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Pokemon GO December Community Day is a real monster

This week we’re taking a peek at the December Community Day for Pokemon GO well in advance of said day. As it’s been in the past, so too shall it be with this year’s year-end event, featuring Pokemon released throughout the year on Community Day events from the entirety of the year 2021. This Community Day mega-event will include a total of 11 individual Community Day special Pokemon.

The December 2021 Community Day event will actually be two days, total – both of which will have special sessions from 11AM to 5PM local time. The first of these events will feature Machop, Roselia, Swablu, Gible, Snivy, and Fletchling. The second event will include Eevee, Duskull, Shinx, Tepig, and Oshawott.

A whole bunch of 2km Pokemon Eggs will be hatched and dropped, with some excellent contents. Eggs that’ll fall during this event include Charmander, Weedle, Abra, Gastly, Rhyhorn, Electabuzz/Elekid, Magmar/Magby, Magikarp, Porygon, Seedot, and Piplup.

There’ll be special trade bonuses during this event series, including a 25% reduced stardust cost for trades, and a single extra special trade per day. This event will benefit from the brand new Pokemon Storage Expansion Cap (from 4,500 to 5,000 Pokemon), as well as the Item Bag Expansion Cap (from 3,500 to 4,500).

The first part of this Community Day event will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2021. This event will start at 11AM and last until 5PM local time. The second part of this event will take place on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Certain Pokemon evolved from Friday, December 17 at 10AM until December 20, 2021 at 10AM will learn exclusive moves – we’ll have that list soon!

You can experience this event for free, as is your right. You can also purchase a December Community Day-exclusive Special Research story in the very near future. That’ll likely cost anywhere from a dollar to a few dollars – we shall see!

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MSI Announces a Monster 55-Inch OLED Gaming Monitor

MSI announced the upcoming launch of two gaming monitors, both of which bring something new to the market.

The first screen has a curved mini-LED display with a 165Hz refresh rate that promises excellent color reproduction thanks to a number of technologies, including MSI’s own premium quantum dot films. The second display is a massive 55-inch OLED monitor directed at console gamers.

The curved monitor, dubbed MSI MEG Artymis 341, marks an industry first with its sharp curvature combined with mini-LED backlighting. It meets the VESA Display HDR 1000 requirements, supporting at least HDR10 high dynamic range content and achieving a brightness of at least 1,000 nits at peak luminance.

MEG Artymis 341 has a 34-inch screen with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 and a 21:9 aspect ratio. The technology used in its creation lends itself to producing a wide color range and a high-quality image. It features a combination of Optronics adaptive mini-LED technology, full-array local dimming (FALD) based on mini-LED backlighting, and MSI’s quantum dot premium films.

The above specs certainly should contribute to a fantastic viewing experience. The monitor is likely to provide high contrasts, deep blacks, and high brightness. The superior imagery should come at no expense to gaming, as the MSI MEG Artymis also has a 165Hz refresh rate and a response time of 1 milliseconds. The screen also features a rather sharp 1000R arc curvature and an 800R center curvature.

MSI hasn’t revealed any further details about its new curved display, such as whether it will swivel, pivot, or have an adjustable stand.

MSI's new OLED gaming monitor.

MSI has another ace up its sleeve that’s also directed at gamers — although this one seems to be aimed at console gaming rather than PC. The MSI MEG 551U OLED is the company’s upcoming 55-inch OLED monitor for the gaming sector. Featuring a very large and wide screen, it promises high image quality for those who enjoy gaming on huge displays.

Both of these screens are directed at the premium sector. The curved model seems to combine everything most users wish to see in one of the best gaming monitors — fantastic image quality and high refresh rates. This combination makes it suited for both fast-paced shooters and immersive RPGs.

The pricing of these new monitors hasn’t been announced just yet, but it’s clear that they may not be cheap. MSI teased that both the screens will be available for sale sometime in 2022.

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Deck-building roguelike Monster Train heads to Switch this month

Roguelikes are some of the most popular indie games around at the moment, and as the genre becomes more crowded, we’ve seen several different sub-genres sprout up. One sub-genre that’s proven to be very popular is the deck-building roguelike, the success of which was spearheaded by games like Slay the Spire. Today, we learned that one of the best deck-building roguelikes, Monster Train, is coming to Nintendo Switch.

