Gold Rathian FAQ by AVJ
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                     GOLD RATHIAN FAQ


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                   FAQ Version History
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22nd May 2008 ver.1.0
- Started walkthrough for Gold Rathian in MHF.

26th May 2008 ver.1.1 
- corrected GRADE B title

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                    Table of Contents
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Grade A - Introduction 
A.1. Gold Rathian Quests in Monster Hunter Freedom
A.2. Gold Rathian History and Introduction
A.3. Gold Rathian Moves and Hunter Counter
A.4. Gold Rathian Elemental Weakness

Grade B - Preparation against Gold Rathian
B.1. Suggested Weapons
B.2. Suggested Armors
B.3. What to Bring

Grade C - Gold Rathian Rewards
Grade D - Gold Rathian Miscellaneous
Grade E - Credits Section
Grade F - Feedback / Comments / Contributions
Grade G - Legal Info

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                  Author Introduction
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Hi all! I am AVJ, a certified Monster Hunter adiktus. 
Been playing the game for quite a while now. 
I have the PS2 Monster Hunter and Monster Hunter G game, 
as well as the PSP games of Monster Hunter Freedom 1 & 2 
and the newest one in town Monster Hunter Portable 2ndG. 
This should prove how much I love the game. 
I play it for as long as I have an available time. 
I am now in the verge of completing MHF though I have 
already started and progressed in the other games as well. 
I love the challenge of hack and slashing the monsters 
amp with a good strategy. 
This will be my second FAQ/Walkthrough and hopefully 
not the last one.
I have been a fan as well of reading various FAQ's and 
Walkthrough's as far as I remember. I made this FAQ/
Walkthrough in the same fashion as what other authors do, 
TO HELP OUT one way or another. 
You must have read a lot of Gold Rathian FAQ's before and 
this one in no way may be different, it is to my approach 
that I'd say separates my guide from the others. 
If you care enough to know, read along....




GRADE A - INTRODUCTION


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A.1. Gold Rathian Quests in Monster Hunter Freedom
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This is specifically for the first Monster Hunter Freedom 
US / EU version of the game. 
Note: in MHF, Gold Rathian quests are only available from the 
Elder (Chief of Kokoto) & Guild hall (online/offline)
from the Blue Lady Bartender.
Note: the quest numbering <_/_> I put here means 
I have unlocked all possible quests in that star level.
There are a thousand guides available on how to unlock 
Gold Rathian in MHF. Research is the tool.

Urgent Quest: 6 Star (* * * * * *) ELDER
<07/09>  Hunting Quest: Wyverns of Land and Sky
               Reward: 18000z
               Contract Fee: 3000z
               Time Limit: 50mins
               Location: Great Arena
               Special Condition: No
               Quest Level: 6 star ( * * * * * * )
               Goal Condition: Slay the Rathalos & Rathian


Quest: 8 Star (* * * * * * * *) GUILD HALL
<01/17>  Hunting Quest: The Queen of the Jungle
               Reward: 9300z
               Contract Fee: 1000z
               Time Limit: 50mins
               Location: Jungle
               Special Condition: Joining this quest 
                                  requires a HR higher than 3
               Quest Level: 8 star ( * * * * * * * * )
               Goal Condition: Slay the Rathin


Quest: 8 Star (* * * * * * * *) GUILD HALL
<15/17>  Hunting Quest: The Wyverns of Land and Sky
               Reward: 19200z
               Contract Fee: 2000z
               Time Limit: 50mins
               Location: Swamp
               Special Condition: Joining this quest 
                                  requires a HR higher than 3
               Quest Level: 8 star ( * * * * * * * * )
               Goal Condition: Slay the Rathalos & Rathian


Note: These quests may not readily be shown on your quest 
listings, if it happens that these aren't available yet,
that means you have to unlock it by doing various quests on 
that Star level. Check out other FAQ's on how to unlock these 
quests.


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A.2.        Gold Rathian Introduction
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Gold Rathian.

The most powerful Rathian variation of the series.
This Gold Rathian has higher HP, higher Attack, Fast and 
Loves to Poison anyone coming her way.
One with a thicker hide and a much powerful fireball. 
Her moves are not at all extra different from the other 
rathian variations but her cunning strength and agility
clearly separates her form the other variants.
This monster is sure to test a hunter's skills and ability.




