (YKK likes to do Tail Swings when you're
             close to him).

Flame Shot - YKK spits out a bunch of flame towards you. It descends
             quickly, so it usually hits the ground before it hits
             you, but it does splash damage when it hits the ground.
             Not too painful, though YKK recovers from this quickly.

Flame Shot x 4 - YKK rears up on his legs and spits out four flame
                 shots in a trapezoid pattern. The shots are easy
                 enough to dodge if you're near him, and he's
                 vulnerable to attack during the whole thing. Though
                 unfortunately, his head and wings are usually out of
                 reach...

Charge - Same as Bulldrome's, only it's harder to dodge because YKK
         is...  a lot bigger. YKK can also stop mid-charge to do
         any other attack - an annoying trait you'll find in many of
         the other monsters who can charge. If he travels more than
         a certain distance, he'll trip and slide across the floor.
         In some Charges, YKK will spit fireballs to his sides while
         running. Since he alternates between left and right and his
         fireballs suck, it's not likely that he'll hit you though.
         You can attack him as he gets up if he trips.

Fly Back - YKK flaps his wings, causing him to fly a short distance
           behind him. This creates two waves of Wyvern Wind - one
           when he gets off the floor and a second as he starts to
           land. The first wave is nothing to worry about - if you get
           hit by it, you'll recover from it before YKK does. The
           second wave can potentially set you up for a combo though,
           so be careful trying to punish this without Wind Res (it's
           best to just not try it without Wind Res).

Taunt - Ah, one of the few things that YKK doesn't quickly recover
        from doing. He scratches the floor, laughs four times, and
        makes his screeching sound. This is a big opening - long
        enough to nail him in the weakpoint with one of your slow but
        strong attacks or a long combo.

Oh, and I mentioned Rage Mode in there somewhere. When you do enough
damage to a monster or do certain things to it, the monster will
become enraged and go into Rage Mode. Monsters in Rage Mode are
usually faster and hit harder - some also take less damage from your
attacks (YKK doesn't). If you can't tell from the speed boost, you
can also know if a monster is in Rage Mode if there are flames coming
from it's mouth.

Yian Kut-Ku's ears are big and sensitive, so throwing a Sonic Bomb
at him will stun him for a short moment and hold him perfectly still
- good for getting in free hits. The trade-off is that the Sonic
Bomb will immediately put him into Rage Mode. It's unlikely that you
have Sonic Bombs at this point in the game, but if you do, it's
something to consider.

Throwing a Sonic Bomb also makes Yian Kut-Ku drop its "shiny" item,
which you can then pick up off the floor just like any other floor
gathering.

Sooo, fighting YKK isn't all that different from fighting the
monsters you've fought so far. Stay out of his direct line of sight.
Avoid the attacks, punish the attacks that can be safely punished,
don't get hit...   When circling around YKK to stay out of his line
of sight, you'll want to circle around to his left (your right) or
counter clockwise - this is because his Tail Swing goes counter
clockwise as well - going around him in this direction allows you to
avoid the first half of the Tail Swing (which should also let you
avoid the second half with ease). 

When Yian Kut-Ku is weak enough to capture, his ears will droop and
he'll try to flee to Area 6 where it can go to sleep (it'll slowly 
regenerate health while sleeping). Note that his ears can also be
shredded - this isn't the same as drooping. When you focus your
attacks on the head, you'll eventually "break" it, causing YKK's ears 
to droop. You'll get a Kut-Ku Ear in the quest rewards for breaking 
the ears.

Until you're experienced with fighting Yian Kut-Ku, you'll probably
need to fight him in the cautious method (It's very much possible
to beat YKK only attacking him when he taunts). Once you're better
at recognizing what you can and can't safely punish and how to avoid
them, you can fight YKK with the rushdown approach.

YKK has low health compared to the other wyverns in this game, and is
a popular choice for farming zenny - many players can kill one in less
than two minutes, and the carves and rewards you get for killing one
are pretty decent at this point in the game.

If this is the first time you've fought YKK, he'll be waiting for
you in Area 6. Otherwise, wait for him in Area 1 (You'll want to clear
that Bullfango out first)

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[4.2.k] Rarest of the Rare Beasts                              [4.2.k]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1500z
   Contract Fee: 250z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Night)
   Quest Info:

    Do you know of a pink, fanged beast that roams the jungle? That
    beast has dirtied my shop beyond hope! It's impossible to clean
    up! Get rid of it before I'm soiled again!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Congalala
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

I like how the guy who requests this quest says he'll never get clean,
yet he wants you to kill Congalala before he gets dirty again.

This quest must be completed to unlock the "Shadow in the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to *** Three Star Elder Quests.

Anyway, Congalala is a large, pink gorilla. In comparison to Yian
Kut-Ku, he's a bit slower, but also takes less damage from attacks,
which tends to give newer players trouble because he manages to
outlast them.

But, you know, he's slower, so you get more opportunities to attack
him. It should balance out as long as you don't get reckless. :)

Congalala's weakpoint for every weapon type is his Face. Isn't that
simple? Unfortunately, Congalala's attacks make it difficult to hit
his face consistantly, at least not without eating a world of hurt.
The rest of his body still takes decent damage though, and decent
damage is still better than none.

Charge - Bulldrome had it, Yian Kut-Ku had it, and Congalala has it
         too. Congalala's charge isn't anywhere near as dangerous
         though, since gorillas aren't really built for running. He
         usually won't charge more than a short distance. You can
         get in a few attacks when he's done running.

Body Splash - Congalala bounces up into the air and attempts to
              splash you. This attack is pretty easy to dodge if you
              see it coming, but sometimes Congalala uses this to 
              dodge your attacks and attack you at the same time.

Backstep - Congalala leaps back a bit. It's pretty fast, but it's
           nothing to be worried about. It's just annoying :)

Claw swipes - Congalala swipes four times, the fourth swipe being so
              powerful that Congalala falls forward onto his back. If
              you're on his left (your right) side, this is your
              opportunity to get some hits in on his face.

Inhale - Congalala gets on his rear legs and inhales deeply, causing
         his stomach to stick out. He then exhales and falls forward,
         hurting you with the splash if you're in range. The stomach
         will deflect almost all attacks while he's inhaling - attack
         it and you're almost guaranteed to get hit by the splash.
         Instead, just attack his rear legs.

Breath Attack - Congalala eats the mushroom he's carrying on his tail
                and breathes fire in a 180 degree arc in front of him.
                (If he's carrying a rock, he'll breathe poison 
                instead). The range on it is pretty short and it's
                pretty easy to see coming, so it's not too likely
                you'll get hit by it.

Fart - As far as I know, Congalala only does this to signal that he's
       going into Rage Mode. Causes Odor, that's why you were given
       Deodorants in the Supply Box.

Taunt - Congalala sniffs the air around him. He usually does this
        before he changes areas or flees.

As usual, stay out of his direct line of sight, and try to stay on his
left side (your right) so that you can hit him in the face when he
does the claw swipes. Hit it til it dies, don't get hit, and you
should be done with this quest in no time.

A Fire weapon will break Congalala's horn, if you focus your attacks
on it for long enough. You probably don't have a Fire weapon yet,
but it's something to consider later on when you do and need Congalala
items.

If you focus your attacks on Congalala's tail, it'll drop the item
it's carrying as a "shiny" item. This also disables his breath attack,
though imo it's still hardly worth doing.

Congalala will be waiting for you in Area 3, if this is your first
time fighting one. Even if it isn't, I'm fairly sure Area 3 is
where you'd be able to find him.

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[4.2.l] Hunt the Rare Forest Congas!                           [4.2.l]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    I took a trip to the jungle and saw some beautiful pink animals
    with fangs. But then when I tried to pet them from my carriage,
    the beasts made a stink on me! I can't get it off! Punish those
    meanies!

   Clear Conditions: Slay 10 Congas
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Mmm. 10 Congas. By now you should be getting the hang of these Hunt
XX Monsters quests... but I'll explain how to fight Congas anyway.

Congas are the little pink gorillas. If you already did Rarest of the
Rare Beasts, you probably saw a few Congas while you were fighting
Congalala.

Conga's attacks are simple. He's got the charge - it's not nearly as
fast as Bullfango's or any other monster's charge, seeing as gorillas
aren't really built for running on all fours...  should be pretty
easy to dodge. 

Conga also has a body splash where he'll bounce up into the air and
try to land on you. This has the annoying tendency to happen just as
you're swinging at it - so Conga avoids your attack and gets ready to
attack you at the same time.

And of course, they have the farting attack, which will afflict you
with Odor if it connects. Which is why you're supplied with
Deodorants for this quest.

Though it doesn't really matter anyway, since you should just rushdown
the Congas anyway. There's only 10 of them, they won't survive long
enough for the damage or Odor to make a difference.

There are 3 Congas in Area 9 (1 respawn), 2 in Area 2 (2 respawn), and 
2 in Area 3. So, just go Area 4 > 3 > 9 > 3 > 9 > 2 > 5 > 2 and clear
out the Congas you encounter.

Oh, there's also a Velocidrome in this quest, but it's unlikely you'll
run into him unless you dawdle in Area 5.

This is a good quest for getting Kelbi Horns (used for making Ancient
Potions) - there are Kelbi in Area 3 and the quest doesn't take very
long to do.

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[4.2.m] Attack of the Giant Bugs!                              [4.2.m]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    My village is under attack by a swarm of bug monsters! It seems
    there are about 20 of them. One by one they are not a threat, but
    as a group they are deadly. So be careful.

   Clear Conditions: Slay 20 Vespoids
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any fast weapon

Vespoids are the large flying insects half your size. They can 
paralyze you if they hit you, setting you up to get hit even more by 
the other enemies in the area.

Vespoids also like to dodge your attacks, which can make hunting 20 of
them frustrating. To further add to the frustration, their bodies will
shatter upon death, leaving nothing for you to carve.

If you use a Poison weapon (or Poison Smoke Bombs, Poison Coatings, or
Poison bowgun ammo) and the Vespoid dies from the Poison, the body
will fall harmlessly to the floor so you can carve.

The other insects in this quest are Hornetaurs - though you don't need
to kill them for this quest, it's suggested that you do anyway
simply because they'll annoy you to no end if kept alive. Plus,
they're easier to kill anyway, might as well deal with them first.

Pretty much every area will have Vespoids. Be sure to leave and
re-enter areas to make them respawn if possible.

If you need Monster Fluid for anything, carving up Vespoids and
Hornetaurs is an efficient way to get one. You could also just do this
quest over and over and hope you get some in rewards, but it's
probably easier to just get a Poison weapon and carve them up.

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[4.2.n] Collect to Combine                                     [4.2.n]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    An affinity towards combining is important, but so are fresh
    materials! Special Mushrooms from the jungle are sure to improve
    your hunting life and wallet! Gather 10 of them!

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 10 Special Mushrooms
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest requestor sounds like she's trying to sell me some Special
Mushrooms.

Anyway, a Gathering quest. Just like with the Mountain Herbs, you need
to set out and get 10 of these shrooms and drop them off.

There's also a Velocidrome in the area, but by now you should be able
to clean the floor with one of them with no problem. It doesn't really
matter anyway, because this quest will probably take you a minute to
do.

From camp, head to Area 1. On your left, you should see a big pink
mushroom. 2-3 Special Mushrooms here. Head towards the number 1 on
your map and you should see another mushroom. 6 Mushrooms here. Go
to Area 2 and head towards the exit to Area 3, in front of the big
tree by the exit is a mushroom, another 6 Mushrooms there.

See? Quick and easy. Head back to camp however you want.

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[4.2.o] Hunt the Gendrome                                      [4.2.o]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Desert (Day)
   Quest Info:

    My caravans are being hit by packs of Genprey. It appears there
    is an extraordinarily powerful boss among them! Hunt down the
    monster and make the roads safe again for all!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Gendrome
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Yawn, a Gendrome. Gendrome is yet another Drome monster who is almost
exactly the same as Velocidrome and Giadrome.

Gendrome's distinguishing feature? His attacks can paralyze you. All
the more reason to avoid getting hit by the guy, though by now you
should be experienced enough with fighting these Dromes that you'll
have no problem with this at all.

This quest is in the Desert though, your first non Gathering quest
to the Desert. The Supply Box will supply you with Cool Drinks, so
don't worry about that.

Gendrome is usually found running around Areas 5, 9, 6, 4, 2, 1, 5,
in that order. Just go backwards and you'll eventually run into him.

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[4.2.p] The Land Shark                                         [4.2.p]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1200z
   Contract Fee: 200z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Desert (Day)
   Quest Info:

    Our pack-animals were eaten by something in the desert. But nobody
    actually saw the monster attack! Track down this vile beast and
    take it out!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Cephadrome
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

It's not another Velociraptor Drome boss! Really! Cephadrome is the
drome version of Cephalos, a fish wyvern that spends a majority of
the time swimming in the sand.

Cephadrome's main weakpoint is his neck for all three weapon types.
If you're using a Gun weapon, his back/dorsal fin takes as much
damage as the neck. Cutting and Impact weapons can also attack the
back, though you're better off just going for the neck, usually.
Cephadrome actually takes more damage on his stomach with Impact/Cut
weapons, but his neck is so easy to attack that you should just go
for the neck instead.

Cephadrome, in comparison to everything else you've fought, is a
weakling. That's right, I said it. He has about as much health as
Yian Kut-Ku, but takes so much damage at his weakpoints that he'll
die in about half the time. Not to mention he's easy to fight because
he's pathetically slow and slow-minded.

While it's in the sand, you can only attack its dorsal fin. Obviously,
the fight will be much easier if you force Cephadrome out of the
sand so he won't be moving around so much. You can force him out
either by doing a ton of damage to the dorsal fin, or with an 
explosion (Sonic Bombs, Bombs, or Crag S).

Fortunately, you get some Sonic Bombs in the Supply Box. More than
enough for Cephadrome. Throw the Sonic Bomb so that it explodes near
Cephadrome and he'll be forced out. Make sure to hit him as he flops
around, otherwise he's likely to just jump back into the sand.

Once he's on land, Cephadrome is pretty easy to fight and has only a
few attacks in his arsenal:

Sand Shot - Cephadrome will rear back a bit, then spit out a burst
            of sand in a straight line. It's more beam-like than Yian
            Kut-Ku's, but again, it has short range since Ceph tends
            to aim it at the floor. This is the best chance you have
            to attack Cephadrome's neck, because he takes a loooong
            time to recover from this.

