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First Generation
Monster Hunter Coverart
Games
PS2: Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter G
PSP: Monster Hunter Freedom
General Information
Number of Monsters: 45
Number of Weapon Types: 7
Villages: Kokoto Village, Minegarde Town
Number of Areas: 10
Lifespan: March 11th, 2004 - February 16th, 2006

The first generation of Monster Hunter is comprised of the original set of three games released between March 11, 2004 and September 21, 2006. The first generation laid out the groundwork of the entire series and established the central gameplay, visual aesthetic, and core content that would serve as the foundation for all future releases.

Gameplay Features

Monster Hunter was established in the first generation as a hack-and-slash character action game with RPG elements. The original games introduced the character creation system, which allowed for rudimentary customization of one's in-game avatar including names, hair styles and colour, eye colour, and clothing. The central gameplay was established, which revolved around the undertaking of quests and the crafting of equipment to further one's character progression. Also introduced was the village hub, which serves as a preparation area for the player when not undertaking quests. Here, a player can visit the forge and craft equipment, buy items, gather items from the village farm, and change their equipment set. The meal system was introduced in this generation, which allows players to buff various stats through the mixing and matching of meal items before setting out on a quest.

Monsters

The first generation introduced fourty-five monsters, categorized into six monster types: Flying Wyvern, Bird Wyvern, Piscine Wyvern, Neopteron, Herbivore, and Elder Dragon.

Small Monsters

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Felyne
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Melynx
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Vespoid
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Hornetaur
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Kelbi
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Mosswine
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Aptonoth
MHFU-Apceros Icon
Apceros
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Velociprey
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White Velociprey
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Genprey
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Ioprey
MHFU-Cephalos Icon
Cephalos
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Bullfango


Large Monsters

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Velocidrome
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Gendrome
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Iodrome
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Yian Kut-Ku
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Blue Yian Kut-Ku
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Yian Garuga
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Gypceros
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Purple Gypceros
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Rathian
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Pink Rathian
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Gold Rathian
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Rathalos
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Azure Rathalos
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Silver Rathalos
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Khezu
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Red Khezu
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Basarios
MHFU-Gravios Icon
Gravios
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Black Gravios
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Monoblos
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White Monoblos
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Diablos
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Black Diablos
MHFU-Cephalos Icon
Cephadrome
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Plesioth
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Green Plesioth
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Kirin
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Lao-Shan Lung
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Ashen Lao-Shan Lung

Weapons

The first generation introduced seven weapon types, classified into either melee or "Blademaster" weapons, and ranged or "Gunner' weapons.

Blademaster Weapons

Gunner Weapons

Areas

The first generation featured ten hunting grounds. Five of these were general hunting grounds meant for multi-purpose exploration and traversal, two were battle arenas, and three were special boss areas.

Forest and Hills
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Old Jungle
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Old Desert
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Old Swamp
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Old Volcano
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Fortress
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Castle Schrade
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Battleground
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Arena
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Great Arena
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Villages

The offline portions of all three of the first generation games took place in Kokoto Village, while the online portions of Monster Hunter and Monster Hunter G took place in Minegarde Town.

Thematic Motifs

The first generation games shared a unique audio-visual aesthetic which derives from a range of inspirations. The musical score featured the notable use of bagpipes, and certain areas and buildings are reminiscent of medieval European and Eurasian locales. This generation featured arguably the most realistic tone and presentation, with monster and equipment designs largely grounded and utilitarian in nature with little in the way of theatrics or camp.

Trivia

  • The first generation introduced the most weapon types, monsters, and monster types.
  • The first generation is the only generation in which two games share the same flagship monster, not accounting for localization changes.
  • The first generation to appear on PS2 and PSP platforms.

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