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Monster Hunter Stories

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Monster Hunter Stories

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Released in JP: October 8, 2016
Released in US: September 8, 2017
Released in EU: September 8, 2017
Released in AU: September 9, 2017

CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article
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Add regional differences. Here is a page with all the game icons and some are unused https://www.reddit.com/user/Metbert/comments/k2300z/mhs_all_icons/

Monster Hunter Stories is a Monster Hunter RPG spin-off in which, unlike other Monster Hunter games, combat is more like rock-paper-scissors. It was followed by a 2021 sequel for the Switch, as well a spin-off (of a spin-off) called Monster Hunter Riders.


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Japan Exclusive Content
Content that was never seen outside of Japan

Unused Graphics

Unused Monster Icons

MonsterhunterStories unused monsters.png

Icons for the monsters Seltas, Tetsucabra, Rhenoplos, Giaprey, Giadrome, Shogun Ceanataur, Plesioth, Green Plesioth, Furious Rajang and Duramboros, which don't appear in Stories. However, Plesioth and Green Plesioth materials can be obtained by fishing, and Duramboros materials can be obtained as a post-game reward, allowing the player to craft their weapons and armor sets.

These three, as well as Seltas and Tetsucabra, would be included in Monster Hunter Stories 2

Monster hunter stories versa pietru and makili pietru unused sprites.png

Icons for Versa Pietru and Makili Pietru with the purple filter used for Blight infected monsters. Versa Pietru does not get infected at any point in his battle and Makili Pietru uses the unfiltered sprite, so these go unused.

Unused Menu Graphics

Mhstories placeholder icons.png

The first two, labelled 環境 不安定 Unstable Environment and 生態 未確定 Ecology Unverified, are quest icons from Monster Hunter 4 used to warn the player about Invader or Frenzied monsters. Possibly brought over with other reused UI assets, as there's no other reference to the Frenzy Virus. The others read 凶気 Blight and 改造 Modified, and are placeholder status icons for Blighted and EX monsters.

Unused Monster genes

Plesioth, Green Plesioth, and Duramboros don't appear as enemy encounters or Monsties, but they do have exclusive genes which go unused.

Plesioth Gene	
Attack Up +1
Water Resistance Up +2
Green Plesioth Gene	
Attack Up +3
Water Attack Up +3
Duramboros Gene	
Defense Up -3
Water Attack Up +3

Unused Monsties

These Monsties normally go unused and can only be obtained through save editing.

Black Ratha


Monster ID 49.

Black Ratha is normally a boss that appears before the final battle.

While listed here as a Monstie in the game's files, it was likely never intended to be used by the player as its stats are low and do not increase after leveling up.

Baby Ratha

MonsterHunterStories-Baby ratha.png

Monster ID 47.

Ratha is technically the first Monstie you obtain, but due to events in the game's story you aren't normally able to ride or use it in battle until later in the story.

However, it's possible Ratha was originally intended to be recruited earlier. By using a cheat device or hacking, Baby Ratha can be added to your party. It can be ridden and has battle stats.

Frenzied Ratha

Monster ID 44.

A copy of Black Ratha.

One-eyed White Ratha


Monster ID 4A.

Uses Ratha's model.

Unused Monster IDs

These IDs have no Monstie data associated with them and will cause the game to crash if used.

Monster IDs: 4D, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 5A, 5B, 5C.

Regional Differences

3DS Menu Banner Sound

In the Japanese version, Navirou says the game's title name.

Japan International

Revisional Differences

Unfortunately, only the Japanese version of the game received updates, leaving these unavailable in the international versions.

Version 1.1.0

  • The Kushala Daora mission can now be done without DLC.
  • Improved the communication speed in online battles.
  • Improved matchmaking.
  • Changed the specification of the “Guts” passive skill. (Even if hit continuously, the “Guts” skill is enabled)

Version 1.2.0

  • Kushala Daora, Rajang and Teostra were added as Monsties.
  • New costumes for certain characters based on the anime were added.
  • Added the option to change gender.
  • Added save data bonus for "Monster Hunter XX" that unlocks a special Navirou outfit.
  • Includes DLC exclusive Monsties.
  • Adjustments to match balance in online battles.

Version 1.3.0

  • The Black Riders Tower was added as an additional mission and the Mirage Tower was expanded.
  • New history missions.
  • The amount of Monsties that can be kept at the Stables was increased from 200 to 400.
  • More new costumes were added based on the second season of the anime along with other additional features.
  • Online improvements.