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Feeling like your gear just can't compare to the monsters you're fighting in high rank? Maybe you need an upgrade. Keep reading to learn all about the weapon and armor augments you can do in high rank in Monster Hunter World (MHW)!
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Reaching the end of a weapon tree or maxing out the upgrades on your armor is not the end. Augmentations are the next level in strengthening your equipment.
In high rank, you will start running into tempered monsters. Once you defeat them, you will earn rewards such as streamstones. You can use specific ones to augment your weapons and armor.
Getting a Warrior Streamstone is what unlocks Augmentations at the Smithy. It is only available through Investigations of Tempered Monsters from Threat Levels 2–3. Tempered Monsters at those Threat Levels only appear at HR30 and HR50, respectively.
So ideally, you would be at HR50 before you start farming Tempered Monsters for the Streamstone. Sullied Streamstones and Shining Streamstones (which get appraised to Warrior's Streamstones and Hero's Streamstones, respectively) have a higher probability of appearing in Tempered Elder Dragon Investigations.
Different weapons will have a varying number of augmentation slots depending on their rarity (see below), so you can stack or mix and match augmentations.
|Rarity 6||Rarity 7||Rarity 8|
It should be noted that even though you can replace an existing augmentation with another one, the materials spent to create the first augmentation will not be recycled. Doing this will also cost 40,000z. So be careful which augmentation you choose!
Another important thing to note is that augmentations are only possible with weapons that have reached the end of their tree and reached the highest rarity possible.
|Attack Increase||Increases attack power. Stacks with other upgrades.|
|Affinity Increase||Increases affinity. Stacks with other upgrades.|
|Defense Upgrade||Increases defense and adds a chance to reduce damage taken each time you receive damage. Stacks with other upgrades.|
|Slot Upgrade||Adds an extra slot (for decorations). Stack with other upgrades to increase the slot's level.|
|Health Regen||Regain health as you land attacks. Stack with other upgrades to increase the amount of health regained.|
If you plan on stacking Attack Increase Augmentations, you might want to take a look at how much it increases per stack first beforehand.
|Great Sword||+24||Long Sword||+17|
|Sword and Shield||+7||Dual Blades||+7|
|Switch Axe||+18||Charge Blade||+18|
|Heavy Bowgun||+8||Light Bowgun||+6|
Each augmentation for each weapon rarity needs three separate materials. Here is a list of all the materials you will need for your weapon augmentations.
|Material 1||Warrior's Streamstone x1|
|Material 2||Streamstone Shard x3|
|Material 1||Hero's Streamstone x2|
|Material 2||Streamstone x3|
|Material 1||Hero's Streamstone x1|
|Material 2||Gleaming Streamstone x3|
It should be noted that Warrior's Streamstones and Hero's Streamstones should be specific to the weapon you want to augment. For example, if you are wielding a Great Sword, you should be looking for Warrior's Streamstone: Sword.
|Rarity 6||Rarity 7||Rarity 8|
|Attack Increase||Rathalos Plate x2||Rathalos Ruby x1||Teostra Gem x1|
|Affinity Increase||Odogaron Plate x2||Odogaron Gem x1||Daora Gem x1|
|Defense Upgrade||Bird Wyvern Gem x1||Wyvern Gem x1||Elder Dragon Blood x2|
|Slot Upgrade||Legiana Plate x2||Legiana Gem x1||Vaal Hazak Gem x1|
|Health Regen||Anjanath Plate x2||Anjanath Gem x1||Nergigante Gem x1|
Augmenting armor will allow you to further upgrade your armor with armor spheres. It is not fancy and customizable like weapon augmentation, but it does give your armor's defense a flat upgrade as long as you have the zenny and the materials.
It should be noted that your armor also needs to be upgraded to the max level before the option for augmenting it appears.
Unlike weapons, you can augment any armor piece regardless of rarity. They just need to be fully upgraded first. Check out how the defense stats of the starter Leather Armor Set progresses as you upgrade it.
|Armor Piece Name||Initial||Max.||Aug.|
|1–4||Streamstone Shard x1, Fucium Ore x3||3000z|
|5||Streamstone Shard x1, Dragonbone Relic x1||5000z|
|6||Streamstone Shard x1, Bird Wyvern Gem x1||10,000z|
|7||Streamstone x1, Wyvern Gem x1||20,000z|
|8||Gleaming Streamstone x1, Elder Dragon Bone x2||30,000z|
Think high rank is beneath you? Don't worry; with Iceborne comes master rank augmentations. While the armor augmentations stays mostly the same, weapon augmentations are greatly expanded upon. They added a couple more augmentations (see below), and made it possible to install custom upgrades too.
It should be noted that weapons have to reach the end of their tree (meaning the highest possible rarity for that tree) for augmentation to be possible. Since Iceborne continues on from the same weapon tree from the base game, players have to upgrade to the end again to get the master rank augmentations.
High rank augmentations don't carry over once you upgrade the weapon to master rank rarities, so be careful!
|Extra Slots||Expands the number of slots for augmentations.|
|Attack Increase||Slightly increases the attack power of your equipment.|
|Affinity Increase||Slightly increases the affinity of your equipment.|
|Defense Upgrade||Slightly increases your defense, and very occasionally reduces damage.|
|Slot Upgrade||Adds a level 1 slot (for decorations) to your equipment.|
|Health Regen||Recovers a tiny bit of health in proportion to damage dealt to an enemy.|
|Element/Status Effect Up||Slightly increases the status and elemental effect damage of your ammo and equipment.|
To unlock augmentations in master rank, you will need to finish Iceborne's main story, beat Shara Ishvalda, and unlock The Guiding Lands. Learn more about it in our article below!
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|List of Poogie Costumes||How to Break Rank Caps|
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|Post-Game Content||How to Find ??? Rathian Tracks|
|Weapon and Armor Augments||Explanation of Each Status Effect|
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