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Monster Hunter World Armor Sets Guide – How to Get, Armor Skills, How to Upgrade

By   /   Jan 27, 2018

Understanding armor skills, types and everything else that you need to know about Monster Hunter World Armor Sets and how they react to certain materials.

There are different kinds of Monster Hunter armors and each of them is suited for various combat styles and encounters. Selecting an armor has very little to do with what looks good on you and everything to do with your combat stretagy. The following guide will discuss in detail how to get Monster Hunter armor sets, armor skills, and what you need to do to upgrade Monster Hunter World.

How to Forge and Upgrade Monster Hunter World Armor Sets

Monster Hunter World armors are made of 5 different pieces and it can change the way you play the game. You will be able to unlock the ability to make new Monster Hunter armor sets when you kill a monster associated with a certain armor set.

After you have taken out the monster, you will go to the blacksmith in Astera to forge the armor. Remember that this will take a fair bit of resources.

Most of the armor will have five parts, and each part has a set of stats associated with it. You can also upgrade your armor sets if you want. This will be done at the blacksmith area in the same manner that you forged it so the process is of upgrading your armor sets in Monster Hunter World is pretty simplistic.

To upgrade an armor set, you need armor spheres which are rare and rewarded for every main quest that you will complete. It is best if you hold onto these spheres and spend them later on when you have an idea of what armor works best rather than waste it on nothing and regret it later on.

Armor Sets Locations

In Monster Hunter World, players equip Armor sets to protect themselves. These Armor Sets give them resistance to Natural Damage. Every piece carries different Passives, Enchants, and Accessories.

These Armor Sets give protection against Physical Damage and have Unique Skills which grant bonuses. There are five slots where you can equip Armor Head, Chest Armor, Legs Armor, Arms Armor, and Waist Armor.

It is to be noted that each Monster Hunter world armor is used to protect for a certain type of damage. So you need to keep more than one set around to protect yourself from different damage types such as water, fire, and others. The armor you choose will decide how well you can protect yourself during any given encounter.

Below are the details you need to know make an informed decision when choosing any Monster Hunter World armor set.

Alloy Armor Set
This Armor is strong against Dragon and Water but weak against Fire Element, Thunder Element, and Ice. This can be crafted with 17 Machalite Ore, 26 Iron Ore, and 7 Earth Crystal.

Anja Armor Set
Anja Armor drops from Anjanath. It is strong against Fire but weak against Water. It provides +3 Adrenaline when the set is complete. This can be crafted with 9 Anjanath Scale, 10 Anjanath Pelt, 2 Flame Sac, 4 Machalite Ore, 1 Anjanath Tail, 4 Anjanath Fang, 2 Anjanath Nosebone, 1 Anjanath Plate, and 2 Monster Bone L.

Anja Alpha Armor Set
You can acquire this Armor Set from Anjanath. It is strong against Fire but weak against Water. Equipping the entire set will give you +2 Adrenaline and +4 Stamina Cap Up.

Anja Beta Armor Set
Anjanath drops this Armor Set which is strong against Fire but weak against Water.

Baan Armor Set
Taking down Radobaan will reward you with this Armor Set which is strong against Water but weak against Dragon. This can be crafted with 7 Radobaan Shell, 5 Radobaan OilShell, 4 Wyvern Bonemass, 1 Radobaan Marrow, 8 Radobaan Scale, 2 Sleep Sac, 3 Sturdy Bone, 3 Monster Bone L, and 2 Warped Bone.

Butterfly Armor Set
This Armor Set is strong against Thunder, and Dragon but is weak against Fire, and Water. It can be crafted with 5 Great Hornfly, 6 Dragonite Ore, 6 Coral Crystal, 2 Flame Sac, 4 Earth Crystal, 1 Aqua Sac, 4 Monster Fluid, 1 Electro Sac, and 1 Paralysis Sac.

Damascus Armor Set
This can be crafted with 10 Elder Dragon Blood, 15 Fucium Ore, 3 Great Girros Hood, 3 Novacrystal, 3 Uragaan Scute, 2 Firecell Stone, 5 Black Diablos Ridge, 3 Dodogama Jaw, 5 Lavasloth Carapace.

Barroth Armor Set
Killing Barroth will reward you with this Armor Set which is strong against Thunder but weak against Fire. This can be crafted with 9 Barroth Ridge, 2 Barroth Tail, 5 Barroth Claw, 4 Kestodon Shell, 5 Barroth Shell, 1 Boulder Bone, 2 Barroth Scalp, and 4 Fertile Mud.

