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    Sword/Shield Guide by SuperRazu

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                                  Monster Hunter Tri
                                   Sword and Shield 
    ---------------------------------By SuperRazu----------------------------------
                                 All rights reserved.
                               Copyright 2010 Chris G.
    Contact info: superrazu@gmail.com
    Version 1.0
    Version 2.0 (05/07/2010) - added boss monster tactics,
                                     Sns upgrade tree recommendations,
                                     some more tips,
                                     a little tweaking and minor add-ons
    Version 2.1 (05/13/2010) - added R-stick control scheme
                                     minor add-ons
                               updated Boss Tactics
    Version 2.2 (06/15/2010) - added an underwater attack I forgot to mention,
                                     more tips
                               updated Boss Tactics
    *******************************About this Guide********************************
       This is a weapon guide in Monster Hunter Tri (and once you try it, you'll
    be hooked) centralized on the Sword and Shield. This guide is intended for
    people who want to get acquainted with this weapon type. I will not be telling
    you any damage formula for this weapon and I will also not be telling you how 
    to play the Sword and Shield henceforth (Sns) but what I will tell you are 
    different strategies you can use with Sns. Even though I will tell you
    the different ways to play with this weapon the best strategy is YOUR strategy,
    so be creative, and besides, thats what makes this game fun.
       Ever since the original Monster Hunter I have loved the Sns and have always
    thought to myself how EXTREMELY underrated this fine piece of equipment is.
    With all the talk of "tiers" and "best" weapon it always seems to be that Sns
    is at the bottom and I am here to tell you that tiers are for queers and you
    should play with what ever weapon is fun; and for myself, it is the Sns.
    After searching gamefaqs throughout the monster hunter series I believe that
    there is one other Sns guide and it is from MHF and I am surprised that there
    was only one other, so this shall be the second Sns guide ever.
    What I want is to see more Sns users but not to the point of overration
    like the Lance, GS, or LS.
       This by the way is my first guide and most of these strategies are based on 
    the online perspective but will include a brief segment in offlining with Sns.
    Please tell me if there are any mistakes or how I can improve on this guide.
    ** In youtube, my friend Will R. has some videos and the link to this guide
    on his video description. His channel in youtube is: ihaveabeak.
    In some of the vids I am not in there. My player name is Ujio.
    ***************************** Table of Contents *******************************
    (Search by using ctrl + F) (include the < and > when searching)
    --------------------------Section 1: Intro------------------------------------- 
    <1.1> - What is the Sword and Shield
    <1.2> - Pros and Cons
    <1.3> - Why use this weapon
    <1.4> - Controls and Attacks
    --------------------------Section 2: Time to Rock------------------------------
    <2.1> - Offline
    --------------------------Section 3: Time to Rock AND Roll---------------------
    <3.1> - Online Weapon Etiquette
    <3.2> - Strategies
          <3.21> - Classic Infighting
          <3.22> - Support Fighting
          <3.23> - Sleep Bombing
    <3.3> - Boss Tactics
          <3.3A> Great Jaggi and Great Baggi
          <3.3B> Qurupeco
          <3.3C> Royal Ludroth
          <3.3D> Barroth
          <3.3E> Gobul
          <3.3F> Rathian
          <3.3G> Rathalos
          <3.3H> Diablos
          <3.3I> Barioth
          <3.3J> Uragaan
          <3.3K> Lagiacrus
          <3.3L> Gigginox
          <3.3M> Agnaktor
          <3.3N> Deviljho
          <3.3O> Ceadeus
          <3.3P> Jhen Mohran  (that is the letter "O" if searching)
          <3.3Q> Alatreon
    <3.4> - Tips
    <3.5> - Sword and Shield Weapon Tree Recommendations
    <3.6> - FAQ's (will be included if people ask me to)
    --------------------------Section 4: Acknowledgements and Legal Stuff----------
    <4.1> - Acknowledgements
    <4.2> - Disclaimer
    ********************************** Intro **************************************
    <1.1>                   What is the Sword and Shield
       The Sword and Shield is the default weapon in all Monster Hunter series. It 
    is the fastest weapon type now since dual swords have been taken out. It has
    a shield for blocking and when drawn has the highest mobility of any weapon. 
    This weapon is also the most underrated and most unpopular gear throughout
    the series being overshadowed by the Lance, GreatSword (GS), and now the
    LongSword (LS) which are all seen EVERYWHERE online.
