Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has its fair share of aggressive creatures hellbent on nothing more than eating you for breakfast. For most of them, you’d be nothing more than a light snack or the equivalent of finding a piece of potato chip in your teeth four hours after you already ate a bag of them. The trick is, killing these gigantic beasts before they stomp on your face. So we at Twinfinite decided it was a good idea to put together some primer guides for taking down each of the more dangerous enemies in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. This one’s about the Gypceros, and boy is it a nasty bugger.
The Gypceros takes the form of a seriously miffed Pteradactyl. They’re generally grey all over with an off-white bone protruding from their head. We say generally because there are a couple of variants. Their grey skin is incredibly rubbery, making them fairly strong against electricity-based attacks. That’s not to say they do no damage though, so don’t fret too much if you use something which employs Tesla’s favorite project.
That horn on the head of a Gypceros is its most dangerous feature. First and foremost, sometimes it’ll make this damn horn sparkle, roaring three times after doing so. When it starts to shine that’s your cue to run away as far as you can while looking away, or else you’ll be stunned by a blinding flash. Simply looking away isn’t enough to avoid this, you MUST have some distance between yourself and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate‘s Gypceros.
Its other more dangerous attacks include a running charge throughout which it pumps poison into the air. This isn’t exactly a difficult ability to avoid but for the love of all that’s holy make sure you’ve got some Antidotes and other healing stuff in your bags just in case. The Gypceros isn’t particularly powerful as a monster, that doesn’t mean you should underestimate it. Perhaps the perfect example of this is when it does one of these runs but without the poison (they happen, but always expect the purple gas of death). A Gypceros in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has a powerful tail which will actually cause more damage than most of its other attacks.
After these runs or charges is when you want to strike. Run in and wreak merry havoc upon its legs. If you’re feeling particularly brave (or foolish) aim for that armored breast plate. This heavily armored part of the Gypceros, like those of many other members of the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate beast army, can be broken if you throw enough damage into it. Don’t focus on that right away though. Your primary goal is to actually get this damn thing down on the ground. Only go for that chest plate if you’re feeling a little confident or cocky.
Should you find yourself at a distance from the Gypceros, you’re not safe. Besides the fact this flapping menace moves surprisingly quickly for its looks, it can spit poison a fair distance too. Whenever you’re out of arms reach of the Gypceros, be prepared at all times to dodge at least twice. It can throw out up to two blobs of poison in any one spitting stage.
Another of its abilities that you need to be careful of is its ability to suddenly fly backwards at speed. This isn’t an attack as such, but the Gypceros will use this to line you up for a powerful attack. The final weapon in its armory is the ability to steal items from you when attacking head on. Should you take damage from the beak directly (be it from a simple swing or a repetitive ground pecking the Gypceros does) you stand to possibly lose items.
Where possible, it is a good idea to leap onto the back of a Gypceros. This is the only place you’ll be completely safe from its poisonous ways. Luckily stabbing at the Gypceros’ back is actually easier than most of the creatures you’ll have faced so far in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The creature flaps around for a few seconds before becoming docile enough again for you to stick a dagger into its spine. That’s it. There’s no irritating change up like the Tetsucabra, just stab, hold, stab, victory.
When you’ve taken the Gypceros down you can expect to mine a few Dash Essences from its body. Why only those? Well because this winged ragamuffin has a tendency to get back up after being “downed” with a serious taste for hunter blood. When the Gypceros is on the floor, do not start to carve it up. Slash at the little sod, shoot it to pieces, heck even throw down a barrel bomb. Anything to damage it enough to cause a full on defeat rather than a simple ruse. If you don’t do it in time, the Gypceros will get back up and start to… well it’ll keep coming at you until you’re dead with attacks flying out of its body at a much faster pace than usual.
So in short, to kill a Gypceros in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate you’ll need to follow a few small rules. Bring some Antidotes and healing stuff to keep you alive, be prepared to get the hell out of dodge when it looks at you, run away whenever the horn on its head lights up, and finally don’t simply stop fighting because it appears dead. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be killing Gypceros in no time.
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