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    Armor FAQ by TheMagician42

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              Monster Hunter Tri Armor Combinations
    
                     Sets For Every Occasion
    
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    Version 2.0  (more bowgun armor sets to be added in next update)
    Only GameFAQs is allowed to host this guide.
    
    USE Crtl+F to find your desired Armor Skill or Weapon Type
    and then see what can complement it!
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    As a goal of mine, a good set should accomodate a variety of Talismans.
    However sometimes one or two very rare Talismans are needed to make
    a very good set.
    
    Also, keep in mind that there aren't really any Armor Skills that
    benefit Longswords and Switch Axes more than another weapon.  For those
    weapons I suggest all-purpose skills such as Sharpness +1, High Grade
    Earplugs, and Element Attack UP.
    
    **Remember you can use Ctrl+F to find your desired armor skill(s).  Also
    try using Ctrl+f for the words "HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE"
    
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    Here’s the format:
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    Set Name
    
    Skills Endowed
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    Weapon and Talisman requirements
    
    Head Piece
    Chest Piece
    Arm Piece
    Waist Piece
    Leg Piece
    
    Decorations
    
    Description/Benefits/Uses/Notes
    
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    All Armor Skills are classified as A, B, or C-skills.  When it comes to
    Talismans, A-skills can have a maximum of +4 points (or +3 with 1-slot).  
    B-skills can be up to +7 with 2-slots, and C-skills can be up 
    to +10 with 2-slots.
    
    Here is a list showing which skills are considered what.
    
    A-Skills               B-Skills               C-Skills
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    Awaken                 Attack                 BBQ
    Carving                Bomb Boost             Cold Resistance
    Elemental              Clust S+               Combo Plus
    Evade Distance         Crag S+                Combo Rate
    Fast Charge            Constitution           Current Resistance
    Fate                   Critical Draw          Dragon Resistance
    Fencing                Defense                Fire Resistance
    Handicraft             Dungmaster             Fishing
    Hearing                Eating                 Gluttony
    Loading                Evasion                Heat Resistance
    Normal S+              Expert                 Ice Resistance
    NormalS UP             Flame Aura             Lasting Power
    Pierce S+              Gathering              Map
    PierceS UP             Guard                  Mud/Snow
    Punish Draw            Guard UP               Oxygen
    Rapid Fire             Health                 Paralysis
    Recoil                 Hunger                 Perception
    Sharpness              Pellet S+              Precision
    Stamina                Poison                 Sense
    Status                 Potential              Sleep
    Tranquilizer           Protection             Steal
                           Psychic                Stun
                           Recovery Level         Speed Setup
                           Recovery Speed         Thunder Resistance
                           Reload Speed           Transport
                           Sharpener              Water Resistance
                           Speed Gathering        Whim
                           Swimming
                           Tremor Resistance
                           Wide Range
                           Wind Resistance
    
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    At times it will be necessary to use an armor piece that grants
    Torso UP.  One Torso UP will double the points in the Chest piece.
    Two will triple it and three will quadruple it.  For simplicity I will just
    say "Torso UP" for the armor piece in the sets.  Here is a list of 
    equipment pieces that have Torso UP:
    
    Head:   Skull Mask
    Chest:  N/A
    Gloves: N/A
    Waist:  Vangis Coil/Coat
    Legs:   Uragaan (low rank), Alloy+, Guild/Scholar
    
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                           High Rank Sets
    
    
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    General Purpose Sets       [ SETS1 ]
    Great Greatsword Sets      [ SETS2 ]
    Hammer Sets                [ SETS3 ]
    Lance and SnS Sets         [ SETS4 ]
    Specific Use Sets          [ SETS5 ]
    Bowgun Sets                [ SETS6 ]
    HR31-40 Sets               [ SETS7 ]
    Rare Sets                  [ RARE1 ]
    
    **You may take notice that there are not headings for Switch Axe and
    Longsword sets.  This is because while they are not bad weapons, there
    are no armor skills that benefit solely SA or LS.  I suggest you use one
    of the General Purpose sets for these weapons.  Try using one of the many
    sets labeled, HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE, and come up with something that
    fits your playing style.
    
