A Secret Area is a special part of the map the hunter can access at the beginning of a G-Rank or Felyne Elder quest. Once the hunter starts a quest there is a small chance that he/she will begin in an area that has never been seen before. In this place the hunter can gather rare items that can only be found in that spot. Once the player has exited the area, they cannot return to it again during that period. They must return back to the village and initiate the quest again.
If the Felyne Explorer skill is activated, there is a 100% chance of spawning in a secret area on G-Rank Quests.
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