Monster Hunter World Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Monster Hunter World Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 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:

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Best Weapons Tier List Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:50:47 -0500 Sergey_3847

The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion had a huge impact on the meta game by giving most of the weapons some much-desired balance. That doesn't mean that all weapons are now equal, though. There is still room for some weapons to be considered the best.

If you're looking for Master Rank weapons for your endgame builds, or the most powerful weapons in Monster Hunter World overall, then follow our guide below for a complete breakdown of S, A, and B tier weapons.

Tier S Weapons

Loyal Thunder

  • Attack Power: 420
  • Affinity: 0%
  • Deviation: Low
  • Custom Mods: 5
  • Special Ammo: Wyvernheart



The only weapon that hasn't been influenced by the Iceborne rebalancing is the Loyal Thunder heavy bowgun. It is undoubtedly the strongest single weapon in the game right now.

It is also one of the easiest weapons to use, as all you need to do is aim at a monster and shoot. The rest will take care of itself.

It can be upgraded from the Mightning + bowgun, which can be crafted with the help of the Zinogre monster parts:

  • 5x Spiritvein Solidbone
  • 2x Zinogre Hardhorn
  • 3x Zinogre Deathly Shocker
  • 1x Large Elder Dragon Gem
  • 80000x Zenny

Tier A Weapons

Golden Crescent

  • Attack Power: 1015
  • Affinity: 15%
  • Element Damage: Poison 330
  • Phial Type: Power




If your primary weapon is a switch axe, then you're probably already running the Golden Crescent in your build. It has a high poison damage and absolutely massive attack power and Phial damage.

It is recommended you decorate it with Enhancer Jewel 2, which will improve the Power Prolonger skill and make Golden Crescent twice as powerful when charged up.

This switch axe can be upgraded from Dragonmaiden axe by using the following items:

  • 3x Gold Rathian Surspike x3
  • 5x Gold Rathian Shard x5
  • 4x Gold Rathian Cortex x4
  • 1x Rath Gleam x1
  • 80000x Zenny
Grinding Mallet
  • Attack Power: 1508
  • Affinity: 0%
  • Element Damage: Paralysis 330




The biggest advantage of the Grinding Mallet hammer is its ability to reach purple sharpness at Handicraft +5. This will instantly increase its already highly potent damage output to enormous proportions.

This weapon can be crafted by slaying two types of monsters: Acidic Glavenus and Vaal Hazak. The full recipe is as follows:

  • 2x Vaal Hazak Hardclaw 
  • 4x Acidic Glavenus Hardfang 
  • 3x Acidic Glavenus Spineshell 
  • 1x Glavenus Mantle 
  • 56000x Zenny
Luna Eostre
  • Attack Power: 1044
  • Affinity: 10%
  • Element Damage: Poison 420
  • Phial Type: Impact




The latest update gave this amazing charge blade an attack and a health augmentation slots, which makes it possible to balance out all the heavy survival builds of the current meta.

There is also no better weapon for impact phial damage, so if you wish to craft it, then you will need to upgrade the Dear Rose blade with the following items:

  • 3x Gold Rathian Surspike
  • 5x Gold Rathian Shard
  • 4x Gold Rathian Cortex
  • 1x Rath Gleam
  • 80000x Zenny
Wyvern Blade Luna
  • Attack Power: 957
  • Affinity: 10%
  • Element Damage: Poison 420




Longswords are some of the best melee weapons in the game, and Wyvern Blade Luna is the best of them all due to its sheer raw damage.

It already has purple sharpness and 10% affinity, which isn't hard to push to a full 100% for the highest critical damage in the game.

You can craft this amazing longsword by slaying Gold Rathian monster and upgrading Wyvern Blade Blossom with:

  • 3x Gold Rathian Surspike
  • 5x Gold Rathian Shard
  • 4x Gold Rathian Cortex
  • 1x Rath Gleam
  • 80000x Zenny

Tier B Weapons

Blackwing Bowgun II
  • Attack Power: 351
  • Affinity: 25%
  • Deviation: Average
  • Custom Mods: 4
  • Special Ammo: Wyvernblast


Here is a fantastic light bowgun for some fun Rapid Sticky or Rapid Pierce builds that you most definitely won't regret playing.

This weapon is best utilized alongside another poisonous weapon that can slow down a monster, which you can shoot and finish off with Blackwing Bowgun II.

The crafting recipe of this great weapon is the following:

  • 3x Scratched Shell 
  • 2x Garuga Fellwing 
  • 3x Fancy Beak 
  • 1x Large Wyvern Gem 
  • 56000x Zenny
Ruinous Perdition
  • Attack Power: 667
  • Affinity: 0%
  • Element Damage: Dragon 360
  • Elderseal: High



Ruinous Perdition may not be the prettiest looking lance in the game, but it definitely is the most powerful one.

