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Monster Hunter World Botanical Research Center Guide - How to Farm Plants and Insects Quickly

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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In Monster Hunter World, one of the most useful vendors you’re going to have is the Botanical Research Center, which can quickly generate multiple bugs, insects, and plants at once for you. In this Monster Hunter World Botanical Research guide, we’ll be walking you through how to get the most out the center for plants, as well as how to farm plants and insects quickly.

But if you instead need anything else at all on Monster Hunter World, including how to quickly track down monsters with the Scout Flies, as well as how to perfectly cook a piece of meat on the BBQ, head over to our Monster Hunter World guides walkthrough hub.

Monster Hunter World Botanical Research Center Guide

Every now and then while you’re exploring the Monster Hunter World main hub area in Astera, you’ll see a character with an exclamation mark over their head, indicating that they require something of you. Not far into the game, the Chief Botanical Researcher, to the left of the Tradeyard Area where you spawn back into the hub after completing a quest or expedition, will call you over.

Go and see the character, and the Botanical Research Center will now be available for use. What is the Botanical Research Center? Simply put, it’s a miniature farm where you can grow all kinds of plants and insects, to suit your crafting needs. As we detailed in our Monster Hunter World capturing guide, you’ll need Sleep Herbs and Parashrooms to craft a Tranq Bomb, used for capturing a monster. The Botanical Research Center is perfect for scenarios like this, where you find yourself a little short in ingredients that you need.

How to Cultivate Herbs in Monster Hunter World

In order to put the Botanical Research Center to work, activate the menu for the center by walking up to the table where the Chief Researcher is standing by, and select the ‘Cultivate’ option. You’ll now have a complete list of bugs, insects, and plants that you can choose to grow. The first column over from the name of the item tells you how many of that item you’re going to get per harvest, and the ‘time needed’ column indicates how many quests you’re going to have to venture out on before you can pick up your cultivated items.

For example, the Antidote Herb, used for crafting Antidote potions that can heal you of poisoning, will be ready for collection after one quest/expedition, and at that time two Antidote Herbs will be available for collection.

However there’s a process that can speed up the amount of time it takes to generate a harvest, and to do that you’ll have to head into the ‘Fertilize’ option from the main Botanical Research Center menu. Here, you can spend your hard earned Research Points on different types of Fertilizer, each of which can give you certain boosts. The options for Fertilizers are all listed just below, along with how many Research Points each one costs:

  • Fertilizer (100 Points) - Increases quantity of plants, lasts for 3 quests.
  • Mushroom Substrate (100 Points) - Increases quantity of mushrooms, lasts for 3 quests.
  • Summoner Jelly (100 Points) - Increases quantity of insects harvested, lasts for 3 quests.
  • Catalyst (300 Points) - Increases overall harvest speed, lasts for 4 quests.

We’d recommend taking advantage of the Botanical Research Center as soon as you unlock it in Monster Hunter World. It’s the best way to quickly farm plants, insects, bugs, and more in the game, and you’ll undoubtedly need to put it to use for some rarer items at some point in the massive game.

This concludes our guide to the Botanical Research Center, but why not check out some of our additional Monster Hunter World guides, including how to take down the Zorah Magdaros, as well as our complete Wildspire Waste 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 3 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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  • Avatar for esutibenknight'oftep #8 esutibenknight'oftep 12 days ago
    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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