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Rathalos Guide

This is a hunting guide for Rathalos, a returning monster in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn Rathalos's weaknesses, forgeable weapons, forgeable armor, drops, and more!

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Rathalos Hunter Notes

Weakness &
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Type Flying Wyvern Previous Games All MH games
Threat Level 6/10 Rampage Type Targeter
Major Weakness Dragon Other Weakness(es) Thunder
Blight / Elemental Damage Fire Abnormal Status Poison
Terrible wyverns called "Kings of the Skies." Along with Rathian, they stake wide territories centered around their nests. Rathalos descend on invaders from the sky, attacking with poison claws and a breath of fire.
Known Habitat
Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Shrine Ruins.pngShrine Ruins 11 / 13 1 / 3 / 4 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 11 / 12 / 13 11
Lava Caverns.pngLava Caverns 11 4 / 5 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 12 / 14
Infernal Springs.pngInfernal Springs - - -
Damage Type Weaknesses
Part Sever Symbol (MH Rise).png Blunt Symbol (MH Rise).png Ammo Symbol (MH Rise).png
Head 65 70 60
Neck 35 40 30
Abdomen 25 25 20
Back 25 25 20
Wing 50 45 40
Leg 35 35 30
Tail 45 40 35
Overall 40 40 34
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 0 15 20 20 30
Neck 0 5 10 10 20
Abdomen 0 5 10 10 20
Back 0 5 10 10 20
Wing 0 10 15 15 25
Leg 0 0 5 5 15
Tail 0 5 10 10 20
Overall 0 6 11 11 21

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Hunting Tips
・The King of the Skies lives up to its by staying airborne for most of its attacks. A well-aimed Flash Bomb can help to bring a Rathalos down to earth, however.

Status Effect Vulnerabilities
Poison Stun Paralysis Sleep Blast
0 1★ 1★ 1★ 0
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

Monster Part Extract
Head Red Extract
Neck Red Extract
Abdomen Orange Extract
Back Orange Extract
Wing White Extract
Leg Orange Extract
Tail Orange Extract

Rathalos Materials and Drops

Low Rank

Materials and Drops
Carves & Drops
Capture Rewards
Broken Part Rewards
Target Rewards
Material Drop Rate
Rathalos Shell 31%
Rathalos Webbing 23%
Rathalos Scale 16%
Flame Sac 14%
Rathalos Tail 7%
Rath Marrow 7%
Rathalos Plate 2%
Dropped Materials
Material Drop Rate
Wyvern Tear 50%
Rathalos Scale 37%, 50%
Rathalos Shell 30%
Rath Wingtalon 12%, 20%
Rathalos Plate 1%
Material Drop Rate
Rath Wingtalon 75% (Wing x2)
Rathalos Scale 66% (Head)
Rathalos Shell 30% (Head), 68% (Back)
Rath Marrow 30% (Back)
Rathalos Webbing 25% (Wing)
Rathalos Plate 4% (Head), 2% (Back)

High Rank

Materials and Drops
Carves & Drops
Capture Rewards
Broken Part Rewards
Target Rewards
Material Drop Rate
Rathalos Tail 60% (Tail)
Rathalos Scale+ 36% (Body), 13% (Tail)
Rathalos Carapace 24% (Body)
Rathalos Wing 19% (Body)
Inferno Sac 12% (Body)
Rath Marrow 12% (Tail)
Rath Medulla 5% (Body), 7% (Tail)
Rathalos Plate 3% (Body), 5% (Tail)
Rathalos Ruby 3% (Tail), 1% (Body)
Dropped Materials
Material Drop Rate
Large Wyvern Tear 35%
Rathalos Scale+ 34%, 50%
Rathalos Carapace 30%
Wyvern Tear 15%
Rath Wingtalon+ 12%, 19%
Rathalos Plate 1%, 3%,
Rathalos Ruby 1%
Material Drop Rate
Rath Wingtalon+ 70% (Wing)
Rathalos Scale+ 63% (Head)
Rathalos Wing 30% (Wing)
Rath Medulla 30% (Back)
Rathalos Carapace 26% (Head), 45% (Body)
Rath Marrow 20% (Back)
Rathalos Plate 7% (Head), 4% (Back)
Rathalos Ruby 4% (Head), 1% (Back)

Rathalos Weapons and Armor

Rathalos Close-Range Weapons

Rathalos Ranged Weapons

Rathalos Armor

Rathalos Buddy Equipment

Rathalos Quest Appearances

Low Rank
High Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Hub Quest ★3 Champion of the Caverns (Key)
Village Quest ★5 Rathalos Alert! (Key)
Village Quest ★6 King of the Sky, Bane of the Land
Village Quest ★6 Special License Quest 3
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Hub Quest ★6 Red Skies at Night (Key)
Hub Quest ★7 Seared Situation (Key)
Hub Quest ★7 Master Utsushi's Challenge Part 5
Hub Quest ★7 Advanced: Proof of Power

Rathalos Attack Patterns

Fire Breath

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Rathalos' signature fire breath deals incredibly high damage and inflict Fireblight against its unfortunate victims. Basic versions of this attack come in three patterns:

Rathalos Fire Breath Patterns
Fire Breath Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Fire Breath.gif
Rathalos spews a fireball towards its target.
It is important to note that Rathalos has an aerial version of this attack during its signature Aerial Assault phase.
Triple Fire Breath Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Triple Fire Breath.gif
Rathalos releases three fireballs towards a large cone in front of it at a staggered fashion starting from the middle.
Similar to Fire Breath, Rathalos has an aerial version of this attack during its Aerial Assault phase.
Transitional Fire Breath Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Transitional Fire Breath.gif
Rathalos flexes upward before releasing a fireball directly towards the ground in front of it. Rathalos takes flight as soon as it releases the fireball.
This attack is very quick and has very little telegraph. It is recommended that you stay down first and observe Rathalos' next move in the air before Wirefalling back up to avoid its quick and devastating follow-up attacks from the air.