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A.3.        Gold Rathian Moves and Hunter Counter
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A.3.1.     Straight Fireball (One Time)
A.3.2.     Straight Fireball (Three Times)
A.3.3.     Air Backflip
A.3.4.     Charge Attack
A.3.5.     Shifting Charge Attack
A.3.6.     Tail Swipe
A.3.7.     Head Butt (Bite)
A.3.8.     Scream
A.3.9.     Feet Scratch
A.3.10.    Fly Land

Note: Please also read the very informative FAQ 
      by Peaceful on WOLAS/Thunder&Lightning at Gamefaqs. 

A.3.1.     Straight Fireball (One Time)
Gold Rathian will shoot a straight forward fireball directly
in your face. This move is deadly if hit but blockable in any
sense. Gold Rathian usually do this move if you are a distant
far from her reach. Usually happens when she turns around after
a charge attack. She will lean her head a little backward
and shoot that devastating fireball. Make sure it won't hit
you. Or the cats will cradle you back to camp.
For SNS users, this move by Gold Rathian is easy to block.
Dodge rolling is much safer so I'd suggest getting used to
dodging everytime facing Gold Rathian.
This move also opens up an attack opportunity for blademasters.
Right after shooting a fireball, do a jump slash attack on Gold
Rathian's head giving her a good damage. Make sure you are
positioned to her side. Then do the Triangle+Circle if sword is
drawn out or just a Triangle if sword is sheathed.
If you are very close to Gold Rathian while she performs this 
attack, roll underneath her and press Triangle for an upward slash
and follow it up with a full Triangle, Triangle & Circle combo.
Great chance to counter attack her.
Make sure to roll out after one combo. Nice.


A.3.2.     Straight Fireball (Three Times)
Gold Rathian will shoot three (3) fireballs, one straight forward
another to a straight left direction and another to a straight
right direction. Most deadly attack if you are very close in front
of her. One fireball can be blocked but most often cases, the next
ones will land on you and deal a hefty amount of damage.
Rolling and dodging is good, if you are fast on it.
This is a common move coming from her and she likes to do it
repeatedly specially if you are a distant off from her.
Make sure you won't be hit by this move or else you'll see cats
bring you back home.
Again this move is also an opening for us hunters to take.
Right after shooting the fireball, do a jump slash attack on Gold
Rathian's head giving her a good damage. Make sure you are
positioned to her side. Then do the Triangle+Circle if sword is
drawn out or just a Triangle if sword is sheathed.
If you are very close to Gold Rathian while she performs this 
attack, roll underneath her and press Triangle for an upward slash
and follow it up with a full Triangle, Triangle, Triangle & Circle
combo. Great chance to counter attack her. Note that you can attack
her quickly as she launches the first fireball giving you longer
time to make 2 full combos. You don't have to wait for all 3
fireballs dropping. Do the full combo as soon as you get the opening.
Make sure to roll out after a good combo. Nice.
This is also a good chance for you to either heal, sharpen,
put a pitfall trap, plant a bomb or whatnot.
Use this time wisely. Again take note that she can do this move 
3 times in a row so stay on guard always.

A.3.3.     Air Backflip
This is Gold Rathian's most abused move. She will mostly do
this unpredictbaly. Anytime! So be careful.
What she will do is move two steps backward and then do a 
backflip. This is where the poison checks in.
Don't get hit by the tail because chances are, it'll absorb
your health full time. This poison last so long. You'll eventually 
need to replenish health alot of times.
Also when she does a backflip, even if you manage to dodge
the tail, you'd either get trapped from the wind created by
this move. And this is not good. She usually follows it up with 
a strong move.
What you should do is roll away. I am not advising you to block 
this move. Learn to quickly dodge and roll. When she moves 2 step 
back, that is your sign to roll away.
But this move is not at all to her advantage.
When she does the backflip, quickly roll and position yourself
to her back (the tail side..) and after she lands, do a jump slash
attack to her tail. This should be a quick move. Not a full combo.
Do a jump slash and roll. Easy. Our advantage.


A.3.4.     Charge Attack
Gold Rathian after stumbling or turning will almost always
do a charge attack. You can see it coming but not always 
blockable or easily dodge. She will "run" straight towards
you and even if you try shifting directions, most probably she
will shift "your" way. If you see her charge from a far distance
quickly do a run away from her direction. When she's almost 
about to hit you, do the jump dash to avoid being hit.
Good if you have a high defense armor as you can block the charge
in expense of stamina loss.
Again this move is an opening to take advantage because it is sure
that she will stumble after this move. Giving us a full combo to 
any part of her. This move happens often specially when she is in
rage mode so take note to always dodge this move in rage mode.
She'll be very fast and the damage almost doubled.
She can knock you down just by this move in rage mode.
Also this move happens to be a chance to again do the other things 
besides attacking her, heal, sharpen, etc.


