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    Monster Hunter Stories 2: Beginner's Guide

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    Combat, exploration and team building tips.

    Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is the latest in the franchise's RPG adventure. As a young Knight, you will fight alongside a monster companion as you defeat hordes of creatures throughout the story. Although the fight in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Be direct, there's still plenty of advice to share with players new and old to the series.



    In this beginner's guide to Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin , we will share tips and tricks that will make starting your journey much easier. 

    We will explain some mechanics that you can miss and that are essential to make your adventure more rewarding. This guide also has tips on some of the best ways to increase your combat performance and how to make your monsters the best they can be.

    TRY TO WIN HEAD-TO-HEAD BATTLES

    The main combat mechanic in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is the attack type system. As explained in our combat guide, this set of rules is based on using three different forms of attacks to beat opponents or cancel the attack entirely. 

    Whenever you choose an Attack or Equipment Skill, you must designate the type of attack you wish to perform: Strength, Speed, or Technique.

    In most cases, you can choose any attack you like to damage the enemy. However, when you and an enemy are targeting each other, the type of attack you choose is important. You'll know when an enemy is targeting you when you see a colored line connecting the two of you.



    Mastering this system is the key to winning fights

    When you and a monster target each other during the same turn, your attacks will start a battle. Head-to-head . Learning how to defeat them is essential to mastering combat. The winner of a Head-to-Head battle is chosen based on the wheel above. When you win a Head-to-Head attack, you do a lot more damage to your opponent and they will barely hurt you.

    When you or your Monstie are targeted by an enemy during the same turn and you both choose attacks that would win a Head-to-Head battle, you will perform a Double Attack . A Double Attack deals even more damage and cancels the enemy's attack.

    USE YOUR MONSTIE'S RIDING ACTIONS

    Your Monstie leader's riding action can help you find items

    As you explore the world of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin , you'll find various monsters to fight, resources you can collect to combine items or forge armor and equipment, as well as hidden areas like lairs and Everdens. 

    However, unless you keep an eye on all these objects, they can be easily lost. Fortunately, your monsters can help you find them all.

    Each monster has a Riding Action that you can use to navigate the open world or find resources and destinations. To find out what skills your teammates have, go to the Camp menu and select Lead Monstie . In this menu, you will be able to see what riding actions each of your friends has.



    At the start of the game, you'll use a Monstie named Ranmar to jump through designated gaps. However, other Monsties such as Kulu Ya-Ku have an ability that allows them to search for objects. 

    the skill Nest Search this creature allows you to pinpoint the location of burrows and eggs with the press of a button. After using this skill, it will mark burrows and eggs anywhere in the vicinity of the map.

    Each Monstie has a unique ability, so once you've found the right egg and hatched a creature, check what abilities they have.

    DIVERSIFY YOUR MONSTIE SQUAD

    Overcome battles hand to hand and use the actions correct from horsemanship are the key to survival in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin . To have a successful team, you need a little diversity.

    You want to have a balance of each type of fight on your list. Each Monstie prefers a specific type of attack, so pay attention to the little icons in their menu that indicate whether they prefer it. Power , Technical Assistant ou Speed . Bring two of each with you and you'll be able to take on any monster in battle, even when he rages and switches tactics.

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    Likewise, Wings of Ruin only has a handful of riding skills, and you'll find plenty of duplicates early in the game. Certain areas of the world are inaccessible without a specific Riding Action, so you want to make sure you have a good collection on your list. If all the monsters you have can jump gaps like Ranmar, you're missing out on other riding actions like Swim .

    Keep piloting actions and combat preferences in mind before leaving the stable for a new mission. You don't want to see a treasure chest behind a rock and realize you have to take it back to town to get one. Rock Breaker Monstie if you want to get him.

    CHOOSE THE MONSTIE YOU LIKE

    All monsters serve different purposes depending on your Riding Action or combat preferences. But there are many Monsties to choose from, and some of them aren't as fun or exciting as others.

    Enjoy yourself â€ť isn’t always the most interesting tip, but we haven’t encountered any truly punishing combat situations in our time with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin . It's a great idea to diversify your squad for maximum efficiency, but choose Monsties that you think they look cool or what are some of your favorite hunts in the Monster Hunter series can help you get more out of the experience.

    There's a lot of grinding content in Wings of Ruin, and all of the story missions follow a similar mold. But riding on the back of your favorite Monstie, rather than just your best Monstie – never gets old.

    USE BOTTLE LIDS TO OBTAIN SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND ITEMS IN ADVANCE

    Melnyx Inc. sell high-end equipment in advance

    You can get most of what you need by forging armor and weapons at the smithy and visiting the item vendor in each town. If you're farming for zenny early in the game, you should have no problem getting what you need from these two stores. However, to obtain some of the rarest items in the game, you will need to bottle caps .

    This single currency is the only type of money that Melynx Secret Vendors accept. You can find each of these vendors hidden in each city. You can get bottle caps in subquest on the quest board, but you can also find this coin in Everdens. 

    This special currency allows you to buy powerful equipment before you can build it yourself. You can also find unique items such as those that unlock new hair styles or increase your stable size.

    If you find an Everden or a subquest that offers bottle caps, be sure to stock up. If you have enough, you can get strong armor and weapons early in the game that will help you move through the story more easily.

    COLLECT THE EGGS EARLY

    At the beginning of Wings of Ruin, you will learn how to find and hatching eggs , turning them into mini-monsters that take up a lot of space in your stable. Both the stable and the egg box offer limited space, but you can use both to effectively accumulate lots of monsters (both born and unborn).

    Your monsters start out as units for you to use in battle or ride around the world, but you will eventually use them as currency for the game system. Channeling Rite . If you want to improve your monsters and make them the best they can be, you are going to need a lot of monsters in your care, it will be even better if you harvest good eggs.

    A cruel reality of Wings of Ruin is that you will eventually turn those unwanted eggs and monsters into currency, so having a lot in stock once you get to the second chapter of the game should be beneficial. Which brings us to the Rite of Channeling itself…

    IMPROVE YOUR MONSTIE GENES

    The Rite of Channeling is a complex system where you can sacrifice Monsties in your Stable by giving one of your Genes to another monster. There's a lot going on in the Rite of Channeling, and you can check out our Rite of Channeling guide for more in-depth help, but the idea is relatively simple.

    Each Monstie has genes arranged like a tic-tac-toe game. But through the Rite of Channeling, you can transfer the Genes from one Monstie to another. The Monstie who lost a gene will be gone forever and the Monstie who gained a gene will be even more powerful.

    The Rite of Channeling can be complex, but it's worth learning

    There's more to this system, such as organizing Genes in Monstie's tic-tac-toe to improve your combat stats, and the game will teach you everything once you enter the second chapter. Once you unlock it, you can use the Rite of Channeling whenever you want by visiting your Stable.

    It is important to perform the Rite of Channeling frequently if you want to improve your Monstie or give it a new movement . Make sure you get the eggs whenever you're out and about and clean your stable often, growing your roster through the Rite of Channeling!

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