Death Stench Armor Set
This can be crafted with 5 Sinister Cloth, 5 Warped Bone, 6 Monster Bone, 3 Sharp Claw, 5 Coral Bone, 10 Sturdy Bone, 4 Monster Fluid, and 2 Lightcrystal.

Bone Armor Set
Bone is strong against Fire, Thunder and Dragon but weak against Water and Ice.

Bone Alpha Armor Set
The Armor Set is strong against Thunder, Fire and Dragon Elements but not weak against any other. No bonus when the set is fully equipped.

Head is crafted by using Quality Bone x3 + Monster Bone x2 + Warped Bone x2. Mail can be craftable by using Quality Bone x2 + Monster Bone x2 + Monster Bone L x3.

Coil can be acquired by Quality Bone x2 + Monster Bone + Boulder Bone x3. To craft Vambraces, you need Quality Bone x3 + Monster Bone + Coral Bone x3. Legs can be crafted Quality Bone x2 + Monster Bone x2 + Boulder Bone x3.

Chainmail Armor Set
Chainmail Armor Set is the starting set which is strong against Water Element but weak against all others. There are no Set Bounses for using the complete Armor Set.

Chainmail Alpha Armor Set
Chainmail Alpha Armor is strong against Water and weak against all others.

Chainmail Beta Armor Set
The Armor is strong against Water and weak against all others.

Death Stench Beta Armor Set
The set is strong against all others except Thunder.

Diablos Armor Set
Slaying Diablos will reward you with this Armor Set which grants you a bonus of +3 Bludgeoner with a full set. The set is strong against Fire and Dragon but weak against Ice and Water. This can be crafted with 9 Diablos Ridge, 3 Diablos Fang, 4 Twisted Horn, 1 Diablos Marrow, 7 Diablos Shell, 6 Monster Bone, 1 Diablos Tallcase, 1 Lightcrystal, and 2 Monster Bone L.

Dodogama Armor Set
This can be crafted with 12 Dodogama Scale, 18 Dodogama Hide, 5 Dodogama Jaw, 3 Gastodon Horn, 3 Dodogama Tail, 1 Firecell Stone, 8 Dodogama Talon, 6 Fucium Ore, 5 Gastodon Carapace, and 1 Wyvern Gem.

Dragonking Alpha Armor
The Armor Set has only one piece which grants no bonus when equipped.

Gajau Armor Set
The Armor Set is strong against Water Element but weak against all other. There are no Set Bounses for using the complete Armor Set.

Hunter Armor Set
This Armor is strong against fire, and water but weak against all others. This can be crafted with 12 Jagras Hide, 8 Jagras Scale, and 10 Quality Bone.

Gastodon Armor Set
This armor set is strong against Fire but weak against all others. This can be crafted with 3 Gastodon Horn, 4 Gastodon Carapace, 3 Kestodon Carapace, and 5 Dragonite Ore.

Girros Armor Set
On slaying the Girros, you will acquire the Girros Armor Set. It is strong against Thunder but weak against Water. This can be crafted with 8 Great Girros Hide, 4 Great Girros Fang, 6 Great Girros Scale, 4 Monster Bone M, 2 Great Girros Tail, 2 Great Girros Hood, 3 Girros Hide, 2 Girros Fang, 2 Paralysis Sac, and 3 Girros Scale.

High Metal Armor Set
Acquired from Ore, this Armor Set requires Dragonite Ore x10, Machalite Ore x7, Iron Ore x18, Earth Crystal x4 and Sharp Claw x4 to craft for all 5 items. The Armor Set is strong against Ice Element but weak against Thunder and Water elements.

Hornetaur Armor Set
We will have more information on this Armor Set soon. Stay tuned!

Hunter’s Armor Set
By slaying Jagras, you can acquire this Armor Set which is strong against Fire and Water Element but weak against all others.

Hunter’s Alpha Armor
You require Jagras Hide x12, Jagras Scale x8 and Quality Bone x10 drops from defeating Jagras. The Armor Set is strong against Fire and Water Elements but weak against all others. There are no Set Bonuses for using the complete Armor Set.

Hunter’s Beta Armor Set
By slaying Jagras, you need to farm Jagras Hide x12, Jagras Scale x8 and Quality Bone x10. There are no Set Bounses for using the complete Armor Set. The set is strong against Fire and Water Elements but weak against all others.

Ingot Armor Set
The Armor Set is strong against Thunder but weak against Fire and Ice. The Armor is gathered from Ore.