    **Remember you can use Ctrl+F to find your desired armor skill(s).  Also
    try using Ctrl+f for the words "HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE"
    
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                 UP AHEAD:  General Purpose Sets  [ SETS1 ]
    
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    End-Game Everything Set  (HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE)
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, +10 B/A-skill, +10 C-Skill
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    Any weapon with 1-slot is fine.  The Talisman is a +10 C-Skill
    with 2-slots (but this can be played with depending on your
    A/B-Skill of choice).
    
    Ceadeus Helm+               OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+               ---
    Ceadeus Gauntlets+          ---
    Ceadeus Coil (low rank)     ---
    Vangis Legs                 OOO
    
    Decorations:  Variable.  1 Handicraft jewel must be placed in the
    Weapon or Talisman.  Other than that you have 8-slots to play
    around with to get any B-skill you want.  I would suggest Crit Draw for
    Greatswords, Focus for Hammers, Guard +1/2 for Lance, and Element Atk UP
    or Status Atk UP for Sword and Shield.  Lots of choices here.
    
    This is probably my favorite HR51+ set.  Good C-skill charms to hunt for 
    are Speed Setup, Anti-Theft, and Perception.  NOTE:  If you choose 
    Punishing Draw as your custom skill you WILL have Blunt Edge this set.
    That is because the Punish Draw decorations give negatives to 
    sharpness that the set can't afford.  It's easy enough to get Evade +2
    on this set too; all you need is at least +7 Evasion in the Talisman.
    
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    Pure Power Set
    
    Sharpness +1, Attack UP (L), Adrenaline +2, Detect
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    1-slot Weapon.  Attack +7, 2-slot Talisman
    
    Vangis Helm                                 ---
    Vangis Mail                                 ---
    Barroth Gloves+                             OOO
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Black Leather Pants                         ---
    
    Decorations:  Architect Jewel, Handicraft Jewel, Assault Jewel
    
    This set is meant for one thing, damage.  It can dish out a ton of it.
    I use this set with Anguish (P) to speed run Jhen Moran.
    
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    Headless/Charmless HGE and Sharpness +1  (HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE)
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1
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    No Weapon Slots or Talisman needed.
    
    EMPTY                       ---
    Ceadeus Chest+              ---
    Ceadeus Gloves+             ---
    TORSO UP                    ---
    Ceadeus Greaves+            ---
    
    Decorations:  None
    
    Lots of stuff you can do here.  Grab a 3-slot Talisman, 1-slot Weapon
    and a Jaggi Mask to gem in Great Luck.  Or use your favorite earring.
    
    NOTE:  If the monster only requires Earplugs, switch the Legs out for
    Vangis Greaves.  This reduces HGE to Earplugs, but it nets you an
    extra 3-slots to play with.
    
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    Headless/Charmless Guard +2 and Razor Sharp Set (HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE)
    
    Guard +2, Razor Sharp
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    No Weapon or Talisman needed
    
    EMPTY                                       ---
    Agnaktor Mail+                              O--
    Agnaktor Gloves+                            OOO (Unused Slots!)
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Agnaktor Greaves+                           OO-
    
    Decorations:  2 Razor Jewels (1 in Chest), 1 Stonewall Jewel
    
    This set gets you Guard +2 and Razor Sharp (the only good skills from
    Agnaktor+) without using a helmet or a talisman.  It also has an unused
    3-slot Arm Piece.  Grab a good charm, your favorite Lance, a Helmet
    (earrings are nice for this), and see what you can come up with!
    
    One of my personal favorite things to do with this set is use
    Sabertooth (G), a Grace Earring, and a Perception +10 Talisman. Next, gem
    in a 5-slot skill like Divine Blessing. This gets you Guard +2, Razor Sharp,
    Divine Blessing, Wide Range +2, and Capture Guru.  Now go do the 
    Double Diablos Event quest.  
    
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    Headless/Charmless Evasion Set (HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE)
    
    Evade +2, Evade Distance UP, Cold Cancel (Lo)
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    No Weapon or Talisman needed
    
    EMPTY                                       ---
    Barioth  Mail+                              ---
    Barioth  Gloves+                            O-- 
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Barioth  Greaves+                           ---
    
    Decorations:  Jumping Jewel
    
    Much like the set above, but geared towards those favoring Evasion.
    Works great with just about any weapon.
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    The Ultimate Capture Set
    
    Capture Guru, Capture Expert, Great Luck, Focus, (Ice Res +10)
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    At least +10 Perception is needed between Weapon slots and the Talisman.
    If you find yourself with an extra slot, get Ice Res +10.
    
