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                   For Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G/Freedom Unite
    
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    Contents
    
    			Introduction
    			Change History
    
    Part 1: Bowgun Basics
    
    BSC		I 	Basics
    AMO		II 	Ammunition
    ELE		III 	Elemental Shots
    UBG		IV 	Upgrading your Bowgun
    HBS		V 	Heavy Bowgun Specific Information
    SHB		VI	Suggested HBGs
    LBS		VII	Light Bowgun Specific Information
    RFR		VIII 	Rapid Fire
    SLB		IX	Suggested LBGs
    ASC		X	Armour Skills & Combos
    CAS		XI	Combining armour skills
    GGT		XII	General gunning Tactics
    SUG		XIII	Suggested Armour sets for Elder, High Rank and G Rank
      
    Part 2: Strategies for Gunning Every Creature
    
    LYN		I 	Lynians
    NEO		II 	Neopetrons
    DRM		III	Dromes
    BWY		IV	Bird Wyverns
    WYV		V	Wyverns
    PSC		VI 	Piscines
    CPC		VII 	Carapeceons
    PRI		VIII	Primatus
    EDS		IX	Elder Dragons
    
    Part 3: The Monster Hunter Quest
    
    INT		I 	Introduction
    LOS		II 	Rathalos
    REX		III	Tigrex
    NGA		IV 	Naruga Kuruga/Narcuga
    RAJ		V	Rajang
    
    BRA		I	Bragging Rights 
    
    
    Credits and Contact Info
    
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                                    Introduction
    
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    Welcome, sais, may all your days be long upon the earth!
    
    What you've stumbled across here is my best attempt to distill hundreds and 
    hundreds of hours of gunning experience in Monster Hunter, in order to assist 
    people in getting into bowgunning. Bowguns (BGs) are often looked at with 
    disdain and largely rejected by most players. And to be fair, in incarnations 
    of Monster Hunter past, BGs have been somewhat underpowered. Recoil and ammo 
    capabilities have put people off getting into gunning. But now in 2G/Unite 
    with the re-working of the recoil system, BGs have gone from being a 'viable' 
    class to a stand out one. Indeed, Heavy Bowguns (HBGs) can compete with the 
    Hammer and Greatsword class in terms of quest completion speed. They take a 
    lot of work to understand, however, and there are a lot of stigmas still 
    attached to BGs which I've tried to address with this guide. Wherever 
    possible, I've backed up my assertions with videos or pictures, too.
    
    This Compendium contains a *lot* of information. It can be used a gunning 
    Bible, but for most people it's far more effective if you selectively search 
    it. Hold Control and press F to open the Find box, and then enter terms to 
    quickly find what information you seek.
    
    It's important to note I've designed this so MH players of all experience 
    levels can get something out of it. It's designed for everyone from complete 
    newbies to seasoned vets looking to get into gunning.
    
    Please note that the 2G and Unite translations of weapon names differ in 
    places. If you see a weapon like Exuberance/Prosperity, then that means it's
    called Exuberance in 2G and Prosperity in Unite. The weapons only have 
    different names, the stats are identical.
    
    I'm more than happy to take comments or questions not answered in this guide 
    to mazereon at gmail dot com. But please, do check to make sure the questions 
    aren't already answered first.
    
    Throughout the guide there are YouTube links. To view these, copy the link
    and paste it into your browser. 
    
     - mazereon
    
    
    
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    				Change History
    
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    v2.1 Fixed some spelling errors and changed some sections to change emphasis
    slightly (less emphasis on HBG guarding, for exampe).
    
    v2.0 Fixed errors (thanks JohnnyBloodyRaven and Shadow Edge), added in links
    to RoTR and Minegarde. Also added some recommendations for which creatures 
    LBG is perferable for (Thanks Cobslayerz0356). Added Vampirecosmonaut's 
    variants of the Elemental Maniac set.
    
    v1.99: Minor fixes and clarifications. Now that Kira's removed her guide, 
    shot damage guide references now point to VC/Dai's guide.
    
    v1.98: Added m45t3rz30's Absolute Bow set, added misc. videos and made a few
    random fixes.
    
    v1.97: Added Crimson Fatalis, Silver Los and Purple hermitaur videos. Added
    VC's shot range chart and Gypceros pellet gun suggestions (Ta SuperVolt and 
    VC). Corrected several minor errors.
    
    v1.95: Added extra Gypceros tips (thanks Wida Hahn and Vash_TS) and 
    GamersHell to the host list. Added more videos and notes on Dragon S.
    
    v1.92: Added Akantor, Tigrex, Devil Blos, Ucamulbas and Black Gravios videos
    
    v1.9: Added low and high rank weapon suggestions, fixed minor errors, added
    most jewels needed in custom sets, added this section.
    
    
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                                Part 1: Bowgun Basics
    
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    I Basics							BSC
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    Unsheathe is Tri, and thereís no unsheathe 'attack', though pressing R 
    trigger, Cir and Tri together unsheathes and reloads your gun. 
    
    Reloading is Tri while unsheathed. Selecting ammo is by holding  L trigger, 
    then selecting the desired ammo with Tri and X, then releasing L. You must 
    re-load if you switch out of your chosen ammo and then back to it. Circle to 
    fire.
    
    Your scope is R trigger once unsheathed, aimed with the analogue stick. R 
    trigger again to unzoom.
    
    If you hold L trigger while pressing any direction key, you switch to a third
    person view that allows you to aim on the fly, but itís not easily done. 
    Good for scoping surroundings in a pinch.
    
    When you fire your BG, there are five ranges, from shortest (1) to longest 
    (5). How far away you are from a creature impacts on how much damage you'll 
    do. 
    
    For Pierce and Pellet, ranges 2 and 3 do the most, 1 and 4 are next most and 
    5 (the longest distance away) is the lowest damage. To observe this, try 
    sniping a prey at very long range - it takes around twice as may shots. 
    Elemental shots however are range independant.
    
    For Normal, ranges 1 and 2 do the most, then 3 and 4, and finally long range 
    shots at 5 do very little. Fire S fits in this category.
    
    Crag and Clust shots do fixed damage aside from the initial contact hit, 
    and can be fired at any range with virtually the same effect.
    
    You'll soon find the sweet spot to shoot from to maximise your damage. 
    
    
    
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    II Ammunition							AMO
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    To be a range master, you must understand your weapon. And to understand a 
    range weapon, you must understand what youíre firing.
    
    Normal 1 and 2 are simple shots: You fire them, and they hit and damage the 
    hitzone they land on. Normal 1 is infinite ammo but does very little damage 
    Ė if you end up with only this left on a quest, you should probably abandon 
    if the monster youíre hunting isnít almost dead. Normal 2 should be your 
    standard shot, as it does good damage and is simply targeted and fired. Works 
    well generally and on small, fast monsters or where pierce shots donít work 
    well. 
    
    Normal 3 is slightly different. It hits, then damages the hitzone it lands on 
    and shards fly off. These will either hit adjacent hitzones or fly off. If 
    you land shards, itíll do a lot of damage, but otherwise youíre better off 
    using Normal 2. Takes a bit of practice to master, but youíll learn where 
    to hit to land most shards.
    
    Pierce 1, 2, 3: These all work the same. They hit one hitzone and travel 
    through to the next one, then the next until they hit ~5 times or exit the 
    wyvern. The higher level shots do more damage. These shots work best on long 
    monsters like Gravios, Plesioth and Aka/Ucamulbas. If youíre fighting 
    something small and fast like a Rajang, donít use them. Has a recoil so 
    beware.
    
    Pellet 1, 2, 3: These shots are different from the above in that they require 
    little precision. You fire, and the shot splits up and hits at random, though 
    has a degree of auto aim if you fire close enough to a creature. Works 
    excellently for dromes and Kirin: fire, and a half second later shards 
    will hit a few points. Also good for firing at a Diablosí tail, for example.
    
    Crag: A simple shot: You fire, it hits and a split second later explodes. 
    Does good damage and acts like a sonic bomb. Itís useful for fishing  out 
    Plessy/Cephadrome. Also, enough damage (more accurately, KO value) from this 
    will KO a monster like a hammer (see VioletKIRAís stickied guide) if you hit 
    the head. Itís not much use in solo play, but itís very good for ad hoc 
    battles. Again, has recoil to watch out for. Good for smaller monsters.
    
    Clust: You fire, and when it hits it does minor damage. But then it fragments
    into several bomblets which explode. If all hit, it does severe damage, but 
    will take practice to land. This works very well on bigger, slower creatures, 
    but again on a monster like a Rajang or Blangonga itís not great because the 
    bomblets wonít stay on it if it moves. Another shot with recoil.
    
    			NOTE ON CLUST SPAMMING
    
    There are a lot of players who remember Fatalis runs from MHF and MH, when
    spamming Clust 2 was quite effective. Now, with the higher damaging guns,
    Clust still has a place, but it's not at G rank or even High rank fights.
    As above, clust damage is fixed. It's great at low rank, OK at high rank and 
    poor at G rank. You're actually much better off just firing Normal 2 in terms 
    of damage and not getting caught out while recoil-locked. 
    
    Note that there is no creature in the entire game (except Fatalis in the right
    circumstances) that gets killed faster with Clust than it does with other 
    tactics.
    
    
    
    Here's a chart made by Vampirecosmonaut to demonstrate shot distances 
    visually:
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/psp/file/943356/57743
    
    
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    III Elemental Shots						ELE
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    Fire S: Functions as a fire elemented Normal type 2.
    
    Ice S: Functions as a ice elemented Pierce style shot.
     
    Water S: Functions as a water elemented style Pierce shot.
    
    Thunder S: Functions as a thunder elemented style Pierce shot.
    
    Dragon S: [Captain Obvious] Functions as a dragon elemented pierce shot.
    
    BG gets great mileage from elemental shots since they donít have recoil, 
    meaning they can be spammed. Dragon S though is not recommended. You can only
    carry 23 shots with combines, and it's got a fixed damage value that ignores
    weapon's raw. Has poor damage potential even with skills, and horrible recoil.
    Can be used to break an Elder Dragon's horns, but few other uses.
    
    Please note the elemental shots function differently from other shot types. 
    While they may be Pierce *style* (Apart from Fire S) they don't get a damage 
    bonus from Pierce S Up (and Fire S doesn't from Normal S Up). 
    
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    IV Upgrading your BG						UBG
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    So congratulations, youíve decided to get into the mysterious and new world 
    of bowgunning. Off you run to the creation store and plonk down your Lao Shan 
    Ruby for that Emperor Lao Cannon. Now youíve made it, what are those options 
    you get?!
    
    Modding: The first one is simple, it upgrades the damage of your weapon. As 
    soon as you can afford it, get all the way to Mod level 5. 
    
    From here, you may only attach one of the two possible options, which are 
    different for heavy and light bowguns.
    
    Power barrel: Gives a good boost to damage. When you have defensive skills on 
    your armour, this is probably the attachment of choice.
    
                          OR, a 
    
    [HBG Only] Shield: An attachment to have if you have offensive armour skills 
    and need some protection. While you arenít attacking, youíll auto block 
    attacks, including screams. The residual damage you take is higher than other
    classes, but it's better than getting run over by a Diablos.
    
    [LBG Only] Silencer: This device noticeably lowers recoil. If you're using a 
    Pellet, Pierce, Crag or Clust set primarily, this is a very handy 
    attachment to have. For recoil-less shots, it's not worth using.
    
    	And with both of those, you can equip a:
    
    Zoom Scope: When in zoom mode, you can zoom your gun in further. Not really 
    that useful in most situations, since without the Target range down skill, 
    your shots wonít reach as far as you can see. But hey, why not? 
    
    
    
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    V Heavy Bowgun Specific Information				HBS
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    I have had numerous discussions with experienced players about the role of 
    the Heavy Bowgun and it strikes me as unusual that it is seen as a support 
    class or a novelty. In my opinion, Heavy bowgun (HBG) is probably the most 
    underrated class in 2G. Since it seemingly lacks the power of melee weapons 
    or the mobility of bow, people tend to overlook it as a class. This guide is 
    intended to open people to the potential of what is the fastest 
    killing classes for some monsters, after it was buffed up from Freedom/
    Portable 2 to 2G.
    
    Firstly, the downsides of HBG. As youíve no doubt noticed, when unsheathed, 
    it has limited mobility (comparable to a Gunlance). Limited ammo (ignoring 
    the Normal 1 shot which does negligible damage) means if you arenít 
    accurate, youíre going to be stuck with bashing things with your bowgun, 
    never a good look (HBG can melee attack with Tri + Circle, and the Felyne 
    Blunt Force makes that damage rise. Before you ask, no, it isnít worth using).
    And youíll need to be stationary while firing, leaving you open.
    
    But the fact is, with practice and skill, these issues can be practically 
    negated. 
    
    The strengths of HBG are many, as itís a class that can be played a number 
    of ways. Itís got great elemental damage, great and underrated raw damage 
    (did you know the Ucamulbas Cannon does 614 raw before Kitchen skills, 
    Charms, talons and any other buffs?), and ammo limits arenít really a problem 
    when you learn weak points. You can equip a shield and use the Guard Inc 
    skill to constantly tank all hits Ė and even without it, the shield 
    auto-blocks if you arenít firing. Or you can go all out offence and use a power 
    barrel for even more damage.
    
    
    
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    VI Suggested  HBGs						SHB
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    				HR1 - 3: LOW RANK  
    
    At this stage in the game, HBG isn't yet a specialised class, so weapon 
    suggestions are limited. Basically, look for the gun that best suits a given 
    creature and that's easily made. For the most part, any weapon that fires
    Normal 2 and has high raw works - so the Kut Ku/Garuga guns are fine. The 
    only guns you SHOULDN'T use are the Diablos/Monoblos ones, since they suck.
    Very low shot types and clip sizes = fail.
    
    Quickcaster: Fires all elements, and low rank Kirin are pretty easy to kill.
    A useful weapon for your armoury.
    
    Made from Kirin materials.
    
    Daora's Delphinidae: An awesome looking with low recoil for Pierce shooting.
    One of the few guns for this rank that fires Ice S.
    
    Requires Daora parts.
    
    Teostra's Artillery: a useable Fire S based weapon with decent damage.
    
    Requries Tesotra mats.
    
    Lao Shan Cannon: Hard to go wrong with. Fires all the shots you'd want and 
    has great damage. Devastating when paired with Death Stench armour for 
    Auto reload, given the small slip sizes.
    
    Needs - wait for it - Lao shan materials.
    
    Bastionmage: A great Pellet option for Low rank, with 6 shot clips of Pellet 
    1-3. Lacking power, but Pellet S Up helps that. Made with Gypceros mats.
    
    				HR4 - 6: HIGH RANK
    
    Hidden Sniper: 6 shots of Pierce munitions and Very fast reload makes this
    the Pierce weapon of choice at High rank. If you don't need elemental shots,
    this gun is the way to go. Made from Naruga mats.
    
    Tankmage+: A solid Pellet option for this rank, before you can get other 
    pellet guns. OK to use, but should be ditched for better options as soon as 
    you can. Made from Gypceros parts.
    
    QuickCaster+: A limited weapon, but good for Elemental Speed Firing since it 
    uses all elemental shots. Made from High rank Kirin bits.
    
    Grande Daora: A good pierce weapon and one of the few High rank guns with
    Ice S. Looks absolutely badass, too, and is made from High rank Daora mats.
    
    Vor Cannon: Similar to Destiny's Hand (below). Good shot options and reload
    makes it a worthwhile Pierce and all purpose gun. Made from Fatalis.
    
    Destiny's Hand: A versatile weapon. Good with pierce shots and also good 
    elemental options. Fast reload makes it much more viable than the Lao guns
    for general use without Auto reload. Made from Crimson Fatalis.
    
    Emperor Lao Shan Cannon: Your best bet for an all-round high rank gun. Great
    damage and shot capability means a very versatile weapon, though without 
    Load Up or Auto reload/Speed Fire the very slow reload is an issue.
    
    Supreme Lao Shan Cannon: As above. Slightly less damage, but a weapon slot
    for gemming. Both Lao guns are made from... Lao Shan parts.
    
    				HR7 - 9: G RANK
    
    Shadow Cannon [Dark Wind]: A fantastic Pierce gun. No Element support, but
    massive (6 round) clips of all 3 Pierce shots, combined with amazing reload
    speed. The raw seems low, but don't forget that 40% affinity is essentially
    +10% damage over time. With Silver Sol Z it's a very formidable weapon.
    
    Requires: G rank Naruga parts.
    
    Destiny's Fist: While farming G rank Crimson Fatalis isn't fun, this gun is.
    It's a great Pierce gun, with similar clip/reload to the Naruga gun above,
    but it's got three elemental shot types too. Expensive, however.
    
    Requires: Crimson Fatalis G rank parts.
    
    Vor Cannon: A solid Normal/Pierce/element gun. It's stats are nothing to be 
    sneezed at and killing Black Fatalis isn't that hard. A worthy substitute to
    either of the above weapons.
    
    Requires: Black Fatalis G rank parts.
    
    Dragonwood Cannon: The hands-down best Pellet gun in the game. Great damage, 
    two slots, high Pellet clips and low recoil. It's worth farming Yama to make
    this, as it'll let you farm Diablos and Kirin very quickly once you have it.
    
    Requires: Yamatsukami materials.
    
    Tzar Lao Shan Cannon: Of course, no HBG weapon list is complete without this.
    Shocking reload speed is outweighed by Speed Fire and the damage and recoil
    is supreme. After factoring in Affinity, it's the highest damaging HBG. 
    Getting a Lao Divine plate is a chore but once you have this gun it'll seem
    worth it.
    
    Requires: G rank Lao Shan parts.
    
    Ucamulbas Cannon: The best Ice capable HBG and a scary weapon. Great Pierce
    ability and huge raw. Even factoring in affinity (it's -40%) you still only
    lose 10% damage over time, making this a great choice for your Uca Divine 
    plate.
    
    Requires: Uca materials.
    
    
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    VII Light Bowgun Specific Information				LBS
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    LBGs have drawbacks, as anyone whoís tried to use them will know. If you try 
    and use them as a surrogate HBG, you will quickly notice that their damage 
    output is about 25% lower, typically, meaning accuracy and wise ammo use is 
    required. But after a lot of play, I have come to realise that there is a 
    strong correlation: As HH is to Hammer, so LBG is to HBG.
    
    Hammers are an amazing weapon [/shameless plug]. They consistently win speed 
    competitions, and have a lot going in their favour. But when you come to use 
    them in multi, you find they arenít quite as charmed. Hammer users hog the 
    head, meaning everyone else has to find another spot to hit. Their attacks 
    often knock other players around, and players who spam superpounds are almost 
    as reviled as those who use the Great swordís infinite combo over and over 
    again.
    
    Hunting Horn, on the other hand, always loses speed runs. Itís a melee 
    weapon, but itís slower than Bow in killing speed. Solo, having to re-buff 
    constantly, even with Flute Expert, drives people crazy and means you spend 
    a lot of your fights de-zoning to buff again. But in multi, a good HH player 
    can drastically raise teamsí survival chances. Health buffs whenever you feel 
    like it, attack and defence boosts, giving constant wind press or Mega juices 
    out free on whimsÖ and hell, you can even attack if you get the chance! 
    
    HBG is a bit like that in multi. If youíre always aiming at the weak point, 
    melee players keep getting by your shots, so you have to aim at places where 
    youíll do much less damage. And donít even get melee players started on how 
    annoying Pellet spammers areÖ And clust is all well and good, but when you 
    keep getting blown up when youíre about to land your level 3 GS charge because 
    a bomblet bounced onto you, your vision becomes clouded by a red mist of rage.
    
    LBGís big strength is multiplayer. Solo, itís easy to avoid getting hit, but 
    keeping up your damage is a mission. Speed runs show LBG is typically 25% 
    slower than HBG. 
    
    But multi is where it excels, and thatís the main point of this section.
    
    In a multi run, with a silencer attached to lower recoil, youíve got a lot of
    options:
    
    You can KO a monster: Crag shots hitting the head build up KO value. So if 
    that Teostra is running back and forth, a few well placed Crags can stop it 
    in its tracks, allowing your melee team mates to wail on it with impunity. 
    Rajang Fullisade, for example, with Rapid Fire Crag level 1, does this 
    nicely.
    
    You can paralyze something: A few Para S Level 2 and Level 1s, with combines, 
    can keep a monster locked in place for sometimes a whole fight. The key 
    here is communication: keep track of how many shots the first and second 
    paralysis take, so you can alert team-mates when itís going to be ready. 
    Thereís no point paralyzing it if your heavy hitting team is in another 
    zone healing/sharpening or has just been Kitty carted.
    
    You can send creatures to sleep: As above, a few Sleep S level 2 shots sends 
    almost every creature Ė including Akantor, Ucamulbas and all the Fatalises 
    Ė into a ~30 second long nap. That gives you lots of options, since the first 
    attack on a sleeping monster does 3x (300%) damage. So a GS user with 
    Unsheathe Crit can nail a weak point for frightening amounts of damage, and 
    youíll have cut the fight time in half.
    
    You can poison a monster: For something without much health that is often 
    impossible to hit, poison can ensure your DoT keeps ticking away. If that 
    Blos keeps burrowing, or Daora wonít land, at least you can have them sicker 
    than when you ate chicken youíd left on the kitchen bench for three days.
    
    Everyone forgot Tranqs? No probs! You can Tranq S a trapped monster (hit the 
    head, otherwise thereís no effect) and no more fussing about with 
    throwing tranq bombs.
    
    Every time you inflict status elements or KO, the next time you incur it takes 
    more value. So if it takes 1 shot to paralyse something, the next time you go 
    to paralyze it, it might take two or three shots. So bring both level 1 and 2 
    status shots (if your gun fires them) on your missions.
    
    Donít forget your Recover shots, too. These heal anything they hit (including 
    monsters), but itís better to heal that Fatalis a little bit to keep your 
    team mates from dying than everyone losing the mission.
    
    
    
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    As above, RF lets you raise your damage (since firing one shot actually fires 
    2-5 shots which add up to more damage than just one) with a given shot, but 
    it decreases your damage over time. Sound like an oxymoron? Hereís how it 
    works.
    
    You Rapid Fire a Thunder S shot. It fires three times, each doing 60% of the 
    damage of a normal Thunder S. So, you do 3 x 60% = 180% damage. 
    
    But in that same time, you could have fired two normal (non Rapid Fired) 
    Thunder S shots. Thatís 2 x 100% = 200% damage.
    
    And obviously, 200% > 180%.
    
    So if youíre worried about running out of ammo, look for a gun that RFís the 
    shot your target is weakest too. If you want to do a quest as fast as 
    possible, donít use a RF gun. 
    
    For the actual numbers involved for different shots, as well as the numbers 
    for different status shots, please see the Shot damage guide by Dai and 
    Vampirecosmonaut.
    
    Rapid Fire is a great tool, but itís important to be aware of its draw backs. 
    Firstly, it doesnít work with Speed Fire. Secondly, you get frozen in place 
    for the duration of the firing, unless you get hit. So if a vespoid bumps you 
    after you fire one of the five shots, the other four donít activate, so you 
    do very little damage. Also, for the guns that RF a shot with recoil, the 
    recoil can be pretty extreme, so be very careful when you set out to use it.
    
    For perspective, I do the Monster Hunter quest with Magus Lamp (no RF) faster 
    than with Martial Ancestor (RF of every element). 
    
    Bear in mind this is all on the assumption if you're not using RF, you're 
    using Speed Fire/Auto reload. If that's not the case, RF is a much more 
    attractive option. 
    
    
    
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    IX Suggested LBGs						SLB
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    				HR1 - 3: LOW RANK 
    
    As with HBGs at this point, your options are limited and you'll mainly want
    a good reload and Normal 2 clip, since elemental options tend to be limited 
    at this point. Otherwise, look for any gun that Rapid Fires the elemental 
    shot your target is weakest too. Remember not to use a Rapid fire shot of any
    bullet type that has recoil unless you have no other options.
    
    Azure Sakura: Rapid Fire of Normal 2 packs a decent punch, and it's got good
    damage to boot. With Fast reload, it's a great low rank option.
    
    Made from Pink and Azure Ian/Los parts.
    
    Raven Do: Decent Fire S clip and good damage, with a sizeable Normal 2/3 
    clip, too. Made from Garuga.
    
    Blessed Lamp: Possibly the best all-round low rank LBG. Great element, 
    normal and general clip options. 3 slots to boot. Is the low rank Chameleos 
    gun.
    
    Red Lobster Gun: Specifically for Gravios is this water S rapid fire gun. 
    Sounds really annoying though. If I'm not mistaken, this is a 2G only gun as 
    the tickets are dummied out of Unite. There is also a 'Lobster Gun' which
    works just as well, Made from Plesioth parts.
    
    Sandfall: Available at 4* Village, this Plesioth based gun packs a serious
    wallop with a five shot RF of Normal 2. In conjunction with Conga armour for
    Normal Up, it's a tasty set. Beware the dangers of such a long RF though 
    (Thanks tiasongames). 
    
    
    				HR4 - 6: HIGH RANK 
    
    Cursed Lamp: Should be your go-to High rank LBG. Great shot options, fast 
    loading and 3 slots, with some of the best LBG raw you'll see. Truly worth 
    farming Chameleos for.
    
    Hidden Glare: An excellent Pierce weapon, with high clips and good damage. 
    Very fast reload means it's a LBG Pierce dream. Naruga based weapon.
    
    Rajang Barrage: Good element options, decent loading and good damage. Great
    for Normal spamming, too. Guess what parts you need to make it?
    
    Fire Wraith: A deceptively powerful, but expensive, weapon. Five RF'd shots of 
    Fire S mean that Khezu, Naruga or Chameleos are going to be feeling the pain.
    Be careful of how long those five shots take to fire, and you'll have a great
    weapon. Rathalos and training school based weapon.
    
    Profusion: Much like Rajang Barrage - great shot options, great element 
    support. Still, the damage and affinity mean there are other choices that 
    surpass it. Silver Los parts required.
    
    Supreme Azure Sakura: RF of Normal 2 and decent damage, with element options.
    A very worthwhile weapon. As with the low rank version, it's a Pink and 
    Azure gun.
    
    Chronos Grenade: A great weapon to have around. Fire S RF, but a three shot
    version. At times that can be more useful than Flame Wraith's five shot 
    version. Needs Black Gravios parts. Also works as a Pellet gun, too.
    
    				HR7 - 9: G RANK 
    
    Kirin Trigun: If Status infliction is LBGís forte, then this weapon 
    exemplifies that, firing all of them as well as all elemental shots bar 
    Dragon S. Rapid fire of Clust 1, which is a novelty.
    
    Requires: G rank Kirin parts.
    
    True Azure Sakura: A solid end-game weapon with RF of normal 2. That's 
    important because everything is weak to raw, and Normal 2 is your strongest 
    raw shot in almost all cases (Thanks Sgara).
    
    Requires: G rank Pink and Azure Ian/Los parts.
    
    Magus Lamp: The only gun series to fire all elemental shots. Dragon S remains
    a novelty, but if everyone else has raw weapons and you want to break a Teoís
    horns itís handy.
    
