If you’ve been playing Monster Hunter World during the last few weeks, you’ve likely noticed that the game isn’t great as spelling out how each of its own mechanics work. The game expects players to do a bit of research and homework and that kind of depth is part of what makes it so rich and engrossing. That said, any Monster Hunter World players who need a hand understanding all of the weapon stats should probably give this guide a read.

There are a ton of stats to keep track of with each weapon and players who don’t understand what each one means may have a hard time choosing the right weapon to wield for each type of fight. Not to worry, things aren’t that complicated once we break them down into simple parts…

What Is Affinity?

Affinity is a natural weapon stat that tells players the percentage chance of landing a critical hit with this item. Negative Affinity shows the chance of doing a negative crit, which deals only 75% of usual damage.

Sharpness

The sharper a weapon is, the more damage the player will do. Yellow is 100% normal damage, green is a 5% increase, blue is a 25% increase, and white will offer a 32% increase.

Yellow has a very bad modifier and although it seems like there isn’t a big difference between yellow and green, the difference in damage output is massive.

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Ore Tree vs Bone Tree

The Ore line generally has higher Sharpness, but the Bone tree has higher Attack and worse Sharpness. Bone starts to become better at medium ranks, where it overtakes Ore in terms of viability. That said, at the highest rank, players should switch back to Ore for the first hint of blue sharpness.

Hidden Elements

Notice those grayed out elements? Unlocking these hidden elements requires an armor skill to obtain the extra bonus.

What is Elderseal?

Elderseal is exclusive to dragon element and it effects the power of the elder dragons that are battled in the endgame. This is a huge bonus if you plan to play the endgame and battle elder dragons.

Hopefully that makes the weapon stat page a little easier to digest. Be sure to check out our other Monster Hunter World guides for other tips and tricks.

Monster Hunter World is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will launch in autumn 2018 for PC.

Source: Gaijin Hunter YouTube