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 "kill", 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

      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?

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Apr 2018 17:41  

                              Special Arena quests don't randomly reappear after you complete them... You need to recapture the monster.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 Apr 2018 04:52  

                                There's a new red quest icon that came with the Kulve Taroth update. It appears in the same place where the speech bubble icon is. Anyone know what Its deal is?

                                • Anonymous

                                  14 Mar 2018 11:36  

                                  I already clear all the quest in 6* and finish captured all the monster for special arena quest... But why still haven't fully complete?? It's still blue color complete word...

                                  • Anonymous

                                    09 Mar 2018 09:45  

                                    I have completed every quest on this page yet it says I'm missing one on 7*...I have no npcs to talk to or deliveries left to deliver

                                    • Anonymous

                                      08 Mar 2018 10:46  

                                      New World Sky, New World Flower i think u need to be hr60, beat a number of raths or its random after you beat the tempereds. I beat 5 different temperd level 2 threats and it didnt unlock then i grinded some events for crowns and it poped.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        06 Mar 2018 06:46  

                                        I got all of them done bot the 9 star. In regards to hunting tempered breasts, does it have to be exploration or will investigations work?

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