    Requires: G rank Chameleos materials.
    
    Flame Wraith: A very expensive gun to make, but RF of Fire S (5 shots!) and 
    Pierce 1 makes for a tasty gun. For Naruga, Cham, Khezu, Blangonga, etc itís 
    a great choice.
    
    Requires: Silver Los parts (and two Los D plates and three rubies).
    
    Martial Ancestor: The pinnacle of the LBG rapid fire genre. Rapid fire of all 
    elements (apart from Dragon) and Pierce 1 Ė though with a price tag that 
    includes two Ucamulbas Divine Plates and five Elder Dragon Jewels (!) itís 
    strictly a collectors weapon apart from the fact it's the only good gun with
    Water S RF. So, if you're planning on killing a lot of Black Gravios or 
    Volganos, consider making it.
    
    Requires: White Fatalis parts (and 5 EDJ's and 2 Uca DPlates. Srsly).
    
    Rajang Fullisade: Good damage and capability makes this a highly recommended 
    gun for many situations. Rarely outdone.
    
    Requires: G Rajang stuff.
    
    Lava Storm: Great elemental shots available and Pierce 3 RF. Not overly 
    awesome but relatively easy to make and handy. Silencer is recommended.
    
    Requires: Volganos and Red Ceanataur parts.
    
    Desert Tail: Rapid Fire Normal 3, good damage. On par with the Rajang 
    Fullisade.
    
    Requires: Brown/Sand Blangonga materials.
    
    Shadow Rifle 'Gazer': Deceptively high damage and great Pierce ability, 
    though very limited elemental/status support.
    
    Requires: Naruga G rank parts.
    
    Exuberance: A very powerful gun, with great damage and reload speed, and 
    Pierce 2 RF. Works great on Akantor!
    
    Requires: G rank Gold and Silver Ian/Los parts.
    
    Ucamulbas LBG: The best gun for Normal 2/3 firing with Speed Fire. Damage 
    that puts most HBGs to shame as well as Ice S RF.
    
    Requires: Any guesses? Anyone? Yup, Ucamulbas/Ukanlos parts.
    
    
    
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    Just like how blademasters tend to have favourite skills for their weapons 
    (Sharpness +1, anyone?), there are several skills that greatly increase BGís 
    potential.
    
    Evade +2: This is a staple skill that you should learn to use. You can use 
    the split second of invulnerability to roll through roars and most attacks, 
    allowing you to remain in the thick of battle and play very aggressively.
    
    Evade Inc: This is a good skill to boost mobility. Itís simple: you roll 
    further. Allows for aggressive play.
    
    Taunt/Sneak: Both of these can be good. Taunt means that in ad hoc games, 
    monsters target you 25% more often, and Sneak means that you targeted 25% 
    less often (they mean nothing solo). If you know youíll get targeted more 
    often, it means you can equip defensive skills or a shield so you can take
    some heat while your friends can more safely wail on the monster. Conversely, 
    you can hide out and pump out damage with Sneak and not worry about playing 
    defensively. Neither are *really* worth gemming in, but if theyíre on an 
    armour you want, they can be used well. 
    
    Note that because of their often constant attacks, gunners tend to get a 
    lot more aggro in multiplayer.
    
    Speed Fire: With this, you donít have to reload until you change ammo. 
    Though there is a recoil associated with it, Normal 2/3 and elemental shots 
    donít suffer from it. Itís not on many armours, but when used properly it 
    massively ramps up your damage over time (DoT). One of the best gunner
    skills available.
    
    Also known as Auto Reload.
    
    Pierce/Pellet/Normal S Up: These all boost the damage of their associated 
    shot. They have enough of a bonus to make them worthwhile, but are best 
    suited to use on specific monsters. For example, an armour with Peirce Up 
    is great for long monsters but not much use versus Kirin.
    
    Pierce and Normal Up are +10% and Pellet Up is +30%.
    
    Reloading Speed+ : Much like it suggests, increases your reloading speed. 
    A good skill, but a poor cousin to Speed Fire IMO unless you're using a very 
    slow loading HBG or Pierce/Pellet shots.
    
    Reckless Abandon +1/2/3: A simple damage skill. RA +1 increases your DoT by 
    2.5%, +2 by 5% and +3 by 7.5%. It works by increasing your chance of a 
    critical hit (+25% damage) by 10% per level. If you have negative affinity
    it makes you less likely to do a negative critical hit (-25%).
    
    Elemental Attack Up: Increases the damage of your elemental shots. This can 
    be a great skill for fighting element weak monsters, but for creatures that 
    have low elemental weaknesses (like Kirin) itís not helpful.
    
    Guard Inc: With the shield equipped, your HBG will auto-block if you arenít 
    attacking. Guard Inc works the same as it does for Blademasters, it allows 
    you to blows previously unblockable attacks, like Gravios' beam or gasses. 
    Helpful if you're fighting something like a Rath that can scream and freeze 
    you in place, then launch an unblockable attack before you can evade.
    
    Load Up: Means your ammo limits per clip are increased. You get this skill 
    from many armours but also from wearing the Barrage Piercing, which you get 
    free from completing all normal trainings. I canít recommend training school 
    highly enough Ė go complete it now if you havenít already. Called Capacity
    in Unite.
    
    Adrenaline +2: When you get very experienced, this is a great skill. When at 
    less than 40% health, your damage increases by 30%, the single biggest boost 
    of any skill except Felyne Heroics. Since Heroics no longer stacks with 
    Adrenaline +2, I would suggest this one instead since Heroics only activates 
    when youíre under 10 health, making it very dangerous. Being under 40% health
    isnít fun but at least if a Cephalos gets niggly, it wonít one-shot you. Being 
    an experienced range player means you need never get hit, so being on reduced 
    life isnít an issue.
    
    Defensive Manoeuvres: With HBG, youíll need to roll a lot since you donít 
    move all that fast. This skill decreases the stamina used when rolling, which 
    youíll find very handy. Less handy on LBG since you have better movement 
    speed.
    
    Recoil reduce: the Pierce and explosive shots can have a big recoil, and 
    different guns have different recoil rates. You should always be careful 
    about when you shoot, but this skill can help you get more hits in. 
    
    Survival: in G rank, your gunner armour will have poor defence, and creatures 
    in rage mode can kill in you one hit. Survival means that with 65 or more HP, 
    no one hit in the game will kill you, itíll leave you with 1 HP instead. From 
    there, take one mega potion and one regular one, and youíre back to 65 HP.
    
    Earplugs: Not as essential as for blademasters, but a great skill to have. 
    You shouldn't always be within scream range or be able to evade through it if 
    you are, but everyone makes mistakes. The difference is that for gunners in 
    G rank they can be fatal :)
    
    Bullet Limit: This cheap (5 slot) skill is much more useful than you think. 
    Most creatures have a weakness to a specific shot level or type, and this 
    skill lets you maximise that weakness. For a lot of elemental shots, it's a 
    great skill.
    
    There are many other skills that can aid your BG playing immensely, but the 
    above are the ones I get the most mileage out of.
    
    
    
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    There are some skills that are great by themselves and better in conjunction 
    (Evade +2 and Evade Inc) and there are others useless when mixed (Reloading 
    Speed+ and Speed Fire). Here are some sets I use:
    
    Naruga X with Blango Z helm, gemmed for Speed Fire, Evade +2, Evade Inc and 
    Trap Master: possibly the most broken gunner set out there. Great defensive 
    skills in Evade and a huge damage boost with Speed Fire. Looked down on by 
    some because of the great skills, but if blademasters can have Sharpness +1, 
    HGE and RA+2 sets, why canít we have this?
    
    Kirin X Blademaster helm, Naruga X body, Shinobi Heaven arms, Kirin X waist, 
    Butterfly/Obituary X legs, gemmed for Evade +2, Speed Fire, Elemental Attack
    Up: Utterly awesome. This is one of the best sets in the game for gunners, 
    and it makes very short work of most creatures once you get the hang of 
    Evading.
    
    Shinobi Heaven, gemmed for Evade +2, Elemental Attack Up and any other skill: 
    A Fantastic, versatile HR6 set. IMO the best full gunner set in the game.
    
    Blango Z, gemmed for Speed Fire, Normal S Up, Faint Problem Halved, and 
    either Evade +2 or Evade Inc: a fantastic set for Normal spamming. Put a 
    +4 Evade Inc jewel in the helm and gem in Evade Inc, or simple use five
    dodge jewels as required for Evade +2.
    
    Dragon Z, gemmed for Evade +2, Survival, Load Up, Bullet Limit and 
    Adrenaline +2: The best advanced gunner set out there. Load Up is always good, 
    and the Survival/Adrenaline combination match up is versatile: You can play 
    defensively and use Survival as normal, or let yourself get hit so Adrenaline
    activates. Then, with Evade +2 you can avoid almost all attacks with some 
    practice. While this set is notoriously hard to make (farming G rank Crimson 
    Fatalis, anyone?), the skills make up for it. 
    
    Diablos Z, gemmed for Loading Speed +2, Earplugs and RA+3: A great 
    all-round set.
    
    Clearly, these are all G rank armour sets to aim for. In the early/mid game, 
    the Obituary sets stand out as excellent with their Evade skills and free 
    slots. The Final Invitation (Dual Rajang) can simply be done with the Daora 
    HBG and Obituary armour gemmed for Evade +2 Ė how many other weapon classes 
    can easily do dual Rajang with only Village Elder equips? It's also easily 
    done with Death Stench and the Lao Cannon.
    
    Other sets to aim for depend on your play style. Iím an 
    aggressive player, so I tend to go for the power barrel. Death Stench S is 
    one of the few High rank sets with Speed Fire, so it comes highly recommended.
    
    Full recommendations are set out below.
    
    
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    For each monster, youíll need careful preparation and thought before heading 
    off into a quest. Rocking up with whatever gun and armour can be the 
    difference between a five minute quest and multiple failures. Once youíve 
    decided what monster to hunt, there are a few simple steps to make sure your 
    quests are fast and fun. Basically, for anything you fight, you want to have
    enough ammo of the right type to finish the fight without having to resort
    to using inneffective shots. Sometimes, this means having a primary and a 
    secondary ammo type.
    
    Firstly, is what youíre fighting elementally weak or not? Every creature has 
    a weakness to an element, but if the creature in question is slightly weak to
    an element, then finding a gun that fires that element should be a secondary 
    priority. But if youíre fighting something like a Khezu, Naruga, Blangonga or
    Chameleos, then bring your Fire S by all means. If it has two big weaknesses, 
    then an elemental gun should be your first priority.
    
    Secondly, are you fighting a long monster, fast monster or one with a big weak
    spot? For long monsters, look for guns that fire Pierce 3 and/or 2. For fast 
    ones, Scatter 3 and Normal 2, and for ones with an obvious weak point 
    (like Rathalosís head or Rajangís horns), then take Normal 2 and 3.
    
    Once you start brawling and youíve painted your creature and had all your 
    buffs, start by emptying your elemental shots, then moving through your 
    normal shots from best to worst. If youíve planned correctly, it should be 
    dead long before you run out of ammo. I often take combines for more Normal S 
    lvl2 (see your combo book) since each combine gives you 2-4 Normal 2, and it
    should be your staple damage shot.
    
    
    
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    XIII	Suggested Armour sets for Elder, High Rank and G Rank	SUG
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    Low Rank - Hr 1 - 3, Village Elder 
    
    At this point in the game, it's about getting used to the skills and 
    understanding the mechanics of gunning rather than doing speed runs. There 
    are also few armours with more than one skill you'd make a set for, but there 
    are some good options.
    
    *Conga or Hunter's armour: Handy with Normal S Up ability.
    
    *Geneprey: Pellet S up and Paralyze reduce; works great on Blos missions.
    
    *Ceanataur: Pierce S Up goodness.
    
    *Battle armour: Loading Speed, Attack Up, Precision - a nice armour for newer
    gunners with some handy skills.
    
    *Rath Soul: Earplug, RA+ and Attack Up. A decent mix of safety (earplug) and 
    damage boosting.
    
    *Kut Ku D: One of the better Low rank choices, since a decent clip of Element
    shots can do a lot of damage fast when boosted. Elemental Attack Up, RA+ and 
    Attack Up with gems.
    
    *Death Stench: The first Speed Fire/Auto reload set you'll come across. A 
    great skill when used properly, but be careful you don't come to rely on it 
    too heavily. Devastating with the Lao Shan Cannon.
    
    
    
    High Rank, HR 4 - 6, Felyne Elder
    
    Here's where creatures start hitting harder and suddenly mistakes are more 
    costly. But as such, you've got access to a range of excellent gear. It'll
    take you a while to farm some of it, but a good gunner set invested in now
    can last you well into G rank.
    
    *Elemental shots: Kut Ku U. Elemental Up, RA+1 and 11 slots: Great for 
    elemental based LBGs, and the added damage is a great touch (thanks 
    Bernardo Jr. Cinco).
    
    *Pellet: Use Naruga S with the Conga U braces. Gemmed, it gets you Pellet S 
    Up, Evade Inc and Defensive Tactics +1. It's a great Anti-Kirin and Blos set.
    
    *Shinobi Heaven: IMO, the best full gunner set in the game. Gemmed, it can
    get you the same skills as the 'Elemental shot maniac set' below. Requires
    Fatalis webbings to make, but it's worth farming him for. 
    
    *Death Stench S: An upgraded version of Death Stench armour. Auto reload/
    Speed Fire is the main selling point. It's got enough slots for Evade +1
    which is strongly recommended to have gemmed in.
    
    *Kaiser S: Unlike other specialised sets, this will give you RA+3 which will
    work with all shot types, raw and element. Certainly worth using in a pinch.
    
