Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Articles RSS Feed | Monster Hunter: World Iceborne RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Updates Adds New Endgame Hunt and More Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:09:30 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The latest Monster Hunter: World Iceborne update, version 14.0, is set to launch July 9. Ahead of that, Capcom's development team released a new MH World dev diary outlining what we can expect, including new monsters like Frostfang Barioth and the return of Alatreon.

Alatreon is back from Monster Hunter 3 and gets its own quest in Iceborne. More importantly, it brings a whole new set of Alatreon armor to modify your hunter in some unique ways. You'll need to finish Iceborne's main storyline first. After that, speak with the Third Fleet Master to kick off the Alatreon quest.

Once you find the elder dragon, you're in for quite a fight as well. Alatreon switches between fire, ice, thunder, and dragon elements, unleashing a powerful shockwave each time. Its weak points and attack patterns change with each element as well, so you'll need to stay on your toes.

Once you've claimed victory, you'll get elements used for crafting Monster Hunter World's Alatreon armor. Apart from looking pretty badass, the Alatreon armor also boosts your elemental attack power as you increase the corresponding elemental resistance.

The other big new addition coming with Monster Hunter: World Iceborne's update is Frostfang Barioth is an icy variant of the usual Barioth added in a 2019 update. With this one, you'll need to pay attention to positioning more than ever, since Frostfang Barioth uses ranged attacks that can freeze you in place or restrict your movement.

Frostfang Barioth is only found as part of an upcoming event quest. You'll need to be at least MR 24 and head to Hoarfrost Reach to hunt the tempered monster. If you're successful, you'll get access to another new bit of hunter gear. Best of all, you only need one piece to unlock the armor's special skill: Punishing Draw. Punishing Draw adds stun abilities to your draw attacks. If you get the whole set, though, you'll unlock Slugger Secret, which may grant stun bonuses to any weapon.

Finally, the new Monster Hunter World developer diary touched on an upcoming seasonal event: The Sizzling Spice Fest is a "carnival-like" festival celebrating food, namely meat. Lots of meat. Everywhere. And you'll get a number of new outfits for your trouble as well.

There's even more the new update will introduce, from improved tracking methods to new pendants and decor sets. Check it out in the full diary embedded in the middle of this post, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Monster Hunter: World Iceborne news as it develops.

Capcom Plans Several Games This Year, Ongoing Support for Existing Hits Tue, 12 May 2020 11:18:18 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Capcom plans on releasing multiple new titles and push its back catalog in the coming year as part of its continued revival of all things old-school. The news comes from Capcom's 2019 fiscal results summary, where the makers of Resident Evil outline how they plan to achieve these goals.

The big takeaway here is that Capcom hopes for 28 million unit sales (individual purchases, in non-business-speak) by the end of March 2021. Publishing multiple, major new titles is one method the software giant plans on using, but remaining flexible with pricing and "pursuing ongoing sales" from previous titles is another.

Obviously, Capcom didn't say what these new titles are, but it's pretty reasonable to expect Resident Evil 8 among major new announcements. With dinosaurs rampaging back into popularity, we might get lucky and see a Dino Crisis resurgence, too. And as always here lately, all this hinges on what affects the coronavirus and work-from-home statutes have on development.

The report did say Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and Resident Evil 2 factor into Capcom's plans for leveraging its back catalog, and that could be interesting in itself.

Further down, Capcom presents a little diagram showing how it views its business structure. 75% of its focus is on new software, while the remaining 25% is about expanding the IP through merchandise and adaptations. That's followed by a little spiral diagram showing how the model plays out with Monster Hunter. Capcom builds on the success of a new game, like World, with mobile spinoffs, events, concerts, expansions, and even movies.

Whether we can expect the same for titles like Resident Evil 2 isn't clear, and some of these — like the concerts and cafe collaborations — are definitely Japan-only. Either way, in between Capcom's major releases, we can expect continued and ongoing support for its already-released hits.

The full report is in a PDF on Capcom's website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Capcom news as it develops.

New Master Rank Fights Coming to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:32:01 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is finally getting its first simultaneous PC and console update next month, and with it comes new Master Rank fights for hunters to take on to test their skills.

Launching on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 23, the next Monster Hunter World: Iceborne update is finally bringing Kulve Taroth up to date with a new Master Rank quest to take down the Elder Dragon for great rewards.

That's not the only Elder Dragon players will have to face in Master Rank with this upcoming patch, though.

Arch-tempered Namielle will be added to the game as well, and it will prove to be a huge challenge for players of all skill levels.

Both of these Master Rank-level fights offer parts for new gear sets that nearly look cooler than the monsters themselves The flashiest gear is suited to the best of hunters, of course!

Check out the trailer above and keep farming for those elusive attack decorations to prepare, because you're going to need them on patch day in a  mere nine days on April 23.

Update: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Getting Two New Monsters Soon Wed, 12 Feb 2020 11:40:59 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Update: Capcom has now revealed that Raging Brachydios and Furios Rajang will be coming to Monster Hunter World: Iceboren on March 23 for consoles. However, the developer did not confirm an exact release date for PC. Currently, it is still slated for an April release. 

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Your trials in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne aren't over just yet. Next month PS4 and Xbox One players will be able to take on Raging Brachydios and Furios Rajang in the game's next big content update.

Both monsters promise to bring some hefty challenge to the ranks of Iceborne, which already pushes Monster Hunter World's hunters to their limits.

Though the trailer shows little of Furious Rajang, it looks seriously pissed off and ready to slap you to the ground. We see a lot more of Raging Brachydios, which appears to put hunters' dodging and telegraphing abilities through the gauntlet to dodge its wide-range lava attacks.

Don't be discouraged if you're playing on PC and don't want to wait to take these two monsters to task PC Monster Hunter World: Iceborne players will be able to fight these two monsters when the update launches in April for Steam and March for consoles.

That's not the best news, though: once this update hits PC, both versions of the game will be updated simultaneously. PC MHW players will no longer have to wait months to play content that console players have had access to for months. We knew it was coming, and it's a relief it's so soon after Iceborne's PC launch.

Looking for tips on how to take on Iceborne's tougher enemies, such as Rajang? Be sure to head over to our list of Iceborne guides, as well as our huge list of guides for the base game

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Rajang Fight Guide Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:46:50 -0500 John Schutt

Of all the monsters in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Rajang stands among the toughest of monsters, rivaling any of the high-end Master Rank monsters in its ferocity.

Rajang is relentless, deals incredible damage, and moves with a quickness almost unmatched across all of Monster Hunter World. No surprise, then, that his weapons and armor are some of the best in the game, let alone the Iceborne expansion.

Below, I outline everything you need to know about taking on this great ape, including tips on how to beat him and a rundown of his attacks. 

How to Unlock Rajang in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne

Rajang grips Kirin in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne.

Complete Icborne's main story and unlock the Guiding Lands. Then speak to the Admiral in Seliana. He'll add the "Sterling Pride" quest to your quest list. It tasks you with slaying a Master Rank Kirin in the Hoarfrost Reach. 

Here's a guide on how to unlock and defeat Kirin if you need help or don't already know how. 

Kirin's demise grants you the second and final quest in the Rajang questline: "Reveal Thyself, Destroyer." Head to the Guiding Lands for a short walk and a couple of epic cutscenes. Your first major encounter with the ape himself will follow after.

Eat before starting this quest. You can't eat in this quest until you meet Rajang proper. You can use a Farcaster once the cutscene plays and eat as usual, but if you're worried about timing, better to play it safe.

Rajang's Attacks

Rajang eats a bluish silver something in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne.

