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Welcome to our complete beginner's guide for Monster Hunter World (MHW). Read on to find different tips and tricks for how to get up and running in the game or refresh your memory if you're a veteran player!
List of Contents
|Base Game Guides|
|Story Walkthrough and How to Unlock Iceborne||Money Farming Guide|
|Food Guide and All Canteen Ingredients||Best Timing for Well-Done Steak|
|Best Weapons for Beginners||How to Pause Quests|
|How Do Quest Rewards Work?||How to Track Monsters|
|What is Critical Distance?||How to Use Wedge Beetles|
|How to Use the Chat Functions||Character Creation Guide|
|How to Use the Training Area||List of Crafting Recipes|
|List of Poogie Costumes||How to Break Rank Caps|
|Monster Threat Levels||How to Raise Hunter Rank Fast|
|Post-Game Content||How to Find ??? Rathian Tracks|
|Weapon and Armor Augments||Explanation of Each Status Effect|
|How To Capture Monsters||How To Hunt Monsters|
|How To Mount Monsters||Monster Parts and Weaknesses Guide|
|How to Join a Friend's Expedition||Monster Crown Size Guides|
|How to Get the Dragoon Jump Emote||Tailraider Safari Guide and Best Items to Get|
|Argosy Guide and Best Choices||How to Aim Cannons|
|Alpha or Beta Armor||Lucky Voucher Effects|
|Bowgun Special Ammo Guides||How to Equip Skills|
|Difference of Cut and Blunt Damage Type||Hunting Horn Notes and Effects|
|Unchangeable Features||Turf Wars and List of Matchups|
|List of Trophies and How to Unlock (MHW)|
|What Does Attack Do?||What Does Defense Do?||What Does Elemental Resistance Do?|
|What Does Affinity Do?||What Does Elemental Attack Do?|
|All Grimalkyne Tribes and Rewards|
Your character and Palico name cannot be changed once confirmed so make sure you pick a name that you want to stick with for the rest of the game.
After you create your character you can change things like their hair, make up, etc, later on. To change more aspects of your character's appearance you will need to use a Character Edit Voucher, the first of which you can obtain for free.
Keep in mind that using a Character Edit Voucher will not allow you to change your Palico's appearance.
Using close range weapons is recommended for beginners to practice the Monster Hunter tradition of hit and run tactics. The Sword & Shield or Great Sword are especially good for this and provide high damage output with general ease of use for those just starting out.
On the ranged weapon side of things, the Bow is a good choice. Bowguns can be more complicated and require you to change out ammo types so stick with the Bow until you get used to how ranged weapons work.
You can generally proceed through the story by finishing Assigned Quests so this is the best place to start.
As you clear Assigned Quests your Hunter Rank (HR) will rise allowing you to take on even higher level quests. There are a lot of quests that can't be done without a high enough HR so your first order of business should be to clear these out.
Once your HR is high enough, you can take on strong monsters like Arch-Tempered Monsters or Behemoth. These foes are difficult to take down without the right gear so raise your HR and forge powerful gear before taking them on.
When you have trouble completing a quest, make sure you have the right items on hand before trying again. Bring recovery items like Potions or Mega Potions to keep yourself alive when your health is low.
When going up against flying monsters like Rathalos, bringing Slinger Ammo like the Flash Pod can make things much easier on you.
|Item||How to Obtain|
|Potion||Purchased from the Provisions Stockpile|
|Mega Potion||Combine a Potion with Honey|
|Ration||Cook Raw Meat with the BBQ Spit|
|Antidote||Purchased from the Provisions Stockpile|
|Large Barrel Bomb||Purchased from the Provisions Stockpile|
|Flash Pod||Crafted from Flashbugs|
|Shock Trap||Combine a Trap Tool with a Thunderbug|
|Pitfall Trap||Combine a Net with a Trap Tool|
It's highly recommended to eat up at the Canteen before taking on a quest. Each meal will both boost your HP and stamina as well as provide other boosts to attack or defense that can aid you in your hunt.
As you're starting out there's no need to try and create your own meals so just focus on increasing your health with the preset platters.
When firing an SOS flare, you can receive help from another player online. If you find yourself in a pinch, get help from another player to move on.
You can fire an SOS flare as soon as a quest begins by selecting Fire SOS flare from the Quest menu.
Your Palico can equip a variety of weapons, but those that can inflict status ailments are most highly recommended. Specifcally the Kitt-of-the-Valley Rod which can inflict paralysis or the Felyne Baan Ball that can inflict sleep, helping your hunt go more smoothly.
As you progress through the story, you'll encounter strong monsters like Tobi-Kadachi and Anjanath that can be difficult to defeat on your first try. To aid in your fight, you should make stronger armor or upgrade your existing armor with Armor Spheres before taking them on again.
|Attack Boost Level 1||Defense Boost Level 1|
|Health Boost Level 1||Fortify Level 1|
|Speed Sharpening Level 1||-|
|Torso||Butterfly Thorax/King Beetle Thorax|
|Health Boost Level 2||Recovery Up Level 2|
|Quick Sheath Level 1||Divine Blessing Level 1|
|Head||Rathian Helm α|
|Torso||Kulu Mail α|
|Arms||Alloy Vambraces α|
|Waist||Lumu Coil α|
|Feet||Alloy Greaves α|
|Speed Sharpening Level 3||Health Boost Level 2|
|Divine Blessing Level 2||Defense Boost Level 1|
|Poison Resistance Level 1||Critical Eye Level 1|
|Stamina Surge Level 1||-|
|Equipment & Skills|
|Skills||Set Bonuses||Food Skills||Charms|
|Decorations||Palico Equipment||Pendants||Best Builds||Monsters & Materials|
|Assigned Quests||Optional Quests||Event Quests||Maps||Other|
|Beginner Guides||Guiding Lands||Updates||Characters|
|Furnitures||Iceborne Guides||Tier Lists||Message Boards|
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