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MH4U-Demo Title Screen

Congratulations on getting on board with the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo! While said demo seems simple at first with only a few monsters to consider, Hunters can easily find themselves thrown rather suddenly into the deep end. New Hunters may have little grasp on the controls and many unknown factors to consider all while a Great Jaggi is going straight for you! Additionally, even veteran Hunters will see new items and whole new ways to attack monsters and maneuver the hunting grounds to close in on your target, be it Tetsucabra or Gore Magala! Not to mention, there's whole new monsters to consider here you may have never even seen before when the full game is made available!

This tutorial is designed to help Hunters both new and old get a feel for the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo with control explanations, the basics for all the weapon types available, a quick rundown of the monsters you'll encounter, and how to get multiplayer set up easily so you can hunt with your friends! Finally, there will be a few quick tips to help any hunter on their path to becoming the greatest Monster Hunter of all.

Sit down, grab some Tanzian Ale, have a read and LET'S HUNT!


Beginner and Experienced Difficulties[]

Once you choose your language you are given the option to choose your Difficulty. This is something only available in the Demo, and was added to help ease people completely new to the Monster Hunter series into becoming Experienced Hunters.

The description for Beginner mode reads; “The hunter is stronger, and guide markers will be displayed to point you towards your target.”

Basically, your character gets some permanent buffs right off the bat. The monster will also always be painted to show up on your map at all times, and arrows will show up to guide you to the monster's location.

The description for Experienced mode reads; "Intended for players that have played the Monster Hunter series in the past."

This is basically just how the game was originally meant to be played. Gameplay is exactly how it was in the Japanese version. No handicaps. Gore Magala is only huntable on the demo when you choose Experienced difficulty.

After selecting the difficulty, you are warned that you cannot play with other hunters that have selected a different difficulty mode.


Basic Controls[]

Button Input Move Name
Circle Pad Move Hunter
D-Pad Move Camera
L Focus Camera
Start Bring Up Menu
X (with weapon sheathed) Unsheathe Weapon
Y (with weapon unsheathed) Sheathe Weapon
B (with weapon sheathed) Crouch
B (while moving) Evade
Y Use Item
L (Hold)

Use A and Y to select item while holding L

Select Item

Mounting[]

Button Input Move Name
X or A Attack
R Hold On
B Dismount

Mounting is a feature completely new to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The Hunter is able to ride on a monster and attack it while it flails about defenselessly.
Press X or A to stab the monster with your carving knife, increasing the gauge at the bottom.
When the monster starts to flail or roar, the icon will turn Red. Press R to hold on so you don't get knocked off!
Continue holding R as long as the icon stays Yellow while the monster flails. Once the monster settles down and the icon returns to Green, continue pressing X or A to keep filling the gauge. Filling up the gauge will cause the monster to get knocked down for free hits!

If you see a Hunter mounting a monster, leave the monster alone! If you keep hitting the monster, you can knock them off and ruin your chance at a ton of free hits. Don’t be a rude Hunter. Use this time to sharpen or heal.


Monsters[]

Great Jaggi[]

MH4-Great Jaggi Render 001
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4-Great Jaggi Icon The commanding alpha male of Jaggi packs. Most males leave the group upon reaching maturity, returning to compete with others. The dominant male then becomes a Great Jaggi. Apparently, they can issue fairly complex orders via howling.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★

Notes[]

  • Great Jaggi's head frill can be broken.
  • The Great Jaggi will always be accompanied by at least two Jaggi. If they are killed, the Great Jaggi will call two more Jaggi to its side.


Tetsucabra[]

MH4-Tetsucabra Render 001
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4-Tetsucabra Icon Amphibians with unique jaws and tusks that they use to sift through rocks for prey. They use their powerful hind legs to traverse steep terrain. The tail supports movement, but can become vulnerable with exertion.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★

Notes[]

  • Tetsucabra's back, each of its fangs, and each of its back legs can be broken.
    • Breaking Tetsucabra's fangs will make it only be able to lift small rocks.
  • When Tetsucabra's tail is white and inflated, it becomes a major weak point.