Hip Check - The dreaded hip check. Hunters despise this attack because
            it has deceptively large range. If you're standing on
            Cephadrome's right (your left), you're going to get hit
            by it. It's just inevitable. In the off chance that he
            does a hip check and misses you, you can get in a few hits
            in with a fast weapon.

Tail Swing - Cephadrome's Tail Swing goes clockwise, and like every
             other tail swinger, he does two 180 degree tail swings.
             If you're on his left, you're probably going to get
             hit by it.

Leap - Cephadrome leaps forward as far as he can with his two swimmer
       legs. There are two forms of this attack - Cephadrome uses
       one leap to go back to swimming. The other leap, he merely
       slides across the sand. Either way, there's not much you can
       do about it once he does it, aside from dodge it.

Is Cephadrome back in the sand? He's got a few attacks there too...

Fin Attack - Not an attack, per se, but if Cephadrome's fin hits you
             while he's swimming, it'll knock you on your butt and
             do pitiful damage.

Surface - If Cephadrome suddenly stops while swimming and you're near
          by, he's going to do this. He dives deeper in so his fin
          disappears, then resurfaces a short distance away. He'll
          roar, and then spit either a single sand shot, or a beam of
          sand that covers a wide arc in front of him. Fortunately,
          the attack setup is so slow that you'll see it coming and
          can get ready behind him to attack him once he's momentarily
          out of the sand. This is your main opportunity to get him
          out of the sand if you have trouble hitting his dorsal fin.

Leap - Hey, he does it in the sand too! Again, after the leap, he'll
       either slide across the sand or land back in it and go back
       to swimming. For some odd reason, this attack can paralyze you.

Between the Hip Check and Tail Swing, it sounds like Cephadrome is
nearly untouchable, right? Well, he's not a very bright wyvern. In
fact, Cephadrome is the easiest wyvern to AI exploit. AI Exploits? It 
sounds like a dirty tactic, but hey, if your target is an idiot, why 
not take advantage of it?

As long as you stand a good distance away from Cephadrome when he's
out of the sand, he will do Sand Shot almost every single time. So,
what you should do is bait him into doing a Sand Shot, then attack his
neck a few times. Afterwards, simply roll away before he can do a
Hip Check or Tail Swing. Repeat until he's dead, which shouldn't take
long since Cephadrome takes high damage from everything.

Cephadrome will be waiting for you in Area 2.

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[4.2.q] Liver of Legend!                                       [4.2.q]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 1200z
   Contract Fee: 200z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Desert (Day)
   Quest Info:

    Hello sirs and madams! I deal in rare items that I find in the
    desert. Recently I've got a buyer for Piscine Wyvern and Sand 
    Wyvern livers. Deliver 3 of them to me!

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 3 Piscine Livers
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Piscine is French for "fish", by the way.

This quest must be completed to unlock the "Shadow in the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to *** Three Star Elder Quests.

This Gathering quest involves killing Cephalos and carving them for
their Piscine Livers. You need three of them. You'll find the
Cephalos in Area 2.

Well, Cephalos are little fishy wyverns that swim in the sand. You
can only tell where they are by looking for their top fins going
through the sand. Just like Cephadrome, they're a lot easier to fight 
when you can get them out of the sand.

Getting Cephalos out of the sand is done the same way you get
Cephadrome out of the sand. You can either force it out by attacking
the top fin until it comes out, or you can use an explosion to blast
them out (Bombs, Crag S, or Sonic Bombs)

Fortunately, you get four Sonic Bombs in the Supply Box. Enough for
four Cephadrome. If you're lucky, you'll get the three Livers. If you
aren't, well, there's the attacking the fin method...

Attacking the fin sounds hard, but after a while, you should get the
hang of timing your attacks to hit the fin. I personally find it
easier to do with the slow weapons, since they hit so hard that the
Cephalos gets forced out in one or two hits instead of seven or eight.

You've already fought one big Cephadrome, so fighting Cephalos should
be no problem - they're practically the same monster, just with
different sizes and health.

There's a Gendrome in the area, too. Oooh, scary.

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[4.2.r] Gone Fishin'                                           [4.2.r]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    Fishing. It carries on in the hearts of children and remains a
    simple pleasure for adults. Hearken back to a simpler time and
    bring me back 2 of the desert's most precious gift... Goldenfish!

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 2 Goldenfish
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

DO NOT TAKE THIS QUEST WITHOUT AT LEAST TWO GOLDENFISH BAIT IN YOUR 
INVENTORY. I SUGGEST BRINGING FOUR.

There, I said it. Goldenfish Bait is created by combining Snakebee
Larva + Firefly. Both items can be found in the Pokke Farm or bought
from the Red Cat Merchant.

Having Goldenfish Bait is essential to this quest - only Goldenfish
will try to bite it. Try to use any other bait and you'll have to
deal with all the other fish who will go for your bait first, which
will make this quest take ten times longer than it needs to (not to
mention you'll probably run out of bait).

The Goldenfish are in Area 1. Head there and kill everything else,
because there's nothing more annoying than being interrupted while
fishing. Check the pool of water for any fish that look like they
could be Goldenfish - they're big, long, and gold.

If there's no Goldenfish in there, simply leave and re-enter Area 1.
Check again. Repeat if there's no Goldenfish. This can take a while,
be patient.

Once you finally do get a Goldenfish, switch to your Goldenfish Bait
and use it on the pool of water (If it's X'd out, just run around
until you find the spot where you can use it).

Fishing is pretty simple, especially since only one fish will be
going for your bait. Just watch it as it swims around and get ready
when it comes near your bait. Press X when it bites AND PULLS THE
BAIT UNDER THE WATER. Simply pressing X when it bites will not catch
the fish. Pressing X too late will result in you losing your bait,
which is why I suggested bringing four Goldenfish Bait.

If the Goldenfish isn't biting (it'll take a while, it likes to swim
around and enjoy the lazy life of being a solid gold fish) for a long
time, it probably isn't a Goldenfish. Burst Arrowana look exactly like
Goldenfish, except they're green (which, in the Desert light, can look
like gold). Shake your fist at your PSP and go back to leaving and
re-entering the area.

This is a time-consuming and rather unenjoyable quest. Most people
put it off until later, since it's not essential for anything... yet.

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[4.2.s] Urgent Quest - Shadow in the Snow                      [4.2.s]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 2100z
   Contract Fee: 350z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    If it's not one thing, it's another, right? Near the village, a 
    strange flying wyvern called a Khezu has been spotted. It is 
    strong, but I believe you can handle it. Do your very best!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Khezu
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Viper Bite (SnS), Chief Scythe (DS), 
                      Ravager Blade (GS), Iron Katana "Gospel" (LS),
                      Iron Striker (H), War Drum (HH), 
                      Paladin Lance (L), Steel Gunlance (GL),
                      Rapidcaster (HBG), Shotgun(White) (LBG), 
                      Kut Ku Stave I (Bow)

Upon clearing this quest, the Pokke Elder will give you access to
*** Three Star Elder Quests. This quest will move from the URGENT!
quest section to the Three Star section.

Oh look, I'm finally suggesting weapons. I suggest not doing this
quest until you've upgraded your weapon to one of these points - the
difference between fighting Khezu with Bone Club and fighting him with
Iron Striker is the Iron Striker will get the quest done 10-15 minutes
sooner. The less time you spend out on the field, the less likely
you're going to die the three times necessary to fail the quest,
amirite?

As for armor, pretty much anything will do, as long as it gets you
more than 40 defence. 60+ Defence should be more than enough for 
Khezu. Defence is more important than Thunder Res, but if you've 
got -25 or worse Thunder Res, you might want to consider something 
different unless it gives you good Armor Skills.

Compared to what you've fought so far, Khezu is a bit like Congalala..
They both take relatively low damage from all attacks, and they're
both pretty slow attackers. Often, newer hunters will get annoyed at
how slowly the battle is going, and rush in recklessly - which usually
ends up in you getting countered badly by Khezu while he takes almost
no damage. Not good.

Patience is the key to Khezu until you have the equipment to straight
out overpower him.

Khezu khezu khezu. His attacks are as following:

Electric Body - Khezu glows blue and rears his head back a bit to 
                attack. Khezu's entire body becomes covered in
                electricity - making it difficult to attack him
                without getting hurt yourself. A few weapons have
                the range to attack Khezu through Electric Body, but
                only the Hammer/Lance/Gunlance can do it safely. This
                is blockable, so immediately go for the block if you
                don't think you can avoid it in time.

Thunder Ball - Khezu rears his head back and gets ready to attack, but
               he doesn't glow blue - instead, he shoots the lightning
               in a forward direction, affecting a long cone area in
               front of him. You can get hit by his head when he drops
               it for this attack, so watch out for that. As long as
               you don't get hit by it though, it's a good opportunity
               to attack Khezu. This is unblockable, so don't try.

Leap - Khezu sways his head around a bit, then leaps forward a good
       distance. If you're directly next to Khezu, you might get hit
       by his feet, which won't hurt much. If he lands on you, expect
       it to hurt.

Electric Leap - Same attack, bigger hitbox. Khezu covers himself with
                electricity before leaping, making the attack even
                more dangerous and giving it bigger range (unlike the
                normal leap, it's not safe to stand near Khezu as he
                does this). It also has the tendency to guard break,
                so you're better off trying to dodge it.

Bite - Khezu extends his neck a good distance in front of him and 
       attempts to bite you. You really shouldn't be in front of Khezu
       anyway, so you should have no trouble avoiding this.

Tail Swing - Not much of an attack since Khezu has a cutely small
             tail. You should be familiar enough with the tail swing
             by now and be able to land quite a few hits on Khezu
             while he's swinging.

Roar - Khezu's roar is a long one - if you get hit by it, you're going
       to be stunned for a while. On the other hand, if you block it,
       you've got a small opening to attack him. If Khezu is in Rage
       Mode, he can combo you off of a roar. You can help prevent this
       by making sure you're never in front of him when he roars - if
       you're behind or at his side, he has to spend time turning,
       which might be long enough for you to recover and avoid getting
       comboed.

Sniff - Khezu does this whenever he goes into Rage Mode. It's not as
        long as you think it would be, so be careful while attacking
        him through it.

This time I didn't really say if Khezu recovers quickly or not from
these attacks, because he recovers pretty slowly from all of them.
However, Khezu doesn't need to face you to do an Electric Body, so
even though he recovers slowly, he's able to attack you again much
faster than another wyvern who would have to turn to face you first.
Keep that in mind as you punish his attacks, and always be ready to
block or dodge an Electric Body if you see it coming.

Now, as for where to attack Khezu. Gunning weapons have an advantage
over Khezu, since they still do decent damage to him. His Gun 
weakpoint is the Head and Neck. His Impact weakpoint is the Head,
though the Neck and Back are also good. Cutting weapons have a harder
time with Khezu though - his weakpoint is the Neck and NOT the Head.
Hitting Khezu's neck consistently is a pain in the neck, because
half the time you will hit Wing or Head on accident. Khezu's Stomach
and Back also take decent damage from Cutting weapons.

Of course, there's also the knockdown method. Instead of focusing on
Khezu's weakpoints, simply attack his legs from behind. It's fairly
easy to hit the legs consistently, and it's pretty safe. Though the
legs don't take much damage, hitting them enough from behind will make
Khezu fall over, giving you a chance to safely attack his proper
weakpoint.

Aside from that, the usual tactics for fighting monsters. Don't stand
directly in his line of sight. Kill other enemies in the area first if
they can potentially get in your way. Wait for openings to attack.
...You should know the rest by now.

When Khezu is weak enough to capture, he likes to...  stand perfectly
still. Sometimes he'll just stand there for 20 seconds, sometimes for
5. Eventually he'll get up and fly towards Area 3 so he can sleep.

Khezu is blind, by the way, so there won't be an eye icon indicating
that he sees you (because he can't), even though he knows you're
there. As a result of this, you can't use dives, so remember that you
can't rely on those for Khezu.

Khezu can also walk on cave ceilings, which he might do in Area 3.
Just stay away from his shadow until he comes back down. If he drops
acid from the cave ceiling, you can pick it up as a "shiny" item.

If this is the first time you've fought Khezu, he'll be waiting for
you in Area 3. Otherwise, you can find him at Area 7 (Area 6 if you're
fast). If you forgot Hot Drinks or are slow, you can wait for him
in Area 1 instead.

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[4.3] *** Three Star Elder Quests                                [4.3]
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Don't give up, you're almost halfway there!

Three star quests, now the game's picking up. There's a few more
repeat quests, but now we're starting to see some original boss
monsters that aren't velociraptors.

There's eighteen three star quests. Eighteen. Again. In order to 
advance and unlock the three star quests, you must clear the 
following quests:

- Blango Slaying Tactics
- The Lurking Desert Giant
- Gypceros: Venomous Terror
- A Killing From Mushrooms

And then clear the Urgent Quest, The Ruler of the Snow.

Wa-hey, five quests this time. One of which is a repeat though, so
it won't take long.

You've got more armor options now. If you've been farming the Yian
Kut-Ku for money, you could also consider making his armor set.
The Khezu armor sets give Rec Speed, which is a very handy armor skill
if you can get it to 10.

Oh, and you can now purchase Trenya's Boat for your Pokke Farm, if you 
have the Pokke points to do so. You should already have Trenya's Boat 
if you downloaded it using the Download option at the main menu, 
though. Trenya's Boat allows you to get various items from each of the
zones, but at the cost of Pokke Points for each trip.

You'll begin to notice this is where Capcom starts to throw quests
at you involving monsters you've already fought, just on a different
area. If you've done enough Free Gathering quests, you should
eventually get used enough to all the areas and it won't matter to you 
where you fight a monster anymore.

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[4.3.a] Gathering - Swamp Zone                                 [4.3.a]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 12z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Swamp (Day)
   Quest Info:

    A gathering quest in the swamp. Gather all the materials you can 
    from the field, then deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to finish up.

   Clear Conditions: Deliver Paw Pass Ticket
                     or Survive until Time Over
   Fail Conditions: Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Same quest, new area.

This is a Free Gathering quest, about as close to free roaming as you
are ever going to get in Monster Hunter.

The Supply Box has only a Paw Pass Ticket and a Map. Delivering the
Paw Pass Ticket would clear the quest immediately. You can go around
the Snowy Mountains and gather as many materials as you can, then
deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to end the quest.

In the Swamp, cavern areas are cold and will have the same effect on
your hunter as the cold areas of Snowy Mountains. There are only
three cave areas in Swamp though, so it's very possible to get by
without using Hot Drinks.

