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) with the holiday event on both consoles. 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 monster 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. But things like new 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.
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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 lists two different kinds of special crafting materials for the event: VIP Joyful Tickets and VIP Holiday Joy Tickets. This could be a mistake. Or it could indicate two different items for different purposes. Our educated guess is that one might be used for “normal” armor with stats and Decoration slots. Whereas the other would be used for layered armor, in-game furniture, and the like. We’ll know more when the seasonal event approaches!
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 Joyful Tickets. That might give players a real incentive to actually use the holiday armor a bit. 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.
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!