New Player Help in Monster Hunter World aims to assist newcomers to the Monster Hunter series or the Fifth installment to understand the game better. Tips for entry level players can be found throughout the wiki, and we recommend you read the following pages as well:
New Player Help
Selecting your Weapon
Your first choice will be your weapon. All weapons are able to complete hunts, just that some require a lot more skill to use than others. The Horn is an exception, as it buffs teammates and is primarily for group play. You can try out every weapon type in your training facility. The most familiar as compared to other action games would be Sword and Shield, Bow, Dual Blades, and the Long Sword. There is no penalty to swapping to a different weapon, and you do not need special equipment (armor) to use one. Simply craft a new weapon.
These are newbie-friendly overviews of the different weapon categories.
Monster Hunter World Newbie Guide
Monster Hunter World: Quests Guide
You obtain quests via your “handler”, who will display optional and required quests in detail. Quests in Monster Hunter World have a time limit (usually 50 minutes), and are failed if the timer runs out or if the player faints a number of times (usually 3). Other fail conditions are also available depending on the objective.
All quests will display trivia information about the client, and provide details on the destination, the main Monsters to hunt, and the rewards on offer for completion. Hunters use this information to plan ahead according to Monster weaknesses
After the quest is completed, special rewards can be obtained in addition to the ones listed originally, yielding coveted Materials.
Monster Hunter World: Campsites
Each zone has 2 or more campsites that allow you to fast travel across the map, eat some food, or change your equipment (in the tent). If you start a quest and realize you need to swap some pieces of gear, remember to go to your campsite tent!
Monster Hunter World: Supply Box
The Supply Box is an in-the-field restocking for your items as you arrive at the hunting destination. You have a variety of items that can be picked from here based on your storage and what you have collected among the way. Make sure to stock up!
Monster Hunter World: Scouting
Once you’re on the hunt, you will have to track down the beast you are after. For this, abilities such as the tracking of footprints are used. Interacting with a footprint generates a shining green trail that guides you in the direction of the monster, and is used as “breadcrumbs” to find them. Green scoutflies mean that your tracking your prey. Red means that you're in combat, and the scoutflies will hide. You'll eventually unlock blue ones, but they are for a specific set of targets.
Monster Hunter World: Stones
Having some ranged attacks is highly advisable, as Monsters aren’t always all by themselves. You can gather Stones and use them to attack far-away wildlife. An equipped Slinger can help you trigger environmental traps, blow up bombs, get attention from a target, or interrupt an ability.
Monster Hunter World: Material Carving
Once the hunt is done, you have 1 minute before you are automatically removed from the area and returned to the world hub. You should use this time to harvest materials from your slayed monster: these are later used for crafting, upgrades and trading. If you happen to be in an expedition there will be no time limit.
The manner by which you defeat the Monsters plays a role on the loot you get. Wounding the animal such as tail-cutting or creating a limp on its legs can give you special rewards. There’s also some capture rewards to look forward to!
Monster Hunter World: Capturing
Shortly into your quests you'll unlock the ability to Capture a monster. You can capture any monster but an Elder, and you won't see those until many hours later. You will need a trap to stun the monster, then some Tranq Bombs - at least two - to put it to sleep. Capturing a monster provides more materials than if you were to simply kill it. Unless the quest specifically says to kill a monster, it's a better option to capture it instead.
Monster Hunter World: Gear & Equipment Forging / Crafting
Players visit the Smithy, who can upgrade your equipment using the materials you have found and harvested in the field. Each weapon and armor has upgrade paths that can be followed, and are your key to becoming a more powerful and efficient Monster Hunter. Use the Wishlist feature to track which weapons/armor you want to upgrade and the game will let you know when you have the necessary materials to complete the craft.
You will also be able to create different sets of Armor from the various monsters you defeat. These choices are a significant portion of the fun of the game, and can present a difficult choice between fashion and efficiency!
To play by yourself, it is as simple as picking a quest and setting the max players to 1. If you never want to play with others, you can choose to never join an online session in the options menu. Although if you want to play with others make sure to turn back on this setting.
Select Your Equipment
You can change your gear at any item box in Astera or any tent while in the field.
Depart on the Quest
Once your preparations are complete and the quest has finished loading, you can go to any quest gate to embark on your quest!
Unless you have it set otherwise, Monster Hunter World will always try to put you into an online session with other players. You have several ways to choose what session to join, and they are as follows.
The game will try to find the best match for you, and if none exists, it will put you in your own session.
Creating your own session
This option will create your own session, and allow you to set it's search Criteria. These include things like player experience, Hunter Rank, quest types, and more.
Searching by Criteria
This allows you to search for sessions matching certain criteria; things like player experience, Hunter Rank, quest types, and more. After searching, you will be presented with a list of all sessions that met the criteria, allowing you to pick the one you want to join.