A.3.5.     Shifting Charge Attack
Nasty! This is the most damage inflicting move she has 
as of date. The signature move of the one and only
Gold Rathian. What she does is take a straight charge at 
you, then completely shifts to another direction from
a stop. If you are trying to run away from her, chances are
you'd still get hit as she shifts to another direction,
usually to the direction where you're head at.
This move is so confusing for first timers on Gold Rathian
quests because it can be assumed as a normal charge attack.
The shifting of direction is split seconds. Next thing you 
know, she's on you. So what you need to do is learn how to block 
the charge on the shifting move. When you see Gold Rathian
preparing to charge, dash a good distance and when you see her
suddenly stop, that's the indication that she'll turn 
quickly to another direction, notably on your direction.
This is where you block. Sacrifice stamina for this by blocking
rather than doing a dash heap which will usually hit you anyway.
This shifting charge is so powerful it'll knock you off and
Gold Rathian will most likely give you a fireball or a poison
backflip afterwards. Be careful at this stage. She will do this
signature move more often in rage mode, which of course doubles
the damage. Meaning, more deadly. Usually what we should do here
is just run away and block. Always check your stamina bar because 
it'll quickly drain your energy when running. You don't want to
huff and puff while chasing your breathe and Gold Rathian on your
face. Healing items are necessities if you are hit by this move.. 
Remember to quickly run away.

A.3.6.     Tail Swipe
Often times after spitting a fireball and you are very near
Gold Rathian, she does this move in combo to scream or fireball.
Very bad if you are near her. This is a sure hit. This tail swipe
itself is unpredictable in it's direction because Gold Rathian can 
either do two tail swipe in clockwise direction and follow it up
with two counter clockwise direction. So blocking one swipe 
doesn't guarantee you safety because when she follows it up with 
the counter direction swipe, that's double hit on you. If you are
under Gold Rathian, chances are you can do a full combo ONLY 
when she does the tail swipe in one direction. If she does the
other direction, even if you are under her legs, that will still
hit you. This up to this point is no safety, because another move
will almost always follow. If you are knocked off on the ground
pray that no fireball will hit you. Again a damage inflicting move
from Gold Rathian but rather always easy to avoid as long
as you are not caught up doing a jump slash on her.
If you happen to have a flashbomb with you, this is the 
opportunity to throw it while she's doing the tail swipe.
Gives you the extra time to inflict a couple of good combos 
to her.


A.3.7.     Head Butt ( or Bite.. whatever it really is..)
After a scream, or a tail swipe, Gold Rathian will try to 
bite / headbutt you. This is also a common move from her.
Whether you are in front of her or a distant far. This move is 
blockable. This move is also a bit to your advantage.
What you do is perform a jumpslash after her head bents down
to bite. Make sure to do any attack only in front of her. If you 
happen to attack her on the backside, then sorry because for 
sure, the tail will hit you hard. Again only hit her in front
after her head bents down. A quick jump slash and roll will 
do. Good damage and good timing.


A.3.8.     Scream
This move from Gold Rathian will not do any damage to you.
Easy. But, it'll leave you cower for a few seconds and 
that allows Gold Rathian to instantly do another move that
could hit you. Best thing here is that you're sword should 
almost always be unsheated to be able to block it in quick 
response. Better yet, wear a High Grade Ear Plug armor set.
This will protect you from the scream and instead work to 
your advantage. You can easily do 2 combos on Gold Rathian
with a high grade earplug whenever she does this move.
Take note of that.



A.3.9.     Feet Scratch
This move happens whenever Gold Rathian prepares to enter
rage mode. She will seize up on a stance then start 
scratching the ground with her two feet. Another notably
thing to remember is that she will also took a frantic
head shake upon this feet scratch. It'll took a alot of time
for this moment to come to a halt and do the next move.
So take this opportunity as it happens. Do the maximum combo
you can hand on Gold Rathian. Almost always she fires three
fireballs next to this move. This is always the best chance
to chop off her tail or whack her face and body. This move is 
all to your advantage so long as you don't get stuck to her
tail constantly whipping up and down. What you can do is 
render a full combo when she starts scratching then when she
turns to release a fireball or two, go erase off her tail.
Easier said than done. This move is common to all Rathians
so this is not in any way a new move from her.
Again whenever she does this move, take it to your advantage.


