Younger Monster Hunter 4 Players Like The Insect Glaive, Says Producer

By Sato . May 3, 2014 . 9:30am

In a recent interview with Monster Hunter 4 producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Kaname Fujioka, Famitsu asked what weapons younger Monster Hunter players prefer to use.


“There are a lot that use the Insect Glaive,” Tsujimoto replied. “In the past, weapons such as Great Sword and Dual Swords were popular. [However] it seems younger folks prefer the ones with more functions.”


“While we want people to use all kinds of weapons, the Insect Glaive, which has numerous functions and makes it easy to aim for breakable parts, seems like it was made to be easily adaptable for current players,” added Fujioka.


In the past, Tsujimoto has also discussed the popularity of different weapons with Siliconera. Speaking with us last year, he shared that the Great Sword and Long Sword were the most popular weapons among Japanese players at the time, whereas the Dual Swords have always been popular specifically among female players.

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  • malek86

    In other news, still nobody likes lances. That’s fine. The lance has been my waifu for 5 years. I won’t share it with other people.

    • melvin2898

      The lance sucks…

      • 하세요

        Every single weapon has a purpose. Bowguns are a different story, but in MH4 I see just as much Heavy Bowgun users as Light Bowgun users this time.

        Also, Lance is the only other weapon that can use a Jump Attack without the need of a cliff, like the Insect Staff.

        • Namuro

          Just imagine if you can launch yourself with the Hammer in 4G!

          • SMT

            It would be insanely awesome if after the spinning attack, instead of doing the “golf swing”, you do a powered up version of that swing that actually lifts you :P

            Hey if Thor can do it, why can’t we?! ><

          • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

            nah~ but you can launch someone up by hitting them so that they can jump ontop of any monster~

      • otakumike

        you haven’t seen MY lance yet…

        • Namuro


      • HighBrowDrifter

        And you swallow lol. The lance is a capable weapon if you know how to wield it.

      • Ruins72

        lances do NOT suck, and I don’t even use em. Hell they’re pretty OP in any underwater fight, and in 4…don’t even get me started…

    • Namuro

      Hey, I like the Lance. I hop around like a butterfly, and stab like a bee all day long, baby!

      Now that you can jump with it as well, it’s better than ever. I think I jump with the Lance even more than the Insect Glaive users sometime. LOL

  • melvin2898

    I prefer something fast. I hate swinging around the big weapons…They take too much time.

    • HighBrowDrifter

      That’s……what she said a :-)

    • Abel_Nightroad

      Damage Per Second ftw.

  • Elfaia

    “And while we’re at it, gunlance will still be lousy as usual.”

    Don’t get me wrong. I really like gunlance but it’s getting more and more ridiculous. Flashy and cool to use but damage and utility wise it’s way lousier than lance. Especially when you see the makeover lance received.

    • 하세요

      Gunlance is almost required with some Lv100 quests in this game. I don’t use it myself so I don’t know the specifics but I see it way, way more now.

      • s07195

        What do you mean?

        • 하세요

          The way JP players have set up lobbies to get excavated gear will have all Bow, Bowgun (Light or Heavy, depending on monster), and Gunlance users only for the safest route on taking down Lv100 monsters because they simply deal too much damage.

          Some don’t mind any weapon, but I’ve had plenty of times where they’d refuse to start a quest if I had any other weapon besides the 4 I mentioned.

          • Namuro

            Hee hee, yeah, I had so many run on the Lv.100 Shagaru with 3 gunners and 1 Gunlance user (me).

            I tried using a bow once, I died right away (just coldn’t get away from that annoying mid-air sweep). I never use it in the Shagaru Guild Quest again. LOL

    • Namuro

      It all depends on the users, of course. I suck almighty with the Gunlance, but after learning how to use it, I can now use it to beat EVERYTHING in the game.

