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Guide for Returning Players
MHW: ICEBORNE | Guide for Returning Players

MHW: ICEBORNE
Guide for Returning Players

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Catch up on Monster Hunter World before Monster Hunter World: Iceborne comes with this guide. This includes tips for returning hunters, past updates, new weapons, events!

Table of Content

Content Update Schedule

New Contents After Product Release

DateContents
2018.03〜- Deviljho Introduced
2018.04〜- Kulve Taroth Introduced
2018.05〜- Lunastra Introduced
└Empress Loadout added
- Temporal MantleIntroduced
2018.06〜- Arch-tempered Kirin Introduced
- Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak Introduced
2018.08〜- Behemoth Introduced
└Drachen α loadout added
- Arch Tempered Teostra Introduced
2018.09〜- Arch Tempered Kushala Daora Introduced
2018.10〜- Arch Tempered Lunastra Introduced
- Arch Tempered Zorah Magdaros Introduced
2018.11〜- Arch Tempered Xeno'jiiva Introduced
2018.12〜- New Kulve Taroth Weapons Added
2019.02〜- Leshen Introduced
2019.05〜- Arch Tempered Nergigante Introduced

Things to Do for Returning Players

For HR 50 & Above

To Do Priority / Overview
Get the Temporal Mantle
Priority: ★★★

The Temporal mantle is essential in keeping you safe from deadly monster attacks so grab it ASAP!
►How To Get Temporal Mantle
Collect Kulve Taroth weapons
(Event Quest only)
Priority: ★★★

Kulve Taroth weapons are currently the strongest in the game & should be top priority to collect.
►Kulve Weapons To Keep
Craft γ-tier armor
(Event Quest only)
Priority: ★★★

Clearing Arch Tempered event quests give you materials for γ-tier gear that have better stats & slots.
Craft Lunastra weapons
Priority: ★★・

Lunastra weapons are 2nd to the strongest weapons in MHW & should be farmed if there are no Kulve Taroth quests going on.
Craft Drachen armor
Priority: ★★・

The Drachen armor set provides high Critical Eye, Attack Boost, & Critical Boost skills that are very powerful. Be sure to craft a set for AT hunts.
Collect decorations
(Astera Fest Event Quests only)
Priority: ★★・

Participate in Event Quests instead for more efficient ways to gather lots of decorations.
Increase Hunter Rank (HR)
(Event Quests are recommended!)
Priority: ★★・
For Hunters below HR49!

Hunters below HR49 will not be able to fight against Arch Tempered monsters so it's best to raise your HR to 50 ASAP.
►Raise HR Fast

Farm for Kulve Taroth & Lunastra Weapons

Do Quests Of Weapons You Want To Craft

If you were playing before the release of Kulve Taroth & Lunastra, prioritize doing their quests to get some of the strongest weapons in the game. Kulve Taroth is an event siege quest so do them whenever it appears.

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Defeat Arch Tempered Elder Dragons

Defeat Arch Tempered Elder Dragons

Defeating Arch Tempered Elder Dragons will give you tickets to craft the γ armor which have better stats, skills, and slots. AT monsters are event quests to prioritize when they appear in the game.

For HR 49 & Below

To Do Priority / Overview
Finish Main Story
Priority: ★★★

You need to finish all MHW main story to start playing Iceborne.
Get the Temporal Mantle
Priority: ★★★

The Temporal mantle is essential in keeping you safe from deadly monster attacks so grab it ASAP!
►How To Get Temporal Mantle
Craft Lunastra weapons
Priority: ★★・

Lunastra weapons are 2nd to the strongest weapons in MHW & should be farmed if there are no Kulve Taroth quests going on.
Craft Drachen armor
Priority: ★★・

The Drachen armor set provides high Critical Eye, Attack Boost, & Critical Boost skills that are very powerful. Be sure to craft a set for AT hunts.
Collect decorations
(Astera Fest Event Quests only)
Priority: ★★・

Participate in Event Quests instead for more efficient ways to gather lots of decorations.
Increase Hunter Rank (HR)
(Event Quests are recommended!)
Priority: ★★・
For Hunters below HR49!

Hunters below HR49 will not be able to fight against Arch Tempered monsters so it's best to raise your HR to 50 ASAP.
►Raise HR Fast

Get to HR 50 and Above

Getting Endgame equipment is locked out until you get to HR 50 and above. This will require you to defeat the Tempered Kirin to remove the HR 49 cap.

Check Out How To Farm Hunter Rank Fast!

Collect Decorations

Decorations can be acquired by defeating Tempered Monsters, but an easier way to farm them is through the event quests "The Name is Lavasioth" and "The Greatest Jagras". Look out for them during the Appreciation Fest.

