Hello, hunters! Here we have a really straightforward but information packed walkthrough for Monster Hunter World – which helps you along step by step, and gives you important reminders so you don’t “miss anything”. Here goes! I will often link supporting resources to help you out.

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P1: Low Rank (1-5 stars)| P2: High Rank (6 stars+)
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MHW “Tutorial” Chunk

I might as well include this. A quick rundown of what to expect before the “real game”. Compressing it into a clicky box.

MHW Tutorial

Many of these things are self explanatory:

  • Character Design
  • Naming your character
  • Palico (Pet Cat) Design
  • Palico Naming
  • “Volcano Island” – essentially a movement tutorial. “Island”, heh.
  • Make your way to Camp – East side of the map. Don’t bother “finding things”.
  • Astera City Tour
  • Meeting the council and NPC’s
  • Go to your room and suit up – (should I make a write-up about all the weapons?) EQUIP ALL YOUR ARMOR SLOTS NOW AS WELL!
  • Canteen – ALWAYS EAT BEFORE or DURING a mission! It has no downside. Learn more about the MHW Food and Canteen system.

MHW Walkthrough – Low Rank 1-5*

Key link to have open:
MHW Monster Weakness Chart (Element, Weakpoints, Break, Sever)

Assigned Quest 1* – Jagras of the Ancient Forest

Jagras of the Ancient Forest
  • Simple quest to beat small Jagras.
  • I’ll state it now and often – always try to eat food. It’s so little cost for so much gain!
  • Loot whatever you can while walking! Resources are scarce early on.

Upon returning:

  • Speak to the Smithy
  • The quest requires you to upgrade your armor.
  • You can begin forging and upgrading armor and weapons.

Key reminders: DO NOT UPGRADE your basic “Leather” and “Chainmail” set any more than this quest requires you to. If you can, forge Bone helmet, Bone armor and upgrade those.

The earliest BASIC gearset I’m happy upgrading and sticking with is:
Helm: Bone | Armor: Bone | Glove: Kestodon | Legs: Jagras | Boots: Alloy

Assigned Quest 2* – A Kestodon Kerfuffle

Assigned Quest 2* - A Kestodon Kerfuffle
  • Fight some Kestodon
  • Great Jagras makes an appearance!
  • You can now unlock or take on 2* Quest
  • Return to town
  • Speak to the Provisions Manager and unlock the Bounty system

Great Jagras is the penultimate BASIC MONSTER. Be mindful of attacking monster weakpoints. Again, see the MHW Weakness Chart.

Bounties! What are they?

ALWAYS COMPLETE AND REFRESH YOUR BOUNTIES!
Here’s a quick rundown on what bounties are.

Bounties?BasicsCritical & LimitedDeliveries

Managed at the Resource Center (those three NPC’s huddled together).

Bounties are an integral part of your progression – as they give great rewards for little effort.

Bounties are also tied in to unlocking stuff and story progression. Click on the other tabs to learn more about them.

The most common bounties are simple miniquests that require you to complete simple tasks such as “Gather 4 flora“, “Hunt Large monster / types”, “Complete quests“.

You can take up to 6 at a time and overwrite them as you wish. The list refreshes each time you return to town (but will not renew existing ones, only blanks).

You can rewrite and complete as many bounties as you can – they’re on an unlimited cycle. This is your main source of armor upgrade stones.

Yes, Bounties of the same type STACK.

Critical Bounties are storyline related bounties and are usually tied into deliveries.

Limited bounties are “WEEKLY QUEST” that refreshes, well, weekly. The rewards are SUPER GOOD and worth going out of your way for. These are more tedious versions of the regular bounties.

Delivery bounties are usually tied in to the requests of NPC’s.

They often unlock certain items or base upgrades. Simply obtain the needed resource by any means and submit it to these guys to get the reward.

Expedition: Ancient Forest

What is an Expedition? Expeditions in MHW are when you go to a map without a specific quest or objective. Simply fast travel via the world map, or exit Astera manually to trigger an expedition.

Expedition: Ancient Forest
  • Go to the camp location – you can see it in your map.
  • You can’t setup camp with the Kulu-Ya-Ku bothering it.
  • Return to base for now.
  • Continue by accepting the quest Bird-Brained Bandit.

Assigned Quest 2* – Bird-Brained Bandit

Assigned Quest 2* - Bird-Brained Bandit
  • Hunt a Kulu-Ya-Ku.
  • Make sure to talk to the Bounty guys upon quest completion. They unlock the camp!

Kulu-Ya-Ku can be super annoying for some weapon types this early on. The boulder it picks up gives it a frontal guard which outright deflects, or severely reduces attacks. Its attacks also become much more powerful while it’s holding a rock.

