Felyne Cat Skillset/Itemset FAQ by Ronnomaru
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                         Felyne cat skill- & itemset FAQ

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                  |  Author: Ronmaru(clangamefaqs@hotmail.com)|
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                    Monster Hunter Freedom Username: Ronmaru
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VERSION HISTORY
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8/11/2007: Posted guide on the Monster Hunter Freedom message board

8/12/2007: Reformatted guide and submitted version 1.00 to www.gamefaqs.com


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TABLE OF CONTENT
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A. Introduction (intduc)
B. How the skill system works (skillsys)
C. List of Skills (listsk)
D. Skill Sets (skillset)
E. Cat quotes (catquot)
F. Cat item sets (itemset)
G. Frequently Asked Questions (fraqs)
H. Credits (creds)
G. Copyright information (copyinf)


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A. INTRODUCTION
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The Felyne kitchen is one of the more underestimated and underappreciated 
aspects of this game. It's a pity because knowing what to do in one's kitchen 
can really help out beginners as well as seasoned vets when going on quests 
and killing monsters. Next to the usual status increases (like more HP, higher
attack/defence, more stamina, etc.), hunters will also sometimes receive hard 
to get items and special felyne skills which can prove to be very useful on 
the field (like Felyne Great Break when you use dual swords on Fatalis).

That is why this faq is especially for those who've always wanted to know how 
exactly the cat skill system works and how exactly you can get the famed 
"Felyne Dismantle", "Mega lucky cat" and other useful skills. People will also
discover how to get better items from their cats.

Hopefully this FAQ will be as useful to you as it was me!

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B. HOW THE SKILL SYSTEM WORKS
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First of all:
! LINEAGE, NAME and COLOUR have NO EFFECT whatsoever on which skill set you 
will get when you hire a cat !
It is in fact completely random.

Each cat is assigned one of 32 different skill sets (listed in section D) that
consist of 3 skills each when the cat appears in the cat lady's menu. 
Each skill set has 2 common skills and 1 rare skill. The rare skill activates 
less often than the two common ones. You can only activate skill per cat at a 
time.

To actually activate the skills of a cat, you have to eat its favourite food. 
To know what the favourite food of your cat is, check out the info on it. You 
can do this in the kitchen in the upper right hand corner or right before you 
hire a cat from the cat lady. There should be either "Fish", "Vegetable", 
"Meat", "Drink", "Oil", "Milk" or "Grain".

To know what food combinations work best, use Lukav2005's "Felyne Whim Skill/
Kitchen FAQ":
http://db.gamefaqs.com/portable/psp/file/monster_hunter_freedom_felyne.txt


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C. LIST OF SKILLS
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(Although some exact explanations vary, this Felyne cat skill list can also be
found in Lukav2005's "Felyne Whim Skill/Kitchen FAQ")


Martial Arts [Lo] - You use 1/4 less stamina when rolling.


Martial Arts [H] - You use 1/2 less stamina when rolling.


Defense [Lo] - There is a 1/8 chance of you taking 30% less damage when hit.


Defense [H] - There is a 1/4 chance of you taking 30% less damage when hit.


Dismantle [Lo] - You sometimes get extra carves when carving a monster.


Dismantle [H] - There is a high chance of getting extra carves when carving a 
                monster.

Combine [Lo] - Combination success rate goes up 5%.


Combine [H] - Combination success rate goes up 10%.


Great Break - When your weapon bounces off of a monster your weapon loses less
              sharpness.

Special Attack - Chance of inflicting a status effect is increased (status 
                 element x1.125).

Heroics - When your health goes below 10, attack and defense go up by 50%.


Aim - The power of a normal shot goes up by 1.1.


Blunt Force - The power of the melee attack of a gun goes up.


Negotiations - When an item is stolen, there is a higher chance of it being 
               found in the item pile.

Throw - The damage of throwing weapons goes up.


Culinary Arts - It becomes much easier to cook well done steaks.


Gunpowder - Small bombs and large bombs become small bombs+ and large bombs+
            respectively.

Woodwinds - There is a smaller chance of a flute breaking when you use it.


Medicine - The health gain of herbal medicine goes up. Antidote herbs cure 
           poison 100% of the time.

Charisma - You can trade more with the veggie elder before he scolds you (up 
           to 6 times).

Gathering - You can pick up more items when gathering.


Frugality - The chance of a pickaxe/bugnet breaking goes down.


Supercat - You consume less stamina when carrying something.


Strongcat - Small attacks like trampling and prey bites/vespoid stings won't 
            trip you or make you flinch respectively.

Escape - You expend 50% less stamina when running away from a wyvern when he's
         noticed you.

Courage - You don't become surprised when a wyvern sees you.


Ultra Lucky Cat - Your luck increases so you have a bigger chance at more 
                  rewards.

Mega Lucky Cat - Your luck increases more compared to Ultra Lucky Cat.


