Awakened Abilities information 

Some weapons in Monster Hunter: Iceborne can have awakened abilities. At the Smithy, select Upgrade Equipment and choose and choose an awakened weapon to upgrade it. (You can have up to 5 awakened abilities on a weapon.)

Awakened abilities will manifest when you have enough potential, which can be built up by using awakened materials obtained from the Safi'jiiva Siege at the Smithy. Awaken abilities to create an even more potent weapon!


Bestowing awakened abilities

Once enough potential has built up, awakened abilities will manifest at random. Select an ability to add it to your weapon. You can add Armor Set Skills whenever you upgrade an Awakened Weapon. However, this only counts as 1 towards the whole set. Also, an Awakened Weapon can only hold one set skill at a time.

Note: you can only have one level 6 ability on a weapon. (If another is equipped the previous ability is reduced one level lower)

These abilities have ranks. The higher the rank, the greater its effects. This also affects unique armor set skills.


Storing Potential

Instead of selecting a manifested ability, you can choose to store potential. By storing potential, the next time enough potential is built up to manifest an ability, the odds of getting a better awakened ability Increases.


Overwriting Awakened Abilities

Awakened abilities can be overwritten with other awakened abilities.


Unstackable Awakened Abilities

Bonus skills that manifest as awakened abilities, and other special rare awakened abilities cannot be stacked.


