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.

 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 seen 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 Aloy α Armor Set , Aloy Gamma Armor SetAnja α Set  or Anja β Set are equipped. 

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



Astera Blessing

Astera Blessing is unlocked by equipping 5 pieces from the Gala Suit Armor Set and Gala Suit Alpha Armor Set

"Often increases the number of rewards received at the end of a quest. (Does not work if joining a quest in progress)"


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 Mastery

Adds Bludgeoner when 2 pieces, Adds Non-elemental Boost when 4 pieces of Diablos α Set, Diablos β Set, Diablos Nero α Set ,Diablos Nero α Armor Set,Diablos Nero β Armor 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"


Diablos Power

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

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



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 Gamma Armor Set  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 Gammar Armor SetKushala α Set or Kushala β Set are equipped.

"Negates all wind pressure"


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"


Lunastra Favor

Adds Stamina Cap Up when 2 pieces of the Lunastra Alpha, Gamma or Beta armor set are equipped. Adds Mind's Eye/Ballistics when 4 pieces are equipped.

"Increases Stamina Cap."
"Prevents attacks from being deflected. Also shortens the distance before ammo and arrows reach maximum power"


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 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"



Odogaron Power

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

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


Pink Rathian Mastery

Adds Poison Duration Up when 3 pieces of Sakura Alpha Armor SetRath 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, Rathalos α Set, Rathalos β 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 Ryu Alpha Armor SetRathalos α Set, Rathalos β Set,Azure Starlord α Armor SetRath 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"


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.

"Elemental damage increased for jumping attacks."
"Prevents your weapon from losing sharpness during critical hits"


Teostra Technique

Adds Master's Touch when 3 pieces of Teostra Gamma Armor SetTeostra 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 Gamma Armor SetVaal 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 Gamma Armor Set (γ)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 Gamma Set, Zorah α Set or Zorah β Set are equipped

"Increases abnormal status effect damage when landing critical hits"













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.

Skill Levels: 1



Increases attack power and affinity when large monsters become enraged.

Skill Levels: 5



Increases the damage caused by jumping attacks.

Skill Levels: 1


aquaticAquatic Expert

Improves mobility in water.

Skill Levels: 3





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

Skill Levels: 3


windproof-skill-mhwAttack Boost

Increases attack power and affinity at higher level.

Skill Levels: 7


bbq-masterBBQ Master

Improves your skill at cooking meat.

Skill Levels: 1


blast-attack-skill-mhwBlast Attack

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

Skill Levels: 3




blast-resistance-skill-mhwBlast Resistance

Grants protection against Blastblight.

Skill Levels: 3


bleeding-resistanceBleeding Resistance

Grants protection against bleeding.

Skill Levels: 3


blight resistBlight Resistance

Grants protection against all elemental blights.

Skill Levels: 3



Increases the success rate of flash attacks and items.

Skill Levels: 1




Increases the damage of explosive items:

Skill Levels: 3



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

Skill Levels: 4


capacity-boostCapacity Boost

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

Skill Levels: 1


carving-proCarving Pro

Prevents knockback from attacks while carving.

Skill Levels: 1





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

Skill Levels: 1



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

Skill Levels: 5



critical-boostCritical Boost

Increases the damage of critical hits.

Skill Levels: 3


critical-drawCritical Draw

Increases affinity when performing draw attacks.

Skill Levels: 3



critical-eye-skill-mhwCritical Eye

Increases Affinity.

Skill Levels: 7


defense-boost-skill-mhwDefense Boost

Increases Defense.
Also increases Elemental Resistances at higher levels.

Skill Levels: 7



Shows rare gathering points on the Wildlife Map.

Skill Levels: 1


divine-blessingDivine Blessing

Has predetermined chance of reducing the damage you take.

Skill Levels: 3



dragon-attackDragon Attack

Increases the power of Dragon Attacks.

Skill Levels: 5


dragon-resistanceDragon Resistance

Increases Dragon Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.

Skill Levels: 3



Makes monster hit with slinger dung pods more likely to run.

Skill Levels: 1



Grants protection from large monsters' roars.

