Like other games in the franchise, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin comes with co-op and multiplayer support. You can both team up with other players to take on monsters or fight each other, even if the first couple of hours don't really suggest as much.
Access to Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin's co-op and multiplayer modes is, unfortunately, locked behind main story progress. You'll need to put a couple of hours into it, until you reach the point in the main quest where you fight the ruthless Nargacuga.
Once you defeat it and answer Alwin's challenge, you'll notice that quest boards in the game's main hub areas now have a Multiplayer option. Selecting it grants two other options, the bottom one being Multiplayer Setup.
Although it'll be available later, you'll want to take some time and check it out, as it lets you select equipment, stickers, and the Monstie party – limited to just three creatures – that comes with you into Monster Hunter Stories 2's co-op.
Selecting Online Play at the top lets you pick between Co-op quests and Versus Battles. Next to each option, you'll notice two icons. Pick the smiley face if you want to play alongside friends or the globe if you're fine with playing with or against anyone.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin's Co-op quests come in three different flavors. Time quests task you with taking down a target monster in a set amount of time. Co-op Slay and Expedition quests both revolve around taking down a boss monster, but the latter also includes multiple monster nests, giving you the chance to grab several eggs before heading home.
If you plan on creating a Co-op Expedition quest, you'll need to purchase an Expedition Ticket from Melyx Inc. vendors in the hub areas. You can join other people's quests without having a ticket on hand. Rare tickets guarantee that rare eggs will spawn during the expedition.
Versus Battles act as Monster Hunter Stories 2's multiplayer PvP mode. It's a test of skill that supports both 1v1 and 2v2 encounters which end when one side loses all three of their hearts.
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