Kadachi Armor Set
This can be crafted with 8 Kadachi Pelt, 3 Kadachi Electrode, 2 Kadachi Claw, 2 Electro Sac, 2 Kadachi Membrane, 2 Wingdrake Hide, 6 Kadachi Scale, 2 Monster Bone M, and 1 Warm Pelt.

Jagras Armor Set
By slaying Great Jagras and Jagras, you can earn this Armor which is strong against Water but weak against Fire. The Jagras set Is useful against Water but weak against fire. It can be crafted with 9 Great Jagras Scale, 4 Great Jagras Mane, 4 Great Jagras Hide, 3 Great Jagras Claw, 1 Ancient Bone, 3 Monster Bone S, 1 Jagras Hide, 2 Jagras Scale, and 2 Sharp Claw.

Jyura Armor Set
No bonus when Armor Set is completed, Jyuratodus drops the required items. The set is strong against Water Element but weak against Thunder and Fire elements.

Kadachi Armor Se
Tobi-Kadachi drops this Armor Set which is weak versus Water but strong versus Thunder.

Kaiser Alpha Armor Set
This Armor Set is strong against Fire but weak against Ice and Water. Set Bonus grants +3 Master’s Touch.

Kaiser Beta Armor Set
Teostra drops this Armor Set which provides +3 Master Touch when fully equipped. The Armor Set is strong against Fire but weak against Ice and Water.

King Beetle Beta Armor Set
King Beetle Beta Armor Set is strong against Dragon and Thunder but weak against Fire and Water.

Kestodon Armor Set
The Armor Set contains only one piece with no bonus whatsoever when equipped. Kestodon Armor Set is strong against Fire Element but weak against all others.

Kestodon Alpha Armor Set
The Armor Set can be earned by taking down Kestodo. The set is strong against Fire but weak against all others.

Kulu Armor Set
The Armor Set is strong against Water and Dragon but weak against Ice. You can obtain by slaying Kulu-Ya-Ku.

Leather Armor Set
The Armor Set is strong against Fire but weak against all others.

Leather Alpha Armor Set
Crafted from Ore and Pelts, the Armor Set is strong against Fire but weak against all others.

Leather Beta Armor Set
By farming Ore and Pelts, you can craft this set which is strong against Fire and Water Elements but weak against all others.

Legiana Armor Set
Slaying Legiana can earn this Armor Set. The Armor Set grants +3 Good Luck and are strong against Ice and Water but weak against Thunder and Fire.

Legiana Beta Armor Set
The Set Bonus grants +2 Good Luck and +4 Bow Charge Plus. It is strong against Ice and Water but weak against Thunder and Fire. Defeating Legiana will provide you with this Armor.

Lumu Armor Set
The Armor Set can be acquired from Paolumu which is strong against Water but weak against Fire.

Nergigante Armor Set
We will have more information on this Armor Set soon. Stay tuned!

Nergigante Alpha Armor Set
The Armor Set drops from Nergigante which is strong against Ice, Thunder, and Fire but weak against Dragon and Water. The Set Bonus grants +3 Hasten Recovery when fully equipped.

Nergigante Beta Armor Set
The Set Bonus grants +3 Hasten Recovery, it is strong against Ice, Thunder, and Fire but weak against Dragon and Water. The Armor Set drops from Nergigante.

Odogaron Armor Set
Slaying Odogaron rewards you with this Armor Set. It is strong against Fire and Water but weak against Ice and Thunder. When all pieces are equipped, it grants +Punishing Draw. This can be crafted using 8 Odogaron Scale, 9 Odogaron Sinew, 4 Odogaron claw, 1 Warped Bone, 3 Odogaron Fang, 3 Hornetaur Shell, 1 Odogaron Tail, 2 Hornetaur Wing, 1 Odogaron Plate, and 2 Dragonite Ore.

Origin Armor Set
We will have more information on this Armor Set soon. Stay tuned!

Pukei Armor Set
By putting down Pukei-Pukei, you can receive this Armor Set. The Armor is weak against Dragon but strong against all others.

Pukei Beta Armor Set
Slaying Pukei-Pukei monster will reward you with this set. It is strong against Water and weak against Thunder.

Rath Heart Alpha Armor Set
The Armor Set is strong against Fire and weak against Dragon but Thunder which grants +3 Poison Duration Up. To have this Armor Set, you need to kill the Rathian.

Rathalos Armor Set
Rathalos when put to death rewards you with this Armor Set. The Armor is strong against Fire but weak against Dragon and Thunder. The complete Armor Set Bonus grants +3 Critical.

