During the September 25 Tokyo Game Show 2020 Capcom Special Program live stream, Capcom said that they would bring in more news about Monster Hunter Rise in the next day’s stream. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint. The TGS 2020 Monster Hunter Rise live stream on September 26 shown off 43-minutes of gameplay running smoothly on Switch. Although the stream was presented exclusively in Japanese, popular Monster Hunter content creator GaijinHunter has made a video summary of the presentation.
You can watch the 10 minute summary of the stream or scroll down a little bit more to read our summary of the summary.
In-Depth Explanation of Wirebugs in Monster Hunter Rise
The Wirebug is one of the new mechanics coming to Rise. As a replacement and upgrade to Slinger and/or Clutch Claw mechanics we got in World, the Wirebug gives more mobility options like scaling cliffs and enables wall-running to open up new combos.
- Deploy it using the ZR button.
- When you enter a hunt, the game gives you two Wirebugs. Once used, you will have to wait for them to recharge. Although you can find a temporary third one all over the hunting area.
- While sheathed, there are three moves you can do by pressing ZR:
- An upward thrust to leap from the ground and do aerial attacks. It will use one Wirebug and recharge in around six seconds. There are several spots in hunting areas that let you jump higher.
- A forward thrust, doable on the ground and in the air. It also uses one Wirebug and recharges in a similar amount of time.
- Hanging in the air for around three seconds. It won’t use any Wirebugs and it seems you can only do it while in the middle of a jump. That’s probably useful for crossing over large chasms. For example, you can do an upward thrust, hang, a forward thrust, hang again, and then jump or drop down to the other side.
- While unsheathed, every weapon in Monster Hunter Rise has Wirebug-enhanced combos. Some will eat only one Wirebug, some use two instead. The recharge timer for each move will be different as well.
- For example, Long Sword gets a heavy downwards stab attack that will use one Wirebug with about 20 seconds of cooldown.
- When knocked down by a monster attack, if you still have a Wirebug available you can instantly dodge the follow-up attacks. The dodging move will take 15 seconds of cooldown.
- Knowing when to use it and keeping an eye on the cooldown timer will be essential in your hunts.
Yes, You Can Pet the Palamute in Monster Hunter Rise
Another massive addition to Rise is a new “Canyne” companion called Palamute. The trusty Palico will be there as well though and you can bring two of the same companion or one of each in a hunt.
- Hold the A button to ride the Palamute. You have complete control of the Palamute when you are riding them and they will be able to scale vines to let you get into high places.
- Just like Raider Ride in World, while riding a Palamute you can use items and your stamina won’t deplete.
- You can play around with your Palamute and Palico in the hunting areas (gives no bonus effect on gameplay, though).
- Using the Switch d-pad, you can quickly order your companions to attack enemies or call them closer.
- Although the Palamute is the “aggressive” companion type, your Palico will be able to attack monsters with boomerangs as well.
Sub Areas, the Safe Zones in Hunting Areas
- Dark-colored areas on your Monster Hunter Rise map. Monsters won’t chase you to sub areas.
- Sub areas are filled with “consumable” endemic life you can use in the middle of a hunt and birds that give temporary buffs similar to how stuff like Wiggly Litchi and Thawpuff used to work in World.
- Green birds raise your health.
- Yellow birds add more stamina.
- Orange birds give extra defense.
- Red birds raise your attack stats.
- Sometimes they are hidden behind breakable walls or in the less-traveled parts of the sub-areas.
Those are the new additions Capcom showed us in their TGS 2020 Monster Hunter Rise live stream. If you want to watch the complete 43-minute gameplay demo though, just play the video above. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts on the March 2021-due Switch-exclusive Monster Hunter Rise in the comments.