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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom


There’s Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom if you can’t get enough of Level-5’s world. This one follows Ding Dong Dell prince Evan as he struggles to regain his sense of self following a bloody coup.


Fortunately for him, and us, he meets a charming band of misfits along the way, as well as a gaggle of Higgeldies, giving the sequel as much charm and character as the first Ni No Kuni. There’s even a robust kingdom-building simulator and some extra DLC to round out the experience.


That's it for our list of the best RPGs playable on PlayStation 5 right now. In the coming months and years, the PS5 will naturally get its own hefty library of top-notch RPGs. For now, we hope these are enough to tide you over until then and offer a chance to fall in love with a world you've never experienced before.


What RPGs would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments below! 


Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered


Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch returned to PlayStation 4 in remastered form with updated visuals, which is really just a good excuse to dive into Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s heartwarming (and breaking) masterpiece again.


Young hero Oliver travels to another world to save someone dear to him and mends the shattered hearts of those he meets on the way. It’s part Pokemon, with little familiars you “catch” and train, part action RPG, all wrapped in a package that’s like you’re playing a classic anime series. There's even more where that came from too.


Monster Hunter: World


The original Monster Hunter: World is also free in the PS Plus Collection, making it easier than ever to get into Capcom’s long-running franchise. World redefined Monster Hunter by smoothing over the edges and making it more accessible in a number of ways, from seamless world design to easier tracking.


There’s still plenty of challenge on offer from World’s biggest and baddest monsters, though. You’ll need to keep up with your gear — with the help of MonHun’s adorable Palicoes of course — back at the gorgeous base camp/city if you want a shot at the Elder Dragon causing so much chaos in the world.


Once you’ve done all that, the fun is only just beginning. Monster Hunter: World Iceborne adds new regions, monsters, and gear plus a series of new events. Even better, Capcom’s making these events available again for those who missed them before thanks to a new rotating cycle, so everyone can join in the fun.




Sure, Demons’ Souls is great (it really is), but have you played Bloodborne? If not, now’s your chance to get it for free with the PS Plus Collection. While the power of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t boost Bloodborne to 60fps, it’s still a remarkable game.


Set in the gothic city of Yharnam that’s just oozing atmosphere from every flying buttress, you play as a fighter injected with special blood by the city’s ruling organization, the Healing Church. It’s supposed to offer protection against a plague turning everyone into monsters, but surprise! It doesn’t.


Now you have to kill them in spectacular style while hunting for a cure. It’s Dark Souls-adjacent, but fast-paced and exhilarating in both visual design and action.


The Outer Worlds


If you really like the idea of a futuristic RPG where your choices (kind of) matter, give Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds a chance. You play as a human taken out of cryogenic stasis to investigate what happened at the Halcyon colony, a corporate-owned space experiment with no end of shady deals attached to it. But you’re free to do… whatever really.


Be a good person, be a stooge, take the middle road, and whatever you choose, watch as your actions shape the lives of everyone around you and determine what ending you get. It's more Fallout-esque than what Obsidian has developed in a little while, but that's definitely not a bad thing.


The Outer Worlds doesn’t re-shape the genre, but it’s a solid first-person sci-fi RPG with equally solid DLC.


Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon


Yakuza 7 is a reboot of sorts following a new character in a new gameplay style. This time, you play as optimist Ichiban Kasuga on his quest to bring some semblance of order to an unjust world. “Quest” is key here because Ichiban sees his world through the lens of his favorite series, Dragon Quest.


That means turn-based battles, job classes, and plenty of retro RPG references mixed in. It takes the series’ usual heartfelt story and dials it up to 12 with some surprisingly on-point observations about society.


Really, both Yakuza games are some of the best RPGs on PlayStation 5, so you can't go wrong either way.


Yakuza 0


There’s so much Yakuza to choose from on PlayStation 4, but your best bet for getting started is Yakuza 0. Yakuza 0 is where it all begins, hence the 0. It’s the height of the bubble economy in 1980s Japan, and you play as newbie yakuza Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.


While the story is good, as ever it’s the side stories and characters that steal the show, with some of the best writing and wackiest scenarios in gaming. It’s also one of the most refined combat systems in the series. If you want to jump into the latest Yakuza, though, check out the next entry.


NieR: Automata


If you like it when stories mercilessly toy with your brain, then go play NieR: Automata immediately. This bizarre and wonderful game brings together the best parts of Yoko Taro’s scenario writing and Platinum’s peerless action combat for an experience that really is like no other.


In this post-apocalyptic world, where Shakespeare-spewing technology ran humans off the planet, you play (mostly) as 2B. You’re a robot fighter created by the human resistance to destroy the invading menace in action that switches seamlessly between fast-paced 3D fighting and top-down bullet hell across the game’s gorgeous environments.


Once you’re done — you’re not done. You have to beat NieR: Automata several times to get the full story. And don't fret if you think you have to play the upcoming NieR: Replicant to understand it either. The two are completely separate stories.


Tales of Berseria


We’ll have to wait a while yet for more Tales of Arise news, but meanwhile, there’s Tales of Berseria to hold you over on PlayStation 5. While it’s designed as a prequel to the somewhat contentious Tales of Zestiria, Berseria works perfectly well as a standalone game and shakes up the series’ usual storytelling style.


Gone are the obviously good heroes with primarily good motives. In their place is a ragtag bunch of ne’er-do-wells seeking their own ends. Their motives don’t always align, but they share one thing in common: an unquenchable desire for vengeance.


