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                         GOLD RATHIAN FAQ
    
    
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                    MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM (PSP)
    
                      COPYRIGHT 2008 (c) AVJ
                   <cookiemonsteravj@yahoo.com>
    
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                       FAQ Version History
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    22nd May 2008 ver.1.0
    - Started walkthrough for Gold Rathian in MHF.
    
    26th May 2008 ver.1.1 
    - corrected GRADE B title
    
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                        Table of Contents
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    Grade A - Introduction 
    A.1. Gold Rathian Quests in Monster Hunter Freedom
    A.2. Gold Rathian History and Introduction
    A.3. Gold Rathian Moves and Hunter Counter
    A.4. Gold Rathian Elemental Weakness
    
    Grade B - Preparation against Gold Rathian
    B.1. Suggested Weapons
    B.2. Suggested Armors
    B.3. What to Bring
    
    Grade C - Gold Rathian Rewards
    Grade D - Gold Rathian Miscellaneous
    Grade E - Credits Section
    Grade F - Feedback / Comments / Contributions
    Grade G - Legal Info
    
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                      Author Introduction
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    Hi all! I am AVJ, a certified Monster Hunter adiktus. 
    Been playing the game for quite a while now. 
    I have the PS2 Monster Hunter and Monster Hunter G game, 
    as well as the PSP games of Monster Hunter Freedom 1 & 2 
    and the newest one in town Monster Hunter Portable 2ndG. 
    This should prove how much I love the game. 
    I play it for as long as I have an available time. 
    I am now in the verge of completing MHF though I have 
    already started and progressed in the other games as well. 
    I love the challenge of hack and slashing the monsters 
    amp with a good strategy. 
    This will be my second FAQ/Walkthrough and hopefully 
    not the last one.
    I have been a fan as well of reading various FAQ's and 
    Walkthrough's as far as I remember. I made this FAQ/
    Walkthrough in the same fashion as what other authors do, 
    TO HELP OUT one way or another. 
    You must have read a lot of Gold Rathian FAQ's before and 
    this one in no way may be different, it is to my approach 
    that I'd say separates my guide from the others. 
    If you care enough to know, read along....
    
    
    
    
    GRADE A - INTRODUCTION
    
    
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    A.1. Gold Rathian Quests in Monster Hunter Freedom
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    This is specifically for the first Monster Hunter Freedom 
    US / EU version of the game. 
    Note: in MHF, Gold Rathian quests are only available from the 
    Elder (Chief of Kokoto) & Guild hall (online/offline)
    from the Blue Lady Bartender.
    Note: the quest numbering <_/_> I put here means 
    I have unlocked all possible quests in that star level.
    There are a thousand guides available on how to unlock 
    Gold Rathian in MHF. Research is the tool.
    
    Urgent Quest: 6 Star (* * * * * *) ELDER
    <07/09>  Hunting Quest: Wyverns of Land and Sky
                   Reward: 18000z
                   Contract Fee: 3000z
                   Time Limit: 50mins
                   Location: Great Arena
                   Special Condition: No
                   Quest Level: 6 star ( * * * * * * )
                   Goal Condition: Slay the Rathalos & Rathian
    
    
    Quest: 8 Star (* * * * * * * *) GUILD HALL
    <01/17>  Hunting Quest: The Queen of the Jungle
                   Reward: 9300z
                   Contract Fee: 1000z
                   Time Limit: 50mins
                   Location: Jungle
                   Special Condition: Joining this quest 
                                      requires a HR higher than 3
                   Quest Level: 8 star ( * * * * * * * * )
                   Goal Condition: Slay the Rathin
    
    
    Quest: 8 Star (* * * * * * * *) GUILD HALL
    <15/17>  Hunting Quest: The Wyverns of Land and Sky
                   Reward: 19200z
                   Contract Fee: 2000z
                   Time Limit: 50mins
                   Location: Swamp
                   Special Condition: Joining this quest 
                                      requires a HR higher than 3
                   Quest Level: 8 star ( * * * * * * * * )
                   Goal Condition: Slay the Rathalos & Rathian
    
    
    Note: These quests may not readily be shown on your quest 
    listings, if it happens that these aren't available yet,
    that means you have to unlock it by doing various quests on 
    that Star level. Check out other FAQ's on how to unlock these 
    quests.
    