Rathian Armor Set
Killing Rathian, you will have this Armor Set which is strong against Fire but weak against Dragon and Thunder.

Shamos Armor Set
Slaying Shamuosu will reward you with this Armor Set. The set is strong against Fire and Water but weak against Ice.

Zorah Armor Set
This can be crafted by 8 Zorah Magdaros Heat Scale, 10 Zorah Magdaros Ridge, 23 Zorah Magdros Carapace, 4 Zorah Magdaros Pleura, 7 Zorah Magdaros Magma, 1 Zorah Magdaros Gem, and 16 Dragonnite Ore.

Xeno’jiiva Armor Set
This can be crafted with 16 Xeno’jiiva SOulscale, 16 Xeno’jiiva Shell, 5 Xeno’jiiva Horn, 1 Rathalos Plate, 5 Xeno’jiiva Wing, 1 Xeno’jiiva Gem, 3 Xeno’jiiva Claw, 4 Xeno’jiiva Veil, 1 Wyvern Gem, 2 Xeno’jiiva Tail, 1 Odogaron Plate, and 1 Legiana Plate.

Vaal Hazak Armor Set
This armor set is strong against Water, and Thunder but weak against Fire, Dragon, and Ice. It can be crafted with 16 Deceased Scale, 16 Vaal Hazak Carapace, 4 Vaal Hazak Talon, 7 Elder Dragon Bone, 6 Vaal Hazak Fang, 2 Vaal Hazak Tail, 1 Odogaron Plate, 9 Vaal Hazak Membrane, 1 Vaal Hazak Gem, 4 Vaal Hazak Wing, and 6 Dragonvein Crystal.

Tzitzi Armor Set
The Armor is not strong against any but weak against Thunder and Ice. It drops from Tzitzi-Ya-Ku. This can be crafted by 7 Tzitzi Scale, 9 Tzitzi Hide, 4 Tzitzi Photophore, 5 Coral Crystal, 5 Tzitzi Claw, and 1 Lightcrystal.

Vespoid Armor Set
We will have more information on this Armor Set soon. Stay tuned!

Xeno’jiiva Alpha Armor Set
Xeno’jiiva monster drops Armor Set which grants +3 Razor Sharp / Spare Shot when 3 Armor Pieces equipped. It is strong against Water, Thunder, and Ice but weak against Dragon and Fire.

Xeno’jiiva Beta Armor Set
By slaying Xeno’jiiva, you receive this set of loot. Granting +3 Razor Sharp / Spare Shot when 3 Armor Pieces equipped. The Armor is strong against Water, Thunder, and Ice but weak against Dragon and Fire.

Zorah Alpha Armor Set
This Armor Set drops from Zorah Magdaros. It is strong against Fire but weak against all other. When all Pieces equipped, it grants +3 Critical Status.

Zorah Beta Armor Set
By slaying Zorah Magdaros, this Armor Set drops which is strong against Fire but weak against all other. When fully equipped grants +3 Critical Status.

Samurai Armor Set Skin
We will have more information on this Armor Set soon. Stay tuned!

Armor Strengths and Weaknesses

As I have stated before, there are tons of different armors available to you. All of these armors are different in looks and stats. For this reason, there are certain characteristics of each armor set which makes it stronger or weaker against a certain monster. Let’s go ahead and take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each of the armor piece and armor sets in general.

  • Ingot: Strong against Thunder / Weak against Fire, Ice
  • Death Stench: Strong against Fire, Water, Ice / Weak against Thunder, Dragon
  • Brigade: Strong against Fire, Thunder, Dragon
  • Legiana: Strong against Water, Ice / Weak against Fire, Thunder
  • Odogaron: Strong against Fire, Water / Weak against Thunder, Ice
  • Rathalos: Strong against Fire, Water, Ice / Weak against Thunder, Dragon
  • Leather: Strong against Fire
  • Chainmail: Strong against Water
  • Bone – Strong against Fire, Thunder and Dragon
  • Vespoid: Strong against Dragon
  • Kestodon – Strong against Fire
  • Gajau: Strong against Water
  • Jagras: Strong against Water and Dragon / Weak against Fire, Thunder and Ice
  • Kulu: Strong against Ice / Weak against Water
  • Alloy: Strong against Water and Dragon / Weak against Fire, Thunder and Ice
  • Tzitzi: Weak against Thunder, Ice (but an good base defense stat)
  • Lumu: Strong against Water, Ice / Weak against Fire
  • Girros: Strong against Thunder, Dragon / Weak against Water
  • Baan: Strong against Water / Weak against Ice, Dragon
  • Pukei: Strong against Water and Dragon / Weak against Thunder
  • Hunter’s: Strong against Fire and Water
  • Barroth: Strong against Thunder / Weak against Fire, Water and Ice
  • Jyura: Strong against Water / Weak against Fire and Thunder
  • Kadachi: Strong against Thunder / Weak against Water
  • High Metal: Strong against Ice / Weak against Water, Thunder
  • Butterfly: Strong against Thunder, Dragon / Weak against Fire, Water
  • Shamos: Strong against Fire, Water / Weak against Ice
  • Hornetaur: Strong against Dragon / Weak against Fire, Water
  • Anja: Strong against Fire / Weak against Water, Thunder, Ice
  • Rathian: Strong against Fire / Weak against Thunder, Dragon
  • Diablos: Strong against Fire, Dragon / Weak against Water, Ice
  • Kirin: Strong against Thunder, Dragon / Weak against Fire, Water, Ice

