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MHW Iceborne Do's and Don'ts: 9 Tips to Get Ready and Prepare for Master Rank | Technobubble

Monster Hunter World Iceborne is upon us and the overarching question in a lot of people’s minds is: How do I get ready?

If you’re one of the folks feeling antsy about the jump to Master Rank and hearing Illidan bellowing “you are not prepared” in your head, here are some tips to help you out. These are based on my experience as a longtime Monster Hunter player who has made the jump to G-Rank multiple times. G-Rank, by the way, is what Master Rank used to be called.

Anyway, here are my tips.

Don’t spend too much time crafting armor

It’s tempting to go on an armor-crafting spree in order to get ready for Iceborne’s Master Rank. Here’s the thing, though. All those beautiful endgame, High Rank armor and mixed sets from World are essentially going to be obsolete the moment you find yourself entering Iceborne’s frosty shores and will likely get you deleted if you stick with it too long. By the way, I say “essentially” because the skills are still going to be better than what you can get in the beginning of the game. The difference in defense, however, will eventually force you to switch to Master Rank gear even early on. It’s the same reason you don’t want to spend too much time crafting all sorts of Low Rank Armor because they get obsolete rather quickly when you make the move to High Rank. So just stick with the best upgraded High Rank armor you’ve got now and don’t worry about having to make all sorts of different High Rank sets for Iceborne. That is, unless you’re rocking something like Jagras High Rank Armor. You’ll probably want something better than that. Probably.

Nightshade Paolumu in Monster Hunter World Iceborne.

Do spend time crafting and upgrading weapons

Unlike armor, weapons can actually be upgraded to their Master Rank counterpart. This means investing time in upgrading your favorite High-Rank weapons won’t be wasted in Iceborne. Augments work differently when you jump to Master Rank but you don't have to worry about wasting Streamstones. The only caveat is if a “better” weapon is introduced in a different tree, but your upgraded weapon still won’t be totally useless if that’s the case and likely will provide an alternative option that’s just a bit different, like maybe less element but higher raw or vice versa. Also note that Kulve Taroth weapons are not upgradeable so you will need to farm that monster’s Master Rank counterpart when Capcom eventually releases it at some point as the old weapons will be outdated. As someone who got all the Kjarr Charge Blades and rarely use that weapon class, I’m not sure if I should be happy or salty. Maybe happily salty?

Don’t go too crazy on deco farming

If you like to go deco farming for fun, go knock your socks off. If you go deco farming because you feel obligated to do so prior to Iceborne, however, there’s really no need to unless you really have a sparse deco collection. As long as you have essential jewels such as Tenderizer for Weakness Exploit,  Vitality Jewels for Health Boost, or others tailored to your favorite builds already, then you should be fine. You shouldn't stress out farming that elusive Attack Jewel, for example, because Iceborne is providing alternate ways to acquire such skills, either via armor or the new Level 4 decorations. I’m not saying it’s bad to go grind for jewels because it’s certainly great to enter Iceborne with a diverse deco collection. But you also don’t have to force yourself to do so. That’s coming from someone who got all his decos while normally playing the game, including several pretty rare ones.

Do get all Palico gadgets if you can

Monster Hunter World boasts a wide array of special gadgets that your cat can use, including healing Vigorwasps, a buffing horn and a tanking shield. Every single one of those gets upgrades in Iceborne and some of them are quite game-changing. Your Palico’s Vigorwasp gadget, for example, can be leveled up to unlock Vigorwasp Resurrection, which prevents you from carting one time by raising you back up when you faint (the caveat is that it doesn’t get you back to full health, so it’s also quite possible to get carted as soon as you stand up if the monster happens to attack you right away). The Shieldspire can be upgraded to summon a dummy cat that is great at grabbing a monster’s attention. If you do a lot of solo or duo hunting, these Palico Gadgets are a godsend, especially against tougher monsters.

Don’t neglect your basic items

In World, you eventually get to a point where you don’t use Mega Potions and Max Potions as much as you used to in Low Rank or early High Rank because your endgame gear is quite good and your skills are in peak condition (certain arch-tempered monsters not withstanding). In Iceborne, however, you will be starting Master Rank with less-than-ideal gear once again and even minor monsters that you used to scoff can hit you like a truck — or truck-kun for you manga and anime lovers. This means that you’ll want to stock up on materials for crafting essential items so you can go straight to hunting in Iceborne. In addition to cultivating materials for healing items, make sure you have Antidotes, Herbal Medicine, Energy Drinks, Farcasters and even traps and tranqs. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything. Some of those will be helpful against monsters like Viper Tobi Kadachi and Nightshade Paolumu unless you decide to gem in certain resistance skills.

