some of my favorite silly plotlines from Scottish ballads
  • Small village thinks illicit whiskey stills are its biggest problem until raiders show up and trash their everything. Death, destruction, etc. Raiders find whiskey still, get lit, pass out. Villagers murder them. Peace restored. Whiskey is king.
  • Shepherd lad spots fair maid skinny-dipping. Fair maid pleads for her virtue and/or clothing. Shepherd lad is complete gentleman, escorts her home with clothing and virtue intact. Fair maid demands to know what she has to do to get laid around here.
  • Plucky heroine’s boyfriend goes to sea, fails to return. Plucky heroine dresses in drag and goes to find him. Plucky heroine discovers boyfriend happily married to someone else. Plucky heroine shoots his head right off.
  • Do Not Stop By The Local Weaver’s House, You Will Get So Pregnant, Like, Super Pregnant, I’m Not Kidding, This Has Been A Public Service Announcement.
  • Wealthy farmwife habitually searches her maidservants’ dorm for SIGNS OF MEN out of concern for their virtue. Maids less concerned for their virtue are having None Of It. Maids hide scarecrow in dorm, farm mistakes scarecrow for prowler, farmwife decapitates scarecrow. Farmwife believes herself a murderer. Maids now permitted to do as they please, virtue-wise. 
  • Idiot son sent to market to sell cow. Scheming lass seduces idiot son out of cow, pants, and even shoes.
  • Dad returns from business trip to find daughter Super Pregnant, demands to meet the man responsible. Dad takes one look at man responsible and tells daughter “okay, you’re off the hook, I would have banged him too.”
  • Handsome stranger bribes fair maid to leave town with him. Fair maid rejects various bribes until handsome stranger flat-out offers her money, which she accepts. Handsome stranger turns out to be, to no one’s great surprise, the actual devil. Fair maid regrets her life choices.
  • Gallant knight goes forth to slay dragon. Dragon eats knight, but has indigestion.

ETA: If anyone has been reblogging this and wants to know what the songs are, here is the list! Or if you’re too lazy to click things, The Devil Uisge Beatha + Shepherd Lad + Billy Taylor + Tae The Weaver’s Gin Ye Go + The Straw Man + Cow Song + Willie Winsbury + The Devil’s Courtship + Sir Eglamore


don’t use Herb Horn in the middle of a fight. EVER. >:(

only use it as free heal when there’s no monster around,
like when waiting for the next monster to spawn

needed to heal?
let me introduce you to EMERGENCY RETREAT

(or you can Health Horn, True Health Horn, have others heal you, whatever.
it’s just the amount of cats that don’t have Emergency Retreat concerns me so much that i have to make this post.)

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Scouting Prowlers in MHXX

It is so much better in Monster Hunter XX than it was in MHX.

Every type of cat has a fixed main skill unique to its type, a sub skill, and 2 all-purpose skills. For example with the Heal cat, they all have true heal horn and either cheer horn or armor horn, and then heal Horn/mini barrel Bombay.

Beyond that you’ll see a number of skills, but it’s far from random. There are 39 support skills a prowler can have and they are split into 3 groups.

  • Group A is 7 big skills that can be the focus of your play style.
  • Group B consists of 13 strong skills. You’ll notice the two new awesome skills, the farcaster and acorn muncher are in this group.
  • Group C is a diverse group of 19 skills. 

When you scout a cat, it will have a set number of skills from each group. Here are the 7 groupings.

  1. ABBC 
  2. ABCCC 
  3. ACCCCC 
  4. BBBB 
  5. BBBCC 
  6. BBCCCC 

Group 1-3 get a single group A skill, and a various number of other skills. So you can never scout a cat that has 2 skills from group A, it’s just not possible. Group 4 through 7 don’t even include a group A skill.

There is no right answer into which group is best, but most players agree that Group 6, BBCCCC is the most versitile. In MHX you could teach a skill from one cat to another and in this game you can now teach 2 skills, so BBCCCC allows you to pull 6 skills from a nice pool and still add another 2. Note there are no restrictions on the group of the skill you teach, it can be anything, even the sub skills outside these groups that are unique to the prowler type, like Pierce boomerang from a fight cat.

Re-Rolling Skills

In MHX we had to keep scouting until we got a cat with the right setup but in MHXX you can re-roll skills. Go to the dojo or room service and you can spend wycademy points to re-roll a support skill and get a random different one from the same group. So with time and patience you can craft your perfect cat. If you do the G rank prowler quests that ask you to kill a monster or break a part, you’ll earn a green book item that lets you flat out choose which skill in the group you’ll get in the re-roll; this is faster and easier than re-rolling for a specific skill. If you are rerolling the sub skill, there is only one other choice it can be, so there’s not need to use a book for that one.

The same rules on support skills apply to the 36 passive skills a prowler can be scouted with. They are also split into Group A, B, and C and the grouping is independent of the active support skills (you can have ABBC on support but BBCCCC for passive skills). And like support skills, you can also teach 2 from other cats. As for whch group is best, again, it depends on the cat and your preference. I find it’s never necessary to scout a cat with a native group A passive (I recommend BBCCCC or CCCCCCC depending on your style).

Keep in mind you’ll want a group that can handle most of everything you want on it natively if you plan to have open teach slots for DLC skills.

After you break through the final G rank boss you can scout cats at level 60-62, so I recommend you focus on doing that first if you aren’t planning on maining prowler, otherwise you’ll just re-scout it later.

Do the math; your chances of getting your ideal cat is 1/49, so decide and plan which groups you want for active and passive and check every village for it. The book item/re-rolling let’s you focus on that and not the actual skills it has out of the box.

Happy scouting!


Super quick illustration i made for the creator’s book of Macross Delta. I worked on it mostly as a BG designer, and had the chance to draw a lot of mecha as well (including all the shots of the gigantic-insect-like-battleship). The book will be sold on the Satelight booth at Anime Japan this weekend, if you’re in Tokyo and have the chance to drop by! (i won’t be there though : P)