Elemental Resistances in Monster Hunter World (MHW) refers to the sum of protective effects of Equipment and Skills against Elemental Damage done by Weapons and Monsters

For a more complete rundown on combat with Monsters, see Weapon Mechanics and Defense.

 

Elemental Resistances in MHW

On Monsters

Each Monster has strengths and weaknesses against specific Elemental Damage types. For example, the Pukei-Pukei takes higher-than-average damage from sources of Thunder Element, but takes no damage from sources of Water Element.

Monster resistances can be viewed in the Physiology section of the ingame Monster Field Guide, where each type of Element will be listed along with a rating.
The ratings are as follows:

  • ⭐⭐⭐ Higher-than-average Body Part multipliers against the Element type
  • ⭐⭐ Average Body Part multipliers against the Element type
  • ⭐ Lower-than-average Body Part multipliers against the Element type
  • resistance-x Body Part multiplier of 0 against the Element type

These ratings indicate the magnitude of Body Part multipliers against an Element type.
See Elemental Damage for information on how Body Part multipliers affect Damage against a Monster.

Elemental weakness is not always a given. Just because a monster uses fire does not necessarily mean it is weak to water.
Monsters that don't use elemental attacks still have elemental resistances and weaknesses.
Additionally, a Monster's resistances may change over the course of a battle when specific parts are broken. For example the Barroth coats itself in fire-resistant mud that can be removed to reveal a fire weakness and a water resistance.

 

On the Player and Allies

Monsters can also deal Elemental Damage to the Hunter. Armor possesses five separate Resistance stats corresponding to the five Elements.

The resistance possessed by the Hunter toward an Element is the sum of resistances from each equipped Armor piece, along with any points granted by Skills. A positive cumulative value will result in a decrease of Elemental Damage taken from sources of that Element type, while negative resistance to an Element will increase damage taken. Reaching 20 points of resistance toward any Element will prevent the corresponding Blight, e.g. 20 Fire Resistance will prevent Fireblight.

For information on individual Elemental Resistances, see Fire Resistance, Water Resistance, Thunder Resistance, Ice Resistance, and Dragon Resistance.
See Status Effects for more information on Elemental Blights and Abnormal Status Ailments.

 

Raising Elemental Resistance

Skills and Effects

Elemental resistance and Blight protection can be provided with the following Skills and Effects:

 

Resistance from Armor

The following is a list of Armor sets with high resistance toward each Element.
For information on configuring your Hunter's arsenal, see Loadouts.

 

mhw-fire-damage Vs. Fire

Low Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 1 Kestodon Guards 4
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 Harvest Armor Set 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 Anja Armor Set 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Death Stench Armor Set 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Rathalos Armor Set 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Diablos Armor Set 15

High Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Kestodon Guards Alpha/Beta 4
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 6 Zorah Armor Set Alpha/Beta 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 7 Uragaan Armor Set Alpha/Beta 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 7 Damascus Armor Set Alpha/Beta 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 8 Kulve Taroth Armor Set Alpha/Beta 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 6 Harvest Armor Set Alpha 20

 

mhw-water-damage Vs. Water

Low Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 1 Gajau Boots 5
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 2 Pukei Armor Set 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Hunter's Armor Set 10
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 1 Death Stench Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 Shamos Goggles 2
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Odogoron Armor Set 10
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 1 Chainmail Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 Baan Armor Set 10
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 2 Jurya Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Legiana Armor Set 10
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 1 Jagras Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 Lumu Armor Set 10

High Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Gajau Boots Alpha/Beta 5
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Wiggler Head Alpha 4
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 8 Vaal Hazak Armor Set Alpha/Beta/Gamma 20
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Pukei Armor Set Alpha/Beta 15

 

mhw-thunder-damage Vs. Thunder

Low Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Kirin Armor Set 20
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 2 Barroth Armor Set 15
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 2 Kadachi Armor Set 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Ingot Armor Set 15

High Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 8 Kirin Armor Set Alpha/Beta/Gamma 20
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Shadow Shades Alpha 4
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Barroth Armor Set Alpha/Beta 15
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Kadachi Armor Set Alpha/Beta 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 6 Ingot Armor Set Alpha/Beta 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 8 Kulve Taroth Armor Set Alpha/Beta 15

 

mhw-ice-damage Vs. Ice

Low Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Orion Armor Set 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 High Metal Armor Set 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Death Stench Armor Set 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Legiana Armor Set 15

 High Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 8 Kushala Armor Set Alpha/Beta/Gamma 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 6 Orion Armor Set Alpha 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 6  High Metal Armor Set Alpha/Beta 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 6 Legiana Armor Set Alpha/Beta 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 7 Death Stench Armor Set Alpha/Beta  15
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Kulu-Ya-Ku Head Alpha 3

 

mhw-dragon-damage Vs. Dragon

Low Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Gala Suit Armor Set 20
 rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 1 Bone Armor Set 10
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 1 Vespoid Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 King Beetle Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 Hornetaur Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Brigade Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Diablos Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 4 Kirin Armor Set 10
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 3 Butterfly Armor Set 10

High Rank

Equipment Rarity Armor Set/Piece Total Resistance
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 7 Gala Suit Armor Set Alpha 20
rare-1-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 5 Wiggler Head Alpha 4
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 7 Dober Armor Set Alpha/Beta 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 8 Drachen Armor Set Alpha 20
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 7 Azure Starlord Armor Set Alpha 15
rare-3-mhw-helm-headgear-wiki 8 Dante Armor Set Alpha 15

 

 

 




    • 19 Feb 2019 17:42  

      im not sure, but what I think is you become immune to that elemental blight effect at 20, but beyond that it still helps to further reduce damage just you have diminishing returns after 20. I could be wrong on the exact soft cap tho, maybe its 25 instead of 20? For instance, if you use 3 fire resistance gems to get 20+ fire resistance, you'll still notice a good bit less damage from Luna if you use the fire mantle on top of it.

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