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Tips On Starting Your First Master Rank
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MHW: ICEBORNE
Tips On Starting Your First Master Rank

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Check out this guide on starting your first Master Class quests in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Know what to prepare and do before you go to Hoarfrost Reach with this guide.

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Check Your Items

The new environment in Monster Hunter: Iceborne brings about new challenges and a new harsh weather to contend with. Bring Hot Drinks to ward off the cold and be sure to set them as part of your usual Loadout.

Make Hot Drinks With Hot Pepper

Hot Drinks can be made from Hot Peppers gathered in the field. Take note as they grow just outside the first camp in Hoarfrost Reach.

Change Your Equipment

Raise Defense With New Equipment

The Master Class monicker comes with added difficulty so best suit up for your newer adventures with stronger and better armor. MR★2 quests have monsters that can hit and damage like Elder Dragons. Ditch maxed skill builds for a while and prioritize Defense first.

Think Of Skills Even With Mismatched Sets

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▲Above image shows 618 Defense

While it is recommended to prioritize builds that further enhance your Defense and your survivability, opt to choose ones that can give you a slight advantage with their skills. Skills like Earplugs and HP Boost add a bit of an edge in combat. As Decorations can provide a bit of offensive power, best prioritize armor that can raise your Defense.

Know Skill Changes & New Skills In Iceborne With This Guide!

Recommended Early Game Equipment

ArmorRecommendation Criteria
Jagras Helm α +- Has Speed Sharpening & Attack Boost skills
Bone Helm α + / β +- Has Health Boost & Partbreaker skills
Banbaro Vambraces β +- Has offensive guard & Health Boost skills
- Recommended for weapons that can guard
Beo Coil α + / β +- Has Health Boost & Earplugs skills
Check Out Recommended Armors For Early Master Rank!

Forge Ore Based Weapons

Forge Ore Based Weapons

Creating weapons from ore is a great way to jumpstart your monster hunting in Iceborne! Since these do not require any specific monster parts, you can easily make rarity 9 weapons from the get-go!

You Will Need To Gather Materials

Despite not using any Large Monster materials, you will still need to go out and gather these materials to forge weapons. Check out the list below for frequently used ores in weapon crafting!

List of Ores Used in Crafting Weapons

Get Used To The Clutch Claw

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Iceborne brings features the new Clutch Claw. This new equipment allows the hunter to stubbornly cling onto monsters while also introducing new methods of attack. Learn the timings and how to properly use it, and learn how to take advantage of weakened enemies with it.

Know More About The Clutch Claw Here!

Specialized Tools To Bring

Rocksteady & Temporal Mantles

The Rocksteady and Temporal Mantles assist the player in continuously clinging to monsters, ensuring that the player can execute Clutch Claw attacks when equipped. The Temporal Mantle also serves as a second-line of defense against weak but raging enemies.

Resist The Cold

Hoarforst Reach is home to monsters that are resistant to ice. Also, some rivers in the map can induce freezing. Equipping an Iceproof Mantle negates the effects.

Recommended Specialized Tools

Temporal MantleTemporal MantleRocksteady mantleRocksteady MantleIceproof MantleIceproof Mantle
Click Here To Know How To Unlock All Specialized Tools!

Unlocking Hoarfrost Reach Camps

hoarfrost map

Hoarfrost Reach is home to several camps that the player can use as safe havens during hunts. Camps can either be unlocked as you progress the story or by finishing optional Delivery Quests. It is recommended to unlock all of the camps as soon as possible so as to be able to easily traverse the hostile environment of Hoarfrost Reach!

Click Here For The Full Map Of Hoarfrost Reach!

Get Items From the Steamworks Facility

Get Consumable Items From Steamworks

Get Consumable Items From Steamworks

The Steamworks is a facility that can be found between the gates of the Gathering Hub in Seliana. You can use fuel to help out in the Steamworks and earn useful consumable items in the process!

Check Out The Steamworks Here!

Rare Items Can Also Be Obtained

Rare Items Can Also Be Obtained
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Rare items such as the Celestial Wyvern Print can also be obtained by helping out at the Steamworks. These can be exchanged at the Elder Melder for various useful items!

Check Out Celestial Wyvern Prints Here!

How To Unlock Steamworks

You will be able to unlock the Steamworks by clearing the MR★1 Quest "Banbaro Blockade". Once completed, you will be able to help out at the Steamworks!

Check Out How To Beat the Banbaro Here!

New Monsters To Hunt & New Features

Hunt All New Monsters In Iceborne

Master Rank will unlock all new monsters for you to hunt in Iceborne. Face off against entirely new monsters, or go up against returning monsters from past Monster Hunter games!

New Monsters In Iceborne

New Room Wallpapers & Furniture

New Room Wallpapers & Furniture

Besides hunting monsters, you will also be able to customize your room with new furniture and wallpapers! Personalize your living quarters to make your stay in Seliana as comfortable as possible!

Check Out Your Room Here!

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