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Monster Ph.D.

Research everything about almost every monster.

Monster Ph.D.-0.2
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Update 17/2/2019: Now only the original launch day monsters are required for this. The newly added monsters including and after Deviljho are not needed.


The description is misleading. Actually you need to research EVERY large monster. Because those hunters in the game can't do full research on Zorah Magdaros and Xeno'Jiiva, that's why the description says "almost".

Talk to Chief Ecologist, an old guy sitting in books, directly to your left every time you enter HQ, to update your research progress. You can also check progress from him or from your hunter's notes. This achievement will come in naturally if you managed to go for the crowns.

If you want to focus on this one, forge and equip a Hunter's Headgear α. The Scholar skill on it makes progress increase significantly faster.
You gain research progress by touching a monster's footprints that gives you 10 pts, and other bigger marks like scratches, mucus, feathers..etc, gives you 20 pts. Break a monster's part gives you 20~30 pts, 50 pts for kill and 90 for capture.

The cute part is, as mentioned above, you get only 50 or 90 from fighting, but you can get way much more pts by touching all marks. So if you want to do this quickly, the fastest way is wear the Ghillie Mantle and just tail behind a monster, walk around, touch everything it lefts. It doesn't matter you kill it or not. It's possible to gain full research of a monster without killing one.

Two of them may take some time. Tzitzi-Ya-Ku seems need double or triple pts than other monsters to fully research. Another one is Kushala Daora, it barely moves so its footprints and markers are pretty rare. I'd suggest use slingshot to lure him move around before kill him.

Edit: Talk to Chief Ecologist to check your progress. Some monsters have 6 levels (6 stars) and some have 4 levels (4 stars) to full fill. You need to fully get them.

After you update all monster research level from/to Chief Ecologist, the achievement pops.
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GameGod03 What level is required for each monster to be fully researched? For example, my great jagras are at level 6. Is level 10 the max research level for each specific monster?
Posted by GameGod03 on 16 Feb 18 at 06:11
Taipei Kindom Look at the stars. Monsters available in low rank have 6 stars (means level 6) to full fill and high-rank-only have 4 stars.
Posted by Taipei Kindom on 16 Feb 18 at 16:14
iN5iDiOU5 iRi5H I'm pretty sure low rank monsters only have three stars and once you reach high rank they have six stars (they add another three stars to each monster once high rank is reached). So getting every monster up to six stars nets you the achievement?
Posted by iN5iDiOU5 iRi5H on 18 Feb 18 at 15:17
Taipei Kindom Yes six stars. Since there are high rank only monsters, things happen in low rank are not considered.
Posted by Taipei Kindom on 19 Feb 18 at 05:47
DramaticSAnTA Do you just need the stars, or the scout fly level too?
Posted by DramaticSAnTA on 20 Feb 18 at 22:44
Taipei Kindom Scout fly doesn't matter.
Posted by Taipei Kindom on 21 Feb 18 at 16:37
Primm x lavasioth is the worst thing in the game
Posted by Primm x on 21 Feb 18 at 18:10
AttitudePark Bloody Great Girros, such an easy kill but whatever reason his points go up stupidly slow
Posted by AttitudePark on 23 Feb 18 at 00:20
Zombie NuuNuu If anyone is still having trouble unlocking this, it actually means every one that is in the game at launch not including the dlc ones that are being released. At least that is when it unlocked for me and according to trophy guides that is what you have to do. All large to full star. Scoutfly does not matter.
Posted by Zombie NuuNuu on 19 Mar 18 at 21:35
Fuzzmeister J Looks like Deviljho is needed for the achievement now. Not sure if he changes the requirements for crowns, but it looks like it will.
Posted by Fuzzmeister J on 22 Mar 18 at 12:14
romanodog Yea, Deviljho must be required now or my achievement is bugged because I finished researching all monsters yesterday after the Deviljho patch and no achievement popped.

