Hidden Super Mario in BotW!

Most Nintendo Switch owners picked up the latest game in the Legend of Zelda series, the Breath of the Wild. It’s a fantastic game with an expansive world map, and most players leave no stone left un-turned (hey, there might be a Korok hiding under there!).

But a new discovery has Nintendo fans buzzing – a hidden Super Mario easter egg has been found in the topography! If you carefully view the zoomed in map, you can find Super Mario’s head!

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Have you been able to find this hidden Super Mario? Let us know the exact location in the comments!

StreetPass Game Show – Got Ideas?!

After doing three iterations of the StreetPass Game Show so far, we need as many ideas as we can get for Survey Questions! Since you wonderful people on the internet are so creative, we thought we’d open up the suggestion box to the public!

Please keep in mind that the StreetPass Game Show is NOT A QUIZ SHOW! We do not want questions that are directly trivia. StreetPass Game Show uses the “Family Feud” format, and are primarily opinion questions (for example: “Why does Bowser REALLY keep kidnapping Princess Peach?”), or questions that could have several correct answers (for example: “Name a purple Pokemon”). You can submit as many questions as you like, however please note that not all questions will be used. If you need some inspiration, check out this recap from the PAX South Game Show!

Ideally we are looking for questions about the Nintendo Switch, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Pokemon and Retro Nintendo questions. If you have any ideas, please submit the form below! Thanks for your help!!

Super Mario Run on Android!

Mobile gamers rejoice – Super Mario Run is now available on all mobile platforms! Yesterday the popular mobile game became available for download on the Google Play Store after months of waiting! Apple users have been playing the game for a few months already, so Android users are scrambling to catch up to their friends!

Have you been playing this mobile version of the familiar Super Mario series? What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments!

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http://kotaku.com/super-mario-run-is-now-available-on-android-1793541776

Hands On with the Nintendo Switch!

This blog was originally written and posted for The Glux Blog.

Woo what a weekend! Everyone has been talking about the Nintendo Switch ever since the presentation last Thursday, which introduced the system and showcased the new Joy Cons – the convertible controllers that come with the Nintendo Switch system. But I felt lucky because I had a ticket for the Nintendo Switch Preview Event in NYC! I was able to get a hands-on demonstration of the Nintendo Switch system, the Joy Cons, software and more!

The event was held at a secret off-site location in midtown, open only to invited ticket holders. (I was able to get a ticket by logging into my MyNintendo account when they first announced the event. This apparently triggered an event invite to be sent to me at the time. So what have we learned? Log into MyNintendo once in a while!) I went with one of my besties, CarneyVorous. We braved the cold wintery weather and it was SO worth it!

20170114_185030As we approached the entrance, we were surprised to see that Link from Breath of the Wild was guarding the door. Well, Link and a dozen event coordinators. Everything was very organized, which was nice. They checked our tickets and finally after long last… WE WERE INSIDE THE SNEAK PREVIEW EVENT!

The event consisted of two large rooms. The first room had a glamorous setup with a main stage, glass windowed demo cubicle setups, and a third of the room dedicated to Legend of Zelda demo stations. The second room had a huge area dedicated to Splatoon 2 demos, as well as third-party titles and a Super Mario Odyssey photo-op station! It was a lot to take in. We didn’t even know where to start! Sadly, the Zelda line got ridiculously long in a short amount of time, so we decided to make the most of our time by trying as many fun demos as we could.

Our first stop was Splatoon 2. Who could resist? To make the experience even more *new*, the demo we played was done on the Nintendo Switch in hand-held mode. This means the player is watching the Switch screen with the Joy Cons attached to the sides. This mode is pretty similar to playing on the Wii U Game Pad, which I personally enjoy a lot. The Splatoon controls were set to use the gyroscope. It can be tricky if you’re not used to playing that way, but the Switch console is light and easy to move around as needed. I also decided to try out the new Splatoon weapon which was introduced in this latest title – the Splat Dualies! I thought they were pretty sweet. They shoot fast and it’s easy to aim. I played very well, got second place in my winning team with those Splat Dualies! (Did much more terribly with the Splat Roller in the second round. Sad face.)

Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch in hand-held mode.

