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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Pukei-Pukei Guide

This is a hunting guide for Pukei-Pukei, a Large Monster in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) and the Sunbreak DLC. Read on to learn Pukei-Pukei's weaknesses, forgeable weapons and armor, drops, and attack patterns for Master Rank!

Pukei-Pukei Guide
Weapons IconPukei-Pukei Weapons Armor IconPukei-Pukei Armor

Pukei-Pukei Weakness and Notes

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Pukei-Pukei Returning Monster
Type Bird Wyvern Previous Games MHW, MHWI
Threat Level 4/10 Rampage Type MH Rise - Targeter Rampage TypeTargeter
Major Weakness Other Weakness
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
A bird wyvern known to store toxins within its body. It uses is tongue like a whip and can stretch or shrink it at will, allowing it to grab up food. As a defense against threats, Pukei-Pukei have numerous toxic attacks. Keep an eye on both its mouth and tail.

How to Unlock Pukei-Pukei

Complete Scarlet Tengu in Shrine Ruins in Master Rank

MH RIse Sunbreak - Poison Drops in the Sand

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
Poison Drops in the Sand (Key Quest)
Pukei-Pukei Image Pukei-Pukei
Unlock Conditions:
Finish the Quest "Scarlet Tengu in the Shrine Ruins"

Master Rank Pukei-Pukei is unlocked after completing the M★2 Urgent Quest Scarlet Tengu in the Shrine Ruins and reaching MR 2 in the Sunbreak expansion.

MR Grinding Guide:
How to Get from MR 6 to MR 100 Fast

Complete The Restless Swamp in High Rank

MH RIse Sunbreak - Go Away, Pukei!

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
Go Away, Pukei!
(Key Quest)
Pukei-Pukei Image Pukei-Pukei
Unlock Conditions:
Finish the Quest "The Restless Swamp"

High Rank Pukei-Pukei is unlocked after finishing the Urgent Quest The Restless Swamp and reaching HR 5.

Hunter Rank Farm Guide:
How to Get from HR 7 to HR 100 Fast

Complete Dead Ringer in Low Rank

MH RIse Sunbreak - Way of the Pukei

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
Way of the Pukei
(Key Quest)
Pukei-Pukei Image Pukei-Pukei
Unlock Conditions:
Finish the Quest "Dead Ringer"

Low Rank Pukei-Pukei is unlocked after finishing the ★2 Hub Quest Dead Ringer.

Pukei-Pukei Weakness and Resistance

MH Rise - Slash Damage MH Rise - Blunt Damage MH Rise - Bullet Damage MH Rise - Fire Damage
56 54 49 8
MH Rise - Water Damage MH Rise - Thunder Damage MH Rise - Ice Damage MH Rise - Dragon Damage
0 23 13 6

Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.

Pukei-Pukei Weapon Damage Breakdown

Part Sever Symbol (MH Rise).png Blunt Symbol (MH Rise).png Ammo Symbol (MH Rise).png
Head 75 80 70
Tongue 95 90 85
Neck 40 35 30
Torso 35 35 30
Wing 50 45 40
Leg 45 45 40
Tail 55 50 45
Overall 56 54 49

Pukei-Pukei Elemental Weakness Breakdown

Part Fire Symbol (MH Rise).png Water Symbol (MH Rise).png Thunder Element (MH Rise).png Ice Element (MH Rise).png Dragon Element (MH Rise).png
Head 15 0 30 20 10
Tongue 15 0 30 20 10
Neck 5 0 20 10 5
Torso 0 0 15 5 5
Wing 10 0 25 15 5
Leg 0 0 15 5 0
Tail 10 0 25 15 5
Overall 8 0 23 13 6

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Pukei-Pukei Hunting Tips

MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Tongue Whip

The regurgitation of a Pukei-Pukei varies depending on what it has eaten; it may spread wider, linger on the ground, or even stun prey more easily. Check, therefore, that the monster's mouth and tail aren't swollen prior to engaging.

