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Monster Hunter World: Best Armor for Starting Master Rank

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is out, but some newer players might feel a little lost at the difficulty disparity that exists between the new Master Rank and the High Rank hunts that were the pinnacle of the base game. So the community around this wonderful Capcom title has stepped up, offering many forms of guides and support to help newer gamers to the franchise learn the ropes. And today, we’ve got the perfect guide for getting new players acclimated to Master Rank, and it’s all about survival.

If you want more details on Iceborne, check out the patch notes for the expansion to learn about all of the changes. We also crafted a guide for how to prepare for the Hoarfrost Reach, which is something PC players will want to hop on soon. There’s also some finagling to actually trigger the expansion content, so you might want to learn that too.

Many of the armor sets recommended here are going to be the first ones you encounter, as they’re designed to help new and experienced hunters overcome the first real challenges they face. And lucky for us, it’s a guide constructed by the excellent YouTuber that the MHW community knows and loves.

That’s right, Monster Hunter pro Arekkz is back again with another MHW guide. You can find his video below.


The set recommended in this video guide for Iceborne is constructed out of parts from Great Jagras, Kulu-Ya-Ku, and Hornetaurs, with one particular goal in mind. Giving the player as many levels of Health Boost and other surivability perks as possible.

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Keep in mind that in High Rank, these armor sets were pretty low on the rarity scale, making them much easier to craft. But don’t let that confuse you, as Master Rank offers a complete overhaul of the relative power of these armor sets, making many of them better than Rarity 6 or 7 High Rank armor sets.

MHW: Iceborne monsters are no joke, and the Master Rank hunts will often involve multiple monsters, so you’re going to need to be able to take some serious damage. Of course, this is a Monster Hunter game, so repetition is the order of the day. And the added Critical buffs and Handicraft will make repetitive hunts that much faster. Keep in mind that the Clutch Claw is now vital for applying the full effect of Weakness Exploit, so be sure to learn how to integrate it into your combos with Critical Strike builds.

Your goal here is not simply to hunt monsters, but to learn their patterns. Being able to recognize attack patterns and preceding animations on a whim is vital to success in this franchise, and that’s doubly reinforced in Master Rank.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is out now for PS4 and Xbox One, and will be coming to PC in early 2020.


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