Skills in Monster Hunter World (MHW) are buffs and abilities given to you by your armor, charms, and decorations. Every piece of Equipment that you have gives skill points to certain skills. There are three basic types of skills: basic skills, toggle skills, and Set Bonuses. For basic skills, the more points you have the stronger the skill becomes. Toggle skills require only one point as they are on or off. Set bonuses are special skills that you get for having a matching set of armor.


Before Monster Hunter: World...

Skills were set based on values, meaning that you had to obtain enough skill points to activate that skill (i.e: Critical Boost would need 10 Critical Up skill points). Some skills would be improved beyond their base level (i.e. Attack Up (M/Medium) would need 5 more Attack skill points to unlock, while Attack Up (S/Small), anything lower than 15 points (and at least 10) would remain as Attack Up (S). This system made it difficult to create viable mixed sets, using armor from different armor series to create a combination of skills that blended well together. Making mixed sets required lots of research, experimentation, and trial and error.

In fact, some skills were even negative. Negative skills are the opposite of their positive counterparts (i.e. Blind Eye was a negative counterpart to the Mind's Eye skill. The Blind Eye skill made it easier for attacks to bounce off). This system provided a challenge to those who wear such armor sets, and players are very cautious not to trigger these skills.


In Monster Hunter: World...

Now, skills are based on stacking the same skills together to enhance their strength in the field. This allowed players to easily experiment with different armor pieces to obtain different skills that suited their playstyle. Some may go for increased damage, with Attack Boost and Critical Eye skills being a priority, while some may play support and stack Wide-Range and Item Prolonger to apply certain self-affecting buffs to other teammates in the vicinity, and extend the duration of temporary buffs. Set Bonuses were implemented into the armor system to encourage players to also use the same monster armor sets. This means that the player can choose between having armor sets that fully strengthened certain abilities, or having mixed sets that focused on a diverse array of basic skills. Whatever the case may be, it is all up to the player and their playstyle.

Veteran players who have played previous installments should bear in mind that skills can have different names, but can perform similar functions to their past counterparts (i.e: The Agitator skill can be as a new variant to the Challenger skill in previous titles).


All Skills in MHW


Set Bonuses in MHW

Set bonuses are special skills activated when hunters equip 2 or more pieces of a specific set. Alpha and Beta sets share the same bonuses, so one can equip 1 Anja Alpha and 1 Anja Beta set and get the same bonus. All sets that share the same bonus name will have the same behavior, so the Diablos Alpha and Diablos Nero Beta can be mix-matches for the desired bonus.


Anjanath Power

Adds Adrenaline when 3 pieces of Anja Armor Set are equipped

"Temporarily reduces stamina depletion when health is at 40% or lower."


Anjanath Will

Adds Adrenaline when 2 pieces, adds Stamina Cap Up when 4 pieces of Anja α Set  or Anja β Set are equipped

"Temporarily reduces stamina depletion when health is at 40% or lower."
"Increases Stamina Cap"


Bazelgeuse Protection

Adds Guts when 3 pieces of Bazel α Set or Bazel β Set are equipped

"Once only, above a certain threshold, you withstand an attack that would normally cart you"


Commission Guidance

Adds Carving Master when 4 pieces of  Commission α Set or Commission β Set are equipped

"Lets you carve one additional time (no effect when joining mid-quest)"



Diablos Power

Adds Bludgeoner when 3 pieces of Diablos Set are equipped

"Raises attack as your weapon loses sharpness. Also boost ranged weapon melee attacks and odds of stunning"


Diablos Mastery

Adds Bludgeoner when 2 pieces, Adds Non-elemental Boost when 4 pieces of Diablos α Set, Diablos β Set, Diablos Nero α Set or Diablos Nero β Set are equipped

"Raises attack as your weapon loses sharpness. Also boost ranged weapon melee attacks and odds of stunning"
"Powers up non-elemental weapons you have equipped"


Guild Guidance

Adds Great Luck when 4 pieces of Guild Cross α Set or Guild Cross β Set are equipped

"High chance of increased game rewards (no effect when joining mid-quest)"


Kirin Blessing

Adds Capture Master when 4 pieces of  Kirin Armor Set are equipped

"High chance of increased capture rewards (no effect when joining mid-quest)"



Kirin Favor

Adds Capture Master when 3 pieces of  Kirin α Set or Kirin β Set are equipped

"High chance of increased capture rewards (no effect when joining mid-quest)"


Kushala Daora Flight

Adds Nullify Wind Pressure when 3 pieces of Kushala α Set or Kushala β Set are equipped.

