Monster Hunter World (MHW)

What is Affinity?

★ Monster Hunter Rise and its expansion MHRise: Sunbreak is out now for the Nintendo Switch & PC, then for PlayStation, XBox, & Game Pass on January 20, 2023!

Head on over to our MHRise Wiki for the latest guides and strategies about all things MHRise!

Affinity strikes
This is a guide to Affinity, a damage modifying stat in Monster Hunter World (MHW) Iceborne. Read on to learn about Affinity, how much damage increase does affinity do, how to raise affinity, and other affinity related skills.

What is Affinity

A Chance to Deal Bonus Damage

Affinity is the game's version of critical chance. Each strike will have a chance to do bonus damage depending on your affinity with 100% being the soft cap (it can go further but doing so gives it less value). Critical strikes makes you deal 25% more damage and a negative critical strike makes you lose 25% damage.

Affinity Does Not Count Elemental Damage

element x
The damage boost does not include the bonus damage you get from elemental strikes. A different skill called Critical Element and True Critical Element is required to make elemental attacks critically strike too.

How to Raise Affinity

Equip Affinity Raising Skills

Affinity Trinity.png

There are various skills that raise affinity in the game. Getting a 100% affinity is a surefire way to increase your character's DPS so let's make sure to always aim for it!

Critical Eye Increases Affinity
Weakness Exploit Increased Affinity when striking monster's weakspots (increased further if the part is wounded)
Maximum Might Increases affinity if stamina is kept full
Attack Boost Increases Affinity (needs to be at least level 4)
Latent Power Increases Affinity and Decreases affinity after a period of time has passed or after taking enough damage from a monster.
Critical Draw Increased Affinity for your first draw attack
Agitator Increased attack and affinity when a monster is enraged

Equip Critical Boost

Critical Boost.png

Your affinity's base damage is at 125%, every point of Critical Boost will increase your Critical damage and it'll give a flat 40% bonus damage to all attacks if you get a 100% affinity rate.

Critical Boost

MHW Related Links

All Beginner Guides

Beginner Guide Banner.png

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?

How to Track Grimalkynes

Grimalkyne Tribes
All Grimalkyne Tribes and Rewards
Bugtrappers Protectors Troupers
Plunderers Gajalaka Boaboa


    Walkthrough Menu

    All rights reserved