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Awakened Weapons - Level Up & Skills (Abilities)

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Learn about the new Awakened Weapons in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne in this guide. This includes level up, skills and abilities, how to get, and more!

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What Are Awakened Weapons?

Weapons with Awakened Abilities

Weapons with Awakened Abilities

Awakened Weapons are unique weapons with the ability to be awakened & gain more attributes in addition to its normal ones. These cannot be crafted & can only be obtained in the Safi'jiiva Siege Quest.

Customizable Weapons

Awakened Weapons can be customized as abilities can be added, upgraded, & removed depending on your liking. If you want to make a weapon that best suits your play style, Awakened Weapons are a must have.

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Includes All Weapon Types

There is an Awakened Weapon for every weapon type in the game with each type having multiple versions of different elements & status effects.

How to Level Up Awakened Weapons

Use Dracolites to Level Up Weapons

Use Dracolites to Upgrade

Upgrade Awakened Weapons and add new abilities to them by using different kinds of Dracolites. This material can be obtained from fighting & breaking Safi'jiiva parts during the siege.

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Types of Dracolites

Type of DracoliteAwakening Points
Draconite Shard1
Large Dracolite20
Rigid Dracolite50

There are 4 types of Dracolites you can use to level up your Awakened Weapons. Make sure to only use enough by using different kinds to to fill out the upgrade bar.

Level Up To Unlock Awakened Abilities

Unlocks Awakened Ability when Upgraded

You will receive an option to assign an "Awakened Ability" when you upgrade your Awakened Weapons. This includes species unique set skills, such as Silver Rathalos and Teostra.

Can Add Up to 5 Awakened Skills/Abilities

Can Add Up to 5 Awakened Ability

Each Awakened Weapon can be equipped with up to 5 Awakened Abilities at a time. Combine and mix together abilities based on your play style and preference.

Abilities Have Rank

Stars determine the rank of Awakened Abilities. The higher the rank, the greater its effects. This also affects unique armor set skills.

Build Potential to Raise Chance of Getting Better Skills

You can opt to build potential instead of upgrading an Awakened Weapon immediately. Potential affects the chance of better skills showing up the next time you upgrade an Awakened weapon.

Can Also Add Armor Set Skills

You can add Armor Set Skills whenever you upgrade an Awakened Weapon. However, this only counts as 1 towards the whole set. Also, an Awakened Weapon can only hold one set skill at a time.

All Awakened Abilities/Skills

Silver RathalosTBC
Teostra TechniqueTBC
Brachydios EssenceReTBC
Nargacuga EssenceTBC
Anjanath DominanceTBC
Velkhana DivinityTBC
Kirin DivinityTBC
Tigrex EssenceTBC
Odograon EssenceTBC
Nergigante EssenceTBC
Ancient DivinityTBC
Commission AlchemyTBC
Sharpness IncreaseRaises Sharpness
Affinity IncreaseRaises Affinity
Element UpTBC
Defense IncreaseRaises Defense
Attack IncreaseRaises Attack
Kinsect Bonus (Power/Spiriti)TBC
Reload AssistTBC
Normal CapacityTBC
Slot UpgradeTBC
Deviation SuppressorTBC
Shelling WideTBC
Status Effect UpTBC

Upgrade Ability Or Add

When upgrading Awakened Weapons, you will be presented with two kinds of Abilities: "Upgrade Ability" or "Add". "Upgrade Ability" increases the effects and the rank of an already equipped ability. .

Awakened vs. Relic Weapons

Awakened Weapons Have Multiple Versions

kulve taroth

When completing a Kulve Taroth siege quest, you can choose from all available weapon types as a reward. On the other hand, in the Safi'jiiva quest, the weapons you can choose from are random and are limited.

Used Weapon Type Will Appear As Reward

If you're aiming for a specific Awakened Weapon type, use that weapon when battling Safi'jiiva to get it as a definite reward.

How to Get Awakened Weapons

Obtained in Safi'jiiva Siege Quest

Obtained in Safi

Awakened Weapons can be earned as rewards for completing the Safi'jiiva Siege Quest, "The Red Dragon". The rewards are random so you never know which weapon type and its element you'll get.

Practice for Siege in Reconnaissance Mission

Before doing the Siege, it's a good idea to try out the Reconnaissance Mission against Safi'jiiva first. Learn its movesets and how to counter it through this mission.

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Used Weapon Type Always Included in the Rewards

Used Weapon Type Always Included in the Rewards

The weapon you used during your fight with Safi'jiiva will be available as a reward after finishing the quest. If you're aiming for an Awakened verison of a specific weapon type, use that weapon during your fight.

Stats are Fixed, Attributes are Not

Stats are Fixed, Attributes are Not

Stats per each weapon type will always be fixed while its attributes and element will be random upon receiving the Awakened Weapon. Fixed stats include attack and weapon sharpness.

Awakened Weapon Stats Chart

Fixed StatsRarity, Attack, Sharpness, Jewel Slots, Affinity
Random StatsAttributes, Element

9 Variations Per Weapon Type

Counting all the elements and the abnormal status effects, each weapon type has 9 versions. However, all of these weapons have the same Attack, Sharpness, Affinity, and Jewel Slots.

Can Only Get Specific Number of Rewards

Can Only Get Specific Number of Rewards

Unlike in the Kulve Taroth Siege Quest, there's a limit to how many rewards you can receive. The number of weapons you can take are limited depending on your performance in the quest..

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Anonymous 3

That list of awakened abilities does not include all the different ammo ups. I have seen ammo ups for all the non-status ammos, except sticky up and cluster up. I'm trying to see if those exist or not. Ive been rolling for those for days and have not seen any

Anonymous 2

I confirm that 4 rewards is also possible. I had reward 14

Anonymous 1

Negative, you CAN receive up to 4, maybe even 5 for a perfect run, choices of item.

I have a screenshot to prove. I received four for a lvl 14 quest rewards level

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