Monster Hunter World (MHW)

Story Walkthrough and How to Unlock Iceborne

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This is a general outline of how to progress through the story in Monster Hunter World (MHW). Check the information below to find out how to quickly make your way towards the post-game and Iceborne!

Story Walkthrough Guides
Monster Hunter World
(Low/High Rank)
(Master Rank)

How to Progress the Story

Clear Assigned Quests

In previous Monster Hunter titles, in order to progress through the story you had to clear Key Quests. In Monster Hunter World, however, Assigned Quests must be cleared to continue the story. Below you will find our walkthrough chart for the quickest way to get through Monster Hunter World's story mode!

Assigned Quests List

Take Advantage of the Defender Armor

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With the December 5th, 2019 update, a new set of Defender Armor was added to the game. This armor has high stats and useful skills that make it perfect for speeding to the post-game to prepare yourself for Iceborne!

Story Walkthrough Chart

Assigned Quest ★1 Outline

Clear the Tutorial.
Clear Assigned Quest ★1, Jagras of the Ancient Forest.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 2。
→ Unlock the Smithy.

Assigned Quest ★2 Outline

Clear Assigned Quest ★2 A Kestodon Kerfuffle and The Great Jagras Hunt.
→ Unlock the Resource Center.
Continue your investigation of Ancient Forest and make your way to the Campsite in Area 11.
While investigating you will receive the quest Bird-Brained Bandit. Clear it to move on.
→Achieve Hunter Rank 3.

Assigned Quest ★3 Outline

Clear Assigned Quest ★3 Urgent: Pukei Pukei Hunt.
→ Unlock Wildspire Wastes.
Clear The Best Kind of Quest.
Clear Sinister Shadows In The Swamp.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 4.
→ Unlock the ability to manage Kinsects at the Smithy.
Receive the Ghillie Mantle at the Botanical Research Center.
Clear the quest Flying Sparks: Tobi Kadachi.
→The Canteen will level up.
→ Unlock Botanical Research.

Assigned Quest ★4 Outline

Clear Assigned Quest★4 The Encroaching Anjanath.
→Achieve Hunter Rank 5.
→ Unlock the next level of equipment upgrades.
Clear One For The History Books.
Receive the Health Booster.
Investigate the Great Ravine.
→ Unlock Coral Highlands.
Go to the Research Base and speak to the Third Fleet Master.
Investigate the Coral Highlands and encoutner the Tzitzi-ya-ku.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 6.
Clear the quest Ballooning Problems.
→ Achiee Hunter Rank 7.
→ Unlock Rotten Vale.
Investigate the Rotten Vale and encounter Great Girros and Radobaan.
Obtain the quest Radobaan Roadblock and clear it.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 8.

Assigned Quest ★5 Outline

Clear Assigned Quest ★5 The Embodiment of Legiana.
→Achieve Hunter Rank 9.
→ Unlock the Tailraider Safari.
→ Unlock the next level of equipment upgrades.
Clear the quest Into The Bowels of The Flame.
→ Unlock the Elder Melder.
Go on an investigation in the Ancient Forest and search for a First Wyverian.
Clear the quests A Fiery Throne Atop The Forest and Horned Tyrant Below The Sands.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 10.
→ Learn more about the Zorah Magdoros from a First Wyverian.

Assigned Quest ★6 Outline

Clear Assigned Quest ★6 A Colossal Task.
→ The amount of locations the Tailraider Safari has access to increases.
→ Gain the ability to dye your equipment from the Change Appearance menu.
→ Unlock the next level of equipment upgrades.
→ Unlock Item Melding at the Elder Melder.
Go on an investigation in Wildspire Waste.
→ Return to base once you've found the Rathian tracks and Pukei-Pukei.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 11.
Clear the quest Invader in the Waste.
Fill up the Rathian tracks gauge to 50% through investigation or free quests.
Clear the quest Tickled Pink.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 12.
→ The Canteen will level up.
Completely fill the Rathian tracks gauge.
Speak to the Chief Ecologist at the Ecological Research Center to receive Assigned Quest ★7, Old World Monster In The New World.

Assigned Quest ★7 Outline

Clear Assigned Quest ★7 Old World Monster In The New World.
→ Unlock the next level of equipment upgrades.
Head to the Everstream.
→ Elder's Recess will be added to your map.
Find Uragaan, Lavasioth, and Dodogama in Elder's Recess.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 13.
Begin searching for traces of Nergigante.
Speak to the Ecological Research Center crew.
→ Assigned Quest ★8, A Wound and a Thirst , will be unlocked.

Assigned Quest ★8 Outline

Clear Assigned Quest ★8, A Wound and a Thirst.
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 14.
→ The amount of locations the Tailraider Safari has access to increases.
→ Unlock the next level of equipment upgrades.
Speak to the Commander to receive a request to search for traces of an Elder Dragon.
・Ancient Forest → Kushala Daora tracks
・Wildspire Waste → Teostra tracks
・Rotten Vale → Vaal Hazak tracks
Complete the following quests:
Kushala Daora, Dragon of Steel
Teostra the Infernal
Hellish Fiend Vaal Hazak
→ Achieve Hunter Rank 15.
Clear Assigned Quest ★9, Land of Convergence
→ View the ending.
Unlock the Hunter Rank cap.
→ Gain the ability to equip two Specialized Tools at a time.
→ Unlock the next level of equipment upgrades.
→ Unlock more equipment dyes.

Post-Game Outline

Post-Game Guide Once you've beaten the game you can start increasing your Hunter Rank even further, crafting better gear, and taking on some of the tougher challenges the base game has to offer.
Iceborne Story Walkthrough For those who own Iceborne, check out our Iceborne Story Walkthrough!

Monster Hunter World Related Links

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Beginner's Guide | How to Play MHW

Monster Hunter World Guides

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) -

Stat Guides

Stat Guides
What Does Attack Do? What Does Defense Do? What Does Elemental Resistance Do?
What Does Affinity Do? What Does Elemental Attack Do? What is Elderseal?

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Grimalkyne Tribes
All Grimalkyne Tribes and Rewards
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