As a longtime fan of the Monster Hunter collection, I await information of every new installment with baited breath, keen to see the place Capcom is taking the franchise. With Rise, it has as soon as once more reinvented the components in some important and thrilling methods. So far, as a part of our ongoing IGN First coverage of Monster Hunter Rise, we’ve coated how Rise connects to the series’ past, we’ve checked out customising Palamutes and some of the most powerful weapons, and we’ve explored the links to Japanese folklore, alongside a whole lot more. Be certain to additionally try IGN’s Monster Hunter Rise wiki for our wyvern riding guide, our Wirebug tips and our list of confirmed monsters.
And now, 24 of a very powerful stuff you want to find out about Monster Hunter Rise.
- 1. You Can Zip Around Like Spider-Man With Wirebugs
- 2. Meet The Palamute: The Hunter’s Best Friend
- 3. The Hunting Horn Rework Makes It the Ultimate Support Weapon
- 4. Wyvern Riding Lets You Control Monsters
- 5. Endemic Life Forms Now Confer Valuable Bonuses
- 6. Monster Blight: Give Them A Taste of Their Own Medicine!
- 7. The Helper Cage Holds Five Endemic Life Forms
- 8. Rise is a Love Letter to Japanese Folklore, Culture, and Aesthetics
- 9. Monsters From Every Gen Return, Including Many Fan Favourites
- 10. Upgrading Weapons Has Become Much Faster
- 11. Prevent Kamura Village From Being Wiped Out by Monsters!
- 12. Explore Kamura Village With Your Friends
- 13. Beware the Sticky Fingers of the Thieving Melynx!
- 14. Rise Was Developed Simultaneously With World
- 15. Extracting Resources Now Only Requires One Button Press
- 16. The Graphics Are Last-Gen, and That’s A Good Thing
- 17. Game Director Yasunori Ichinose Returns
- 18. You Can Now Throw Barrel Bombs Downward
- 19. The Familiar Pattern of Monster Progression Returns: Raptors, Fire Birds, and Cranky Kongs
- 20. Beginners Shouldn’t Worry About DPS
- 21. Beware the Horrifying Khezu!
- 22. You No Longer Need Hot Drinks on Cold Maps
- 23. An Ultimate Sequel Or Robust DLC Is Practically a Certainty
- 24. Rise Is A Monster Hunter For Everyone
1. You Can Zip Around Like Spider-Man With Wirebugs
Monster Hunter Rise introduces huge new maps, and a brand new method to traverse them: the Wirebug. These tamed bugs let hunters shoot out bioluminescent strands to dart up sheer cliffs, swing by way of the air, and hurtle each which method. Unlike Spider-Man’s internet shooters, they by no means run out (they merely have a brief cool-down timer) they usually do not want to affix to a floor – you possibly can dangle from anchor factors in mid air.
Wirebugs additionally improve the transfer set of each weapon class, enabling speedy repositioning and devastating new ‘Silkbind’ assaults.
Hunters carry two Wirebugs as customary, although you possibly can typically briefly recruit a 3rd within the wild. Maps are additionally dotted with Great Wirebugs – successfully cannons to propel you huge distances in a rush.
2. Meet The Palamute: The Hunter’s Best Friend
Another method to traverse the huge new environments of Rise is the Palamute – a complete new class of AI companion. Like the feline Palicos, the canine Palamutes can draw enemy aggro and dish out assaults, however additionally they allow you to trip them. While on dogback you possibly can guzzle restorative potions, sharpen your weapon, or simply catch your breath whereas placing far between your self and the magnificent beasts you are searching.
3. The Hunting Horn Rework Makes It the Ultimate Support Weapon
Since its introduction within the PSP period the Hunting Horn has been one thing of a contradiction: a help weapon class that is extraordinarily technical to use. Each assault corresponds to a observe, and enjoying brief tunes delivers buffs to all close by allies. Certain searching horns can nullify monsters’ standing results, like ear-piercing roars and the down-draft from their mighty wings. It’s all the time been a rewarding weapon class to study, however few made the hassle – participant knowledge gathered by Capcom reveals that of the 14 weapon lessons in World, the Hunting Horn ranked useless final, the most-used weapon of two% or fewer gamers.
That’s about to change. For Rise, the Hunting Horn has been fully reworked, with extra streamlined controls and useful on-screen guides displaying which observe combos activate which buffs. A brand new age of belting dragons with large lutes is sort of upon us!