Next, we wanted to get an up-close look at the Nintendo Switch Joy Cons by checking out the glass cubicle 1-2-Switch Demo Stations! The 1-2-Switch game utilizes the Joy Cons in a way that showcases all of the new features it has to offer, including HD Rumble technology. This game is unique in that you don’t really need to look at the screen to play – it’s all about playing with other people, making eye contact, interacting with humans… you know, scary stuff.

The 1-2-Switch Demo consisted of Quick Draw, Milking Cows (yep) and Counting Marbles. Each game showed a different feature of the Joy Con controllers. I will note that the Nintendo reps insisted on using the wrist straps with the Joy Cons for this game. Very sensible – and side note! – the wrist strap adds an extra half inch of width to the controller, which makes it even easier to hold.

Quick Draw showcased the Joy Con’s basics, such as motion control. Milking Cows introduced new ways to feel awkward around your friends (because yes, the game is exactly what you think it is) and also makes use of the L and R buttons that have been incorporated into the new controllers. Counting Marbles was the most interesting game in the 1-2-Switch Demo, because it featured the new HD Rumble effects. The Joy Con simulated the feeling of small marbles rolling around inside of it (and does an EXTREMELY CONVINCING JOB doing so) and you have to guess how many marbles are “inside.” You determine this by moving the Joy Con and “feeling” the marbles sliding around and clicking against one another. It was pretty amazing! The HD Rumble is very responsive and I am very interested to see how other games will incorporate this new technology.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Demo Stations

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Demo Stations

One of my all-time favorite games has always been Mario Kart. I would play after school with my friends on the N64 back in the day, and I haven’t stopped since! Playing MK on the go has always been a strong selling point… so being able to play MK8 Deluxe in full HD while on the move is going to be AH-MAY-ZING! To give us the full experience, Nintendo set up some fun ‘simulation’ demo stations. In the picture above, you see a fake diner with demo stations, as well as some guys in what looks like an RV? Or some kind of van?

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Playing MK8 at “the diner”!

Here I am “at the diner” enjoying some MK8 Battle Mode in handheld mode – which I won with Bowser, btw! It’s great to have some authentic battle mode back in the mix.

We also tried out a demo station that was set up to look like we were playing on an airplane. (Awesome idea!!) They set up the chairs to have those awful tray tables, and placed the Nintendo Switch in tabletop mode for us to play. Tabletop mode is when you have the screen standing up with the kickstand, and the Joy Cons are removed from the sides so that two people can use them and play while watching the screen. I will say that as a veteran MK player, I did not mind the Joy Cons for this game. Yes, if you’re using the Jon Cons, it is a small controller. Like I mentioned before, the wrist strap helps a lot with that issue. It takes some slight ‘getting used to’ but it’s not bad at all, and having usable L and R buttons meant that my game play was as good as ever! Please note that in this side photo, we were also trying out Mario Kart with the Joy Cons in what I am calling “nunchuck mode,” which is similar to the old Wii nunchuck and Wii Remote setup… without that cumbersome cord connecting them together! You can play with the Joy Cons as nunchucks, yet sit however you prefer, so that you can play comfortably. So much easier! Imagine how much better air travel will be when you’re challenging the random stranger sitting next to you to a Grand Prix!

We also tried out some other games, such as Street Fighter, Just Dance 2017, and PuyoPuyo Tetris. We got some cool swag – Nintendo Switch hats, pins, cookies, water bottles… It was a really good event. I wish they would host events like this every week! *sob*

Only 44 days until Nintendo Switch is released in stores!! Comment if you’ve got it preordered! What are you excited to play? I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the event…

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Battle Mode

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Battle Mode

Joy Con [puppy] Controller

Joy Con [puppy] Controller

Tetris!!

PuyoPuyo Tetris!!

Nintendo Switch and Accessories

Nintendo Switch and Accessories

Nintendo Switch Main Stage

Nintendo Switch Main Stage

Super Mario Odyssey Photo Op!

Super Mario Odyssey Photo Op!

Holiday Party Tournament Rules

The SPLI Holiday Party is SUNDAY 12/18 starting at 4PM at AON Gaming! (RSVP here if you haven’t already!)