      Even though I’m pretty confident with weapons like the Insect Glaive and Slash Axe, I still have trouble using them against certain monsters like the Red Tigrex, which I have a far easier time with the Gunlance.

      • s07195

        Onegai, sensei! Teach me your tricks! Though my biggest problem is how much of a pain it is to get the materials for making/upgrading one compared to Longsword for example. In MH4 I only have a White Gunlance…

        • Namuro

          Sure thing!

          But before I go on, how much do you know about the Gunlance? (so that I can just skip on the things you already know.) Things like the combo, shelling types, etc.

          • s07195

            Well, I’ve been using Gunlance since P3rd (–> 3G –>4) so I at least know the basics of attacks, and I’ve done a bit of experimenting with the new moves in 4 but I usually stick to stabbing and blocking, and normal shelling + reloading. I know a bit about shelling types but never have really cared all that much, although I know at the very least it affects the amount of shells and power (and range?)

          • Namuro

            Nice one. I’ve used it only a little bit in P3rd. I made a set for it to test out the weapon…and that’s pretty much it. I’ve never even used it to fight anything in the High Rank. But in MH4, I ended up using it to beat the 3 Amigos!

            Alrighty then, I’ll explain a bit about the shelling. As you already know, there are 3 types of shelling:

            – Normal (通常)
            – 5 shots
            – 1.2 Shot Damage Multiplier
            – 1.1 Full Burst Damage Multiplier
            – Small Damage Range

            – Long (放射)
            – 3 shots
            – 1.2 Shot Damage Multiplier
            – No Full Burst Damage Multiplier
            – Long Damage Range

            – Spread (拡散)
            – 2 shots
            – 1.4 Shot Damage Multiplier
            – 0.9 Full Burst Damage Multiplier
            – Wide-Radius Damage range

            The Shot Damage Multiplier refers to the normal shelling attack; in which case, the Spread type does the most damage, making it a perfect choice for rapid-fire attack. This is my preferred type.

            The Full Burst Damage multiplier refers to that move that discharges all the shots at once, after you slam the Gunlance on the ground. The Normal type deals the most damage here, since it has the most shots out of the three.

            I would HIGHLY recommend you to use gunlances with the Spread type shelling, for its high damage output and its wide radius, making it super easy to land a hit. Plus, it’s really convenient for taking out a group of small monsters at once.

            Also, more importantly than the ATK value, pick ones with the highest shelling level. As far as I know, the highest is level 4. You can only get level 5 from the weapons earned through high level guild quests (and I’ve heard that it goes up to level 6 in Frontier).

            There are three Lv.4 shelling Gunlances that I’d like to recommend:

            1. Voltic Works (ボルティックワークス)
            – Get from the DLC quest 電撃・赤き飛竜の双雷 (Slay 2 Infected Red Khezu)
            – Good thunder element, with pretty long blue sharpness

            2. Shou Jyuusou [Ihaku] (衝銃槍【威迫】)
            – AKA: Spewing Gunlance
            – Made with Red Tigrex materials
            – Upgraded from Ash Tigrex Gunlance
            – Hidden slimeblight element, with pretty long white sharpness (with Artisan equipped)

            3. Raiki Jyuusou Dragann (雷鬼銃槍ドラガン)
            – AKA: Devil Thundergun
            – Made with Rajang materials
            – Upgraded from Ash Tigrex Gunlance
            – Pretty high thunder element

            The Gunlance that I’m using right now is a rare drop from my Lv.100 Shagaru Magara Guild Quest. Took me more than a hundred fights with that bugger to get it! The stats are:

            – ATK: 529
            – Element: Dragon 290
            – Shelling Level: 5
            – Sharpness: Blue
            – Affinity: -25% (without upgrade)

            I’d suggest to go for the Voltic Works first, it’s the easiest one to make out of the three. You’ll need the following materials for it:

            – Dengeki Ticket (デンゲキチケット) x4
            – Alluring Webbing (魅惑色の翼膜) x3
            – Thunder Sac (電撃袋) x4
            – Guild Ticket S (ギルドチケットS) x1

            Just keep playing that twin Red Khezu DLC quest, and you’ll get all the materials eventually.