Status Effect Vulnerabilities

Poison Stun Paralysis Sleep
-- ★★★ ★★★
Blast Exhaust Fireblight Waterblight
Thunderblight Iceblight

If an ailment has more stars it means that it has better effectiveness.

Item Vulnerabilities

Pitfall Trap Shock Trap Flash Bomb
Sonic Bomb Meat Effects Dung Bomb

◯ = Vulnerable; ✕ = Fully Resistant; ▲ = Situational

Kinsect Extracts

Monster Part Extract
Head Red Extract
Tongue Red Extract
Neck Red Extract
Torso Orange Extract
Wing White Extract
Leg Orange Extract
Tail Orange Extract

Red = Attack Increase, White = Movement Boost, Orange = Anti-knockback When Attacking

Kinsect Extract Guide

Pukei-Pukei Locations and Quests

Pukei-Pukei Known Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Shrine Ruins.pngShrine Ruins 3 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 12 3
Sandy Plains.pngSandy Plains 6 2 / 3 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 11 4
Flooded Forest.pngFlooded Forest 2 / 10 1 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 11

Pukei-Pukei Quest Appearances

Master Rank
High Rank
Low Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Anomaly Quest A★3 Anomaly Research: Pukei-Pukei
Hub Quest M★2 Poison Drops in the Sand
(Key Quest)
Hub Quest M★3 Studying Starvation Effects
Event Quest M★5 Fear in the Flooded Forest
Follower Quest M★5 Front Row Seat
Support Survey M★5 Dangers in the Dark Desert
Support Survey M★5 Operation Sandy Plains
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Event Quest ★5 Soaring Desire
Hub Quest ★5 Honing Your Hammer
Hub Quest ★5 Go Away, Pukei!
(Key Quest)
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Hub Quest ★2 Way of the Pukei
(Key Quest)
Village Quest ★4 A Poisonous Project

How to Beat Pukei-Pukei

Pukei-Pukei Tips
Check IconApproach from the Sides

Check IconCapitalize on Openings

Check IconPack Antidotes for Poison

Approach from the Sides

MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Hide to the Side

With its head and tail being the main sources of poison, approaching Pukei-Pukei from the sides is the safest way to close in. Add to this, most of Pukei-Pukei's attacks go in one direction and its moves are mainly predictable.

Capitalize on Openings

MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Showing Off

Pukei-Pukei's head is usually low to the ground, and coupled with its long attack animations makes it an easy target. Hunters should seek to take advantage of Pukei-Pukei's long attack animations to get in as many headshots as possible, especially from hunters using blunt weapons.

Pack Antidotes for Poison

MH Rise - Drinking Antidotes to Stop the Poison

A majority of the Pukei-Pukei's attacks have the poison element, which is why packing Antidotes or Herbal Medicine is crucial when battling the Pukei-Pukei. Wearing equipment with Poison Resistance can also help.

Pukei-Pukei Master Rank Attack Patterns

In addition to its attacks in Low and High Rank quests, Pukei-Pukei uses the following attacks in Master Rank.

Name Description
Tongue Lash Pukei-Pukei whips its tongue horizontally and vertically.
Improved Tail Spray Regular tail spray attacks are executed faster and snappier.
Poison Cloud Spray Pukei-Pukei sprays poison from its mouth, spreading the cloud in a cone pattern.
Pukei Frenzy Pukei-Pukei combines its moves, using its body and poison attacks to drive away hunters.
Poison Glob Barrage Pukei-Pukei mixes up its frantic movements and spits up several poison globs around it.

Tongue Lash

Tongue Lash Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Pukei-Pukei Tongue Lash
Tongue Lash: Pukei-Pukei lunges forward and lashes its tongue sideways then upwards.

This attack can be dodged easily when you are closely observing Pukei-Pukei. If it leans back, move away from its path.