    Jaggi Mask                  ---
    Baggi Mail (low rank)       OO-
    Baggi Gloves+               O--
    Baggi Coil (low rank)       O--
    Baggi Greaves (low rank)    O--
    
    Decorations:  5 Fate Jewels, (0-5 Perception Jewels)
    
    Capture the monster and reap the rewards.  I would strongly suggest that
    you never use this set against Gigginox, Agnaktor, and Deviljho because
    those monsters are better off killed than captured. (e.g. you can only
    carve Unnerving Talons from Gigginox; they can't be won in rewards)
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    Fixed Ranger Armor
    
    Wide Range +2, Speed Gatherer, Carving Master
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    1 Weapon Slot.  At lease +6 to Wide Range is needed on Talisman after slots
    
    Ranger Headgear             ---
    Guild/Scholar Chest         ---
    Ranger Gauntlets            ---
    Ranger Faulds               ---
    Ranger Legs                 O--
    
    Decorations:  2 Spree Jewels
    
    So what if you want to kill the monster and not capture?  Well try this
    set out.
    
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                  UP AHEAD:  Great Greatsword Sets  [ SETS2 ]
    
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    The Ultimate GS Set (some would say)
    
    Sharpness +1, Focus, Crit Draw, Earplugs
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    1-Slot Weapon.  At least +8 Crit Draw after slots.
    or 2-slot Weapon and at least +5 Crit Draw w/ 1-slot
    
    Baggi Helm+                                      OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+                                    ---
    Diablos Gloves+                                  OOO 
    Torso UP                                         ---
    Ceadeus Greaves (low rank) OR Torso UP           ---
    
    Decorations:  2 Dynamo Jewels, Earplug Jewel. (Critical and Draw
    Jewels as needed).
    
    Really what we're focused on is Sharpness +1, Crit Draw, and Focus (no
    pun intended).  But Earplugs is easily obtained so why not.
    
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    The Ultimate GS Set 2 (harder version but SAME thing!)
    
    Sharpness +1, Focus, Crit Draw, Earplugs
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    At least +10 Crit Draw between the Weapon and Talisman is needed.
    
    Baggi Helm+                                      OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+                                    ---
    Ceadeus Gloves+                                  --- 
    Ceadeus Waist+                                   OOO
    Ceadeus Greaves (low rank) OR Torso UP           ---
    
    Decorations:  2 Dynamo Jewels, (Critical and Draw Jewels as needed).
    
    If you happen to have the almighty Crit Draw +7 OO Talisman then grab this
    set instead of the one above.  You can use a no-slot Weapon with it.
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    Useful GS Set
    
    Sharpness +1, Punishing Draw, Crit Draw, Earplugs
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    Between the Weapon and Talisman you're going to need +8 to Crit Draw
    and +1 to Hearing.  This can be accomplished with a 1-slot weapon and
    a gem that has +8 Crit Draw after slots.
    
    Or you can use a 2-slot weapon and get away with a Crit Draw +5 with 1-slot.
    
    Damascus Helm               OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+               ---
    Diablos Vambraces+          OOO
    Torso UP                    ---
    Ceadeus Greaves (low rank)  ---
    
    Decorations:  2 Checkmate jewels in the Helm and Gloves. 1 Earplug Jewel
    Draw and/or Crit Jewels as needed.
    
    This setup nets you Sharpness +1 and Punishing Draw WITHOUT the usual
    downside of Blunt Edge.  Crit Draw is a must have GS skill.  Earplugs
    will help get more Level 3 charges on weaker roaring monsters.
    
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    Punish Louder Roars GS Set
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, Punishing Draw
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    This requires a 2-slot weapon (Ala GS or High Seiglinde are good).  It
    also requires a 3-slot Talisman or a Talisman with +4 Hearing.
    
