PSVita Dead on Arrival confirmed.
4G Super Turbo Arcade Edition for Vita, count on it.
The latest installment in the series, Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) is now available for the Wii!
With some 1.1+ million copies having been hunted
down in Japan alone, MH3 places you in a brand new hunter’s world, where man and beast are still at each other’s throats.
You arrive at a quaint fishing village by boat. This village has been having a slight monster problem, and you, a magnificent hunter, have been asked to help. Ok, you’re not magnificent at all, but you’ll get there eventually.
In the offline mode, it will be the fishing village. Here you may purchase, or craft equipment, buy items to help you out on your next quest, and tend to a mini farm which will produce various crafting materials for you. Or perhaps you may decide to sample the local felyne chef’s delicacies, of which the ingredients you can choose for him to prepare a dish. This can result in a stat boost for one quest period, or debilitating food poisoning with the opposite effect on stats.
Then it's off to the Guild Counter to pick a quest! You select and confirm your quest choice, at which point you may make last minute checks (such as stocking up on health potions) before heading out.
You will now arrive in the quest area. Here you will attempt to achieve the objectives laid out by the quest, be it slaying/capturing a monster, or collecting a number of items and sending them back through the drop box at your field camp. Once you succeed or fail in the quest, you return to your home location. The cycle repeats.
The appeal of this game is that your successes are primarily dependant on your reflexes and knowledge of your target. Numbers play a lesser role here – you may have the best armour in the game but that will only give you around 3 extra hits before a knockout as opposed to being instant-KO’ed for a beginner. Likewise the largest beasties still take a while to topple even with the best weapons, and they’re not going to be sitting still to take a beating either. That’s not to say it’s not worth building on your equipment – armours can be decorated with gems which will install upon the wearer different abilities which will help make your hunt a little easier. On top of that, a wide variety of items are at your disposal to aid in the hunt, including pitfall traps, flash and explosive bombs, or even meat to distract your prey!
Veteran to the series? Want to know what's new?
Well for starters, a brand new world! Of special note is Moga Island, an area where you may harvest materials and hunt certain monsters freely without having to accept a quest beforehand.
Underwater battling is a new addition to the franchise, giving you and your target an extra axis to manoeuvre through in battles.
There’s also new weapon type and plenty of new monsters join some old favourites, all of which have received some tweak in one way or another.
Some other points in particular are that our cuddly buddies turned field assistants, the Felyne Buddies, are absent from MH3. The cute cats still exist, but they’re taking a back seat from battling monsters for the time being. Fret not, for you have a replacement, which will be revealed in the single player story.
You may be aware that MH3 offers completely FREE ONLINE PLAY WITH NO FRIEND CODES.
Yes! Westerners can now cackle with glee as our benevolent overlords over at Capcom have enabled us to play together online at no cost! And you can use Wii Speak! Holy shit!
To find your ID, it will be on your character Status page when you log in to the server. To send a friend invite, go to the options, Online tab, then compose a message to your friend. Flip the 'Friend Request' switch to ON.
Unfortunately it’s not all sunshine and lollipops regarding this subject. REGION LOCKING IS GO, thus Europeans have to make do with other Europeans and you Americans will be hunting with other US residing folk. There are no Nintendo Friend Codes in use, but each hunter will receive a 6-digit Capcom ID. Use these to quickly invite your friends together for a hunt.
Friend invites have to be done to a person when they're not in a quest AND also online. The recipient must also invite you back.
Oh, Wii Speak has terrible voice quality (discontinued lololol), and requires both users to have WiiSpeak to hear the other person talk
. Use Vent, Skype, etc or even your 360/PS3 chat functions! Or just use ANY
wireless or wired USB keyboard, they work too.
Tri Online Rank up quests - to get the urgent, you must have completed these quests and then ranked up to max rank (e.g. Barroth Urgent needs rank 8 to appear)
* 1 star (HR 1-8) - Sunken Treasures, Help the "Hunter", Playing with Fire, No Guts No Glory, The Fisherman's Tale
* 2 star (HR 9-17) - Bug Hunt, Flooded Forest Extermination, Scene of the Crime, Merchant's Mission, The Butler's Great Baggi
* 3 star (HR 18-30) - We Need a Hero, Into the Danger Zone, The Creeping Venom, The Bard's Barioth, To Capture an Uragaan
* 4 star (HR 31-39) - Reel in a Rathian, Jumping for Jaggi, The Mysterious Mimic, Avenging the Fallen Hunter, Grab a Gobul
* 5 star (HR 40-50) - Into the Danger Zone (High Rank), Rotten Fish, The Creeping Venom (High Rank), The Molten Monstrosity, Run Down a Rathalos
Event Quest schedule - click on the little Gem Icon
Everyone needs to turn their Lobby Chat setting ON so that they can still get chat messages from town while on missions. This setting defaults to OFF.
