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Monster Hunter: World tempered monsters: where to track them, how to get decorations and streamstones

They've found a level beyond high rank.

After killing all the monsters in the main campaign of Monster Hunter: World, a new challenge will open up for those who want a real challenge. This involves taking on even harder versions of the monsters, in exchange for better rewards. These tempered monsters are harder to kill and require a bit of legwork to even get the chance to hunt them. It's a little confusing as to how it all works, so this guide will take you through where to track them and how to get the decorations and Streamstones that they can often yield.

Monster Hunter: World tempered monsters guide

These hunts are the hardest ones in the game as the difficulty is ramped up beyond the high rank default. However it is necessary to get better gear. Our Monster Hunter World guide can provide some tips and tricks to improve your chances of surviving any particularly difficult hunt, but especially ones where the chance to get more decorations and Streamstones is at stake.

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.

Hunter is looking at a Tempered Monster investigation, characterised by the purple aura around the monster's art.

How to find tempered monsters in Monster Hunter: World

Finding tempered monsters requires you to find the tempered monster trails first. Head into any of the maps and try to hunt down any blue trails that have standard monster names associated with them. If starting from scratch, the trails will always be in the same spots on the map, so try to make an optimised route of where you've found each of them. You'll be able to move to another area to either report in or gather more tempered monster tracks, before heading back and searching those same tracks.

Eventually you will get the notification that an investigation has been added upon searching the tempered tracks, so head over to the Bounties facility to take on a few new investigations from the investigations menu. These work in much the same way as a standard investigation and the monsters don't look different in any way. The one thing though is their trails are blue, which can lead to more investigations if you look at the tracks.

Threat Levels of tempered monsters

There's tiers of monsters and not all the monsters in the monsters in the game have tempered variants. The monsters without a tempered form are Great Jagras, Kulu-Ya-Ku, Tzitzi-Ya-Ku, Great Girros, Dodogama, Zorah Magdaros, and Xeno'jiiva.

Threat Level 1

  • Pukei-Pukei
  • Tobi-Kadachi
  • Anjanath
  • Barroth
  • Jyuratodus
  • Rathian
  • Paolumu
  • Radobaan

Threat Level 2

  • Rathalos
  • Azure Rathalos
  • Pink Rathian
  • Diablos
  • Black Diablos
  • Bazelgeuse
  • Uragaan
  • Lavasioth
  • Legiana
  • Ododgaron
  • Deviljho

Threat Level 3

  • Kirin
  • Teostra
  • Kushala Daora
  • Nergigante
  • Vaal Hazak

Black Diablos jumps out of the ground and tackles Palico.

Farming tempered monster trails in Monster Hunter: World

Stay with me here, this is about to get slightly complicated. It's no good just going up against any old monster in the vain hope that you'll get their tempered monster encounter. You can reload the same maps over and over, all the while being assigned different investigations for different monsters. The key thing here is that the monster will always give investigations based on the Threat Level of the tracks. For example, if you're looking at Barroth tracks in Wildspire Waste that are blue, you may end up with an investigation for any of the Threat Level 1 monsters.

This can make farming certain trails easy, especially if you've unlocked some of the higher level quests that feature tempered monsters. One really good way of farming tempered monster investigations for Elder Dragons is to accept the hunt against the tempered Kirin, which requires a hunter rank of 49. This lightning horse is one of two Elder Dragons that is passive until hit, so just follow it and pick up any tracks it leaves. You'll soon have tons of investigations for any of the Elder Dragons in the Threat Level 3 tier.

Arch-Tempered monsters

Yes, there's an even harder level of monster for those that wish to show off their monster hunting skills. The main difference is that these are versions that hit even harder and have a bucket-load of health that must be depleted in the same allotted time as your regular monsters. You'll of course want to bring friends, steps on how to do so are in our Monster Hunter: World PC multiplayer guide, and those friends will need to have all the same good gear that you do.

My only advice for taking on Arch-Tempered monsters is to practice against the regular tempered versions and learn their attack patterns with pinpoint precision. If you and a team of friends can take down one of those with ease, there's a good chance that you'll be prepared enough for when the Arch-Tempered versions become available to fight.

And that's pretty much it for tempered monsters. The rewards they give are rather crucial to High Rank beta armour, so for how to create these armour sets, head to our Monster Hunter: World armour builds guide, while you can also head to our Monster Hunter: World materials guide to get a full compendium of where to find certain materials to make said armour.

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