Monster Hunter 4 Introduces A New And More Strategic Arena Challenge

By Sato . August 26, 2013 . 1:31pm


Past Monster Hunter titles offered the “Arena Challenge” feature, where players went up against monsters using pre-set gear and items. In Monster Hunter 4, the challenge is back with two new stages and features, where you’ll get to test your hunting skills to see if you have what it takes to face the fearsome monsters in the arena.


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To start an Arena Challenge, you’ll be prompted to speak to the NPC in red at the Arena counter. Similar to past Arena Challenges, you’ll be required to pick out of a set of gear which suits your play style.



Upon clearing an Arena Challenge, it will record your time and will have your top-3 best times ranked for the quest. Additionally, it will also indicate the ranking of other players whom you’ve shared Guild Cards with. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to carry in your own equipment or items, nor will you be able to carry material out of the arena. Food effects won’t affect you in here, either.




Once you enter, you’ll start out at the camp base, where you’ll be able to prep yourself before going in.


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Once you’re in the arena, you’ll have access to the fence, which is activated by a button. This fence will come in handy while fighting a set of two monsters or more, by allowing you to split them apart and take care of them one at a time. However, if you don’t time the fence button right, you’ll end up having to fight two monsters with much less space, so there will also be a risk to using the feature.



In Monster Hunter 4, there will also be various types of arenas such as the two story stages shown above. These have two elevation levels, but they won’t have any fences. The stages will often vary according to the type of monster you’re up against.


Monster Hunter 4 is slated for release on September 14th for Nintendo 3DS.


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  • Klarktastic

    Man, I never got into the monster hunter series, I’m still interested tho, I don’t have any other friends that own a 3ds, so I’m not sure it would be a good investment to get 4 or 3.

    • Abend

      ultimate 3rd is a good place to start and learn the single player does take you through the steps (okay not really). But it does teach you some basics through text boxes if you want to learn to get started go watch Pro Jared’s basics of monster hunter videos they will probably help more.

      • Klarktastic

        Thanks for the reply but my problem isn’t really the learning curve, its more the fact that I don’t know if its worth it to buy the game and play only in single player

        • Abend

          Hmm that was my problem i have no one around me that has the game let alone a 3ds i was forced to buy a wii u specifically for monster hunter for the online mode but still 3 ultimate still might be your best option out of all the monster hunter games I’ve played it probably had the easiest experience with low rank and starting off plus everything in single player is scaled for one player so it shouldn’t be too hard.

    • Sango

      You can solo any MH game, but it truly shines when you have friends to play with tho. Like Abend said, 3G is a good start. Disclaimer: MH is extremely addictive.

      • Klarktastic

        All of you guys convinced me to give the game a try, thanks

    • PreyMantis

      You don’t need friends to play the game, but it makes everything easier and more fun. If you have a Wii U, get MH3U because it has an online multiplayer. The best online multiplayer on the Wii U, if I do say so myself. If HH4 ever comes out of Japan, get it because it has online multiplayer.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        MH3’s online port is a tad bit confusing until you talk to everyone and understand what everythings function is along with the hunter for hire stuff

        • PreyMantis

          Or you could read the manual…

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            What manual?

            The little piece of paper in the crappy spineless box?

          • Sango

            You do know you can acess the manual inside the game with pics on the gamepad or with the 3DS right?

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Well aware.

  • these arena modes sound quite interesting

  • 하세요

    Comoooooon September!

  • 60hz

    Ah reminds me of pso’s CHALLENGE MODE, and PSU’s BRUCES DUNGEON… ah those were the days…

  • Ruins72

    Great Jaggi Switch Axe? hmmm…

    oh my gosh how are gen 2 monster weapons going to look now?

  • Pockystix

    I’ve never really bothered with the arena, mostly since I just play the regular missions (and crazy DLC; oh you savage deviljhos~)

    But it’s nice that they are making them more interesting.

  • Hmm with this i wonder the two monsters arena would be mandatory unlike MH3U. From my experience as 3ds user, not many hunter use arena in 3U but i hope it will change in MH4..

    • 하세요

      The arena is fun but only to an extent – in the end, we really prefer to use the gear we spent hours upon hours earning. Feels better.

      I do love the challenge of using a limited set though, as long as there’s a confirmed way to win, not like…full LR Jaggi armor with SnS vs G-Rank Jho.

  • gamefreak86

    This is fuckin awesome. Hopefully it hits the west next year either summer or fall.

  • J_Joestar

    Just imagine raising the fence and accidentally trapping yourself in a small section with Jho and Rajang. Now that would be a nightmare lol

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