Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide on Equipment Augmentation, how to unlock it, how to augment weapons & armor, requirements, and more!
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What Is Augmenting Equipment?
Upgrading Weapons & Armor to Full Potential
Augmenting is a form of upgrade that allows you to further upgrade weapons & armor past their limits, further improving their stats.
Weapon Augments Adds Stat Boosts & Other Bonuses
For Weapon Augments, you can choose to boost stats such as Attack, Affinity & Defense or add an extra slot to the weapon. You can also add a Health Regen stat to your weapon.
Augmenting Armor Allows You To Upgrade More
Augmenting Armor removes the upgrade level cap, increasing the number of times you can upgrade the armor. This allows you to raise the defense stat past its default cap.
How To Unlock Equipment Augmentation
How To Unlock Augmentation Procedure
|1||Reach Hunter Rank (HR) 30 to unlock encounters with Tempered Monsters.|
|2||Collect Tempered Monster traces, defeat Tempered Monsters and obtain a "Streamstone"|
|3||Talk to the Smithy which will trigger a dialogue to unlock "Augment Equipment"|
Raise Your HR to At Least Level 30
Raising your HR to level 30 will unlock encounters with Tempered Monsters. The required item "Streamstones" can only be found from Tempered Monsters.How To Raise Hunter Rank After Story
Hunt & Defeat a Threat Level 2-3 Tempered Monster
After raising your HR, launch a Tempered Investigation quest to hunt a monster with at least Threat Level 2. Streamstones will only drop from these types of monsters, & will be appraised to a "Warrior Streamstone" or "Hero Streamstone" after completing the quest.What Is An Investigation Quest - Tips, Guide & Rewards
Why You Should Augment Equipment
Make Your Weapons Much More Powerful
At the end-game, you will fight far stronger monsters than before, and you'll need higher damaging weapons to quickly take them down. Augmentation greatly improves end-game viability of high rarity weapons!
Relevant Guides On Stats
Strengthen Armor To Take On Challenging Hunts
At the end-game, monsters, especially Tempered & Arch Tempered forms, will hit harder, and are vastly more challenging than normal hunts. You'll need the best equipment as possible to take on these hunts.
How To Augment Weapons
Only Rarity Level 6 to 8 Can Be Augmented
Only Level 6 and above weapons can be augmented. As the weapon rarity increases, the less augmentation slots you get.
|Rarity 6||3 Slots|
|Rarity 7||2 Slots|
|Rarity 8||1 Slot|
Available Weapon Augment Options
|Attack Increase||Increases attack power. Stacks with other upgrades. Increase in value depends on the weapon|
|Affinity Increase||Increases affinity by 10%. 2nd upgrade is 5%|
|Defense Increase||Increases defense by 10% and reduces the damage taken each time you receive damage|
|Slot Upgrade||Adds an extra Jewel Slot. Stack with another Slot Upgrade to increase the slot's level|
|Health Regen||Regain health as you land attacks|
Materials Needed For Weapon Augments
Augmentation requires rare materials & a lot of zenny to equip. Although Augmentations are not permanent and can be changed, the materials are rare and costly.
|Rarity 6|| Warrior's Streamstone x 1 |
Streamstone Shard x 3
|Rarity 7|| Warrior's Streamstone x 2 |
Streamstone x 3
|Rarity 8|| Hero's Streamstone x 1 |
Gleaming Streamstone x 3
Monster Material Required
|Augment||Rarity 6||Rarity 7||Rarity 8|
|Attack Increase||Rathalos Plate x2||Rathalos Ruby x1||Teostra Gem x1|
|Affinity Increase||Odogaron Plate x2||Odogaron Gem x1||Daora Gem x1|
|Defense Increase||Bird Wyvern Gem x2||Wyvern Gem x1||Elder Dragon Blood x2|
|Slot Upgrade||Legiana Gem x2||Legiana Gem x1||Vaal Hazak Gem x1|
|Health Regen||Anjanath Plate x2||Anjanath Gem x1||Nergigante Gem x1|
How To Augment Armor
Augment Armor To Raise Upgrade Limit
Armor Augmentation allows you to raise the upgrade limit of your armor, further boosting its defense stat. At the Smithy, select an armor to Augment, and select "Upgrade Limit Removal".
Effect of Augmenting Armor
Removing the upgrade limit allows you to raise the armor level further. Unlike weapons, even low rarity armor can be augmented.
Materials Needed For Armor Augmentation
|1 to 4|| Streamstone Shard x1 |
Fucium Ore x3
|5|| Streamstone Shard x1 |
Dragonbone Relic x1
|6|| Streamstone Shard x1 |
Bird Wyvern Gem x1
|7|| Streamstone x1 |
Wyvern Gem x1
|8|| Gleaming Streamstone x1 |
Elder Dragon Bone x1