Improved Tail Spray

Improved Tail Spray Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Improved Tail Spray
Improved Tail Spray: Pukei-Pukei's tail spray attacks are executed faster when hunting it in Master Rank. When its tail is bloated, try distancing yourself away from the end of it and stay near the monster's head as you may have difficulty dodging this quick move.

Poison Cloud Spray

Poison Cloud Spray Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Pukei-Pukei Poison Cloud Spray
Poison Cloud Spray: Pukei-Pukei releases a poison cloud from its mouth and spreads it in a cone in front of it. The cloud lingers at the ground for a few seconds, so it is advised to stay clear of Pukei-Pukei until it disappears.

Pukei Frenzy

Pukei Frenzy Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Pukei Frenzy
Pukei Frenzy: Pukei-Pukei launches a string of attacks, starting with its dash attack and followed by an onslaught of Poison Globs and Poison Cloud Spray.

As it will run around all over the place during this combo, it is best to stay clear from it until it is done.

Poison Glob Barrage

Poison Glob Barrage Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Poison Glob Barrage
Poison Glob Barrage: When enraged, Pukei-Pukei charges at hunters and hurls multiple poison globs around it. Distance yourself away from Pukei-Pukei until the whole attack pattern is done to be safe from its poison barrage.

Pukei-Pukei General Attack Patterns

Pukei-Pukei uses the following attacks in Low and High Rank quests.

Name Description
Tongue Whip Uses its tongue to attack, charging at you and whipping its tongue out.
Running Body Slam Assume a bipedal position then rush into its target.
Flying Kicks Flaps its wings, lifting itself off the ground for a short time while kicking both feet forward.
Tail Spin Spins arouns and uses its tail like a whip, knocking down any hunters hit with the move.
Poison Spit A ranged attack that lets it spit a ball of poison to its target.
Poison Tail Spray It will spray a thick cloud of poison gas in an arc motion behind it.

Tongue Whip

Tongue Whip Attack Information
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Tongue Whipping a Hunter
Tongue Whip: Pukei-Pukei uses its tongue to attack, charging at you and whipping its tongue out at a 180-degree angle. You can easily dodge this attack by dodging away or moving sideways.

This attack has many variations including a straight tongue shot or a running tongue sweep. Hunters should dodge accordingly.

Running Body Slam

Running Body Slam Attack Information
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Rushing a Hunter
Running Body Slam: Although usually on all fours, with this attack Pukei-Pukei will assume a bipedal position, arm-wings raised in the air. It will then proceed to slam its body to the nearest hunter it sees, dealing damage and knocking them off their feet.

Dodging this attack is fairly easy when on its own, but is oftentimes paired with the Tongue Whip which knocks you down already. While on the ground and hit with the Running Body Slam, you will get stunned which will leave you open for attacks.

Flying Kicks

Flying Kicks Attack Information
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Flying Kicks
Flying Kicks: Pukei-Pukei will do an attack similar to an angry rooster. It will flap its wings, lifting itself off the ground for a short time while kicking both feet forward. While in flight, it will then first attack forward but will eventually zero in on the hunter's position, dipping low enough to almost hit the ground.

Tail Spin

Tail Spin Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Pukei Tail Spin
Tail Swipe: Pukei-Pukei swings its tail around to knock down hunters near it. This attack can be executed twice in a row.

Poison Spit

Pukei-Pukei can use ranged poison spit attacks, and has several variations of this move.

