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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, part three

I have been talking about tabletop role-playing games quite a bit recently, even though I have been playing a lot more Hearthstone in the last week than anything else. However, I feel like it is time for a break and to catch up on unfinished projects. As such, you may or may not remember that sometime in May we had a look at what Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. We talked a bit about what it is all about, what kind of game it is, and some ideas for how to approach playing it in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, part one. After that, we looked at the different weapons that are available and how damage is calculated in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, part two.

This time we will have a look at how weapons and armours are created, the various Armour Skills and how they are obtained, as well as different types of Weapon attacks such as those which cannot be deflected. Because these topics are going to take us a while to get through, I will be saving the use of items, the art of breaking parts, and strategies for fighting specific monsters for next time. Anyway, that is enough rambling about my plans. It is time to get to the serious business of improving our hunter’s equipment!

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Crafting and upgrading in Monster Hunter

Crafting weapons and armours is quite simple in Monster Hunter – all we have to do is visit the Smithy and choose either Weaponcraft or Armorcraft, depending on what we want to do. Creating or upgrading weapons and armours will cost materials gathered from hunting and zeni, the in-game currency. Zeni can be obtained in multiple ways, such as hunting or capturing game, or harvesting crops, minerals, bugs, fish and selling them.

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, part two

Last time, in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, part one, we had a look at what the game is all about, what kind of game it is, and some ideas for how to approach playing it. This time, we will be looking at the different weapons that are available and how damage is calculated. Yes. This is an entire post dedicated to figuring out damage, so prepare the nearest simple calculator you have because you might need it.

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Weapons in Monster Hunter

So for now we know to look for little hints that tell us what the monster is going to do so we can dodge or move out of the way. What comes next? Well, we need a weapon with which to retaliate. There are two general categories of weapons we can choose from, namely Blademaster (melee fighter) and Gunner (ranged weapon user). The Blademaster weapons can do either the Cut or Impact damage types, whilst the Gunner weapons do the Shot damage type. The different Weapon Classes available are shown below with the type of damage that they do, how they work, and what attacks they do. For now, all you need to worry about is the damage type and whether or not the fluff text sounds like it is a weapon you would like or not. The list of moves can be used as a guide to see the variety of attacks a weapon has if you want, but we will come back to multipliers and such later.

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, part one

Today, I’ll be looking at an older game, namely Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U and 3DS. Although Monster Hunter 4 is already out in Japan, it will still be a while before the English version hits our shores and during this time, all we can do is wait excitedly and play some more of the Monster Hunter games we do have. Which is why I have this post, really. There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to the Monster Hunter series and I hope that I can at least clear it up a little bit. So let us get to it, shall we?

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: Lagiacrus

As you might already know, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was the latest in the series that we got, with the Lagiacrus shown above, the flagship monster of Monster Hunter 3, making a reappearance as what is thought to be the monster causing troubling tremors disturbing the village people. Now honestly, I had to try playing it for myself before I realised that I would actually like it, as watching others play did not make it seem all that appealing. However, when I picked up a weapon for myself and started hunting monsters on my own, I found it to be a lot more fun that I first expected. I then went and got my own 3DS with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate pre-loaded on it and have been playing it on and off ever since.

What is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate?

If you do not already know what Monster Hunter is, read on. If you already know, skip this section and we will get right into how it works, but be warned, this is mainly an attempt at helping those who do not have much experience with the game. If you are already running around killing G-rank monsters without needing more than a couple of potions to heal, you do not need to read this. If the thought of fighting Deviljho in G-rank still scares you, then the latter parts of this guide might be useful. Also, if you are still having trouble collecting the items you need to make or upgrade armour and weapons, the latter parts of this guide might be useful as well. Anyway, let us get to it, starting with the cheesy official description of the game.