Monster Hunter Stories 2 Beginner's Guide

Want to know how to become the best monster assembler in Capcom's spin-off? Then check out this beginner's guide to Monster Hunter Stories 2. Monster Hunter Stories is a spin-off of Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise that few who are unfamiliar with the franchise (and even some beginners in it) are unaware of, since its first title never left the Nintendo 3DS. There's even an anime for this game, but that's another thing that never showed up around here, unless you actually run after it.

In short for you: Monster Hunter Stories is essentially Pokémon with Capcom's monsters. Yes, you hunt them and use their parts to create new weapons and armor, but you don't show your character skinning them with a knife and the heart of the game is more about collecting eggs, hatching them and befriending them, so that both get stronger. It's that thing about a fellow monster and his adventures.

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New to Monster Hunter Stories 2? Do not panic!

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a sweet little RPG adventure, with a lighthearted and simplistic demeanor that hides its true nature. As a spin-off to the series, it still retains much of the mechanics and complexity for which the main games are best known, reinterpreting it into accessible, easy-to-understand turn-based combat with a strategic advantage.

Explore to the fullest

Monster Hunter Stories 2 wouldn't be a Monster Hunter game if you didn't have to constantly explore. Many of the game's systems are powered by the resources you gather, often requiring specific components to create many of the essential items you need to survive, such as potions, armor and weapons.

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You'll never want to be short of anything in Monster Hunter Stories 2, so be sure to scour every nook and cranny for anything you can pick up. That means herbs, honey, ore, rocks, insects, cobwebs – literally anything that isn't stuck in the ground and you can put in your pocket.

It's also crucial that you develop this habit, as many of the game's subquests require you to surrender a large amount of items you get from the environment. You don't want to be without the substantial XP rewards these subquests usually offer, so don't hesitate to be the “Bear Grylls” wandering through the treacherous jungle, collecting everything you can. Also pay attention to the music, because when it starts to play a sparkling sound, like a “plim-plim-plim” there's something good out there!

Always have multiple weapons / armor sets on hand

The reason why it's crucial to have as much resources as possible is because of how the creation and improvement of new weapons and armor sets is essential to hunting in MHS2. Like the Monster Hunter games in the main series, maintaining a varied arsenal of weapons and armor is crucial to survival. Each has its own unique abilities that enhance your character's physical properties or give them special attacks, so you'll want to have several on hand for the various situations in which they can be used.

Above all, you'll want to prioritize expanding your weapon arsenal – something the game naturally features from the start with the efficiency of the type of attack against each monster, which relates to the three weapon properties: strike, bruise and pierce . You'll start the game with a Sword (cut) and Hammer (bruise), but as you spend more time exploring what the Blacksmith can craft, you'll want to expand your efficiency by acquiring more weapons, such as the Sword and Shield (cut), Bow ( pierce), Hunting Scream (bruise) and Spear (pierce).

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It is important to have a weapon of each type.

The Bow or Spear will fill the space corresponding to the piercing, so pick either one first. On the other hand, Hunting Scream can be a “solid” alternative to Hammer that focuses on healing / buffs, while Sword and Shield are just a more defensive version of Sword that can cost part of the power of devastating attacks.

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It is not necessary to spend all your money and resources on making each type of weapon as long as you have weapons covering the slash, piercing, and blunt categories. The essentials you choose to emphasize, such as elemental properties and equipment skills, depend mostly on your preference.
You'll want to follow the same strategy with armor – although crafting sets tend to have a higher monetary and resource cost. If you're short on money and parts, we recommend investing in versatile sets that boost your HP, defense or offense. Regardless, try to maintain a jack of all trades approach and you should be prepared for most encounters.

Accept each Subquest and consider when delivering them

Speaking of subquests, you'll usually want to accept each one available on the quest board before exploring the world. Many have conditions associated with killing specific monsters, so it's best to keep them active if you plan to spend a lot of time outside the village.

Another useful pro tip is to put your lowest level monsters into your party before turning in your completed subquests. Always take a moment to check if you have any monstie in the reserve that you want to level up, or if you have some eggs that you know will spawn a new type of monster that you'll want to level up.

Consider putting them into your party first, as all subquest XP rewards can be an easy way to boost the power level of weaker newborn monsters.