Berseria feels like a culmination of the series’ combo-based fighting begun with Xillia, with fast-paced battles that require much more than just mashing buttons until you win. It’s a solid package and one that’s frequently on sale too.


The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1-4


Why settle for one RPG when you can buy and play a four-part series on the same system? As of 2020, PlayStation 4 has all four Trails of Cold Steel games, and if you’re looking for an epic RPG saga like few others, these are definitely worth checking out.


Despite sitting mid-way in the overall Trails series, Cold Steel tells its own story, one of warfare and political intrigue in the aggressively expansionist Erebonian Empire. You play as Rean Schwarzer, son of a minor noble and new student at Thors Military Academy. All is not well in the empire, however, and as Erebonia gradually spreads its influence over the continent, its dark history repeats itself and threatens to consume the entire world.


Like all Trails games, Cold Steel uses a unique combat system where placement and stat augmentations matter more than most RPGs, and the worldbuilding is unparalleled, with countless side stories developing alongside the main plot.


Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition


Maybe you played Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age already, but if you haven’t played DQ XI Definitive Edition yet, you haven’t experienced the game at its best. You get new story chapters for every protagonist plus new story segments where the party travels to the worlds of previous Dragon Quest games to resolve issues popping up there.


It’s the ultimate series tribute, and the scenarios are designed so well, they’re enjoyable even if you haven’t played every game before. You can also play the entire game in 16-bit style 2D if that’s your thing.


If you’ve never played Dragon Quest XI before, then get ready for one of the best RPGs of the generation. The story starts out basic before turning in on itself and making you question the nature of heroism and goodness, making it bolder than previous DQ games. And in true series fashion, XI has a sizeable cast of outrageous and fantastically well-written characters to fall in love with.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition


CD Projekt RED kinda sorta shafted reviewers and consumers alike with Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles, there’s no denying that. But rejoice, ye lovers of massive RPGs, because there’s another option in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.


If you’ve yet to play this hulking behemoth of a game, the PlayStation 5 is one of the best ways to experience it. Apart from faster load times taking the sting out of fast travel, there’s a next-gen upgrade in the works giving it some extra visual polish.


The Witcher 3’s vast, open-world houses secrets galore if you feel like finding them. The combat might be stilted, and your choices don’t matter near as much as in Divinity. But the story is pure candy for lovers of high fantasy. Geralt’s world and those who inhabit it gradually absorb you the more you play, and the complete edition boasts two of the finest expansions in RPGs.


Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition


Saying Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a modern Baldur’s Gate is true, but this rich, unique gem of a game is far from derivative. There’s a core story in DoS 2, and it’s a good one with plenty of fantasy flair, treachery, and surprise murders. The real narrative is the one you make along the way, though, and that’s not just a meme thing to say.


DoS 2 is the Romancing SaGa of Western RPGs in that so many choices you make shape the game in ways you don’t always see right away.


A seemingly offhand response to a Seer has you fight her to the death, where you could have just chatted. Your bloodthirsty elf friend wants to kill the slave trader for obvious reasons, yet you need him alive for info… It’s utterly engaging with a complex, yet rewarding combat system and some gorgeous visuals on PlayStation 5.  


Persona 5/Persona 5 Royal


You’ve got two options for Persona 5 on PlayStation 5, and both are easily some of the best RPGs available for the system.


PS Plus subscribers get the original Persona 5 for absolutely freesies through the PS Plus Collection. The original Phantom Thieves saga and all the intertwining character stories that made it a top RPG on the PS4 still hold up now, along with the series’ trademark Persona fusion system and the countless customization options that entails. It’s all wrapped in the most stylish package in gaming too.


But if you’re fine with spending a bit of extra dosh, then go for Royal. It augments the original’s winning system with a wagonload of quality of life upgrades, new Confidants to hang out with, more battle options, and an entire new semester carrying the story to a surprising and touching conclusion.


Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition


Final Fantasy fans have no shortage of options on PlayStation 5, from the ambitious Final Fantasy 7 Remake to the magnificent Final Fantasy 14. But you’ve just spent hundreds of dollars on a new console, and if you’re looking for the best value for your money, the PS Plus Collection on PS5 brings you Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition for no extra charge (you do have to subscribe to PS Plus to get it). 


FF15 is a twist on the series’ usual, with a dudebro car adventure taking place in the middle of the franchise's standard political dramas.


We’d be lying if we said it was flawless, with its too-simple combat and somewhat disjointed story. However, the Royal Edition goes a long way in making FF15 feel whole with all the additional story episodes giving new life to the world of Eos. Then there’s the food. Just look at the food!


The PlayStation 5 is here, hooray! And out of its launch lineup, there's only one RPG: Demon's Souls. It's an incredible RPG, sure, but outside of that, it's a bleak slate often par for the course with new consoles.


Fortunately, while we wait for Final Fantasy XVI, Tales of Arise, and whatever else might be in store, the PlayStation 5 is still in a pretty good position for RPGs thanks to backwards compatibility with PS4 games.


Some of the best RPGs are free with the PS Plus Collection, some are expansions of older games, but they’re all top in the genre and definitely some of the most noteworthy PS4 RPGs you can play on the PS5 right now.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Celebrates Monster Hunter Movie with New Event Quests Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:23:09 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Capcom is blurring the boundaries between Monster Hunter: World Iceborne and the upcoming Monster Hunter movie with a limited-time crossover event.

