Free Elem/Ammo Up

free-elem-ammo-up-skill-mhw

Unlocks your weapon's hidden element. Also increases bowgun loading capacity. (There is a cap to loading capacity.)

 Free Elem/Ammo Up is a Skill in Monster Hunter World (MHW).

 

Free Elem/Ammo Up Effect

Free Elem/Ammo Up is increased in level based on the amount of Equipment with this skill the hunter is using. Each level works as follows:

  • free-elem-ammo-up-skill-mhw Level 1: Draws out 33% of hidden element and expands magazine size for some ammo
  • free-elem-ammo-up-skill-mhw Level 2: Draws out 66% of hidden element and expands magazine size for more ammo
  • free-elem-ammo-up-skill-mhw Level 3: Draws out 100% of hidden element and expands magazine size for most ammo

 

Free Element only affects melee weapons and bows with hidden element. Hidden element is displayed as greyed out and within brackets (example: "Paralysis (180)" ) as long as Free Elem/Ammo Up is not equipped.

Using any amount of Free Elem/Ammo Up on a weapon with hidden element negates the effect of Non-Elemental Boost.

Ammo Up increases the ammo loaded to the bowgun's magazine by one or two shots depending on the starting size of the magazine. If the ammo capacity is four or less then the capacity will be increased by one, five or more and the capacity will be increased by two.
Ammo Up works for bowguns with Auto-Reload but it will still reload after every shot.

Here is a table for what skill level affects each ammo type:

Ammo Type Ammo Up Level 1 Ammo Up Level 2 Ammo Up Level 3
Normal 1 + capacity    
Pierce 1 + capacity    
Spread 1 + capacity    
Sticky 1 + capacity    
Cluster 1 + capacity    
Normal 2   + capacity  
Pierce 2   + capacity  
Spread 2   + capacity  
Sticky 2   + capacity  
Cluster 2   + capacity  
Recovery 1   + capacity  
Poison 1   + capacity  
Paralysis 1   + capacity  
Sleep 1   + capacity  
Exhaust 1   + capacity  
Normal 3     + capacity
Pierce 3     + capacity
Spread 3     + capacity
Sticky 3     + capacity
Cluster 3     + capacity
Recovery 2     + capacity
Poison 2     + capacity
Paralysis 2     + capacity
Sleep 2     + capacity
Exhaust 2     + capacity
Flame     + capacity
Water     + capacity
Freezing     + capacity
Thunder     + capacity
Dragon     + capacity
Slicing     + capacity
Demon     + capacity
Armor     + capacity
Tranq     + capacity

Wyvern Ammo is not affected by Ammo Up.

Namielle Divinity also grants Free Elem/Ammo Up.

 

Equipment that grants Free Elem/Ammo Up

You can increase the level of Free Elem/Ammo Up by equipping the following items.

 

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  • Release Jewel 3 (x1)
  • Release/Evasion Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Release/Maintenance Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Release/Medicine Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Release/Physique Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Release/Protection Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Release/Vitality Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Bomber/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Crisis/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Drain/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Flight/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Fortitude/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Friendship/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Fungiform/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Gobbler/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Grinder/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Guardian/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Ironwall/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Jumping/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Refresh/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Resistor/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Satiated/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Sheath/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Slider/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Sprinter/Release Jewel 4 (x1)
  • Stonethrower/Release Jewel 4 (x1)

 

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    • Anonymous

      09 Sep 2018 23:46  

      Tested this with Rathbuster II and Fate's Ember LBGs to see if the clip size expand gets better with each rank of the skill. Tested on PC. Numbers are (no skill - Lvl1 Free Elem - Lvl2 Free Elem - Lvl3 Free Elem) Rathbuster Normal R1 (4-5-5-5) R2 (4-4-5-5) R3 (2-2-2-3) Pierce R1 (3-4-4-4) R2 (2-2-3-3) R3 (2-2-2-3) Spread R1 (3-4-4-4) Sticky R1 (2-3-3-3) Recover R1 (3-3-4-4) Poison R1 (6-6-8-8) Flaming (3-3-3-4) Slicing (2-2-2-3) Demon (2-2-2-3) Tranq (2-2-2-3) Fate's Ember Normal R1 (4-5-5-5) R2 (3-3-4-4) Pierce R1 (5-7-7-7) R2 (2-2-3-3) R3 (2-2-3-3) Spread R1 (3-4-4-4) R2 (2-2-3-3) Sticky R1 (2-3-3-3) Poison R1 (5-5-7-7) Paralyze R1 (4-4-5-5) Sleep R1 (5-5-7-7) Exhaust (4-4-5-5) Thunder (4-4-4-5) Slicing (1-1-1-2) Demon (1-1-1-2) Tranq (2-2-2-3) Might test a couple HBGs later. If anyone has different results feel free to post and correct.

      • Anonymous

        25 Aug 2018 06:32  

        Doesn't feel like it's worth having for the majority of ammos due to low efficiency. are there weapons where it's close to a 20% increase in dps?

        • Anonymous

          20 Aug 2018 00:00  

          The best weapons don't have hidden element, so this is kinda useless. Better spend that slot on something more useful, like handicraft of earplugs

          • Anonymous

            03 Jun 2018 03:44  

            Ammo Up lv 1 affects: normal 1, pierce 1, spread 1, sticky 1, and cluster 1.

            Ammo Up lv2 affects: normal 2, pierce 2, spread 2, sticky 2, cluster 2, recover 1, poison 1, paralysis 1, sleep 1, and exhaust 1.

            Ammo Up lv 3 affects: normal 3, pierce 3, spread 3, sticky 3, cluster 3, recover 2, poison 2, paralysis 2, sleep 2, exhaust 2, flaming, water, freezing, thunder, dragon, slicing, demon, armor, and tranq.

            Wyvern is not affected by Ammo Up.

            • Anonymous

              09 Mar 2018 14:11  

              you don't understand how decorations (gems) work then, its a gem that requires a level 3 gem SLOT; the gem itself is only a 1 level boost up to that skill (any skill). This game has a lot of bad bugs to it but what you are suggesting is not one of them.
              Reason it requires a level 3 slot is because it is a stronger ability than say, defence gem or attack gem.

              • 07 Mar 2018 13:18  

                Highly recommended for Heavy Bowgun builds, if you wish to eschew reloading during battle and unload as many ammo as you can, then this skill is the best for you.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Feb 2018 11:07  

                  I’ve only seen it on dual blades. The element damage is greyed out. Say thunder for 120 damage. If you have no item you don’t do any thunder. If you have a lvl 1 item you only get 30% of the thunder so damage of 40, and etc etc as you go up

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Feb 2018 04:39  

                    What exactly is a hidden element and what quantifiable real numbers can we expect from these percentages?

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