"Negates all wind pressure"


Nergigante Hunger

Adds Hasten Recovery when 3 pieces of Nergigante α Set or Nergigante β Set are equipped

"Regenerates your health as you continuosly attack a monster. Recovery varies by weapon"


Odogaron Power

Adds Punishing Draw when 3 pieces of  Odogaron Armor Set are equipped

"Adds a stun effect to draw attacks and slightly increases attack power"



Odogaron Mastery

Adds Punishing Draw when 2 pieces, Protective Polish when 4 pieces of Odogaron α Set or Odogaron β Set are equipped

"Adds a stun effect to draw attacks and slightly increases attack power"
"Weapon sharpness does not decrease for a set time after sharpening"

Pink Rathian Mastery

Adds Poison Duration Up when 3 pieces of Rath Heart α Set or Rath Heart β Set are equipped.

"Extends the duration of your poison's effect on monsters"


Rathalos Power

Adds Critical Element when 3 pieces of Rathalos Armor Set are equipped

"Increases Elemental Damage when landing critical hits"


Rathalos Mastery

Adds Critical Element when 2 pieceMind's Eye/Ballistic when 4 pieces of Rathalos α Set, Rathalos β Set, Rath Soul α Set or Rath Soul β Set are equipped

"Increases Elemental Damage when landing critical hits"
"Prevents attacks from being deflected. Also shortens the distance before ammo and arrows reach maximum power"


Teostra Technique

Adds Master's Touch when 3 pieces of Teostra α Set or Teostra β Set are equipped

"Prevents your weapon from losing sharpness during critical hits"

Uragaan Protection

Adds Guard Up when 3 pieces of Uragaan α Set or Uragaan β Set are equipped.

"Allows you to guard against ordinarily unblockable attacks"


Vaal Hazak Vitality

Adds Super Recovery when 3 pieces of Vaal Hazak α Set or Vaal Hazak β Set are equipped

"Allows recovery to exceed the red portion of the health gauge"


Xeno'jiiva Divinity

Adds Razor Sharp/Spare Shot when 3 pieces of Xeno'jiiva α Set or Xeno'jiiva β Set are equipped

"Halves sharpness loss. For bows and bowguns, shots have a chance not to expend coatings or ammo"



Zorah Magdaros Mastery

Adds Critical Status when 3 pieces of Zorah α Set or Zorah β Set are equipped

"Increases abnormal status effect damage when landing critical hits"

Legiana Blessing

Adds Good Luck when 3 pieces of Legiana Armor Set are equipped

"Good chance of increased quest rewards (no effect when joining mid-quest)"

Legiana Favor

Adds Good Luck when 2 pieces, then Bow Charge Plus when 4 pieces of Legiana α Set or Legiana β Set are equipped.

"Good chance of increased quest rewards (no effect when joining mid-quest)"
"Increase Max Bow Charge level by one"


Soul of the Dragoon

Adds Elemental Airborne when 2 pieces of the Drachen Alpha Armor Set are equipped. Adds Master's Touch when 4 pieces are equipped



Lunastra Favor

Adds Stamina Cap Up when 2 pieces of the Drachen Alpha Armor Set are equipped. Adds Mind's Eye/Ballistics when 4 pieces are equipped








Basic Skills in MHW

Basic skills are available through multiple pieces of different sets, and can be mix-matched to increase their performance. Some skills only have 1 level and can be unlocked by equipping just one item. Below is an alphabetical list of all available equipment skills in Monster Hunter World.


attack-boost-skill-mhwAffinity Sliding

Sliding increases your affinity for a short time.



Increases attack power and affinity when large monsters become enraged



Increases the damage caused by jumping attacks


aquaticAquatic Expert

Improves mobility in water.





Strengthens explosive attacks like Gunlance shells, Wyvern's fire, charge blade phial attacks and sticky ammo. 


bbq-masterBBQ Master

Improves your skill at cooking meat.


blast-attack-skill-mhwBlast Attack

Increases the rate of blast buildup. (Elemental buildup has a maximum limit)


blast-resistance-skill-mhwBlast Resistance

Grants protection against Blastblight




bleeding-resistanceBleeding Resistance

Grants protection against bleeding


blight resistBlight Resistance

Grants protection against all elemental blights



Increases the success rate of flash attacks and items.



Increases the damage of explosive items




Increases the quantity of herbs and other consumable items you gather.


capacity-boostCapacity Boost

Increases the gunlance's shell capacity and charge blade's phial capacity


carving-proCarving Pro

Prevents knockback from attacks while carving



Decrease stamina consumption when evading while clinging to walls or ivy.





