Perhaps the most important thing to understand in Monster Hunter: World is that armour comes with its own strengths, weaknesses, and even skills that it grants the wearer. It's all well and good knowing how to pack a punch, but knowing what to wear when going out on a hunt is just as crucial to surviving anything a tough creature can dish out. This guide will detail the types of armour available, as well as which ones are best suited to certain weapons, and how to craft them in the first place.
Monster Hunter: World armour guide
More basic equipment will provide basic buffs and protection against certain elements, but as you unlock and craft more armour, the benefits you get become more of a factor into deciding what to wear on a hunt. But while having better armour does keep you alive longer, knowing how to dodge and hunt is far more important for a beginner. Those new to the game can look at our Monster Hunter World guide to get up to speed.
If you are looking for specifically Monster Hunter World Iceborne guides, then we have created a separate guide hub for just expansion stuff. Head over to our Monster Hunter World Iceborne guide to make your start. Those looking specifically for Iceborne armour should check out the Monster Hunter World Iceborne armor guide for all the armor recipes and the best Monster Hunter World Iceborne builds.
How to craft armour in Monster Hunter: World
For some more specific details on the armour you can create, how strong defensively it is, and the materials you need to craft them, head on over to our Monster Hunter: World armour builds guide for all the armour sets, no matter if they're low rank or high rank.
Each monster you kill gives you a variety of different ingredients that are required to make their corresponding armour. For example, if you go ahead and kill a bunch of Great Jagras, you'll get their corresponding items which can be turned into the Jagras armour set.
You'll want to have a wardrobe of armour at your beck and call in order to go up against a variety of different creatures; after all, there's nothing worse than wearing the wrong outfit on a hunt. Higher-level gear sometimes requires loot from multiple different monsters, so it's worth double checking as to what you need in order to make that better gear.
How to upgrade armour
Once you have created armour, you'll be able to upgrade the capabilities of said armour with "Armor Spheres". These don't come around very often, usually the reward for completing a quest, and beyond the first level of upgrading you'll need multiple of these spheres to make your gear better. It's worth holding off as long as you can before sinking these into your equipment.
Unlocking high-level armour
In order to get hold of the best gear in the game, and indeed any of the Alpha and Beta armour, you'll need to defeat Zorah Magdaros for the second time to unlock a mission where you need to track a creature through multiple regions. Upon doing so, you'll see a tab in the Smithy that allows you to create High-Rank armour from scratch. You're essentially starting again, but the armour is significantly better. Taking part in High Rank expeditions is a good way to get a lot of much needed loot quickly.
Best armour sets for weapon choice
Much like the weapons in the game, there is no one-size-fits-all best armour in Monster Hunter: World. That's because each one is balanced to have various strengths and weaknesses that make them great against some monsters you can hunt, but awful against others. There's also the fact that you can upgrade armour pieces with Armor Spheres and place decorations in them, so armour you've invested in might be better defensively, but not suited to the monster you're about to face because it is weak to that monster's elemental attacks. It's a bit of a difficult balancing act in that sense and you should focus on creating multiple sets for all sorts of purposes.
That said, there are some that grant skills that greatly benefit certain weapon types that you should in theory consider. Those with Great Swords and Long Swords should look at the Odogaron set initially, before upgrading to Nergigante once the better tier armour is unlocked. Dual Blades users can investigate the Kushala and Nergigante upon reaching higher ranks since its skills complement the multi-hitting attacks, while Insect Glaive wielders should opt into the Lumu set as soon as it's available thanks to its abilities having great synergy. Rathian or Odogaron armour is good for hammers, while ranged weapon users like bows and the multiple Bowguns can take advantage of the Anja and Legiana sets respectively.
Having decent defence will keep you alive, but what weapons are best for taking out the monsters? To find out, have a gander at our Monster Hunter: World combat guide to see which weapon is best suited for you, or if you want to get your Palico all kitted out as well, you can head to our Monster Hunter: World Palico guide.
Monster Hunter World guide links
- Monster Hunter World guide - General tips and tricks for Monster Hunter: World
- Monster Hunter: World combat - Find out about each weapon type.
- Monster Hunter: World weapon tree - Get ingredient lists for every weapon in the game.
