Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Guide – How to Get Vital Essence and Ancient Potions, and Unlock Expeditions


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If you dive deep into the final stage of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, then it is important to have Life Essence and Ancient Potions. These are items that can restore hearts, giving you extra lives in battles. This is a great way to keep yourself from losing more difficult battles, but it becomes absolutely necessary at the end of the game.

How do you go about making the same thing? You must first reach Lulucion, then venture to the southern part. Speak to the purring Felyne near the stacked armor vendor and get the quest “A Purr-Severity Test”. When completed, you will receive two Vital Essences and the recipe for crafting more. Vital Essence can restore a heart during battles, but requires five Raw Meats, three Poisonous Mushrooms, and three Girthy Garlic to craft.

Raw meat and poisonous mushrooms are fairly easy to find, but Girthy Garlic is rarer, having a chance of falling from buried piles in the open. If you can’t find enough, use the Prayer Jar Gathering Prayer to increase your chances.

To unlock the Ancient Potion Crafting Recipe, talk to the Sloppy Craftsman near the Layered Armor Vendor in Lulucion. Complete the “Secret Affairs” quest and you will receive the recipe and an ancient potion for free. Ancient potions also restore a heart in battles, but will also provide sufficient healing, allowing you to return more powerfully.

It takes a Kelbi Horn and an Immunizer to craft. The former is fairly easy to find – just locate some Kelbi and once they’ve run away collect their horns. The latter requires separate manufacture or purchase. For more details on the quests – as well as another quest to get two more Vital Essences – watch the Arekkz Gaming video below. There is a spoiler for the last town starting at 3:50 so be warned.

How to unlock expeditions and shipping slots

Just like the Tailraider Safaris in Monster hunter world, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin allows you to send groups to collect resources while you normally search. Known as Expeditions, the main difference is that you send your own Monsties which can receive XP and items as well as various resources, providing a good way to level them without having to grind. Expeditions become available from Kuan Village and allow up to six Monsties to be sent as a single party.

You can also choose from different types of shipping settings that affect the rewards received. Balanced is the default setting while EXP Enthusiast, Item Gatherer, and Materialist prioritize experience points, items, and materials respectively. There are also settings like Thorough, Hasty, and Treasure Hunter. Expeditions take about 40 minutes to an hour.

Although you will start with a single location at the Stables to send a single Expedition Party, it can be upgraded to up to six in total. To do this, go to a Felyne seller at Melnyx Inc. and exchange bottle caps for a shipping ticket. The default ticket will unlock the second slot for 22 capsules while the Money Shipping ticket will unlock the third. For 40 capsules you get the Gold Expedition Ticket to unlock the fourth, fifth, and sixth slots. Bottle caps can be found in the Everdens, so be sure to explore thoroughly whenever you get the chance.

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