This is a guide to the Palicoes, a returning, cat-like companion in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn more about the Palicoes in Rise and all their mechanics.
List of Contents
|Healer||Provides healing assistance to hunters|
|Assist||Prepares traps to ensnare monsters|
|Fight||Supports the hunter by fighting alongside them|
|Bombardier||Uses bombs to attack monsters|
|Gathering||Gathers rare items when exploring the map|
The Palico can use one of five Support Types. You can choose to scout for Palicoes which have the Support Type of your choice, so be sure to pick the one which best suits your playstyle.
The Buddy Scout allows players to recruit new Palicoes and Palamutes according to a host of specifications. It's possible to specify a Palico of the Support Type and even appearance of your taste, and they can be freely renamed when they are recruited. This is a great tool for finding a Palico with your ideal set of Equipped Moves and Skills!
Each time you depart on a Quest, the recruited Palicoes at the Buddy Scout will be refreshed. Even if you choose to return from or abandon the Quest without completing it, the Palicoes will refresh for a new set with different Equipped Moves and Skills, so rerolling for your ideal Palico is not overly difficult.
In addition to leveling up Palicoes and Palamutes by taking them on Quests with you, it's possible to passively level up Buddies by having them train at the Buddy Dojo.
While you're away on Quests, the training here will continue automatically, for a cost of 100 Points per training round or a single Lagniapple for a full 10 rounds.
Multiple Buddies can level up here at once, so be sure to keep your backup Palicoes and Palamutes training to keep them up to par for when you need them!
Palicoes' appearance can be customized
Behavior: target prioritization
Buddy Skills can be equipped
Just like the hunter and the Palamute, the Palico's look can be edited in the character creation. The patterns, the colors, and many more can be edited for the Palico!
In addition to appearance, the Customization stage also allows you to choose the Support Type of the Palico.
You can change your Palico's name and innerwear color anytime after character creation. However, its coat and voice can't be changed anymore, so be careful in making your Palico!
The Palicoes can be equipped to modify their looks in battle. This isn't just for looks, as these armor and weapon provides stat bonuses to further your palico's capabilities in battle.
|Large Only||Palicoes exclusively target large monsters.|
|Large First||Palicoes prioritize attacking large monsters.|
|Balanced||Palicoes attack all monsters indiscriminately.|
|Small First||Palicoes prioritize attacking small monsters.|
|Small Only||Palicoes exclusively target small monsters.|
You can choose what your Palico targets during hunts, whether it be large monsters or small monsters.
To set this up, go to the Buddy Board and choose the Behavior tab. You can choose between Palicoes and Palamutes (for this guide, choose Palico!), then you can choose which Palico you want to change the behavior of. From there you can choose from the options we listed above.
You can also equip or unequip your Palico's skills from the Buddy Board, depending on what monster you're hunting! For example, you might want the Negate Sleep skill when going up against Great Baggi, but it definitely won't be as useful against Magnamalo.
The Palicos can also equip layered armor, these are the armor that can be worn over your current armor. Think of them as cosmetics so you can modify your palico's look and adjust it to your liking.
As mentioned earlier, Palicoes can gather items. This makes them a more gathering oriented ally as opposed to the Palamute's high mobility.
Similar to the Plunderblade from Monster Hunter World, Palicoes in Monster Hunter Rise which have the Pilfer Equipped Move are even able to directly steal Materials from enemies.
The new item Felvine Bulb will enhance the Palico's capabilities. This item is always accessible to the player, and does not expire, but has a significant cooldown period after use.
Under the effects of the Felvine Bulb, the Palico will gain the following boosts to its abilities. Since this action is easy to activate, be sure to use the Felvine Bulb whenever you're about to enter a tough battle!
The Felvine Bulb can be used by selecting Use the Felvine! from the Action Bar, and can also be set to the Radial Menu for easy access.
Players can have a fun time and wind down from a long day of hunting with several available interactions with the Palico, including an extensive secret handshake.
Fight monsters alongside the hunter
Complements the Palamute's abilities
Hire Buddies and dispatch Meowcenaries at the Buddy Plaza
As a companion, the Palico will aid the hunter in battle against Monsters using their own weapons, armor, and even unique Equipped Moves. Although they are capable of traditional attacks, their main specialty lies in supporting the hunter by providing healing items, setting traps and bombs, and gathering rare items.
In Monster Hunter Rise, Palicoes are grouped into five Support Types which determine their Equipped Moves, and are fully customizable to suit the player's tastes.
Palamutes specialize in moving you around the field and attacking monsters with you. With that in mind, what do you want your Palico to specialize in?
Do you want your Palico to compensate for the lack of the Palamute's support abilities with the Healer or Assist Support Types, or to further add to your Palamute's offensive power with the Attack and Bombardier Support Types? It's completely up to you!
|All Buddy Equipment Guides|
|Equipment||All Buddy Equipment|
|Skills||All Buddy Skills|
|Buddy Plaza Facilities|
|Buddy Dojo Guide and Training Guide|
|Argosy and Trading Guide|
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Give us the ability to change our layered armor display. What I mean is, ya know how armor looks different on the male and female models? well, I wish there was the ability to change the appearance from the male models of armor, to the female models, and the reverse without changing the gender of your character itself. This would be really nice, as imo some armor pieces look better as the male model version.
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