Grilling is a time-honored tradition in the Monster Hunter series, that, like the Poogie character, has existed from the start. Why, you might ask? Because there’s nothing better than sitting around a BBQ spit after a long day of hunting and cooking the meat of the monsters you’ve just slayed. That’s what Hunters do.
And, even though the character in Monster Hunter Stories is technically a Rider and not a Hunter, Capcom thankfully allowed this tradition to be included in their newest game.
Instead of setting up a BBQ spit in the field like with previous games, you visit the Grillmeister in Albarax, when you’re ready to cook. He starts off giving you the option of whether to grill or not, to which you (naturally) respond, “Grill Meat!” Next, he gives you a choice of 4 seasonings to use, each of which will give your well-done steak a little extra “oomph.”
Once the meat is on the spit, the turning action begins. Along with this, an upbeat little ditty (familiar to longtime fans) plays in the background. When the song ends, it’s up to you to determine when the meat is perfectly cooked. At the precise moment you think it’s done, you WHIP the steak into the air, proudly displaying what you hope is a grilled masterpiece.
It takes instinct to get the timing just right and a good eye to watch the meat brown. If you’re successful, you’re rewarded with accolades from the Grillmeister and an item that will do wonders for you when used in battle.
Depending on how well or not so well your cooking goes, this is what can result:
Burnt Meat – Restores 1HP – useless
Rare Steak– Restores 80 HP
Well-Done Steak (no seasoning added) – Restores 80 HP, gradually recovers HP
If you’re able to achieve a well-done steak, the seasoning you chose prior to grilling it, will be administered. The type of item you end up with is determined by the ingredient that was used.
- Honey Butter – Gourmet Steak – Restores 200HP, HP gradually recovers
- Adamant Seed – Toughness Meat – Restores 80HP, HP gradually recovers and Defense up
- Might Seed – Muscle Meat – Restores 80HP, HP gradually recovers, Attack is up
- Quickfoot Seed – Quickness Meat – Restores 80HP, HP gradually recovers, Speed is up
The amount/type of seasonings you have available depends on the ingredients you have in your inventory. (You can also choose no seasoning at all).
If you want to use the raw or cooked/seasoned meat when battling an enemy, simply add the item to your Battle Pouch beforehand. Then, when you need to heal, it will be ready and waiting.
After watching my husband play the Monster Hunter games over the years, I’m absolutely thrilled to finally be able to play myself. On top of this I’m ecstatic to participate in this entertaining activity that’s an important part of the MH series.
A big shout out goes to Capcom for creating this nice little diversion for players to enjoy. It’s details like this that take a game from good to memorable.
If you’d like to see a little MHS cooking in action, travel over to our gamecuddle Instagram account, where we’ve posted a short video.