Rajang is in his first form when his fur isn't yellow. Because Rajang uses the same attacks across his three forms, you can use his normal state as a way to learn his patterns, hitboxes, and recovery windows.

Below is a list of each attack and how you can use each to your advantage.


Rajang has two primary charge attacks. Neither has much windup, and neither does much damage. You'll know the attacks are coming when the beast leans back on its hind legs for a few seconds. A simple dodge to the side is usually enough to avoid either charge.

You won't have any opportunities for damage after a charge, so set up for whatever attack he uses next.


Rajang will open up one of his paws and swipe in a broad arc in front of him, and once he does, he'll grab you and slam you into the ground. You'll be stunned for about 30 seconds. The odds are he'll then saunter up to you and slam a fist directly into your chest, sending you back to camp in a cart if no one's around to help.

Recovery here is a couple of seconds long, and if you're in a group, you can still damage him while he's in the animation. Just don't expect your teammate to last very long.


A variant charge, Rajang will put both arms to one side and start spinning across the arena, dealing knockback and moderate damage. There's not much recovery. The attack happens fast, so it's likely that you'll get hit. 

Five Swings

Rajang will wind up with either fist and take five or six sideways punches at you. The hitbox for each swing lingers until the next one starts and can connect behind and to the side of the monster if you're close.

Each swing will also propel Rajang forward a short distance, and there is a brief recovery window at the end of the attack, specifically on the tail. You'll need to be quick, as Rajang isn't a fan of people behind him, but most light attacks are doable.

Regular Slam

After rearing up on his hind legs, Rajang slams the ground in front of him, dealing moderate damage and causing a knockdown. Even if you don't take the hit directly, you'll be crawling on all fours for several seconds, leaving yourself open to further ape attacks. 

The recovery window here is short, but his tail — a rare crafting material — is open for damage.

Mega Slam

Though it's rare in his first form, Rajang is still capable of his mega slam at any point in the fight. There's much more windup to this attack, where he'll stand on his legs and get ready to jump into the air. Once above you, he'll likely be out of your field of view, and about a second later will hit the ground with incredible force.

This attack does massive damage and will send you flying. If you're at about 2/3 health, prepare for a cart back to camp. Thankfully, the impact takes a lot out of Rajang. Should you avoid a hit, take the opportunity to attack his arms or legs or go for a big damage combo.

Air Blast

The other powerful attack in Rajang's arsenal is where he jumps backward and expels a ball of electrical energy from his mouth. There's a brief windup, but once you've seen the attack once, you'll know when it's coming. The energy ball explodes when it connects with the ground, creating a shockwave proportionate to the size of the energy ball. 

In his first form, both ball and explosion are relatively small, but in later attacks, it covers a wide area and can one-shot unprepared hunters. Run and dodge diagonally toward Rajang when he uses this attack, as the recovery window here is generous. 

Also note: Rajang reverts to his base form if he uses this attack while enraged.

Barrel Roll

This is the final aerial attack Rajang uses. It is a fast jump-into-slam has a tiny hitbox, so a simple roll-forward is enough to avoid it. Speed is the main factor here, as neither its windup nor the actual attack takes more than a second or so.

Like his other jumping attacks, however, Rajang does have to stand on his legs to start. The animation for starting this attack is also fairly distinctive, as he'll begin curling himself into a ball before he even makes it airborne. He'll end up behind you once the animation completes, and there isn't much recovery, so make ready for his next attack.

Mouth Laser

Last but not least, Rajang's breath weapon: the Dragon Ball Z-esque mouth laser. The damage for this attack isn't super high, and if you dodge it, you have a huge opportunity to put in some attacks of your own. 

Rajang will prepare for his version of the Kamehameha by hopping into a stable stance and bracing against the ground, followed shortly by releasing the energy from his mouth. It can hit you twice if you get up inside the beam, but because the attack's tell is so clear, you shouldn't have much trouble quickly dodging out of the way.

Rajang's Forms

Rajang crouches into a leaping attack in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne.

Rajang has three forms, but he'll spend the majority of his time in only two: base and enraged.

Rajang Base Form

Rajang's base form has no electrical charge, and his fur isn't bright yellow. Attacks here do moderate damage at best, and as with any un-enraged monster, they're slower to come out and less frequent. He's less liable to use his bigger moves, too, sticking to punches, charges, and his uncharged jumping attacks.

Rajang Enraged Form

Rajang's enraged form sees him charging his fur with electricity. He'll be much more aggressive, more liable to use lasers and high-damage attacks, and he'll take more to knockdown. Rajang's recovery windows also shrink while enraged, so you'll need to take more care when dealing damage.

Rajang Rampage Mode

The third form is called rampage mode and sees our monster taking his aggression to the next level. His attacks will deal maximum damage, recovery windows shrink further, and he becomes much more mobile, jumping and dodging at every opportunity. 

The biggest difference about rampage mode is in Rajang's arms. There are two key things to know about this form:

  1. No amount of sharpness will pierce the hide on his arms
  2. Even the largest weapons will deal minimal damage and bounce almost harmlessly off, leaving you with a weaker weapon and open to attack.

You can't even tenderize Rajang's arms in this state, as the invulnerability takes precedence.

Attacking Rajang's tail puts him out of rampage mode more quickly, but if you're alone, you'll be hard-pressed to keep track of the tail. Best to go for his head and legs until he's calmed down.

Final Notes on Rajang in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne

While the above tips outline pretty much everything you need to know about one of the game's hardest monsters, there are a few small considerations to keep in mind about Rajang, whether in single-player or multiplayer co-op.

First, you won't be able to grapple onto his head with the Clutch Claw. You grapple his arms instead. The effects are the same for launching and tenderizing, but you won't be able to weaken his head.

Second, he's somewhat resistant to traps, so you'll need to be quick with your Tranq Bombs. He isn't an elder dragon, thankfully, so you can capture him. 

Third, Rajang will initially only appear in the Guiding Lands, but optional quests and investigations become available as you play further.


And that's how to find and how to beat Rajang in a nutshell. For more Monster Hunter: World Iceborne guides and Monster Hunter World guides, check out these articles:

New Monster, Crossover Event Gonna' Give it to Ya in Monster Hunter World Iceborne Wed, 05 Feb 2020 16:27:19 -0500 Ty Arthur

After finally arriving on PC in January, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is set see major new content additions starting February 6. That's when the mighty thunder ape Rajang arrives as a free content update for Iceborne on Steam.

To go after Rajang, aspiring hunters must meet with the Admiral in Seliana after completing the campaign and visiting the Guiding Lands. The teaser trailer above provides a good idea of what to expect from the update.

However, that's not the only new change coming to Iceborne, as a Capcom crossover is due to arrive later this month. In anticipation of the upcoming Resident Evil 3 remake, the long-running zombie series is about to invade Monster Hunter: World, letting players tackle zombies with Mr. X as their handler.

There's no confirmed start date for the Resident Evil/Iceborne crossover event, though we know it will come sometime in February.

Want to know what else is coming to Monster Hunter: World on PC soon? Check out the road map to new content on the path to syncing up with console updates this summer over here.

If you're looking for more on Capcom's best-selling game of all time, be sure to check out our list of Monster Hunter World mods, many of which should cooperate with Iceborne

To see what we thought of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, which is currently out on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One (but not the Switch), be sure to check out our review of the massive DLC. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more MH World news as it develops. 

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne PC Updates to Align With Console Schedule Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:13:15 -0500 Ty Arthur

Following an unpleasant port to PC marred by save overwrite problems, heavy CPU usage issue, and an infinite loading bug, Monster Hunter: World Iceborne is finally starting to see smoother sailing. Notably, Capcom is aiming to bring the PC and console versions together for a title update sync later this year.

