Hello. I am still sick with sinus issues, so I will not be posting anything of substance today. In addition, I was between phones late last week, which is why I didn’t post anything on Friday*. I’m thinking of doing an overhaul to my website in general, but it’s in the very nascent stages.
Just briefly: I made it to High Rank in Monster Hunter: World (finally!), and things have really opened up. I’m kind of overwhelmed by how much there is to do, and I wished I hadn’t wasted so much time in Low Rank. I fear I’m reaching burnout, and I’m only a third through the game.
That said, I really have to get out of the Dark Souls mindset of thinking that every monster I face is a boss. It’s not. I didn’t get carted once until Anjanath (Anjy), and I’ve only failed a quest by fainting three times twice. Once on Diablos (whom I call Derbler) and once on Kirin. The latter was horrid my first time because I brought the wrong Switch Axe to the fight. I mistakenly thought because he’s an Elder Dragon, he would be weak to dragon. He is not. Also, I glitched once at the precise time he was kicking me and got carted. If it weren’t for those two things, I would have had him.
After I failed the quest, I went back and maxed out my armor (yes, I had Level 3 Thunder Resistance already) and grabbed the proper Switch Axe (the one that does fire damage) and kicked some unicorn ass. That’s it. Actually, I bombed his ass into oblivion, and it felt good. I then watched someone else fight Kirin with a group of four, and I felt bad for Kirin. He’s a beast to fight, though, and he reminds me of the motherfucking ice area of DS II (DLC).
I’m up to tracking the old Rathian, and I’m not looking forward to it. I also still have to do the Power Couple (Rathian and Rathalos) and two other Rathians. That’s a shit-ton of Rathians, and I’m not sure I want to do it. I know the old Rathian turns into Pink Rathian, which is a higher level of Rathian. I probably should fight one or both of the other HR Rathians before taking her on, but, eh. I don’t know. I thought the HR Anjanath was going to be orders of magnitude harder, but she wasn’t.
Oh! Also, I’ve done almost everything solo so far, but I know I’m reaching the point where I probably won’t be able to do it any longer. I’ve been watching videos of people fighting the Elder Dragons (the real ones, not Kirin), and, yeah. Each fight is going to be epic. Also, I’ve come across Beetlejuice (real name Bazelgeuse) once, and he’s a dick. The Angry Pickle (Deviljho) was recently added in a patch, and I cannot wait to run into him (I can wait a very long time, thank you very much).
I’m back to being in love with my Switch Axe, but the shine has come off the Insect Glaive bloom. Why? Because it’s a dex weapon, which is simply not my strong suit. I was watching Ian use it, and he was in the air more often than not, and that’s not how I use it at all. It’s how you’re supposed to use it, but I tend to just extract my juices, then wail like hell on the monster. I don’t even know the best combos for the weapon, which means I should watch a tutorial video. I have, but I need one for the more intermediary gameplay.
It’s the same with the Switch Axe. I used it for how many hours and didn’t realize exactly how to trigger the ultimate? I also tended to use the axe form more often than the sword form because it was easier to move around with the axe than the sword, but oh. my. god. The sword form is where all the power’s at! Now, I use axe until I’m powered up, then it’s sword all the goddamn time.
Back to the Insect Glaive. Part of using it is being able to switch directions in the air as you’re vaulting around. In order to do that, you have to have a good handle on the camera–which I don’t. One of my biggest complaints about the game’s controls is the camera. It fucking sucks. Plus, I’m not good at having to handle my weapon and continually swing the camera around. In addition, I have a terrible sense of space, so gauging how far away a monster is can be difficult. Still. I love the quickness and the fluidity of the Insect Glaive, and I love how it gives me mad hops for the flying monsters.
I’ve been neglecting the Charge Blade, only taking it out for a spin now and again–and never on the current mission. It’s not because I don’t like it–I do. A whole hell of a lot. It’s quite possibly my favorite weapon, but it’s so fucking complicated to use it even halfway competently. I feel I’d have to devote a great deal of time to be decent at it, and when I can do well with my Switch Axe/Insect Glaive combo, do I really want to commit to properly learning the Charge Blade?
I really do love the Switch Axe, too. It feels so good in my hands. One of the reasons I fell off the Charge Blade is because rightly or wrongly, I see it as similar to the Switch Axe. I wanted to diversify my weapons, which is why I picked up the Insect Glaive. I’m better with the Switch Axe than the Charge Blade, which is why I let the latter fall by the wayside. But I really miss it, so I might try to pick it up again. On the other hand, I still need a ranged weapon. I’ve definitely ruled out the Heavy Bowgun, so it’d have to be either the Bow or the Light Bowgun. I’ve taken out both more than a few times, and I don’t like either. I don’t like the Lance, either, which is another range-ish weapon.
There’s a part of me that thinks I should just pick one weapon and stick to it, but I don’t think it’s good to limit myself like that. For the longest time, I thought it’s what you were supposed to do–main one weapon. I’ve since learned it’s not necessarily true, but I feel like it takes me some time to readjust to whatever weapon I’m currently using. I don’t know. This is just my quick thoughts, and now I’m going to bunker down and try to rest.
*Couldn’t get the Google Authenticator code I needed.