Crowns are Awards (not a physical item) in Monster Hunter World (MHW) for successfully hunting monsters of the largest and smallest sizes of each species.
How to earn a crown
Available crowns are miniature (gold), large (silver), and giant (gold); for hunting the smallest, next to largest, and largest possible size respectively. The crown will be awarded on the summary page upon either returning from the hunt or claiming rewards from the handler on an expedition. If a crown-sized monster is successfully hunted, the rest of the hunt can be failed or withdrawn from (not abandoned) and you will still get the crown upon returning. Special rewards do not have to be available for the request for you to get the crown.
Only the gold crowns count for the Crown Collector achievements.
HR Assigned and Optional quest cannot spawn any Gold crowns. MR Quests on the other hand all can, albeit rarely. However, many Event quests have high chances to spawn them, and some even guarantee them. Each of the below quests have an increased chance of awarding a crown.
HR and MR Investigations also have a chance to spawn Gold crowns, depending on their Reward Slots. All monsters required to successfully finish the Investigation each have a chance to spawn as either Miniature or Large Gold crowns. MR Investigations have a higher chance to contain better reward slots than HR, however HR and MR investigations with the same reward slots will have an equal chance to spawn Gold crowns. Below are listed the eligible reward slot combinations.
|Reward Slots||Chance %|
|At least 1 Silver and at least 1 Gold||6% (miniature), 3% (giant)|
|3 Gold and 1 Bronze||6% (miniature), 3% (giant)|
|4 or more Gold||6% (miniature), 6% (giant)|
|3 Purple (Tempered Investigations)||6% (miniature), 3% (giant)|
|4 or more Purple (Tempered Investigations)||6% (miniature), 6% (giant)|
With the Iceborne update, players can obtain miniature and gold crowns for capturing endemic life or as a potential reward for pawswapping with Grimalkynes. When placing pets in your house, you can decide if you want to place miniature, regular, or gold crown sized pets. Incidentally, this is the only way to tell how many crown-sized specimens you have. If you frighten an animal away, many of them will come back if you wander a little ways away from the spot; be careful not to go too far or it'll spawn a new one.
Unlike obtaining a crown from a large monster, the player will be notified every time an endemic capture is of crown size. No silver crowns are awarded for endemic life and no crowns of any type are awarded for "great size" fish (in fact, you are never shown their size). Any animals caught prior to the Iceborne update will be "regular" sized and the smallest/largest slots will be marked as average size of that creature. Endemic life crown sizes are not necessarily absolute, but rather within a percentage of the min/max size. For example, you may capture a gold crown creature, only to capture one later that is slightly larger; thereby updating your gold crown size. In contrast, large monster crown sizes are absolute, outside of special quests that spawn them outside their typical ranges.
|Monster||Smallest Size||Largest Size||Notes|
|Wiggler Queen1||166.30||247.37||Only come out at night. Higher chance of spawning during Every Hunter's Dream II.|
|Shiny Gold Helmcrab1||150.32||220.84|
|Goldspring Macaque1||114.92||170.94||They prefer early sunrise. Guaranteed repeated spawns during Monkey Business.|
|Duffel Penguin||74.83||111.31||Gold crown conditions: Blizzard/Afternoon|
|Arrowhead Gekko1||63.79||105.46||Only appears when certain gathering points are flourishing. They will spawn near a special gathering point and guide you to it, pointing at it with their arrow-like head. Will run away if you try to catch them and miss. Guaranteed spawn during Lord of the Underworld.|
|Burst Arowana||99.58||135.67||Gold crown conditions: Clear/Night.|
|Whetfish||81.07||110.46||Gold crown conditions: Foul weather/Night|
|King Marlin12||208.65||284.28||Seem to prefer clear days.|
|Glass Parexus||71.56||98.73||Gold crown conditions: Clear/Afternoon|
|Sealord's Crestfish1||262.95||386.31||Seem to prefer dusk or dawn (moreso dusk), but will occasionally spawn at night.|
|Augurfly1||110.64||203.88||Gold crown conditions: Foul weather/Night|
|Dapper Coralbird1||124.08||162.26||They prefer clear nights (especially gold crown sized specimens), but can spawn anytime.|
|Giant Virgorwasp||97.18||144.55||Only two spawn points: Ancient Forest and Guiding Lands. Spawn is guaranteed.|
|Forest Pteryx1||179.59||296.92||Seem to prefer rainy afternoons.|
|Gold Hercudrome1||46.43||76.76||Only appears at night.|
|Prism Hercudrome1||52.70||87.13||Only appears at dawn or dusk.|
|Blue Diva1||172.76||285.62||Seem to avoid inclement weather. You can approach them as casually as you wish, but they react quickly to a net.|
|Downy Crake1||27.87||40.95||Recommended to use Ghillie Mantle to get close, as they scare very easily. You can hit whatever these are riding on to stun them momentarily. Guaranteed spawn in Skyward Snipers.|
|Bristly Crake1||55.74||81.90||Recommended to use Ghillie Mantle to get close, as they scare very easily.|
|Wintermoon Nettle1||1243.91||1850.32||Only spawns on clear nights|
|Moly1||71.54||106.42||Like all molies, most likely to spawn at dawn or dusk in regions level 3+. Special molies are unique to each region and will only spawn if that region is level 5+.|
|Cactuar*1||N/A - Base Size: 146.12||Can only spawn in one of the three spots designated on the map.|
|Cactuar Cutting*1||N/A - Base Size: 59.71||Can spawn in many locations, not typically those designated on the map.|
|Flowering Cactuar*1||N/A - Base Size: 63.12||Can spawn in many locations, not typically those designated on the map.|
|Nekker1||N/A - Base Size: 156.89||Almost guaranteed to spawn at night in the great jagras nest after it regurgitates food for the lesser jagras.|
* Always same size
1 Spawn not guaranteed
2 Unusually low chance of spawning a crown
Several food skills exist that can greatly increase your chance of successfully capturing specific endemic life
Many critical bounties exist for capturing specific endemic creatures for special rewards. Some require you to capture rare or gold crown life, so it is recommended to acquire this bounty prior to actively hunting for one; the following are those bounties.
|Ancient creature of the New World (Petricanths)||Research Points (x800)
Deluxe First Wyverian Print
|Phantom Bird (Downy Crake)||Research Points (x800)
Deluxe First Wyverian Print
|Capture a creature from another world (Nekker)||Night -- Only in the Great Jagras nest||Research Points (x800)
Nekker Card (Weapon)
Nekker Card (Armor)
|Burst Arowana Capture||Clear/Night||Research Points (x600)
|Whetfish Capture||Foul Weather/Night||Research Points (x600)
|Augurfly Capture||Foul Weather/Night||Research Points (x600)
|Glass Parexus Capture||Clear/Day||Research Points (x800)
|Duffel Penguin Capture||Blizzard/Day||Research Points (x800)
Angler Fish Lamp
|Dapper Coralbird Capture||Clear/Night||Research Points (x1200)
|Mysterious Animal Capture (Goldspring Macaque)||Daytime||Research Points (x800)
Sublime First Wyverian Print
|Mysterious Fish Capture (Sealord's Crestfish)||Research Points (x800)
Sublime First Wyverian Print