Following the launch of the Grand Appreciation Fest event on January 24, new content for the Steam edition of Iceborne will arrive in February with an additional monster and region.

On top of new variant monsters, an April title update will bring the two versions into alignment. At that point, PS4 and Xbox One players will receive events and patches at the same time as the PC crowd.


Capcom additionally launched a patch last week to work on various issues with the PC launch of Iceborne. If you are still experiencing slowdowns and heavy CPU usage with update 10.12.01, the developers currently recommend capping the frame rate to either 60 or 30 by navigating to Options -> Display -> Frame Rate. 

An additional patch is still in the works for more PC fixes and is expected to arrive shortly. Head over here to see our current list of fixes and workarounds for the remaining Iceborne PC bugs.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Poogie Outfits Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:54:07 -0500 Sergey_3847

Poogie is one of the cutest NPCs in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. This little buddy can be dressed in various outfits by completing specific actions. Below, we will show you how to collect all Poogie outfits in the game.

Some outfits are really easy to find, while others may require completing certain quests. In any case, keep on reading for all the info on Poogie outfits in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.

All Poogie Outfits Locations

Poogie Outfit
Memorial Stripes
Default Poogie outfit you get at the very beginning of the game. 
Apprentice Fiver
Carry your Poogie to the Huntsman in Astera and drop it there. It will dig out the Apprentice Fiver outfit.
Hog in a Frog
Carry your Poogie to the Ancient Tree. Drop it to the right of the pond. Wait for it to dig up the Hog in a Frog outfit.
White Jammies
Go to Ecological Research Center. Drop Poogie near the Smart Biologist's fossil.
Emperor's New Duds Drop Poogie at the arbor in the northern part of Astera near the sea.
Buzzy Bee Take the lift to Level 4 in Astera and go to the Gathering Hub. Take part in the Spring Blossom Fest to unlock this outfit.
Seaside Sausage Take part in Summer Twilight Fest at the Gathering Hub.
Boa Bell Coat Unlocked at the Gathering Hub. Part of the Winter Star Fest.
Sparkling Party This is the last outfit you can unlock by taking part in an Appreciation Fest at the Gathering Hub.
Bacon Behemoth Slay the Behemoth monster in the A Visitor from Eorzea quest. The Behemoth is at the Elder's Recess, and it is weak to Dragon damage, Use either Radiant Sword longsword or Immovable Dharma greatsword.
Dodo-ham-a This outfit typically spawns in the southwestern part of Astera. Walk around that area with your Poogie, and it should spawn.
Wall of Warmth Complete The Thunderous Troublemaker quest and slay the Fulgur Anjanath monster, which can be found at Hoarfrost Reach.
Pretty in Pink You can find this outfit in the western area of Seliana near the supply bins.
Fluffy Fairy This random Poogie outfit can also be seen in Seliana. Check the Hunter's House.


That's it on how to get all Poogie outfits in Iceborne. For more Monster Hunter World guides, check out the list below:

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne PC Review Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:06:28 -0500 John Schutt

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne sets a standard for downloadable content, possibly surpassed only by The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine. It is enormous, content-rich, almost as replayable as the base game, and so clearly made with love and care that it makes most other DLC packs turn their heads in shame.

The monsters, new, old, and subspecies, all come with new and exciting challenges. All your new gear looks and functions amazingly while keeping the fantastic core gameplay intact. Then you add in the new mechanics added to every weapon type and the new gear abilities that allow for thousands of build possibilities.

And I'm not even touching on not one, but two new hunting zones, the increased focus on character in the surprisingly solid story, and the all but endless grind available in the endgame area.

My complaints with the game itself are minimal, with the most significant issues being technical. There are a few things I would like to be less of a chore as well, but on the whole, it feels like I'm getting a fantastic sequel instead of a DLC.

A Menagerie of Wonders

The monsters of Iceborne are many and varied, even if developers needed to rely heavily on subspecies of both new and returning beasts. To compensate, Capcom retooled the attacks and abilities of any monster they reused, changing up elements, adding new moves, and increasing or altering aggression and behavior as necessary.

Veterans of the base game will be familiar enough with their new foes to acclimate to these changes. New players might be challenged, but rarely enough to halt progress entirely.

That's not going to be true for the new monsters in play, and Iceborne wastes no time in getting you familiar with them. Your first two major fights are against the snow-swimming Beotodus and the ram-headed Banbaro. Both will test your skills, but neither is an overwhelming challenge. 

The next few hunts pit you against several subspecies before throwing down the gauntlet. 

You won't even be five hours into the campaign before Iceborne puts you to a real test. Barioth hits harder than any monster before it, is highly mobile, and boasts a sizeable health pool that you'll struggle to whittle down without good gear.

Make it past this first hurdle opens up the rest of the game, and eventually, you begin the long process of learning all about Velkhana, Iceborne's headlining elder dragon.

On the way, you'll craft gear that outclasses anything from vanilla World, defeat acid-spewing lizards, great beasts with flaming tails, ninja bat-cat hybrids, and plenty of old favorites, as well.

Even then, when you finally start to take the fight to Velkaha, you won't be ready to take it down. In your first two fights with it, all you will manage is driving it away.

Your third and final fight will take you all across the Hoarfrost Reach, where you'll finally slay the beast. 

In most other games, that's where things would stop, but in Iceborne, they only get harder and the rewards all the sweeter. New elder dragons begin to appear, leading up to a second major confrontation at what might be the end of the New World.

This final fight of the campaign is as satisfying as it is interesting, and it's due credit to Capcom for finding a way to top the fantastic Xeno'jiiva fight from the vanilla game.

The design of each of these monsters, and the equipment you make from their bodies, is superb. Not every set is perfect, of course, and I was a little disappointed that the best-looking sets only have use in very niche scenarios. Still, every monster in Iceborne is fun to hunt and tough to truly master.

I can't say enough good things about the menagerie of creatures in this DLC, which is why I'm so happy where you fight them is just as amazing.

A New Home in the Snow

The Hoarfrost Reach, the new hunting zone unique to the Iceborne expansion, is both beautiful and daunting when first encountered. Far from being just a set of snowy fields connected by rocky passages, the environments here are varied, filled with secret nooks and crannies, hot springs, fetid caves, and icy caverns.

Velkhana's arena, once available, should get a special mention for the mysterious grandeur of its aesthetic and appropriateness for a climactic fight.

Everything you'd expect from a new Monster Hunter World zone is present as well. There are plenty of new plants and small animals to find, new materials of every kind to discover, and new ways to engage the monsters throughout the environment.

The Reach should stand as a testament to what a new DLC area should be on release. Large, smartly constructed, and filled with ways for players to create their own stories through gameplay.

And thankfully, the gameplay in Iceborne is markedly different, yet strikingly familiar, thanks to a few additions to your hunter's arsenal. 

Much has already been said about the utility and versatility of the Clutch Claw. At risk of repeating most of the discussion, I'll say that it opens up whole new avenues of engagement, changes the rules of almost every monster fight in the game, and is generally just fun to use.

Iceborne also introduces new move sets to each weapon in the game. I haven't had nearly enough time to try them all, the ones I have made welcome updates to the combo system present in the vanilla experience.

I would also be remiss not to mention how both the layout and usability of Seliana, the new home base in Iceborne. Both a beautiful home in the snow and an incredibly user-friendly hub world, Seliana has everything you could want, with plenty of new quality of life changes to boot.

The fact you can access the Smithy from the Gathering Hub without a loading screen is a huge boon, for one. Me, though, I'm taken by the amount of customizability for your personal chambers. It has no gameplay function other than aesthetics, but in the kind of game where appearances can sometimes be everything, it's a welcome addition.

