Monster Hunter World's Deviljho will be the first new monster added to Capcom's best-selling adventure game.
Familiar to long-time series players, Deviljho is a free addition alongside a wider spring update.
Elsewhere, our Monster Hunter World tips can help you decide when to farm, what to forage and what to do between hunts, and our Monster Hunter World walkthrough and guide can help with main quest and story progress.
What do we know about Deviljho in Monster Hunter World?
Deviljho is a powerful brute wyvern that has appeared in Monster Hunter before - debuting in Monster Hunter 3, then appearing in 3 Ultimate and Explore as Savage and Aberrant variants.
Like Anjaranth, it's a bi-pedal creature with powerful jaws.
According to Capcom, "due to its enhanced metabolism, Deviljho must constantly seek out prey. It is extremely violent, and known to flail large monsters around." So look forward to hunting that.
We also know the following about Deviljho:
- If we take all the promotional images at face value, Deviljho will be native to the Ancient Forest.
- In previous games Deviljho is of the Dragon element, and is weak to Dragon and Thunder status elements.
- Deviljho will first appear in the game after completing the ??? Rathian Tracks stage of the main story, and will then invade 6 and 7 Star quests and expeditions. There will also be a "special assignment" after unlocking certain conditions.
- Deviljho materials can be used for new 14 weapons (one per type) and two armour sets, some of which makes your hunter look like a, well, Hunter from Resident Evil. There's even something for your Palico, too.
When is the Monster Hunter World Deviljho release date?
Deviljho will be coming to Monster Hunter World as part of the Spring update, which launches on Thursday, 22nd March.
The update is free and comes with a few other additions described at the end of this article.
Looking for more Monster Hunter World tips? Our Monster Hunter World walkthrough and guide explains how Assigned missions, Expeditions and Investigations work, which will see you hunt Anjanath, Zorah Magdaros, Diablos, Odogaron as well as Elder Dragons Kushala Daora, Teostra, Vaal Hazah, Xeno'Jiiva and Kirin. If you are starting out, we recommend first using our weapon types list to decide the best weapon for you, learning how to join friends and Squads in multiplayer, plus how to capture monsters and mount monsters. There's plenty of optional stuff - such as Grimalkynes and Doodles, helping unlock Plunderblade and Gajalaka quests - as well as the some new updates coming soon, including the Deviljho release and Spring Blossom Festival.
What else is in the Monster Hunter World Spring update 2.0?
As well as Deviljho, Monster Hunter World's Spring update introduces the following tweaks and changes.
- The ability to customise your character again, which is free for the first time and a paid-for activity from there on.
- Reduced load times thanks to "optimised data processing".
- Option to adjust the 'text size' setting for subtitles.
- The option to 'Return to Gathering Hub' in single player, and 'Disband and Return to Gathering Hub' in multiplayer after quests have ended.
- Attacks from allies no longer interrupt you during the carving animation, and are immune to all 'hit' reations, such as bombs (players have seen some trolling others out of their hard-earned materials, which is why this measure appears to now be in place).
- A variety of weapon tweaks and balances. The following is sourced direct from Capcom's own patch notes:
- Great Sword: increased the damage for Charged Slash abilities.
- Long Sword: improvements to Foresight Slash input timing and hitbox detection.
- Sword and Shield: Roundslash damage increased and improved slinger usability
- Dual Blades: adjustments to help maintain Demon Gauge active
- Hammer: adjusted the stun values on charged attacks
- Hunting Horn: general attack power increase
- Lance: Counter-thrust adjustment to increase ease of use
- Gunlance: Reduced sharpness loss for shelling, and made some attack power increases
- Switch Axe: Zero Sum Discharge adjustments to increase ease of use
- Charge Blade: balance adjustments to Impact Phial and Power Element Phial
- Insect Glaive: improvements to extract attack power increase and extract effect length
- Bow: fixed various bugs
- Light Bowgun: no adjustments were made
- Heavy Bowgun: no adjustments were made
As mentioned, this is a free update for all players. What's the next thing beyond that? Capcom has announced the Spring Blossom Festival for April, seeing the return of seasonal events, an Astera makeover and much more.