The 10 best mods for Monster Hunter: World

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The PC release of Monster Hunter: World finally put it well within the reach of the average modder. Now there are hundreds of mods around that do everything from enhancing gameplay and cosmetics to turning monsters into pickles.

Here are ten of the best mods currently available for the game. For this list, we have eliminated any mods that are duplicates or very similar to other mods on this list, that could be considered lewd, or that act as game-breaking cheats. Many of these mods require the Iceborne expansion to be used fully.

1. Souvenir’s Light Pillar

This mod has become the most popular for the game and for good reason. It can be a royal pain to find item drops in certain areas. This mod causes every item to emit a tall, thin, and bright beam of light, making it easier to spot. The color of the light changes depending on the type of drop. Yellow light is for bandit mantle items, red for slinger ammo, and green for monster drops. This may seem like a pretty simple mod, but it makes gathering up drops a lot easier. The light beam also looks very similar to the effects used in other JRPGs so it integrates very easily into the game.

2. Max Decoration Level Indicator

This mod is perfect for people who spend a lot of time melding. It displays a number beside the name of the decoration materials at the Elder Melder. This number indicates how many you can equip to get their maximum effect, and how many you should keep when melding. This is very straightforward but takes out a lot of the guesswork when melding so you don’t end up accidentally wasting resources.

3. SmartHunter – Overlay

There are a lot of mods like this one available and all of them are great so it was difficult to pick just one. The SmartHunter overlay is one of the most popular and the most endorsed out of all of them. This mod adds elements to your HUD that shows monster health, parts health, status effects, crown, team damage, player buffs, and a lot of other very useful information. This overlay is also skinnable, so you can find skins for the new HUD elements or create your own. You can also change the size of the widgets or move them to where you want them to appear on the screen.

4. Monster Weakness Icon Indicator

This mod is very straightforward but makes planning for a hunt a bit easier, especially if you have a hard time remembering a particular monster’s weaknesses. It adds a small icon to monster portraits that indicate the monster’s weakness. This icon can be seen in the quest, research, and investigations menu, among others. This makes it easy for you and your team to equip the appropriate gear.

5. Natural Bone (and Crystal)

This is purely a cosmetic mod. It places the textures of certain resources, specifically bone and crystal, to make them more bright and vivid. The resources are now a little bit easier to spot when you are out exploring an area. The vivid colors also a nice yet unobtrusive splash of color to some of the scenery of the game.

6. Extra NPCs in Astera Gathering Hub

This one was made purely for convenience. It can be a pain when you are in the gathering hub with a group to keep having to leave and return to visit certain NPCs like the Smithy. The mod adds all of the essential NPCs to the gathering hub so you don’t have to leave the area to pick up investigations or gather rewards from your tailrider safari.

7. Hex’s Adjusted Decoration Drop Rate

We said in the beginning that we weren’t going to include mods that are a bit cheaty, but for some of us, this mod is necessary for keeping our sanity. The mod adjusts the drop rate for decorations so the more sought after jewels drop more often and the next to useless ones drop less often. We no longer have to farm for hundreds of hours just to end up with one lonely forceshot jewel that we weren’t even looking for.

8. Permanent Special Arenas

This mod is a lot of fun if you enjoyed any of the special arena quests. As the name suggests it makes all of the special arena quests, like Special Arena: MR Tigrex, permanently available to be replayed. If you have a quest that you particularly struggled with this mod lets you come back a bit later with better gear to get some satisfaction.

9. Colorful Reshade

MHW is a beautiful game, but the default shaders can look a bit bleached. This mod fixes that problem by removing the effect and adding more color to the game. When this mod is installed the game looks less washed out and a bit more realistic better highlighting the hard work the developers put into crafting the world.

10. Endemic Quality

This mod could be seen as a bit cheaty but is completely necessary for preventing rage quits. The mod increases the spawn rate for rare endemic creatures without altering conditional restrictions like weather and time of day. This means you no longer have to spend hundreds of hours trying to catch a Downy Crake, just to get interrupted by a grumpy Anjanath and having to start over. With this mod installed you still run the risk of being interrupted, but it will not take near as long for rare creatures to spawn again.