It has much more!
Well, one can’t argue with the Meowscular chef. Because one would be afraid of having his ass kicked, diced, grilled, and served with a Bearnaise sauce.
One of the most annoying things about this game is forgetting to eat a meal and then starting the mission with a health bar the size of a postage stamp.
Anyway, I had my first multiplayer encounter today after I was too lazy to change the number of players to 1. I was rocking a Legiana and after it ran away I finally noticed this kid with a Twitch handle desperately trying to chat with me. I found the chat option and he explained that he wanted me to stop hitting the monster when he put it to sleep so he could place some bombs to do double damage. I asked him to confirm that he wanted me to stop hitting monsters in Monster Hunter World. After he restated his plan, I said I would try, but that it was against my nature.
The next round I hang back and he never puts the monster to sleep at all. It goes to the final location and I struggle to figure out how to get there. I climb about 8 sets of vines and then receive notification that the monster is dead. I sprint by him to loot and he asks me if I need additional help, and mentions that he has a discord.
I tell him I’m good, thanks.
So then you eat at the camp? Or drink a Mega Nutrient potion (won’t give the skill bonuses, but will boost max HP).
I now vaguely remember the ability to do this. This will be a huge help.
Ancient potions also work if you don’t want to bring rations AND mega nutrients.
Nah never mind the canteen at the camp doesn’t have +health meals. Damn game.
Just spent 30 minutes chasing fucking Rathalos all around this shitty map and then he flew away like a pussy.
I think I need a break from this.
Actually it does. Sometimes. I’ve never been entirely able to work that one out - anyone else know how it works?
The food system is a bit complicated… There are three dimensions:
- Freshness (the checkmark). Fresh ingredients give +10 max HP.
- Type (i.e. the tabs). If you have 2/4/6 of meat/fish/vegetable you get small/medium/large bonuses to attack/defense/resistance stats.
- Skills (i.e. the rows). The more ingredients you have from the same skill category (but possibly different tabs), the more powerful a food skill you’re eligible for.
So… The ingredients you unlock always show up in the main canteen, with a random selection of them being fresh. The camp will have a random subset of what’s in the main canteen. As you unlock more ingredients and upgrade the canteen, it becomes very unlikely you can’t get +50 health and some decent stat bonus even when eating at the camp.
That cat has had a yellow exclamation mark above it’s head the entire game and I’ve never figured out how to get his quests.
Walk behind the counter.
And when you talk to them, do them! People are doing them all the time. It has a few of the most annoying quests though… stupid eggs.
He had about 10 quests for me.
I couldn’t end on a sour note so I pressed on. Diablos was a good intense fight. I’ll probably farm once or twice so I can build a Charge Blade out of him and then do this big story quest.
DMC5 is still 3 weeks away so maybe I’ll keep playing into high rank.
There’s a glimmer of hope here.
I went to farm Diablos on an expedition and I kept fainting because my health was the size of a postage stamp again. Finally he just fucked off and left, which was annoying, but not rage-inducing. I returned to the wastes and didn’t see him on my map so I figured I’d have to restart. But I ran around for a bit and smacked the hell out of a Kulu-Ya-Ku, then started fighting a Rathian.
After a fighting him in a few areas, a Diablos suddenly bursts out of the ground to dramatic effect. I went through a long fight with him and I noticed I was hardly getting hit by his attacks. I had the rhythm down at this point. I finally brought him down and got the Diablos Fang I was looking for to complete the Diablos Charge Blade I plan to use after this last story fight.
I really liked fighting multiple monsters on a single expedition. It’s a good warmup and gives me a little satisfaction before I dive into the grind on the top tier monster I’m hunting.
There are quite a few investigations that actually require multiple monster hunting, if that’s your thing. They tend to be quite generous with the extra rewards, too.
For my part, I went back to try and farm Nergi (after having beaten him in the story mission) and firmly got knocked on my ass. I’m still trying to parse why, really. I’m better equipped than I was the first time I took him on, so I’m a bit baffled. Bad luck? Size variation? Or maybe just a lack of adequate caution/patience. Or hell, maybe TimJames is on to something that’s an issue for me too and it’s a lack of warm-up
This game is a roller coaster.
Just when I felt like I was getting into it again, I took on the “Redefining the Power Couple” optional quest to fight a Rathian and a Rathalos. It took me 10 minutes to catch up with one of them because they kept flying everywhere. Then it was back to nonstop knockdown, stun, poison, and burning. All my flash pods missed, and I only got 3 of them. I wanted to rage quit but alt-F4 doesn’t even work.
I feel like I need to invest enough time to make the right build and learn the enemy attacks to avoid all this frustration, when all I really want to do is smack the hell out of easy monsters in a game like this. My internal expectations aren’t set to be annoyed like they would be for a platformer or beat 'em up, where it wouldn’t bother me because I’m mentally prepared. I’m at a crossroads where I have to decide to accept it or quit.
I’m also bothered by a random YouTube video I watched where the guy said the enemy AI reads your buttons to avoid damage or knock you down at the last second. Assuming that’s true it makes total sense, and I understand why they have to do that. It just adds insult to injury.
Maybe it’s just this quest. I’ll definitely skip it!
What YouTube is this?
I saw that one and I don’t think it’s quite true, though it feels true when you miss a Super Amped Element Discharge. ;)
And I guess I finally found my main weapon. After much soul searching and hundreds of monsters, it seems the weapon I’m most efficient and productive with (and one of the most fun to play with) is… the Switch Axe. Go figure. I’m having a blast.