Title Update 4 is available now and marks the return of Alatreon, the Blazing Black Dragon, in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. This legendary Elder Dragon’s appearance is sure to challenge even the most seasoned Hunters… but it’s not all we have in store for this update. Summer is heating up with a lively seasonal event, and a new Variant has been discovered: Frostfang Barioth!
Alatreon, the Symbol of Destruction
Unlike any other monster known to the Guild, Alatreon has the unique ability to switch its elemental attributes at will! These elemental states—Fire Active, Ice Active, Dragon Active—will change Alatreon’s elemental attack powers as well as its weaknesses, so you’ll have to strategize your equipment loadouts with your teammates if you hope to survive this hunt.
Speaking of survival… keep an eye out for Alatreon’s newly developed move: “Escaton Judgement.” Again, come prepared with elemental damage if you wish to stand a chance against this devastating new move.
Naturally, equipment forged from Alatreon parts will properly reflect the Elder Dragon’s elemental-focused nature, with a brand new Set Bonus skill that will raise your elemental attack power as you raise your elemental defenses.
NOTE: Before you can face the Special Assignment to hunt Alatreon, you must be MR 24 or higher and have completed at least the Safi’jiiva Recon Assignment.
Summer Seasonal Event – Sizzling Spice Fest
While you challenge the extremely powerful Alatreon, the Research Commission will be making preparations to celebrate the summer with a new seasonal event… the Sizzling Spice Fest!
The theme this time is a bit wild, so expect to see lots of feathers, monster-themed gear and assorted meat dishes! This lively event will bring us new Event Quests, a refreshed take on the Snowman and various items to craft and collect: Armor Sets, Layered Armor, Weapon Pendants, Palico Gear, a Poogie Outfit and more!
Sizzling Spice Fest will run from July 22 through August 6 UTC.
The Chilling Frostfang Barioth
A new Variant of Barioth has been discovered, and the Guild has named it Frostfang Barioth. This rugged flying wyvern has roamed and survived the most extreme conditions, and has developed powerful means of controlling the ice around it. Its breath attacks are now strong enough to freeze the ground and afflict Hunters with the Frostbind status.
Those that emerge victorious will be able to craft new Frostfang Barioth equipment, with a unique Set Bonus skill pairing. Equipping one armor piece will grant you the skill “Punishing Draw,” which boosts your attack power and gives Stun damage properties to draw attacks. And equipping three armor pieces will activate the “Slugger Secret,” which allows you to take the Slugger armor skill up to level 5 (Stun power +60%)!
Frostfang Barioth will be roaming the Hoarfrost Reach for a limited time via the Event Quest “The Last White Knight,” which will debut from August 7 through August 19 (UTC). All Hunters MR 24 or higher are called upon to take on this new Variant.
Elder Melder Guiding Alchemy
With this latest update, the Elder Melder has cooked up another quality of life improvement for your experiences in the Guiding Lands. Looking to optimize your equipment augments, but having a tough time finding the monsters that fit your needs? Now you can bring in other monsters’ parts and craft Special Tracks that will let you lure out the monster you want. Whenever you’re ready to get started, just head over to the Elder Melder and select the new Guiding Alchemy option.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Title Update 4 is available now. For a full list of version update notes, please visit our update page.
Stay safe & happy hunting!