We’ve announced a lot of fun activities, including TWO Tournaments! Now is the time to share the format and rules for the tournaments, so read on for all the details!

Amiibo Only Tournament

Ever since Amiibo figures hit store shelves, SPLI has been one of the few groups on Long Island to run “Amiibo Only Tournaments.” Since it’s been a few months since our last tournament, we decided to bring it back for the Holiday Party!

Amiibo Only Tournament Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Level 50 Amiibo recommended
  • Doubles format: teams of 2 amiibo vs. 2 amiibo
  • 3 Stock
  • 5 min time limit
  • Stages: Battlefield or Miiverse (competitors decide on omega)
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Musical Master Sword Amiibo Stand

Don’t have 2 amiibos to battle with? No worries – SPLI will provide ‘rental’ amiibo that you can borrow, while supplies last.

Pokémon Sun and Moon Tournament

The latest installments in the Pokémon series are Sun and Moon, and the games introduce a new battle style: The Battle Royal! We thought it would be fun to try out this new format for the Holiday Party! If you need some tips on this new battle format, check out this guide!

Battle Royal Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Pokémon Sun/Moon required
  • Level 50 Pokémon recommended
  • Special Pokémon: Banned
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Eevee Knit Beanie

If you have any questions about the rulesets, please feel free to contact us! Remember, while tournament participation is encouraged, it’s definitely not required. All we want is for everyone to have a great time and collect StreetPass tags!

StreetPass Meetup Panel

StreetPass Long Island made a surprise announcement this morning! We will be hosting the StreetPass Meetup Panel at Winter Con NY this Saturday, December 3rd! Find us at 4pm in the Panel Room! RSVP to our event page so we know you’ll be there!

Our casual panel will consist of lots of StreetPass tags, chatting about the latest Nintendo games, speculation about the upcoming Nintendo Switch next year, and of course we’ll be playing some Pokemon Sun and Moon too!

Here’s a description of the panel from the Winter Con website:

Did you bring your Nintendo 3DS system to Winter Con? Are you looking for StreetPass tags? Would you like to battle against other players in the new Pokemon Sun and Moon? Join the StreetPass Meetup Panel, hosted by StreetPass Long Island! Come to our panel to hype about the Nintendo Switch, chat about your favorite games, learn whats new in the gaming community, and of course to get some StreetPass tags!

http://nywintercon.com/index.php/features/panels-and-programing

Tickets are required to attend! Don’t forget your 3DS!

Holiday Party: Yankee Swap Rules!

To get in the holiday spirit, SPLI will be hosting a Yankee Swap at our Holiday Party at AON Gaming! (Click here to RSVP on our event page and get all the party info!)

For those who haven’t played before, Yankee Swap is a fun way to get a mystery holiday gift! If you aren’t familiar with how Yankee Swap (also known as White Elephant) works, check out these general rules here.

Since we’re gamers, of course we’re going to use a CUSTOM GIFTING RULESET! Check out SPLI’s Yankee Swap Rules:

  • Participation is optional, but you must bring a gift if you want to participate.
  • Gift value should be between $10 – $20.
  • GIFT MUST BE WRAPPED.
  • No gift cards or cash!
  • Nothing USED please!!! (Would you want to receive a dingy old used plush as a gift? No? Neither would anyone else lol!)
  • You are not allowed to choose the gift you bought during the Swap round!

How It Works:

  • Player 1 selects a gift from the pile, opens it, and shows it to everyone.
  • Each player after player 1 can either pick an unopened gift from the pile, or choose a gift to steal from another player.
  • If a gift is stolen from you, you get to either pick an unopened gift from the pile, or choose a gift to steal from another player. However, you cannot steal back a gift if it was stolen from you during that same round.
  • Each gift can only be stolen 3 times total. After that, it is considered “locked” and can no longer be stolen.
  • At the end of the game, player 1 can choose to either hold on to their gift, or swap it with any gift that is not locked.

In addition, we will be collecting USED GAMES to donate to Operation: Supply Drop! This charity accepts used games and consoles and sends them to our troops overseas for a bit of escape from their difficult jobs. For more information accepted donations for Operation: Supply Drop, please visit their donation list here! Please consider bringing a donation for OSD in addition to participating in the SPLI Yankee Swap!