A.3.10.   Fly Land
What she does is fly a mid air move then land down in a quick second.
She does this when she gets a full combo from you and somehow 
seems like a dodge move from her. But be alert again, you can get
caught in the wind she created making you cower again without
a high wind resistance armor. This is to her advantage as she can
quickly do a charge attack afterwards. So learn to block as she flaps 
her wings back and when she's in midair, roll away from her.
This is easy to avoid if you can block quickly and can work 
to your advantage also if you block off her wind, you can do
the counter full combo on her.



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A.4.          Gold Rathian Elemental Weakness
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Gold Rathian is weak to Thunder Attribute. Period. 
This happens to be your key element whenever fighting Gold
Rathian. Always prepare a thunder element weapon or else
you're going to have a hard time fighting her.
Non elemental pure raw damage weapon is second best only if
it has very high stats. Water is another recommendation but
not as good as thunder.


GRADE B -PREPARATION AGAINST GOLD RATHIAN


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B.1.             Suggested Weapons
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B.1.1. Kirin Bolt Indora (sns sword from thunderbane line)
	Raw:  322
      	Thunder: 220
	Defense: +3

B.1.2. Kirin Bolt Kami (sns sword from Kirin Bolt line)
       	Raw:  238
	Thunder: 390
	Defense: +6

B.1.3. Kirin Bolts (duals from SNS Kirin Bolt Ultimus line) 
	Raw: 252
	Thunder: 300
	Defense: +8

B.1.4. Sanctioned Blades (duals from Prototype Saw Slicer line)
	Raw:  294
	Dragon:  230

NOTE: These are final forms of each weapon line
      recommended if applicable..

      On WOLAS elder, using Thundertip is already enough
      to beat the Gold Rathian, but if Kirin Bolt Indora
      is already available then use it.
      
      Again, I posted only the Thunder SNS/DS that I have
      and which I think can do the job on Gold Rathian.
      


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B.2.            Suggested Armors
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B.2.1.  High Grade Earplug set
a. Garuga Mask
b. Rathalos Soul Mail
c. Rathalos Soul Braces
d. Rathalos Soul Coil
e. Rathalos Soul Greaves
- wearing this armor also activates Sharpening Skill Inc. 
  and Spectre's Whim
- total defense is 125
- use this set if you don't want to be caught up when
  Gold Rathian does her scream. The scream is not deadly 
  but it leaves you cower for a few more seconds 
  thereby giving Gold Rathian the chance to K.O. you 
  without this armor set. 
  But if you have this set, then you 
  are almighty. Whenever she screams you'd be unaffected 
  and thus gives you the chance to perform your good combo. 

B.2.2.  High Wind Resistance
a. Black Piercing
b. Diablo Mail +
c. Diablo Vambraces  +
d. Chain Belt +
e. Ioprey Greaves U
- Wearing this armor also activates Autotracker and 
  Hunger x 1.5
- Total defense is 132
- Use this set if you don't want to be caught up 
  against Gold Rathian' wind when she lands from a flight. 
  She usually don't fly alot but this may come in handy for
  her backward fly whenever she tries to dodge away from
  your attack. Optional at best.

B.2.3.  Sharpness + 1
a. Skull Face S
b. Steel Mail U
c. Monoblos Vambraces S
d. Gravios Tasset +
e. Ioprey Greaves U
- Wearing this armor also activates Autotracker
- Total defense is 188
- I find this armor set really nice against Gold Rathian. 
  You get sharpness + 1 which is so important especially
  on WOLAS Gold Rathian because sharpening is always 
  a bit hard to find any opportunity against Gold
  Rathian. You will very much need the extra sharpness
  that will last longer when fighting her.

B.2.4.	Battle S armor set.
a. Battle Helm S
b. Battle Mail S
c. Battle Vambraces S
d. Battle Tasset S
e. Battle Greaves S
- wearing this armor gives you Guard Inc, Autotracker,
  Farsight, Strength recovery Item weak (negative)
- total defense is 161
- The main skill you want here is the Guard Inc.
  It lessens the amount of damage you receive upon 
  blocking of Gold Rathian attacks.
  On normal armor set, when Gold Rathian fires three
  fireballs on you, one of the fireballs will surely land on
  you even if you are blocking. With this skill activated
  you can block all of her moves with lesser damage.


NOTE: you may also want to just use high defense armor such
      as Garuga set for higher defense.
      you can also consider using the Sword Saint Piercing
      as it activates ESP skill which will allow your 
      sword to continue its damage and not bounce off
      Gold Rathian's hide. When she is on rage mode, the 
      hide gets tougher to penetrate. Use the sword Saint
      Piercing to any armor combination you may want.
      These armor sets are just what I use on Gold Rathian
      you can try other combinations that will suit your
      needs. 