Most forms of CC on Kulu-Ya-Ku (even Flash Pods) cause it to drop the rock.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Assigned Quest 3* – Urgent: Pukei-Pukei Hunt

Assigned Quest 3* - Urgent: Pukei-Pukei Hunt
  • Hunt a Pukei-Pukei
  • Make sure to bring or take Antidotes from the supply chest!
  • Try unlocking the Northwest Camp (8) while you’re here | MHW Camp Unlocks
  • Upon completion: Can take 3* quests!

Pukei-Pukei is your first run-in with poison. As such, take Antidotes with you! Severing its tail removes a lot of its poison based attacks. Aside from poison, it is otherwise pretty non-threatening.

Pukei (along with other monsters that fly) can travel great distances while they “chicken out”. If you can interrupt this process (usually with a Flash Pod), you can save yourself from a lot of hassle.

Unlocking camps helps with this “chase” as well.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Assigned Quest 3* – The Best Kind of Quest

Assigned Quest 3* - The Best Kind of Quest
  • Bring you to a new map, Wildspire Waste!
  • Follow the cart and your friends
  • AVOID THE RATHIAN!!!
  • Hunt Barroth

Your experiences may vary with Barroth! Haha. Focus on its tail or the area between front and back legs. The head deflects attacks but CAN BE BROKEN with some effort (not usually worth it). Its attacks are considerably heavier than previous monsters and you MUST AVOID THE CHOO CHOO TRAIN.

Unlock Central Camp (6) soon (within this or next quest) | MHW Camp Unlocks

|| MHW Weakness Chart

GEAR CHECK

Helm: Bone | Armor: Bone | Glove: Kestodon
Legs: Jagras | Boots: Alloy

This “basic set” took me through low rank in the PS4 version. Upgrade these as often as you can. You can craft other viable low rank armor but this was enough for me. See Gear Progression Guide.

DO NOT TRYHARD ON CRAFTING
MANY LOW RANK GEAR

Why? Low Rank gear is completely unnecessary. The above recommendation can carry you to High-Rank, where collecting gear actually matters. Low Rank gear is in no way, shape, or form useful later on. I guarantee you will regret crafting any of these for “completion” or “collection. Literally, the high rank gear are BETTER versions of these.

SIDEQUEST BREAK!

It’s time to learn about CAPTURING MONSTERS!

Optional Quest 2* – Snatch the Snatcher

Optional Quest 2* - Snatch the Snatcher
  • Show the NPC where to get it
  • Get the items from the box! (EZ Shock Trap + EZ Tranq Bomb)
  • Capture a Kulu-Ya-Ku
  • Weaken (or put him to sleep via damage) – > Trap -> Tranquilize

HOW DO I CAPTURE MONSTERS!? Basically they have to BEAT ‘EM UP before you attempt it. A surefire way of knowing this is when they have a god damn SKULL ICON on the mini map or health icon (or when they’re visually limping). Once they try running back to their nest – it’s go time.

WEAKEN > TRAP (Vine or Shock) > TRANQ BOMB FACE > CAPTURED!

WHY SHOULD I CAPTURE MONSTERS? Simple – it’s actually FASTER since you skip the final chunk of their life bar and GIVES MORE LOOT.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Assigned Quest 3* – Sinister Shadows in the Swamp

Assigned Quest 3* - Sinister Shadows in the Swamp
  • Hunt a Jyuratodus

He is very annoying to fight in deep water, along with those damn Gajau fish psycho-crushering you. Try to bait him into shallower water or little islands.

Its attacks are super easy to avoid, and overall a non-threatening fight.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Assigned Quest 3* – Flying Sparks: Tobi-Kadachi

Assigned Quest 3* - Flying Sparks: Tobi-Kadachi
  • Start at the Northeast Camp and follow the trail you find right as jump down.
  • Tobi-Kadachi has a SET spawn point in this specific quest.
  • Nulberries!

I’m unsure if the supply box has Nulberries, but take them along! They remove debuffs. Tobi-Kadachi applies Thunderblight – it makes you susceptible to STUN (and PARALYSIS?). Eat nulberries to help you out with this.

The most agile foe you have yet to face! Can be frustrating if it’s your first time. Personally, I find it easy to focus on its tail and “back portion”. Kadachi’s jumping attack has weird timing – it “floats” before smacking you. Get used to it. Kadachi seems to have one or two very difficult to avoid “flourish” attacks – so make sure your gear is up to snuff.

|| MHW Weakness Chart


BOTANICAL RESEARCH CENTER UNLOCKS!!!
VALUE OF THE HEAVENS!!!