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D. SKILL SETS
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#    Common                    Common                    Rare

1    Throw                     Defense [Lo]              Ultra Lucky cat
2    Blunt Force               Ultra Lucky Cat           Martial Arts [Lo]
3    Great Break               Frugality                 Martial Arts [Lo]
4    Charisma                  Defense [Lo]              Dismantle [Lo]
5    Woodwinds                 Frugality                 Dismantle [Lo]
6    Frugality                 Defense [Lo]              Strongcat
7    Great Break               Defense [H]               Special Attack
8    Martial Arts [Lo]         Negotiations              Defense [H]
9    Woodwinds                 Combine [Lo]              Dismantle [H]
10   Blunt Force               Frugality                 Supercat
11   Throw                     Heroics                   Mega Lucky Cat
12   Combine [Lo]              Gunpowder                 Medicine
13   Charisma                  Defense [H]               Dismantle [H]
14   Negotiations              Combine [Lo]              Courage
15   Great Break               Gathering                 Medicine
16   Woodwinds                 Martial Arts [H]          Combine [H]
17   Throw                     Aim                       Mega Lucky Cat
18   Great Break               Gunpowder                 Martial Arts [H]
19   Defense [Lo]              Aim                       Escape
20   Heroics                   Culinary Arts             Courage
21   Martial Arts [Lo]         Negotiations              Culinary Arts
22   Escape                    Special Attack            Medicine
23   Charisma                  Gathering                 Dismantle [H]
24   Dismantle [Lo]            Gunpowder                 Supercat
25   Escape                    Special Attack            Martial Arts [H]
26   Blunt Force               Aim                       Combine [H]
27   Heroics                   Culinary Arts             Gathering
28   Woodwinds                 Strongcat                 Supercat
29   Ultra Lucky Cat           Ultra Lucky Cat           Mega Lucy Cat
30   Great Break               Strongcat                 Combine [H]
31   Throw                     Courage                   Dismantle [H]
32   Charisma                  Blunt Force               Throw


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E. CAT QUOTES
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The cat quotes are sometimes very useful tips and info about certain aspects 
of the game. However, there are a lot of tips that won't be accessible if your
cat does not have the appropriate info level. Therefore PeacefulMeadows and I 
found it useful to type them down and list them all here.


0 and 1 star info level:

01) Hey Gastronome... did you know that there are even Felynes who work for 
    the Hunter's Guild, nya?! They work to bring the defeated hunters back 
    home, nya! That is why you sometimes see them right in front of a giant 
    wyvern, meow! What courage, nya! What ability, meow! They want to follow 
    your example as a hunter, nya nya!

02) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard?! Mushrooms like you live in dark, 
    damp places, nya! When you want some Mushrooms, you should head to the 
    Forest and Hills, Swamp, or Jungle, meow!

03) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard?! Depending on the different kinds of 
    monsters, some hate Fire, while others detest Thunder, meow! If the 
    monster you are facing has a weak point, you can select a weapon to 
    exploit it, nya! You should be able to slay monsters you couldn't before! 
    How do you figure out a monster's weak points? I don't know, nya... it is 
    your job to think of those things, Mr. Hunter!

04) Hey Gastronome... don't you know, nya?! The Felyne Level shows how we are 
    growing. Basically, the more food we cook, the higher it gets, nya! You 
    can also raise our Felyne Level by giving us items, meow... You can see 
    our Status by checking the Shift Chart, nya! Nya!

05) Hey Gastronome, you know about Poison Smoke Bombs, nya?! They're a great 
    item that spews poison fumes when thrown... meow. Poison Smoke Bombs can 
    be made by combining. Try combining Bomb Material and a poisonous 
    mushroom, meow!

06) Hey Gastronome, did you know that by joining pieces of Armor, you can 
    activate special Skills, meow?! You can gather Skill Points from each 
    piece of Armor, meow! When you buy armor at a shop or change equipment, 
    press the [Square] button to confirm the total number of Skill Points, 
    nya!

07) Hey Gastronome, are you using the Supply Box located in your Base Camp, 
    meow?! There are many useful items inside, but items marked as Supply 
    Items are collected at the end of a Quest. Items marked as Supply Items 
    are collected at the end of a Quest. (The repetition is not a mistake.)

08) Hey Gastronome... do you know the old lady who works as our agent, nya?! 
    The old lady makes contracts with Felynes like me, who want to work in the
    Village and tries to find positions for us. She will only let us work with
    those she trusts, meow! If you want her to trust you, you have to raise 
    your status as a hunter.

09) Hey Gastronome... do you know how to catch the insects you need for all 
    kinds of combinations, nya?! You will see lightning bugs flying around in 
    places where you can collect the critters, nya! However, you can only 
    gather insects if you get a Bugnet by buying one at a store or making one 
    yourself by combining, meow! If you don't want to buy a Bugnet, or can't 
    make one, you can borrow one from Kokoto Farm. They always have some on 
    hand to loan out, nya!

10) Hey Gastronome, are you using your bed at the Base Camp, nya?! It not only
    heals your wounds, it also lets you recover even if you've been Poisoned, 
    nya! If you get in a pinch near camp, come back and use the bed!