    
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    A.2.        Gold Rathian Introduction
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    Gold Rathian.
    
    The most powerful Rathian variation of the series.
    This Gold Rathian has higher HP, higher Attack, Fast and 
    Loves to Poison anyone coming her way.
    One with a thicker hide and a much powerful fireball. 
    Her moves are not at all extra different from the other 
    rathian variations but her cunning strength and agility
    clearly separates her form the other variants.
    This monster is sure to test a hunter's skills and ability.
    
    
    
    
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    A.3.        Gold Rathian Moves and Hunter Counter
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    A.3.1.     Straight Fireball (One Time)
    A.3.2.     Straight Fireball (Three Times)
    A.3.3.     Air Backflip
    A.3.4.     Charge Attack
    A.3.5.     Shifting Charge Attack
    A.3.6.     Tail Swipe
    A.3.7.     Head Butt (Bite)
    A.3.8.     Scream
    A.3.9.     Feet Scratch
    A.3.10.    Fly Land
    
    Note: Please also read the very informative FAQ 
          by Peaceful on WOLAS/Thunder&Lightning at Gamefaqs. 
    
    A.3.1.     Straight Fireball (One Time)
    Gold Rathian will shoot a straight forward fireball directly
    in your face. This move is deadly if hit but blockable in any
    sense. Gold Rathian usually do this move if you are a distant
    far from her reach. Usually happens when she turns around after
    a charge attack. She will lean her head a little backward
    and shoot that devastating fireball. Make sure it won't hit
    you. Or the cats will cradle you back to camp.
    For SNS users, this move by Gold Rathian is easy to block.
    Dodge rolling is much safer so I'd suggest getting used to
    dodging everytime facing Gold Rathian.
    This move also opens up an attack opportunity for blademasters.
    Right after shooting a fireball, do a jump slash attack on Gold
    Rathian's head giving her a good damage. Make sure you are
    positioned to her side. Then do the Triangle+Circle if sword is
    drawn out or just a Triangle if sword is sheathed.
    If you are very close to Gold Rathian while she performs this 
    attack, roll underneath her and press Triangle for an upward slash
    and follow it up with a full Triangle, Triangle & Circle combo.
    Great chance to counter attack her.
    Make sure to roll out after one combo. Nice.
    
    
    A.3.2.     Straight Fireball (Three Times)
    Gold Rathian will shoot three (3) fireballs, one straight forward
    another to a straight left direction and another to a straight
    right direction. Most deadly attack if you are very close in front
    of her. One fireball can be blocked but most often cases, the next
    ones will land on you and deal a hefty amount of damage.
    Rolling and dodging is good, if you are fast on it.
    This is a common move coming from her and she likes to do it
    repeatedly specially if you are a distant off from her.
    Make sure you won't be hit by this move or else you'll see cats
    bring you back home.
    Again this move is also an opening for us hunters to take.
    Right after shooting the fireball, do a jump slash attack on Gold
    Rathian's head giving her a good damage. Make sure you are
    positioned to her side. Then do the Triangle+Circle if sword is
    drawn out or just a Triangle if sword is sheathed.
    If you are very close to Gold Rathian while she performs this 
    attack, roll underneath her and press Triangle for an upward slash
    and follow it up with a full Triangle, Triangle, Triangle & Circle
    combo. Great chance to counter attack her. Note that you can attack
    her quickly as she launches the first fireball giving you longer
    time to make 2 full combos. You don't have to wait for all 3
    fireballs dropping. Do the full combo as soon as you get the opening.
    Make sure to roll out after a good combo. Nice.
    This is also a good chance for you to either heal, sharpen,
    put a pitfall trap, plant a bomb or whatnot.
    Use this time wisely. Again take note that she can do this move 
    3 times in a row so stay on guard always.
    