    <1.2>                          Pros and Cons
         - highest mobility of all weapons
         - best element/attribute dealers
         - quick hits that can combo
         - can block without sharpness reduction
         - can attack while blocking
         - has both cut and impact (KO) damage
         - fast unsheathe/ sheathe action
         - can use items when ever you want
         - most versatile weapon
         - doesn't bounce as much as other weapons 
         - weak hits
         - CRAPPY tailcutter
         - short reach
         - combo too much and you will get punished
         - a whetstone eater
         - not really a good offline/ solo weapon (in terms of time efficiency)
       Hmm... I don't see why it is unpopular but hey, it's the way it is
    <1.3>                       Why Use This Weapon
       Why not use it? With all the overrated and overused weapons out there, be
    different. (I'm not saying they are bad weapons because they are all good)
    This is my favorite weapon because it is simply awsome. As you saw
    in the Pros and Cons section, the pros much outweigh the cons and it is 
    relatively easy to use and most of all, it is fun running around everything
    and doing constant damage. This may be a bad comparison but: You are like
    a mosquito which annoys anything, seemingly harmless and small, but even
    mosquitos can kill with deadly efficiency. This is what an Sns user is to any
    <1.4>                       Controls and Attacks
       I use the PSP style controls on the CC with Swim controls set on Type 2.
    I have also included R-stick controls for those who want to go old school.
    |                                 Attacks                                     |
    | Unsheathe Attack      ||  X while moving           | R-up while moving      |
    | Jumping Slash         ||  X + A                    | R-down                 |
    | Rising Slash          ||  L-stick + X              | L-stick + R-up         |
    | Standard Combo        ||  X 2x                     | R-up 2x                |
    | Full Standard Combo   ||  X after Standard Combo   | R-up after Standard    |
    | Side-Up Slash         ||  A 2x                     | R-left 2x              |
    | Shield Bash           ||  L-stick + A              | R-right                |
    | Round Slash           ||  (+) button               | X                      |
    | Guard Slash           ||  X while blocking         | R-up while blocking    |
    | Insta-Guard           ||  R + X + A                | same buttons           |
    | Roll and Slash        ||  X after dodge            | R-up after dodge       |
    | Use Item              ||  R + Y (when drawn)                                |
    | - After Standard Combo you can combo into Full Standard                     |
    |                                           Side-Up Slash                     |
    |                                           Shield Bash                       |
    |                                           Round Slash                       |
    |                                                                             |
    | - After Full Standard you can combo into Side-Up Slash                      |
    |                                          Shield Bash                        |
    |                                          Round Slash                        |
    |                                                                             |
    | - After Side-Up or Shield Bash you can combo into Round Slash               |
    |                                                                             |
    | - After doing Roll and Slash you can combo into Standard then whatever      |
    |                           Underwater Attacks                                |
    | Water Standard Combo  ||  X 3x                | R-up 3x                     |
    | Water Side Slash      ||  A or R + A          | R-left                      |
    | Water Bash to Slash   ||  L-stick + A         | R-right                     |
    | Water Dash Slash      ||  X + A               | R-down                      |
    | Water Round Slash     ||  (+) button          | X                           |
    | - During or after Water Standard you can combo into Water Side Slash        |
    |                                                  or Water Bash to Slash     |
    |                                                                             |
    | - Water Bash to Slash makes you rise in elevation underwater                |
    ****************************** Time to Rock ***********************************
    <2.1>                            Offline
       In offline you start of with the Sns equiped and a GS in your box. In the 
    beggining you might want to start off by using the Sns and throughout your
    progression upgrading the GS. Once you get a decent GS or weapon of your 
    choice you can then start killing things faster for materials. Once you get a 
    good Sns you should be able to deal with most things. Remember, in offline 
    you won't be able to cut tails as good as some other weapons but if your main
    goal is to kill everything then it should be fine. This was how I started
    my game and now I am in the process of collecting all the Sns since I know
    have a decent "power" weapon like the Lance and LS. Again like I said, this
    guide is focused on the online perspective of Sns usage but the best strategy
    in offline that I can think of is sleep bombing (see strategies) but you
    first must have an ample amount of materials to make bombs and money and a
    sleep attribute Sns.