            About the weapon usage. I would recommend you to just use a normal shelling attack repeatedly, and reload after every shot for the endless combo (like you’ve already been doing), and do a charged blast when the monsters are down or trapped. Don’t focus on the Full Burst, since it has the lowest damage multiplier as mentioned.

            Try to use only the shelling attack, but if you must do the stabbing attack, try to use the “stab – stab – upward slash” combo, as it’s faster than ending with the slam, then quickly dodge to the side and repeat. Also, be sure to take advantage of the fact that you can shoot at 3 different angles. You can easily break parts and take down airborne enemies that way.

            As for one of the new moves, I’m sure you’re already familiar with that move where you put up your shield, then press forward + shelling attack to do a leap-blasting attack. This is the move that made me fall in love with Gunlance! Make sure to practice using this move, learn its timing and distance. When in doubt about the monsters’ next move, use this move to close in on them, while attacking at the same time. You can also use this move to leap off a platform, in which you will blast in mid-air, then you can follow with a slam to ground, and you can finish off with a Full Burst, if you have any shelling left. If you time it right, you can get the full combo (blast – slam – Full Burst) on enemies, before riding on them! The leap distant from the edge is very short, though, so lure the monsters close to the edges.

            As for the strongest attack, Wyvernfire. Make sure that you use it as close to the monster as you can, as the blast counts as 4 simultaneous hits, if you use from far away, you might only get 2 hits in, for example.

            Oh, I also just learned about this recently; you can jump back further than usual, if you press the d-pad in the direction that your back is facing at the same time as pressing the jump button. The distance is about the same as having the “Evade Up” skill equipped! You just can’t jump as rapidly, and sometimes you may press the d-pad earlier, and end up jumping in the opposite direction instead. So, be careful!

            For the skills, I’d say to go with these:

            – Honed Blade: Grant “Attack Up [L]”, and “Sharpness +1”. You can get this skill from the “Rebellion Mail” (Amadyura)

            – Artillery: This skill not only boosts Ballista’s and cannon’s power, it also affects Gunlance’s blast and Charge Axe’s Blast Charge. It reduces the cool down period for the Gunlance after firing the Wyvernfire, too (from 120 secs. to 80 secs. with “Artillery Master” equipped).

            – Guard: Some hunters prefer to jump around, but I say to use the big shields that come with the Gunlances! With Guard +2, you’re pretty much near invincible.

            – Guard Inc: For when you’re up against foes like Gravios that uses unblockable attacks like the heat beam and various gas attacks. So you can just stay close and blast away!

            For example, my Gunlance set has:

            – Honed Blade
            – Artillery Master
            – Guard +1

            I considered this my best set in the game, and I can use this set to beat all the monsters. The armors in the set include:

            – Kuroobi Helm
            – Rebellion Mail
            – Gravios S Arm
            – Zodias Coil
            – Chrome Metal Boots
            – Artillery +8 Decoration with 3 slots

            I guess that’s about it. All that’s left is just to keep using it, until you’re familiar with the weapon (just like everything else, LOL). If you’d like to know anything else (like materials for certain weapons), feel free to ask away!

            Oh, by the way, what’s your FC? We should hunt together sometime!

          • s07195

            Whew, that’s a lot to take in at once. Thanks for taking the time to write out a guide though. ;)
            I just beat HR7 with my friend’s help and only have half upgraded Sakura Rathian armor (and not much done in the way of skills), so if you’re willing to accept that, then that’s fine. :)
            My FC: 1521-3345-0271

          • Namuro

            No problem.

            Also, what’s your in-game name in MH4?

          • s07195


          • Namuro

            Ack! I just realize that I forgot to give you my FC!