    Damascus Helm                             OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+                             ---
    Jhen Moran Gloves+                        OOO
    Torso UP                                  ---
    Ceadeus Greaves (low rank) OR Torso UP    ---
    
    Decorations:  Silencer Jewel, 2 Checkmate Jewels, 2 Earplug Jewels
    
    Not much to say.  If you like the skill-set then use it. 
    One thing you could do is grab a 2-slot hammer and revert to your
    skills of KO'ing from past monster hunter games.
    
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    Lots of Power GS Set
    
    Sharpness +1, Attack UP (L), Crit Draw
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    1-Weapon Slot.  +7 Crit Draw, +3 Attack w/ 1-slot
    
    Vangis Helm                           ---
    Vangis Mail                           ---
    Diablos Gloves+                       OOO
    Ceadeus Coil+                         OOO
    Vangis Greaves                        OOO
    
    Decorations:  2 Onslaught Jewels, Architect Jewel, Draw Jewel.
    
    The Talisman is pretty specific, but the set certaintly is amazing 
    for greatswords.  Now if only Kirin was in this game to Sleep Charge...
    
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    Sharpness +1 with Benefits
    
    Sharpness +1, Crit Draw, Tremor Proof, Earplugs, Attack UP (S)
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    A 2-slot weapon is needed.  The Talisman is fairly specific.  It must
    be +7 Attack, +3 Tremor Res w/ 1-slot.
    
    Diablos Helm+                               ---
    Ceadeus Mail+                               ---
    Diablos Gloves (low rank)                   ---
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Ceadeus Greaves (low rank) OR Torso UP      ---
    
    Decorations:  Assault Jewel (weapon), Earplug Jewel (talisman).
    
    While the talisman is pretty specific, one can't deny the usefulness of this
    set against Uragaan.  It's got some cool things going on, but overall
    you can probably find a better set.  This one is fun to use though and
    looks great.
    
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    Tremored Adrenaline GS Set
    
    Attack UP (L), Adrenaline +2, Tremor Proof, Crit Draw
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    No Weapon slots are needed (unless you need to compensate for a worse
    Talisman).  The Talisman is fairly specific.  It must
    be +7 Attack, +3 Tremor Res w/ 1-slot.
    
    Diablos Helm+                               ---
    Barroth Mail+                               ---
    Diablos Gloves (low rank)                   ---
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Black Leather Pants                         ---
    
    Decorations:  Attack Jewel
    
    Again, the talisman is pretty specific, and the set isn't the absolute
    best thing in the world, but it is a fun set to mess around with.
    Since you won't have Sharpness +1 this is a viable set to use 
    the Crimsonwall GS with.
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    Charging Adrenaline GS Set
    
    Adrenaline +2, Sharpness +1, Focus
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    1 Weapon slot and a 3-slot Talisman are needed.
    
    Baggi Helm+                                 OOO
    Helios Mail+                                ---
    Barroth Gloves+                             OOO
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Black Leather Pants                         ---
    
    Decorations:  2 Dynamo Jewels, Architect Jewel, Handicraft Jewel
    
    Get your charges in faster so you can get out of the way faster lol.
    
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                     UP AHEAD:  Hammer Sets     [ SETS3 ]
    
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    Ultimate KO Hammer Set
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, Focus, +10 C-Skill
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    Any weapon with 1-slot is fine, but I recommend Alatreon Metamorph.  
    The Talisman must have 2-slots (+10 C-skill optional) or have +2 Focus.
    
    Ceadeus Helm+               OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+               ---
    Ceadeus Gauntlets+          ---
    Ceadeus Coil (low rank)     ---
    Vangis Greaves              OOO
    
    Decorations:  1 Handicraft Jewel, 2 Dynamo Jewels, 2 Fast Charge Jewels.
    
    You'll notice that this is just the End-Game Everything set, but customized
    for hammer.  Focus lets you get in more uppercuts and superpounds which will
    lead to more KO's.  Since Sharpness affects KO value I suggest using
    Alatreon Metamorph for the extra purple sharpness it has over the Jho hammer.
    
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    Ultimate Damage Hammer
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, Attack UP (L)
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    Any weapon with 1-slot is fine, but I recommend Devil's Crush (P).  
    The Talisman must be Attack +7 with 2-slots.
    
