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Monster Hunter World

Established Hunter

Nathan Garvin

One of the longest grinds in the game, behind only “Giant Crown Master” and “Miniature Crown Master”. Every time you complete an assignment, quest or investigation, you’ll earn Hunter Rank. For the duration of the main story, your Hunter Rank will be locked, only visibly increasing as you complete various assignments. The good news is that you’re still earning experience even if your Hunter Rank isn’t advancing. The bad news is that you have to completing the main questline Land of Convergence to unlock your Hunter Rank, at which point any excess experience earned will be applied, potentially leveling up your Hunter Rank many times immediately after the aforementioned quest ends. As a further complication, even after Land of Convergence, your Hunter Rank will plateau again at Hunter Rank 29, being locked there until you complete Beyond the Blasting Scales, and after that another barrier awaits at Hunter Rank 49, which requires you to complete Thunderous Rumble in the Highlands where, mercifully, your Hunter Rank will finally be fully unlocked.

So, simply put, complete lots of assignments, quests and expeditions, hunt many, many monsters (necessary for various other trophies/achievements as well), to boost your Hunter Rank. Complete the entire main storyline and the two assignments thereafter to fully unlock your Hunter Rank progression, then… grind some more! It’s unlikely you’ll hit Hunter Rank 100 without killing many, many Tempered Elder Dragons, so don’t fret and try to rush things - like with most of this game’s incredibly grindy trophies, you’re best off playing normally, not worrying about it, and letting the grind for other trophies/achievements and late game materials carry you there. Yes, you can grind Great Jagras over and over again to hit Hunter Rank 100, but you’re better served trying to kill two birds with one stone and going after crowns and materials. Also keep in mind that stronger monsters increase your Hunter Rank more.

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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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