Palicos are a huge part of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, you can even play as one. The game definitely doesn’t do as good of a job as World when explaining how to use Palicos though, so we figured we’d put together this Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico Guide to help you out. We’ll go over how to get a Palico in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, how to play as a Palico in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, and also how to change your Palico Armor and weapons. There’s a fair bit to cover, and we’ll likely be adding more to this Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico Guide as we spend more time with the game.
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Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico Guide
The first thing you’ll notice when jumping into Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is that you will be without a Palico. Well, you’ll want to remedy that as quickly as you can, as Palicos can be incredibly useful when used correctly. Here’s everything you need to know.
How to Get a Palico in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Right, first things first, you’re going to need to know how to get a Palico in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. You see, you start Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate completely on your own, no Felyne friend to speak of. What you’ll need to do is head over to the Palico Ranch to remedy this, which is located to the right of the starting village area. You’ll need to find the Meowstress character, located towards the far-right of the area (pictured below).
If it is your first time visiting the Meowstress, you’ll be guided through scouting your first palico. You can customize your Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico, and then the Meowstress will bring it to you. You’ll then need to head to the Palico board. The Palico Board is located next to the Palico Scout, but there is also one in your house. It is here that you can select which Palico that you want to accompany you on missions.
So What do Palicoes do in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate?
Whether you’ve recently played another Monster Hunter game, or whether Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is your first game in the series, you’ll want to check out palicoes. Bringing a Palico with you on your travels opens up a ton of awesome features. First and foremost, Palicoes will help you in battle, with skills and support moves to assist you. These can be everything from healing to AoE attacks, and can be set at the Palico Board. Another reason you’ll want to keep a Palico around is because they will pick items up for you. This is especially helpful when you knock off bits of a monster you are fighting, as your Palico will often pick them up. You’ll be presented with all of the items your Palico has gathered when ending a quest. Finally, you can actually play as a Palico in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, something which we’ll go into more detail on below.
How to Play as a Palico in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate - Prowler Guide
One of the most interesting features that you’ll find in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is the option to play as a Prowler Palico. Prowlers are essentially a whole new weapon class, playing completely differently to a Hunter. To play as a Prowler, you’ll need at least one Palico (see info above). Just head up to a Palico Board and choose “Switch to Prowler/Hunter”. You’ll then be controlling a cat, which is pretty awesome. Here’s some key info on how to play as a Prowler in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate:
- Prowlers have no Stamina Bar
- You can evade three times in a row
- Evade after an attack and you’ll trigger a sprint while your weapon is still drawn
- You can automatically fish, catch bugs and mine without equipment
- Weapons remain sharp without the need for Whetstones
- There are acorns located under the health bar, these indicate instant revives
- You can burrow into the ground as a prowler with R + B, this will allow you to hide and escape
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico Armor and Weapons
If you’re using a Palico in battle, you’ll want to make sure they are properly equipped. You can head to the Palico Board to change weapons and armor, just select “manage equipment” To get more Palico weapons and armor, head to the Palico Armory located next to the regular one. You’ll gt scraps when you upgrade equipment which can be used to craft new stuff for palicoes, and you can use resources gathered out in the world as well.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico Skills
You can head over to the Palico Board to set your Palico Skills. Each Palico has a different set of Palico Skills, and you can unlock more by levelling up your Palico, or by teaching them a limited number of new Palico Skills.
- Attack Up (S) - Slightly increases Attack.
- Anger Boost - Gets you angry faster.
- KO Up - Increases KO damage.
- Attack Up (L) - Greatly increases Attack.
- Element Atk Up - Increases the power of elemental attacks.
- Nine Lives (Attack) - Increases the Palico's Attack each time they revive. Effective eight times.
- Defense Up (S) - Slightly increases Defense.
- Negate Poison - Completely prevents the Palico from being poisoned.
- Negate Paralysis - Completely prevents the Palico from being paralyzed.
- Block Boost - Increases likelihood of the Palico blocking attacks.
- Negate Confusion - Completely prevents the Palico from being confused. (Palico won't panic)
- Tremor Res - Palico is unaffected by tremors created by large monsters.
- Affinity Boost (L) - Increases Affinity by 20%.
- Bomb Boost - Increases bomb damage.
- Status Atk Up - Increases the potency of abnormal status attacks.
- Last Stand - No second chances! The Palico won't revive, but their stats greatly improve. (Increases Attack and Defense, but you lose acorns)
- Sharpness Up - Increases weapon Sharpness by 1 tier.
- Negate Wind - Palico is unaffected by certain amounts of wind pressure.
- Earplugs - The Palico is unaffected by most monster roars.
- Omniresistance - Slightly increases all Resistances.
- Boomerang Boost - Boomerangs charge and fly faster.
- Exhaust Boost - Increases Exhaust damage.
- Affinity Boost (S) - Increases Affinity by 10%.Biodoctor - Increases Dung Bomb efficacy. Prevents Stench and Blastblight.
- Defense Up (L) - Greatly increases Defense.
- Big Block Boost - Greatly increases likelihood of the Palico blocking attacks.
- Nine Lives (Defense) - Increases the Palico's Defense each time they revive. Effective eight times.
- Negate Stun - Completely prevents the Palico from being stunned.
- Negate Sleep - Negates the effects of sleep.
- Health Up (S) - Increases maximum Health by 20.
- Non-Stick Fur - Palico Recovers quickly from effects like Snowman.
- Def Lock - Negates the effects of Defense Down.
- Health Up (L) - Increases maximum Health by 40.
- Guard Up - Causes previously unblockable attacks to become blockable.
- Resurrection - Get 1 additional acorn.
- Slackproof - Palicoes will slack off less.
- Gathering Duty - Raises the number of times items can be gathered at Gathering Points
- Detect - Increases the information displayed on the Map when large monsters are marked.
- Goldfish - Increases the likelihood of catching Goldenfish.
- Counter Boost - Increases how much the Special Gauge fills when getting hit.
- Special Slot +1 - Equip one extra Special Skill.
- Pro Trapper - Lessens the Special Gauge cost of traps by 1 and speeds up trap-setting time.
- Arts Gauge Up - Increases the Arts Gauge max by 1 unit.
- Thievery+ - Upgrades Thievery so that materials are easier to steal.
- Health Song Up - When using a health or true health horn, it brings health gauge to max length.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico Support Moves
As well as the passive Palico Skills that are listed above, there are also Support moves. They’re essentially special moves that your Palico can trigger during fights. They can be extremely powerful, so it’s definitely worth looking over the full range to see which ones will fit with your playstyle. There are a lot of them, but luckily Reddit User Helel89 has put together an amazing list collecting them all together with their effects, and how to get them.
That’s all from our Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Palico Guide. For an overview on every weapon in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, you can head over to our Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Weapons Guide.