You can see the Hunting Horn in motion in direction of the top of the video above.
4. Wyvern Riding Lets You Control Monsters
Use sufficient Silkbind assaults throughout a quest and you’ll cut back your prey to a ‘mountable state’, permitting you to leap on its back and control it like an enormous puppet!
Alternatively, you possibly can acquire an endemic life type, the Puppet Spider, which may cut back a monster to a mountable state immediately.
Pulling on glowing silken strings, you can also make a monster run, dodge, and assault different giant monsters, or just run into sheer cliff faces. Fill up your wyvern using gauge and you’ll unleash the Mounted Punisher, a devastating particular assault that inflicts large harm.
5. Endemic Life Forms Now Confer Valuable Bonuses
Monster Hunter World launched endemic life varieties – lovely little creatures that scurried round minding their very own enterprise. Endemic life varieties helped to construct the phantasm that you simply have been trekking by way of a posh ecosystem, however in World they have been little greater than non-obligatory collectables. Not any extra – now each one gives a useful bonus: buffs to assault and defence, consumables to use in fight, and a few even cough up useful ores and armour spheres to improve your gear. Veteran hunters may need to soar straight into the motion, however rookies will do effectively to traipse concerning the map monitoring down these vibrant critters to get that additional edge in fight.
6. Monster Blight: Give Them A Taste of Their Own Medicine!
The most electrifying new use for endemic life is the chance to inflict Monster Blight – a brand new sort of standing ailment that may depart monsters charged with electrical energy or engulfed with flame. Gone is the monsters’ monopoly on hurling hadoukens of elemental harm – thanks to these flamable critters the shoe is on the opposite foot.
7. The Helper Cage Holds Five Endemic Life Forms
Some endemic life varieties confer lasting buffs the moment you contact them, whereas others you’ll acquire and retailer in your useful five-slot ‘Helper Cage’. All of those critters confer highly effective advantages, just like the Brewhare’s passive capacity to increase the restorative energy of potions. Others function highly effective single-use gadgets, just like the poison-curing Antidobra, or the caltrop-like Trapbugs.
8. Rise is a Love Letter to Japanese Folklore, Culture, and Aesthetics
The fantasy world of Monster Hunter hosts myriad unique races and cultures, with realms impressed by all the pieces from Pacific islands to the Swiss Alps. The village you will battle to shield in Rise is an homage to feudal Japan, and the brand new monsters you will battle have all been inspired by the ghoulies and demons of Japanese folklore – the yokai and oni. Judging by the outfits worn by the residents of Kamura Village and their proficiency with Wirebug manoeuvres, the secretive ninja clans of Japan’s previous have been additionally a robust inspiration.
Monster Hunter Rise Concept Art and Yokai Comparisons
For those that’ve been following Monster Hunter for some time, Rise intently resembles the ultimate PSP title within the collection, Monster Hunter Portable third. As of this writing it is nonetheless the best-selling Monster Hunter recreation in Japan, with over 4.8 million copies bought – though with the huge Switch set up base, that determine would possibly lastly be surpassed.
9. Monsters From Every Gen Return, Including Many Fan Favourites
Monster Hunter is just not in contrast to Capcom’s Street Fighter collection, in that together with new characters, fan-favourites from older video games will typically return. Just as no Street Fighter could be full with out Ryu and Chun-Li, the mighty Rathalos and Rathian fire-breathing wyverns are again to scorch cocky hunters. Plenty extra basic monsters can be becoming a member of them: the hyper-aggressive Tigrex, the water-logged Royal Ludroth, and the T-Rex-like Anjanath, to identify a couple of. (Check out IGN’s wiki covering all the confirmed monsters here.)
Plenty of iconic small monsters return as effectively, together with the shark-like Zamites and people furry, livid boars, the Bullfangos. For collection veterans, each journey to the wilderness can be a visit down Memory Lane.
10. Upgrading Weapons Has Become Much Faster
Monster Hunter video games are all about defeating monsters after which utilizing their energy towards them – slaying the frigid Lagombi to make an ice ingredient sword, or besting the noxious Pukei-Pukei to make poison resistant armour. Upgrading your weapons used to require farming a heap of supplies, which meant tons and plenty of grinding.