Option is in Main Menu > Online tab (3rd one) > Online Settings > Lobby Chat.
You can whisper to a person in the lobby when you're on a quest by pressing TAB or zR during typing.
CAPCOM ID LIST (PM/post to be added in, please also state EU or US)
PA Wiki page for MH3. Enter your own details here. This is not maintained by me, and only serves as an alternative list where you may wish to add more information about yourself as a hunter.
NOTICE: Please gather at the Minegarde 1 server, Citygate 9, for any PA hunting party formations, friend invites, etc. Applies to both US and EU.
Forum name - Online ID - Character name(s)
- IceBurner - WHXJM6 - Jezzgiott/Vanadies
- WAH - RTHB18(or RTH818) - Ceres
- SightTDW - 9RKJT6 - Sighit
- Romantic Undead - 5BXMHU - Romund
- Lemming - A9UWXY - Lemming
- Crotchless Gorilla Suit - 22VDA4 - Luna
- PikaPuff - VLRUN1 - PikaPuff
- Hahnsoo1 - E8HJCA - Hahnsoo
- Dracil - X3G5UA - Dracilia
- Dyvion - 1KP8K4 - dyvion
- elliotw2 - 2A5V76 - Elliot
- Zero413 - V95382 - Zero
- MonkeyConQueso - F7YDGR - MonkeyCQ
- Kaseius - N8FYAL - Kaseius
- Preacher - 42W7H2 - Trezlan
- Elderlycrawfish - 73KR5V - Yupa
- vagrant_winds - FYQWC7 - V Winds
- DeMoN - Y5FQ9B - Toxic
- Entaru - BTADEA - Entaru
- Dashui - 7RW2KG - Dashui
- Foefaller - VAW987 - Leanna
- Redlance - IKAIIZ - Jaren
- hatedinamerica -XXQQWLV - cappy
- DarkMecha - LNZKUD - Thorgal
- Crovaxan - B3G8MB - Crovax
- Rhar - ZH13TK - Yere
- Svevin - D694DU - Kevko
- fRAWRst - 7FEU56 - Dain
- Magic Pink - 56KU5Y - Hobgoble
- UncleChet - WYF66F - Ursa
- ygrella - 49X9MN - Ygre
- LCDXX - L54J9B - LCDXX
- Niceguyeddie616 - NPVY79 - Marco
- Vanderbrent - JVAMK2 - Vander
- CorporateLogo - K3CY4M - Agnate
- kdrudy - 4XUD1A - Kyru
- amateurhour - TTUXEK - Khyorshk
- Keffy - JPWFNV- Sithpien
- ED! - W25V18 - Anderson
- Htown - L9WF49 - Domrond
- jothki - 4L9GQ6 - Josh
- taliosfalcon - U4H5Z6 - talios
- ShinyRedKnight - LPN7XJ - Athlos
- TimFiji - F3EAFA - Hound
- krylon666 - JZ5KGZ - Kazak
- Rubycat - 1P6P2U - Seto
- thepizzaelemental - B77AE9 - Natou
- Wayrath - AM94YU - Wayrath
- Depressperado - 9QR2LE - Dwyer
- Darian - 67WHF6 - Darian
- flammiebc - METF8J - Arlan
- Vray - ZBTQXM - Krod
- Zorak15 - HA3UQY - Ijal
- TastyBrisket - FL8NQT - Danae
- Arcus - GFC6WQ - Arcus
- ninzorjons - TNY7BK - Jons
- Zyrxil - G3ANDU - Tyranna
- MoSiAc - U46FJF - Katrice
- Big Isy - PRTUGW - Big Isy
- Blood Drive - 1G3157 - Tiara
- B:L - 3Q1AVX - Drake
- OtakuD00D - LJVY5L - Tari
- Frosteey - QGFX49 - Elaise
- GentlemenGiant - PJNF42 - Renwulf
- Zandracon - 87KKP7 - Zand
- Malechai - CJFKXL - malechai
- Maddoc - TBUGW8 - Red
- Sintor - LY9444 - Sintor
- Dritz - YZA4DZ - Ekera
- charles - WYWEM7 - Charles
- Egos - AF93AG- Vane
- Delzhand - 4BAZHZ - Esther
- Dez691 - WMRHWN - Alfien
- Satsumomo - 6YQ6FR - Satsu
- Stryker43 - X8MUKG - Stryker
- SilentRoughWater - IR3L8E - Aryn
- Anon the Felon - HL731H - Anon
- Brainiac 8 - 3X7JM1 - Dulan
- Sagaxus - GYEHRM - Zolb
- IncognitoEsq - T9J2LC - Lokaz
- Mizuumi - ZKF7WK - Dajia
- Zoltan - BAB98Z - Zoltan
- Noble Six Actual - 8845G5 (or 8B45G5?) - Faren
- Xavier_8 - QW189U - xavier8
- fencat - JE96EW - Fenris
- Airan - QGJ7TU - Airan
- Klyka - XTQE6R - Klyka
- homargoodness - 7X1RME - homar
- mere_immortal - XFXTG5 - Mere
- TheBana - FZVK6U - TheBana(?)