Do unlock your canteen food ingredients

Having a full list of food choices at the canteen gives you more options to start your hunts on the right track. This includes custom combinations that allow you to get the effects you want. Perhaps you want to get Attack Up L with Felyne Moxie. Maybe you want to pair Moxie with Elemental Resistance L instead. On that note, it also might be a good idea to stock up on canteen Meal Vouchers so effects are guaranteed to trigger. Doing the Greeting the Gluttons event quest with either the Legiana Blessing or Favor set bonus is a good way to farm these. Personally, I got 400-plus just placing Poogie near the Handler’s table in Astera after every hunt. Yeah, I know. Once you start Iceborne, you will also have access to new Gourmet Vouchers to further up your canteen game.

Don’t stress about unlocking those Layered armors for now

Monster Hunter World offers plenty of Layered Armor but some require hunting tough monsters or finding special tickets, some of which are only available during special events. If you’re still missing some of them at this point, it’s just better to wait for Iceborne because it revamps the process a bit (I’ll expound more on this once the game is out and the embargo lifts). And if you want to be evil, you can also acquire Master Rank gear then go back and slap those nasty High Rank monsters that previously gave you a hard time.

Do unlock the Temporal Mantle

With Master Rank introducing even tougher monsters, having the Temporal Mantle in your quiver is more important than ever. For those not familiar with it, this allows you to dodge attacks that can knock you down for a limited amount of time. Heck, with the game being balanced to account for use of this mantle, you’re essentially gimping yourself by not having it. Keep in mind that it doesn’t prevent minor or tick damage so you can still cart while wearing it (cough* Lunastra, cough*). It does let you survive the big hits and guarantees that you can inflict constant damage. By the way, mantles and boosters get upgraded versions in Iceborne so it’s actually a good idea to get all of them if you can. To unlock the Temporal Mantle, you will need to finish the following Special Assignments:

  • The Food Chain Dominator: This is a 7-star Deviljho hunt that unlocks the next quest.
  • The Blazing Sun: An 8-star quest to hunt Teostra.
  • Pandora’s Arena: An 8-star Lunastra hunt.
  • No Remorse, No Surrender: Take on Teostra and Lunastra at the same time.

Do finish the game and get to HR16

In the end, this is actually all you really need to do in order to be able to play Iceborne. Even if you ignore every other advice I mentioned earlier, you will still be able to play the Monster Hunter World expansion simply by fulfilling this requirement. 

Bonus Tip: Befriend Tailriders

This one ties into the tip about upgrading your Palico Gadgets since befriending the various Grimalkyne tribes in all the different maps is how you get the tools in the first place. So basically, each area has a cat tribe that you can befriend via optional quests. I recommend getting that done prior to Iceborne as it will allow you to unlock Raider Rides or unique animal mounts for each area. Raider Rides are especially a godsend for large maps, allowing you to track or catch up to fleeing monsters. It also allows you to multitask by letting you sharpen your weapon or consume items while riding your mount.

Anyway, those are my tips for getting ready for Monster Hunter World Iceborne. Now go gird those loins, chug a Hot Drink and I’ll see you at Hoar Frost Reach.

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How To Get Through Master Rank Fast - Master Rank Break Guide

Check out this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide and walkthrough about the main story missions (assigned quests) that you need to complete to go through Master Rank!!

Table of Contents

Check Out the Master Rank Optional Quest List!

How To Progress Iceborne Story Quests

Complete Assigned Missions to Progress the Story

The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne storyline will progress as you complete Assigned Quests. If you are unsure what your current objectives are, check the menu on the right hand side when you're at the base.

Complete 9★ HR Assigned Quest to Unlock

Before you can complete the key assigned quests in Iceborne's Master Rank, you will need to complete the story of Monster Hunter World. This includes finishing the final 9★ HR Assigned Quest "Land of Convergence."

Check Out MHW Main Story Quest Guide!

No Need To Do HR Limit-Break Quests

You do not need to complete HR limit-break missions like Beyond The Blasting Scales & Thunderous Rumble in the Highlands to progress MR. You can instead challenge them as Optional Quests.