Searching by Session ID
Search for a session by using it's unique ID. The ID is a random bunch of letters and numbers that is case sensitive.
Squad Session Search
A quick search option that will show you every session that one of you squad members have joined. More Information: Squads
Joining Others on Quests
Once in a session, there are two ways to play with others. Joining a quest and SOS flares.
To join a quest, simply pick that option on the quest board and join a quest hosted by someone else in the session. You can also host a quest by choosing to do a quest and leaving the max players on 4.
SOS flares are the other option. You can use a flare from the menu while out on a quest, and if you do, it will allow other hunters to join you. You can also respond to SOS flares from choosing said option from the quest board. Note: SOS flares ignore what session you are in. This means that everyone will be able to see a flare that you use, and you can see every flare used by others.
Communicating during Quests
Chat and Gestures
You can use text and stickers in chat, or make use of a variety of gestures to communicate during quests.
You can turn in-game voice chat on or off with the following methods:
1. Title Screen Menu > Options > Audio > Voice Chat
2. Start Menu > System > Options > Audio > Voice Chat
3. Start Menu > Player List
You can test out each weapon type at training area, to do this, talk to your Housekeeper in your house and select training area.
Try out each weapon's attacks and techniques by attacking different objects within the training area. To switch to a different weapon, choose one from the item box.
All types of weapon ammo and phials are also available for testing. Additionally, items and ammo will not be consumed.
The Game Screen (In the Field)
This is the time limit for the quest. The blue hand indicates the time remaining. If the blue hand reaches the mark indicated by the red hand, time is up and the quest ends in failure.
The sun icon indicates daytime, and the moon icon indicates nighttime.
This shows your character's name.
This shows your character's health. This gauge is usually minimized, but will expand automatically depending on your combat status.
Your character will faint if the green portion of the gauge completely runs out. After taking damage, a portion of the gauge will remain red, and will recover automatically over time.
This shows your character's stamina. This gauge is usually minimized, but will expand automatically depending on your combat status.
Your character will use stamina while dashing or performing certain kinds of attacks. The amount of stamina consumed also varies under certain conditions. For example, less stamina is consumed out of combat than in combat.
Stamina refills over time, but the gauge's max value also shrinks periodically over long stretches of time. You can boost your stamina gauge's max value by eating well-done steaks and similar items.
How to Play Monster Hunter: World
You can eat a meal out in the field by sitting down at the camp Canteen. Eating meals provide various temporary skills and status boosts.
At the start of each quest, you'll find a supply box at camp. Make sure to stock up on useful items such as first-aid meds before heading out into the wild.
Changing Equipment at Camp
Inside the tent, you can change your hunter's and palico's equipment.
Entering the tent will restore your player character's and Palico's health, and also heal any abnormal statuses!
Tracking the Monster's Location
By examining large monster tracks, your scoutflies will pick up on the monster's trail, leading you to more traces of the monster. Follow your scoutflies as you collect traces to head towards the monster's location.
Depending on your surroundings, scoutflies will react to various objects and lead you to them. If you want to your scoutflies to focus on a specific target, press to open up your wildlife map, highlight the target and press to set it as your waypoint.
Keep in mind that scoutflies will hide when you're engaged in combat with a monster.
Utilizing the Slinger
The slinger is a multipurpose support tool that serves all kinds of uses out on a hunt. You can load stones and pods found out in the field into it to fire as projectiles, and even use it as a grappling hook in certain situations.
You can only use your slinger when your main weapon is sheathed, unless using the sword & shield.
Taking Advantage of Your Surroundings
Utilizing the environment can give you the edge during a hunt. Pay close attention to your surroundings and think about how you can use them to your advantage.
By crouching in brush, you can hide yourself from monsters and avoid combat. Monsters will still be able to spot you in certain cases, so make sure you have a good grasp of your surroundings.
Useful Flora and Insects
There are certain flora and insects that provide immediate effects when interacted with. For example, Vitalilies will replenish your health, and Flashflies emit a bright flash of light that can temporarily blind monsters.
There are certain areas that, when struck with a weapon or slinger projectile, will trigger boulders to fall. You can cause them to fall right on top of monsters with skillful timing.
Besides boulders, there are various other environmental traps you can use to your advantage. Examine your surroundings and utilize them wisely.
Using Specialized Tools
Specialized tools refer to clothing and equipment that grants you special abilities.
The Ghillie Mantle, for example, will temporarily camouflage you from monsters.
Effect Duration and Cooldown Times
Specialized tools must be equipped and then used as items in order to have any effect. They can be used an unlimited number of times, but have a cooldown time after each use.
You can check the effects of any specialized tools you have equipped from "Equipment Info" in the menu.