Even better is the fact that the Switch version of Monster Train is just around the corner, with developer Shiny Shoe Games announcing a release date of August 19th today. Monster Train: First Class will run $29.99, which is five dollars more than the base game costs on Steam. It’s worth noting, however, that Monster Train: First Class comes with The Last Divinity DLC, so actually, you’re paying a little less on Switch than you would for the base game and DLC on PC.

That’s good news, as oftentimes we’ll see games get a little price hike when coming to the Switch, so it’s nice to see that’s not happening with Monster Train. In any case, Shiny Shoe Games confirmed today that the Switch version will feature cross-play between the PC and Xbox versions of the game, but unfortunately, there won’t be support for cross-saves.

In addition, Switch players will be able to play through the Community and Daily Challenges and generate and share their own challenges. Monster Train is a game about reclaiming Hell from the forces of Heaven, and you’ll do that by building decks of cards containing all different kinds of minions and monsters.

For those who enjoyed Slay the Spire, Monster Train is well worth checking out because the two titles strike similar notes while still feeling very distinct. The eShop listing for Monster Train is already live, so feel free to peruse that, but otherwise, look for the game to land on Switch on August 19th.

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Monster Hunter Rise trailer reveals crossover with fan-favorite Capcom game

Capcom announced today that Monster Hunter Rise will soon be getting another collaboration with a classic Capcom game, after the first collaboration celebrated the release of Monster Hunter Stories 2. This next collaboration – simply called Capcom Collab 2 – is a crossover with the game Okami, which former Capcom subsidiary Clover Studio created and first released in 2006.

Okami has become something of a cult classic throughout the years, and you’ll still find people who talk about it fondly today. In Okami, you play as Amaterasu, a goddess from Japanese mythology who takes the form of a white wolf. This collaboration, it seems, will give Monster Hunter Rise players a layered armor set that will make their Palamute companion look like Amaterasu.

The finished look of the layered armor is pretty good, and you can see it in the trailer embedded above. The collaboration will be going live in Monster Hunter Rise on July 30th, and for now, at least, the Amaterasu layered armor set seems to be the only thing going live with this update.

Players will unlock the armor set by completing an event quest, the details of which are unknown at the moment. Layered armor is essentially Capcom’s name for vanity or cosmetic sets, meaning that the Amaterasu armor can be layered on top of your Palamute’s usual armor loadout so that they adopt the look of Amaterasu while keeping the stats and bonuses granted by their actual armor.

All in all, this looks like a solid collaboration, and it makes us wonder which Capcom games are next on the crossover list. We’ll let you know when the next collaboration is revealed in August, but for now, look out for this crossover to launch on July 30th.

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Apple Arcade’s upcoming additions include ‘Tetris’ and ‘Monster Hunter’ games

Apple Arcade is expanding its game selection, and it once again includes a mix of brand new (if familiar) originals and well-established classics. The all-you-can-play service will “soon” add Tetris Beat, an Arcade original from N3twork that blends Alexei Pajitnov’s line-clearng puzzles with rhythm game elements. The more you keep to the rhythm, the larger your combos get. The soundtrack includes well-known names like Alison Wonderland and Hannah Diamond, among others, so you might enjoy it just for the music.

The other upcoming title, Monster Hunter Stories (below), will be more than a little familiar — it’s a years-old adaptation of the turn-based Capcom RPG that made its debut on the 3DS. The game flips the usual premise on its head by making you a “rider” that forms ties with some monsters rather than hunting them down.

'Monster Hunter Stories' from Apple Arcade on iPhone

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Two more veteran games will join the mix. Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride makes the endless runner (flier?) available without worrying so much about in-app purchases, while Neko Atsume offers serene cat collecting as a foil to the other, more frantic games in the collection.

As before, Apple isn’t counting on any one game to draw you to Arcade. Like past additions, these latest entries are more about making a stronger overall case for Apple’s $5 per month service — you might be more likely to sign up (or get it as part of an Apple One bundle) if you know titles like Tetris Beat and Monster Hunter Stories are just a quick download away.

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How to Import Your Save File from the Monster Hunter Stories 2 Demo

With a Rathian-like roar, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is bursting onto the Nintendo Switch and PC in just a few days. Eager gamers don’t need to wait, however, to get their Monstery adventures started. Capcom has released a demo that gives players the opportunity to play through the beginning of the game. Best of all, progress carries over into the final release. 