How To Unlock Master Rank Quests

1Talk to the 5th Fleet Member near the Research Base entrance & answer 'YES'.
Proceed to Ancient Forest.
2Investigate the Legiana found in the Ancient Forest

MR 1 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

1After talking to Commander at the Research Base, head to Hoarfrost Reach.
2Follow the Handler in the Hoarfrost Reach
3Confront & hunt Beotodus
(MR★1 Quest "Baptism by Ice")
▶Click Here for Beotodus Guide
You will be designated as Master Rank 2 upon completion

MR 1 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 2 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

1 Head to Hoarfrost Reach on a Expedition
2 Find the Handler at Area 6 to trigger an event
3 Fight against the Banbaro
(MR★1 Quest "Banbaro Blockade")
▶Click Here for Banbaro Guide
4 After the expedition, you'll unlock Master Rank 3
- Steamworks is unlocked
- Seliana Melder unlocked
- Seliana Botanical Research Center unlocked
- Master Rank added to Tailraider Safari

MR 2 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 3 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

1 Go out to Hoarfrost Reach for another expedition
2 Follow the Handler and the Tracker
3 Talk to the First Wyverian when you find them
4 Follow scoutflies to fight Viper Tobi-Kadachi in Area 10
(MR★2 Quest "Ready to Strike")
▶Click Here for Viper Tobi-Kadachi Guide
5 After the fight, you'll unlock Master Rank 4
- Talk to Seliana Armory to get MR★2 Quest "Poison & Paralysis Pinch" for Cleanser Booster upgrade

MR 3 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 4 ~ 7 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

MR 4~7 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 8 ~ 12 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

1 Go out to the Ancient Forest on an expedition
2 Follow the Handler while going through the different events of the expedition
3 Complete the following quests:
MR★3 Quest "Ever-Present Shadow"
▶Click Here for Nargacuga Guide
MR★3 Quest "The Scorching Blade"
▶Click Here for Glavenus Guide
4 You'll unlock Master Rank 8 & Master Rank 9 after completing the quests
5 After completing the quests, you will unlock the Glider Mantle + in the armory
6 Complete the quests:
MR★3 Quest "Absolute Power"
▶Click Here for Tigrex Guide
MR★3 "A Smashing Cross Counter"
▶Click Here for Brachydios Guide
7 You'll unlock Master Rank 10 and Master Rank 11 after completing the quests
8 After completing the quests, you will unlock the Challenger Mantle + and Fireproof Mantle + in the armory
9 Collect the remaining tracks of Velkhana if needed
10 Complete MR★3 Quest "A Tale of Ice and Fire"
▶Click Here for Velkhana Guide
11 You'll unlock Master Rank 12 after completing the quest

MR 8~12 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 13 ~ 14 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

1 Head towards an expedition in Hoarfrost Reach
2 Follow the Handler until you get the cutscenes
3 Fight the Shrieking Legiana
(MR★4 Quest "When the Mist Taketh You")
▶Click Here for Shrieking Legiana Guide
4 After the quest, you'll unlock Master Rank 13
- Talk to Seliana Armory to get the quest for Iceproof Mantle upgrade
5 Receive the MR★4 Quest "The Thunderous Troublemaker!" then defeat the Fulgur Anjanath
▶Click Here for Fulgur Anjanath Guide
6 After the fight, you'll unlock Master Rank 14
- Talk to Seliana Armory to get the quest for Thunderproof Mantle upgrade

MR 13~14 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 15 ~ 17 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

MR 15~17 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 18 ~ 20 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

1 Receive the MR★5 Quest "The Iceborne Wyvern"
▶Click Here for Velkhana Guide
2 Unlock Master Rank 18 after the fight
3 Head to Elder's Recess for an expedition
4 Receive the MR★5 Quest "The Second Coming" & defeat the Seething Bazelgeuse
5 Unlock Master Rank 19 after completing the quest
6 Go on expeditions to gather Elder Dragon tracks
7 Receive the MR★5 Quest "Under the Veil of Death" & defeat the Blackveil Vaal Hazak
▶Click Here for Blackveil Vaal Hazak Guide

MR 18~20 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

MR 21 ~ 23 - Master Rank Assigned Quest List

Procedure & Walkthrough

1 Discover Namielle
2 Receive the MR★5 Quest "A Light From the Abyss" and defeat the Namielle
▶Click Here for Namielle Guide
3 Unlock Master Rank 21 after beating Namielle
4 Speak with Field Team Leader & head out on an expedition
5 Explore & investigate Origin Isle
6 Receive the MR★6 Quest "To The Guided, A Paean" and defeat the Ruiner Nergigante
▶Click Here for Ruiner Nergigante Guide
7 Unlock Master Rank 22 after the quest
8 Receive the MR★6 Quest "Paean of Guidance" and defeat the Shara Ishvalda
▶Click Here for Shara Ishvalda Guide
9 Unlock Master Rank 23 after the quest

MR 21~23 - vs. Monster Strategy Guide

Check Out Iceborne End-Game Guide!