To encourage gamers to department out and see extra of what all fourteen weapon lessons have to supply, Rise would require considerably fewer monster components for weapon upgrades. Considering that each one weapon lessons now have fully revised move-sets, there’s loads of new gameplay to discover.
11. Prevent Kamura Village From Being Wiped Out by Monsters!
Monster Hunter video games are legendary for his or her particular end-game co-op battles towards gargantuan beasts, just like the battleship-sized Lao-Shan Lung, the Jhen Mohran sand whale, or World’s residing volcano monster, the Zorah Magdaros.
In Rise the novel new co-op mode is The Rampage, wherein hunters will be a part of forces to shield Kamura Village from an onslaught of a number of giant monsters utilizing batteries of cannon and ballistae to halt their advance. Once once more, the inspiration for this mode comes from Japanese folklore – the tales of the Hyakki Yako, a procession of supernatural monstrosities that sometimes emerges from the spirit realm to wreak havoc.
You can see Rampage gameplay within the trailer above.
12. Explore Kamura Village With Your Friends
Previous instalments of Monster Hunter confined participant interplay to the Gathering Hub and the quests themselves, however Rise significantly expands the scope for co-operative shenanigans. Now you and your mates can go flaneuring in Kamura Village collectively, and be a part of forces in a considerably upgraded Training Room. This secure atmosphere for practising weapon strikes now options an animatronic wood monster dummy resembling a Tetranadon to battle, a big improve from World which had you belting a wood stump.
13. Beware the Sticky Fingers of the Thieving Melynx!
One of the extra endearing quirks of the Monster Hunter collection is the antics of the Lynians – races of clever kitty-cats that may stroll on their hind legs and bask in all method of hijinks. While your loyal Felyne companions, the Palico, will help you on quests, their mirror reverse are the Melynx, tribes of thieves who will pounce on you mid-quest and steal your gear! If a Melynx nicks one in all your gadgets you possibly can strike him to get it again, but when he makes his escape all is just not misplaced. Just search for their secret hide-out, the place you possibly can retrieve your property from their hoard of ill-gotten loot, and perhaps return the favour by rummaging by way of their gear stockpile and expropriating some barrels.
14. Rise Was Developed Simultaneously With World
Monster Hunter Rise was in growth for over a yr earlier than the discharge of Monster Hunter World. The Rise staff paid shut consideration to what made World a hit, and as such all the standard of life enhancements that World gamers loved are current: auto-combining of gathered supplies, the radial menu, accessing your full merchandise field and gear assortment within the base camp, and extra.
15. Extracting Resources Now Only Requires One Button Press
Rise builds on the quality-of-life enhancements launched in World in some ways, not least with regards to useful resource extraction. In older Monster Hunter video games you’d want to faucet a button repeatedly to extract each final lump of iron or clump of herbs from a useful resource node, however now you possibly can extract all of them with a single button press. Every side of the sport has been tuned to speed up your motion by way of the map, lowering the time to confrontation together with your mission goal to absolutely the minimal.
16. The Graphics Are Last-Gen, and That’s A Good Thing
Monster Hunter achieved blockbuster success on the PSP, a hand-held system with a display screen simply 480 by 272 pixels. Capcom made the very best use of that house by way of imaginative graphic design, wealthy use of color, spectacular monsters, and really weird gear. Many complained that the weapons and armour units in World have been too grounded, too staid. Rise returns to the PSP aesthetic with anime mega-swords and outfits that will make a cosplayer weep.
Thanks to its exaggerated, cartoon-like motion Monster Hunter doesn’t want state-of-the-art graphics to look good – and to be truthful Rise seems nice for a Switch title, particularly in moveable mode.
Monster Hunter Rise – 20 New Screenshots
17. Game Director Yasunori Ichinose Returns
Monster Hunter Rise is in good fingers. The recreation director is Yasunori Ichinose, who’s accountable for among the greatest instalments within the collection, together with Monster Hunter Generations, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – arguably the sport that elevated the franchise from being a distinct segment title to a cult hit. He’s clearly leveraged over a decade of expertise to push the Monster Hunter expertise in a daring new path.
18. You Can Now Throw Barrel Bombs Downward
Wirebugs have made a wealth of three-dimensional fight strikes out there, and this versatility extends to your consumable gadgets. Large barrel bombs have lengthy been a staple of the collection, dealing large harm to trapped or sleeping monsters – and now you possibly can drop them too. Vault your self over a monster, choose giant barrel bomb out of your merchandise menu, and bombs away!