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Where do you download the Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo?

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The first step, of course, is to download the Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo from the Nintendo eShop. Launch the shop and locate the product page for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. To the right, you will see options to pre-order the game and download the demo. The file is only 2.8Gb in size (compared to 14.5Gb for the full game), so it won’t take up much space and will be ready quickly on a high-speed internet connection.

Once you download the demo, feel free to play and enjoy the game as normal. This trial version lets you customize your rider and play through the beginning of the game. You can forge armor, hatch and develop monster companions, and head into battle.

The Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo does have a few limitations. The Connecticat, which facilitates multiplayer, will be unavailable. Amiibo functionality is also offline.

There is also a level cap. The demo will not let your character advance past level 11. It won’t stop you from playing, but it will stop counting experience points. The demo is not timed, but you will eventually reach an endpoint, and that is where you will likely import your save from.

How to create your Monster Hunter Stories 2 save

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Any save you create in the Monster Hunter 2 demo can be loaded from the full version of the game.

The demo is limited to a single save slot, rather than the three that will be available in the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2. Once you reach the end of the demo, a window will open and ask if you would like to “Save your current game progress?”

You are given the option to either Save or Cancel. Canceling allows you to continue the demo, but you cannot progress forward in the story.

If you choose the Save option, then the game will create your final save file, and you will no longer be able to use that to play the demo. You will need to wait until you are playing the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2 in order to continue.

The game does keep an autosave. If you change your mind and want to continue playing, then you can load the autosave from before the end of the demo, but keep in mind that any subsequent save will overwrite the file in your one save slot.

How to import your save in Monster Hunter Stories 2

Title screen popup confirming data import from the demo
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Once you have the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2, importing your save is really easy. First, launch the game. There will be options to select, such as your preferred language, etc. Eventually, you will land on the title screen.

If you have a save from the demo, there will be an option on the bottom of the menu called Transfer from the Demo. Select that, and you will see a popup, asking if you would like to resume. Choose Resume, and the game will import your save, allowing you to continue from where you left off.

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Monster Hunter Stories 2 Essential Tips and Tricks

The incredibly popular Monster Hunter franchise is coming once again to the Nintendo Switch and PC with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. This offshoot combines the world of Monster Hunter with the creature-collecting and turn-based battling of Pokémon, in a story-driven RPG. Gamers play as a Monster Rider, adventuring across the world and finding new monster companions known as Monsties as they seek to unravel the reason why Rathalos the world over have begun to disappear.

We’ve hunted the monsters, forged the equipment, and ventured into the unknown to bring you the information you need to be a successful Monster Rider. Here are 10 essential tips and tricks in Monster Hunter Stories 2.

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Carry one of each weapon type

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You can equip three different weapons to your character. The most versatile option is to equip one weapon from each type. Monsters and their parts will have weaknesses and resistances to different weapon types. During battle, you will see on-screen indicators telling you what is and isn’t working. Having one of each weapon type equipped means you can always use the most effective tool for the job.

Switch your Monstie to match the attack type you want

Your Monstie companion is largely autonomous, but that does not mean they attack at random. Pay attention to the attack style of your Monstie, and match that up to the monsters you are fighting. Bring out a speed type Monstie to fight a monster using power attacks, a technical type to fight a monster using technical attacks, and a power type to fight a monster using technical attacks. Not only will this allow them to win head-to-head battles, but it sets you up for double attacks. These attacks do significant damage, interrupt the enemy monsters mid-attack, and give a giant boost to your kinship gage. This can make or break tough battles.

Upgrade gear early and often

Your character levels up over time by accumulating experience points, but you can create much more immediate boosts by investing in your equipment. Monster parts accumulate very quickly in Monster Hunter Stories 2, much faster than in the classic Monster Hunter series. There is no need to hoard the parts. As the game progresses, the quality of gear you can make increases quickly, so upgrade frequently.

Egg color and pattern tell you more than you think

The player carrying a Palamute egg.
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Did you know you can tell exactly what Monstie you will get before the egg even hatches? Every monster type in Monster Hunter Stories 2 has a unique combination of colors and patterns on its shell. That means you have all the information you need about what type of monster will hatch the second you pick up the egg. When you raid a Monster nest, you can typically try pulling an egg multiple times. Want Velocidrome? Find a blue egg with orange spots. Fancy a Paolumu instead? Grab that white egg with pink zebra stripes. Once you hatch an egg, all the info goes in the Monstiepedia section of your Field Guide, so you can easily see what will hatch from an egg.