It is mostly used in exceptionally tanky builds of the Iceborne meta with such decorations like Tenderizer, Guardian/Expert Jewel 4, Guardian/Physique Jewel 4, Vitality Jewel, and Ironwall Jewel.

This lance can be upgraded from the Perdition's Hand lance and these crafting materials:

  • 3x Annihilating Greathorn
  • 4x Nergigante Hardclaw
  • 5x Eternal Regrowth Plate
  • 1x Large Elder Dragon Gem
  • 80000x Zenny
Deathlance Vaal Spysa
  • Attack Power: 575
  • Affinity: 0%
  • Element Damage: Dragon 510
  • Shelling Type: Long
  • Shelling Level: Lv 6


Gunlances are great weapons, because they can be equally well used against any type of monster regardless of the number of main weapons you're using.

Deathlance Vaal Spysa is arguably the best gunlance in Iceborne, especially when it is used in the healing tank shell with the Zorah armor set and such decorations like Shield Jewel 2 and Magazine Jewel 2.

You'll need to farm for some Vaal Hazak monster parts to be able to craft this gunlance:

  • 3x Vaal Hazak Hardclaw 
  • 2x Shadowpierce Fang 
  • 5x Deceased Shard 
  • 3x Deathweaver Membrane
Acid Shredder II
  • Attack Power: 1392
  • Affinity: 0%
  • Element Damage: Paralysis 420




Here is the greatsword of all greatswords: an Acidic Glavenus weapon with paralysis damage.

Of course, it needs to be pushed to have white sharpness with the help of critical affinity boost, but that would be enough. Acid Shredder II will not benefit too much from Handicraft jewels, as the purple sharpness doesn't give it any more damage than it already has.

You can craft this massive greatsword with these materials:

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


These are the best weapons in Iceborne. For more Monster Hunter World guides, check out the list below:

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:

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

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

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

Tempered Cragbone Location

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

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

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

Crafting With Tempered Cragbone

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The Six Ingredients for Felyne Zoomaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farming Frozen Foliage

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

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

Farming Moonlight and Snowpeak Icebloom

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

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

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

Where to Find Petalcryst

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Where to Find Celestial Wyverian Prints

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

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

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

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

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

How to Farm Fuel for the Steamworks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Increase the Mushroomancer Skill

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

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

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


Mushroomancer Skill Effects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 1: Enter the Hot Spring

You can start this quest after reaching Master Rank 13.

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

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

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

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

Step 2: Deliver the Stones

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Golden Gleam: Where to Find the Goldspring Macaque 

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

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

Friendly Pointer: Where to Find the Arrowhead Gecko

Blue Arrowhead Gecko in Wildspire Waste Monster Hunter World Iceborne

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

Arrowhead Gecko: Wildspire Waste

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweet Melody: Where to Find the Blue Diva

Blue Diva in the Ancient Forest Monster Hunter World.

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

Blue Diva: Ancient Forest

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

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

Submerged Mystery: How to Find the Sealord's Crestfish

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

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

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

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

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

Celestial Illusion: How to Find the Wintermoon Nettle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient Forest Area Locations

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

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

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

Wildspire Area Moly Locations

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

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

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

Rotten Vale Area Moly Locations

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

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

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

Coral Highlands Moly Locations

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

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

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

Helpful Tips

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

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

When complete, your custom order should look like this:

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

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

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

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

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

Acid Shredder II Build

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

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

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

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


Ruinous Atrocity Build

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

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

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

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


Immovable Dharma Build

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

How To Farm Monster Toughbone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Farm Monster Slogbone

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Use Monster Slogbone

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Iceborne Save Data Fix 1

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

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

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

Iceborne Save Data Fix 2

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

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

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

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

Iceborne Save Data Fix 3

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

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

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

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

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

Finding Your Steam ID

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Monster Hunter World Iceborne Longsword Builds Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:36:34 -0500 Sergey_3847

The Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World is now available on PC. It not only adds new story elements and one of the biggest maps in the game, but also a lot of new quests, monsters, moves, and a higher Master Rank difficulty. With all this comes new gear, and of course new builds to strive for.

This guide will help you combine the three best longswords in Monster Hunter: World Iceborne with the best armor pieces and create the three ultimate builds in the game. Check them all out and find the one that fits your taste the most.

