Capcom revealed new monsters and content for Monster Hunter Rise during the May Monster Hunter Digital Event, available today as part of the Monster Hunter Rise Update Ver. 3.0. The update includes a brand new variant of the Elder Dragon Valstrax, Crimson Glow Valstrax; Apex Zinogre, and more. Additional details on Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin were also shared during the event. Here’s each and every announcement:
Monster Hunter Rise – Valstrax and Apex Zinogre Revealed
The Elder Dragon Valstrax, also known as the Sky Comet Dragon was, until now, was only huntable in high- level quests in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (or the Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Demo, if you’re too impatient to wait for today’s Rise update). Valstrax can exist in extremely high altitudes and can break the sound barrier with its incredible speed, appearing as a red comet in the sky. This new variant, Crimson Glow Valstrax, has a “new form” and “new attacks,” so even hunters familiar with Generations Ultimate have something new to look forward to.
Apex Zinogre signals the final of the Apex monsters if the stone carving mural atop the Training Area is anything to go by. Each Apex monster in Monster Hunter Rise is represented in said mural, and has a Deviant counterpart originally introduced in Monster Hunter Generations or Generations Ultimate, and Apex Zinogre is no different. It appears to share at least some similarities with Thunderlord Zinogre.
Monster Hunter Rise Update Ver. 3.0. also adds regular quests for Apex Rathalos, Apex Diablos, and Apex Zinogre to be fought outside of a Rampage.
Expect more monsters besides just Crimson Glow Valstrax and Apex Zinogre, though, as the tell-tale “etc.” was spotted on the update slides. The previous update included the surprise addition of Monster Hunter World’s Bazelgeuse.
Monster Hunter Rise – New Ending and Features
The other big addition for Rise with the new update is a new, more solid ending to Monster Hunter Rise’s story, though the presentation was slim on the details. All we know is that the Elder Dragons Ibushi and Narwa are coming together, though in what capacity is unknown.
Expect a smattering of other additions, including new quests, a new boss battle arena, new weapon trees, armor, layered armor, and items; new skills and Rampage Skills; and the ability to use materials to change the appearance of Rampage Weapons. Plus, bug fixes, of course.
As with the previous update, new premium paid cosmetic DLC comes, too. New hunter voices, sticker sets, poses, hairstyles, Cohoot outfits, and more are being added with Monster Hunter Rise Update Ver. 3.0.
Monster Hunter Rise – Roadmap and Capcom Crossovers
In mid-June, the game will see the first Capcom collab, adding an event quest that allows you to earn Monster Hunter Stories-themed Palico armor. Two other Capcom collab events are planned for July and August. The game will also see new, non-collab related DLC and Event Quests added at end of June. No details were given about the other event quests.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin – Astalos Revealed
The last of the upcoming RPG’s Fated Four monsters, Astalos was revealed. Astalos joins Mizutsune, Gammoth, and Glavenus as the game’s four key story monsters. We also got a look at characters Avinia and Frostfang, who appear as grown-up versions of the same characters from the original Monster Hunter Stories.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin – Rite of Channeling Updates
A portion of the Monster Hunter Stories 2 segment was spent on breaking down the Rite of Channeling, an RPG mechanic returning from the first Stories, which our Monster Hunter Stories reviewer (that’s me) called “a fantastic customization system.”
In a nutshell, the Rite of Channeling allows players to move one of potentially nine genes from one monster to another, granting cool customizations like giving a Rathalos a Lagombi’s Snowball, for example, or a passive ability otherwise unheard of for a particular species. The system has been tweaked for Monster Hunter Stories 2, and now allows genes from one monster to be moved over to any slot on another, rather than requiring the matching space on the 3×3 gene grid.
In case you missed it, read about what was included with the previous Monster Hunter Rise update in April, the Monster Hunter Rise Review, and how Monster Hunter has helped Capcom break its profit records this year.
Casey DeFreitas is an Editor at IGN and avid monster hunter and tamer. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD.