The Guiding Lands is a Master Rank Location in Monster Hunter World Iceborne (MHW). This special area houses the endgame of the game and is only available to Master Rank hunters who have advanced Master Rank Assignments past the final boss. This is only available to players who own the Iceborne Expansion.
Patch 12.01 added a Tundra Region, similar to Hoarfrost Reach, and the Stygian Zinogre monster.
The Guiding Lands is a mysterious zone with biomes from all other zones in the everstream, and all the monsters from them as well.
The Guiding Lands Explanation
The Guiding Lands is a complex ecosystem consisting of multiple regions that affect each other. Go on expeditions in the Guiding Lands to find out more about the monsters and characteristics of each region.
Only Master Rank is available in the Guiding Lands. You'll receive Master Rank Points for any large monster you hunt in the Guiding Lands, even on expeditions. Large monsters will escape and be replaced by other large monsters after a while, but if you're fighting them or they are low on health, they will stay around longer. If you faint while on an expedition in the Guiding Lands, you will receive fewer rewards when hunting a large monster; for this reason, always claim your rewards by reporting your progress to The Handler at camp as soon as you're done with a hunt!
The main purpose of the Guiding Lands is obtaining high-level materials used to augment your gear: Great Spiritvein Gems and their smaller versions. Raise your region levels, kill tempered monsters, and make your gear the best it can be!
Guiding Lands Region Levels
The more you research the large monsters in each region, the more the region level will increase. At higher region levels, new, powerful species and tempered monsters may start appearing. Large monsters in the Guiding Lands will drop rare items and yield special materials if you carve or capture them, so make sure to take them to the Smithy!
How to level up regions? Research like gathering tracks, trapping, breaking parts, capturing or slaying a monster will contribute points to level up the regions. If a monster can only spawn in one region, such as Great Jagras only in the forest, all the points will be given to that region. However, if a monster can spawn in multiple regions, the points will be distributed to these regions, where the region it currently resides will take the largest portion. Considering the fact that not all regions can reach level 7 at the same time (as will be explained below), it's better to focus on leveling up one region at a time. Therefore, researching or hunting those monsters exclusively belonging to a single region (such as Great Jagras) is the most efficient way. Among all research approaches, hunting a monster still gives the highest region level points. However, hunting and luring monsters both take time, and monster track generation also needs time, so the best strategy to level up region is to use a lot of traps during a hunt. Since one hunter can only carry a very limited number of traps in the pouch, hunting with a full 4-player group and everyone doing trap spam is the best way.
Region levels initially cap out at 4 and will need to be lifted to 5, 6 and finally 7 by finishing the assignments given at Master Rank 49, 69 and 99.
After reaching a certain total region level cap, region levels will start to decrease when levelling others. You will start to notice the level cap after having half your regions at max + a little more(at MR 100 with Volcanic and Tundra region the cap will be at 7/7/7/4/1/1 max levels spread through the hunters regions).
Is it possible to have all regions at max level? The answer is Yes, but realistically the answer is No. Datamining has shown that every time you hunt a monster in the Guiding Lands, whether it's in the hunters own guiding lands or someones else, it increases the max cap. The amount of points towards the max cap is (3 points * level of the region of that monster) every time a monster is captured or killed. Increasing the cap by 1 level needs 10,000 points, which means at least 10,000 / (3*7) = 477 successful hunts. Having all 6 regions at level 7 will require (15 levels) * 10,000 points / (3*7 points) = 7143 monsters in level 7 regions, which is why it's an unrealistic goal.
Guiding Lands Special Tracks
In the Guiding Lands, examining Signs of a Turf War can occasionally result in finding special tracks that contain dropped materials from other monsters.
If you examine these tracks, you'll be able to obtain analyzed special tracks, which serve as pheromones to lure out the monster in question.
Tracks can also be found by carving or capturing large monsters. Until the tracks are fully analyzed, you'll only be able to tell what species it is, but you can analyze multiple species simultaneously. For more information on special tracks, look at your info tab in the start menu and see "Check Special Tracks".
There are four ways of analyzing special tracks.
- Slay or capture large monsters
- Examine signs of turf wars to discover special tracks of the same species.
- Destroy large monster parts in the Guiding Lands. You can advance analysis once per monster species by breaking one of their body parts. Naturally, breaking parts of a monster of the same species will be more effective. If the body part belongs to the monster you're actually analyzing, the analysis will be completed instantly.