In a traditional turned-based RPG, lower health is a sign that you need to heal your character, or you risk game over. That is not necessarily the case in Monster Hunter Stories 2. Enemies are kind enough to telegraph their targets. Not only do you not need to heal when you aren’t the target, but you are often better off attacking when the opportunity presents itself. The damage dealt obviously helps, but the real reward is increasing your kinship gauge. Filling that allows you to ride your Monstie, which fully refills your health and sets you up for a devastating kinship attack. That’s a much better combination than spending potions and drawing out the fight.

Learn to be sneaky

Sure, you may be riding an enormous fire-breathing dragon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be sneaky. Watch the other monsters while you are out in the overworld. You can initiate battle by running into monsters, but if you do it while their backs are turned, you are rewarded with a Back Attack. This gives you an entire round of free attacks, with no risk of reprisal. Free damage and kinship gauge? Yes, please. 

Don’t immediately use your Kinship Attack when you are riding

Zinogre charging into battle.
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We know, you worked hard during the battle to fill up your kinship gauge, and now you want to reward yourself with a flashy super move. But there are good reasons to wait before activating your Kinship Attack. Standard attacks performed while riding hit hard and follow the same power-beats-speed-beats-technical-beats-power rules, with one important difference. Successfully winning head-to-heads while riding increases your kinship level, which powers up the inevitable super.

In addition, if you have a companion, waiting for them to ride their Monstie will activate a team attack. The damage is tremendous, and it will knock down the monster. All subsequent attacks will be critical hits, dealing bonus damage, until the monster stands back up. What more do you want from your most powerful move?

Visit Rare Dens, even if you aren’t looking for new Monsties

Monster dens are everywhere in Monster Hunter Stories 2. Many players will start skipping them after a while. That’s not necessarily a problem in areas that you’ve visited before.  The exception is in the Rare Monster Dens. Sure, you may have already captured every type of monster in the area, but new companions are not the only reason you need eggs. Rare Monster Dens are much more likely to contain monsters with rare or boosted traits. Collecting these genes is the key to taking advantage of the Rite of Channeling.

The Right of Channeling allows you to take the gene from one monster and transfer it to another. You give up the donor monster in the process, but this allows you to increase the strength and stats of the recipient. Each monster has a 3×3 genetic grid, and they receive bonuses for multiples of the same gene, and a “bingo” bonus for three in a row.

Plan your Monstie party with overworld abilities in mind

Riding different Monsties in the overworld gives you access to different abilities. Some allow you to jump, climb, or smash your way to different areas. Others can scare away smaller enemies, or detect certain types of crafting ingredients. All are useful in their own way, but particular favor should be given to the traversal abilities. These are often necessary in order to reach chests. That is useful everywhere, but doubly so in the Everdens. These areas contain red chests that hold bottle caps, a special currency that can be traded for powerful weapons, armor, and items.

Learn to make Monsties retreat
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You have the ability to try and force monsters to retreat to their dens at the end of battles. This is useful when you encounter a new type of monster and want to add one to your team. First, start a battle with the monster. Once you’ve gotten the creature to low health, use Paintball from your item menu. If you defeat the monster quickly after that, then there is a high likelihood (but no guarantee) that it will flee. Follow it back to the den, and all of the eggs will match the monster.

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How to Play Monster Hunter: World Offline

Monster Hunter: World is a game that’s best played with a few friends. Teaming up to take down a behemoth is an experience unlike anything else, and it’s the reason why Monster Hunter is one of the most popular series of all time.

However, plenty of people enjoying running through the game solo — discovering its secrets and dispatching its foes at their own pace. There’s also the possibility that you just want to play offline, avoiding all the headaches that often accompany online gaming. If you fall into either of those categories, you’ll be glad to know Monster Hunter: World can be fully enjoyed offline.

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How to play Monster Hunter: World offline

While Monster Hunter: World doesn’t give any indication of it, you can experience all the monster-hunting fun without connecting to the internet. The game clearly wants you to take the action online — just a quick glance at its menu system reveals dozens of multiplayer options — but it’s not a requirement to join in on the fun.

