While not as complicated as its more grindy cousins, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin still contains a somewhat intricate core experience all about catching, breeding, and fighting your favorite monstie friends. The game does a good job of slowly introducing you to things, but there are a few pain points that you an avoid by reading our quick list of tips below!
Swapping Weapons Doesn’t Take a Turn
When you’re first starting out, you may find yourself in a situation where the monster you are fighting is strong against your damage type. If this is the case, simply swap to another weapon you have. This will not consume your turn and you’ll still be able to attack. You can’t change weapons multiple times in one turn, however, so be careful when you choose.
Because there are three different damage types we recommend always keeping one weapon of each type with you at all times. That means choosing between the bow and arrow or the gunlance, the sword and shield or the two-handed sword. You probably shouldn’t take both.
Specific Monster Parts Don’t Matter
This isn’t Monster Hunter World, folks. In Monster Hunter Stories you aren’t going out and grinding for an Anjanath tail, gems, fangs, etc. Killing a monster drops one of three different parts and each is worth a different amount of points. Because of this, each and every fight is worth something to you. Gone are the days of fighting the same creature over and over again to get one specific item to drop.
As an example, the Bone Cleaver needs three pointsof materials to forge. You can either use three Monster Hunter Bone S or one Monster Hunter Bone M. You could also use a Monster Bone L, in theory, but those are worth ten points each and it would waste a lot of the material’s potential.
Investigate Those Sparkling Noises
As you adventure across the open world areas you may hear sparkling noises. Take some time to locate exactly where these are coming from. They signal rare materials that you want to collect. Unlike other resource nodes, these spawns aren’t guaranteed and are much harder to come across. Grab them while you can!
Double Attacks Only Happen in Certain Conditions
It can be hard to figure out what makes double attacks happen. Thankfully we’ve figured it out and can save you the trouble.
- You and your monstie must be making the same attack type. Technical, speed, power.
- You and your monstie must be attacking the same body part. If you’re attacking the head an they’re attacking the body, it won’t trigger.
- The monster must be directly attacking either you or your monstie.
Fulfill these three conditions and you’ll get off a super powerful double attack.
Visit the Prayer Pot Every Day
Unlike Monster Hunter World, you don’t get your log in rewards the second you sign into the game. Instead you need to go to the Prayer Pot and complete your Tsukino’s Lunar Luck. It’s essentially a roll of the dice to see how good your reward is on any given day, but we’ve gotten god bugs, vital essence, and various food items.
Follow Your Teammates Moves If You’re Uncertain
If you’re facing a new monster for the first time, or just can’t remember what type of moves it has available, don’t be afraid to just copy whatever your teammates are doing. They’re frequently correct and it’s better than choosing randomly from the three options.
Every Monster Has Retreat Conditions
You should familiarize yourself with the Monsterpedia in your pause menu. Not only because it provides information on monster weaknesses, but it also specifies how you can increase the chance of a monster retreating. This is important if you want to get your own monstie of that type. It’ll specify something like breaking the head with a blunt-type weapon. If you’re on the hunt, make sure to go out of your way to do so.
Note: Only monsters with the blue eggs can be caught as a monstie.