Iceborne launched already jam-packed with a ton of content (dozens of monsters, robust “Guiding Lands” endgame, etc.), but that was just the beginning! Between last month’s Rajang update and the additional monster coming this December, we have a more fun, lighthearted update this month!
EDIT on November 7 th: added the “BONUS STAGE” section below.
Title Update 11.50 (PS4) / 188.8.131.52 (Xbox One) is available now (scroll down for the full patch notes), with the file size of approximately 400mb, and is a requirement for playing online. So make sure you download it before your play session, and start getting ready for this month’s selection of special Event Quests:
Raccoon City collaboration
As the headliner for this update, the Raccoon City collaboration features a new take on hunting a Vaal Hazak. Not only is it a Blackveil Vaal Hazak (already a bit different… more of a pain, if you ask me), but the effects of its spores are also out of the ordinary.
To counter the effects of whatever this not-Effluvia is, you’ll need to keep an eye out for Green Herbs (and even Red Herbs for a more powerful combo) on the field. And when you do conquer this peculiar fiend, you’ll get materials to craft Full Armor Sets based on famous Raccoon City survivors Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Other rewards include some fanciful Raccoon City themed pendants for your weapons.
Event Quest “RE: Return of the Bioweapon” available from November 7 th @ 4pm PST until December 5 th @ 4pm PST.
Weapon Design Contest Winner
Charge Blade fans, rejoice! The majestic “Black Eagle” is Iceborne’s weapon design contest winner, featuring unique feathery special effects. Congrats again to its creator, sheep! Here’s a word from Monster Hunter series executive director and art director Kaname Fujioka:
To put it simply, the main reason we chose this weapon design as this contest’s winner is that “it looks cool.” The way the black feathers form a wing-like silhouette, the contrast between the gold ornamentation and the lightning-like glow effects, and the nice gloss on the feathers all combine to create a weapon that not only looks cool but can be called beautiful as well. We also thought it was very interesting how the feathers open up, alluding to the release of energy when the weapon changes from its shield form into an axe. The design we received was very complete, so we were able to implement a version that loses none of the original design. We think the final product balances the hardness of the charge blade with the pleasant softness of the feathers, creating a delicate yet powerful-looking weapon that we hope other players will think looks as “cool” as we do.
Event Quest “Every Hunter’s Dream III” available from November 7 th @ 4pm PST until December 5 th @ 4pm PST.
Palico Design Contest Winner
The perfect companion to hunters’ Wiggler headgear is finally here! This adorable set includes a headpiece, armor and a coral-shaped weapon for your Palico, and I can’t wait to deck out my trusty companion with it! Once again, congrats Zyralynn_art ! And here are some comments from Kaname Fujioka:
We received a terrific variety of design ideas for the Palico gear, just as we did with the hunter weapon. We’re very grateful for all of the wonderful entries. We had a lot of fun choosing the Palico gear, because many of them had such iconic visual gags. We had trouble narrowing it down because there were so many funny ideas, but in the end we had to choose the “Wiggler Head” design, especially since it would make such a great companion to the hunter head armor that was so popular in World. We also thought it was a nice touch that the Palico version uses the “Wiggler Queen,” which is the rarer of the two endemic creatures. The simple way the Palico was wearing the pot as armor was also very cute, so we did our best to preserve the original relaxed look while slightly downplaying the way the arms and legs are still visible. We hope players will go out on “wiggly” walks together with their Palicoes!
Event Quest “Every Hunter’s Dream II” available from November 7 th @ 4pm PST until December 5 th @ 4pm PST.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds collaboration
The first part of the Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds collaboration quest arrives on PS4 on November 21 st at 4pm PST. Take down a mighty Zinogre to craft materials for Aloy’s “Stormslinger Prototype” Light Bowgun. More info coming soon!
BONUS STAGE – New Blanka costume in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! Updated on November 7 th.
It’s Blanka… in a Nergigante costume…?! Yep, that’s right! Street Fighter’s sparky beast is dressing up as Monster Hunter’s spiky dragon. This special costume will be a reward for clearing SFV ’s upcoming Extra Battle mode, running from November 22 nd until December 20 th , so make sure to save those dates!
Version 11.50 / 184.108.40.206 Patch Notes
Rex Roar Helm β+
- Point allocation for the Free Meal skill on the Rex Roar Helm β+ has been changed from 2 to 1.
- Decoration list order has been updated in accordance with their skills. This change affects the following locations:
- Item Box > Sell Items > Decorations tab
- Item Box > Set Decorations > Current Equipment/Equipment Box
- Fixed an issue where supply items would not be returned when calling a loadout that contained empty spaces.
(Supply items that exceed the space limit will be discarded.)
Monster Field Guide
- For some pages in the monster field guide, rare carved materials are now listed according to priority.
(The materials and chances of obtaining them have not changed.)
- Fixed an issue where info for the volcanic region of the Guiding Lands would not display when the world map was opened inside the base.
- Fixed an issue where the Affinity Sliding skill would activate while inside the hot spring found in Seliana’s Gathering Hub.
- Fixed an issue where the Felynes helping in the Steamworks would jump with improper timing.
- Fixed an issue where you couldn’t enter your room in Seliana.
- Fixed an issue where special tracks would not drop from Scarred Yian Garuga in the Guiding Lands.
- Fixed an issue where if the quest poster paralyzes or stuns a monster, and then abandons the quest, and other hunters built up mount attack damage, if the quest info screen is opened the moment the monster exits its binded status, the monster would enter a mounted status and would be incapacitated.
- Fixed an issue with Barioth’s landing point when the monster would jump off from a wall.
- Fixed an issue where the quest would not be complete if the Dragonrazer hits Velkhana while it’s in the air.
- Fixed an issue where Velkhana would not move its gaze/body to the player’s direction.
- Fixed an issue where Fulgurbugs could be obtained from Zinogre in Arena quests.
- Adjusted invasion rates for Savage Deviljho in quests that it has a chance of appearing in.
- Fixed an issue where players in base camps would be hit by Lunastra’s hellflare attack.
- Fixed an issue where Azure Rathalos would get stuck on the outer edges of pathways when in the Ancient Forest.
- Fixed an issue where, under specific conditions, Kushala Daora’s head could not be broken.
- Fixed an issue where, when the Gunlance doesn’t have Wyrmstake Shot loaded, a Jumping Reload Smash wouldn’t be performed when using a Lunging Upthrust to scale a wall.
- Fixed an issue where weapons would display unnaturally when attempting to attack after a Temporal Mantle evade, after performing the Charge Blade’s Amped Element Discharge.
- The clutch claw can now perform claw attacks after grappling onto a monster while mounted.
- Fixed an issue where the hitbox for the clutch claw’s Wyvernheart would disappear if the player sank into the ground while grappled onto a monster. It has been fixed so now it has an attack hitbox.
- Grapple point priority have been adjusted, so it’s easier to grapple onto the locations that the clutch claw hits.
- Fixed an issue where players sliding due to Velkhana’s frost would only happen on the host’s side. It will now occur on the guest side as well.
- Fixed an issue where the hunting horn couldn’t perform melodies directly stocked from echo attacks.
- Fixed an issue where while using the hammer, a hunter would perform a flinch shot immediately after grappling onto a monster, regardless if the player could control the hunter.
- Fixed an issue that caused irregular behavior when the heavy bowgun’s special scope was used while the Mind’s Eye/Ballistics skill was equipped.
- Fixed an issue where decoration info would remain when overwriting an equipment loadout with a decoration-equipped mantle with a loadout with no mantle.
- Fixed an issue where decorations would be removed from a mantle when calling up a registered loadout, even though the mantle has decorations equipped.
- Fixed an issue where the hunter would perform an animation inappropriate to the item obtained when mining from mining outcroppings.
- Fixed an issue where the Tailraider Signal’s position wouldn’t be saved when calling up an item loadout.
- Fixed an issue where a Palico’s weapon would activate with positive affinity, despite the weapon itself having negative affinity.
- Fixed an issue where “Returning to Base” would be displayed when traveling to the Hoarfrost Reach via the World Map, while on an expedition.
- Fixed an issue where players could not talk to the Lynian Researcher under specific conditions, thus not being able to obtain the Surveyor Set.
- Fixed an issue where only the regular size of certain fish could be caught.
- Fixed an issue where certain endemic life would not have their size fluctuation behave properly.
- Fixed an issue where the appearance rate of Molys would greatly increase when the Felyne Zoomaster skill was activated.
- Fixed an issue where switching active squads to a squad with a player who deleted their account would fail.
- Adjusted the quest complete time limits for the event quest “Farewell to the Frozen”.
- Fixed an issue where quest members would disconnect from quests located in the Elder’s Recess.
- Fixed an issue that occurred in the Guiding Lands where, while fighting a monster that has been lured out, if another monster that was originally in the locale appears, the focus camera or target camera would suddenly change targets.
- Other minute game balance tweaks and minor bug fixes have been made.
- For the following event quests, adjustments were made but no notice was given to players.
- A New Troublemaker in Town
- Rewards were adjusted downwards as of Ver. 11.01. (PS4) / Ver. 220.127.116.11 (Xbox One)
- A New Troublemaker in Town
- Challenge Quest 2: MR Intermediate
- Monster difficulty was decreased, and completion times were adjusted. Loadout 5 (Heavy Bowgun) contained two Destroyer Jewel 2, and had to be updated.
That’s all we got for today. Once again, make sure you download the latest update to ensure online compatibility. And good luck out there, hunters!