The MH: World and Monster Hunter movie crossover kicks off December 4 and brings a two-part event quests with it. Both are only open to the best of the best and require Master Rank to access.

Part one pits hunters against the Black Diabolos shown off in recent MonHun movie trailers, and it's a solo quest. The second part raises the stakes even higher, with Greater Rathalos as the target monster.

Claiming victory earns hunters a bounty of rewards, including layered armor, new poses, and special titles.

On November 27, Iceborne players can grab a free log-in bonus item pack with "useful items" related to the Monster Hunter movie.

Worlds colliding is the film's theme, with Milla Jovovich and her crew of soldiers transported from this world to one where hungry, angry monsters see them as a tiny snack.

The Monster Hunter movie lands in theaters December 25, and if Paul Anderson has his way, this won't be the last time Jovovich steps into the role of monster hunter.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne 15.10 Removes Event Quest Time Limits Fri, 06 Nov 2020 15:59:08 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Capcom is unlocking almost all of Monster Hunter: World's event quests in MH: World Iceborne's 15.10 update in December, the developer announced on Twitter. The 15.10 update also puts Astera and Seliana Fests on a two-week rotation and adjusts the Safi'jiiva Siege.

Putting the two Fests on rotation means everyone gets a chance at unique gear sets and items previously limited to just a few weeks every year.

The same goes for event quests. Capcom added these in most Monster Hunter: World updates, but they usually lasted a week or two at most before disappearing. Capcom didn't mention which quests won't be included yet.

Tweaks to the Safi'jiiva Siege make it possible to take down the monster solo, following fan feedback about how brutal the Siege difficulty was. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Monster Hunter news as it develops

Every Video Game Halloween Event in October 2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:41:13 -0400 Josh Broadwell


Torchlight 3 Halloween — Gears 'N' Goblins Update


The Torchlight 3 Halloween update brings the pets along for the ride. Players can rescue three new Halloween-themed pets from bosses and dungeons: the Midnight Cat, Spooky Retriever, and Dragonling Spirt. Each with a special skill that summons skeletons in battle, but the pets are only available until December.


Aside from battle-pups, the update introduces the Ancient Ember gear set and two new skills along with it, plus new fort decorations and two new weapons: Sword of the Lost and Lightning Baller mace.


And that's it for now! Feel free to bookmark this page for more Halloween event updates throughout October! If you found this list frightfully delightful, please consider sharing it! 


Hardspace: Shipbreaker Halloween: Haunted Frontier


Hardspace: Shipbreaker's Halloween event is Haunted Frontier, full of spooky haunted ships that put your bravery — and desire for salvage — to the test.


The update, which is live now on Steam, turns any ship into a potential ghost ship. Things start deteriorating as you gather materials and fend off rogue AI nodes. Lights flicker on and off. Air gets sucked out of the room. And somewhere deep in the ship, unsettling sounds can be heard...


Should you make it out alive, you can show off your hard-earned rewards with new stickers and badges.


Hunt: Showdown Halloween Event


Hunt: Showdown has its first-ever Halloween event on now until November 4, with a gourd-full of ghoulish events and treats to earn.


Players earn Event Points for special equipment and other items by doing the following:

  • Destroying pumpkins scattered through the world 
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  • Destroying the Butcher's pumpkin head 
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  • Investigating a Halloween-themed Clue or Rift 
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  • Destroying pumpkins mounted on scarecrows 
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There's only so many Event Points you can earn each day, but using the special Halloween item Wormseed Shot increases the points earned by 25%.


1,000 Event Points are needed for all the event's special gear. Any points earned over that will be converted into Blood Bonds once the event ends.


Minecraft Halloween in the Minecraft Marketplace


Minecraft Halloween celebrations run through November 2, with frights aplenty in the Minecraft Marketplace. Mojang's got Halloween-themed maps and items in store there, plus Halloween Collections to choose from in the Character Creator and Marketplace.


Until November 2, you can grab a free Halloween skin pack and Halloween character creation item for free. These will still be available to get after November 2, but they won't be free then.


[Source: Mojang]


Fire Emblem Heroes Halloween  Special Heroes (Dragons Harvest)


Fire Emblem Heroes' Halloween event runs through November 7 at 7:59 p.m. EST and offers a chance to summon four new Halloween-themed units:

  • Fall Vessel Robin (Awakening)
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  • Autumn Trickster Xane (Mystery of the Emblem)
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  • Harvest Goldoan Dheginsea (Radiant Dawn)
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  • Harmonic Hope Ninian and Tiki duo unit (Binding Blade and Shadow Dragon)
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As always, the seasonal Fire Emblem Heroes' units come with a new Paralogue event, Dragons Harvest.


No Man's Sky Halloween Update


Head back to the outer reaches of the galaxy to find some new loot in the No Man's Sky Halloween update. Brave explorers can scour Desolation's wrecked vessels again to find a new item, Tainted Metal, and have a chance to snag some Quicksilver. But it comes at a cost. The freighters are full of new treats and a security system gone haywire.


Trade Tainted Metal with the Scrap Dealer to get new base decorations and additional customization options, or you can stockpile it to exchange for the Horrific Flesh-Helmet.


Scrap Dealers also have Orange Pustules and Detoxified Slimes for infesting and purifying bases.


[Source: Hello Games]


PixARK Halloween


PixARK Halloween brings a spooky makeover to the survival game from now until November 2, with costumes and treats galore.