    Ceadeus Helm+               OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+               ---
    Ceadeus Gauntlets+          ---
    Ceadeus Coil (low rank)     ---
    Vangis Greaves              OOO
    
    Decorations:  2 Onslaught Jewels, 1 Assault Jewel
    
    You'll notice that this is just the End-Game Everything set, but customized
    for hammer.  Attack UP (L) gives a huge boost and is well worth it.
    
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    Adrenaline Hammer Set
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, Adrenaline +2, (+10 C-Skill)
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    0-1 Slot Weapon.  Lost of choices for Talisman, but best Choices are 
    either 3-Slot; or +10 C, +3 Potential
    
    Ceadeus Helm +                             OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+                              ---
    Ceadeus Gloves+                            --- 
    Ceadeus Waist (low rank)                   ---
    Black Leather Pants                        ---
    
    Decorations:  3 Handicraft Jewels (or 1 Architect Jewel).  If using a 3-slot
    Talisman then:  Peril (or 2 Crisis) Jewel and Protection (or Asylum) Jewel
    
    Good for those that can evade easily on their own.  This set actually works
    with a lot of replacements.  You could switch out the gloves for Barroth+, 
    or you could switch the Waist for the High Rank version or eve Torso UP.
    
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    Status Set 1
    
    Status Attack UP, Razor Sharp, Guard +2, Bombadier, (+10 C-Skill)
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    Between the Weapon slots and Talisman you need at least +4 Bomb Boost.
    The best choice is to grab a +10 C-Skill, 2-slot charm.
    
    Agnaktor Helm+                             ---
    Agnaktor Mail+                             O--
    Agnaktor Gloves+                           OOO 
    Bnahabra Faulds+                           O--
    Gigginox Greaves (low rank)                O--
    
    Decorations:  Razor Jewel, Iron Wall Jewel, 3-5 Bombadier Jewels
    
    AS long as your Talisman takes care of that +4 to bomb boost in some fashion
    this is weapon slot free making it perfect for the Great Azure Lance.
    Notice that Bnahabra Faulds+ and Gigginox Greaves together give Status Atk UP
    with just 2 pieces.  Try and make your own sets :)
    
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    Status Set 2
    
    Status Attack UP, Constitution +2, Wide Range +2, Razor Sharp
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    Between the Weapon slots and Talisman you need +7 to Constitution.
    
    Grace Earring                              ---
    Bnahabra Mail+                             O--
    Gigginox Gloves+                           OOO 
    Bnahabra Faulds+                           O--
    Gigginox Greaves+                          OOO
    
    Decorations:  Cutter Jewel, 2 Razor Jewel, (Workout and Physique 
    Jewels as necessary).
    
    More so suited for an SnS than a Lance in my opinion, but use
    as you like.
    
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    Status Set 3
    
    Status Attack UP, Razor Sharp, Guard +2, Speed Sharpening, Trap Master
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    1 Weapon Slot.  Talisman must be +5 Guard w/ 1-slot
    
    Alloy Helm+                                OO-
    Agnaktor Mail+                             O--
    Steel Gloves+                              O-- 
    Bnahabra Faulds+                           O--
    Bnahabra Greaves+                          O--
    
    Decorations:  4 Trap Master Jewels, 2 Disabler Jewels, 2 Grinder Jewels
    
    This set is great if you want to grab a Status SnS and support.
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    Status Set 4
    
    Status Attack UP, High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, (+10 C-Skill)
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    No Weapon slots needed.  Talisman must have 2-slots, so why not use
    a +10 C-Skill w/ 2-slots.
    
    TORSO UP                                   ---
    Ceadeus Mail+                              ---
    Ceadeus Gloves+                            --- 
    Bnahabra Faulds+                           O--
    Ceadeus Greaves+                           ---
    
    Decorations:  1 Disabler Jewel, 1 Disabler+ Jewel
    
    Feeling lazy and don't want to block the roars?  Or maybe just get a 
    few extra hits in while the monster is roaring?  Hey, maybe you'll 
    paralyze it and save a noob from death.
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    Status Set 5
    
    Status Attack UP, Razor Sharp, Guard +2  (HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE)
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    No Weapon slots or Talisman needed.
    
    Agnaktor Helm+                             ---
    Agnaktor Mail+                             O--
    Gigginox Gloves+                           OOO (Unused Slots!)
    Bnahabra Faulds+                           O--
    Torso UP                                   ---
    
    Decorations:  2 Disabler Jewels (one must be in chest).
    