Wyvern Blade Luna Build

Wyvern Blade Luna is the best and most powerful DPS longsword in the game. It requires you to farm Gold Rathian, which drops the following items required for crafting Wyvern Blade Luna:

  • 3x Gold Rathian Surspike
  • 5x Gold Rathian Shard
  • 4x Gold Rathian Cortex
  • 1x Rath Gleam
  • 80000x Zenny

The following build relies strongly on the Kaiser set and poison damage of the Wyvern Blade Luna:

  • Charms:
    • Attack Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Temporal Mantle
Armor Decorations
Kaiser Crown Beta Challenger/Vitality Jewel 4
Golden Lune Mail Beta Charger/Vitality Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2; Vitality Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces Beta Expert Jewel 4; Tenderizer Jewel 2
Kaiser Coil Beta Charger/Protection Jewel 4; 2x Critical Jewel 2
Garuga Greaves Beta Challenger/Vitality Jewel 4


Hellish Slasher Build

This amazing longsword can only be crafted by upgrading the Divine Slasher sword and completing Master Rank Arena and Challenges. In order to upgrade your sword to the Hellish Slasher level you will need:

  • 1x Hero King Coin (Zinogre)
  • 2x Glavenus Coin
  • 2x Nargacuga Coin 
  • 2x Banbaro Coin
  • 56000x Zenny

Since Hellish Slasher has dragon damage, it is recommended to combine it with the fire element using the following armor pieces for your build:

  • Charms:
    • Attack Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Temporal Mantle
Armor Decorations
Golden Headdress Beta Expert Jewel 4; Vitality Jewel 1
Rex Roar Mail Beta Satiated/Handicraft Jewel 4; Vitality Jewel 1
Drachen Vambraces Alpha Critical Jewel 2; Elementless Jewel 2
Ruinous Coil Alpha
Draw Jewel 2; Expert Jewel 1
Garuga Greaves Beta Mighty/Vitality Jewel IV; 2x Critical Jewel 2


Radiant Flow Build

Radiant Flow is another excellent longsword, which can be placed somewhere in between Wyvern Blade Luna's damage capabilities and Hellish Slasher's dragon damage.

It can be crafted from materials dropped by Shara Ishvalda:

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

This sword can be combined with the Teostra set, which is basically a Kaiser set with some extra augments:

  • Charms:
    • Handicraft Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Temporal Mantle
Armor Decorations
Teostra Headdress Beta Fortitude/Handicraft Jewel 4
Kirin Mail Alpha
Handicraft Jewel 3; Tenderizer Jewel 2
Teostra Vambraces Beta
Satiated/Attack Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2
Teostra Coil Beta
Critical Jewel 2; Attack Jewel 1
Yian Garuga Greaves Beta Elementless Jewel 2; Critical Jewel 2; Tenderizer Jewel 2



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

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Not Loading on PC Fix Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:14:27 -0500 Ty Arthur

Months after the console crowd got into this frozen DLC, the Iceborn expansion for Monster Hunter: World is now finally out for PC players. But it appears that the expansion is not working or loading for a large chunk of the player base.

Is Iceborne not loading for you? We've found the likely culprit that's breaking the expansion. However, the fix for Iceborn infinitely loading may be more trouble than it's worth, especially if you've downloaded extensive mods.

The TL;DR is that mods aren't supported for the DLC at this time.

Why is Iceborn Stuck Loading on PC?

Something in the mandatory Iceborn update isn't playing well with existing mods, and it entirely breaks the loading system. It's unknown if or when the issue will be resolved with a future patch, or if all mods will need to be re-built from scratch.

To fix the Iceborn not loading bug, your best bet is to completely remove all mods, then uninstall and reinstall the game from scratch. This may mean starting over because even your save files featuring modded content can contribute to the infinite load bug. 

In order to resolve the problem, the easiest solution is to simply remove the folder where all mods are placed. Unless you specifically saved your mods somewhere else, navigate to whichever hard drive has Monster Hunter: World installed, and then go to the file path \Monster Hunter World\NativePC.

In most cases the full path will be:

  • C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Monster Hunter World\NativePC

However, the path may be different depending on your setup and where you installed the base game.

You can either delete the mods one by one out of that folder, or just simply delete the folder entirely to wipe them all at once.

If you don't want to lose all of your mods on the off chance they get working again in the near future, there is an alternative. Simply rename the "nativePC" folder to something else like "RENAMELATER" or "TEMPORARYNAME" so you don't forget.

Changing the folder name should prevent all the mods from working since the file path is no longer functioning. When mods are fixed, you can then rename the folder back to "NativePC."

Did getting rid of mods fix the Iceborne PC loading problem, or are you still stuck at the load screen? Let us know what worked for you or if you need help finding another solution!

For more MH World tips and tricks, be sure to head over to our Monster Hunter World guides page. If you're looking for a few workarounds for the Iceborne save overwrite bug, we have a few potential solutions

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne — How to Get Monster Essence Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:13:57 -0400 Ashley Shankle

There's a whole slew of new materials to farm for weapons and gear in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, many of which are carryovers from previous entries in the series. Monster Essence is just one of these new mats, and it's tied to Master Rank.