Got questions? Comment on our blog, or visit our event page on Facebook! We’re here to help!

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Tournament Rules

Is your costume ready? The SPLI Halloween Party at AONGaming is coming up THIS SUNDAY 10/30! We hope to see you there! Here’s what you need to know about the Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Tournament!

What You Need: A Nintendo 3DS system. Game cartridge not required! (Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon supports download play!)

Rules:

  • Specific ruleset (# of people on teams, etc.) will depend on attendance
  • Game: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Mode: Scare Scraper (download play) Hunter Mode
  • Top 2 players from each round will progress in the tournament

Prize:

Yes there will be a prize! We can’t tell you what it is (what would be the fun in that??) but we CAN tell you that it’s a 3DS game!

4th Anniversary Party at Q-ZAR!!

It’s August! You know what that means… SPLI’s Anniversary Event is right around the corner!

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RSVP on Facebook HERE!

Join StreetPass Long Island as we celebrate not only our 4th year running local meetup events for Nintendo enthusiasts… but also the launch of Metroid Prime: Federation Force on Nintendo 3DS! We’re hosting a special group rate event on Friday, August 29th, at Q-ZAR in Carle Place – that means that you pay only $15 for unlimited laser tag game play from 8pm to 1am!

If you are a Metroid cosplayer, don’t be shy! Cosplay is encouraged, as long as it doesn’t hinder the laser tag equipment.

We will also have access to the private party room, so we can hang out and play Metroid Prime: Federation Force, check StreetPasses, and compare medals in Pokemon GO!

To join our event and get the special group rate, come to Q-ZAR at 8pm and let them know you are with the StreetPass Long Island group! Then come find us, join a team and shoot some lasers!!

*pew pew*

Getting Started: Monster Hunter!

Monster Hunter Hunters Guide for Beginners

(Written by Veteran Monster Hunter Tom V.)

Preface

Welcome Monster Hunters one and all! Whether you’re a new player to the Monster Hunter series or a player who has played before but feels they need tips and tricks to perfect their game play, this handy guide I’ve complied is sure to help you out in all your hunting endeavors. Please be aware before reading this guide that this is not a weapons guide. Depending on the particular game, the controls and play styles for the weapons in Monster Hunter may vary greatly. This guide is meant to be solely a beginners’ guide for general tips, tricks and handy hunter-know-how to improve one’s game play.

Before reading this guide know that Monster Hunter is by no means an “easy/I can learn this game in a day” type of game and that the start of any game may appear confusing, daunting or even downright unplayable to some. From my personal experience I can say that anyone who puts the time and effort to learn how play this game (you need to put a lot of hours into this game if you want to succeed so if you don’t like grinding for gear this may not be a game for you *warning 1*) you will find that once you learn all the basics in this guide and basic weapon controls that this game is by no means impossible to play. I hope that you find this guide to be helpful and hopefully all that you will need to succeed as a hunter/huntress in the world of Monster Hunter!

-Monster Hunter Gale

 

Monster Hunter in a Nutshell- Part 1: Basics

Monster Hunter is a game defined by its name: you are a hunter that hunts monsters, but there’s a lot more to that, of course. As a hunter you collect items and carve off monster parts to create better gear to make hunting easier next time and the for future hunts. If you just play the demos for Monster Hunter, you’re not getting the full Monster Hunter experience. The demo merely allows players to hunt and kill the monsters given to the players but it doesn’t explain the point of the game at all! You must hunt monsters to:  (1) obtain parts from said monsters to create better gear and (2) generate income by completing quests to buy the necessary gear and items to continue playing. I will lay out what I personally find to be very efficient, cut/clean hunter tactics for beginning and experienced hunters below.