    With 3 unused slots, weapon slots, and a Talisman you can put just about
    anything you want in here save some of the A-Skills.
    
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    Adrenaline Lance Set
    
    Adrenaline +2, Guard +2, Evade +1 (possibly Evade +2!), Razor Sharp
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    0-2 Slot Weapon.  The best Talisman would be +5 Evasion, +3 Guard w/ 1-slot.
    However even with as little as +5 Evasion you could get the +3 Guard from 
    2 weapon slots.  Notice you could upgrade to Evade +2 if you have a +7 Evasion,
    +3 Guard Talisman w/ 1-slot AND a 2-slot Weapon (Sabertooth anyone?)
    
    Barroth Helm+                              OO-
    Agnaktor Mail+                             O--
    Agnaktor Gloves+                           OOO 
    Torso UP                                   ---
    Black Leather Pants                        ---
    
    Decorations:  Evade Jewel (in chest), Cutter Jewel, Lightfoot Jewel,
    Razor Jewel, (possibly an Ironwall Jewel or Lightfoot Jewel in weapon)
    
    If you want to sit there with 40% health and turtle the monster to death
    then this set is for you.  With Guard +2 and Evade +1 you're essentially
    invincible, and Razor Sharp will make it so you don't need to sharpen often.
    Good solo set, but kinda cheap!
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    Sharper Lance Set
    
    Sharpness +1, Guard +2, Attack UP (S)
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    You'll need at least +5 Guard and 2-slots between the weapon
    and the Talisman.  Not too hard to obtain, although the 2-slots
    MUST be together (not one and one).
    
    Agnaktor Helm+                              ---
    Agnaktor Mail+                              O--
    Vangis Gloves+                              --- 
    Ceadeus Coil+                               OOO
    Vangis Greaves                              OOO
    
    Decorations:  Attack Jewel, Assault Jewel, 2 Architect Jewels
    
    There's lots of ways to get Sharpness +1 and Guard +2 together, 
    but most of the sets I see don't have any additional skills.  This
    ones easy to get and why not have the small attack boost?
    
    
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                 UP AHEAD:  Specific Use Sets    [ SETS5 ]
    
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    Awaken Tenebra D or Sinister Saints Set
    
    Sharpness +1, Awaken, Element Atk UP, (+10 C-Skill)
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    3-Slot Weapon.  +10 C-skill, 2-slots (OR a 3-slot Talisman)
    
    Lagiacrus Helm+                             O--
    Lagiacrus Mail+                             OOO
    Lagiacrus Gloves+                           O--
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Lagiacrus Greaves+                          O--
    
    Decorations:  2 Architect Jewels, 3 Handicraft Jewels, 1 Element Jewel,
    1 Free Element Jewel, 1 Swimming Jewel (optional)
    
    Brings out the potential of Tenebra D or Sinister Saints.  If you choose
    to use a 3-slot Talisman you can get Olympic Swimmer, or you can just stick
    with the +10 C-Skill route.
    
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    Jhen Moran Solo set
    
    Sharpness +1, Adrenaline +2, Fortify, Bombadier, +10 C-Skill
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    1-Slot Weapon.  +10 C-skill, 2-slots
    
    Blast Earring                               ---
    Hellhunter Jacket                           OOO
    Barroth Gloves+                             OOO
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Black Leather Pants                         ---
    
    Decorations:  2 Architect Jewels, 3 Handicraft Jewels
    
    About all the power you can get to solo Jhen+.  You actually only need a
    2-slot Talisman (or handicraft +2) but the extra +10 C-Skill can be nice.
    Something like Item Use UP would be most beneficial.  Not half bad looking
    either, and that's always a plus.
    