Lastly, though they didn't have to, Capcom added an entire second zone to the game called the Guiding Lands, which is all about the endgame. You can't even reach it until then anyway, but the fact that all the high-level gear grinding is centralized and streamlined in a single locale? That's just the icing on the cake.

Additional Considerations

Monster Hunter has never been known as a pinnacle of narrative design or storytelling, and Iceborne doesn't attempt to make any considerable changes to, well, change that. What it does do instead is provide a more grounded, character-focused story that helps to ground the endless monster-slaying in a world that moves and changes without the player's input.

The characters themselves are acted well enough, and their individual stories interesting, if a little rote. The story itself is also fairly standard. While it makes some attempts to rise above its status as a vector to the next monster, it's often more annoying than it is gripping.

Put simply, the story is average but functional and told as well as one could expect of a Monster Hunter title.

Most of us wished the same could be said for the game's performance on launch. We have a host of articles on this very site dealing with the various glitches, errors, and outright failures of this game's technical side. 

There's since been a patch addressing some of the worst offenders (save corruption and CPU usage), but it was all enough to put a large stain on an otherwise seminal PC release so early in the year.

As I said earlier, I'm also disappointed that some of the best-looking sets in the game have such poor skills associated with them. I love fighting monsters, true, but the highest challenges should provide the best rewards, and right now, they just kind of don't.

All that won't stop me from playing this game for months and months to come, especially with all the new content PC can expect. I have to skills to hone, quests to complete, and plenty of the Grammeowster Chef's wonderful food to eat.

  • A host of fantastic new and returning monsters
  • A beautiful new world to explore
  • Plenty of gear to chase and hours on hours of enjoyable gameplay
  • New mechanics and equipment that change the game in meaningful ways
  • Poor technical performance and glitches that need addressing
  • Some of the best gear in the game has little practical use

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is a natural progression from the base game, adding even more of what has kept players hunting all this time with a deft appreciation and understanding on Capcom's part for what players really wanted and needed in an upgrade Monster Hunter World.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Patch to Fix Save Overwrite, Loading Issues Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:18:54 -0500 Ty Arthur

While console players have been successfully hunting giant creatures in the frozen wastes for months, the PC launch of Monster Hunter: World Iceborne has been somewhat of a flaming disaster. From the infinite loading bug to a problem with save files being overwritten with new data, all has not been well for hunters of Steam.

Thankfully, Capcom has finally acknowledged the problems and revealed a patch is in the works. You can read the full patch pre-launch notification update over here.

Unfortunately, we don't know exactly when the patch will land, as Capcom stated it will arrive in the "coming days," with no specific release window at this time. Since these major problems have affected such a wide slice of the PC playerbase, it seems likely the patch will drop sooner rather than later.

The developers are currently advising that if players receive the "failed to read save data" error message, simply close the game entirely and don't choose either available option. This is the only sure-fire way to avoid having your save game overwritten.  

We've got some workarounds here for the Iceborne not loading on PC problem, as well as potential fixes to try out for the save overwrite issue. No matter what, make sure to keep backing up your original Steam cloud save or you may lose your character rand progress entirely when the new patch lands.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news, info, and guides on Monster Hunter: World Iceborne

How to Get Tempered Cragbone in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:35:38 -0500 Sergey_3847

Not every hunter that reaches Master Rank in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is going to be looking for Tempered Cragbone, but those looking to craft an Impact Charm III or upgrade the Lunastra set are certainly going to have their eyes open for this elusive material.

Read on to find out where you can get Tempered Cragbones, which are most easily found in the Wildspire Waste.

Tempered Cragbone Location

While it is possible to get other types of bones by completing quests and killing monsters, there is only one way to get Tempered Cragbone.

You can only find them in bonepiles in the Guiding Lands area of Wildspire Waste map. See Area 8 and Area 9 on the map above. Hunting tempered monsters in the same area will not guarantee drops of Tempered Cragbone, so don't waste your time.

Focus on the western part of the Guiding Lands, as that's where most bonepiles spawn. Tempered Cragbone spawn locations may be random, so try reloading the game in case you can't find them the first time.

Crafting With Tempered Cragbone

When you've located Tempered Cragbone in this area, you can use the following recipe to craft Impact Charm 3:

  • 3x Elder Dragonvein Bone
  • 4x Serene Crystal
  • 4x Tempered Cragbone
  • 1x Phantomcore Ore


That's it on how to find Tempered Cragbone in Monster Hunter World's Iceborne expansion. For more Monster Hunter World guides, check out the list below:

How to Get Felyne Zoomaster Canteen Ingredients in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:16:31 -0500 John Schutt

If you're hunting for the rare endemic life in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, you can make your job easier with the help of a special food skill called Felynze Zoomaster. All you have to do is find a few canteen ingredients. 

Since you're going to need all the help you can get, Felynze Zoomaster raises the spawn rate of rare endemic life. Activating the skill takes six unique ingredients you'll have to farm for. Three of them are rare themselves.

Below, we will tell you everything you need to do to activate the Felynze Zoomaster skill in Iceborne. We also include tips on Frozen Foliage farming, including Moonlight Icebloom, Snowpeak Icebloom, and Petalcryst.

The Six Ingredients for Felyne Zoomaster

You'll get half of what you need by completing the Grammeowster Chef's questline. The other half of the ingredients are rare and semi-rare drops from Frozen Foliage in the Hoarfrost Reach, one of which is only available when Frozen Foliage is flourishing.

The ingredients and their associated quests and locations are as follows:

  • Glacial Vodka and Toasting Tequila: The Nighty Night Nightshade quest (2nd in the Grammeowster Chef questline)

  • Simmering Spirit: Simmer and Slice quest (4th and final quest in the Grammeowster Chef questline)

  • Crystal Quaff: Deliver Petalcryst rare plantlife (only available in Hoarfrost Reach during flourishing Frozen Foliage)

  • Snowmelt Snifter: Deliver Moonlight Icebloom (from Frozen Foliage)

  • Frostpeak Fizz: Deliver Snowpeak Icebloom (from Frozen Foliage)

You may have noticed that the 1st and 3rd quests aren't required for the ingredients you need. That doesn't mean you can skip them. You have to do all four quests to get your hands on these special canteen ingredients. 

The first quest is Trapping the Tree Trasher, and the third is a delivery quest of Twisted Stouthorn, which you receive from breaking a Diablos' horns and either carving or capturing it.

Farming Frozen Foliage

Your best bet for getting all the canteen ingredients you need in the Hoarfrost Reach is going on an expedition while Frozen Foliage is flourishing. Time of day and weather conditions don't matter.

Your primary farming zones will be Area 7 and Area 15, where a total of nine patches of foliage grow. So long as they're flourishing, you'll only need to wait about five minutes or so between gathering.

Farming Moonlight and Snowpeak Icebloom

Neither of these materials will take you too long to farm. You'll be able to collect either ingredient from any Frozen Foliage you come across.

Moonlight Icebloom is relatively common, and you're liable to get your hands on it within your first few gathers. Snowpeak Icebloom will take you more time. It's a rare gather, but you'll know you've got it when your hunter digs excitedly twice and raises their arm high. 

You'll only need one instance of both plants. Once you have them, it's time to move onto the tough part.

Where to Find Petalcryst

The final ingredient on your list only appears during flourishing Frozen Foliage, and only in a single small cave in Area 2.

I only had luck finding petalcryst on the lower levels, and there's still a chance you might not get it. Thankfully, the plants here respawn at the same rate as their non-cavebound counterparts. 