Like anything worth farming, crafting, or equipping in Iceborne, Monster Essence is exclusively a Master Rank item. Players can only obtain Monster Essence from Master Rank hunts and expeditions.

Most notably, Monster Essence is used in pieces for the Kadachi, Rath, and Baan Alpha+ and Beta+ headpieces. It is used in the Vespoid and Hornetaur sets but... eh. Just eh.

As it's the Master Rank version of Monster Fluid and Monster Broth, you can only get Monster Essence by slaying Vespoids in Master Rank.

Vespoids are found in the following areas:

  • Ancient Forest
  • Wildspire Waste
    Coral Highlands
  • Rotten Vale

They are most plentiful in the Wildspire Waste, with my favorite areas to seek them out being Area 9 and Area 11.

The easiest way to kill Vespoids is to shoot them with Redpits or stones using your slinger. They go down in short order, and will always leave a corpse using this method, unlike with some weapons, which will generally shatter them and leave no corpse for you to loot.

Monster Essence is just one of the many new materials found in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and it's certainly not the only new thing you're going to be hunting down with the goal of meeting your ideal build.


Are there any other materials you're having trouble finding in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne? Let us know in the comments below! Happy hunting, and be careful out there in Master Rank!

5 Tips To Become a Pro Hunter in Monster Hunter: World Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:38:23 -0400 ScorpionGod

There are all kinds of Hunters join the Monster Hunter: World, but not all of them have experience playing older MH games. In the beginning, MHW can be too hard for people who have never played this type of game.

Monster Hunter-type games were not my thing until I started playing the World. After 600+ hrs played and too many successful hunts, I have gathered a lot of tips and tricks a fellow hunter could use.

1. Play Online With SOS

If you like to play alone, fine, but you won't learn how to be a good hunter any faster. I was able to learn a lot as soon as I started using SOS on my own quests as well as went on to help others with their SOS requests.

All kinds of hunters come to your aid when you use SOS and many of these hunters can show you weapon moves, combos and other helpful strategies you never thought of yourself.

You can also finish each hunt pretty quickly. Quest that takes half an hour for a beginner hunter gets done in 5 minutes in SOS.

It's worth noting that players can hop into your SOS even if they're not in the same lobby. SOS flares can be seen from any lobby.

2. Craft Your Armor

When I started MHW, I wasn't aware what the Armor actually does. So I choose one Armor that looked great at first and tried to do every hunt with that armor, but I failed.

Then I started getting the maximum Defense and Elemental Powered up Armors, but I still failed. Because Armor in MHW plays a bigger role than that.

  • Armor can increase your maximum defense
  • It can improve the elemental immunities
  • More importantly it can add various skills to you

These armor skills can increase your attack, defense, boost element build up in your weapon and a lot more. So far my favorite skills are Weakness Exploit, Maximum Might and Critical Boost.

3. Gather Resources & Take Supplies Everywhere You Go

Instead of wasting time by going to gather resources through Expeditions, just carve every dead monster in each hunt. Monster parts are not the only resource you're going to require.

Gather resources from plants, mushrooms, crystals and everything else that can be gathered while you're on the way to your target monster. I always go gathering after the monster is defeated in that last minute as well.

When you progress through the story, you can get more supplies and resources via Elder Melder, Argosy, and Harvest. So make sure you grab them when the time comes.

Just like you gather these useful resources & supplies, don't forget to bring them everywhere you go. I mean Mega Potions, two traps, Hardshell Powders, Flash Bugs and a few others are totally useful in every hunt.

4. Spend a Long Time With Your Chosen Weapon

When you first start playing MHW, you feel like the weapon you chose sucks because you were defeated by an experienced monster. But the problem is not in the weapon you choose.

It's just a tool you're using, YOU are the weapon!

Since this YOU weapon is not sharp, you change your tools hoping it would win the fight, but what you really need is the experience using your tools.

Don't switch your weapon for a long a time until you get used to it. If you chose Greatsword, then don't give it up until you learn what's Tackle, what's blocking and what's True Charge.

For example, with Greatsword Tackle you can still stand without falling for all monster attacks except for the big smashes that puts you straight to the ground!

5. See Monster Moves, Weaknesses & Patterns

Monster Hunter: World has many monsters, but all of them have patterns you can quickly learn if you looked at the hunt consciously. For example, when you hit the big bad Rathalos on the head until it staggers, it pulls back and comes back at you.

That's a moment you can do another True Charge with Greatsword if you've mastered the weapon.

