Hey guys. I thought we might like to do some info gathering on Monster Collection, or at least, I would, anyway. I'm not really in much of a position to do much, but I can at least get the ball rolling.
I've mostly been using this wiki page as a resource, but I don't really know Korean, so maybe we might get someone better able to translate it.
But from what I can gather:
In Section 2: Details, the following points are made:
- You do not have to kill the canonical version of a mob in order for it to register. Using canonical in an abuse of notation sense, by which I mean the normal version of such a monster, like for example, the Mushmom which spawns outside of Hen. Monster Collection works, I think, on a same appearance/same name basis. Thus, while it's difficult to catch Mushmom by hunting the one that spawns infrequently around Hen, it's relatively easy to spawn massive amounts of Mushmoms in Tangyoon's Kitchen and register it that way. The examples given by the source are that you can kill the Demolisher either at the end of Riena Strait, or in Black Heaven because they have the same name, but the Mihile boss in Monster Park will not register as Mihile in the collection.
-- An addendum here, I think it's obvious that this probably doesn't apply to monsters outside of KMS, for example, Crimsonheart Castle mobs are the canonical versions, and Phantom Forest/CWK mobs will not register (I believe these, the Crimsonheart Castle mobs, are added in a future patch, if they're not in there already)
- The Star System:
1 Star : Normal Monster
2 Stars : Star Force Monster
3 Stars : Elite Monster
4 Stars : PQ Bosses, Other Bosses (?)
5 Stars : (Major?) Bosses
The number of stars affects (the source says increases?) the probability of registration, which I guess makes sense, you wouldn't want to need to kill Empress the same amount of times as you would an Orange Mushroom to register.
In Section 3: Tips, the following points are made:
- Using a Zero can make it easier to register certain bosses, as they spawn at the end of Mirror World dungeons which you can do as many times as you'd like, rather than free spawning or PQ versions.
- The Ephinea line of monsters is the easiest Black Box line to complete
- The best jobs for Monster Collection are Night Lord (because of the mark skill), Mechanic (because of portals), and Zero (because of the aforementioned bosses), with some note about Evan (?).
- See quote
In Section 5, monsters are listed by sets, and each set have some miscellaneous notes about the monsters in the set. The names of the monsters are either black for normal mobs, green for elite monsters, red for bosses, or purple, which I can't tell the meaning of.
The exists data for Monster Collection within the Wz files, but I'm not currently in a position where I'd be able to go through it, figure out the structure, or process it into some meaningful way. At a glance, there appears to be several tooltips associated with either the sets or monsters which don't seem to appear in game, but the basically all just say the same thing, which I can't recall.