Monster Hunter: World Winter Star Fest: What’s new and how to get it

Monster Hunter: World released in January earlier this year, and several of the regular updates have given Hunters the chance to enjoy events based on the changing of the seasons. Since it came out after most of the significant winter holidays had already passed, this month’s event is the first chance for players to enjoy anything cold and snowy in the jungles of Astera. The Winter Star Festival offers Hunters a chance to repeat all of the previous Event quests, as well as offering some new high-tier hunts for those who’ve already mastered what the game has to offer. Let’s take a look at what’s new and how you can earn it for yourself.

General celebration

Like the other three seasonal Monster Hunter events, the Winter Star Festival is a limited time event, running now through December 17. Hunters can log in daily to earn a Winter Star ticket, and they’ll receive two Lucky vouchers instead of one during the festival. Winter Star tickets can also be earned by completing the (normally) weekly Limited Bounties, which during the event rotate daily to give Hunters more chances to earn rewards. Completing these quests may also reward players with cosmetic Fireworks, and if you have any extra tickets left over after the event you can trade them to the Elder Melder for additional winter Fireworks.

During the event, the Gathering Hub at the top of Astera is decorated to fit the wintry theme, with icy crystalline chandeliers as far as the eye can see. The various Palicoes and NPCs in the hub also dressed for the celebration; the humans wear warm winter coats, and the Palicoes all wear snowman costumes. The Winter Star tickets you’ll earn can be used to craft these items for yourself, but we’ll get to that a little later.

Your Handler and pet pig also get into the winter spirit, and you can change their outfits to match if desired. The Handler’s outfit can be changed by speaking to the housekeeper in your room, and you’ll have to track down your pig in the Tradeyard to change its appearance. While in the Tradeyard, be sure to check out the sale going on at every vendor, as everything is half-off during the event. This includes the canteen, the item farm, and the merchandise vendors, so it’s a great time to stock up on necessities like trap tools and barrels.

While in the Gathering hub, be sure to take advantage of the free meal available at the canteen in this area. The Winter Star platter raises your attack by two stages and your elemental resistance by one. It also boosts your HP and stamina to their maximum values, and provides an excellent chance for additional effects since it’s made with fresh ingredients. There’s even a new animation for the sticky, cheesy soup featured in this platter.

The Winter Star Festival brings back almost all of the previous event quests, so it’s a great time to catch up on any you may have missed. Be sure to run through the Kulve Taroth siege a few times, because the Monster Hunter World website says the “Banquet in the Earthen Hall” quest will not be made available after the end of the event. It’s unclear whether the quest will return in the future, so make sure to do it while you can. The Palico armor crafted from Kulve Taroth is among the best in the game, so don’t miss your chance to craft a full set for your cat buddy.

New Quests

Most of the event quests available during the festival have made an appearance before now, but there are some new ones to take advantage of. You’ll be able to earn a couple of pieces of Layered armor by completing the new “Kings Know No Fear” quest, and the new “Timberland Troublemakers” quest gives Hammer aficionados a novelty weapon.

For players looking for an extreme challenge, “Like a Moth to the Flame” introduces the Arch-Tempered version of endboss Xeno’jiiva. Anyone who claims mastery over Monster Hunter World’s toughest enemy to date can earn the special Xeno y armor or Commission layered armor. Let’s take a look at these quests one by one.

“Kings Know No Fear” begins at the smithy, and the forge master will send you down to the Research commission with a request for some special items. You’ll need to be Hunter Rank 13 before it’ll become available. Completing this quest will earn Faux Ticket II, needed to craft the layered Wiggler Head or Sealed Eyepatch Layered armor.

Layered armor allows you to change your appearance without messing up your stats or armor set bonuses, and the Eyepatch has the advantage of showing off quite a bit of your Hunter’s face. The Wiggler head is one of the sillier costume pieces in the game, a jiggly mask that resembles the ground snakes you’ll find in the Coral Highlands.

Both Layered armor pieces require a single Faux Ticket II, so you’ll likely need to run this quest a couple of times if you want both. You’ll also need some extra materials from the quests for the non-layered versions of these headpieces: fortunately both the “Scrapping with the Shamos” and “Wiggle Me This” quests are also available as part of the Winter Star Fest.

