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Here you can find information about Anomaly Investigations in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise): Sunbreak. Anomaly Investigations are a new quest category added in the Free Title Update 1 which features new afflicted monsters, new drops, gear upgrades, and quest levels.

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Anomaly Investigations IconAnomaly Investigations Anomaly Research Lab IconAnomaly Research Lab Anomaly Research Level IconAnomaly Research Level

Additions in Version 13 (TU3)

A7★ Afflicted Monsters

A7★ Afflicted Monsters
Gold Rathian IconGold Rathian Flaming Espinas IconFlaming Espinas Furious Rajang IconFurious Rajang
Silver Rathalos IconSilver Rathalos Seething Bazelgeuse IconSeething Bazelgeuse Scorned Magnamalo IconScorned Magnamalo

A stronger set of afflicted monsters will be added to the game, this time including variants and monsters introduced in previous Title Updates. Six of them have been confirmed to get afflicted versions as of Title Update 3!

Free Title Update 3 (TU3) Release Date and Monsters

Level Cap Raised to Lv 200

Sunbreak - Anomaly Investigations to Level 200

The previous version only raised the cap by 20, but this time, the level cap now goes all the way to Lv 200! If you're aiming to hit this cap quickly, make sure to check our guide on how to raise your Anomaly Research Level quickly.

Anomaly Research Level:
How to Get Max Level Fast

Adjust Investigation Level

With such a high level cap, a new feature to adjust the level of your held investigations will also be included. This will let you lower the quest level to make it easier to get lower tier afflicted materials.

Additions in Version 12 (TU2)

A6★ Afflicted Monsters Added

A6★ Afflicted Monsters
Espinas IconEspinas Rajang IconRajang
Gore Magala IconGore Magala Pyre Rakna-Kadaki IconPyre Rakna-Kadaki
Bazelgeuse IconBazelgeuse

A6★ afflicted monsters were added in Title Update 2 of Sunbreak alongside new afflicted materials.
Afflicted Monsters

Level Cap Raised to Lv 120

MH Rise Sunbreak - Raised Level Cap to Lv 120 for Anomaly Investigations

The level cap for Anomaly Investigations were from Lv 100 to Lv 120, further expanding the system with even more challenging hunts and higher level afflicted materials.

Free Title Update 2
Release Date and Monsters

Anomaly Investigations

Anomaly Investigations were added in Update 11 of Sunbreak. This new system also brought along the additional features below:

Features in Anomaly Investigations
  1. Afflicted Monsters Added
  2. Anomaly Investigations Quest System
  3. Qurious Crafting
  4. Anomaly Research Lab

Afflicted Monsters Added

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Afflicted monsters only appear in Anomaly Investigations or Anomaly Quests. In general, investigations are the best way to encounter these monsters as soon as possible.

You can unlock more higher leveled afflicted monsters by harvesting afflicted gathering points, breaking monster parts, and hunting large monsters during Anomaly Investigations.

A★ Level Anomaly Investigations Unlock Anomaly Quests
A1★ Lv 1+ Reach MR 10
A2★ Lv 11+ Reach MR 20
A3★ Lv 21+ Reach MR 30
A4★ Lv 31+ Reach MR 50
A5★ Lv 51+ Reach Anomaly Research Lv 81
A6★ Lv 71+ Reach Anomaly Research Lv 111
A7★ Lv 91+ Reach Anomaly Research Lv 181

Anomaly Quest Guide

Anomaly Investigations Quest System

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Anomaly Investigations have a set level per quest which determines the difficulty and strength of the monsters encountered. It also affects the rewards you earn, which improve at higher levels. To increase the level, you have to clear the investigation.

How to Get More Anomaly Investigations

During Anomaly Investigations, you may also unlock more quests by gathering afflicted points, breaking monster parts, and hunting other large monsters. Quest conditions like target monsters, possible faints, time limit, and the number of players are all random and can also affect the amount of Anomaly Research Points you earn per quest.

Anomaly Research Points

MH Rise Sunbreak - Anomaly Research Points
You'll earn Anomaly Research Points when completing Anomaly Investigations. Increasing your Anomaly Research Level unlocks new features and raises the level cap for investigations you receive. It's also used to determine the maximum level you can search using Join Requests and to check if you can join quests that are higher than your current level.

Hunting and Gathering Bonuses

Anomaly Investigations sometimes have special conditions that affect the final number of points you receive after the quest. In general, if a modification to the quest makes it easier, you'll receive fewer points, while stricter conditions reward bonus points. These adjustments or multipliers stack with the Research Request and each other.

Try to avoid taking on quests with a less than 100% adjustment to avoid getting fewer points and finish investigations within 20 levels of your current level.

If you're farming for Afflicted Materials, try to go on Anomaly Investigations with bigger multipliers to maximize your gains.

Anomaly Research Level: How to Get Max Level Fast

Qurious Crafting

Anomaly Investigations yield higher level afflicted materials and Amber Essences, which can be used for Qurious Crafting. Weapons can be augmented by picking a specific stat to upgrade like attack power or affinity, or a combination of these. Armor can be augmented with random improvements to stats or even additional skills or slots.

Qurious Crafting:
Weapon and Armor Augments

Anomaly Research Lab

In the Anomaly Research Lab, you can check out Research Requests. Doing these requests will give you Research Points which will get you rewards like Investigation Coins. Since you only get a few coins per Anomaly Investigation, it is important to do Research Requests if you want to get more.

You can look at the Request Completion Reward at the bottom of Research Requests to see how many requests you've completed and what rewards you can get.

You can exchange the Investigation Coins you gained from Anomaly Investigations for rare monster materials like mantles, Qurious Crafting Materials, and other items like MP Accelerants and Outfit Vouchers.

Anomaly Research Lab Guide

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