Fridge: Monster Hunter

Fridge Brilliance
  • Monster Hunter Tri had a bit of one regarding Moga Woods/Deserted Island. Same layout, same resources, different names. Why? Then I read the spoiler on the main page under "Chaotic Good" and it hit me - the Guild was already aware of Ceadeus' presence near Moga Village and had issued the condemnation order in advance, but the bureaucratic maze between Guild headquarters and Moga Village kept the news from reaching the islanders! You were called in to handle the Lagiacrus report, which was also delayed for the same reason. Ah, the joys of bureaucracy...
  • While in the city in online mode in Tri, you can't type any messages while eating to obtain food boosts. You can't talk while eating, because that's bad manners!
    • Also, an excellent way to get food lodged in your windpipe.
  • Normally, when you play a game with Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, fire is trumped by water. Here, water is weak to fire. At first, someone might find this unusual. But think about it. What does water do in the presence of intense heat? It evaporates. Why do aquatic animals avoid those same temperatures? Because it makes the water in their bodies evaporate. When you use fire attacks, you deprive the monster of the moisture it needs to survive.
  • Given its brethren, you'd think the Great Wroggi is weak to Fire, but no - it's weak to Water and Ice instead. This doesn't make sense until you realize that ice attacks chill the poison into a solid or gelatinous mass, which makes it harder to spray as a fine mist, and water dilutes the poison and weakens it.
    • Plus, having a big solid mass of frozen poison in your throat is probably pretty painful.
  • Many forumites have wondered why the Agnaktor doesn't simply move to the areas of the Vocano hunting grounds with no lava, allowing its armor to harden and prevent being a Tactical Suicide Boss. The reason? Simple: Other monsters can survive contact with magma. But the Agnaktor? It lives in it. Odds are, it probably can't risk cooling down that much for that long, or its body simply won't function properly.
    • That lava covers a good portion of its body. It's possible that without repeated reheating, the lava will solidify so much that it restricts the Agnaktor's movement.
  • The Lagiacrus' weakness to fire could be explained above. However, the most weak part of the lagiacrus to fire is the back, or the crystals that it uses to conduct electricity. One could wonder why, as it is the most hard looking part on the whole body, until one knows that increased heat reduces the electric conductibity of materials. Then it makes much more sense.
  • Why are there no Rusted Kushala Daora materials? Simple, the hunters carve off the body parts and then scrape off the rust. After all, who wants a weapon that's naturally rusty?
    • Jossed in 4 Ultimate, as the Rusted Daora now gives unique materials labeled as "Steelrust". Then again, the smiths might have only recently discovered how to work the "rusted" materials, plus the Steelrust parts are described as being taken from Daora right before its molting period, so they may yet be supple at that point.
  • The "minions" keep on attacking the hunter even when s/he is fighting their natural predators (aka the "boss" monsters). Well, think about it, what's the most dangerous enemy there? Their natural predator, or the superpredator who regularly massacres everything on a map, skins their corpses, and uses the body parts to make him/herself even more dangerous. If they help the "boss" kill you, then the "boss" will likely go back to preying on them, but at its own pace. If you kill the "boss", you're quite likely to go on and kill the rest of them to make hats. Then come back to do the same thing over and over again. Long story short, Hunters are dangerous.
  • Tri and 3 Ultimate are the only two games where you can travel underwater. They are also the two games where you get Shakalakas as companions rather than Felynes...because Cats Hate Water.
  • The Frenzy Virus by itself doesn't seem to do anything to you, aside from stopping your health regeneration. How do you recover, and get some offensive boosts that come with the recovery? Attack! Attack! Attack! Think about it: Those two incentives encourage you to attack anything that moves, and that in itself is the infection-induced hunger for monster blood.
    • Intended Player Reaction, given that infected monsters attack much more aggressively as an in-game effect of the virus (and also when they overcome it and become Apex monsters)? Hmm...
  • The Guildmarm in 4U calls you 'doodle' because she's constantly scribbling and drawing monsters!
  • After you've beaten the Rusted Kushala Daora in 4 Ultimate you're treated to a humorous video showing the fate of the opening CGI hunting parties. They failed spectacularly, and even though this seems like a funny reminder of what can easily happen in unstable environments it dawns on you that both parties really grabbed the Idiot Ball when it comes to hunting. Neither group was geared to fight the things they were going up against, the Diablos especially seeing how they've been relegated to a G-Rank only monster. The hunters taking it on were clearly decked out in High Rank armor at best and, aside from the archer in Rath Heart gunner gear, were all in smaller monster's armor. They were doomed to failure from the start. And then the Seregios shows up...
    • Although it's important to note that the party in the desert at least prepared well for the fight: using a Pitfall Trap and pre-placed Barrel Bombs, they managed to snap off one of Diablos' horns and deal heavy damage to him in the process. Sadly, none of them counted on either the Cephadrome tackling Diablos or Seregios showing up, which threw a couple wrenches in their plans, and even then they drove Cephadrome away with a Sonic Bomb, which at least shows that they thought of what stuff to bring. There's no excusing the other Hunter stalking Tigrex, though; who on earth goes into a fight with an ill-tempered pseudowyvern wearing only starting gear and only popping a Might Seed to make up for his weaksauce Bone Staff?
      • You may want to note that the color of his Kinsect's shell indicates that it COULD be the upgraded Bone Staff+ or Bone Glaive. Furthermore, he could be using the Derring S armor set.
  • The Oroshi Kirin's name seems non-indicative at first glance, since Oroshi is Japanese for "wind blowing down a mountain". However, what kind of wind would go down a mountain? Hot air goes up, while cold air goes down.
  • At first it seems silly for Hunters for Hire to fail quests that they should be all but guaranteed to clear given their equipment and Hunter Ranks, such as a Low-Rank delivery quest. But consider that there may have been reasonable causes as to how they failed. That High-Rank Great Jaggi? A Deviljho showed up and proceeded to commit Total Party Kill. Simple delivery quests, especially High Rank ones that tend to have Unstable environments? Maybe they tried to take on an optional monster and got suicidally overconfident. Or they ditched the quest on purpose to spite you, because let's face it, many players don't like scouring the map all day for gathering points when they could be beating up huge monsters instead.
  • Nerscylla wearing Gypceros skins makes a lot more sense when you look up their elemental weaknesses. Gypceros is completely immune to Thunder due to its rubbery hide. When the Gypceros skin is broken off, Nerscylla gains a large weakness to Thunder, suggesting it's aware of this weakness and wears the Gypceros skins specifically to cover for this weakness. The same applies to Shrouded Nerscylla's Ice weakness and Khezu's immunity to Ice. Just don't ask where Shrouded Nerscylla gets the Khezu skin, seeing as Khezu never appears in the Dunes.
  • The Charge Blade gaining an exceptionally strong defensive block during its Guard Point move with Element Up Mode activenote  seems like just another gameplay mechanic to encourage the use of Guard Points alongside regular blocks—unless one is familiar with the concept of Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) Plating, which involves dampening the impact of ballistic weapons by using shaped directional charges to deflect or destroy projectiles. Charge Blade users are therefore carrying human-sized explosive ballistic shields with them at all times, one of the weirder examples of Shown Their Work present in Monster Hunter. Of course, there's the matter of why the shield isn't blown apart each time a Guard Point is successfully used...