Things To Do After Breaking MR Limit

Unlockable Monsters After Finishing The Main Quest

Some monsters unlock after finishing the main quest. You will need to reach certain requirements.

All Iceborne Unlockable Monsters List

Explore End-Game Content & Upgrades

Guiding lands

The game isn't over just by finishing the story! IntroducingGuiding Lands, a new area for you to collect unique upgrade materials, hunt for Rank 4 Decorations, optimize gear and so forth. Be sure to check out this guide for complete endgame contents!

What To Do After Beating Iceborne Story Quests

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Master Rank is a feature of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (MHW) that introduces a new tier of equipment, quests and foes. master-rank-icon-mhw-wiki-guide-small Master Rank can only be achieved by owning the Iceborne Expansion and progressing Assigned Quests to finish the base game.


How to Unlock Master Rank

  • You must own the Iceborne Expansion or the full game that includes Iceborne. Iceborne is paid content and not a free update.
  • You must have the Iceborne content downloaded and your game fully patched.
  • Players must complete the quest Land of Convergence (defeat the "last" monster of MHW).
  • Players must be HR16 (Hunter Rank 16)
  • Players must then speak to the Enthusiastic Fiver at Astera to go on an expedition with The Handler
  • Master Rank unlocks as you arrive at Hoarfrost Reach.
  • Master Rank leveling is gated by story progression.
  • Guiding Lands must be raised to Tier 5 or above and a specific monster defeated to unlock the limit of Master Rank.


Master Rank Content

Master Rank Quests, Equipment and Monsters are only available to players with the Iceborne Expansion. However, players with the expansion can join quests of High Rank players with their Master Rank equipment.



Becoming a Master - MR99 to MR999 Quest Guide - Easy Master Rank Farm

This is a guide on how to break each rank cap in Master Rank (MR) and raise your rank in Monster Hunter World's Iceborne expansion. Read on to find out how to unlock Master Rank, its higher ranks, and quests available in Master Rank!

MR Unlock 1.jpeg① Clear the MHW Quest Land of Convergence
In order to unlock Master Rank quests, the final quest of the main story in Monster Hunter World, Land of Convergence, must be completed.
MR Unlock 2.jpeg② Speak with the Feisty Fiver in Astera.
From Astera, talk to the Feisty Fiver and go on an expedition to Ancient Forest.
MR Unlock 3.jpeg③ Track the Legiana in Ancient Forest
Follow the Legiana tracks in Ancient Forest with The Handler. An event will occur with the Commander.
→Unlocks Master Rank (MR1)
→Your Hunter Rank (HR) cap is removed

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After defeating Shara Ishvalda, the last boss of Iceborne, and going after Ruiner Nergigante, you will gain access to a new map, Guiding Lands. Progressing through the story, going on an expedition in Guiding Lands, and returning to Seliana will allow you to reach MR49.

Completing each of the Quests below will allow to continue raising your MR up to the listed number.

Quest Name/Rank RequirementTargetArea
Sleep Now in the Fire
(Reach MR49)
RathianRathianCompletion Requirements: Hunt all target monsters:
Tempered Rathian, Tempered Nightshade Paolumu Ancient Forest
Unlock Requirements: Reach MR 49 or higher.
Quest Name/Rank RequirementTargetArea
Big Burly Bash
(Reach MR69)
BrachydiosBrachydiosCompletion Requirements: Hunt all target monsters:
Tempered Brachydios, Tempered Glavenus Elder's Recess
Unlock Requirements: Reach MR 69 and reach level five in any zone of the Guiding Lands.
Quest Name/Rank RequirementTargetArea
Divine Surge
(Reach MR150)
KirinKirinCompletion Requirements: Slay all target monsters:
Tempered Kirin, Tempered Namielle Coral Highlands
Unlock Requirements: Reach MR 150 or higher.
Quest Name/Rank RequirementTargetArea
Master Hunter of the New World
(Reach MR200)
TeostraTeostraCompletion Requirements: Slay all target monsters:
Tempered Teostra, Tempered Lunastra, Tempered Velkhana, Ruiner Nergigante Elder's Recess
Unlock Requirements: Have an MR rank above 200

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How To Raise Master Rank Fast - MR Farm Guide

Check this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide on how to level up Master Rank fast. Including methods on Master Rank level farming, how to unlock Master Rank limit & more!!

