Wild Hearts distinguishes itself from similar action RPGs thanks to its intriguing Karakuri. These magical devices will not only help hunt Kemono, but can also be used to quickly navigate Azuma’s various landscapes and even create self-sustaining settlements.
The Karakuri system has shades of Fortnite and Death Stranding as you summon structures from thin air, some expendable and some more permanent, all of which can be used by other players. If you’re migrating from Monster Hunter, the Karakuri may seem like a gimmick at first, although using them becomes an essential part of Wild Hearts, as the system has some really nice depth to it.
This guide will explain how the different types of Karakuri work, how to get more of them, and which ones you should try to unlock first.
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What are basic Karakuri in Wild Hearts?
Wild Hearts Karakuri comes in three different variations: Basic, Fusion and Dragon. While the latter are more permanent and are mainly used in base building, the first two are expendable and focus on combat.
Basic Karakuri, such as the box, spring, and glider, can be deployed at any time on the fly using a quick combination of button presses.
Note that you can only have four of these equipped at a time, although you can easily change them out by visiting a nearby forge.
There are six types of basic Karakuri in total; Starting with the box, you’ll unlock more as you progress through the story. This is what they do:
Box (costs 1 thread): A box that can be stacked in towers of three to reach inaccessible areas. Hunters can jump from them to unleash a devastating aerial attack.
Spring (costs 2 threads): A jumping pad that can quickly launch hunters horizontally. Excellent for evading wide area of effect Kemono attacks. Some weapons also have spring-enhanced attacks.
Glider (costs 3 threads): A portable, helicopter-like device that propels hunters into the air and then slowly descends. Ideal for navigating vertical structures.
Torch (costs 1 thread): A brazier that will unleash a flame attack when hunters walk nearby. The added fire element can be useful against certain types of Kemono. Flame attacks can also open up areas of the map covered in vines.
Stake (costs 2 threads): A hook attached to a small platform on which hunters can stand, shortening the distance to their target.
Celestial Anchor (costs 3 threads): This device attaches to hunters, creating a tether that draws them to where the anchor is placed. This allows for some flashy evasive maneuvers that can even be performed in the air. Incredibly useful, although it will take time to master.
It’s worth noting that you can’t generate an endless arsenal of basic Karakuri. Each time you summon one, it will consume Thread, a resource that can be mined from various nodes around each map, highlighted by your Hunter Vision.
In solo play, your Tsukumo will help you by occasionally digging up small thread caches, and as you progress through the game, you’ll also increase your maximum thread capacity. Basic Karakuri are also fragile and can be easily destroyed by Kemono’s attacks.
What are Fusion Karakuri in Wild Hearts?
Basic Karakuri can be useful on their own, but they take on a new dimension once you figure out how to fuse them together. For example, summoning six boxes in a formation will create a Bulwark that can counter a Kemono charge, stun them, or even throw them onto their back.
The Fusion Karakuri available to you will depend on the four basic Karakuri you have equipped at the same time. Although you can preview what each Fusion does by scrolling through Karakuri’s dense upgrade menu, each requires an “awakening” before you can use them in battle.
These awakenings may seem random, although they only occur in certain scenarios, for example when facing an approaching Kingtusk charge. If you successfully execute the combination of button prompts that appear on the screen, you will unlock that Fusion to use whenever you want.
While some fusions are quite simple and require pressing a few buttons or multiple times of the same button, others can be difficult to memorize. Fortunately, a list of button combinations will appear in the top right corner of the screen every time you access the Karakuri menu.
Here is an overview of Fusion Karakuri available in Wild Hearts:
- Bulwark: A sturdy wall that can counter Kemono’s charges
- Fireworks: Triggers an explosion that can stagger Kemono.
- Healing Mist: Slowly restores the health of nearby hunters.
- Pounder: A giant hammer attack that can stagger Kemono
- Elemental Lantern: Negates Kemono’s elemental attacks
- Shield wall: a stronger but smaller bulwark
- Repeater Crossbow: Automatically attacks nearby Kemono.
- Star Bomb: Explodes after a few seconds and deals heavy damage.
- Chain Trap: Traps Kemono and holds him in place for a short time.
