Hello, Hunters! This is a short and simple guide about your weapon, armor, and gear progression at various stages in Monster Hunter World. Let’s get right to it.
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MHW Low Rank Armor: What to craft?
First off – two important notes:
- This set can bring anyone all the way to High Rank.
- DO NOT TRY TO COLLECT or TRYHARD CRAFT LOW RANK GEAR. THEY ARE COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. Read more below.
|Head||Bone||Health Boost||1||Affinity Sliding||1|
|Hands||Kestodon||Affinity Sliding||1||Attack Boost||3|
Again, DO NOT AMASS LOW RANK ARMOR.
Each and every person I KNOW who did has massively regretted it.
The only other low-rank armor I crafted were the Kulu Gloves
For the skill “Pro Transporter” to help delivery quests.
The above set is all you need.
Low Rank Weapon Tree?
I won’t tell you how to play, but if you’re looking for advice
– IMO AVOID Elemental Weapons during story mode.
You want a weapon that’s great “ALWAYS”, look for any Elementless viable weapon. Blast or Paralysis is OK too. It’s better to focus on and own one (max two) weapons that are great against EVERY MONSTER.
MHW High Rank Armor Progression v1
When you first step into HR, right into about 7* quests.
IMO, the most efficient way to progress through high-rank is a “multi step process”. Here is the FIRST STEP INTO HIGH RANK Armor set.
|Head||Kulu a||Fire Resistance||1||Weakness Exploit||1||–||Speed Sharpening||3|
|Hands||Alloy a||Defense Boost||1||Speed Sharpening||1||–||Weakness Exploit||1|
|Chest||Bone a||Attack Boost||2||–||–||–||Fortify||1|
|Legs||Jagras B||Fortify||1||–||–||s||Defense Boost||1|
|Boots||Alloy a||Speed Sharpening||2||–||–||–||Fire Resistance||1|
This build has a lot going for it. First of all – ALL THE MATERIALS COME from GARBAGE TIER MONSTERS, wildlife, and resource nodes. If you can’t craft one of these, simply use any of the low rank options above to fill up your slots.
Remember you get a free Attack Boost jewel.
High Rank Weapon Tree?
Again my advice stands.
- Avoid Elemental Weapons for now. As exciting as they are, I would rather build up weapons that are ALWAYS EFFECTIVE.
- Go for any weapon that fits the Elementless setup. I suppose I can make a list of the best weapons for the elementless setup. You want something great against ANY MONSTER.
- Status weapons are “fine” I suppose. I lean towards Paralysis and Blast for general purpose weaponry.
MHW High Rank Armor Progression v2
7*+ Quests, up to beating Xeno’Jiiva.
As I said, it’s multi-step process. It’s around this time curiosity and ideas set in, and you want to craft ALL THE THINGS! While I don’t blame you – I don’t think it’s the best use of time YET, as you want to amass USEFUL pieces of gear for ANY WEAPON TYPE OR HUNT.
Safe and Useful Pieces to mix and match:
- No “Niche Skills” (resistances, elemental attack, gathering related)
- Have “a good skill” + slot.
- Look for Weakness Exploit and Handicraft (Great skills)
Lots of customization and personalization go into a build.
If you need inspiration or a starting point,
here are two sample build paths:
Do you need Handicraft 5 for white Sharpness?
|Head||Dragonking a||Weakness Exploit||2||–||–||Handicraft||5|
|Hands||Kushala B||Handicraft||2||–||–||Speed Sharpening||2|
|Chest||Teostra B||Weakness Exploit||1||–||–|
|Legs||Rath Heart B||Handicraft||1||–||–|
|Boots||Alloy A||Speed Sharpening||2||–||–|
No need Handicraft 5 (Using Nergigante Weapon or similar)
Weapons with excellent Blue Sharpness levels, but cannot upgrade to white (Nergi, most Barroth, most Jagras… or weapons with natural full white) do not need Handicraft 5 at all. So we look for DPS elsewhere.
|Head||Nergigante a||Maximum Might||2||Attack Boost||1||s||Weakness Exploit||3|
|Hands||Rathalos B||Weakness Exploit||2||s||Attack Boost||4|
|Chest||Teostra B||Weakness Exploit||1||b||Partbreaker||1|
|Boots||Nergigante a||Maximum Might||1||Agitator||1||s|
If your stamina is full often (mostly depends on weapon type) – you can use the awesome Maximum Might! It’s an amazing skill which you should always TRY to fit in.
|Head||Dragonking a||Weakness Exploit||2||–||–||b||Attack Boost||7|
|Hands||Dober B||Attack Boost||2||–||–||b||Health Boost||3|
|Chest||Teostra B||Weakness Exploit||1||–||–||b|
|Legs||Nergigante B||Attack Boost||2||–||–||m||Slots OPEN|
|Boots||Dober B||Attack Boost||2||–||–||s||bbbm|
|Charm||Health (Any)||Health Boost||3||–||–||–|
If your build cannot utilize Maximum Might due to your weapon using high stamina – you can use something like this. Pure stats!
For any armor set – I follow this 99% of the time (unless making a razor specific “niche” hard counter type of build):
ARMOR SKILLS CONTAIN YOUR BASIC DPS AND UTILITY SKILLS.
USE DECORATIONS TO STACK NICHE DEFENSE AND RESISTANCES.
While I can give you ideas – I cannot possibly outline every possible viable build PATH for every weapon type out there.
I hope this jump starts your exploration of builds.
Endgame Armor (Transition)
As you amass more decorations (which are the cornerstone of fully fleshing out a build) and have the capability to farm all weapons and armor, you will inevitably zero in to many different “build templates” that you can edit for more offense or more defense. These finely tuned builds are what I would consider end-game.
As for what these are, I can’t cram them in here – ENDGAME BUILDS WILL BE IN A SEPARATE PAGE EACH!
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