There's a lot of Monster Hunter moments I've had where I yelled like a bloody Valkyrie at the TV.
So, after having tackled a lot of what Monster Hunter Tri had to offer, I started to go through offline challenges. I opted to go after this fight:
On the left we have the Lagiacrus, which stays primary in the water. The right, blasted fire like a busted radiator, is the Rathalos, who (unlike most radiators) stick to the sky. Clearly, there's a huge difference in these bad boys. They have COMPLETELY different weaknesses, so as a Hunter of Monsters, you have to pick a weapon that is going to equally damage them both. That and, eqiup yourself to the ears with bombs, healing items, and tools of destruction. You have to kill both of these creatures. In fifty minutes.
So, off with my little bumbling idiot sidekick I went. The sidekick, Chacha, is a plunky little minion that only serves to play distraction and ultimately fuck up my grand plans. With Chahca, I head for the water to find the Lagiacrus. My fighting underwater skills are shallow-end warm at best, but I managed to throw in a few traps, take safe pokes at it, and capture it (which is about the same as killing the thing). A cool twenty minutes. Thirty minutes for the Rathalos.
The Rathalos on the other hand... is another annoying fight. Fortunately, it is not water based creature. However, it stays to the sky and hovers just out of range of a number of attacks. Constant Rage Face.
"GET THE FUCK DOWN HERE SO I CAN BREAK YOUR FACE!"
So, you also get three lives basically to try and kill the monsters. The rathalos killed me twice. Once when Chacha decided it would be for the best if he hid like a turd while the Rathalos barreled down at me raking my face, then stunned me, and allowed the poison he blasted into my system to finish me off.
This happened twice.
So, I'm white-knuckled on the control. Tense. Pissed off. I get the in-game message "TEN MINUTES REMAINING". I continue to pursue the Rathalos through another area. It's not showing ANY signs of limping and I'm nearly out of healing items. I'm tattered and bruised, while I'm not sure I've done HARDLY any damage to this bastard.
"FIVE MINUTES REMAINING"
Shit. Shit. Shit.
Chacha, the Rathalos, and I are in a wide open area. I'm feverishly checking my map to see if the Monster is weak and ready for capture (one of my handy armor skills). Chacha lays down a trap. Fine, whatever, little buddy. I didn't ask you to do it and the Rathalos isn't ready yet, but I can put in a few free hits. I continue to hammer away at the Rathalos, hoping, no PRAYING the son of a bitch will go down.
Clock is ticking.
I finally see the mark on the Rathalos start to blink, indicating he is READY for capture. I know I don't have enough time to kill him, but I do have enough time to trap him. I quick check the clock as I line up the trap.
Putting down the trap is a risky move. It's my last trap. If he avoids the trap and leaves the area, I'm completely boned. Utterly screwed. I set it down and start to flag down Chacha, and hopefully the monster along with him. The Rathalos rears its pointed, yet busted face toward me. It roars. I cringe and cover my ears.
It starts to charge straight at me. It slides into the trap and is frozen in place. Quickly, I hammer out my Tranq bombs. Its eyes roll up in its head and it passes out.
Trumpets blare my success and I toss my controller aside and dance like Gourmand from Power Stone 2.