Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Beginner’s Guide

Beginner's guide for Monster Hunter World, included are an overview, configuration settings, and tips.

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Monster Hunter: World plunges you into the “New World,” a vast location brimming with life and opportunities. While it is easy to get lost in the immersive world, delving deep isn’t a walk in the park. When starting out, you can easily get overwhelmed by how massive the array of weapons, gear, items, endemic life, and enemies. Learn the basics to overcome challenges and enjoy taking part in the core loop style of play to ultimately become a veteran.

Basic Configuration

Use “Type 2”

By default, you will be assigned with the “type 1” controls. As a new player, you might find it hard to acquaint yourself with this setup when using items or moving around. To change the controls, move to the menu, go to system, then select options. From the options, set the controls to “type 2.”

Turn Off Auto Sheathe

It can be quite frustrating to find your character always sheathing their weapon, especially in the thick of battle. You can change the sheathe settings on the options page in the menu as well. Turn it off to enjoy combat without interruption.

Toggle the Camera

The default settings are such that when a large monster is displayed on screen, the camera will tend to put it in the center. This is a useful feature since it keeps track of the monster’s position. However, should you prefer the camera setting from the previous games, you can set the camera to “target.”

Practice in the Training Area

Unlike past games, Monster Hunter: World introduces a training option that allows you to hone your skills as a hunter. You can test your combos by attacking the sandbag. Use this opportunity to check how much damage you can deal to targets without having to worry about getting hit. You can access the training area from Astera.

Take on Great Jagras

Great Jagras is the weakest boss in the game due to its predictable pattern of attacks. It also deals little damage even if you get hit, making it suitable for beginners. Take your time to practice your combos on it until you get a grasp of the combat mechanics.

Prepare for a Tough Battle

Sometimes you may face a formidable monster during your adventure. For example, it might be the three-star mission thunder monster Tobi Kadachi, or it could be the four-star fire Anjanath.

If you are struggling to defeat certain monsters, take some time to learn their behavior. Take them on and idle for at least 5 minutes to familiarize yourself with their movements and attack patterns. You will eventually discover opportunities to close in for an attack or find out how to dodge certain attacks before punishing it.


Don’t forget to eat meals at the dining area or the camp before accepting a quest. Hunters gain a strength boost or unlock meal skills by investing some time to eat. Having meals can make quests much easier to finish as compared to going out on an empty stomach.

Tips for Beginners

Follow the story

The simplest way to cope with challenges is to continue the main story. You can unlock new areas, increase your HR, access new facilities and gather items along the way which will drastically improve your efficiency as a hunter in later areas.

Use Different Weapons

One’s playstyle may not be the same for another player. Monster Hunter: World contains over 14 different weapons, each boasting its own advantages. Take the time to test each weapon, you’ll need to figure out which one matches your preference. For instance, the sword and shield is suitable for players looking for a weapon that does not restrict their mobility. Others may find that the greatsword would appeal to them due to its long reach.

Fortify your Weapon and Armor

You need to pay attention to your gear progression. Swing by the workshop and interact with the smithy at the forge for weapon and gear upgrades.

Your initial equipment can only do so much as you progress. To prepare for tougher challenges, you need to hunt monsters and take on quests to earn rewards and materials. Materials like the Fucium ore are essential ingredients to harvest from the environment and by defeating small monsters. Always check for the necessary materials before you start hunting.

Play with your Friends

If you’re aiming for specific equipment, you will need to take on monsters over and over. Try to organize a party with a group of friends and take turns hunting for monsters that drop the materials you need. Hunting with a party helps in spending less time to earn loot.

Learn to use Tools

Learn to use various tools to make hunting a breeze. Some bombs provide loads of damage against sleeping enemies while others are essential for luring monsters. Meanwhile, a couple of traps allow hunters to capture exhausted monsters.

Understanding a monster’s data is equally important. You can have a wide range of tools that won’t help much if the monster’s element is immune to them. If you’re struggling to defeat unfamiliar enemies or need to find what they drop, don’t be afraid to check your hunter’s notes. You need to raise your research level to access more information, though.

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