11) Hey Gastronome... did you know? You can have up to 5 Felynes working in 
    the Kitchen, meow! You didn't!? Oh well, nya... If you have 5 Felynes 
    working in the Kitchen, there is no doubt we can create incredible meals, 
    nya!

12) Hey Gastronome... do you know how to mine for the ores you need to improve
    your armor or weapons, nya?! To find ore, you should dig near cracks in 
    the rocks you find near cliffs, nests, and caves, nya! However, you can 
    only mine if you get a Pickaxe by buying one from a store or making one 
    yourself by combining, meow! If you don't want to buy a pickaxe, and can't
    make one, you can borrow one from Kokoto Farm. They always have some on 
    hand to loan, nya!

13) Hey Gastronome... haven't you ever accidentally Burnt Meat by cooking it 
    for too long, nya?! The truth is that, sometimes even Burnt Meat will 
    restore your Stamina, nya! However, sometimes it will also reduce your 
    Stamina, so you better be resolved to your fate when you take a bite, 
    meow!

14) Hey Gastronome... did you know there is a technique to return Burnt Meat 
    to Raw Meat? This terrible chef I know is always burning meat. However, 
    every time he messes up he uses a technique to return it to Raw Meat, 
    meow! The technique os called Alchemy, nya. However, after you employ this
    technique, the taste of the food will significantly drop, nya nya nya!

15) Hey Gastronome... do you know about Hot Drink, nya?! It's a great item 
    that can protect you from the cold for a set period of time, meow! You can
    make this item by combining, nya! Just combine Bitterbug with something 
    really hot! Meow!


0, 1 and 2 stars info level:

01) Hey Gastronome... did you know that you can get Tickets depending on the 
    number of times you order food, nya?! Depending on the number of Chefs, 
    you can earn a Silver Ticket or a Gold Ticket, meow! You can't get a 
    ticket when only one chef is working, nya! Our Leader is also known to 
    give tickets, so you should talk with him, meow!

02) Hey Gastronome... do you know about Felyne Whim Skills, meow?! Sometimes, 
    you can activate these skills by eating the food we prepare, nya! They are
    purrfectly useful! Unlock these skills by choosing ingredients for a meal 
    that matches a chef's strong suits, like Popo Meat for chef's who love 
    Meat, meow! You won't know what skill will be unleashed until you try it, 
    but they are usually much better than normal skills, nya!


0, 1, 2 and 3 stars info level:

01) Hey Gastronome... did you that there are up to 9 Felyne Levels, nya!? The 
    number of different foods you can order depends on this level, nya. For 
    instance, at level 9 you can choose from 15 varieties, nya!


1 and 2 stars info level:

01) Hey Gastronome... I am sure you already know this, but when more than 2 
    Felynes are cooking, we will have to charge you, nya?! Our charge not only
    includes our salary, but also the amount of ingredients... but 2 Felynes 
    are better than one! Naturally, you can expect the best results from the 
    best ingredients, nya! It also helps to have many paws in the kitchen, 
    meow!

02) Hey Gastronome... don't you know that the most important way to make 
    Felyne food effective is by choosing the right ingredients, nya?! By 
    joining together ingredients, you can gain many different effects, nya! 
    Like Meat with Meat, or Fish with Drinks... meow! But we can't guarantee 
    you will get great effects just because we have great ingredients... meow.

03) Hey Gastronome... did you know that you can change the number of Chefs by 
    looking at the Shift Chart, nya?! Depending on the number of Chefs, the 
    price of a meal will change, meow. When a Chef is away, the Chef is 
    probably on Break. When a Felyne is on Break, you can have even better 
    chats with them than usual. They will also give you better items than 
    usual, meow!

04) Hey Gastronome... have you ever used a Great Sword to Guard against an 
    enemies' attack, nya! You should be careful because Great Swords lose 
    their sharpness when used to Guard, so take lots of Whetstones with you, 
    meow!

05) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Throw, nya!? It is one of the 
    Felyne Whim Skills. When you activate this skill, the power of something 
    you throw, like a Stone, will skyrocket! Meow! Tossing a Throwing Knife is
    especially effective! You can get Throwing Knives as a supply item on 
    G-Class or Treasure Hunters Quests, nya!

06) Hey Gastronome... do you know about the Torso+1, Torso+2, and Torso 
    Increased Skills, nya?! Torso Increased will increase the number of Skill 
    Points of your Torso armor, nya! When used multiple times, the Torso 
    Points can be increased by factors of 2, 3, 4, or even 5, meow! Torso+ 
    will add points to the Skill Tree of your Torso armor. Torso+ or Torso 
    Increased, either one is a great bet, meow!

07) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard!? You can make a Bowgun ammunition by 
    combining, nya! Nya! You can make Ice S, a shot that releases icy cold 
    water on impact, by combining a Knife Mackerel with Huskberry, nya!

08) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard, nya?! There are parts on a large 
    monster that you can destroy without slaying the monster, nya! For 
    instance, you can cut off parts of a wyvern like their tail, nya. You can 
    also cut chunks off their head. If you cut off the tail, you will be able 
    to carve items from it. If you cut off chunks from its head you can get 
    reward items, nya!

09) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard!? You can make a Bowgun ammunition by 
    combining, nya! Nya! For instance, you can make Flaming S, shots that 
    release flames upon impact, by combining Fire Herb with Huskberry, nya!

10) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Blunt Force, nya?! It is one of 
    the Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is activated, a bowgun's melee 
    attack strength with skyrocket, meow! A bowgun used as a melee weapon... 
    wait, that can't be right... but it is, nya!

11) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard!? You can make a Bowgun ammunition by 
    combining, nya! Nya! For instance, you can make Thunder S, a shot that 
    releases an electrical shock on impact, by combining Flashbug with 
    Huskberry, nya!

12) Hey Gastronome... I think if you were attacked by a poison monster, even 
    you would fall victim to its toxin, nya! When you are poisoned, you should
    take an Antidote to completely recover, nya! You can combine a Blue 
    Mushroom with an Antidote Herb to make an Antidote, meow!

13) Hey Gastronome... have you ever seen a Mosswine? It is a giant pig that is
    covered with moss, nya! They love Special Mushrooms so much that searching
    for Special Mushrooms is said to be called searching for Mosswine, meow! 
    When you see them sniffing the ground, it usually means something is down 
    there, nya!

14) Hey Gastronome... do you know about Cool Drink, nya?! It's a great item 
    that can protect you from the heat for a set period of time, meow! You can
    make this item by combining, nya! Just combine Bitterbug with something 
    cold! Meow!

15) Hey Gastronome, did you know that you can change the rank of a Felyne on 
    the Shift Chart, nya!? The top ranked Felyne is the Leader, nya! The 
    number of food choices at meal time changes depending on the Leader's 
    Felyne Level, nya! The Red Tie is proof of who is the Felyne Leader. 
    Everyone working in the Kitchen wants to be that cat.


2 stars info level:

01) Hey Gastronome... do you know about the Protection Skill, nya!? No matter 
    what attack befalls you, it seems you'll take less damage than normal, 
    nya! That doesn't mean you can use this skill whenever you want!

02) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard!? You can make Bowgun ammunition by 
    combining, nya! Nya! For instance, you can make Pellet S LV2, a shot that 
    hits many opponents at once, by combining Wyvern Fang with Huskberry, nya!

03) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard!? You can make Bowgun ammunition by 
    combining, nya! Nya! For instance, you can make Crag S LV 2, a shot that 
    explodes on impact, by combining Burst Arrowana with Small Bone Husk, nya!

04) Hey Gastronome... do you know about Lifecrystals, nya?! They are essential
    items for combining great things, meow! You can obtain Lifecrystals by 
    combining a Godbug with a Wyvern Fang, nya!

05) Hey Gastronome... do you know about the Guard Increase Skill, nya!? I 
    guess it only applies to weapons with guards, meow... If you have the 
    Guard Increase Skill, you can Guard against previously unblockable 
    attacks, like gas attacks, meow! You can also reduce the amount of damage 
    you take... Of course the effect depends entirely on the opponent, nya!


2 and 3 stars info level:

01) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Great Break, nya?! It is one of 
    the Felyne Whim Skills. Melee Weapons can break when they hit a rock or 
    when attacking a monster. If broken, attacks drastrically reduce weapon 
    Sharpness, nya! When this skill is active, even when a weapon is broken, 
    its Sharpness will only drop by normal amounts, meow!

02) Hey Gastronome... did you know that the Guild Card you are carrying has 
    grades, nya?! Grades are determined by the variety and number of Quests 
    you have completed, nya! So if you have any quests that you haven't 
    completed yet, get to work, meow! There is nothing stopping you!

03) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Charisma, nya?! It is one of the 
    Felyne Whim Skills. Unlocking this skill will make you want to have long 
    conversations with other people, nya! When out in the field, there are 
    often people who don't care to chat. with this skill, you can open them up
    a bit to chatting, nya!

04) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Frugality, nya?! It is one of the
    Felyne Whim Skills. Unlocking this will make you very skilled in using 
    items, nya! Easy to break items like Pickaxes and Bugnets will become a 
    bit harder to break, meow!

05) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Negotiations, nya?! It is one of 
    the Felyne Whim Skills. By unlocking this skill, you can have many great 
    chats, nya! The fickle Veggie Elders may even give you something nice, 
    meow! It'll also be easier to get stolen items back from the Melynx Den. 
    Negotiations are a simple, but useful skill, meow!

06) Hey Gastronome... do you know about the Gluttony Skill, nya!? Whenever you
    eat something like BBQ Steak, you will get an overwhelming sense of being 
    full! Meow! Meow! Meow!

07) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Woodwinds, nya?! It is one of the
    Felyne Whim Skills. Unlocking this skill will make you a skilled Flute 
    player, meow! Flutes are known to break suddenly, but with this skill, it 
    seems they won't break nearly as easily, nya!