- You may also obtain analyzed special tracks (lures) directly from Tempered Monsters - each tail carve is one lure, each kill is one lure.
Once a track has been analyzed, you can talk to the Handler at camp to lure out a copy of the analyzed monster, but note the following:
- When Elder Dragons enter the map, they force another monster to leave (there can be either 3 non elders, or 1 elder and 1 non-elder at any given time). If one enters the map at the same time you lure out a monster, it can be instantly deleted and never appear.
- Luring a monster out consumes one lure
- Luring will coerce the monster into its tempered version if your region level is high enough. (i.e. luring a Rathian into a level 5 Forest Region will produce a Tempered Rathian) Save your Elder Lures for level 7 regions to get Great Spiritvein Gems!
Farming lures is easy: kill tons of tempered monsters and carve their tails. Then you can fight any monster you want whenever you want.
Guiding Lands Multiplayer
The Guiding Lands has been added to the quest board and World Map. Point the cursor to the Guiding Lands and go on an expedition. You can also go on expeditions via the quest board, and press R2 or L2 to check info for each region and see what monsters are currently there.
When going on an expedition in the Guiding lands, you can select your own objective when you depart. This will help other players with the same objective to find you more easily. You can also change the objective by talking to The Handler at camp during your expedition.
If you want to join other player on their expeditions in the Guiding Lands, go to the Quest Board or talk to The handler. A guiding Lands options is available on the quest board menu. You can join by responding to SOS flares or join an expedition in the same session.
If you join other players on their expeditions in the Guiding Lands, the results will be reflected on the status of your own Guiding Lands as well, so it pays off to help each other out in multiplayer!
When joining other players, the region levels of the Guiding Lands will be adjusted to the leader's progress.
In the Guiding Lands, mining outcrops and bonepiles will also produce special materials that can't be obtained elsewhere. Each region has 8 region specific materials: 4 unique ores and 4 unique bones per region. Mining outcrops can additionally drop fuel for the Steamworks, while bonepiles have a chance of yielding account items that give the player a good amount of research points.
A common misconception that many players have is that a person's region level is what affects which resources you are able to obtain, when actually your region's level has nothing to do with the resources it yields. Instead, resources have their own leveling system in which each resource has its own progress bar for each region, for a total of 12 progress bars. Each progress bar can be filled by mining/gathering resources that correspond to whichever resource/region the progress bar represents. As you collect materials and fill your progress bars, you will see resources go through a total of three tiers based on how close to being filled your progress bar is. Tiers are indicated by the color of the progress bar as well as the color of the resource icon that pops up when you are within gathering distance of a resource node. Not only that, but resource nodes will change their appearance and grow in size based on which tier they are. The tiers and their colors as well as their corresponding materials can all be found below:
Tier 1 (Yellow) = Tier 1/Tier 2 Materials
Tier 2 (Orange) = Tier 2/Tier 3 Materials
Tier 3 (Red) = Tier 3/Tier 4 Materials
Tier 4 (Red) = Tier 4 Materials
Although Tier 4 resource nodes have the same color as Tier 3 resource nodes, they are very different, and only spawn under special circumstances which will be covered later.
Gathering nodes only spawn in two areas per region, and only in set locations. It is 6 and 7 for the Forest, 8 and 9 for the Wildspire, 10-11 for the Coral Highlands, and 12-13 for the Rotten Vale. They also respawn immediately after leaving the region, so it's very efficient to farm two adjacent regions in an alternating fashion. Recommended skills include Intimidator, Paralysis Resistance (for Vespoids), Master Gatherer, and Geologist level 3. Use the Ghillie Mantle or Assassin's Mantle for quick and efficient gathering, and bring Dung Pods to expel large monsters. Flinch free is helpful, eat for Felyne Harvester, and pick a route. One great example route is linked [link deleted] by reddit user /u/Conservation_OA.
