Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Director Explains The New Felyne Jumping Attacks

By Ishaan . August 15, 2014 . 12:32pm


A few weeks ago, Capcom released a new trailer for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate during a Nintendo Direct presentation that revealed a new feature in the game—the ability for Felyne companions to launch hunters up into the air to attack monsters.


The feature looked great and made for an entertaining GIF, but it wasn’t clear exactly how it worked or whether it was different from regular jumping attacks in the game. Siliconera asked director Kaname Fujioka if he could share any further insight on this front.


“The way the system with the Felynes works is quite different from what we had in [Monster Hunter 3],” Fujioka replied. “When you bring your Felyne companions along with you in 4, they have stats, just like any other character would.”


“And what happens is, when you have other players who bring their own Felynes along, depending on how the stats match up, they’ll end up performing different things to help you out. They can lay traps, they can notify you when enemies are in a weakened state. It depends on what kind of Felynes you have, and how they combine with the other ones during the quest.”


He continued, “One of the new things we added specifically for 4 Ultimate over 4 is that, one of the things these Felynes can do now is launch the player up into the air. And that does behave essentially the same way as a jump attack. Same damage, same animation. It allows you to do it in places you couldn’t normally perform a jumping attack.”


Beyond the new jumping attack, Felynes have other new attacks as well, some of which are highlighted in this report.

Read more stories about & on Siliconera.

  • Localized name for the comrades is Palico, pluralized as Palicoes. This seems to be a new type for them.

    • J_Joestar

      is.. is that a pun?

      • Yes; Pal + Calico. They had to shorten the name so it would fit on the Start Menu during hunts.

    • Namuro

      Makes me think of “Glico” every time I see that word!

  • Guillermo Oliva III

    That looks very nice~

  • KuroNathan

    Convenient! Though I wished bowguns got a better jump attack then air reloading lol

    • Guillermo Oliva III

      I think, air-reloading sounds like a chance to make a awesome come back and a chance to survive! (Sorry, I am survival thinker as a new MH gamer XD)

    • Namuro

      Better than not being able to do it at all! I thought gunners wouldn’t be able to perform jump attack when I watched the trailer back in 2013.

    • Kenneth

      Yeah, dude. Really. Air reloading is better than what you think. Skilled hunters make the best out of what they get, and I’ve seen some goons runs where people utilize this method.

      *Hint* Air reloading also attacks.

    • MXC

      I’m fine with that in a way but I feel that recoil could have been used in an interesting way such as a heavy recoil weapon shooting in mid-air may blast you away a moderate distance more specifically for the heavy bowgun,

  • Spider-Man

    Sounds good.

  • Ric Vazquez

    All this hype makes 2015 harder to wait for.

  • Ban The Jackass

    It’s okay… It’s okay. It’s gonna be okay. I have many other games to tide me over till this one arrives. So yea, I’m skipping out all the MH4U news you guys are gonna report.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. These links leave Siliconera.

Siliconera Tests
Siliconera Videos