3 stars info level:

01) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of the Felyne Heroics, nya?! It is one of 
    the Felyne Whim Skills. When this skills is active, and you find yourself 
    in a tight spot, you will have more strength than usual, nya! Your attacks
    will become stronger, your defense tougher, and you will exhibit the true 
    qualities of a hero, meow!!

02) Hey Gastronome... when using a Melee Weapon, what method are you using to 
    set off Large Barrel Bombs, nya?! I suppose Small Barrel Bombs are the 
    usual way, but only using Small Barrel Bombs is boring, meow! I suggest 
    using a Paintball to detonate the bomb. They are very common, and they are
    slow, which gives you more time to get out of the way, meow!

03) Hey Gastronome... did you know that some wyverns are strong against 
    Hammmer strikes, but weak versus a Great Sword or a Sword slash!? For 
    instance, a wyvern covered with elastic hide is strong against Hammer 
    blows, but weak against a slash, meow! On the other hand, a wyvern covered
    in hard shell may snap a blade when hit, but the attack's damage will 
    still travel through the shell. These are just examples, nya. I'm not sure
    if this applies to all wyverns.

04) Hey Gastronome... do you have an item called a Cactus Flower, nya?! Cactus
    Flower is mainly used as a combining item, most often combined with 
    Bitterbug to make a Recovery & Antidote Herbal Medicine, nya!

05) Hey Gastronome... do you know about an item called a Catalyst, nya?! You 
    can make this item by combining! Just use a Bitterbug and some Honey, 
    meow!

06) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Medicine, nya?! It is one of the 
    Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, it will slightly increase 
    the effectiveness of the medicines you take, nya! It will slightly 
    increase the recovery ability of an Herb, and will heighten the properties
    of Antidote Herb, meow!

07) Hey Gastronome... do you have an item called an Earth Crystal, nya?! Earth
    Crystals are not just armor material, they can also be used to combine! 
    When used with a Bitterbug, you can make an Antiseptic Stone, nya!

08) Hey Gastronome... do you have an item called a Fire Herb, nya?! Fire herb 
    is mainly used as a combining item, most often combined with a Nitroshroom
    to make Gunpowder, meow!

09) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Culinary Arts, nya?! It is one of
    the Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, you can make great 
    tasting meat with a regular BBQ Spit, nya! In the same amount of time that
    it would take to make a Rare Steak, you can make a Well-Done Steak, meow! 
    Nya nya nya! Great!

10) Hey Gastronome... do you know of an item called Sonic Bomb, nya?! If you 
    throw this item at a monster sensitive to sound, it will cause its ears to
    ring and it'll temporarily be unable to move, meow! If you want to try and
    make a Sonic Bomb, combine a Screamer with Gunpowder, nya!

11) Hey Gastronome... do you know about the Sharp Sword Skill, nya. There are 
    no disadvantages when a Blademaster uses this skill, meow! Basically, it 
    allows your Sword to hold its Sharpness for a long period of time. It 
    allows you to just attack and attack, nya!! Conversely, there is also a 
    Blunt Skill. This skill will make your weapon lose its Sharpness quickly, 
    so be careful, nya!

12) Hey Gastronome... do you know about an item called a Nutrients? It raises 
    your maximum strength, nya! You can make this item by combining! Just use 
    a Blue Mushroom and a Godbug, meow!

13) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Aim, nya?! It is one of the 
    Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, Normal S, an ammo often 
    used by Gunners, will have increased accuracy, nya! At first the effect is
    small, but with each use the effect will get better! Of course, this 
    pointless to anyone other than a Gunner, meow!

14) Hey Gastronome... did you know about Power Juice? When you drink it, your 
    stamina won't decrease for a set period of time, meow! You can make it by 
    combining a Catalyst with a Rare Steak. Definitely useful when you will be
    doing a lot of running, meow!

15) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Special Attack, nya?! It is one 
    of the Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, the status 
    abnormalities inflicted by weapons with special effects will be especially
    potent, meow! This is great to use with Swords and Bowguns! It should be 
    able to make even the biggest, strongest monsters feel strange, nya!

16) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Escape, nya?! It is one of the 
    Felyne Whim Skills. When you run away from large monsters or wyverns, your
    stamina will fall more quickly than usual, meow! When this skill is 
    unleashed, your Stamina will not fall nearly as fast, so you can run away 
    for much longer periods, nya!

17) Hey Gastronome... haven't you heard!? You can make Bowgun ammunition by 
    combining, nya! Nya! For instance, you can make Clust S LV 2, ammo that 
    spreads shrapnel when fired, by combining Wyvern Claw with Small Bone 
    Husk, nya!

18) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Defense, nya?! It is one of the 
    Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, and you are hit by a 
    monster, sometimes the damage received will be reduced, meow! It seems 
    like a simple skill, but it can be really effective, nya!

19) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Gathering, nya?! It is one of the
    Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, you will be able to gather 
    large quantities of materials when gathering, nya! Sometimes you may feel 
    as if the previous gathering trip was more successful. Well not anymore! 
    This is a great skill to use when gathering, nya!

20) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Gunpowder, nya?! It is one of the
    Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, it will increase the power 
    of Large Barrel Bombs and Small Barrel Bombs, nya! This is definitely one 
    of a Felyne's better Skills, nya! Meow? Large Barrel Bomb+, nya? We don't 
    use huge explosives like that, meow! 

21) Hey Gastronome... do you know about an item called a Flash Bomb, nya! If 
    you throw this item at monsters and blind them, they will not be able to 
    move, nya! If you want to try and make a Flash Bomb, combine Bomb Material
    with a Flashbug, meow!

22) Hey Gastronome, have you heard of Felyne Martial Arts, nya?! It is one of 
    the Felyne Whim Skills. When this skill is active, it will stem the 
    reduction of Stamina caused by evasive maneuvers, nya! When using a weapon
    that cannot guard, evasive maneuvers are critical. If you have this skill,
    it will be easier to evade in the midst of battle, nya!

23) Hey Gastronome... do you know about the Master's Skull? It is incredibly 
    popular among hunters, nya! Rumor has it that this item can be obtained in
    the Forest and Hills Nest, the Dark Desert, or the Fallen tree in the 
    Swamp, nya!


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F. CAT ITEM SETS
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The workings of the item sets are pretty logical. Set no. 1 covers 0 star
info and the lowest Felyne levels (lv. 1-3), which results in the items 
displayed in the list of set no.1. Set no.2 has 0 star info and Felyne levels 
4-5, etc. 
On several occasions there will be "Break time" (go to the kitchen info menu 
--> Shift chart --> select "Break Time" for a cat). This signifies the items 
that a cat will give while being on break time at that specific level and it 
always meansthis cat will yield better items.

For example, a cat in break time with 2 star info level at Felyne level 6 will 
result in better items than a 2 star info level cat at Felyne level 6 that 
isn't in break time. 

This means that the items of cats with:
- info level 0 will vary between sets no.1-6
- info level 1 will vary between sets no.3-8
- info level 2 will vary between sets no.5-10
- info level 3 will vary between sets no.7-12

So basically what it comes down to is this: the higher the item set number, 
the better the items will be that you receive.
- Putting a cat on Break time will make it rise 1 item set.
- Exchanging items will make your cat rise another 1(to 3, still need 
  confirmation on this) skillsets of what it normally would be.
- Both Break time and exchanging of items can make be accumulated in terms of 
  doing both to get to higher itemsets.

These are the items that the cats may ask for:
- Herb ×3
- Raw meat ×2
- Felvine ×3
- Felvine ×5
- Frog ×3
- Cricket ×3
- Knife Mackerel ×3
- Sushi fish ×2


SET NO.1
- 0 Stars (Lv.1-3)

Sap plant ×4
Paintberry x6
Stone x8
Burnt Meat x5
Smoke bomb x3
Ivy x4
Toadstool x2
Binoculars ×1
Sm barrel ×2
Whetstone x1
Huskberry x5
Dung bomb ×3
Old bugnet ×1
Bone ×1
Needleberry ×4
Plum ticket ×1


SET NO.2
- 0 Stars (Lv.4-5)

Sap plant x6
Paintberry x8
Bomb material x2
Rare Meat x2
Smoke bomb x3
Blue mushroom x1
Toadstool x3
Flute x1
Sm barrel ×4
Whetstone x2
Net ×1
Old pickaxe ×2
Old bugnet ×2
Bone ×2
Needleberry ×8
Plum ticket ×1
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SET NO.3
- 0 Stars (Lv.6-8)
- 0 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.1-3)
- 1 Star (Lv.1-3)

Drugged meat × 2
Poison raw meat × 2
Bomb material x2
Rare Meat x4
Smoke bomb x5
Blue mushroom x3
Toadstool x4
Flute x1
Sm barrel ×4
Whetstone x4
Net ×3
Old pickaxe ×3
Old bugnet ×3
Bone ×3
Bamboo ticket ×1
Plum ticket ×2


SET NO.4
- 0 Stars (Lv.9)
- 0 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.4-5)
- 1 Star (Lv.4-5)


Gunpowder ×1
Armour seed x1
Bomb material x3
Rare Meat x4
Antidote x1
Blue mushroom x5
Honey ×1
Flute x1
Sm barrel ×8
Fire herb x2
Sm bone husk ×4
Old pickaxe ×3
Old bugnet ×3
Bugnet ×1
Bamboo ticket ×1
Lg bone husk ×2


SET NO.5
- 0 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.6-8)
- 1 Star (Lv.6-8)
- 1 Star (On Break time) (Lv.1-3)
- 2 Stars (Lv.1-3)

Power seed x1
Armour seed x2
Trap tool × 1
Immunizer x1
Antidote x2
Blue mushroom x5
Paintball ×4
Lg barrel ×2
Wyvern fang x3
Fire herb x3
Huskberry x10
Earth crystal ×1
Pickaxe ×2
Bugnet ×2
Bamboo ticket ×2
Plum ticket ×2