    A.3.3.     Air Backflip
    This is Gold Rathian's most abused move. She will mostly do
    this unpredictbaly. Anytime! So be careful.
    What she will do is move two steps backward and then do a 
    backflip. This is where the poison checks in.
    Don't get hit by the tail because chances are, it'll absorb
    your health full time. This poison last so long. You'll eventually 
    need to replenish health alot of times.
    Also when she does a backflip, even if you manage to dodge
    the tail, you'd either get trapped from the wind created by
    this move. And this is not good. She usually follows it up with 
    a strong move.
    What you should do is roll away. I am not advising you to block 
    this move. Learn to quickly dodge and roll. When she moves 2 step 
    back, that is your sign to roll away.
    But this move is not at all to her advantage.
    When she does the backflip, quickly roll and position yourself
    to her back (the tail side..) and after she lands, do a jump slash
    attack to her tail. This should be a quick move. Not a full combo.
    Do a jump slash and roll. Easy. Our advantage.
    
    
    A.3.4.     Charge Attack
    Gold Rathian after stumbling or turning will almost always
    do a charge attack. You can see it coming but not always 
    blockable or easily dodge. She will "run" straight towards
    you and even if you try shifting directions, most probably she
    will shift "your" way. If you see her charge from a far distance
    quickly do a run away from her direction. When she's almost 
    about to hit you, do the jump dash to avoid being hit.
    Good if you have a high defense armor as you can block the charge
    in expense of stamina loss.
    Again this move is an opening to take advantage because it is sure
    that she will stumble after this move. Giving us a full combo to 
    any part of her. This move happens often specially when she is in
    rage mode so take note to always dodge this move in rage mode.
    She'll be very fast and the damage almost doubled.
    She can knock you down just by this move in rage mode.
    Also this move happens to be a chance to again do the other things 
    besides attacking her, heal, sharpen, etc.
    
    
    A.3.5.     Shifting Charge Attack
    Nasty! This is the most damage inflicting move she has 
    as of date. The signature move of the one and only
    Gold Rathian. What she does is take a straight charge at 
    you, then completely shifts to another direction from
    a stop. If you are trying to run away from her, chances are
    you'd still get hit as she shifts to another direction,
    usually to the direction where you're head at.
    This move is so confusing for first timers on Gold Rathian
    quests because it can be assumed as a normal charge attack.
    The shifting of direction is split seconds. Next thing you 
    know, she's on you. So what you need to do is learn how to block 
    the charge on the shifting move. When you see Gold Rathian
    preparing to charge, dash a good distance and when you see her
    suddenly stop, that's the indication that she'll turn 
    quickly to another direction, notably on your direction.
    This is where you block. Sacrifice stamina for this by blocking
    rather than doing a dash heap which will usually hit you anyway.
    This shifting charge is so powerful it'll knock you off and
    Gold Rathian will most likely give you a fireball or a poison
    backflip afterwards. Be careful at this stage. She will do this
    signature move more often in rage mode, which of course doubles
    the damage. Meaning, more deadly. Usually what we should do here
    is just run away and block. Always check your stamina bar because 
    it'll quickly drain your energy when running. You don't want to
    huff and puff while chasing your breathe and Gold Rathian on your
    face. Healing items are necessities if you are hit by this move.. 
    Remember to quickly run away.
    
    A.3.6.     Tail Swipe
    Often times after spitting a fireball and you are very near
    Gold Rathian, she does this move in combo to scream or fireball.
    Very bad if you are near her. This is a sure hit. This tail swipe
    itself is unpredictable in it's direction because Gold Rathian can 
    either do two tail swipe in clockwise direction and follow it up
    with two counter clockwise direction. So blocking one swipe 
    doesn't guarantee you safety because when she follows it up with 
    the counter direction swipe, that's double hit on you. If you are
    under Gold Rathian, chances are you can do a full combo ONLY 
    when she does the tail swipe in one direction. If she does the
    other direction, even if you are under her legs, that will still
    hit you. This up to this point is no safety, because another move
    will almost always follow. If you are knocked off on the ground
    pray that no fireball will hit you. Again a damage inflicting move
    from Gold Rathian but rather always easy to avoid as long
    as you are not caught up doing a jump slash on her.
    If you happen to have a flashbomb with you, this is the 
    opportunity to throw it while she's doing the tail swipe.
    Gives you the extra time to inflict a couple of good combos 
    to her.
    
