10 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Tips
Still digging into Monster Hunter World? These tips will help you survive.
With the freezing tundra of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne hitting consoles and PC, and becoming Capcom’s best-selling game of all time, going on the hunt is no easy task. From the divebombing Seething Bazelgeuse to the furious Rajang, clearing all of the monsters in Iceborne is no easy task. That’s why we’ve assembled our ace hunting tips that will help you get through the grind make those Odogarons Odog-a-gone.
1. Don’t ignore your food quests
While it might be easy to ignore those optional kitchen quests in Monster Hunter, they’re actually a great way to widen your palate and unlock a whole host of great food bonuses that will help you out when hunting monsters. These food skills can vary from things like running away quicker, being able to gather more from a single point, or can even make one faint not count on your quest. This is in addition to the health, stamina or elemental defence bonuses that you can attain from eating food. Don’t sleep on these quests, and definitely don’t hunt on an empty stomach.
2. Be sure to visit the Steamworks
When you get to the new base in Seliana, the Monster Hunter team have actually added a brand-new mechanic that’s an easy way to get helpful items. The Steamworks is a completely random slot machine that dispenses goodies at your feet once you’ve got the right fuel, or have stored the passive fuel earned when you go out on a hunt. These goodies can range from curative items to rare Celestial Prints, which are incredibly useful when melding items. It can be a pain to get through all of your fuel, but these are great, free items that will help keep you stocked up. You get hundreds of items for doing this, so don’t sleep on it.
3. Meld rare items
Melding items is an often overlooked part of Monster Hunter World, and you’re able to do this whether you’re in the base game or in Iceborne. You can even attain special Wyverian Prints as a reward that will automatically unlock items to meld, such as rare monster parts that are difficult to farm. We did this with the final boss weapons, which are incredibly powerful. Getting a Celestial Wyverian Print from the Steamworks is really helpful, as you can earn one guaranteed print per week.
4. Build your armour sets correctly
For those who may have only just finished the base Monster Hunter World game before diving into Iceborne, you may want to play around with your armour a little bit more when you hit Master Rank. Master Rank gear not only has excellent defensive abilities, but they also offer the best skills, and a huge range of gem slots to customise your armour further. You can view skills just by viewing your equipment, and can even sort out armour at the smithy by the skills you can acquire from them. This way, you’ll be making sure that the armour you’re wearing is most suited to the weapon you are using, and that it’s optimal for the monster you might be fighting. Being weak to thunder and water when fighting the RGB-riddled Namielle is no fun at all.
5. Be sure to use the Clutch Claw
The Clutch Claw is a brand-new addition for anyone who owns Iceborne, and is instrumental in taking down those tougher monsters, thanks to its versatility, and tricks you can use while out in the field. First off, you’re able to topple monsters by doing a slinger burst on the monster if you have picked up any type of slinger ammo, and by ensuring that the monster is facing the wall. While toppled, the monster will be vulnerable for a significant window of time, allowing you to perform your most powerful attacks. In addition to this, you’re able to wound monsters by clutching onto them and doing an attack. For heavy weapons, you only need to do this once to create a weak spot, for light weapons, this will take a few tries. These weak spots allow you to perform more damage for a short period of time. After the wound has healed over, you will be able to perform the move again and significantly increase your DPS.
6. Use tactical traps
Monster not giving you enough breathing room? Using some tactical traps will make the monster vulnerable for a short period of time, where you’re able to deal a huge amount of damage, heal up or sharpen your weapon. Do be careful however, as repeatedly using these traps will make it easier for the monster to break out of them. We recommend that you only use one per hunt just to give you enough wiggle-room to set another trap when the monster is able to be captured. Then, if it’s not a fearsome Elder Dragon, you’ll be able to capture the monster as usual and harvest more items from it than you would get killing it.
7. Know your enemy
Grinding out monsters can get pretty tiring, especially if you’re after a rare drop that just never wants to appear. However, you can also make your time with those monsters a little bit easier by reporting to the researcher in Astera or Seliana, who will update your Monster Field Guide. Information in this guide will show you which areas to break to potentially attain a new item, and also display monster weaknesses. Be sure to keep this updated if you want to have even more of an edge against monsters while farming them.
8. Investigations are your friend
Another element of Monster Hunter World that’s easy to ignore are the investigations you are able to undertake against monsters. You may find them while picking up tracks. Add an investigation to your list from Seliana or Astera and you’ll be able to undertake a quest to hunt or capture a monster under certain conditions. This can range from challenges of having to kill a strong monster in 15 minutes, to only having one single faint. Be sure to check out these parameters before undertaking the quest. In addition to this, quests might offer lots of rewards may also come with a high risk of other monsters showing up to ruin the party, with limited retries. However, this is also a fantastic way to grind out more monster parts, making your life that little bit easier.
9. Unlock Palico gear
Undertaking the Felyne quests in Monster Hunter World will allow you to equip your friendly little Palico with additional abilities. The default one equipped will heal you. However, you are also able to unlock helpful skills like the Plunderblade, which will gather monster parts for you passively during battle, which often results in a healthy little bonus. These Palico quests can be a little boring, but ignoring them will only limit your options. Other skills such as the horn can even buff you during battle, so it’s important to tick these off.
10. Use your mantles often
Mantles are a new addition to the Monster Hunter series with World, and they can come in very handy when facing off against the toughest monsters in the game. You can get mantles that help you out against certain elements, while others will be able to nullify a certain amount of damage, or even allow you to auto-dodge attacks when you most need it. Use these as often as possible, as they provide significant boosts to your hunting skills, and could make or break an entire hunt. Doing the optional quests in Iceborne allows you to upgrade these mantles even further, giving them boosted attributes and even an additional gem slot where you can boost up your passive skills when you use them. Just be sure to manage the cooldown, as you may not be able to use them for a while after you use them, so timing is key!