If you alternate doing these Gathering quests and visiting the Pokke
Farm, you should have plenty of materials for everything in no time.

Eh. Swamp's alright. Chances are you've got all the minerals you
need for a while, but the Swamp has a good Insect gathering point.
Places of interest:

Insect Gathering - Area 8. This one seems to give you better insects
                   more often than the other spots. Note that there
                   are two insect gathering points in Area 8.
Mining Point - Areas 3 and 9.
Spiderwebs - Areas 4 and 2. The Area 4 webs are by the Felyne Drop
             Point, the Area 2 webs are by the exit to Area 3.
Veggie Elder - Camp.

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[4.3.b] Gathering - Forest and Hills                           [4.3.b]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 12z
   Contract Fee: 0z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Swamp (Day)
   Quest Info:

    A gathering quest in the swamp. Gather all the materials you can 
    from the field, then deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to finish up.

   Clear Conditions: Deliver Paw Pass Ticket
                     or Survive until Time Over
   Fail Conditions: Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Same quest, new area.

This is a Free Gathering quest, about as close to free roaming as you
are ever going to get in Monster Hunter.

The Supply Box has only a Paw Pass Ticket and a Map. Delivering the
Paw Pass Ticket would clear the quest immediately. You can go around
the Snowy Mountains and gather as many materials as you can, then
deliver the Paw Pass Ticket to end the quest.

Forest and Hills is the only map that hasn't been changed since the
first Monster Hunter Freedom game. 

If you alternate doing these Gathering quests and visiting the Pokke
Farm, you should have plenty of materials for everything in no time.

Rare Mining Point - Area 5. Good chance of Machalite.
Wyvern Droppings - Area 5. Better than Dung, and as far as I know,
                   this is the only place to get it.
Unknown Skulls - Area 5. Probably not the only place you can get
                 these, but you might as well pick one up while you're
                 getting everything else from Area 5.
Wyvern Eggs - Area 5. Eggs! The path to take is 5 > 4 > 2 > 1 > Camp.
Veggie Elder - Area 7.
Insect Gathering - Area 9. You probably won't notice this, but there's
                   a hole in the wall you can crawl into, and there's
                   an insect gathering point there.
Honey - Areas 7 and 9.
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[4.3.c] Shadow in the Snow                                     [4.3.c]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 2100z
   Contract Fee: 350z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    If it's not one thing, it's another, right? Near the village, a 
    strange flying wyvern called a Khezu has been spotted. It is 
    strong, but I believe you can handle it. Do your very best!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Khezu
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Viper Bite (SnS), Chief Scythe (DS), 
                      Ravager Blade (GS), Iron Katana "Gospel" (LS),
                      Iron Striker (H), War Drum (HH), 
                      Paladin Lance (L), Steel Gunlance (GL),
                      Rapidcaster (HBG), Shotgun(White) (LBG), 
                      Kut Ku Stave I (Bow)

After you cleared Urgent Quest - Shadow in the Snow, it disappears
from the Urgent quests and becomes this quest. Just in case you want
to do it again for Khezu parts.

The only thing that's different this time is that the Khezu won't
be waiting for you in Area 3, since there's no longer a video to
watch since this isn't the first time you've fought a Khezu. You might
catch him in Area 6, but if you're slow, you can just wait for him
in Area 2. He'll show up after about a minute.

The section on Khezu is just a page up from here, so I'm not going to
bother explaining how to fight it again.
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[4.3.d] The Subterranean Glutton                               [4.3.d]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 1200z
   Contract Fee: 200z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Night)
   Quest Info:

    I'm after the rare larvae of the Khezu. They should be on the 
    summit, so search there. These whelps aren't to be taken lightly. 
    If you run out of Pickaxes, combine a bone with a rock!

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 3 Khezu Whelps
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Oh, this quest is a pain to do. I suggest buying a Farcaster from the
Red Cat Merchant and bringing it with you on this quest. In case
you've never used a Farcaster before, it's an item that will teleport
you back to base camp.

Chances are, you've never seen a Khezu Whelp before...

Khezu Whelps can only be mined from a single spot at the summit of
the Snowy Mountains. That's right, they need to be MINED, not 
gathered like herbs or mushrooms. Bring four Iron Pickaxes - you'll 
be supplied with some Old Pickaxes at camp, but you'll want backup
Iron Pickaxes just in case.

Take the usual path to the summit: 1 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 8. Once you've
entered Area 8 from Area 6, look to your right - there should be a
space in the wall big enough for you to crawl into (There might be
a rock blocking the space - if so, hit it until it breaks). Go through
the space, follow the path, and climb the wall.

On your right is a frozen shedded skin of Kushala Daora - you'll have
to fight one later on in the game in another quest, but right now, 
just use your Pickaxe on it and you should get a Khezu Whelp on the 
first hit.

Khezu Whelps drain your health while you're carrying one, and you can
only have one in your inventory at a time. It's not like carrying an 
egg - you still have regular running speed while you have one in your
inventory. The only being able to carry one at a time is what makes 
this quest a pain.

Get a Khezu Whelp, run back to camp or use a Farcaster, drop it off, 
repeat. As long as you don't get hit by anything, you shouldn't ever 
die from the health draining or need to heal.

If you have spare Exciteshrooms (from your Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree),
you can combine those with Bomb Materials to create additional
Farcasters, which will make doing this quest a lot faster.
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[4.3.e] Blango Slaying Tactics                                 [4.3.e]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Night)
   Quest Info:

    The pelt of a Blango can be made into various pieces of armor 
    that are useful in everyday life. Slay 10 of the beasts and bring 
    me their pelts. Beware of the Giadrome.

   Clear Conditions: Slay 10 Blangos
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "The Ruler of the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to **** Four Star Elder Quests.

You've already done this quest before... twice. The reward and
contract fee is even the same as it was the last time you did this
quest. This time you need 10 Blangos.

You can find the Blangos in Areas 5, 6, 7, 8, and the high area of 
Area 2 (Enter Area 2 from Area 7 to avoid having to climb up there).
Don't forget to make the Blangos respawn by leaving and reentering the 
area after you've killed them, as it's unlikely you'll get all 10 you 
need in one go.

There's a Giadrome moving around the map this time instead of a
Bulldrome...  at this point in the game, you should be able to kill
one no problem.

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[4.3.f] Aim for the Jungle Crab                                [4.3.f]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1800z
   Contract Fee: 300z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Night)
   Quest Info:

    I've always longed to go hunting in the jungle! However, if a 
    huge monster appeared, I'd be finished! Maybe you could take out 
    the Daimyo Hermitaur for me?

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Daimyo Hermitaur
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Iron Striker (H), Steel Gunlance (GL)

New monster! Daimyo Hermitaur is a massive hermit crab who has taken 
habitat in the skull of a Monoblos. What's a Monoblos? You'll find out
later on in the game...

Compared to the monsters you've fought so far, Daimyo Hermitaur is
huge. As a result of this hugeness, every attack Daimyo does has a
huge attack range. On top of that, a Daimyo Hermitaur in rage mode is
FAST (despite how Daimyo is supposed to be a defensive monster). The
tradeoff to all of this though, is that Daimyo has absurdly low HP.

And that would be why I've suggested using a Hammer for this quest.
Sure, it can't block, but it's got tons of brute raw power - more than
enough to snuff out Daimyo before he can really do anything to you.

But anyway, let's look at his attacks...

Shell Slam - Daimyo turns his back to you and walks backwards,
             attempting to ram you with the Monoblos skull on its
             back. Due to the huge size of the Monoblos skull and the
             fact that Daimyo can do this attack when you're behind
             him, it can be difficult to dodge this attack, see it
             coming, or punish it if it misses.

Side Claw Swipe - Daimyo turns his side to you, raises his claw, and
                  walks sideways towards you. Once he's close enough,
                  he swipes quickly with the claw. Again, the huge
                  claw and the ability to do this attack when you're
                  at his side makes it difficult to anticipate.

Claw Scoop - Daimyo raises both of his claws, then scoops the area in
             front of him with one quick motion. This actually has the
             tendency to miss the area directly in front of Daimyo.

Claw Shove - Daimyo brings his claws in front of his body, then pushes
             the area in front of him. This is essentially the same
             attack as the scoop, only a bit faster. It also doesn't
             miss like the scoop does.

Dig - Daimyo digs underground. He might change areas or he might do...

Horn Attack - Daimyo pops up out of the ground and attacks you with
              the horn on his Monoblos skull. Despite the small size
              of the horn, the hitbox on this attack is very big, and
              the only way to know Daimyo is going to pop up out of
              the ground is if the screen shakes (and usually by the
              time you notice, it's too late). How do you dodge this
              then? You run. Run as far away as you can and wait it
              out.

              Once you see Daimyo dig, roll. Roll until you are nearly 
              out of stamina, then put your weapon away and proceed to 
              run out of the area. If you put your weapon away as soon 
              as he digs, he'll have already attacked you by the time 
              you start running. Rolling gives you a better chance at
              getting away.

Jump - Daimyo jumps up into the air for a short moment, then quickly
       comes back down to the ground, doing damage to you if you
       happen to be close enough. You usually will be.

Guard Stance - Daimyo bunches up and enters a guarding stance - most
               attacks will bounce off Daimyo and do less damage.
               You can force him out of this by throwing a Sonic
               Bomb at him (which you'll get in the supply box), but
               you can usually just wait it out.

Water Gun - Daimyo raises both of his claws, rears back a bit, and
            spits out water in the area in front of him. You can
            also get hit by his claws as he spits - you're more
            likely to get hit by those than the water attack itself.

Daimyo's similar to Khezu, in that he doesn't need to face you to
attack you. Standing at his side? He'll do a Side Claw Swipe. Behind
him? He'll do a Shell Slam. Unlike Khezu though, Daimyo is a pretty
fast attacker, which makes him appear to be incredibly fast.

So when do you attack? Well, once Daimyo's chosen an attack, he has
to devote himself to it for a good amount of time. Once you've dodged
the incoming attack, immediately chase after him to punish before he
finishes it and proceeds to the next attack. Dodge that attack, rinse
and repeat. You should be able to guess easily what the next attack
is by which direction he's facing - if his shell is pointed at you,
it'll be a Shell Slam...

I suggested a Hammer because the super pound can be charged while
you're chasing him, and then released once you're in range. It also
happens to do a ton of damage, and the charging makes it easier to
dodge the Dig>Horn Attack or the Jump if Daimyo goes for those.

Good hammers are also capable of "locking" Daimyo with the super
pound, which is the act of knocking a monster down or staggering it as 
soon as it recovers from the last knockdown/stagger you inflicted on 
it. This puts the monster in a lock, which it can only really escape 
by roaring at you (Daimyo doesn't roar, so he's easy to keep locked)

I suggested a Gunlance because Gunlances can just completely turtle
out Daimyo. Just stand against a wall and you should be able to block
everything.

Daimyo likes to eat when he doesn't see you. If you let him finish
eating, he'll drop a shiny item, which is usually a Crab Pearl.

If this is the first time you've fought Daimyo, he'll be waiting for
you in Area 3. You can usually find him at Area 3 even if it isn't the
first time.
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[4.3.g] Master of the Giant Lake                               [4.3.g]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 2400z
   Contract Fee: 400z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Night)
   Quest Info:

    Hunt down the water wyvern that keeps harassing my shipyard! Your
    target is a monster covered in green scales that is more powerful
    than its cousin! Heh heh!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Green Plesioth
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Sonic Bow I (Bow), Rapidcaster (HBG)

New monster! Well, sorta. Plesioth is a Fish Wyvern, so he bears a
good resemblance to Cephadrome... in fact, they have very similar
fighting patterns.

Plesioth is bigger than Cephadrome...  a LOT bigger. Plesioth is the
second largest wyvern in the game (and probably fifth largest among
all the monsters). This can lead to problems when meleeing him, since
his weakpoint will tend to be out of reach. Which is why ranged
weapons were suggested...

If you still insist on meleeing him...  the Cut and Impact weakpoints
are the Stomach. The Neck takes good damage as well, as do the tail
and feet. His Gun weakpoint is his Neck, Stomach, Head, Tail... pretty
much Plesioth's entire main body is weak to Gun. Another reason to use
a ranged weapon on him. It also makes him perfect for Pierce shots,
since you can just put a Pierce shot through his entire body for
massive damage.

Like Cephadrome, Plesioth will prefer to stay in the water until you
force him out with a Sonic Bomb. Attacking the fin is no longer an
option, seeing as you can't walk on water.

You can also use a Frog to fish out Plesioth instead of a Sonic Bomb,
if he hasn't seen you. It'll do damage and make him vulnerable for a
good amount of time. Fish Plesioth the same way you fish for anything 
else, just be sure to use a Frog. Also, be sure to adore the fin
wagging Plesioth does before he eats your Frog :D

Sometimes, Plesioth refuses to come out of the water even after you've
Sonic Bombed him. In fact, all the Sonic Bomb really does is put him
into rage mode, which makes him more likely to stay out of the water.
Using the Frog guarantees that he'll be pulled out of the water.

Due to this, you'll mostly be fighting with Plesioth while he's in
rage mode, so expect him to be pretty fast and hit pretty hard.

If you can't get Plesioth out of the water, he has two basic attacks..

Water Blast (Vertical) - Plesioth surfaces for a bit, and then shoots
                         a beam of water in the direction he's facing.
                         Fairly easy to dodge.

Water Blast (Horizontal) - The setup for this attack looks exactly
                           like the Vertical version, but Plesioth
                           shoots the beam at the floor a short
                           distance from him and sweeps from left to
                           right. This attack will miss if you are
                           close enough to Plesioth, since it'll pass
                           over you.

Since both attacks look exactly the same until water is actually shot,
it can be hard to predict which is coming at you. Fortunately, you can
easily dodge both attacks easily...  just stay near Plesioth, and when
he surfaces to attack, move a bit to the side. That way, you're out of
the Vertical blast's path, and too close for him to hit you with the
Horizontal blast.

If you're using a Bow, you can just spray him with shots while he's in
the water until he goes into Rage Mode, then he'll come out of the
water. If you're using a Bowgun, bring Pierce ammo and try to get
Plesioth out of the water when you can (it'll make life easier).


