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The group for fans of Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter is a game that is near and dear to my heart and to
others. However, the game, at least on the western shores, hasn't gained
the popularity it has in Japan. Since many people either haven't
played/heard of monster hunter or was too confused about the gameplay
mechanics, I decided to post a FAQ for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the
newest game in the series. Hopefully I'll answer most questions in the
blog, but if not, I'm sure me (and hopefully any other MH vets) will be
able to answer in the comments.
With that beginning out of the way, let the questionnaire begin!
Who makes Monster Hunter?
Capcom publishes and developes Monster Hunter. Tanaka Tsuyoshi was
the series producer for the original Monster Hunter and Kaname Fujioka
is the series director. Sadly, several people who worked on the first
Monster Hunter left Capcom including the excutive producer of the first
Monster Hunter, Noritaka Funamizu.
What is Monster Hunter?
I could go on and on about the concept of Monster Hunter, but I'll
keep it simple. Monster Hunter is an Action Fantasy RPG where you
traverse large fantasy maps battling, slaying, and/or capturing
monsters. In each game, you begin the game in a rather robust character
creation and make your hunter. Once you settle on your appearance and
name, you go to a village and begin your adventure.
It may sound simple, but it's actually rather far from it. There's a
bunch of concepts to wrap your head around and before you can fight that
huge dragon on the box art, you'll be gathering materials and making
several items, weapons, and armor.
Speaking of crafting, you'll be doing a lot of that. Any monster you
kill can be carved for parts. Most of their parts can be made into armor
that you then wear to make yourself stronger. There's a large amount of
armor and weapons to make, and you can always get better ones by making
new ones or upgrading your old stuff.
just one of many armor sets with matching weapon
What systems is Monster Hunter on?
The first Monster Hunter was released on the PS2 in 2004. The series
stayed on PS2 for awhile, but then shifted to the PSP. Monster Hunter
Tri, the third generation of Monster Hunter, broke the standard Sony
tradition and was released on the Wii. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate,
continues the tradition and is being released on the Wii U and 3DS.Other
systems Monster Hunter has been on includes PC*, PS3*, 360*, and iOS
*One important thing to note, several games have been Japan exclusive.
What is the gameplay like in these games?
Although I mentioned these games are RPGs, they play more closely to
action games, just not as fast paced and involves more strategy and
skill. Everything takes place in real time, so the game doesn't stop
unless you pause the game (which some of the console games never allow).
The reason why I say these games require strategy and skill is
because timing is everything. Learning when to hit and when to heal
become incredibly important in a tough battle. Where you hit the monster
can be the difference in doing high damage or doing almost no damage at
all. And most importantly, knowing when to dodge and block literally means the difference between life and death.
How you fight entirely depends on your weapon. There are no classes
in Monster Hunter, just weapon types. That 500 hundred pound looking
sword looks super strong, right? Well that huge sword actually weighs
500 lbs. You are going to be very slow when attacking. Each
weapon has their own strengths and weakness as well. Yeah, that huge
sword is slow, but it's also insanely powerful. Those dagger looking
weapons are going to let you do some fast hits and combos, but you can't
The differences between weapons goes on and on as far as weapons go.
With 12 different weapon types, each one behaves differently than the
other. Each one requires practice and patience to master, but once you
do, you'll be killing monsters in no time.
Prepping for a super strong attack
I hear these games require a lot grinding. Is that true?
Well, random person, you are right. These
games are very grind heavy . If you want that armor set, you're going to
have to fight that monster several times for their parts. If you want
to make some traps, your going to have to go out in the wilderness and
gather some. Several materials aren't given to you, so you need to grind
often to get some. This sounds like it gets very repetitive, but
usually grinding means fighting monsters and I can assure you that these
fights will give you some much needed excitement.
So this game is very similar to [insert game here]?
Monster Hunter is similar to several high
profile games but to an extent. If one is comparing this to an open
world (for example, like Skyrim), Monster Hunter isn't an open world
game, it's split up into areas, although like Skyrim you can gather for
various parts in the world.
Similar to Dark/Demon Souls, fighting bosses
requires timed hits blocking and learning attack patterns. However
Monster Hunter lacks your usual mobs around the world. While there is
some small monsters also eager to spill your blood, you shouldn't have
too much trouble with them.
If you wanted a good comparison, I suppose
Phantasy Star Online is a good start, but, like other games, there's
several difference between the two.
Is there any sort of storyline in these games?
For the most part, not really. Usually the
story goes something like "You're the newest hunter in our weak village
and we need help against monsters. So go and hunt monsters!"
Trust me, if you're looking for a good story
in a game, you shouldn't look anywhere near these games. Chances are if
you're playing this, you're in it for the gameplay. However, there is a
good amount of info on the various monsters you fight.
Villages and cities are home to several NPCs, but not a storyline
Hopefully I covered some specific
questions about the series in general. These next few questions will
focus on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
What's the main difference between this and Monster Hunter Tri?
