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Monster Hunter World tips to help you excel in the hunt


Monster Hunter World is the most forgiving entry to date, but that’s not to say everything is straightforward. Combat, quests, materials and upgrades all have their quirks, and it’s only you put a handful of hours into it that things start to really come together.

To help, here’s a list of Monster Hunter World tips you should be doing or taking notice of as you progress through the Hunter Ranks.

If you’re after the essentials, our Monster Hunter World walkthrough and guide can help break down what a hunt entails step-by-step, as well as the variety of activities you can get up to outside main story missions – which we also list in order to help you decide when to push on to a specific monster you want to carve into fancy armour.

Try a range of weapons to see what works for you

There are 14 weapon types to choose between – from swords to bows and even musical bagpipes – so it’s worth swapping them round between early hunts to get a feel for something you like.

The game recommends a series of ‘beginners’ weapons – as broken down in our Monster Hunter World weapons list – which are no less powerful than other types, but are simply easier to get your head around initially.

Guides Editor Matt is still clinging onto his Dual Blades – they’re quick and have a ‘charge’ mode to do a quick bout of extra damage – while reviews editor Martin evangelises the powerful but slightly unwieldy Hammer. Essentially, go with whatever works for you.

Whatever you decide, you own a basic ‘Iron’ variant of each weapon, and each one is easy enough to upgrade a few times if you want to try something new later – so don’t think you’re hemmed in once you invest in a certain branch of the weapon tree.

You’ll need to sharpen your weapon frequently

Something that is essential but not immediately obvious is your weapon will blunt over the course of a hunt and do less damage, as indicated by the weapon meter in the top left corner. (Yes, even hammers will become ‘blunt’ over time, oddly enough.)

To sharpen weapons, go through your inventory (hold L1 or the left bumper then left or right) and select Whetstone – it’s always in there, so don’t worry about having to pack it before you visit – then press Square (or X on Xbox) to let the animation play out.


A closer look at all the different HUD elements Monster Hunter World has to offer.

Doing so leaves you open for attack, so we’d recommend sharpening whenever the monster is distracted, or ideally, fleeing to another area.

Bonus tip – if you are mid-hunt and Scoutflies suddenly appear, the monster will run away a few seconds later. This means you can relax momentarily, use a Potion or Whetstone, then give chase.

There’s no character level, but there’s plenty to upgrade

Your character doesn’t have a level as you would with a traditional role-playing game – your equipped armour and weapon dictate your defence and offence – but there’s all sorts to update as you go.

Monster encounters – whether it’s completed hunts or simply finding tracks – increase your Ecological Research and overall Research points; completed missions increase your Monster Rank, allowing you to tackle harder missions; and your Palico and Tailriders both level up as you play.

In short, the more hunts you complete, the higher these ranks go, so it always feels like you’re progressing towards something, but it’s weapons and armour you’ll always need to want to tinker with to get more powerful.

Do two things before every hunt

Before you run off into the wilderness in search of your prey, remember to do two things. One, check the Supply Box to get a supply of free Potions and sometimes a selection of mission-specific goodies.

Two, prepare yourself a meal. Unlike previous games you can do this at the camp when you load into an area at the start of a mission. Doing so will give you stat bonuses which can give you a real edge in battle.

Though you can create your own meals, to make it easy, just select one with stat bonuses you’d like (defence is always best for new encounters) and go from there.

Bonus tip – make sure you’re always loading into a hunt with the essentials before you load into them, such as a stock of Mega Potions, Antidotes, as well as a Shock Trap and some Tranq Bombs, so you can choose to capture a monster at any time – which gives you bonus resources compared to a standard kill.

Scoutflies make tracking monsters easy

New to Monster Hunter World, Scoutflies are a green breadcrumb trail that leads you to whatever monster is lurking out in the world.

You’ll need to do some legwork first. Run around and find monster markers – footprints, skidmarks, feathers and so on – which give the Scoutflies the scent. After enough, you can then follow the trail.


If you lose your creature, all you then need to do is open your map, move the icon to the bottom left to tag it. You can also select non-monster items on the map to get a guide to their locations, too.

Note even if you have levelled up research for a particular monster and want to track it in a later quest, until a certain research level you’ll still need some footprints first – but the trail should show up much quicker than before.

Collect everything you see – even if in a rush

As you explore each area, you’ll encounter lots of things to investigate or collect – from monster footprints, skidmarks and feathers, to plants, mosses and insects to scavenge.

You’ll want to investigate everything you see; markings are essential in tracking monsters (even for creatures you’re not after right now) and give you easy Research points; ores and bone piles further unlock upgrade trees and will always come in handy at some point, and any bugs, plants and other consumables can be sold or crafted into more useful things.

There’s a lot out there, and thankfully, you can pick up everything at a sprint. Even if you are chasing a wounded monster and pass over some footprints, just tap Circle (or B on Xbox) and you’ll ‘collect’ it without even skipping a beat.

But don’t stress over every system

Even though you should grab everything, don’t worry if you can’t see a use for something you find or the game gives you a tutorial for.

Monster Hunter is full of all kinds of items and adjoining systems – fish for fishing, plants for crafting, countless ammo types for bows, and experience points rewarded for all kinds of things.