Skill Levels: 5




effluvial-resistanceEffluvia Resistance

Gain a resistance to effluvial buildup.

Skill Levels: 3


effluvial-expert-skill-mhwEffluvial Expert

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

Skill Levels: 1


dragon-resistanceElderseal Boost

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

Skill Levels: 1


evade-window-skill-mhwEvade Window

Extends the invulnerability period while evading.

Skill Levels: 5




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

Skill Levels: 3


Evade Extender

Increase evade distance.

Skill Levels: 3


fire-attack-skill-mhwFire Attack

Increases the power of Fire Attacks.

Skill Levels: 5


fire-resistance-skill-mhwFire Resistance

Increases Fire Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.

Skill Levels: 3

Flinch Free

Prevents knockbacks and other reactions to small damage

Skill Levels: 3



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

Skill Levels: 3


foragers-luck-skill-mhwForager's Luck

Increases the chance of finding rare gathering points.

Skill Levels: 1



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

Skill Levels: 1




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)

Skill Levels: 3


Free Meal

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

Skill Levels: 1



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

Skill Levels: 3



Reduces knockbacks and stamina depletion when guarding.

Skill Levels: 5





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

Skill Levels: 5


health-boost-skill-mhwHealth Boost

Increases health.

Skill Levels: 3


water-attack-skill-mhwHeat Guard

Nullifies damage from heat.

Skill Levels: 1


heavy-artillery-skill-mhwHeavy Artillery

Increase the firepower of ballistae and cannons.

Skill Levels: 2




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

Skill Levels: 5


honey-hunter-skill-mhwHoney Hunter

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

Skill Levels: 1


Horn Maestro

Increases the effect duration of hunting horn melodies.

Skill Levels: 2


hunger-resistance-skill-mhwHunger Resistance

Reduces maximum stamina depletion over time.

Skill Levels: 3



ice-attack-skill-mhwIce Attack

Increases the power of Ice Attacks.

Skill Levels: 5


ice-resistanceIce Resistance

Increases Ice Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.

Skill Levels: 3



Reduces the chances small monsters will attack after spotting you.

Skill Levels: 3


iron skinIron Skin

Grants protection against Defense Down.

Skill Levels: 3




item-prolonger-skill-mhwItem Prolonger

Extends the duration of some item effects.

Skill Levels: 3


jump-master-skill-mhwJump Master

Prevents attacks from knocking you back during a jump.

Skill Levels: 1


latent powerLatent Power

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

Skill Levels: 5


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

Skill Levels: 1





marathon-runner-skill-mhwMarathon Runner

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

Skill Levels: 3


master-fisher-skill-mhwMaster Fisher

Improves your skill at fishing.

Skill Levels: 1


master-gatherer-skill-mhwMaster Gatherer

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

Skill Levels: 1


master-mounter-skill-mhwMaster Mounter

Makes it easier to mount Monsters.

Skill Levels: 1




maximum-might-skill-mhwMaximum Might

Increases affinity when stamina is full.

Skill Levels: 3


Muck Resistance

Reduces impairments to mobility while stuck in monster muck.

Skill Levels: 1



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

Skill Levels: 3


normal shotsNormal Shots

Increases the attack power of normal ammo and normal arrows.

Skill Levels: 1




palico-rally-skill-mhwPalico Rally

Powers up Palicoes.

Skill Levels: 5


paralysis-attack-skill-mhwParalysis Attack

Increase the rate of paralysis buildup.

Skill Levels: 3


paralysis-resistance-skill-mhwParalysis Resistance

Reduce the duration of Paralysis.

Skill Levels: 3



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

Skill Levels: 3




Peak PerformancePeak Performance

Increases attack when your health is full.

Skill Levels: 3


piercing shotPiercing Shots

Increases the attack power of piercing ammo and Dragon Piercer.

Skill Levels: 1


poison-attack-skill-mhwPoison Attack

Increase the rate of poison buildup.

Skill Levels: 3


poison-resistance-skill-mhwPoison Resistance

Grants protection against the effects of poison.

