Tips in Monster Hunter World (MHW) can be found in the ingame Play Guide, accessed form the Start Menu's Info section.
The following is a documentation of several Tips from the Fundamentals and Hunting Tips portions of the Tip List, accompanied by links to relevant pages. This resource is for new Hunters who might now know where to begin either ingame or in browsing the Wiki.
Preparing for a Hunt
Prepare yourself for quests by carefully considering the best Armor, Skills, Palico Gadgets, and Weapon Element for the job at hand. Remember that you can also change your Loadout at camp.
There are soft parts of monsters that are weak to attacks, just as there are tougher, more resistant parts. Identifying a monster's weak parts is the key to becoming a successful hunter.
When an attack lands on a Monster, a grey damage number will indicate an armored Monster Part, meaning it has a low Monster Part multiplier. An orange damage number indicates a softer Part with a higher Part multiplier.
There are five elements: Fire, Thunder, Water, Ice, and Dragon. Take advantage of a monster's elemental weaknesses to deal extra damage to it.
You can mount monsters by striking them with attacks in midair. Once mounted, if you avoid getting thrown off the monster while you continue to damage it, you can knock it down.
Some weapons are more adept at mounting a Monster than others. For example, the Insect Glaive allows for many midair attacks, building up mounting damage faster.
Know Your Environment
There are myriad endemic creatures and points of interest in the environment that will help you on hunts. You can see where and what they are by checking your map.
Crafting Materials, Slinger Ammo, and environmental hazards can all be used to the Hunter's advantage during a hunt. Paying attention to one's surroundings can allow one to craft many Items on the fly or change the course of a fight with well timed hazards or Slinger Ammo.
When large monsters encounter each other, they may end up attacking one another. Take advantage of these situations to turn the hunt to your favor.
Additionally, Monsters can often be repelled with Dung Pods, allowing a Hunter to focus on one target at a time.
Breaking Monster Parts
Focusing your attacks on specific body parts may break them, weakening the monster and sometimes limiting its mobility or its attacks. There are also materials that can only be gained from breaking certain parts.
In nearly all cases, a Monster's head and limbs can be broken or, in the case of a tail, severed. Severing a tail will require a Weapon that deals Cut Damage.
Breaking a Monster part will reduce the Damage dealt and increase the Damage received by that part (meaning a higher Part Multiplier) and limit the attacks the Monster can do. In addition, this will reduce its Stamina, causing it to become Exhausted faster.
Using the Environment
Observe your surroundings carefully. The environment is filled with ledges to jump off, walls to climb, and slopes to slide down.
Ledges, walls, and slopes all allow a Hunter to deal damage from midair and mount a Monster.
Wedge beetles can be found in many different places. Fix your aiming reticle on one and press / / to hook on to it and swing across.
Wedge Beetles can be used to avoid environments like deep water, climb faster, and deal damage from midair.
See Slinger for more information.
Armor is imbued with skills that carry positive effects and boost your attributes. Choose armor with skills that best complement your choice of weapon or play style.
You can choose between camera types in the options. Focus: Always fixed to the target. Target: Fixes to the target when you press the button.
You can change various camera settings from the start menu.
The farther away the camera, typically the easier it is to see what's going on in a fight - in particular for close-range melee attacks. Other settings change they way the Focus feature or Slinger reticle behave or adds dynamic camera movement.
You can fast travel to camp by selecting it from the Wildlife Map, but be careful: You cannot fast travel while in combat or when a monster has been alerted to your presence
You can restore lost Health by using Potions. If you have some Honey, you can combine it with a Potion to make a Mega Potion, which restores even more Health.
Dashing, evading, and performing certain actions will deplete your Stamina. Your maximum Stamina will also gradually decrease over time, but it can be maintained by eating Well-Done Steaks or Rations.
The Great Sword, Dual Blades, Hammer, Lance, Gunlance, Insect Glaive, and Heavy Bowgun all require Stamina to block attacks and perform certain actions.
Rations are often provided in the Supply Box on Quests, while both Rations and Well-Done Steaks can be made by oven roasting various Monster materials at the Canteen.
Crouching and Camouflage
Press the dodge button while standing still to crouch. Crouching in brush grants you camouflage so you can hide from Monsters.
See Environment and Hazards for more information on environmental components like Sporepuff.
Close-range Weapons gradually lose Sharpness with each attack. As a Weapon's Sharpness level falls. its attacks are more likely to be deflected, but you can restore its Sharpness with Whetstones.
To increase your maximum Health, drink Nutrients or Max Potions, which can be obtained by Crafting.
Additionally, maximum Health can be increased with the Health Boost Skill or meals from the Canteen.
Canteen Meals, Nutrients, and Max Potions can be stacked to reach a bonus of 50 Health, while an additional 50 Health can be granted by the Health Boost Skill.
Scoutflies respond automatically to Monster traces and many other substances in the environment. If you feel lost in a new Locale, follow your Scoutflies to discover points of interest or grow accustomed to your surroundings.
While in the field, the Map can be opened with the PS4's touch pad / / M. Once in the Map a waypoint can be selected for the Hunter's Scoutflies to follow.
A waypoint can be set on an Item gathering point, Slinger Ammo, Endemic Life, or a Large Monster.
Additionally, gathering Monster tracks will raise the Scoutfly Level for that Monster, allowing the Scoutflies to find a Monster with greater efficiency. The Scoutfly Level for a Monster degrades over time. See the Ecological Researcher in the Tradeyard of Astera for more information.