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Pukei-Pukei Guide

This is a hunting guide for Pukei-Pukei, a returning monster in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn how to beat Pukei-Pukei, its weaknesses, attack patterns, drops, and more!

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Pukei-Pukei Hunter Notes

Pukei-Pukei Returning Monster.png
Type Bird Wyvern Previous Games MHW, MHWI
Threat Level 4/10 Rampage Type Targeter
Major Weakness Thunder Other Weakness(es) Ice
Blight / Elemental Damage None Abnormal Status Poison
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.

Known Habitat

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

Pukei-Pukei Weaknesses and Vulnerabilities

Monster Physiology

Damage Type Weaknesses

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

Elemental Weaknesses

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.

Hunting Tips

・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
0 1★ 3★ 3★ 2★
Exhaust Fireblight Waterblight Thunderblight Iceblight
1★ 1★ 1★ 2★ 1★

The more stars, the more advantageous it will be for the player.

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

Pukei-Pukei Attack Patterns

Tongue Whip

Tongue Whip.gif

The 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. Hunter's should dodge accordingly.

Running Body Slam

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Although usually on all fours, with this attack the 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

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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.

Poison Spit

poison Spit.gif

The Pukei-Pukei can use ranged poison spit attacks against you. It 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.


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.

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.

Enraged 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

Tail Poison.gif

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.

Enraged Tail Spray

When enraged, it can point its tail down and fire a wild blast of poison gas in random directions. Hunter's standing at Pukei-Pukei's back is more likely to be hit by this attack due to its quick and random directions.

How to Beat Pukei-Pukei

Approach from the Sides


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


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.

Pukei-Pukei Materials and Drops

Low Rank

Target Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Shell 27%
Pukei-Pukei Scale 20%
Pukei-Pukei Sac 14%
Pukei-Pukei Quill 11%
Poison Sac 11%
Monster Bone L 10%
Pukei-Pukei Tail 7%

Capture Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Shell 31%
Pukei-Pukei Sac 22%
Pukei-Pukei Scale 19% (x2)
Pukei-Pukei Quill 16%
Pukei-Pukei Tail 12%

Broken Part Rewards

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


Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Tail 80% (Tail)
Pukei-Pukei Scale 42% (Body)
Pukei-Pukei Shell 32% (Body), 20% (Tail)
Pukei-Pukei Sac 16%
Pukei-Pukei Quill 10%

Dropped Materials

Material Drop Rate
Wyvern Tear 50%
Pukei-Pukei Scale 35%, 60%
Pukei-Pukei Shell 15%, 40%

High Rank

Target Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Carapace 28%
Pukei-Pukei Scale+ 21%
Pukei-Pukei Sac+ 15%
Pukei-Pukei Wing 12%
Toxin Sac 11%
Monster Keenbone 10% (x2)
Bird Wyvern Gem 3%

Capture Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Carapace 34%
Pukei-Pukei Scale+ 19% (x2)
Pukei-Pukei Sac+ 18%
Pukei-Pukei Wing 15%
Pukei-Pukei Tail 9%
Bird Wyvern Gem 5%

Broken Part Rewards

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)


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)

Dropped Materials

Material Drop Rate
Pukei-Pukei Scale+ 34%, 60%
Wyvern Tear 25%
Large Wyvern Tear 25%
Pukei-Pukei Carapace 15%, 40%
Bird Wyvern Gem 1%

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