This is a one-time quest available after clearing three 4-star Village Quests. Upon completion, you’ll promote to Hunter Rank 2 and unlock 2-star Hub Quests.
|3840z||Shrine Ruins||50 minutes|
For those who haven’t undertaken a multiple monster hunt before, they’re probably easier than you think. Generously, the game will massively reduce the HP of the target monsters. So if there are two target monsters, you don’t have to spend twice the amount of time. With luck, you’ll be done before you know it!
Preparing for the Hunt
The monsters you’ll be fighting both have fire-breathing attacks. So it’d be great for your health to bring armor with high Fire resistance. The Aknosom armor should do fine; if you’re concerned, upgrade it with Armor Spheres. For weapons, Water-based ones would be nice to have. At this point in time, you can forge the Tetranadon tree.
Otherwise, do your usual preparations. If you’re the type who likes capturing monsters, you should obviously prepare twice the number of traps. So bring a Pitfall and Shock Trap with you, plus keep some backups in your item box, which you can grab via the Tent if you mess up (hey, it happens sometimes).
Aknosom should be fairly straightforward to handle–and you already fought one in an Urgent Quest. On the other hand, Rathian can be challenging for new hunters. If you want to practice, you can hunt a Rathian in the 4-star Village Quest, “The Queen’s Procession”.
Early Stages of the Hunt
The starting positions of Aknosom and Rathian will be random. Rathian spawns more frequently in Area 4, near the start area, but it can also spawn in Area 11, which is more faraway. Meanwhile, Aknosom generally hovers around Area 7 or Area 8.
In any case, your first move is to decide which monster to take down first. It largely boils down to your personality, but we like to take on the strongest monster first–in this case, the Rathian. That way, if you get slightly tired out after hunting the first monster, at least the second monster will be easier to defeat.
There are two ways to begin this quest. One, since the monsters start separated, you can treat it like a regular solo hunt. In which case, go and seek out the monster you’re planning to fight first. Or, since there are two monsters, you can lure them to each other and make them fight one other. To do this, pick up a Stinkmink (you can find them listed as Hunting Helpers in your map) and use it near one of the monsters.
Even if you don’t use a Stinkmink, eventually, as the fight goes on, there’s a decent chance the two monsters will end up meeting. When the monsters meet, they will completely ignore you (since you’re literally a smaller threat) and fight each other instead. After a while, one of the monsters will become stunned. You can then use this chance to Wyvern Ride the stunned monster.
Other than that, there’s not much else to it. Just keep your wits as usual, especially when fighting the Rathian. Since the monsters have lower HP, you may be surprised how quickly they tire. After beating the first monster, feel free to take a short break. Fast travel to your camp if needed, to restock via the Tent. Then press on and beat up the second monster with the same gusto as before.