Gore Magala[]

MH4-Gore Magala Render 001
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4-Gore Magala Icon A curious monster that, when threatened, scatters pollen-like scales that heighten its own senses while causing detrimental effects to any other creatures that inhale them. As elusive as they are mysterious.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★

Notes[]

  • Gore Magala's head, horns (only in Frenzy mode), wings, and wing claws can be broken, and its tail can be cut off.
  • Gore Magala's attacks can cause you to be infected with the Frenzy Virus. It requires time to incubate, represented by a purple bar filling up below the Hunter's on-screen name. If the bar fills completely, the virus negates natural health recovery, meaning that the Hunter takes full damage from attacks without being able to heal back half of it. However, if the Hunter inflicts enough damage on a monster whilst the virus is incubating, they gain a 10% Affinity boost instead, as well as an immunity to infection for a short period of time.
    • While incubating, the incubation can be delayed by consuming a Nulberry. There is no cure for the virus when it is fully incubated, and its effects can only be waited out.


Quest Objectives[]

{{{English Quest Name}}}
{{{Japanese Quest Name}}}
MH4-Great Jaggi Icon

Main Objective:

Hunt a Great Jaggi

Location: Ancestral Steppe
Time Limit: 25 min.
Environment: Stable
Reward: 300z
HR Points: N/A
Subquest Reward: N/A
Subquest HR Points: N/A
Contract Fee: 100z

Subquests: None
Monsters: Aptonoth, Bnahabra, Felyne, Jaggi, Jaggia, Kelbi, Konchu, Melynx
Description:

"Pop quiz, hotshot! Who's the leader of those Jaggis in the distance? That's right! The Great Jaggi! Use your map to track the bugger, and make sure he doesn't cause trouble around these parts again." - Capcom

Notes:
  • Great Jaggi always starts in Area 6.
    • When you enter Area 6, an intro will play and you will end up mounting the Great Jaggi instantly.
  • Great Jaggi will sleep in Area 9 when weak.


{{{English Quest Name}}}
{{{Japanese Quest Name}}}
MH4-Tetsucabra Icon

Main Objective:

Hunt a Tetsucabra

Location: Sunken Hollow
Time Limit: 25 min.
Environment: Stable
Reward: 300z
HR Points: N/A
Subquest Reward: N/A
Subquest HR Points: N/A
Contract Fee: 100z

Subquests: None
Monsters: Aptonoth, Bnahabra, Felyne, Jaggi, Kelbi, Melynx, Rhenoplos
Description:

"Tetsucabras, the czars of the Sunken Hollow, are as tough as they are ugly! Use the Target Cam to keep an eye on those big ol' tusks or you'll end up flatter than a deflated Scream Sac!" - Capcom

Notes:
  • Tetsucabra always starts in Area 9.
  • Tetsucabra will sleep in Area 9 when weak.


{{{English Quest Name}}}
{{{Japanese Quest Name}}}
MH4-Gore Magala Icon

Main Objective:

Hunt a Gore Magala

Location: Ancestral Steppe
Time Limit: 25 min.
Environment: Stable
Reward: 300z
HR Points: N/A
Subquest Reward: N/A
Subquest HR Points: N/A
Contract Fee: 100z

Subquests: None
Monsters: Aptonoth, Bnahabra, Felyne, Gargwa, Jaggi, Jaggia, Kelbi, Melynx
Description:

"Are you nuts? A showdown with Gore Magala? Slow down, kid, this is just a demo! ...Sigh. Just a word of advice, OK? Steer clear of the black mist if you know what's good for you. Good luck, you'll need it." - Capcom

Notes:
  • Gore Magala always starts in Area 3.
  • Gore Magala will sleep in Area 9 when weak.



Weapons[]

Great Sword Icon White Great Sword[]

MH4U-Great Sword Equipment Render 001
This weapon may be unwieldy, but its devastating charged slashes and block ability make it highly versatile.
Button Functions
Button Function
X (Hold X to charge) Overhead Slashes
A Side Slashes
X + A Rising Slash
R Block
Basic Combos
Notes:
  • Overhead Slashes, Side Slashes, and Rising Slash can be combined to create a combo indefinitely.
X (Chargeable) Indent08 X Indent08 X (Chargeable)
Recommended Combos
Hold X to charge Indent08 X Indent08 Strong Charged Slash
Circle Pad + hold X to charge
A Indent08 Strong Charged Slash
Hold A to charge
Strong Charged Slash Indent08 X or A
Terrain-Dependent Combos
Jumping Slash
X during jump
Indent08 X


Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Great_Sword_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Great Sword Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Long Sword Icon White Long Sword[]