SET NO.6
- 0 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.9)
- 1 Star (Lv.9)
- 1 Star (On Break time) (Lv.4-5)
- 2 Stars (Lv.4-5)

Power seed x2
Armour seed x4
Psychoserum x1
Immunizer x2
Armourskin x1
Well-done steak x2
Honey ×3
Lg barrel ×4
Wyvern fang x5
Nutrients x1
Lg bone husk ×2
Wyvern claw ×3
Pickaxe ×2
Bugnet ×2
Plum ticket ×2
Pine ticket ×1


SET NO.7
- 1 Star (On Break time) (Lv.4-5)
- 2 Stars (Lv.6-8)
- 2 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.1-3)
- 3 Stars (Lv.1-3)

Power seed ×4
Power juice ×1
Psychoserum x1
Demondrug x1
Armourskin x2
Well-done steak x2
Paintball x6
Lg barrel x4
Sm barrel bomb x2
Nutrients x2
Sm bone husk ×8
Wyvern claw ×5
Pickaxe ×3
Bugnet ×3
Bamboo ticket ×2
Plum ticket ×3


SET NO.8
- 1 Star (On Break time) (Lv.9)
- 2 Stars (Lv.9)
- 2 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.4-5)
- 3 Stars (Lv.4-5)

Gunpowder ×5
Power juice ×2
Pitfall trap x1
Demondrug x2
Herbal medicine x3
Well-done steak x3
Honey x4
Kingmeat x1
Sm barrel bomb x4
Farcaster x1
Huskberry x15
Poison smoke bomb x2
Pickaxe ×3
Mega bugnet x1
Plum ticket ×3
Pine ticket ×1


SET NO.9
- 2 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.6-8)
- 3 Stars (Lv.6-8)
- 3 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.1-3)

Mega potion ×1
Mega nutrients ×1
Trap tool × 2
Herbal medicine x5
Mega armourskin x1
Mega juice x1
Paintball x8
Lg barrel bomb x1
Sm barrel bomb x4
Farcaster x1
Gourmet steak x1
Poison smoke bomb x3
Mega pickaxe x1
Mega bugnet x1
Bamboo ticket ×3
Plum ticket ×3


SET NO.10
- 2 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.9)
- 3 Stars (Lv.9)
- 3 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.4-5)

Mega potion ×1
Mega nutrients ×2
Pitfall trap x1
Mega demondrug x1
Mega armourskin x1
Mega juice x1
Honey x5
Lg barrel bomb x2
Wyvern fang x10
Kingmeat x1
Lg bone husk x1
Poison smoke bomb x4
Mega pickaxe x1
Mega bugnet x2
Bamboo ticket ×3
Pine ticket ×1


SET NO.11
- 3 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.6-8)

Mega potion ×2
Mega nutrients ×3
Max potion x1
Mega demondrug x1
Mega armourskin x1
Mega juice x2
Monster broth x2
Lg barrel bomb x2
Wyvern claw ×10
Health flute x1
Gourmet steak x2
Lifepowder x1
Mega pickaxe x2
Mega bugnet x2
Armour flute x1
Pine ticket ×2


SET NO.12
- 3 Stars (On Break time) (Lv.9)

Mega potion ×3
Ancient potion ×1
Max potion x2
Mega demondrug x2
Mega armourskin x2
Mega juice x2
Monster broth x3
Lg barrel bomb x3
Lg bone husk ×10
Health flute x1
Lg barrel bomb+ x1
Lifepowder x2
Mega pickaxe x2
Kingmeat x1
Steel egg x1
Pine ticket ×3


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G. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Q.: That's really nice and all, but how do I even unlock the kitchen?!
A.: After you cleared the 2 star elder quest "Jungle Menace", talk to the cat 
    lady (the one right by the entrance to the farm, if she's not there, do 
    another quest). You'll be able to hire a cat from her. After you've done 
    that, go to your house and enter the back door.

Q.: When do I unlock the next cat then?
A.: Here's how to unlock every cat:
    1st: Clear 2 star elder quest "Jungle Menace"
    2nd: Clear 3 star elder quest "The Land Shark"
    3rd: Clear 4 star elder quest "Attack of the Rathalos"
    4th: Clear 5 star elder quest "Terror of the Gravios"
    5th: Clear urgent 6 star elder quest "Horn of the Monoblos"

Q.: What does the Felyne level of a cat mean?
A.: The higher the Felyne level (max level 9), the more food slots there will 
    be unlocked when you want to select a food combination. Note that this 
    only depends on which cat is the chef. Hence it is best to always have the
    cat with the highest level to be your chef. The general Felyne level has 
    more purposes though, which will be explained below.

Q.: What does ingredient star level mean?
A.: The higher the star level of an ingredient (max. 3 stars), the higher the 
    chance that a skill will be activated by eating that ingredient. The 
    higher a cat's Felyne level, the higher your chance is of a rare skill 
    activation.

Q.: What does info star level mean?
A.: The higher the info star level (max. 3 stars), the better the info you 
    will receive. Next to that, you will also receive better items. It also 
    depends on this though: the higher the Felyne level of a cat, the better 
    the items will be.

