This game contains scenes of violence and gore, My Little Ponies, and a cute Khezu

Kirin was less tough than expected, health-wise at least, and it was very theraputic getting to beat on something that looks like a My Little Pony. Or… for some reason, it made me think of Bambi. As far as attack goes, due to the Vespoid set I spent the fight running around in, it hurt more to get walked on than to get caught by lightning. Either way, it died very quickly; from my previous experiences with Elder Dragons in MHFU, I was expecting that fight to last right to the limit of the quest… but it fell over around the 10 minute mark.
I still need two tails from it; two attempts and it kept giving me Lightcrystals and manes. I realise both are technically more rare than the Kirin’s tail, but that’s really no consolation when I want a new bow.

Now, about that Khezu. It’s the one in Small Shadow over the Swamp. Everything’s been… downsized. Except the damage – seems about the same – and the distance it can jump.
Watching it try to fight was pretty amusing. In the end this thing took longer to take down than the Kirin, though; it has much more health than even the Gathering Hall Khezu.
That said, it’s just as slow as a normal one, and with the wide-open spaces the Swamp allows you to fight in, more of a non-issue that the original ever was.

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Today we tested out Ad-Hoc Party

Oh, and I beat Tigrex, I suppose.
I’m pretty sure I’ve moaned about that thing before, so I’m not going to add anything at the moment. Besides, it’s late and I want to play Rune Factory.

Impressions of Ad-Hoc Party and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite:
Mostly very-nicely done. I wasn’t expecting to see other hunters running around in the Gathering Hall, though I’m not sure WHAT I was expecting. Guild Card sharing wouldn’t work, for some reason; having dug around and found one or two posts with the same issue, I’ve changed the channel the PSP uses under Network Settings, and will see if it works better tomorrow.
So my friend and I ran around doing a few quests he needed to do; he wanted Kut-Ku Ears, so a Kut-Ku was located and turned into a pincushion.
We then tried Blue Kut-Ku – one of my quests – and both him and a random person who joined in got stepped on many times whilst I sniped from afar. It was more entertaining for me, but after that we decided normal Kut-Ku was probably best.
Then we tried Khezu; it lasted a little longer, as he got hit by one of the lightning balls and fainted, and the other random person was using a lightning-element longsword, but went down without too much trouble.

After that, Tigrex. Solo, naturally, since it was a village Urgent quest and I was feeling adequately-practiced with a bow again.
I… barely won. I detest the Tigrex’s habit of doubling in speed when it rages, and taking off two-thirds of my health with its charge no matter how slightly it clips me, and for having a hitbox that, after Tri, feels like Plesioth’s. I sincerely hope 3rd has hitboxes more like Tri’s. For once, time wasn’t an issue – it went down with ten minutes to spare – but the sheer damage it deals with just that one move, and its habit of homing in when you’re far enough away, and sometimes turning an unexpected third time…
Bleh. Somehow I doubt I’ll be running around in Tigrex armour any time soon.

I used a bow for that fight, but I want to try bowguns in Unite; I made one cheap one, but I don’t think I seriously tested them.

Anyway, after that and checking what upgrades beating Tigrex down unlocked for the farm – bug tree, and… nothing else – I went back to helping my friend take down Yian Kut-Ku, to relax.
To HELP me relax, I took along a hammer forged with the blood of Elder Dragons. The Yian Kut-Ku couldn’t have known what was hitting it. I… may need to bring something weaker, next time, though; half the time they died before the ears were broken. Oh, and several times my internet connection dropped me unceremoniously. Something or someone doesn’t like me doing anything online at night, annoyingly, but at least my entire connection wasn’t dropped.
On that note, I’ve still got a bunch of ruststones I need to sort out. I’ll deal with that tomorrow.