There’s quite a lot of new content scheduled for MHW, including the Holiday Joy Fest, between now and the game’s second anniversary. Capcom has decided to follow up Title Update 2 (which featured Stygian Zinogre and the Tundra Region of the Guiding Lands) — as well as the Safi’Jiva Siege — with the holiday event on both Xbox One and PS4. It’ll be the first such event since the release of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. So it seems like Capcom is pulling out all the stops!
Whereas PS4 players got Horizon: Zero Dawn themed event quests and gear, this will also be the first major update available to Xbox users since the new region and monsters landed. With that established, let’s look into the Holiday Joy Fest for MHW!
First off, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of the Holiday Joy 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. And everyone can also still access the Winter Star Fest: a repeat of the previous winter event. But things like the newest gear, layered armor, pendants, and Holiday Joy Tickets are exclusive to those with the expansion. That’s interesting, as it somewhat frames Iceborne like a one-time subscription payment to another year or more of MHW content. Although anyone playing Monster Hunter regularly probably has the expansion regardless.
The Holiday Joy Fest runs from Dec. 20, 2019 00:00 (UTC) to Jan. 5, 2020 23:59 (UTC).
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Otherwise, the Holiday Joy Fest sounds quite 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 Chinese New Year aesthetic, just as the Celestial Pursuit got makeovers before it. The same goes for your Handler. You will be to “preview” her in a gold cheongsam costume throughout the event. Presumably, it will also be available for purchase with real money after the Holiday Joy Fest ends.
What is interesting is that Capcom actually listed two different kinds of special crafting materials for the event: the Joyful Ticket and the VIP Joyful Ticket. The first is acquired easily through daily bounties, and used to craft the “normal” armor with stats and Decoration slots. Whereas the other is used for Layered Armor and other cosmetics, like in-game furniture.
The new gameplay-relevant armor set is called the Oolong Alpha+. Also unlike previous events, it will come with a special bonus that makes it easier for you to farm VIP Joyful Tickets as special rewards, or for helping Low/High Rank players through the game. They are not guaranteed drops! But wearing all five pieces of the Oolong armor seems to give you a pretty good chance. That might give players a real incentive to actually use the holiday armor a bit! That’s especially true since you can trade in extra Joyful Tickets for Melding Tickets. Previously, seasonal armor was always deeply situational.
MHW Holiday Joy Fest Armor & Weapons
The armor itself also sports a very old fashioned Chinese vibe, with the developers claiming it’s reminiscent of “a martial artist.” The version they showed had red and gold patterns with Tigrex and Nargacuga designs woven into the fabric. For your Palico, there is a set based on the Chinese New Year’s lion dance. 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 called the gear “unconventional,” and it did seem to fit that bill. We caught a glimpse of a massive pickax being used as an actual weapon, as well as some kind of red, spiky hammer with rockets sticking out of one end.
Gold Melding Ticket & Guild Alchemy
In addition to all the extra gear, the Holiday Joy 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 Joyful 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!
Altogether, it seems like Capcom is going all out on the MHW Holiday Joy Fest more than any other seasonal event before it. We’ll keep you posted on the specifics as they become available!