If you’re confused about the canteen and food buffs in Monster Hunter: World, you’ve found the right place. Newer players may be confused by the initially arcane food buff system but it’s actually simple. Learning to leverage it will definitely improve your hunting!

Food in Monster Hunter: World – How does it work?

To summarize: Food buffs have 5 major components.

  1. Felyne Skill – Determined by food “color”.
  2. Stat Increase – Determined by food type (meat, fish, etc) + amount.
  3. Health Boost – Determined by ingredient freshness.
  4. Activation Chance – Determined by ingredient freshness.
  5. Stamina Boost – Always present.

You CAN CONTROL WHAT BUFFS YOU GET – but there ARE limitations. Read on.

Felyne Skills and “Food Color”

If you’re here you’re wondering HOW to get a specific Felyne skill, as mentioned above, it’s determined by “food color“.

Felyne Skill ListFood Colors

Here’s a quick rundown of Felyne skills and the amount of “food color” they need.

Felyne Skill Needs Color C Amt Effect
Felyne Polisher Courage R 2 Often speeds up sharpening time.
Felyne Rider Courage R 4 Makes it easier to mount monsters.
Felyne Slugger Courage R 6 Makes it easier to stun monsters.
Felyne Acrobat Resilience B 2 Allows quicker recovery when sent flying.
Felyne Feet Resilience B 4 Prevents you from getting knocked on your butt.
Felyne Moxie Resilience B 6 Prevents fainting one time.
Felyne Rise (Hi) Vigor O 2 Greatly extends invulnerability period when getting up.
Felyne Black Belt Vigor O 4 Reduces stamina depletion from evading, blocking etc.
Felyne Heroics Vigor O 6 Greatly increases attack when health is low.
Felyne Groomer Acumen P 2 Halves duration of Defense Down and speeds up blight recovery
Felyne Medic Acumen P 4 Increases health recovery from items.
Felyne Specialist Acumen P 6 Increases the potency of abnormal status attacks.
Felyne Sharpshooter Artillery Y 2 Increases the power of normal shots and normal arrows.
Felyne Bombardier Artillery Y 4 Increases ballista, sticky ammo and gunlance shell damage.
Felyne Pyro Artillery Y 6 Upgrades Large Barrel Bombs to Mega Barrel Bombs
Felyne Iron Carver Perception Gr 2 Prevents knockbacks while carving.
Felyne Exchanger Perception Gr 4 Increases research points rewards at the end of a quest.
Felyne Carver (Hi) Perception Gr 6 Often increases the number of times you can carve.
Felyne Harvester Fortune Go 2 Reduces the time between gathering point respawns.
Felyne Fat Cat Fortune Go 4 Increases the amount of zenny received at the end of a quest.
Felyne Lucky Cat Fortune Go 6 Sometimes increases the items received at the end of a quest.

To clarify, Feline Polisher (the first on this list) needs 2 red ingredients of any type. Check the next tab for more info on food color (if it isn’t painfully obvious by now).

Since there is a maximum of 6 ingredient slots – you can only have a total of 6 “needs”. So either you go for Felyne Skills that total to 2-2-2, 4-2, or 6.

I do not have all the data on the Felyne Daily Skills (Will update!).

To clarify, these are what I’m talking about when I say “Food Color“.

Meat, Fish & Veggies Alcohol
Red Courage Green Perception
Blue Resilience Gold Fortune
Orange Vigor
Purple Acumen
Yellow Artillery

To check this, go to the meat section. The very first meat “Wyvern Thigh” is in the “Red Food Color Row (Courage)” – everything right of it is also in the red category. The second meat down “Tough Meat” is in the “Blue Food Color Row (Resilience)“. So on and so forth.

Getting the Felyne Skill you want

Practical Example: “I want to get Felyne Moxie (Free Death) 100% of the time!”

Looking at the chart, Felyne Moxie needs 6 “Blue” (Resilience) ingredients of any type. So either you add all 6 blue meats and you’ll get it. All 4 blue fish and 2 blue vegetables. 3 blue meat + 3 blue vegetables. 2-2-2, 4-1-1… You get the picture.

If you’re going for a skill that needs 4 or 6 of a color – you’ll end up with “blanks” simply because you cannot fill all three Felyne skill slots. That’s where Felyne Daily Skills come in – they simply fill in the blanks.


Stat Increases and Food Types

Stat increase works similarly. The table below should explain it nicely.

Type Amt Effect Gains
Meat 2 Attack Up (S) ?
Meat 4 Attack Up (M) ?
Meat 6 Attack Up (L) ?
Fish 2 Defense Up (S) ?
Fish 4 Defense Up (M) ?
Fish 6 Defense Up (L) ?
Vegetable 2 Elemental Res Up (S) ?
Vegetable 4 Elemental Res Up (M) ?
Vegetable 6 Elemental Res Up (L) ?

Forgive me but I haven’t noted down the amounts. L should be 20 (updating soon). The above table speaks for itself. “You need 6 Meats for Attack Up (L)“, so on so forth.

Since there is a maximum of 6 ingredient slots – you can only have a total of 6 “needs”. So either you go for Felyne Skills that total to 2-2-2, 4-2, or 6.

Recipes: Making Custom Platters!

Combining your knowledge you can make food that suits your needs. I’ll give some practical examples.

“I’m going to a 1 feint Anjanath tempered investigation, and I want a free death, and some defense and semi-chunky fire resistance to prevent firebreath from killing me…”

“BRG Safety Specialty”
I want Needs Type
Felyne Moxie 6 Blue
Defense Up (S) 2 Meat
Elemental Res Up (M) 4 Vegetable


“I just want Attack Up (L), and Felyne Polisher. Felyne Bombardier sounds good too.”

“BRG IDGAF NoPuss Platter”
I want Needs Type
Attack Up (L) 6 Meat
Felyne Polisher 2 Red
Felyne Bombardier 4 Yellow


“I need Fucium Ore – brb Elder Recess RQ”

“BRG Farmy Felafel”
I want Needs Type
Felyne Harvester 2 Gold

*(Gold is only on Alcohol, Green too)

As you can see the food buff system can be leveraged.
But remember the commonly used ones:

HP Increase, Activation Chance & Ingredient Freshness

This one is a little annoying. For each fresh ingredient you add, you get +10 max hp boost. This is great – but sadly the ingredient freshness system “can be annoying” especially if you want to craft razor-specific food each time.

I DO NOT HAVE THE DATA ON FRESHNESS. “How long does an ingredient stay fresh”? I have no idea. “What activities reduce freshness?” I have no idea. Please chime in on this if you can.

Luckily ingredients are not difficult to farm – simply tedious. You can survive with Health Boost armor skill nodes and Mega Nutrients if you happen to be sitting on old ingredients.

MHW Ingredient List?

I WANT TO MAKE A FULL TABLE OF INGREDIENTS, THEIR UNLOCKING SOURCE AND HOW TO FARM THEM EFFECTIVELY – BUT I NEED YOUR HELP GUYS. I’ll also be starting a new game since I need to take note of other things (this will be one of them). I’ll be updating this soon, but don’t expect it ASAP.

Well that’s about it for the food buff system in Monster Hunter: World. The Felyne Skill “food color” table up there is for your reference! The food type stat table is easy enough to remember as it is.

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