Skill Levels:3




item-prolonger-skill-mhwPower Prolonger

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

Skill Levels: 3


pro-transporter-skill-mhwPro Transporter

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

Skill Levels: 1


quick-sheath-skill-mhwQuick Sheath

Speeds up weapon sheathing.

Skill Levels: 3


recovery-speed-skill-mhwRecovery Speed

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

Skill Levels: 3




recovery-up-skill-mhwRecovery Up

Increases the amount restored when restoring Health.

Skill Levels: 3



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

Skill Levels: 5



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

Skill Levels: 1



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

Skill Levels: 1





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

Skill Levels: 1


scoutfly-range-up-skill-mhwScoutfly Range Up

Expands your scoutflies' detection range.

Skill Levels: 1


sleep-attack-skill-mhwSleep Attack

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

Skill Levels: 3


sleep-resistance-skill-mhwSleep Resistance

Reduces the duration of sleep.

Skill Levels: 3




Slinger Capacity

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

Skill Levels: 3



Make it easier to dizzy monsters.

Skill Levels: 3


special-ammo-boost-skill-mhwSpecial Ammo Boost

Increases the power of bowgun special ammo and Dragon Piercer.

Skill Levels: 2


speed-crawler-skill-mhwSpeed Crawler

Increases movement speed while crouching.

Skill Levels: 1



speed-eating-skill-mhwSpeed Eating

Increases meat-eating and item consumption speed.

Skill Levels: 3


speed-sharpening-skill-mhwSpeed Sharpening

Speeds up weapon sharpening when using a whetstone.

Skill Levels: 3


Sporepuff Expert

Recover health when using sporepuffs.

Skill Levels: 3


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

Increases the attack power of spread ammo and power shot arrows.

Skill Levels: 1




stamina-surge-skill-mhwStamina Surge

Speeds up stamina recovery.

Skill Levels: 3


Stamina ThiefStamina Thief

Increases certain attacks' ability to exhaust monsters.

Skill Levels: 3



Makes it easier for monsters to lose sight of you.

Skill Levels: 3


stun-resistance-skill-mhwStun Resistance

Reduces stun duration.

Skill Levels: 3



thunder-attack-skill-mhwThunder Attack

Increases the power of Thunder Attacks.

Skill Levels: 5


thunder-resistance-skill-mhwThunder Resistance

Increases Thunder Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.

Skill Levels: 3


tool-specialist-skill-mhwTool Specialist

Reduces the Recharge time for specialized tools.

Skill Levels: 3


tremor-resistance-skill-mhwTremor Resistance

Grants protection against ground tremors.

Skill Levels: 3



water-attack-skill-mhwWater Attack

Increases the power of Water Attacks.

Skill Levels: 5



water-resistance-skill-mhwWater Resistance

Increases Water Resistance
Also improves Defense at higher levels.

Skill Levels: 3



weakness-exploit-skill-mhwWeakness Exploit

Increases the affinity of attacks that exploit a monsters weak spot.

Skill Levels: 3




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

Skill Levels: 5





Grants protection against wind pressure.

Skill Levels: 5


windproof-skill-mhwSurvival Expert

Extra health is recovered from environmental interactable like sporepuffs or wiggly litchi.

Skill Levels: 3

windproof-skill-mhwOffensive Guard

Temporarily increases attack power after executing a perfectly-timed guard.

Skill Levels: 3

aquaticAquatic/Polar Mobility

Lets you move more freely in water. Also prevents you from being slowed down by terrain effects, such as deep snow.

Skill Levels: 3


    • Anonymous

      18 Jan 2019 07:51  

      Other than being stuck, or it being something you must have why would you want to look up every -how to - for an entire video game? All the suspense is gone after looking up the whole game. It's a lot more enjoyable to see what you stumble on going in on your own gut. Creates a play type profile as well letting you know where you stand in the game. Characterises how you game, and if not then at least does so for a particular game. Log in, explore under every rock, and mental note/ or document what does, and doesn't work. Looking up all of it defeats the purpose.

      • Anonymous

        29 Mar 2018 20:35  

        To all the lazy ppl on here who don't know how to browse a website properly...

        Change this on the end of your URL:

        • 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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