Best Skills for Hunting Horn | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

Hunting Horn Skill Recommendations
This is a guide about the best skills for Hunting Horns. Read on to know which skills to look out for when making a Hunting Horn build and why.

Offensive Skills

Recommendations
Affinity Skills Agitator Slugger

Critical Boost, Weakness Exploit

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Most Hunting Horns have huge base damages to compensate for their slow and heavy attacks.

Affinity skills such as Critical Boost and Weakness Exploit are perfect for taking the Hunting Horn's overall damage to the next level.

Agitator

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The introduction of the Clutch Claw made the Agitator Skill a community staple when making builds. When active, Agitator grants hunters +20 attack and affinity by 10% at level five. (Level six and seven are unlocked via the Agitator Secret Skill.)

The Clutch Claw, specifically its Flinch Shot Attack, gave hunters the ability to enrage the monster whenever the opportunity presents itself. This gave hunters a way to maintain their Agitator's up-time.

Slugger

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The Hunting Horn excels at knocking monsters out with its high-impact swings and offensive melodies.

Slugger increases Knock-Out Power by 40% at level three, making it a welcome addition to any Hunting Horn build

Levels four and five are unlocked via the Slugger Secret Skill.

Defensive Skills

Recommendations
Divine Blessing Health Boost Earplugs

Divine Blessing

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Hunting Horns are vulnerable when they channel their melodies.

Divine blessing, when activated, reduces 50% of the damage received at level three from the attack that triggered it. Levels four and five are unlocked via the Divine Blessing Secret Skill.

Health Boost

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It never hurts to pump up one's HP! Health Boost increases a hunter's Health by 50 at level three, making it a solid addition to any build - especially early on in the game.

Earplugs

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Hunting horns are vulnerable to monster roars while channeling their melodies. Hunters who find this an issue may consider adding the Earplugs Skill to their builds.

Earplugs offer complete protection from monster roars at level five.

Utility Skills

General Recommendations
Horn Maestro Quick Sheath
Support Recommendations
Wide-Range Speed Eating
Free Meal

General Utility

Horn Maestro

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The core of a Hunting Horn's playstyle revolves around maintaining the up-time of its various melodies.

Horn Maestro greatly increases the duration of melodies and increases the health recovery of healing melodies at level two.

Quick Sheath

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Hunters who find the hunting horn's slow sheathing speed an issue may consider adding Quick Sheath to their builds.

Quick sheath greatly improves the sheathing speed of weapons at level three.

Supportive Utility

Wide-Range

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Hunters who prefer a supportive role in groups may invest in Wide-Range.

Wide-Range allows the effect of specific items and potions to also affect nearby allies when consumed. The radius and efficacy of the items and potions consumed are maximized at level five.

It is important to note that Palicoes are also affected by Wide-Range's effects.

Speed Eating

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Speed Eating greatly improves the use speed of consummables. This synergizes well with Wide-Range and is definitely recommended alongside it.

Free Meal

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Supportive builds tend to put a heavy strain on a hunter's supplies. Free meal gives you a predetermined chance of using food and drink items without actually consuming them. The activation chances are 25% at level one, 50% at level two, and 75% at level three.

Levels two and three are unlocked via the Free Meal Secret Skill.

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