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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 that have 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.

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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 Upgrade Awakened Weapons

Use Dracolites to Level Up Weapons

Use Dracolites to Upgrade

Upgrade Awakened Weapons & 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
Dracolite5
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.

Upgrade 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 & 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 & mix together abilities based on your play style & 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

Set Bonus Awakened Skills

Awakened Skill Set Bonus (Skill)
Effect
Ancient DivinityCritical Status
Increases abnormal status effect damage (paralysis, poison, sleep, blast) when landing critical hits.
Anjanath DominanceStamina Cap Up
Increases stamina cap.
Barioth Hidden ArtPunishing Draw
Adds a stun effect to draw attacks and slightly increases attack power.
Bazelgeuse AmbitionGuts
Above a certain threshold, you withstand an attack that would normally cart you (once only).
Brachydios EssenceAgitator Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Agitator skill.
Commission AlchemyBombardier Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Bombardier skill.
Deviljho EssenceStamina Thief Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Stamina Thief skill.
Diablos AmbitionSlugger Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Slugger skill.
Glavenus EssenceMaximum Might Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Maximum Might skill.
Gold Rathian EssenceDivine Blessing Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Divine Blessing skill.
Gold Rathian EssenceTrue Critical Status
Greatly increases status effect damage (paralysis, poison, sleep, blast) when landing critical hits.
Guild PrideGood Luck
Good chance of increased quest rewards.
Guild PrideCarving Master
Lets you carve one additional time.
Instructor's GuidanceCapture Master
High chance of increased capture rewards.
Kirin DivinityGreat Luck
High chance of increased quest rewards.
Kushala Daora FlightNullify Wind Pressure
Negates all wind pressure.
Legiana AmbitionBow Charge Plus
Increases max bow charge level by one
Lunastra EssenceTool Specialist Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Tool Specialist skill.
Namielle DivinityElement Acceleration
Continually attacking a monster activates Free Element/Ammo Up Lv2 and increases elemental damage.
Namielle DivinityTrue Element Acceleration
Continually attacking a monster activates Free Element/Ammo Up Lv3 and increases elemental damage.
Nargacuga EssenceTrue Razor Sharp/Spare Shot
Greatly reduces sharpness loss. Bows and bowguns have a chance not to expend coatings or ammo.
Nergigante EssenceNergigante Ambition (Hasten Recovery)
Regenerates your health as you continually attack a monster. Recovery varies by weapon.
Odogaron EssenceProtective Polish
Weapon sharpness does not decrease for a set time after sharpening.
Rajang's RageMind's Eye/Ballistics
Prevents attacks from being deflected. Also shortens the distance before ammo and arrows reach maximum power.
Rajang's RageProtective Polish
Weapon sharpness does not decrease for a set time after sharpening.
Rathalos EssenceMind's Eye/Ballistics
Prevents attacks from being deflected. Also shortens the distance before ammo and arrows reach maximum power.
Rathian EssencePoison Duration Up
Extends the duration of your poison's effect on monsters.
Shara Ishvalda DivinityGaia's Veil
While wearing a mantle, gain Windproof Lv3, Earplugs Lv3, Tremor Res Lv3, and Flinch Free.
Shara Ishvalda DivinityTrue Gaia's Veil
While wearing a mantle, Tremor Resistance Lv3, Earplugs Lv5, max Windproof, & Flinch Free.
Silver Rathalos EssenceSlinger Ammo Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Slinger Capacity skill.
Silver Rathalos EssenceTrue Critical Element
Greatly increases elemental damage (fire, water, thunder, ice, dragon) when landing critical hits.
Teostra TechniqueMaster's Touch
Prevents your weapon from losing sharpness during critical hits.
Tigrex EssenceFree Meal Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Free Meal skill.
Uragaan AmbitionGuard Up
Allows you to guard against ordinarily unblockable attacks.
Vaal SoulveinSuper Recovery
Allows recovery to exceed the red portion of the health gauge.
Velkhana DivinityCritical Element
Increases elemental damage (fire, water, thunder ice, dragon) when landing critical hits.
Velkhana DivinityFrostcraft
An aura of frost builds when your weapon is sheathed, raising attack. Wanes each melee hit or shot fired.
Zinogre EssenceLatent Power Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Latent Power skill.
Zorah Magdaros EssenceArtillery Secret
Raises the maximum level of the Artillery skill.

Status Increase Awakened Skills

Awakened SkillEffect
Sharpness IncreaseRaises Sharpness
Affinity IncreaseRaises Affinity
Element UpRaises Elemental Stat
Defense IncreaseRaises Defense
Attack IncreaseRaises Attack
Status Effect UpRaises Status Effect Stat
Slot UpgradeAdds Slot & Upgrades Slot Level

Weapon-Specific Awakened Skills

Awakened SkillWeapon
Effect
Attack Melody Hunting Horn
Switches notes to Attack buff melodies
Stamina Melody Hunting Horn
Switches notes to Stamina buff melodies
Elemental Melody Hunting Horn
Switches notes to Elemental buff melodies
Abnormal Status Melody Hunting Horn
Switches notes to Abnormal Status buff melodies
Earplugs Melody Hunting Horn
Switches notes to Earplug buff melodies
Shelling Normal Gunlance
Switches Shelling to Normal
Shelling Wide Gunlance
Switches Shelling to Wide
Shelling Long Gunlance
Switches Shelling to Wide
Exhaust Phial Switch Axe
Changes Phial to Exhaust
Strength Phial Switch Axe
Changes Phial to Strength
Kinsect Bonus (Recovery)Insect Glaive
Switches Kinsect Bonus to Recovery Boost
Kinsect Bonus (Power/Spirit)Insect Glaive
Switches Kinsect Bonus to Power/Spirit Boost
Reload AssistHBG / LBG
Adds Reload Assist Mod
Deviation Suppressor HBG / LBG
Adds Deviation Suppressor Mod
Recoil Suppressor HBG / LBG
Adds Recoil Suppressor Mod
Normal CapacityHBG / LBG
Increases capacity of Normal Ammo
Spread CapacityHBG / LBG
Increases capacity of Spread Ammo
Pierce CapacityHBG / LBG
Increases capacity of Pierce Ammo
Elemental CapacityHBG / LBG
Increases capacity of Elemental Ammo
Status Coating Bow
Can apply status effect coatings (poison, paralysis, and sleep)

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 & the rank of an already equipped ability. .

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 & 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..

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.

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Anonymous 10

Does the Instructor's Guidance essence exist? I have seen it early on when Safi'jiva first appeared, but not I can't get the skill.

Anonymous 9

Does Instructors guidance exist?

Chevy 8

Guild pride is not available for awakenings. Spare yourself the 50 rigids to get it.

Anonymous 7

The Zora Magdaros essence is super hard to get. I've tried over 120+ awakenings and still never got it, on another got it after 110~ awakenings on another, and on another weapon I got it after like 7.

Anonymous 6

I just got teostra technique on my safi shatterspear for PC so yes it it live

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