- Monster Hunter: World armour builds - Get ingredient list for every armour set.
- Monster Hunter: World Palico - Information all about Palico and where Grimalkynes are.
- Monster Hunter: World crafting - Learn the basics of crafting.
- Monster Hunter: World ecological research - How to unlock and effectively use Ecological Research.
- Monster Hunter: World botanical research - How to unlock and effectively use Botanical Research.
- Monster Hunter: World cooking - The best ingredients to cook before a hunt.
- Monster Hunter: World capture - Learn how to capture large monsters.
- Monster Hunter: World materials - Locations for all the materials.
- Monster Hunter: World item melding - The basics of using item melding.
- Monster Hunter: World tempered monsters - How to find tempered monsters.
PC specific guides
- Monster Hunter: World PC multiplayer - How to connect with your friends in the PC version.
- Monster Hunter: World PC performance - The best graphics cards to run Monster Hunter: World.
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne PC release date - Details on the upcoming Iceborne expansion and the free updates.
Individual monster guides
- Monster Hunter: World Great Jagras - Begin your monster hunter career with these tips.
- Monster Hunter: World Kulu-Ya-Ku - Slay this overgrown chicken in this guide.
- Monster Hunter: World Pukei-Pukei - This guide shows just why poison is a big deal.
- Monster Hunter: World Barroth - Tips for dealing with a monster in a new area.
- Monster Hunter: World Jyuratodus - How to effectively hunt this mud-fish.
- Monster Hunter: World Tobi-Kadachi - Strategies to combat this electric foe.
- Monster Hunter: World Anjanath - Tips for how to deal with this fiery T-Rex.
- Monster Hunter: World Zorah Magdaros first encounter - Walkthrough of what happens in this fight.
- Monster Hunter: World Tzitzi-Ya-Ku - What to do to not get blinded by this lizard.
- Monster Hunter: World Paolumu - How to beat this puffball.
- Monster Hunter: World Radobaan - These tips will show you how to avoid its rolling attacks.
- Monster Hunter: World Rathian - Strategies to kill this optional boss fight.
- Monster Hunter: World Legiana - How to beat this frosty dragon.
- Monster Hunter: World Odogaron - Tips for how to deal with this savage customer.
- Monster Hunter: World Great Girros - How to kill this creature and why its friends are more dangerous.
- Monster Hunter: World Diablos - Tips to avoid this hard-headed beast's charges.
- Monster Hunter: World Rathalos - Strategies to slay the mascot dragon.
- Monster Hunter: World Zorah Magdaros - Stop this hulking Elder Dragon once and for all.
- Monster Hunter: World Pink Rathian - A lot meaner, so here are tips to stop this colourful dragon.
- Monster Hunter: World Nergigante - Finally put down this eater of Elder Dragons.
- Monster Hunter: World Uragaan - Tips to kill it and mine its underbelly.
- Monster Hunter: World Dodogama - Tips to kill this surprisingly explosive character.
- Monster Hunter: World Lavasioth - Pluck this fish that loves to make lava its home.
- Monster Hunter: World Black Diablos - This gal is a lot meaner than her paler cousins.
- Monster Hunter: World Azure Rathalos - Rathalos is more dangerous in blue, here are some strategies.
- Monster Hunter: World Bazelgeuse - Get revenge on this monster with our tips.
- Monster Hunter: World Teostra - Tips to take on this lion Elder Dragon and avoid its burst attack.
- Monster Hunter: World Kushala Daora - Our tips to avoid its devastating tornadoes.
- Monster Hunter: World Vaal Hazak - Avoid its sapping attacks with this guide.
- Monster Hunter: World Xeno'jiiva - Strategies to defeat this final main-story fight.
- Monster Hunter: World Kirin - How to kill this nimble horse creature.
Free update monster guides
- Monster Hunter: World Deviljho - Tips to defeat this gigantic pickle monster.
- Monster Hunter: World Kulve Taroth - Team up with friends to break Kulve Taroth's horn.
- Monster Hunter: World Lunastra - Tips to kill the sister of Teostra.
- Monster Hunter: World Behemoth - Slay the toughest monster yet in this Final Fantasy XIV crossover.
- Monster Hunter: World Ancient Leshen - Kill this invader in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt crossover.