Recommended New Weapons

With the release of the Kulve Taroth Siege, a ton of new weapons were released that can be farmed from the siege quest. There are multiple variations for each weapon type!

Recommended Weapons Per Weapon Type

Weapon TypeKulve Taroth WeaponNon-Kulve Taroth Weapon
Great SwordGreat Sword-- Wyvern Ignition "Impact"
Long SwordLong Sword- Taroth Sword Fire- Divine Slasher
- Reaver "Calamity"
Sword and ShieldSword and Shield- Kjarr Slicer "Dragon"
- Kjarr Slicer "Myth"
- Fatal Bite
Dual BladesDual Blades- Rage Gold Twinblades
- Spark Gold Twinblades
- Gold Ice Twinblades
-Empress Daggers
HammerHammer- Taroth Hammer Sleep- Diablos Shatterer II
Hunting HornHunting Horn- Taroth Pipe Sleep- Empress Roar
LanceLance- Taroth Crest Claw- Fiendish Tower
GunlanceGunlance- Taroth Buster Water- Empress Howl
Switch AxeSwitch Axe- Taroth Axe Paralysis- Terror Tyrannos
Charge BladeCharge Blade- Kjarr Strongarm Ice- Diablos Tyrannis II
Insect GlaiveInsect Glaive- Taroth Glaive Paralysis- Empress Cane Blase
Light BowgunLight Bowgun-- Empress Shell Styx
- Empress Shell Blaze
Heavy BowgunHeavy Bowgun- Taroth Assault Glutton
- Taroth Assault Support
- Dark Devourer
BowBow- Taroth Arrow Thunder- Anja Arch III
- Dragon bone Bow III

About Arch Tempered Monsters

More Powerful Versions of Elder Dragons

Arch Tempered Monsters are the strongest of the monsters you will face in Monster Hunter World. With stronger damage and additional attacks, you'll need to be at your best weapon and armor wise when fighting them.

Only Available During Events

Arch Tempered Elder Dragons can only be challenged during an event where they individually appear. Since they're not always around, make sure to farm them as much as you can before they disappear.

Need to be Above HR 50 to Fight

You won't get the option to fight Arch Tempered Elder Dragons until you get to HR 50 and above. Increase your HR by doing Investigations and Event Quests available.

Needed to Craft γ (Gamma) Armor

γ armors can only be crafted by defeating Arch Tempered Elder Dragons. AT Elder Dragon fights are extremely hard, but the armor you get from them are worth it with more skill slots than its Alpha variants.

Arch Tempered Elder Dragon Difficulty Ranking

Difficulty: ★★★★★
Arch Tempered NergiganteArch Tempered Nergigante Arch Tempered XenojiivaArch Tempered Xenojiiva
Difficulty: ★★★★・
Arch Tempered LunastraArch Tempered Lunastra Arch Tempered KirinArch Tempered Kirin
Difficulty: ★★★・・
Arch Tempered Kushala DaoraArch Tempered Kushala Daora Arch Tempered TeostraArch Tempered Teostra
Difficulty: ★★・・・
Arch Tempered Vaal HazakArch Tempered Vaal Hazak -
Difficulty: ★・・・・
Arch Tempered Zorah MagdarosArch Tempered Zorah Magdaros -

Updates After MHW's Release Date

Date Content
May 2019 - Arch Tempered Nergigante appears!
February 2019 - Leshen appears
December 2018 - New Kjarr weapons in-game
November 2018 - Arch Tempered Xeno'jiiva appears!
October 2018 - Arch Tempered Lunastra appears!
- Arch Tempered Zorah Magdaros appears!
September 2018 - Arch Tempered Kushala Daora appears!
August 2018 - Behemoth appears!
└ New Drachen armor in-game
- Arch Tempered Teostra appears!
June 2018 - Arch Tempered Kirin appears!
- Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak appears!
May 2018 - Lunastra appears!
└ New Lunastra weapons in-game
- Temporal Mantle introduced
April 2018 - Kulve Taroth siege quest begins!
└ New Taroth weapons in-game
March 2018 - Deviljho appears!

Latest Update in Monster Hunter World

Witcher 3 Collab Features Fight With Leshen

Witcher 3 Collab Features Fight With Leshen

In March 2019, the Witcher 3 collaboration will have you play as Geralt the Witcher and fight against the Leshen that invades the Ancient Forest. Witcher-inspired armor & weapons are also introduced in the game.

