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The games are primarily action role-playing games. The player takes the role of a Hunter, slaying or trapping large monsters across various landscapes as part of quests given to them by the locals. As part of its core gameplay loop, players use loot gained from slaying monsters, gathering resources, and quest rewards to craft improved weapons, armor, and other items that allows them to face more powerful monsters. All main series games feature multiplayer (usually up to four player cooperative), but can also be played single player.

Monster Hunter is played through quests given to the hunter by the Village Elder or the Town Guild. Village Quests can be classified into four categories: hunting, gathering, capture and event. They are also categorized into different levels, ranging from 1 to 8. Higher level quests become available after quests in the previous level are completed. Hunters can be classified as either Blademasters or Gunners. The Blademaster classification consists of five sub-categories: Sword and Shield, Great Swords, Lances, Hammers, and Dual Swords (Dual Swords are unavailable on Japan version). Blademaster weapons can also be of a certain element, be it fire, water, thunder or dragon as well as status effects such as poison, stun or sleep. Gunners have two choices: Light bowgun, and Heavy Bowgun. Classifications and use of sub-category weapons are not chosen and solidified into a file; hunters are able to choose to use any weapon they want, before the start of any quest or event, as long as they have the proper money and/or supplies to do so. Armor is always dependent on whether one chooses to use a Blademaster or Gunner weapon (excluding some few which can be worn either way). Blademaster armor usually focuses on stronger physical protection, while Gunner armor usually focuses on elemental protection. Certain armor combinations provide the user with skills such as fast eating (drinking potions faster) or being able to sharpen your weapon fast and better.


Lore

What little is known of the world lore tells of a highly advanced civilization that now lies in ruins - occasionally evidenced by the artifacts found in the game's environments. The long-lived Wyverian's (pointy eared people) are linked to the ancient civilization somehow and act as guides to the Hunters, helping to maintain a balance with nature and the natural order. They have been hugely successful. The landscape supports vast stretches of untouched wilderness and ruins reclaimed by nature. Massive creatures are abundant in every ecosystem and the environmentally conscience humans are thriving as a result.

There is an abundance of food and resources for trade and craft. They live in relative stability, embracing danger as a way of life; not as a means of survival. The relationship between Hunter and monster is not inherently antagonist. The Hunter's create tools and gadgets to keep pace with the impressive creatures they hunt. They spend years developing their skills and learning about the creatures they hunt - their habits and lives, strengths and weaknesses. The Hunter gains an intimate understanding of the creature, turning its power into their own through better gear earned from countless battles. An anomaly exists in the form of Fatalis, an ancient dragon with a hatred for humanity. Unlike the other monsters, it actively seeks humanity's destruction.

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Games

Main series Updated/Expanded Remaster Film Adaptation
1. Monster Hunter (2004) Monster Hunter G
Monster Hunter Freedom

2. Monster Hunter 2 (2006) Monster Hunter Freedom 2
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

3. Monster Hunter Tri (2009) Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

4. Monster Hunter 4 (2013) Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild (2021, animated)
[x] Monster Hunter Generations (2013) Monster Hunter X
Monster Hunter XX
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
5. Monster Hunter: World (2018) Monster Hunter (2020, live action)
6. Monster Hunter Rise (2021)
MMO Series Updated/Expanded Remaster Film Adaptation
1. Monster Hunter Frontier (2013) Monster Hunter Frontier Z
Monster Hunter: Frontier G

2. Monster Hunter Online (2013)
Stories Series Updated/Expanded Remaster Film Adaptation
1. Monster Hunter Stories (2016) Monster Hunter Stories Ver. 1.2 Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On (2016, animated - 2 seasons)
2. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (2021)
Mobile Series Updated/Expanded Remaster Film Adaptation
1. Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting (2011)
2. Monster Hunter: Phantom Island Voyage (2011)
3. Monster Hunter Big Game Hunting Quest (2013)
4. Monster Hunter Massive Hunting (2013)
5. Monster Hunter: Roar of Cards (2014)
6. Monster Hunter Explore (2015)
Spin-off Games Updated/Expanded Remaster Film Adaptation
1. Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airu Village (2010) Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airu Village G
2. Monster Hunter Mezeporta Reclamation (2014)
3. Monster Hunter Spirits (2015)
4. Monstie Drop Monster Hunter Stories (2016)
5. Monster Hunter Riders (2020)

† Japanese update/expansion versions usually contain a "G" in the title, while Europe and North America have "Ultimate".

‡ Frontier embraced a different design philosophy and is regarded as the black sheep of the franchise.

Manga Adaptation:

Monster Hunter Orage (2009, 4 volumes)

Card Game Adaptation:

Monster Hunter Hunting Card (2008)

Film Adaptations

Name Type
Series: Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On (2016, 2 Seasons) Anime From the creative minds behind Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and based on Capcom's hit franchise.
Franchise: Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter (2020, 103 Min) Live Action Loosely based on World, released in 2020. As far back as 2012, Resident Evil director Paul W. S. Anderson stated he was considering Monster Hunter for a film adaptation.
Franchise: Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild (2021, 58 Min) Animated A film by Netflix released on August 12.

Key Groups

Royal Paleontology Scriveners Elder Dragon Observation Team Wycademy Guild Knight Monster Hunter Monster Rider
Character: Lilia (Monster Hunter)
Character: Elder Dragon Observation Team
Character: Chief Researcher
Character: Julius (Monster Hunter)
Character: Monster Hunter
Character: Rathian / Rathalos

Hunter's Guild Research Commission
Character: Hunter's Guild
Character: Research Commission

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