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Monster Hunter World Armor Guide - Best MHW Armor, How to Forge Armor, How to Upgrade Armor, How to Unlock High Rank Armor

In this Monster Hunter World guide, we'll walk you through how to capture a monster, how to use the Insect Glaive, how to use both the Botanical and Ecological Research Centers, and how to understand the Monster Hunter World armor range.

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Your Monster Hunter World armor is going to save your skin more times than you can count throughout your time with the massive game, and you're going to need to get your hands on the best Monster Hunter World armor as fast as possible is you want to survive in the open world. In this Monster Hunter World armor guide, we'll be walking you through absolutely everything you need to know about armor in Capcom's huge game, including how to unlock Monster Hunter World High Rank armor, and more.

If you should instead need anything else on Monster Hunter World, including how to use the Scoutflies to track monsters, as well as how to customise your quick access items, head over to our Monster Hunter World guides walkthrough hub.

Monster Hunter World Armor Guide

Monster Hunter World armor sets are comprised of five items: headgear, mail, gloves, belt, and trousers. At the start of Monster Hunter World, you’re limited to the option of two sets: Leather, or Chainmail.

Monster Hunter World Armor Strengths

Every Monster Hunter World armor set has their strengths and weaknesses, and just below, we’ve outlined every armor set we’ve uncovered so far, including their strengths in certain areas:

  • MHW Leather armor - Strong against Fire.
  • MHW Chainmail armor - Strong against Water.
  • MHW Hunter’s armor - Strong against Fire and Water.
  • MHW Bone armor - Strong against Fire, Thunder, and Dragon.
  • MHW Kestadon armor - Strong against Fire.
  • MHW Jagras armor - Strong against Fire and Dragon.
  • MHW Kulu armor - Strong against Fire and Ice.
  • MHW Alloy armor - Strong against Water and Dragon.
  • MHW Pukei armor - Strong against Water and Dragon.
  • MHW Barroth armor - Strong against Thunder.
  • MHW Jyura armor - Strong against Water and Ice.
  • MHW Kadachi armor - Strong against Thunder.
  • MHW High Metal armor - Strong against Ice.
  • MHW Anja armor - Strong against Fire.
  • MHW Rathian armor - Strong against Fire.
  • MHW Lumu armor - Strong against Water and Ice.
  • MHW Girros armor - Strong against Thunder and Dragon.
  • MHW Baan armor - Strong against Water.
  • MHW Ingot armor - Strong against Thunder.
  • MHW Legiana armor - Strong against Ice and Water.
  • MHW Odogaron armor - Strong against Fire and Water.
  • MHW Rathalos armor - Strong against Fire, Water, and Ice.
  • MHW Diablos armor - Strong against Fire and Dragon.
  • MHW Kirin armor - Strong against Thunder and Dragon.
  • MHW Dodogama armor - Strong against Fire and Dragon.
  • MHW Zorah armor - Strong against Fire.
  • MHW High Metal armor - Strong against Ice.
  • MHW Ingot armor - Strong against Thunder.
  • MHW Uragaan armor - Strong against Fire and Thunder.
  • MHW Damascus armor - Strong against Fire.
  • MHW Dober armor - Strong against Dragon.
  • MHW Death Stench armor - Strong against Fire, Water, and Ice.
  • MHW Nergigante armor - Strong against Water and Ice.
  • MHW Teostra armor - Strong against Fire, Thunder, and Dragon.
  • MHW Kushala armor - Strong against Water and Ice.
  • MHW Vaal Hazak armor - Strong against Water and Thunder.
  • MHW Xeno'jiiva armor - Strong against Water, Thunder, and Ice.

How to Unlock New Armor in Monster Hunter World

You unlock the ability to forge each of the above Monster Hunter World armor sets at the Smithy by defeating the respective monsters. For example, to forge the Anja gear you’ll need to kill an Anjanath, and to unlock the Jagras gear you’ll need to hunt down and defeat a Great Jagras. You can mix and match different items from different gear sets, so you could have a Anja Helm, with Jyura Mail, Barroth Vambraces, Chainmail Belt, and Alloy Greaves.

It’s best to properly assess your target monster before deciding on which gear set to go with. If you’re taking on a Tobi-Kadachi, you’ll want a gear set that specialises in Thunder defence, but if you’re taking on an Anjanath, you’ll want armor items that protect you against fire. The best hunters in Monster Hunter World will mix and match their gear to create a fairly balanced defense, or change their gear based on which monster they happen to be hunting at the time.

Monster Hunter World Armor Upgrades

You upgrade your existing Monster Hunter World armor at the Smithy in the Workshop, the exact same place at which you forge new armor. Upgrading your armor is a slightly more complex process than forging new armor, as you’ll have to put Armor Sphere items towards upgrading your existing gear.

Unfortunately, Armor Spheres don’t come around that often, and you’re rewarded with a single Armor Sphere item for every quest you complete. Therefore, you’ll have to potentially save up your Armor Spheres, as one Armor Sphere doesn’t necessarily equate to one level increase for a piece of armor.

