Elemental Resistances in MHW
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
- 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:
- Fire Resistance Skill
- Water Resistance Skill
- Thunder Resistance Skill
- Ice Resistance Skill
- Dragon Resistance Skill
- Fire/Water/Thunder/Ice/Dragon Res Boost from Hunting Horn melodies
- Fireproof, Waterproof, Thunderproof, Iceproof, and Dragonproof Mantles
- Cleanser Booster. See Specialized Tools
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.
|Equipment Rarity||Armor Set/Piece||Total Resistance|
|2||Pukei Armor Set||15|
|4||Hunter's Armor Set||10|
|1||Death Stench Armor Set||10|
|4||Odogoron Armor Set||10|
|1||Chainmail Armor Set||10|
|3||Baan Armor Set||10|
|2||Jurya Armor Set||10|
|4||Legiana Armor Set||10|
|1||Jagras Armor Set||10|
|3||Lumu Armor Set||10|