Outside of hunting massive monsters and upgrading gear, Monster Hunter World lets you go on adventures with an adorable little cat sidekick called a Palico. These lovely little animals are there to help you in combat by attacking the monsters with their bonking weapons, and to assist you with their gadgets.
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All Palico Gadgets
There are a few different Palico gadgets you can unlock as you progress through the game, and most of them are given to you when you help out the little native tribes you find in different areas. If you want to swap out your Palico’s gadget, you will need to go to your room and speak with your Palico.
The Vigorwasp Spray is received as soon as you start the game and is the first Palico gadget. The Vigorwasp Spray allows the Palico to summon a Vigorwasp to heal you. Once the Vigorwasp Spray reaches Level 5, you’re able to manually request a Vigorwasp.
Flashfly Cage – Ancient Forest
The Flashfly Cage is the second Palico gadget you can earn in Monster Hunter World by helping out the tribe in the Ancient Forest, but first you must have all camp sites unlocked. To help out the Bugtrappers, you need to find their markings and follow them to the very top of the great tree. In Area 17 you’ll come across a little animal that runs from you, chase it all the way to its little hideout, at which point you’ll be awarded the Flashfly Cage.
The Flashfly Cage ability allows your Palico to summon a Flashfly near large monsters, blinding them for a short time. At Level 5, you can manually summon a Flashfly and your Palico will sometimes place a Shock Trap for you, albeit a weak one. At Level 10, you can place your own Shock Trap, without having to craft one.
Shieldspire – Wildspire Waste
The Shieldspire Palico gadget is unlocked by helping out the native tribe of the Wildspire Waste. This allows your Palico to summon a shield to taunt large monsters, drawing their aggro. It also helps block damage.
To help the Grimalkynes, you will need to talk to the leader and then go and captures his friends using the net.
Coral Orchestra – Coral Highlands
To unlock the Coral Orchestra, you will need to locate the tribe in Coral Highlands and help them hunt two Tzitzi-Ya-Ku as part of their quest, “Troubled Troupers”. This is a solo quest, so come prepared for a fight. Once the quest is completed, you will receive the Coral Orchestra. This Palico gadget is an instrument that is able to boost your attack, defense, and status resistances. Your Palico will also be able to talk to the Shamos monsters, allowing them to aid you on your hunt.
Selecting the right Palico gadget for the job is important, and while Vigorwasp Spray can be extremely helpful, especially in a pinch, the ability to summon a Shock Trap with the Flashfly Cage is invaluable. Be sure to check out our Monster Hunter World Guide for more walkthroughs and collections.