    
    A.3.7.     Head Butt ( or Bite.. whatever it really is..)
    After a scream, or a tail swipe, Gold Rathian will try to 
    bite / headbutt you. This is also a common move from her.
    Whether you are in front of her or a distant far. This move is 
    blockable. This move is also a bit to your advantage.
    What you do is perform a jumpslash after her head bents down
    to bite. Make sure to do any attack only in front of her. If you 
    happen to attack her on the backside, then sorry because for 
    sure, the tail will hit you hard. Again only hit her in front
    after her head bents down. A quick jump slash and roll will 
    do. Good damage and good timing.
    
    
    A.3.8.     Scream
    This move from Gold Rathian will not do any damage to you.
    Easy. But, it'll leave you cower for a few seconds and 
    that allows Gold Rathian to instantly do another move that
    could hit you. Best thing here is that you're sword should 
    almost always be unsheated to be able to block it in quick 
    response. Better yet, wear a High Grade Ear Plug armor set.
    This will protect you from the scream and instead work to 
    your advantage. You can easily do 2 combos on Gold Rathian
    with a high grade earplug whenever she does this move.
    Take note of that.
    
    
    
    A.3.9.     Feet Scratch
    This move happens whenever Gold Rathian prepares to enter
    rage mode. She will seize up on a stance then start 
    scratching the ground with her two feet. Another notably
    thing to remember is that she will also took a frantic
    head shake upon this feet scratch. It'll took a alot of time
    for this moment to come to a halt and do the next move.
    So take this opportunity as it happens. Do the maximum combo
    you can hand on Gold Rathian. Almost always she fires three
    fireballs next to this move. This is always the best chance
    to chop off her tail or whack her face and body. This move is 
    all to your advantage so long as you don't get stuck to her
    tail constantly whipping up and down. What you can do is 
    render a full combo when she starts scratching then when she
    turns to release a fireball or two, go erase off her tail.
    Easier said than done. This move is common to all Rathians
    so this is not in any way a new move from her.
    Again whenever she does this move, take it to your advantage.
    
    
    A.3.10.   Fly Land
    What she does is fly a mid air move then land down in a quick second.
    She does this when she gets a full combo from you and somehow 
    seems like a dodge move from her. But be alert again, you can get
    caught in the wind she created making you cower again without
    a high wind resistance armor. This is to her advantage as she can
    quickly do a charge attack afterwards. So learn to block as she flaps 
    her wings back and when she's in midair, roll away from her.
    This is easy to avoid if you can block quickly and can work 
    to your advantage also if you block off her wind, you can do
    the counter full combo on her.
    
    
    
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    A.4.          Gold Rathian Elemental Weakness
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    Gold Rathian is weak to Thunder Attribute. Period. 
    This happens to be your key element whenever fighting Gold
    Rathian. Always prepare a thunder element weapon or else
    you're going to have a hard time fighting her.
    Non elemental pure raw damage weapon is second best only if
    it has very high stats. Water is another recommendation but
    not as good as thunder.
    
    
    GRADE B -PREPARATION AGAINST GOLD RATHIAN
    
    
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    B.1.             Suggested Weapons
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    B.1.1. Kirin Bolt Indora (sns sword from thunderbane line)
    	Raw:  322
          	Thunder: 220
    	Defense: +3
    
    B.1.2. Kirin Bolt Kami (sns sword from Kirin Bolt line)
           	Raw:  238
    	Thunder: 390
    	Defense: +6
    
    B.1.3. Kirin Bolts (duals from SNS Kirin Bolt Ultimus line) 
    	Raw: 252
    	Thunder: 300
    	Defense: +8
    
    B.1.4. Sanctioned Blades (duals from Prototype Saw Slicer line)
    	Raw:  294
    	Dragon:  230
    
    NOTE: These are final forms of each weapon line
          recommended if applicable..
    