    *Dark Akantor: Earplug, RA+2 and Load Up: A nerfed but still very usable set.
    Dragon element weak, but certainly a good choice nonetheless.
    
    *Shinobi Sky: A great LBG set, with Evade + and Special Attack Up, and enough 
    slots for Reloading+ or Recoil-.
    
    *Fatalis S: Normal Up and Speed fire in an... 'interesting' looking package. 
    Has some skills you'll need to gem out, but for situations where evasion 
    isn't a priority, it's very powerful.
    
    
    
    G Rank, HR 7 - 9
    
    *The Classic Naruga/Blango Set
    
    Blango Z cap, Naruga X arms, body, waist, legs. Gets you Speed Fire/Auto 
    reload, Evade Inc, Evade +2. Very safe, but lacks damage boosting. With 
    a one slot gun, you can have Trap Master.
    
    *Elemental shot maniac set - Evade +2, Elemental Attack Up, Speed Fire:
    
    Kirin Horn X (the blademaster helm) (2 x +1 Speed Fire)
    Naruga X Vest (+3 Evade)
    Shinobi Heaven Gloves (+4 Speed Fire)
    Kirin Waist X (+3 Evade jewel)
    Butterfly/Obituary X (+4 Speed Fire)
    
    *Elemental Shot Maniac LBG set - same as above, but with Bullet Limit:
    
    Magus Lamp (2 x +1 Speed Fire, 1 x Evade)
    Blango X (+3 Evade)
    Blango X (+3 Evade)
    Shinobi Heaven (+4 Speed Fire)
    Blango X (+3 Evade)
    Butterfly/Obituary X (+4 Speed Fire).
    
    Truly, truly awesome. Can complete the Monster Hunter quest in 20 mins.
    
    *The Martial Ancestor Set (Evade +1, Load Up, Elemental Attack Up, Bullet 
    Limit)
    
    Martial Ancestor
    Barrage Piercing
    Naruga X (2 x +2 Shot mix)
    Shinobi Heaven (+4 Element)
    Kirin X (+3 Evade)
    Butterly/Obituary X (3 x +2 shot mix) 
    
    And alternative Martial Ancestor/Absolute Bow set is m45t3rz30's:
    
    Absolute Bow
    Blango X (2 Ammo Box)
    Blango X (1 Dodge)
    Shinobi Heaven (1 magazine jewel)
    Blango X (1 dodge)
    Butterly/Obituary X (1 magazine jewel)
    
    Gives the same skills. Good for if you lack Barrage.
    
    
    For Normal shots: 
    
    *Blango Z gemmed for Evade Inc or Evade +2 Ė Speed Fire, 
    Normal S Up, KO chance down, Evade+2 Or Evade Inc
    
    For Pierce shots: 
    
    *Ceanataur Z gemmed for Evade +2/Inc: Pierce S Up, Loading +2, 
    (and chosen Evade skill).
    
    *Silver Sol Z, Barrage Piercing: Load Up, Bullet limit, Pierce Up, AuMedium:
    5 Los Divine plates is a pain, but this set looks great and is intensely 
    powerful.
    
    *Dragon X also works well with Pierce Up, Evade Inc and Divine Status 
    Protection.
    
    For Pellet:
    
    *Dragonwood Cannon (or other two slot gun) (2 x +1 Pellet)
    Barrage Piercing 
    Conga Z body (+1 Evade, +1 evade inc)
    Naruga X arms (2 x +1 Pellet)
    Naruga X waist (2 x +1 Pellet)
    Naruga X legs (+1 evade inc)
    
    Gives Pellet S Up, Evade Inc, Evade +1, Load Up. 
    
    *Dragon Z: Evade +2, Load Up, Bullet Limit/Vulture's Eye (the help capture 
    skill) and Rage: Farming Crimson Fatalis isn't fun, but this set's unique 
    combination of skills is amazing. Truly an end-game set.
    
    Vampirecosmonaut's Elemental Expolit sets
    
    
    I recently created the "Elemental Maniac" set from Mazereon's FAQ to answer 
    a speed run challenge that he issued me. After using the set for the first 
    time, I was impressed. It is incredibly, ridiculously overpowered.
    Because of this, I have been corrupted to the dark side. >..>
    
    So here's my point. The "Elemental Manic" set from Mazereon's FAQ is 
    absolutely hideous on male characters, IMHO. >..> I've been working on 
    putting together a set that has the same bonuses, but looks better on a male 
    character. Each set assumes you are using the Ultimate Lao Cannon. but for 
    some all you need is a HBG or LBG with 1 slot. 2 sets require a 1 slot weapon
    and 2 do not.
    
    
    Here's what I've come up with:
    
    VC's Elemental Exploit Set 1 - VCEE1
    
    UltimateLan-ShaoCan - 1 Evade Jewel
    Narga Cap X - Element Jewel +
    Obituary Pectus X - 2 Cont. Fire Jewels
    Shinobi Kote (Heaven) - 1 Barrage Jewel
    Obituary Cocusa X - 1 Element Jewel +
    Obituary Femur X - 1 Barrage Jewel
    
    Skills:
    Evade +2
    Auto-Reload
    Element Attack Up
    
    Screenshot:
    http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/ab300/vampirecosmonaut/MH/VCEE1.jpg
    
    VC's Elemental Exploit Set 2 - VCEE2
    
    UltimateLan-ShaoCan - No Jewel Needed
    Narga Cap X - Element Jewel +
    Narga Vest X - 2 Element Jewels
    Shinobi Kote (Heaven) - 1 Barrage Jewel
    Shinobi Belt (Heaven) - 2 Cont. Fire Jewels
    Obituary Femur X - 1 Barrage Jewel
    
    Skills:
    Evade +2
    Auto-Reload
    Element Attack Up
    
    Screenshot:
    http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/ab300/vampirecosmonaut/MH/VCEE2.jpg
    
    VC's Elemental Exploit Set 3 - VCEE3
    
    UltimateLan-ShaoCan - 1 Evade Jewel
    Shinobi Mask (Heaven) - 2 Element Jewels
    Obituary Pectus X - 2 Cont. Fire Jewels
    Shinobi Kote (Heaven) - 1 Barrage Jewel
    Obituary Cocusa X - 1 Element Jewel +
    Obituary Femur X - 1 Barrage Jewel
    
    Skills:
    Evade +2
    Auto-Reload
    Element Attack Up
    Cold Increase (Lo)
    
    Screenshot:
    http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/ab300/vampirecosmonaut/MH/VCEE3.jpg
    
    VC's Elemental Exploit Set 4 - VCEE4
    
    UltimateLan-ShaoCan - No Jewel Needed
    Shinobi Mask (Heaven) - 2 Element Jewels
    Narga Vest X - 2 Element Jewels
    Shinobi Kote (Heaven) - 1 Barrage Jewel
    Shinobi Belt (Heaven) - 2 Cont. Fire Jewels
    Obituary Femur X - 1 Barrage Jewel
    
    Skills:
    Evade +2
    Auto-Reload
    Element Attack Up
    
    Screenshot:
    http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/ab300/vampirecosmonaut/MH/VCEE4.jpg
    
    I know many of the sets are incredibly similar, but I felt I should post the 
    4 I came up with for completeness. My favorite of the 4 is the VCEE1, I like
    the way it looks. >..> You ultimately lose some defense when compared to 
    Mazereon's set because you are not using a melee helmet. Although, if you are
    gunning with Evade +2, you really shouldn't worry about defense too much I 
    think.
    
    
    
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                  Part 2: Strategies for Gunning Every Creature
    
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    Firstly, please note furthermore that there is no Ďrightí way to gun any 
    creature. There is only successful or not. These tips represent my dedicated 
    gunning characterís 900+ hours of experience, and are the way I find fastest 
    to gun every creature. Other strategies are just as valid, though perhaps 
    not as fast. Each brief strategy has a few parts.
    
    Recommended Ammunition: The shot types to use, in order, to kill everything. 
    Using the recommended ammo, you should always be able to kill your target if 
    you use weapons/armour appropriate to the level youíre attempting (ie, G rank 
    gear on G rank creatures). Always take combines for the shots youíre using, 
    especially for your element shots.
    
    Armour Skills: These come in two flavours, Recommended and Required. No 
    armour skill is ever truly required, but these will make the fight either 
    much faster or much easier. Recommended skills are good to have, but can be 
    done without. Itís important to note that additional damage skills like 
    Reckless Abandon+ or Attack Up are always beneficial, though Attack Up is 
    largely useless at G rank.
    
    Difficulty to gun: Every quest can be soloed at every rank with every weapon. 
    Still, there are some creatures that are not easy to gun. If a creature is 
    listed as High difficulty to gun, seriously consider using a melee weapon. 
    Like how most people hate to use non-guarding melee weapons on Plesioth, 
    sometimes itís just not worth the aggravation if you can avoid it. Where a 
    creature really is made simpler by additional mobility, I've noted that and
    suggested Light bowguns. It'll usually mean a slightly longer quest, but
    will often reduce frustration.
    
    From here, itís a bit of an epic wall of text, so Ctrl+F is your friend. 
    Just hit those two buttons, and enter the name of the monster youíre after 
    and youíll be taken straight to the part you want. Where multiple monsters
    have the same strategies, they are listed together.
    
    
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    I Lynians							LYN
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    King Shakalaka
    
    Recommended Ammunition: Pellet 3
    Required Skills: Evade Inc
    Recommended Skills: Pellet S Up, Load Up
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: Firstly, it might look like a joke, but the King Shakalaka hits 
    hard. Treat it like a serious boss fight otherwise youíll rage it and then 
    get killed. Basically, evade away from it to get into better Pellet effective 
    range and then let loose a few shots before rolling again. There will be 
    times when youíll need to wait for an opportunity, since its charges home on
    you. Watch out for the overhead spin into super smash attack, and watch out 
    for the fire spazz attack where it starts spitting fire balls everywhere. 
    
    
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    Queen Vespoid
    
    Recommended Ammunition: Pellet s 3
    Required Skills: Pellet S Up
    Recommended Skills: Load Up, Evade Inc
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: This is a simple fight, since the Queen doesnít have many moves. 
    While a Fire S and Normal 2 approach can also work, Pellet works great here
    since it requires minimal aiming and it clears out the vespoid minions too.
    Dealing with the Queen is easy enough; sheíll hover around before attacks 
    giving you a decent window to unleash Pellet on her. Her charge attack is 
    annoying since itís got a deceptive hitbox, so beware of it. Also, when it 
    starts the disgusting spray attack, roll out straight away. The damage isnít 
    the worst part, if you get hit by it, all the minions will start going nuts 
    over you. It's simple, just keep rolling and then fire 2-4 Pellet shots 
    before rolling.
    
    
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    III Dromes							DRM
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    Giadrome, Velocidrome, Genedrome, Iodrome, Bulldrome
    
    Recommended Ammunition: EITHER Normal 2 or Pellet 3
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Normal Up or Pellet Up, Evade Inc
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: There are two routes to gunning dromes. If you have access to 
    Pellet gear, use it. Just roll away to effective Pellet range and blast away, 
    while being careful of jumps. Itís that simple. Otherwise, grab a good Normal 
    2 gun and some damage up skills. Roll away once, and practice your non-scope 
    aiming. Stay close, but one roll to the left or right so you donít get bitten,
    and just blast away. Nothing fancy to it. Each drome has its own elemental 
    weakness, but since elemental shots are generally Pierce type, itís not a 
    good choice to use on a small drome creature.
    
    
    
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    IV Bird Wyverns							BWY
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    Yian Kut Ku, Blue Yian Kut Ku
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    Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2, Ice S
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Evade+, Speed Fire, Normal S Up
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: A great way to get into gunning bigger monsters. Kut kuís 
    weakpoint is its head and itís very weak to shot damage there. Keep dodging 
    one way (left or right) and then quickly pointing yourself at it, then scoping 
    to fine aim, and let off two or three shots. Youíll flinch the head often, so
    count the number of shots your gun takes to flinch it so you know when itís 
    about to flinch, so you can position yourself for free shots as it flinches. 
    You should be careful of its charges though; while itís not as big as 
    Rathalos youíll get hurt if it starts to wall combo you. When it fireballs 
    is another great to time attack the head, just roll left (your left) and 
    fire off a few shots.
    
    It is weak to Ice primarily (and Water and Thunder as strong secondarys) so 
    you can practice firing Ice through the head/neck to tail which will hurt it
    fast. A sonic bomb will force it into Rage mode, but itíll do the animation 
    twice so you can blast away at it. 
    
    
    Yian Garuga, One Eared Garuga (ĎDevil Garugaí) 
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    Recommended Ammunition: Water S, Normal 2
    Required Skills: Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Evade Inc, Speed Fire, Earplug, 
    Defensive Manoeuvres, Bullet Limit
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate/Hard
    
    What to do: Garuga is a more frustrating wyvern to gun than Kut Ku since itís 
    got more love of the insta-charge and it likes to get right in your face fast, 
    so having a comfortable distance isnít easy. Youíll be rolling a lot, and 
    opportunities for head shots (Normal weakpoint) are infrequent. Water S is 
    the suggested shot here, through the face to tail or back from any angle 
    (which is the Water weak point). Garuga has a lot of attacks that are hell for 
    gunners, like the insta-run, insta-run to insta-tail flip, and fireballs that 
    have a big area of effect (aoe). To fight it, roll around until itís attacking 
    another direction, then shoot. Be ready to roll before itís turning to face 
    you, since it does have some dubious hitboxes. When it gets to low health, 
    itíll Rage every hit, so beware. This may be a fight you have to repeat a few 
    times to see the attack patterns, since Garuga is very unpredictable. Side on 
    shots at the head with Normal 2 when itís fireballing or Water S through the 
    tail to head after itís charged past you and getting up are good ways to keep 
    up damage. Donít get frustrated if you get KOíd a lot, and always stay away 
    from corners since it loves to wall-rape unsuspecting players.
    
