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Invader in the Waste

Nathan Garvin

Travel to whichever camp you prefer, then make your way to AREA 2, where you should start finding signs of a Pukei-Pukei. Investigate them, then follow them to AREA 3, along the way examining more clues, and perhaps the odd “??? Rathian” track. Eventually you should track down the Pukei-Pukei, which is definitely not your average specimen! At this point you’ll be encouraged to flee by The Handler, and if you do you can pick up the optional quest Pukei-Pukei Ambush to hunt down this beast in a proper quest, rather than in an expedition. It’s not strictly necessary, however, so if you’re feeling feisty, don’t fear engaging the beast now.

Quest Info
Objective: Hunt a Pukei-Pukei
Reward Money: 7200z
Time Limit: 50 min.
Conditions: HR 11 or higher
Failure Conditions: Time Expires / Faint 3 Times
Other Monsters: Apceros / Kestodon / Nolos / Gajalaka

While being more aggressive than usual, the Pukei-Pukei’s attacks are generally the same. It’ll attack more frequently, sometimes even relentlessly, so the same openings you may have come to rely on for the lower-rank Pukei-Pukei may no longer be there, and of course, this high-rank Pukei-Pukei will do considerably more damage. Capture the monster, or kill it and carve it, after which you’ll return to Astera automatically.

Back in Astera, the Commander will babble about this new threat, which he hastens to confront by deploying his strongest hunters. Maybe allowing Zorah Magdaros to ravage the New World and wipe the slate clean would have been a good idea, a natural check on the evolutionary excesses of these monsters, which now threaten to become an even greater threat than Zorah Magdaros? Nah… but then you couldn’t have killed them for better arms and armor, hence breaking the Monster Hunter gameplay loop!

In any event, high-rank looms before you, and there are a number of changes to keep in mind with this new, open-ended stretch of gameplay ahead of you…


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms,
    PS4, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    13 February 2018
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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This guide features a full, beginning-to-end walkthrough written in an “ideal chronological order of events” format. Main quests are interspersed with side quests in the order in which they unlock, although some side quests and arena challenges may only be referenced instead of fully explained. These are typically quests that have you facing a monster you’ve already fought under similar circumstances that offer no unique reward for completion. For example, after completing most main quests you won’t be able to attempt that quest again, but you’ll usually unlock an identical side quest allowing you to hunt the same monster in the same area with the same success/failure conditions.

Monster strategies will be discussed in detail as you encounter them throughout the walkthrough, featuring elemental and status information and drop lists. The guide also features a fully detailed bestiary for those who just want information about specific monsters unaccompanied by a walkthrough. Trophy/achievement information can also be found in a separate trophy/achievement guide, although be warned: many trophies/achievements in Monster Hunter World are easier said than done.

Other features of this guide include:

  • Information on crafting/harvesting.
  • Side quests that unlock mantles, ingredients and other useful features.
  • Field Researcher quests including where to catch rare fish, how to capture small monsters, and where to locate Grimalkynes/Gajalaka.
  • Grimalkyne/Gajalaka quests.
  • How to upgrade the Ancient Tree/Harvest Box and how to unlock various fertilizers.
  • How the Elder Melder works, melding different items and decorations.
  • Where to find the Powertalon and Armortalon, and how to upgrade them into the Powercharm and Armorcharm.
  • Detailed information on how to unlock Tempered Monsters, the difference between Threat Level 1, 2 and 3 Tempered Monsters.
  • Information on Feystones, including drop rates, the differences between the types (Mysterious, Gleaming, Worn and Warped).
  • How to get Warrior’s Streamstones and Hero’s Streamstones.

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