    ************************** Time to Rock AND Roll ******************************
    <3.1>                     Online Weapon Etiquette
       Finally we're in the meat of this guide but before you get to taste anything
    I first have to tell you a few things... PLEASE USE WEAPON ETIQUETTE. I know
    this is an Sns guide but I will include the other weapons so you know proper
    weapon etiquette; we do NOT want to be the stupid GS user who upswings or
    or the stupid Hammer user who mega pounds. Besides, doing those "anti-player"
    moves may just lead them to their death and trust me, I have been victim to
    this AND have seen other people dying because some fool launched them.
    There is only ONE time these anti-player moves should be used and that is
    when you are trying to save a buddy. 
    Sns - Be wary of the final hit in Full Standard because it will launch other
          players and I believe the second hit in the Shield Bash will also
          launch other people.
    GS - Do not upswing people.
    LS - Try not to interrupt people by this weapons extreme horizontal moves, and
         LS is pretty etiquette friendly as compared to other weapons.
    Lance - Do not lance charge people.
    Hammer - Do not golf swing, unsheathe attack, and mega pound when near people.
    SA - Do not upswing and burst finish people.
    Bowguns - Do not use pellets on people.
    <3.2>                           Strategies
       Ah yes, now its time to take a big juicy bite from that Monster Burger 
    (refrencing Ironbeard haha) this is what most of you should have been 
    anticipating: the Strategies section. In this section I will include my normal
    playstyles with the Sns because these are what work for me and in my mind
    are the most efficient ways with dealing with boss monsters. I have friends
    who play this game and typically the team set-up is [ Sns, LS, Gun, any other]
    and really the Sns is a support style weapon so I find that to maximize
    efficiency, bring an Sns with paralize or poison and let the power weapons
    do most of the damage. Now remember, these are MY strategies and they work
    for ME, YOU yourself should try and make your own style because what works for
    me may not work for you. My intention is for you to have a little look see
    at how good the Sns really is, help you use this weapon, and give you some
    insight on how to use it. 
       <3.21>                   Classic Infighting
          Classic Infighting, this is how the Sns should be used all the time
       anywhere. For new players this might be difficult because it requires you
       to already have some experience with the monster's attacks but once you
       know its attack patterns, use this style. This style, like it suggests,
       is when you fight within the monsters attack range for a longer period
       of time than other weapons because Sns is NOT a hit n run weapon.
       Do short combos so that you do not get punished when you are on the
       offensive. When being defensive make use of your dodge and block. The
       dodge in MH3 unlike in previous MH's has what I think a WIDE and I mean
       WIDE time frame for invincibility so dodging at the right time will make
       you stay in close range for much longer than blocking so utilize the 
       dodge and hack away. That little sheild is only to be used defensively
       in times of an emergency when you know you cannot dodge the incoming
       attack because it takes away alot of stamina and pushes you out of range.
       What I think is the best improvement on the Sns is its new
       sheild bash attack, use it! when you are infighting and the monster's 
       head is within range because it will make it dizzy if done enough.
          Personal experience - I have seen in previous MH's, especially in MH1,
       that people like to use Sns as a hit n run weapon, and guess what, IT ISNT.
       It is not a GS people, which is probably the best hit n run weapon, it is 
       an Sns and you must stay on the offensive because unlike GS which can do
       more damage with one hit than an Sns can with 12 hits, it can afford a 
       hit n run playstyle. Keep attacking, short combo -> dodge -> short combo ->
       dodge -> short combo. You have to be forever offensive and for those who
       are thinking dodging and blocking are not offensive actions, they are.
       Using real life concepts, dodging is offensive when you are trying to 
       position yourself at a more advantageous position which is what you are 
       doing because you want to stay within range and blocking is offensive
       when it is a setup for a counter attack which unfortunatly Sns cannot do
       but big brother Lance can. My philosophy is the best defense is a good
       offense in everything, be it video games or real life because you want
       to end the fight fast and quick if not you are losing time and resources.
       Ok back to MH, like I said, be forever offensive and stick to that monster
       like white on rice but you also can't be stupid and take hits so pay
       close attention to the monster's movements and dodge. Oh yeah I almost
       forgot a very important aspect: the approach. This is universal in 
       everything we do as human beings, so speaking of this game, DO NOT rush
       in towards a monster only to do an Unsheathe attack and getting hit before
       you actaully land a hit. Find that one opening and bring the hurt, patience
       will reward you.
       <3.22>                    Support Fighting
          Support Fighting is usually used on those ********* monsters who just
       annoy the hell out of you and probably most people. This is where the Sns
       really shines because they are the best element/ attribute blader weapons.
