Monster Hunter: World armour guide – the 7 best sets

What is the best Monster Hunter: World armour set? Our guide will help you know exactly what to hunt and what to forge

Monster Hunter armor

Monster Hunter: World is all about gear. You character’s strength and skill does not come from levelling up, but from the equipment they wear. Build flexibility is core to the Monster Hunter experience, so smart hunters will tailor their loadout to the specific target they’re tracking – there’s no single correct armour build here.

Mixing and matching armour from different sets can help give you the different moves and resistances needed to take down certain foe, but there are a lot of sets that provide bonus abilities if you wear enough pieces, too. Fashion hunting is another reason to don a full matching set – it just feels good to put on every bit of Uragaan armor in order to look like a Mega Man robot master.

With all that in mind, we’ve picked seven great full sets of armour, chosen for their base skills, looks, and bonus skills.

The best Monster Hunter: World armour sets are:

Monster Hunter armour - Vaal Hazak

Vaal Hazak

Stats & bonuses

  • Base skillsDragon Attack, Peak Performance, Recovery Speed, Effluvia Resistance
  • BonusVaal Hazak Vitality
  • Three piecesSuper Recovery - allows recovery to exceed red portion of the health gauge

Vaal Hazak isn’t the toughest of the Elder Dragons, but the armour you can build from its parts is exceptional. Not only does it make your hunter look like a force to be reckoned with, it also comes with a very useful set bonus.

By wearing three pieces of this armour, you’ll gain the benefit of Super Recovery, meaning you don’t have to worry about your health as much, which will let you focus on the hunt. It’s also one of the few armour sets that increases the damage of dragon element weapons, which means Vaal Hazak should probably be your first Elder Dragon target after Nergigante.

Monster Hunter armour - Rathalos

Rathalos

Stats & bonuses

  • Base skillsAttack Boost, Fire Attack, Weakness Exploit, Fire Resistance, Focus, Jump Master
  • BonusRathalos Mastery
  • Two piecesCritical Element - increases elemental damage when landing crits
  • Four piecesMind’s Eye/Ballistics - prevents attacks from being deflected, shortens amount of time before arrows reach full power

Rathalos is easily one of the hardest hunts in the game. It serves as a major skill check before taking on High Rank quests, and its combination of fire and poison attacks require some serious pre-hunt preparation. Getting that sweet, sweet armour set makes the trial worth the effort, though.

This set pairs great with fire element weapons, and the set bonuses only sweeten the deal. At two pieces of Rathalos armour, your critical hits will be powered up if you’re using an elemental weapon. At four pieces, your attacks will no longer bounce off monsters. Both bonuses are very useful, making that Rathalos hunt more than worthwhile.

Monster Hunter armour - Nergigante

Nergigante

Stats & bonuses

  • Base skillsMaximum Might, Stamina Surge, Agitator, Attack Boost
  • BonusNergigante Hunger
  • Three piecesHasten Recovery - regenerate health while attacking

Nergigante spends much of Monster Hunter: World’s story taunting you by dropping in on the Zorah Magdaros missions. That’s why it feels so good to finally slay the beast near the end of the game. That the armour you can craft from its corpse looks awesome and has an incredibly useful set bonus skill in Hasten Recovery is just icing on the cake.

The base skills are very useful, too: Agitator, one of the best skills in the game, boosts your attack whenever a monster becomes enraged, which is almost always. Wear that mantle proud, hunter.

Monster Hunter armour - Odogaron

Odogaron

Stats & bonuses

  • Base skillsMaximum Might, Stamina Surge, Agitator, Attack Boost
  • BonusNergigante Hunger
  • Three piecesHasten Recovery - regenerate health while attacking

If quick weapons are your speciality, the Odogaron armour set is calling your name. Odogaron Mastery provides skills that greatly benefit fast weapons like the sword and shield or dual blades.

At two pieces of Odogaron armour, you’ll get Punishing Draw, which buffs the damage you’ll do with attacks that unsheathe your weapon. Faster weapons blow through sharpness very quickly, so Protective Polish, the four-piece skill, is very important, even in many mixed-set builds.

Monster Hunter armour - Kirin

Kirin

Stats & bonuses

  • Base skillsMarathon Runner, Divine Blessing, Thunder Attack, Blight Resistance, Free Elem Ammo Up
  • BonusKirin Favor
  • Three piecesCapture Master - high chance of increased capture rewards

You won’t encounter the Kirin until late in the game, and farming this lithe and nimble beast can be difficult, but the rewards are worth it. Gather enough materials to make three pieces of Kirin armour and you’ll gain the Capture Master skill which increases the number of rewards you earn from capturing monsters. Considering capturing is already more lucrative than killing the monsters, Capture Master is an ideal choice for endgame farming.

Monster Hunter armour - Diablos

Diablos

Stats & bonuses

  • Base skillsCritical Draw, Slugger, Heroics, Marathon Runner, Tremor Resistance
  • BonusDiablos Mastery
  • Two piecesBludgeoner - raises attack as weapon loses sharpness
  • Four piecesNon-Elemental Boost - powers up non-elemental weapons

Diablos is a Monster Hunter classic, a first-generation beast that demands respect and a careful approach. This armour set is the perfect trophy to show off your monster hunting chops. The bonus skills are good, but not great unless you favour non-elemental weapons, and bludgeoner isn’t a bad skill for weapons that lose their sharpness quickly, but it’s not game changing.

The base skills are good for weapons that are good at stunning like the hammer and the hunting horn. The set is spectacular when worn, too, which is easily the most important part of any armour.

Monster Hunter armour - Underwear

Underwear

Stats & bonuses

  • Base skillsNone
  • BonusFreedom
  • One pieceLiberation - cast off the shackles of society’s concept of modesty

Sometimes you just want to run free – free as the wind blows, and to hell with the enormously dangerous monsters roaming about. No Anjanath can stop you, nor proximity to deadly lava. Underwear runs are about being untethered by man-made restraints, about proving that you don’t need armour to take down an Elder Dragon. What monster is waiting just around the corner? Who cares when you’re this free?