Once Plesioth's out of the water, his moveset looks a lot like Ceph's:

Water Blast - Plesioth shoots his blast of water directly ahead of
              him. This is just as easy to dodge as the Vertical Water
              Blast, just sidestep once you see it coming. If you do
              get hit by it, it'll likely be a one or two hit KO.
              It's a little faster than Cephadrome's, so it's harder
              to punish. This attack will set up Plesioth for Pierce
              shots - when you see this coming, just put one or two
              in the head and out the tail and watch the damage rack
              up.

Bite - Plesioth only does this when you're close and in front of him.
       It has surprisingly good range if you're in front of him, and
       it does hurt pretty badly. You shouldn't really get hit by it
       though, since you've got no reason to be standing in range of
       it in the first place. It's not really punishable.

Hip Check - The dreaded hip check. Cephadrome had it and it wasn't
            very good because Ceph was small, but Plesioth is huge.
            This attack has disgusting range and is near impossible
            to dodge if you're already in range of it. Fortunately,
            it's blockable, and gunners won't need to worry too much
            about it.

Tail Swing - Another basic attack made uber by Plesioth's massive
             size. You know the drill. You might be able to dodge the
             tail swing by between Plesioth's legs, if you find that
             you can't escape away from the attack in time.

Body Splash - Another attack Cephadrome had. It doesn't really hurt
              that much, but it can be hard to dodge if you are busy
              pumping Pierce shots into him.

Run - This actually hurts quite a bit. Plesioth looks silly and runs
      to the spot of the area where he can jump back into the water.
      If you don't interrupt him with a stagger, he'll jump back in
      and you'll have to force him out of the water again.

If you're meleeing Plesioth, you have a few options:

- Bait him into Water Blasts like Cephadrome, and attack the neck and
  run.
- Turtle with a Lance/Gunlance.
- Stay between his legs and go for knockdowns. You'll get hit by hip
  checks most likely, but you'll suck it up (and a Potion) and get 
  back in there.

If you're gunning him, just get him out of the water and unload Pierce
after Pierce through his entire body and he won't last very long.

To get Plesioth's shiny item, just use a Frog to fish him out. You
might want to wait until after Plesioth goes away to pick it up,
though.

Plesioth can be carved FOUR times instead of the usual three. He's
just so big and cuddly <3

There is no video for fighting Green Plesioth (there is one for
fighting regular Plesioth), so you should find him in Area 3.
                        
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[4.3.h] A Swarm of Hermitaurs                                  [4.3.h]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    Fishing is no easy endeavor, but lately things have gotten out of
    hand! While unloading my ship, a swarm of Hermitaurs appeared.
    Slay 10 of them and let me get on with my work!

   Clear Conditions: Slay 10 Hermitaurs
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

Is anyone else as tired of these yet as I am? This time you need 10
Hermitaurs, which are just small Daimyo Hermitaurs.

You can find the Blangos in Areas 3, 4, 9, and 10. Don't forget to
use the respawning trick, etc. etc. You'll be done with this in 4 
minutes.

There's a Congalala moving around the map, but chances are you
probably won't run into him. Just ignore him and get the Hermitaurs.
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[4.3.i] The Purple Poison Menace                               [4.3.i]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 2100z
   Contract Fee: 350z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Night)
   Quest Info:

    I saw a gigantic bird-like monster deep in the jungle! It scared
    everyone so bad that I can't do business with a thing like that
    out there! Please hunt it down so I can work in peace!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Purple Gypceros
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Any

New monster! Gypceros is a Bird Wyvern, and so his fighting style is
very similar to the Yian Kut Ku. There are quite a few differences
between the two though...

Gypceros' projectiles are poison, and not fire. His hide is also
rubbery, which causes many attacks to bounce off of it, which will
interrupt your attack (you'll still do damage, but you can't complete
attack chains).

Gypceros also used to be an incredible runner - his body produced
Power Extracts, which allow him to run ridiculous distances without
ever getting tired. Capcom's changed his behaviour so that he doesn't
run around nearly as much, since most hunters regarded it as just an
incredible nuisance.

Gypceros' head crest is capable of creating bright flashes of light,
which will cause you to become KOd if you don't avoid it. You can
disable it by breaking the head crest.

So yeah. Related to Yian Kut Ku but still pretty different from him.

Anyway, Gypceros also shares YKK's weakness of having both low HP and
taking very high damage at his weakpoints. Impact weapons will want to
aim for his head, and Cutting weapons should aim for the Stomach. 
Gunners' weakpoints are both the Head and Stomach (the Head is better,
but harder to hit), and Fire is particularly effective against 
Gypceros.

If you're using an Impact weapon, you'll pretty much need to wait it
out and be patient, as Gypceros will only give you a few openings to
hit his head early on. Once you've started to weaken him, he'll give
you more and more openings...  Cutting weapons shouldn't have much 
trouble going for stomach hits at all.

If you have little trouble with Yian Kut Ku, you shouldn't have much 
trouble with Gypceros.

Gypceros' attacks!

Peck - Bird Wyvern standard! The four pecks that like to guard break
       and have good recovery. Punishable with a quick attack, but I
       usually just stay back and wait for a better opening.

Leaping Peck - The same as Peck, only Gypceros leaps forward a good
               distance before doing it. Like YKK's, the feet can also
               hit you for low damage, and he likes to throw this out
               to try and catch you off guard.

Tail Swing - Tail swings. Another standard attack you should be used
             to. Since Gypceros' tail is rubbery, it stretches out
             during tail swings and has deceptively good range, so
             be careful of that.

Poison Shot - Poison shot! If you get poisoned by this, it'll shave
              off about 30 HP of health. Like YKK's fire shot, it also
              splashes a bit. Since it causes Poison, it doesn't knock
              you away or do high damage on impact, it just knocks you
              down on your butt.

Bite - Gypceros runs close to you, stops, and then bites forward like
       Plesioth. This is a short opening to hit the head, but be
       careful of the next incoming attack.

Charge - Another standard attack. Gypceros isn't really all that big,
         so it should be pretty easy to dodge. He'll also spit Poison
         shots left and right as he goes, so watch out for those.

Fly Back - Same as YKK's. This is one of the few openings you have for
           a Hammer, since you can charge right through the Wyvern
           Wind.

Fly Up - A new attack! Gypceros flies up a short distance, then lands
         back on the ground. If he lands on you, it'll do damage, and
         if it misses, it'll still probably push you away with Wyvern
         Wind. It's a little too fast to punish, even with Wind Res.

Flash - Gypceros snaps his head forward three times, then takes up a
        tall stance and flashes with his head crest. If you get hit by
        this, it'll KO you. It also KOs any of the annoying minions in
        the area.

Rage Mode - Gypceros has an animation for going into Rage mode, and
            it's worth noting because it is a good opening for Impact
            weapons to hit the head. Gyps hops up and down angrily
            and swings his head around recklessly.

Play Dead - Gypceros appears to die...  but the quest isn't over!
            A while after Gypceros falls over dead, if you go near
            his body, he'll flail around and do serious damage to
            anyone who was trying to get close enough to carve. Easy
            to tell he's playing dead because you won't see the quest
            complete screen. This is also a good opening to attack
            the head...  just back off and hit the head. The flailing
            animation is deceptively long, so it's a good idea to not
            even try to punish the flailing part.

            Gypceros tends to use Play Dead more when he's almost      
            dead. Let him rest for too long and he'll actually go to
            sleep and start recovering health!

Just keep attacking the weakpoint. Gypceros will seem hard to fight
at first, but he'll get easier to fight as you weaken him, since he'll
go into Rage Mode and Play Dead more often.

Gypceros is also your main method for getting Lightcrystals early on,
break his head crest and you'll have a good chance of getting one in
the rewards.

Gypceros' shiny item will be dropped when you wake him up from Play
Dead.

You should find Gypceros in Area 5 (Not sure on that, actually).

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[4.3.j] The Lurking Desert Giant                               [4.3.j]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1800z
   Contract Fee: 300z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Desert (Day)
   Quest Info:

    I've always longed to go hunting in the jungle! However, if a 
    huge monster appeared, I'd be finished! Maybe you could take out 
    the Daimyo Hermitaur for me?

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Daimyo Hermitaur
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Iron Striker (H), Steel Gunlance (GL)

This quest must be completed to unlock the "The Ruler of the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to **** Four Star Elder Quests.

Same monster, new map. You're fighting Daimyo in Desert(Day), so be
sure to bring Cool Drinks.

I'll just copy and paste what I wrote for the previous Daimyo quest,
since some of you will probably do this quest and not the other one
so you can quickly get to **** Four Star and probably didn't read
it the last time...

Compared to the monsters you've fought so far, Daimyo Hermitaur is
huge. As a result of this hugeness, every attack Daimyo does has a
huge attack range. On top of that, a Daimyo Hermitaur in rage mode is
FAST (despite how Daimyo is supposed to be a defensive monster). The
tradeoff to all of this though, is that Daimyo has absurdly low HP.

And that would be why I've suggested using a Hammer for this quest.
Sure, it can't block, but it's got tons of brute raw power - more than
enough to snuff out Daimyo before he can really do anything to you.

But anyway, let's look at his attacks...

Shell Slam - Daimyo turns his back to you and walks backwards,
             attempting to ram you with the Monoblos skull on its
             back. Due to the huge size of the Monoblos skull and the
             fact that Daimyo can do this attack when you're behind
             him, it can be difficult to dodge this attack, see it
             coming, or punish it if it misses.

Side Claw Swipe - Daimyo turns his side to you, raises his claw, and
                  walks sideways towards you. Once he's close enough,
                  he swipes quickly with the claw. Again, the huge
                  claw and the ability to do this attack when you're
                  at his side makes it difficult to anticipate.

Claw Scoop - Daimyo raises both of his claws, then scoops the area in
             front of him with one quick motion. This actually has the
             tendency to miss the area directly in front of Daimyo.

Claw Shove - Daimyo brings his claws in front of his body, then pushes
             the area in front of him. This is essentially the same
             attack as the scoop, only a bit faster. It also doesn't
             miss like the scoop does.

Dig - Daimyo digs underground. He might change areas or he might do...

Horn Attack - Daimyo pops up out of the ground and attacks you with
              the horn on his Monoblos skull. Despite the small size
              of the horn, the hitbox on this attack is very big, and
              the only way to know Daimyo is going to pop up out of
              the ground is if the screen shakes (and usually by the
              time you notice, it's too late). How do you dodge this
              then? You run. Run as far away as you can and wait it
              out.

              Once you see Daimyo dig, roll. Roll until you are nearly 
              out of stamina, then put your weapon away and proceed to 
              run out of the area. If you put your weapon away as soon 
              as he digs, he'll have already attacked you by the time 
              you start running. Rolling gives you a better chance at
              getting away.

Jump - Daimyo jumps up into the air for a short moment, then quickly
       comes back down to the ground, doing damage to you if you
       happen to be close enough. You usually will be.

Guard Stance - Daimyo bunches up and enters a guarding stance - most
               attacks will bounce off Daimyo and do less damage.
               You can force him out of this by throwing a Sonic
               Bomb at him (which you'll get in the supply box), but
               you can usually just wait it out.

Water Gun - Daimyo raises both of his claws, rears back a bit, and
            spits out water in the area in front of him. You can
            also get hit by his claws as he spits - you're more
            likely to get hit by those than the water attack itself.

Daimyo's similar to Khezu, in that he doesn't need to face you to
attack you. Standing at his side? He'll do a Side Claw Swipe. Behind
him? He'll do a Shell Slam. Unlike Khezu though, Daimyo is a pretty
fast attacker, which makes him appear to be incredibly fast.

So when do you attack? Well, once Daimyo's chosen an attack, he has
to devote himself to it for a good amount of time. Once you've dodged
the incoming attack, immediately chase after him to punish before he
finishes it and proceeds to the next attack. Dodge that attack, rinse
and repeat. You should be able to guess easily what the next attack
is by which direction he's facing - if his shell is pointed at you,
it'll be a Shell Slam...

I suggested a Hammer because the super pound can be charged while
you're chasing him, and then released once you're in range. It also
happens to do a ton of damage, and the charging makes it easier to
dodge the Dig>Horn Attack or the Jump if Daimyo goes for those.

Good hammers are also capable of "locking" Daimyo with the super
pound, which is the act of knocking a monster down or staggering it as 
soon as it recovers from the last knockdown/stagger you inflicted on 
it. This puts the monster in a lock, which it can only really escape 
by roaring at you (Daimyo doesn't roar, so he's easy to keep locked)

I suggested a Gunlance because Gunlances can just completely turtle
out Daimyo. Just stand against a wall and you should be able to block
everything.

Daimyo likes to eat when he doesn't see you. If you let him finish
eating, he'll drop a shiny item, which is usually a Crab Pearl.

If this is the first time you've fought Daimyo,
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[4.3.k] Water Wyvern in the Desert                             [4.3.k]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 2400z
   Contract Fee: 400z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Night)
   Quest Info:

    Hunt down the water wyvern that keeps harassing my shipyard! Your
    target is a monster covered in green scales that is more powerful
    than its cousin! Heh heh!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Green Plesioth
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Sonic Bow I (Bow), Rapidcaster (HBG)

Plesioth is exactly like Green Plesioth. Or rather, Green Plesioth
is exactly like Plesioth. So I'll just copy and paste what I wrote
about Green Plesioth:

Plesioth is bigger than Cephadrome...  a LOT bigger. Plesioth is the
second largest wyvern in the game (and probably fifth largest among
all the monsters). This can lead to problems when meleeing him, since
his weakpoint will tend to be out of reach. Which is why ranged
weapons were suggested...

If you still insist on meleeing him...  the Cut and Impact weakpoints
are the Stomach. The Neck takes good damage as well, as do the tail
and feet. His Gun weakpoint is his Neck, Stomach, Head, Tail... pretty
much Plesioth's entire main body is weak to Gun. Another reason to use
a ranged weapon on him. It also makes him perfect for Pierce shots,
since you can just put a Pierce shot through his entire body for
massive damage.

Like Cephadrome, Plesioth will prefer to stay in the water until you
force him out with a Sonic Bomb. Attacking the fin is no longer an
option, seeing as you can't walk on water.

You can also use a Frog to fish out Plesioth instead of a Sonic Bomb,
if he hasn't seen you. It'll do damage and make him vulnerable for a
good amount of time. Fish Plesioth the same way you fish for anything 
else, just be sure to use a Frog. Also, be sure to adore the fin
wagging Plesioth does before he eats your Frog :D

Sometimes, Plesioth refuses to come out of the water even after you've
Sonic Bombed him. In fact, all the Sonic Bomb really does is put him
into rage mode, which makes him more likely to stay out of the water.
Using the Frog guarantees that he'll be pulled out of the water.