After finding the quest on the board or speaking to your handler, you’ll be sent to the Elder’s Recess to hunt Rathalos. You’ll need to take down a regular red Rathalos as well as an Azure variant to complete the quest. Neither are any tougher than the standard Rathalos you’ve already been fighting, but they can still be quite difficult for an unprepared hunter. Bringing along the proper gear will help tilt the odds in your favor.

Both types of Rathalos are vulnerable to the Dragon element, so bring a weapon with this attribute if possible. Weapons made from Xeno’jiiva or Deviljho parts should work beautifully. Be aware of Rathalos’ fire breath, and try to avoid its poisoned tail and claws. If you get hit by either, you can always put out a fire with a Nulberry or by dodge rolling repeatedly, and clear poison by bringing along Antidotes. It’s much harder to take the Rathalos down if they team up on you, so bringing a few Dung Pods to force them apart is a good idea. And Flash Pods will stun them and knock them to the ground briefly, making them much easier to hit. Finally, before you head out be sure to grab the Cool Drinks in your camp’s stash, in case the fight heads into a hot area.

You’ll need one Faux Ticket II for each headpiece you want made. Each will also cost you 1000 Research Points and some items from the previously mentioned quests: two Black Bandages from “Scrapping with the Shamos” for the eyepatch, and two Wiggler Ticket from “Wiggle Me this” for the Wiggler head.

The next new quest is “Timberland Troublemakers.” This one is a lower rank quest, only requiring the Hunter to be rank four or higher. You’ll need to take down two low-rank Anjanath in the Ancient Forest to complete this quest, so it shouldn’t pose much of a challenge. If you’re having trouble with it, remember Anjanath are vulnerable to Ice and Water element weapons, and you can reduce the damage from their breath attack by wearing armor with high fire resistance. Killing or capturing the Anjanath will reward you with a Crake ticket. You may want to complete the quest multiple times to earn at least three of these tickets if you don’t want to run back and forth between town and the Forest.

Once you bring the Crake ticket back to the workshop, the smith will charge you 4000 Zenny to combine it with 3 Radobaan Scales, 5 Sturdy Bones, and 2 Poison Sacs for your very own Bristly Pincushion. This Poison element hammer has 676 attack and can proc 150 poison damage, but the real reason to do this quest is to upgrade the Pincushion to a far superior hammer.

The Bristly Grudge hammer maintains the look and poison element of the Pincushion, but has a far better 1040 attack and can proc 270 poison damage. It also comes with two augmentation slots for further improvements later on. To upgrade the Pincushion to the Grudge you’ll need two more Crake tickets, three Toxin Sacs, three Radobaan Scale+, one High Commendation, and 32000 Zenny.

The last new event quest unlocks the final Arch Tempered Elder Dragon, allowing Hunters who want to push themselves to the limit a chance to face off against a ridiculously powerful Xeno’jiiva. Hunters will need to group up and coordinate their skills to have any chance of defeating this boss, since a single misstep usually means doom. Those who’d prefer a more moderate challenge can take on the regular version of Xeno’jiiva by attempting the “Keeper of the Otherworld” quest.

New Gear

Just like the previous seasonal events, Hunters can earn themselves some new clothes by collecting the tickets provided on a daily basis during the festival. The warm winter coats worn by NPCs in the Gathering Hub can be earned in three different forms, but to make all of them you’ll need a lot of Winter Star tickets. The coats are all part of the Orion set, and there’s a high rank, low rank, and Layered version of each.

If you just want to look like you’re wearing the Orion set, all you need to do is bring five tickets to the Research Commission and spend 5000 Research Points to get a set of Orion Layered Armor. This will let you dress in a winter coat no matter what clothes you have on underneath. If you’d prefer to mix and match this set or would like one of the pieces for its stat bonuses, you can craft individual pieces of the set at the Workshop.

The low-rank version of the Orion set is light blue by default. Each piece provides 30 defense, four Ice resistance, and one to each other element. Wearing the whole set provides 150 defense, 20 Ice Resistance, and five to all other elements. It’s a good set for those going up against Legiana for the first time, but is otherwise just for show. It’s recommended to save your tickets for the high-rank version of the Orion set, since you can always change the color of your armor later. If for some reason you do want the low-rank version of the Orion set, the material costs are as follows:

  • The Orion Cap is the headpiece and takes 3000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket and one Monster Bone+. It provides one rank of Recovery up.
  • The Orion Vest is the chest armor and takes 3000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket and two Monster Bone+. It provides one rank of Flinch Free.
  • The Orion Vambraces are the armguards and take 3000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket and one Monster Bone+. They  provide one rank of Windproof.
  • The Orion Coat is the belt and takes 3000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket and one Monster Bone+. It provides one rank of Health Boost.
  • The Orion Boots are the leg armor and take 3000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket and two Monster Bone+. They provide one rank of Heroics.

