How Jump Attacks Will Revolutionize The Hunt in Monster Hunter 4

By Sato . September 14, 2012 . 12:10pm

Capcom recently shed some info on the addition of a new jump attack system in Monster Hunter 4. For the first time ever, players will be able to perform powerful mid-air attacks as they strike down their foes from above by dashing off ledges or falling off cliffs to land attacks as they make contact.


Every weapon in Monster Hunter 4 will have unique jump attacks. Some may be easier to pull off while others may be harder to time but will inflict more damage. If performed right, there will be a chance the monster gets stunned. This gives the player a chance to jump on top and attack with a knife. Each stab fills up a a gauge and the helpless monster is flipped over and open to another beating when the gauge is full.


Here’s a look at the new jump attacks for each weapon:


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"Souchuukon" (Insect Weapon) – What makes this one stand out above the rest is the ability to perform jumps in a pole vault like fashion, without the need of a higher platform, to land a powerful slam. This will definitely be useful in flat ground areas and give a mobility edge to "Souchuukon" users.



Great Sword – The Great Sword will have a powerful downward slash as their jump attack. Previously, Great Sword users had to master timing the full charge and relied on that as their go-to move. The addition of a new jump attack will add more options to Great Sword hunters.



Long Sword – Similar to the Great Sword, the Long Sword will have its own mid-air attack with the ability to perform a powerful jumping Spirit Slash after filling up the Spirit Gauge by striking down enemies.



Sword and Shield – The S&S will have a simple yet strong jump attack. With the addition of the whirlwind slash and the new timed attack, the strong jump attack will bring some more damage output for the previously underpowered Sword and Shield.



Dual Sword – Dual Sword users will have more moves in their repertoire their new jump attack. The player can enter Demonization mode to perform an acrobatic mid-air whirlwind slashing move that can even include a finishing blow to top it off.



Hammer – Players will be able to charge their hammer and release it after a jump to land a devastating fully charged blow on the monster as they make contact. This feature will add more depth to hammer users as they’ll be able to aim for the heads of some monsters that may have previously been harder to reach.



Hunting Horn – The Hunting Horn will be similar to the Hammer minus the charge but it will be easier to time and inflict more damage as a regular hit in its jumping Recital Slam attack.



Lance – The Lance will be one of only two weapons (the other being the "Souchuukon") that can perform jump attacks without the need of a platform, giving them even more of a reach and distance advantage. Players will also be able to do a charging attack off a platform to land a piercing attack.


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Gunlance – Although the weapon may look similar to the Lance, its jump attack is quite different. Gunlancers will be able to jump off a ledge and land a smash attack followed up with a full burst finish as a powerful combo. They can also go straight to the full burst attack off a jump.



Light/Heavy Bowgun – The new addition of being able to reload while jumping will keep the momentum going for the Bowgunners out there as they’ll be ready to fire once they hit the ground. The two gunner types will share this feature but may vary in reload speed.



Switch Axe – Will have the ability to perform a switch attack in mid-air from Axe to Sword or Sword to Axe mode, making an already versatile weapon have even more uses.

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  • Jumping Spirit-slash…

    brb, changing my pants. 

  •  i’m sold on getting this XD

  • Richard Wolff

    should i care? not being an ass i have missed the entire franchise so far and I’m curious should i care about monster hunter 4 or continue to miss it?

    • riceisnice

       How should we know? This question doubles for Monster Hunter. It’s just the kind of game that you need to try for yourself.

    • Quwabe Rose

       it’s really fun game that needs more love in the west, so it wouldn’t hurt to keep tabs. plus a new one is coming to the 3ds in march and several already on the psp, and one on the wii. so there are plenty of games to test the waters with.

    • Showmeyomoves

      It wouldn’t hurt to Tri.


  • Solomon_Kano

    Sounds good. I’m still hyped off of the MH3U announcement, so I actually forgot about MH4. Good to know it’s coming along nicely.

  • ronin4life

    … No bow shoot? -_-;;
    The knife attack reminds me of being pinned by Rathian in 3G… but in reverse. (Damn, that’s scary…>.<;;)
    Hoping that the hunting knife becomes a new equipment type. That would be awesome.

  • Darn I was hoping it would be something dealing with flying rather than jumping. Maybe it is still coming they just don’t wanna share it yet?

    • An Tran

       Apparently we’ll be getting an MH4 surprise at TGS this week, perhaps maybe an air hunt in hot air balloon? Perhaps something like Jhen Mohran where we’ll be shooting a giant flying elder dragon with ballista and cannon balls and if you fall off there could be a bungee cord to bring you back up?

      • lol Still not exactly a flying mechanic but that could be cool.

  • after playing Dragon’s Dogma, I was wondering how they would spice up the combat in MH to keep up with it

    SnS will be awesome~

  • konsama

    Now i have a very bad dilemma, if wait to March for MH3U and play with my friends then, or get a JP 3DS and get MH3G now and then MH4 by the same time MH3U releases here and play it before it’s localized (if ever) but solo’ing both… >_< And i love to play MH solo, but playing with friends is also priceless.

    • ddh819

      wait to play with your friends, to make sure they buy it

  • Spider-Man

    As long as these moves are optional, and not forced, I won’t have a problem with this. 

  • AyaisMUsikWhore

    I’m buying this game, but deep down inside me…i know this would of looked amazing on the Vita. But hey, Nintendo put in the work and they got it. Can’t blame them for that. However i can’t wait for this to come out.

  • Shiki

    Let’s just hope that MH3U receive enough love to impress Capcom and make them considering localizing MH4 ( and the franchise in general )

  • Jump attacks were fun to do in Dragon’s Dogma, as well.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Lol, with Monster Hunter TriG Ultimate coming, i truly forget about this game here lol.

    Well, i am still going to get this game if they come here but most important from all is, i will support this franchise as much as possible the moment they come here.^_^
    GO GO MY WALLET!!!^_^

  • heartless141

    heh, can’t get it since 3DS is region locked (in japan, and i wanna play in english)
    i’ll place my hope on Soul Sacrifice instead.

    • Your post makes no sense. You got a Japanese 3DS but don’t wanna play Japanese games on it?

      • heartless141

        can’t really read japanese. =/ wanted to play it in english.

  • Shuga Suenaga

    monster hunter 4 chances of localization depends on sales of monster hunter 3G on america and europe i must help buying the game cause i also want it :D

  • Lone Wolf

    What about the Bow?

  • a little inspiration from Dark Souls? Or has MH had these in before?

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