When hitting different parts of a monster, the damage numbers show up in either grey or orange. What is the difference?

From a first look, it seems like the orange numbers indicate a monster's weakspots. If so, what hitzone value is required for orange numbers?

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Yellow/orange damage numbers indicate that you are hitting a Monster's weak-point and white/grey numbers are anywhere that is not a weak-point.

A Monster's weak-points are detailed in the Hunter's Guide Monster Manual once you reach level 1 research for that Monster. Here is the Monster Manual page for the Great Jagras. The 3 icons (slashing, blunt, and ranged) indicate the type of damage that weak-point is weak too, more stars equals more damage.

There are also indicators for affinity (positive and negative crits), which are small yellow stars on damage numbers for positive affinity and blue stars for negative affinity.

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    But what's the hitzone threshold? Jan 30, 2018 at 16:35
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    @DanmakuGrazer hitzone thresholds (server/stagger) aren't currently known. You can check sites like mhworld.kiranico.com that will eventually get updated to include these once they are figured out. For Monsters that were in previous games looking at old values will probably give a good indication of MHW's values. Weak-points have always been a thing, we can just see the actual damage values now. The only difference between yellow/white damage is yellow damage lets you know you are hitting a weak-point.
    – Brytice
    Jan 30, 2018 at 17:48
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    "I don't know" is not an acceptable answer. Jan 30, 2018 at 18:33

You're right in your assumption that orange and yellow numbers show up when you hit a monster's weak points. These are nice visual indicator of whether or not the positioning of your attacks is right - if you're seeing grey numbers, aim somewhere else.

I'm not sure exactly what the bounds are for the hitzones however - more research is probably necessary for the community to figure out what the 'translation' is from hitzone to damage colours.

  • I can't consider this a valid answer without information about the hitzone. Dec 11, 2017 at 11:57
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    If you open the monster manual in the game it shows hitzones and weakspots of monsters you have enough research of. @DanmakuGrazer
    – Rapitor
    Jan 27, 2018 at 15:07
  • @Rapitor Those are not the only hitzones that show orange numbers, see my answer. Jan 14, 2019 at 10:54

Orange numbers do not necessarily mean weakspots

The colour of damage numbers actually depends on both weapon sharpness and hitzone value of the part being hit, not just the latter.
For ranged weapons, which do not use sharpness, orange numbers appear when hitting hitzones of at least 45.
For melee weapons, sharpness makes it possible to see orange numbers on hitzones of at least 40. These hitzones are not shown as 3* weaknesses in the monster guide, and do not trigger Weakness Exploit. This is easy to see in the training area, on the small, white barrels.

The colour of damage numbers is also not affected by the elemental hitzone of the part being hit, except in the case of fully elemental attacks like the Charge Blade's element phials.

  • Regarding fixed damages which are unaffected by hitzones, explosions (blast, Gunlance, cluster, sticky) seem to be orange, while ailments (poison) seem to be yellow. I doubt whether true elemental attacks (Power Element CB) yield white numbers at all when the hitzone is non-zero, though...... Jan 1, 2020 at 17:28

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