1: Gathering – Gathering is one of the most fundamental aspects of Monster Hunter and at the beginning you must gather EVERYTHING in sight! No matter what item you may find at the beginning all items gathered are useful to beginning hunters. For example: Dung?! Monster dung is useful and you should keep it when found?? The correct answer is yes, due to the fact that it can be utilized in many ways. When it is combined with a bomb casing, you can create a dung bomb which can be used to repel large monsters from an area or create specialized ammo that weakens monsters’ stamina! Very few items in Monster Hunter are considered “useless,” as even then they can be sold for pocket change to further your hunt. Gathering provides not only basic items for current and future hunts but also a means to create newer and better items through combining (details and example combinations can be found at the bottom of the guide). As a final note on gathering, the more you gather, the more funding you will obtain if you have an excess of monster materials for example which can be sold. Rule number 1 for beginning hunters: gather, gather, GATHER!

2: Hunter funds – Monster Hunter games require that you, the hunter/huntress, gain income by completing missions in the game called quests which can range from gathering a number mushrooms to hunting an elder dragon. The rewards for completing these quests vary greatly. Gathering mushrooms is much easier than hunting a large monster and thus the reward is usually very small in comparison so you can’t get away with just gathering for the entirety of the game. Carving off parts from monsters is considered “gathering” too! Usually you’re given a small amount of funds at the beginning of the game. These are used to start off your quests which have a small fee to initiate them (varies depending on the game,) but if they are successfully completed you will receive the quest reward and the fee back in full. Generally you don’t have to worry about funds too much as long as you follow a basic rule, in this case, Rule number 2 for beginning hunters: Set a limit to the amount you will NOT spend not matter what! (Example: I have 300,000 Zenny and I want to purchase a weapon upgrade to improve its damage output which costs 250,000 Zenny. However my “limit” is 100,000 in my pocket that I cannot go below. Complete more quests to obtain an excess of 50,000 Zenny to avoid falling below your limit and thus ending up with 0 Zenny!).

3: Understanding the flow of the game – At its core, Monster Hunter follows this cycle: Gather, Hunt, Craft, and Collect which is important to know because this is about 90-95% of this game. Note: Again, this game is heavy on grinding for funds, monster parts and gear which can take days to complete certain armor sets and weapons. If you thought this game was all about just hunting monsters in epic/anime battles with instant crafting and no grinding for parts and gear this may not be the game for you. Plan on spending hours/days on this *warning 2*. On average if a group of experienced hunters are even moderately armed with gear that matches the monster rank (more on this in a bit!) a quest usually lasts 5-10 minutes, if everyone knows the basics and the monster tactics. As a beginning hunter, if you’ve fought (or tried to fight) a monster offline you noticed that it may seem almost unfair: you as a hunter born human must face a monster maybe 3-5 times your size and strength and kill it or capture it within 50 minutes (the usual time limit for hunting large monster quests) with barely any armor and a somewhat unwieldy weapon. This is not an uncommon reaction to beginning hunters and many find this too daunting and simply give up calling this game “unplayable, too hard, crazy, etc.” though it simply requires you to play differently than a typical game! You have to pay close attention to how a particular monster acts and attacks, while also managing how much HP and stamina you have left to avoid fainting on a quest. It may seem like a lot to do but it just takes time and practice to make sure that you are always prepared for the hunt. Fainting as a beginning hunter is not uncommon but it’s also not the end of the world as long as you continue to practice to avoid this occurring again. As you continue to hunt and carve off monster parts you will eventually start to build up enough funds and materials to create new armor and weapons, which is the core aspect of this game! The following guidelines are what I as a hunter have done since my earliest days as a greenhorn:

  • Gather in every spot in each area every quest.
  • Hunt large monsters until I have enough parts to create an armor set and weapons from said monster.
  • Craft 1 – 3 armor sets at most per rank up until the last rank where the most funds and the best parts may be obtained to create top tier gear. This is efficient and I do this to avoid excess low rank armors as higher ranking armors usually have better skills and armor defense than low rank gear (Explained in detail further down in the guide).
  • Collect armor and weapons to ensure that in future hunts you as a seasoned hunter will avoid fainting more often with better armor and to more efficiently hunt and capture monsters with better weapons of the hunt.

Rule number 3 is to simply follow the cycle: Gather, Hunt, Craft, and Collect.

