You might be asking yourself what exactly is the MHW Sizzling Spice Fest, and how do you get its associated Sizzling Spice Tickets? Well, Monster Hunter World fans know to expect quite a lot of bang for their buck at this point. That’s still the case, as the latest Monster Hunter adds yet another new free seasonal event (this time for summer 2020) to the game! If you’re not familiar with these “fests,” and specifically the Sizzling Spice Fest, it’s time to go over the details. Let’s get into it!
First off, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of the Sizzling Spice Fest is exclusive to those who purchased Iceborne (like most of the new seasonal events since the expansion launched). Vanilla MHW players will still get daily Limited Bounties, more login bonuses than average, and in-game sales at shops. And everyone will likely gain access the Summer Twilight Fest: a repeat of the previous summer event that runs concurrent with the new, 2020 version. But things like the newest gear, layered armor, pendants, and Sizzling Spice 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 Sizzling Spice Fest follows quickly after the fourth MHW title update on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. That’s specifically late on Wednesday night for those in North America! Besides the seasonal event, you’ll also gain access to new monsters: Alatreon and Frostfang Barioth.
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Otherwise, the Sizzling Spice 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 South American aesthetic — specifically pulling from the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro — just as the Celestial Pursuit got makeovers before it. The same goes for your Handler. You will be to “preview” her in a very breezy, bedazzled swimsuit throughout the event. Presumably, it will also be available for purchase with real money after the Sizzling Spice Fest ends.
As we’ve seen in the past, Capcom listed two different kinds of special crafting materials for the event: the Sizzling Spice Ticket and the VIP Sizzling Spice 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 Passion Alpha+. Also unlike some events in base MHW, it will come with a special bonus that makes it easier for you to farm VIP Sizzling Spice 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 Passion armor will give you a pretty good chance. That might give players a real incentive to actually use the spring armor a bit! That’s especially true since you can trade in extra Sizzling spice Tickets for Melding Tickets. Previously, seasonal armor was always deeply situational.
MHW Sizzling Spice Fest Passion Armor & Weapons
The armor itself sports more of that South American vibe — pulling from indigenous cultures of the area, as well as the Rio Carnival previously mentioned. Both the male and female versions are cute, warm, and feathery. It’s a nice contrast to the new Alatreon and Frostfang Barioth sets that also appear in this update.
That won’t be all, though! There are even weapons and more cosmetics available this time around. We know that players will be able to craft a pair of “mug-shaped” Dual Blades — joining the pickax Longsword and Well-Done Hammer as another goofy option. There are also helmets that lets you look like a Kelbi or Aptonoth, respectively! These are… creepy as hell, honestly. And the developers seem to know it.
You can see the Passion Alpha armor above!
Gold Melding Ticket & Guild Alchemy
In addition to all the extra gear, the Sizzling Spice 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 10 or more VIP Sizzling Spice Tickets.
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 Sizzling Spice Fest more than any other seasonal event before it. We’ll keep you posted on the specifics as they become available!