Monster Hunter: World is ripe for its first-ever paid expansion: Iceborne. The new add-on has a release date of Sept. 6, 2019, but that doesn’t mean the time leading up to it is completely barren! Instead, Capcom is letting us relive all of the previous Monster Hunter: World seasonal events — one by one. The festivals come to a close with the Appreciation Fest 2019. And this one is better than most!
Nearly every seasonal event in MHW also brings back every major event quest: limited time missions with unique or enhanced rewards. Since the spring, summer, autumn, winter, and Appreciation Fest events are all playing back to back, most of the missions you can access right now have been around for weeks. And they will continue to be available until one week before the release date of Iceborne. In other words, they end on Aug. 29, 2019. Whereas Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne launches on Sept. 6 of this same year.
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Limited Time Challenge & Event Quests – Appreciation Fest 2019
There are a few, more limited event quests peppered over the month, though. Mosswinin’ and Dinin’ in particular was only available for two days across all platforms (consoles and PC). In it, players had to kill five massively over-sized pigs that dealt one-hit kills. The reward was an incredible amount of money (more than 50,000 zenny) in addition to goodies like Hard Armor Spheres. That one is sadly finished, for now, but don’t worry. If it’s like every other Monster Hunter: World event quest, it will be back at some point.
The only other missions you need to worry about expiring early are Challenge Quest 2: Intermediate and Challenge Quest 1: Expert. These are challenge quests, as the names imply, and force you to fight monsters using preset armor and weapons. They’re basically just a nice source of Arena Coins and bragging rights. They also ended on Aug. 22, when the Appreciation Fest began. Although they were replaced with a number of different challenge quests to compensate. Check them out and farm those coins!
As for normal event quests, there are a few worth mentioning. This is probably your last, best chance to hunt all those Arch-Tempered Elder Dragons (including Arch-Tempered Kulve Taroth) before Iceborne. And “The Name’s Lavasioth” is a particularly great way to farm decorations in Monster Hunter: World. The titular monster spews out feystones as you fight it, in addition to dropping at least two ultra rare Warped Feystones at the end of every battle. A similar event, “The Greatest Jagras,” also just rotated back into MHW when the Appreciation Fest began. There is some debate about which quest is better to farm jewels, but the The Greatest Jagras is generally quicker.
Appreciation Ticket & Other Rewards – Appreciation Fest 2019
The star of the show during the Appreciation Fest in MHW is the Appreciation Ticket. This is a unique crafting material you get from a couple different sources. You get one for free as a login bonus every day during the New Year’s event. These are the same ones you could have got (or missed) during Appreciation Fest in 2018, too. So if you don’t need any more, don’t worry about them! And if you didn’t get enough last time, hop to it!
As an added incentive to snag them, however, there’s an extra surprise in everyone’s login bonus during this event. You’ll get three Lucky Vouchers per day instead of just the normal one (and even more than the two you got from the other festivals). These useful items double the amount of in-game money (zenny) you receive at the end of a successful mission. They also very slightly increase reward drop rates. They are, put simply, extremely useful to have around. Although you can only hold five Lucky Vouchers at one time. Better start spending them!
Speaking of daily rewards, Monster Hunter players will also find four new Limited Bounties waiting for them every day instead of just every week. These offer the usual rewards: Armor Spheres and Gold Wyverian Prints. But you can get many, many more than usual since the bounties refresh daily. And besides the basic rewards, you also get a whopping four Appreciation Tickets for the fourth Limited Bounty you complete each day.
You won’t need that many to craft the Appreciation Fest (Gala Suit) armor and Palico gear. However, the tickets are also useful fodder at the Elder Melder. You can dissolve them in exchange for hard-to-craft items. Personally, I love to turn these and other low priority crafting materials into Mega Demondrug and Mega Armorskin potions. You may find a better use for them, however.
The Gala Suit isn’t too terrible, either. Each piece comes with a hilarious number of decoration slots for you to play with. The head, in particular, also has one level of Critical Eye: a typically very useful skill on most builds. If you wear all five parts of the Appreciation Fest gear in Monster Hunter: World, you might also receive increased quest rewards. That ain’t bad!
Oh. You get some fireworks (for purely cosmetic and celebratory purposes), too. That’s fun.
Seasonal Platter & Celestial Pursuit Changes – Appreciation Fest 2019
Finally we come to the Celestial Pursuit. If you’re not familiar with the name, that’s because Monster Hunter: World only trots out the fancy name during these Astera Fest events. “Celestial Pursuit” is just another name for the Gathering Hub: that location above Astera proper where you can run around with other players.
There are a couple minor reasons to visit this location during the Appreciation Fest. The first is purely cosmetic. Entering the Celestial Pursuit during any Monster Hunter: World festival will temporarily change the look of your Handler back in Astera. This wee, she has cat suit. I mean… like a literal cat suit. It’s maybe not the kind you’re expecting. You can also purchase any of these Handler costumes permanently with real money.
The Gathering Hub itself also has a different look, for when you hang out there. Each festival themes the area in accordance with the season. This time it’s a garish, celebratory theme with lots of balloons and fireworks. The nameless NPCs in this area also get their own, less obvious Appreciation Fest costumes in solidarity with the Handler.
Lastly we have the seasonal platter. This is a special kind of food you can only order while in the Gathering Hub. It’s also largely identical to a Chef’s Choice Platter — in that it gives you 50 extra hit points and 50 extra stamina for the next quest you undertake after eating it. It also has the highest activation chance for food skills (three stars). The only major difference is that the seasonal platter has fixed buffs. The Appreciation Fest Platter always comes with Attack Up (S), Defense Up (S), and Elemental Resistance (S). That’s not too terrible if you’re low on in-game foods or Ancient Potions. High level Monster Hunter players will probably have better, more specific alternatives, however.
And that’s about it for the Appreciation Fest in Monster Hunter: World! We’ll be back later with details about… Well, Iceborne and whatever else is scheduled after the Appreciation Fest 2019. Until then, however, take care and have fun getting ready for Iceborne!