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Monster Hunter Stories 2 Monster Attack Types & Weaknesses list

As you battle your way through the epic adventure of Monster Hunter Stories 2, you and your monstie allies face off against Monster Hunter’s whole roster of massive beasts and baddies.

We’ve compiled a list of every monster attack type in Monster Hunter Stories 2, so you can start every battle off on the right foot.

To fulfil your destiny and carry on the legacy of your grandfather, you’ll need to master when to use each of the three attack types with all of the different kinds of monsters.

A little extra information removes a lot of the guesswork from your battle strategy, and lets you focus on building your Kinship gauge, priming your skills, or lining up a paintball to force a retreat.

Also, beware of a mild spoiler warning, since the list contains the names of monsters that appear all throughout the game.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Attack Type Weaknesses

On the surface, Monster Hunter Stories 2’s battle system is simple. In true rock-paper-scissors fashion, each one of the three attack types beats one other while also having one weakness.

It’s easy to forget the battle triangle, so remember:

  • Power beats Technical
  • Technical beats Speed
  • Speed beats Power

As you progress through each battle, some monsters will switch up their attack type when they're angry or preparing a special move. In these instances, alter your approach accordingly and change your pattern to match.

You also need to consider weapon type as well. Each monster is weak to either slashing, piercing, or blunt attacks, and you'll have to vary your equipment depending on the part of the monster you're targeting.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Monster Attack Types and Weapon Weaknesses List

Every monster type you encounter in Monster Hunter Stories 2 has a favorite attack type and therefore a corresponding weakness you can exploit.

We'll update both the attack types and weapon weaknesses as we get further from release! Here’s a list of every one we’ve encountered so far:

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Monster Attack Types
Monster Name:Attack Type:Monster Weaknesses:
AptonothPowerSlash
VelocipreySpeedSlash
Kulu-Ya-KuTechnicalSlash (body), Blunt (rock)
LarinothTechnicalSlash
BhanbaraTechnicalBlunt
VelocidromeSpeed (Changes to Power when angry)Slash
KonchuTechnicalBlunt
BullfangoSpeedSlash
Yian-Kut-KuTechnical Piercing
BulldromePowerSlash
Pukei-PukeiTechnical (Changes to Power after Munch Time)Slash, Blunt after Munch Time
AnjanathSpeed (Changes to Power when angry, does a Technical attack one turn after Condense Heat)Piercing, Slash (Nose)
LudrothPowerBlunt
SlagtothPowerSlash
GargwaSpeedBlunt
AzurosPowerBlunt
JaggiSpeedSlash
JaggiaPower Piercing
Great JaggiTechnical (Changes to Speed when Angry)Slash
Blue Yian-Kut-KuTechnicalPiercing
Royal LudrothPower (Changes to Technical when angry)Piercing, Slash (Stomach)
QurupecoTechnicalBlunt (head), Slash (body)
PaolumuTechnicalBlunt, Piercing (neck pouch)
BasariosTechnical (Switches to Power when angry)Blunt (Stomach), Blunt (Head), Slash (Tail),
TetsucabraPower Piercing
ApcerosPowerBlunt
PopoPower Slash
ZamiteTechnicalSlash
CongaPowerPiercing
HermitaurTechnicalBlunt
CephalosPowerBlunt
ShakalakaTechnicalBlunt, Piercing
TigrexSpeed (Changes to Power when angry) Slash (Head), Slash (Legs)
Yian GarugaTechnical (Changes to Power when angry)Slash (Head), Slash (Tail)
Duramboros Power (Changes to Technical when angry)Blunt (Body), Slash (Legs), Blunt (Tail)
LegianaSpeedSlash
ZamtriosTechnical, Speed (Ice), Power (After Swell)Slash (Legs), Blunt (Head), Slash (Stomach)
BaggiSpeedSlash
Great BaggiSpeed (Changes to Technical when angry)Slash
Jade BarrothPower, Technical (Snow Mantle)Slash, Slash (Legs after Snow Mantle),
BarrothSpeed (Changes to Technical after Mud Mantle)Slash, Slash (Legs after Mud Mantle), Blunt (Head after Mud Mantle)
CongalalaTechnical (Changes to Power after angry) Blunt (Head), Slash (Tail),
Kecha WachaSpeed (Changes to Technical when angry, after Powerseal)Blunt (Claws), Slash (Head), Slash (Stomach), Slash (Tail)
GypcerosPower (Changes to Technical when angry - Flash, then Tail Whip Combo)Piercing (Head), Slash (Tail), Slash (Stomach)
NerscyllaTechnical (Changes to Speed when angry)Piercing (Needle), Blunt (Head), Slash (Legs), Piercing (Chest), Slash (Stomach)
NargacugaSpeed (Changes to Technical when angry after All Element Up)Piercing (Head), Piercing (Tail), Piercing (Body)
RathianSpeed (Changes to Power when angry)Slash
Tobi-KadachiSpeed (Changes to Technical when angry), Power after Electric Charge, Back to Speed when building electricity in TailSlash (Legs), Slash (Body), Slash (Tail)
KhezuTechnical (Changes to using Power, or OP Roar and Thunder attacks when angry) Piercing (Head), Slash (Body)
Red KhezuTechnical, Speed (Thunder Stance)Piercing (Head), Slashing (Body), Blunt (Body)
LagombiSpeedSlashing (Stomach, Legs)
PlesiothTechnicalPiercing (Back, Body, Tail)
Daimyo HermitaurTechnicalBlunt (Shell, Body, Claws)
CephadromeSpeedPiercing (Back), Slashing (Tail),
GendromeSpeedSlashing, Piercing
DiablosPowerPiercing (Legs), Blunt (Horn), Slashing (Tail)
MonoblosSpeedPiercing (Horn), Piercing (Tail), Slash (Stomach)
Black DiablosPowerBlunt (Horn), Slashing (Tail), Piercing (Tail). Legs are weak to everything
MizutsuneTechnicalPiercing (Tail), Slashing (Legs, Body), Blunt (Legs, Body)
LagiacrusPowerBlunt (Back, Tail), Slashing (Body)
ZinogreSpeed (Changes to Technical after Electric Charge, changes to Power after Thunder Supercharge)Slash (Tail), Piercing (Head), Piercing (Body)

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Or for our verdict on the game, check out our Monster Hunter Stories 2 review.

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