So I finally reached High Rank online, and that’s pretty much it for now. (You fight the same shit again mostly, only stronger this time around.) So I’ll just talk about the rest on the damn monsters I had to face. Probably won’t have anything else to post after this.
Barioth: I may have mentioned him in the last post. Basically, it’s a saber-toothed sumbitch. Seriously. It’s probably the most sporadic monster in the game, and it doesn’t help that it’s also the fastest. It’s pretty fun to fight, but can also be a pain in the ass just because some of its attacks can be pretty tricky to predict. Luckily, if you can manage to break one of its wings (or both), it fucks it up since it loses balance on the ice and slips up occasionally.
Uragaan: Also known as Jay Leno. Basically, it has a big ass chin and tosses rocks with its tail, which it can then blow up by slamming its chin on the ground. But to really fuck with you, it can release gas from below itself, which can either put you to sleep or become explosive. Oh yeah, it can also roll around (ala Sonic the Hedgehog).
Agnaktor: Sorta like Lagiacrus (the monster on the cover), only covered in magma which hardens after a bit. It’s not that bad of a fight until it decides to use its SUPER LAZOR!!! Seriously, it’s a goddamn laser. The first variation of it isn’t hard to avoid, but the second is due to it getting near the edge of an area and then shooting it in a circle. That’s pretty much what kills people in the fight, since the only way to avoid it is to either be really far away or right up on it when it’s firing.
Rathalos: A bit of a bastard. Unlike Rathian, who likes to stay on the ground, Los likes stay up in the air, making it a hard target to hit. Also, it’s got some cheap attacks. First off is the insta-fireball. I shit you not, I was hitting it from the side, it flew up into the air, and not a second later, had turned around and spit a fireball in my face. Second is some sorta poisonous claw dive. Rathalos flies up in the air a way and divebombs you. Hard as hell to avoid since you won’t see it coming usually.
Jhen Moran: The fun fight! Jhen is a large whale/crocodile thing with tusks. And it’s fucking HUGE. Most of the fight, you’re actually fighting it on a boat. The first part has you mostly fighting from the boat, with people shooting cannons and balistas at it, and you can get up on its back when it gets close enough. Eventually, you’ll get the chance to hit it with the Dragonator (spinning drill) and fuck it up. The second part has you fighting it directly…sorta. For the most part, you’re still on the boat, but now you can attack it directly (bad idea generally) as it crawls toward the boat. But you’ll still be using the cannons and balistas unless you have high-end weapons.
Deviljho: Online only. Basically the troll of MH once you hit High Rank. He randomly pops up to fuck you over on quests because he’s hungry. A real bitch to fight as well. Sorta like a T-Rex until it goes into Rage Mode, and then its former scars come up, turns red, and starts spewing rocks and dragon breath. Very crazy shit, but he gives some of the better gear in the game.
Ceadeus: Offline only. The “endboss” of single-player. Think of a giant whale with a beard and horns and you’ve got Ceadeus. Not quite as large as Jhen, but still pretty big. It’s sort of a staged fight in an underwater cavern, with you hitting on it until the last area, where then you wail on it with balistas and the Dragonator. For whatever reason, the armor it gives looks awesome as hell, but has really shitty abilities.