How the Monster Hunter community set itself on fire for over a decade

How the Monster Hunter community set itself on fire for over a decade

It all started with Monster Hunter Tri – Deviljho, the devourer of worlds; a monster that would eat meat traps, other monsters, and even its own tail. Except that the last part was never really the case and the Monster Hunter community has been thrown into confusion as what has long been common knowledge has been turned on its head.

Monster Hunter as a series has a long history of community superstitions. The “Desire Sensor” was jokingly used to describe cases where players would continue to only receive materials from hunts they didn’t need; while “Stroke the Poogie” – the series’ adorable pig mascot – was seen as a means of manipulating the RNG in your favour. However, these have always been recognized as fake and have always only ever been playful means of massaging the pain of fighting the same monster over and over again to get what you need to upgrade some gear.

Deviljho and his supposed taste for his own flesh were different. Ever since the monster was recorded, it has been assumed that he had an inclination to enjoy his own wares. Leading up to Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, a video uploaded to Capcom’s official YouTube even perpetuated the misinformation that it would choose its own tail to eat for a snack. With anything else Deviljho would eat—including hunters and even other monsters—it wasn’t too far-fetched to think his appetite could include his own flesh and blood.

Ever since the question was first posed to the community a few weeks ago, the community has been in a panic as more and more players spoke out about their perceived experiences and others desperately continued to hunt down Deviljho in every game it appeared in and try every one a number of methods to get one to eat one’s own severed tail. a clip, which at first glance appeared to show someone performing the deed in the Japan-only Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, initially seemed to confirm the phenomenon – until further testing indicated that the video in question, running on the PPSSPP emulator ran, possibly cloaked was a placed flesh trap using an imperfect texture replacement; with a strand of pixels popping out of the tail revealing the ruse.

Of course, like other cases of the Mandela Effect, many gamers continue to insist that their memories of Deviljho eating his cock are true; and from their perspective it might have seemed so. Older monster hunters didn’t sync small monsters between players in multiplayer, so a Deviljho trying to eat the corpse of a small monster on another player’s side could have gotten caught in its tail and continued the ruse. Perhaps these cases were the result of con artists intentionally hiding meat traps in a tail, as seems to have been the case with the “evidence” linked above.

Regardless of what led to the rumor being maintained in the first place, with so many members of the community desperately trying to confirm what everyone had believed to be true. If Deviljho was actually capable of using his own tail for consumption, we would have seen definitive proof by now. The fact that there is no such documentation from any of the games the monster appeared in, and neither from the western nor from the Japanese community, can only mean that the Deviljho effect was real; and the community as a whole had been taken in by a ruse for over a decade.

With a series that’s tended to be intentionally blunt, especially in older games, it’s perhaps not much of a surprise that such a misunderstanding could persist for so long. With games as mechanically dense as Monster Hunter, it was always very easy to believe that such a system could exist. As sad as it may be to learn that such a defining trait of a fan-favorite monster was never actually true, it feels oddly odd that such a rumor could have existed for so long before it finally comes to light. Who knows what other misconceptions players may discover?

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