       All those fast quick hits mean that they have the best chance of inflicting
       their attribute and can fairly para/psn/slp in a short amount of time.
       Basically once you get used to Infighting you can start to really help
       out the team by bringing an attribute Sns. Like I said, the Infighting 
       strategy is the basis of my playstyle so I also developed a Support style
       which by the way, makes the fight easier than bringing a RAW powered Sns.
       This style is just branching off of Infighting with the only change is 
       the equipment.
          Personal experience - This is my sunshine. In a group, people will be
       thanking you like crazy. The thing I like to do is to bring a para Sns
       and just para the hell out of the monster. In one quest, you alone 
       should be able to inflict your attribute at least three times if you 
       Infight. Another reason why its my sunshine is that when paralyzed you
       can start bashing the head and again, you alone should make it dizzy 
       at least two times. What does this mean? It means you are the cause of
       the monsters demise. In terms of comparison you are that annoying bug
       that distracts the monster and while its distracted a freight train 
       (your power weapon buddies) runs it over... that is the easiest way
       I can explain this strategy. Now your probably thinking "how about if
       there are two Sns?" well you know what, its going to get infliced much
       faster and if both Sns have para, both can start bashing the head. Now 
       as of four Sns I do not know because its pretty rare to actually find
       four people who use it on a regular basis like me and my friends are 
       not really into Sns too much (as in they have some but they don't use it)
       and I never really asked them to do it because it might not be so 
       <3.23>                    Sleep Bombing 
          Sleep Bombing, now this is the best strategy I can think of for
       offlining. You get a sleep attribute Sns first and alot of bombs and
       materials needed to combine to make the bombs. Putting the monster to
       sleep is harder than it seems because you have to be really careful not
       to put in an extra hit so the best way is to do the Unsheathe/ Jumping
       attack then the Round Slash and repeat but you still have to react if you
       manage to sleep it after the Unsheath/ Jumping attack. Next you lay large
       bombs (better if you have (+) bombs) on its weak spot or on the spot
       where you want to break. Now this part is CRUCIAL, you want to detonate 
       the bombs first and not the monster, infact, DON'T touch the monster at
       all. If you plan to use small bombs to detonate make sure that it is far 
       enough so that only the edge of the blast radius hits the large bombs. 
       If you're planning to use something else, just make sure to hit the 
       bombs and not the monster. This strategy is very expensive and not fun
       but if you just want to kill it straight up then by all means do it.
          Personal experience - I do not really do this alot mainly because it's
       boring and not fun but it is really good against armored monsters.
       This can also be substituted as Sleep Charging. Instead of bombs, one of
       your buddies could be a super steroid taking GS user and just Charge Slash
       the sleeping monster. 
    <3.3>                          Boss Tactics
       These boss tactics were sourced from the way I fight them. There may be
    better ways to tackle these monsters with the Sns but until I find them or
    invent an easier way, these tactics are the best I can come up with right now.
    These are all from personal experience.
       <3.3A>                Great Jaggi and Great Baggi
          The Great Jaggi and Great Baggi are the monsters who have replaced
       the 'dromes from previus MH's. They have similar attacks and that is why
       I catagorized them in the same subsection.
          These guys are super easy with the Sns. There really is no tactic 
       against these guys simply because they... are just no threat. The only
       thing you need to watch out for are their attacks, specifically the
       tail whip where they do it two times and that body slam. You are an Sns
       so you should be dodging after every combo you do which renders almost
       all their attacks useless. The G.Baggi's sleeping spit thing shouldn't
       even hit you because you are dodging alot anyways but be wary of the small
       ones, they can still get you if you don't have position awareness.
          Their weak spot is the head so try and hit it whenever possible.
       <3.3B>                        Qurupeco
          Just Infight this thing, it's also not much of a threat. Watch out for
       that one move where it breathes a puff of fire and the tail whip where 
       it does it two times and you should be good. This thing is also a punk 
       because it might call for other monsters to join the fight so if you see 
       one, just run. I tell you to run because when Infighting you can't really 
       see whats going on because all you see is whatever color the monster is.
          It's weak spot is the head and throat area. Whenever it does a call
       it sometimes lowers its head just enough for you to reach it but it
       will raise it back up in a few seconds. When it calls it may also puff
       up its throat and turns red, this is your time for good hits on the throat.