There's several changes. If you heard that
Capcom only added two monsters or something like that, then what you
heard is dead wrong. For starters, all weapon types that wasn't in Tri
returns in this game. That means you've got all the original 11 weapon
types from the second gen plus the new Switch Axe from Tri.
Second, there's 51 large monsters and a
total of 73 monsters in the game. Monster Hunter Tri only had 18 large
monsters and a total of 35 monsters. That's more than twice the amount
of monsters in the original. Some people may argue that most of them are
only recolored/reskins of other monsters, but these monsters have
different moves from the original monster. Not to mention each has it's
own weapons and armor. Also out of 73 of those monsters, 26 of them are
completely new to U.S./EU areas.
Additionally, 3 Ultimate has some new
features in hand. The new Target Camera is a helpful, new feature that
helps you keep tabs on a monster by simply tapping the left trigger when
activated to center the camera. You also gain a new AI companion when
hunting solo named Kayamba. You can even bring one of them (either
Cha-Cha or Kayamba) online if you need four players for a quest.
Finally, there's new quests, weapons and
armor. This game has G-rank quests (in other words, soul-crushingly
difficult quests) that you can do and each armor has a separate G-rank
armor that is stronger and looks different from high rank and low rank
I haven't played any monster Hunter game before, is this a good place to start?
Since Monster Hunter isn't tied by any storyline, there isn't a bad place
to start, but this is definitely a wise choice to get yourself
acquainted with Monster Hunter if you haven't started. The start of the
game will go over everything from how to pull out your weapon to
Also several mechanics have been refined from past games. Things that
plagues other games like broken hitboxes and overpowered weapons have
been fixed. Plus it doesn't hurt that there's a lot of content here if
you get absorbed into the game like most do.
flagship monster of this game and my current avatar
I played the demo for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and didn't like it. Will I like the full game?
Let me start by saying that the demo doesn't do the game justice. The
demo was mainly directed to hungry MH fans who couldn't wait to get
their hands on the game. The demo does several things that the game
Now if you didn't like the game because of the gameplay mechanics or
you just suck, (just kidding) then that's different. But in general, the
demo only gives you the impression of hunting the monster. I would
recommend trying the demo some more before making a final judgement. Try
gathering, hunting small monsters, exploring, etc.
What's the main difference between the 3DS version and the Wii U version?
The biggest difference between the two is that the 3DS version does not have online multiplayer.
The Wii U version also supports 1080p while (of course) the 3DS version
does not. The 3DS version does support the 3D feature and is completely
Does the 3DS version have any content difference from the Wii U version
No! Both versions have the same amount of content.
Although the 3DS does not have online, you can still do local play or
solo any multiplayer quests. It might be harder, but it's not
Looks like this guy is about to take a serious hit...
What is this about charm tables?
It's pretty complicated so I'll try to simplify. Basically, charms
are special equipment that gives extra skill points so you can gem slot
in some decorations and get extra skills. Charm tables is in game data
tables that puts you in a specific table with an specific amount of
charms and variation of charms. The reason why it's such a big deal is
that there is some tables where you get less charms or in some cases,
several bad charms.
This is only an issue if you plan on getting a specific set of skills
with a certain armor set. Honestly, you wouldn't even know a difference
between some different charms until possibly thousands of hours.
I didn't like the camera controls, should I buy a Circle Pad Pro? (3DS specific question)
Not necessarily. Although it does make camera control easier, most
people who have an issue with the camera are PSP players who are used to
"clawing" (using your thumb to move and moving the camera using the
D-pad with your index finger. Only now on the 3DS it's near impossible
to try to claw with your thumb on the D-pad and your index finger on the
Circle Pad) If you played the demo and you used the Target Camera, then
you should have no problems, or you could use the virtual D-pad to move
the camera. Unless you had an issue with the camera, then stick with
one of these methods and save your money (if you don't have one).
How is the online community? Will I be called a noob if I use [insert weapon here]? (Wii U specific question)
Of course I'm not sure how the online community will turn out, but
with some info from my friends, the Wii U community is pretty friendly.
If you heard of people being called because noobs from Monster Hunter
Tri because of using certain weapons then don't worry about it. The
"noob weapon" from Tri has been changed so it can't be spammed and anger
From my experience from Tri , most people won't think much of you
until you prove them wrong. There was a couple of elites, lechers
(people who do nothing to help with the quests), and noobs (nothing
wrong with that though), but for the most part the community was good so
I would expect the same for MH3U
Well that's all the questions I prepared. I hope it helped and
potentially sparked new players from playing Monster Hunter. If there's
any other questions you have feel free to ask in the comments.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate comes out March 19. There's a demo in the Nintendo eShop for both the 3DS and Wii U
this is an amazing post, wish you were playing on the Wii U man!