MHW The Assassin Event Quest Guide – Assassin’s Hood Upgrade

The Assassin's Hood upgrade might just be a sleeper hit for Master Rank players.

“The Assassin” is one of the newest MHW event quests to sport gameplay upgrades that you’ll probably want on your journey through the game. It’s part of the Assassin’s Creed crossover the game started back before Iceborne, and the modified version is a whole lot better this time around. Want to know why? Keep reading our latest Monster Hunter World guide and find out!

To begin the quest, just hit up the mission board as usual. You’ll find “The Assassin” under the events section for a limited time. Just like other event quests, this is often tied to seasonal festivals. To begin, you can access this mission until May 7, 2020 — the end of the first Full Bloom Fest. Check the MHW event quest calendar for future updates!

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Note: in order to unlock the fully upgraded Assassin’s Hood, you need to first unlock the base item. Do this by completing the High Rank event quest “SDF: Silent, Deadly, Fierce” for Senu’s Feathers. These can be traded in for the Assassin’s Hood mantle. After that’s out of the way, you’re good to complete the next stage of the mission.

“The Assassin” itself is an awfully straightforward mission. You just need to kill a Tempered Nargacuga in the Ancient Forest. Nargacuga is far from the hardest monster in the game. However, you don’t want to take it lightly. The bleed status ailment is a really doozy — causing you to take damage as you dodge or sprint. That’s why it’s important to remove it as soon as Nargacuga inflicts the status.

The best way to do that is with Astera Jerky. This is a quick-use healing item that fully restores any red health on your HP gauge. It also cures the bleed status effect. And it does it much quicker than a Well-Done Steak, which is your other basic option to cure bleed. Of course the Immunity Mantle also works. You still probably want some Astera Jerky for when the equipment runs down, however. It’s easy to acquire anyway! Just purchase the meaty treat from the in-game shop at Astera or Seliana. During seasonal events, like the Full Bloom Fest, the item is even half-off to boot.

From then on it’s just a traditional battle with Nargacuga. Tackle it the same way you always would! Or check out our tips for an easier fight.

Assassin’s Hood Plus Upgrade – MHW The Assassin Quest

Once you’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to upgrade the mantle. And the improved Assassin’s Hood is nothing to sneeze at. It lasts an incredible six straight minutes and comes with one Level 3 and one Level 2 Decoration slot each. As players are already pointing out, that’s a great way to sneak a Coalescence gem onto your build for six minutes at a time. And the recharge time for the mantle is just three minutes (less if you run Tool Specialist).

Coalescence is a very powerful, often overlooked new skill in MHW since the release of Iceborne. It provides increased attack, elemental damage, and status buildup for one minute any time you cure an abnormal status effect. Nearly every monster in the game currently triggers one status effect or another. So that’s not hard to come by and cure with a Nullbery in hand.

What’s the downside? Well, technically the Assassin’s Hood is meant to be used for sneak attacks. It gives you a massive damage boost on sneak attacks against monsters. After which the effect of the mantle instantly ends. However, the effect only ends if you attack from stealth. Otherwise the Assassin’s Hood stays on for the whole six minutes. As long as you don’t hide, using tall grass or a Sporepuff, you’re totally fine. And you can even try to sneak in a sneak attack at the end of the duration.

Altogether this makes the Assassin’s Hood mantle entirely worth upgrade. Get out there and finish “The Assassin” in MHW as soon as you get the chance! Your builds will thank you.