       <3.3C>                      Royal Ludroth
          Also not much of a threat but you have to be more vigilant fighting
       this thing as compared to the Qurupeco because it might do a random
       body roll if you don't know what to look for (usually it lifts its head up
       and faces in the direction its going to roll, you usually have about two
       seconds to react). That is really the only move to watch out for because
       you're in CQC (close quarters combat).
          The weak spot is its spongy mane and tail area. Pretty easy to tailcut
       this guy and you should be safe from that body roll. Getting the mane
       is also easy but you have to watch its movements so it doesn't hit you.
       <3.3D>                         Barroth
          Now this is the first monster that requires a tactic. This thing is 
       fast, moves around alot, and armored. You want to get and stay behind it
       because it doesn't have any serious attacks from behind. Once behind it, 
       attack its butt so you don't bounce. If you're caught staring at its face,
       be prepared to block because it will most likely charge at you. You can 
       evade the charge but it's safer to block because sometimes it cannot turn
       sharply and at times it can turn sharply so might as well be safe. 
       When underneath it attacking, be careful of tail whips and body slams
       because the tail whip might hit you and the body slam will hit you if
       you're underneath it.
          The arms and tail are the weak spots. To get the arm you need to be
       pretty accurate in your line of attack or else you'll bounce of its head or
       front part of its legs. And the tail, well, leave that to the tailcutters
       because it is simply too high for you to reach it and not worth the trouble
       of sacrificing damage or sacrificing status infliction for it. If 
       paralyzed you might be able to some good hits on the tail.
       <3.3E>                          Gobul
          First of all I suggest you get frogs (D.Island-Area 10-Infinite gather).
       Now fish this thing out because it is way easier on land than it is in 
          Land - On land this thing is really easy and you can cut its tail
       since it's at the right height. Still use caution and be more conservative
       on Infighting Gobul because it likes to attack alot. Be careful of all its 
       attacks because they hurt. If your trying to get the tail, pay special
       attention to its tail, if it lifts it up and stays there for about a 
       second, then MOVE because a tail whip that can paralyze you might and
       more likely will be coming. If caught on its side, be careful of the
       spiked body roll (you'll see its spikes spike out more and it's 
       looking at the attack direction).
          Water - This thing likes to charge and do sudden chomps so when you're
       not attacking you might want to be guarding. To approach it underwater
       you have to be careful because it just might randomly attack you. I usually
       approach with the Sns drawn for an easier block, if not, sprint swim at 
       it and attack right after it has finished a move. Attacks to watch out for
       are the vacuum move where after digging under gound it pops out its head
       and starts vacuuming in a 45 or 40 degree angle and its spikey forward
       roll. It can also do its para-tail whip but it really shouldn't be a problem
       underwater because you'll be trying to hit the lantern, face, or belly
       anyways. When underground stay away from it because it might paralyze you
       when it pops out.
          Weak spots are the lantern, belly, and face. Sns can only really hit the
       lantern underwater and you have to be careful for its attack; same goes
       for the face area. The belly can really only be hit underwater and is still
       pretty hard to so stick with the lantern and face.
       <3.3F>                         Rathian
          Alot of dodging against this thing. Attack either the legs or the head/
       neck area if possible. While Infighting you really have to be vigilant, 
       yet again most of the time you'll be running either to avoid an attack
       or getting back into to range because this thing moves. Watch out for
       tail whips, charges, and the dreaded poison flip; these moves are the Sns's
       enemy when fighting Rathians especially the poison flip, if you see it 
       coming, you best get out of the way because if you're hit it does alot
       of damage and the poison lasts a good amount of time. Try approaching
       from behind, that way if your back enough it won't hit you when it charges
       but at a cost of less reaction time for the poison flip. Once you know how
       the Rathian moves and prepares its attacks it is fairly easy; like the 
       poison flip, you have about a second or two to get out of the way when it
       is about to do it. Note that while in the air it can double poison flip
       so be on guard. Speaking air, when it's in the air the only place you can
       really hit is the tail but most likely your buddies would have already
       cut it off.
