Monster Hunter World

Breakdown of the Fastest Weapons In Solo, Multiplayer Speedruns, and with Randoms Prior to Rise 2.0

As a retrospective on the game before 2.0 I'd like to present some analysis based upon Invictus Fox's diligent work in keeping track of the fastest times among monsters, retrieved on the 1st of May. (Thank you, Invictus!)

While the fastest weapons in solo before the update should be self-evident from the list below the theoretical fastest in multiplayer should be explained as the simple wisdom of "just bring four of the fastest weapon in solo for the fastest time" is a bit muddled by the hunting horn. To figure out whether 4x(Best) or 3x(Best)+1HH was faster I divided the monsters' hit points from Kiranico by the WR time for that weapon to figure out the full-run DPS of that weapon for that record. I then clocked the average time throughout a fight that AmaDEUS_225 had maintained Infernal Melody (+20% Raw) during a fight (around 22.5% of the time), maintaining Attack Up (+10% Raw) otherwise. I then applied this increase to the DPS of three of the weapon in question, added the HH DPS, and then compared this total to that of four of the best possible weapon. I then used this same method for the average DPS among WR runs for each monster across all weapons to see if it was either better to bring the fastest recorded weapon to a random hunt of that monster or if it was better to bring the fastest hunting horn. Here are the results:

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Monster Best 3 Solo (DPS spread across whole run) +1HH better in 4P speedrun attempt with best weapon? (% Dif DPS) +1HH faster than +1Fastest in 4P among randoms? (% Dif DPS)
Somnacanth LBG (133), SA (121), Bow (118) No (2.0% slower with HH vs 4xLBG) No (0.5% slower with HH vs LBG)
Mizutsune LBG (130), Bow (127), HBG (122) Yes (2.3% faster with HH vs 4xLBG) Yes (7.0% faster with HH vs LBG)
Tobi-Kadachi LBG (167), Bow (139), LS (95) Unknown, No HH WR posted Unknown, No HH WR Posted
Nargacuga Bow (108), LBG (99), CB (97) No (0.1% slower with HH vs 4xBow) Yes (4.6% faster with HH vs Bow)
Rathalos Bow (134), LBG (114), HBG (105) Yes (1.0% faster with HH vs 4xBow) Yes (4.2% faster with HH vs Bow)
Barioth LBG (117), Bow (105), LS (81) Unknown, No HH WR posted Unknown, No HH WR posted
Zinogre Bow (160), HBG (122), LBG (106) No (6.4% slower with HH vs 4xBow) No (9.8% slower with HH vs Bow)
Anjanath LBG (147), HBG (77), IG (73) Unknown, No HH WR posted Unknown, No HH WR posted
Magnamalo LBG (120), HBG (114), Bow (108) Yes (2.7% faster with HH vs 4xLBG) Yes (7.8% faster with HH vs LBG)
Tigrex LBG (115), Bow (113), GS (110) Yes (0.7% faster with HH vs 4xLBG) Yes (5.8% faster with HH vs LBG)
Rajang Bow (123), LS (103), LBG (99) No (0.1% slower with HH vs 4xBow) Yes (3.7% faster with HH vs Bow)
Almudron Bow (109), LBG (106), LS (100) No (0.1% slower with HH vs 4xBow) Yes (4.4% faster with HH vs Bow)
Diablos Bow (162), LBG (153), HBG (136) No (5.3% slower with HH vs 4xBow) No (7.5% slower with HH vs Bow)
Goss Harag Bow (126), LBG (117), LS (113) No (0.5% slower with HH vs 4xBow) Yes (3.0% faster with HH vs Bow)
Narwa Bow (175), GS (157), LBG (151) Yes (0.3% faster with HH vs 4xBow) Yes (4.9% faster with HH vs Bow)
Rakna-Kadaki HBG (128), LBG (114), LS (100) No (1.5% slower with HH vs 4xHBG) No (0.4% slower with HH vs HBG)
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In sum:

  1. Bow and LBG were the fastest weapons in solo prior to 2.0, with HBG instead best against Rakna-Kadaki and Longsword usually the fastest melee weapon and a consistent runner-up with some exceptions.
  2. In group speedruns 4 of the fastest weapon in solo was usually the best matchup but against Mizutsune, Rathalos, Magnamalo, Tigrex and Narwa bringing one HH would have been faster.
  3. In random groups the HH was consistently the best weapon to bring (to a group that didn't already have a HH) except in the cases of Rakna-Kadaki (HBG), Diablos (Bow), Zinogre (Bow), and Somnacanth (LBG) where each were better served bringing the respective fastest ranged weapon.

Here's a link to the numbers if you're interested in how your own weapon fared. I've put at the bottom a "DPS As % of Fastest Weapon Vs Monster" for ease of comprehension.

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