All Awakened Abilities




Silver Rathalos Essence Unlocks setbonus: Slinger Ammo Secret (Increases the maximum level of Slinger Ammo skill to 5)
Unlocks setbonus: True Critical Element (Greatly Increases elemental damage on critical hits)
Gold Rathian Essence Unlocks setbonus: Divine Blessing Secret (Raises the maximum level of divine blessing skills)
Unlocks setbonus: True Critical Status (Greatly Increases status effect damage (paralysis, sleep, blast, poison) when landing critical hits)
Lunastra Essence Unlocks setbonus: Tool Specialist Secret (Reduces the recharge time for specialized tools)
Kushala Daora Essence Unlocks setbonus: Nullify Wind Pressure (Negates all wind pressure)
Namielle Essence Unlocks setbonus: True Element Acceleration (Continually attacking a monster activates Free Elemental/Ammo Up Lv 3 and Increases elemental damage)
Zorah Magdaros Essence Unlocks setbonus: Artillery Secret (Increases the maximum level of the Artillery skill to Lv5)
Teostra Essence Unlocks setbonus: Master's Touch (Prevents your weapon from losing sharpness during critical hits)
Zinogre Essence Unlocks setbonus: Latent Power Secret (Increases the maximum level of Letent Power skill to 7)
Deviljho Essence Unlocks setbonus: Stamina Thief Secret (Increases the maximum level of the Stamina Thief skill to 5)
Glavenus Essence Unlocks setbonus: Maximum Might Secret  (Increases the maximum level of Maximum Might skill to 5)
Bazelgeuse Essence Unlocks setbonus: Guts (Above a certain health threshold, you withstand an attack would normally cart you once per hunt)
Diablos Essence Unlocks setbonus: Slugger Secret (Increases the maximum level of Slugger skill to 5)
Rajang Essence Unlocks setbonus: Mind's Eye/Ballistics (Prevents attacks from being deflected. Also shortens the distance before ammo and arrows reach the maximum power)
Unlocks setbonus: Protective Polish (Weapon sharpness does not decrease for a time [60s] after sharpening)
Vaal Essence Unlocks setbonus: Super Recovery (Allows recovery to exceed the red portion of the health gauge)
Shara Ishvalda Essence Unlocks setbonus: True Gaia's Veil (While wearing a mantle, gain Tremor Resistance Lv3, Earplugs Lv5, max Windproof, and Flinch Free)
Rathian Essence Unlocks setbonus: Poison Duration Up (Extends the duration of your poison's effect on monsters)
Instructor's Guidance Unlocks setbonus: Capture Master  (Highly Increases chance of Increasesd capture rewards)
Uragaan Essence Unlocks setbonus: Guard Up (Allows you to guard against ordinarily unblockable)
Brachydios Essence Unlocks setbonus: Agitator Secret (Raises the maximum level of the Agitator skill to Lv7)
Barioth Essence Unlocks setbonus: Punishing Draw (Adds a stun effect to draw attacks and slightly Increases attack power)
Nargacuga Essence Unlocks setbonus: True Razor Sharp/Spare Ammo (Greatly reduces sharpness loss and bows and bowguns have a chance not to expend coating or ammo)
Anjanath Essence Unlocks setbonus: Stamina Cap Up (Increases the maximum stamina cap by 50)
Velkhana Essence Unlocks setbonus: Elemental Crit (Increases elemental damage (fire, water, thunder, ice, dragon) when landing critical hits)
Unlocks setbonus: Frostcraft (An aura of frost builds when your weapon is sheathed, raising attack. Wanes each melee hit or shot fired)
Kirin Essence Unlocks setbonus: Great Luck (High chance of Increasesd quest rewards)
Tigrex Essence Unlocks setbonus: Free Meal Secret (Increases the maximum level of the Free Meal to 3 [75%])
Odogaron Essence Unlocks setbonus: Protective Polish (Weapon sharpness does not decrease for a time [60s] after sharpening)
Nergigante Essence Unlocks setbonus: Hasten Recovery (Regenerates your health as you continually attack a monster. Recovery varies by weapon)
Ancient Divinity Unlocks setbonus: Critical Status (Increases abnormal status effect damage (paralysis, poison, sleep, blast) when landing critical hits)
Commission Alchemy Unlocks setbonus: Bombardier Secret (Raises the maximum level of the Bombardier Skill to 5)
Sharpness Increases Increases sharpness.
Affinity Increases Increases affinity(For Affinity Increase I/II/III/IV/V/VI; +2/4/6/8/10/15 affinity).
Element Up Increases elemental attack power.
Defense Increases Increases defense(For Defense Increase I/II/III/IV/V/VI; +10/20/30/40/50/60 defense).
Attack Increases Increases Attack(For Attack Increase I/II/III/IV/V/VI; For all weapons except Hammer and Greatsword: +2/4/6/8/10/15 attack. For Hammer and Greatsword; +2/4/6/8/9/14 attack).
Slot Upgrade Adds jewel slots (works similar to augment).
Kinsect Bonus (Power/Spirit) Switch Kinsect bonus to power and spirit boost.
Kinsect Bonus (Recovery) Switch Kinsect bonus to stamina upgrade and healing.
Reload Assist Speeds up reload times. Effectiveness varies with ammo used.
Recoil Suppressor Lowers the recoil. Effectiveness varies with ammo used.
Deviation Suppressor Lowers the deviation.
Normal Capacity Increases Normal ammo capacity.
Pierce Capacity Increases Pierce ammo capacity.
Spread Capacity Increases Spread ammo capacity.
Elemental Capacity Increases Elemental ammo capacity.
Shelling Wide Change shelling type to wide.
Shelling Long Change shelling type to long.
Shelling Normal Change shelling type to normal.
Shelling Normal II Upgrade up to normal shells level 7.
Status Effect Up Increases status build up.
Exhaust Phial Swap to exhaust phial.
Status Coating Lets you apply strong poison coatings, as well as paralysis sleep coatings.
Element Phial Swap to Element Phial.
Rathalos Essence Unlocks setbonus: Mind's Eye/Ballistics (Prevents attacks from being deflected. Also shortens the distance before ammo and arrows reach the maximum power)
Impact Phial Swap to impact phial.
Elemental Melody Switches notes to Fire Res Boost, Attack Up, etc. melody effects.
Attack Melody Switches to Attack Up, Earplugs, Environmental Damage Negation, etc., melody effects.
Stamina Melody Switches notes to Stamina Use Reduction, Health Rec, Wind Pressure Negated, etc., melody effects.
Abnormal Status Melody Switches notes to Abnormal Status Attack type melody effects.
Earplug Melody Switches notes to Earplugs type melody effects.
Guild Pride Lv 2: Good chance of Increasesd quest rewards (no effect when joining mid-quest)
Lv 4:  Lets you carve one additional time (no effect when joining mid-quest)
Joyful Blessing Lv 3: Joy's Gift Increases odds of getting special holiday Joy rewards (No effects when joining mid-quest)
Lv 5: Joyful Gratitude Greatly Increases odds of getting special holiday joy rewards. (No effects when joining mid-quest)


Awakened Materials

 You can acquire dracolites from quest Safi'jiiva Siege, The Red Dragon or Point of No Return. You can also give Awakened Weapons to the Elder Melder to make Dracolites. Do this if you have a lot of Awakened Weapons stockpiled in your inventory.

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    • Anonymous

      23 Jan 2021 23:36  

      It looks like Dragonvein Awakening is missing from this page. That is an unlockable ability on the weapons.