Things kick off at the main menu, which is getting a Halloween re-skin. The main attraction is the Pumpkin Soul Reaper though.


When you defeat the Pumpkin Soul Reaper, it might drop:

  • Pumpkin Seed
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  • Magic Broom
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  • Flying Firework
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  • Clown Costume
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The Firework and Broomstick only last seven days, but you have a slight chance of getting a permanent one from defeating Ancient Wyvern King, Beach Bully, and Aurora Butterfly King enemies.


Then there's candy grenades, Halloween decorations, a creepy scarecrow costume, and plenty of events to make the most out of the season.


[Source: Steam Community]


Apex Legends Halloween: Fight or Fright 2020


Apex Legends' Halloween Fight or Fright event is back with Shadow Royale and more from now until November 3.


Shadow Royale sees night fall on Kings Canyon and its trio matches. When a Legend falls, they're reborn in Shadow form with a thirst for vengeance.


This year's event sees several all-new skins plus re-imagined versions of last year's, including Sweet Dreams Caustic and Wicked Harvest Bloodhound. Skins from last year are available on rotation in the in-game store as part of bundle offers or special offers.


There's a set of exclusive rewards in the event's Prize Track too with skins, charms, and more.


[Source: EA]


War of The Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Halloween Special


War of the Visions is celebrating Halloween with two featured UR summons and a bucketful of rewards. Players can summon UR Little Leela and UR Rairyuu from now until November 10, both in Halloween attire with appropriate skills to match.


The Halloween Special also includes a Rewards From the Producer reward period from now until November 10. It features:

  • 2,000 Visiore
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  • 20,000,000 Gil
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  • 1 Rainbow Fragment of Thought
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  • 3 Rainbow Vision Sphere
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  • 50 Adamantite (Large)
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  • 50 Burst Pot
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  • 50 Armor Pot
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In a separate update, new players who start the game get a 7-day free summon period where a UR summon is guaranteed.


From October 28 through Halloween, players can take advantage of 6-UR Guaranteed Step Up 10x Summon, which guarantees:

  • one UR unit or vision card on step 1
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  • two UR units/vision cards on step 2
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  • three UR units/vision cards on step 3
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There's also a  5-step 10x Summon which guarantees a MR+ unit or vision card on steps 1-4 and UR “Exorcists” on step 5.


And there's even more, from daily login bonuses and Halloween Challenge Missions to a spoopy new Halloween-themed game icon.


GTA Online Halloween Bunker Series


GTA Online has a bunker full of frightful delights this Halloween. Halloween Bunker Series features triple RP and GTA$ plus three Slasher maps: the depths of the bunker, the silo, and The Diamond.


Taking part in the Halloween Adversary modes such as Beast Vs. Slasher and Come Out To Play doubles your RP and GTA$.


The peyote plants are back, in keeping with the spooky season, though Rockstar isn't saying what they'll transform you into yet. Nightclub income rates are going up as part of the event, and there'll be an influx of Freemode Events with triple payouts through October 28.


[Source: Rockstar Games]


Mortal Shell Halloween: Rotten Autumn


Mortal Shell's first content update just so happens to be a Halloween update called Rotten Autumn.


After downloading the update, speak with Gorf to unlock a new mini-quest. Completing it earns you new shades to deck out your Shell with. And you can show the world just how you spruced up your Shell with Mortal Shell's brand-new photo mode.


There's also a separate download alongside Rotten Autumn that adds a new soundtrack for boss fights, courtesy of Rotting Christ.


Those who haven't jumped into Mortal Shell yet can do so with a limited-time 20% discount for the digital version on PS4 and PC. That same discount isn't live for Xbox players yet, but it will be come October 27. 


Mortal Shell's physical version releases November 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the U.S., then on October 23 for PlayStation 4 and PC (case containing a key) in Europe and October 30 for Xbox One in Europe.


Fortnite Halloween — Fortnitemares 2020


King Midas is back from the great beyond in Fortnite's Fortnitemares 2020 event from now until November 3, and he's giving you the chance to wreak havoc on friend and foe alike.


When you're eliminated in a Solo, Duos or Squads match, you get the chance to return as a Shadow in Nitemare Royal. Attack surviving players from the shadows and even possess vehicles to bring their game to an end.


That's the trick side of things, but the island has plenty of treats in store too. You can get your hands on the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher, Fiend Hunter Crossbow, a special Midas invention, and of course, candy.


There's a suite of Fortnitemares challenges where you can unlock costumes and weapon skins such as the Smash-O'-Lantern Pickaxe and Midas' Shadow Wrap.


Finally, on Halloween night (October 31) at 9 p.m. EST, award-winning reggae singer J Balvin kicks off the Afterlife Party at the Party Royale Main Stage.


[Source: Epic Games]


PUBG Mobile Infection Mode


PUBG Mobile's Infection Mode is back from the dead from now until November 9, with new content, themes, costumes, and plenty of zombies.


Infection Mode's classic combat returns, pitting a team of Defenders against a team of Zombies in an all-or-nothing fight. Zombies — sporting Halloween masks, if you so choose —  can only use melee attacks, but fallen Defenders transform into Zombies with chances for form shifts and stat buffs.


If it all gets too much for the Defenders, they transform into Vanquishers when their team is down to three members. Foes they vanquish can't be resurrected.