- AngryPuppy - THXYRL - ANGRYPUP
- Vangu Vegro - PYPLCV - Vangu
- Hullabaloo - 2GV6VE - Oggie
- Jam Warrior - VTYHGN - Jam
- Drascin - QZFHJL - Signum
- Waylander - PBQJGC - Zillah
- Quadro - CT23TT - Quadro
- Big Isy - NB1MJR - big isy
- Kay - TGW3J6 - Kay
- Tnhalbertsma - JADNNB - Zwaart
- Halos Nach Tariff - N8YGFX - Halos
(While I’ve removed a significant amount of MHFU related content in the OP, I shall leave the player lists for it here for the time being, if people still want to hook up and go slay some Nargacugas or Tigrexes)
List of PS3 Ad-Hoc Party PA'ers (PM/post in this thread to be added in):
List of Xlink PA'ers (PM/post in this thread to be added in):
My flashbombs didn't work! Why did the monster teleport?! (Etc)
Lag problems? This post
may help you understand MH's network connection model.
I heard there’s offline co-op?!?!
For those without online access, you may fight monsters in the Arena with a buddy in split-screen mode. Complete the capture missions in single player to unlock their respective monster fights in the Arena! Sadly this co-op feature does not extend into the main game.
Monster Hunter is not your typical action game. It primarily requires reflexes, not numbers. It’s a goddamn tough game, but my god will you feel like a badass when you topple your first large monster.
Provided here are tips and weapon descriptions to help beginners out. Note that these tips were written for MHF2, then tweaked for MHFU, though I would safely wager that most of the tips here also apply for MH3. Veterans are welcome to add more information. PM me/post here and I will add it whenever possible.
Aim for the legs!
Most two legged monstrosities can be forced to trip over to their sides if you keep whacking away at their legs. This provides very valuable time in dealing damage with little harm to yourself. Beware of long tail monsters though, they can swing their tail while you’re attempting to poke their legs and deal pretty harsh damage. Some monsters are tall enough such that you can roll through the gap in their legs. This can be very useful for evading attacks.
When you sprint away from the view of an alert monster, you will Panic Run. Panic Run is usually unfavourable to you, since it drains stamina much more quickly than if you would normally sprint. The upside is that it allows you to Panic Leap. Roll while Panic Running and you will launch yourself into the air and land face first into the dirt. This manoeuvre has the longest invincibility frames – from the start of the leap up till you immediately hit the ground. A monster can literally be rushing headlong into you while you’re Panic Leaping and you wouldn’t take a scratch.
Traps and Bombs! Tasty Meats too!
Two types of traps exist – Shock and Pitfall. Shock traps paralyze the victim for about 7 seconds, while Pitfalls leave the monster flailing helplessly in the tangle of ropes for 10 or so seconds. The advantage of Shock Traps is that they can be set in any environment, while Pitfalls require plain or grassy land. You’re also unable to attack the tail end (often the source of rare weapon materials) of a monster in a Pitfall.
Bombs are awesome, but user beware. Two types of Bomb exist - Small and Large. Smalls have a fuse which is immediately lit when you plant it on the ground. They don't really serve much purpose alone in my experience. They are however, useful for detonating Large bombs. This type requires an external detonator, be it a stray arrow, a small bomb, or if you're feeling suicidal, your own sword slash. They deal a respectable amount of damage, further enhanced if you wear armor with bomb-damage increasing effects.
There's also Raw Meat. Hunters are far too civilised to chew on this stuff uncooked, and while you can simply drop it in front of a monster's face and have it scoff it down, you can also coat this delicious hunk of flesh with things such as sleep powder or poison, which when consumed by the unsuspecting monster, will have some rather... unfortunate effects on it. Use this to your advantage, poison the monster then make it sleep the poison away, leaving it weak and frail, ready for you to deliver the final blow. In Tri, monsters can now be 'exhausted', where drool will be coming out of their mouths. You may drop raw meat and they will forgoe eating a tasty carcass in favor of your meat drop in an attempt to restore some of their health.
