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@  Nymeria : (18 September 2014 - 02:56 PM) oh lol I'm late to that conversation... *vanishes into a mist*
@  Nymeria : (18 September 2014 - 02:55 PM) yeah, like one to three hits worth of sharpness
@  Mad Hatter : (18 September 2014 - 07:39 AM) I imagine it only restores a small sliver of sharpness with each successful evasion.
@  BizzarreCoyote : (18 September 2014 - 04:07 AM) I'm not sure how to feel about that, especially with the auto-sharpening blademaster weapons. I'm curious to know if it's enough to completely make whetstones useless, or if the boost is really negligible.
@  Jader7777 : (17 September 2014 - 11:23 PM) Reloading while evading sounds AMAZING
@  Jask : (17 September 2014 - 07:27 PM) Selregios/"Steve" weapons have a new gimmick. The blademaster weapons recover sharpness as you evade monsters' attacks, the bowguns reload a shot when you evade a monster's attack, the bow is the first to have Close Range Coating Boost.
@  Jask : (17 September 2014 - 07:27 PM) Selregios/"Steve" weapons have a new gimmick. The blademaster weapons recover sharpness as you evade monsters' attacks, the bowguns reload a shot when you evade a monster's attack, the bow is the first to have Close Range Coating Boost.
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:19 AM) Sorry for your "shoulder buttons"...
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:19 AM) Have a nice day everyone !!!
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:18 AM) Ah ! Sorry ! Time to go !
@  Jask : (17 September 2014 - 07:18 AM) I'm going to need a CPP soon, my shoulder buttons are giving out.
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:18 AM) Then I will play withou CCP.
@  Jask : (17 September 2014 - 07:17 AM) The CPP does help, though, from what I hear.
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:17 AM) I realy hope a bundle new 3DS and MH4U...but it's always the worst case which appear : the current 3DS + MH4U...
@  Jask : (17 September 2014 - 07:17 AM) The 3DS controls aren't bad like they look at first. I've come to like them just as much as the PSP controls, maybe more.
@  Jask : (17 September 2014 - 07:16 AM) The 3DS sales don't really need boosting, a bundle would be of more benefit to Monster Hunter.
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:15 AM) Otherwise...I have to look for a Circle Pad Pro ?
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:14 AM) ...I think if Nintendo release the new 3DS in a bundle with MH4U (in the west), it could boost the sales of the 3DS...
@  Jask : (17 September 2014 - 07:12 AM) There definitely is for Japan. Neither release date has been specified for the West, so we don't know if the system will be out in time or not. A bundle is unfortunately unlikely for the West, but I'm hoping.
@  OutteBill : (17 September 2014 - 07:10 AM) I hope there will be the new 3DS with 4U.

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#1 Jask

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:02 AM

Alongside Generu Serutas, this week also brings new information on the new weapon type Neopteron Handler. 

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First off we've been given a bit more information on the buff system. We already knew that you can get different extract colors depending on what part of the monster you hit, and that each of the four colors is associated with a buff type (white for speed, red for attack, orange for defense, green for health recover). Now we know that white can be added to a different color to enhance it. White + Orange will give you a large defense buff. You can also "double up" by getting two whites while another buff is active. For example, white + orange for Defense Up Large followed by white + white will give you an Earplugs effect. There's also an as yet unexplained "triple up" boost you can get by filling all three slots with white extract. It seems that we don't get a message stating the buff, like we do with HH, but instead we can identify the buff by the aura lines around around character and their color. Furthermore, extract colors also alter your attack moves. 
 
You can see some gameplay footage for Neopteron Handler in this video (skip to 9:58): 

 
The Neopteron Handler is different from other weapon types in that you upgrade the staff and the Hunting Bug separately. We can see five bug types shown in the screenshots: ザミールビートル (Zamiiru Beetle, power type), ハルキータ (Harukiita), ガルーヘル (Garuuheru, speed type), マルドローン (Maru Drone) and エボマルドローン (Ebo Maru Drone). Each has its own look, we've seen a butterfly ( ガルーヘル), a beetle (ザミールビートル), and a ladybug. You can mix and match these bugs with each of the staves, though it looks like there's a small item cost to doing so. The screenshots show equipping the Bone Glave with ガルーヘル requiring 2 Monster Bone+, 2 Generu Serutas claws, 1 Large Monster Bone, and 3 Frogs. Each Hunting Bug has its own stats, as you can guess by "speed type" and "power type". The stats for Hunting Bugs are Power, Stamina, Speed, and then one for each of the five elements. You can alter these stats by giving them bug food at the weaponsmith. These foods are acquired by gathering in quests and through quest rewards. The screenshots show two pages of bug food with the first page going up to 8 food types, so there are at least 8-16 foods, but if we assume that the list shown is incomplete, the pattern would suggest at least 40 different bug foods! Bug foods will increase stats but also decrease others. We can see Power Food: Fire that boosts Power and Fire Element by 1 each but reduces Water Element by 2. Hunting Bugs start off dealing shot-type damage to monsters, but you can use food to add element. As you give your Hunting Bugs food they gain points and eventually level up. 

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Source:  http://trinfo.jp/blog-entry-921.html and http://www.capcom.co.../4/buki_01.html

Edited by Jask, 26 July 2013 - 01:26 AM.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:28 AM

Interesting. Very interesting. Sounds extremely versatile, though it also requires a little more work and a little more managing than the other weapons.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:34 AM

Yeah, complexity in exchange for power, perhaps. Similar to bowguns, but it looks like it will involve a little less prep work.
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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:58 PM

very good info Jask ;)



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 03:09 PM

Wow this weapon type continues to look so fun! If there was no region lock on my 3DS I would not be waiting the long and painful wait for it to be released in Canada. I'd be importing my copy like I did for MHP3rd! x'3


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