- Developer: Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
- Genre: Role-Playing Action RPG
- Release: Sep 25, 2018
- ESRB: Not Set
Hints & Secrets
The battle system
The battle system in Monster Hunter Stories primarily revolves around a simple attack triangle. Power beats Technical, Technical beats Speed, and Speed beats Power. It is simple rock, paper, scissors, or janken. Monsters have an affinity to the kinds of attack they like to use, and you can use that to your advantage, to pick stronger moves. Attacking a monster also attacking you causes a head-to-head, where, if you win, you can essentially negate enemy damage, while dealing loads of your own.
That predictable attack pattern that each of the enemy monsters have should dictate the monsties you bring into battle. If the enemy is a Technical type, bring out a Power bruiser. If you're facing down Speed monsties, use a monstie with Technical attacks. Also feel free to switch monsties around simply if they're low on health, or their abilities are less useful in your given situation.
As you battle alongside your monstie you'll gain kinship, which will eventually result in you being able to ride your monstie, so you can act as a single unit. This will allow you to deal way more damage, and as your kinship increases even further, it will allow for devastating levelled up attacks. Against standard enemies you probably won't need this mechanic at all, but when stronger monsties and bosses pop up, riding will give you the damage boost you need to win.
More potions or other consumables
And of course, the most important thing to go into battle with is, well, full health, of course! Tap the camp icon and then just into the inventory, where you can keep yourself topped up with health thanks to herbs and potions. If you need more potions or other consumables, you can create them in the combine menu, which you should check often, for more valuable items to help you through battles.
Increasing your speed
The open plains in Monster Hunter Stories are pretty big, and you'll quickly discover that traversing them on foot is, well, a long process. That's where your early monstie comes in. You'll be able to ride it across the open world, drastically increasing your speed. It also makes picking things up difficult. Not impossible, just difficult. So you'll still want to jump off and get on foot for some tricky terrain or to collect multiple items.
Collecting items is pretty important. You should've already collected all of the subquests from the board in town, and from any NPCs with blue icons over their heads. Many of them will want you to fight monsters, and many others will require you to collect items in the overworld, including bugs, ore, eggs, herbs, mushrooms and more. Luckily these are found at fairly obvious collection points that will respawn regularly. You can easily find a route through each area to follow to collect multiple items if you need to farm, but as long as you regularly collect items, the quests will end up being done as soon as you collect them.
As you're running about the overworld, you'll find plenty of monsters ready to battle. You can easily avoid many of them, but if you want to take them on, have the upper hand. If a monster is lying down, sleeping, or hasn't noticed your approach, running into them will cause a back attack - a free turn for your team to deal some early damage. After that, just make sure you've got plenty of health throughout the fight, and swap monsties if you feel the need to.
Special carnivorous monsties
Of course having just one monstie isn't enough, you're going to need many, many more. You can find monster dens in the overworld, or follow monsters you've beaten back to their dens. Navi will tell you whether or not the egg is interesting, with the heavier and more interesting he says it is, the more you want to take it back. Early on you'll get mostly herbivore eggs, but you will eventually get large, special carnivorous monsties.
Google Play Achievements
To unlock the following Google Play Achievements, complete the following tasks:
|Unlockable:||How to Unlock:|
|Autumnal Bookmark||Obtained the award "Autumnal Bookmark".|
|Beautiful Tree Branch||Obtained the award "Beautiful Tree Branch".|
|Cat's Powerstone||Obtained the award "Cat's Powerstone".|
|Encyclopoogia||Obtained the award "Encyclopoogia".|
|Friend of Avinia||Obtained the award "Friend of Avinia".|
|Friend of Debli||Obtained the award "Friend of Debli".|
|Friend of Reverto||Obtained the award "Friend of Reverto".|
|Friend of Simone||Obtained the award "Friend of Simone".|
|Friend of The Channeler||Obtained the award "Friend of The Channeler".|
|Guild Emblem||Obtained the award "Guild Emblem".|
|Mineral Brooch||Obtained the award "Mineral Brooch".|
|Miniature Catavan Stand||Obtained the award "Miniature Catavan Stand".|
|Shining Kinship Stone||Obtained the award "Shining Kinship Stone".|
|Silver Medal||Obtained the award "Silver Medal".|
|Withered Tree Branch||Obtained the award "Withered Tree Branch".|
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