            The screen name is ナムロ

          • s07195

            You a big Gundam fan? XD

          • Namuro

            The cat’s out of the bag!

            But yep, I mixed Amuro’s name with mine. It’s my pen name, actually.

      • Elfaia

        You can achieve the same, if not better, results with lance at similar proficiency.

        You do know your way around GL but regular shelling is just too inefficient. It eats away 3 sharpness per shot, which translate to 3 stabs, and other than charge shots, there is no way to recover from it other than attacking. Charge shots, while a welcomed improvement to GL, takes too long and along with Full Burst, is very situational. Unless you’re using Spread type, I will have better returns and frame advantage if I use regular stab.

        You can tell they are trying to not make GL OP but seriously, what about DS, hammer and even the latest weapon in GG, senryukon?

        Well, this is more like a rant than a serious complain. That said, I would love to see them integrate shelling into GL’s moveset smoother than P3.

        • Namuro

          Well, there are loads of way to use the weapons in the game (which is why we all love it so much!). I know that a lot of people would rather save on the sharpness when using the Gunlance, but as for me, I just go all out and blast away, then sharpen as needed (which at most, 2 times per quest, But usually, the target would die before I even need to sharpen even once). It’s just that if I were to focus on stabbing, I might as well just use the Lance (which I made an evade set for it). I usually stab with the Gunlance, only when I have no time to reload, and cutting tails.

          As for the Charged Shot, I realize, too, that it takes too long. But that’s what makes it fun! You have to really keep your eyes on an opening to use it, which makes it all the more satisfying, when you can actually land those Charged shots. Besides, it’s just like what I told s07915, to try and use the Charged Shots when the monsters are downed, trapped, exhausted, etc. Unless, you’re confident about the timing.

          For Full Burst, I rarely use it, since I used the Spread Type shelling, which isn’t cut out for such an attack. I usually use it to end the air-combo, though.

          This is kinda like how I use my Heavy Bowgun (I used it no more than 10 times, ever since I started playing MHP2G, so I’m still quite inexperienced with it), and I made a Guard +2 set for it. I don’t think I’ve seen other players add the shield to their Heavy Bowguns at all. Most of them use the Evade skills. But even then, I just want to try and find what playstyle suits me, and so far, using the Heavy Bowgun like a moving fortress seems to work out rather well.

          So you’re saying that the Dual Blades and the Hammer are OP? I think they’re quite balanced; for one, both of them have really short attacking range, meaning that you have to risk it by being REALLY close to the monsters. The Dual Blades also eat up the sharpness like crazy, forcing you to sneak away to sharpen your weapon often. The Hammer is also rather slow, leaving a lot of openings for the monsters to counter attack (I used to really hate the Hammer combo so much, that I never pick it up again until MH4, where I learned to love it). A lot of people used the Mega Dash Juice that makes using both weapons MUCH easier, which can be seen as OP in a way. So maybe they might bump up its rarity, so that people can’t spam-trade them in the next installments?

          As for the Senryuu Kon, we can’t judge from the trailer alone (seriously, ALL the weapons in Frontier look OP as heck, I mean you can shoot a friggin’ giant laser beam from the Heavy Bowgun!). I can’t say anything about it, until I can try it out myself.

          The thing that seems OP to me, in the end, is the Heavy Bowgun; but only when it’s being used in a party, with other players distracting the monster.

          About integrating the shelling into the Gunlance’s moveset, I can barely remember what it was like in MHP3, but I think it’s pretty well-connected in MH4. You can easily switch between the stabbing and shooting during the attacks. Unless, you mean to remove the knock-back or the reload time, which I think will make it really OP, then…

          Speaking of which, have you played MH4? Or are you waiting for MH4U.

  • 하세요

    I’ve notice a pretty large decline of Greatsword online. Most popular I’ve noticed this gen are:

    – Insect Staff
    – Dual Sword
    – Longsword
    – Gunlance
    – Bow

    Runner up is Charge Axe, but only during Low Rank. I see Switch Axe and Charge Axe against slower monsters though.