          The head, belly, and neck are its weak points. If one of your buddies
       are carrying around a Hammer, then try and paralyze the Rathian to give the
       strongest weapon class free hits on the head for massive damage, hell, you 
       can even help out with the impact damage to the head to make it dizzy
       <3.3G>                         Rathalos
          Ah, the trademark monster of Monster Hunter. Similar to fighting the
       Rathian but with a few differences. Running, you are going to run ALOT when 
       fighting this thing more so than the Rathian. While on the ground nearly 
       all of its moves are effective against Sns, in fact, Rathalos is one of
       those 'Sns unfriendly' monsters, actually it just might be the worst 
       matchup for the Sns. It is constantly in the air half the time where the
       tail is the only thing you can hit and again, it probably has already been
       cut off. Flash bombs are a very very good way to ground the Rathalos and 
       probably the only way to get good hits on it.
          The weak spot is the head. Like with the Rathian, paralyzing it helps 
       not only you but your other buddies get good hits in. Getting the 
       Rathalos head is very risky because like I said, nearly all its attacks
       are effective against the Sns so excersise extreme caution if you plan
       to attack that part.
          This is the monster I have trouble Sns-ing with the most and am still
       trying to find a good tactic against it without the use of items.
       <3.3H>                         Diablos
          Possibly one of the most annoying monsters to fight voted by many
       players. Not only does it have an annoying roar that sounds more like
       a creepy scream that makes your hunter cover his ears for what seems like
       forever, it is always mad which upgrades its strength and speed by alot.
       Personally, I think the Diablos got easier to fight; I don't know why but
       it just feels easier compared to previous MH's especially from MH1 where
       just asking for a Diablos quest would make people leave the city
       (Four Horns in particular).
          Attack the legs, this is the only thing you can actually hit but some
       attacks can hit its belly like the Side-Up; I like going for the right
       foot.Be careful of the body slam,and its new horn attack that he can 
       sometimes double up on. The horn attack is two hits, major damage from
       the horn and secondary damage from its tail.
          Weak spots are its chest and the bottom side of the tail through its
       butt. As a Sns the only time you can get clean hits on those areas are
       when the Diablos falls down.
       ! The use of Sonic Bombs greatly helps when it digs but only when it is!
       ! not mad !
       <3.3I>                         Barioth
          This game's super fast monster with a moveset similar to the
       Naruga of the Freedom series. This is probably the fastest and most mobile
       monster of this game. The Sns has a pretty good matchup against this thing
       because its basically speed vs speed so you should be able to keep up
       with it. I strongly suggest that you cut off its spikes on its wings,
       doing so will make it substantially slower. It's best to attack from the 
       side so the only threat is a tail whip.
          The head is the weak spot but since this thing likes to jump around
       you can probably only get about two hits unless it's just idling.
       <3.3J>                         Uragaan
          Basically a Barroth on steroids with very predictable attacks.
       Use the same strategy as with the Barroth. Pretty easy because it doesn't
       move as much as the Barroth but what it trades for speed is its strong
       attacks, as an Sns the only move to be wary of is the body slam and 
       maybe the tail whip. !CAUTION! When it goes 'out' of the area it's actually
       going to do an all area rollout so I suggest you get out of the area
       and watch the painted Uragaan (assuming you painted it) until it stops
       moving then you can reenter the area. That move alone killed me four times
       in the first two times I fought it so I'm giving you a heads up.
          The belly is the weak spot but like the Diablos, you won't be able to
       reach it efficiently.
       <3.3K>                        Lagiacrus
          The cover monster for Tri which possibly indicates a revamp and a fresh
       new take on the MH franchise.
          Water - Once you get used to its attack patterns you should realize
       it has the same exact moves as a Royal Ludroth, just faster, bigger, and
       stronger with its own original attacks. Don't get picky on where to 
       attack this thing because if you do, it's going to be one long fight for
       you. Its electrical shocks should be avoided if possible mainly because
       it just might be its strongest moves. When this thing turns it does
       minor damage to you but this will add up if you don't do anything and just
       sit there hacking away (mainly if your up near the chest area). Once 
       you've fought it enough it will become easy.
          Land - WOW... Lagiacrus just became a sitting duck. Its attacks are
       so easy to read and dodge that, by now, you won't be hit even if your
       pulling an all-nighter with no sleep for 20 hours just running on energy
       drinks. Easy tailcut now due to the fact that you no longer have to 
       adjust elevation like in the water. Just attack and trust me you ARE going
       to see it starting a move and by the time it does it, your out of the way.
       Flash bombs are ridiculously good on a grounded Lagiacrus so if you
       hate fighting this thing, ta-da, flash bombs are your trump card.