These hellish fights unfold across maps decked out with pumpkins, gravestones, and other seasonal paraphernalia. More costumes and decorations are planned before the end of the event.


World of Tanks Halloween — Burning Games


Free-to-play war game World of Tanks is hosting the Burning Games Halloween event until October in partnership with Korn and their new video for "Finally Free." It's a chance for Tier V and higher vehicles to complete challenges and earn special items and take part in the new Wasteland map.


In World of Tanks Wasteland, tanks start with 1 HP and have to attack others to replenish it. Players can attack allies to restore teammates' health, and respawning increases the tank's overall power.


From October 16 through October 31, players can join The Way of the Raider 60-stage event to earn XP, camo, and the two new tanks featured in Korn's music video.


Finally, from October 24 through October 31, World of Tanks brings back Mad Games, a limited-time chance to outfit your tanks with the wildest abilities possible.


Red Dead Online: The Halloween Pass


It's spooky time at the Red Dead Online corral, with the game's first-ever Halloween Pass. Now through November 16, players can get their hands on wagon-loads of Red Dead Online Halloween rewards, ranging from weapons and costumes to decorations for the tavern. Everything acquired during the event lasts after it ends.


The Halloween Pass is available in the progress menu or the Wheeler, Rawson & Co selection.


Pokemon GO Halloween 2020


Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 runs from October 23 at 9 p.m. EST through November 3 at the same time and offers the first chance to get your hands on Galarian Yamask among other things.


Completing the Halloween Special Research "A Spooky Message Unmasked" gets you one step closer to finding both Galarian Yamask and Spiritomb. Other Field Research tasks will also center around Halloween themes during the event.


Ghost-type Pokemon will be more common in the wild, in Raids, and in Eggs. You might even find a costumed Gengar in Raids or hatch a Sableye in costume if you're lucky.


Talking of Raids, Darkrai takes center stage for five-star Raids, but there's more Halloween Raid goodness in store.


On October 31 from 11 a.m. local time through 5 p.m. local time, there's a higher chance Alolan Marowak will show up in Raids.


There's a special Halloween Cup from October 26 at 4 p.m. EST through the end of the event where only Poison, Dark, Bug, Ghost, and Fairy Pokemon can compete, and they have to have less than 1,500 CP.


It just wouldn't be Halloween without costumes. Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 amps up the costume game with a Gengar onesie, Sableye goggles, Pikachu mask, and more, along with bundles in the in-game shop.


Finally, there's an all-new event on October 26, the Catch Mastery event, which we cover in more detail elsewhere.


Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Darkness Rising 2020


Harry Potter Wizards Unite is back for 2020 and, like its Pokemon counterpart, you can play it safely from home.


This year, Darkness Rising revolves around weekly events where completing tasks — brewing potions, collecting notes, and the like — earns you rewards such as extra XP, Portkeys, and books.


The ultimate goal is finding the Dark Witch, masquerading as a Brilliant Oddity. Other oddities abound, too, including Brilliant Witch, Brilliant Dark Wizard, and Brilliant Giant Stone Hand.


Dreams Halloween


If you're looking for a more atmospheric experience, Dreams' Halloween event, All Hallows' Dreams, may be for you. The whole thing is user-generated, like the rest of Dreams, and All Hallows' Dreams pops up at the top of the world list when you boot the game up.


Choosing it takes you to a dream world with different scary mansions to explore.


Some are reportedly very scary indeed, though they have their biggest frights confined to the upper floors. Others are just fun, creepy haunted houses to explore, complete with pumpkins carved by other Dreams players and a costume zone.


Call of Duty Halloween 2020 — Haunting of Verdansk


Call of Duty Warzone and Modern Warfare share a Halloween event in 2020: Haunting of Verdansk. The event runs from October 20 through November 3. It's a multi-pronged event featuring crossovers with SAW and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but some of it does come at a cost.


If you want the film crossover treats, you'll have to shell out for the SAW and Chainsaw Massacre bundles, both of which include skins, items, and weapons inspired by their respective franchises.


Activision promised more Halloween-themed bundles for the in-game store, including the new Dr. Karlov bundle focused on regional Verdansk folklore and a Grim Reaper bundle.


In addition to Trick or Treat crates with Halloween items galore, Haunting of Verdansk adds night modes to event maps, zombie battle royale, scavenger hunts, and much, much more.


[Source: Call of Duty]


Minecraft Dungeons Spooky Fall Halloween Event


Spooky Fall is coming to Minecraft Dungeons from October 26 until November 3 with challenges and rewards galore.


Seasonal Trials are summoning up ghoulish mobs for players to take on. If that weren't spoopy enough, the event turns down the lights with Night Mode — but only until the event ends.


Completing the Season Trials earns exclusive seasonal weapons and gear, whether Night Mode is enabled or not.


Elder Scrolls Online Halloween — Witches Festival 2021


Elder Scrolls Online's annual Halloween Witches Festival is back once more with double XP and plenty of treats to go around. ESO's 2020 Witches Festival runs from October 22 at 10 a.m. EST through November 3 at the same time.


If this is your first time taking part, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown Store and earn the Witchmother's Whistle item. If you already have it, just select it from your collections to get started.


Using the Whistle kicks off a two-hour period of bonus XP, but there's a lot more.


Players can earn new mementos, furnishings, and Dremora and Hollowjack-themed items through Plunder Skulls earned in battle.


Bosses drop Dremora Plunder Skulls with extra goods, including treasure maps and pages for the Grave Digger weapon style.


