A complete guide for Monster Hunter: World.
If you’re currently playing Monster Hunter: World or are planning to play it, you’ll be struck by just how much there is to do in the game’s world. While the game retains the basic formula from previous entries in the series, it has also changed things up quite a bit. Whether you’re new to the series or a veteran hunter, there is probably something in this guide that will be helpful along your journey as a hunter.
If you’re looking for any information about boss fights, weapons, crafting, farming, or anything else, then look no further! There’s plenty to learn before you master the art of hunting. If you’re ready, then let’s get started.
GENERAL TIPS AND TRICKS
Try out all the different weapon types
Monster Hunter: World presents you with 14 different weapon types, each with their own unique play-style. Don’t limit yourself to any one weapon as all 14 weapon types are accessible right from the beginning. Make sure to try each of these different weapons on expeditions and hunts until you finally settle on a style that suits you best. If you’re confused about what weapon to pick at the start, then pay attention to the star rating that lets you know how difficult a weapon is to use effectively. If you ever want to try out a new weapon type, you can go to the training ground where you can learn the different combos at ease before trying them out in the world outside.
Fireflies show you where to go
If you’re a new player,then make sure to notice the fireflies in the game as these mark important areas of interest in the game. They also mark tracks that players can make use of to lead them to some great monsters out in the wild. If you’re ever feeling a bit lost on where to go next, remember that you just need to look for these fireflies.
Expeditions And Quests
In Monster Hunter: World, you have the choice to do a large number of quests along with expeditions. Quests are time-limited and are usually related to the story progression of the game. If you pick up any quest, be sure to do these right away and also prepare yourself in advance, as the quest will fail if you die more than thrice. Expeditions on the other hand require you to explore a given environment. You’re free to do whatever you want in these places, including hunting monsters, gathering items, etc. Expeditions are superior to optional quests as they offer bonus rewards.
Pick up quests at the base
Before you’re heading out into the wild, remember to pick up quests to hunt any monsters. Although you can still hunt the monster on an expedition, you’ll miss out on the bonus rewards that the quests off for doing the same thing. So any time you want to go up against some interesting monster, make sure you’ve picked up the relevant quest for it.
Read your map and journal
The map will provide you with useful information bout the world around you. As you explore an area, the map will fill up with points of interest that you can check out whenever you want. Additionally, make sure to read your journal as well as it contains useful information about monsters in a given area, active quests, and more.
Don’t forget to check out your room
You can access the training grounds from your room. You can also customize your room and really make it your own. Any pets that you tame can also be let loose here. It’s also just a great place to relax when you want a break from hunting out in the wild.
Pay attention to your Palico companion
Your palico companion can be quite useful in battle by supporting you with healing items or anything else based on the gadgets you equip it with. It’s also really entertaining to just watch its expressions and reactions as the both of you are out exploring.
Make use of the environment
In Monster Hunter: World, you can use things in the environment to your advantage. There are flowers out there in the wild that can restore vitality, and there are also hazardous flora such as Poisoncups which you can make use of to poison enemies. Just be careful that you don’t get poisoned yourself.
Weapons and Armor
After you’ve defeated monsters and have collected the loot, you can use the items you’ve gained to craft better gear. Make sure you get the best gear you can by going to the Workshop. With weapons, there are multiple upgrade trees you can choose from. You can read more about this in the section dedicated to weapons. In the beginning though, just try out what upgrades do and how well they serve you in battle because all of them are going to be quite useful.
One of the most exciting parts about this game is getting to face bosses. These monsters are quite tough to defeat and will require careful planning from your part if you want to defeat them. However, each monster also has its unique weaknesses that you can take advantage of to defeat it, so make sure you do your research before going up against one of these.
List of all the bosses in the game
You can check out the video below which showcases all of the boss battles. Be forewarned though that it contains some spoilers about the game.
Every monster that you encounter in Monster Hunter: World has certain weaknesses and certain resistances. It will be crucial to learn about these if you want to truly experience the feeling of being a great hunter. You can check out what you know about a given monster by checking your Hunter’s Notes. Here, you can see what are the breakable parts of the monster’s body, what elements it’s weak against, and a lot more useful information.
Different sections of a monster’s body will have different traits. For example, a monster’s leg may be weak against severe and blunt damage while its arm may be weak against ammo damage. There may also be certain parts of the monster’s body that can be severed. An elements table and ailments table will tell you more about the monster’s weaknesses. Some monsters may be weak against the fire element while others may be weak against water. Similarly, a monster may also be prone to ailments such as poison and paralysis.
Make sure you read your Hunter’s Notes before you face a particularly tough monster as it will help you decide on an efficient strategy so as to defeat it.
COMPLETE WEAPONS GUIDE
There’s a lot to learn about weapons in this game. There are 14 different weapon types and these weapons have complicated upgrade trees you can choose to make it better in battle. There are also specific weapon skills that you’ll have to know to use a weapon effectively.
Each different weapon type in Monster Hunter: World has its own unique style and combo to master. As a general rule, smaller weapons are faster while larger weapons deal more damage. You can never rely completely on a single weapon type and it’s best to be equipped so as to be able to adapt to any situation. You can read below what the different weapon types are.