Here are two ways to enjoy the action solo:

Disconnect from the internet

Whether it means pulling out your Ethernet cable or disconnecting from Wi-Fi, you can go offline simply by disabling your internet connection. As you run through the usual steps to find an online match, the game will realize you don’t have a connection and create an offline lobby for you. A few features might be missing, but this is the easiest way — and the only way — to have a truly offline experience.

Create a private session

This method isn’t quite limited to offline play, but it has the same effect — no one else will be able to join your game. To create a private session, go through the normal motions of starting an online session until you encounter a menu that asks if you’d like to make a Private Session. Select Yes, and no one else will be able to join your game.

To switch it back, head over to a Quest Board and change the Private Session answer to No. This isn’t technically an offline lobby, but it’s an easy way to play solo without having to disconnect from your internet.

Monster Hunter: World scales difficulty for offline games

If you’re worried about Monster Hunter: World becoming more difficult as a solo player, don’t be — Capcom made sure to include a nifty scaling feature that reduces enemy health bars to accommodate party size. That means a solo player has a similar chance to take down Zorah Magdaros as everyone else.

Playing as a party does have its perks — extra damage, ability to lure monsters away from you, healing, etc. — but playing the game offline is still a viable alternative to the usual party-based mayhem.

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Monster Hunter Stories 2 Launch Guide: Platforms, Size, Length, and More

One of the most anticipated games of the summer is nearly upon us! Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is the latest entry in Capcom’s Monster Hunter Series. We’ve watched all the livestreams, played through the demo, and gathered all the information you need to know in one convenient place. This is everything you need to know about Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin to get you prepared for launch day.

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What is Monster Hunter Stories 2?

This is a sequel to Monster Hunter Stories, a 2016 spinoff of the Monster Hunter series. Monster Hunter Stories 2 puts you in the shoes of Leo. Leo is a Rider, a monster tamer, and the grandson of Red, the protagonist of the first game. Leo and his friends must uncover why the Rathalos, a type of dragon, have started to disappear all over the world. The secret seems to lie with a newborn Rathalos, born with black wings, who is said to have the potential to end the world.  

The Monster Hunter Stories series differentiates itself from the main series in a few ways. The game is heavily story-driven, with a focus on unique characters and an overarching plot. The real-time action is replaced by a classic RPG-style turn-based system, complete with attacks, special abilities, and items. While you do fight monsters, you also raise them as your allies and battle companions. 

When does Monster Hunter Stories 2 release?

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Monster Hunter Stories 2 will release on July 9, 2021. 

Capcom originally announced Monster Hunter Stories 2 as part of a September 2020 Nintendo Direct. The game was initially given a launch window of summer 2021, which was then narrowed down to July during a March digital event. The final July 9 release date was confirmed during an April livestream. Rejoice! Monster Hunter Stories 2 is nearly upon us. 

What platforms will Monster Hunter Stories 2 release on?

Monster Stories Hunter 2 will be available on Nintendo Switch, and on Windows PC via Steam. 

The initial announcement and most of the press surrounding Monster Hunter Stories 2 have been tied closely with the Nintendo Switch, so that is no surprise. At Capcom’s March digital event, they revealed that a Windows PC edition of the game, sold through Steam, would release on the same day as the Nintendo Switch version.  

What is the file size of Monster Hunter Stories 2?

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Nintendo confirmed that the Switch version of Monster Hunter Stories 2 will take up 13.5 Gb, either on the built-in system storage, or on a micro SD card (sold separately).  

According to the minimum requirements on Steam, users should plan to allocate 28Gb.

How long is Monster Hunter Stories 2?

If the original Monster Hunter Stories is any indication, then most average users should complete the game with around 50 hours of total playtime. That includes finishing the main story and a moderate amount of side quests. 

The exact length of an RPG can vary significantly from user to user. Some players speed through the story, skipping many of the side quests. Others tend to meander a bit more, completing all that there is before finishing the game. Seeing playtimes of less than 30 hours for speedier gamers and above 80 hours for completionists would be similar to the first Monster Hunter Stories game.  

Does Monster Hunter Stories 2 have a demo?

There is a Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. It is free in the Nintendo eShop and allows you to play through the beginning section of the game. You can level your character up to level 11, and your progress can be imported into the full game when it is released. It is a great way to try out the game and get a feel for the mechanics before launch. 

Is there multiplayer in Monster Hunter Stories 2?

