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

  • Finding a monster, low rank and high rank count as separate
  • Capturing monsters, low rank and high rank count as separate.  If the quest does not explicitly state "slay", then you should always try to capture a monster.
  • Talking to Villagers with a (!) in Astera or the Research Station
  • 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 : Xeno'Jiiva and Zorah Magdaros 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



Seven Stars Quests ⭐7

Eight Stars Quests ⭐8

Nine Stars Quests ⭐9


    • 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.

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Sep 2018 21:50  

                      OK so special Arenas rotate That's why for some of you they aren't appearing. You can either wait for it to rotate in your optional quests or you can join online sessions for those you don't have.

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Aug 2018 12:46  

                        isn't special arena always appear for once after you capture a monster? i mean clear sp.arena and then go re-capture them again to get another sp.arena

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Aug 2018 04:59  

                          White winds of the new world needed to have all research completed I thought, aside from the content they added later

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Aug 2018 03:26  

                            Good list, but kinda find it dumb that I ended up capturing all the monsters in 7, 3 times, and not a single one popped.

                            • Anonymous

                              31 Jul 2018 02:57  

                              missing 6* quests and 9* which both are in blue complete. random capture quests to trigger the special arena quests?

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Jul 2018 17:19  

                                So what i gotta keep capturing the same monster(s) till they finally show up in the arena? Kinda annoyed that its not instant being that ive caught everything possible multible times already in highrank and lowrank

                                • Anonymous

                                  25 Jun 2018 07:20  

                                  For all the people that are wondering why the Area HR missions are missing is because they are rotatory. Sometimes you would have 6 stars paoulomu and no barroth and some other times you would have 6 stars barroth but not paulomu.
                                  Tried and tested and that's how it works.
                                  Kind Regards

                                  • Anonymous

                                    09 Jun 2018 22:22  

                                    I’ve captured penty of high rank and low rank monsters but I’m still missing like 5 quests for the 7 star

                                    • Anonymous

                                      19 May 2018 17:46  

                                      I complete all 1 - 8 mission and i have the orange complete but the white winds of the new world doesn't appear

                                      • Anonymous

                                        19 May 2018 16:32  

                                        guess I got to murder that Hazak...damn you Capcom...
                                        (also that tempered Barroth and Baan can go jump in acid water)

                                        • Anonymous

                                          07 May 2018 21:53  

                                          For the "Kill 3 Tempered Monster(Threat level 3)" Quest, does the story quest with the tempered Kirin count?

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