Did you know that your Palico can actually talk to other monsters and get them to fight with you?
Yep; not fight you, but with you. If you’ve been to Wildspire Waste on an Expedition mode and collected all the Doodle marks on the map, then you’re on the right track of triggering a quest from those cute creatures. If you follow the scoutflies, it will lead you to Area 15. There’s a very small opening on a landmass in the upper part of that area. Make the jump and you’ll land on a bonepile. The passageway may also lead you near Diablos’ lair. Your handler will also inform you that the area is a good spot to set up a new camp. You’ll find another small opening near a Brightmoss where you’ll have to do a short crawl on your way in to meet a Grimalkyne.
The Grimalkynes are also cute cat-like creatures, but they’re not like your Palicoes. The Grimalkynes have run away from a large monster in Wildspire Waste and will ask for your help to look for other Protectors that have gone into hiding.
Hint: If you have found the area by accident and didn’t see any black-and-white Grimalkyne in the cave, then that means you haven’t collected enough cat Doodle marks around the map.
After you have collected ample Doodle marks, they will recognize you as someone capable of helping them out. Not that they’ll ask you directly. Your Palico companion will do all the adorable negotiation for you. All you’ll see are two creatures talking excitedly in “NYA NYA NYA” and the translation provided for you will be enclosed in parenthesis marks.
On your map, there will be a new map icon available–that of the Protectors. There will be three Protector icons on different areas of the map. All you have to do is to go each spot, sneak up on the kittehs, and use the Capture Net on them. After you’re finished, go back to the quest giver and you’ll be able to unlock a new Palico gadget and the Protector ability.
How useful is this Wildspire Waste quest?
When you’re questing alone with your Palico, you can look for the Protectors on the map to join with you—much like finding a Palico from other Hunters who have given you their Guild Cards.
As for the Palico gadget, I’ve received the Shieldspire gadget. Since I use a Bow weapon, I found this especially useful since my Palico, Spoon, can now act as my tank while I distance myself from the monster. Currently, my Shieldspire gadget proficiency has finally reached Level 10 and I can now use Shieldspire Taunt and Shieldspire Bash.
After unlocking this quest, my Palico is also now able to talk to monsters and have them fight with me. On one quest, while hunting down Anjanath in Ancient Forest, Spoon convinced a Kestodon male to work with him! It was pretty awesome!
Apparently, you’ll be able to unlock different Palico gadgets and meet other Grimalkynes from other map expeditions. I’ll be unlocking the ones on Ancient Forest tonight (if I’m feeling better), then maybe I’ll also go doodle mark hunting as well on Coral Highlands and Rotten Vale.
Have you finished these quests already? Which Palico gadget do you always use?
Happy hunting, everyone! 😀