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B.3.               What to Bring
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This is strictly for blademasters:

a. 10 mega potions
b. 10 honey
c. 10 potions
d. 20 or less whetstones
e. 2 max potion (optional)
f. ancient potion (when KO'ed, this will replenish 
                   everything back)
g. 5 - 10 well done steaks (for stamina recovery)
h. 5 mega juice (for Dual Sword users)
i. pitfall trap
j. large barrel bombs +, LBB, SBB for extra damage)
k. flash bombs

Take note: Inventory capacity is 20 spaces only so choose 
           best what you'll bring.
           The items listed are based on the WOLAS quests.
           The Gold Rathian Queen of the jungle quest
           on HR 5 may not need all of this items.

Basically you bring lots of healing items because this 
Gold Rathian loves to do damage. Often times the battles are
more of defense oriented than attack oriented on our part.
Gold Rathian loves to attack. This is a fact. No glitches
whatsoever to help you out, that is why recovery items are a
must. Remember to replenish or sharpen only when Gold Rathian
falls down from a charge, does her feet scratch or shooting 
fireballs and you are a safe distant away.
The pitfall traps may come in handy so you may want to consider 
bringing the constituents of a pitfall trap (net+trap tool)
Strategy is the key to beating Gold Rathian.
Use alot of flash bombs. This is your main offensive thrust.
Yeah, believe it or not, flashbombs are your best friend
whenever fighting Gold Rathian. Abuse it. Always bring 
flash bombs constituents whenever fighting her.n your direction.
Don't use it when in rage mode. It does no effect.
Throw it in her line of sight. Best to use after she charges
and turns around towards you. Abuse it.
Only throw it if she happens to be turning.
Remember to attack only on openings. Do not overdo your combo.
If you feel like you'll eventually get stucked on her while 
doing a combo, quickly roll away. In rage mode, one tail swipe
is all you need for the cats to carry you back in camp.
Again, lots of healing items and flash bombs.
There you go, beat her up!



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           GRADE C - GOLD RATHIAN REWARDS
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The very reason why you are fighting this beast is to get 
the materials you needed in order to make weapons/armors 
to progress in the game.

Here's a rundown:

Carves from body:
Gold Rathian Scale
Gold Rathian Shell
Inferno Sac
Gold Rathian Thorn 


Carves from tail:
Gold Rathian Scale
Gold Rathian Shell
Gold Rathian Thorn
Wyvern Marrow 
Gold Rathian Plate 
Gold Rathian Ruby 


Note: It was mentioned in alot of forum sites that Gold 
      Rathian Rubies can be acquired also in the rewards.
      Haven't experienced it yet though.
      The percentages of each parts can be read through
      Peacefuls' WOLAS guide over at Gamefaqs.
      Please read the guide as it is most helpful for
      any hunter of the game.



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          GRADE D - GOLD RATHIAN MISCELLANEOUS 
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Sorry to say but there are no glitches that involve beating
a certain quest nor bringing a spider web thing.
Meeting Gold Rathian is proof enough that you have progressed
well in the game. She will be an ultimate test on a hunter's 
true skill. Strategy is always the key.
Use your time freely and don't be on a rush attacking her.
Study her moves before applying your own.
Gold Rathian will go down fast especially if using 
a thunder based weapon. 



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              GRADE E - CREDITS SECTION
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GAMEFAQS / NEOSEEKER / SUPERCHEATS 
	- for hosting my Gold Rathian SNS Guide

Peaceful' WOLAS Guide - the very first guide I read about 
             Gold Rathian Very much thankful to your guide.

SkiesofCrimson - Awesome site and group. 
                 I read along your guides as well. 
                 The best in town.

PinoyPSP Team Hunters - the true blue pinoy MHF team. Mabuhay! 

HURT 19 - for doing WOLAS runs with me.

Jaz - as always. Labyusobra!


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       GRADE F - FEEDBACK / COMMENTS / CONTRIBUTIONS
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If you care enough to correct from any information that is 
misleading, do so e-mail me at cookiemonsteravj@yahoo.com.
If you want your name published on this FAQ give me a good
reason. If you hate what I did, e-mail me as well.
This FAQ is supposed to help people. So if you find 
that I offended anyone by this FAQ inform me. 
You can also add more information to this guide so
that new MHF players get a lot of help from us. 
Just e-mail me.


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                 GRADE G - LEGAL INFO 
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