Today we will discuss about the Hunting Horn, my preferred alternate weapon.
Honestly… I don’t understand why people don’t like it that much. In my opinion, it’s quite a cheated weapon! Why should you use it, you ask?
- Recital: Probably the first reason you should get familiar with a Hunting Horn. They have a wide range of abilities, including not only basic attack & defence buffs, but also good heals (the best HH can entirely heal you in less than 20s), elemental/dragon defence buffs, instant tracking of Wyverns, protection against cold/heat, roars, quakes, paralysis or elder dragon winds… You can always find the Hunting Horn that suits the monster. However, be warned: Recital buffs take really long to execute, so you’d better avoid using it just in front of your prey… One thing that worths being noticed though: if you hit an enemy while playing a recital, you’ll damage it more than with a normal attack…
Some amazing buffs among others.
- High Raw power: As a hammer class weapon, HH’s raw attack is pretty high! Beware though, I’ve heard that only a little fraction of this raw power is used while dealing damage… Therefore, I wouldn’t choose these weapons just because of that.
- Attacks faster than the hammer: I have the feeling that most people believe Hammer class weapons to be slow. This is not true for Hunting Horn weapons. Maybe that’s just an opinion, but I would put HH’s attack speed at the same level as LongSword’s. Honestly, just try it and you’ll see! The cooldown time (time after each attack) is significantly lower than Hammers’, and it can be reduced even further if you dodge just after an attack. Besides, you can chain attacks very well with it, and stop attacking anytime using a simple dodge.
- Keeps the ability to run with high attack power: That’s the best part of Hammer class weapons: being able to deal nice damage with big speed. Well, Hunting Horns take this a level beyond! Effectively, each of them has a speed-increasing ability which allows the user to run faster. I cannot stress enough how great this buff is, honestly! For some enemies, I was so fast that I didn’t even need to dodge once because of it! I would say this is one of the most important reasons I chose this weapon.
- Pretty good range: Compared to the hammer, the HH has a really better range. I would say it’s comparable to a LongSword. I’ve even been able to hit powder barrels without being blown away by their explosion!
- Stun ability: As a Hammer class weapon, HH can stun. I wouldn’t say this is that great of an ability by itself, since you always have to be right in front of the monster to be able to stun it, but this is quite possible for monsters like Rathalos/Rathian/Plesioth/Cephadrome, who shoot straight in front of them, and therefore leave a huge opening on their head if you manage to avoid their attacks… but it’s always a good surprise to see one of them stunned during a battle.
So… to sum up, the Hunting Horn is great for 2 things: the speed at which you can use it – dodging becomes more and more valuable as you progress in your hunting – and the Recital ability. When you add to that its nice range and attack power, it almost sounds like a perfect weapon! I hope you’ll enjoy using it!