How to unlock Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’s new content

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monster hunter world iceborne hoarfrost reach

The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion has just arrived, and for the hardcore Hunters among you there’s a host of icy new monsters, quests, weapons, and features to look out for.

But how do you access all these neat new features, and do you have to be a certain level to unlock everything? Read on to find out.

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The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion has just arrived, and for the hardcore Hunters among you there’s a host of icy new monsters, quests, weapons, and features to look out for.

But how do you access all these neat new features, and do you have to be a certain level to unlock everything? Read on to find out.

How to get to Hunter Rank 16

The Iceborne story content takes place after the end of the main storyline, so you’ll need to have completed this to be able to access it. That also means that you need to be at Hunter Rank 16.

But if you’re not quite there yet, don’t panic. There are plenty of handy additions to the game that will help you get through the main story in one piece so you can get started on Iceborne sooner. And if you’re impatient for new discoveries, you can actually get started with many of Iceborne’s other new features straight away. Plenty of them are also available to players who choose not to buy Iceborne too.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve purchased Iceborne, as part of the celebrations for the expansion’s launch you’ll be getting a stat-boosting Guardian armour set and pack of weapon upgrade materials for free, which will give you a bit of a boost as you embark on your journey to Hunter Rank 16.

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There’s also the new Hunter Helper feature, which is essentially an incentive for higher-ranked players to help out newcomers. Helping players who are at a lower level than you will earn you rewards, and it also means that lower-ranked Hunters can complete the main story and get started on the Iceborne story sooner. It’s a win-win situation.

What else to do while you’re levelling up

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While you’re battling your way through the main story, there’s plenty more stuff to see that’s come along with the Iceborne expansion. For instance, two-player hunts will now have their own difficulty level, and difficulty will scale according to how many of you are battling at any one time. So if someone drops out of the fight, the monster’s remaining health will re-scale accordingly.

Meanwhile, take another look at your beloved Palico. Although its cute little face is already pure purrfection (sorry), you can now get Palico Edit Vouchers from the store to customise their appearance. Incidentally, your Palico has also learned a few new tricks with the arrival of the new expansion, like how to revive their Hunter when they fall in battle. Neat.

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There’s also a brand new View Mode to experiment with, so when you come across a spectacular landscape or ferocious beast that you want to immortalise with a commemorative photo, you can. You can get to View Mode from the start menu under System.

And for hardcore Hunters…

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If you are already at a high Hunter Rank, there’s plenty to keep you occupied besides the new story content. If you like a challenge, there’s a new Master Rank to work towards too.

As you progress through the new story, you’ll gradually unlock the new area, the Hoarfrost Reach, which will end up being fully unlocked by the time you’re halfway through Iceborne. It’s the biggest region yet in the game, and it contains new monsters (some of which you can use as cute if disobedient taxis) and endemic life (in a variety of sizes), as well as new weapons, armour, and skills.

Look out for the new Headquarters and Gathering Hub too, but if the thought of all this exploring in the snow is sending a chill down your spine, you can always visit a toasty hot spring to warm up.

You can grab the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion here. Or if you’re yet to dive into the spectacular world of Monster Hunter: World, you can get your mitts on it right here.

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