Reduces Stamina depletion when performing stamina-draining moves such as evading, etc


critical-boostCritical Boost

Increases the damage of critical hits


critical-drawCritical Draw

Increases affinity when performing draw attacks. 


critical-eye-skill-mhwCritical Eye

Increases Affinity.



defense-boost-skill-mhwDefense Boost

Increases Defense.
Also increases Elemental Resistances at higher levels.



Shows rare gathering points on the Wildlife Map


divine-blessingDivine Blessing

Has predetermined chance of reducing the damage you take.


dragon-attackDragon Attack

Increases the power of Dragon Attacks.



dragon-resistanceDragon Resistance

Increases Dragon Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.



Makes monster hit with slinger dung pods more likely to run



Grants protection from large monsters' roars


effluvial-resistanceEffluvia Resistance

Gain a resistance to effluvial buildup.




effluvial-expert-skill-mhwEffluvial Expert

Effluvial Expert nullifies or reduces environmental damage in the Rotten Vale.



Decreases the chances of destroying the bodies of small insect monsters, allowing them to be carved.


Evade Extender

Increase evade distance.


evade-window-skill-mhwEvade Window

Extends the invulnerability period while evading.



fire-attack-skill-mhwFire Attack

Increases the power of Fire Attacks.


fire-resistance-skill-mhwFire Resistance

Increases Fire Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.
Flinch Free

Prevents knockbacks and other reactions to small damage



Increases the fill rate for weapons with gauges and the charge rate for weapons with charge attacks.




foragers-luck-skill-mhwForager's Luck

Increases the chance of finding rare gathering points.



Increases your attack and defense every time you fall in battle, up to two times.


free-elem-ammo-up-skill-mhwFree Elem/Ammo Up

Unlocks your weapon's hidden element. Also increases bowgun loading capacity (there's a cap to loading capacity)


free-meal-skill-mhwFree Meal

Gives you a predetermined chance of consuming a food or drink item for free.





Increases the number of times you can use a gathering point.



Reduces knockbacks and stamina depletion when guarding.



Extends the weapon sharpness gauge. However, it will not increase the gauge past its maximum.


health-boost-skill-mhwHealth Boost

Increases health.




water-attack-skill-mhwHeat Guard

Nullifies damage from heat.


heavy-artillery-skill-mhwHeavy Artillery

Increase the firepower of ballistae and cannons



Increases attack power and Defense when health drops to 35% or lower.


honey-hunter-skill-mhwHoney Hunter

Increases the quantity of honey you receive when gathering in the field



Horn Maestro

Increases the effect duration of hunting horn melodies.


hunger-resistance-skill-mhwHunger Resistance

Reduces maximum stamina depletion over time


ice-attack-skill-mhwIce Attack

Increases the power of Ice Attacks.


ice-resistanceIce Resistance

Increases Ice Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels




Reduces the chances small monsters will attack after spotting you.


iron skin
Iron Skin

Grants protection against Defense Down


item-prolonger-skill-mhwItem Prolonger

Extends the duration of some item effects.


jump-master-skill-mhwJump Master

Prevents attacks from knocking you back during a jump.



latent powerLatent Power

Temporarily increases affinity and reduced stamina depletion when certain conditions are met.


leap-of-faith-skill-mhwLeap of Faith

Allows you to do a dive-evade when facing towards large monsters, and extends the dive-evade distance


marathon-runner-skill-mhwMarathon Runner

Slows down stamina depletion for actions which continuously drain stamina (such as dashing).


master-fisher-skill-mhwMaster Fisher

Improves your skill at fishing.




master-gatherer-skill-mhwMaster Gatherer

Allows you to gather more quickly, and also prevents attacks from knocking you back while gathering.


master-mounter-skill-mhwMaster Mounter

Makes it easier to mount Monsters.


maximum-might-skill-mhwMaximum Might

Increases affinity when stamina is full.


Muck Resistance

Reduces impairments to mobility while stuck in monster muck.




Lets you digest mushrooms that would otherwise be inedible and gain their advantageous effects.


normal shotsNormal Shots

Increases the attack power of normal ammo and normal arrows.


palico-rally-skill-mhwPalico Rally

Powers up Palicoes.


paralysis-attack-skill-mhwParalysis Attack

Increase the rate of paralysis buildup.



paralysis-resistance-skill-mhwParalysis Resistance

Reduce the duration of Paralysis.