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    Alatreon Solo set
    
    Sharpness +1, Adrenaline +2, Fortify, Critical Draw
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    1-Slot Weapon.  At Least +7 to Crit Draw after slots in Talisman
    
    Ceadeus Helm+                               OOO
    Hellhunter Jacket                           OOO
    Barroth Gloves+                             OOO
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Black Leather Pants                         ---
    
    Decorations:  2 Architect Jewels, 2 Handicraft Jewels, Critical Jewel
    
    Pretty good set to Solo Alatreon with a GS.  If you're going to go hammer
    then there are better choices (HGE is nice).
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    Rapid Fire Element Evasion Set
    
    Element Atk UP, Evasion UP, Bonus Shot, +10 C-skill
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    No Weapon Slots.  +10 C-Skill w/ 2-Slot Talisman
    
    Escadora Cap                                OO-
    Lagiacrus Vest+                             OOO
    Escadora Arms                               O--
    Torso UP                                    ---
    Escadora Legs                               O--
    
    Decorations:  1 Element+ Jewel, 5 Jumping Jewels, 1 Salvo Jewel.
    
    If your gun has deviation then I suggest Precision +10 for the C-Skill.
    If it's Deviation free I suggest Combo Plus +10.
    
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         UP AHEAD:  HR31-40 (just made High Rank)    [ SETS7 ]
    
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    Greatsword User who JUST made High Rank.
    
    Razor Sharp, Crit Draw, Status Attack UP, Tremor Proof (Optional Addition)
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    You'll need 3 points of either Crit Draw or Tremor Res between the
    weapon slots and Talisman, but the GS you should be using if you just made
    it to high rank is High Seglinde, so there's 2 slots right there.
    Even a 1-slot Talisman would be good enough.
    
    
    Diablos Helm   (low rank)                   O--
    Bnahabra Mail+                              O--
    Diablos Gloves (low rank)                   ---
    Bnahabra Waist+                             O--
    Bnahabra Greaves+                           O--
    
    Decorations:  Antidote/+ Jewel, 3 Draw Jewels, 3 Footing Jewels.
    
    High Seiglinde goes great with this set.  Even though your main purpose
    shouldnt be Poison with the GS, the Status Attack UP is basically there
    for free.  Once you make it to HR40+ grab a Diablos Helm+ (but keep the
    low rank Gloves).  It will remove the slot requirements off the weapon/charm.
    This set also works well with the Alluring Lotus hammer, but you'll need
    a better Talisman.
    
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    Longsword or Hammer User who JUST made High Rank.
    
    Razor Sharp, Status Atk UP, Attack UP (L)
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    You'll need 6 points of Attack between the Talisman and your weapon slots.
    Since this is an HR31-40 set, you do not have access to Onslaught jewels
    (+5 Attack).
    
    
    Barroth Helm+                               OO-
    Barroth Mail+                               ---
    Barroth Gloves+                             OOO
    Bnahabra Waist+                             O--
    Bnahabra Greaves+                           O--
    
    Decorations:  1 Assault Jewel, 1 Attack Jewel, 2 Disabler Jewels, 
    1 Razor Jewel.
    
    Shadowbinder or Alluring Lotus go well with this set.  I'd recommend 
    Shadowbinder (P) over Shadowbinder (G).
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    Lance User who JUST made High Rank.
    
    Razor Sharp, Speed Sharpening, Guard +2 (HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE)
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    This set does not require any weapon slots or talisman.  Grab your
    favorite charm and add another skill.
    
    
    Lagiacrus Helm (low rank)                   OO-
    Steel Mail+                                 O--
    Steel Gloves+                               O--
    Steel Waist+                                O--
    Bnahabra Greaves+                           O--
    
    Decorations:  4 Stone Wall Jewels, 2 Razor Jewels.
    
    Not much to say, pretty good lance set to start off High rank with.  You can
    always sacrifice Guard +2 for Guard +1 and gain 4 slots towards another skill
    too if you want, but I'd go with Guard +2.
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    Alternative Lance User who JUST made High Rank.
    
    Guard +2, Speed Sharpening w/ Razor Sharp OR Element Atk UP (Choose one)
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    This set requires 3 slots between your weapon slots and/or Talisman.
    Or if you have a good Guard Talisman use that.
    
    
    Lagiacrus Helm (low rank)                   OO-
    Steel Mail+                                 O--
    Steel Gloves+                               O--
    Steel Waist+                                O--
    Lagiacrus Greaves (low rank)                OO-
    
    Decorations:  4 Stone Wall jewels and either 6 Element Jewels or 
    6 Razor Sharp Jewels.
    
