Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak’s Twin Vine is the perfect counter to Lucent Nargacuga

Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-08-11 12:17 JST)

Capcom has released the free Title Update 1 for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Following this update, a certain Silkbind Attack has gathered a lot of attention for how effective it is against the newly added Lucent Nargacuga.

Added as part of Title Update 1, Lucent Nargacuga is a fearsome foe that possesses the ability to turn itself invisible. Once it has concealed itself, hunters are unable to see the creature save for the glint of its red eyes. It then uses its speed and agility to escape the hunters’ field of vision and attack from a blind spot. As a result, keeping track of Lucent Nargacuga is a difficult task once it has become invisible.

However, there’s one technique that makes following Lucent Nargacuga’s movements extremely simple: the unsung Lance Silkbind Attack called Twin Vine.

Tweet Translation:
As usual, Twin Vine is superb.
I see your every move, Nargacuga.

The video above, posted by Twitter user @Tech_Lancer, begins after a hunter uses Twin Vine against Lucent Nargacuga. Despite immediately concealing itself, the Ironsilk that Twin Vine attaches to the monster remains visible. This means that you can easily track Nargacuga by watching the movements of the Ironsilk.

No matter how doggedly the monster attempts to escape your field of view, you know that it will always be at the end of your Ironsilk. The video shows Narcaguga leap to a number of different positions before unleashing a tail attack which the hunter avoids with ease.

First introduced in Monster Hunter Rise, Twin Vine is a technique where you throw a kunai tethered with Ironsilk at an enemy in order to draw its attention. While the kunai is attached to the enemy, you can input a button combination to pull yourself towards its position while guarding. In Rise, the skill costs two Wirebug Gauges to use, which is a significant cost when considering how the lance also has other powerful Silkbind Attacks.

In Sunbreak, however, Twin Vine received some large-scale improvements. The cost of the technique was reduced to one Wirebug Gauge, and while the kunai is attached, blocking power is increased and the stamina cost of guarding is reduced (patch notes). In addition, jumping toward the monster now pulls you toward the point at which the kunai is attached, making it easier to know where you will end up.

And as mentioned earlier, it has now been discovered that the new and improved Twin Vine also acts as the perfect foil to Lucent Nargacuga’s invisibility. Lance users are quite susceptible to sudden attacks from behind, so it’s very dangerous for them to lose track of an enemy’s position. This makes Twin Vine a very reliable technique with which to battle Lucent Nargacuga. It should also be mentioned that Twin Vine can also be used in the same way against Chameleos, another monster that turns invisible.