Long Sword – The long sword is an agile weapon and can be used to attack weapons from a decent range. It also has the ability of Spirit Blade which buffs the weapon for some time.
Switch Axe – The switch axe has two different forms. It can either be used as a one- handed weapon with a shield or it can be used as a large axe that deals tons of damage.
Sword and Shield – This weapon is very balanced and allows you to attack enemies while also defending yourself.
Bow – The bow is a great ranged weapon and can be used to target specific parts of a monster from afar. A monster will be stunned if you land a headshot.
Gunlance – This is one of the most versatile weapon types in the game. It allows you to attack an enemy up close and then quickly back away to fire a couple of shots at it.
Hammer – The hammer is a powerful weapon that can stun enemies if they’re hit on the head. The hammer also has a powerful charged attack that can be used to stun enemies.
Heavy Bowgun – You can shoot enemies from afar with this weapon and it deals great damage However, it’s not very effective at close quarters combat and you can’t use a shield along with it either.
Light Bowgun – This is much more agile than its counterpart and can be used to unleash deadly attacks at enemies before then getting out of harm’s way.
Hunting Horn – The hunting horn is a support weapon and can be used to unleash ranged attacks. It can also be used to buff party members.
Charge Blade – The charge blade has two different forms. It can either be used as a one handed sword with a shield or it can be used as a two-handed heavy weapon.
Dual Blades – These blades are the fastest weapon type in the game and are particularly useful if you’re going for a play-style that requires you to move around a lot.
Great Sword – This is one of the slowest weapon types in the game and you’ll have to be careful when using it as it can’t be switched into another form which makes it faster.
Insect Glaive – This weapon is a little difficult to master but it’s very powerful. The kinsect can be used along with this weapon which allows you to harvest extract from monsters which in turn grants the Insect Glaive certain bonuses.
Lance – The lance can be used to attack enemies from a decent range and it can be used along with a shield.
As you progress further in the game and start facing tougher monsters, you’ll need to upgrade your weapon to get the best out of it. To upgrade it, go to Smithy who can be found in the highest level of the Resource Center. Upgrading weapons will require monster parts and if you have the required parts, hand them over and the Smithy will upgrade the weapon for you.
Each weapon in the game can be upgraded with a particular set of skills. The Artillery skill for example will strengthen explosive attacks, such as the attacks from a gunlance. The Evade Extender skill will increase the evade distance. You can read below the recommended skills for each weapon.
Every melee weapon in the game is affected by Sharpness. Sharpness basically denotes he condition of the weapon. After a weapon is used a lot, its sharpness will start to decrease. Sharpness is indicated by colors at the top left corner of the screen. The sharpness of a weapon determines how much damage the weapon will deal. White is the best condition and will deal 1.3x weapon, with Green following at 1.1x, Yellow at 1x, Orange at o.75x, and Red at 0.5x. When the sharpness falls really low, it’s time to use a whetstone and increase the sharpness of the weapon. Alternatively, if you upgrade a weapon via the Smithy, the weapon’s sharpness will also increase. Finally, if you have the Sharpness skill, you can use it to improve a weapon’s sharpness by one whole level. For example, if a weapon’s sharpness is at the Red level, using the skill will increase its sharpness to the Orange level.
You can forge some epic weapons in the game using the loot you’ve collected from defeating monsters. You can check out the video below to learn more about forging and upgrading weapons.
What is Affinity
An important stat in Monster Hunter: World is called Affinity. You may be confused by the name but basically, it is very similar to the ‘Critical Chance’ attribute that you see in other games. This means that if you have a higher Affinity, then you have a greater chance to land a critical hit on an enemy. On the other hand, Affinity can also be a negative number and if this is the case then there will be a chance that you land weak hits against enemies once in a while, so be sure to pay attention to this attribute.
How to capture monsters
You can choose to capture monsters instead of killing them so as to earn some extra rewards. You can complete normal quests this way and some optional quests can only be completed by capturing the monsters.
To capture a large monster, you’ll need a Shock Trap and a Tranq Bomb. Both items can either be bought or they can be crafted. You’ll first have to attack your target monster and after it’s weakened enough, it will head back to its nest. Once there, place a Shock Trap near it. Once the creature gets shocked, use a Tranq Bomb near it. After using a few Tranq bombs, the creature will be captured.
To capture smaller monsters, just equip your Capture Net and then use it once you’re close enough to the monster you want to capture.
How to fish
In between hunting monsters and exploring the world in the game, you may want to take some time off to just go fishing. To go fishing, you will need a fishing rod in your inventory and you’ll then need to find a fishing spot. Fishing only becomes available once you’ve unlocked the Ancient Forest area. To fish, first find a fishing spot, and then select your fishing rod (with the D-pad). After this, you have to cast your line (using R2/RT). When a fish has caught on, you will feel a rumble and then you only need to reel the fish in (using Circle/ B) to get your catch.
ARMOR SETS AND SKILLS GUIDE
In Monster Hunter: World, an armor set is made up 5 different pieces. If you wear a particular number of pieces from the same armor set, you’ll even be able to get certain bonuses. Armor sets can also be upgraded using armor spheres.
