Sunday, October 28, 2012

Target: Silver Rathalos [ リオレウス希少種 ] Hunting Guide

HI-HO, SILVER: Ah yes, silver, the color of space-faring surfers and werewolf-slaying projectiles. In Monster Hunter, however, silver is the calling card of the king of airborne wyverns, the  リオレウス希少種 or Silver Rathalos. The majestic beast is the target of many a hunter obsessed with forging its shimmering armor (cough, Pacman and Ke$ha, cough), causing them to drag some other poor hunter (cough, Gaga, cough) to "Silver and Gold" dragon hunts over and over and over so they can complete their dragon armor set. To commemorate our return to "honster munting" after an extended break. We recently decided to test our rusty skills on this very beast by hunting a Silver Rathalos in MHP3. Now we're adding a Silver Rath guide to Loc Lac Kitty Karters' list of offerings to help out folks embarking on Monster Hunter Ultimate for the first time.

TABLE 1: Damage Values
SLVRATH Cutting Impact Bullet Fire Water Ice Lightning Dragon Dmg. to Flinch
Head 12 19 15 0 20 10 30 0 200
Neck 24 24 18 0 15 5 20 0 180
Back 55 50 30 5 15 5 20 0 200
Belly 25 30 30 5 10 10 15 0 200
Wing 44 44 25 0 15 10 25 0 120
Foot 35 35 45 0 10 5 10 0 180
Tail 21 18 15 0 5 5 10 0 140
Tail Tip 24 24 22 0 10 5 10 0 140
* This table shows damage values by weapon and element type. Note that this is just valuation and not actual damage done to hit points, which requires a whole lot of math to calculate based off these numbers and I ain't doing it here. This basically gives you an idea which monster part is most vulnerable to what weapon. Meanwhile, the last column shows how much damage you need to inflict on each monster part in order to make it flinch.

TABLE 2: Status Proc/Infliction
SLVRATH Effect Impact/Duration Initial Dmg. Req’d. Extra Dmg. Req’d. Per Proc Max Dmg. Req’d.
Poison Yes 150 dmg/60 sec. 180 100 580
Paralysis Yes 10 sec. 180 110 730
Sleep Yes 30 sec. 180 100 580
Dizzy Yes 10 sec. 100 150 700
Fatigue Yes Stamina -200 180 100 580
* This table shows what condition you can inflict when using a status weapon. The last three columns show how much status-based damage you need to generate to inflict a condition. If you want to sleep bomb, for example, you initially need to inflict 180 points of sleep damage before the monster will succumb to sleepiness. After that, you'll need to inflict 280, then 380, then 480, and finally 580 to make it sleep a fifth time or more.

TABLE 3: Item Effectiveness
SLVRATH Effect Normal Status Rage Status Fatigue Status
Flash Bomb Yes 25 sec. 25 sec. 35 sec.
Shock Trap Yes 8 sec. 8 sec. 15 sec.
Pitfall Trap Yes 12 sec. 12 sec. 25 sec.
Sonic Bomb No
Drugged Meat Yes
Dung Bomb Yes
* "Status" in this table refers to a monster's physical and emotional state (i.e. whether it's in normal condition, mad or tired).

Rage mode: If you notice fire constantly seeping from a Silver Rathalos' mouth, that's a telltale sign that the creature is in "rage mode." During rage mode, the Silver Rath gets a 1.5x boost in attack power as well as a 1.2x boost in speed. It also gets a lot more aggressive and takes flight more frequently. Watch out for fireball spamming when facing an enraged Silver Rath and don't be afraid to zone out if you get overwhelmed or things get hot and heavy. This monster's rage mode lasts for 75 seconds.

Fatigue mode: Signs of a fatigued Silver Rathalos include drooling and a tendency to just stand around. When fatigued, the monster gets a .90x reduction in speed and becomes susceptible to tainted meat. This condition represents a great opportunity to mount an offensive as the Silver Rath not only is slower but also prone to tripping. It will end up shooting blanks if it tries to launch a fireball as well, giving you more opportunities for aggressive play. Note that it may try to eat some Gagua's to replenish its strength at either area 2 or 7 of the mountain pass stage so get ready to hustle to those areas to either counter it or give yourself a free attacking opportunity while it chows down. Fatigue mode lasts for 120 seconds.

Note: Some information in this article was taken from a combination of Japanese wikis and guide books.

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