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Monster Hunter Stories 2 has both cooperative and player-versus-player multiplayer modes. Multiplayer modes are online only and require everyone has their own system and game. Capcom has not announced crossplay for the game, so it is unlikely that PC gamers and Nintendo Switch gamers will be able to play together. 

PVP modes allow up to four Riders and their companions to do battle. Options can be set to auto-balance characters to make fights fair, or to allow level and equipment to factor into battles.  

Co-op will take place in special multiplayer expeditions, where teams of human-controlled Riders hunt monsters together, for special rewards. This is also being billed as an excellent way to find monster eggs, allowing you to build up your team for use in single-player or multiplayer.

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The Best Armor in Monster Hunter: Rise

The heart of Monster Hunter: Rise (aside from the monsters) is the gear you earn as you progress through each fight. That gameplay loop is what has attracted so many players to the series, and in many ways, Rise has streamlined the process of acquiring gear. There are dozens and dozens of different armor sets you can make in Rise, all of which have their own unique benefits and attributes. While it’s tough to specifically narrow down which ones are the best, there are some that are objectively better than others — and some that just make sense to have available for many encounters.

In this guide, we’ll show you which armor sets you should work toward while narrowing down their skills and bonuses. There are tons of different situations in Monster Hunter: Rise, so you’ll always want to have an armor set available that suits your needs. Whether you’re a newcomer or someone with more experience in the series, you’ll always want to strive toward having the best armor you can find.

Here is the best armor in Monster Hunter: Rise.

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The best Monster Hunter: Rise armor — Low rank

This might be a given, but the low-rank armor sets are only good during the earlier quests. These are meant for players who are just starting out and are typically easier to obtain. While many sets are great in their own way and are good for various play styles, we’ll cover some of the best armor that protects against most elemental attacks. This will hopefully keep your bases covered when you first start out.

Bishaten

  • Rarity 2
  • Defense: 22
  • Fire resistance: -2
  • Water resistance: 2
  • Thunder: 2
  • Ice resistance: – 4
  • Dragon resistance: 2

Kicking things off is the Bishaten armor, which is a relatively obtainable set to aim toward when first starting out. It won’t give you the greatest protection, but it’s well-balanced, particularly against water, thunder, and dragon elemental attacks. The good thing about grinding for this armor set is that you’ll need to face off against the Bishaten, which is a great, low-level monster that teaches you the ins and outs of the game. You shouldn’t keep this set around forever, but it’ll serve you well during the earlier hunts.

Bnahabra

Bnahabra armor screen.
  • Rarity 2
  • Defense: 14
  • Fire resistance: -2
  • Water resistance: 0
  • Thunder: 0
  • Ice resistance: 0
  • Dragon resistance: 2

Next up is the Bnahabra armor. The interesting thing about this set is that it requires parts from a non-boss enemy. That means grinding it will be relatively easy, making it well worth the investment. With it being such a low-level set, it isn’t amazing, but you’ll want to use this one if you’re facing off against a large monster that uses dragon elemental attacks. This is one of the easiest sets to obtain for beginners, and grinding for it will provide multiple learning lessons about how the game works.

Almudron

Almudron armor screen.
  • Rarity 3
  • Defense: 30
  • Fire resistance: -4
  • Water resistance: 3
  • Thunder: 3
  • Ice resistance: -2
  • Dragon resistance: -2

When it comes to the best low-level gear, it doesn’t get much better than the Almudron set. This armor will defend you against water and thunder attacks and has high general defense. Just don’t rely on this set when going up against a fire-type monster because it has very poor defense in this category. But aside from that, this is one of the sets you should strive toward earning as you make your way to the end of low-rank quests. One thing to note is that grinding the Almudron monster is tough, so hopefully by the time you get to it, you’ll be familiar with taking on tough creatures.

Goss Harag

Goss Harag armor screen.
  • Rarity 3
  • Defense: 30
  • Fire resistance: -4
  • Water resistance: 1
  • Thunder: -1
  • Ice resistance: 4
  • Dragon resistance: 0

The main reason you’ll want to have the Goss Harag set is to help defend you against ice attacks. This has the same defense as the Almudron set but is meant for facing off against monsters in a cold environment. While grinding for this armor isn’t the most troublesome, you’ll likely need to spend a considerable amount of time gathering all the materials needed. But once you have it, you’ll be glad you did, as those pesky ice-based monsters won’t stand a chance while you’re wearing it.

