Just a few days ago, fans across the world celebrated one year of Monster Hunter World-- a game that takes the crown of Best-Selling Game in Capcom History, deftly surpassing the likes of Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and even Street Fighter. Capcom has pulled all the stops for Monster Hunter World’s one-year anniversary, celebrating Astera and the Fifth Fleet in some huge ways with the Appreciation Fest!
First, they’ve brought back nearly every single special event ever. For the next month or so, Hunters will be able to get their hands on special rare armor and items! From nabbing Dante’s signature look for your Hunter, to donning Aloy’s duds from Horizon: Zero Dawn, the goods are all here. This thankfully also includes special rare quests, such as the USJ quests, which boast an amazing looking set of armor called the Azure Starlord set. This particular quest was initially only available as a code pass from Universal Studios Japan! Yes, as in you had to go there and visit the park, and get the special code to input.
And while that means the rarity has dropped off entirely, at least we can all look cool together. (I happened to join the quest once from the SOS board. And then I never saw it again. Yay!)
The event also brings back a slew of baddies, known as Arch-Tempered monsters. Several of the AT Elder Dragons make their return, marking one hell of a fight against monsters that hit even harder than usual! It’s like the difference between getting hit by a truck, and getting hit by a train. Maybe even a crashed airplane, or a meteor. If you want to see your team wipe straight to “Quest Failed” in record time, have them all in front of an AT Vaal Hazak while he breathes.
It’s a good time.
This also includes the return of the Extreme version of Final Fantasy XIV’s Behemoth, which I can personally tell you already sucks on normal. I’m sure Extreme will be a blast.
These quests all offer huge rewards, including upgraded sets of armor and layered armor options!
Capcom also tallied the most-- and least-- popular (i.e. killed) monster in all the realm, giving them their own quests. Most killed? Great Jagras. And now he’s making everyone regret it, because he is The Greatest Jagras now, and he’ll puke on you! To death!
(Seriously, it’ll one-shot you. Be careful. But he drops TONS of decorations when he hurls!)
The Greatest Jagras is only available until February 7th, when his spot will be taken by the least killed monster: Lavasioth. That quest will feature a Tempered version of Lavasioth, who might drop a few stones for decorations too! (He also spits lava. There’s a weird puke-y thing going on. Curious if he’ll spit the drops out? WE SHALL SEE.)
Now, it wouldn’t be Monster Hunter if they weren’t a little extra about it. (Seriously, have you seen the stagger animation? It’s like 6 straight seconds of torture!) You can also get this snazzy outfit in celebration:
And if that wasn’t extra enough for you, your Palico can adventure alongside your shiny self looking like this:
Oh yeah. Now it’s a sparkly good time.
Did I mention all of this is free? Oh yeah, Capcom’s been showing us all this love without breaking the bank all year!
I’ve put in overtime collecting my missing items from the Appreciation Fest so far, and I’ve got plenty more to do; after all, I’m 450+ hours in now, and still chugging along. The celebration will run until February 22nd, so make sure you grab everything you want by then! If you’d like to check out a list of the events, head on over to World’s official Events site:
With a massive expansion on the horizon this year in Iceborne, and Appreciation Fest blazing through, Monster Hunter is primed for another great year of content for its users. Happy hunting!