Monster Hunter has a reputation for its massive weapons; the comically oversized large sword is easily the series’ most famous monster-killing tool. The series has too complicated weapons, such as the charge blade or the insect glass.
But Monster Hunter’s weirdest weapon is the hunting horn, and after going through some major changes from previous games, it’s now my favorite of Laddertheir 14 weapons.
What is the hunting horn?
The hunting horn is exactly as it sounds: a massive horn that used to beat monsters meaningless. But the horn also has another functionality: When I moan about monsters with my usual combinations, I add notes to what are actually notes at the top of the screen.
IN Ladder, each tone correlates with a specific buff that is unique to each horn, such as increased attack power or earplugs that prevent the monster from scaring you with its roar. Here is an example of how it works: Pressing the A button starts an attack that hits the monster and logs a red note in my notebook. If I hit A twice in a row, I log two red notes back to back and activate a buff. Different buttons are mapped to different attacks, each of which has its own buff if played back to back. I could repeat the same process using X or X + A to perform different attacks and activate different buffs.
A new melody
For LadderThe hunting horn was known to be a niche and relatively unpopular weapon outside of an absolutely devoted group of players, and it has often been thought of as a “support only” weapon.
There is no scientific list of weapon rankings, but old straw polls and attempts at data collection regarding popular weapons in Monster Hunter: World and enlargement, Ice-borne, did not give favorable ratings for the hunting horn. Many players placed the hunting horn very low on the list of weapons World, with at least one vote showing that only 1% of voters had chosen the horn as their favorite weapon. Even Arekkz, one of the biggest and best YouTubers to cover the series, called the hunting horn “one of the best weapons you do not use” in its Monster Hunter: World training for the weapon.
But in many polls I have seen asking players what they plan to play in Ladder – including one with over 2500 votes from Monster Hunter subreddit – the hunting horn is number one. Why?
There have always been dead fans of the hunting horn, but it was always a little bulky, a little complicated and sidelined by being a “support weapon.” With Ladder, Capcom took some of the complexity out – players used to combine different tones into a specific “song” combination before they could activate buffers – and distilled the hunting horn down to its core identity: a musical instrument that also acts as a bludgeon, buffing players while destroying monsters. And now it excels in that job, even without a full party of hunters.
A noisier slam
I decided to put down the reliable hammer to try the new heat after hearing all the hunting horn buzzing from Monster Hunter Rise demo – and I rarely post it again. I have hunted each of them Monster Hunter Rise‘s monsters several times, all completely solo, and I’ve used the hunting horn for almost everyone, including the final boss. I never fought a monster I could not defeat with the hunting horn, and I have seldom had so much fun with my long sword, hammer or prey ax.
IN Ladder, Capcom added a new triple buff combo called the Magnificent Trio that can only be used after placing a red, blue and green tone on the note menu at the same time – by pressing A, A, X, X + A in a row, for example. By using a standard combination like the one above, you not only enable yourself to use this super powerful move, you also restore your A-note buffer without much risk. Once you activate the Magnificent Trio, you can save it forever, even after moving on to other combinations or starting to fight another monster.
Activating this amazing trio inspires my hunter to perform a variety of flips and gyrations, play music and deal with lots of damage around the monster. And when the move is complete, it plays all my buffs at once. If it was not cool enough, I can improve Magnificent Trio with an attack where I spin my horn on the ground and damage large monsters with my sweet melodies, increasing all the damage for several seconds. and looks cool as doing so.
Laddergame director Yasunori Ichinose told Polygon in an email interview that he wanted to “make a drastic change to ensure [hunting horn’s] musical performances during combat were more immediate and influential. “Ichinosis succeeded, and with a number of new combinations listed above, the hunting horn is more deadly than ever.
The buffets are helpful, but they are not all I like with my hunting horn. I also love the weird way my hunter moves with the combinations, the range the horn offers over the hammer, and the unique positioning I need for the horn. If I’m actively trying to put notes on the bar, I’ll stay on the side of the monster for a quick escape. But if I try to set up the Magnificent Trio, I will move under the monster to maximize my damage. My combinations are not long or difficult to remember, but I always stay engaged while using the hunting horn.
If other players are looking to get my buffs, that’s great, but while they’re standing there moaning about my songs, I’ll personally knock down the monster with my favorite weapon.