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I just made a "Hunter's Vest", but the game didn't ask me to automatically equip it. When I went to my stash to try to equip manually, I got this message.

Your Hunter Type can't use this equipment.

What does that mean? Why can't I use the armor I just bought? Is there any way to tell when this will occur before I craft something?

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There are two types are armor, Gunner and Blademaster. Gunner can only be worn by hunters using a Bow or Bowgun. Blademaster is for hunters using any other weapon. The hunter type of every piece of equipment is displayed in the items details, on the second screen (accessible with the "R" button). When you're in the blacksmith you can change the armor type displayed by pressing the "-" button. The items currently displayed are shown at the bottom of the list, next to "Current list".

Helmets are the only piece of armour lacking a type, and therefore can be worn by any hunter, regardless of which weapon they're using. However, every Helmet is intended to go along with a specific Gunner or Blademaster armour set. The Gunner version of a Helmet will normally have different skills than the Blademaster armour, and will always have less armour. Looking at the defense is an easy way to tell which set the Helmet is intended for, since the helmet with lower armour goes with the Gunner set, and the higher armour helmet goes with the Blademaster set.

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  • Except for helmets, for some reason. You can't filter those. I don't know why.
    – Frank
    Mar 26, 2013 at 3:49
  • @fbueckert Helmets don't have a type. A Blademster can wear a helmet intended for the gunner armor set and vice versa.
    – Wipqozn
    Mar 26, 2013 at 13:04
  • At the same time, Gunner armor tends to have higher elemental resistances. Presumably, this is because Gunners are more likely to get hit by ranged elemental attacks (Barioth's ice breath) rather than physical attacks because of their distance from the monster.
    – Yuuki
    Apr 8, 2013 at 17:43

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