I would disagree with a lot of advice given. If you are hunting Carabok you do not want to play the average. In spite of the fact that the average damage is only 5% over the hits on the creature, the weapons that do more damage will cost you more since when you DO come in slightly under or over the hits, you waste a heck of a lot of firepower. And with a 5% margin that is probably more than 50% of the time. I think everyone would agree with this: Have a suite of weapons at hand doing anywhere from 3-12 max damage. Smack them one time with the big weapon. Switch over to a weapon that does max a little above what is left. Finish with a small weapon when it has 2 or so hits left. Actually, you can get pretty good at figuring out what weapon will finish a creature when it gets low on hits just by looking at the bar. I have a SI Scorpion and a S.I. Blade and can mini-max when they get down low. Frankly, though, even with the smaller weapons mini-maxing Carabok is a losing proposition. It only takes missing the target by one point of damage to kill the rewards percentage, which is why swunting is so attractive on them. Gallards are almost as easy and give better results - though there is that Carabok mission series so you can't just ignore the Carabok!