I currently have:
Full Qurupeco Armor with either Grinder jewels or Attack Jewels (depending on what I need - just random hunting in Moga Woods or actually going on a quest.)
A War Hammer +
A Rugged Great Sword (how do you think I cut Ludy's tail and wound his mane?)
The Bone Tomahawk (to be upgraded into a Qurupeco Chopper when the Pale Extract FINALLY becomes available...)
I know the Capture Expert Charm gives more rewards for captures, and I have become somewhat proficient at that.
If I have to unlock some place I haven't been to yet, so be it. Gobul stands in my way.