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The iconic Palicoes once again come to the Hunter's aid in both old and new ways in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise): Sunbreak! Palicoes now come in different support types, and have their unique equipped moves and skills.
|General Palico Guide
|Best Support Type and Equipped Moves
|List of Palico Equipment
|Best Palico Builds
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|Provides healing assistance to hunters
|Prepares traps to ensnare monsters
|Supports the hunter by fighting alongside them
|Uses bombs to attack monsters
|Gathers rare items when exploring the map and when fighting monsters
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.
As they level up, Palicoes get new Equipped Moves that can provide different advantages to you in battle. They get five Equipped Moves in total: Lv. 1, Lv. 5, Lv. 10, Lv. 15, and finally, Lv. 20.
Even if there are five Equipped Moves per Support Type, not every Palico you recruit will have all the Equipped Moves that are unique to their Support Type; they are completely random per Palico. The exceptions are their Lv. 1 and Lv. 20 Equipped Moves, which will always be determined by their Support Type.
In Sunbreak, you'll be able to swap among all the Support Moves for a given level after completing certain requests. The Lv. 1 and Lv. 20 moves still remain fixed to the Palico's support type, but now you have more flexibility with what your Palicoes can do!
You can access this by speaking to the Buddy Expert or accessing the Buddy Dojo menu. Note that you can't swap the moves of another person's Palico.
Palicoes can also gain access to an extra equipped move, the Secret Support Move, in Sunbreak. These are powerful abilities that will certainly help you throughout your Master Rank hunts.
Aside from the Support Types and Equipped Moves, there are also Buddy Skills for Palicoes that are also available to Palamutes. You can equip or unequip your Palico's Buddy Skills from the Buddy Board, depending on what monster you're hunting!
In the Sunbreak expansion, your Buddies will also be able to equip more skills and learn new skills!
The Palicoes can be equipped to modify their looks in battle. This isn't just for looks (unless of course you get the layered armor instead), as these armor and weapon provides stat bonuses to further your Palico's capabilities in battle.
|List of Palico Equipment
|Best Palico Builds
The Palicoes can also equip layered armor, which are basically cosmetics that have no effect on your Palico's stats. Fashion Hunter it up!
Not all Palicoes have to join you in battle. They can also go off on their own and gather items for you at the Meowcenaries alongside Palamutes! The higher their level is, the more unique items they can get for you whenever you deploy them.
Another option for Palicoes out of combat is working at the Argosy with Palamutes, gathering one specific item for you. The higher their level is, the more and better options they get for Buddy Bargaining, which is important for getting you more items!
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.
Even if we want to, it's not possible to take every single Palico and Palamute with you on every hunt, especially if you have recruited a ton. For the Buddies you have to leave behind, they can passively level up by training at the Buddy Dojo.
While you're away on Quests, multiple Buddies can train here and level up, for a cost of 100 Points per training round or a single Lagniapple for a full 10 rounds.
As a companion, the Palico will aid the hunter in battle against monsters using their own weapons, armor, and 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.
The new item Felvine Bulb will enhance the Palico's capabilities. This item is always accessible to the player via the Action Bar, 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:
|Palicoes exclusively target large monsters.
|Palicoes prioritize attacking large monsters.
|Palicoes attack all monsters indiscriminately.
|Palicoes prioritize attacking small monsters.
|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.
When you make your Buddies Wait via the Action Bar, they will stay in place. You can approach them and choose to High Five, Play, or Pet them. In Sunbreak, you can even play ball with them! Might be the cutest addition to any Monster Hunter game!
|All Buddy Guides
|All Buddy Skills
|Buddy Plaza Facilities
|Buddy Dojo Guide and Training Guide
|Argosy and Trading Guide
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