What is Elderseal in Monster Hunter World?

Elderseal is a weapon mechanic in Monster Hunter World that every hunter should understand, but few do.

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Elder dragons are the toughest fights that you can find in Monster Hunter World. They are likely to cart you with a single shot if you’re not careful, and it’s not uncommon to see a quest fail because of a few silly mistakes. Much of this has to do with the enraged attack that each elder dragon has, and each one has a doozy. It’s nearly impossible to survive a direct hit from these unless you're a much higher rank than the quest or investigation, so what’s a hunter to do? Carry weapons that feature the Elderseal, of course.

Last updated on March 6, 2020 at 4:03 p.m. EST.

What is Elderseal in Monster Hunter World?

Elderseal Monster Hunter World

The Elderseal is a mechanic that is used to reduce the buildup of an elder dragon’s aura ability. The higher the Elderseal rating of a weapon, the more effective it will be against the elder dragon, but only in relation to that one specific attack. Each weapon that features the Elderseal will have a rating displayed next to it.

  • Low
  • Average
  • High

Elderseal effects

Elderseal will reduce or nullify the aura abilities of the following elder dragons:

  • Kirin - Removes lightning armor
  • Teostra & Lunastra - Reduces their flame aura level and removes their ability to use supernova
  • Kushala Daora - Removes wind barrier
  • Vaal Hazak - Reduces its effluvia charge
  • Nergigante - Makes its hardened black spikes break
  • Xeno'jiiva - Reduces Rage-Mode duration
  • Safi'jiiva - Increases Energy Consumption, leading to faster draining

How to Use an Elderseal Weapon

Just having an Elderseal weapon won’t help you out. You must use that weapon at the right time if you want it to be effective. For example, If you are fighting Teostra and see the flame aura building, an Elderseal weapon will help reduce this, and even potentially prevent it from getting off its supernova attack. You know that hunter that always carts when the big monster gets off its ultimate? You're really just saving your team from failing the quest by nullifying the aura ability and keeping that person alive.

Now that you understand how Elderseal works, learn more by visiting our Monster Hunter: World guide collection. We can help you sort out many of the game’s mechanics and get you back in the hunt.

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