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Monster Hunter World Hunter Rank Guide - How to Increase Your Hunter Rank

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 Hunter Rank is going to increase as you progress through quest after quest, no matter if they're an Assigned quest, or an Optional quest. In this Monster Hunter World Hunter Rank guide, we'll be detailing how to increase your MHW Hunter Rank as easily as possible, so you can quickly progress through the huge game and unlock even more quests to undertake.

Should you instead need anything else relating to the huge game of Monster Hunter World, including how to quickly track down any monster in the game with the Scout Flies, as well as how to successfully capture any monster without fail, head over to our Monster Hunter World guides walkthrough hub.

Monster Hunter World Hunter Rank Guide

At the very outset of Monster Hunter World, you’ll begin the game with a Hunter Rank of 1, the lowest possible Rank. The maximum possible Hunter Rank is apparently 999, which is going to take a fair bit of grinding to achieve, to say the least.

Shortly after starting out the main story of Monster Hunter World after reaching the hub area of Astera, you’ll be given the task of taking down the Great Jagras in the Ancient Forest, aka. your first proper mission in Monster Hunter World. Complete this assignment, and you’ll level up your Hunter Rank to level 2, unlocking your ability to undertake brand new assignments from the Quest Board in Astera.

How to Increase Your Hunter Rank in Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World follows this pattern for a time, and every time you complete a big major hunt, such as completing story missions where you have to take down powerful monsters like the Barroth or the Anjanath, you’ll raise your Hunter Rank by 1. However later in on the game, levelling up becomes a bit more random, and you’re not guaranteed to raise your Hunter Rank every time you complete a major story mission.

Whereas it would’ve only taken one story-related mission to increase your Hunter Rank near the start of Monster Hunter World, it’ll take more fights against increasingly difficult opponents to level up your Hunter Rank. Simply put, if you want to increase your Hunter Rank, then you should concentrate on completing story missions, as optional quests and Arena quests won’t increase your Hunter Rank in Monster Hunter World, no matter how many powerful beasts you slay.

Your Hunter Rank also relates to the story missions of Monster Hunter World in another way: increasing your Hunter Rank gives you access to new, more challenging story quests. So completing story quests and your Hunter Rank go hand in hand—completing story quests raises your Rank, which in turn gives you access to brand new story quests. On top of all this, completing story quests where you kill, for example, a Rathian for the first time will then let you craft Rathian-related armor from the Smithy in the Workshop.

We might be wrapped up with this guide on how to raise your Hunter Rank in Monster Hunter World, but make sure to continue ahead to our additional guides on the game, including our full armor guide, as well as our complete weaponry 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 #7 esutibenknight'oftep 17 days ago
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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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