I thought I'd go ahead and start a Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate CAG group for those of us that will be getting the game tomorrow. I plan on learning the ropes a bit before heading online, but once I do go online I will need some people to play with.
So I'm going to start a list of people here and add your name to the list so others can add you on the Wii U to team up and slay some monsters in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. If you send someone a friend request, just say something along the lines of "Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate CAG group" in the message.
CAG MH Group Members
CAG Name | NNID | Weapon Choice | Time Zone | Experience Level | Misc
jr233270 | JDR1986 | Undecided | Eastern | New to series
Mad D | alldavidnameused | Lance | Pacific | Moderate | Just finished High Rank online
antlp89 | AFRO_insomniac | Great sword/Long Sword | Pacific | Intermediate | Use keyboard to chat
dgwillia006 | SgtWiggles | Varied | Eastern | Moderate
KingBroly | KingBroly | Undecided | Eastern | Moderate | Punctual
clonesniper666 | clonesniper666 | Dual Blades | Eastern | Moderate
frostybroc | frostybroc | Any | EST | Moderate
wjhard63 | MidRetro | Undecided | Eastern | New to Series
coolz481 | AchtungBaby | Dual Blades/Hammer | Eastern | New to Series
Bezerker | Bezerker | Dual Blades | Eastern | New To series
XeRoFuN | XeRoFuN | Long Sword/Hunting Horn | Pacific | Moderate
Quick Tips for Beginners
Before playing online complete at least the first two single player mode quest
Doing these quick fetch quest will present:
Some small in game tutorials
The BBQ Spit item which lets you cook raw meat into rare/well-done/burnt steak, this increases stamina for dodging and some attacks
Opportunity to explore where and how to gather item resources
The opportunity to access the farm (bottom right of the single player dock) to generate item resources
A helpful early game resource to grow at the farm would be the blue mushroom because they are needed in order to create a potion to restore health.
Some useful item combinations
blue mushroom + herb = potion
potion + honey = mega potion
Above is the list of item combinations from Monster Hunter Tri (they still apply to Ultimate 3). All can be discovered on the player's own exploration as items that can combine will be highlighted in the item menu. Another incentive to completing offline single player quest is that items like potions can be later purchased instead of having to be created by the player.
Combat (common new player complaints and difficulties)
Monster Hunter is not a hack and slash game or a real time turned based RPG. This is highlighted online during multiplayer games because players attacks can make contact with others. Attacking wildly will knock over team members as well as hit monsters in their armored spots that will dull weapons as well as do no damage.
Another common complaint to new players is the camera. As it is constantly needs to be moved during combat. A major reason for this is because players will need to constantly position themselves at odd angles in order to attack monster's weak points such as the underbelly or throat. In some cases the monster will be the ground that the player is walking on and the camera will need to be moved similar to a 3D platforming game.
Though for this entry to the game there is a loose lock on system which is useful when losing complete view of the targeted monster. Players must eventually become accustomed to moving the camera in order to position themselves properly especially when dealing with multiple monsters that may take up the entire TV screen and needing to keep both in view. Even the distance or what part of the weapon that comes in contact with the monster determines damage. That's why camera angles are important.
Nintendo UK Beginner Tips