There's the final evolution of the Indrik, a costume gala, grab bags, deals, and more. Check out the full details on the ESO event site.


Overwatch Junkenstein 2020


Overwatch's Halloween Terror 2020 event, aka Junkenstein 2020, is live now through November 3, bringing the Junkenstein's Revenge Brawl back alongside new skins and more.


Baptiste and Ashe are added to the brawl mix as playable characters this year, and there are weekly challenges to take on to earn new skins.


These are the new Legendary skins for the Halloween Terror 2020 event:

  • Karasu-Tengu (Genji)
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  • Dai-Tengu (Hanzo)
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  • Werewolf (Winsto)
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  • Flying Dutchman (Sigma)
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  • Shin-Ryeong (D.Va)
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That's in addition to three new Epic skins:

  • Fantasma (Sombra)
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  • Stone (Brigitte)
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  • Ragdoll (Echo)
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Here' the schedule of events.


October 13-20

  • Vengeful Ghost — get chased by ghosts
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  • Frenzied Stampede — chase down fast-moving zomnics
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October 20-27

  • Volatile Zomnics — zomnics explode when you get close
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  • Three They Were — take on missions with just three characters
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October 27-November 3

  • Mystery Swap — heroes get randomly changed
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  • Shocking Surprise — shock tires spawn from defeated enemies
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Overcooked! 2  Moon Harvest Festival


Overcooked! 2's Halloween celebration isn't technically Halloween-themed. It's in honor of harvest and autumn celebrations throughout eastern Asia, but it's fall-ish, so it works.


Better yet, it's a free update with no end time, and the content will appear in Overcooked! All You Can Eat for next-gen consoles.


Overcooked! 2's Moon Harvest Festival introduces new kitchens themed around water and lily pad obstacles. There are five new levels total, plus three succulent-looking mooncakes to add to the menu.


Doom Eternal Halloween 2020


Doom Eternal's Halloween 2020 event is pretty straightforward. Until October 29, log in every day, complete campaign missions to earn XP, play Battlemode, and complete weekly challenges to unlock skins. Challenges refresh every Thursday.


These Doom Eternal skins include:

  • Halloween Slayer
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  • Black Widow Mancubus
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  • Webenant Revenant
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  • Cultist Marauder
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[Source: Bethesda]


Dragalia Lost — Postmortem Panic


Dragalia Lost's Halloween event for 2020 is Postmortem Panic, a series of increasingly difficult challenges with a slew of rewards. It's live from October 12 at 2 a.m. through October 19 at the same time, but the event rewards can be claimed until October 26 at 1:59 a.m.


Postmortem Panic divides its missions by difficulty. Completing all the challenges at one tier earns battle charts and stratagems for unlocking the next level of quest.


Some of these are special dragon battle challenges, pitting adventurers against the toughest of foes like Astral High Mercury.


Victory earns wind and water tomes to unlock new skills for certain characters, while completing quests earns primal crystals used for treasure trading.


[Source: Nintendo of America]


Splatoon 2 Halloween Splatfest — Splatoween


Splatoon 2 is hosting a Halloween Splatfest called Splatoween, where the Tricks face off against the Treats. The special Splatfest kicks off on October 30 at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST and runs through November 1 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST.


During the event, players can get their tentacles on some Halloween Splatoon 2 gear, including:

  • Kyonshi Hat
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  • Li'l Devil Horns
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  • Hockey Mask
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  • Anglerfish Mask
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These will be available via a Switch News article, so make sure you're signed up to get Splatoon 2 news on your Switch system. 


Star Citizen: Alpha 3.11 High Impact and Halloween


Star Citizen's Alpha 3.11 update includes a bounty of additions, and among them is Star Citizen's first-ever Halloween event. It kicked off earlier this month and runs through Halloween on October 31.


During the event, players can earn Halloween helmets and a special Day of the Vara Cutlass skin. There's a cosplay competition and even a pumpkin carving contest with plenty of "sweet prizes" in store for those who take part.


Borderlands 3 Halloween — Bloody Harvest Returns


Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest Halloween event is back for October 2020. The ghoulish festivities run through November 5, and it's easier than ever to get your hands on some sweet, ghastly gear.


To kick things off, head to Sanctuary III, and speak with Maurice. Maurice tasks you with collecting Hecktoplasm from haunted enemies, easily spotted by their ghostly green glow.


Defeating haunted enemies spawns specters you'll need to defeat as well, and that's when you finally get ahold of Hecktoplasm.


After collecting enough of Hecktoplasm, Maurice opens the gate to Heck, where you can chat with Captain Haunt to access a number of quests, through which you'll earn Bloody Harvest items and cosmetics.


This year, the Bloody Harvest quests are less demanding than before, making it easier to get loot.

  • 4 challenges completed  “A Shrinking Feeling" weapon trinket
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  • 8 challenges completed  "Message from Beyond" ECHO Device skin
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  • 12 challenges completed  "Haunted Look" shared Vault Hunter skin
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  • 15 challenges completed  "Porphyrophobia" weapon skin
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Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2020


Destiny 2 brings back the Festival of the Lost and the Haunted Forest for 2020, with new weapons, triumphs, armor sets, and cosmetics for Exotics to celebrate the spookiest season of the year. Festival of the Lost 2020 is free for all Destiny 2 players and runs from October 6 through November 3. 