Fight every kind of monster you see

After killing a monster, you are rewarded with a handful of their parts. They're as essential as natural resources, so you'll want to kill various types of monsters frequently to ensure you stock up on parts you can use to craft and upgrade weapons and armor.

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It's also imperative to make it natural to fight each new type of monster you encounter in the world, not simply to satisfy your own curiosity, but because defeating a new type of monster will usually unlock its associated weapon or armor set to craft the Blacksmith. Even small monsters provide important auxiliary parts needed to create weapons and armor sets, emphasizing the importance of never missing a fight against a new enemy.

Be aware when upgrading weapons and armor

Unlike crafting weapons and armor, improving them is something you should do very carefully. The enhancement limit for each item is level 3 at the most. If you find that the maximum stats for a particular weapon or armor are not enough against a difficult monster, it may be better to invest in items with higher base stats to help yourself. balance better with the current difficulty curve.

For example, if an existing set that you own reaches the maximum update threshold will have a defense of 38, for example, while there is another set available for creation with a base defense of 36, it's better to create that more powerful base set instead. to update the current one. This same principle also applies to weapons.

Always be aware of how your current equipment stats compare to the most recent inventory. With each new type of monster you kill, the available equipment changes, so make it a habit to check the effectiveness of your current equipment often. While it is generally worth being prepared for a wide range of circumstances in the MHS2, neglecting to make the best use of your resources with the available equipment will only spell ruin (and wasted money).

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It's not really a pot, but what counts is the intention

use the prayer pot

As you explore the MHS2 village centers, you'll notice an altar called the Prayer Vessel. This is a handy feature you can use to give yourself passive bonuses while on the field. There are two options when you interact with one: Pray and Give Amulets. When you pray, you receive a small temporary experience boost, but the best bonuses come from offering amulets.

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As you loot treasure and complete side quests, you'll find amulets that activate when you offer them to the Prayer Vessel. They also last for a limited time, but provide valuable bonuses such as increased XP bonuses, increased rare item drop chance, reduced blacksmith and market prices, and much more. There is usually an amulet that will enhance anything you want to do in MHS2, so be sure to give one to the Prayer Vessel in advance.

Try to sneak up on monsters for sneak attacks

Like many recent RPGs, enemies are visible on the world map for you to initiate battle encounters. While you might be inclined to head straight into a fight, it's generally better to attack monsters from behind. That's because starting an encounter by directly attacking the monster out of sight will give you a Back Attack, with a chance to attack the monsters without them being able to fight back.

However, try to be careful as monsters can also sneak up on you to start the fight with a Back Attack. If you're opening a chest, for example, a nearby monster might quickly attack you from behind. To avoid these situations, make sure the area is clean before interacting with anything in the environment. It's a world of predators and prey, so try not to be the prey.

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Be aware of your team's actions

MHS2's combat system doesn't allow you to manage many actions other than your own and occasionally your monster. Combat is usually quite reactive, forcing you to adapt to an opponent's attack patterns immediately. While you can quickly change your strategy against an enemy monster at any time, your monster and battle companions will often follow their own pace – and sometimes you'll get angry because you know they used moves that aren't effective.

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While you can't do anything to stop your fellow battlers from using an attack that will make the enemy dominate them, you can at least adjust your monster's attack through the monster menu. If they don't have an ability that will adequately neutralize the enemy's next attack, or if they don't have enough affinity energy to use the right move, try swapping them with a monster with the correct attacks. After all, there's no need to do a scam you know won't be effective.

There are some exceptions when you want to track your party's movements. For example, when you are low on energy, your battlemate will usually want to heal you. Pay attention when they're about to do this – not only to avoid double healing, but also to further optimize your strategy so you can continue to damage your enemies.

Being aware of your party's turn actions can also help you use the powerful Double Attack maneuver repeatedly and more effectively. Obviously, you can make a Double Attack with your monster when they both use the same type of attack against an enemy when they are focusing their attention on you or your monster. But you can also do the same to your battle partner's monster if the enemy's attention is on it. Always pay attention to your party's turn actions this way, as the more opportunities you have for Double Attack, the better.

