Capcom Outline Monster Hunter’s Quirky New Weapon

When it launches later this year (in Japan, at least) Monster Hunter 4 will offer an entire bestiary of new creatures to track and kill. Not only that, players will also be able to train two new weapon types, the Charge Axe and Insect Staff.

In Monster Hunter, its your weapon that ultimately determines your role within a team. Where Dual Blade and Katana users dash around dealing out heavy damage, Gun and Horn wielders take a much more tactical approach, inflicting debuffs on enemy monster and aiding team-mates.


Expanding the diversity already on offer is the quirky Insect Staff. As we’ve mentioned in the past this latest addition to the Monster Hunter armoury is used to extract power from enemy targets. Depending on what creature you strike (and where you strike it) will determine which buffs you’ll extract, whether it’s a speed, health, attack or defence boost. These extracts can then be combined into double or triple formulas, rewarding inventive players with powerful abilities.

Even more intriguing is the fact that each staff has its own NPC insect minion. According to the last Capcom update, these creatures have their own stats and can be upgraded over time with the right food and supplements. Sort of like a deadly flying Tamagotchi.

Monster Hunter 4 is currently exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS, much to the distaste of series purists who saw the franchise come to fame after numerous PlayStation instalments. But that’s another story.

Source: Siliconera



  1. When it inevitably hits the Wii U I will grab it. Worryingly addicted to MH3 at the moment so will not be able to let MH4 pass me by.

    • I would be hopelessly addicted if I actually owned a Wii U, but I don’t. Can’t justify sinking a bucket load of money just to play MH3U, no matter how much I want to.

      Remember spending days with the PSP Monster Hunters and even hooked my old PS2 up with an ethernet just to get in on the multiplayer goodness. Those were the days…

  2. looks like to be the best of the series. I’d love to see MH4 on consoles but oh well the 3DS is fine enough. The return of old monsters from previous games is quite exciting and I’m quite curious about the new level design and of course weapons.

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