There are 14 different weapon types, split between 11 Blademaster weapons and 3 Gunner weapons. Each weapon type has a large variety of weapons. Some weapons (and weapon types) are more advantageous against certain monsters, and using a weapon with an advantageous match-up will make hunts easier.
Weapons can be swapped in the town or in the camp. Swap weapons as needed to gain an advantage over monsters.
Keep Blademaster weapons sharp to maximize their damage. Use Whetstones to maintain Sharpness.
Double check to make sure that appropriate items are in the inventory before going out on a hunt! For example, don't forget to bring Hot Drinks when hunting in very cold areas, or Cool Drinks when hunting in very hot areas.
Having a set of active skills that negate some of a monster's behavior can be beneficial. For example, equipping a Poison resistance skill against a monster that can poison will make the hunt less stressful.
Investing more skill points into the same skill will yield stronger effects.
Some weapons come with a shield that enables Guarding to block attacks. Blocking a very powerful attack may cause the player to take chip damage. Some attacks can only be guarded after the Guard Up skill is active.
Blinding monsters with the Flash Pod. Flash Pods only work if they are in a monster's line of sight.
Dazing certain monsters with Scream Pods.
Using barrel bombs on sleeping monsters.
Using items to heal or remove detrimental status ailment.
After dealing enough damage, the monster begins to limp and may return to its nest. A monster in this state can be captured with a trap and tranquilizers. Alternatively, the player may opt to slay the monster in its nest while it is vulnerable.
Working with Teammates
When hunting in a team, be careful and avoid friendly fire or tripping teammates. Accidentally flinching teammates can render them vulnerable to monster attacks.
Immobilized teammates can be freed with an attack.
Use wide range healing items to heal teammates if necessary.