- Healing Vaporizer: Heals nearby hunters and cures status ailments.
- Pile Driver: Unleash a devastating attack when grabbing a Kemono
- Harpoon: Fires giant beams that cause great damage.
- Celestial Shield: An even stronger version of the Bulwark
- Celestial Canon: More powerful version of the repeating crossbow
What are Dragon Karakuri in Wild Hearts?
Last but not least, we have the Karakuri Dragon. They come in all shapes and sizes, from ornamental signs and lanterns to various workstations and the zip-line-shaped Flying Vine launcher.
Once you unlock a Karakuri Dragon, you can place it anywhere in Azuma as long as it is safe and not obstructed by an NPC or existing structures. Unlike basic Karakuri, there’s no need to worry about the cost of threads, although there are still limits on how many you can place in a particular region.
As you explore each map, you’ll notice strange pools of energy surrounded by a swirl of red tendrils. By collecting crystals and interacting with these Dragon Pits, you can increase the limit on the number of Dragon Karakuri you can summon in your current region. While it’s easy to get carried away between Kemono hunts, we recommend taking the time to explore, unlock, and upgrade these Dragon Pits.
Each Karakuri Dragon has its own function, and some are purely decorative. You’ll immediately have access to essential items such as the Hunter’s Tent, which creates a fast travel point, and the Campfire which is used to play online and upgrade your Tsukumo.
Here is a list of the different types of Dragon Karakuri and what they do:
- Campfire: Access online multiplayer and upgrade Tsukumo
- Hunter’s Tent: Change the time of day and regain health
- Field Forge: Create weapons and armor, change your equipment
- Clothesline: improves food quality
- Hunting Tower: Highlights the nearby Kemono, can be upgraded to find hidden Tsukumo and other collectibles.
- Flying Vine: Create a zip line between two points
- Sign: Decorative
- Ornamental lantern: decorative
- Paddle Scoop: collect fish over time
- Ingredient Chest: Used to store food.
- Training Bear: Practice Weapon Techniques and Tutorials
- Wind Vortex: Lifts hunters into the air, ideal for accessing hard-to-reach places.
- Launcher: Catapult Hunters and Basic Karakuri
- Pickling jar: improve food quality
- Wind chime: decorative
- Tsukumo Mineral Shrine – Collect minerals over time
- Small Desk: Decorative
- Bench: Decorative
- Wildlife Cage: Collect materials over time.
- Fermenting Barrel: Improves the quality of food
- Improved Flying Vine: Creates a zip line that can also damage Kemono
- Looking Glass: Change your hunter’s appearance (Minato only)
- Community Ingredient Chest – Used to store food.
- Roller: Generates a wheel-shaped vehicle, allowing for quick transportation.
- Tsukumo Celestial Camp: Recharge your Hunter Thread
- Parasol: Decorative
- Smoker: Improves the quality of food.
- Hunter’s Bath: Decorative
- Tsukumo Food Shrine: Collect food over time
- Wildlife Pen: Collect small parts of creatures over time.
- Vermillion Fermenting Barrel: Improves food quality
- Vermilion Harvesting Jar – Improves Food Quality
- Vermilion wind chime: decorative
- Tanuki statue: decorative
- Ornamental entrance door: decorative
How to unlock more Dragon Karakuri in Wild Hearts
The Karakuri menu in Wild Hearts offers a branching path of upgrades that you can unlock by spending Kemono Orbs. The further you go down this upgrade tree, the more advanced and expensive they become, with options to upgrade your existing Karakuri as well.
If you’re going through the main story missions, you probably won’t have enough Kemono Orbs to unlock some of the more desirable upgrades. For example, once you reach Chapter 3, Tsukumo Ore Shrine and Wildlife are essential as they passively generate hard-to-find materials needed to craft better weapons and armor.
As a result, you will need to search for Kemono Orbs by completing hunts and breaking Kemono body parts. The quickest way to do this is to use the campfire or Hunter’s Gates to find multiplayer sessions, hunting Kemono harder for higher Orb payouts.
The Karakuri system comes with a bit of a learning curve, though it makes for a nice addition to the monster hunting genre. It will be interesting to see what kind of combinations the Wild Hearts gaming community comes up with.
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