          On WOLAS elder, using Thundertip is already enough
          to beat the Gold Rathian, but if Kirin Bolt Indora
          is already available then use it.
          
          Again, I posted only the Thunder SNS/DS that I have
          and which I think can do the job on Gold Rathian.
          
    
    
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    B.2.            Suggested Armors
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    B.2.1.  High Grade Earplug set
    a. Garuga Mask
    b. Rathalos Soul Mail
    c. Rathalos Soul Braces
    d. Rathalos Soul Coil
    e. Rathalos Soul Greaves
    - wearing this armor also activates Sharpening Skill Inc. 
      and Spectre's Whim
    - total defense is 125
    - use this set if you don't want to be caught up when
      Gold Rathian does her scream. The scream is not deadly 
      but it leaves you cower for a few more seconds 
      thereby giving Gold Rathian the chance to K.O. you 
      without this armor set. 
      But if you have this set, then you 
      are almighty. Whenever she screams you'd be unaffected 
      and thus gives you the chance to perform your good combo. 
    
    B.2.2.  High Wind Resistance
    a. Black Piercing
    b. Diablo Mail +
    c. Diablo Vambraces  +
    d. Chain Belt +
    e. Ioprey Greaves U
    - Wearing this armor also activates Autotracker and 
      Hunger x 1.5
    - Total defense is 132
    - Use this set if you don't want to be caught up 
      against Gold Rathian' wind when she lands from a flight. 
      She usually don't fly alot but this may come in handy for
      her backward fly whenever she tries to dodge away from
      your attack. Optional at best.
    
    B.2.3.  Sharpness + 1
    a. Skull Face S
    b. Steel Mail U
    c. Monoblos Vambraces S
    d. Gravios Tasset +
    e. Ioprey Greaves U
    - Wearing this armor also activates Autotracker
    - Total defense is 188
    - I find this armor set really nice against Gold Rathian. 
      You get sharpness + 1 which is so important especially
      on WOLAS Gold Rathian because sharpening is always 
      a bit hard to find any opportunity against Gold
      Rathian. You will very much need the extra sharpness
      that will last longer when fighting her.
    
    B.2.4.	Battle S armor set.
    a. Battle Helm S
    b. Battle Mail S
    c. Battle Vambraces S
    d. Battle Tasset S
    e. Battle Greaves S
    - wearing this armor gives you Guard Inc, Autotracker,
      Farsight, Strength recovery Item weak (negative)
    - total defense is 161
    - The main skill you want here is the Guard Inc.
      It lessens the amount of damage you receive upon 
      blocking of Gold Rathian attacks.
      On normal armor set, when Gold Rathian fires three
      fireballs on you, one of the fireballs will surely land on
      you even if you are blocking. With this skill activated
      you can block all of her moves with lesser damage.
    
    
    NOTE: you may also want to just use high defense armor such
          as Garuga set for higher defense.
          you can also consider using the Sword Saint Piercing
          as it activates ESP skill which will allow your 
          sword to continue its damage and not bounce off
          Gold Rathian's hide. When she is on rage mode, the 
          hide gets tougher to penetrate. Use the sword Saint
          Piercing to any armor combination you may want.
          These armor sets are just what I use on Gold Rathian
          you can try other combinations that will suit your
          needs. 
    
    
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    B.3.               What to Bring
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    This is strictly for blademasters:
    
    a. 10 mega potions
    b. 10 honey
    c. 10 potions
    d. 20 or less whetstones
    e. 2 max potion (optional)
    f. ancient potion (when KO'ed, this will replenish 
                       everything back)
    g. 5 - 10 well done steaks (for stamina recovery)
    h. 5 mega juice (for Dual Sword users)
    i. pitfall trap
    j. large barrel bombs +, LBB, SBB for extra damage)
    k. flash bombs
    
    Take note: Inventory capacity is 20 spaces only so choose 
               best what you'll bring.
               The items listed are based on the WOLAS quests.
               The Gold Rathian Queen of the jungle quest
               on HR 5 may not need all of this items.
    