Q.: How come I can't select all of the food ingredients that are listed in 
    Lukav's Kitchen FAQ?
A.: This is because the cat that is your chef and is first on the list hasn't 
    reached level 9 yet. The higher its Felyne level gets, the more food 
    ingredient slots you unlock. So the best thing to do is always have your 
    cat with the highest level be your 1st chef. 

Q.: How come I don't always get a cat skill even though I eat the right food?
A.: There is only a CHANCE to get a cat skill activated. To improve your 
    chances, get a cat with a higher ingredient level (max. 3 stars).

Q.: Is there anyway to know what skillset your cat has aside from getting the 
    skills?
A.: Nope, you have to cook meals and test what skills they give. But in most 
    cases you only need 2 skills to determine the third. If you don't like the
    skill set that is given, dismiss the cat and get another one.

Q.: Is it possible to have 3 stars on both info level AND ingredient level?
A.: Yes, but only after you've met certain requirements, which is after you've
    killed/repelled Azure Lao. After that, the old cat lady will start 
    providing those cats.

Q.: Why did you write that "culinary arts" makes you get well-done steaks 
    easier? I get gourmet steaks instead...
A.: I'll explain more thoroughly what "culinary arts" does:
    1. The meat becomes rare before the music has stopped --> Well-done steak.
    2. The meat becomes well-done right after the music has stopped 
       --> Gourmet steak.
    3. The meat becomes burnt long after the music has stopped--> Rare steak.

Q.: ZOMG!1! I want Ultra/ Mega Lucky Cat because I'll get more chances at a 
    ruby in rewards!
A.: Unfortunately not. Lucky cat will only give you a higher chance to get 
    more regular rewards. Since a ruby is considered an "extra" reward to 
    which you get a chance when you broke certain body parts (i.e. the 
    Rathalos & Rathian head crown), Lucky Cat skills have no positive effect.

Q.: Does the "dismantle" skill work on Velociprey and Cephalos too?
A.: Yes, it works on EVERY monster, but not on tails you've cut.

Q.: Does anyone know the cat's name that gives *insert any* skill set?
A.: It doesn't depend on the cat's name. The set of skills assigned to each 
    cat is TOTALLY RANDOM.

Q.: So you must eat the cats food to know its skill ??
A.: Yes... But in Monster Hunter Freedom 2 you will see its skills in an info 
    tab before hiring the cat though.

Q.: How can I determine which skill was activated by which cat?
A.: Eat the favourite food of the cat you want to know the skill of, see if a 
    red exclamation mark appears above the head of the cat during the cooking 
    scene. After the cooking scene has ended, you will have a felyne skill 
    activated, so look which skill it is. If there were multiple red 
    exclamation marks, then write down all of your cats and their respective 
    skills. The skills shown after the cooking scene will appear in order of 
    the exclamation marks that were activated first during the cooking scene.

    If you are confused with what I just said, then simply cook the favourite 
    food of 1 cat at a time andsee what skill it has.

Q.: How do I get silver, gold or platinum tickets from my cats?
A.: Cook a meal 10 times with 2 or more cats.
    - 2 active cooking cats: 2 silver tickets.
    - 3 active cooking cats: 2 gold tickets.
    - 4-5 active cooking cats: 2 platinum tickets.

Q.: What is the maximum amount of cats I can hire at the same time?
A.: 5.

Q.: How to unlock all 5 cat spots?
A.: Beat the Elder regular Monoblos urgent quest or get to HR3.

Q.: I already have 5 cats, but I still need gold tickets. Help!
A.: That wasn't a question, but ok. If you already have 5 cats, but want to 
    get some gold tickets, just put 2 of your cats on break (do that in the 
    cat menu in the upper right corner of your kitchen) and cook 10 times with
    the 3 remaining cats to get 2 gold tickets.


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G. CREDITS
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Content:
- DaiIchiban and Kayin for being the first to translate the list of skills and
  the skill sets, as well as discussing and providing information on the MHF 
  board since the start.
- Strew/Strewace for making his version of the cat FAQ.
- Wyvern_Killer for giving me Strew's FAQ.
- Myself for rewriting the FAQ, making new sections and adding new info.
- PeacefulMeadows for writing all the cat quotes from 0 to 2 stars and for 
  spurring me on to do the same with 3 star info level cats.
- Lukav2005 and _Xan_ for making the wonderful list of food combinations.
- FinalShadowX for telling me you need to kill/repel Azure Lao to unlock 3 
  star info and food cats.
- http://www6.atwiki.jp/alter/pages/129.html 
  I translated the cat item list of this site. Many thanks go to DaiIchiban 
  for giving me this link.

Layout:
- PeacefulMeadows for providing this FAQ with the slick layout you see before
   you. ;-)
- Xiamut for several minor layout tips (which I discovered through Boldrin's 
   "Equipment guide".

Game:
- Finally CAPCOM for making the awesome game that is Monster Hunter Freedom.


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