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Monster Hunter World - I have no idea what I'm doing!

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
This is my first monster hunter game. And while there seems to be a tutorial the screen is literally covered in stuff I don't recognize, or know how to interact with. I killed some small lizards but...

It just seems like a lot.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
It is a lot. I don't know how good MH World is at teaching new players. MH3U felt like it eased a new player in pretty well; that's where I picked it up. I could maybe provide pointers if you have any questions.
 

Alixsar

The Shogun of Harlem
(He/him)
MHW is far and away the most user friendly MonHun game, but it's ALSO still an inscrutable mess with insane menus and weird shit going on. Just trust when I say that it was worse before and you have no idea how good you have it. That said, as I said on Twitter, I will give you a personalized tutorial session. Let me know.

Important topics we will be reviewing:
- When to Sheath and When Not to Sheath; Theory and Practice
- Which Weapon is Right For You?
- Know Your Weapon!
- The Training Room; Your Constant Friend and Companion
- Armor Skills aka What Makes Your Character YOUR Character
- Crafting; It Is Not Optional™
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
I started with dual blades because the game and a couple sites said it was new player friendly. Also I didn't want to play a defensive game. If I can play this game like Bloodborne all the better.
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
Okay, so the game has at this point asked me to fish, capture small animals, capture large animals, and craft items.

It hasn't told me how to do any of this?!

Is there a manual for this game somewhere on-line? Maybe I could just read it?
 

Alixsar

The Shogun of Harlem
(He/him)
Fish you just walk up to the right spot and press A or X (Xbox/PS4 controller). Small animals you equip your capture net and aim it with L2 and shoot with R2, by default it should be on your item bar. Neither of these things is important or necessary, so I don't know what you're doing where it's asking you to do it (fishing can get you really good whetfish but the easiest way to get them is to NOT fish and just shoot a net at them...you literally never need to fish ever). tl;dr DON'T WORRY ABOUT FISHING OR SMALL ANIMALS, IT DOES NOT MATTER

Capturing large animals matters. Instead of killing monsters, you can put a trap down and throw tranquilizer bombs at them instead. They have to be low HP, nearly dead, so usually if you see them start to limp and run away to their lair to sleep, they're capturable. Capturing versus slaying can get you different rewards (sometimes), but capturing ends the fight faster so it's often a good option. You can only carry ONE of each of the TWO trap types each mission, so traps are kind of limited without making more or going back to base.

Crafting! It's important. You can set things up to autocraft (triangle, I think?) and the game just straight up gives you all the crafting receipes...this is FUCKING NUTS cuz in old games you just had to KNOW what items combined into what, you couldn't autocraft (you can set shortcuts to craft items MID FIGHT!!!!), and it used to take more items (Potions were herbs + blue mushrooms, not JUST herbs being 1:1 with potions, for example).

Anyway, old man complaining aside, crafting is important. Early on you mostly just need to do it to make sure you have enough potions, but eventually you're gonna want to run with more stuff. Don't sweat it too much for now, because there's a lot to take in re: consumables and inventory management. Just play around with crafting stuff for now. You can craft from your item box which is basically mandatory.

Anyway anyway, fuck all that, if you're gonna rock Dual Blades, watch this video:


He has one for all of the weapons and the additions they got in Iceborne as well, so I recommend that too. I actually don't like DB at all, so I can't really give you an personal tips other than I think they suck. I mean, they don't suck they're good, all the weapons are viable and good, I just think they aren't fun.

The game starts you off with one of each weapon type, so I highly recommend experimenting and finding something that fits you rather than just using DB because someone else said they're good for beginners. For instance, my favorite weapons were Lance, Gunlance, and Hunting Horn and those are consistently 3 of the least played weapons on each platform (HH is consistently last and has been in pretty much every game in terms of popularity, which is nuts to me because it's INSANELY STRONG). I started playing Light Bowgun a few months ago and liked it, and back in vanilla MHW I mained Bow for a while and was just terrible with it but still liked it. In MH4, I started with Charge Blade before I found my jam with Great Sword. In Iceborne I one day arbitrarily made a Long Sword set, and it's one of my highest DPS options and I love playing it. Experimenting with new weapons is fun, but I do think it's helpful early on to pick one and stick with it for a while to gain experience with it's moveset early on.

Good consensus "Beginner" weapons are the sword and shield, dual blade, hammer, long sword, and greatsword...but I started learning MonHun with the Hunting Horn, so fuck it anything is possible. The guns are tricky to use because they require managing ammo and using gun mods, but the actual weapon mechanics are the simplest of everything; you're basically just playing a shooter with them with some weird mechanics tacked on. Any weapon is viable and learnable, it's really just a question of your playstyle and preference. I think this video helps explain what the different weapons REALLY do.


It's in the context of MH Double Cross (the Switch one that's a sequel of sorts to the 2nd 3DS one) but the general tips still apply; that's just why the video looks different. I do agree that GS and Hammer are probably the "Best" starting weapons, but also Lance fucking rules don't listen to the haters. It's considered a "Defensive" weapon, but instead you just do your counter move and armor through everything and never stop attacking (GL can't do that, but it can BLOW SHIT UP instead so it evens out).

