Optional Quests in Monster Hunter World (MHW). Players do not need to complete these quests to progress the story and access the game, but will benefit from special rewards for doing these additional objectives.  Optional quests unlock through various activities.

Please see Master Rank Optional Quests for Iceborne Expansion quest details.

Please see Event Quests for special optional weekly quests by Capcom. Please see Special Assignments for free Monster DLC quests.

Doing these objectives unlock optional quests:

  • Finding a monster, low rank and high rank count as separate
  • Capturing monsters, low rank and high rank count as separate.
  • Talking to Villagers with a (!) in Astera, Research Base, or Seliana.
  • Completing previous Optional quests
  • Randomly available Rare encounters that last for 2 quests and disappear
  • Fully researching monsters (all 4 tabs in the monster manual)
  • Hunting a certain number of different tempered monsters (quests/investigations with more than one tempered targets only register the first listed)
  • Your current progress level for Assigned Quests

"Special Arena:" Quests are unlocked by Capturing the monster first. Once completed, they appear randomly on your Quest Board. Keep in mind that if you capture a Low Rank Barroth, it will only unlock the Low rank Special Arena.

(!) => Those are Villagers' Requests

Rare encounters : Zorah Magdaros, Xeno'Jiiva, and Shara Ishvalda optionals
- Be sure to check your quest board as these only last for 2 quests total. You'll hear music in Astera change and a notification sometimes.


Optional in MHW



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Nine Stars Quests ⭐9


Master Rank Optional Quests in Monster Hunter World Iceborne (MHW). Master Rank Optional Quests are only available to players who own the Iceborne Expansion. These quests are not needed in order to progress the story and level up Master Rank, but they provide materials and unlock special tools, canteen foods and others.

Please see Event Quests for special optional weekly quests by Capcom. Please see Special Assignments for free Monster DLC quests.

  • Finding Master Rank monsters counts as it's own discovery
  • Capturing Master Rank monsters, gives more reward.  If the quest does not explicitly state "slay", then you should always try to capture a monster.
  • Talking to Villagers with a (!) in Seliana or the Research Station
  • Completing previous Optional quests
  • Fully researching monsters (all 4 tabs in the monster manual) especially for Mantle Upgrades. Fully Research them in Quests/ Expeditions or Investigations and report back to the Researcher to unlock the quest for Mantle upgrades if they do not pop out
  • Your current progress level for Master Rank Assignments
  • All Purr-fect quests reward In-Room Decorations

"Special Arena:" Quests are unlocked by Capturing the monster first. Once completed, they appear randomly on your Quest Board. Uncompleted MR Arena Quests will always be made available for you to complete. To check if you have completed the MR Arena Quests use your Hunters Journal to check if you have captured the monster at least once before. If you have and the Arena Quest is not available to you, you have already completed it.

(!) => Those are Villagers' Requests or special delivery bounties.


Master Rank Optional in MHW: Iceborne

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    • Anonymous

      19 Sep 2020 00:59  

      I've been trying to complete the six star optionals and I'm only missing a few special arenas. How would I get those optionals that I'm missing??

      • Anonymous

        13 May 2020 11:15  

        I have finish all 4 stars special arena quest in HR 73 and MR 18, when im searching how to finish the special arena quest I think I found bug, when we already finish the special arena quest (not all of them, take example just 3 out of 4) the quest like showing in optional quest (and marked as completed) and not showing at all. What I find the trigger is the last captured monster that if same monster and (stars level ?) the optional special arena quest is showing up no matter is completed or not and will be disappeared again if you captured another monster. the bug still concurred even you red-completed the 4 stars optional quest. in addition to unlock 4 stars special arena monsters you should capture HR 5 upper in low rank monster , hopefully it helps anyone to find the hint to make red-completed optional quest (maybe it works too in other special arena quest on other stars with this method)

        • Anonymous

          19 Nov 2019 03:51  

          You miss at least one of the special arena quests. You need to capture each monster in MR to get these. You probably only captured some of the old mosters only in low and high rank, but never in MR. Keep track of what special arenas show up on your board to narrow it down which one you still need

          • Anonymous

            05 Oct 2019 19:55  

            Hi My mr3 quests are Blue...i have caught all monsters what are in the list above include uragaan( Rathalos,Uragaan,Tigrex,Diabolos,Barioth,Nargacuga,Legiana, Glavenus,Odogarn,Brachyldos)... and that many Times ...have anyone a idea whats missing? Maybe Zorah?i didnt do it in master rank... Plz Help me

            • Anonymous

              07 Sep 2019 18:39  

              Was wondering if anyone could help me figure out if I have a bugged optional list? I looked here and multiple other places, but everywhere shows only three 1 star optionals which I have already completed (yet it still marks the 1 star selection as blue complete). I am a little ways in to the game (HR 61) and don't want to restart due to a bug blocking my eventual full completion. Any advice?

              • Anonymous

                25 Aug 2019 19:20  

                If you want to see what quests you are missing, just search for an SOS on the level of quest you are doing and look for one without a completed sign

                • Anonymous

                  05 Apr 2019 08:57  

                  Bois If u have blue completed, you should capture the Monsters you dont remember having captured. I captured all the Monsters and only on the 2nd time i got red completion

                  • Anonymous

                    30 Jan 2019 23:00  

                    Okay so I did everything. Every Arena Quest, Research Base, Everything.... 6Star still just shows blue completed sign..... I´m depressed af ... any recommendations? Please I need help ...

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Jan 2019 12:22  

                      I have everything completed and only had to do special arenas for ones that I actually did capture, monsters that I slayed when doing the optional quests did not require me to complete special arenas, make sure to complete the string of quests from the research base, it includes a couple deliveries before getting the last two rank 7 quests

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Jan 2019 06:32  

                        For clarification, to fully complete or get the red "completed" tag on your optional quests, you must unlock and complete all the special arenas. To unlock the special arenas, you must capture every monster that has a special arena. The info from the wiki is correct. If you're having the problem of still not being able to complete the 6* or 7* optionals, be sure to check with the research base as they have a few optional quests as well. Many players like myself tend to forget about that useless piece of airship. Cheers to the sexy third fleet master though. Happy hunting.

                        • Anonymous

                          18 Dec 2018 03:29  

                          every single quest complete, optional, and assigned, rank 100 quest complete, rainbow complete, silver oh great, I need to kill behemoth, well I can solo the repel one alone, just takes 45 minutes, now I need to actually kill it in 35 minutes, yea im fine with a silver rank

                          • Anonymous

                            16 Dec 2018 22:30  

                            Orange on everything from 1-6 & 8. I completed DevilJho and all the special Arena at 7* (captured all of them in 7*atleast 3 times) and it’s still blue. Frustrating cause I can’t progress my build!

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Nov 2018 05:46  

                              Not shure of it helps but the special area quests will always show if not compleated, after beating them they rotate. So if an arena quest does not show after a capture or two than move on to another monster you might be missing.

                              • Anonymous

                                11 Oct 2018 08:16  

                                I found something interesting today. First off, I can confirm this wiki is correct. Capturing a monster will make it available for Special Arena as long as that monster has a special arena, and is specific to High Rank/Low Rank. However, there is one caveat I found out. Helping a friend, it turns out that capturing a High Rank monster will unlock both Low Rank and High Rank arena quests. This is not true in reverse, as capturing a low rank monster will not unlock the high rank arena. This is only true for monsters that have both, a high rank and low rank quest, such as Pukei-Pukei or Rathian. Neat tidbit if you wanna be a bit more efficient in doing them all in late game.

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