Anja

Anja armor screen.
  • Rarity 3
  • Defense: 26
  • Fire resistance: 3
  • Water resistance: -3
  • Thunder: -1
  • Ice resistance: -1
  • Dragon resistance: 0

Finally, let’s cover an armor set that is great against fire. Many of the harder enemies can severely damage you with fire attacks, so you’ll need gear that will keep you alive during the … heat … of battle. That’s why we advise using the Anja armor, which is once again one of the last sets in the low-rank category. Grinding for this one isn’t too difficult, though you’ll want to be careful when facing off against the deadly Anjanath monster. Keep in mind, the previous two sets — Almudron and Goss Harag — have better overall defense, but Anja should be your go-to for fire protection.

The best Monster Hunter: Rise armor — High rank

When it comes to high rank, you’ll want to pay more attention to the gear you’ll be using during any given fight. That’s because monsters will be much more deadly, making it easier to be eliminated in just a few hits. With that in mind, you’ll also find it more difficult to grind for these sets, especially if you’re a newcomer. Though, don’t let that steer you away from working toward the best armor in the game.

Bishaten S

Bishaten S armor screen.
  • Rarity 5
  • Defense: 52
  • Fire resistance: -2
  • Water resistance: 2
  • Thunder: 2
  • Ice resistance: -4
  • Dragon resistance: 2

The Bishaten S armor set isn’t the best in any category, but is decent against many elemental attacks including water, thunder, and dragon. This is an ideal pick that serves as an interstitial armor set — holding you over for something with more focused defense. But because of its versatility, it’s hard to pass up, especially since its overall defense is high. By this point, you should be at least mildly familiar with taking down the Bishaten, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to grind for parts. Just don’t use this set when facing off against ice elemental monsters.

Barroth S

Barroth S armor screen.
  • Rarity 4
  • Defense: 50
  • Fire resistance: -3
  • Water resistance: -1
  • Thunder: 3
  • Ice resistance: -1
  • Dragon resistance: 0

The best thing about the Barroth S armor set is its defense against thunder, which is one of the highest for this particular category. Its overall defense is competitive, but you’ll likely find it challenging to gather all the parts needed for a complete set. Grinding the Barroth is yet another tough task, so you’ll need to be an experienced player to effectively make the most out of each fight. You might also have some trouble coming across the Quality Fin, which is obtained from the Delex in Sandy Plains.

Ludroth S

Ludroth S armor screen.
  • Rarity 4
  • Defense: 48
  • Fire resistance: -3
  • Water resistance: 4
  • Thunder: -1
  • Ice resistance: 0
  • Dragon resistance: 0

One of the most effective armor sets against water is the Ludroth S. Depending on your skill and how well you perform against the Ludroth, you might be able to easily obtain this particular set. It has relatively high defense overall, but its water resistance is its biggest asset. We highly discourage using this armor set against monsters that use fire attacks. Aside from that, it’s slightly weak against thunder, but even so, you’ll find this armor to be useful in general — especially against water.

Aknosom S

Aknosom S armor screen.
  • Rarity 4
  • Defense: 38
  • Fire resistance: 3
  • Water resistance: -3
  • Thunder: -1
  • Ice resistance: 0
  • Dragon resistance: 0

This one is a bit of a lower-end set, but if you’re looking for decent fire resistance, the Aknosom S is recommended. Fortunately, the Aknosom isn’t too difficult to grind, so you should have an easier time farming the materials needed than with other sets. One thing to note is that this armor does poorly against water, but aside from that, it’s a versatile set that works well, especially when upgraded. Of course, this should be your go-to for fire-resistant gear.

Dober

Dober armor set.
  • Rarity 5
  • Defense: 52
  • Fire resistance: -2
  • Water resistance: 0
  • Thunder: 0
  • Ice resistance: 0
  • Dragon resistance: 4

Full stop, Dober is just fantastic. Aside from the fact that it just looks cool, this armor set provides high general defense, making it ideal for many situations. Though, its main asset is protection against dragon attacks, so keep that in mind when accepting quests. The main thing to consider about the Dober set is that it requires parts from many different monsters — not just one, as you might be used to by now. For this reason, it’s arguably a little easier to grind for since you don’t need to repeat the same fight against one creature over and over, but there are still rare materials required for the entire set.

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