Monster Hunter World Iceborne Expansion Announced!

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Expansion Announced!

Last updated on January 19th, 2019

Monster Hunter World is getting a new expansion next fall: Monster Hunter World Iceborne! Capcom held a special developer update this evening 11 PM JST, and was it great for all hunters to say the least! Everything that was announced was within the expectations of most, right up until the expansion was revealed. Lets not waste any more time thought, and jump right into the 4 upcoming updates for Monster Hunter World!

Monster Hunter World: Expansion & Special Developer Update Contents

Console Update 1: Arch-Tempered Kulve Taroth


See Kulve Taroth Weapons for details

  • Kulve Taroth will be coming back as an arch-tempered monster. The same quest requirements as the normal version 16 players in a lobby in teams of 4 each repelling our golden queen.
  • New Furied state available that gives new rewards.
    • Players will have to complete certain conditions to make Kulve become “furied” before stripping her golden armor and this will affect players drops.
  • New Rainbow items: Incandescent Weapons – New appraisal weapons for each time if players completed the “furied” conditions.
  • New Kulve Taroth Gamma Armor .
  • Normal Kulve no longer available as Arch Tempered version will replace it.
  • This event will start on December 19th on 7 PM EST to Jan 3 6:59 PM EST

Console Update 2: Appreciation Fest


  • Appreciation Festival coming for consoles 1 year anniversary.
  • New anniversary quests, decorations, etc during this time at the Gathering Hub
  • See our Appreciation Festival Guide for more information
  • This event should take place in mid to late January.

Console Update 3: Witcher 3 Collaboration


  • Special Collaboration: Monster Hunter GERALT! Witcher 3 Geralt arrives Early 2019.
  • Witcher 3 gameplay in MHW, with new voice recording with the original Geralt actor (English)
  • The following languages will be recorded: french, italian, german, spanish, japanese.
  • This should arrive in February

Console Update 4: Arch-Tempered Nergigante


  • Arch-Tempered Nergigante will be arriving in Spring 2019, with new gamma armor.
  • This should arrive in March.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Expansion

Monster Hunter World Iceborne will be releasing in Autumn 2019, and will be MHW’s first massive expansion.

  • New quest ranks
  • New Monsters
  • New Locales
  • New Moves
  • New Equipment
  • New Rank
    • New rank will be called Master Rank.

All along with a  brand new story. The expansion will be the equivalent to “G” or “Ultimate” in other Monster Hunter games. Players can purchase the expansion alone, or bundled with the game if they have not yet purchased it. Pricing has not yet been revealed, but it expected sometime next Spring. All of the mentioned updates will come to PC as well at some point, but it is not known if the timeline is the same.


In celebration of the occasion, Capcom has also revealed a Monster Hunter Trial Version will be available from December 11th 7PM EST to December 17 7 EST. Players can freely play quests up to Hunter Rank 4, hunt online with both Trial and Regular players, and have their save data transfer to the retail version if they should purchase it at a later time.

For further information on Iceborne be sure to check out the Monster Hunter Wiki. For all your Monster Hunter guide needs step by the blog. Don’t miss out on the Winter Star Festival now live for all platforms!

If you are looking for more Monster Hunter World info, you can go in-depth with our featured guides: All Armor LimitsEverything about Kulve TarothLong Sword Elemental LimitsDual Blades’ Max Element & Status Limits,  Attack Values & YouCrown Sizes & YouMonster Hunter World: The Canteen Explained With Ingredient Guide or Monster Hunter World: End Game Guide.

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4 comments on “Monster Hunter World Iceborne Expansion Announced!”

  1. Avatar Valvatorez says:

    That Stream was everything I hoped it would be and more.

  2. Avatar Fexelea says:

    I loved it. I was not expecting the Witcher collaboration but it does sound like it could be a wonderful match! Also absolutely hyped for the expansion!

  3. ckmishn says:

    It seems like, despite the long wait for a PC release, the PC is still not getting the same respect as consoles.

    At the very least I’m glad I didn’t pick MHW up at the Steam black Friday sale, as I prefer to get my games in complete packages (though there are occasionally some games where I lack the patience to wait). Now I know I need to wait till at least the end of next year, and probably even later.

  4. Avatar Fexelea says:

    I don’t think that MHW is incomplete in its out-of-the-disc state. They’ve had a whole year of slowly adding monsters and events to the console versions, it is only natural that PC would be behind if following the same schedule.

    MH games have always followed this pattern of free content so I don’t think there’s anything amiss or malicious about the PC delay, but rather that their development and deployment schedules are tiered to follow their content plans.

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