Don't forget to sell your trade items

Your time spent gathering resources and winning battles will accumulate what are known as Trade Items, which must be sold at the Blacksmith or Market. If you're not the type to sell your stuff very often, you can forget about it altogether. Be sure to check the sell menu often to sell any trade-in items you have for a quick buck.

Make frequent visits to Melynx Inc.

During your time at MHS2, you're introduced to Melynx Inc., a mega guild of friends that sells all kinds of items you can't get anywhere else. However, he only accepts bottle caps as currency (Fallout?), so you'll need to hack some dungeons called Monster Lairs to earn enough to buy what he has in stock.

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There are some useful wares to be purchased from Melynx Inc. Most useful of all are the various stable upgrades, which increase the number of monsties you can keep on your team. However, it also has unique weapons, armor sets, craft recipes, and talismans that you can't find anywhere else, or at least not until later in the game. Be sure to check with Melynx Inc. often during your adventure, as they are sure to have something that will be helpful to you.

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You don't need to keep the first egg you catch

When you reach the end of a Monster Lair, you have the opportunity to pick up a monster egg. The egg you pick up is randomly taken from a set of monsters that are native to the area you are exploring. However, one thing to note when you're picking up an egg is that you have the option to discard what you got to get another one. You'll usually want to do this if you've purchased an egg for a monster you already own.

This is a critical action when you are in Rare Monster Lairs, which are lairs with golden entrances and which have high quality monster eggs. When you change eggs in the nest, you are usually guaranteed a high quality egg every time. So if you're looking for a particular monster egg, make sure you use it to increase your chances of catching it.

Be careful though, as doing this too often can sometimes have consequences depending on the circumstances. For example, if you are in an abandoned nest or with a sleeping monster, dropping eggs can often attract or awaken the nest monster. Fortunately, being attacked by a monster while holding an egg doesn't harm you, as long as you leave the encounter alive.

Note the color and pattern of monster eggs before hatching them

To help you better identify the monster's eggs, try writing down the egg's color and pattern before hatching. Whether you jot down design details or take a screenshot, do whatever it takes to start improving your ability to identify eggs. It becomes critical the further you progress through the game, as the need to acquire more monsters for the Rite of Channeling increases (more on that later).

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Don't be afraid to get creative with the Rite of Channeling

When you unlock the Channeling Rite for the first time, it can seem a little intimidating. This complex system allows you to bundle monster genes into other monsters to increase their power and capacity. It's basically a merger.

To explain: the genes of an individual monster are arranged in a 3×3 grid. Some nodes are active with combat abilities or passive abilities, while others open with even more combat abilities or passive abilities when that monster reaches a certain level.

Some nodes cannot be accessed unless you feed a monster with a stimulant, a special item you can purchase at Melynx Inc.; these unlocked nodes will appear as open slots into which you can freely insert a gene. If you insert the same gene type three times in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, that monster will receive a surprise bonus that further increases its power. On the other hand, overlapping a gene with the same gene will increase its effectiveness.

The Rite of Channeling is not necessary to tackle the challenges that the MHS2 story throws at you, but it can be a fun time-consuming option to maximize your resources. Part of the appeal is simply being creative and not worrying too much about the consequences. With this form of gene splicing, you can imbue monsters with certain elemental attacks or abilities that they wouldn't have naturally otherwise.

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You can even challenge a monster's natural ability affinity, giving it access to all types in the game, or maybe you want to increase the strengths the monster already has. If you're new to Monster Hunter Stories, the sky's the limit when it comes to the Rite of Channeling, so don't hesitate to have fun and see how things play out. After all, you can always get more monsters.

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Monster Hunter's Story Is Only Up To You

In Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruins you are a Beginner Assembler, grandson of a famous Assembler who saved his village alongside his Monstie (as the monsters' partner monsters are called), Ratha (a Rathalos). Now, it's your turn to follow your adventures in search of your own monster partner, along with other hunters and assemblers to find out what's going on with the island's ecosystem and why the monsters are agitated. And along the way, you'll meet Navirou, a strange and different kind of friend who can detect the quality of monster eggs by their scent.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruins is available guidance on Nintendo Switch and PC com Microsoft Windows. Now, leave there in the comments what you think of these tips for beginners in Monster Hunter Stories 2? Did you like the game? Leave it in the comments and read more about the Capcom on our website.

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