The Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World introduces the new Master Rank system, which functions as an endgame level system. In this Monster Hunter World Iceborne Master Rank guide, we'll be walking you through how to begin progressing through the Master Rank system, while also detailing how you can increase the rank levels as quickly as possible.
Monster Hunter World Iceborne Master Rank
In the Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion, the Master Rank functions as an endgame leveling system, exclusive to the expansion. To begin progressing through the Master Rank system, you need only to complete the introductory mission with the Handler exploring the new icy world, and after you've established the new hub area of Seliana, the Master Rank system will be unlocked.
The Master Rank levels are entirely separate from the Hunter Rank levels. They don't intertwine with one another at all: all the missions you do in the base Monster Hunter World go towards leveling up your Hunter Rank, and all missions you complete in Iceborne go towards leveling up your Master Rank.
Your Master Rank will dictate which missions you can and can't undertake in Monster Hunter World Iceborne. While we'll get onto increasing your Master Rank below, you'll unlock new missions as your Master Rank increases, giving you the right to set forth on new missions to slay new monsters.
How to Increase Your Monster Hunter World Master Rank
So how best to increase your Master Rank in Monster Hunter World Iceborne? Your Master Rank won't progress entirely the same as you were used to in the base game with a Hunter Rank, there isn't a bar that you're filling with experience points to increase your Master Rank by one level at a time.
Instead, you'll increase your Master Rank by one level every time you complete an assigned mission in the Iceborne portion of Monster Hunter World. So for example, when you complete the 'Ready to Strike' assigned mission where you hunt down a Viper Tobi-Kadachi, your Master Rank will increase by one overall level.
Note that this, unfortunately, doesn't include completing optional missions in the Iceborne portion of Monster Hunter World. So if you went and completed the 'Anjanath Antics' optional mission to hunt an Anjanth, your Master Rank won't be affected.
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.