Elemental Damage or Elements in Monster Hunter World (MHW) refers to the secondary damage done by Weapons and monsters - checking against specific resistances on both players and AI enemies. Please see Status Effects to understand Abnormal Statuses, that have a buildup before they deal damage.

Element Damage in MHW

Each monster has weaknesses that will cause it to take more damage. For example a fire monster will take more elemental damage from weapons that deal water damage but less or zero damage from weapons that deal fire elemental damage. Monsters can also deal elemental damage to the hunter. Armor with high resistances to certain elements will cause you to take less damage and reduce the chances of getting elemental blights. 

  • Elemental weakness is not always a given. Just because a monster uses fire does not mean it is weak to water. Furthermore, monsters that don't use elemental attacks still have elemental resistances and weaknesses. Sometimes, the only way to know for sure is to kill a monster at look at the stats on the armor you make from it.
  • Some monsters will have multiple resistances or have multiple elemental attacks. Some weapons might have mixed elemental damage as well.
  • Poison, Sleep, Paralysis, Blast and Stun are Abnormal Status Effects. They do not deal damage each hit, but rather imagine a gauge that fills up and once full creates a status, and that status is the one that has an effect.

Note: Some weapons have elemental damage that is grayed out and in parentheses. These weapons require a skill called Free Elem/Ammo Up in order for you to use it.


Types of Elemental Damage



Fire Element - The Fire element is usually strong against Ice but weak to Water. Taking fire damage can cause Fireblight, which lowers the red part of the health bar before reducing the green health bar. This can be removed by rolling repeatedly. Rolling through water will remove it instantly. 


Water Element - The Water element is usually strong against Fire but weak to Thunder. Taking water damage can cause Waterblight, which lowers how much stamina you recover.


Thunder Element - The Thunder element is usually strong against Water and Dragon, but weak to Ice. Taking thunder damage can cause Thunderblight, which causes you to become stunned more easily.




Dragon Element - The Dragon element is quite a bit different from other elements. Its the only element in the game that is usually weak to itself.  Frequently, it is also weak to Thunder and Ice. Taking Dragon damage can cause Dragonblight which can lower weapon affinity, competely remove a weapon's elemental damage, and even lower the special attack ratings on poison, paralysis, sleep, and slime/blast.


Ice Element - The ice element is usually strong against Thunder and Dragon, but weak to Fire. Taking Ice damage can cause Iceblight which will cause the hunters stamina bar to deplete quicker than normal.



    • Anonymous

      10 Mar 2018 22:32  

      SO if for example I have a weapon with Thunder damage and I equip a decoration that adds a level of water damage will my attack use both elements?

      • Anonymous

        08 Mar 2018 03:32  

        Is there a way to remove the elemental damage from a weapon. Have the diablos shatter with ice damage and not suppose to have it on there and would like it gone.

        • Anonymous

          05 Mar 2018 04:54  

          I have a set that increases dragon element damage, but I don't have a dragon element weapon. Is the dragon element on the armor set mean nothing? Will it add dragon element damage to all my attacks no matter what my weapon? Or do I need a Dragon element weapon in order for it to activate?

          • Anonymous

            03 Mar 2018 20:49  

            Zorah mag longsword has 300 explosion and Bazel longsword has 150 why do i get the same explosion damage(120) can someone elaborate?

            • Anonymous

              26 Feb 2018 15:53  

              To clear up any stipulations with Elemental damage types I'll explain everything that I've figured out. First, Non-Elemental boost does NOT work on weapons with abnormal effects, such as sleep, blast, ect. Or at least this is what I have encountered. Second, Non-elemental damage is NOT affected by strengths or weaknesses of monsters. If you have 1,000 base damage it will only go through the physical resistance of the monster you are fighting, Therefore Monster Hunter veterans will tell you to try and go for a base damage build with no elements since it will only go through one resistance instead of two. If you want to try for this build it's up to you. Lastly each element has it's own attack boost. Ex. If you have armor/charm/gem with attack boost it will only affect base damage, if you want to boost your elemental effect you will need to find an armor set/charm/gem with fire attack, blast attack, dragon attack, thunder attack ect. I wish that the game explained this in full detail as I am not to sure about some of the things in this and would like someone to confirm it.

              • Anonymous

                23 Feb 2018 21:25  

                is the non elemental damage of your weapon reduced aswell when the monster is resistant to the weapons element?

                • Anonymous

                  19 Feb 2018 16:13  

                  Is elemental effects considered magic or science in monster hunter? I don't know much about the lore and was curious about this

                  • Anonymous

                    15 Feb 2018 10:48  

                    What is the maximum base elemental damage value for insect glaive ? I read somewhere that any weapons has a maximum limit and it could be useful tu put it in the wiki page...

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Feb 2018 18:42  

                      a long sword with damage of 530 + 300 blast.
                      a long sword with damage 360 ​​+ 120 dragon element.
                      which one would do the most damage against a rathian? bearing in mind that he has weakness against dragon element but the first sword has a greater base damage.
                      I started in the game now and do not yet understand much how the damage works in the game

                      • Anonymous

                        Elemental Damage [MHW Wiki]06 Feb 2018 18:11  

                        you upgrade your weapon. As they grow, they gain extra effects. You should use a guide if you want a specific effect.There is an upgrade tree. Each weapon can branch into different kinds with different element. Many weapons that start having no element will eventually get one if you keep boosting it.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Feb 2018 17:13  

                          Can someone teach me how the explosion element works in this game?
                          is fire damage? or the blast damage is different?

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Feb 2018 21:01  

                            just to let people know and to have someone that can write clearer than i can update this page the element increase you can give to your weapon varies between a third and 30% a couple of examples are the rare 7 nergigante insect glaive with 120 dragon caps at 160 dragon a third increase and a higher element one like the dragon bone weapons with the rare 4 versions give a 30% increase from 330 to 430

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Feb 2018 16:09  

                              the zorah magdaros armor has a effect that activate the hidden element i think i was on the gloves
                              later there is more equiment with that effect

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Jan 2018 01:11  

                                I got a problem. My steelblade III got the explosion element but it's somehow not activated and it's written in light grey instead of white. What I got to do to activate it?

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Jan 2018 23:11  

                                  What is the elemental cap? I have +4 dragon dmg and my nerga blade is yellow at 160.. Won't go any higher or just not listed?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    29 Jan 2018 23:11  

                                    Why isn't my fossil buldgeon III doing the thunder dmg?! The thunder damage is grayed out in the weapon screen.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      29 Jan 2018 15:54  

                                      how does it make sense that say a lightning resist arrmor set gives boosts to lightning weapons when you either need the lightning weapon for a water monster and the armor makes you super weak to the water monster you wanna kill or the other way around, i i go strong with a water resist armor set and it gives a bonus to water weapons yet a water weapon would suck...

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