Once you've managed to nab a sprig of petalcryst, you should have every ingredient you need to activate Felyne Zoomaster. Now go out and get those pets!


That's all you need to know about the Felyne Zoomaster skill in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne. Here are some other great Iceborne articles while you're at it:

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: How to Get Celestial Wyverian Prints Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:11:25 -0500 John Schutt

Celestial Wyverian Prints are required to create an Elder Melder in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Though you could hunt monsters in hopes of receiving or carving some of Iceborne's rarest items, such as monster mantles, gems, and other shiny materials, an Elder Melder makes things easier. 

Below, we'll go over where to find Celestial Wyverian Prints, as well as how to use the Steamworks to get a print, and how to farm fuel for the Steamworks.  

Where to Find Celestial Wyverian Prints

The only place to get Celestial Wyverian Prints is in the Steamworks of Seliana. As long as you have fuel, the Steamworks provides a number of random rewards ranging in rarity from grey to red. The prints you want are in the red zone.

To play the Steamworks, all you have to do is press three of your controller's face buttons in a random order (the order resets after you press all three). In most cases, you'll be rewarded with grey items for failed attempts and yellow items for successful attempts.

Getting a red item, like the print, requires two things. First, you need the button prompts to glow red, and then you have to get the sequence right.

Do that, and you'll get a chance — and only a chance — at the print. Get it wrong, and you get a grey item. 

Usually, you have multiple red sequence attempts per go, and they seem to have about a 10% chance to appear. The more fuel you have, either provided by you (Stored Fuel) or generated over time (Natural Fuel), the more attempts you will have. Each turn costs 10 fuel total, coming first from your Natural Fuel, then dipping into your Stored Fuel. 

How to Farm Fuel for the Steamworks

Your two fuel types come from different sources. Your Natural Fuel generates over time no matter what you're doing. Quests — assigned or optional — expeditions, Guiding Lands, and Arena fights all ensure time passes and fuel builds up.

To provide fuel to the Steamworks yourself, you can give it any ore you mine from a Mining Outcrop. However, most ores, even the rare ones, only provide between 1-3 fuel

Coal is what you're looking for, which is a rare and ultra-rare pull from Outcrops. Dragonvein Coal, for instance, gives a whopping 500 fuel, while Coal shards can give 50 or so depending on the type.

Your best bet to farm coal is to mine every Outcrop you see. If your hunter stops, looks at the Outcrop, then takes a huge swing, you've hit paydirt. All you have to do then is take the coal to the Steamworks and take your chances at a Celestial Wyverian Print for sweet mats.

And that's all you need to know about Celestial Wyverian Prints and The Steamworks. For more Monster Hunter World: Iceborne content, check out these other articles:

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Mushroomancer: Skill Effects, How to Use Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:12:19 -0500 Ty Arthur

Of all the skills in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, one of the most overlooked, but potentially overpowered, is Mushroomancer, which offers incredibly cost-effective buffs.

Instead of crafting an item like Demondrug, which requires multiple components, you can simply eat an easily obtainable mushroom to get the same effect. Mushrooms are also consumed immediately, so they take effect faster than something like a Potion, for instance.

Because you can quickly acquire large numbers of mushrooms offering a range of buffs and healing effects, Mushroomancer is a skill that's well worth pursuing. Let's take a look at how to equip and level up this skill, and then see which specific shrooms are most worth your time.

How to Increase the Mushroomancer Skill

Mushroomancer is increased by wearing specific equipment. Each tier of the skill increases the number of mushroom types your character can eat to gain various buffs.

While there are no weapons that currently increase the skill, here are all the decorations, charms, and armor types currently known to boost the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Mushroomancer skill:

Armor Name Armor Type
Fungiform Jewel 1  Decoration
Mushroom Charm I  Charm
Mushroom Charm II Charm
Mushroom Charm III Charm
Mosswine Mask Alpha  Head
Banbaro Alpha +  Head
Black Belt Alpha +  Head
Dober Mail Alpha  Chest
Black Belt Alpha +  Chest
Black Belt Beta +  Chest
Dober Vambraces Alpha  Arms
Dober Vambraces Alpha + Arms
Dober Vambraces Beta  Arms
Dober Vambraces Beta + Arms
Commission Belt Alpha  Waist
Commission Belt Beta  Waist
Banbaro Alpha +  Waist
Banbaro Beta Waist
Harvest Raiz  Legs
Harvest Raiz Alpha  Legs
Dober Alpha +  Legs
Dober Beta +   Legs
Banbaro Alpha +  Legs
Banbaro Beta +  Legs


Mushroomancer Skill Effects

At Level 1, only two types of fungus can be eaten, but the number of types grows as more Mushroomancer equipment is worn.

Keep in mind you can also use Item Prolonger to extend the effects of most of these mushroom buffs.

That means that Toadstool, for instance, will potentially last 50% longer than 5 minutes if you have Item Prolonger at Level 3.

While the Mushroomancer skill seems limiting at first due to its armor restrictions, there's an important element of the skill that makes it more effective than you might realize.

Critically, your buffs remain active after consuming the mushroom, even if you immediately switch back to your main armor set. In other words, equip the Mushroomancer armor, eat a mushroom, and then go back to your specific equipment tailored towards whatever monster you are hunting.

That's particularly useful when eating the Parashroom and Nitroshroom, since their effects last until you die. Finally, while the Mandragora doesn't work with the Wide-Range skill, all of the other mushrooms do, so you can easily and cheaply give large buffs to allies.

Don't discount the Mandragora, however. Having multiple instant max heals available at any time can wildly increase your ability to survive against difficult enemies.

Here are the three levels of the Mushroomancer skill, and the specific bonus granted by eating each fungus type: 

  • Mushroomancer 1 Digest Blue Mushrooms and Toadstools
  • Mushroomancer 2 Digest Nitroshrooms and Parashrooms
  • Mushroomancer 3 Digest Mandragoras, Devil's Blight, and Exciteshrooms
Mushroom Item Type Effect
Blue Mushroom Potion  Restores health (small amount) 
Toadstool Immunizer  Boosts health recovery (5 min), cures bleeding 
Nitroshroom Demondrug  Boosts attack power
(lasts until fainting in battle) 
Parashroom Armorskin   Boosts defense (lasts until fainting in battle)
Mandragora Max Potion  Full heal (Doesn't work with Wide-Range skill) 
Devil's Blight Dash Juice  Reduce dodge/jump/evade stamina cost,
increases regen speed (4 min) 
Exciteshroom  N/A   Randomly produce one other
mushroom type effect


What equipment load out are you using for the Mushroomancer skill, and have you found it useful against any specific large creatures?

Let us know in the comments section, and then check out our other Monster Hunter: World guides here:

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: How to Find Hot Spring Stones Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:31:38 -0500 Sergey_3847

There are plenty of optional Master Rank quests in Monster Hunter World: Icebrone. However, the one that requires you to bring Hot Spring stones to a vendor is especially hard to complete without knowing a few tricks. Completing the quest could earn you over 9,000 Zenny, which isn't such a bad deal. 

Follow the steps below for the exact location of Hot Spring stones, and how to deliver them without too much trouble.

Hot Spring location in Area 13 of the Monster Hunter World Iceborne map.

Step 1: Enter the Hot Spring

You can start this quest after reaching Master Rank 13.

The Treasure in the Steam delivery quest has several limitations. First, you only have 50 minutes to finish the quest. Second, you can only have three faints.

With that in mind, you need to find the shortest way to Hot Spring and back. Here's the fastest route: 

  1. Select Camp 12 as your spawn point 
  2. Use vines to climb up the frozen walls toward Quadrant 13
  3. Equip the Ghillie Mantle, which will protect you from monsters
  4. Enter the Hot Spring with steamy stones (in the southeastern portion of the map above)

You will find stones scattered all over the spring. Pick one up and carry it back to Camp 5.

