Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is an expansion for Capcom’s very successful Monster Hunter World. Currently, it has been released for both the PS4 and the Xbox One. Furthermore, it is expected to come out for the PC on January 9 of 2020. For those who are curious, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is meant for experienced players, so it should come as no surprise to learn that it is packed full of high-level content. As such, interested individuals might want to start brushing up on their monster-hunting skills sooner rather than later. Here are five tips to keep in mind:
You Need to Be Aggressive
The Monster Hunter franchise started up in March of 2004. However, it struggled to secure the same kind of support in international markets that it enjoyed in the Japanese market until the release of Monster Hunter World, which was designed to do so. One of the consequences of this choice was that Monster Hunter World was more accessible in nature, meaning that it wasn’t quite meant for veterans who had honed their monster-hunting skills in Monster Hunter after Monster Hunter. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne isn’t the same as its base. It is very much high-level content meant for high-level players, as shown by how interested individuals can’t even get started in it until they have reached Hunter Rank 16 in the base. As such, they should know that Monster Hunter World: Iceborn boasts a wide range of big, tough monsters with a ridiculous amount of HP. Paradoxically, this means that interested individuals need to go on the attack as soon as possible as much as possible. Yes, keen observation of movement patterns is still the key to overcoming a monster in a smooth and uncomplicated manner in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. However, players are very much on a race against time on each hunt, which is why they need to go in with maximum aggression.
Pay Attention to the Elements
On a related note, high-level content means that players need to make use of whatever advantages that they can get their hands on. Naturally, this includes the elements in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. In the base, it was perfectly possible to run around fighting monsters with an elementally disadvantageous set of arms and armor. Meanwhile, Monster Hunter World: Iceborn is much less forgiving in this regard, which is why interested individuals will want to bring a suitable loadout. With that said, it should be mentioned that while Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has made some changes to elemental damage, it doesn’t seem to have done enough to change the meta-game. As such, players should still prioritize base damage when it comes to slower weapons such as the Greatsword and the Hammer. In contrast, elemental damage is much more useful on faster weapons such as the Dual Blades and the Longsword.
Use Your Items
Players should make sure that their inventories have the items needed to see them through the challenges that can be found in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. In particular, they will want to stock up on Hot Drinks and Nulberries. In the first case, Hot Drinks are important for preventing the cold weather from eating into stamina. Certainly, there are other solutions for this particular problem, but there can be no doubt about the fact that Hot Drinks are the most convenient out of them all. In the second case, players will want to have a full stack of Nulberries because Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has a wide range of monsters with a wide range of horrible status effects. The ideal scenario would be players avoiding these status effects altogether. However, for those less than ideal scenarios, there are Nulberries. Besides Hot Drinks and Nulberries, players will want to bring other items that can boost their capabilities. For example, this means pills and potions for boosting their attack as well as their defense. Furthermore, this means traps as well as barrels of explosives that can be used to maximize the potential of those traps. Simply put, the monsters of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne won’t play fair, meaning that players should be fully-prepared to respond in kind.
Upgrade, Upgrade, Upgrade
Equipment that was useful in Monster Hunter World won’t be so useful in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Yes, this means that interested individuals will have to do a lot of grinding to get the materials needed to build themselves a brand new wardrobe. However, this is the main cycle of the Monster Hunter franchise, meaning that they should be used to it by now. Of course, upgrades aren’t just limited to the players themselves. After all, players are accompanied by their Palico partners, who will be their most faithful companions throughout both the base and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. To capitalize on the potential of Palicoes, interested individuals should make sure to keep their arms and armor upgraded as well. Sure, Palicoes won’t ever be a player’s main source of damage, but every bit counts when it comes to high-level content, particularly when that damage comes paired with status effects.
Study the Changes to Your Arsenal
On a final note, players will want to run through the various changes that have been made to their weapons as well as their tool sets in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Essentially, if they stick with what they remember from the base, they won’t be able to capitalize on the changes that have been made in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, which would be a real shame because some of those changes are very useful in nature. Furthermore, players will want to master their new tools as well, with the Clutch Claw being an excellent example. Suffice to say that said tool can be used to do everything from inflicting wounds to sending monsters careening into obstacles, meaning that it needs to be exploited sooner rather than later.