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Investigations are a type of free-roam Quest in Monster Hunter World (MHW). Players will take on these activities to advance their characters and gather useful materials.

 

How it works

 

Killing, capturing, breaking monster parts and investigating monster traces have a random chance to grant an also random investigation.

Killing small monsters gives a slaying investigation related to this specific species.
The large monster investigations however are unpredictable, even though it seems to be related to the monsters threat level. There are 3 threat levels and you unlock investigations of the same level as what triggered it.
Example: Investigating a Barroth (threat level 1) footprint will give a threat level 1 investigation. If the Barroth is tempered then the investigation will be too.

 

 

 

Informations

 

Each investigation can be completed a random number of time and has random conditions: 

  • Time limit: 15, 30, 50 minutes
  • Faint limit: 1 to 5 allowed

The zenny reward is based on the targets species and number and can randomly be doubled. You can use a daily voucher to double the zenny reward again.

In addition, each investigation has a number of bonus reward slots, colored in bronze, silver or gold. The number of bonus slots seems to be random, ranging from 2 to 5. But there is a correlation between the quests conditions and the slots color, harsher conditions generally means more gold slots. The slots color seems to indicate different drop rate, but not a different loot table (i.e: a gem can drop in a bronze slot, but is more likely to drop in a gold one)

High rank investigations, like other quests, have a high probability to have decorations as quest reward.

After completing the Land of Convergence quest, investigations can have Tempered targets. Tempered investigations rewards the player with decorations in each bonus reward slot (purple), often Streamstone Shard/Streamstone/Gleaming Streamstone (respectively from threat level 1 / 2 / 3 investigations) and very rarely augment materials as quest reward.

 

Tips & Notes

Threat Level 2 Tempered Investigations Farming Method

If you get a Tempered Bazelgeuse investigation (Elder's Recess), you can use it to farm other Threat Level 2 tempered investigations easily. Take skills enhancing your movement and stamina, you are going to run/climb a lot but not fight.
The Bazelgeuse should spawn in its nest in sector 4, so start from Eastern Camp (8) and climb all the way up to get 4-5 investigation points.
Then follow this direction : Sector 4 > 9 > fast-travel to Southern Camp (1) > 7 > fast-travel to Eastern Camp (8) > 4 > 9 > ...

Look at your map to understand the Bazelgeuse pathing and where to look for footprints/scales. It should always leave the sector as soon as you enter it, just be sure to not engage it so it can refresh the footprints.
The Bazelgeuse will sometimes need to eat and go in Sector 11 or sleep in sector 4, just wait for it to leave, get the investigations points and go back to the usual pathing.
I was getting an average of 1 investigation per cycle, which is more than 20 in 50 minutes.

Likewise, if you get a Tempered Diablos or Black Diablos investigation, you can use them to farm other Threat Level 2 tempered investigations. At this point, you want to go into the cave where they can be found, and wait, every 5 to 10 minutes or so, they will leave the cave to eat, and it is at this time where you can walk around and grab all the footprints they leave behind. You will easily farm multiple investigations (around 2 or 3 per round of pickups, although can be higher or lower depending on your luck)  per quest.

 

Investigations in MHW

Slaying Investigations

  • Slay XX [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
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  • Slay XX [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
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  • Slay XX [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki
  • Slay XX [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki

Hunting Investigations

  • Hunt All Targets [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki
  • Hunt All Targets [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki
  • Hunt All Targets [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki
  • Hunt All Targets [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki

Capture Investigations

  • Capture [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki
  • Capture [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki
  • Capture [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki
  • Capture [Monster] - HR ?? or higher
    xxxx zenny-currency-mhworld-wiki



    • Anonymous

      01 Sep 2018 01:38  

      "After completing the Land of Convergence quest, investigations can have Tempered targets." I started finding tempered target traces and unlocking their investigations after fighting Nergigante.

      • Anonymous

        31 Aug 2018 06:40  

        Remember to read all the tutorials. A lot of questions are being asked here that could have been answered by the tutorial notes. Save yourself the trouble of coming here, posting, and waiting for a reply by reading them.

        • Investigations [MHW Wiki]16 Aug 2018 05:01  

          I've been farming rathian and capturing her in high rank in a lot of kinda ways that must help me get rubies but the rathian investigation just won't pop out in high rank

          • Anonymous

            05 Aug 2018 00:21  

            Anyone having an issue getting investigation after the new ff event patch? Tried farming temp nergigante for 3 hours didn’t get a single investigation

            • Anonymous

              15 Jun 2018 14:35  

              I can not unlock a investigation-level 6 for Rodoban. I am still killing him, looking for traces but in the supply depot I received only investigate for the great girros. Why? I do not understand.

              • Anonymous

                17 Feb 2018 03:26  

                Some of the investigations say something like "upsurge: bone piles" or "flourish: herb gathering" or something like that. What does this mean? Are those nodes increased during the investigation?

                • Anonymous

                  06 Feb 2018 15:51  

                  Why are there so many of the same investigation quests? I've been farming rathian and capturing her in high rank in a lot of kinda ways that must help me get rubies but the rathian investigation just won't pop out in high rank.....this is blowing my mind

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Jan 2018 20:44  

                    How do you unlock these? I've always made sure to investigate things like monster tracks, but I'm in the Rotten Vale, and the Investigations category is still greyed out.

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