Explanation of Each Status Effect | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

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Ever wonder what the little symbols above your health bar mean? These are called status effects, and there are tons of them in Monster Hunter World (MHW). Keep reading to know what every single status effect means and how it affects your gameplay!

Status Effects

What are Status Effects?

There are actually a bunch of different status effects in Monster Hunter World. The game itself classifies Status Effects as statuses that you get from various places such as food, items, decorations, mantles, your Palico, and the Hunting Horn.

List of Status Effects

Status Effect Description
attack up.pngAttack Up Your character's attack has been boosted. The size of the boost, and its duration, varies by source.
Besides the icon, you will also see your hunter pulsate a red aura.
abnormal status attack increased.pngAbnormal Status Attack Increased Your character's weapon has an increased chance to inflict a status effect on targets it damages.
elemental attack boost.pngElemental Attack Boost Your character's elemental damage, if any, has been boosted.
affinity up.pngAffinity Up Your character's affinity has been boosted—increasing the chance of landing a critical attack.
defense up.pngDefense Up Your character's defense has been boosted. The size of the boost, and its duration, varies by source.
Besides the icon, you will also see your hunter pulsate an orange aura.
defense down (s).pngDefense Down (S) Your character's defense has been lowered, increasing the amount of damage you will receive.
defense down (l).pngDefense Down (L) Same as Defense Down (S), except your Defense is lowered by much more.
divine protection.pngDivine Protection You have a set chance to reduce the amount of damage taken.
dragon res boost (s).pngDragon Res Boost (S) Your character has increased resistance to dragon element attacks.
dragon res boost (l).pngDragon Res Boost (L) Same as Dragon Res Boost (S), except your resistance to dragon element attacks is increased by much more.
fire rest boost (s).pngFire Res Boost (S) Your character has increased resistance to fire element attacks.
fire res boost (l).pngFire Res Boost (L) Same as Fire Res Boost (S), except your resistance to fire element attacks is increased by much more.
ice res boost (s).pngIce Res Boost (S) Your character has increased resistance to ice element attacks.
ice res boost (l).pngIce Res Boost (L) Same as Ice Res Boost (S), except your resistance to ice element attacks is increased by much more.
thunder res boost (s).pngThunder Res Boost (S) Your character has increased resistance to thunder element attacks.
thunder res boost (l).pngThunder Res Boost (L) Same as Thunder Res Boost (S), except your resistance to thunder element attacks is increased by much more.
water res boost (s).pngWater Res Boost (S) Your character has increased resistance to water element attacks.
water res boost (l).pngWater Res Boost (L) Same as Water Res Boost (S), except your resistance to water element attacks is increased by much more.
all resistances up.pngAll Resistances Up Your character has increased resistance to all elemental attacks.
all resistances down.pngAll Resistances Down This blight lowers your all your elemental resistances. There is no cure for this blight other than time.
all blights negated.pngAll Blights Negated Your character is unaffected by all elemental blights for a period of time.
paralysis negated.pngParalysis Negated Your character cannot be paralyzed for a period of time.
stun negated.pngStun Negated Your character cannot be stunned for a period of time.
wind pressure negated.pngWind Pressure Negated Your character has increased resistance to wind pressure.
wind pressure nullified.pngWind Pressure Nullified Same as Wind Pressure Negated, except this completely nullifies Wind Pressure.
all ailments negated.pngAll Ailments Negated Your character is unaffected by all status ailments for a period of time.
tremor negation.pngTremor Negation Your character has increased resistance to tremor attacks.
knockbacks negated.pngKnockbacks Negated Your character will no longer flinch when hit.
muck-water-deep snow res.pngMuck/Water/Deep Snow Res Your character has increased resistance to mud, and increased mobility in water or deep snow.
resistance to cold.pngResistance to Cold Your character no longer takes damage from extreme, environmental cold.
Drinking a Hot Drink will trigger this Status Effect.
resistance to heat.pngResistance to Heat Your character no longer takes damage from extreme, environmental heat.
Drinking a Cool Drink will trigger this Status Effect.
environmental damage negated.pngEnvironmental Damage Negated Your character is immune to some forms of environmental damage and gains increased resistance to heat and cold.
health increase.pngHealth Increase Your character's max health has been boosted.
Consuming Mega Nutrients, Max Potions, or Ancient Potions will increase your max health.
natural healing increase.pngNatural Healing Increase Your character recovers red health more quickly.
Eating an Astera Jerky, an Immunizer, or a Great Sushifish Scale will trigger this Status Effect.
extended health recovery.pngExtended Health Recovery Your character gradually recovers lost health.
Spending a few seconds at a Hot Springs in the Hoarfrost Reach will trigger this Status Effect.
stamina use reduced.pngStamina Use Reduced Your character uses less stamina than usual.
Eating a Wiggly Litchi will trigger this Status Effect.
evasion enhanced.pngEvasion Enhanced Your character's evade window has been boosted, making it easier to dodge attacks.
earplugs (s).pngEarplugs (S) Your character has increased resistance to large monster roars.
earplugs (l).pngEarplugs (L) Same as Earplugs (S), with even higher resistance.
self-improvement (movement speed).pngSelf-Improvement (Movement Speed Up) This melody effect increases your character's movement speed.
Exclusive to Hunting Horn users.
self-improvement (attack power and deflection).pngSelf-Improvement (Attack Up + Deflected Attack Prevention) Play the same melody twice to boost your attack power, and reduce attack deflection.
Exclusive to Hunting Horn users.

