I really want to give charm sniping (finding a specific charm on demand, basically) in MH3U a go, but I have no idea how to go about it.

My current character has Charm Table 3. I can retrieve the RNG seed and sequence number with Athena's Charm Search Tool, but I don't know where to go next.

The following links probably provide some information are about immobilisation (maximising and freezing the number of Weathered Charms gathered in a run) but my Japanese only extends as far as reading most skill, item, and monster names (because I played P3rd in Japanese).

A good step by step description of how to snipe a charm that is in your table would be much appreciated.

Edit: Some posts in the Charm Search tool thread on minegarde shed a little more light on the situation. I still have no idea how to use the data I have, though.

#18: (partial quote)
Can you explain the RNG/Seed info in relation to charm sniping? I thought
charm sniping had to do with fixing the number of charms you get per run,
but it seems its even more involved than that.

#19: (partial quote)
Yeah, that's pretty much it. There are lists that show how many charms give
the best chances of a specific talisman in a certain table. You go mining and
make sure you get that number of timeworn/shining charms and drop all
mystery charms/ruststones/ancientstones.

#20: (partial quote)
There was also a GameFaqs post that addressed RNG and Seed info differently
- timing it kind of like you do with choosing a Charm Table. Link to that
post here: [moved below so that it is clickable]


  • Doing a fast read of the website through Google, the first link sounds more like tips on how to hunt quickly than anything else. The other two, not sure.
    – Frank
    Apr 30, 2013 at 23:28
  • @fbueckert Google translate the first link and read the bottom section ("Immobilization (random number adjustment)"). It seems relevant to drop sniping but wasn't clear enough for me to work all the details out. May 1, 2013 at 0:51
  • Interesting read, though. If there's a way to manipulate the RNG into providing the charms you want, it could provide something much more useful than the random mostly-junk we got now.
    – Frank
    May 1, 2013 at 13:22
  • Added some interesting stuff to the question, and added my own answer with some data I dredged up from the internet. I'm going to test it later but I'm pretty busy with work so IDK for sure when I will get a chance. May 1, 2013 at 21:58
  • I found some more info. Linked, and a step-by-step guide provided.
    – Frank
    May 1, 2013 at 22:27

1 Answer 1


Ok, so after doing some hunting, here's what I found:


That seems to be the basic guide on how to Charm Snipe, although reasoning isn't provided.

For those that want some step-by-step instructions:

Generally, it seems that the RNG isn't so random, but rather cycles through a pre-generated list. "Actions" use up these random values. What defines an action is still up in the air, but even just standing around doing nothing uses them up.

Another thing to note is that charms gain their skills on appraisal, I believe. It may be possible to test that, and I shall. They key point is that they are not gained upon mining it.

Basic Requirements

  • For best results, you need to be at least HR8 online. You can do this in Misty Peaks at HR3, but your mileage may vary. The link doesn't address High Rank, but I suspect some charms are only available through Timeworn or Enduring charms, not Mystery or Shining. Will test to confirm.
  • Wear the Leather set. Presumably for the Gathering, Whim, and Speed Gathering skills.
  • Gem in Bombardier. Mostly for your suiciding efficiency; spending time uses up actions, and you don't want that if you're close to the charm you want.
  • Dump everything out of your bag. Put three Large Barrel Bombs in the first inventory slot, and two Large Barrel Bomb+ in the second slot. I don't think this counts as an action, but is more for suicide efficiency.
  • Bring along some Pickaxes. Y'know, so you can mine.
  • Punt Cha-cha and Kayamba. They'll spend actions you don't want.

Save game prep

  • You want to "lock" the skills you get from cooking. All you really want is Felyne Explorer. To do so:

    1. Save your game.
    2. Cook Fish with Wine.
    3. If you don't get Felyne Explorer, take a quest and abandon it. Start again from Step 1.
    4. If you DO get Felyne Explorer, do not save the game. You've just "locked" Explorer as your skill every time you reload this game. Quit and reload.

So, now that you've finished preparing, you need to figure out where you are in your RNGs. You do this by performing one run as fast as you can. The charms you get can be cross referenced against Athena's Charm Table. Find your charm in the correct table and right-click it; the RNG value will tell you where in the table you are.

Obviously, you need to know what the RNG value of the charm you're after is; Athena's Charm Table is perfect for that.

The run

  1. Load your savegame.
  2. Grab any non-Harvest Tour quest for the Misty Peaks (theoretically, any area would work, I believe).
  3. Eat for your Explorer skill that you've locked. If the ingredients aren't Fresh, use a Voucher.
  4. As soon as the quest starts, mine out the hidden area, and gather if there are bones.
  5. Drop a Large Barrel Bomb, and kick it. It will explode.
  6. Repeat step 5 until dead.
  7. After you've carted, sprint to Area 1, and drop a Large Barrel Bomb+. Kick it. It should kill you.
  8. Kill yourself again with Step 7.
  9. Congratulations, you've failed the quest. Your consolation is the charms you just mined.
  10. The Appraisal screen will give you your charms.
  11. If you didn't get your desired charm, re-load. Otherwise, congratulations! You just sniped your charm.

Now, the idea is that once you figure out where on the RNG you are, you want to figure out how far away you are from your chosen charm. If you want, say a charm with RNG 5000, and you find out that your charms give you RNGs of 4000-4500, then what you need to do is delay your third death for a bit. Exactly how long is up in the air, and hasn't been completely determined. Some testing has shown that it's roughly 300 "Actions" per minute of waiting in Area 1 of Misty Peaks. So that's about 5/second. What you can do is keep track of the quest timer, and note the RNG range of the charms you got. If the one you want is inside that range, you've found your time limit.

If you're really far from your desired RNG, you can waste some Actions by just going to Moga Woods on a freehunt, and just stand around for a bit. Save right after, and you've permanently moved your RNG forward a bit. Note that it wraps around back to 0 somewhere around ~5400.

Once you've found the correct time range, you just have to hope that you get your desired charm. If you don't, reload and re-run, and try to kill yourself the third time at the same point in time.

  • Hey, here is another very useful post about sniping on MH Science Jun 16, 2013 at 23:59
  • A fast read of that doesn't really add anything new to my answer; if anything, it confuses the issue by not really explaining what each bit does. Yeah, it might work, but it doesn't really explain HOW.
    – Frank
    Jun 17, 2013 at 1:16
  • I agree. However, it also contains some miscellaneous details about what can cause sudden RN clock progression and some other bits and pieces. Which I thought you might find interesting. Jun 17, 2013 at 2:03

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