Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima and likes to read novels and play video games.
Monster Hunter is a fun Japanese role-playing game series by Capcom. Monster Hunter: World, which came out at the beginning of 2018, is the latest in that series and it is one of the most popular games of the year. It is played by a massive online community with players from around the world.
The game involves collecting items from bugs to footprints, as well as hunting and looting the many different beasts found in this world. This action-packed adventure is a lot of fun to play both alone or online with others.
After you have progressed the story by defeating the Pukei-Pukei monster in the quest Urgent: Pukei-Pukei Hunt, a new mission called The Best Kind of Quest will become available. This involves:
- Venturing into a new area you haven't visited before
- Protecting scholars as they travel
- Encountering and hunting a new monster, the Barroth
Here is a guide on how to complete the quest and hunt down and defeat the Barroth.
The Best Kind of Quest
For those of you who were getting tired of wandering around the Ancient Forest, there is some good news! A new area called the Wildspire Waste is now unlocked. The quest begins here, with your cheerful Handler making conversation with the scholars you have to protect as they push their wagon through the desert towards some discovered slag.
Before You Go
Before you head out there, don't forget to eat a meal. A defense-boosting meal such as the fish platter is a good idea. Take a good amount of potions and mega potions with you as well.
The First Half of the Quest
Follow them along the path. There isn't much to protect them from until they claim they hear a noise. The Handler will happily ask you to check it out when you'll get almost trodden on by a powerful monster called a Rathian. Do not engage it! Distract it with your Slinger while the Handler and the scholars hurry through the area.
You can faint easily if you engage this monster. If you do faint, however, the Handler and the scholars can still get through unharmed and you are guided to the next part of the quest.
Encountering the Barroth
After you've finished protecting the scholars, you will see a short cutscene where the little guys run in terror from the monster, leaving you to defeat it! Here is how to take this beast down.
How to Defeat the Barroth
The Barroth is built like a tank and has some deadly attacks. The first thing you have to remember is to dodge it—a lot. Its large, heavy head is painful when it hits you. When it starts running, dodge out of the way and attack.
The Barroth's head is hard, making it tough to penetrate. Its weakest points are its front paws and its tail so hit those with all you've got.
It is also worth noting that:
- It is susceptible to Fire, Water (when covered in mud), Ice, and Dragon
- Poison, Paralysis, and Blast work well on it
- It is resistant to Fire (when covered in mud), Thunder, and Water
The Barroth will roll in mud to get back its armour, so be quick and hard with your attacks. I favour the bow in general on this game, but heavy weapons such as the Great Sword might work better, especially if you're very good at dodging attacks.
After a while, the Barroth will stumble into a swamp and lie under the water. Just hit it to get it out again. After some stumbling and chasing, the beast will faint. Be sure to loot its body and any materials lying around as these can be used to forge armour for a great boost in stats.
If you are still struggling, try this YouTube guide below. The player uses a different technique to me, which goes to show that different players favour different weapons and such.
After you have defeated the mighty Barroth and completed the quest, the Wildspire Waste will become free to explore, opening a brand new selection of investigations and quests as the story goes forward. You can also forge some great new armour and collect some nice points and experience for your character and their Palico.
Though a little frustrating, this quest can be completed quite easily with some patience and well-timed dodges. Have fun!
© 2018 Poppy
Liz Westwood from UK on April 21, 2018:
Very true. There are so many things that compete for our attention these days.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 20, 2018:
Yes, games can take up a lot of time. But then again, so does TV and social media. If you love games, I don't see a reason to not try more. My mother is a high school teacher but she still plays The Legend of Zelda from time to time.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 19, 2018:
I used to join in when our kids were around. I guess time is a big factor for me these days. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done and I know I could easily get hooked on games.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 18, 2018:
Games are a lot of fun :)
Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2018:
I'm not a gamer, but I feel that through your articles I'm learning a lot about this genre.