Monster Hunter World tries to guide players through the many nuances of playing, but a little more direction couldn’t hurt. Here’s a how to play Monster Hunter World guide.
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In this Beginner’s Guide to Monster Hunter World, you’ll find:
What is Monster Hunter World About?
Monster Hunter World’s story is about following Elder Dragons across the sea to the New World, and discovering their purpose for doing so. The gameplay loop is simple on the surface, but can get pretty deep.
Basically, your goal is this:
- Hunt a Monster.
- Head to the Forge in Astera to see what new Weapons and Armor you can make.
- Decide if you want to make any of the new stuff you unlocked, or fight the monster again to earn enough materials for it.
- Hunt a new monster. Repeat steps 2-4.
How do I Hunt a Monster?
This video gives a great overview of how to do this.
But, here are the details if you’re not a video person.
1. Manage Your Inventory
The least glamorous step of hunting a monster, but it’s pretty important. Your Item Pouch has a limited amount of spaces, so you don’t want to carry what you don’t need. Luckily, Monster Hunter World has changed to make the Ammo bag separate from the rest. Plus, Materials that can’t be used for crafting consumables – like Ore and monster parts – will also not take up space.
Head to a supply box in Astera – you can find these next to Quest Boards and in your room. Deposit everything you don’t need – like raw materials such as mushrooms – into your box. Definitely check out the button commands, which you can find on the bottom left, to do this most efficiently with the press of one button.
2. Equip the Right Gear
If you’re having trouble with a monster, check your Menu => Hunter’s Notes => Monster Field Guide to make sure you’re not using a weapon with an element it’s strong to. Or, if you haven’t unlocked that information, check out our in-depth Monster Guides.
3. Eat a Meal
Never forgot to eat at the canteen in Astera, or the camp canteen while on a quest! These can increase your health, defense, attack, stamina, and elemental resistances, plus grant you special skills that last for the duration of the quest.
4. Track the Monster
The scout flies will find clues for you as you explore the map, creating a more easy-to-follow path the more footprints, mucus, and other materials you find. Keep picking up tracks, and your scout flies will eventually lead you straight to the monster you’re hunting.
5. Kill the Monster
Okay, this is easier said than done, but you can do it! Most monster’s most dangerous spot is its head, so be wary. If you keep getting killed, make it your goal to evade the monster’s attacks for a while so you can get used to its movement and attack patterns. Then jump in to slaughter it when you feel comfortable.
If all else fails, send out an SOS Flare for help, or have your friends in your session help. Though a monster gains more health in multiplayer, the more people you have, the easier it is, granted no one is dying repeatedly.
What Else do I do on a Quest?
Though hunting a monster is usually the main goal of any quest, there are quite a few things to look out for while out and about.
- Gather everything. This means: Pick up mushrooms, plants, bugs, and honey – especially honey – on your way. These are important for crafting the items you need on quests.
- Almost more importantly, stop by Mining Nodes. You’ll need the ore from these to forge weapons and armor.
- Investigate tracks! Even if you’ve already tracked the monster you’re hunting, you should still make an effort to pick up tracks as you go on your way. They grant you valuable Research Points, which are needed for a huge number of activities in Astera, from unlocking new camps to purchasing rare items (look for the Argosy Captain later on in Monster Hunter World to see what I mean.)
What Weapon Should I Choose in Monster Hunter World?
This isn’t an easy question to answer. See our Weapons page for a quick rundown of all 14 weapon types, and links to some weapon tutorials. For more specific advice though, check out this video on the 3 Best Weapons for New Players in Monster Hunter World:
How Do I Choose When To Make New Equipment?
Basically, once you’ve hit a wall, or are barely able to squeak by a monster, look into what new Armor you can make.
Don’t grind new sets after each new monster – it’s usually better to mix and match pieces of armor from different sets so you can get a mix of Armor Skills that benefit you most. In order to do this, it’s best to unlock as many sets as possible by hunting as many new monsters as possible before making anything.
How do I Play With Friends in Monster Hunter World?
There are a ton of ways to accomplish this, plus really cool Squads that make it incredibly easy to hop on with friends. Check out the How to Play With Friends in Monster Hunter World page for everything you need to know about co-op-ing it up.
What Do I Do In-Between Quests?
This is turning into a hefty page. At a glance, make sure you:
- Head to the Botanical Research Center to farm important crafting materials.
- Turn in and accept Bounties at the Resource Center. This is the best way to get Armor Spheres – the only way to upgrade your armor at the Forge – so if anything, keep up with these.
- Increase your research levels at the Ecological Research Center.
- Pet the Poogie (the little pig) on the docks for good luck.
- Talk to everyone with a ! to accept Optional and Delivery Quests.
- Later in Monster Hunter World, you’ll unlock Tailrider Safari. Make sure to keep them going on quests and accpeting the rewards they bring back.
- Also later, you’ll unlock the Argosy, a ship that imports rare materials. Make sure to buy the items (with Research Points only!) when it’s in town.