The Botanical Research Center is essentially a “farm” that you can cultivate bugs, plants, mushrooms, and even honey! You can and SHOULD be fertilizing them every so often to maximize yields.

Abusing this greatly reduces and, eventually, outright eliminates the need to farm basic stuff – you won’t be able to use ’em fast enough!

ALWAYS CHECK ON THE NPC’S HERE FOR NEW QUESTS

Any and all improvements to your Botanical Research Center are massive upgrades to your “play quality of life”. Speaking of, immediately get the quest “Prickly Predicament” with one of the NPC’s here.


Assigned Quest 4* – The Encroaching Anjanath

Assigned Quest 4* - The Encroaching Anjanath

YOU MIGHT WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR ARMOR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN:
Anjanath can be a tough customer

  • Anjanath has a set spawnpoint here at area 12
  • Upon Completion: New armor upgrade levels! 5* quests now available!

Anjanath is CONSIDERABLY HARDER than anything else you’ve faced before. And you cannot “disgustingly outgear it” since upgrades are blocked until after you beat it. As such this may be the first “challenge” of MHW.

If you are burning – dodge roll thrice to put it out!

Anjanath has extremely vicious (and moderately telegraphed) frontal attacks. Do not get greedy by going head on all the time unless you’re very familiar with the fight. Attacking its head from the neck area, then backing off to the tail and legs is what works out best for me.

Once its “nose coral” appears, try to break it as it neuters its more deadly attacks.

IF YOU’VE BEEN LAZY TO EAT FOOD EVERY MISSION:
GET INTO THE HABIT NOW.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

You can now FURTHER UPGRADE YOUR ARMOR.
NEVER BE “TOO STINGY” WITH ARMOR UPGRADES
You’ll get many stones, don’t worry.

Assigned Quest 4* – One for the History Books

Assigned Quest 4* - One for the History Books

I won’t really talk about this much in fear of people crying “SPOILER!!!!”

The most advice I can give you right now is: You can farm the mining nodes, but don’t stress out too much on “missing out” – these special nodes will be available right after.

I honestly dislike these quests since I hate finding and killing Magma Cores. But, thankfully, you can’t seem to fail these quests easily…


SIDEQUEST: Royal Relocation:Hunt a Rathian (Ecology quest)

Increases the variety of cultivations in the Botanical Research Center!

Royal Relocation - Hunt a Rathian

Get this done “in the near future” as this unlocks Parashrooms – which are a component in Tranquilizer bombs. Remember CAPTURING BEATS KILLING.

Since Rathian is a flying monster, and may be a tough customer – YOU DON’T NEED TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW –  but keep in mind that this quest can be taken and you should be doing it “ASAP”.

FLASH PODS ARE YOUR FRIEND VERSUS FLYING MONSTERS.
USE THIS AND ABUSE THIS.
YOUR MHW CAREER WILL BE MUCH EASIER.

Rathian has both Poison and Fire attacks. Burning? Dodge roll thrice to smother it! And like Pukei, BRING ANTIDOTES!

Rathian’s aerial tail swipe is what causes poison most of the time – SEVERING RATHIAN’S TAIL vastly simplifies this fight. And secondarily, breaking Rathian’s head seems to severely reduce the effectivity of its fire-breathing attacks!


Head to The Great Ravine

The Great Ravine

Head on over via the world map (no quest) into the new area “The Great Ravine”. It’s just a bunch of story events.

IMPORTANT: Once at the Research Base, speak to one of the NPC’s marked by a yellow exclamation point here. He gives you access to a new equipment type “Charms”, and gives you a Defense Charm – equip it! Think of it as an accessory slot.

Those with the preorder might not have this one, as they already have a charm in place, which is a pretty good charm for the early game.

Expedition: Coral Highlands

Expedition: Coral Highlands

This expedition has 2 objectives:

  • Tzitzi-ya-ku has a set spawn location at AREA 2. (DO NOT KILL IT YET)
  • Finding the camp.

The camp you are looking for is the Northest Camp (12) | MHW Camp Unlocks

Again, just complete the objectives and  DON’T KILL TZITZI-YA-KU. Return to base.

DO NOT CONTINUE WITH MAIN QUEST
Do the optional 4* quest “ATzitzi for Science” to unlock the camp first, before proceeding with “Ballooning Problems”.

Optional Quest 4* – A Tzitzi for Science

Optional Quest 4* - A Tzitzi for Science
  • Hunt a Tzitzi-Ya-Ku
  • Return to base
  • Unlock the camp by submitting the materials to the bounty guys.

