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 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
|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?
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