Capturing in Monster Hunter World is the act of trapping and tranquilizing a monster rather than killing it. This practice is required in many quests and investigations in Monster Hunter World.

How to Capture Monsters

To capture a monster, the monster must first be weakened. When a monster has been sufficiently weakened, it will begin to limp away and return to its den to fall asleep. At this point, the monster must be caught in either a Pitfall Trap or a Shock Trap (this can be done while the monster is asleep). Once the monster has been ensnared in the trap, Tranq Bombs can be used to successfully capture the monster. Typically, 2 Tranq Bombs are required to successfully capture the monster, and they must be used before the monster escapes the trap(the Tranq Bombs can also be applied before the monster enters the trap making for a safer capture).  

Tip: If the Palico Thunderbug traps are being used often during the hunt, when deploying your own shock trap in an attempt to ensnare and tranq the monster, the monster will be able to escape quickly enough before two tranq bombs are thrown.

Torn between Capturing or Carving? Read this article

Whereas carving yields three carves (or rolls) for most monsters that can be captured, captures tend to yield at least four rolls with a small chance at more.

Pros to Carving

  1. More time to break parts before the monster dies.
  2. Easy to do - just wail on the monster until it dies.
  3. No coordination needed.
  4. Little to no pre-hunt preparation needed.

Cons to Carving

  1. Takes longer compared to capturing.

Pros to Capturing

  1. Can capture once the monster’s health is 30% or lower (10%-30% dependent on the monster in MR).
  2. Ends the quest quicker since you don’t have to kill it.
  3. Only need to wait 20 seconds to get back to Astera.
  4. More items on average in quest rewards compared to when you carve.

Cons to Capturing

  1. Needs items to do so!
    • Tranq bombs and traps need to be brought.
      • Tranq bombs can also be crafted with materials found in the wild

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    • Anonymous

      Carving gives more rare items such as gems, although capturing can give you more common rewards in better quantities. Do note that from capturing you still can get rare drops.

      • I don't see it mentioned anywhere, so I'll go ahead and ask on the off chance it can be answered; Does Capturing give more HR rewards than Slaying, or is it the same?

        • Anonymous

          I see all the new players are still confused about this. I've been playing these games for 14 years. Put thousands of hours into the franchise across nearly every entry since 2006. And it has always depended on what item you are farming for whether you should capture or kill. Capturing is not universally better. In this game, they did made an attempt to make almost all drops universal for the sake convenience but there are still some exceptions. Some items are still more common as carves, and some are more common from captures. Capturing also does not give you "more" rewards across the board. I can see why that misconception exists because of how the game explains the concept of capturing monsters, but it doesn't work that way. Never has. Just look at what you are farming for and decide what to do from there. But ironically in this game, it matters less than ever before whether you capture or kill because of how homogonized the pools are compared to the old games. Get into the habit of asking your host if they want to capture or kill. That's how it always went in the old games, and that's how it goes when I play with the Japanese. You newbies need to learn some hunting etiquette. It's really frustrating when players join and always go for the capture every time because they've been misinformed. Also, slaying the monsters is just way more fun ;-)

          • Anonymous

            Man, i prefer killing than capturing. If i didn't get the mats i need i could always repeat the quest and kill the monster again. Almost every quest people will always try to capture. Very annoying. More than once i always woke the monster up then make them kill it.

            • Anonymous

              You forgot a carving pro: IT YIELDS RARER REWARDS If you join someone's quest and they don't try to capture it, DON'T CAPTURE IT FOR THEM, this is a huge*****move on your part and you'll have wasted their time.

              • Anonymous

                Capturing is better in ALMOST all circumstances, excepting the specific situations in which you specifically either NEED to carve to get the item or want to carve because it provides a higher likelihood of getting a specific item. Capture everything else kids! As mentioned above, you just create some shock/pitfall traps with trap tool and thunderbugs/trap tools and nets and tranq bombs with parashrooms and sleep herbs. Weaken the monster till it starts limping, set a trap in front of or underneath it and use, usually, two trank bombs. Then you can just return from the expedition.

                • Anonymous

                  Which monsters can you not capture I know you can capture elders but I don’t know which monster are elders

                  • Anonymous

                    It's worth noting that capture is always better, the comment about carving being situationally better is misleading and likely cause of much confusion and spread of misinformation elsewhere.

                    • Anonymous

                      It's worth noting that if you're going for particular pieces (IE rares such as plates, gems, rubies etc), you roll 3x (1 per carve) on a kill, and 1 time on a capture.

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