You have gathered up materials and money, but you have no idea what weapon you should make... There must be hunters thinking this right now. This report is aimed at these hunters, and in this edition, we will cover Lances.
There are many people who feel a Lance is too slow and that its attacks are too simple, but the truth is this weapon has great potential. Sure when it is drawn, a Lance slows you down, and other weapons have a wider range of attacks: however, a Lance has great guarding ability, charging attacks, and combos.
Thanks to its large shield, using a Lance to block a wyvern's attack will not break your stance. Moreover, by holding the [R] button, you can move and attack while guarding.
You can also press the button + button to execute a charge attack. Use this attack to break out from a siege by small monsters, or to damage a wyvern from head to tail by running it through.
You can string together up to three standard thrusting attacks, and by pressing the button plus the analog stick left, right, or backwards, you can dodge in any of these three directions. This move is not only to avoid an enemy, but also to gain small advantages in position.
With top quality guard, strong attacks, and adjustable combos, the Lance is said to be an incredibly balanced weapon. Moreover, it has a longer reach than other weapons and it can cut through armor with its exceptional Sharpness. One can't say enough great things about Lances.
Now I would like to talk about a few Lances that you can attain without a high Hunter's Rank. First, I would like to discuss the Long Tusk. An item that, although still in development, is considered to have enormous potential. It can be crafted with the relatively easy to obtain Medium Monster Bone.
Next is the Aqua Spear. This Lance can be acquired at an early stage. It is a rare gem with a strong Fire attribute. It can be improved with Rathalos and Green Plesioth materials, the Aqua Spear has a base of strength that can carry one through to the end of their hunting careers.
Finally, let's discuss the Babel Spear. Made from a large quantity of Iron Ore and Machalite Ore, it has guaranteed strength and defensive ability. It can be crafted without defeating certain wyverns, which is considered one of its high points. So grab a Pickaxe and keep on mining.
Terrific balance. An all-purpose weapon. That is a Lance. Shouldn't you take a stab at using one?
NOTE: On page 8 it says "Fire" but the Aqua Spear does not have a fire attribute, it have a water one. On page one for the weapon it shows "WTAttrib: 110" for it. Also, another thing for it that none of its upgrades/improvements require Rathalos materials, just Cephalos, Plesioth, & then later Green Plesioth. Did they meant another weapon on 8 page or they just made a bunch of mistakes?