Every standard armor item begins at level one, with a predetermined defense rating, which gauges how well protected you are against all monster attacks. Every time you successfully upgrade an armor item, it’ll increase the defense rating of the item by two points. Therefore, you need to choose to either spend your Armor Spheres on lower level items to give them a boost, or save them for when you obtain higher level armor like the Barroth armor, which requires multiple Armor Spheres in order to level up once.

Best Monster Hunter World Armor

The truth is that there likely isn’t one ‘best’ Monster Hunter World armor set, as every single type of armor in the game has deficiencies in some areas. For example, as powerful as the Barroth armor is, you’ll get roasted (literally) if you go up against the fire-breathing Anjanath wearing it, as it’s an incredibly weak armor set to wear against fire-type monsters.

However, with all that being said, we'd recommend one armor set above all: the Monster Hunter World Commission armor set. This armor set simply protects you against every elemental type of attack in the game. There's nothing flashy, fancy, or hidden to this armor set, but it's one of the more solid, reliable armor sets for simple protection in the entire game.

Monster Hunter World High Rank Armor

If it looks like you’ve already obtained the very best Monster Hunter World armor, than don’t worry, because there’s a whole lot more to uncover once you’ve sent the Zorah Magdaros back out to sea. After you’ve successfully completed the Colossal Task mission, which sees the Fifth Fleet band together to stop the Zorah Magdaros, you’ll unlock the mission to track a mysterious monster across the Ancient Forest, Wildspire Waste, Coral Highlands, and Rotten Vale.

When you get sent out to these locations with the goal of finding track of the ‘??? Rathian’, you’ll unlock the ability to craft High Rank armor. Head to the Smithy in the Workshop level of the Astera hub area, and select the ‘Armor’ option within the ‘Forge Equipment’ menu. You’ll now have a new tab at the top of the page, dividing the creatable armor into two categories: Low Rank and High Rank. It turns out the armor you’ve been crafting up to taking down the Zorah Magdaros has all been Low Rank, and concludes with the Diablos armor set.

The High Rank armor basically makes you begin again from scratch, starting with Leather A and B, and Chainmail A and B sets, and working your way up from there, unlocking the ability to craft new High Rank armor sets with each new monster that you defeat. So, if you want to craft the High Rank Barroth armor sets, you’re going to have to venture out and defeat a Barroth in the Wildspire Waste.

If you attempt to head out on an Expedition, you’ll now see a new option, similar to that of crafting armor at the Smithy. You’ll now see that you have the option to undertake either Low Rank or High Rank Expeditions to each region of Monster Hunter World, and whenever you toggle between the two options, you’ll see that different monsters are present in the same region. For example in the Ancient Forest, you’ll come up against the Pukei-Pukei, Anjanath, and Rathalos on the Low Rank, and Great Jagras, Rathian, and Bazelgeuse on the High Rank version of the region.

We’d recommend venturing out into each Monster Hunter World region in a High Rank Expedition, to see what monsters you encounter. Try challenging yourself against powerful monsters like the Rathian and Bazelgeuse, and you’ll be rewarded with the ability to craft the corresponding High Rank armor at the Smithy.

This might bring an end to our Monster Hunter World armor guide, but head over to our complete weapons guide page, or our guide on taking down the Odogaron.

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  • Avatar for SmilingJackrabbit #1 SmilingJackrabbit 4 months ago
    There is a lot of misinformation in this article. Most importantly is that the max rank is not 100, many people are already past this rank. While I'm not 100% certain as I've not achieved the rank myself, the max rank in previous titles was 999 and it is likely the same in this one. Also, while you have to reach certain milestones in the main story to unlock some armor/weapons, you do not have to defeat a monster to unlock the ability to see its armor/weapon sets, just get the correct parts from it out in the field or as a reward for breaking/slicing parts off of it during an expedition.
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  • Avatar for michellezethmayr05 #2 michellezethmayr05 4 months ago
    What weapons did you use. I know they are duel blades but what kind. I am having a hard time with kirin
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  • Avatar for MHunter411 #3 MHunter411 3 months ago
    This article is full of incomplete and incorrect information. I'd make a list, but it would be way too long.

    If you want useful information on the topic, go elsewhere.
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  • Avatar for justinfisk34 #4 justinfisk34 2 months ago
    Whoever wrote this "article" is an idiot. Building an entire set, while aesthetically pleasing, is a horrible way to build for any weapon. You need to build around what skills you want if you want the true best armor for a weapon/build. Do not listen to this "article."
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  • Avatar for dudedudex3 #5 dudedudex3 2 months ago
    I’m sorry this post is probably old but I’m a little shook because a lot of this is false info.... hr 100 is not that max what so ever it never has been
    ... Who told you only assigned quest give you hr points that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard when talking about monster hunter ... everything gets added up
    now I believe the best way to get hr points is from farming tempered elder dragons or investigations with multiple monsters/tempered monsters
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  • Avatar for throwaway09 #6 throwaway09 2 months ago
    Teostra and Nergigante have been seen together before considering they turf war. I believe it's triggered by going over a certain time on the quest you're on, but I'm not 100% positive
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