Just like that each monster has patterns when it staggers, knocked out, screaming, attacking and tired. If you figure out all these things, you know where you hit harder, and when to hit and run.

As a bonus tip, you can learn a lot by watching how other players hunt on YouTube. Greatsword Tackle is something I learned by watching videos. And that's the moment I started doing MHW guide videos on my channel.

If Rathalos is troubling you, watch this video to learn a bunch of useful tips to defeat him.

I also write MHW tips like this on my blog, feel free to check out them when you need help. Please comment your own tips you use regularly below.

How to Find Nargacuga in the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Beta Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:19:20 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Today's the day all PlayStation 4 owners can hop into the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne beta, and there's something new that wasn't present in the original PlayStation Plus subscriber-only beta: the flying wyvern Nargacuga!

Nargacuga is classic monster, initially from Monster Hunter Portable 3rd way back when on the PSP (Shout out to the weapon trees on GameFAQs for that, by the way. Saved my life.) and a staple in Generations. Don't be fooled by its cuter-than-average appearance, Nargacuga is a killing machine and worthy adversary for any hunter.

Finding Nargacuga in the Iceborne beta isn't really all that hard. It has a chance to spawn in the quest 'Great Devourer, Great Jagras', which may or may not be ironically labelled as a beginner quest.

How to Find Nargacuga

Nargacuga seems to have a chance to spawn in 'Great Devourer, Great Jagras' normally, but for a sure thing:

  • Repeat the quest 'Great Devourer, Great Jagras' until the quest text changes to say "we've received reports of another mysterious monster!"
  • Head to area 9, Nargacuga is always in area 8 or 9

How to Grind on Nargacuga

Because why not.

If you want to try your hand at hunting this monster over and over, you can do the following:

  1. Accept and enter the quest when it states there's another mysterious monster
  2. Load in and avoid the Great Jagras completely
  3. Seek out Nargacuga in area 8 or 9
  4. Slay Nargacuga
  5. Leave the quest via the menu
  6. Enter and do it all again

The "mysterious monster" modifier will not disappear as long as you do not finish the quest, meaning you can keep leaving and re-entering to find Nargacuga as long as you do not kill the Great Jagras. Killing the Great Jagras will reset the quest, most likely to its normal state until you get lucky again.

Are there more secrets to be found in this round of the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne beta? We'll have to see, but for now, take the time to hunt down this new addition to the game while you still have the chance before the beta closes on June 30.

How to Best Behemoth in Monster Hunter: World Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:51:22 -0500 Tim White

Capcom keeps on rolling out new Monster Hunter: World missions for us PC players—we're almost caught up to the console crowd now! The massive purple Behemoth from Final Fantasy is our guest star in this latest episode. There's good news, and more good news: he can be turned into some pretty sweet gear, and he's not as aggravating as some of the other monsters we've seen lately.

That doesn't mean he's a cakewalk, though. You'll still need a plan to take him down. Lucky for you, we've come up with a pretty solid one.

Chasing Cactuars

Much like Lunastra, you'll first need to get the Behemoth to show himself; he's a little shy. As long as you're at least Hunter Rank 16, the Serious Handler in Astera should have a quest for you called "A Visitor from Another World." Head out to the Wildspire Wastes and start chasing Cactuars.

Eventually, your spiky green buddies will lead you to a gigantic and slightly more competent version of the Kulu-Ya-Ku you've had no reason to hunt for about 200 hours now. He hits harder than the normal version and has more health, but that's about it; he's really no threat to anyone playing endgame content.

Once you've busted him up, return to Astera and sign up for the quest "The Legendary Beast." Before heading out, take some time to prep.

Gear, Items, & Dinner

Have a gander at the Behemoth's stats:

Dragon weapons are a good bet, but he's not susceptible to elderseal, so don't bother. As for armor, you'll want good defense as always, and some fire resistance wouldn't hurt either. However, your armor choice isn't super important; most of Behemoth's attacks are either fairly weak or nigh-guaranteed OHKOs.

Meal-wise, a large defense or attack boost is probably the way to go, as elements and status effects aren't really a special concern either.

You'll surely want to bring lots of buffing items, and some AoE healing items if you're playing with friends. At least one member of the party should be a dedicated tank and should be geared up accordingly (that's you, if you're running solo).

How to Not Get Flattened by Meteors 101

If you've played any Final Fantasy game, you know that one dirty trick that Behemoth has up his sleeve. If you haven't, spoiler alert: it's meteors. So many meteors.

Your goals during your first encounter with Behemoth are twofold; you need to get his attention by attacking his head and survive his final attack. Follow the instructions of the handlers as they relay them. The battle will end automatically when he uses his Ecliptic Meteor attack, which you can expect to see a lot more than once the next time you face him. Don't try to run from it—its blast radius covers several map zones (yes, zones, you read that right).