When you are attacking, you can eliminate the recovery animation of the attack by using the dodge button (B). Your character will roll or backstep, depending on the weapon. Very useful for weapons such as Great Sword, which has a huge recovery time, and Lance. Move left/right to dodge sideways!
Use the Shield!
If you have a shield, please use it
. More often than not it will save your ass from a split second charge, or at least reduce the damage it would have caused. You can improve your shield skill by adding Jewels that raise it into your armor. +10 provides Guard+1, which reduces knockback, health and stamina loss, while +20 nets Guard+2 which eliminates knockback and reduces stamina loss greatly (In MHF2 it was +15 points for Guard+2, currently uncertain about Tri values).
Stamina is vital to perform a variety of actions in Monster Hunter. You need it for sprinting, rolling/dodge, using Dual Sword Demon mode, shield blocking, etc etc. Be sure to keep your stamina levels high, else you won’t be able to say, sprint that last metre to the exit of the zone before an angry dragon runs you over.
Following from the previous tip, use the Felyne Kitchen. The Kitchen allows for delicious meals - made from ingredients chosen by you - that provide a variety of attribute boosts to help you on your next venture into the field. Be warned however, for a bad combination of ingredients will induce food poisoning, and you’ll be afflicted with some stat decrease for the next hunt.
Rub the Pig!
This is probably more superstition than anything, but the little pig in your home? He is rumoured to bring good luck (better drops and what not) if you rub him the right way. No, not that way, you sick bastard. Time it right (a little bit after the music stops) and press A to have him jump for joy, with a big heart popping above his head. Personally he’s fucked me over on many a hunt, so my pig is now neglected. It may work for others though.
Lights, Camera, Action! (PSP)
We get it, the camera controls suck a big fat one, and if you hold the PSP the standard way you can't change the camera position when you're moving around trying to avoid the latest death rush from the angry Tigrex you just woke up. You can solve this issue two ways. The first is to employ the "Claw" position, where your thumb is on the analogue nub, while the rest of your fingers are on the D-pad. Now you will gain full camera control at the cost of potentially cramping your hand.
The second is to change camera during "dead time". This is what I call moments where you cannot control your character's movement. In the middle of an attack animation? Adjust the camera. Reeling from an attack? Adjust the camera. Panic leap? Rolling? Adjust the camera. Drinking a potion? Eating some meat? Adjust the camera. Monster standing there, taking a shit while contemplating how to kill you next? You get the idea.
Any moment you can't move your character, or the monster does an attack which moves it out of screen, take that split second to adjust the camera slightly. It moves pretty fast, and once you get used to the timings of your attack animations, your roll animations, or the monsters attacks, you may change the camera ahead of time, just as you enter the animation.
Oh yeah, the L button is there too folks. This centers the camera behind your character's back. Move your character in the direction you think the monster is, and hit L. So much easier.
This game is not about running into the fray swords flailing. If you don’t study the movements of your target, it will tear you a new asshole faster than you can react. Damaging attacks are usually telegraphed heavily, but use your surroundings to further ensure safety. Set traps while the dragon is flying around the battlefield. Stick to the sides of the beast to avoid front attacks, like a fireball to the face.
Don't be greedy.
Following from the previous tip, don't try to inflict as many hits in a single combo. Sometimes one hit, then a roll can be the difference between living to strike another time or 1/2 your health gone. Tail carves should be done when the monster is limping to another area, OR if your friends are distracting it, OR if the monster is far away, then you can probably risk a carve, just keep an eye on what's happening before you commit to a carve!
MH Wiki. Tons of helpful information.
GameFAQs for MH3.
GameFAQs for MHFU.
MH3 Weapon strength calculator.
Useful for finding the best weapon, damage wise, per boss monster.
An excellent fansite full of information including weapon/armor databases and a forum with lots of useful information.
Capcom's official wiki site for Monster Hunter information.
A brief but great post about popular armor skills that you may wish to possess one day, can be found here
, written by resident Hardcore Hunter, Hahnsoo1. These skills are obtained by having enough points (usually at least +10) in your armor to activate. The armor itself may contain the points, or you might have to add Decorations (alternatively known as "gemming" or "adding jewels") to the armor, slots permitting, to increase the points until you can activate it.
Now get out there and hunt, hunters!