Monster Hunter in a Nutshell- Part 2: Hunter Tactics, Monster Awareness and Efficient Armor and Weapon Crafting tips

1: Hunter Tactics – At first you might think that even though monsters have size and power you still have the advantage of intelligence over said monsters to slay or capture them and finish a quest. This is a good mentality to possess in Monster Hunter, however it is a mistake to assume monsters are just simple beasts that only want to kill (or eat) you. You may find yourself pondering this at base camp early on after you first faint to said monster if you don’t know how to properly maneuver your avatar in game. Maneuvering is not just simply controlling your avatars movements, but rather managing your HP meter with potions, your stamina meter which depletes over time, and knowing when to sheathe your weapon and dodge. It’s a lot to manage at first and something as simple as scrolling through items to heal yourself or others around you may in fact put you in a terrible position for a monster attack due to the fact that when you use an item you are essentially a sitting duck for a few seconds which is all a monster needs to land an attack. An experienced hunter knows not only when to use an item but more importantly when NOT to use an item. Here are some general guidelines I follow when I’m using items on the hunt:

  • My item pouch is always sorted with HP potions at the top of the list and stamina restoration items below them for ease of access.
  • I do NOT use well-done steaks to restore stamina during a hunt as this makes you an easy target for almost 8 full seconds as your avatar eats and pats their stomach in gusto (followed by a Rathalos fireball hitting him/her directly). Only during the beginning of the game and only outside of the area where a large monster is found do I use steaks to restore stamina.
  • To restore stamina on the hunt and in the same area where I’m hunting a large monster, I use Energy Drinks which only make me a target for a maximum of 4 seconds (half the time it takes a hunter to eat a steak and much easier to make too!). It also has utility in that if the said monster I’m hunting tries to put me to sleep I now have a countermeasure! Combine Honey and a Nitroshroom for 1 Energy Drink or a Sleepyfish and Hot Pepper for the same combo (gather gather GATHER!).
  • I gauge when to use certain potions based on the damage I receive from said monster attacks. For example, sometimes it’s better to be conservative with your potions and mega potions especially if you’re having trouble avoiding monster attacks and it seems like you’re his only target. I carry Mosswine Jerky on every quest for its ability to heal red damage (temporary damage that heals slowly on its own: I call it recoil damage) in full and thus making a mega potion injury sometimes into a regular potion injury! Note: If your HP is very low and you feel like you might not survive even with a mega potion, use a max potion to avoid fainting. It’s costly but the quest reward is reduced every time someone faints and after 3 that’s quest failed, so it can make a difference!)

2: Monster Awareness – In the world of Monster Hunter there are many different kinds of monsters and they are all have different forms of movement, attacks and special moves. As a hunter you need to know everything about the monsters in a current generation, from the smallest of neopterons to the largest of elder dragons, if you want to succeed in this game. I mention small monsters as more often than not they can be more of a problem than the actual monster you’re trying to hunt. For instance, the Bnahabra, which is a small bug that can sometimes paralyze you and leave you wide open for a large monster attack that can be followed up by a stun for more damage! This is why learning about monster habits is extremely important as a hunter and this is something that you must learn through eye contact. Watch a monsters movement very carefully for patterns or feints so you know when to attack and when to counterattack to capitalize on monsters’ missed attacks. An experienced group of hunters that know a monster’s move set very well can easily slay or capture it in less than 5 minutes with the proper gear and take relatively no damage if coordinated properly. This is the type of mastery all hunters should strive for and can be achieved if you watch and learn from hunting monsters numerous times. Be aware, however, as hunter rank increases, monsters adapt and become stronger and their attacks become slightly less predictable which throws off beginner hunters very easily (more on ranks below).

3: Efficient Armor and Weapon Crafting – As you start to gather more and more monster parts and funds, you may notice that some armors have certain defense values above the general armor defense value at the bottom of a set (which shows the elemental weaknesses or strengths of the armor based on the numerical value on each piece). At first you might think it’s better to combine certain pieces of armor with another monster armor to improve or nullify a certain elemental weakness if you’re thinking in terms of pure defense. This is a mistake, however, as the overall elemental defense of an army: (1) depends on the total value the complete armor set gives, and (2) this will hinder your ability to obtain quality skills that will greatly assist you in future hunts. The most efficient path early on is to complete an entire armor set based on one monster (that is to say crafting a Blademaster Rathalos Helm, Rathalos Mail, Rathalos Vambraces, Rathalos Coil, and Rathalos Greaves) to obtain optimal elemental defense values based on the monsters defenses and a good set of skills also based on the monster hunted. Some say the best way to hunt a monster is to wear the armor set created from said monster, though this may not always be the case depending on elemental weaknesses mostly. As far as weapons go, it all depends on your personal play style as a hunter/huntress which is to say if you wish to use dual blades the entire game and feel comfortable collecting all of them then master the weapon controls and craft them when possible (so long as you remember your spending limit!). Note: It’s best to craft an armor that suits a weapons style. For example, building an armor set with the skill Focus is good for weapons with charge up moves and gauges that need to be filled faster to perform certain actions.

