Monster Hunter: World's PC release finally put the beloved action-RPG series in the hands of modders. With so many interconnected systems, Monster Hunter games are fertile ground for mods, from custom quests to quality of life tune-ups. So it's no surprise World's scene is already rich with helpful, handy and just plain cool mods.
Some Monster Hunter: World mods improve the game's acceptable but not stellar performance, while others add features you didn't know you needed until now. Critically, none of these mods give any sort of power advantage. Capcom's stance on modding World is still disappointingly vague, but it hasn't done anything to halt the use of cosmetic or performance mods like these. So, mod wisely and at your own risk.
Kaldaien's Special K Performance Pack
Kaldaien, who you may know as the modder who led the charge on fixing Nier: Automata's lacking PC port via the FAR mod pack, set his sights on World's CPU-hungry engine shortly after the game released. His Special K mod pack reduces CPU usage, adds enhanced ReShade options, fixes some fullscreen problems, and lets you take HUD-less screenshots. It provides a significant performance boost, especially on older CPUs, and is well worth setting up.
Clear Hunter Color and Texture Improvements
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought Monster Hunter: World, while beautiful, looked a bit washed out. Creision's Clear Hunter ReShade mod injects some much-needed color into the new world, giving you redder Rathaloses, greener Rathians, and bluer Tzitzi-Ya-Kus. It also sharpens textures across the board, especially on armor.
While you're sprucing things up, I'd also recommend Dirty Dan's Blur Be Gone mod, which, as you may have guessed, disables World's motion blur as well as the vignetting effect caused by its heavy-handed depth of field. This mod can only be used in conjunction with Kaldaien's Special K pack, but you should be using that anyway, so that's no problem.
Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch added the ability to transmog your armor's appearance just like you might in World of Warcraft or Diablo 3. But for reasons I cannot fathom, World doesn't have this feature. So, once again, thank god for modders. You can change the appearance of individual armor pieces or save custom loadouts. Finally, you can get the armor skills you want without looking like you got dressed in the dark.
There are nearly a dozen mods for World that tell you how much damage you and your teammates deal to monsters during hunts. JD's damage meter mod is my favorite of the bunch because it's easy to setup and because its clean UI resembles the DPS meters in games like World of Warcraft. In a nutshell, this mod lets you see how your damage stacks up alongside your teammates, which is incredibly helpful when you're testing new weapons or armor skills. It's a great way to identify your own strengths and weaknesses: if you're falling behind on damage in multiplayer hunts, you'll know it's time to upgrade your gear or change your tactics.
Item Light Pillars
You just killed your seventh Deviljho of the day, and you're still chasing that gem. The post-hunt screen informs you that there's a rare, shiny drop somewhere nearby. It could be the gem you crave. All you have to do is pick it up. There's just one problem: you can't find the damn thing.
This scenario is every hunter's nightmare. Luckily, 2hh8899 created a mod which attaches a clearly visible pillar of light to shiny drops. The funny thing is that all the mod actually does is take the light effect seen on fishing spots and staple it to shiny drops. Nevertheless, it's a godsend.
No Scout Flies
To be honest, I don't hate the scout flies in Monster Hunter: World, but I do hate the neck-snapping camera changes that come with them. No matter what you're doing, whenever these buggers lock onto something, your camera abruptly flies in that direction.
MHVuze's mod disables your scout flies' sound and particle effects, as well as that stupid camera. You'll still be able to track monsters, you just won't have to listen to that incessant buzzing, struggle to see through neon-lit clouds every time you go to gather something, or pop your neck after every hunt.
DualShock 4 Controller Prompts
The PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller is still our best gamepad for PC gaming, so it's always a little disappointing when games only support Xbox button prompts by default. Thankfully, MHVuze also smoothed over this minor annoyance: their mod for DualShock 4 button prompts works exactly as advertised and will save DualShock 4 users a lot of headache.
Meowscular Handler Face
I don't know what possessed UberGrainy to create a mod that swaps the face of your quest-giving partner with the furry visage of Astora's feline chef, but I'm not complaining because this is one of the funniest mods I've ever seen.
Not-Meowscular Handler Face
If you don't want to turn the handler into a buff cat (and why wouldn't you?) but instead want to tweak her appearance slightly, UberGrainy has a nice mod for that too. It's definitely an improvement, but I'm partial to the meowscular look myself.