Makes it easier to break or sever parts of large monsters.


Peak PerformancePeak Performance

Increases attack when your health is full


piercing shotPiercing Shots

Increases the attack power of piercing ammo and Dragon Piercer.



poison-attack-skill-mhwPoison Attack

Increase the rate of poison buildup.


poison-resistance-skill-mhwPoison Resistance

Grants protection against the effects of poison.


item-prolonger-skill-mhwPower Prolonger

Allows long swords, dual blades, insect glaives, switch axes and charge blades to stay powered up longer.


pro-transporter-skill-mhwPro Transporter

Increases your speed while transporting items and decreases the likelihood of dropping them.



quick-sheath-skill-mhwQuick Sheath

Speeds up weapon sheathing.


recovery-speed-skill-mhwRecovery Speed

Speeds recovery for temporary damage
(the red portion of the health gauge).


recovery-up-skill-mhwRecovery Up

Increases the amount restored when restoring Health.



Increases attack when you have recoverable damage (the red portion of your health gauge).




Improves evasion and reduces stamina depletion when afflicted with abnormal status effects



Increases your scoutflies' gauge fill rate when you find tracks and other traces left by monsters.



Speeds up progress on research levels and special investigations. (Effect is applied at the quest results screen).


scoutfly-range-up-skill-mhwScoutfly Range Up

Expands your scoutflies' detection range.



sleep-attack-skill-mhwSleep Attack

Increases the rate of sleep buildup. (Elemental buildup has a maximum limit)


sleep-resistance-skill-mhwSleep Resistance

Reduces the duration of sleep


Slinger Capacity

Increases the loading capacity for slinger ammo obtained in the field.



Make it easier to dizzy monsters.



special-ammo-boost-skill-mhwSpecial Ammo Boost

Increases the power of bowgun special ammo and Dragon Piercer


speed-crawler-skill-mhwSpeed Crawler

Increases movement speed while crouching


speed-eating-skill-mhwSpeed Eating

Increases meat-eating and item consumption speed.


speed-sharpening-skill-mhwSpeed Sharpening

Speeds up weapon sharpening when using a whetstone.



sporepuff-expert-skill-mhwSporepuff Expert

Recover health when using sporepuffs.


spread-power-shots-skill-mhwSpread/Power Shots

Increases the attack power of spread ammo and power shot arrows


stamina-surge-skill-mhwStamina Surge

Speeds up stamina recovery.


Stamina ThiefStamina Thief

Increases certain attacks' ability to exhaust monsters.




Makes it easier for monsters to lose sight of you


stun-resistance-skill-mhwStun Resistance

Reduces stun


thunder-attack-skill-mhwThunder Attack

Increases the power of Thunder Attacks.


thunder-resistance-skill-mhwThunder Resistance

Increases Thunder Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.



tool-specialist-skill-mhwTool Specialist

Reduces the Recharge time for specialized tools.


tremor-resistance-skill-mhwTremor Resistance

Grants protection against ground tremors.


water-attack-skill-mhwWater Attack

Increases the power of Water Attacks.


water-resistance-skill-mhwWater Resistance

Increases Water Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.



weakness-exploit-skill-mhwWeakness Exploit

Increases the affinity of attacks that exploit a monsters weak spot



Allows the effects of certain items to also affect nearby allies.



Grants protection against wind pressure.


windproof-skill-mhwAttack Boost

Increases attack power and affinity at higher level.



Elderseal Boost

Increases the Elderseal of weapons and dragon ammo. This skill can be
obtained from the Dragonseal Jewel 3 decoration.







    • Anonymous

      29 Mar 2018 20:35  

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      • Anonymous

        29 Mar 2018 20:27  

        All of you people are complaining... This is the best one I've found out there.... So what if it's missing some stuff... They/He/She will get to it...
        Instead of complaining that something is missing... do the work for it and post the data so that it can be put in here quicker...

        To the creator(s) - Thank you very much for all your hard work... I know how tedious data entry like this can be. Not to mention the programming time you have to put into fixing all the little bugs.

        • Anonymous

          01 Feb 2018 15:02  

          its been a week now and I rely hope they get this updated soon as I know there are more sets that have a bonus attached like the legiana its set bonus has a chance to give extra quest completion reward but only if you wore there from start to finish. not joining mid quest as then you wont get the effect.

          • Anonymous

            17 Dec 2017 08:54  

            I like it, no doubt, but I feel like there should be some kind of thrown based or slashing/bleeding damage category and there's untapped potential in the botanist tree.

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