How To Unlock Monster Hunter World's Horizon Zero Dawn Armor Sets

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Quirky crossover costumes are a regular part of the Monster Hunter experience, but the first set for Monster Hunter World makes a lot of sense: it’s the metal-monster hunter Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn. The initial quest for unlocking the Palico armor has been active for a while in the PS4-exclusive add-on, but if you’re curious about how the process works, we’ve outlined the timing and quests below to access the extras.

The Aloy armor set and bow will be available starting February 28 until March 5. Unlike other gear, you’ll have to wear the entire Aloy set together–you can’t just wear the pants or chest alone. And the set will also alter your appearance so that your character looks like Aloy from Horizon, complete with long red hair. We’ll have more details on those quests once they’re active in the game.

To unlock the Palico armor, you’ll need to accept the Event quest “Lessons of the Wild,” which runs until February 8. This is a 5-star quest that requires a Hunter Rank of 6 or higher. In the description, this sounds like a pretty easy hunt; all you have to do is slay 8 Barnos. And since you’re fighting in an arena, you don’t even have to worry about hunting them down in the environment. However, you’re not alone in the battle; there’s also a Tzitzi-Ya-Ku to deal with.

You’re not required to take out the raptor, and if you’re not using a long-range weapon, you can even use the monster’s ability to help you out. Tzitzi has a flash ability that’s able to knock the Barnos out of the air–as long as you’re able to dodge out of the way and avoid the stun as well. If he ends up stunning you more often than he helps out, you should focus on taking him out first. While the Barnos will occasionally attack you, they’re not quite as aggressive and will tend to stay out of the fight.

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After you take out the Barnos you’ll earn at least one Watcher Lens, which is represented by a big question mark in your gathering inventory. To get the full set of Horizon Palico gear, you’ll need 3x Watcher Lens, 1x Electro Sac, and 3x Dragonite Ore. With those items collected, to craft the gear you’ll head to the Smithy. The Palico armor is located under Forge Palico Equipment -> Full Armor Sets. The Horizon-themed Palico weapon is found under Forge Palico Equipment -> Standard Equipment. At the bottom of your low-rank list you’ll find the Watcher weapon. Check out the screens above for a more visual break-down of where to find everything.

The Horizon Zero Dawn content is exclusvie to PS4, but everyone will get to take part in the next costume event–a Street Fighter V crossover. While PS4 owners who have SFV save data on their console will get first dibs starting February 16, that Event Quest line will launch for other Xbox One and PS4 players at a later date. And the first big free update for the game, which will introduce the new Deviljho monster, is set to release this Spring.

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