Woah there! Don't just go jumping into the quest! You have to prepare, and this guide will make you the best-prepared hunter on the planet. Preparations are half the battle in Monster Hunter, so let's get started.
You probably couldn't be less surprised that there are items in Monster Hunter, and that they will help you out in your quest. Technically speaking, most of the items are not necessary for gameplay. But you'll soon find that being able to heal is more or less mandatory, and that items such as bombs can really speed things along.
There are an incredible amount of items in this game, and you shouldn't truck them with you all at once. Rather, you'll want to make sure you customize your item set for each battle. Some monsters, such as flying monsters, are incredibly vulnerable to Flash Bombs , which will blind them and send them crashing down. Other monsters, particularly monsters that like to burrow, have sensitive hearing and will be immobilized by a well-timed Sonic Bomb. And still others have horns that can be broken with a well-placed Barrel Bomb. The list is endless!
Items can be acquired by either gathering during a quest, purchasing at the market (some items are exclusive to this place), and by combining those items you find into new items. The vast majority of items you'll find useful will have to be combined. Go to your item box and select the Combine option. Try combining and Herb and a Blue Mushroom for starters. This makes a Potion. Combine the Potion with Honey and you will have a Mega Potion, the most important healing item in the game. Use the combination list to get everything you need. Improve your combo rate by purchasing Combo Books from the market.
Note: Don't know when you can gather outside of those oh-so-boring Harvest Tours? Never have to do those again! After you finish slaying a monster, you are given one minute to carve. But in that minute, you should also gather at every gathering spot possible near you. By getting into the habit of doing this at the end of every quest, you will have a full to bursting inventory in no time.
Just for you, here's a list of items you should always have prepared to pack, and how to combine to obtain them!
|Item||How to Obtain|
|Potion||Herb + Blue Mushroom|
|Mega Potion||Potion + Honey|
|Well-Done Steak||Cook Raw Meat w/ BBQ Spit or at the Purrprietess|
|Whetstones||Purchase or gather|
|Ammo||Purchase or combine (there are a TON of different combinations in your list!)|
|Paintball||Sap Plant + Paintberry|
|Farcaster||(Iron Ore + Sap Plant = Bomb Casing) + Exciteshroom|
|Shock Trap||Thunderbug + Trap Tool (Purchase)|
|Pitfall Trap||(Ivy + Spider Web = Net) + Trap Tool|
|Tranq Bombs||(Sleep Herb + Parashroom = Tranquilizer) + Bomb Casing|
|Dung Bombs||Dung + Bomb Casing. Throw it at a monster to make it leave the area, or free you if it pins you|
The following items are more niche. Some are absolutely necessary but only in a few situations, others are never necessary but absolutely incredibly helpful or potent (or both!) if used properly.
|Item||Effect||How to Obtain|
|Hot/Cool Drink||Negates effects from hot or cold weather. Necessary for areas like Arctic Ridge, Dunes, etc.||Purchase or combine|
|Antidote||Cures poison||Antidote Herb + Blue Mushroom|
|Energy Drink||Shakes off sleep||Honey + Nitroshroom|
|Lifepowder||Restore health to you and your allies. Great for multiplayer!||Lifecrystals + Wyvern Claw|
|Dash Juice||Stamina will not deplete for a little while. Get Mega Dash Juice for enhanced effects.||Catalyst + Rare Steak|
|Cleanser||Cures you of snowman status, caused by many snowball-flinging monsters like Lagombi||Catalyst + Popfish|
|Max Potion||Restores your health and maximizes your health bar. Great if you faint!||Mega Nutrients + Dragon Toadstool|
|Ancient Potion||Restores your health and maximizes your health and stamina bars. Even better if you faint!||Kelbi Horn + Immunizer|
|Flash Bomb||Detonates and creates a blinding flash of light.||Bomb Casing + Flashbug|
|Sonic Bomb||Detonates and creates an earpiercing noise.||Gunpowder + Screamer Sac|
|Barrel Bombs||Set next to the monster, attack/kick/use Barrel Bomb S to detonate||Large/Small Barrels + Gunpowder|
Finally, some items are extremely important not for you to use, but because they are used in an endless variety of other combinations. Here they are plus how to obtain them. Note that several of them can be purchased with resource points from the trader Neko (means "Cat") at the Palico Ranch by Bherna Village, which can save you a great deal of headaches.
|Item||Uses||How to Obtain|
|Blue Mushroom and Herb||Anything healing will need this at some point. Mega Potions, for example||Gather, or use the farm (trader)|
|Honey||A must for Mega Potions, which you will need stacks and stacks of, and also a requirement to make the Catalyst and Immunizer||Gather or use the bee farm (trader)|
|Catalyst||Used in a LOT of combinations, you must absolutely have these!||Bitterbug + Honey|
|Immunizer||Used for a lot of more potent healing items such as Ancient Potions||Dragon Toadstool + Catalyst|
|Bomb Casing||Used for a ton of different types of bombs including Dung Bombs||Stone + Sap Splant|
|Gunpowder||Used for all the other types of bombs!||Fire Herb + Nitroshroom|
|Barrels||You need these for Barrel Bombs||Purchase|
|Huskberry/Bone Husk||Material required for almost every type of non-elemental Gunner ammo||Gather|
|Empty Phial||Used as a base for every type of arrow coating for Bows||Bone Husk + Whetstone, or purchase|
|Larval/Paralarval Extract||Enhances Jellies that helps upgrade the Kinsect more efficiently||Gather|
|Trap Tool||Used to make the two types of traps||Purchase|