Grounded Bite Attacks

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Rathalos can use its jaw to attack unsuspecting hunters who position directly in front of it for too long. Be mindful of your positioning as these attacks can inflict Fireblight as well whenever Rathalos is enraged.

See all of its patterns below:

Rathalos Bite Attack Patterns
Quick Bite Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Quick Bite.gif
Rathalos uses its jaw to quickly bite its target. Be mindful of this attack whenever you are directly in front of Rathalos!
It is important to note that this attack can inflict Fireblight whenever Rathalos is enraged.
Double Bite Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Double Bite.gif
Rathalos perforrms two sweeping bites in a large cone in front of it, somewhat similar to Diablos' Double Gore Attack.

Talon Spike

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Rathalos flies up then drives its poisonous talons towards a specific destination, dealing high damage and potentially inflicting Poison to anyone caught in the landing zone.

It is important to note that this attack can connect to anyone positioned behind the talons prior to the drop. Additionally, this particular attack has an aerial version as well during Rathalos' Aerial Assault.

Aerial Assault

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Rathalos lives up to its title as King of the Skies as it will constantly take flight and attack hunters with talon and flame. Hunters should beware of the aerial versions of the following attacks:

Attacks with Aerial Versions
Fire Breath Triple Fire Breath
Talon Spike

Be especially mindful of Rathalos' roar as this usually indicates that it is about to take flight. Another thing to note is that the roar is usually followed-up by a Transitional Fire Breath immediately after so spam that dodge button if you're caught within the roar's radius!

Lastly, Rathalos unlocks even more attacks during its signature Aerial Assault. See all of the new attacks below:

Rathalos Special Aerial Attacks
Swooping Talons Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Swooping Talons.gif
Rathalos positions its talons to face forward and swoops past its target. Be especially mindful of this dangerous attack as this is usually followed up by a Quick Fire Breath and another Swooping Talon after that.
Swooping Bite Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Swooping Bite.gif
Rathalos lowers its altitude, catching hunters off-guard with its maw. This attack can inflict Fireblight whenever Rathalos is enraged due to the build-up of fire in its throat.
Tail Sweep Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Tail Sweep.gif
Rathalos coils its tail before swiftly sweeping a wide cone in front of it. This attack is rather quick so always be prepared to dodge or block at all times!
Quick Fire Breath Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Quick Fire Breath.gif
Keep an eye out for Rathalos whenever it flies freely in the air because it can easily spew a Fireball towards its target! This attack is incredibly quick and can seemingly come out of nowhere.
Sweeping Fire Breath Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Sweeping Fire Breath.gif
Rathalos releases a column of flame from its mouth and swipes a large cone in front of it, dealing very high damage and possibly inflicting Fireblight to anyone caught in the attack.
Flame Streak Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Flame Streak.gif
Rathalos' newest move, this attack starts with Rathalos pointing a column of flame directly to the ground underneath it. After a few seconds, Rathalos then flicks the beam upward in an attempt to swipe its target with it.
This attack leaves a trail of flame as it travels towards the target which lingers for a few seconds.

Tail Spin

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Rathalos spins in place two times, flinging its long tail around the immediate area. Each spin covers 180 degrees and can be easily avoided if you position just behind the head and follow it for the second spin.

Charge Attack

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Rathalos charges towards a specific destination, trampling anyone in its path. When exhausted, Rathalos has a chance to trip during this attack — Granting a nice window of opportunity to deal heavy damage.

How to Beat Rathalos

Use Flash Bombs

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Theres no better way to bring down the King of the Skies than with a Flash Bomb. Similar to Rathian, Rathalos' aerial attacks can prolong the hunt when left unchecked, While the downed state doesn't last very long it will provide an opportunity to strike and keep the monster grounded.

Break the Wings!

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Breaking Rathalos' wings is one of the best ways to keep the monster grounded! Broken wings can drastically reduce Rathalos' ability to maintain flight, making the fight a lot easier.

Attack the Legs to Knock it Down!

Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Attacking the Legs.gif
Aside from applying KO damage to the head, sustaining damage on Rathalos' legs can result in a knock down as well. Keep this in mind to open much-needed windows of opportunity to dish out your heaviest attacks and combos!

High Fire Resistance

Monster Hunter Rise (Rathalos) - Increase Fire Resistance.png
To avoid taking massive damage or being instantly KO'd by Rathalos' Flame Streak, its good to bring armor that has high fire resistance use three Fire Resistance Decorations within your armor. Additionally, you can also include Lava-Hot Egg in your dango set to further increase your fire resistance if necessary.

Challenge the Sky King with a Glaive

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Insect Glaive users can easily maintain the offensive against Rathalos with their high jumps and aerial combos, effectively challenging Rathalos both in the air or on the ground. It is also important to note that due to the kinsect's triple up buff (All three buff colors activated), hunters are immune to Rathalos' roars on both ground and air.

Lastly, consider using the Jump Master skill with the Insect Glaive. This particular skill comes in handy against Rathalos because it can prevent you from getting knocked out of the air from certain attacks.

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