Monster Hunter World is more than just upgrading weapons, crafting armor, and slaying monsters – there are also useful pieces of equipment to collect, such as the mantles. These poncho-looking items offer unique effects that can boost different aspects of your hunt. Getting your hands on all of the mantles is a good idea, especially if you want to improve a certain aspect of your playstyle.
How to Get More Mantles
Mantles are rewarded for reaching certain milestones throughout the campaign and for completing tasks for vendors. You can only equip one mantle at a time, and though each mantle can be used an unlimited amount of times during a hunt, but they do have lengthy cooldowns.
The Ghillie Mantle will be the first one you receive in Monster Hunter World, and it’s earned after you unlock the Botanist Research Center in Astera. The Ghillie Mantle, as its name suggests, conceals you from enemy view temporarily, making monsters unable to spot you. The effect expires if you perform an attack or take damage. This is extremely useful if you want to transport an egg back to a campsite or need some breathing room during a fight.
The Glider Mantle is unlocked after you first adventure into the Coral Highlands. This mantle increases jump airtime and grants the power to ride strong winds while also making it easier to mount monsters. While this is helpful in getting around Coral Highlands and jumping on monsters, it’s not as useful as some of the other mantles in Monster Hunter World.
You will receive the Vitality Mantle after completing the quest “Into the Bowels of the Vale”, which tasks you with killing the Odogaron in the Rotten Vale. Speak with the Field Team Leader to receive the Mantle upon your return to Astera. The Vitality Mantle negates a fixed amount of damage, after which the effect expires. This means that you are completely invulnerable while the mantle absorbs a set amount of damage.
The Bandit Mantle can be earned by completing the Optional quest, “Redefining the ‘Power Couple’”, which is an Armory quest that tasks you with killing a Rathian and a Rathalos within 50 minutes in the Ancient Forest. This mantle causes monsters to drop rare trade-in items when you attack them.
The Waterproof Mantle can be unlocked after you gain access to the High Rank quests and armor. Once you've reached this section of the game, you can earn the mantle by completing the Delivery quest for the Armory titled, “Armory R&D: Waterproofing”, which requires killing a High Rank Jyuratodus for its scales and fins. This mantle reduces water damage, nullifies waterblight, reduces mobility restrictions in muck and negates them entirely for deep water.
The Iceproof Mantle is unlocked by completing the Armoy quest, “Armory R&D: Weatherizing”. This quest tasks you with hunting High Rank Paolumu for their High Rank drops. The Iceproof Mantle reduces ice damage and nullifies iceblight.
The Challenger Mantle prompts monsters to target you more often and makes them easier to lure. The effect expires if you are attacked.
The Rocksteady Mantle eliminates damage reactions, prevents wind effects, protects your healing, and grants tremor resistance. You also receive less damage from attacks.
The Fireproof Mantle reduces fire damage.
The Thunderproof Mantle reduces thunder damage and nullifies thunderblight and paralysis.
Other Mantle Equipment – Smokers
Aside from the sweet ponchos you can earn, you can also unlock other pieces of equipment for use in the mantle slot. These are boosters that have a small area-of-effect that offer short-term buffs.
The Health Booster places a smoker that gradually restores your health. This is a handy tool if you run out of potions or if your Vigorwasp Palico Gadget is on cooldown. An excellent choice for the novice hunter, but there are better options if you want raw damage output.
Complete the Optional quest On Nightmare’s Wings, and then head to the Armory and speak with the lady there to receive the Cleanser Booster. This piece of equipment places a smoker that removes any abnormal status effects and elemental blights.
The Affinity Booster is the last of the three available boosters, and its smoke increases your affinity rating. Check out our guide on what is Affinity for a complete breakdown of this mysterious stat.
The mantle is arguably one of the most versatile pieces of equipment a hunter has in Monster Hunter World. There is a mantle for just about every playstyle, and as your strategies change depending on a monster’s weaknesses, so will your mantle, which is why it’s ideal to collect them all. Because there’s no way to level them up, you should feel comfortable swapping them in and out as you please.
Take some time to look over out Monster Hunter World guide for more insight into the various collectible items in this massive game.