Earlier this week, Monster Hunter World players got a peak behind the curtain to see just how rare drop rates are for certain items in the game. At the time the focus was on gems and other rare monster drops, but there was also an interesting detail about decorations that many may not have picked up on.

Decorations, for those that might not be familiar, are the jewels that slot into armor and weapons in Monster Hunter World. Each jewel gives one point to a specific skill or fully unlocks a skill if the rarity is high enough. But getting those higher rarity decorations is not so easy.

Most figured that the best route towards high rarity decorations would be tempered elder dragon investigations. After all, these are the toughest challenge for HR 50+ players and they have a chance of rewarded streamstones for weapon and armor augments. However, it is the higher chance for streamstones that may be conflicting with those decoration chances.

So for those players looking for rarity 7 and rarity 8 decorations, they want to focus on threat level 2 tempered investigations and not elder dragons. Threat level 2 investigations are any fight with a tempered monster from the latter portion of the story mode.

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They also include fights with multiple tempered monsters, but the best way to single out a threat level 2 is by looking at the required level for the investigation. If the investigation requires Hunter Rank 30 or above then it is threat level 2. Any investigation that requires HR 50 and above should have an elder dragon in it.

The reason players want to focus on these threat level 2 investigations is because they have a better chance of dropping warped feystones. While not the highest rarity, the warped feystones seem to offer the rarity 7 and 8 decorations at a better rate than the worn do. In essence, players want to focus on the second-from-the-top rarity tier in the hopes of getting the decorations they want.

There is some debate about whether it is ultimately still better to do tempered elder dragon investigations than threat level 2, but it seems the increase in drop rates from elder dragons is minimal. Moreover, focusing on threat level 2 investigations gives endgame players more variety in their hunts. Chances are, if you have been in the endgame for a while you are tired of fighting Vaal Hazaak and Kushala Daora over and over again.

However, if the ultimate goal is augmenting armor or weapons then elder dragons are the best route to warrior and hero’s streamstones. It ultimately depends what the player wants in the end.

Monster Hunter World is out now for PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version releases this fall.

Hat tip: Gaijin Hunter