19. The Familiar Pattern of Monster Progression Returns: Raptors, Fire Birds, and Cranky Kongs
Rise continues the custom of easing in new gamers by tasking them with defeating a succession of enormous monsters with progressively extra complicated assault patterns. Early on you will face the Great Izuchi, a comically bellicose large velociraptor. Later you will confront the Aknosom, a goofy fire-spitting chook within the custom of the Yian Kut-Ku and the Qurupeco. The simian Bishaten echoes the monkey mischief of the Congalala, and Rise’s flagship monster, the Magnamalo, is uncannily just like the tremendously fashionable Zinogre.
Every Monster in Monster Hunter Rise (Announced So Far)
20. Beginners Shouldn’t Worry About DPS
Newcomers to the Monster Hunter expertise ought to resist the temptation to go in weapons blazing, as all giant monsters have complicated assault patterns designed to wreck the reckless. Instead, it is best to observe their behaviour, research their strikes, and solely strike whenever you’re assured you have got a gap. The two most essential items of recommendation given to new hunters nonetheless apply in Rise: “Don’t get hit. Hit it until it dies.”
This precept applies in co-op as effectively. Beginners should not fear an excessive amount of about min-maxing gear or having the best DPS – simply keep alive, get within the odd hit, and you’ll nonetheless make a contribution and have a rollicking time.
21. Beware the Horrifying Khezu!
Few monsters embody the distinctive appeal of Monster Hunter just like the Khezu, a white wrinkled freak that appears like an enormous frozen rooster with a telescoping neck – a chubbier cousin of the Mass Production Eva Units from Evangelion: Death & Rebirth. He’s blind, he is always sniffing round for human prey, and his electrical assaults make him aggravating to interact. But there’s one thing endearing about this shrivelled, wailing wretch, and he is very talked-about in Japan – at one level you may purchase Khezu plush toys!
The Khezu makes a triumphant return in Rise, and his lovely grotesqueness embodies Monster Hunter’s quirky, freaky soul.
Monster Hunter Rise – The Khezu
22. You No Longer Need Hot Drinks on Cold Maps
In all earlier video games on this collection hunters wanted to eat chilly drinks on desert and volcano maps and scorching drinks on icy maps, lest their well being or stamina bars steadily whittle away to nothing. But now not – Rise does away with this requirement.
It might seem to be a minor level, however this is likely one of the most controversial adjustments within the recreation. In the eyes of some die-hard followers, each inconvenience eliminated chisels away at what makes Monster Hunter particular and dangers ruining the magic of the collection.
I’m of the opinion that the soul of Monster Hunter stays intact, for now. You’ll know they’ve gone too far in the event that they ever eliminate weapon sharpening.
23. An Ultimate Sequel Or Robust DLC Is Practically a Certainty
Capcom has displayed a well-established sample when releasing Monster Hunter video games: when a brand new instalment is a hit, it’s adopted a yr or so later by an enhanced version that provides a brand new ultra-high issue tier of quests, a handful of all-new monsters, and a menagerie of sub-species variants of current monsters. Add all the brand new craftable weapons and armour units and it quantities to an enormous content material replace.
Given the massive Switch set up base and the hype surrounding Rise, there aren’t many issues that might forestall an Ultimate version at this level. The solely query is whether or not it is going to be out there as a stand-alone recreation you possibly can import your previous save into (like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate), as a obtain (like Iceborne), or each.
We’ve already been promised a great deal of new content material within the type of a gradual provide of post-launch Event Quests. Whatever Capcom decides, anticipate Rise to be supported for a very long time.
24. Rise Is A Monster Hunter For Everyone
Capcom has taken nice pains to make this the most accessible Monster Hunter game ever. Rise builds on the handfuls of quality-of-life enhancements in World, including a gentler issue curve within the single-player Village Quests to make the sport a lot much less intimidating for brand spanking new gamers. For superior gamers, all of the fight complexity you have come to know and love continues to be there, now enhanced by a slew of Wirebug combating strikes that catapult you right into a z-axis of recent prospects.
This is essentially the most progressive Monster Hunter recreation to date, and there’s an excellent likelihood it may be essentially the most profitable.
James Cottee is a veteran of each the Australian video games business and the artwork of Monster Hunting. You can discover him on Twitter.