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
- 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!