    
    Gypceros, Purple Gypceros
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S, Normal 2
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Evade Inc, Speed Fire 
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: Lay down lots of Fire S on the head (Fire weak point) and itíll 
    be flinch city. Youíll also break the head crystal fast, making flashes a 
    non-issue. If youíre using Normal 2, aim for the Tail, so roll around to get 
    behind it and blast. Standing in front of it, slightly to the left or right
    (so you can roll out easier) is quite possible Ė if you stand just outside of 
    its poison glob range, then youíll be able to blast the face and still have 
    time to roll out when it starts to charge. Be careful with Purple since itís 
    a bit faster and hits pretty hard - and actually takes less damage than 
    normal in Rage mode. Gypceros has a lot of medium range, stationary attacks, 
    so standing just outside range and blasting is quite effective.
    
    Another option to use if you're not able to consistently hit the head is to
    use Pellet 3. If you blast away at Gypceros you'll soon notice that the 
    pellets seem to be attracted to the horn, so you'll quickly break the head 
    crystal. From there you can easily circle around it and blast without being
    worried about flashes (thanks Wida Hahn and Vash_TS for that one!).
    
    
    Hypnoc (Hypnocatrice) 
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    Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Normal S Up, Evade +/Evade Inc, Speed Fire
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: Hypnoc is unique among bird wyverns since itís not very element 
    weak. Its element weak point is Fire on the stomach (25) compared to raw on 
    the head at 60. So, focus on Normal 2 on the head. Hypnoc is much like Kut Ku 
    in terms of its movements, apart from using Sleep shots instead of Fire (and 
    they have a bigger range) and its triple hop attack which is something to 
    watch out for. If it starts doing the hop attack, roll left and roll as much 
    as you can to get behind it - once youíre behind it, youíre OK. The back or 
    stomach are the places to aim for if the head is away from you. If itís doing 
    the hop and hops more than three times, itíll always taunt afterwards. 
    Otherwise, treat it like a slightly faster Kut Ku and you should be OK.
    
    
    
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    Rathian, Pink Rathian, Gold Rathian
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, Normal 2
    Required Skills: Evade+ at G rank
    Recommended Skills: Evade+, Elemental Attack Up, Speed Fire, Earplug (HGE for 
    Gold)
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: Firstly, all Rathian species share a weakness to Thunder. Pink 
    and green take a more little more damage from Dragon, but itís a very 
    unwieldy shot to use. In 2G, Rathian picked up the ability to do a poison 
    flip after a fireball, which means itís a little trickier to melee, and Gold
    Rathian is weakest to raw on the wings Ė but neither of those are issues 
    gunners need to deal with. Rathian will fire ball often, giving you either 
    great opportunities to Thunder S through the body or Normal 2 blast. For 
    green and Pink, the Head is the normal weak point, and for Gold itís the 
    foot/tail(though focus on the feet since a flinch will knock it over, giving 
    you free hits). As long as youíre standing straight left or right from its 
    head, youíve got access to either the head or feet as needed. 
    
    Rathians have a fair amount of health, but they give you frequent 
    opportunities to attack. As long as you watch your distance and recognise the 
    pre-charge animation, this should be a simple fight. 
    
    Gold Rathian, Silver Rathalos in the arena:
    
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMoe1tWI64o&feature=email
    
    
    Rathalos
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    Recommended Ammunition: Ice S and EITHER Water S or Normal 2
    Required Skills: Earplug, Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Evade Inc, Elemental Attack Up, Speed Fire, KO Negate
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate/High
    
    What to do: If youíve got a gun that fires Ice and Water, use it now. 
    Otherwise, Ice and Normal 2 is your best bet. Water S and Normal 2 (the most 
    common combination of shots in G rank guns) is an OK substitute though. 
    Rathalos is easy to melee, but itís hard to gun properly since it doesnít 
    stay still much and it loves to roar and charge you, which at High and G 
    rank is a OHKO without good armour. You should treat this fight carefully, 
    and be careful not to get greedy with your hits. This will be a longer fight 
    than youíre used to, so be advised. As with melee, get under its shadow when 
    it flies up, or at long range, sheathe and be ready to safety dive if it 
    tries the Air claw.
    
    You should aim to expend your element shots down the body, through the head. 
    You can either do this while itís fireballing (since it only fires once, 
    straight ahead), or while itís landing (but be very careful of the resulting 
    charge itíll often do). Otherwise, after itís charged past you, get in some
    shots while itís standing up. Itíll rage quickly, so either have Earplug or
    get used to timing Evade roars. After youíre out of element shots, start using
    Normal 2 on the head. Be prepared to sheathe and run after ĎLos a lot. 
    
    
    Azure Rathalos
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    Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2, Ice S
    Required Skills: Evade +
    Recommended Skills: Earplug, Speed Fire, Normal S Up, Vultureís Eye
    Difficulty to gun: High
    
    What to do: Iíve listed this as a Ďhardí fight for one main reason: Extreme 
    frustration. Azure Los has no big weaknesses to element (weakest to Dragon, 
    but not very, and Ice, but even less) or raw (foot is the weakpoint), and it 
    flies. Lots. It seems like itís constantly in the air or running back and 
    forth across the zone. It rages fast, and hits hard, and takes no extra 
    damage in Rage mode like most creatures. So, your major damage opportunity 
    is blasting the feet as it comes down after flying. You can shoot it in the 
    head as a secondary, too. Basically, try and keep your cool if youíre 
    gunning this. But honestly, youíre better off using melee. 
    
    This would be a good candidate for LBG, since it's going to be flying back
    and forth across the map, and packing up your gun every few seconds is going
    to get really old.
    
    
    Silver Rathalos
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, Water S, Normal 2
    Required Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Evade Inc, Speed Fire, HGE
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate
    
    What to do: Silver Los is the easiest of the Rathalos species to gun. Itís 
    weak to element, and itís equally weak to Thunder and Water. For Raw, like 
    Gold Ian, hit the feet. As with red Los, the optimum shot is element down 
    the head or wing-wing. Once youíre out of element shots, aim for the feet to 
    knock it over. Although its rage mode attack and defence modifiers are the 
    lowest of the ĎLosís, itíll still kill you at G rank with a charge if youíre 
    not on full health. With Evade +2, you can get through all attacks and roars, 
    so itís highly recommended. So, either shoot it when itís fireballing, 
    landing or standing up after you dodge a charge. Itís crucial you can 
    identify the fast turn so you can see itís going to charge you and evade 
    around it. From there, itís just a case of being careful and not getting 
    greedy.
    
    As with Azure, this is another case where extra mobility actually means more 
    options for damage, so consider taking a LBG along.
    
    
    Khezu, Red Khezu
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S (Substitute Water S on Red Khezu), Normal 2
    Required Skills: Elemental Attack Up
    Recommended Skills: HGE, Speed Fire, Evade Inc, Paralyze Negate
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: This is another simple fight. Khezu is very weak to Fire, and 
    itís weakest to it (and raw) on the head. Be careful though, as itís easy to 
    confuse the head and neck hitzones. If you canít hit the head, the feet are a 
    good substitute since you can trip easily enough. Khezu gives you a lot of 
    opportunities to attack, such as the thunder balls (donít be in the way of 
    it, and from either side of the head, blast away), the jump (dodge left 
    or right and then hit the feet when it lands facing away from you), the 
    elastic neck (once youíre out of range, just shoot right at it) and 
    especially, the ground shock (itís standing still, so blast it).
    Youíve got to be mindful of the fact it can combo you if it gets a hit in, 
    and roars are an issue if you get caught in a bad spot. Once youíve been 
    fighting for a while and done enough damage, itíll suddenly stand still. 
    Thatís your chance to put a trap right under it and get an easy capture. 
    Donít forget your hot drinks. Red Khezu is the same, except you must be 
    mindful that your main shot (Water S) is a pierce shot rather than a normal 
    shot type.
    
    
    Basarios
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    Recommended Ammunition: Water S, Normal 2
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Earplug, Elemental Attack Up, Speed Fire
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: Good practice for its big brother, Gravios. Youíre aiming to use 
    Water shots until the chest plate cracks off, at which point the damage you 
    do with Raw almost triples and Water almost doubles. Really a very simple 
    fight, since Bas usually runs back and forth while you dodge to the side then 
    blast with impunity. Try and be 2-3 rolls away from it most times so youíre a 
    good distance for Water S Piercing. If youíre doing a multiple Basarios 
    quest, after you break the chest plates, switch to Normal 2 for hitting the 
    cracked chest.
    
    
    Gravios, Black Gravios
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    Recommended Ammunition: Water S and EITHER Normal 2 or Pierce 3
    Required Skills: Elemental Attack Up
    Recommended Skills: HGE, Speed Fire, Evade+2, Evade Inc, Bullet Limit
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: This is so easy youíll wonder why you ever bothered to melee Grav. 
    The tactic is the same for both Gravs, though will butcher Black Grav 
    faster since itís more Water weak: dodge the fire beam or charge, and then 
    fire your Water shots down the body. Always stay to your right (itís left), 
    as High rank and above Gravs will employ a deadly sweeping beam which is 
    lethal if youíre at medium range. Evade is a great skill to have, since Grav 
    roars can be rolled with Evade+1, and the sweeping beam can be rolled with 
    only Evade Inc. As with Basarios, once you break the chest plates off, the 
    damage you do shoots up. For Black Grav, raw goes from 20 to 75 and Water S 
    goes from 40 to a massive 90. 
    
    If you put yourself just outside tailwhip range, then you avoid all the 
    attacks apart from the beam, which you donít need to even roll away from if 
    youíre on the correct position on your right. High rank dual Black Gravios is 
    easily done in under 5 mins with these tactics (!). At G rank, youíll want 
    to switch to Normal 2 (or Normal 3) as soon as you crack the chest plates off 
    so you can use your remaining Water shots for the second Grav. White Grav is 
    the same, except for taking a little less Water damage and charging more. 
    Though, the same tactics work well on it.
    
    Ever wanted to see Dual Black Gravios at G rank done in under 8 minutes?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np4veE4euNA :)
    
    HR6 Black Gravios, with HR6 Gear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouH6SCaeIAw
    
    
    Monoblos, White Monoblos, Diablos, Black Diablos
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    Recommended Ammunition: Pellet 3
    Required Skills: Evade Inc/Evade+, Pellet S Up 
    Recommended Skills: Loading Speed+, Load Up, Bullet Limit
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate 
    
    What to do: Iíve listed this as an easy/moderate fight, which is true once 
    you get the tactics down. Check out the below video and the advanced tips. 
    Basically though, youíre going to be firing Scatter 3 on the tail the whole 
    fight and completely destroying all varieties of Blos. Once you get the hang 
    of evading the charges and digs, this is a no-brainer. Using these tactics, 
    Iíve killed the G rank downloaded Devil Blos in 14 mins, and done the High 
    rank one in 5:51. Monoblos is the same, though dies faster because the tail 
    is even weaker to shot damage.
    
    Without Evade Inc or +2, LBG's mobility is strongly recommended at High rank 
    and above.
    
    Devil Diablos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YxXoazMFzw
    
    Dual Black Diablos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLIiYfC88w
    
    Devil Blos done Naked: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8eppn1BCrc
    
    The G Rank Devil Diablos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8YXn1n2tFk
    
    Dual Monoblos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx1PViGnFe4&feature=email
    
    
    Tigrex
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, Normal 2
    Required Skills: Evade Inc/Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Speed Fire, Survival, Bullet Limit
    Difficulty to gun: High
    
    What to do: Firstly, check Part 3 for a video and detailed tips. Basically, 
    this is probably the hardest monster to gun. Tigrex is fast, 
    has a lot of health, huge range and huge damage, and the weak point (the head
    for raw and thunder) is very difficult to hit without getting run over. The 
    back legs are as weak as the head to Raw, so theyíll usually be your target. 
    This is a frustrating fight to range, so be warned. An alternative strategy 
    is to use a Pierce set Ė youíll often be at good Pierce range, and you can 
    knock it over reasonably fast for free shots.
    
    This is absolutely a case where LBG is preferable since you need to stay 
    close to it to bait it into not charging across the map.
    
    
    Dual Tigrex, done naked: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EqYlt1hV8E&feature=email
    
    
    Naruga Kuruga (Narcuga)
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S, Thunder S
    Required Skills: Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Bullet Limit, Speed Fire
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: Again, check the video below and detailed tips. This is a fun, 
    Evade heavy fight that really demonstrates the superiority of HBG. The video 
    guide says it all, and bear in mind that the Dual Naruga G rank quest has 
    been done in under 5 mins with HBG. Itís a great place to learn both Evade 
    and non-armour skill evades, which is crucial to your growth as a gunner.
    
    Dual Naruga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYQlsd2VgQQ
    
    Dual Naruga under 5 minutes: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq9DtAID7tw&feature=email
    
    Naruga done without armour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plm_Mg1RkGE
    
    
    Akantor
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, and EITHER Normal 2, Normal 3 or Pierce 3, 
    Pierce 2
    Required Skills: None, but Evade Inc is very useful
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Normal S Up and Speed Fire, OR 
    Pierce S Up, Loading Speed+
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate
    
    What to do: Firstly, Akantor is weak to Dragon, but with the extreme bullet 
    restrictions and recoil, itís not a good idea. Itís then weakest to Thunder 
    on the face and tail equally, and raw on the head and tail equally. So with 
    either of the following, use your Thunder shots first either through the face 
    (risky) or get behind it (like after it surfaces from a dig) and spam them 
    through the tail.
    