Monster Hunter in a Nutshell- Part 3: Ranks, Recommendations and Useful Combinations

1: Ranks – At first all hunters start off in Low Rank or “Village” quest rank and are given basic starting gear and funds as well as short tutorials leading into the plot of the particular game. Low Rank holds quests for beginner hunters and as such the monsters are the weakest in this rank but the least numerous and the rewards are far less than their higher rank counterparts. The gear obtained in Low Rank is useful for village quests and for transitioning into High Rank, which can be achieved by completing certain Guild Quests referred to as “Urgent Quests”. Unlike armor, weapons forged in Low Rank transition rapidly into High Rank but do require higher level monster parts to forge or upgrade (unless the weapon can only be forged it is much better to upgrade weapons since its cheaper and costs less monster parts to create e.g. also less rare monster parts!) and because of this hunters should be encouraged to advance in rank once they obtain a sufficient amount of weapons and armor due to the fact that High Rank gear and G Rank gear are far superior in nearly all aspects to the Low Rank gear. It is not always present in every Monster Hunter game but after High Rank, should a hunter complete a “G Rank Urgent Quest,” they advance to the highest rank called “G Rank” which offers the highest rewards, top tier armor, weapons and skills but boasts the strongest of monsters and elder dragons.

2: Recommendations – For all beginning hunters who continue to practice and grind monsters for parts and rare materials, I recommend that you follow the above instructions as best as possible. For those that know all the above tips and recommendations, there is another aspect of monster hunter that needs to be addressed: dodging. As with games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, there is a dodge mechanic in the Monster Hunter series. If this dodge is performed and the correct time at just the right moment, a hunter can avoid all damage through a frame of invincibility. This is not a cheat or a hack in the game. It is an actual in-game mechanic for experienced hunters that if performed in succession or with proper skills, can increase this window of invulnerability, can complete quests without taking any damage. I do not recommend new hunters trying this out as it will interfere with the above tactics that should be mastered before attempting this mechanic. When a hunter’s weapon is sheathed there is another dodge known as the “Superman Dive” that gives the hunter a few seconds of invulnerability as long as it is being performed away from the monster (the hunter must be running and facing in a direction away from the monster to perform the dive.). This is the safest method to avoid damage, though the time to get back up can leave a hunter open to another attack if done in quick succession.

3: Useful Combinations – Here is a small list of useful combinations for beginning hunters/huntresses to combine in their item box with the appropriate combo books obtained at the markets (all these ingredients are gatherable but not their combined forms: you have to make them on your own!):

  • Potion – Blue mushroom and an Herb
  • Mega Potion – Potion and Honey
  • Nutrients – Blue Mushroom and Godbug
  • Mega Nutrients – Nutrients and Honey
  • Max Potion – Mega Nutrients and Dragon Toadstool
  • Catalyst – Bitterbug and Honey
  • Immunizer – Catalyst and Dragon Toadstool
  • Ancient Potion – Kelbi Horn and Immunizer (HP and Stamina bars complete heal)
  • Energy Drink – Hot Pepper and Sleepyfish or Honey and Nitroshroom
  • Dash Juice – Rare Steak and Catalyst
  • Mega Dash Juice – Well-Done Steak and Dash Extract
  • Lifecrystals – Godbug and Wyvern Fang
  • Lifepowder – Lifecrystals and Wyvern Claw (Mega Potion effect heals allies around you!)

We hope this guide will help you get started. We know it’s a lot to take in! But the Monster Hunter community is always ready to help out new players, so don’t be afraid to ask!

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