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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Rathalos Guide

This is a hunting guide for Rathalos, a Large 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

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Rathalos Returning Monster
Type Flying Wyvern Previous Games All MH games
Threat Level 6/10 Rampage Type MH Rise - Targeter Rampage TypeTargeter
Major Weakness Other Weakness
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
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.

Rathalos Weakness and Resistance

MH Rise - Slash Damage MH Rise - Blunt Damage MH Rise - Bullet Damage MH Rise - Fire Damage
40 40 34 0
MH Rise - Water Damage MH Rise - Thunder Damage MH Rise - Ice Damage MH Rise - Dragon Damage
6 11 11 21

Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.

Rathalos Weapon Damage Breakdown

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

Rathalos 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 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.

Rathalos Hunting Tips

MH Rise - Rathalos Has Arrived

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 Exhaust Fireblight Waterblight
Thunderblight Iceblight

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
Neck Red Extract
Abdomen Orange Extract
Back 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

Rathalos Locations

Rathalos 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 - - -

Rathalos Quest Appearances

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

How to Beat Rathalos

Check IconUse Flash Bombs!

Check IconBreak the Wings!

Check IconAttack the Legs to Knock it Down!

Check IconHigh Fire Resistance

Check IconChallenge the Sky King with a Glaive

Use Flash Bombs

MH Rise - Flash Bombs against Rathalos
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!

MH Rise - Breaking the Rathalos Wings
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!

MH Rise -  Attacking the Rathalos Legs
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

MH Rise - Increase Fire Resistance Against Rathalos
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

MH Rise - Insect Glaives against Rathalos
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.

Rathalos Attack Patterns

Name Description
Fire Breath Rathalos exhales fire onto its victim, coating them in flames.
Grounded Bite Attacks Trying to take a nibble, Rathalos makes sure to have a taste of its prey.
Talon Spike Sharp like a spear and cuts like a katana, with poison to boot.
Aerial Assault Rathalos takes to the skies, assuming dominance over everything beneath it.
Tail Spin A sweeping attack that knocks anything off its feet.
Charge Attack Its most brutish attack, Rathalos slams its body towards its target.

Fire Breath

MH Rise - Rathalos Transitional Fire Breath
Rathalos' signature fire breath deals incredibly high damage and inflict Fireblight against its unfortunate victims.

Rathalos Fire Breath Patterns

Fire Breath MH Rise - Rathalos Fire Breath
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Triple Fire Breath
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Transitional Fire Breath
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

MH Rise - Rathalos Double Bite
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.

Rathalos Bite Attack Patterns

Quick Bite MH Rise - Rathalos Rathalos Quick Bite
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Double Bite
Rathalos perforrms two sweeping bites in a large cone in front of it, somewhat similar to Diablos' Double Gore Attack.

Talon Spike

MH Rise - Rathalos Talon Spike
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

MH Rise - Rathalos Aerial Assault Start
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.

Rathalos Special Aerial Attacks

Swooping Talons MH Rise - Rathalos Swooping Talons
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Swooping Bite
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Tail Sweep
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Quick Fire Breath
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Sweeping Fire Breath
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 MH Rise - Rathalos Flame Streak
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

MH Rise - Rathalos Tail Spin
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

MH Rise - Rathalos Charge Attack
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.

Rathalos Materials and Drops

High Rank Rathalos Materials

Broken Parts
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)
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)

Low Rank Rathalos Materials

Broken Parts
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)

Rathalos Dropped Materials

High Rank
Low Rank
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
Wyvern Tear 50%
Rathalos Scale 37%, 50%
Rathalos Shell 30%
Rath Wingtalon 12%, 20%
Rathalos Plate 1%

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