Monster Hunter series, a famous game franchise that has a cumulative sale of 36 million sets (as of 31 December 2020), is launching its latest entry – Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin on July 9th 2021.
The vibrant world of Monster Hunter Stories 2 Hatch, raise and live alongside monsters as a Monster Rider in this fun-filled RPG set in the Monster Hunter universe. Our epic tale begins with the mass disappearance of Rathalos from around the world. At the start of the story, you meet a Wyverian girl who knew your illustrious grandfather, Red. She has been entrusted with an egg, but what’s inside it? The fate of the world hangs in the balance as the exciting narrative about the Wings of Ruin unfolds.
Turn-based battles with all the thrills of Monster Hunter!
Reveal the battle mechanics of Monster Hunter Stories 2! Just like its predecessor, Stories 2 is an RPG that allows you to enter into battle with monsters you encounter out in the field. The improved turn-based combat system allows you to experience the excitement of the main Monster Hunter titles while engaging in epic, strategic fights with monsters you encounter during your adventure. Use your knowledge of your opponent’s characteristics to attack effectively and take down even the toughest of monsters. Stories 2 offers an ever-increasing sense of accomplishment and hunting thrill as the narrative unfolds.
The Three Attack Types
There are three attack types: Power, Speed, and Technical. The attack type you select during battle will help determine the outcome of a Head-to-Head, just like in the previous game. Monster attack patterns have been refined to be easier to understand this time around. Keep an eye on your opponent’s fighting style and tailor your moves accordingly to achieve victory.
For attack types—Speed beats Power, Technical beats Speed, and Power beats Technical. By predicting your opponent’s attack type and winning a Head-to-Head, you can inflict massive damage as well as greatly fill your Kinship Gauge. Understanding which attack type to use is crucial to succeeding in battle. Monster attacks are not limited to one set pattern only but may change depending on the situation. If a monster changes form, becomes enraged or performs certain actions, you will need to adjust which attack type you choose in order to adapt to their new pattern.
Prevent attacks and sidestep damage! If you and your Monstie use the same attack type and win a Head-to-Head, you can perform a Double Attack. Performing a Double Attack can inflict greater damage and fill your Kinship Gauge even more than if you were to win a solo Head-to-Head. Choosing a Monstie with an advantageous attack type and skillset is key to winning battles, as you will be able to prevent your opponent from attacking you.
Get materials, prevent moves, and knock down your opponent! Breaking the parts of large monsters may knock them down or stop them from performing certain actions, giving you an edge in battle. When you break certain parts, you can get high-quality materials that can be used to forge or upgrade equipment. Each weapon has its own speciality: slashing, blunt, or piercing. The effectiveness of these specialities depends on the monster part they are used against. By switching to a weapon that has the appropriate speciality against the targeted monster part, you can break it easier and send your opponent crashing to the ground.
Should you use a regular skill or a Kinship Skill? Choose well and get hunting! The Kinship Gauge you share with your Monstie fills after each turn in battle. You can use the Kinship Charge to perform regular skills or a Kinship Skill, both of which can deal massive damage to monsters and stack the odds in your favour. Certain weapon-related skills for Riders and skills for Monsties can inflict abnormal statuses or prevent monster attacks. Knowing what skills do and using that to your advantage is a surefire way to dominating your opponents in battle. Your Kinship Gauge can be used in various ways, from performing a Monstie skill that will help you unleash a Double Attack to teaming up for a Kinship Skill that will prevent your opponent from attacking you. Use the Kinship Charge at the right time to deliver devastating blows and reign supreme. Executing a perfectly timed Kinship Skill is a great way to set yourself up for success.
Supportive companions that help increase your chances of a Double Attack! Battle Buddies are characters you can fight alongside during your adventure. A Battle Buddy and their Monstie, if they have one, can join you and your Monstie during battle, which means you can have up to four characters on your side when you fight. Battle Buddies and their Monsties will decide their own moves and may use skills or items to assist you directly during battle. Each Battle Buddy has their own weapon and attack type preference, and Rider Battle Buddies have their own Monsties. Learning about their individual characteristics can lead to better teamwork when facing off against monsters. Furthermore, because you are also able to perform a Double Attack with a Battle Buddy’s Monstie, this can lead to more Double Attacks than when you are battling solo, which in turn will help fill your Kinship Gauge faster.
Let’s embark on a journey of bonds with riders from all over the world! In Multiplayer, you can connect with players from around the world! Team up in Co-Op Expedition Quests or face off against each other in Versus Battles. If one of you engages a monster while out in the field, the other player can enter the fray and lend a helping hand. Join forces with other Riders from around the world to search for rare eggs and take down fearsome monsters together.
Track down eggs and encounter monsters you cannot find anywhere else! In Co-Op Expedition Quests, you can connect with another Rider from anywhere in the world and explore special areas only accessible via Multiplayer. This is a great way to get your hands on monster eggs. There are multiple nests in each area, which means more chances to acquire rare eggs. You can even get your hands on many eggs during one expedition. You will need to obtain special in-game Expedition Tickets in order to embark on Co-Op Expedition quests. There are different types of Expedition Tickets, categorized by rarity level. If you use a rare Expedition Ticket, you will be able to obtain harder-to-find eggs. For Co-Op Slaying Quests, you can join forces with another Rider and takedown quest-specific monsters. You may even find monsters here that you cannot encounter anywhere else!
In Co-Op Trial Quests, you can challenge yourself to meet various conditions while battling to defeat quest-specific monsters.
Test the strength of your beloved Monsties! In Versus Battles, up to four players can battle at once. Pit the Monsties that you have raised against those of other players to see who will come out on top. There are different types of rules you can set before a Versus Battle. Try a fair match with Balanced Rules, which will set you and your opponent to the same level. Or go all out with No Limit Rules, in which there are no level restrictions. For a brief Versus Battle, try Quick Rules, during which each of the participating players has only one Heart apiece.
Newly Featured Weapon Type:
Gunlance This piercing-type weapon fires shells and allows you to accumulate ammo each time you attack. Normal attacks are not effective in charging the Kinship Gauge, but using ammo to unleash a skill and winning a Head-to-Head will fill the Kinship Gauge greatly. When your Kinship Gauge is full you can activate Wyvern’s Fire, a powerful attack that will inflict great damage on all enemies.