          Its weak points are the chest and head. Underwater these parts are 
       risky to go for if you are not short comboing. On land, however, the chest 
       is easy pickings, just don't get too up in the moment to not even see an
       incoming attack.
       <3.3L>                        Gigginox
          What a joke, supposedly related to the Khezu of previous MH's, this 
       thing would put shame and dishonor to the Khezu's heritage line.
          This, by far, is the easiest upper Boss monster ever. It is slow,
       it is predictable, and just plain disgusting. The only possible threat
       this thing presents to an Sns user is the poison body slam. After fighting
       Gigginox for the first time and getting hit by the poison body slam for
       the first time you will never fall for that attack again unless you get 
       stuck under it or combo'd to much; it has a very long startup and that's
       your queue to roll away as fast as you can. Bring antidotes just in case.
       Attack whenever possible.
          Weak spots are the belly and head. I think you just attack the body
       to hit the belly; it should be relatively safe, just keep a look out for
       that poison body slam. Getting the head is much riskier in my opinion
       because it may do a random charge at you (while its charge is slow, you
       won't be able to react fast enough to dodge it if you're that close to it)
       and it might do its extend-o head sweep.
       <3.3M>                        Agnaktor
          Just like a grounded Lagiacrus but faster. It has the same moves
       with unique ones of its own. Some of its attacks can cause you to be on
       fire so you can basically stop-drop-n-roll to fix it. Don't even try
       attacking this thing when the lava hardens to form its armor, it's just
       a waste of time, sharpness, and you might get hit after bouncing off of it.
       When it does its death beam YOU CANNOT BLOCK IT so what I seem to think 
       is the best way to avoid it is keep on doing what your supposed to do, be
       at close range as in right next to it. When it goes underground do 
       your best to avoid it (I can't elaborate on how to avoid it because it
       seems that it does random attacks when underground).
          When it goes underground you can use Sonic Bombs and will have the same
       affect as with the Diablos. Thanks to Tobi O. for this.
          The chest is the weak spot. As this monster is a faster version of 
       Lagiacrus, you can't just hack away at the chest like you could so have
       more vigilance. 
       <3.3N>                        Deviljho
          Go for the legs and try to stay behind it, if you do this, DJ (what I 
       like to call him) is pretty easy at least I think so. Beware of his super
       stomp with his right foot, there is a very large time frame for you to get
       away when he prepares for this attack so it should be easy to avoid
       (truthfully I have never gotten hit by it but it looks like it does a lot
       of damage so take precaution).
          The belly is its weak spot I believe but usually these things are so
       big I cant find a way to hit it while it stands so hack away at the legs.
       <3.3O>                        Ceadeus (Offline)
          Can be the offline equavalent of Lao but underwater.
          You simply attack like no tomorrow until you get to the final area.
       At the final area go use the dragonator right away which should be just 
       up ahead and wait for Ceadeus to be right next to you and press the nator
       button. After natoring go look for ballistas and there should be a gathering
       place for underwater ballista ammo very near the ballistas and fire away.
       Very easy fight.
          The weak spot is its beard so really you just attack him.
       <3.3P>                        Jhen Mohran
          The 'Lao' of Tri. Personally I don't like Jhen but hey, it gives awsome
       looking armor and weapons but I still like Lao's equipment better.
          Really... You can come into this fight with the default Hunter's Knife
       and still kill it with a group of four people. You just shoot at this thing
       so no tactics are required.
          If you did want to Sns it in the second part then I'm sorry, after I get
       a better Sns I will do just that and tell you the tactics but as of now
       you'll have to wait for a future update.
        <3.3Q>                        Alatreon
          Personally I think it has the most visually entertaining attacks in all
       of Monster Hunter but quite frankly it's pretty easy once you know how it
          The only safe spot while attacking I can come up with is to hit its rear
       legs and even then there is still a chance for you to get hit but it's the
       best I could find. When it is flying in the air you can hit its feet and
       the tail. Hitting the feet while it's in flight is pretty hard because 
       the Sns doesn't have good vertical reach in its moveset. The tail is easier
       but usually Alatreon is moving so you can probably put in a hit or two.
          I believe the head is its weak spot. If you want to be a head hunter 
       against this thing, then you can make it get stuck on a wall like a Diablos.
       Find the rock that allows you to climb and that is where it can get stuck
       but these rocks break.
    <3.4>                              Tips 
       Just a little somethin somethin just in case you didn't know.
