Stygian Zinogre & New Tundra Region Come To MHW: Iceborne Tomorrow

The 12.01 patch for Monster Hunter World adds new weapons, armor, monsters, and the missing Guiding Lands area!

The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion has gotten plenty of continued love from Capcom since its September release. Already, there’s been another new monster, plus the new public room option, and an expansion to the Guiding Lands endgame area. Tomorrow, an even bigger update brings out a ton of new hotly-anticipated content: the Stygian Zinogre subspecies, a Tundra Region of the Guiding Lands, Tempered Ruiner Nergigante, and plenty more.

First off: Are you a new-ish Monster Hunter World player looking to reach the expansion quickly? (All this stuff is pretty cool.) If so, the devs hear you and have given you a way to boost up. Defender Weapons! These complement the existing Guardian Armor set. Basically, it’s powerful and easy-to-craft gear that helps boost you through the early game content. The Guardian Armor set made it hard for you to die on your way up the ranks. Now Defender Weapons should help you also kill monsters faster — as well as race toward all your friends in the endgame.

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With yet another new, free monster, getting to Iceborne content will be a priority if you’re a long-time MonHun fan. The Stygian Zinogre, unveiled last week, will show up in the Guilding Lands after you complete the Iceborne story. This massive grey-and-red dragon shoots out little bugs full of Dragon elemental energy as one of its key attacks. It also shoots energy out with every slam of its body. It seems like it’ll give hunters a run for their money, as endgame content damn well should.

You can learn even more about the beast in our MHW Stygian Zinogre guide!

If you’ve been eager to tick off another tempered monster, now you can seek out Ruiner Nergigante to try and get a piece (or 50) of him. This super-powered version of Ruiner Nergigante is guaranteed to appear in the Tundra Region of the Guiding Lands if you summon him at the right level — much like Tempered Rajang does in the Volcanic Region. And a mix of tempered and non-tempered Ruiner Nergigante will appear throughout the map.

Players trolling about the Guiding Lands have probably kept an eye out for a big drop of ice monsters, as basically every other biome is already present. It looks like they’ll finally get just that. The new “tundra” area opens up in this update. We haven’t been told exactly which monsters will  appear now that the icy region has been unlocked. However, we can guess that it will feature creatures previously exclusive to the Hoarfrost Reach. That includes Beotodus (and perhaps its slimy cousin Jyuratodus) and Barioth. Capcom also mentioned Viper Tobi-Kadachi, and we already know Stygian Zinogre and Ruiner Nergigante will be available there.

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New Gear & Items – MHW Iceborne Free Update 2

Naturally, Title Update 2 hints at “new weapon trees, armor, and skills” for Iceborne players. Specifcally, we know that the Stygian Zinogre armor set will include the same Latent Power Secret skill as standard Zinogre gear. However, the skill makeup and gem slots will differ. It also looks pretty snazzy! Of course, with the new region also comes new materials. You’ll be able to use them to further augment your weapons.

That’s not the end of the Guiding Lands changes, though! There are also some quality-of-life improvements. For instance, you can now automatically de-level a given region of the Guiding Lands. That will allow you to fight non-tempered monster types to claim their specific rewards. At the same time, players that gather Special Tracks in co-op will now give those same investigations to their comrades automatically. That should make it easier to lure out specific monsters in the zone.

Finally, there’s a ton of cool new stuff to give your aesthetic a boost! There’s new High Rank layered armor crafting — allowing you to make cosmetic changes based on more Monster Hunter World gear. Capcom also teased that Gamma layered armor is coming… eventually. It’s TBD for the time being.

And if you spend a lot of time in your room, Capcom is also throwing in a communication option to allow messages and emotes between players. To further show off your stuff, the team will be selling new “Japanese style” hairdos and furniture for your room later this month and in January. Although lore-minded players might call it out as similar to Yukumo fashion from Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and Monster Hunter Generations. All in all, though, it’s sure to make you stand out, just like the rest of the new content in this latest title update!


Victoria Rose

Victoria is a Brooklyn-based, chaotic-good former dungeon master and a Contributor-At-Large for Fanbyte. She's a self-proclaimed esports pundit, and used to do Dota 2 news and reporting as a full-time part-time gig. She's also four red pandas stacked in a hoodie. [she/her/hers or they/their/theirs]

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