      • Anonymous

        07 Jan 2021 02:12  

        This is what I got for you if you have questions about the basic upgrade equipment. The Safi weapons got 5slots to fill, there are the normal fillers like: Atack up and element up they are multi fillers. Then you got the unique fillers like a perk from a armor set bonus, or for example reload assist. They can only be placed as a single filler because they are unique. Then you got the 6star rate(rainbow color) that is also a unique, so can only be placed 1. So uniques can't be place more then 1. The armor set uniques count for 1 point of the set bonus. Expl Odogaren set bonus needs 3 pieces but the unique give 1, so only 2 pieces are needed for the set bonus. See the list on the wiki to see what kinde there are. INPORTANT IS: the wiki doesn't tel what kind of stars the perks have. The game rades the set bonus perks whit sudden stars, what means it's hard to find what you looking for if you compleet build in for Expl 5 slots: 3x element up 5, 1x element up 6 and 1 element up 4. Means your lowest is a 4 star. What means that if you store potential it want to help you and reward you for a upgrade. But if the set perk you want is a 2 star, it wil be super hard to get that perk because it trya to help you. So it Wil keep looking for your lowest slot to fil it in whit a higher tier. What makes sense in the long run because it's callt Upgrade equipment. So yea it's dum that there are no stats on the wiki telling you there tier aka star if you are new to this and don't know the tier of the sets, keep 1 slot on a lvl 1 or 2 so you can see them come by. Els you Wil end up like some one whit 96x store potential and stil don't have that lvl 2 star perk. So to prefend wasting your time and your mats keep 1 low lvl til you know what rank they come by. Vote this up if this help you so others can see and understand the system. If some is still little confusing to you, place a reply and I or other people from the communitie will help you. Stay save hunters

        • Anonymous

          09 Oct 2020 23:39  

          I just got dual blades to help me beat Alatreon. I put odogaron essence on it to prevent sharpness loss. Do I have to have 2 pieces of odogaron armour to get it to work, or will it just work? I havnt tested it yet

          • Anonymous

            08 Oct 2020 09:58  

            Good to know: one point "guts" (Bazelgeuse essence) on weapon dont stack with one point "guts" (Kulve Taroth something) on armor piece. That's weird.

            • Anonymous

              16 Sep 2020 11:43  

              So I was wondering if there is an essence for Brachydios Will? I’m referring to Raging Brachydios. Because I’d like to get Artillery Secret from his gear instead of Zorah. Does anyone know if that’s possible????

              • Anonymous

                01 Sep 2020 19:35  

                how any silver rathalos essence can you have on weapon? can you only have 1/4 or i can it be upgraded to 4/4?

                • Anonymous

                  09 Jul 2020 11:33  

                  I have a Safi Frostspear with 120 stored potential... yes you read that correctly, why hasn't Zinogre Essence popped up? that's all i want

                  • Anonymous

                    18 Jun 2020 16:02  

                    I had to check if Goldian's True Crit Status is here. It does, now that just means RNG is making everything difficult for to get it.

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Jun 2020 17:03  

                      Oh man! I left a message here yesterday! Agh again, if I have ... let's say Golden Rathina Essense, is it possible to upgrate it far from 3 stars level? Can the same be done with Ancient Divinity? - This is not clear, and I'm afraid I don't know if I'll ever get the ability I need by keeping on using dragonites on this weapons to increase my chances on higher level skills.

                      • Anonymous

                        05 Jun 2020 19:58  

                        So, for Ancient Divinity or GoldenRathian Essence... can you have them MAX out. For example, if I keep on adding dracolites, will I ever find Ancient Divinity 5 stars. Or Golden Rathian Essence level 6? I know you can't stock them up, but hell can I find higher lvls with this???

                        • Anonymous

                          16 May 2020 05:37  

                          There doesn't seem to be a max cap for certain skills. I'm able to get sharpness 11 by getting a sharpness 6 and a sharpness 5 on the same weapon. Can push it well into purple. Not sure about other skills.

                          • Anonymous

                            10 May 2020 10:20  

                            If i put the essence of a monster on the weapon, do i get the whole ability or just one "setpiece"? cause im reading a lot about teostra essence, but wont i need 2 other pieces of teostra armor?

                            • Anonymous

                              03 May 2020 08:15  

                              Awakened abilities are not random. They come in predetermined orders like melding deco's does. Maybe upgrading the stored potential level will change the order but I can't test it because safi isn't in town atm.

                              • Anonymous

                                12 Apr 2020 01:14  

                                So uh I had 40 Awakening Potential on my Bowgun. I killed 3 Safis, got like 10 Large Dracolite, 3 Rigid from my last one, and all those rolls didn't give me Elemental Capacity up 3. Am I missing something? Because I've seen bowguns with ele cap up 3. But I haven't got it. Is my awakening just too damn high or

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