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Returning To Monster Hunter: World

by Daniel Tack on Jan 01, 2020 at 12:01 PM

At long last. the Monster Hunter: World expansion Iceborne comes to PC next week. Are you ready? Whether you're a new player looking to get into the mix or an old vet coming back after a long hiatus, you can prepare in style.

First, grab yourself one of the new Defender weapons. Simply talk to the blacksmith to get started. These weapons are massively overpowered, and will carry you comfortably through the story and beyond. They're super easy to craft and upgrade, so don't hesitate to throw whatever you were using in storage for now and use one of these bad boys - they'll carve everything from Deviljo to Xeno'Jiva with ease and get you through the story in style. These have low material and resource costs and are incredibly good, so if you're planning on doing a little pre-expansion farming, make a weapon. You can also make a Defender set to help ease you through the content.

Then, prepare yourself for Iceborne. Yes, it's similar to many other expansions in that your stuff won't look nearly as shiny after it comes out and you'll have to get new stuff, but that's the point right? In the meantime, you can do a bunch of super cool post-game things that you may have missed. Want to take down a Final Fantasy Behemoth? You can! But hey, Witcher is out on Netflix now and everyone's into that, so you can do a Geralt questline. Yep, that's right. You can play as Geralt and do a quest in Monster Hunter: World (Grab the quest right after Xeno'Jiva at the Research Facility).

Lastly, don't forget to collect important mantles and palicos before the drop. These quests can be easy to miss, but they're often simple tasks that won't even put you up against two tempered Bazelgueses. Get your vitality mantle. Make sure you get your plunderblade palico. Yep, those cat partners rule - especially if you're farming pieces for a set. The plunderblade will get you a ton of extra drops., so go grab this kitty ASAP. You may not care about gliding or sneaking around with your mantle, but make sure you at least go get the vitality one - it will help a lot when some ice beast comes around and tries to maul you.

Iceborne kicks off on PC on January 9 - and I can't wait to get back to the monster mash!

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
September 6, 2019 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One), 
January 9, 2020 (PC)