There are five different weapons available at the start of Wild Hearts. Trying to figure out which of these to begin your journey through Azuma with can be daunting. This is especially true if you happen to be new to the monster-hunting genre. The Karakuri Katana, Nodachi, Bow, Maul, and Bladed Wagasa all offer unique playstyles. If you can’t make up your mind or simply need some guidance, read on to find out the best starting weapons in Wild Hearts.
Best Starting Weapons in Wild Hearts
The best weapon to start with is the Karakuri Katana, but of course, at the end of the day it’s definitely going to be a matter of personal preference. However, this is the safest option early on.
This is actually the weapon you’ll start Wild Hearts off with by default and that’s for good reason. The Karakuri Katana is incredibly easy to use. Its attacks are fast and fluid, letting you get up close to kemono to dish out good damage.
It unleashes its true potential once the attack gauge is completely filled. In the Unbound State, the Karakuri Katana will be even more powerful and transform into a whip. On top of the newly added extra damage, this also increases the range of your attacks. That really comes in handy if you’re playing in multiplayer.
If you’d rather keep a safer distance, another one of the best weapons early on is the Bow. It’s a great option for anyone looking for some extra maneuverability and pairs great with starting karakuri.
The Bow is capable of firing two different types of arrows based on its stance: Haya and Otoya. Haya arrows are fired with the Bow held horizontally and stick onto kemono. By switching stances, Otoya arrows can be fired to detonate Haya arrows. It’s an incredibly simple weapon to get a grasp on and offers a lot of fun.
You should definitely experiment with the other starting weapons in the game since the three hidden ones take a while to unlock. That said, the Karakuri Katana and Bow are your best options for slaying the early kemonos.
Don’t forget that if you need to switch up your strategy, Wild Hearts allows you to change your equipment during a quest.
Nick Ransbottom is a freelance games journalist and bad puns enthusiast. If he isn’t streaming on Twitch or sinking dozens of hours into an RPG, he’s watching reruns of MST3K with his husband and cat.