Due to this, you'll mostly be fighting with Plesioth while he's in
rage mode, so expect him to be pretty fast and hit pretty hard.

If you can't get Plesioth out of the water, he has two basic attacks..

Water Blast (Vertical) - Plesioth surfaces for a bit, and then shoots
                         a beam of water in the direction he's facing.
                         Fairly easy to dodge.

Water Blast (Horizontal) - The setup for this attack looks exactly
                           like the Vertical version, but Plesioth
                           shoots the beam at the floor a short
                           distance from him and sweeps from left to
                           right. This attack will miss if you are
                           close enough to Plesioth, since it'll pass
                           over you.

Since both attacks look exactly the same until water is actually shot,
it can be hard to predict which is coming at you. Fortunately, you can
easily dodge both attacks easily...  just stay near Plesioth, and when
he surfaces to attack, move a bit to the side. That way, you're out of
the Vertical blast's path, and too close for him to hit you with the
Horizontal blast.

If you're using a Bow, you can just spray him with shots while he's in
the water until he goes into Rage Mode, then he'll come out of the
water. If you're using a Bowgun, bring Pierce ammo and try to get
Plesioth out of the water when you can (it'll make life easier).


Once Plesioth's out of the water, his moveset looks a lot like Ceph's:

Water Blast - Plesioth shoots his blast of water directly ahead of
              him. This is just as easy to dodge as the Vertical Water
              Blast, just sidestep once you see it coming. If you do
              get hit by it, it'll likely be a one or two hit KO.
              It's a little faster than Cephadrome's, so it's harder
              to punish. This attack will set up Plesioth for Pierce
              shots - when you see this coming, just put one or two
              in the head and out the tail and watch the damage rack
              up.

Bite - Plesioth only does this when you're close and in front of him.
       It has surprisingly good range if you're in front of him, and
       it does hurt pretty badly. You shouldn't really get hit by it
       though, since you've got no reason to be standing in range of
       it in the first place. It's not really punishable.

Hip Check - The dreaded hip check. Cephadrome had it and it wasn't
            very good because Ceph was small, but Plesioth is huge.
            This attack has disgusting range and is near impossible
            to dodge if you're already in range of it. Fortunately,
            it's blockable, and gunners won't need to worry too much
            about it.

Tail Swing - Another basic attack made uber by Plesioth's massive
             size. You know the drill. You might be able to dodge the
             tail swing by between Plesioth's legs, if you find that
             you can't escape away from the attack in time.

Body Splash - Another attack Cephadrome had. It doesn't really hurt
              that much, but it can be hard to dodge if you are busy
              pumping Pierce shots into him.

Run - This actually hurts quite a bit. Plesioth looks silly and runs
      to the spot of the area where he can jump back into the water.
      If you don't interrupt him with a stagger, he'll jump back in
      and you'll have to force him out of the water again.

If you're meleeing Plesioth, you have a few options:

- Bait him into Water Blasts like Cephadrome, and attack the neck and
  run.
- Turtle with a Lance/Gunlance.
- Stay between his legs and go for knockdowns. You'll get hit by hip
  checks most likely, but you'll suck it up (and a Potion) and get 
  back in there.

If you're gunning him, just get him out of the water and unload Pierce
after Pierce through his entire body and he won't last very long.

To get Plesioth's shiny item, just use a Frog to fish him out. You
might want to wait until after Plesioth goes away to pick it up,
though.

Plesioth can be carved FOUR times instead of the usual three. He's
just so big and cuddly <3

You'll find Plesioth in Area 7 (use the well at camp to go to Area 9,
then head to 7) regardless of whether this is the first time you've
fought one or not.
                        
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[4.3.l] Slay the Genprey!                                      [4.3.l]
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   Quest Type: Slaying
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Desert (Day)
   Quest Info:

    I'm too injured to go on... The Genprey living in the desert have
    the power to paralyse their foes. I'd like you to find the pack 
    that did this to me and kill 20 of the fiends!

   Clear Conditions: Slay 20 Genprey
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

20 Genprey. You've likely encountered some by now and noticed that
they're just Giaprey but with paralysis instead of snow. They also
hit a bit harder and have slightly more health. Only slightly.

You need 20 of them, and Genprey can be found in pretty much every
single area of the Desert for this map. This one will actually
take a while, since you'll have to scour the entire map to find all
20 of them.

There's also a Gendrome roaming around the map. You've fought one
before, and even if you haven't, you should already have a good idea
of what he's like simply from the name "Gendrome".

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[4.3.m] Gypceros: Venomous Terror                              [4.3.m]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1800z
   Contract Fee: 300z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Swamp (Night)
   Quest Info:

    The fields all around the town are getting torn to shreds by a 
    gigantic poisonous bird-like monster. Exterminate it for us! Its
    poison can melt crops, so be careful it doesn't melt you!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Gypceros
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "The Ruler of the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to **** Four Star Elder Quests.

His poison melts crops. Wow.

Gypceros is exactly like Purple Gypceros. Or rather, Purple Gyps is
exactly like Gyps. I'll just copy and paste some more...

Gypceros is a Bird Wyvern, and so his fighting style is very similar
to the Yian Kut Ku. There are quite a few differences between the two
though...

Gypceros' projectiles are poison, and not fire. His hide is also
rubbery, which causes many attacks to bounce off of it, which will
interrupt your attack (you'll still do damage, but you can't complete
attack chains).

Gypceros also used to be an incredible runner - his body produced
Power Extracts, which allow him to run ridiculous distances without
ever getting tired. Capcom's changed his behaviour so that he doesn't
run around nearly as much, since most hunters regarded it as just an
incredible nuisance.

Gypceros' head crest is capable of creating bright flashes of light,
which will cause you to become KOd if you don't avoid it. You can
disable it by breaking the head crest.

So yeah. Related to Yian Kut Ku but still pretty different from him.

Anyway, Gypceros also shares YKK's weakness of having both low HP and
taking very high damage at his weakpoints. Impact weapons will want to
aim for his head, and Cutting weapons should aim for the Stomach. 
Gunners' weakpoints are both the Head and Stomach (the Head is better,
but harder to hit), and Fire is particularly effective against 
Gypceros.

If you're using an Impact weapon, you'll pretty much need to wait it
out and be patient, as Gypceros will only give you a few openings to
hit his head early on. Once you've started to weaken him, he'll give
you more and more openings...  Cutting weapons shouldn't have much 
trouble going for stomach hits at all.

If you have little trouble with Yian Kut Ku, you shouldn't have much 
trouble with Gypceros.

Gypceros' attacks!

Peck - Bird Wyvern standard! The four pecks that like to guard break
       and have good recovery. Punishable with a quick attack, but I
       usually just stay back and wait for a better opening.

Leaping Peck - The same as Peck, only Gypceros leaps forward a good
               distance before doing it. Like YKK's, the feet can also
               hit you for low damage, and he likes to throw this out
               to try and catch you off guard.

Tail Swing - Tail swings. Another standard attack you should be used
             to. Since Gypceros' tail is rubbery, it stretches out
             during tail swings and has deceptively good range, so
             be careful of that.

Poison Shot - Poison shot! If you get poisoned by this, it'll shave
              off about 30 HP of health. Like YKK's fire shot, it also
              splashes a bit. Since it causes Poison, it doesn't knock
              you away or do high damage on impact, it just knocks you
              down on your butt.

Bite - Gypceros runs close to you, stops, and then bites forward like
       Plesioth. This is a short opening to hit the head, but be
       careful of the next incoming attack.

Charge - Another standard attack. Gypceros isn't really all that big,
         so it should be pretty easy to dodge. He'll also spit Poison
         shots left and right as he goes, so watch out for those.

Fly Back - Same as YKK's. This is one of the few openings you have for
           a Hammer, since you can charge right through the Wyvern
           Wind.

Fly Up - A new attack! Gypceros flies up a short distance, then lands
         back on the ground. If he lands on you, it'll do damage, and
         if it misses, it'll still probably push you away with Wyvern
         Wind. It's a little too fast to punish, even with Wind Res.

Flash - Gypceros snaps his head forward three times, then takes up a
        tall stance and flashes with his head crest. If you get hit by
        this, it'll KO you. It also KOs any of the annoying minions in
        the area.

Rage Mode - Gypceros has an animation for going into Rage mode, and
            it's worth noting because it is a good opening for Impact
            weapons to hit the head. Gyps hops up and down angrily
            and swings his head around recklessly.

Play Dead - Gypceros appears to die...  but the quest isn't over!
            A while after Gypceros falls over dead, if you go near
            his body, he'll flail around and do serious damage to
            anyone who was trying to get close enough to carve. Easy
            to tell he's playing dead because you won't see the quest
            complete screen. This is also a good opening to attack
            the head...  just back off and hit the head. The flailing
            animation is deceptively long, so it's a good idea to not
            even try to punish the flailing part.

            Gypceros tends to use Play Dead more when he's almost
            dead. Let him rest for too long and he'll actually go to
            sleep and start recovering health!

Just keep attacking the weakpoint. Gypceros will seem hard to fight
at first, but he'll get easier to fight as you weaken him, since he'll
go into Rage Mode and Play Dead more often (which sets him up for more
attacks to the weakpoint, which makes him play dead even more... etc)

Gypceros is also your main method for getting Lightcrystals early on,
break his head crest and you'll have a good chance of getting one in
the rewards. Sometimes you'll get an Iron Ore or a Gypceros Head
instead, but you should get Lightcrystals most o the time.

Gypceros' shiny item will be dropped when you wake him up from Play
Dead.

You should find Gypceros in Area 3. There'll probably be Genprey in
the area.

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[4.3.n] Attack of the Blue Kut-Ku                              [4.3.n]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1800z
   Contract Fee: 300z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Swamp (Night)
   Quest Info:

    That big eared Yian Kut-Ku really made mincemeat of me! It's out
    of my league, so I want you to hunt it down for me! He's all
    yours!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Blue Yian Kut-Ku
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Any

Blue Yian Kut-Ku is just Yian Kut-Ku with more health. (Quite a bit
more, actually). If you've perfected your Yian Kut-Ku technique by
now, this will be a good test, and good preparation for the stronger
Yian Garuga. But more on him later...

If you really need advice for fighting the Blue Yian Kut-Ku, just
scroll back up to Section 4.2.j (Jungle Menace). They're exactly the 
same aside from the difference in health.

Remember that this quest takes place in Swamp (Night), so you may
get poisoned by the swamp waters in Areas 4 and 5. You may also need
Hot Drinks if Yian Kut-Ku flies to a cavern area.

I don't remember which area he starts in, just that he goes to Area
2 to sleep and rest.

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[4.3.o] The Mischief-maker                                     [4.3.o]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1500z
   Contract Fee: 250z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Night)
   Quest Info:

    Do you know of a pink, fanged beast that roams the jungle? That
    beast has dirtied my shop beyond hope! It's impossible to clean
    up! Get rid of it before I'm soiled again!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Congalala
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

You've already fought a few Congalala before, now fight him in the
Swamp! Even the reward is the same as last time.

Refer to Section 4.2.k (Rarest of the Rare Beasts) if you need help
with fighting Congalala.

Remember that you can't use bombs in Swamp(Day). You can find
Congalala at Area 8.

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[4.3.p] Fang of the Iodrome                                    [4.3.p]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1200z
   Contract Fee: 200z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Swamp (Night)
   Quest Info:

    My village is under attack by a pack of Ioprey, inside their pack,
    they are led by an incredibly large boss with poison filled fangs.
    Slay this creature for us!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Iodrome
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Any

Iodrome, the last of the velociraptor drome bosses! No, really!

Iodrome is the toughest of the velociraptor drome bosses, having the
most health and attack out of each. He packs poison attacks, which
do a decent amount of damage if you actually get hit by one.

Aside from that, he's just like any other drome you've ever fought,
and will go down the same as the rest.

I don't remember what area he starts in, but Iodrome migrates around,
so you'll eventually run into the guy.
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[4.3.q] Slay the Great Kut-Ku!                                 [4.3.q]
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   Quest Type: Hunting
   Reward: 1500z
   Contract Fee: 250z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Swamp (Night)
   Quest Info:

    A bird-like Yian Kut-Ku is attacking people the world over! It has
    even shown up in these very hills! If it isn't eliminated soon, 
    we're finished! Show me what you're made of!

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Yian Kut-Ku
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Any

Yian Kut-Ku. Same monster, new area.

You'll find him in Area 9. Head through Area 1 > 8 > 9 to get there
quickly.

Area 9 is often considered to be a terrible area to fight in, due to
the cramped space and the Melynx who will bother you if you get too
close.

Still, it shouldn't take you very long to do this quest. If it does,
you may want to work more on your basic fighting techniques...  scroll
up to the Section 4.2.j (Jungle Menace) if you really need help.

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[4.3.r] A Killing from Mushrooms                               [4.3.r]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 900z
   Contract Fee: 150z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Jungle (Day)
   Quest Info:

    An affinity towards combining is important, but so are fresh
    materials! Special Mushrooms from the jungle are sure to improve
    your hunting life and wallet! Gather 10 of them!

   Clear Conditions: Deliver 10 Special Mushrooms
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapon: Any

This quest must be completed to unlock the "The Ruler of the Snow"
urgent quest and move up to **** Four Star Elder Quests.

There's a Yian Kut Ku in the area. You probably won't run into him if
you're fast enough...

From camp, head to Area 1. Climb the ledge on your left to go to Area
8. You should see Mushrooms in front of you, gather some here. Turn
left and head to Area 7, gather by the large tree. Head to Area 10,
gather by the lone tree in the north side of the area. Head to Area 3,
immediately turn around and gather from the mushrooms near the 3->10
exit. You should have 10 by now, head back to camp and finish the
quest.

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[4.3.s] Urgent Quest - The Ruler of the Snow                   [4.3.s]
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   Quest Type: Gathering
   Reward: 3000z
   Contract Fee: 500z
   Time Limit: 50 Minutes
   Area: Snowy Mountains (Day)
   Quest Info:

    My next request requires a true master... Care to test yourself?
    I'd like you to hunt down the chief of the snowy mountains.
    Remember, on this quest negligence is unforgivable.

