In Monster Hunter World you can capture Monsters instead of slaying them. By capturing a monster it will stay alive and you earn more rewards (item drops) from it. Plus there’s a silver trophy “Capture Pro” for having captured 50 monsters.
Capturing a monster requires you to:
- Weaken the monster until it starts to limp and retreats to its nest
- Trap the Monsters (using Shock Trap, Pitfall Trap)
- Use a tranquilizer (Tranq Bombs, Tranq Ammo) to capture the monster alive
Be sure to bring the traps and tranquilizer you’ll need with you. You’ll find them in your item box or the supply box. Traps and tranquilizers can be crafted, or bought from the Provisions Stockpile in Astera.
You must significantly weaken a monster before you can capture it with tranquilizers. Once a monster’s health is low enough for tranquilizers to be effective, it will begin to limp. That’s your cue to stop attacking and ready your traps. Be careful not to deal too much more damage to the monster.
Limping monsters will attempt to flee to their nest in order to recover their health. Select a trap, such as a shock trap, from the item list and place it in the monster’s path with / . Once you’ve successfully snared a monster in your Trap, select a tranq bomb from the item list and press / to throw it at your target so it hits the monster’s face. Once the monster is asleep, you’ve captured it!
You can also use tranq ammo when you’re using a ranged weapon. Capturing a monster will also fulfill completion requirements for “hunt” quests. While you’ll be unable to carve items from your target, you’ll gain different rewards from the quest result screen than if you’d slayed it.