Anomaly Investigations in Monster Hunter Rise (MHR or MHRise) are a new type of Quest which expands upon the Anomaly Quests introduced with the Sunbreak Expansion. While Anomaly Quests are special hunts against Monsters driven mad by the Qurio creatures encountered throughout the story, Anomaly Investigations take the same fundamentals, adding elements of increased difficulty, randomized quest parameters and brand new crafting materials to create an endgame progression system for hunters to continually develop as they continue to take on bigger challenges.
- Special Investigations have been added to Anomaly Investigations as a form of higher difficulty added with Title Update 5
- The Anomaly Investigations level cap has been raised to 300 as of Title Update 5 to allow players to unlock Special Investigations
- The Anomaly Investigations system was added with Patch 18.104.22.168 released on August 10, 2022
- Requires the Sunbreak Expansion
- Key Quest
Anomaly Investigations Guide for Monster Hunter Rise
Like Anomaly Quests, the new Anomaly Investigations pit players against Qurio-afflicted Monsters — extremely powerful versions of Monsters, driven mad by Qurio bites. These Afflicted Monsters are much more aggressive and have a much higher health pool. Over the course of combat, these Monsters will absorb Qurio energy from the surroundings and enter the Delirious state, becoming even more powerful.
Anomaly Investigations push the envelope by providing players with randomized hunts, each with widely varying difficulty and experience, as well as introducing the new Anomaly Research Level. This is a new ranking system that works similar to the Hunter Rank and Master Rank, serving as a measure of progression within the new quest system and unlocking bigger challenges as hunters increase their level. Veterans of Monster Hunter World and its Investigation system should be familiar with these concepts, but for newer players or those looking for tips and tricks, this guide breaks down each element of the new Anomaly Investigations.
How to Unlock the Anomaly Investigations feature
The Anomaly Investigations gameplay mechanic is unlocked as soon as you reach MR 10. This involves going through the main campaign and reaching certain milestones to progress your Master Rank.
Once this prerequisite is met, speak to Bahari in Elgado Outpost who will inform you of the new feature, and then Chichae who will have the new Anomaly Investigations category under the Anomaly Research Quests available at the Quest Counter.
Anomaly Research Level and Points
Your Anomaly Research (AR) level is the overall measure of progression for the Anomaly Investigations quest system and can be viewed in the Hunter Info window in the menu. As you take on Investigations, you are awarded Anomaly Research Points which essentially function as experience points for your AR. Accumulating enough points will cause your AR to level up which allows you to take on bigger challenges. There are many methods to obtain points, with the main ones as follows:
- Slaying the target Afflicted Monster
- Hunting Wild Monsters (non-target Monsters that appear in the same quest)
- Breaking Parts (both target and non-target)
- Harvesting materials from Afflicted gathering nodes (denoted by a red glow)
- Taking on Anomaly Quests will also grant research points, albeit at a lesser rate. In order to maximize your point gain, take on Investigations instead.
Your current AR determines the maximum level of Investigations you can take on. There are ways to obtain Investigations higher than your current max but you may be restricted from tackling them until you reach the minimum AR required.
Depending on how much time you've previously put into Anomaly Quests and increasing your Master Rank prior to Anomaly Investigations being made available in Patch 22.214.171.124, you may begin the new quest system with a much higher level than normal. For example, players who have reached MR 100 and have spent a considerable amount of time farming Anomaly Quests may already be at AR 31 upon unlocking the Anomaly Investigations feature.
Investigation Quests and Parameters
Anomaly Investigations differ from Anomaly Quests in that the investigations are assigned a Level. Higher level investigations increase monster difficulty by raising their health pool, making them more aggressive and increasing their damage output, among other things. For example, you may have an Anomaly Investigation for Magnamalo at level 31 and another one for the same target at level 35. These two quests will offer a vastly different experience just based on the fundamental property of difficulty alone. In addition, Anomaly Investigations have randomized quest parameters for the following:
- Monsters Encountered - Aside from the Target Afflicted Monster, random Wild Monsters will appear during Investigations. At higher AR levels, you may have more than 1 Target Monster. For example, you may obtain an investigation which requires you to hunt both an Afflicted Nargacuga and a regular Rathian in order to complete the quest. You may even encounter the dreaded Apex Monsters who have finally made a comeback in Master Rank.
- Locale - Randomized locales adds another dynamic layer to investigations.
- Time Limit - Some investigations may have a shorter time limit than the standard 50 mins. Shorter time limits add a multiplier bonus to the amount of Anomaly Research Points obtained upon completing the quest.
- Faints Allowed - Some investigations may further limit the number of faints allowed before failing the quest. You may find quests that allow only 1 faint, adding another layer of challenge. Just like with Time Limits, a Research Points multiplier bonus is applied for quests with less than the standard 3 faint allowance.