    Basically you bring lots of healing items because this 
    Gold Rathian loves to do damage. Often times the battles are
    more of defense oriented than attack oriented on our part.
    Gold Rathian loves to attack. This is a fact. No glitches
    whatsoever to help you out, that is why recovery items are a
    must. Remember to replenish or sharpen only when Gold Rathian
    falls down from a charge, does her feet scratch or shooting 
    fireballs and you are a safe distant away.
    The pitfall traps may come in handy so you may want to consider 
    bringing the constituents of a pitfall trap (net+trap tool)
    Strategy is the key to beating Gold Rathian.
    Use alot of flash bombs. This is your main offensive thrust.
    Yeah, believe it or not, flashbombs are your best friend
    whenever fighting Gold Rathian. Abuse it. Always bring 
    flash bombs constituents whenever fighting her.n your direction.
    Don't use it when in rage mode. It does no effect.
    Throw it in her line of sight. Best to use after she charges
    and turns around towards you. Abuse it.
    Only throw it if she happens to be turning.
    Remember to attack only on openings. Do not overdo your combo.
    If you feel like you'll eventually get stucked on her while 
    doing a combo, quickly roll away. In rage mode, one tail swipe
    is all you need for the cats to carry you back in camp.
    Again, lots of healing items and flash bombs.
    There you go, beat her up!
    
    
    
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               GRADE C - GOLD RATHIAN REWARDS
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    The very reason why you are fighting this beast is to get 
    the materials you needed in order to make weapons/armors 
    to progress in the game.
    
    Here's a rundown:
    
    Carves from body:
    Gold Rathian Scale
    Gold Rathian Shell
    Inferno Sac
    Gold Rathian Thorn 
    
    
    Carves from tail:
    Gold Rathian Scale
    Gold Rathian Shell
    Gold Rathian Thorn
    Wyvern Marrow 
    Gold Rathian Plate 
    Gold Rathian Ruby 
    
    
    Note: It was mentioned in alot of forum sites that Gold 
          Rathian Rubies can be acquired also in the rewards.
          Haven't experienced it yet though.
          The percentages of each parts can be read through
          Peacefuls' WOLAS guide over at Gamefaqs.
          Please read the guide as it is most helpful for
          any hunter of the game.
    
    
    
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              GRADE D - GOLD RATHIAN MISCELLANEOUS 
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    Sorry to say but there are no glitches that involve beating
    a certain quest nor bringing a spider web thing.
    Meeting Gold Rathian is proof enough that you have progressed
    well in the game. She will be an ultimate test on a hunter's 
    true skill. Strategy is always the key.
    Use your time freely and don't be on a rush attacking her.
    Study her moves before applying your own.
    Gold Rathian will go down fast especially if using 
    a thunder based weapon. 
    
    
    
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                  GRADE E - CREDITS SECTION
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    GAMEFAQS / NEOSEEKER / SUPERCHEATS 
    	- for hosting my Gold Rathian SNS Guide
    
    Peaceful' WOLAS Guide - the very first guide I read about 
                 Gold Rathian Very much thankful to your guide.
    
    SkiesofCrimson - Awesome site and group. 
                     I read along your guides as well. 
                     The best in town.
    
    PinoyPSP Team Hunters - the true blue pinoy MHF team. Mabuhay! 
    
    HURT 19 - for doing WOLAS runs with me.
    
    Jaz - as always. Labyusobra!
    
    
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           GRADE F - FEEDBACK / COMMENTS / CONTRIBUTIONS
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    If you care enough to correct from any information that is 
    misleading, do so e-mail me at cookiemonsteravj@yahoo.com.
    If you want your name published on this FAQ give me a good
    reason. If you hate what I did, e-mail me as well.
    This FAQ is supposed to help people. So if you find 
    that I offended anyone by this FAQ inform me. 
    You can also add more information to this guide so
    that new MHF players get a lot of help from us. 
    Just e-mail me.
    
    
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                     GRADE G - LEGAL INFO 
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