Poison Spit Variations
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Poison Spit
Poison Glob: Pukei-Pukei will arch its head backward for a bit and then spit a poison glob to where you are standing. Dodging this is easy since if it pops, it won't deal AOE damage and is strictly pinpoint so standing next to the pop won't harm you.
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Poison Cloud
Poison Cloud: When you see it crouched on the ground eating or flying up and eating, it's probably storing berries in its mouth to coat poison with. It will then use the poison-coated berries as ammunition to spit poison at you. This time it is different as this glob of poison lands, it creates a poisonous cloud in its wake, upping the chance of getting poisoned.
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Combo
Wing Flap and Poison Spit Combo: A dangerous combo from the Pukei-Pukei as it will lock you inside its wings then spit poison on top of you, ensuring you cannot escape its attack. It then retreats to a safe distance, possibly rearing up for a tongue-whip.
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Enraged Tri Spit
Enraged Tri Spit: When enraged it will spit poison three times to the left, right, and center or it will fire 3 globs of poison all at once.

Poison Tail Spray

Pukei-Pukei's signature attack. Once its tail is inflated it will spray a thick cloud of poison gas in an arc behind it. This can be easily dodged by hunters standing just under it near its feet. This is also a window for head strikes for any hunters in front of Pukei-Pukei.

Poison Tail Spray Variations
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Tail Poison
Controlled Tail Spray: Pukei-Pukei sprays poison from its tail which only reaches a small area.
MH Rise - Pukei-Pukei Enraged Tail Spray
Enraged Tail Spray: When enraged, it can point its tail down and fire a wild blast of poison gas in random directions. Hunters standing at Pukei-Pukei's back is more likely to be hit by this attack due to its quick and random directions.

Pukei-Pukei Materials and Drops

Master Rank Pukei-Pukei Materials

Broken Parts
Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Lash 80% (Tail)
Pukei-Pukei Shard 42% (Body)
Afflicted Scale+ 40% (Anomaly Investigations)
Afflicted Shard 40% (Anomaly Investigations)
Afflicted Scale 40% (Anomaly Quests)
Pukei-Pukei Cortex 32% (Body), 16% (Tail)
Large Pukei-Pukei Sac 16% (Body)
Pukei-Pukei Fellwing 10% (Body)
Fey Wyvern Gem 4% (Body)
Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Cortex 80% (Back)
Pukei-Pukei Fellwing 80% (Wing)
Large Pukei-Pukei Sac 75% (Head)
Afflicted Shard 40% (Anomaly Investigations)
Afflicted Scale+ 40% (Anomaly Investigations)
Afflicted Scale 40% (Anomaly Quests)
Pukei-Pukei Shard 22% (Head), 20% (Back), 20% (Wing)
Fey Wyvern Gem 3% (Head)

High Rank Pukei-Pukei Materials

Broken Parts
Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Tail 70% (Tail)
Pukei-Pukei Scale+ 42% (Body)
Pukei-Pukei Carapace 32% (Body), 26% (Tail)
Pukei-Pukei Sac+ 16% (Body)
Pukei-Pukei Wing 10% (Body)
Bird Wyvern Gem 4% (Tail)
Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Carapace 80% (Back)
Pukei-Pukei Wing 80% (Wing)
Pukei-Pukei Sac+ 75% (Head)
Pukei-Pukei Scale+ 22% (Head x2), 20% (Back), 20% (Wing)
Bird Wyvern Gem 3% (Head)

Low Rank Pukei-Pukei Materials

Broken Parts
Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Shell 80% (Back)
Pukei-Pukei Quill 80% (Wing)
Pukei-Pukei Sac 75% (Head)
Pukei-Pukei Scale 25% (Head x2), 20% (Back), 20% (Wing)

Pukei-Pukei Dropped Materials

Master Rank
High Rank
Low Rank
Material Drop Rate
Large Wyvern Tear 35%
Pukei-Pukei Shard 34%, 60%
Pukei-Pukei Cortex 15%, 40%
Wyvern Tear 15%
Fey Wyvern Gem 1%
Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Scale+ 34%, 60%
Wyvern Tear 25%
Large Wyvern Tear 25%
Pukei-Pukei Carapace 15%, 40%
Bird Wyvern Gem 1%
Material Drop Rate
Wyvern Tear 50%
Pukei-Pukei Scale 35%, 60%
Pukei-Pukei Shell 15%, 40%

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