Tactically speaking, most of his attacks aren't too worrisome. Meteor does moderate damage in front of him, but is easy to dodge. Charybdis is more annoying; it's a large tornado that isn't very damaging, but is harder to dodge and will periodically knock you over. His melee attacks are fast, but telegraphed well in advance.

Like Kulve Taroth, he has a unique mechanic; in his case, it's called Enmity. It's really just a fancy word for "even more single-minded aggro." As you attack Behemoth's head, you'll gain more Enmity and he'll attack you more. Once you've maxed out that stat, he will attack you exclusively. You'll know you've made him mad when a red eye laser pointing to you appears; Behemoth himself will also turn red.

If Behemoth is totally focused on you, any other players you might be hunting with can wail on his back and sides with (near) impunity; this is the fastest way to take him down in co-op mode.

Once you've gone through a few cycles of maxing out his Enmity, he'll start casting Comets. Hopefully they'll miss and get stuck in the ground. They can only be broken by Behemoth himself, but you actually don't want him to do that. Keep him away from the comets whenever possible, because when he uses Ecliptic Meteor, you'll be able to take cover behind them. Definitely do so—his ultimate attack is capable of wiping the whole party if it makes solid contact.

Taking Down Behemoth (For Real this Time)

Once your prey has fled, you'll have to go after him again. Prep-wise and strategy-wise, round two is mostly the same. Here's a short list of what's different:

  • Behemoth will flee to different zones 2-4 times (bring cool drinks in case he winds up in the lava zone).
  • Starting in phase two of the fight, he'll gain a move called Thunderbolt, and Meteor will now target all players. Thunderbolt isn't much worse than his other attacks, but he can triple-cast it, so watch out for that.
  • If everyone leaves the zone, Behemoth will rapidly heal himself.

When Behemoth makes a stand in Nergigante's nest, it's time for the final showdown. He'll be more aggressive here, but as long as your tank keeps all the Enmity and maintains a stalwart defense, Behemoth will fall sooner or later. Enjoy the sweet gear you can make out of him, which grants absolutely devastating offensive bonuses: Critical Boost x3, Critical Eye x6, and Attack Boost x3, among others.


There you have it! Compared to some of the other high-level hunts in Monster Hunter: World, Behemoth really isn't too bad. Be patient, play defensively, and you're sure to come out on top.

Check out our plethora of other Monster Hunter: World guides for any other hunts you could use a hand with.

14 Great Single-Player Weapons in Monster Hunter: World Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:30:11 -0500 Tim White

Monster Hunter: World is almost two games in one; the weapons you choose and the tactics you employ can vary significantly between solo play and cooperative mode.

With so many weapons to choose from, and in light of the fact that everyone will have different preferences, this guide is not meant to identify any end-game weapons as objectively superior (there really aren't any, most of them are exceptionally well balanced).

We're only trying to point out why our favorite weapons are well suited to playing alone.

Note: Because not all players may have access to limited-event weapons, they are not eligible for inclusion in this list.

Note #2: Weapon damage ratings (weak, low, average, high, outstanding) are assessed relative to typical damage values for that class of weapon, not against all weapons; the strongest dual blades are obviously going to have much lower base damage than the weakest hammers.

Be sure to head over to our best multiplayer weapons guide for even more great MH: World weapons. 

Charge Blade

Charge blades are slow, heavy, and often considered the hardest weapons to master—but they hit ridiculously hard and their shields can block most attacks too. In skilled hands, charge blades can fell even the beefiest monsters in short order.

Our pick: Xeno Ra'atz

Attack power: Average
Sharpness: White
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 3 (x2)

Why it's great for solo play: 
This is a great all-around charge blade. While it doesn't excel at anything (other than in having two level three slots), it's capable of taking down almost any monster. Spend a Hero's Streamstone to give it Health Regen and you'll have a fantastic weapon for survivability.


Hammers have one main job: shutting down enraged or exceptionally dangerous monsters by hitting them in the head. All hammers deal stun damage and excel at breaking armor, but their range is deceptively short; you'll need to be right in the monster's face.

Our pick: Obliteration's Footfall

Attack power: Outstanding
Sharpness: Blue
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 1 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
If you're using a hammer, it's probably because you like to shut down a monster's worst attacks, so it makes sense that you'd also want the high elderseal that this weapon comes with. It also just hits really, really hard. That's kind of all there is to it.

Dual Blades

Dual blades are among the weakest weapons on a per-hit basis, but their DPS can reach respectable levels, especially with their unique demon mode activated. Because they hit so fast, they're also the melee weapon of choice for inflicting status effects.

