Yes, you can pet the Monsties in Monster Hunter Stories 2

Some lucky people already have their hands on Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. Amongst them is a hero that’s letting players know they can pet their beloved Monsties in the game. The Monster Hunter Stories 2 petting mechanic isn’t just adorable, though — it also serves an important gameplay function.

How to pet Monsties in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Monster Hunter Stories 2 petting

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Here’s how to pet Monsties in Monster Hunter Stories 2:

  1. While playing MH Stories 2, approach a Monstie in-game.
  2. Open the “Switch Weapons / Use Skills” menu.
  3. Select the “Pet” skill from the list of options.

Players that take time out of their adventure to pet Monsties will receive some tangible rewards, in addition to a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Monstie petting recovers their health slightly, plus deepens the user’s Kinship stat. Increasing the Kinship level lets players utilize increasingly rare and powerful Monsties, a complete list of which can be found here.

Monsties are kind of like the series’ eponymous monsters, only hunters can bond with them. There’s still plenty of monster hunting on the agenda in Wings of Ruin, however. The sequel follows a familiar formula — hunt monsters, loot their spoils, craft better gear, repeat — only with turn-based combat and a larger narrative focus than its mainline franchise counterparts. There are more details on how the Stories spin-offs differ from the main Monster Hunter titles in this explainer.

MH Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a Nintendo Switch and PC game, whereas the original is exclusive to the 3DS. That doesn’t make it particularly accessible right now, though, thankfully, players don’t need to have played the original to understand its sequel. Get all the relevant info by clicking here.

In other news, the Nintendo Switch OLED is coming this October. It features a bigger and brighter OLED screen, though not quite as large as the Xbox Series S xScreen add-on.