Monster Hunter: World launched on PlayStation and Xbox One back in January 2018, is noted as the ‘best selling game in Capcom history’ and had received a free content update on April 19th called the ‘Siege of Kulve Taroth’ a timed event similar to Monster Hunter Tri’s ‘Jhen Mohran’, where the hunt (or siege in this case) is only available for a limited time before going on rotation.
There are a number of differences that make Kulve Taroth separate to the Jhen Mohran. The first of which is the inclusion of custom weapons in its drops, rather than just parts of the monster for crafting. These weapons are essentially golden reskins of previous weapons, however, they can include some of the best stats to date, whether it’s an outstanding damage stat or an exceptionally high elemental damage rating, the weapons dropped from Kulve Taroth are a fantastic find.
The second difference is the inclusion of a biome exclusive to this monster, whereas Jhen Mohran only had a sprawling desert with the player being able to climb on the monsters back and fire at it from their not-water-ship, Kulve Taroth has a small collection of interconnected caves that form each stage of the fight (A, B & C). The biome for Kulve Taroth is called the ‘Caves of El Dorado’ which, given that Kulve Taroth and its place of dwelling are both coated in gold, would be a reference to the Spanish myth of El Dorado (if the name alone wasn’t telling enough).
Kulve Taroth also has her own theme to go with the new area, which feels very adventurous itself, if not for what I feel is an almost Castlevania-styled organ segment in the music and feels quite grand to listen to.
Easily the biggest difference between Kulve Taroth’s event and the Jhen Mohran is the fact that this hunt can be played by four full teams of hunters (sixteen players in total) however, each Team is in their own instance of the hunt, despite this, however, each team can impact the other three teams hunt for Kulve Taroth. Team A might break pieces of Kulve Taroth’s gold coated tail and it would break for the other three teams, but, Team A would receive more rewards than the others as they were the squad who broke the tail.
Alongside the extra hunt, the Siege of Kulve Taroth also brings players a new set of armour with a distinct Kulve Taroth-look, as well as giving players the chance to earn two sets of ‘layered’ armour (essentially cosmetic armour that only affects appearance). There, of course, is armour for your palicoe assistant, too.
You can unlock the Kulve Taroth hunt by going to the Ancient Forest and finding golden flakes on the ground in the first area adjacent to the first Hunters Camp, after collecting these flakes and returning to Agartha, you will be greeted by The Admiral. The Admiral will then call a group meeting, everyone will say their part and then you will be able to undergo the hunt for Kulve Taroth.
Kulve Taroth’s hunt is a little different to your typical Monster Hunter objective, as your primary goal is to break her horns. The hunting teams also have secondary objectives such as ‘releasing’ Kulve Taroth by breaking the golden coat she has, these bonus objectives greatly increase Reward and Research XP, however (in the case of ‘releasing’ Kulve Taroth) will allow her to make faster maneuvers and attack quicker than when she’s encased in her golden gown of elegance. If the hunting team manages to deal enough damage to Kulve Taroth without breaking her horns, she will begin to retreat from the area.
Each time you successfully repel Kulve Taroth without destroying her horns, you will be granted extra time for your next hunt against her, however failing isn’t necessarily a bad thing for this event, as each run will grant you more Reward Level XP. If you max out your Reward Level XP you will pretty much have a full page of inventory space in rewards, so it’s worth putting the time in for those higher-rarity weapons and rewards.
So what is My Take On: The Siege of Kulve Taroth?
While the hunt itself can be both a time consuming and repetitive task, it’s a fun hunt nonetheless – especially if you’re part of a large squad, as it’s a hunt which actively includes more than one squad. The rewards can sometimes feel a bit lacklustre when you start your first-two hunts for Kulve Taroth, however, if you manage to max out your research & reward levels for Kulve Taroth you will find yourself drowning in golden goodies.