Our pick: Empress Daggers "Styx"

Attack power: Average
Sharpness: White
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 3 (x2)

Why it's great for solo play: 
These puppies are hard to make but worth it. Look in the bottom right corner of the screenshot above and you'll notice that the Empress Daggers "Styx" is one of the rare weapons that has an armor skill—Razor Sharp/Spare Shot in this case, meaning its impressive white sharpness will last twice as long.

Its 120 blast damage on top of that makes this a highly formidable offensive weapon.


If you want to be a heavy hitter, but charge blades aren't quite doing it for you, try a greatsword. They hit harder than charge blades, but they're slower, so your DPS will likely be a bit lower. However, you'll be a little more mobile when wielding a greatsword.

Our pick: Jagras Hacker III

Attack power: High
Sharpness: Blue
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 3 (x2)

Why it's great for solo play: 
I know what you're thinking, "Why are we recommending a weapon made from the very first monster you ever see?" Well, for one thing, it's non-elemental, so it'll deal consistent and respectable damage to every monster in the game.

It's also got room for two level 3 decorations and, as a rarity 6 weapon, it has three augmentation slots—you can add some seriously powerful upgrades of your own if you're willing to spend the streamstones.


Longswords are the weapon of choice for generalists and the indecisive. They're neither amazing nor terrible in any respect, offering moderate speed, reach, and damage.

Our pick: Divine Slasher

Attack power: Outstanding
Sharpness: Blue
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 3 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
Like the Jagras Hacker III greatsword, the Divine Slasher is non-elemental and focused purely on raw attack power. Extending its sharpness gauge with Handicraft would give this weapon great staying power in extended combat, and if you're willing to invest in a few ranks of Hidden Element, you'll get high elderseal and 150 dragon damage too.


Have you ever found yourself thinking, "I wish this charge blade could launch artillery barrages?" Of course, you have.

Gunlances offer high damage in the form of both melee and ranged attacks, and they come with medium-high tier shields too. They take more practice to master than most other weapons, so hit the training room for a while.

Our pick: Royal Burst

Attack power: Average
Sharpness: Blue
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 1 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
While its single low-level decoration slot leaves much to be desired, the Royal Burst's solid 330 poison damage and two augmentation slots make up for it.

Consider using one of them to add Health Regeneration, which will give you extended survivability in solo play. Gunlance wielders who can stay cool when they're pulling 100% of the aggro and time their shots well will find this weapon to be dependable and capable in most situations.


Lances are ideal for tanks; most of the best shields in the game can be found paired with lances. Their melee strikes have longer reach than those of gunlances, and they're somewhat more maneuverable, but the tradeoff is missing out on those sweet ranged attacks.

Our pick: Empress Lance "Ruin"

Attack power: High
Sharpness: White
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 2 (x2)

Why it's great for solo play: 
This was a tough call; there are a lot of great end-game lances to choose from. There are lances with higher base damage, but this one's white sharpness increases its overall damage potential, and no other lances have the Health Recovery skill built right in, which allows you to leech health from your target with every hit.

It's also got 150 blast damage, so you're basically healing yourself with explosions.

Switch Axe

Switch axes are strange. They have a weird rhythm and it takes a while to get a feel for the wide variety in the range of their different attacks, but they can put out decent damage with practice. They're like a cross between a charge blade and a greatsword, without the strong advantages (or disadvantages) of either.

Our pick: Terror Tyrannos

Attack power: Outstanding
Sharpness: Blue
Decoration slots: 

Why it's great for solo play: 
This was another tough call. Ultimately, since switch axes are such a weird hybrid, a good one needs to excel in at least one area, so we went with base damage here.

Yes, the Terror Tyrannos has negative affinity, which sucks, but even with that penalty, it has the potential to be the most damaging switch axe available. Its respectable 180 dragon damage (which most monsters don't resist), high elderseal and two augmentation slots help to set it apart from most comparable switch axes.

Sword & Shield

Your classic sword n' board is primarily a defensive weapon, but not in the same way that the heavier weapons are; the shield can't withstand many of the more powerful attacks you'll face. Instead, they leave you fast and flexible, able to quickly retreat or launch aerial attacks to mount a monster.

They're also the only weapon with which you can use items while blocking, which is amazingly helpful at times.

Our pick: Barroth Club III

Attack power: Outstanding
Sharpness: Blue
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 2 (x1), Lv. 1 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
This weapon class tends to attract jack-of-all-trade types, and the Barroth Club III is surprisingly competent at almost everything. If you're willing to commit a few armor skill slots to Hidden Element, you'll be superb at inflicting paralysis.

But even without that, you've still got three augmentation slots, great base damage and sharpness, and enough decoration slots to make most medium-tier configurations viable.