The items per region are as seen below:
Note that each resource node yields materials based on its tier. There is also a small chance that resource nodes may yield materials from the tier above. Tier 1 resource nodes can yield both Tier 1 and Tier 2 materials, Tier 2 resource nodes can yield Tier 2 and Tier 3 materials, and Tier 3 resource nodes can yield Tier 3 and Tier 4 materials. In general, materials that are a tier above your resource nodes are much rarer, whereas materials that have the same tier as your resource nodes are much more common. The only exception to this rule is Tier 4 resource nodes, which always yield one Tier 4 material. The materials available at each tier and the general likelihood of obtaining them can be found below:
Blue = Common
Orange = Rare
Although there is a small chance of obtaining Tier 4 materials from regular resource nodes once you have reached stage 3 in your progress bar, it is extremely low and therefore an unreliable method for farming them. Instead, as previously mentioned, Tier 4 materials have a special mechanic in which players can spawn special resource nodes called Giant Mining Outcrops and Giant Bonepiles that have a guaranteed chance of giving the player exactly one Tier 4 material from the corresponding region/resource. This is done by completely filling up the progress bar for a particular region/resource. Upon filling the progress bar for a resource, players will see a message pop up on their screen that either says "Giant Mining Outcrops!" or "Giant Bonepiles emerged!" depending on whether they fill the progress bar for Mining Outcrops or Bonepiles respectively. Not only that, but if players go to their Resource Information tab in their Map, they will see a small exclamation mark next to the resource/region that the Giant Mining Outcrop/Giant Bonepile spawned in. Once a player has filled up their progress bar for a region/resource it will reset itself, allowing players to repeat the process.
|Giant Mining Outcrops||Guiding Forest Crystal||Guiding Wasteland Crystal||Guiding Reef Crystal||Guiding Effluvial Crystal||Guiding Magma Crystal||Guiding Rime Crystal|
|Giant Bonepiles||Guiding Forest Dragonbone||Guiding Wasteland Dragonbone||Guiding Reef Dragonbone||Guiding Rotted Dragonbone||Guiding Volcanic Dragonbone||Guiding Tundra Dragonbone|
Another interesting thing about Giant Mining Outcrops and Giant Bonepiles is the fact that they have designated spawn points in each region of The Guiding Lands, making it extremely easy to locate them once they spawn. A list of each spawn point for Giant Mining Outcrops and Giant Bonepiles can be found below:
In order to keep track of your resource levels for different regions/resources, players have access to the Region Information tab, which contains progress bars for both mining outcrops and bonepiles for each region. Players can access the Region Information tab one of two ways:
- While in the Guiding Lands, open your Map and look at the bottom left corner. There should be a large rectangular box labeled "Region Information". At the bottom of the box, you will see that you are looking at one of two available pages. Switch over to the second page, and you will be looking at your Resource Information tab.
- If you are not in the Guiding Lands, you can still see your Resource Information tab by going to the Map and switching to the World Map. Once there, hover your mouse over The Guiding Lands destination in the top left corner. A small rectangular box similar to the one mentioned before will pop up, this time with 3 pages instead of 2. Proceed to the third page, and you should be looking at your Resource Information tab.
Monster Materials in the Guiding Lands
When you fight monsters in the Guiding Lands, carve them, break their parts, or flinch shot them, they often drop special materials unique to the Guiding Lands. These take the form of two unique items per monster species -- one for the normal version, one for the tempered version (e.g. a Barioth might drop Coldblooded Icefang, but a Tempered Barioth will only drop Tempered Icefangs). Note that due to a bug, one point of Geologist will double the number of drops - always equip Geologist in the Guiding Lands. In addition to the unique materials, monsters will also drop bones common to many species, and tempered monsters will drop spiritvein gems used for master rank augmenting. The bone system is explained below:
- Tier 1 Monsters (denoted N1 below) drop Fierce Dragonvein Bone
- Tier 2 Monsters (denoted N2 below) drop Heavy Dragonvein Bone
- Tier 3 Monsters (denoted N3 below) drop Dragonvein Solidbone
- Elder Dragons (denoted ED below) drop Elder Dragonvein Bone
- Threat level 1 Monsters (denoted T1 below) drop Spiritvein Slogbone and Spiritvein Gem Shard
- Threat level 2 Monsters (denoted T2 below) drop Spiritvein Solidbone and Spiritvein Gem
- Some Threat level 2 Monsters (denoted T2* below) drop Spiritvein Solidbone and Great Spiritvein Gem
- Threat level 3 Monsters (denoted T3 below) drop Elder Spiritvein Bone and Great Spiritvein Gem
You should strive to kill one of each monster (in its tempered form, if any) so that you can elder meld to transmute higher tier materials into lower tier materials as necessary.
Materials by region
Monster Frequency by Region
Forest Region Monster List
Wildspire Region Monster List
Tundra Region Monster List
Coral Region Monster List
Rotted Region Monster List
Volcanic Region Monster List