The Tempered Steelwing isn’t the most important new material in MHW, but it is useful. The special item is only unlocked once you reach the special Guiding Lands region — a very late-game zone in the Iceborne expansion. You must farm the Tempered Steelwing from one very specific beast in Monster Hunter World, and only in one specific region. For your trouble, you can use the Tempered Steelwing to complete attack augments on endgame weapons. The question becomes: where do you find the Tempered Steelwing? What monster drops this material? The answer might be obvious from the name, but just to be safe, here’s our Tempered Steelwing MHW guide!
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Tempered Steelwing Location – MHW Iceborne Guide
The Tempered Steelwing comes from exactly where you probably think it does: a tempered monster. Specifically, you can acquire it by fighting any Tempered Kushala Daora in the Guiding Lands. Its Tempered Steelwing material will drop like candy — both from “shiny” drops (those glowing, white stones that pop off of monsters) and in your quest rewards whenever you report to the Handler.
You can increase the number of Tempered Steelwing drops with a couple of tricks. The first is to equip one level of the Geologist Skill on your hunter. The reason why might not seem obvious at first. The ability description simply says that it lets you gather from bonepiles more often than usual. Since the Tempered Steelwing doesn’t come from bonepiles, that doesn’t make much sense.
However, intentionally or because of a long-ignored bug, the Geologist skill also produces double the shiny drops in the Guiding Lands. Every time you pick up a shiny, you actually get two grabs — as if the glowing orb was a bonepile to gather from itself. This effectively doubles your MHW Tempered Steelwing farming in the field.
Guiding Lands Shiny Drop Tips for MHW
The next trick is, of course, to produce more shiny drops in the first place. This is extremely easy in the Guiding Lands. You just need to slam creatures — in this case a Tempered Kushala Daora — into walls, stones, and other solid objects. Just use your Clutch Claw to latch onto their face, ensuring you have a glob of Slinger ammo to fire. Next, aim the monster in whatever direction you want by pressing Circle or B (depending on what controller you use).
You can usually do this a total of three times if they aren’t enraged. If you mess up, they will automatically enter an enraged state, and you won’t be able to slam them again until they calm down.
Each time you do push the monster, though, it will turn about 45 degrees or so. Then, once it’s facing and near a solid piece of the environment, launch your Slinger ammo into its smug mug by pressing R2/Right Trigger. The beast will lunge forward a couple dozen feet and (hopefully) hit an obstacle. If that happens, the monster will drop three or so shinies to plunder! If it’s a Tempered Kushala Daora, these can include a Tempered Steelwing or two.
Monsters also drop these shinies whenever you break their parts — just like when you’re outside the Guiding Lands.
The last important piece of the puzzle is luring out a Tempered Kushala Daora in the first place. It’s not entirely easy! The beast will only show itself if you raise the Guiding Lands’ Forest Region to Level 7. Once that happens, you can summon a guaranteed Tempered Kushala Daora with bait. Just go to the Handler and choose to lure out a monster. If you have any Kushala Daora bait, acquired by breaking monster parts and collecting tracks, the result is sure to be a Tempered version. And you can finally get your Tempered Steelwing. Otherwise, log in and out of the Guiding Lands repeatedly to reset the monsters there. You might get lucky!
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