MH4U-Long Sword Equipment Render 001
A weapon that specializes in quick, precise strikes.
Each attack landed on a monster adds to its might.
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Thrust
X + A or Special Attack Button Fade Slash
R Spirit Blade
Basic Combos
X Indent08 X Indent08 A Indent08 X
  • Can be followed up by repeating X Indent08 A Indent08 X indefinitely.
R Indent08 R Indent08 R Indent08 R
Recommended Combos
X + A Indent08 R Indent08 R Indent08 R
-Circle Pad- + X + A Indent08 R Indent08 R Indent08 R
  • Mid-combo only
Terrain-Dependent Combos
R during jump Indent08 R Indent08 R Indent08 R
  • When Spirit Gauge not glowing
R during jump Indent08 R Indent08 R
  • When Spirit Gauge glowing any color

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Long_Sword_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Long Sword Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Sword and Shield Icon White Sword and Shield[]

MH4U-Sword and Shield Equipment Render 001
A weapon with good mobility and few drawbacks.
Lets you use items even when your weapon is drawn.
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Special Attack
X + A Forward Slash
R Block
Basic Combos
X + A Indent08 X Indent08 X Indent08 X Indent08 X
Mid-Combo Special Attacks
During a combo Indent08 A Indent08 A Indent08 A
During a combo Indent08 Circle Pad + A Indent08 A Indent08 A
During a combo Indent08 After Circle Pad ↓ + A, hold A Indent08 X
Terrain-Dependent Combos
Forward Slash off a ledge Indent08 X
Jumping Forward Slash
Forward Slash into a ledge
Indent08 X

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Sword_and_Shield_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Sword and Shield Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Dual Blades Icon White Dual Blades[]

MH4U-Dual Blades Equipment Render 001
Use these two swords to slash with a flurry of strikes.
Activate Demon Mode for even more power.
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Roundslash, etc.
R Demon Mode On/Off
Basic Combos
X Indent08 X Indent08 X
Recommended Combos
During a Demon Mode combo Indent08 X + A
During an Archdemon Mode combo Indent08 X + A Indent08 X Indent08 X Indent08 Repeat
Terrain-Dependent Combos
Aerial Spinning Blade Dance Indent08 X

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Dual_Blades_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Dual Blades Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Hammer Icon White Hammer[]

MH4U-Hammer Equipment Render 001
A Close-quarters weapon with immense damage potential.
Charge attacks and stun monsters by whacking their skulls.
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Side Smash
R (Hold) (even while moving)
(Release button for Charged Attack)
Charge
Basic Combos
X Indent08 X Indent08 X
A Indent08 X Indent08 X
Charged Attacks
Release R at charge lv. 1 Indent08 X
Release R at charge lv. 2 Indent08 X
Release R at charge lv. 3
Release R at charge lv. 3 while moving
Terrain-Dependent Combos
Move off a ledge while charging Indent08 Release R during jump Indent08 X

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Hammer_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Hammer Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Hunting Horn Icon White Hunting Horn[]

MH4U-Hunting Horn Equipment Render 001
Use this to boost fellow hunters and yourself.
What other weapon lets you attack while providing support?
Button Functions
Button Function
X Note 1 Attack
A Note 2 Attack
X + A Note 3 Attack
R
(Press again after performance for Encore)
Perform

Notes:

  • Create combos by mixing Note Attacks
Flourish
Notes:
  • A special attack triggered with Circle Pad + A
  • Tap any attack button mid-move to play an additional note after Note 2
Hilt Stab
Notes:
  • The Hunting Horn's only cutting attack, activated by the Special Attack Button (also plays Note 1)

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Hunting_Horn_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Hunting Horn Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Lance Icon White Lance[]

MH4U-Lance Equipment Render 001
Attack with the long-range Lance, block with the giant shield.
Lets you move & counter even when blocking!
Button Functions
Button Function
X Mid Thrust
A High Thrust
X + A Sweep
R Block
Basic Combos
Notes:
  • Mid Thrust, High Thrust, and Sweep can be combined up to three times to create a combo
Dash Attack
X + A while blocking,
or the Special Attack Button
Indent08 Circle Pad ↑ + B
Indent08 X
Indent08 Circle Pad ↓ + X
Block-advance and Counter-thrust
Circle Pad ↑ + X while blocking Indent08 X Indent08 Thrust Attack, etc.

Notes:

  • Block-advance over descending terrain to jump while blocking
Counter-thrust
During a combo Indent08 R + A Indent08 Thrust Attack, etc.