Elemental Blights

What are Elemental Blights?

Elemental Blights are another kind of status change, but this time, they are mostly inflicted by monsters and will therefore always have a negative effect. Monsters associated with a particular element will inflict the same blight on you. For example, Jyuratodus is of the water element, and so can give you Waterblight.

Blights, while troublesome, can be quickly cleansed with a nulberry. You can also prevent them with specific mantles.

List of Mantles

List of Blights

Blight Description
dragonblight.pngDragonblight This blight negates your weapon's elemental and abnormal status properties.
This blight is sneakier than most since it will only appear as an icon. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!
fireblight.pngFireblight This blight gradually decreases your health.
Besides the icon, you will also see your health bar flash orange, in addition to your hunter being on fire. You can also roll into water to immediately get rid of it, or just roll three times if there is no water in sight.
iceblight.pngIceblight This blight increases your stamina consumption.
Besides the icon, you will also see your stamina bar become cyan, in addition to your hunter having frost on their body.
thunderblight.pngThunderblight This blight makes it easier for monsters to stun you.
Besides the icon, you will also see electricity crackling around your hunter.
waterblight.pngWaterblight This blight slows down your stamina recovery.
Besides the icon, you will also see your stamina bar become blue, in addition to your hunter looking extra sweaty.

Abnormal Statuses

What are Abnormal Statuses?

Abnormal Statuses, like Elemental Blights, are still mostly inflicted by monsters—except this time, these come from certain attacks rather than elemental ones. For example, when Rathian does her spinning attack and her tail hits you, she will inflict you with Poison.

Unlike Elemental Blights, Abnormal Statuses do not have a universal cure. There are decorations that can negate these Abnormal Statuses, so those might be worth looking into.

List of Decorations

List of Abnormal Statuses

Abnormal Status Description
blastblight.pngBlastblight Blastblight will cause a damaging explosion after a certain amount of time has passed, or upon sustaining a heavy impact.
Besides the icon, there will also be sparks and fire around your hunter. You can get rid of this by eating a nulberry or by rolling three times.
blastscourge.pngBlastscourge Blastscourge is a stronger version of Blastblight that causes a greater amount of damage when it explodes.
bleeding.pngBleeding Bleeding causes you to lose health whenever you move.
Besides the icon, your health bar will flash dark pink, in addition to your hunter visibly bleeding. You can fight this off by staying still and crouching for a few seconds, or by eating meat like Astera Jerky or a Well-Done Steak.
effluvial buildup.pngEffluvial Buildup Effluvial buildup lowers your maximum health.
Besides the icon, you will notice your hunter coughing repeatedly while they have Effluvial Buildup. To get rid of this, you can leave an area filled with effluvium or simply consume a nulberry.
paralysis.pngParalysis Paralysis makes you unable to move for a period of time.
Besides the icon, your hunter will look like they are being electrocuted while lying down on the ground. Getting knocked airborne by a monster will cleanse Paralysis. You can also speed up your recovery by moving your left stick around on a controller, or by repeatedly pressing your W key on your keyboard. Otherwise, it will eventually go away on its own.
poison.pngPoison Poison gradually depletes your health.
Besides the icon, you will also see your health bar flash purple, in addition to your hunter being covered in dark purple goop. It will eventually go away on its own, but it is much better to cure it with Antidote, Herbal Medicine, or Herbal Powder.
venom.pngVenom Acts the same as Poison, except that Venom depletes your health at a much faster rate.
sleep.pngSleep Sleep causes you to become drowsy, quickly succumbing to sleep right where you stand.
While you are still falling asleep, you can fight it off by chugging an Energy Drink. You can also get attacked by a monster, a teammate, or your Palico. Otherwise, you just have to wait to wake up.
stun.pngStun The stun status incapacitates you for a short time.
Being attacked by the monster, your Palico, or a teammate will cleanse Stun. You can also speed up your recovery by moving your left stick around on a controller, or by repeatedly pressing your W key on your keyboard. Otherwise, it will eventually go away on its own.

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