EDIT: Confirmed that you need Deviljho for this achievement now. I fully researched it today and my achievement unlocked.
Posted by romanodog on 22 Mar 18 at 20:48
OverlordBrandon Fully researched every monster but Deviljho and it didn't pop.
Fully researched Deviljho and it still didn't unlock even after talking to the researcher. When did this pop for you guys? At the end of the mission or after talking to the researcher?

Edit: There was a patch and Monster PH.D. is working for me now.
Posted by OverlordBrandon on 04 Apr 18 at 19:38
Fooga To add, you also need to max out Kulve Taroth now. Since he’s a limited time hunt, I’m not sure how that’ll effect the achievement. I’d try to max him asap for those who don’t have the achievement yet.
Posted by Fooga on 20 Apr 18 at 05:06
IgneousBadger Confirmed that you need Kulve Taroth, for the moment. Popped after I reached level 4. Pretty easy to research, try to find a busy online session and then join or start the mission from the gathering hub.
Posted by IgneousBadger on 21 Apr 18 at 00:00
Hexa Fox There was a bunch of patches recently, and we can only hope that they will not add other monsters (like Deviljho) to the crown achievement.
Posted by Hexa Fox on 24 Apr 18 at 18:56
EroDaminous Kulve Taroth is needed, so we have to wait until he is available again, I've maxed every monster except this one and no achievement
Posted by EroDaminous on 05 May 18 at 17:21
UraMallas Same. I just maxed all available monsters except Kulve Taroth and it did not pop. Gonna have to wait until he comes back around.
Posted by UraMallas on 05 May 18 at 23:10
cooper101183 lunaastra is now needed
Posted by cooper101183 on 01 Jun 18 at 11:23
Zalexzy Newest patch notes say that only original monsters are now needed for this.

Edit: Got it. I have everything researched except Lunastra.
Posted by Zalexzy on 02 Jun 18 at 12:49
ClownTastic Can anyone confirm whether or not Behemoth is also required for this now?
Posted by ClownTastic on 27 Jan 19 at 03:10
Dizzy Domes I can confirm only the original set of monsters are required as of today. I just popped the achievement, and I haven't fully researched 5 monsters. Lunastra, Kulve Taroth, Behemoth, Leshen, and Ancient Leshen. I had already completed Deviljho, but I assume it's not needed as well.
Posted by Dizzy Domes on 16 Feb 19 at 10:18
Gdinut Is there a list of which monsters are required? i already completed all the monsters above deviljho and this has still not unlocked.
Posted by Gdinut on 24 Apr 19 at 16:34
elquietone I can confirm as of today and before the new frozen expansion drops, that everything excluding lunastra and lichen are needed.. All monster below deviljho are now part of the achievement. I figured I'd try to get this one out of the way today (Sat Aug 31 2019) before the new dlc drops in case it causes the list count to increase.

Before Starting I was missing 4 monsters from being max stars.. Lavaloft and Vaal Hazak (both of which are below Deviljho), Lunastra and Leshen.. I got Lavaloft to max went to book guy and no achievement so I went onto Vaal Hazak and sure enough after maxing him and talking to the book guy the achievement unlocked.. Currently the only 2 I do not have maxed are Lunastra and Leshen. Kulve, Xeno and Zorah are also all maxed So I can't confirm nor deny they are needed, as few say no while others say yes.. Since mine are maxed I will say "yes".

Anyone missing any monsters you have a week to get it done before the new DLC updates the monsters list and possibly this achievement.
Posted by elquietone on 31 Aug 19 at 17:32
DcupsOfJustice This seems to do whatever it wants. I had to do Nergigante for the achievement. Already had Deviljho done and a couple below them both. So, I had everything from the top to Nergigante complete and go the achievement and got it when I spoke to the Ecological Researcher.
Item of note: had Kushala Daora, Teostra, Vaal Hazak, and Xeno'jiiva done as well.
Posted by DcupsOfJustice on 05 Oct 19 at 19:17