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Lance_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Lance Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Gunlance Icon White Gunlance[]

MH4U-Gunlance Equipment Render 001
A Lance with the ability to fire Shells.
Use Burst Fire or Wyvern's Fire for massive damage.
Button Functions
Button Function
X Thrust Attack
A Fire Shell
X + A Rising Slash
R Block
A
(After sidestepping or while blocking)
Reload
R + X + A Wyvern's Fire

Notes:

  • Must wait awhile for Wyvern's Fire to cool down before it can be used again
Shell Types
Notes:
  • Each Gunlance uses one of three types of shells:
Normal Larger capacity makes for deadly Burst Fire Capacity: 5
Long Extended forward reach Capacity: 3
Wide Broad, powerful blast, but low capacity Capacity: 2
Basic Combos
X A
R + X R + A
X + A A after firing

Notes:

  • Combine these to attack
  • A while blocking or after sidestepping to reload
Recommended Combos
A after firing Indent08 X Indent08 A Indent08 X + A
A after firing Indent08 X Indent08 X + A
Terrain-Dependent Combos
With weapon stowed, R + X + A during jump
Circle Pad ↑ + X off a ledge Indent08 A
While blocking, Circle Pad ↑ + A off a ledge Indent08 X

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Gunlance_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Gunlance Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Switch Axe Icon White Switch Axe[]

MH4U-Switch Axe Equipment Render 001
This weapon can morph between a powerful Axe, and a Sword that uses phials which add elemental effects.
Phials/Coatings
Power Phial Adds physical damage
Element Phial Adds elemental damage
Dragon Phial Adds Dragon Element
Ailment Phials Add ailment effects
Axe Mode
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Side Slash, etc.
X + A Rising Slash
R Morph
Axe Mode: Basic Combos
Axe Mode
X
Indent08 Axe Mode
X
Indent08 Axe Mode
X
Indent08 Repeat
Axe Mode: Recommended Combos
Axe Mode
X + A
Indent08 Axe Mode
Keep tapping A
Indent08 Axe Mode
R
Indent08 Axe Mode
R
Sword Mode
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Side Slash, etc.
X + A Elemental Discharge
R Morph
Special Attack Button Sword attack
Sword Mode: Basic Combos
Sword Mode
X
Indent08 Sword Mode
X
Indent08 Sword Mode
X
Indent08 Repeat
Sword Mode: Recommended Combos
Sword attack Indent08 X + A
Sword Mode
X
Indent08 Sword Mode
A
Sword Mode
A
Indent08 Sword Mode
X

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Switch_Axe_Tutorial_(Revised)
Title MH4G/MH4U Switch Axe Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Charge Blade Icon White Charge Blade[]

MH4U-Charge Blade Equipment Render 001
Use this weapon's sword and shield mode to build up power, then morph into Axe Mode and unleash your fury!
Phials/Coatings
Impact Phial Adds Stun and fixed damage
Element Phial Adds elemental damage
Sword Mode
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Charged Double Slash
R Block
R + X or Special Attack Button Morph to Axe
R + A Charge Phials
Sword Mode: Basic Combos
Sword Mode
X + A
Indent08 Sword Mode
X
Indent08 Sword Mode
X
Axe Mode
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Element Discharge (Uses Phials)
R or Special Attack Button Morph to Sword
Axe Mode: Basic Combos
Axe Mode
Circle Pad ↑ + X
Indent08 Axe Mode
A
Indent08 A
Axe Mode
Circle Pad ↑ + X
Indent08 X + A
Recommended Combos
Charged Double Slash
Hold A, release at the right time
Indent08 Sword Mode
X
Charge
R + A
Indent08 Sword Mode
A
Indent08 X + A
Attacks that Block
Notes:
  • You'll automatically block at the end of a Sword: Roundslash or the start of a Morph-to-Axe attack.
  • If you press X while recoiling from an auto-blocked hit, you'll execute a Morph-to-Axe attack as well.
Sword: Shield Thrust
During Sword Mode action Indent08 Sword Mode
X + A
Indent08 A.E.D.
X + A
Element up
Right after triggering an Amped Element Discharge R Indent08 Element up

Notes:

  • Changing Amped Element Discharge to Super Amped Element Discharge
  • Press Circle Pad ↓ + X immediately after A.E.D. to change into Super A.E.D.