There are various armor sets you can use in the game. Each armor sets will have their own unique advantages and some of these are dropped by certain bosses.
There are various armor skills that may be attached to a piece of armor or an armor set. They are very important and provide useful buffs to the character.
Set Bonus Armor Skills
Some armor sets provide bonus skills if you have a required number of pieces belonging to the same set. You can check out below the different bonuses you can receive from different armor sets.
RECIPES CRAFTING GUIDE
During your time in this game, you can have a much easier time of it if you craft items and gear. Crafting is an essential part of the game and is the best way to get some great items. It also ensures that you make use of all the ingredients you collect along your way. You can find listed below items you can craft along with what ingredients are needed to craft it.
HOW TO PLAY ONLINE:
While you can play through the content of this game all by yourself, it will be a lot more fun if you find some friends to play along with you. If you want to, you can use the matchmaking system to find a player who’s also looking for someone to play with. This is the best way to meet random new people in the game. If you want to play with your friends, then click on the ‘Create Your Own Quest’ button which will give you a Quest ID. Once you’ve shared this with your friends, they can join you on your adventures.
You can also make a squad with your friends. Squads work similarly to clans in other games and a single squad can have up to 50 hunters. A squad has many advantages and it can be customized in the Gathering Hub by speaking to the Squad Manager. A squad is a great way to make it easier to play with all your friends and to also communicate with them in-game. One significant advantage of being in a squad is that your friends will no longer need a quest ID but can just join you by simply clicking a button.
HOW TO EARN RESEARCH POINTS
Almost everything you do in the game will earn you research points. Just follow the clues pointed out by your Scoutflies and you’ll earn research points. Your Scoutflies also level up when they are used to hunt down monsters. They can gain up to 3 levels with each level making it easier to find a particular monster. If you have a level 3 Scoutfly, then the Monster and its current status can be seen on your map.
Research Points can also be used to unlock investigations. Additionally, they can be used to buy new armor for your Palico companion, to buy meals, and to do Botanical Research so as to be able to purchase Fertilizer.
You can either earn normal research points or monster specific research points in the game. Monster specific research points can be used to increase monster research level. The higher the level of monster research level, the more details you can find about the particular monster. Research Points are very important in the game so make sure you’re able to gather as much of it as you can.
HOW TO EARN AND FARM MONEY/ZENNY FASTER
There are a number of ways you can earn zenny (the in-game currency) fast. The first method is to farm might seeds and then sell them. As these are common items, you can make quite a bit of money by selling all of the might seeds you find. Secondly, you can find investigations in the game that offer a lot of money. Investigations can be repeated a number of times, so if you find ones which offer large payouts, then do them again and again.
Finally, using the Bandit Mantle is the best way to farm money fast in the game. This item can be gained as a reward for completing the quest ‘Redefining the Power Couple.’ The Bandit Mantle makes monsters drop trade-in items which can’t be used for anything else other than to be sold for zenny. Make sure to complete the needed quest and use this item whenever you need some money. You can check out the videos below for more information regarding how to make money in the game.
HOW TO GET HORIZON ZERO DAWN’S ALOY’S ARMOR, BOW, AND WATCHER GEAR FOR PALICO
As part of a collaboration with PS4, players can get the full armor set of Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn. In addition to this full armor set, players can also get Aloy’s bow and an armor set for your Palico Companion. All of this can be gained by completing the Horizon Zero Dawn Collaboration Even Quest. Keep in mind that this quest will only be available to those who are playing the game on the PS4.
Once the Event Quest is completed, you will receive some special materials and other loot which can be used at the blacksmith to craft these special items. This is a time-limited opportunity, so make sure you do this quest as soon as you can. Aloy’s full armor set is incompatible with other armor pieces, and it also changes the player’s appearance so as to resemble Aloy. Your palico companion will change into a robotic dinosaur if it equips its armor set.
ALL CAMPS’ LOCATIONS
There are a lot of camps to find in the game’s world. However, some camps can be rather hard to find. You can check out the video below to see where every camp in the game is located.
HOW TO USE THE INSECT GLAIVE
The Insect Glaive is the most versatile weapon type in the game. However, it’s also a weapon that is difficult to learn to use properly. The Insect Glaive consists of two parts: the Glaive and the Kinsect. The Glaive is what is used to deal damage to your opponents while the Kinsect is used to Harvest Extract buffs from monsters. You can see in the top left corner three diamonds: a Red one which offers attack buff, a white diamond will be speed buff, and Orange will be knockback prevention. The different parts of a monster’s body offers different buffs. Once a particular body part is hit with the kinsect, the kinsect will glow with the relevant buff.
Once you’ve gained buffs using the kinsect, it’s time to use your glaive to unleash deadly attacks on your enemies. Volley yourself up into the air and unleash a chain of combos that allow you to remain suspended in air for quite a while. Using this weapon is a great strategy to deal with elusive enemies who fly around out of reach.
There are a total of 49 achievements you gain in the game including some secret achievements. You can read below the full list of achievements you can earn in the game.
Listed below are all the secret achievements.