Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’s New Update Is Live, Alatreon Battle Coming In May

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A long adventure in a fantasy world sounds like a good distraction right now. If you haven’t ventured into Monster Hunter World yet, or its massive Iceborne expansion, now is a good time to do so. Conversely, if you’ve already gone through all of the content, you may want to check out the new title update that hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today. The PC version gets the update on April 8.

The update introduces two monster variations: Furious Rajang and Raging Brachydios. Both of these battles are for high-level hunters. Furious Rajang is more powerful than its standard counterpart, can pin hunters, and also can fire off new medium and long-range attacks. The beast also doesn’t have as many weak spots. Raging Brachydios is coated in dangerous slime and can trap hunters. Defeating these beasts produces materials that you can use to craft new Palico weapons, armors, and gear.

The update also introduces layered weapons. Capcom says the layered weapons “alter the appearance of weapons without impacting their stats.” Players will find even more layered weapon designs arriving in April. Additionally, players have a chance to receive rare decorations through Carved Feystones when helping other hunters with Assignments, and regular quests offer King Armor Spheres as rewards. You can also kick unwanted monsters out of a region with something called the Banishing Ball. Sounds useful.

On April 9, PC and console players are invited to take on the Full Bloom Fest, which delivers a new Poogie costume, and all sorts of new seasonal Palico gear, pendants, decorations, meals, and more.

In May, the elder dragon Alatreon will be added as a foe you can take on. You can see him in action in the trailer above.

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