    • Sato

      Great Sword 4 lyfe!

      • 하세요

        I love the extra over-head slash attack, especially after a fully charged hit. No more having to do the charge attack + horizontal tap > Charge attack loop.

  • otakumike

    Hooray! Downvotes are back! Downvote me to celebrate! !

    • SMT

      Don’t tell me what to do! Suffer with my upvote as vengeance!

    • Symbol de Au

      I did it but I’m still not seeing it. =/ I really miss downvotes.

  • Mavalex

    Now I feel like some old guy
    /Sword and Shield like 90% of the time

    • Rein

      So I’m not alone…

    • I just started using SnS…. I love it, I have collections in my box with every element lol.

  • Switch Axe & Hammer REPRESENT!!!

    • Hexodious

      All aboard on the Switch Axe train.

    • 하세요

      I love the hammer so much, just wish some monsters kept their heads lower on the ground. I’m lookin’ at you two, Jho and Gravios.

    • DRIG

      Agreed, switch axe is real mans weapon

    • SetzerGabbiani

      I use switch axes exclusively. I will probably attempt to get good with the Charge Axe as well in MH4U. The changeable nature of the weapons suit my personality.

  • Göran Isacson

    Kind of interesting, though I can’t say much since I haven’t really played the game… if anyone here has, is the Insect Glaive easier to use? One would think that “has a lot of functions” would make it more complex to use and as such wouldn’t be that popular with newer players? Ease of use and whatnot.

    • 하세요

      The whole “nodes” thing can seem complicated at first but after you learn that Red + White = more attacks and Orange + White = LG Earplugs (all 3 being a fusion of everything) it’s a fairly simple weapon. Everything links into anything, so it’s an extremely mash-friendly weapon. Its vault attack can be abused fairly easily as well, making it ideal for one person to have one against elder dragons (everyone but Dara / Daren Mohran can be rode, including Fatalis)

      The only true downfall is the time spent trying to get the nodes, mainly the red (attack) one as DPS without it is pretty slow.

      • Göran Isacson

        aah, making it mash-friendly would count for something. I noticed that when I tried to play for myself, choosing the big, lumbering weapons usually required me to REALLY get familiar with when it was safe to attack and when I had to roll out of an attacks way- if a weapon makes it easier to hammer buttons AND break away from an attack, I guess that explains its popularity.

  • Joshua Myers

    I still love Greatsword and Katana >.>

    • Ric Vazquez

      Same here, especially the longsword AKA katana.

    • Dystopiq

      You better not be that guy who hits me during MP. I’ll find you.

      • Joshua Myers

        No worries i dont XD i mostly charge my attacks

  • Ruins72

    Hammers and Longswords for life!

  • SMT

    From what I hear the insect glaive (I wonder if this is the official name? I’ve mostly seen it referred to as a staff) is incredibly broken, being a high-damaging weapon (to the point it’s unbalanced) that’s easy to use and is the only weapon other than lance that can let you do jump attacks and mounting without requiring a ledge…

    Meanwhile, my favorite weapon (Long Sword!) is supposedly nerfed (Spirit gauge lasts longer but completely resets after time is up instead of just lowering one level, and doing the combo with a red gauge doesn’t lengthen the time until the red gauge resets)…
    Thankfully I always alternated between LS, GS and Hammer, the latter two being just as useful (If not more, I hear GS is incredibly powerful in this).

    I hope for the sake of my LS that they rebalance things for the Ultimate version…

    • 하세요

      Yeah it was nerfed in that manner, but it did get a new spirit combo slash after the back-step slash, allowing you to loop as long as you have enough spirit meter. It’s still a great weapon and used vastly.

    • Zeongundam

      I like the way the Insect Glaive/Staff looked and performed but the sound of it being so broken turns be off a bit. In any case I’ve always been an LS fan as well as both Lances and the GS.

