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Monster Hunter has a reputation for its massive weapons; the comically oversized great sword is easily the series’ most famous monster-killing tool. The series also has complex weapons, like the charge blade or the insect glaive.
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 Rise’s 14 weapons.
The hunting horn is exactly what it sounds like: a massive horn used to beat monsters senseless. But the horn also has a different functionality: As I wail on monsters with my usual combos, I add notes to what is essentially sheet music at the top of my screen.
In Rise, each note correlates with a specific buff unique to each horn, like increased attack power or earplugs that prevent the monster from startling you with its roar. Here’s an example of how it works: Tapping the A button launches an attack that hits the monster and logs a red note in my sheet music bar. If I hit A twice in a row, I’ll log two red notes back to back and activate a buff. Different buttons are mapped to different attacks, each of which has their own buff if played back to back. I could repeat this same process using X or X+A to perform different attacks and activate different buffs.
Before Rise, the hunting horn was known for being a niche and relatively unpopular weapon outside of an absolutely devoted group of players, and it’s often been thought of as a “support only” weapon.
There’s no scientific list of weapon rankings, but old Straw Polls and data collecting attempts regarding popular weapons in Monster Hunter: World and its expansion, Iceborne, didn’t offer favorable ratings for the hunting horn. Many players placed the hunting horn very low on their weapon ranking list in World, with at least one poll showing only 1% of voters had chosen the horn as their favorite weapon. Even Arekkz, one of the biggest and best YouTubers covering the series, called the hunting horn “one of the best weapons that you’re not using” in his Monster Hunter: World tutorial for the weapon.
But in numerous polls I’ve seen asking players what they plan to play in Rise — including one with over 2,500 votes from the Monster Hunter subreddit — the hunting horn is number one. Why?
Published : 18-Oct-2020