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Every region in the endgame area of Iceborne, the Guiding Lands, has its own level, which can be increased or lowered by hunting specific monsters. At higher levels, stronger monsters appear, but the total level of all regions is capped, making it only possible to bring three areas to level 7, one to level 5, and two to level 1.

Is it known, however, that hunting large numbers of monsters in the Guiding Lands can slowly increase the total level cap, making it possible - in theory - to raise every area to level 7. Beyond this fact, there is much confusion and conflicting information about what exactly is needed to raise the level cap, so I am looking for answers to three strictly related questions, preferably with reliable sources.

  1. Some people claim only tier 3 tempered monsters count towards raising the level cap. Can any large monster raise the level cap? If not, which monsters count? In either case, are some monsters worth more than others?
  2. Does your Guiding Lands need to be unlocked in order to increase the level cap, or can I lock the levels so as to not lose the chance of spawning tier 3 tempered monsters?
  3. Does hunting large monsters in other hunters' Guiding Lands count towards raising the cap of your own Guiding Lands? It is possible to affect your own region levels by joining someone else's Guiding Lands, so it would make sense for the level cap to be affected in a similar way.

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I think this reddit thread answers all three questions.

To your first question:

Just as a heads up, it doesn't have to be T3 monsters, only the lvl of the region matters (so a Great Girros lured to Rotten Lvl7 is worth as much as a Tempered Vaal Hazak).

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The game just gives you lvl of region x3 as exp towards raising the cap, so the only thing that matters to make the process as fast as possible is to hunt monsters in lvl7 regions. In theory, you could do it exclusively with lvl1 regions, but it would take 7 times as long as hunting in lvl7 regions.

To your second question:

After levelling everything up, and switching maxed regions, etc. I settled on Volc/Coral/Tundra at 7, Wild at 4, Forest/Rotten 1 and locked it for awhile I read about how the level cap very slowwwly raises, so after awhile I unlocked the levels and lured some monsters to Wildspire (at 4) to see if I could raise it. TO my surprise, I was able to get it up to 7!

To your third question:

It works just like when you level the area itself, which you can raise by joining someone else's grinding lands. This one comes from my own experience.


The thread contains far more info than the scope of this question, so for more infos, read the comments on reddit.

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