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      Any news about my main weapon? the hunting horn? … tho i think thier main purpose for the longsword is to keep the players to be on the offensive now.

      usually you can hang back abit to take a breather when you use a long sword. but if the level goes completely down that means no more breathers for LS users. they need to keep attacking and dodging to keep the bonus damage

    • Ric Vazquez

      I’m more interested in the charge axe.

  • Happy Gamer

    Was LS, Gunlance, Hammer etc until 3U. I use Bows and bowguns exclusively now. I find myself very useful when I play with friends as support, status inflict etc.

  • safeto20scroll

    So Insect Glaive and Charge Blade are the official English names for the two new weapon types?

    • Namuro

      I think so, as they’re written that way on Capcom-Unity website.

  • CDM

    Gunlance 4 lyfe

    • s07195

      I’d use Gunlance more if it weren’t so hard to find materials for it… orz

    • Diarek

      Amen to that, comrades.

    • Namuro

      Amen to that, Gunlance brother!

  • Arz

    So is there any video where I can watch all the weapons movesets for this game? Don’t have any luck searching on youtube :l

  • Ban The Jackass

    But…. but… I like my bow… No one likes bow?

  • Namuro

    The Insect Glaive is really fun to use! Being able to jump to gain advantage on monsters, as well as dodging attacks really add more depths to the gameplay. Some people may say that it’s over powered, but I hardly think so. The damage is quite low, and the attacking speed is not THAT fast. Also, most of the time, the attacks overreach and miss the target. But all in all, it’s a fantastic weapon that has its fair share of good and bad points.

    I just wish that there are more choices of the glaive to choose from. For one, there’s a Sun Wukong-like set in there, how can they not design a glaive after his trademark staff in the game! Hopefully, 4G will remedy that!

    Although, I changed to Gunlance in the later half of the game, and now used it more than the Insect Glaive. LOL

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      i think its the “jumping” mechanic that makes it OP~ MH doesnt have any jumping mechanics at all so a hunter has to dodge everything by rolling~ but if you can jump using the glave~ you have 2 modes of dodging a monsters attack now

      • 하세요

        The only real monster the vaulting move helps avoid is Garara (Snake dude) when he coils around you. Besides that, monsters generally smack you out of the sky if you’re attempting to use it to dodge, say, a tail sweep.

        • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

          i see~ so its more or less the attack animations + the buffs given that makes it OP~

          • Namuro

            But CAN you get the all the needed buffs during the fight? That’s the challenge.

            Buffs don’t last long either, they tend to run out at the most important moment, like after you finish riding the monster, ready for a beat down. Instead, you have to go around the monster to get the new buffs, in which by then, it’s up and comin’ for ya.

            If anything can be considered OP in this game, it’s gotta be the Hammer, and the Gunlance. But both of them also have FAIR limitation. So, in the end, they’re not OP either…

          • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

            id say gunlance would be the OP one~ you have defence~ high damage~ large bomb like explosion~ and its cost would be your inability to dodgeroll

  • Fintlook

    DS ONLY unless a wild Alatreon appears, can’t reach those wings !

    • Splashatack69

      Dual swords forever! :D

  • Virevolte

    I try a new weapon in every game I play.
    In Freedom Unit, I wasn’t able to play with anything else than the Long Sword.
    In Tri Ultimate, which was easier, I did everything with the Gunlance.

    I’m looking forward to 2015.

  • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

    Any one here the support type? aka the Hunting Horn Users? :3

  • Elliot Roman

    i want the staff too, but im MORE interested in the gauntlets from GG… god i wud loooooooooooooooooove to use those >.<

  • kusanaginico

    insect staff is the most overpowered weapon ever

    the longsword suks in mh4

  • Jonathan Hume

    I look forward to rocking the Insect Glaive, Charge Axe and Dual Blades as my three main weapons this time around.

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