The MHW Grand Appreciation Fest is a celebration of all things Monster Hunter World. It’s a seasonal event, similar to the ones that cropped up several times a year before Iceborne, that marks the second anniversary of the game’s initial launch. But this one brings all new weapons, armor, cosmetics, and the new Gratitude Ticket and VIP Gratitude Ticket to MHW all over again. It’s time to get yourself some space armor and other goodies, hunters! Let’s get started.
First off, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of the Grand Appreciation Fest is exclusive to those who purchased Iceborne. Vanilla MHW players will still get daily Limited Bounties, more login bonuses than average, and in-game sales at shops. Just like in the first Appreciation Fest in MHW, that means three Lucky Vouchers per day — instead of the usual one, or the two you get during “normal” seasonal events.
But things like new gear, layered armor, pendants, and MHW Gratitude Tickets are exclusive to those with the expansion. Some of that makes sense. You can’t access the Lunar Terrace to see its unique look if you can’t enter the Lunar Terrace at all, for instance. But it’s also an interesting choice. It somewhat frames Iceborne as a one-time subscription payment to another year or more of MHW content. Although anyone playing Monster Hunter regularly probably has the expansion regardless.
Finally, it’s worth noting that this event is available to both PC and console players simultaneously. The two versions aren’t quite synced up yet, but this is the first step in that direction!
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Otherwise, the Grand Appreciation Fest sounds is a lot like other seasonal events in MHW. You will get all the aforementioned new features for a limited time. The Lunar Terrace (Seliana’s sauna-themed Gathering Hub) will be decked out with a cheesy, 60s sci-fi aesthetic, just as the Celestial Pursuit got makeovers before it. The same goes for your Handler. You will be to “preview” her in a glowing, vinyl dress with alien antennae throughout the event. Presumably, it will also be available for purchase with real money after the Grand Appreciation Fest ends.
The new gameplay-relevant armor set is called the Astral Alpha+. Also unlike previous events, it will come with a special bonus that makes it easier to farm VIP Gratitude Tickets. In turn, you can use those tickets to unlock the Astral armor in MHW as a layered set — allowing you to look like a holographic space wizard without sacrificing stats. That might give players a real incentive to actually use the holiday armor a bit. Previously, seasonal armor was always deeply situational.
MHW Grand Appreciation Fest Armor & Weapons
The armor itself also sports a very sci-fi vibe. It glows and flows like a hologram around the player. For your Palico, it seems like their unique equipment will be based on classic Monster Hunter designs. Although it’s not clear what skills or stats these pieces of equipment will bring, for you or your Felyne friend.
That won’t be all, though! There are even weapons and more cosmetics available this time around. The devs showed off the “Well-Done Hammer.” It’s a hammer in the shape of one of the game’s Well-Done Steaks, which is to say it looks like a massive hunk of glistening meat. There’s also a set of pointy Wyverian ears to try on, if you so wish.
Gold Melding Ticket & Guild Alchemy
In addition to all the extra gear, the Grand Appreciation Fest is an opportunity to stock up on the basics. Specifically, you can farm high-level Decorations with ease! You just need a Gold Melding Ticket or two. These can be acquired from the Steamworks as a new, daily bonus during the event, as well as created at the Elder Melder with a VIP Gratitude Ticket.
Technically there are three classes of Melding Ticket. You can get a Steel Melding Ticket or a Silver Melding Ticket from normal matches at the Steamworks. These produce free Decorations at the Elder Melder under the new option called “Guild Alchemy.” You get one Decoration per ticket, but the rarity of the jewels is determined by the rarity of the ticket. Steel ones give out very basic rewards, while Silver ones provide rarer, often extremely good “basic” jewels, like Attack Boost.
For my first Gold Melding Ticket, I received a Blaze Jewel 4. It was the first Level 4 elemental damage Decoration I’ve ever received in MHW. And there are sure to be plenty more goodies you can earn if you’re dedicated! In general, it’s best to use up all your Steamworks fuel during these seasonal events.
Altogether, it seems like Capcom is going all out on the MHW Grand Appreciation Fest more than most seasonal events before it. We’ll keep you posted on the specifics as they become available!