Monster Hunter World Lag Fix – Low FPS, Stuttering, Crashing Issues

Monster Hunter World is one of the top selling games on steam currently sitting with over 80% very positive reviews. The game was released on 9 Aug 2018. The game has been developed and published by Capcom Co., Ltd. The struggles of people have started again with the new Iceborne expansion, people on Reddit are reporting lagging and stuttering issues yet again. In this article we will find out how to fix these issues.

As a hunter you have to complete quests where you have to hunt monsters, take down the monsters and complete quests to grab loot. Use that loot to create stronger weapons and armor to take down even more dangerous monsters.

Monster Hunter World Lag Fix

Below are the system requirements of the game, have a look below.

Minimum Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: WINDOWS® 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4460, 3.20GHz or AMD FX™-6300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x (VRAM 2GB)
  • Storage: 30 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 1080p/30fps when graphics settings are set to “Low”

Recommended Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: WINDOWS® 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 3770 3.4GHz or Intel® Core™ i3 8350 4GHz or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1500X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 (VRAM 3GB) or AMD Radeon™ RX 570 (VRAM 4GB)
  • Sound Card: DirectSound (DirectX® 9.0c or better)
  • Additional Notes: 1080p/30fps when graphics settings are set to “High”

The game mentions Intel i3 as the recommended processor which clearly looks like a mistake. My friend tried playing the game with max settings on his i3 and had constant troubles, he had to adjust his settings to make sure the game ran without problems.

If your PC configuration falls in line with the recommended specifications then the game should run fine. However, there can be issues at the time of launch and you might have to make a few tweaks to fix it. I have mentioned those tweaks in this article.

Change Graphic Card Settings

Below are the settings for AMD and Nvidia graphics card users, apply these settings for the best performance.

For Nvidia Users

  • Open up Nvidia’s Control Panel. Right-click on desktop > click Nvidia control panel
  • Click Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings
  • Find “Monster Hunter World”, you can manually add the game if it’s not in the list
  • Now, make the following changes:

Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
Threaded optimization: On
Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
Texture Filtering – Quality:  Performance

For AMD Users

  • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method: Multisampling
  • Morphological Filtering: Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use application settings
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: On
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Tesselation Mode: Override application settings
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

These settings should be good enough for you. Try tweaking a bit with the priority of the application, this also tends to give a little FPS boost.


Update Device Drivers

Whenever a new game makes it’s arrival, especially when it’s a AAA title, Nvidia is known for pushing their optimized updates for the best performance with their graphic cards. I am not sure about AMD because I’ve never used an AMD card. Below are the links for downloading the latest drivers.


Monster Hunter World Stuttering Fix

Another thing to check is, open up the task manager and check your memory and disk usage. Close all applications (non-windows) that are eating your memory and using disk drive. If you are still stuttering with everything looking fine then you should probably wait for the hotfix update, which should be pushed out shortly.

These problems are mostly caused due to high disk usage and can be fixed immediately by moving the game to SSD or closing apps that are using “disk”.


Disable Full-Screen Optimization & High DPI in Windows 10

Full-screen optimization and DPI settings come pre-configured with Windows 10. These are known for causing trouble with games leading to several issues. To disable:

  • Locate the game installation
  • Find the .exe file of the game
  • Right-click > Properties > Compatibility Tab
  • Tick the “Disable Full-Screen Optimizations” tab
  • Now, click the “Change high DPI settings” button
  • Tick “Override high DPI scaling behavior” and select “Application” from the drop-down menu
  • Save Settings.
Example of BF5.

Tone Down Game Settings

The general rule of thumb for every game is if you are lagging it is always recommended to tone down the settings. Play around a little with the settings, turn down shadows and textures, this should help.


Turn off Game Mode

Windows says that the Game mode helps in optimizing all-around windows processes, windows updates and other windows related stuff while running games if you have the game mode enabled. But this isn’t factually true, the game bar has been known for causing issues related to FPS. So it’s better to turn it off if you are not using it.

  • Click Start > Settings > Gaming
  • On the Game Bar, set “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar” to off.
  • Now head to the Captures tab set the “Record the background while I’m playing a game” to Off.
  • Lastly, click on the Game Mode tab, and turn it off.

P.S. Nvidia’s Shadowplay is better for capturing game clips.


Update Windows

The recent couple updates were weird and broke a lot of games, to fix those issues, Windows has already pushed out hotfixes and you can download them right away. If you are running an older version of Windows, I’d recommend you to download the updated version.

There was also an update that caused windows to use up a lot of RAM for its search bar’s function called Cortana. This also has been fixed, you just have to update.


Disable Discord in-game overlay

If you are using Discord like me, then I’d recommend you to change a few things. One such thing is, discord overlay, it’s not really something you need at all times. I use a two-monitor setup, so the overlay is useless for me. It is known for causing FPS related issues.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Discord

  • Open Discord
  • Click on User Settings > Appearance
  • Click on the Hardware Acceleration radio, this will turn it off.

Disable Discord in-game Overlay

  • Open Discord
  • Go to Overlay under App Settings
  • Click on the radio next to “Enable in-game overlay”, this will turn it off.

Increase Game Priority

This is an old-school method of boosting FPS in certain games, this only affects the CPU relying Games.

  • Press CTLR + Shift + ESC to open task manager
  • Find Monster Hunter World and right-click > go to details
  • Now right-click on the process’s .exe file and set priority to “high”.

This will prioritize your game over other windows applications and provide you with a little boost.


Monster Hunter World Crashing

For me the culprit was my overclocked GPU, I went ahead and disabled MSI Afterburner, changed all the settings to stock and my game went running smoothly.

If you are still lagging then I’ll advise you to check Task Manager for any applications that might be conflicting with the game. You can also turn off your antivirus while playing the game. There can be multiple reasons why the game might be lagging for you, after applying all the optimizations given above, the performance should be better.


Fix Freezing Issues in Game

To Fix Freezing in Monster Hunter World: You can start off with limiting CPU usage of the game. This can be done using a software called Process Lasso. After limiting the CPU usage my freezing issue was gone.


Fix Monster Hunter World High CPU Usage – 100%

While playing the mission I noticed that I was stuttering a lot. I went ahead and opened the task manager and found out that my CPU usage was 100% whereas the GPU usage was only 52%.

There are multiple sites and forums where this issue has been reported but no one has actually posted any working fix yet. Let’s find out if there is any way to fix this.

I am not sure what the culprit is, after tweaking around a bit. I found a workaround for this. What you can do is, change Monster Hunter World to run in Windowed mode. This increased my GPU usage and the CPU usage dropped. After this, all the stuttering stopped.


Do comment below if these helped you out. Make sure any hardware tinkering software is turned off while you are trying to play the game.

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