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Monster Hunter World Combat Guide - Controls Guide, How to Manage Your Stamina, How to Evade Monster Attacks

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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Combat is obviously the main loop of Monster Hunter World, but how can you properly manage your stamina so that you’re never left gasping for breath, and how do you evade monster attacks? In this Monster Hunter World combat guide, we’ll be teaching you all that and more, including the full Monster Hunter World controls.

But if you instead need anything else on Monster Hunter World, including how to manage your Palico companion, as well as how to use the Scout Flies to quickly track down monsters, head over to our Monster Hunter World guides walkthrough hub.

Monster Hunter World Combat Overview Guide

Combat is what you’re going to spend most of your time undertaking in Monster Hunter World, and just like the rest of the game, it’s crucial that you understand a few key elements before delving headlong into a fight. First, there’s the green and yellow meters on the upper left area of your HUD, with the green representing your health, and the yellow representing your stamina.

Should you run out of health due to monster attacks (there’s no fall damage in Monster Hunter World), you’ll faint, and be transported to the nearest Campsite, where you’ll reawaken with all your gear and other items still intact. If you run out of stamina due to sprinting, your character will temporarily stop and gasp for breath, unable to move. This obviously leaves you open to monster attacks, so make sure to never let your stamina entirely deplete.

Monster Hunter World Combat Controls Guide

As for attacking a monster, the controller button combinations are all listed out just below:

  • Right trigger - Charge attack/weapon transform
  • Left trigger - Aim with ranged weapon/use shield
  • Circle/B - Quick attack
  • Triangle/Y - Medium attack
  • Circle/B + Triangle/Y - Heavy charged attack
  • Cross/A - Evade

Keep in mind that while the Monster Hunter World combat controls above generally apply to most weapons in the game, there are some exceptions. For example, left trigger won’t do anything for weapons that aren’t ranged or don’t have a shield, such as the Long Sword or Dual Blades.

Combat in Monster Hunter World is a game of dodging and evading your opponent’s attacks, and learning how each monster in the game plays. The starting Ancient Forest area is a great tutorial area, where you can practice dodging and evading the attacks of the Great Jagras, generally viewed as the weakest main monster in the game, and commonly found just north east of the starting Camp.

Generally speaking, there are two types of monster attacks in Monster Hunter World: standard attacks, and area attacks. Taking the Great Jagras as an example, it can swipe you with its claws, rush you head on, or spit out acid at you, covering an area on the floor. With all monster attacks in the game, you’ll always have some form of warning that they are coming. When the Great Jagras is going to rush you, it’ll visibly pull back and lower its head, while when it’s going to spit at you, it’ll rear its head back in preparation for the attack.

Monster Hunter World is all about learning the attack patterns and the attack warnings from the monsters you’re going up against, and taking advantage of them. You’ll want to always leave enough stamina in reserve to dodge out of the way of any incoming attacks, and you’ll also want to press the advantage as soon as an attack is over, using the evade mechanic to close the gap between you and a monster, before backing off to a safe distance.

Now that we’re done with this guide explaining the combat mechanics of Monster Hunter World, why not continue to our detailed weapons guide, or our Gathering Hub area guide, both of which will get you up to speed with some essential areas of the complex game.

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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.

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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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    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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