    Note:  If you choose to have Element Atk UP you will also have 
    Status Atk Down.  No big deal really.  This set is very absolete once you make
    it to HR40 because then you can make Ironwall Jewels or Agnaktor+ Armor.
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    Status Lance or SnS User who JUST made High Rank.
    
    Guard +1, Razor Sharp, Speed Sharpening, Status Atk UP
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    This set requires a 1-slot weapon.
    
    
    Gigginox Helm (low rank)                    O--
    Steel Mail+                                 O--
    Steel Gloves+                               O--
    Bnahabra Waist+                             O--
    Bnahabra Greaves+                           O--
    
    Decorations:  1 Razor Jewel, 2 Grinder Jewels, 3 Stone Wall Jewels.
    
    A very nice set to kick off High Rank in.  Works well with any status lance
    but the Gobul lance would be my personal choice.  This set doesn't need a
    Talisman either, so with a good one you can add another skill.  Or use
    a Guard +5 Talisman and upgrade to Guard +2.
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                 UP AHEAD:  Rare Armor Sets  [ RARE1 ]
    
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    These Armor Sets require fairly hard to acquire or Rare Talismans.
    Many of these sets are amazing, but don't be discouraged if you cannot
    make them.  Most of us can't, and few probably ever will.
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    The hands-down BEST GS Set
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, Adrenaline +2, Critical Draw
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    A 1-Slot Weapon is needed.  Anguish (P) is strongly suggested.
    The Talisman MUST be Critical +7; Potential +3 w/ one slot.
    
    Ceadeus Helm+               OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+               ---
    Ceadeus Gauntlets+          ---
    Ceadeus Coil (low rank)     ---
    Black Leather Pants         ---
    
    Decorations:  3 Handicraft Jewels, Critical Jewel.
    
    HGE for more openings; Sharpness +1, Critical Draw, and Adrenaline +2 
    for major attack boosts.  Truly the best GS set.
    
    (I actually have this amazing set lol)
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    Awakened Hammer Set
    
    High Grade Earplugs, Sharpness +1, Awaken
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    A 3-Slot Weapon is needed.  Kurogane is suggested.
    The Talisman MUST be Free Element +3 w/ one slot OR
    Free Element +3; Handicraft +1
    
    Ceadeus Helm+               OOO
    Ceadeus Mail+               ---
    Ceadeus Gauntlets+          ---
    Ceadeus Coil (low rank)     ---
    Vangis Greaves              OOO
    
    Decorations:  3 Catalyst Jewels, (possibly 1 Handicraft Jewel).
    
    Very specific use set.  Although it doesn't have to be used with a
    Hammer.  Any 3-slot weapon with awaken potential will work.
    e.g. Tenebra D, Sinister Saints
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    Shadowbind Alatreon Set
    
    Razor Sharp, Status Atk UP, Evade +2, Heat Cancel (HI)
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    No weapon slots are needed (unless you need to compensate for 
    Talisman deficiencies).  The Talisman must be +7 Evasion; +10 Heat Res
    
    Jhen Helm+                    OOO
    Gigginox Mail+                O--
    Barioth Gauntlets+            O--
    Bnahabra Coil (low rank)      O--
    Bnahabra Greaves              O--
    
    Decorations:  3 Breeze Jewels, Lightfoot Jewel, Evade Jewel
    
    What can I say. Sometimes a team of 2 Para and 2 Hammers is fun for Alatreon.
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    Alternative Shadowbind Alatreon Set
    
    Razor Sharp, Status Atk UP, Evade +2, Heat Cancel (HI)
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    No weapon slots are needed (unless you need to compensate for 
    Talisman deficiencies).  The Talisman must be +7 Evasion; +10 Heat Res
    
    Rathalos Helm+                OOO
    Gigginox Mail+                O--
    Jhen Gauntlets+               OOO
    Bnahabra Coil (low rank)      O--
    Bnahabra Greaves              O--
    
    Decorations:  2 Breeze Jewels, 2 Lightfoot Jewels, 2 Evade Jewels
    
    Maybe you like the look of this set better than the one above?
    Personal preference really.
    
    
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    Alright well that's it for now.  This list will be updated in the near future.
    A lot more bowgun sets will be added for sure.
    
    If you have any suggestion, questions, or comments 
    ATTN topic me on the Message Board.