Monster Hunter World Armor Skills

There are many different skills attached to each armor, and they usually buff your armor during a certain scenario. Let’s take a look at all of the skills and see what they do and how you can use them with your armor for maximum effect.

  • Adrenaline: reduces Stamina Depletion at low health.
  • Affinity Sliding: sliding increases affinity for a while.
  • Aquatic Expert: improves mobility in water.
  • Artillery: increase damage from explosives.
  • Attack Boost: attack power and affinity increase at level 7.
  • BBQ Master: increases cooking skill.
  • Botanist: you can gather more herbs.
  • Cliffhanger: stamina decreases slowly when climbing.
  • Constitution: less stamina lost when running and evading.
  • Critical Eye: Boosts affinity (7 levels).
  • Defence Boost: defence increases (7 levels).
  • Earplugs: roars have less effect on you.
  • Entomologist: you will destroy less small insect bodies.
  • Evade Extender: evade distance increases.
  • Evade Window: invulnerability period increases when evading.
  • Fire Attack: increases fire element attack damage.
  • Fire Resistance: resistance to fire increases.
  • Focus: weapons will charge faster.
  • Fortify: increases your defence and your attack gradually.
  • Guard: guarding reduces less stamina and has less knockbacks.
  • Health Boost: you have more health.
  • Heavy Artillery: heavy weapons do more damage.
  • Honey Hunter: amount of honey you gather will increase.
  • Hunger Resistance: gradually decreases stamina loss.
  • Ice Attack: ice element attacks do more damage.
  • Ice Resistance: increases resistance to ice.
  • Intimidator: more small monsters will avoid you.
  • Item Prolonger: some item effects last longer.
  • Jump Master: attacks will not knock you back when jumping.
  • Marathon Runner: stamina depletes slowly during certain actions.
  • Master Gatherer: gathering materials is faster.
  • Master Mounter: mounting monsters is easier.
  • Muck Resistance: you can move more freely in muck.
  • Palico Rally: Powers up palicos
  • Paralysis Resistance: paralysis lasts for a less amount of time.
  • Paraylsis Attack: paralysis lasts longer on opponents.
  • Poison Attack: poison builds up faster in opponents.
  • Poison Resistance: poison is less effective.
  • Pro Transporter: speed when carrying items is faster.
  • Quick Sheath: sheathing is quicker.
  • Recovery Speed: temporary damage heals faster.
  • Recovery Up: you can recover more health.
  • Scoutfly Range Up: scoutflies have more range.
  • Slinger Capacity: loading capacity for slinger increases.
  • Slugger – monsters dizzy up much easier.
  • Special Ammo Boost: special ammo does more damage.
  • Speed Crawler: crouched movement is faster.
  • Speed Eating: consuming items is faster.
  • Speed Sharpening: whetstone can be used quicker.
  • Sporepuff Expert: sporepuffs recover health.
  • Stamina Surge: stamina recovers faster.
  • Stamina Thief: certain attacks can dizzy monsters.
  • Stealth: easier to evade monsters.
  • Stun Resistance: stuns last for a shorter time.
  • Thunder Attack: increases thunder element attack damage.
  • Thunder Resistance: counters thunder element.
  • Water Attack: water element does more damage.
  • Water Resistance: less damage taken from water element.
  • Wide Range: some items will also buff nearby teammates.
  • Windproof: wind protection is enabled.

That is all we have for our Monster Hunter World Armor Sets Guide. Let us know if we missed something using the comments section below!

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