When you first start out the new Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion, you'll be given the Clutch Claw by the Handler, a helpful new tool that can drastically change the way even veterans play the game. In this Monster Hunter World Clutch Claw guide, we'll be walking you through the workings of the gadget, detailing how you can deploy the Clutch Claw to make combat a smoother experience.
How to Get the Clutch Claw
Luckily for everyone, there isn't a specific quest you're sent on to obtain the Clutch Claw in Monster Hunter World. Once you've downloaded and installed the Iceborne expansion, you'll be prompted to go and explore the new land with the Handler.
During this introductory quest (which later tasks you with slaying a Beotodus), you'll be presented with the Clutch Claw by the Handler. She'll instruct you in the basic workings of the new gadget: lock onto a monster by holding the left trigger, and zip up to it by pressing B/Circle.
Clutch Claw Controls
But that's just one a few main moves you can pull off with the Clutch Claw in Monster Hunter World. In the table below, we'll list out the various Clutch Claw attacks you can use against a monster, including the button combinations for each one.
|Grapple||Left trigger + B/Circle||Grapples to a point on the monster|
|Redirection||B/Circle when on the monster||Turns the monster 45 degrees|
|Stun explosion||Right trigger when on the monster||Briefly stunts the monster|
|Chain attack||Y/Triangle when on the monster||Knocks a loot/crafting item from the monster|
Clutch Claw Explained
Knowing when to use the Clutch Claw on a monster is the key to success. For example, you can't use the Clutch Claw when a monster is enraged, because the game won't let you grapple onto a monster that's enraged and out of control.
In addition to this, you're not guaranteed to get a hold on the monster, even if you do grapple to it with the Clutch Claw. For example, if you use the Clutch Claw on a monster while it's charging at you, you'll be immediately flung back and take damage. The trick here is to wait until a monster is stationary, ideally straight after an attack, and then grapple onto it using the Clutch Claw.
Then once you're on the monster, you need to choose which attack to perform. You might be wondering about the 'Redirection' attack we've listed above. This isn't really an attack, but just a move you can do to turn the monster 45 degrees. This might seem pointless, but you can then chain it together with the stun attack to have a monster charge into a wall in front of it, injuring it in the process.
Then there's the straight up chain attack combo on Y/Triangle. This move chains together three attacks on the monster, and is really good for dealing significant damage to any one part of a monster. For example on the Banbaro, you'll want to grapple to either leg of the monster using the Clutch Claw, and then pull off the chain attack combo to not only damage its legs, but also knock a Banbaro-related crafting item loose.
If you're only just getting started with the new Iceborne expansion, then we'd suggest checking out our complete Monster Hunter World Iceborne beginner's guide. Alternatively, you can head over to our MHW Iceborne clutch claw guide, our MHW Iceborne Barioth guide or MHW Iceborne Tigrex guide for complex beasts, our MHW Iceborne Master Rank guide, or our MHW Iceborne Hoarfrost Reach camps guide for more.