Each Monday, The Gamesmen will feature each weapon class from the upcoming online multiplayer Wii title, Monster Hunter Tri, through consecutive weeks all the way up to its April 20th release. The posts will include a short synopsis, Wii controls scanned from the demo “manual”, and a short video showcasing the weapons. The featured weapon this week could possibly be the most important weapon when controlling large wyverns- the Lance.
The Monster Hunter Wiki (http://monsterhunter.wikia.com/) states that Lances are long weapons that can strike from a distance. The lance is always accompanied by a large shield which generally grants a powerful defense against most attacks. Although slow and difficult to travel with, the weapon’s damage output can be impressive. Lances have different moves, such as the upstab, forward stab, and charging attack. Along with the Sword and Shield, lances are one of the only weapons that can attack and block at the same time. They have a sub-category of weapons known as the Gunlance.
The lance can be a very powerful weapon if used correctly. It requires a little more skill to weild effectively than other weapons which tends to scare off some novice hunters. The damage for all Blade masters (melee classes) is calculated using the following formula: [ATP x TYPE x CRITICAL x SHARP x HITZONE x DEFENSE x RAGE x VAR]/[CLASS]=Total. Although this formula may seem complicated, it helps to show the difference between damage between the different Lance attacks.
In Monster Hunter, weapons always deal a fixed percent of their raw power based on the chosen attack. There is no correct strategy to fighting any particular monster. It is up to the hunter to develop one’s own strategy that works best for them. Here are just two of the common strategies that many lance users use:
The most difficult lancing technique to master is the evade strategy. The reason why many of the expert players use this strategy is because you can kill a monster much faster by evading than by blocking with your shield. The guarding strategy is the easier of the two primary lancing strategies but by using this strategy you won’t be able to kill monsters as fast as you could’ve by using the evade strategy, but it is up to the hunter to develop his/her own strategies and use whichever one they feel the most comfortable with.