The hunting horn is exactly what it sounds like: a massive horn utilized to beat beasts ridiculous. But the horn also has a various functionality: As I wail on monsters with my usual combinations, I add notes to what is basically sheet music at the top of my screen.
In Rise, each note associates with a particular enthusiast unique to each horn, like increased attack power or earplugs that prevent the beast from shocking you with its roar. Heres an example of how it works: Tapping the A button introduces an attack that hits the monster and logs a red note in my sheet music bar.
A new tune
Beast Hunter has a track record for its enormous weapons; the comically oversized excellent sword is easily the series most famous monster-killing tool. The series also has intricate weapons, like the charge blade or the insect glaive.
Monster Hunters weirdest weapon is the hunting horn and, after going through some major modifications from previous games, its now my favorite of Rises 14 weapons.
What is the hunting horn?
Image: Capcom via Polygon
Numerous players positioned the hunting horn very low on their weapon ranking list in World, with at least one survey revealing just 1% of voters had selected the horn as their preferred weapon. Even Arekkz, one of the most significant and finest YouTubers covering the series, called the searching horn “one of the finest weapons that youre not utilizing” in his Monster Hunter: World tutorial for the weapon.
Ive hunted each of Monster Hunter Rises beasts numerous times, all totally solo, and Ive utilized the searching horn for nearly all of them, including the last employer. If that wasnt cool enough, dealing enough damage with the searching horn lets me boost Magnificent Trio with an attack where I spin my horn on the ground, dealing major damage to beasts with my sweet tunes, increasing all of my damage for a number of seconds, and looking cool as hell doing it.
I likewise love the odd method my hunter moves with the combos, the variety the horn offers over the hammer, and the distinct positioning I require for the horn.
Prior to Rise, the hunting horn was known for being a niche and relatively unpopular weapon beyond a definitely dedicated group of gamers, and its frequently been believed of as a “support only” weapon.
Theres no scientific list of weapon rankings, however old Straw Polls and data collecting attempts relating to popular weapons in Monster Hunter: World and its growth, Iceborne, didnt provide beneficial ratings for the hunting horn. Numerous players put the hunting horn very low on their weapon ranking list in World, with at least one survey revealing just 1% of citizens had chosen the horn as their favorite weapon. Even Arekkz, one of the biggest and best YouTubers covering the series, called the hunting horn “among the very best weapons that youre not utilizing” in his Monster Hunter: World tutorial for the weapon.
In many surveys Ive seen asking players what they plan to play in Rise– consisting of one with over 2,500 votes from the Monster Hunter subreddit– the hunting horn is number one. Why?
There have actually always been diehard fans of the hunting horn, however it was constantly a little clunky, a little complex, and sidelined by being a “support weapon.” With Rise, Capcom took a few of the intricacy out– players used to have to combine different notes into a specific “song” combination before they could trigger any buffs– and distilled the searching horn down to its core identity: a musical instrument that likewise works as a bludgeon, buffing players while harmful monsters. And now it masters that job even without a complete party of hunters.
A noisier bludgeon
I chose to put down my trusty hammer to try the brand-new hotness after hearing all the hunting horn buzz from the Monster Hunter Rise demo– and I seldom ever put it pull back. Ive hunted each of Monster Hunter Rises beasts multiple times, all totally solo, and Ive utilized the hunting horn for almost all of them, including the last manager. I never fought a monster I could not defeat using the hunting horn, and Ive hardly ever had as much enjoyable with my long sword, hammer, or switch axe.
In Rise, Capcom added a new triple enthusiast combination called the Magnificent Trio that can only be utilized after positioning a red, blue, and green note on the sheet music menu at the same time– by striking A, A, X, X+A in a row, for instance. By using a basic combo like the one above, you not only enable yourself to use this very effective move, you likewise re-up your A note buff without much danger. Once youve triggered the Magnificent Trio, you can save it forever, even after youve carried on to other combinations or started combating a different monster.
Triggering this Magnificent Trio influences my hunter to carry out a bunch of flips and revolutions, playing music and dealing a load of damage all around the monster. And when the relocation finishes, it plays all of my enthusiasts at the same time. If that wasnt cool enough, dealing enough damage with the hunting horn lets me improve Magnificent Trio with an attack where I spin my horn on the ground, dealing significant damage to monsters with my sweet tunes, increasing all of my damage for a number of seconds, and looking cool as hell doing it.
Ive hunted each of Monster Hunter Rises monsters numerous times, all entirely solo, and Ive used the hunting horn for practically all of them
Increases video game director, Yasunori Ichinose, informed Polygon in an email interview that he wished to “make a drastic change to make sure the [hunting horns] musical efficiencies during fight were more impactful and instant.” Ichinose succeeded, and with the suite of new combinations noted above, the searching horn is deadlier than ever.
The buffs are helpful, however they arent whatever I love about my hunting horn. I also adore the strange method my hunter moves with the combinations, the variety the horn provides over the hammer, and the unique positioning I need for the horn. Ill remain to the side of the monster for a fast escape if Im actively trying to put notes on the bar. If Im trying to set up my Magnificent Trio, Ill move under the monster to maximize my damage. My combos arent long or difficult to remember, however I constantly remain engaged while wielding the searching horn.
If other players are in my hunt to get my enthusiasts, thats great, but while theyre standing there jamming to my tunes, Ill be single-handedly wrangling the beast with my favorite weapon.