Ever since Monster Hunter: World released on PC, modders have been hard at work coming up with unique ways to innovate – and completely break – Capcom’s popular creature slaying action RPG.
Just do a quick search of MHW mods online, and you’ll be rewarded with a seemingly endless amount of options ranging from minor visual upgrades to a mod that turns Nergigante the Elder Dragon into Thomas the Tank Engine.
With so many options available for PC players to intensify their monster hunting experience, we thought we’d highlight some of the best Monster Hunter: World mods for reducing grind, improving visuals, and just spicing things up.
We’ll be updating this list in the future with new mods, so make sure to check back.
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View Monster Weaknesses
Mod: Monster Weakness Icon Indicator
This first one is a neat quality of life improvement that removes some of the busy work that comes with preparing for a hunt.
By default, MHW requires you to track and battle a monster a certain number of times before providing info regarding its elemental and body part weaknesses.
Once you unlock this info, you’re still forced to open up your Hunter’s Notes any time you want to reference a specific monster.
However, with the Monster Weakness Icon Indicator mod, you can see what weapon you’ll need right within the quest selection screen.
Track Monster Health During Hunts
Mod: SmartHunter – Overlay
The SmartHunter mod creates an overlay that reveals a monster’s health, including each body part, along with a bar that shows you how close it is to become enraged.
This overlay also allows you to keep track of how much damage each member of your team has dealt, making it easier to figure out which one of your buddies isn’t pulling their weight during a tough fight.
Additionally, each widget can be dragged to any area on the screen and customized with different skins.
The only drawback with this modification is that damage to monster parts and the accumulation of status effects are only precise for the main player.
Edit Your Hunter and Palico’s Appearance
Mod: Appearance Editor
While most of us are bound to spend hours upon hours perfecting our hunter’s look with MHW’s character creator, over time you may grow tired of their appearance.
In a game where you’re constantly looking at your character, it’s always nice to have the option to spice up their look whenever you want.
The Appearance Editor mod lets you switch up your character’s appearance just like you would at the start of the game, including hair, facial features, and voice type.
It also works for updating your Palico’s appearance, ensuring you and your partner in crime never look outdated.
Edit Your Armor’s Appearance
Mod: World of Transmog
If you’re a Monster Hunter player, then chances are you’ve had to make some very questionable fashion choices with your character to get certain skills or decoration slots.
With the World of Transmog mod, you’ll have total control over the appearance of your hunter’s armor without losing any special skills or slots.
The mod allows you to swap out your current armor or weapon skin in favor of another while retaining the characteristics of whatever you have equipped.
It doesn’t work with every item in the game, and you’ll have to extract the armor and weapon files yourself; however, there are plenty of tutorials to guide you through the process.
Move Important NPCs to the Gathering Hub
Mod: Extra NPCs in Astera Gathering Hub
As fun as Monster Hunter is, there are a couple of areas that could benefit from an improvement, such as the placement of vital NPCs.
It can feel tedious to have to constantly travel from one point to trade in a bounty than to another to craft a weapon, then a third to check out what the Argosy has to offer.
The Extra NPCs in Astera Gathering Hub mod streamlines the entire process by taking important vendors and NPCs you interact with regularly and relocating them to the Gathering Hub.
It works with the following NPCs: Smithy, Resource Center, Botanist, Tailraider Safari, Argosy Captain, Elder Melder, and Researcher.
Remove The ‘Bleached’ Visual Effect and Boost Colors
Mod: Clear Hunter
You may have noticed that World doesn’t always do its gorgeous environments justice due to the bleaching effect caused by the game’s engine.
This causes colors to appear faded and textures to look less crisp.
However, with the Clear Hunter mod that all becomes a thing of the past as colors now pop and textures have much more clarity than before.
While the change isn’t as clear as night and day, it’s noticeable enough to consider installing.
Reduce The Cost For Most Items
Mod: 1 Zenny Shop
One of the things that starts to eat away at your morale the more you play MHW is how steep the cost for certain items or upgrades can be.
The most egregious examples are armor upgrades, which rise exponentially the rarer the armorsphere you’re trying to use.
This can make the game feel very grindy at times and often prevent you from progressing in the story.
To reduce the overall grind and ensure you can afford anything you need, we recommend installing the 1 Zenny Shop mod, which reduces the price of most wares to a single zenny.
Make Items Easier To Find
Mod: Souvenir’s Light Pillar
Hunting monsters is no easy task: you’re always paying attention to incoming attacks while also dealing damage and being aware of your surroundings.
When you do manage to break off that monster part you’ve been desperately hacking away at for the last 30 minutes or so, the last thing you want is to lose sight of it.
With the Souvenir’s Light Pillar mod, you won’t ever have to worry about missing out on any dropped items since it places a beam of light over them, making them much easier to track.
The impact only operates on things in a specific area, so you don’t need to stress about your screen becoming excessively messy.
Keep All Your Mods Organized
Mod: MHW Mod Manager
If you plan on using multiple mods, there’s a good chance some of them may conflict with one another and might end up messing up your game.
To avoid that, we recommend installing a mod manager.
This MHW Mod Manager is a lot simpler to use than other mod managers you’ll find online and makes it easier to organize and uninstall existing mods.
Less time looking through folders means more time fighting monsters.