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The first free update for Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne expansion is now live on PS4 and Xbox One. The update introduces an assortment of new content and gameplay tweaks to the title, including a new monster to hunt, the ability to invite other players to your room, and more.
Headlining this update is the fearsome Rajang, a returning monster from Monster Hunter Freedom 2. Just as in previous games, the ape-like beast is capable of entering “rage mode.” In this state, the monster’s fur turns golden and it becomes even more relentless. “This ruthless beast offers a challenge for even the most experienced hunters … so it’s not a fight that should be taken lightly,” Capcom warns.
To hunt the Rajang, you’ll first need to have cleared Iceborne’s main story and explored the Guiding Lands at least once. If you meet those requirements, you’ll be able to take on a new Special Assignment to hunt the monster. You can begin the quest by speaking to the Admiral.
In addition to the Rajang, the update enables you to make your room public. You can choose this setting either by speaking to the housekeeper in your room or by going into the Communication option from the main menu and then selecting Your Room. Capcom has also added new decor for your room in Seliana.
Rounding out the update are a variety of gameplay tweaks, many concerning the aforementioned Guiding Lands. Among other changes, Capcom has adjusted the rate special tracks drop in the area. According to the developer, “Unanalyzed special tracks are now easier to obtain, making it easier to lure out specific monsters and control your region levels.” Additionally, you’re now guaranteed to get special tracks after capturing or carving a monster.
On top of that, Capcom has changed how the region level fluctuates. “In the Guiding Lands, you can obtain different materials at each level, so adjustments have been made to how levels increase/decrease to make it easier to explore,” the developer explains. You can read more about these changes and other details related to the new update on Capcom’s blog.
Capcom has more updates on the way for Iceborne. Next month will bring Resident Evil 2 costumes to the game. PS4 owners will also get an exclusive Event Quest inspired by Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. Two more Frozen Wilds quests will follow in December.
Iceborne is the first paid expansion for Monster Hunter World. It’s available now on PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release to follow in January. We gave it a 9/10 in our Iceborne review and said, “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is at its best when you’re fighting tooth and nail against something that you know could crush you within its teeth in a second, even though this might feel like it came at the expense of a more interesting narrative.”