Festival of the Lost 2020 adds new perk rolls for the Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story, plus new sets for a few classes:

  • Hunter — Lycanthrope Set
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  • Warlock — Daywalker (vampire) Set
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  • Titan — Promethean Set
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On the official Festival of the Lost blog post, Bungie provided more information on the Halloween event. The Spider is a new NPC that gives players Cipher Decoders that unlock special chests at the end of The Haunted Forest. The chests are worth pursuing because they contain Legendary items specific to the Festival of the Lost. 


Rounding things out, there are new Sparrow skins available, as well as festival masks and vanity items for various armor sets, including broomsticks and witch hats. 


Resident Evil Resistance October Update


Resident Evil Resistance has a big October update in store, which is basically a Halloween update without actually being called a Halloween update.


Jill Valentine joins the ranks of the Survivors, with powerful weapons and her characteristic dodge mechanic from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake. And as is only fitting, Nemesis itself is a playable Mastermind for the first time. Players control Nemesis through playing as Nicholai, another new Mastermind.


The Prison is a new map added in RE Resistance's October update, and the Uptown Raccoon City and Bemusement Park maps get a remix with new layouts.


Finally is a slew of new costumes and weapon skins, Survivors' perks and customizable abilities, and Mastermind traps.


[Source: Capcom]


Grounded October Update


Grounded’s October update adds ziplines and more to the survival game, including some Halloween-themed items. The initial announcement is relatively light on details, but players can expect decorations, recreational items, and doodads to use with friends. These include harvestable Candy Corn and a new landmark in the Frankenline, which is described as "a creepy discarded Etch-a-Sketch you can actually draw on."


Aside from washing The Backyard in a spooky glow, the October update for Grounded does a lot on the backend as well, including fixing a handful of bugs, fine-tuning combat, and unlocking new perks. You can see the full patch notes here


Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath  All Hallows' Eve


Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath is getting some Halloween goodness with the All Hallows’ Eve character skin pack. It’s available now and is free for Aftermath owners. Those who haven’t upgraded to Aftermath yet would need to purchase the expansion, which also unlocks the Summer Heat and Femme Fatale packs from earlier in 2020. 


Mortal Kombat 11’s All Hallows’ Eve skin pack trailer highlighted three of the included skins. One is the “Blizzard King” outfit for Sub-Zero, and then there’s the part-werewolf part-school spirit “Beast Within” skin for Johnny Cage. Then there’ “Bad Medicine” for D’Vorah, turning the Kytinn fighter into a spidery nurse from hell. 


It’s not certain if Warner Bros. is adding anything else to Mortal Kombat 11’s Halloween event, but we’ll update if something new turns up.


Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Halloween


The Halloween fun isn’t limited to New Horizons, as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp celebrates spooky season in its own way. The 2020 Pocket Camp Halloween event features a number of special activities with ghoulish treats on offer for those who complete certain goals.


Jack comes around and demands sweet treats. Hand over bat-themed lollipops to get bat furniture as a reward, and plant pumpkins during the month’s Garden Event to nab hatbats. Jack offers exclusive items such as mystical pumpkins in return.


Taking part in the October Fishing Tourney nets some goodies as well, with potion-themed furniture on offer every time players reach a size goal with the fish they catch.


Then there’s a fright night gyroidite scavenger hunt, new Happy Home classes and challenges, wall and carpet sets, special cookie items and more. The Pocket Camp Halloween and October events are live now.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween


Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Halloween update is available to download for free now, and it’s bringing more than just the Czar of Halloween to the island. 


Animal Crossing patch 1.5 paves the way for Halloween by adding Candy as an item players can purchase from the Nooklings’ store and pumpkins as growable DIY fodder.


The patch 1.5 trailer shows players planting, watering, and harvesting at least four different pumpkin varieties and then using them in various Halloween-themed DIY recipes.


On Halloween night (October 31), Jack himself visits the island. It’s not clear yet what he requires of the player, but all the residents will be lurking about, asking for Candy and showing off their costumes.


The patch adds new skin tone options for players to look their creepy best as well. We’ll update with more information about what New Horizons Halloween brings to the table as it becomes available.


Monster Hunter: World Iceborne — Fun Fright Fest


Capcom’s brewing up a special Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Halloween event called the Fun Fright Fest, part of the hefty Title Update 5. It runs from October 15 at 8 p.m. EST through November 5 at the same time and is exclusive to the expansion.


The Autumn Harvest Fest is returning to the base Monster Hunter: World game, but Capcom hasn’t said much about it yet.


Fun Fright Fest (starting at 7:06 in the above trailer) sees the Seliana Gathering Hub decked out with spooky furnishings, and the handler dons a Cute Demoness outfit to celebrate the occasion. There are two special ticket types to collect during the event and trade in for loot: the Fun Fright Ticket and the VIP Fun Fright Ticket. 


The former get doled out as daily login bonuses for the MHW Halloween event and can be used to craft armor with Decoration slots. Players can exchange the latter for in-game decorations and Layered Armor, but these are only available as random item drops. Both ticket types can be exchanged for Melding Tickets too.


There’s at least one new set of armor coming to the Fun Fright Fest, Demon Lord Alpha+. Wearing pieces of this armor set increases the chance of getting VIP Fun Fright Tickets.


Capcom may reveal more about Monster Hunter: World Iceborne’s Fun Fright Fest as the start date approaches, and we’ll update if that happens.


Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection


It wouldn’t be Halloween without Killing Floor 2’s annual Halloween celebrations, and 2020 is no different. This year’s Halloween event is Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection, and it brings treats galore, including new weapons, maps, and cosmetics.


Infernal Insurrection’s new map is Hallmark Station, a twisted take on London’s famous King’s Cross Station. Hallmark Station has been overrun by zeds, of course, and players must team up with fellow mercenaries to take down the demonic threat. Hellmark Station includes Survival, Endless, and Weekly modes.


Two new HRG weapons make their debut in Killing Floor 2’s Halloween event.

  • HRG Scorcher (Firebug class bonus) — a flare gun that marks targets by setting them on fire
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  • HRG Arc Generator (Survivalist class bonus) — fires EMP blasts in short bursts or powerful charges
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From now until November 10, Killing Floor 2 is also introducing a number of Halloween events, objectives, bonuses, and cosmetics.


October 2020 is upon us, which means it's time for scary movies, The Simpsons Tree House of Horror, and Halloween events in all our favorite video games! While we're still on announcements from Overwatch and Apex Legends, games like Killing Floor 2Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and MHW already have their in-game-event plans laid out for the spooky season.


From new weapons and outfits to new DIY recipes and Palico Halloween costumes, there are plenty of tricks, and even more treats, in store for the witching month. 


Games that haven't announced Halloween plans yet likely will in the coming weeks, and we'll update this list of Halloween events when that happens. Be sure to bookmark this and check back throughout October!

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne's Final Free Content Update Lands Soon Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:41:37 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne's final free content expansion, Title Update 5, drops September 30. It's a hefty addition to the game, bringing a new dragon to hunt called Fatalis, plus new quests, armor, and more.

Fatalis is a legendary dragon you can only fight after completing both Iceborne's story and the Alatreon investigation (and we can help with the Alatreon fight, if you're stumped). Fatalis lurks in Castle Schrade, and it's recommended to use the Dragonator and cannons to bring this beast down.

Defeating Fatalis unlocks several new Fatalis gear sets, including weapons, alpha and beta armor, and, of course, Palico armor.

The Arch-Tempered Velkhana event quest will be available for a limited time, though Capcom hasn't announced the schedule yet.

Title Update 5 also sets the stage for October's Fun Fright Fest and introduces a number of quality of life improvements, from bug fixes to new music and the Clutch Claw Boost to make fights against certain monsters easier.

This is the last big Monster Hunter: World Iceborne update, though that's not too surprising with Monster Hunter: Rise on the horizon.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Monster Hunter news as it develops.

[Source: Capcom]

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: How to Beat Alatreon Mon, 20 Jul 2020 11:23:31 -0400 Sergey_3847

Alatreon is by far the hardest monster yet in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and many players have had a lot of trouble beating it. But with the help of our guide you will learn how to finally beat Alatreon.

Alatreon becomes available during the Blazing Black Twilight quest, which unlocks after the Safi'jiiva quest. Talk to the Third Fleet master at Seliana and start this quest at the Special Assignments menu.

How to Beat Alatreon in MHW: Iceborne

Alatreon strengths and weaknesses chart.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Alatreon is an elemental monster, which means that you will need to bring weapons capable of dishing out solid elemental damage.

Since there are two events connected to this quest, which you must prepare for:

  • Evening Star — Alatreon is resistant to fire, which makes him weak to ice.
  • Death Star — Alatreon begins the fight buffed against ice, which makes him weak to fire.

He is also completely immune to traps, so forget about them.

During the fight, Alatreon will switch his elemental resistance from fire to ice and vice versa. So you will need to regularly switch weapons and elements. 

Also, be prepared to counter Alatreon's supernovae, Escaton Judgement, using Aster Jerky and other health boosting items.

Best Skills, Weapons, and Armor

Besides stacking on elemental items beforehand, such as elemental weapons and armor, it is also important to level up several essential skills before heading into the fight:

  • Defensive skills: Health Boost, Stun Resist, Blight Resist.
  • Offensive skills: Agitator, Partbreaker.

The four best types of elemental weapons against Alatreon are:

  • Dual Blades
  • Insect Glaive
  • Sword and Shield
  • Bow

The three best armor sets for elemental protection are:

  • Teostra
  • Safi'Jiiva
  • Raging Brachy
Combat Tips and Tricks

As soon as the fight begins, try to deal as much elemental damage as possible. Why? Because the more elemental damage you can deal from the get-go, the less damaging his Escaton Judgement attack will be. You will get a screen pop-up letting you know whether you debuffed the attack or not.

Between fire and ice forms, Alatreon will activate dragon form, which is the only window when you can break Alatreon's horns. Don't miss this opportunity!

After, Alatreon will begin Escaton Judgement. If you've done well in both previous phases, you will be able to heal through it; if not, then there is a chance that you will die regardless of your healing attempts.

These three cycles  elemental form (fire or ice), dragon form, and supermove  repeat one after another until the end of the fight.


Once the dragon is dead, he will drop the following items:

  • Alatreon Pallium
  • Alatreon Mantle
  • Alatreon Riptalon
  • Alatreon Direwing
  • Alatreon Diretail

You can use these to craft Alatreon weapons and armor, which provides excellent protection from fire and ice elemental damage.

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That's all you need to know about beating t Alatreon in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Check out more Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guides right here or check out the links above! 

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Update Adds New Endgame Hunt and More Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:09:30 -0400 Josh 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 Josh 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: