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Monster Hunter: World guide: Bounties

Turning grocery lists into better armor

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As you play Monster Hunter: World, you’re never short of things to do. There are people to meet, monsters to hunt, mushrooms to collect and the New World to explore. These activities are associated with activities like investigations, bounties, expeditions and assigned quests. Keeping track of everything being asked of you — and learning what you can ignore — takes practice.

This guide will focus on the bounties that you accept from the Resource Center.

Generally, bounties are like investigation quests, but for the collectible crafting materials that you find all over the world of Monster Hunter: World. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but they do need a little clarification.

What are bounties?

Managing bounties at the Resource Center.

There are three types of bounties in Monster Hunter: World:

  • Field research. These bounties fall into a broad category of “gather X” material — plants, mushrooms, honey, etc. There’s a bit of nuance to these categories — flutterflies don’t count toward insects and shroomcaps don’t count as mushrooms — but that makes more sense as you play and learn the game’s language.
  • Ecology survey. These “surveys” are basically just slaying investigations without the time limit — you just have to kill a specified number of small monsters.
  • Research progress. Research progress bounties are a little different than the other two. To complete them, you have to complete a set number of quests in a specified area of the map. The easiest way to do this is to complete investigation quests.

Bounties and armor spheres

Earning those sweet, sweet armor spheres.

You get to keep everything you collect while completing bounties. While it’s always useful to collect items, visiting the Resource Center after you’ve met a bounty’s requirement will earn you a reward. Usually, this reward comes in the form of armor spheres. Use armor spheres at the workshop to upgrade and improve your armor.

Registering and tracking bounties

Just like investigations, you can manage your bounties at the Resource Center in Astera. Choosing the register bounties option lets you pick up to six to work on. You can also swap out and overwrite bounties if you change your mind about one.

Out in the field, you’ll get an update about your progress on your bounties any time you pick up an item that counts toward one. If you miss the notification, though, you can check on them at any time in your menu. Go to info on the third tab, then choose the third option, resource center, then choose bounties.

When to do bounties

The short answer is: always. Just all of the time. Keep six bounties running every chance you get. There’s no time limit on them, and you can make progress on them during any other type of quest. You’ll find yourself accidentally completing them all the time.

And we can’t emphasize enough just how useful those armor spheres are.

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