    If youíre taking the Pierce option, you should be aiming down the face when 
    itís turning to you and then rolling out. You donít need Evade Inc to get 
    away, but it does help a lot. If itís doing the soundwave breath, get well 
    out of the way and fire through the back leg to tail. Otherwise, try and 
    get behind it and fire through the tail up the body. You should aim to get 
    a flinch or a rage in this position, since you can then have a 20 second 
    window of straight damage. 
    
    If youíre taking the Normal route, then you should be rolling around to hit 
    the tail as much as you can. As above, getting behind it and getting a flinch 
    is great. If youíre side on to it and closer to the head, by all means shoot 
    it there. But rolling around and going for the tail is simple, and itís one 
    of the few cases where Normal 3 works well, since it ricochets along the tail 
    from the right position for a lot of damage.
    
    Without Evade Inc to get around the charges, LBG's mobility will help. 
    However, it'll add on a bit of time and you risk running out of Pierce ammo.
    
    Akantor with High rank gear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fx-oogaU5w
    
    Akantor done naked: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE8I2ZEB56I&feature=email
    
    
    Ucamulbas / Ukanlos
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S, Thunder S, Normal 2/3, Pierce 3/2
    Required Skills: Evade Inc, Elemental Attack Up/Normal Attack Up
    Recommended Skills: Survival, Speed Fire, any damage skills
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate/High
    
    What to do: The tactics for this fight are a bit different from Akantor, 
    though it moves in much the same way and has most of the same moves. The 
    major difference is in weak point: Itís the back leg for both raw and Fire 
    (main weakness). Thunder S works well through the face, expectedly. For any 
    attack it does, try and stay on the left side (itís right), since that will 
    avoid almost all attacks and gets away from the tail smash. Whenever 
    you can, wail on the back legs. If you trip it, try and roll to the head 
    (which takes almost as much damage as the back legs. 
    
    When youíre blasting away on the left hand side, there are a few things you 
    should watch out for, mainly the ice blast. Sometimes shards can land randomly 
    along there, so watch for the shadow. Uca has a lot of health and isnít very 
    weak to shot damage, so this will be a long solo fight so take lots of 
    supplies.
    
    Ukanlos/Ucamulbas with LBG: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTZI0bqQFy0&feature=email
    
    
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    VI Piscines							PSC
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    Cephadrome
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder, Ice/ Normal 2
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Evade Inc, Elemental Attack Up 
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: Bring. Sonic. Bombs. They take all the frustration out of the 
    fight. Cephadrome is extremely weak to shot damage on the beck and back (fin),
    so blast away with Normal 2 there. If you canít be bothered aiming, just spam 
    Ice or Thunder S down the body. Other than that, itís all common sense: 
    Make sure you arenít about to get smacked before you attack. It doesnít even 
    land swim often, and walks on the spot like a big dumb target.
    
    
    Plesioth, Green Plesioth 
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, Fire S, Normal 2/3
    Required Skills: Elemental Attack Up 
    Recommended Skills: Speed Fire, Evade Inc
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: Much like Cephadrome, gunning Plesioths is dead simple. You get 
    it out of the water with Crag S or a sonic bomb, and then you maintain 
    safe distance (here, you should be just on the range of the new water attack 
    where it rears up on its hind legs and sprays in a semi-circle) while firing. 
    For the straight water beam, just roll left or right and then fire until it 
    attacks again. If it land swims, wait until itís just about to start 
    wriggling towards you, and then Evade through the attack, away from the body 
    through the wings on a 45* angle. 
    
    G rank Plesioth, dead in 4 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTOIoV9zgGE
    
    
    Volganos (Lavasioth) 
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    Recommended Ammunition: Water S, Normal 3/2
    Required Skills: Evade+, Elemental Attack Up
    Recommended Skills: Normal S Up, Evade Inc, Survival, Speed Fire
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate/High
    
    What to do: Firstly, donít treat this like a lava Plesioth (despite the MHFU 
    name... *shudder*), since the similarities are mainly cosmetic. Firing down 
    the head (neck/back are the Water and Normal weakpoints is a great way to die 
    fast, since it actually tracks you as it loads up for a fireball. It usually 
    keeps re-aiming at you until it fires, and then the shot splits into four 
    smaller parts. Also, with the very fast land swim that covers massive ground 
    very quickly, youíre going to be in trouble standing in front of it. 
    
    The best thing to do is try and get behind it and fire Water S through the 
    lower belly out the head, or from side on, go through the top of the leg 
    through the back and fins. Itís crucial that you stay close enough to see the 
    land swims coming so you can evade away from them Ė roll once 45* towards it 
    when it jumps to the ground, and you should be able to roll again as it 
    starts wriggling (Iíve got a video on YouTube which you can see the timing 
    in). So the strategy is to evade first, and then position yourself so you can 
    start firing as it gets up, allowing 2-4 shots before itís turned back to you. 
    If you get close, itíll start doing belly smashes with a big aoe, which if 
    you can evade through, is a great chance to attack. Volganos is a difficult 
    creature to gun, so take your time with it.
    
    Here's a HBG video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ6oipmjhlo
    
    
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    Daimyo Hermitaur, Purple (Plum) Daimyo Hermitaur
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S (Ice S for Purple/Plum), Normal 2 OR 
    Pierce 3
    Required Skills: Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Bullet Limit, Speed Fire or Pierce 
    Up, Defensive Manoeuvres 
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: Gunning a Daimyo is alternatively fun and frustrating, depending 
    on how it chooses to act. For most fights, a compliant Daimyo is simple: 
    Roll past it, between the legs and the body, while it moves towards you, and 
    then turn and fire through it. Lather, rinse, repeat. Ideally, you should 
    fire through one of its back legs, aiming to get the diagonally opposite 
    forward leg (ie, back right to front left). This will ensure you get the head 
    (weak point for element and raw) and also trigger leg staggers, knocking it 
    over while you wail on it. When youíre out of your element shots, start firing 
    Normal 2 at the legs Ė it does fair damage and when you knock it down, you 
    can fire at the face.
    
    The tricky part comes if the Daimyo burrows a lot or uses the a lot; if it 
    starts doing this, make sure youíre rolling away as fast as you can. When it 
    is recovering from a jump or surfaces, itís a good chance for damage, but you 
    must be careful to not get caught by the attacks.
    
    Purple Hermitaur in 2:35: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LawNrJpfl3w&feature=email
    
    
    Shogun Ceanataur, Red (Terra) Shogun Ceanataur
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S, Normal 2
    Required Skills: Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Evade Inc, Speed Fire, Elemental Attack Up, Bullet Limit
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate/High
    
    What to do: Shoguns are tricky creatures to manage, but with Evade +2 and 
    some evasion skills, they become far simpler. Red Shogun does have a unique 
    weakness to Water on its shell (as itís a Black Gravios skull) but it wonít 
    take much damage from that element anywhere else, making Thunder S a better
    choice for both Shoguns. Much like with Daimyos, you should almost never be 
    attacking a Shogun head on, since the flurry of fast attacks will quickly
    have you back at camp. You should always roll under the legs, turn and fire a
    few shots. 
    
    If you stay very close, you can stay under Shogunís effective range easily. 
    Try and get your element shots through one leg into the body, and once 
    youíre down to Normal 2, start rolling past it and just shooting the legs 
    since they take almost as much raw shot damage as the face. Once you get 
    the trip, continue hitting the legs unless you can get to the face in one 
    roll; otherwise itís not worth the time. 
    Shoguns give a very clear sign they are ready to be captured (purple bubbles 
    coming from the mouth instead of the white ones as in rage mode) and itís a 
    good idea to save time and get the capture as soon as you can. 
    
    The Great Decisive Battle, 7:55: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpk0j8luaGQ
    (Great Decisive Battle is Red/Terra and regular Shogun Ceanataur).
    
    
    Shen Gaoren
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    Recommended Ammunition: Pierce 3,2, Thunder S, Fire S, Normal 3, 2
    Required Skills: Pierce S Up
    Recommended Skills: Adrenaline +2, Loading Speed+, Normal S Up
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: This is a very easy fight, and even solo the G rank Gaoren can be 
    killed in ~16 mins, including the time it takes to meander into firing
    range. Heroics or Adrenaline +2 is highly recommended since you donít need to 
    evade any attacks and this creature is about maximising damage over time.
    Basically, spam Pierce shots down it as fast as you can. When it stands up 
    tall, roll almost under it and start firing Normal 3 as fast as you can at 
    the same spot, to flinch it. Fort Integrity wonít be an issue, but it never 
    hurts to keep the damage up. When it starts lowering back down, switch back 
    to Pierce. When youíre out of Pierce and element, start using your Normal 
    shots. But with Adrenaline or Heroics, it should be long dead by this point. 
    
    Guide to easily killing Shen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9cNN6cXvvE
    
    
    
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    VIII Primatus							PRI
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    Congalala, Green/Emerald Congalala
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S (pink Congalala only), Normal 2 OR Pellet 3
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Speed Fire, Elemental Attack Up (pink only), Normal S Up 
    or Pellet S Up, Evade Inc 
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: There are two ways to gun a Congalala: Either Pellet spam at it, 
    or for a slightly faster kill, focus on Normal S on the head (again, after 
    Fire S on the pink one). Evade around it until youíre looking at it side on, 
    and then blast away. Itís a good idea to fine scope in order to make sure 
    youíre getting the head hitzone and not the front arms. Green Congalala likes 
    to use the dung and gas attacks more often, so stay to its side and not the 
    front quarters (the dung attack has a big radius) or the back half (the new 
    super gas is pretty painful). Congalala have a lot of health, so youíll 
    need to get into a good rhythm. The main thing to watch out for is not 
    getting caught in front of it by a charge, since that can set you up for a 
    combo. You can take the simpler route and evade around it and Pellet spam, 
    but that will break the tail held item fast which encourages it to use more 
    dung attacks. 
    
    
    Blangonga, Brown Blangonga
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S and Normal 2 on Blangonga, Ice S and Normal 
    2 on Brown
    Required Skills: Evade+ (Brown Blangonga)
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Evade Inc, Speed Fire, Observer
    
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate (Blangonga) and Moderate/Hard (Brown)
    What to do: Both of these primates require an element to break their fangs, 
    and once the fangs are broken, their roars donít require earplug and 
    Blangonga canít summon Blangos any more. So, first order of business is to 
    use the element shots on the head. 
    
    Blangongaís weakness is easier to apply, since Fire S works as a Normal S. 
    It doesnít have any attacks you need Evade for, since rolling out will 
    get you out of range. When it does the big long range punch, roll out and 
    roll closer to it. When it turns to face you, let off a shot just before itís 
    centered its aim on you, and roll. By the time the shot gets there, it should 
    hit directly in the face. Otherwise, Ice beams and boulder attacks are a great 
    time to attack, provided you arenít about to get hit.
    
    Brown Blangonga is a trickier, since it loves doing use the 5 boulder attack 
    that hits in about 90* around it. With Evade+, if youíre close enough, then 
    when it digs down to grab the boulders, be ready to roll, and Evade 
    immediately as it pulls them up from underground. Roll towards the shoulder 
    closest to you, and you should always get through it. As often as you can, 
    hit it in the face with Ice S to break the fangs ASAP; once theyíre gone, 
    itís probably better to switch to Normal 2. It loves to jump around, so 
    having Evade Inc is a boon to get closer to it instead of sheathing. 
    Capturing it when you can is a very good idea. You should be familiar with 
    Blangongaís movements by the time you get to fight this one, but beware that 
    it hits really hard.
    
    Dual Blangonga, done in 3:23: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfhMvFKb4s4&feature=email
    
    
    
    Rajang, SSJ2 Rajang
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    Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Evade +2, Normal S Up, Speed Fire, Survival, Adrenaline +2
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: If you know how to Evade, then this is an easy fight. Perhaps not 
    as boneheadedly simple as with bow, but itís a bit faster. You should 
    always be looking at it from the left side (so on itís right) and always evade 
    to your left. That way, none of its attacks can hit you. From here, itís 
    simple. Evade past or around its attack, and then spin around and fine scope. 
    You should be able to hit its forearms with a few shots before it turns, get a 
    hit on the horns and then roll out before it can retaliate. You should be out 
    of quake range, roar range (it jumps back into Rage mode) and so never get 
    caught if youíre careful. The major thing to watch out for it your hitzones; 
    make sure youíre getting the face/horns and not the neck. It might help to 
    aim for the very tip of the nose so you can see where the shot lands on the 
    horns to get you used to it. Iíve got a video on YouTube that might help you 
    Ė Elder Dual Rajang done in 8 minutes with LOW rank gear.
    
    Dual Rajang, Low rank gear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeR3EHItQiA
    
    Dual Rajang G rank: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxHeleU2iY8 
    
    
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    Kirin
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    Recommended Ammunition: Pellet 3
    Required Skills: Pellet S Up, Evade Inc
    Recommended Skills: Evade+, Load Up, Loading Speed +
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: Check out the video guide below. This is a really simple fight 
    if youíre careful. Evade away from it, and while it summons thunder, blast 
    away. Fine scope aiming isnít required since Pellet shots home in on Kirinís 
    horn. Stay close enough so when it charges you, 
    one evade puts you out of the way and lets you turn around and hit its 
    retreating form. The guide is pretty self-explanatory, so check it out.
    
    Dual Kirin done without sleep bombing or seperation:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfeYkxYc3Ko
    
    
    Kushala Daora, Rusted Kushala Daora
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    Recommended Ammunition: Thunder S (Water S on Rusted Kushala), Normal 2 OR 
    Pierce 3
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Speed Fire OR Pierce Up, Normal Up, 
    Evade Inc OR Evade+
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate
    
    What to do: This is a tricky fight since the weakpoint for raw is the tail, 
    and if youíre standing in front of it to get element shots down the body, 
    you risk getting tackled or frozen blasted. Once you get the horn off, the 
    fight becomes much easier since the wind shield wonít exist any more and 
    you donít need to worry about shot ricochets. The fast, but risky, way to get 
    rid of the horn is to have an Evade set and stand facing it from a slight 
    angle and spamming element shots down the body. You should be able to flinch 
    it reasonably often to keep yourself safe, but if you miss an evade then 
    youíll be in a world of hurt. Alternatively you can treat it like a 
    bullfight: let it run past you and Normal S hit the tail. Thatís effective but 
    difficult, since itís a small, moving target. 
    
    Maybe the simplest and most efficient strategy is to keep it poisoned, then 
    stand side on to the head and fire Normal shots at it. Then, once the horn 
    is broken you have the option of going for the element shots down the tail 
    (after it runs past you) or down the face when you have the chance. 
    
    
    Chameleos
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S, Normal 2, Normal 3
    Required Skills: Elemental Attack Up, Speed Fire
    Recommended Skills: Evade Inc, Normal S Up
    Difficulty to gun: Easy
    
    What to do: This is by far the easiest Elder Dragon to gun. The main issue 
    that gunners have with getting consistent head shots Ė charges Ė isnít an 
    issue here, since Cham has a forgiving hitbox and charges slowly. So, stand 
    two or three rolls away (assuming no Evade Inc) and then lay into the face 
    with Fire S. When itís about to attack, always assume itís about to charge. 
    When it starts attacking, it leaves huge openings. When it puke blasts or 
    uses the mist attack, (assuming youíre out of the way) then you can spam away. 
    When itís doing the tail wind generator, either get to the side or roll away 
    from tongue range and then start blasting. You should never be close enough 
    for the poison jump to be an issue. Youíll find itís quickly pissed off with 
    Fire S on the head, and its rage entry animation gives you even more chances 
    to attack. Itís easy enough too to count head shots between staggers, so you 
    can get into position for more ownage. Once you learn to watch out for the 
    charge, youíre home and hosed. Itís not as fast or brutal as using Corpse 
    Rippers, but they are just unfair on Cham anyway.
    
    
    Lunastra
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    Recommended Ammunition: Ice S, Normal 2 OR Pierce 3
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Evade + OR Evade Inc, Speed Fire, Normal S Up, Elemental 
    Attack Up
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate
    
    What to do: The first of the two Manticores is far more forgiving than 
    Teostra, but sheís still not a lot of fun. In 2G/Unite, Lunastra telegraphs 
    her moves much more than previously. Before she charges, sheíll rear her head 
    for approximately a second, giving you time to get the hell out of the 
    way. Lunastra is weak to Ice (weakest on head and tail) but frustratingly, 
    her raw weak point is the tail, which takes twice as much damage as the 
    head (next weakest point). So, itís a little like Kushala in that you should
    treat it like a bullfight. Stay reasonably close to her, so if you she starts 
    to charge, you can roll out quickly Ė and make sure you never roll across her 
    front, even when it looks like sheís using the curved charge. Turn and let 
    off a few shots at the tail, then roll towards her on a 45* angle so by the 
    time she turns, you should be ready to roll out if she charges. Be careful to 
    roll out straight away if sheís doing the close flame explosion ring, and 
    obviously get close if sheís using the long rage one.
    
    When sheís using the flamethrower, roll towards the tail and let loose some 
    Normal 2, or if youíre taking the Pierce route, get behind her and fire 
    through the tail to the face. Otherwise, attack when you get the opportunity, 
    but remember that positioning is crucial here. Luna is deceptive in that it 
    looks like there are opportunities to attack which are in fact traps. Sheíll 
    let you get a few hits in order to steam-roller over you. Treat this fight 
    with caution. 
    
    
    Teostra
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    Recommended Ammunition: Water S, Normal 2 OR Pierce 3
    Required Skills: Evade Inc OR Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Speed Fire, Elemental Attack Up, Normal S Up OR Pierce S 
    Up
    Difficulty to gun: High
    
    What to do: This, even more so than Tigrex, is a hard fight for gunners. Itís 
    not recommended for anything less than an experienced gunslinger. Teostra is 
    very similar to Lunastra (though it swaps Ice for Water as the element 
    weakness) except it hits harder and doesnít telegraph charges. Itís got a huge 
    hitbox and insta-charges and doesnít tend to stay still long. The tail again 
    takes twice the raw damage the face does, so itís the priority. Basically, 
    check out the Luna section and note the following differences:
    
    *(As said) No telegraphing the charge
    *More damage
    *Long range fire explosion ring can sometimes do a homing explosion under your 
     feet; donít ever scope when itís using the long range ring. If you see the 
     puff of dust under you, roll immediately.
    
    Without Adrenaline +2 or Heroics, youíre going to struggle to kill this 
    creature fast enough, and of course theyíre not recommended on Teo. Be very 
    warned before attempting Teo with BG. 
    
    The extra mobility of LBG will work well here, but the damage you sacrifice 
    will be an issue. It doesn't telegraph its charges or attacks like Lunastra
    does, so if you do insist on gunning it, try LBG if you're getting really
    owned.
    
    
    Lao Shan Lung, Azure Lao Shan Lung
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    Recommended Ammunition: Pierce 3, 2, Fire S, Normal 3, 2
    Required Skills: Adrenaline +2, Pierce Up
    Recommended Skills: Loading Speed +, Load Up, any damage skills
    Difficulty to gun: Easy/Moderate
    
    What to do: This is slightly more difficult than Shen Gaoren, but not much. 
    Basically, Lao is a walking target, so the issue is whether you can maintain
    a high enough damage per second (DPS) to kill it. Firstly, the weak point for 
    range is on the back, between the two ridges of spines, where you carve from. 
    Either shoot through the top of the shoulder down the back with Pierce, or 
    hit it side on from a ledge. If youíre really stuck, 
    the belly (where it droops down) takes decent range damage, too. Fire S on the 
    weakpoint and Thunder S down the body work well enough too if youíre using a 
    gun with a large elemental clip. If youíre using Adrenaline or Heroics, this 
    is a simple, though boring as hell, quest. And least gunning, you can break 
    the shoulders and horn easily for good chances at a Ruby or Divine Plate.
    
    
    Yamatsukami
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    Recommended Ammunition: Ice S, Pierce 3,2
    Required Skills: Evade Inc/Evade+
    Recommended Skills: Pierce S Up, Loading Speed +, Survival
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate
    
    What to do: With some experience of its movement patterns and Evade skills, 
    this is a simple fight. Yama takes a LOT of raw shot damage (90) in its 
    mouth, so as long as you have Pierce or Ice shots, fire them there, so they
    start at the mouth and travel along the body. What's problematic though is 
    often the mouth shots will travel through the tentacles which absorb damage. 
    So, if the mouth is not wide open or easily shot, attack the Eyes.
    
    Yama is very predictable, itíll always turn to you, wait for a second, then 
    attack. If it does the tentacle flail, just roll out. If itís doing the 
    copter attack, just sheathe and duck or safety dive (though not too early). 
    If it smashes down on the ledge with four tentacles, fire straight into
    the mouth. If it hits the ledge with only two tentacles, beware as thatís the 
    precursor for the vortex OKHO. Itíll only do it 50% of the time it hits
    with two tentacles though. If it starts doing the vacuum, youíve got lots of 
    options. Either throw 2-3 tranq bombs at it (itíll drop down and give you a 
    shiny), sheathe and run along the ledge until it stops sucking, or sheathe 
    and jump (you must be sprinting) off the ledge. When youíre out of Pierce 
    shots, start using Normal 2 or 3 on the eyes usually and the mouth when you 
    can.
    
    
    Fatalis
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    Recommended Ammunition: Normal 2, 3, Fire S
    Required Skills: None
    Recommended Skills: Speed Fire, Adrenaline +2, Normal S Up, any damage skills
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate 
    
    What to do: For most of the fight, this is quite simple. Let it turn to face 
    you, and whenever you can, scope aim up at the head and blast with Normal 2. 
    Just beware of Snapínídrags and belly flops, and practice hitting the face 
    even as it wriggles away from you. Itís quickly a very simple fight, which is 
    why Adrenaline is recommended, since youíll only get hit if you make a 
    mistake. Youíll be just out of roar range for the most part, too. When it 
    flies up, get out of fireball range and recognise the patterns of the single 
    and triple fire ball, and when it comes in to land, get close to shoot the 
    head as it comes down. Itís hovering but not trying to get you, stay just 
    outside this much smaller fireball range and blast the head. If itís chasing 
    you, get close to it to make it stop and then immediately roll out. As soon 
    as you get close enough, itíll stop chasing you. 
    
    Thatís basically it. It doesnít have an armour mode, so itíll just be three 
    or four rounds of monotony. If youíre going for the wings, it takes the most 
    damage from Fire S. Yes, even more than Dragon. Itís the fastest way to break 
    the wings, apart from Heroics and Normal S Up.
    
    
    Crimson Fatalis, White Fatalis
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    Recommended Ammunition: Fire S, Normal 2, Clust 2
    Required Skills: Survival
    Recommended Skills: Loading Speed+, damage skills, Gunnery King (for White 
    Fatalis), Load Up, Bomber
    Difficulty to gun: Moderate/High
    
    What to do: As with black Fatalis, Crimson and White take the most element 
    damage on the wings from Fire S. So with Survival, you can roll to the left 
    or right when it summons and then get a few wing shots in. Look for the 
    thunder/meteor patterns too, there are three. Itís the close range one you 
    need to watch out for if youíre next to it and going for the wings. 
    
    Once the wings are taken care of (or if you donít care about getting wing 
    rewards), then start using your Normal 2 on Crimson and White Fatalisís 
    face. Be careful youíre not hitting too far back on the head as the face and 
    head are different hitzones. You should be firing from just outside belly 
    flop range, so if it did flop down youíd be next to its head. Thereís a cone 
    in front of in which meteors/thunder never land, so use it well. Itíll spend 
    a lot of time summoning, so get used to scoping and firing off shots while 
    being prepared for it to flop down or screech and try and claw you.
    
    Rage mode is tricky, but probably better dealt with range than melee. This is 
    where your Clust 2 shots should be used, as the explosive damage ignores 
    armour mode. In armour mode, both Crimson and White take equal shot damage on 
    all hitzones, so if youíre not packing bombs or Clust shots, 
    youíre not going to be doing much damage at all. You might as well just spam 
    at the crotch or legs/tail rather than aiming for the face. Crimsonís armour 
    mode activates every time it rages, so switch in your Clusts then. Switch 
    back to Normal 2 when itís not pissy. With the 53 Clust 2 you can take, plus 
    your 12 LBB+, you should have enough to deal with most of the 25 minute round 
    rages. Youíre going to have to be accurate though.
    
    With Whiteís armour mode, itís between 50% and 20% of itís HP Ė and thatís a 
    lot of health. Once itís in armour mode, I usually do three or four rounds of 
    Suicide Clusting: Get in, expend all your clusts, and then let yourself get 
    killed. All damage you do carries over, regardless of whether you fail the 
    mission (though if you abandon it resets). Clust and bomb away, then for the 
    final round switch back to Normal shooting.
    
    
    Crimson Fatalis video guide: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXOYYBwFbAU&feature=email 
    
    
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                       Part 3: The Monster Hunter Quest
    
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    I Introduction							INT
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    Aside from power, the Heavy Bowgun (HBG) has one huge strength: Versatility. 
    
    Most people find the Marathon quests (several different monsters in a row, 
    and instead of normal carves you get Mega potions) difficult since you can 
    only take one weapon class to the quest, but often the different monsters are 
    suited to different classes. For example, the Hunterís Pride marathon, at HR9. 
    Itís a Khezu, then a Shogun Ceanataur, then a Plesioth, then a Diablos. Shogun 
    and Khezu are vulnerable to hammer, but Diablos and Plesioth arenít as easy. 
    Or you could try Longsword, since Diablos and Shogun can be taken down easily, 
    but without Evade skills the Plessy is annoying and you wonít quite have the 
    range to quickly kill Khezu. And then you can only take raw weapons, since 
    they donít have a common elemental weakness. So what do you do?
    
    Simple Ė you take a HBG. You Fire S the Khezu, you Thunder S the Shogun, you 
    Pierce the Plessy and you Scatter S the Diablos. That way, you maximise 
    the weakness of every creature you fight. And even better, no traps or flashes
    are required!
    
    Thatís where this topic comes in. The Monster Hunter quest is the last Felyne 
    Elder quest, and itís the hardest offline quest youíll face. Even experienced 
    players have trouble on it, and completing it is a big accomplishment. Youíll 
    face (in this order): Rathalos, Tigrex, Naruga and Rajang. This topic is 
    designed to help you defeat the quest by playing intelligently and artfully, 
    and not having to resort to hammer, traps and flashes. 
    
    So if youíre learning to gun, struggling to complete this quest or just out 
    to do it honourably, youíve come to the right place! 
    
    
    Firstly, knowledge.
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    Have a detailed read through the below sections on each creature you'll face, 
    and watch the YouTube videos associated with each creature. Still, there
    is no substiture for experience. Go, fight the creatures yourself. Once you 
    can kill each one without flashes, you're ready to start the quest. 
    
    
    Secondly, equipment.
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    There are dozens of ways to gun this quest. The one below is only one way, 
    but I think it is one of the best, especially for Intermediate level gunners.
    This equipment Iím suggesting is not easy to make, but itís worth it. You 
    should bring:
    
    Tzar Lao Shan Cannon
    
    Blango Z Cap (+4 Speed Fire jewel)
    Naruga X Torso
    Naruga X braces
    Naruga X waist
    Naruga X Legs
    
    With gems, you will have Evade +2, Evade Inc and Speed fire. With a one slot 
    weapon, you can also have Trap Master, though you wonít need it for this 
    quest.
    