   Clear Conditions: Slay or capture the Blangonga
   Fail Conditions: Time Over, Reward Zero(3 Deaths)

   Suggested Weapons: Viper Bite (SnS), Chief Scythe (DS), 
                      Ravager Blade (GS), Iron Katana "Gospel" (LS),
                      Iron Striker (H), War Drum (HH), 
                      Paladin Lance (L), Steel Gunlance (GL),
                      Rapidcaster (HBG), Shotgun(White) (LBG), 
                      Kut Ku Stave I (Bow)

Upon clearing this quest, the Pokke Elder will give you access to
**** Four Star Elder Quests. This quest will move from the URGENT!
quest section to the Four Star section.

Meh. I hate fighting Blangongas, the guy likes to jump around and just
be a jerk to you throughout the entire battle.

Blangongas are of the primate family, and are the boss version of the
Blangos, who you've slaughtered in, what, four different quests by
now? You should already have a good idea of how Blangos fight and can
probably imagine what fighting Blangonga will be like...

Blangonga's weakpoint for all weapons is the face, just like
Congalala. Blangonga moves around a lot more than Congalala did
though, so you might find yourself having trouble hitting it. Again
like Congalala, the rest of the body still takes decent damage, and
some damage is better than none.

Blangonga isn't exactly fast, but he moves around a lot. Most of his
attacks are in fact punishable, but it's just a huge hassle to chase
him down after each attack. As you can see, I suggested the same
weapons for Shadow in the Snow - if it worked on Khezu, it'll work on
Blangonga. You might want to use a weapon with better mobility, since
half the time spent Blangonga is spent closing the distance on his
cowardly white butt.

Attacks?

Forward Lunge - Blangonga pulls his right arm back as if to swing, but
                then throws his entire body weight into it and flies
                forward. The startup is pretty slow and it's pretty
                easy to see coming and avoid. Recovery on it is pretty
                fast, but you can still punish it if you're close 
                enough, since he'll usually have to turn around to
                attack you again.

Pounce - Blangonga runs a short distance and then pounces forward. A
         lot faster than the lunge, so it's harder to avoid. If you're
         near Blangonga, he'll just get you with the run, which
         doesn't hurt very much. If he gets you with the pounce,
         expect it to hurt...  Don't try to punish this, since he'll
         usually just do this:

Leap Back - Someone's taking lessons from Giadrome? Part of the reason
            Blangonga is so annoying to fight. He leaps back, just
            like a typical drome, only Blangonga is a lot faster when
            doing so. If he collides with you, it'll knock you on your
            butt and do low damage.

Side-side leap - Another annoyance shared by the Giadrome, Blangonga
                 leaps around from side to side. Just like the back
                 leap, Blangonga manages to do this a lot faster than
                 the Dromes do. Again, you can be hurt by it if it
                 hits you.

Brush Off - Blangonga brushes his face, removing the effects of
            Paintball from him. What a jerk. Just repaint him again,
            if you want to.

Rocks - Blangonga sticks both of his arms into the floor and pulls out
        a massive rock which he throws into the air. When it lands,
        it breaks into three frags that fly off in 120 degree angles.
        Getting hit by any part of this can freeze you.

                             Blangonga  (facing down)

                           Frag      Frag
                               \    /
                                Rock
                                 ||
                                Frag

        As you can see, you can dodge the rock and the fragments by
        staying near Blangonga the entire time.

Dig - Blangonga digs underground, and momentarily pops out of the
      ground and attempts to uppercut you. I've never actually been
      hit by this the four or five times he's ever done this, so I'd
      assume that it's not aimed nearly as well as Daimyo's dig
      attack. Blangonga has a bit of recovery on this, so it's pretty
      punishable.

Roar - Blangonga roars when he goes into Rage Mode, or whenever he
       feels like it. Blangonga's roar will also call Blangos into
       the area, who you should focus on clearing out before attacking
       Blangonga again.

Ice Blast - Blangonga gets back on his hind legs, then falls forward
            and blasts the area in front of him with ice. It'll
            freeze you if it hits, but it's very easy to see coming
            and dodge. Easy enough to punish if it misses you.

Quake Fist - Blangonga gets back on his hind legs, then falls forward
             and slams the ground, causing Quake effect on you if you
             are close enough to get hit by it. If you're too
             close, you'll get hit by the fists, which do decent
             damage. The startup looks similar to the Ice Blast, but
             you'll notice that Blangonga holds his fists up in the 
             air more ferociously when he's about to do this. Hard to 
             punish due to the Quake effect. 

Claw Swipe - A quick swipe with his left claw. The range on it is
             pretty terrible, but it can catch you off guard if you're
             circling around Blangonga to his left. You can avoid it
             easily by circling around to his right (your left)
             instead, which is something you should be getting used to
             doing for the third Primate monster in this game...

Anyway, we've got some new status ailments on our hands. Quake will
cause your weapon to become sheathed and stun you until you mash out
of it. Of course, overmashing may lead you to do something you don't
want to do once you recover from it. What can you do? Nothing really,
just mash through it anyway and hope you don't screw up.

Frozen will disable your weapon/item usage and lower your movement 
speed, though you can still run. Heal this off with the Thawing Agents 
they give you in the Supply Box. If you run out (you shouldn't), just 
leave the area and walk around until you break out of it.

In any case, looking over the list of attacks, you can easily avoid
most (if not all) of them simply by staying near Blangonga and 
staying out of his face. Course, you probably won't get as many face 
hits as you'd like, but it's either that or you make yourself 
vulnerable to getting pounced and leaped on.

As I mentioned earlier, higher mobility weapons will have an easier
time with Blangonga, since you can stay on the offensive most of the
time without having to bother so much with chasing him down when he
leaps around. Slower weapons will mostly rely on the Ice Blast as an
opening to attack.

Blangonga has as much health as Congalala and takes as much damage
as Congalala, so this quest will probably take you a little bit longer
than it does to kill Congalala, since Blangonga enjoys leaping around
and not giving you an opportunity to hit him. 50 minutes is still
plenty of time to kill him, so just be patient and play it safe, 
unless you want to be on the receiving end of an Ice Blast.

Anyway, keep at it and Blangonga will die. To top off the neverending
train of jerk moves from Blangonga, he'll try to claw you as he's
dying. It won't hurt you, but it's annoying. >:(

Blangonga can be found at the summit, Area 8. He goes to Area 3 to
sleep.

And that's as far as this walkthrough will go for now!

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[12] Item List                                                    [12]
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This item list is not yet complete, but I included it in this version
since the information that's already here is still useful.

I need to add in some more entries, then work on improving the
quality of all entries in general (For example, listing the weapons
and armor crafted by a certain item rather than just stating that it's
used to craft weapons and armor, and splicing the list together with
the gather/carve/reward tables from the MHP2nd guide).

An example entry:

Item: The name of the item
Type: Carve, Account, Usable, Reagent, etc.
Use: Effect of the item when used
Rank: Earliest point in the game when this item is obtainable
Source: Methods for getting item

The list is alphabetical. Scroll through to find the letter of the
item you want.

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             A                                           A            
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Item: Akito Jewel
Type: Jewel
Use: Used to craft decorations
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mining Point+1/+2

Item: Alluring Hide
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Khezu armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve or capture Red Khezu

Item: Alluring Webbing
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Khezu armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Carve or capture HR4+ Red Khezu

Item: Antidote
Type: Usable
Use: Cures Poison
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Blue Mushroom + Antidote Herb

Item: Antidote Flute
Type: Usable
Use: Cures Poison for all hunters in the area. Can be used repeatedly
     until it randomly breaks.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Flute + Antiseptic Stone

Item: Armor Flute
Type: Usable
Use: Increases defence by 40 for all allies in the area. Can be used
     repeatedly until it randomly breaks. Also erases the effects of
     Akantor and Chameleos' Defence Down status.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Mega Armorskin + Med Monster Bone

Item: Armor Pill
Type: Usable
Use: Increase defence by a lot, but for a very short time. Also erases
     the effects of Akantor and Chameleos' Defence Down status.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Armor Seed + Immunizer

Item: Armor Seed
Type: Usable
Use: Increases defence by 40, but for a short time. Also erases the
     effects of Akantor and Chameleos' Defence Down status.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Gather it at Volcano 4
        Grow them at the Pokke Farm (plant Armor Seeds)

Item: Armorskin
Type: Usable
Use: Increases defence by 6. Also erases the effects of Akantor and
     Chameleos' Defence Down status.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Armor Seed + Catalyst

Item: Armor Sphere
Type: Sphere
Use: Used to increase an armor piece's level
Rank: HR1
Source: Reward for most Elder quests
        Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1
        Combine Armor Stone + Machalite Ore or Killer Beetle

Item: Armor Sphere+
Type: Sphere
Use: Used to increase an armor piece's level
Rank: HR1
Source: Reward for most HR1-3 Guild quests
        Pokke Farm Mining Point+1/+2
        Combine Armor Stone + Dragonite Ore or Hercudrome

Item: Armor Stone
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations (Armor Sphere/AS+,Hrd Armor Sphere)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1

Item: Arrowana Bait
Type: Fishing Bait
Use: Used to fish. Any fish that is not a Burst Arrowana or a Bomb
     Arrowana will not bite.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Cricket + Bughopper



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             B                                           B             
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Item: BattlefieldJewel
Type: Jewel
Use: Used to craft decorations
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mining Point+1/+2/+3
        Mining in Volcano 2

Item: Bitterbug
Type: Insect
Use: Used in various combinations (Catalyst)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket, Bug Thicket+1/+2/+3
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (White/Black Hammer)

Item: Blango Pelt
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Blangonga armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Blangos

Item: Blango Pelt+
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Blangonga armor
Rank: HR4
Source: Carve from Blangos

Item: Blangonga Fang
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Blangonga's fangs and receive in rewards

Item: Blangonga Fang+
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR4+
Source: Break HR4+ Blangonga's fangs and receive in rewards

Item: Blangonga Pelt
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Blangonga armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve Blangonga

Item: Blangonga Pelt+
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Blangonga armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Capture or carve Blangonga+

Item: Blangonga Whiskr
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Blangonga armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve Blangonga

Item: Blangonga Tail
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Blangonga armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Blangonga's tail and receive in rewards 

Item: Blue Kut-Ku Scl
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft blue YKK Armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Blue Yian Kut-Ku

Item: Blue Kut-Ku Scl+
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft blue YKK Armor
Rank: HR4
Source: Carve from HR4+ Blue Yian Kut-Ku

Item: Blue Kut-Ku Shl
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft blue YKK Armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve from Blue Yian Kut-Ku

Item: Blue Kut-Ku Cpc
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft blue YKK Armor
Rank: HR4
Source: Carve from HR4+ Blue Yian Kut-Ku

Item: Blue Mushroom
Type: Mushroom
Use: Used in various combinations (Potion, Nutrients, Antidote)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Bomb Material
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various bomb combinations (Flash, Poison Smoke, etc.)
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Stone + Sap Plant

Item: Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used in various combinations (Pickaxes)
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve Popos, Bullfangos, Blangos, and Congas

Item: Book of Combos 1
Type: Carry
Use: While in your inventory, increases the success rate of all
     combinations by 5%.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town

Item: Book of Combos 2
Type: Carry
Use: While in your inventory and if Book of Combos 1 is also in your
     inventory, increases the success rate of all combinations by an
     additional 5% (Total of 10%).
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town

Item: Book of Combos 3
Type: Carry
Use: While in your inventory and if Book of Combos 1 and 2 are also in
     your inventory, increases the success rate of all combinations by
     an additional 10% (Total of 20%)
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town

Item: Book of Combos 4
Type: Carry
Use: While in your inventory and if Book of Combos 1, 2, and 3 are
     also in your inventory, increases the success rate of all
     combinations by 10% (Total of 30%)
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town

Item: Book of Combos 5
Type: Carry
Use: While in your inventory and if Book of Combos 1, 2, 3, and 4 are
     also in your inventory, increases the success rate of all
     combinations by 15% (Total of 45%)
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
Note: With Book of Combos 1-5, all item combinations will succeed
      unless you have an armor skill that reduces your success rate.

Item: Bomberry
Type: Plant
Use: Used to combine many different types of Bowgun ammo
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at various plant gathering spots
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Bounce Bomb
Type: Bomb
Use: Bounces in the air. Detonates after a certain distance or on
     impact. Does 20 explosion type damage.
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on Teostra quests
        Combine Sm Barrel Bomb + Vespoid Wing

Item: Bounce Bomb+
Type: Bomb
Use: Bounces in the air. Detonates after a certain distance or on
     impact. Does 30 explosion type damage.
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on Teostra quests
        Combine Bounce Bomb + Bomb Arrowana

Item: Brute Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve Popo, Blangonga, Congalala, or Bulldrome

Item: Bughopper
Type: Insect
Use: Used in various combinations (Arrowana Bait)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Gold/Black Hammer)

Item: Bugnet
Type: Usable
Use: Used to gather from insect points. Regular chance of breaking.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Sm Monster Bone + Net

Item: Burnt Fish
Type: Usable
Use: Randomly recovers red HP or hurts you
Rank: HR1
Source: Felyne Chef BBQ Service with low-level cats and fish

Item: Burnt Meat
Type: Usable
Use: Randomly increases or decreases max Stamina by 25. The chance of
     getting an increase is higher when your max Stamina is low, and
     the chance of gettting a decrease is higher when your max
     Stamina is high.
Rank: HR1
Source: Cook Raw Meat on a BBQ spit (press X late)
        Felyne Chef BBQ Service with low-level cats and Raw Meat

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             C                                           C             
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Item: Carbalite Ore
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in HR4+ Swamp 3 and 9, Jungle 8, Desert 10, FnH 5,
        and Snowy Mountains 8
        Pokke Farm Mining Point+2/+3

Item: Carpenterbug
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket, Bug Thicket+1
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (White/Black Hammer)

Item: Catalyst
Type: Reagent
Use: Like all reagents, used in various combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Bitterbug + Honey

Item: Chaoshroom
Type: Mushroom
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree
 
Item: Cold Meat
Type: Usable
Use: Prevents health from decreasing in hot areas and increases max
     stamina by 25
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Well-Done Steak + Ice Crystal
        Felyne Chef BBQ Service with low-level cats and Raw Meat

Item: Cool Drink
Type: Usable
Use: Prevents health from decreasing in hot areas
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on almost all Desert, Battlefield and Volcano quests
        Buy it from the Item Merchant
        Combine Ice Crystal + Bitterbug

Item: Cricket
Type: Fishing Bait
Use: Used to fish and used to create Arrowana Bait.
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

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             D                                           D             
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Item: Demondrug
Type: Usable
Use: Increases attack power by a tiny amount
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Power Seed + Catalyst