A needed “sidequest” simply because Paolumu (and Legiana) are flying type creatures and NOT HAVING THE OTHER CAMP UNLOCKED WILL lead to some frustration.

TziTzi-Ya-Ku is a chump. The only thing you should avoid is the massive frontal cone “flashbang“. It focuses heavily on frontal attacks so I like to hang around the neck or tail.

|| MHW Weakness Chart


Important Reminder: Flash Pods

You’re about to fight some flying monsters so I’m going to remind you about FLASH PODS. It’s simple. Flash Pods will, for the most part, GROUND flying monsters – and gives a short window to beat them up. Saves quite a bit of time and hassle especially for short-range melee weapons.

CULTIVATE FLASHBUGS AT YOUR BASE – and always be aware of new quests in the Botanical Research Center to improve it.


Assigned Quest 4* – Ballooning Problems

Assigned Quest 4* - Ballooning Problems
  • Start at the starter camp (details tbf) and go left / up.
  • Has a set spawnpoint in area 5.
  • Hunt a Paolumu

Paolumu has a hardened tail and a very soft face > wings > body. Paolumu becomes extremely deadly when inflated and in flight – A SINGLE FLASH POD STOPS THIS PHASE COLD

Some weapons feel miserable versus Paolumu due to its long airtime. Again, Flash Pods are your friend.

Fly to the Rotten Vale by airship

Fly to the Rotten Vale by Airship
  • Spot a Great Girros
  • Investigate the Rotten Vale
  • Added Objective: Hunt a Radobaan

From camp, go right and go near the bone pile at the center of the first room. The objective then converts to hunt a Radobaan – it spawns at a set location in Area 1.

Radobaan quick tips: Has very heavy attacks that are extremely TELEGRAPHED. Breaking its armor reveals weakpoints. Honestly, smacking its face straight up is fine since its head-based attacks are extremely easy to dodge.

That being said, Radobaan has oddly powerful attacks – you might not survive 2 heavy ones at the same time. He is also notorious for chain CCing you as some of his attacks have lengthy animations that can tag you right as you stand up.

  • Return to research base.

Unlock Tailraider Safari at Research Base

If I’m not mistaken, you can unlock this mechanic now. Tailraider Safari is just another way to get loot. You send a team of Palicos to “farm” for you (from a randomized group of monsters/resources) – and return after a few missions.

This is a great mechanic to amass low-rank materials. Why? Let’s say you want to make new weapons. LOW RANK MATERIALS are part of that process. Tailraider Safari is simply another way to preemptively farm those materials.

Assigned Quest 5* – Legiana: Embodiment of Elegance

Assigned Quest 5* - Legiana: Embodiment of Elegance
  • Hunt a Legiana

Upper right camp then head left after crawling out. Legiana is USUALLY around this area, if not drop down south after the clearing.

  • NEW ARMOR UPGRADES
  • Earn the right to take on 5* assignments
  • Speak to Third Fleet Master

Legiana flies. Flash Pod stops it. TRY TO SAVE THEM for when Legiana is “icy while flying”, which is her most dangerous form. I mean, if you have a ton of Flash Pods you can just spam ’em.

The Iceblight debuff severely punishes Stamina use and regeneration. It’s very annoying especially against such a highly mobile opponent. Use Nulberries to cancel it out. (The other mechanic was dodge 7 times iirc? Painful…)

Your goals are to break Legiana’s face and wings – as her tail attacks aren’t too “hot”. DO NOT STAY ANYWHERE NEAR Legiana while she is in flight. Let her unload her icy attack then approach accordingly. The 180 degree frostbreath is super annoying.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Assigned Quest 5*: Into the Bowels of the Vale

Assigned Quest 5* - Into the Bowels of the Vale

You will not usually see this quest name if you “keep on going”. Most people would just see the “Fly to the Bottom of the Rotten Vale” quest objective.

  • Search for evidence of Zorah Magdaros.

You unlock a camp for free – Central Camp (11).

Zorah Magdaros evidence from the camp?

  • Fall North.
  • Immediately Fall East.
  • Head South East into the “Blue aura room”.
  • From here follow the blue scoutflies southwest.
  • Objective added: Hunt an Odogaron

After a few story events, you will be asked to hunt an Odogaron. It has a very similar moveset to Tobi-Kadachi. What’s new is BLEED. Bleed is very annoying and to remove it, you must either STAY STILL AND CROUCH (hopefully you can hide in a bush while doing so), or consume an ASTERA JERKY

Odogaron has very heavy front facing attacks and moves very rapidly. Start it off by severing the tail, then breaking the rest of its parts.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Expedition: Ancient Forest

Expedition: Ancient Forest
  • Search the Ancient Forest for First Wyverian Clues

I have a mini guide on the First Wyverian Clues. TLDR: it’s in the Dragon Roost near Ancient Forest Camp (17).