AT Kulve Taroth Update - December 2018

Arch Tempered Kulve Taroth Weapons Introduced

Arch Tempered Kulve Taroth Weapons Introduced In-Game

In December 2018, the Arch Tempered Kulve Taroth siege quest was introduced to the game. Kjarr weapons were also added, more powerful weapons than the Taroth weapons that were first introduced.

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AT Monsters Appear One After The Other

Monster Hunter World gradually introduced new Arch Tempered Elder Dragons. Completing these quests will let you craft γ-tier armor as well as Layered armor to change your Hunter's appeareance.

Arch Tempered Quests From Sept-Dec 2018

Arch Tempered Elder Dragon Guides
Kushala Daora Kushala Daora Lunastra Lunastra
Zorah Magdaros Zorah Magdaros Xeno Xeno'jiiva
Kulve Taroth
Kulve Taroth
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4th MHW Update - August 2018

FFXIV Collaboration Brings Behemoth To Astera

FFXIV Collaboration Brings Behemoth To Astera

In the 4th free update, the Final Fantasy XIV collaboration brings the big Behemoth into the New World. The update also included having the Drachen armor set in the game. An "Extreme" version of the quest was also added.

Check Out How To Beat Behemoth Here!

Doesn't Hurt To Craft Drachen Armor

Doesn

The Drachen armor set is very powerful and can provide valuable skills such as the Master's Touch. It won't hurt to have this set on standby so craft it when you can.

Drachen α Armor Set Skills

Armor Skill Slot
Drachen Armet α Critical Boost Lvl 1
Airborne Lvl 1
③ ① ―
Drachen Mail α Critical Eye Lvl 2
Critical Boost Lvl 1
③ ― ―
Drachen Vambraces α Critical Eye Lvl 2
Attack Boost Lvl 1
② ② ―
Drachen Coil α Critical Eye Lvl 2
Power Prolonger Lvl 1
③ ― ―
Drachen Greaves α Attack Boost Lvl 2
Critical Boost Lvl 1
② ― ―

Can Be Crafted At Any Time

Behemoth's quest is a Special Assignment that you can repeat so it's something you can craft any time. If there are Kulve Taroth or AT quests, park this and focus on other event quests.

First Arch Tempered Kirin Quest Is Here!

First Arch Tempered Kirin Quest Is Here!

The first Arch Tempered Elder Dragon quest was introduced to MHW on June 2018. The quest featured the lighting monster Kirin and defeating it will grant you tickets to craft γ-tier equipment.

Arch Tempered Quests By August 2018

Arch Tempered Elder Dragon Guides
First Arch Tempered Kirin Quest Is Here! Kirin Vaal Hazak Vaal Hazak
Teostra Teostra -

3rd MHW Update - May 2018

Elder Dragon Lunastra Has Appeared

Elder Dragon Lunastra Has Appeared

In MHW's 3rd free update, the Lunastra makes a comeback to defend her Teostra mate. Lunastra weapons were also added into the game, including the Temporal Mantle.

Check Out How To Beat Lunastra!

Prioritize Getting Temporal Mantle First

The Temporal Mantle is a new specialized tool that, when worn, automatically dodges you through dangerous monster attacks. Since it's a very crucial item in the game, be sure to prioritize getting it first.

Clear "No Remorse, No Surrender" Quest To Get Mantle

You'll need to defeat a Teostra & Lunastra in the "No Remorse, No Surrender" quest that you'll receive in Astera. A challenging feat, bring a lot of Fire resistant gear to help you survive the pair's fiery flames.

Craft Lunastra Weapons

The Lunastra weapons in Monster Hunter World are especially powerful as they have high affinity rates and come with a free skill. It's very recommended to craft Lunastra weapons to help you in your hunts.

Recommended Lunastra Weapons To Craft

Light Bowgun Hunting Horn
Empress Shell Empress Roar
Gunlance Insect Glaive
Empress Howl Empress Cane

2nd MHW Update - April 2018

Kulve Taroth & Taroth Weapons Arrive In-Game

Kulve Taroth & Taroth Weapons Arrive In-Game

For MHW's 2nd update, the first-ever siege quest of up to 16 Hunters has been introduced and the foe is the golden goddess, Kulve Taroth. New Taroth weapons are also introduced in this update.

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1st MHW Update - March 2018

Deviljho Comes To The New World

Deviljho Comes To The New World

In Monster Hunter World's first update, the World Eater Deviljho makes its first step into the New World. As such, new Deviljho weapons have also been added into the game.

Check Out How To Beat Deviljho!

Recommended Weapons To Craft

Long Sword Sword & Shield Lance
Reaver "Calamity" Fatal Bite Fiendish Tower

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