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Charge_Blade_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Charge Blade Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Insect Glaive Icon White Insect Glaive[]

MH4U-Insect Glaive Equipment Render 001
Take control of "Kinsects" and suck extracts from monsters to boost your power!
Can also be used to jump!
Button Functions
Button Function
X Basic Attack
A Strong Attack/Advancing Attack
R Mark Target
R + X Kinsect: Harvest Extract
R + A Kinsect: Recall
R + B Vault

Notes:

  • Hold R to aim, release to fire
Basic Combos
Circle Pad + X Indent08 X Indent08 X
A Indent08 A
A Indent08 X Indent08 X
Kinsect/Other Special Actions
R + B Indent08 X
R + B Indent08 A

Notes:

  • You can combo into a Vault or a Kinsect command from any attack

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Insect_Glaive_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Insect Glaive Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


MH4-Kinsect Cutting Icon White MH4-Kinsect Blunt Icon White Kinsect[]

Kinsect Status
Power/Element The Kinsect's Attack power/element when harvesting extract
Stamina The Kinsect's active duration
Speed The Kinsect's flight speed
Extract Effects
Red Attack up
Orange Knockback protection
White Improved speed, jump
Green Health recovery
Extract Combination Effects
Red + White Improved Attack power
White + Orange Improved Defense, Blight resistance
Red + White + Orange Further improves Attack & Defense


Light Bowgun Icon White Light Bowgun[]

MH4U-Light Bowgun Equipment Render 001
Use this weapon to attack from afar.
Blast enemies with Rapid Fire, or help other hunters via stat-changing ammo.
Button Functions
Button Function
X Reload
A Fire
R Scope View
Hold for Quick Aim
Special Attack Button Melee Attack

Notes:

  • Select ammo by holding L and pressing X or B
  • Press X during a jump to attack while reloading.
Light Bowgun-exclusive Actions
You can sidestep twice in a row after firing.
With the Limiter Removed
X + A Notes:
  • Limiter can be removed for Rarity 6+ weapons.
  • Removing the Limiter makes Rapid Fire and backstepping impossible.


Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Light_Bowgun_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Light Bowgun Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Heavy Bowgun Icon White Heavy Bowgun[]

MH4U-Heavy Bowgun Equipment Render 001
A hefty, long-ranged weapon with superb firepower and a Crouching Fire Attack that makes up for mobility.
Button Functions
Button Function
X Reload
A Fire
R Scope View
Hold for Quick Aim
Special Attack Button Melee Attack

Notes:

  • Select ammo by holding L and pressing X or B
  • Press X during a jump to attack while reloading.
Heavy Bowgun-exclusive Actions
X + A Indent08 After selecting ammo, hold A
With the Limiter Removed
X + A Notes:
  • Limiter can be removed for Rarity 6+ weapons.
  • Removing the Limiter makes Crouching Fire and evading immediately after firing impossible.


Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Heavy_Bowgun_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Heavy Bowgun Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Bow Icon White Bow[]

MH4U-Bow Equipment Render 001
A highly mobile weapon.
Use coatings and various shot types, including the new Power Shot, to take down enemies.
Button Functions
Type 1
X Normal Shot (hold to charge)
R Take Aim
A Melee Attack
A
(during charge)
Arc Shot/Power Shot
(Power Shot: also A after a Normal Shot)
X + A Equip Coating
Type 2
R Normal Shot (hold to charge)
X
Press again to cancel
Take Aim
A Melee Attack
A
(during charge)
Arc Shot/Power Shot
(Power Shot: also A after a Normal Shot)
X + A Equip Coating

Notes:

  • Change control types in Options
Arc Shot Types
Arc Shot Type Function
Wide Fans out over a larger area before landing
Focus A concentrated volley that can hit multiple times
Blast A special shot that explodes on impact

Notes:

  • Each Arc Shot Bow fires one of the three types of Arc Shots.

Video Tutorial

Video
MH4G_MH4U_Bow_Tutorial
Title MH4G/MH4U Bow Tutorial
by gaijin hunter


Multiplayer[]

Multiplayer can be done either Locally or Online from the main menu. You will not be able to play with others who are using a different Difficulty Mode. Choose either Local Play or Online Multiplayer and you will be brought to the Quest Selection screen. From there, choose the Monster you wish to hunt, and then choose to Create your own Gathering Hall lobby, or search to Find a Gathering Hall for that specific Quest.

When you Create a Gathering Hall, you are asked if you would like to set a 4 digit Passcode. The Passcode can be used to make your lobby private, otherwise anyone can join your lobby. On the Matchmaking screen, you will see a 14 digit ID code which be used in Online Multiplayer by your friends to have them instantly jump to your Lobby. Once you have enough Hunters, hit Ready to start the Hunt!

Finding a Gathering Hall is also easy. In Online Multiplayer, you will be prompted to search using an ID code if you know the one for the Gathering Hall you wish to join, or you can just search for a Gathering Hall that still needs Hunters.

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