MHW Iceborne Best Hunting Horn [Updated 2020]

Best Hunting Horn (Iceborne)

  • The Rasping Ballad (Acidic Glavenus)
  • Sonorous Eisfyl (Velkhana)
  • Royal Song Symphony (Guild Palace)
  • Bazel Valdi Rooksearer (Bazelgeuse)
  • Denden Doomsounder (Rajang)
  • Safi’s Shatterhorn

After spending all the sweet KO time with the hammer. I decided to try something new, with the addition of the Safi’jiira siege, there is a whole lot of weapons to try on.

Iceborne Hunting Horn

Iceborne Hunting Horn ca now perform a new move call Echo mark, which leave a bubble

Best Iceborne Hunting Horn

Before trying out the below, you can start your MR journey with Mad Bone Horn III – the Master Rank weapon make from Bone materials – which is quite easy to get early master rank. This hunting horn provides Muck/Water/ Deep Snow resistance as well as Environment Damage Negated – which is an awesome addition to the vast environment of Master Rank.

The Rasping Ballad

This Hunting Horn makes from Acidic Glavenus comes with 1218 Damage and 300 Paralysis. You can craft this with Acidic Glavenus and Blackveil Vaal Hazak’s material

Rasping Ballad’s materials

  • Vaal Hazak Hardclaw x2
  • Acidic Glavenus Hardfang x4
  • Acidic Glavenus Spineshell x3
  • Glavenus Mantle x1

Melody Effects:

  • Self-Improvement
  • All Melody Effects Extended
  • Knockbacks Negated
  • Attack Up (L)
  • Impact Echo Wave
  • Echo Wave “Dragon”

Rasping Ballad is famous for the list of melodies it carries. Right off the bat you have Attack Up (L) Next is Knockbacks Negated will be a huge help in multiplayer, and Impact Echo Wave can contribute to knocking out the monster. The icing on the cake is of course the All Melody Effects Extended.

– Powerful Melodies Combination
– High Damage
– Level 4 Jewel Slot
– Sync well in Multiplayer
– Paralysis
– Same Design with Glavenus Hunting Horn

Sonorous Eisfyl

Sonorous Eisfyl from Velkhana has a humble 1134 Damage and 270 Ice. The melodies of this Hunting Horn is more on the defensive side with Healt and Defense L. It’s also come with Stamina Up and Recovery – which is a great sync with Dual Blades, Insect Glaives hunters.

Melodies Effects:

  • Self-Improvement
  • Attack Up (L)
  • Health Boost (L)
  • Wind Pressure Negated
  • Defense Up (L)
  • Impact Echo Wave
  • Max Stamina Up + Recovery

Sonorous Eisfyl’s materials

  • Shara Ishvalda Tenderclaw x3
  • Velkhana Crownhorn x4
  • Velkhana Hardclaw x4
  • Velkhana Crystal x1
– Level 4 Jewel Slot
– Good for Support Multiplayer
– High Sharpness
– Moderate Damage
– Hard to make
– Lack Offensive

Royal Song Symphony

Velkhana Hunting Horn without the element part. This is one of the Guild Palace weapons from the event “50 shades of white”. The event quest require you to slay a Barioth in the special Arena – which is quite easy to get.

The Guild Palace Hunting Horn have a standard 1134 Damage and 15% Affinity, pretty good for an easy to make the weapon. This holds the same set of melodies as Velkhana’s Hunting Horn, making it also a good pick for the support weapon.

Royal Song Symphony’s materials

  • Hero King Coin x1
  • Namielle Hardclaw x3
  • Large Elder Dragon Bone x5
  • Pure Dragon Blood x3

Melodies Effects:

  • Self-Improvement
  • Attack Up (L)
  • Health Boost (L)
  • Wind Pressure Negated
  • Defense Up (L)
  • Impact Echo Wave
  • Max Stamina Up + Recovery
– Sync with Elementless
– 15% Affinity
– Easy to make
– High Sharpness
– Awesome Design
– Moderate Damage
– Only Level 3 Jewel Slot
– No Offensive melody

Bazel Valdi Rooksearer

The Seething Bazelgeuse provides you another blast Hunting Horn in Master Rank. This only has 1092 Damage and even minus Affinity. The Blast effect compensate the low base damage. This also comes with a focus on recovery melody effects as well.

This can be your weapon if you prefer to become the classic Hunting Horn healer.

  • Shara Ishvalda Petalstone x2
  • Scorching Silverwing x4
  • Bazelgeuse Hardclaw x4
  • Bazelgeuse Mantle x1

Melodies Effect:

  • Self-Improvement
  • Attack Up (L)
  • Health Recovery (S)
  • Recovery Speed (L)
  • Impact Echo Wave
  • Extended Health Recovery
– Strong focus on Recovery
– Blast
– Good Design
– Healt Recovery S
-Minus Affinity
– Low Base Damage

Denden Doomsounder

Making from the Saiyan Ape. This hunting Horn, of course, has the highest damage on this list – 1302, this comes with -15% Affinity and a small amount of Lighting element (120)

The melody are actually all over the place, you get the Wind Pressure Negated which is mostly useful against Kushala Daora. Next is Attack and Def Up (S) + Defense Up (L)

What makes this special is the Stamina Use Reduced (L) which is super good if you pair up with Dual Blades, Bow or Insect Glaive user.

Denden Doomsounder’s material

  • Tempered Glimmerpelt x3
  • Rajang Hardhorn x3
  • Rajang Hardfang x7
  • Gold Rajang Pelt + x3

Melodies Effects

  • Self-Improvement
  • Defense Up (L)
  • Attack and Defense Up (S)
  • All Wind Pressure Negated
  • Stamina Use Reduced (L)
  • Echo Wave “Dragon”
  • Max Stamina Up + Recovery
– Level 4 Jewel Slot
– Unique Melodies
– High Damage
– Low Sharpness
– Minus Affinity
– Hard to craft

Safi’jiiva Hunting Horn

Below is the full list of Safi’jiiva Hunting Horn. All Safi Hunting Horn have 1134 Damage, 5% Affinity and one Level 4 Jewel Slot. Typical Awaken abilities are as below

Safi’s Hellhorn180 Fire
Safi’s Aquahorn180 Water
Safi’s Frosthorn180 Ice
Safi’s Bolthorn180 Paralysis
Safi’s Drakhorn180 Dragon
Safi’s Venomhorn300 Poison
Safi’s Bindhorn180 Paralysis
Safi’s Dreamhorn180 Sleep
Safi’s Shatterhorn300 Blast

MHW Iceborne Hunting Horn Build

When it comes to armor set, Hunting Horn follow the same vein of melee weapon build. You can use all three Teostra pieces to get Master Touch, the rest depends on your liking. The easiest one should be Brute Tigrex Chest and Yian Garuga Leg.

The rest is to slot in the jewels needed for your build. This includes Expect/Attack/Critical/Challenger/Handicraft and Tenderizer Jewel.

Hunting Horn Meta builds

The build are derived from Reddit meta-discussion. You can check the current meta hunting horn build here, for Safi’jiiva meta, the meta builds are here


Have you decided to try out Hunting Horn after all? Trust me, this time it is no longer just a support weapon. Hunters have already polished their build for DPS Hunting Horn already! The comfiest Hunting Horn right now is the Safi Shatterhorn with all five Attack Awakening Skill.

If you are on PC, you can pick the Rasping Ballad and call it a day.

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