For me it depends on what kind of hunt I’m leading.
For a platform hunt, I bring warp conduits, coin, and the normal things I would bring like a bow, fist, food/brews.
My strategy is to move fast, and go after the biggest meteors. I will wait on the platform for a minute or two, then move to the next. There are 22 platforms on the circuit. We wait for the big meteors, rather than chase small ones… I find jumping prematurely for a small meteor, will often end up with a lvl 6 intercepting on the way there… then the group is split. No fun. So, we wait for the big ones. As a hunt leader I do kill things, but I will aim mostly for Cuttletrunks so I can watch the sky. My role is find and keep track of meteors. I don’t heal much because meteors don’t fall up from the ground. We usually have a few dedicated healers on our hunts.
For a running hunt, I bring an atlas. If I have discovered the entire planet, I will have locations saved so that I can track them. Otherwise, I’ll run from region to region using the compass. I will also bring the same things I bring on a platform hunt. Conduits are a must.
The most challenging part of leading is maintaining locations of multiple meteors on the ground, and keeping the group together. We usually have between 20-45 people on any given day. Trolling happens, but it’s rare. I find that by just keeping a routine and maintaining constant communication (always be in shout mode) with the group is most important.
Last but not least, accept assistance. For me as a PS4 player, I appreciate the help when a PC player can use the mod to spot meteors from further away. I have also found that after getting used to leading, you don’t “see hunts” the same way. We work together as a team and it helps a lot. .
Thanks @Damagekai, @shortyd856, and @Dubbanz, for leading! You guys all do a great job!