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Check out this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide & walkthrough on how to use the weapon - Hunting Horn! Learn recommended combos, skills, play tips, and more!!!

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Hunting Horn - Overview & Strengths

Complicated Blunt Weapon For Support Buffs

Complicated Blunt Weapon For Support Buffs

In Monster Hunter World, the Hunting Horn is one of the most complicated weapons to use. It is a heavy blunt weapon that plays notes to implement buffs to yourself and your party. It can deal moderate damage as long as monster heads are the main target.

Has Longer Reach To Reach Monster's Head

Compared to the Hammer, the other blunt weapon in MHW, the Hunting Horn has longer reach. This makes it an effective weapon for dealing blunt damage towards monster heads - increasing its chance to stun.

Attacks Are Notes To Combine Into Melodies

Attacks Are Notes To Combine Into Melodies

The main feature of the Hunting Horn is that every attack it does is a note played. Combining attacks (or notes) can be turned into melodies that can affect status buffs to you & your party.

Play Correct Notes To Give Party Buffs

 Play Correct Notes To Give Party Buffs

Playing the correct notes in the right order will create a melody. When you perform this melody, it will affect you & your fellow hunters that are within your range with positive buffs.

Can Stack 3 Melodies At A Time

Can Stack 3 Melodies At A Time

When you play the correct notes and turn it into a melody, you can perform it right away or stack it into your song bank to be played together later. You can stack up to 3 melodies in your song bank, with the oldest one being pushed out when a new one is played.

Buffs Differ Per Hunting Horn

The types of buffs that you can implement will changed depending on the Hunting Horn that you equip. Always check the notes that they have in the equipment info to know which buffs they can give.

Encore Is Used To Prolong Or Improve Buffs

Encore Is Used To Prolong Or Improve Buffs

You can press the perform button again before the song you're performing runs out to create an Encore. This further enhances your buffs - either elongating their duration or enlarging their effects.

Can Only Dodge To Avoid Attacks

The Hunting Horn does not have the capacity to guard and you can only avoid taking monster damage by dodging away from incoming attacks.

Hunting Horn - Recommended Combo List

Basic Combo That Adjusts Distance

  • 1. Right Swing (Note 2)
  • 2. Left Swing (Note 1)
  • 3. Right Swing (Note 3)
  • 4. Dodge
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Hunting Horn combo that utilizes right and left swings (Note 1 & 2) with room for movement at the end. You can choose to distance yourself from the monster or stay still & attack a weak spot.

Powerful Attack Combo

  • 1. Right Swing (Note 2)
  • 2. Swing + Bash
  • 3. Backward Attack
  • 4. Forward Attack
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A simple high attack power combo that can be done using the Hunting Horn.

Encore Attack Combo

  • 1. Forward Attack
  • 2. Left Swing (Note 1)
  • 3. Perform
  • 4. Encore
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An attack combo that plays a self-improvement melody with an Encore performance at the end to improve buffs.

Hunting Horn - Recommended Skill List

Use Skills To Improve Damage, Stun Chance, & Melody Duration

The Hunting Horn can do moderate damage when hitting monsters in the head. Enhance this further by using skills that improve attack power & stun chances. Other skills that increase evasion, melody duration, and prevents stuns from monster shouts are also helpful.

Recommended Skills To Improve Damage

Skill Effect
RECOMMENDED! Attack Boost Increases raw attack power plus affinity rate after a certain level
RECOMMENDED! Weakness Exploit Increases affinity rate of attacks that land on monster weak spots
Maximum Might Raises affinity when stamina bar is full
Critical Boost Increases attack power of critical hits
Agitator Raises attack & affinity rate when monster is enraged
Handicraft Increases weapon's sharpness gauge
Felyne Slugger
(Food Skill)
Increases chance to stun monsters

Recommended Skills For Better Gameplay

Skill Effect
RECOMMENDED! Horn Maestro Raises duration of Hunting Horn songs
RECOMMENDED! Earplugs Prevents stun from monster shouts
Evade Window Increases invulnerability time when dodging

Hunting Horn - Gameplay Tips & Tricks

Using The Hunting Horn Needs Mastery Of Melodies

Using The Hunting Horn Needs Mastery Of Melodies

Being one of the most complicated weapons in the game, the Hunting Horn needs practice and mastery of melodies for you to be effective in the hunt. Head to the Training Area and learn the different melodies for each Hunting Horn to use them better.

Stack Up Melodies Before Playing Them

Stack Up Melodies Before Playing Them

Your song bank can store up to 3 melodies at a time. You can stack them up to perform them one after the other. This is an effective way to keep your attack up whilst buffing yourself and your party.

Always Aim For The Monster's Head

Always Aim For The Monster

The Hunting Horn is capable of doing a good amount of damage and can stun a monster if you hit its head. Always aim for the monster's head to increase the chance of a stun.

Always Check Party's Buffs

Always Check Party

Since your main role as a Hunting Horn user is to provide support buffs, keep an eye on your team's active status. You can check which buffs they've received by checking their names on the left side of the screen.

Hunting Horn - Damage Per Move

Motion values are still being confirmed in-game and damage per move written below is based on the Training Area.

Weapon Move Damage
Reverse Swing
(While Performing)
Forward Swing
(While Performing)
Encore Swing
(While Performing)
Side Swing
(While Performing)
Forward Swing 43
Perform 42
Side Swing 42
Back Swing 42
Slam 40
Multi-Hit Overhead Swing 28
Backward Slam 26
Jumping Smash 26
Forward Slam 21
Right Slam 21
Left Swing 17
Handle Hit 8

Hunting Horn - Basic Move List

Basic Move List

Button Move
Triangle Note 1 (Left Swing)
Circle Note 2 (Right Swing)
Triangle+Circle Note 3
R2 Perform

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But your forgot the Forte ****on of L2 the Spin attack

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