- Participants - Some investigations may limit the amount of players that can take on the quest together. There are even investigations that can only be taken on solo.
The combinations are endless and no two Investigations are the same.
Unlocking more Investigations
When you begin Anomaly Investigations, you may have only a handful of quests available. There are a few ways for you to obtain more:
Completing an Investigation will typically unlock new investigations for the same Target Monster. For example, completing an investigation with Great Izuchi as the Target will unlock more Great Izuchi investigations with higher quest levels and varying parameters.
Hunting Wild Monsters, breaking monster parts and harvesting at Afflicted gathering points will all grant a chance to obtain an investigation with randomized elements, including the Target monster. For example, gathering at an afflicted Honey node may grant an investigation for a Blood Orange Bishaten with a 30 min. time limit while breaking a Monster's parts may grant an investigation to hunt a Garangolm without fainting more than once.
By far, the fastest way to obtain new Investigations is to gather from Afflicted nodes. These can easily be recognized by glowing red orbs surrounding the node. Gathering from these nodes not only awards Anomaly Research Points, but they can also give new Investigation quests. You can tell when a new Investigation has been obtained via the notification on the right that says "Obtained clues for a new Anomaly Investigation". Obtaining new investigations by breaking monster parts or hunting wild monsters will also trigger the same notification. Do note that you must complete the quest in order to actually obtain the new investigations. This will be reflected in the quest summary screen.
Lastly, during the intermission after slaying the final target of a quest and as the Return to HQ countdown commences, gathering from Afflicted nodes, breaking other Monster parts or slaying Wild Monsters will not award research points nor will they unlock new investigations.
Note that you are limited to a maximum of 120 Investigation quests at any one time. Obtaining more beyond this limit will automatically delete the oldest quests. However, if there is a particular Investigation with quest parameters that you like, you can lock the quest in the Quest Counter interface to prevent it from getting deleted as a result of overcapping your investigation limit.
Anomaly Investigation Rewards
Just like with Anomaly Quests, completing Investigations, breaking parts and carving target Afflicted Monsters will award special Afflicted Materials which can be used in high-level Crafting of Weapons and Armor, as well as some Decorations. As you increase your AR and take on higher level quests, more materials become available with some of the rarest materials in the game only being obtainable through the Anomaly Investigations feature. Farming these materials is the key to the new Qurious Crafting system, which uses all Afflicted materials to futher enhance your equipment.
In addition to the farmable materials, completing Investigations will award Investigation Coins — a new currency that can be traded in at the new Anomaly Research Lab facility run by Bahari in Elgado Outpost in exchange for some of the rarest crafting materials such as Monster Mantles and Gems.
How to quickly raise your Anomaly Research Level
Leveling your AR can be a long and arduous process. However, there are some tricks you can use to rise through the ranks and take on bigger challenges.
The most important one is to always take on the highest level investigation you can for your Target Monster. The base Anomaly Research Point reward given upon completion of a quest is adjusted based on the level of the investigation. The higher the level, the higher the base points awarded. You can take this a step further if you have access to Online Multiplayer. Using the Online Quest Board, you can specify search conditions to search for quests within your level bracket. Because some quests are set at a higher level but can be taken on by players a few levels below, this is an easy way to take on quests a few levels higher than your current AR. Furthermore, this is an excellent way to take on quests for Monsters that you currently do not have investigations for.
If you are up to the challenge, taking on quests with less Time and/or Faint allotments will also add a multiplier bonus to the Research Points obtained upon completion of the quest. For example, taking on a quest that allows only two faints will multiply your points by 120%, deducted by 10% for every faint suffered. This is a great way for skilled players to maximize their point gain.
These are bounties on specific Afflicted Monsters which will multiply your Research Points at the end of the quest based on the current Bonus. There is also a condition that must be met in order for the request to count and to obtain the bonus. In the example above, successfully hunting an Afflicted Somnacanth of Investigation Lv 31 or higher will multiply the Research Point Bonus obtained by 160%.
Research Requests refresh after every few quests completed, rotating between different Monsters, conditions and bonus points awarded. This is denoted by the "Expires After" label. Requests can also be viewed at the Quest Counter.
How to obtain more Investigation Coins
Investigation Coins are a highly valuable resource that cuts back on a lot of RNG when farming for the rarest materials. However, obtaining them can take a very long time as each Investigation only awards 1 Coin at most. However, taking on Bahari's Research Requests can net you a lot of coins much faster.
At the Anomaly Research Lab or Quest Counter, you will see the Request Completion Reward card under the current Research Request card. Completing 10 of Bahari's Requests rewards 50 Investigation Coins which is by far the fastest way to earn this currency. Therefore, it is very efficient to take on these Requests constantly, both to rank up your AR faster and obtain coins.