Item: Demon Flute
Type: Usable
Use: Increases attack power by a lot for all allies in the area. Can
     be used repeatedly until it randomly breaks.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Mega Demondrug + Med Monster Bone

Item: Deodorant
Type: Usable
Use: Cures Odor status caused by Congas and Congalala
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on Congalala quests
        Combine Bomb Material + Sunset Herb

Item: Disk Stone
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in common and uncommon Mining Points
        Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1

Item: Dragonite Ore
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in Volcano 6 and 8
        Pokke Farm Mining Point+1/+2/+3

Item: Dragon Seed
Type: Reagent
Use: Like all reagents, used in various combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at Volcano 6 and 8

Item: Dragon Toadstool
Type: Reagent
Use: Like all reagents, used in various combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at Volcano 6 and 8
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree+2

Item: Drugged Meat
Type: Meat
Use: If a monster is passive and sees Drugged Meat placed on the
     floor, it will walk towards it, eat it, and then fall asleep.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Raw Meat + Sleep Herb
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Dung
Type: Fertilizer
Use: When used as fertilizer at the Pokke Farm, raises a row's level
     from 1 to 3.
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather at various spots near wyvern nests, Areas 1 and 5 of
        Forest and Hills are best
        Gather it from the Popo at the Pokke Farm
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             E                                           E             
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Item: Earth Crystal
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in common and uncommon Mining Points
        Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1/+2

Item: Eldr Dragon Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various things, also to use the Legendary Sword
     in Pokke Farm
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve Lunastra, Teostra, Chameleos, Kushala Daora, or Lao
        Shan Lung's back

Item: Electro Sac
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft various things
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve or capture Khezu or Red Khezu

Item: Energy Drink
Type: Usable
Use: Cures Fatigue (caused by Chameleos) and increases max Stamina by
     25
Rank: HR1
Source: Rewards for doing Treasure Quests
        Combine Honey + Sunset Herb

Item: Exciteshroom
Type: Mushroom/Usable
Use: Used in various combinations (Farcaster). Has random effects 
     when eaten.
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree+1/+2

Item: Expand Pickaxe
Type: Reagent
Use: Can be combined with most insects, minerals, or bones to produce
     more of that item
Rank: HR1
Source: Complete Gravios or Kirin Battle Training
        Earn a high number of points on a Treasure Quest

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             F                                           F             
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Item: Farcaster
Type: Usable
Use: When used, teleports you to base camp. (it can be interrupted)
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Combine Bomb Material + Exciteshroom

Item: Firefly
Type: Fishing Bait
Use: Used to fish and used to create Goldenfish Bait.
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Firestone
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in Volcano 6 and 8
        Carve from Gravios and Black Gravios' Tail

Item: Firecell Stone
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Mining in HR4+ Volcano 6 and 8
        Carve from HR4+ Gravios and Black Gravios' Tail

Item: Flabby Hide
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Khezu armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve or capture Khezu

Item: Flame Sac
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft various fire weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture Yian Kut-Ku or Blue Yian Kut-Ku
        Capture or carve Gravios or Black Gravios 
        Carve from Rathalos or Azure Rathalos
        Carve from Rathian or Pink Rathian

Item: Flash Bomb
Type: Usable
Use: When thrown, "flashes" and temporarily stuns monsters looking
     directly at the flash.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Bomb Material + Flashbug


Item: Flashbug
Type: Insect
Use: Used in various combinations (Flash Bomb)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket, Bug Thicket+1/+2/+3
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant (You have to have downloaded
        the Red Cat Merchant's new item list from the Download Center 
        first)
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (White/Black Hammer)

Item: Frog
Type: Fishing Bait
Use: Used to fish. Only Plesioth will bite it.
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather at Jungle 3

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Item: Garuga Ear
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Garuga weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Yian Garuga's ears and receive in rewards
        Capture Yian Garuga

Item: Garuga Mane
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Garuga weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Yian Garuga's back and receive in rewards
        Carve from Yian Garuga

Item: Garuga Scale
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Garuga weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Yian Garuga's ears or beak and receive in rewards
        Carve from Yian Garuga

Item: Garuga Shell
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Garuga weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Yian Garuga's wings or back and receive in rewards
        Capture or carve from Yian Garuga

Item: Garuga Tail
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Garuga weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Yian Garuga's tail

Item: Garuga Wing
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Garuga weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Yian Garuga's wings and receive in rewards
        Carve from Yian Garuga

Item: Giant Beak
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor and weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve from Yian Kut-Ku (rare!)
        Capture or carve from Blue Yian Kut-Ku (rare!)

Item: Giant Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve Blangonga or Congalala

Item: Godbug
Type: Insect
Use: Used in various combinations (Nutrients)
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+1/+2/+3
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (White/Black Hammer)

Item: Goldenfish Bait
Type: Fishing Bait
Use: Used to fish. Any fish that is not a Goldenfish will not bite.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Snakebee Larve + Firefly

Item: Gourmet Fish
Type: Usable
Use: Recovers all red HP and causes red HP to recover faster for a
     short amount of time
Rank: HR1
Source: Felyne Chef BBQ Service with high-level cats and fish

Item: Gourmet Fish+
Type: Usable
Use: Recovers all red HP and causes red HP to recover faster for a
     long amount of time
Rank: HR1
Source: Felyne Chef BBQ Service with high-level cats and fish

Item: Gourmet Steak
Type: Usable
Use: Increases max Stamina to 150
Rank: HR1
Source: Cook Raw Meat on a Gourmet spit (press X perfectly)
        Rewards for Treasure Hunting quests
        Felyne Chef BBQ Service with high-level cats and Raw Meat

Item: Great Hornfly
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+1/+2
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Black/Gold Hammer, requires Bug
        Thicket+1)

Item: Great Ladybug
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+1/+2
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Black/Gold Hammer, requires Bug
        Thicket+1)

Item: Gunpowder
Type: Reagent
Use: Like all reagents, used in various combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Fire Herb + Nitroshroom
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Gypceros Head
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Gypceros armor, poison weapons, and Stamina decors
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Gypceros or Purple Gypceros' horn and receive
        in rewards (rare)
        Carve from Gypceros or Purple Gypceros (very rare)
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Item: Health Flute
Type: Usable
Use: Heals all hunters in the area. Can be used repeatedly until it
     randomly breaks.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Flute + Lifepowder

Item: Hercudrome
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+2/+3
        Gather at HR4+ Volcano 2
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (White/Black Hammer, requires Bug
        Thicket+2)
 
Item: Hot Drink
Type: Usable
Use: Prevents max stamina from decreasing quicker in cold areas (it
     still decreases, just at normal speed instead of double)
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on almost all Swamp and SnowyMountain quests
        Buy it from the Item Merchant
        Combine Hot Pepper + Bitterbug

Item: Hot Meat
Type: Usable
Use: Prevents max stamina from decreasing quicker in cold areas (it
     still decreases, just at normal speed instead of double) and
     increases max stamina by 25
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Well-Done Steak + Hot Pepper
        Felyne Chef BBQ Service with low-level cats and Raw Meat

Item: Hot Pepper
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations (Hot Meat, Spicy Mushroom), used
     in an Alchemy combo (Fire Herb)
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at Volcano 3

Item: Hrd Armor Sphere
Type: Sphere
Use: Used to increase an armor piece's level
Rank: HR4+
Source: Reward for most HR4 and HR5 quests
        Pokke Farm Mining Point+2/+3
        Combine Armor Stone + Carbalite Ore or King Scarab

Item: Hrd Monster Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various things
Rank: HR4+
Source: Receive it in rewards for most HR4+ quests
        Carve HR4+ Gravios' Tail, Black Gravios' Tail, or Basarios

Item: Huskberry
Type: Plant
Use: Used to combine many different types of Bowgun ammo
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at various plant gathering spots
        Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town

Item: Hvy Armor Sphere
Type: Sphere
Use: Used to increase an armor piece's level
Rank: HR4+
Source: Reward for most HR6 quests and HR5 Lao Shan Lung
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Item: Ice Crystal
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in common Mining Points
        Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1

Item: Immunizer
Type: Usable
Use: Red HP restores twice as quickly
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on quests involving Lunastra and Teostra
        Combine Catalyst + Dragon Toadstool

Item: Insect Husk
Type: Insect
Use: Used in various combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Gold Hammer)

Item: Iron Ore
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in common and uncommon Mining Points
        Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1

Item: Iron Pickaxe
Type: Usable
Use: Used to mine from mining points. Regular chance of breaking.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Iron Ore + Bone
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Item: Khezu Hide - Tan
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Khezu armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Carve or capture HR4+ Khezu

Item: Killer Beetle
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+1/+2
        Gather at Swamp 8
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (White/Black Hammer, requires Bug
        Thicket+1)

Item: King Scarab
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+2/+3
        Gather at HR4+ Swamp 8
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (White/Black Hammer, requires Bug
        Thicket+2)

Item: Kirin Azure Horn
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Kirin armor and various thunder weapons
Rank: HR4+
Source: Carve from HR4+ Kirin

Item: Kirin Hide
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Kirin armor and various thunder weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Kirin

Item: Kirin Hide+
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Kirin armor and various thunder weapons
Rank: HR4+
Source: Carve from HR4+ Kirin

Item: Kirin Horn
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Kirin armor and various thunder weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Kirin

Item: Kirin Mane
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Kirin armor and various thunder weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Kirin

Item: Kirin Thndr Tail
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Kirin armor and various thunder weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Kirin

Item: Kut-Ku Carapace
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Capture or carve from HR4+ Yian Kut-Ku

Item: Kut-Ku Ear
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Yian Kut-Ku's ears and receive in rewards
        Break Blue Yian Kut-Ku's ears and receive in rewards

Item: Kut-Ku Long Ear
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Break Yian Kut-Ku's ears and receive in rewards

Item: Kut-Ku Scale
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Yian Kut-Ku

Item: Kut-Ku Scale+
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Carve from HR4+ Yian Kut-ku

Item: Kut-Ku Shell
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve from Yian Kut-Ku

Item: Kut-Ku Webbing
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Yian Kut-Ku
        Carve from Blue Yian Kut-Ku
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Item: Lapiz Lazuli
Type: Jewel
Use: Used to craft decorations
Rank: HR4+
Source: Pokke Farm Mining Point+3
        Mining in HR4+ Volcano 2

Item: Lg Barrel Bomb
Type: Bomb
Use: Detonates when attacked. Does 80 explosion type damage.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Large Barrel + Gunpowder

Item: Lg Barrel Bomb+
Type: Bomb
Use: Detonates when attacked. Does 150 explosion type damage.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Lg Barrel Bomb + Scatterfish

Item: Lg Bone Husk
Type: Bone
Use: Used in various Bowgun ammo combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Receive it in rewards for quests involving large monsters

Item: Lg Monster Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various bone weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve Gravios' Tail, Black Gravios' Tail, Monoblos' Tail, 
        White Monoblos' Tail, or Basarios
        Receive it in rewards for most higher ranking Elder quests
        and Guild quests

Item: Lifecrystals
Type: Usable
Use: Heals all hunters in the area
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Godbug + Wyvern Fang

Item: Lifepowder
Type: Usable
Use: Heals all hunters in the area
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on all Lao Shan Lung quests
        Combine Wyvern Claw + Lifecrystals

Item: Lightcrystal
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Break Gypceros or Purple Gypceros' horn and receive in rewards
        Carve from Kirin
        Mining in Swamp 3 and 9, Jungle 8, Desert 10 (very rare)
        Pokke Farm Mining Point+1/+2

Item: Lightning Rod
Type: Bomb (not considered a bomb but acts like one)
Use: Usable only in the rain. Detonates on a timer. Damage is unknown.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Combine Burst Arrowana + Thunderbug
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Item: Machalite Ore
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in Snowy Mountains 8, Jungle 8, Desert 10, FnH 5,
        Swamp 3 and 9, and Volcano 6 and 8
        Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1/+2/+3

Item: Master's Skull
Type: Carve
Use: Used for crafting some armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Gather at HR4+ FnH 5 and Desert Secret Zone
 
Item: Med Monster Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various bone weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve Aptonoth or Apceros
        Capture Yian Kut-Ku or Blue Yian Kut-Ku
        Receive it in rewards for most Elder quests and Guild quests

Item: Mega Armorskin
Type: Usable
Use: Increases defence by a small amount. Also erases the effects of
     Akantor and Chameleos' Defence Down status.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Armorskin + Pale Extract

Item: Mega Bugnet
Type: Usable
Use: Used to gather from insect points. Lowest chance of breaking.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Med Monster Bone + Net

Item: Mega Demondrug
Type: Usable
Use: Increases attack power by a small amount
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Demondrug + Pale Extract

Item: Mega Fishing Fly
Type: Fishing Bait
Use: Used to fish. All fish will rush towards this bait.
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+2/+3
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Black Hammer, requires Bug Thicket+2)
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Mega Nutrients
Type: Usable
Use: Increases max HP by 20 until next death or end of quest
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Nutrients + Honey

Item: Mega Pickaxe
Type: Usable
Use: Used to mine from mining points. Lowest chance of breaking.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Machalite Ore + Bone

Item: Mega Potion
Type: Usable
Use: Heals 60 HP
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Herb + Blue Mushroom

Item: Monster Bone+
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various things
Rank: HR1
Source: Receive it in rewards for most higher ranking Elder quests
        and Guild quests

Item: Monster Broth
Type: Carve
Use: Used for crafting some armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Carve from HR4+ Vespoids and Hornetaurs
        Dropped by HR4+ Great Thunderbugs

Item: Monster Fluid
Type: Carve
Use: Used for crafting some armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Vespoids and Hornetaurs
        Dropped by Great Thunderbugs
        Combine Ice Crystal + Sleep Sac (requires Alchemy skill)

Item: Mystery Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft low-level bone weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Receive it in rewards for Free Gathering quests

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Item: Net
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations (Pitfall Trap, Bugnets)
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Spiderweb + Ivy

Item: Nitroshroom
Type: Mushroom
Use: Used in various combinations (Gunpowder)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree+1/+2
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Novacrystal
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various rare armor and weapons
Rank: HR4+
Source: Break HR4+ Gypceros or Purple Gypceros' horn and receive
        in rewards
        Carve from HR4+ Kirin
        Mining in Swamp 3 and 9, Jungle 8, Desert 10 (very rare)
        Pokke Farm Mining Point+3

Item: Nutrients
Type: Usable
Use: Increases max HP by 10 until next death or end of quest
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Blue Mushroom + Godbug
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Item: Old Bugnet
Type: Usable
Use: Used to gather from insect points. Highest chance of breaking.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Mystery Bone + Net

Item: Old Pickaxe
Type: Usable
Use: Used to mine from mining points. Highest chance of breaking.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Stone + Bone

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Item: Paintberry
Type: Plant
Use: Used in various combinations (Paint S, Paintball)
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at various plant gathering spots
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Pale Bone
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Khezu armor and weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Dropped by Khezu and Red Khezu (rare!)
        Break Khezu or Red Khezu's head and receive it in   
        rewards (rare!)
        Capture Khezu or Red Khezu (rare!)