If you got Iceborne, there should be a weapon set and armor set called the Defender or something like that; use it. It's designed solely to carry you through the main game without taking very long to make, so definitely take advantage of that.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I will always be partial to the hammer. Its simple but very active. Basically you just try to find the monster's head and smash it.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
Hammer has that sick spinning jump attack while sliding.

A bit into the story you will get the ability to farm a bunch of different items. Go hard on farming honey, since you need it to make better potions. Ivy for making traps is also a good idea since it’s a bit rare and you’ll run out quickly if you trap monsters most of the time.
 

Mommi

Miss or be made.
(She/Her)
I'm a gunner through and through these days, but I did a little or everything in MHF2/MHFU. The only one I've never been able to work is bow, which always takes me way longer to get a kill with. I've seen people completely wreck with them, though. I've read guides, to no avail.
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
I've moved on to the second area. When I started this game it gave me some armor and it seems really, really OP. Like, I don't think I'm doing these fights very well and I've never even come close to fainting!

It sort of feels like cheating.

Anyway, I have a hang for the dual blades but you're right in that they don't seem that fun. Get in close and mash a bunch, trying to stay glowy red for as long as possible and try to avoid hits. I think I might switch. Just don't know to what. I think the main issue right now is that the controls aren't well explained. I switched to my little net (to capture little things because I didn't know better and got quests for them) and I'm not sure how to switch back to shooting things.

There's also talk of traps, and I can craft spoiled meat but I haven't figured out how to make traps, or even how to use some of the environmental things that I assume are there (like vines and rocks.) to help you in hunting monsters.

I'll keep plugging away!
 

MetManMas

DNM-123
(He, him)
If you're using the armor I'm thinking you are, that suit was basically made for powering through the main game and all the subquests and stuff you got to do to access the DLC.
 

Mommi

Miss or be made.
(She/Her)
Exactly, it's there if you want to catch up to the expansion faster. You should craft a new set you like the look of and see what it's like to play for real. World is still pretty forgiving.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
While the Hammer is mechanically simple to use, I do think it is a good beginner weapon because you spend most of your time watching the monster and learning how it moves. You got to watch and pick and choose good moments to come in for swings.
 

Kalir

Do you require aid.
(whatevs)
I like playing the Lance because I enjoy when the monster hits me with a lethal screen-length hitbox and I just deal them the damage instead.
 
Nobody has mentioned it so I assume it is not actually a good beginner weapon at all, but this game was my first time playing the series and I started with the insect glaive. It was very awkward and confusing at first but once I started to get the hang of it, I thought it was really fun.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I think the glaive part is pretty intuitive, but I never figured out the insect part. I still used it pretty effectively as my back up weapon in 4 and Gen.
 
the dual blades are kinda dull to play
I think so too; they're a fine choice, but not really for me.

Maybe try the hunting horn.


For starters, just keep up your "self improvement" melody and learn the move set.

From there, embellish with other melodies.
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
I tried some of the other ones! And I went back to the dual blades... I'm going to try the hammer now though.
 
The key thing to know about Monster Hunter is that its dress up game. The only point to playing is getting new costumes for your character and your pet. To be fair, Capcom knows exactly what the core of MH is. Capcom regularly releases new costumes along with new events.

I play Great Sword and Insect Glaive. Greats Sword is the best weapons (for me). Its big dumb fun. I use the Insect Gliave because that's the weapon that came with the Final Fantasy Behmoth crossover. Its a lot of fun as well.

Also, MHW has Civilization levels of addition. If it gets its hooks in you be prepared to spend 100s of hours on the game. You've been properly warned.
 
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Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
I dont think i have the tool yet that lets me do Insect stuff. I have two bugs and I can upgrade them but I don't have the glaive to wield them as a weapon? I'll try the hammer I think. It looks easy enough.

I just had my first mission w/ big lava daddy dragon. I want to go back and kill some of the other monsters before I progress the story though. I want to have some elemental weapons and that will require I kill some of these baddies a few more times. Or capture them so I can just fight them in the Arena.
 

Mommi

Miss or be made.
(She/Her)
You should at least have the basic Iron or Bone glaive available. It's right there in your box when you start the game, or can be crafted or purchased.

I used it a little bit, but I didn't like spending that much time in the air. Plus since I started with MH back in '07, it just doesn't feel like MH to me. I think the grappling and air combos were added because of games like God Eater, or Toukiden, or Freedom Wars where that's a major feature. I play MH for the slow-dance ground game.
 

liquid

King of Games
(He/Him)
I remember Patstaresat's streams of the beta doing a far better job of teaching me how to play than anything in the game did, and the first Two Best Friends Play Monster Hunter World video included a lot of menu tips I would never have figured out myself.

Haven't watched them in three years, though, so who knows if there are any off color jokes in there.


I bought Iceborne after not playing the game in a year, had my eyes gloss over the second I looked at a menu, and decided to come back to it later.
 

Mommi

Miss or be made.
(She/Her)
I got to the point where I was really close to getting to the final zone of Iceborne, which I hear is amaaaazing, but then I stopped PS+ amd couldn't play with my longtime hunting partner. I do want to pick it up again. I was having a ton of fun.
 
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