It’s been an unfortunate break for me away from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, owing to me wanting to do something banal like sort my life out, get some qualifications and maybe be less unhappy at work. None of this really worked out, so reverting back to old habits doesn’t really seem to awful a thing to do. And I had missed MonHun in this time, even though I had seen people I know vastly outdo me in terms of progression through the game in the time I’d been focussing on other things.
I’d made it my first objective to complete the Jaggi armour set before going to face the Tetsucabra again having suffered quite the resounding defeat to it on my first attempt: the impatience associate with being on a packed train to Telford while attempting to undertake this for the first time may have had something to do with the degree to which I found myself struggling against the rock-loving amphibian, but he seemed somewhat of a tougher sort than the larger monsters I’d fought so far. Going back to fight a Great Jaggi a few times was somewhat inevitable to complete the armour set, with a focus put on making sure I did enough damage to the head to have a chance of having a King’s Frill drop.
It turns out that breaking parts on monsters is not as easy in MH4U as it was in MH3U: the addition of the ability to mount monsters also brought with it a greater chance to break parts of monsters if one does mount them. This was something I was unaware of until I’d fought the Great Jaggi with the dual blades, hammer and insect glaive, each time focussing on hitting nothing other than its head, something that’s quite time consuming with a couple of these weapons. One I knew this, however, it was only a couple of attempts before I had the two King’s Frills that I required to finish up the set. The Jaggi set isn’t quite Fashion Hunter, but it’s definitely more appealing to the eye than the mixed chainmail set I was using before. Of course, I think about the important things.
With the Tetsucabra dispatched, I moved on to the next urgent quest: defeating the Basarios. To my mind, this is the first battle that demonstrated the utility and necessity of mounting monsters sometimes by making sure that no matter the sharpness of your weapon, the attack would recoil. Having settled once again on the insect glaive as my weapon of choice, it was very little effort to take down the stone beast with the key area of difficulty coming from identifying which stone it was disguised as once it retreated having taken a fair amount of damage.