The higher rank version of the Orion set is reddish orange in color, but otherwise very similar to the low-rank version. The elemental resistances are the same on the high-rank set, though the defense on each piece is raised to 58 per piece for a total of 290 for the set. The higher rank armor also adds some slots for Decorations, giving it far more versatility if you plan to wear it for protection. Crafting each piece of the Orion α set will require the following:

  • The Orion Cap α takes 9000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket, one Fucium Ore, and one Monster Hardbone. It provides one rank of Recovery Up and has a level one and a level three slot for decorations.
  • The Orion Vest α takes 9000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket, two Fucium Ore, and one Monster Hardbone. It provides one rank of Flinch Free and has a level three slot for decorations.
  • The Orion Vambraces α take 9000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket, one Fucium Ore, and one Monster Hardbone. They provide one rank of Windproof and have a level one and a level three slot for decorations.
  • The Orion Coat α takes 9000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket, one Fucium Ore, and one Monster Hardbone. It provides one rank of Health Boost and has a level one and a level three slot for decorations.
  • The Orion Boots α take 9000 Zenny, one Winter Star Ticket, two Fucium Ore, and one Monster Hardbone. It provides one rank of Heroics and has a level one and a level three slot for decorations.

Your Palico can also join in the festivities, and Winter Star Tickets can be also used to give your cat sidekick a new look. Like the Hunter armor, the Snow set for Palicoes has both a low and high rank version available. Both sets provide decent Ice resistance and a small bonus to all other elemental defenses. The high rank set also increases the weapon’s damage and the general defense, so there’s no real reason to go with the low-rank version unless you’re just starting the game. If you do want to craft the low-rank version for some reason, the materials required are as follows:

  • The Felyne Snowcat Bell requires 150 Research Points, one Winter Star Ticket, and one Machalite Ore. It’s a blunt weapon with 16 attack and a chance to do 140 Ice damage.
  • The Felyne Snowcat Head requires 120 Research Points, one Winter Star Ticket, and one Machalite Ore. It provides 16 defense, four Ice resist, and one resistance to every other element.
  • The Felyne Snowcat Suit requires 120 Research Points, one Winter Star Ticket, and one Machalite Ore. It also provides 16 defense, four Ice resist, and one resistance to every other element.

Just like the Orion set, the High-rank version of the Palico armor is far superior to its low-rank version, though the elemental resistances don’t change. To craft the Snow Set α, you’ll need a few different materials.

  • The Felyne Snowcat Bell α takes 400 Research Points, one Winter Star Ticket, and one Carbalite Ore. The melee damage is boosted to 50, and the potential Ice damage is raised to 240.
  • The Felyne Snowcat Head α takes 300 Research Points, one Winter Star Ticket, and one Carbalite Ore. The elemental resistances remain the same as the low-rank version, but the defense is raised to 46.
  • The Felyne Snowcat Suit α takes 300 Research Points, one Winter Star Ticket, and one Carbalite Ore. Just like the Head the elemental properties don’t change but the defense is raised to 46.

One final item of note for Hunters on the PlayStation 4 is the final crossover with the star of Horizon: Zero Dawn. Event quest “The Heart of the Nora” went live in November, and allows Hunters to dress as Aloy without taking a stat penalty. Completing the quest rewards players with Aloy Tickets, which can be used to craft either Layered Aloy armor, or a new set of Aloy y armor with vastly improved stats.

Unfortunately, you still can’t mix and match this armor with other pieces, and it must be crafted and worn as a complete set. To get the Aloy tickets, you’ll need to take out two tempered Deviljho, the nasty green dragon introduced in the 2.0 update. If you’re having trouble with Deviljho, be sure to check out our guide. If you just want to look like Aloy and don’t care too much about your stats, you can still complete earlier collaboration quest “The Proving” to get Aloy and her bow.

The Winter Star Fest runs from now through December 17, so be sure to take advantage of all it has to offer while it’s still available.