The Hunt for Deco-nirvana: Monster Hunter's Endless Pursuit of Perfection
Let me tell you, farming decorations is no picnic. It's like trying to catch a wyvern with a butter knife. And it was even worse in the base Monster H...
Let me tell you, farming decorations is no picnic. It's like trying to catch a wyvern with a butter knife. And it was even worse in the base Monster Hunter World. Back then, acquiring Tempered monster investigations was the first step, a process so arcane that I won't even attempt to explain it. Then, the true agony began as I repeated these hunts over and over, hoping for a chance to obtain a measly two, three, or four random decos at a time. The drop rates for the most crucial ones were abysmal, like trying to find a needle in a haystack while blindfolded. Oh, the torment!
But fear not, my fellow hunters, for the Iceborne expansion introduced the marvelous Steamworks. A slot machine of fortune, it has the power to shower us with tickets that can be exchanged for piles upon piles of decos. It certainly speeds up the process, but don't be fooled, my friends. The best way to farm decorations is an event quest known as "Farewell to Zinogre." In this thrilling quest, you face off against a thunder puppy that generously drops Steamworks fuel each time it leaves rage mode. Armed with this fuel, you head back to the Steamworks and pull that slot machine lever repeatedly (and repeatedly, and repeatedly), hoping for those coveted tickets that will grant you the decorations you desire. It's a rollercoaster of emotions, my friends, a gambling mechanic on top of another gambling mechanic. It's a wild ride of disappointment and frustration. As of late, my nights have been spent fighting Zinogre, pulling that slot machine handle for what feels like an eternity, only to be met with disappointment. Rinse and repeat. Oh, the misery!
But wait, there's more! If you're on the hunt for Iceborne's precious four-slot decorations, those rare and valuable gems, then you need Sealed Feystones. Luckily, there's an event quest called "The Wrath of Thunder Descends" that guarantees a minimum of two Sealed Feystones. It's your best shot at the best odds, my friends. And who do you need to hunt for this grand opportunity? That's right, Zinogre once again. Monster Hunter World becomes Zinogre Hunter, my friends. It's a never-ending pursuit of canine creatures.
Of course, there are other ways to farm decorations, but let's be honest, the truly exceptional ones are as rare as a Rathalos in a top hat. Unless you take advantage of the best odds available, which means hunting Zinogres until your fingers ache. All that effort to create the perfect build, and here I am reduced to a mere dog catcher. Oh, the irony!
But fear not, for there is hope on the horizon. Monster Hunter Rise, the latest installment, has revolutionized the decoration game. Decorations are now craftable with easily obtainable resources, replacing the arduous process with a new challenge: Talisman farming. It strikes a balance between the endless grind and the excitement of discovering a powerful decoration that perfectly fits your build. It's a refreshing change, my friends, like a cool breeze on a hot day. Ah, the relief!
For the upcoming Monster Hunter: Wilds, I hope for something that lies between the two extremes. I cherish the thrill of random decoration drops, the joy of stumbling upon that perfect gem that completes my arsenal. But I loathe the endless search for those elusive decos with a drop rate of 0.09 percent. I have enough Antidote Jewels to fill the Grand Canyon, yet I haven't found a single Critical Jewel 2. And I need three of them, my friends. Three!
I understand the desire for Monster Hunter to have a long tail, a game that keeps players hooked for thousands of hours until the next iteration arrives. The journey to the ultimate build should be long and rewarding, but it shouldn't be an insurmountable mountain. Monster Hunter World offers a plethora of activities to keep us occupied. We can forge and upgrade weapons of every element, create endgame builds for all weapon types, or even venture into the world of speedrunning. Decoration farming should not be the endless endgame of Monster Hunter World, and I shouldn't have to spend a hundred hours searching for a single Magazine Jewel for my Gunlance (which, by the way, I'm still desperately seeking).
So, my fellow hunters, let us embark on this never-ending hunt for the perfect deco! Let us face the challenges, endure the frustrations, and celebrate the rare victories. Let us become masters of the slot machine, conquerors of the Zinogre, and collectors of the most exquisite decorations. May our builds be mighty, our weapons fierce, and our fashion impeccable. And when the time comes for Monster Hunter: Wilds, may it strike a balance between the old and the new, offering us a thrilling adventure without driving us to the brink of madness.
For we are Monster Hunters, and no challenge is too great, no grind too long, and no decoration too elusive. So, grab your weapons, sharpen your blades, and let the hunt begin!