Item: Pale Extract
Type: Carve
Use: Used to combine various potions (Mega Demondrug, Mega Armorskin)
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve Khezu or Red Khezu

Item: Pale Khezu Steak
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Khezu armor and weapons
Rank: HR4+
Source: Dropped by HR4+ Khezu (rare!)
        Break HR4+ Khezu or Red Khezu's head/back and receive it in 
        rewards (rare!)
        Capture HR4+ Khezu or Red Khezu (rare!)

Item: Parashroom
Type: Mushroom
Use: Used in various combinations (Paralyze Thr Knf, Para S1,
     Paralysis Coating, Tranquilizer, Tainted Meat)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree

Item: Piscine Fang
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve it from Cephalos and Cephadrome
        Receive it in rewards for quests involving Cephadrome,
        Plesioth, or Cephalos

Item: Piscine Liver
Type: Account
Use: Worth Pokke Points, used in an Alchemy combo (Power Extract)
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve it from Cephalos

Item: Pitfall Trap
Type: Trap
Use: Traps monsters for a longer amount of time than Shock Traps, but
     does not hold monsters still
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Trap Tool + Net

Item: Poisoned Meat
Type: Meat
Use: If a monster is passive and sees Poisoned Meat placed on the
     floor, it will walk towards it, eat it, and become poisoned.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Raw Meat + Toadstool
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Poison Smoke Bomb
Type: Usable
Use: When used, weaker monsters become poisoned and stronger monsters
     lose some poison resistance (it's the same as hitting them with
     a poison weapon).
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Bomb Material + Toadstool

Item: Potion
Type: Usable
Use: Heals 30 HP
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Herb + Blue Mushroom 

Item: Power Extract
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations (Mega Juice)
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve from Gypceros or Purple Gypceros

Item: Power Pill
Type: Usable
Use: Increase attack power by a lot, but for a very short time
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Power Seed + Immunizer
Type: Usable

Item: Power Seed
Type: Usable
Use: Increases attack power by a medium amount, but for a short time
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Gather it at Volcano 1
        Grow them at the Pokke Farm (plant Power Seeds)

Item: Psychoserum
Type: Usable
Use: Temporarily shows the location of boss monsters on your map
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy them from the Red Cat Merchant
        Combine Cactus Flower + Thunderbug (requires Alchemy skill)

Item: Pur Rubbery Hide
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Purple Gypceros armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve from Purple Gypceros

Item: Pur Gypceros Wing
Type:
Use: Used to craft Purple Gypceros armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Capture or carve from HR4+ Purple Gypceros

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Item: Rainbow Insect
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+3
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Black/Gold Hammer, requires Bug
        Thicket+3)

Item: Rainbow Ore
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm mining Point+2/+3


Item: Rare Fish
Type: Usable
Use: Recovers all red HP
Rank: HR1
Source: Felyne Chef BBQ Service with low-level cats and fish

Item: Rare Scarab
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+3
        Gather at HR4+ Volcano 2
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Any Hammer, requires Bug Thicket+3)

Item: Rare Steak
Type: Usable
Use: Increases max Stamina by 25
Rank: HR1
Source: Cook Raw Meat on a BBQ spit (press X early)
        Felyne Chef BBQ Service with low-level cats and Raw Meat

Item: Raw Meat
Type: Meat
Use: Raw Meat is required to use BBQ Spits. It is also used in many
     meat related combinations. If a monster is passive and sees Raw
     Meat placed on the floor, it will walk towards it and eat it.
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve it from Popos, Apceros and Aptonoths
        Combine Burnt Meat + Insect Husk (requires Alchemy skill)

Item: Rubbery Hide
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Gypceros armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture or carve from Gypceros

Item: Rubbery Hide+
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Gypceros armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Capture or carve from HR4+ Gypceros
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Item: Scatternut
Type: Plant
Use: Used to combine many different types of Bowgun ammo
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at various plant gathering spots
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Sharp Claw
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Carve from Blangos, Congas, Hermitaurs, and Ceanataurs

Item: Sharpened Beak
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft Garuga weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Capture Yian Garuga

Item: Shock Trap
Type: Trap
Use: Traps monsters for a shorter amount of time than Pitfall Traps,
     but holds them still
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Trap Tool + Genprey Fang

Item: Sm Barrel Bomb
Type: Bomb
Use: Detonates on a timer. Does 20 explosion type damage.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Small Barrel + Gunpowder

Item: Sm Barrel Bomb+
Type: Bomb
Use: Detonates on a timer. Does 30 explosion type damage.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Sm Barrel Bomb + Burst Arrowana

Item: Sm Bone Husk
Type: Bone
Use: Used in various Bowgun ammo combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Sm Monster Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft many low-level bone weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Carve Aptonoth, Apceros, Velociprey, Ioprey, Genprey, Giaprey
        Dropped by Congalala

Item: Smoke Bomb
Type: Usable
Use: When used, passive monsters have a harder time noticing you.
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Bomb Material + Ivy

Item: Snakebee Larva
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Pokke Farm Beehive

Item: Sonic Bomb
Type: Usable
Use: When thrown, emits a sonic wave that forces monsters out of sand
     or water, disrupts Chameleos' invisibility, and stuns Yian 
     Kut-Ku.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Gunpowder + Screamer

Item: Spiderweb
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations (Net)
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant
        Gather it at Forest and Hills 6, 8, 12, Swamp 1 and 2
        Pokke Farm Bug Thicket, Bug Thicket+3

Item: Splendid Beak
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft YKK Armor and weapons
Rank: HR4+
Source: Capture or carve from HR4+ Yian Kut-Ku (rare!)

Item: Stone
Type: Usable
Use: Used in various combinations
     Can be thrown to detonate bombs and do minor damage
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in common Mining Points
        Pokke Farm Mining Point

Item: Stout Bone
Type: Bone
Use: Used to craft various weapons
Rank: HR4+
Source: Capture or carve HR4+ Popo, Blangonga, Congalala, or Bulldrome

Item: Suiko Jewel
Type: Jewel
Use: Used to craft decorations
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mining Point, Mining Point+1

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Item: Tainted Meat
Type: Meat
Use: If a monster is passive and sees Tainted Meat placed on the
     floor, it will walk towards it, eat it, and become paralyzed.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Raw Meat + Parashroom
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Territorial Dung
Type: Account Item
Use: Worth 500 Pokke points
Rank: HR1
Source: Dropped by Blangonga and Congalala

Item: Territorial Dung+
Type: Account Item
Use: Worth 2500 Pokke points
Rank: HR4+
Source: Dropped by HR4+ Blangonga and Congalala
 
Item: Thawing Agent
Type: Usable
Use: Cures the Frozen status caused by Kushala Daora and Blangonga
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on quests involving Blangonga or Kushala Daora
        Combine Fire Herb + Rumblefish

Item: Thunderbug
Type: Insect
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket+1/+2
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Black/Gold Hammer, requires Bug
        Thicket+1)

Item: Thunderbug Juice
Type: Carve
Use: Used for crafting some weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Dropped by Great Thunderbugs
        Trade Battlefield Jewels to the Forest Elder (rare)

Item: Thunder Sac
Type: Carve
Use: Used to craft various things
Rank: HR4+
Source: Carve or capture HR4+ Khezu or Red Khezu

Item: Toadstool
Type: Mushroom
Use: Used in various combinations (Poison Thr Knf, Poison S1,
     Poison Coating, Blue Mushroom, Poison Smoke Bomb, Poisoned Meat)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Mushroom Tree

Item: Tranq Bomb
Type: Usable
Use: Throwing bomb to capture weakened monsters
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on early Elder-level quests
        Combine Tranquilizer + Bomb Material

Item: Tranq S
Type: Bowgun Ammo
Use: Bowgun ammo used to capture weakened monsters
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied on early Elder-level quests
        Combine Tranquilizer + Sm Bone Husk

Item: Tranq Thrwng Knf
Type: Usable
Use: Throwing knife to capture weakened monsters
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Tranquilizer + Throwing Knife

Item: Tranquilizer
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations (Tranq Bomb, Tranq S, etc.)
Rank: HR1
Source: Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town
        Combine Parashroom + Sleep Herb

Item: Trap Tool
Type: Reagent
Use: Used in various combinations (Pitfall Trap, Shock Trap)
Rank: HR1
Source: Supplied in many quests
        Buy it from the Item Merchant in Town

Item: Tuna Bait
Type: Fishing Bait
Use: Used to fish. Any fish that is not a Pin Tuna will not bite.
Rank: HR1
Source: Combine Yambug + Worm

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             U                                           U             
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Item: Union Ore
Type: Mineral
Use: Used to craft various weapons and armor
Rank: HR4+
Source: Mining in HR4+ Volcano 6 and 8
        Pokke Farm Mining Point+3

Item: Unknown Skull
Type: Carve
Use: Used for crafting some armor
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather at FnH 5

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             V                                           V             
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             W                                           W             
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Item: Well-Done Steak
Type: Usable
Use: Increases max Stamina by 50
Rank: HR1
Source: Cook Raw Meat on a BBQ spit (press X perfectly)
        Felyne Chef BBQ Service with high-level cats and Raw Meat

Item: Whetstone
Type: Usable
Use: Used to sharpen weapons
Rank: HR1
Source: Mining in common Mining Points
        Pokke Farm Mining Point

Item: Worm
Type: Fishing Bait/Fertilizer
Use: Used to fish and used to create Tuna Bait. When used as
     fertilizer at the Pokke Farm, raises a row's level by 1 (requires
     five worms)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket, Bug Thicket+1
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Wyvern Claw
Type: Bone
Use: Used to combine many different types of Bowgun ammo
Rank: HR1
Source: Receive it in rewards for most quests involving harder
        monsters (Gravios, Diablos, etc.)
        Break the wing claws of any Rathalos or Rathian and receive
        it in rewards
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

Item: Wyvern Droppings
Type: Fertilizer
Use: When used as fertilizer at the Pokke Farm, raises all row's
     levels from 1 to 3.
Rank: HR1
Source: Gather it at Area 5 of Forest and Hills (uncommon)

Item: Wyvern Fang
Type: Bone
Use: Used to combine many different types of Bowgun ammo
Rank: HR1
Source: Receive it in rewards for most quests
        Buy it from the Red Cat Merchant

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             X                                           X             
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             Y                                           Y             
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Item: Yambug
Type: Insect
Use: Used in various combinations (Tuna Bait)
Rank: HR1
Source: Pokke Farm Bug Thicket
        Pokke Farm Bug Tree (Gold/Black Hammer)

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             Z                                           Z             
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[15] Afterword                                                    [15]
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I wrote this guide mainly using what I've learned about the game while
playing it. A lot of the things I learned though, I learned from other
users on GameFAQs (I was once a lowly newbie like you, don'tchaknow) 
and the FAQs and Guides they've written, so it's only fitting that I
credit them all now:

- Lord Grahf's FAQ on the Melee Damage formula for the original
  Monster Hunter has been the basis for most, if not all, of what the
  non-Japanese hunters know about damage in this game.

- DS31x's FAQ on the Melee Damage formula contains the new values and
  variables for Monster Hunter Freedom 2. He had most of the Defence
  values figured out before I even had the game. :p

- vampirecosmonaut and DaiIchiban's FAQ on Bowgun Damage for Monster
  Hunter Freedom is the primer for anyone who wants to get the most
  damage out of their ranged weapons.

- Boswer Elkei is so inspiring. <3

- Boldrin's FAQ on the Pokke Farm was used to doublecheck some farm
  items when I wasn't sure if all Insect Thickets could give you this
  or if it was only +1/+2 and such...

- Taphs' Combination List, Boldrin's Combination List, and NecroSen's
  Combination List. Combos are mentioned quite a bit in this FAQ, and
  I know for a fact I've only found out maybe one or two combinations
  on my own without the help of these lists.

- naijiao's work with the GS charge teaches newbies to properly use
  the GS charge and get the full potential out of the GS, a weapon
  that would probably otherwise be overlooked completely.

- Kawakami_Hanabi's Boss Carve FAQ was used to doublecheck some of the
  more obscure items that I don't get every day (like Lg Monster Bone
  and Sharp Claws).

- Peaceful/Crimson's website, Skies of Crimson, has weapon trees for
  all weapon types. Most hunters would be lying if they said they
  never learned a thing or two from looking at them.

And of course, thanks to the following:

- GameFAQs, for hosting this walkthrough
- The GFAQs Message Boards for MHF/MHF2.
- Capcom Production Studio 1, for giving us both Monster Hunter and
  Marvel vs Capcom 2. Yes, they made Marvel vs Capcom 2.
- Wakka, wakka wakka wakka.

noilleberreven has been playing Monster Hunter since December 2006,
when the game was discovered at a Fry's Electronics for the low, low
price of $20 USD. noille took a liking to the concept of blasting
Velociprey in the face with a shotgun, and so started out in the game
with a Light Bowgun. For a month, noille was poor and nubbing around
with a weak Light Bowgun and Normal S Lv1. Moral of the story? We all
started out somewhere, and Normal S Lv1s suck.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas to submit,
I can be contacted at chocori.icy.eyes@gmail.com. Do note that if I
can't figure out what you're saying on the first readthrough, I'm
probably going to just reply with "lol i dunno".

I can also be contacted via AIM at ChocoriEyes, but keep in mind I'm
not obliged to drop everything I'm currently doing just to answer your
question. Patience.

Please do NOT contact me about parts of the FAQ that are not yet
complete. They'll be coming soon. No need to bother me about it.

"Thanks to modern laws, your FAQ is protected by Copyright law the
instant it's published online. For your own protection, you should 
also always include a one-line copyright notice in your work:
Copyright (year) (your name)"

                      Copyright 2008 noille.

                         Happy Picnic Day!