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Monster Hunter World Affinity Guide - Armor and Weapon Affinity Explained

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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Monster Hunter World Affinity is an aspect of the game that's never entirely explained to you when you kick off your grand adventure. In this Monster Hunter World Affinity guide, we'll be walking you through how to utilize Affinity to your advantage when selecting which weapons and armor to equip, so you can deal massive amount of damage to monsters of all shapes and sizes, in a very short amount of time.

If you instead need anything else on the massive game of Monster Hunter World, including how to safely capture a monster in a trap, as well as how to quickly track down a monster using the Scout Flies, head over to our Monster Hunter World guides walkthrough hub.

Monster Hunter World Affinity Explained

The Affinity skill is one of the more overlooked statistics in Monster Hunter World, but it can give you the increased chance of landing critical hits on monster and dealing massive damage in a very short amount of time. It’s not just weapons that can boost your Affinity, as certain armor items can also give your character an increased chance of landing a powerful critical hit.

Monster Hunter World Weapon Affinity

Every single weapon in Monster Hunter World will have an Affinity stat when you first get hold of them from the Smithy. What differs from weapon to weapon is whether this Affinity statistic is a positive or negative percentage. For example, the Insect Glaive Kulu Blade II just below has the Affinity bonus of +10%, whereas the basic Buster Sword I has a 0% Affinity stat bonus.

This means that when comparing the two weapons, the Kulu Blade II has 10% more chance of dealing a critical hit to a monster in the heat of battle. You’ll know when you’ve landed a critical hit on a monster when a bright orange number flashes up, instead of the usual grey number. While this might not seem like a massive bonus at first, remember that critical hits have an increased chance of stunning a monster if you hit them on the head, and an increased chance of breaking off parts if you land critical hits to their wings, legs, arms, or tails.

Monster Hunter World Armor Affinity Skills

But weapons aren’t actually the only item in Monster Hunter World that can give you an Affinity boost. So far, there are four armor skills in the game that can also give you an Affinity stat bonus for your character, and they’re all listed just below:

  • Affinity Sliding - Increases your Affinity skill for a short time after you perform a slide.
  • Attack Boost - Raises your Affinity skill while also boosting your attack power.
  • Critical Draw - Increases the chance that draw attacks will land a critical hit.
  • Critical Eye - A permanent increase to your Affinity skill.

If you want to check the added bonuses that your equipped armor items give you, bring up the Monster Hunter World pause menu, and to go the ‘Equipment Info’ option. Now press the middle button on the Dualshock 4, or the back button on the Xbox One controller to bring up a complete list of current skill bonuses. You can now see which, if any armor items are currently giving you any of the Affinity skills that we listed just above.

We might be all done with our Affinity bonus guide, but why not check out our additional Monster Hunter World guides, including our complete armor guide, as well as Odogaron monster guide.

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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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    This list is a fake popularity list made in Japan seven months ago that is absolutely not true. Invedtigate what youpost before duing it and stop spreading lies.
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