How to Get Started in Monster Hunter World Iceborne

How to Get Started in Monster Hunter World Iceborne

Here's our beginner's guide on how to get started with Monster Hunter World Iceborne, so you can access the new DLC expansion.

The Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion has finally launched, and the huge beasts are matched only by the content on offer in the new DLC. In this guide, we'll be walking you through how to get started with Monster Hunter World Iceborne, providing you with a detailed beginner's guide on how to access all the brand new content.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne How to Get Started

When you've downloaded Monster Hunter World Iceborne, load up your most recent save game. You'll be loaded straight into Astera, where you'll receive a notification that a group of hunters are about to go out and track a Legiana that's been spotted in the Ancient Forest.

Talk to the hunters (they're just on your right from where you spawn in), and say you're ready to kick off the Legiana expedition. You'll now be exploring the Ancient Forest with our good pal The Handler, who notes that all the wildlife appears to have mysteriously disappeared from the whole forest.

Talk to these Hunters to get started with Iceborne. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

Head down the path set by you with the Handler, and you'll eventually reach an impressive cutscene, introducing Monster Hunter World Iceborne. You'll now be taken back to Astera once the scene is over, where the Fifth Fleet Commander has a rather stern and stoic conversation with everyone about setting out for this mysterious new land.

Head into the Ancient Forest with the Handler to investigate. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

When you're ready and geared up to go, talk to the Fifth Fleet Commander again to set off on the new Iceborne adventure. You'll descend into the new land with the Handler once again, where the pair of you are eventually attacked by a Beotodus.

Your task is to now slay the Beotodus in whatever manner you see fit. For a complete walkthrough of how to do just that, you can head straight over to our Monster Hunter World Beotodus guide.

After the fight has concluded and the beast is slain, go and speak to the Handler back at the local camp. You'll now return from the expedition, marking it as complete, and opening up the Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion in style, as you found the new hub area of Seliana.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Requirements

Thankfully, the level requirement for the Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion isn't anything excessive. Unlike with Destiny, where each new expansion is designed for players at the top of the level cap, you only need to have hit Hunter Rank 16 in your time with the base game, in order to access the new expansion.

The brand new Monster Hunter World Iceborne title screen. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

On top of this, you also need to have beaten Xeno'jiiva, the final beast in the main story of Monster Hunter World. One requirement builds into the other, as you're going to have naturally hit Hunter Rank 16 if you've at least made it to the fight with Xeno'jiiva.

After you've met these two requirements, you're clear to dive straight into Monster Hunter World Iceborne. The story of the expansion does take place after the events of the base game, so it makes sense that this is the only requirement Capcom would have for players going into the DLC.

If you're looking for our other Monster Hunter World Iceborne-related guides, look no further than the list below! We'll be adding to these guides over the coming weeks, with more monsters, weapons, quests, and more added later.

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