Table of Contents

Check Out What To Do After Iceborne Story!

How To Raise Master Rank Levels Fast

Farm At The Guiding Lands

Monsters in the Guiding Lands are the best way for you to farm for Master Rank levels. Investigation Quests reward you with more points, making it a great way to farm for Master Rank levels!

Rathalos: The Guiding Lands

Rathalos At The Guiding Lands

Tempered Rathalos: Investigation Quest

Tempered Rathalos @ Investigation Quest

Rathalos: Optional Quest

Rathalos At The Optional Quest

Hunt Elder Dragon Monsters

Hunt Elder Dragon Monsters

Elder Dragons reward you with a ton of Master Rank points, allowing you to level up faster. Aside from this, they can also reward you with Elder Dragon Gems that let you craft strong equipment!

Shara Ishvalda Takes Some Time To Defeat

Shara Ishvalda Takes Some Time To Defeat

The Monster Shara Ishvalda rewards you with the most Master Rank points out of all the monsters in the game. However, it takes quite a bit of time to defeat. If you want to do this quest, make sure to equip the Partbreaker skill to finish faster!

Check Out How To Beat Shara Ishvalda Here!

Hunt Monsters In The Guiding Lands

New Area With Complex Ecosystem

When you hunt & defeat monsters in the Guiding Lands, you will get a surge of points that can increase your Master Rank levels fast. If you want to grind points for Master Rank, the Guiding Lands is the best place to do it.

Check Out Guiding Lands Features Here!

Report To Handler After Defeating Each Monster

Report To Handler After Defeating Each Monster

After successfully hunting a monster, head back to base and talk to Handler. She will give you the hunt rewards & you will automatically receive Hunter & Master Rank Points, among other end-of-quest rewards.

Join Event Quests With Bonus Master Rank Points

Join Event Quests With Bonus Master Rank Points

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has a heavy rotation of event quests that provide better rewards once completed. Always check the event quest roster to see which ones specifically reward Master Rank points.

Check Out Master Rank Event Schedule!

How To Unlock Master Rank Limit

Beat Iceborne's Final Boss

Beat Iceborne

To unlock the Master Rank limit in Iceborne, you need to beat the expansion's final boss. This means going through the main story & getting to the very end of it.

Check Out Master Rank Main Story Guide!

Master Rank Cap Is Removed After MR 23

Master Rank Cap Is Removed After MR 23

You will break the Master Rank limit when you hit Master Rank 23, after you beat the game's final boss. Any hunt after this part of the game will continuously increase your Master Rank.

Why Raise Master Rank Levels?

Raise Region Level Cap In Guiding Lands

Raise Region Level Cap In Guiding Lands

The upper limit of region levels in the Guiding Lands is locked behind your Master Rank. To raise region levels higher, you also need to raise your Master Rank.

Region Level Master Rank Limits

Master Rank Region Level
MR 24 - 49 Region Level 4
MR 50 - 69 Region Level 5
MR 70 - 99 Region Level 6
MR100 - Region Level 7

Unlock More Monsters In Guiding Lands

Unlock More Monsters In Guiding Lands

When you raise your Master Rank, you'll also be able to spawn more challenging monsters in the Guiding Lands. These monsters are extremely powerful and are usually at the top of the food chain.

Region Level Needed Per Monster

Monster Region Level
ZinogreZinogre Forest Region Level 3
Yian GarugaYian Garuga Forest Region Level 3
Scarred Yian Garuga Forest Region Level 5
Gold Rathian Desert Region Level 5
Silver Rathalos Coral Region Level 5
Brute Tigrex Rotten Region Level 5
Check Out How To Increase Guiding Lands Region Level Here!

Unlock More Optional Quests In-Game

When your Master Rank is higher, you will also be able to unlock more Optional quests in Iceborne. These can lead to further upgrades or new specialized tools.

Check Out All Iceborne Master Rank Optional Quest Here!

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