Step 2: Deliver the Stones

Most camps require you to crawl through a narrow passage in order to meet the vendor. However, you can't crawl while carrying a heavy stone. That is why Camp 5 is your only choice for delivering a stone, as it is the only camp that can be entered by climbing up vines.

  1. Approach the gates at Camp 5
  2. Look to your right
  3. Locate a frozen wall with vines
  4. Climb up the wall carrying a Hot Spring stone
  5. Deliver the stone to a vendor

Since the Treasure in the Steam quest requires you to bring two stones, you will have to repeat the steps twice. If you've done everything right, the quest shouldn't take you longer than 20-30 minutes to complete.


That's it on how to deliver the Hot Spring stones to Camp 5 and complete the Treasure in the Steam quest. For more Monster Hunter World guides, check out the list below:

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: How to Find Rare Endemic Life Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:40:11 -0500 John Schutt

You find amazing new life everywhere you look in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. However, five creatures rise above the rest, so much so that once caught, each of them comes with an achievement on PC and Xbox One (trophy if on PS4). These creatures make up Iceborne's rare endemic life

Below, we break down how to find each one so you can nab some of the rarest, best-looking pets in the game.

Golden Gleam: Where to Find the Goldspring Macaque 

One of the easier pets to find, the Goldspring Macaque lives in the Hoarfrost Reach, bathing in a hot spring just west of the southernmost camp. To reach this endemic life, travel to the camp, then turn left and hug the left side of the path. You'll shortly arrive at the hot spring.

The Macaque seems to have a higher spawn rate on the Pearl Snatchers event quest, so if it's currently on rotation, be sure to check the hot spring once you've launched the quest. (Hint: a picture of the Macaque in the hot spring is at the top of this article)

Friendly Pointer: Where to Find the Arrowhead Gecko

Blue Arrowhead Gecko in Wildspire Waste Monster Hunter World Iceborne

You'll find this friendly neighborhood blue boy in either the Rotten Vale or the Wildspire Waste. He's easier to find in the Vale, but I had the best luck finding him in the Waste, so that's where I'll lead you. 

Arrowhead Gecko: Wildspire Waste

Start at the southern camp and turn left as you leave, taking the path up toward the caves.

Start at the southern camp and turn left as you leave, taking the path up toward the caves.

You'll pass a pond and waterfall on your way there. Stick to the right, and you'll end up in the caves — head towards the light. You'll pass several Tough Skinned Fruit on your way through.

Once you head out of the caves, turn right until you reach climbable vines. Take these up.

Once you head out of the caves, turn right until you reach climbable vines. Take these up.

If you were lucky enough to get the little Gecko to spawn, he'll be slithering around as you climb up. Follow him to the top and add his shiny blue endemic skin to your collection.

The next pet on our list lives very close to the Gecko in the Waste, so if you're super lucky, you'll find it, too.

Sweet Melody: Where to Find the Blue Diva

Blue Diva in the Ancient Forest Monster Hunter World.

Looking for a beautiful birdsong? Grab yourself a Blue Diva, who lives in both the Ancient Forest and the Wildspire Waste. For the latter, take the same path to the Gecko. 

Blue Diva: Ancient Forest

Ancient Forest is a much better farming choice, however. Head to the Northeast Camp and head just outside to the area with branches and two vines. 

Just to the right of the exit will be a platform. If the Blue Diva's spawned, she'll be sitting there singing.

Submerged Mystery: How to Find the Sealord's Crestfish

Sealord's Crestfish pulled from the hidden fetid pond in Hoarfrost Reach.

One of the most majestic fish in all of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, this unit of a fish lives in the murky depths of a hidden Hoarfrost Reach hot spring. And yes, you'll need to use the fishing rod to catch him.

To start, travel to the Shipwreck Camp and jump down into the chamber beneath the camp. From there, make a left and head into the brown, nasty areas that look kind of like the Rotten Vale

From the Shipwreck Camp, make a left and head into the brown, nasty areas that look kind of like the Rotten Vale. 

Keep to the right as you make your way down until you reach a fetid pond. Use your fishing rod in the pond and catch this piece of endemic life. 

Celestial Illusion: How to Find the Wintermoon Nettle

The Wintermoon Nettle atop Hoarfrost Reach Mountain in Monster Hunter World Iceborne.

Here's the big one, the Iceborne endemic life you'll go crazy trying to get your hands on. 

The Wintermoon Nettle lives at the top of the Hoarfrost Reach mountain and only comes out at night when conditions are Clear. Making your way up the mountain is no small feat, so here's a detailed rundown of how to get there.

Begin by making your way to the cave in the north of Area 13. You'll know it by the many Wedge Beetles dotting the ceiling.

Begin by making your way to the cave in the north of Area 13. You'll know it by the many Wedge Beetles dotting the ceiling.

Grapple across the gap and look up. You'll need to chain subsequent grapples to the highest beetle, then swing up and over the ledge nearby.

Grapple across the gap and look up. You'll need to chain subsequent grapples to the highest beetle, then swing up and over the ledge nearby.

Next, follow the path until you reach a cliff. Don't jump down. Instead, look to your left to see a vertical channel leading up. You'll need to do some limited parkour up one side, jump across, then make a sideways jump to the climbable section of ice.

From there, you've got another section to jump up. Just scramble up one side, jump to the other, then jump a third time to clamber onto the next ledge.

From there, you've got another section to jump up. Just scramble up one side, jump to the other, then jump a third time to clamber onto the next ledge.

Once you're done there, you'll probably be doing a little waiting, as you need a steam vent to launch you onto the next ledge. Also, make sure you're facing said ledge, or you'll need to do more waiting.

Once you're done there, you'll probably be doing a little waiting, as you need a steam vent to launch you onto the next ledge.

Beyond the vent launch, you'll climb toward one last Wedge Beetle swing, after which you'll take a path to your left. 

Beyond the vent launch, you'll climb toward one last Wedge Beetle swing, after which you'll take a path to your left. 

At the end of the path is a climbable ice wall. Don your Ghillie Mantle and head up. If you're lucky enough to spawn the Wintermoon Nettle, it will be slowly floating about the summit and its three Mining Outcrops. Wait for it to come within range of your Capture Net (it won't immediately run if you miss) and grab it.

Deft Digger and Creatures of the Earth: How to Find Moly in the Guiding Lands

Once you reach the end-game zone known as the Guiding Lands, the last two achievements become available. You'll be hunting creatures called Moly, and they're scattered across all four currently available zones (more are to come with additional content updates). 

Two sets of Moly exist in two different locations, and though you'll want to collect them all, you only need one of them for the Deft Digger achievement. It's the Creatures of the Earth achievement that's a little trickier.

First, you must level up each zone to Level 5 to spawn the zone's special Moly. As of writing, I haven't reached that level yet, but the locations presented below are applicable for the rarer special Moly, also noted below.

Moly do not require you to reload the Guiding Lands to spawn them. Rather, they will spawn when you aren't around. Visit the various spawn points periodically, but be sure to give the creatures time to show up.

Lastly, you'll always want to be wearing your Ghillie Mantle, as these are some skittish little buggers, and you don't want to spook them.

Ancient Forest Area Locations

You'll find one group of forest Moly all the way in the upper-left corner of the map in Area 7. You will need to crawl through a crevice past a honey gathering point. If the Moly are there, they'll be sitting in the middle of the fork in the path. 

Another set of forest moly live near a herb plant on the righthand side of Area 6, nestled against a small rise in the ground.

