Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Guide – How To Access New Content

Everything you need to know about accessing the new content in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.

by Jelani James
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is finally here, and there is plenty of new content to uncover. However, it isn’t something you’ll be able to play immediately — there’s some stuff you’ll need to take care of first.

Unlocking Iceborne Content And Master Rank

The path to reaching the new content can really be broken down into two steps:

Step 1: Defeat Xeno’jiiva

Xeno’jiiva is the final boss of World’s story mode and you won’t be able to even consider accessing Icebonre’s content without defeating it first.

Despite being the final boss, there isn’t much you have to do to defeat Xeno’jiiva, honestly. It’s vulnerable to poison and all elements are equally effective against it. Don’t let its size fool you: just avoid its laser and stomp attacks when it enrages and you’ll be set.

Optional: High Rank Postgame

By no means is this necessary, but it wouldn’t hurt to check out some of World’s endgame content after Xeno’jiiva is defeated.

You’ll be able to get some augmentations and useful gear (namely, AT Kulve Taroth gear) that can make the transition from High Rank to Master Rank a bit smoother. Do note, however, that much of that gear will soon get outclassed in Master Rank, and getting it might not even be an option since most players will likely be focusing on Iceborne content.

Step 2: Investigate The Ancient Forest

Regardless of whether you follow that optional step, your next goal will be to take up a new quest which will require you to investigate the Ancient Forest.

Legiana have been spotted in the region for whatever reason, so it’s up to you to examine the area during an expedition to figure out why. Simply follow the tracks before checking out the scenes and dialogue that follows.

From there, you’ll head to the region that will later be dubbed Hoarfrost Reach and you’ll be treated to an introduction to Master Rank and all the content that follows.

Welcome to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne!

- This article was updated on September 3rd, 2019