     - When there is a monster flailing on the ground we all wail on it, so
    you just finished your combo and now you just stand there waiting for 
    your character to get back in position? no don't, do Roll and Slash 
    and restart the combo again. 
     - Remember you can use items while the weapon is drawn so it is an 
    available option.
     - In Support Fighting, having an armor skill that increases your attribute
    can help with inflicting the status faster.
     - When you want to inflict a status, keep your sharpness high because
    it affects chance rate and inflicting damage.
     - Having a sword sharpening skill will always be handy because your going
    to get dull fast unless you have a weapon with riduculous sharpness.
     - This goes without saying but always have an ample amount of whetstones.
     - With the Sns, you can really cause havoc by using an Sns with an
    element/ attribute that's strong against that particular monster.
    For example, Diablos is insanely susceptible to the paralyze attribute,
    when paralyzed it stays paralyzed for what seems like 20 seconds.
     - Develop position awareness. Always know where you are, what you're near,
    enemy grunts' positions if any, and where the boss monster is.
    For example, I have seen people start healing in the area of the boss monster
    when they are NEAR an exit; don't risk the chance of getting hit, take the 
    exit and do whatever you need to (heal, cool/hot drink, sharpen, stuff like
    that). Of course there are going to be times of emergency healing so just
    make sure that you heal at the right time.
     - Always try and end all of your combos with the Round Slash because
    it is your strongest attack. If you can't, no biggie, it's just for extra
     - The Shield Bash and the second to last hit in Full Standard both have
    impact damage. I prefer the Bash because I feel safer using it, easier to land,
    and you can dodge out of it.
     - Try not to use the Full Standard because the last hit launches people and
    as a support type weapon you do not want to be launching people who do more
    damage than you because chances are they either have a Lance, GS, LS, or
    Hammer. Remember, the Sns is a support type weapon.
    (Feel free to launch those first three weapon users haha... just kidding)
     - Short combo -> dodge -> repeat... Enough said.
     - Try and get the feel for the invincibility frames on the dodge, they
    are your best friends.
     - You can have the torch out while still being able to fight. With the torch
    out it replaces Side-up Slash and Shield Bash.
    <3.5>          Sword and Shield Weapon Tree Recommendations
      These are just few recommendations that I would suggest getting first but
    yet again, these are just recommendations and you have no obligation to
    follow it. I suggest getting the first three listed.
       For sleep bombing you would want to upgrade from:
          Hunter Knife -> Hunter Knife+ -> Soldier's Dagger -> Commander's Dagger
          -> Hydra Knife -> Deadly Knife -> Hypnos Knife (now has sleep att) ->
          Morpheus Knife (final)
       For paralyzing:
          Upgrade just like getting the Morpheus Knife but this time you go
          from Hydra Knife -> Azi Dahaka (now has para att) and onwards
          Finalizes as Almighty Dahaka
       For poisoning:
          Hunter Knife -> Hunter Knife+ -> Hunter's Dagger -> Assassin's Dagger
          -> Shadow Saber (now has poison att) and onwards
          Finalizes as Toxic Fang
       (As you can see, I love attribute Sns)
       For the most sharpness make the Jhen Kodachi then upgrade.
       For the highest sharpness make the Alatreon Sword then upgrade.
       For the strongest RAW attack:
          Bone Kris -> Bone Kris+ -> Ludroth Nail -> Carapace Mace -> Carapace
          Mace+ -> Barroth Club and onwards.
          Finalizes as Gigas Crusher (336 attack)
       For the strongest elemental attack:
          Get a Worn Sword from an Ancientshard and upgrade it.
          Finalizes as Divine Exodus (720 Dragon element)
    --- These were sourced from Monster Hunter Wiki.
    <3.6>                            FAQ's
       None right now but if people ask me too I will put it.
    ********************* Acknowledgements and Legal Stuff*************************
    <4.1>                     Acknowledgements
    I would like to thank:
    BT for some input into the original version of this guide.
    Will R. for supporting me.
    Alastair S. for the first idea for a weapon tree recommendations section.
    Tobi O. for Agnaktor tips.
    Sources- http://monsterhunter.wikia.com/wiki/Monster_Hunter_Wiki
             Lord Grahf's Cut Damage Chart
    <4.2>                        Disclaimer
       This is copyrighted to me, Chris G. (SuperRazu). You are allowed to use the
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    I do not own the Monster Hunter franchise and did not take part in its
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