The rare forest area version is called the Mossy Moly, and have green tufts for hair. 

Wildspire Area Moly Locations

For the Wildspire area of the Guiding Lands, you'll be looking for the Rocky Moly, so known for the rocks they wear on their heads.

Your first visit should be to the bottom left corner of Area 8 to the Might Seed that grows there. That's where you'll find one set of Wildspire Moly.

Your second group of Moly will spawn near a large cactus patch and a herb plant on the lower level, close to the area's middle. 

Rotten Vale Area Moly Locations

In this area, you'll eventually be hunting for the Spiny Moly, which is, well, spiny. You'll know it by the sharp red color of the spines.

One set of Moly will spawn in the northernmost portion of Area 2 near an ivy plant. You'll know the one because it sits closes to a connecting tunnel.

Another set of Moly live with the Girros in Area 13. They'll appear atop the large bone pile in the area's left side near the Devil's Blight mushroom growing from the bones.

Coral Highlands Moly Locations

In this part of the Guiding Lands, you'll be hunting the rare Fluffy Moly, which doesn't so much look like a mole as it does a rotund pink ball of fluff.

The first spawn point is in the northeast corner near some honey. Usually, there are Palicos or Gajalakas there, and you'll know you're in the right area because of the fishing pond nestled in the at the path's end.

The second Moly group is near another herb plant on top of the cliff in Area 11. It's the large circular chamber with two levels. Head up to the top and if they're around, you'll see the Moly lined up near the plant.

Helpful Tips

If you're having trouble getting your hands on these beautiful creatures, here are a few tips for making your life easier.

  • Do the Grammeowster Chef's questline and collect rare plants from across the Hoarfrost Reach. Each provides you with a food ingredient you'll need to make a custom meal for the Felyne Zoomaster skill. This skill increases the spawn rate of rare endemic life.
    • The six ingredients and their requirements are:
      • Glacial Vodka and Toasting Tequila: The Nighty Night Nightshade quest (2nd in the Grammeowster Chef questline).
      • Simmering Spirit: Simmer and Slice quest (4th and final quest in the Grammeowster Chef questline)
      • Crystal Quaff: Deliver Petalcryst rare plantlife (only available in Hoarfrost Reach during flourishing Frozen Foliage)
      • Snowmelt Snifter: Deliver Moonlight Icebloom (from Frozen Foliage)
      • Frostpeak Fizz: Deliver Snowpeak Icebloom (from Frozen Foliage)
  • Wear the Ghillie Mantle. You don't want your new pets scaring themselves away.
  • Make a loop of it. If the endemic life you're looking for isn't tied to time or conditions, check one area, and if the pet isn't there, immediately fast travel to a new place to look for another bit of life. Repeat as necessary.

When complete, your custom order should look like this:

Five rare specimens of Iceborne endemic life, five achievements now gracing your account. We'll cover the Moly endemic life, son. We've got more Iceborne content coming your way, so stay tuned.

Check out our current Iceborne fare while you're here: 

Best Monster Hunter World Iceborne Greatsword Builds Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:51:37 -0500 Sergey_3847

Greatswords are some of the most powerful weapons in Monster Hunter World. The latest Iceborne expansion brings a whole host of new Master Rank weapons to farm for and craft, including (of course) greatswords and brand new builds for them.

Below you will find three specific builds that have shown the most remarkable results for many players. Choose one and get that slinger ready to farm up, hunter!

Acid Shredder II Build

Acid Shredder II is a monumental greatsword that comes from two monsters: Acidic Glavenus and Vaal Hazak. The crafting recipe for Acid Shredder II is following:

  • 2x Vaal Hazak Hardclaw
  • 4x Acidic Glavenus Hardfang
  • 3x Acidic Glavenus Spineshell
  • 1x Glavenus Mantle
  • 56000x Zenny

This sword has a powerful paralysis effect, which can be well combined with its native Acidic Glavenus armor set for the following build:

  • Charms:
    • Handicraft Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Ghillie Mantle
Armor Decorations
Acidic Glavenus Helm Beta Sprinter/Expert Jewel 4
Damascus Mail Beta Flawless/Vitality Jewel 4; Elementless Jewel 2; Vitality Jewel 1
Acidic Glavenus Braces Beta 2x Tenderizer Jewel 2; Steadfast Jewel 1
Damascus Coil Beta 2x Mighty Jewel 2; Vitality Jewel 1
Acidic Glavenus Greaves Beta Mighty Jewel 2; Tenderizer Jewel 2


Ruinous Atrocity Build

This greatsword can be crafted by farming items from none other than Ruiner Nergigante, which is the reason for such high dragon damage. The crafting recipe is the following:

  • 3x Annihilating Greathorn
  • 4x Nergigante Hardclaw
  • 5x Eternal Regrowth Plate
  • 1x Large Elder Dragon Gem

Ruinous Atrocity can be paired with Golden Lune armor, which also has dragon element as its main defensive mechanism.

  • Charms:
    • Master's Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Temporal Mantle
Armor Decorations
Damascus Helm Beta Defense Jewel 4; 2x Defense Jewel 1
Golden Lunemail Beta Mighty/Vitality Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2; Fortitude Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces Beta Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2
Golden Lunecoil Beta Tenderizer/Maintenance Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2
Garuga Greaves Beta Charger/Vitality Jewel 4; 2x Charger Jewel 2


Immovable Dharma Build

A great alternative for the Ruinous Atrocity would be an Immovable Dharma sword, which can be crafted by farming Shara Ishvalda.

  • 4x Shara Ishvalda Tenderclaw
  • 6x Shara Ishvalda Tenderscale
  • 2x Shara Ishvalda Tenderplate 
  • 1x Shara Ishvalda Gem
  • 80000x Zenny

This build also uses Golden Lune armor but with a few important twists that fit specifically the Immovable Dharma greatsword.

  • Charms:
    • Handicraft Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Glider Mantle
Armor Decorations
Golden Headdress Beta Hard Water Res Jewel 4; Steadfast Jewel 1
Golden Lunemail Beta Charger/Vitality Jewel 4; Tenderizer Jewel 2; Expert Jewel 1
Acidic Glavenus Braces Beta Charger/Maintenance Jewel 4; Elementless Jewel 2; Vitality Jewel 1
Golden Lunecoil Beta Charger/Vitality Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2
Garuga Greaves Beta Expert Jewel 4; 2x Critical Jewel 2


That's it for the best greatsword builds in the Iceborne expansion, and for more Monster Hunter World guides, check out the list below:

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Monster Toughbone Farming Guide Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:24:48 -0500 Ty Arthur

If you've finally got past the not loading bugs and the infamous save overwrite problems, its time to start farming some new materials in the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne expansion!

Used for a huge range of armor types, Monster Toughbone is currently only available by hunting four specific large monster types. Let's take a look at where to go to start farming Iceborne Toughbone!

How To Farm Monster Toughbone

Like the new Monster Slogbone material, keep in mind that Monster Toughbone is only a Master Rank material -- so there's no point in trying to get some at Low Rank or High Rank.

Toughbone doesn't currently spawn anywhere on its own and isn't granted by completing any quests.

Instead, it can drop at random from these specific creatures:

  • Great Jagras (Ancient Forest)
  • Kulu-Ya-Ku (Ancient Forest, Wildspire Waste)
  • Rathian (Ancient Forest, Wildspire Waste)
  • Viper Tobi-Kadachi (Hoarfrost Reach)

Due to the drop rate you are in for a bit of a grind, but at least now you know which specific large monsters to target if you want to find some Toughbone.

So when you've finally found specifically where to farm it, what exactly is Monster Toughbone even used for?

