A snail isn’t likely to be the first creature you’d associate with Monster Hunter, a series that celebrates frantic, fast-paced hack-and-slash gameplay. However, the reveal of the Escuregot from the official franchise’s Twitter has revealed that shell-dwelling critters have an important role to play in the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise.

As the clip demonstrates, upon encountering an Escuregot in the wild, you have the option of picking it up and stowing it away for later use. When the situation calls for it, you can then place the creature down and let it release a mist of healing spores that will restore your Hunter’s health. According to the tweet, the Escuregot is an example of the game’s “Hunting Helpers.”

 

 

That’s about all of the confirmed details we can currently extract from the tweet, but going by the healing cloud seen in the footage, it may also be fair to assume that the Escuregot acts as an area-of-effect healer.

Just in case your brain is currently operating at a snail’s pace, there’s also a followup tweet that will clearly spell out the pun-fueled nature of the creature’s name for you.

 

 

Thanks, guys.

Monster Hunter Rise will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch on March 26th, 2021.

 

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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