    
    Thirdly, items.
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    Bring: 
    Book of combos 1-4
    
    Farcaster
    
    Powercharm
    Powertalon
    
    Armourtalon
    Armourcharm
    
    2 Max potions
    
    2 Megajuice
    10 Welldone or Gourmet steaks
    
    10 Mega Potions
    10 Potions
    
    99 Normal S lvl 2
    99 Normal S lvl 3
    60 Pierce 3 or Pellet 3
    
    99 Needleberry
    99 Huskberry
    
    60 Fire S
    60 Thunder S
    
    10 Flashbugs
    20 Fire Herbs
    
    And then any item of your choosing, except traps or flashes. You wonít need 
    them.
    
    Once you have this prepared, youíre almost ready. Eat with your cats for 
    Health +40 and Attack Up (Meat and Vegetable). You can bring your cat or leave 
    it at home, itís personal preference. They can be helpful for distracting 
    monsters while you heal or get shots in, but they can also get in the 
    way. And some players find the fact they take away the monsterís focus a 
    downside Ė it means you donít get the headshots in as easily.
    
    Now, make you sure you save it after youíve completed preparations since it 
    will likely take a few attempts.
    
    
    
    The Quest Itself
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    The quest is obviously set in the Large Arena. There are gathering points on 
    your left and right as you enter (at the wooden gates, you can gather supply 
    flash bombs, supply large barrel bombs and supply shock traps) and at the 
    plant, along the left hand wall (mega potions) and finally at the far right 
    corner (whetstones, rations). There is a ledge, but youíll quickly find itís 
    of limited use since itís short and the monsters react differently to you 
    when youíre on it. Once youíre in the arena, you cannot go back to base unless
    you farcaster or are killed.
    
    Generally, avoid the corners since if you get trapped, it can be very easy to 
    be comboed to death by an angry monster. 
    
    As you are learning this quest, youíll probably get killed. If you do, keep 
    going. It doesnít matter if you fail this quest, since you can just reset it 
    since youíve saved. Even if you know you canít complete it, I would encourage 
    you to keep going since youíll still get experience which means youíll do 
    better next time.
    
    As for time pressure, try and forget about it. Using this method, I usually 
    have at *least* 15 minutes left after the Rajang is dead. You wouldnít put on 
    the Flight of the Bumblebees on while playing chess, so donít stress yourself 
    out on this one with the time. Try and only check it when each monster is 
    killed.
    
    
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    II Rathalos: Initiation						LOS
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    Most of you will be very familiar with Rathalos, and youíll probably be 
    comfortable killing it fast as a meleeír. Killing it range is very different, 
    unfortunately. Itís one of the few monsters that takes longer to gun. 
    
    When you enter the arena, itíll see you and roar. This you can roll through 
    (start rolling a split second before the roar Ďhitsí) or just shoot it once. 
    If you do, itíll cancel the roar but be ready to roll since itíll probably 
    insta-charge you. From here, itís time to begin the quest.
    
    The fastest way to kill it is Water S through the body and Normal 2 on the 
    head (Ice S is faster, but the Tzar Lao canít fire it). Normal 3 wonít be as 
    effective on the head (the shards fly off) but if you Normal 3 the legs or 
    wings you can get the shards to land. You can also Pierce 3 through the head 
    to tail or wings to wings, but itís not a good idea with the speed fire set 
    (since your recoil is maxed). So, you simply keep the pressure on. Keep 
    firing at the head when you can, and aim for the tail-body joint or the back 
    otherwise. 
    
    Youíll find it rages fast. Youíll need to practice rolling through the 
    scream, since even with some armour levelling, youíll get killed in one hit 
    from the roar. Thatís why youíre using Evade inc & +2, though Ė it lets you 
    get through the scream and the charge. When itís raged, go for the head shots 
    but make sure you arenít going to get charged first. Donít stay right next to 
    it (It seems to love insta-charges, annoyingly) but not too far away either 
    since your shot damage will drop. 
    
    If it flies off for a world tour (where it just flies around for a minute 
    before doing its dive attack at you) then itís a good chance to heal up or 
    combine. Just make sure youíre ready in time to superman dive the dive-bomb. 
    You can Evade through it, but why risk it?
    
    Whenever it flies up, get under it if youíre close enough (which you should 
    be) or otherwise, sheath and be ready to dive. When itís on the way down, get 
    in a few head-shots, since monsters can actually take damage and be knocked 
    out the sky while in the air.
    
    Otherwise, itís a straightforward fight. Aim at the head, evade well out of 
    charge hitboxes, and always heal up to full health if you get hit. You can 
    carve and gather mega potions, so donít be afraid to use them. This fight 
    might actually be the longest one of the four, so if you take up to 15 
    minutes, thatís OK. 8-12 mins is what you should aim for though. 
    
    Once youíve slain it, healed up and combined, load your Thunder S and 
    mentally prepare yourself for the only real difficult part of the fight. 
    Youíve got about a minute, so gather at the gathering points too, and if you 
    can, put down 2 LBB+ where the Tigrex's head will be.
    
    
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    Firstly, if you arenít familiar with gunning Tigrex, have a read of the text 
    above in Part 2 (Ctrl + F and type in 'Tigrex') or YouTube for Legend3594ís 
    video. 
    
    When Tigrex enters, itíll face the entrance to the arena, like the Rathalos. 
    It wonít notice you if you arenít in front of it Ė itís a good time to chug 
    down a Mega juice. You can either plant your bombs now if you havenít done 
    so, or simply start shooting.
    
    Tigrexís weakness is Thunder, and if youíre right behind it, and you start 
    firing through the back legs, itíll do its looking around animation for a 
    few seconds. Blast away with impunity until it turns around. Roll to your 
    right (the opposite of Rajang) since on its right side, you can avoid all of 
    its attacks with a little practice. Stay close too, since at range itíll 
    home in on you with its charges.
    
    From the right side, you can either roll away or fire when it does the 
    boulder attack. You can also see well in advance and roll out of 
    the biting attack Ė it actually curves towards you, so donít try and fire 
    since youíll get bitten in all likelihood.
    
    If youíre even familiar in passing with Tigrex, youíll be very aware of its 
    main attack: the Death Train (if you listen, youíll hear itís feet hitting 
    the ground and making a Ďchugí sound when it charges). Hereís how to get 
    your hits in and avoid the Tigrex Express.
    
    To start with, you should be on its right side. When it begins a charge, it 
    will raise its left (your right) arm, and you can roll under and through it. 
    Youíll now be behind it with it rapidly retreating away from you Ė roll after 
    it. It can change direction up to twice, so wait until itís stopped. Then 
    fire through the back legs to the head with your thunder shots (or wing to 
    wing) or aim for the back legs with your Normal 2. It will turn around, and 
    you need to start rolling right before itís fully turned around. If you donít, 
    you risk getting charged as you recover from your shot. A rage charge wonít 
    kill you, but it will hurt a lot and leave you wide open. 
    
    It will rage pretty fast, especially if you get some good damage in at the 
    very start. When it does so, always stay medium-close on the right and evade 
    first, damage second. After this part of the fight, it gets easier and quicker 
    so itís OK if you play it safe here. Once youíre out of Thunder S, combine 
    for more (farcaster to camp for a breather if you need to) and after than 
    switch to normal shots. 
    
    This isnít easy, and gunning Tigrex will take some learning. But itís worth 
    it.
    
    Now, youíve gathered by this point. Youíll probably have some supply flashes. 
    If youíve gotten Tigrex to the point where every hit rages it, youíll find 
    itís a frustrating point since damaging it when itís running around crazily 
    takes a while. I donít think thereís any shame in using supply flashes to cut 
    down the time required. Not using them would be better, but if youíre 
    struggling, use them. Theyíll give you around 30 seconds of head-shot access, 
    which should be enough to finish the fight.
    
    This fight should take 10-15 minutes for the less experienced or moderate 
    gunners. If you have less than 20 minutes left when you kill it, youíll be 
    pressured, but it can be done. Having 30 minutes left is more ideal though. 
    As with the ĎLos, once youíve killed the Tigrex, heal and combine for more 
    Normal 2 and then load your Fire S.
    
    
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    Again, your first step should be checking out the linked YouTube videos. 
    
    Naruga seems intimidating, but youíre on the downhill slope with the quest now. 
    This will be the shortest fight, too, and almost the easiest. 
    As with the Rex, it will land facing the entrance, so you can get some Fire S 
    spamming in. Your first target will be the head, but any time you canít hit 
    it, the tail should be your next target. Be aware the head and neck are 
    different hitzones, and easily confused. 
    
    The thing you must learn is the timing to evade through the tail whip and 
    jump-slice. Itís really easy once you know how (like most of MHÖ) but 
    until you get it, youíll be taking a lot of unneeded damage. Start your roll 
    and roll into the tail-whip a split second before it hits you and youíll get 
    through it and be able to either fire at the head as it turns or get out for 
    a better chance at a head-shot. Try and get the middle part of your roll 
    through the time when the tail would contact you.
    
    In rage mode, it loves to jump around you and jump-slice a split second 
    later. When it jumps around you, itíll pause for a half-second before flying 
    at you. You should hit 'X' to roll at the same time it starts its jump, and 
    youíll get through the slice.
    
    Narugaís attacks tend to be fast with small hitboxes, meaning evading through 
    them is usually easy. When it does its tail smash (rears up, jumps 180* and 
    smashes the ground with its tail) roll out, to your right, and NEVER try and 
    roll through it. It's not easily done and it really hurts. 
    
    After youíve observed the video and got to grips with the timing, itís an 
    easy and satisfying fight. Fire S the head and tail (combine for more) and 
    start on your Normal 2 or 3. Youíll soon find yourself carving off the freshly 
    slain beast.
    
    Heal, combine and load your Normal 2 (make sure youíre packing 99 at this 
    point) and get ready for the grand finale. You should have about 20 minutes 
    left, but itís possible with only 10 (though not ideal).
    
    
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    This is the easiest part of the fight. Really Ė with Evade Distance Inc and 
    Speed fire, you always roll left and fire Normal 2 (Normal 3 if you have to)
    at the head as it turns, before rolling again. If youíve ever bowed Rajang, 
    youíll know the rhythm. People complain that ranging Rajang is cheap Ė these 
    are the same people who use a hammer on Rathalos (which =/= Rocket Science)- 
    so feel free to ignore them.
    
    The reason this is simple is that as long as youíre not too far away (and 
    with some experience, even if you are) rolling left will get out of the way. 
    If youíre caught in a corner by accident, then you can roll through all 
    attacks with your Evade +2. 
    
    The real trick here is getting head shots as it turns. You can just complete 
    the fight by blasting the front legs as it runs past you, though you might 
    not have time or remaining ammo. But if you time it right, as you evade past 
    every attack, turn and scope at the head and you can get shots on the head. 
    Let loose your shot just before it finishes the turn Ė that way, you can 
    evade out and the shot will actually land on the horns in time. 
    
    Always avoid as much as you can getting cornered. If it attacks past you and 
    you can see that you canít get past left, then donít try and get in damage,
    immediately roll right twice past it. Then, wait to get back in your rolling 
    left rhythm. If you keep this up steadily, youíll complete this quest. Just 
    donít get greedy with hits and donít panic if you see the 10 minute warning. 
    If you tense up, youíre more likely to make mistakes and get yourself killed.
    And if youíre not confidant on head shots unless itís beaming, then donít 
    risk it. 
    
    
    Voila Ė Monster Hunter quest completed! Now go sell your auto-tracker 
    piercing (well, don't, but it is pretty useless by this point of the game) 
    and have a few drinks at the tavern to celebrate. But remember Ė friends 
    donít let friends hunt drunk.
    
    There you have it Ė with some practice on these monsters individually, you 
    can complete this quest honourably and properly. No more reliance on 
    flash-spamming and not a trap in sight. 
    
    
    
    
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    I                       Bragging Rights				BRA
    
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    This is what I mean when I say no armour skill is truly required - the pics 
    below are from me completing the Monster Hunter quest naked, with no flashes,
    no traps and no cat.
    
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    Video available here: 
    
    Part 1 - Rathalos and Tigrex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBtUJXPhae0
    
    Part 2 - Naruga and Rajang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k87fIWovOQs
    
    Why, you ask? Why the hell not, I say!
    
    I know I got owned by Naruga, I don't know why. I have other vids of me 
    gunning it naked, this was just a bad fight.
    
    A couple more videos...
    
    Monster Hunter, done with HR6 gear only (LBG): 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KJzCqYomlk
    
    And Monster Hunter, done in 20 minutes with LBG: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tejQCcs0WQQ&feature=email
    
    Banquet of the Warrior Gods,33:23: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9220Dk4kVIs&feature=email
    
    
    
    
    "There once was a hunter named maze.
    He thought bullets were better than blades.
    He went on many runs,
    With many bowguns.
    Used heroics and came out unscathed."
    
    Thanks to iPlayGamesGood :)
    
    
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    This guide wouldnít be anywhere near as accurate without VioletKIRAís 
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    It's since been removed, so now the Shot damage FAQ by VC and Dai should be 
    read in its place.
    
    And in turn, all the exact shot information I have used from Kira that 
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    To my brothers Vash_TS and Knives; you guys have made me the hunter I am 
    today. Mad love to you both.
    
    All my friends on Minegarde from the bowgun guides and general 2G topics 
    Ė you guys have helped me examine my tactics and be more critical about my 
    playing, which is always great :)
    
    Thanks to SuperVolt & VC for the Gypceros Pellet gun suggestions.
    
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