The main quest advances, requiring you to complete two different assigned quests: “A Fiery Throne Atop the Forest” and “Horned Tyrant Below the Sands” – to defeat Rathalos and Diablos respectively.

DO NOT UPGRADE LOW RANK GEAR at “10 POINTS”.

The most I would go to is maxing out on the “5 points needed” tier.

Assigned Quest 5* – A Fiery Throne Atop the Forest

Assigned Quest 5* - A Fiery Throne Atop the Forest
  • Hunt a Rathalos

A lot of people hate Rathalos but I oddly feel like he’s a meatbag. Rathalos has poison (from claw attacks), and firebreath. So bring antidotes and prepare to roll!

Severing its tail should be your first priority as it massively reduces its tail attack threat. Breaking its face comes next to cause some of its fire attacks to misfire. Save Flash Pods for when hes “enraged in the air” – you’ll likely know when it happens.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Assigned Quest 5* – Horned Tyrant Below the Sands

Assigned Quest 5* - Horned Tyrant Below the Sands
  • Hunt a Diablos

Before you begin, consider unlocking Northeast Camp (15) – it really helps fighting Diablos as it’s so near, and if you die – the respawn is super close.

Diablos has a set spawn point in this quest – in the desert at Area 6.

Diablos Quicktips: Hmm… can be very challenging for some weapon types this early on. The greedier you are, the worse this will be. Your objectives are to: SEVER TAIL > BREAK BOTH HORNS > Attack his butt and underbelly.

Diablos is the king of wombo combos. He has some very annoying attack patterns (360 tail swipe, double horn swing, burrow) that stun you and open you to a sure-kill charge attack. It’s sad advice but “git gud” in the sense that you have to get used to its attack patterns.

|| MHW Weakness Chart

Completing the above two quests allows you progress.

Assigned Quest 6* A Colossal Task

Assigned Quest 6* - A Colossal Task

I really hate Zorah quests…

It’s a literal rehash of the older quest with the ordering a little different. Now it’s Magmacores > Nergigante > Cannons.

My only advice? NPC’s load up cannons so run to their stations and fire them off – they, otherwise, do not (or they only very rarely fire it themselves). Jumping down to the ship is value is there are 2 cannon teams and 1 open cannon for you to manually fire in VERY CLOSE PROXIMITY.

  • New upgrade level!

DO NOT UPGRADE LOW RANK GEAR at “10 POINTS”.

The most I would go to is maxing out on the “5 points needed” tier.


Unlock the Argosy

The NPC is around the “ground floor” near the Elder Melder. How this works is you can request a boat to come and deliver things based on your requests. Honestly, for the most part, I request MATERIALS to amass an excess which allows me to craft many weapon and armor types. The “cost” is research points. 

You can also request for consumables or items you sell for silver (essentially an option to dump excess research points for gold).


Expedition: Wildspire Waste

Assigned Quest 6* - Invader in the Waste
  • Embark on an expedition in the Wildspire Waste
  • You’ll get an objective – Investigate the Wildspire Waste
  • The actual objective is to find a Pukei-Pukei here.
  • If you return to base now, the quest name is “Invader in the Waste
  • Try searching around area 3/6.

This is your first run-in with a High Rank monster! MHW opens up massively at this point, unlocking High Rank armor upon completion.

“HR” Monsters are just beefed up versions of their normal counterparts, with sometimes gaining outright new (or more usually used) moves. In the case of Pukei-Pukei – high rank tongue lash will one shot you. Haha.


MHW: Transition to High Rank!

Okay! So you’re done with the low rank half of MHW. Right now, take some time to catch up on a few things before proceeding.

Key Sidequests: Complete any side quests that “unlock things” like mantles, ingredients, or improving your botanical research center. If you can complete all the low rank ones – why not?

Gear Goals: You should keep in mind, what I consider, the “baseline high rank gear” – which is VERY SIMILAR to our low rank armor set.

High Rank basic armor set:
Helm: Bone B | Body: Bone a | Glove: Alloy a
Legs: Jagras B | Boots: Alloy a | Charm: Attack

It’s from here our MHW Calc becomes useful!

Decorations: Getting into high rank also unlocks socketable decorations (IE Gems) which give you armor skills. Thankfully, you get the valuable “Attack Gem L1” for free – which is very valuable. Many high rank armor and weapons will have “slots” on them. Socket it asap.

Page 2: MHW Walkthrough – High Rank

The next quest is “Find ??? Rathian Clues” – which I’ll talk about in the next page.

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