Insect Glaive

Like most weapons, the glaive takes some getting used to, but it's worth mastering. You'll need a huge amount of stamina to use one effectively, as you'll be in the air most of the time, and aerial maneuvers chew up stamina.

It's hands-down the best weapon around for mounting monsters or for builds centered around maximizing critical hits.

Our pick: Empress Cane "Styx"

Attack power: High
Sharpness: White
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 3 (x1), Lv. 1 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
Another hard winner to pick. Glaives do two things exceedingly well: inflict statuses and critical hits, and this weapon is predisposed to be great at both. Its base affinity rating of 10% certainly isn't the best around, but if you're willing to boost it with skills like Weakness Exploit and Critical Eye, you can put together a devastating weapon.

In any case, Empress Cane "Styx" has double white sharpness thanks to Razor Sharp and a punchy 210 blast damage. Fast, aggressive players will be able to pump out ridiculous damage with this glaive—at that point, you can pretty much attune your kinsect however you please, it's all good.

Hunting Horn

You can use a hunting horn by yourself, but it's designed to be a co-op support weapon. To effectively fly solo with a hunting horn, you'll need to be very comfortable with its somewhat awkward combos and the timing of playing songs (i.e. buffing yourself) when you're the only target for the monster to wail on.

Our pick: Desolation's Overture

Attack power: Outstanding
Sharpness: Blue
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 1 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
Hunting horns aren't primarily built for damage, so to get far on your own, you'll need to pick one of the few with great attack power. In addition to being the second strongest horn in that respect, Desolation's Overture has high elderseal and 150 dragon damage to help you put the hurt on some of the game's stronger enemies.

It can also play some highly useful songs, including Earplugs (L) (which frees up your decoration or charm slots), Affinity Up (S) and Health Recovery (S). Bring a Palico with a Shieldspire gadget to pull aggro and you just might be able to call yourself a successful solo hunter horn main.


Like the hunting horn, the bow is not really meant to be a solo weapon, but it can be done. It's much better at inflicting status effects and at briefly stunning enemies than at dealing significant damage to them, so fights with stronger monsters might take a while.

On the plus side, it's a great defensive weapon, as it allows for speedy dodging and permits most attacks to be canceled.

Our pick: Great Hunter's Bow

Attack power: Average
Sharpness: N/A
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 3 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
Bows are limited by the types of coatings they can use (close range, power, paralysis, poison, sleep, or blast). Most bows can only use 2-3 coating types by default, but the Great Hunter's Bow can use everything except power coatings right out of the box. (Unfortunately, it will never be able to use power ammo, as there's a decoration-based coating skill available for every type except power.)

Nonetheless, with decent damage and a level 3 decoration slot, this can be a serviceable solo weapon capable of inundating monsters with any and all status effects, provided you carry an absolute truckload of crafting components to constantly replenish your coatings.

Light Bowgun

Light bowguns are the smallest of the three ranged weapons, offering brisk rates of fire at the cost of stopping power. They can also be expensive to use, as you'll need to constantly craft or buy many different kinds of ammo.

Nonetheless, they can be an effective solo weapon, especially with liberal use of special ammo types catered to your target's weaknesses.

Our pick: Karma

Attack power: Average
Sharpness: N/A
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 1 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
Karma has the highest affinity of any light bowgun at 30%, making its normal shots highly effective despite its so-so base damage. Its three custom mod slots allow greater flexibility in choosing its bonus attributes (three Reload Assists would be a great choice for better DPS).

Finally, it has zero deviation, meaning every shot will land precisely where your cursor is; few other light bowguns can claim that distinction.

Heavy Bowgun

Heavy bowguns are among the most challenging weapons to use when you're by yourself. They need range and time to be effective—two things that are generally in short supply when you're alone in combat. To come out on top, you'll need to spend a lot of time getting to know how each ammo type works and how long they take to fire and reload.

Our pick: Magda Gemitus II

Attack power: High
Sharpness: N/A
Decoration slots: 
Lv. 2 (x1)

Why it's great for solo play: 
Heavy bowguns, in particular, seem to sacrifice a ton of affinity as their base attack power gets higher, so the -20% affinity on this model isn't an atypical price to pay.

The single level two decoration slot (better than most other high-end models) helps make up the difference, and it's got two augmentation slots for further customization. Consider stacking some shields in your mod slots to gain limited blocking ability, since it's pretty hard to dodge with these weapons.


There you have it! Hopefully, you'll fall in love with at least a few weapons from this list, but even if you don't find your forever weapon, perhaps you've learned something useful about different ways to evaluate other options.

Keep an eye on our Monster Hunter: World hub page for more guides.