MHW Walkthrough Pt. 2 – High Rank (6*+)
Continuing on from the low rank! Congrats on getting here! If you somehow got lost and ended up here:
Reminders from the previous page
We stopped in the previous page at “Invader in the Waste“, the intro high rank quest to kill an HR Pukei-Pukei.
As I stated previously, take this time to complete key low rank sidequests and keep in mind the “basic step 1 high 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
Slot the free Attack Decoration you get as well!
Search for ??? Rathian Tracks
This is the first time you’ll encounter this kind of quest. It basically involves search maps (in this case, all maps can have ’em) for tracks and clues of the “??? Rathian“. Filling up the bar to certain levels progress your quest.
The armor skill: SCHOLAR
Actually speeds up how much the bar fills!
(Cheapest: Hunters Helm a/B)
At 75% ish bar completion, return to base and talk to the Ecological Research Team to progress.
Assigned Quest 6* – Tickled Pink
Assigned Quest 7* Old World Monster in the New World
Rath Heart legs give Handicraft, which is a pretty decent skill – it improves overall sharpness and depending on level, may even upgrade it to the next sharpness tier. It’s a viable choice since my current recommendation is Jagras which gives Fortify – an arguably optional skill.
Expedition: Head to the Everstream
There are a couple Elder Recess Sidequests that unlock which involves killing “non-threatening animals” – you can easily search for clues with those quests. You can also take the sidequest to kill Dodogama as he’s the chumpiest of the monsters here.
Along the line, you want to farm a bit of ore and bone from here.
I’ll type this out in full as this is the first “real challenge” for many players.
Assigned Quest 8* A Wound and a Thirst
Objective: “Defeat Nergigante“
FIRST OF ALL – TAKE YOUR TIME. There are a few things you can do before fighting Nergigante. By all means, try to fight him right now to “gauge” where you’re at.
Check the section below “In-between activities“ to
see what you can do to progress in other ways.
Maybe I should write a mini-guide on beating Nergigante, but for now here are some tips:
- Nergigante is unbelievably aggressive – but his HP isn’t that high.
- The spikes that grow from his body are all WEAKPOINTS. His tail is severable and horns are breakable too.
- If you ignore the spikes – they become black. Once they are black, they are no longer weak points and instead DEFLECT your attacks. His attacks also become more powerful the more hardened he is.
- At a certain hardened spike threshold, he will do a superdive and it will 100% kill you if you don’t dodge it. I’m not kidding – you will die.
Nergigante’s mechanic PUNISHES cowardly play.
You have to find a balance between breaking spikes and avoiding his non-stop attacks.
Use every tool in your disposal.
Beating Nergigante for the first time somehow gives you this feeling that you’ve advanced as a hunter. Good luck.
After beating Nergigante – you can now also craft the Dragonking Eyepatch which is one of the best pieces of gear in the game, as every hunter should own one (for the sake of mix and matching).
Investigate Three Elder Dragon Tracks
During the Nergigante Quest, or the Elder Dragon quests , there’s alot you can do in the meantime.
It’s all about the gear, ey?
Weapons: Having a great NON-ELEMENTAL-CENTRIC WEAPON is really important. Why? Having one strong weapon to beat anything is a great place to start, rather than having to struggle trying to upgrade different elemental weapons – of which you might not have even unlocked the “best” ones per element! You’ll never go wrong with an Elementless setup FIRST then mess around with heavy elemental builds after.
Armor: Upgrading them is a must – DON’T FEEL BAD UPGRADING (but not maxing out) items that will ultimately be temporary. Armor stones get more powerful and plentiful the more you play.
Looking for gear you can potentially use “forever”? check the next tabs.
Any and all gear with Weakness Exploit + other good skills or slots are immediately placed in the pool for “VIABLE ENDGAME GEAR” for mix and matching. Why? Weakness Exploit is THAT GOOD.
I will only list gear that you can realistically get “in the near future” given you’re reading this in the walkthrough.
|Armor||Type||Skill 1||#||Skill 2||#||Slots|
|Rathalos B||Body||Weakness Exploit||2||–||–||S|
|Teostra a||Hands||Weakness Exploit||2||–||–||S|
|Teostra B||Hands||Weakness Exploit||1||–||–||B|
|Dragonking a||Helm||Weakness Exploit||2||–||–||B|
|Exploiter||Charm||Weakness Exploit||1 to 3||–||–||–|
I would not mind owning any and all of these, for the sake of “freedom” while trying to reach Weakness Exploit III.
To add to the list of “great generic gear” you can get up to this point – while this may not be comprehensive, it’ll give you a good idea where to start.
Ingot B Hands (Health Boost II) is VALUE
if you’re getting 1 shot or dying often.
Here’s gear off the top of my head that I’d never be sad to own:
|Armor||Type||Skill 1||#||Skill 2||#||Slots|
|Death’s Stench B||Boots||Handicraft||2||–||–||SS|
|Kushala B||Boots||Evade Extender||2||–||–||B|
|Dober B||Body||Attack Boost||2||–||–||B|
|Dober B||Boots||Attack Boost||2||–||–||S|
|Ingot B||Gloves||Health Boost||2||–||–||S|
Again, not an absolute list, but if you ask “What makes great universal gear?” – it’s good all-around skills, and slot(s), with non-weapon specific skills. The list obviously expands when you have specific weapon must-haves.
Some of these you may not be using FOREVER, but you’ll never be sad to have options. A lot of people hate making “bridge gear” but there is a balance between crafting EVERYTHING and crafting some key value pieces. It’s all up to you.
Legiana 2 piece set bonus? (Good chance of increased quest rewards) IS NOT BAD IF you have a decent enough setup that equipping any 2 Legiana pieces will NOT affect your clear speed by a large margin. Personally, I crafted the entire Legiana B set. May not be a legitimate use of time NOW, but you’ll want to have it in the near future…
Finishing all the sidequests up to this point isn’t bad, as you don’t wanna lag on them. You may feel lazy but they’re totally worth it.
Elder Dragons: Quick info
Here’s a little rundown of each elder you’ll eventually run into:
Every person hates each elder dragon in their own way. I suppose it depends on the weapon you main. I can’t really advise you on what order to take them on first, but reading the above tips will help you.
Again, during your downtime read the In-between Activities section above to help you along your way and progress.
Assigned Quest 9* – Land of Convergence
Completing Land of Convergence brings us to the first step into the “endgame”. I’ll add a page three to help you in that transition. But for now,
CONGRATULATIONS ON BEATING THE BASE STORY MODE (TUTORIAL LOL)
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