On the weapon front, Toughbone is used for the Mammoth Greataxe and Mammoth Direbones, as well as the Datura Hellspine and Radobaan Grindblade I.

Toughbone is also an ingredient in an extremely wide range of armor sets including Artian, Baan, Bone, Clockwork, Golden Hakama, Jagras, Lumu, Pukei, and Rathian pieces.

Which creature finally dropped some Toughbone for you? Let us know in the comments, and then take a look at our other Iceborne guides below:

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Monster Slogbone Farming Guide Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:59:59 -0500 Ty Arthur

Monster Slogbone is used in a long list of weapon and armor recipes in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, particularly in the early range of Master Rank gear.

Luckily you'll get your first Monster Slogbone rather early into the expansion, and you'll get it for various rewards with other monsters as well.

How to Farm Monster Slogbone

The most important thing to keep in mind is that Monster Slogbone only drops at Master Rank.

If you are either Low Rank or High Rank, you need to complete more quests to reach Master Rank. Before that, Slogbone won't appear at all. 

Right now, the highest drop rate seems to be from the new monster Barioth, but it can also be farmed from a variety of base creatures with a little patience.

While it doesn't appear to be given as a quest reward anywhere at this point, here's where to get Monster Slogbone by farming creatures:

  • Barioth (Hoarfrost Reach)
  • Diablos (Wildspire Waste)
  • Glavenus (Ancient Forest, Wildspire Waste, Elder's Recess)
  • Lavasioth (Elder's Recess)
  • Nargacuga (Coral Highlands, Ancient Forest)
  • Rathalos (Ancient Forest)
  • Tigrex (Rotten Vale, Hoarfrost Reach, Wildspire Waste, Ancient Forest, Elder's Recess)

Where to Use Monster Slogbone

So now that you've farmed some Monster Slogbone, what are you going to do with it? Turns out there's a wide range of weapons and armor that use this new Iceborne resource. Here's every single one we've discovered so far!

Item Equipment Type Slogbone Needed
Chrome Machina II  Switch Axe 3
 Chrome Deathscythe II Great Sword 3
 Jagras Deathclaw II Great Sword 3
 Datura Hellspine II Great Sword 3
Tiger Jawblade Great Sword 3
Ogre's Jaw II Great Sword 3
 Barroth Greatedge II Great Sword 3
 Dragonseal Sword I   Great Sword 4
 Chrome Knight Sword II Sword & Shield 3
Legacy Bang  Sword & Shield 8
 Datura Florescence I  Sword & Shield 3
 Datura Florescence II Sword & Shield 3
 Dragonseal Aldsword I Sword & Shield 4
 Chrome Cross II Dual Blades 3
Asefar al-Nasr II Dual Blads 3
 Rex Chain I Dual Blades 3
 Diablos Clubs III Dual Blades 3
 Hulking Choppers II Dual Blades 3
 Jyura Keenblades II Dual Blades 2
 Sin+ Dual Blades 3
  Enduring Sacrifice Dual Blades 4
 Iron Eschaton II Long Sword 3
 Rafiq al-Nasr II  Long Sword 3
 Grand Khopesh II Long Sword 3
 Artian Mail Alpha Chest Armor 3
 Artian Mail Beta  Chest Armor 3
 Clockwork Mail Alpha Chest Armor 3
 Clockwork Mail Beta Chest Armor 3
 Ingot Mail Alpha  Chest Armor 1
 Ingot Mail Beta Chest Armor 1
 Lavasioth Mail Alpha Chest Armor 4
 Lavasioth Mail Beta Chest Armor 4
 Artian Vambraces Alpha Arms Armor 3
 Artian Vambraces Beta Arms Armor 3
 Ingot Vambraces Alpha Arms Armor 1
 Ingot Vambraces Beta Arms Armor 1
  Rathalos Vambraces Alpha Arms Armor 4
  Rathalos Vambraces Beta Arms Armor 4
 Ingot Greaves Alpha Leg Armor 1
 Ingot Greaves Beta Leg Armor 1
 Dober Greaves Alpha Leg Armor 4
 Dober Greaves Beta Leg Armor 4
 Ingot Coil Alpha Waist Armor 1
 Ingot Coil Beta Waist Armor 1
 Clockwork Helm Alpha Head Armor 3
 Clockwork Helm Beta Head Armor 3
 Ingot Helm Alpha Head Armor 1
 Ingot Helm Beta Head Armor 1


Have you found any other spots to farm Monster Slogbone or other uses for the new resource? Let us know in the comments, and then take a look at our other Iceborne guides below:

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Save Overwrite Fixes Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:33:03 -0500 Ty Arthur

Did you lose your save data when installing the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne expansion? This is a persistent issue on PC, but there are a few fixes and workarounds to try so you don't have to start over from scratch.

Before we look at the Monster Hunter: World corrupted save gave fixes for Iceborne, keep in mind you might not be able to load the game at all after installing the latest update!

If you're having the Iceborne won't load on PC bug, check out our current list of fixes over here.

Iceborne Save Data Fix 1

This one is more of a workaround than an actual fix, but everyone should do this to avoid any potential problems. Head over to this location to find your cloud save data on Steam. 

You must be logged into Steam on your web browser (not on the Steam app) for the link to work. At the link, back up the file for app ID 582010, which is the ID for Monster Hunter: World. Now you're locked and loaded with your save data so you can get it back once a patch arrives.

It is critical to do this BEFORE launching the game with Iceborne installed and choosing the option to create an Iceborne-compatible save file. If you don't, your Steam cloud save will be overwritten with a fresh save, sending you back to the very beginning of the main campaign. 

Iceborne Save Data Fix 2

If your data is already gone, there is another option that doesn't involve starting completely over.

Although it won't have your specific playthrough, there are plenty of 100% base-game completion save files available to download through sites like Nexus Mods.

Download the save file and follow the instructions to get a new save game with everything in the base campaign completed.

If you lost all of your data, this may be your only sure-fire option that doesn't involve re-playing Monster Hunter: World from the start just to reach the Iceborne DLC content. 

Iceborne Save Data Fix 3

There is one last option that's worked for some players but not others. It involves using the Monster Hunter: World Save Transfer tool available from Nexus Mods.

This fix lets you keep your current character (including all of your equipment) while still getting into Iceborne. Before getting started, back up your existing save by using the Data Fix 1 method above or by manually saving the data in the file path:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\[YOURUSERID]\582010\remote

After backing up your current save and installing the Save Transfer tool, download this non-modded Iceborne-compatible save file here.

Open the tool and choose Open Save Data in the File menu. From there, select the normal save data option and change the Steam ID to match your user profile. 

Finding Your Steam ID

If you don't know your Steam ID, open the Steam app and click your user name at the top (next to the "Community" link) and select Profile. Your specific Steam user ID is the long string of numbers at the end of the URL after the "profiles" section.

Now go back to the File menu and choose Import Save Data to select your previously backed up save file. Drag your character over to the left-hand side to bring your old character into the new save.

Back in the File menu, select Save Data and save it wherever you want. From there, copy the newly saved data over to the same file path as at the beginning of this section:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\[YOURUSERID]\582010\remote

Now run Monster Hunter World and your existing character should be in the new Iceborn-compatible save file! Unfortunately, using the tool can cause other problems, like getting a blank screen or getting stuck on the option to change keyboard and language settings, so it isn't a surefire fix.

Have you found any other workarounds for fixing the issue of Iceborne overwriting your save games? Sound off in the comments below!

For more on Monster Hunter World, be sure to check out our huge list of Monster Hunter World guides. For more on Iceborne, be sure to check out our Iceborne-specific guides