The hugely popular Monster Hunter franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC once again with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. This branch combines the world of Monster Hunter with the creature collecting and turn-based combat of Pokémon, in a story-driven RPG. Players will take on the role of a Monster Rider, venturing across the world and searching for new monster companions known as Monsties as they seek to unravel why the world’s Rathalos began to disappear.
We’ve hunted monsters, forged gear, and ventured into the unknown to bring you the information you need to be a successful Monster Rider. Here are 10 essential tips and tricks in Monster Hunter’s Tale 2.
You can equip three different weapons for your character. The most flexible option is to equip one weapon from each. Monsters and their parts will have weaknesses and resistance to different weapons. During battle, you’ll see on-screen stats telling you what’s working and what’s not. Having one of each weapon equipped means you can always use the most effective tool for the job.
Your Monstie companions are largely autonomous, but that doesn’t mean they attack randomly. Pay attention to your Monstie’s attack style and match it with the monsters you’re fighting. Give the speed Monstie type to fight the monster using power attack, the technique type to fight the monster with technique attack and the power type to fight the monster use technical attacks. Not only does this allow them to win head-to-head battles, but it also gives you dual attacks. These attacks deal significant damage, interrupt the enemy monster’s attack mid-attack, and give your kinship a huge boost. This can make or break tough battles.
Your character levels up over time by accumulating experience points, but you can generate a lot of leveling up instantly by investing in your gear. Monster parts accumulate very quickly in Monster Hunter’s Tale 2, much faster than the classic version Monster Hunter series. No need to stock up on parts. As the game progresses, the quality of the gear you can craft increases rapidly, so upgrade often.
Do you know if you can tell exactly what Monstie you will get before the eggs hatch? Each type of monster in Monster Hunter’s Tale 2 has a unique combination of colors and patterns on its case. That means you have all the information you need about what kind of monster will hatch the second you pick up the egg. When you raid a Monster nest, you can usually try pulling an egg multiple times. Want Velocidrome? Find a blue egg with orange spots. Prefer an alternative Paolumu? Take that pink striped white egg. After you hatch an egg, all the information will be in the Monstiepedia section of your Field Guide, so you can easily see what will hatch from an egg.
In a traditional turn-based RPG, lower health is a sign that you need to heal your character or you risk ending the game. That doesn’t have to happen in Monster Hunter’s Tale 2. The enemy is kind enough to telegraph their target. Not only do you not need to heal when you’re not the target, but it’s also better to attack when you get the chance. The damage dealt is obviously helpful, but the real bonus is increasing your kinship stats. Filling allows you to ride your Monstie, which will fully recharge your health and set you up for a devastating attack. It’s a much better combination than consuming potions and fighting.
Sure, you might be riding a giant fire-breathing dragon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be sneaky. Watch other monsters while you are out of the world. You can initStart the battle by clashing with the monsters, but if you do it while they have their backs turned, you’ll be rewarded with a Back Attack. This gives you the full range of attacks for free, with no risk of retaliation. Free damage and kinship gauge? Yes, please.
We know, you’ve worked hard throughout the battle to fill out your kinship gauge, and now you want to reward yourself with a super flash move. But there are good reasons to wait before activating your Kinship Attack. Standard attacks are performed while riding hard and follow the same power-tempo-speed-rhythm-technique-tempo-power rules, with one important difference. . Successful head-to-head wins while riding will increase your kinship level, which in turn powers the inevitable super.
Also, if you have teammates, waiting for them to ride your Monstie will trigger a team attack. The damage is massive, and it will take down the monster. All subsequent attacks will be critical hits, dealing extra damage until the monster stands up. What more could you want from your most powerful move?
Monsters are everywhere in Monster Hunter’s Tale 2. Many players will start ignoring them after a while. That’s not necessarily a problem in areas you’ve visited before. The exception is in Rare Monster Dens. Sure, you’ve probably caught every type of monster in the area, but new companions aren’t the only reason you’ll need eggs. Rare Monster Nests are more likely to contain monsters with rare or enhanced characteristics. Collecting these genes is key to taking advantage of the Rite of Channeling.
Channeling permission allows you to take genes from one monster and transfer it to another monster. You give up donor monsters in the process, but this allows you to increase the recipient’s power and stats. Each monster has a 3×3 genetic grid, and they receive bonuses for multiples of the same gene and a “bingo” bonus for three in a row.
Riding different Monsters in the underworld gives you access to different abilities. Some let you jump, climb, or smash your way to different areas. Others can ward off smaller enemies or detect certain types of crafting materials. All are useful in their own right, but special priority should be given to transmission. These are usually needed to gain chests. That’s useful everywhere, but doubly in the Everdens. These areas contain red chests containing bottle caps, a special currency that can be exchanged for powerful weapons, armor, and items.
Learn how to make the Monsters retreat
You have the ability to try and force the monsters to retreat to their whereabouts at the end of the battle. This is useful when you encounter a new type of monster and want to add one to your team. First, start a battle with the monster. Once you’ve got the creature low on health, use Paintball from your item menu. If you take down the monster quickly afterwards, there’s a high chance (but there’s no guarantee) that it will run away. Follow it back to the cave, and all the eggs will match the monster.