Monster Hunter Online Guide: How to Make Your First Set of Armor and Weapon
At level 9 you can receive the quest [支] 套装控 初阶防具, and you can choose to craft one of the 4 different sets to complete this quest: 大野猪王 (Bulldrom's Set), 蓝速龙王 (Velocidrome's set), 河狸兽 (Caeserber's Set), and 大怪鸟 (Yian Kut-Ku's Set).
Now you have decided which set to craft, go to the blacksmith NPC "雷欧" to see what materials are required to make that set. You can click a particular piece of armor to see the required materials (see the picture below).
You can see there are actually quite a lot of armors the blacksmith can make as long as you bring him necessary materials. Noting that the key materials can only be obtained through monster drops while others can be purchased from auction house or other players. Monster drops random materials (it could be used to make helmet this time and to make belt the next time).
You just have to hunt the particular monster. We suggest you go hunting in group and choose the hard mode (see the picture below). In a group you have better chance to get better hunting score (if you got a 100 score you get more rewards).
You can also make weapon with the right materials at the blacksmith's. Here's the tricky part, after you craft a weapon, don't forget to upgrade it. The upgrade is called "派生" in this game. Still talk to the same NPC and choose "派生" and you'll see what materials are needed. This system is pretty much similar to Blade & Soul's weapon upgrade, which allows you to enhance a basic weapon to an epic one.
Hope this guide can help you get your first armor set as soon as possible. If you've already got your own, congratulations. Below is a video shows the best armor sets and weapons you can get from the game currently.