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Nargacuga Guide

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

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Nargacuga Hunter Notes

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Type Flying Wyvern Previous Games MHF2, MHFU, MH3, MH3, MH3U, MH4U, MHG, MHGU, MHWI
Threat Level 6/10 Rampage Type Stalker
Major Weakness Thunder Other Weakness(es) Fire
Blight / Elemental Damage None Abnormal Status None
Flying wyverns that have evolved to live in thickly wooded areas. Covered in jet black fur, these cunning predators stalk their prey from the shadows and attack with ferocious speed. Their massive tails are as dexterous as they are deadly, and powerful enough to slay smaller monsters with one strike.

Known Habitat

Shrine Ruins.pngShrine Ruins Flooded Forest.pngFlooded Forest

Nargacuga 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 65 70 40
Neck/Back 30 30 35
Foreleg 43 43 35
Cutwing 21 24 21
Abdomen 40 40 30
Hind Leg 30 30 25
Tail 46 40 45
Tail Tip 40 35 40

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 25 10 10
Neck/Back 10 0 15 5 5
Foreleg 10 0 20 0 5
Cutwing 25 0 35 10 15
Abdomen 10 0 20 5 5
Hind Leg 10 0 15 5 5
Tail 10 0 25 5 5
Tail Tip 10 0 20 5 5

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Hunting Tips

・The Nargacuga is a beast of the shadows, and becomes enraged by bright light. At the risk of missing the mark and simply riling it up further, its excellent hearing can be exploited by throwing a Sonic Bomb as it pauses to focus. It can destory Pitfall Traps, so be discreet when placing them.


Status Effect Vulnerabilities

Poison Stun Paralysis Sleep Blast
1★ 1★ 1★ 1★ 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

Nargacuga Attack Patterns

Stalking Lunge

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Nargacuga picks its target before swiftly lunging towards it, dealing high damage. This attack can cross a fairly long distance so hunters should be prepared.

Take note that Nargacuga can perform two or three more lunges depending on the distance between you two — Always be mindful of your positioning to dodge or block this attack!

Click the button below to see this attack's variations:

Nargacuga Stalking Lunge Variations
Regular Stalking Lunge Monster Hunter Rise (Nargacuga) - Stalking Lunge.gif
Nargacuga hops in place and assumes an even lower stance before springing towards its target via swift lunges.
Backstep + Stalking Lunge Combo Monster Hunter Rise (Nargacuga) - Backstep Stalking Lunge Combo.gif
Nargacuga leaps backward from before lunging forward towards the target.

Leaping Lunge

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Nargacuga jumps back and locks on to its target before leaping towards the target for high damage and a possible knock down. Make sure you always have Nargacuga within your sights to evade this attack!

Quick Bite

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Nargacuga performs a swift bite towards any hunter in front of it with its fangs. Always be mindful of this attack whenever you're directly in front of it.

Spike Shots

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Nargacuga whips its tail above its head before launching its tail spikes twice. The spikes linger for a few seconds on the ground and stepping on them will cause damage and a potential stun — Be mindful of their positions at all times.

Tail Whip

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Following an slight hop back, Nargacuga will swing its long tail from the left or right.

This attack's range is large and will hit hunters directly in front of Nargacuga so hunter's positioned at Nargacuga's head should dodge to the opposite side of the swipe or back out of range.

Tail Spin

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Nargacuga's tail spin is both fast and powerful when enraged. It is important to note that this particular attack has a follow-up spin if the Nargacuga is high rank.

Against a high rank Nargacuga, any hunter hit by the first spin should stay down first and let the second spin play out before wirefalling because the follow up spin covers more range.

Spiked Tail Slam

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Nargacuga will slowly observe its prey by either stalking for a few steps or staring at it for a few seconds before flipping and slamming its tail down. This attack can easily KO hunters so be aware when Nargacuga begins stalking.

This attack has variations depending on whether you're hunting a low or high rank Nargacuga:

Nargacuga Spiked Tail Slam Variations
Low & High Rank Variation
Single Spiked Tail Slam Monster Hunter Rise (Nargacuga) - Single Spiked Tail Slam.gif
Nargacuga marks its prey before flipping around and slamming its massive spiked tail towards it. This deals incredibly high damage and can potentially knock you out in one hit.
Wait for the exact moment in which Nargacuga flips around before doging or blocking.
High Rank Exclusive Variation
Double Spiked Tail Slam Monster Hunter Rise (Nargacuga) - Double Spiked Tail Slam.gif
Nargacuga performs the same telegraphs as the single version, the only difference is the second Spiked Tail Slam towards the same target immediately after.
Dodging this combo follows uses the same principle as the single version as well. Wait for the moment where Nargacuga flips its tail for the first slam before dodging or blocking.
The second slam is followed shortly after the first. This is a very quick follow-up so make sure you keep an eye out for the exact moment Nargacuga flips its tail up for the second time.
Lastly, it is important to note that this attack is only performed when Nargacuga is Enraged.

How to Beat Nargacuga

Nargacuga's Enrage Mode

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The start of Nargacuga's Enrage Mode is indicated by the color change of its eyes — The eyes change from the standard yellow color to bright red and even covers the entire eyelid. This transition is followed up by its signature roar, so be prepared to dodge or block it to deal damage for free.

This state also alters Nargacuga's behavior and specific moves. Read more below:

  • Nargacuga's attacks are faster and more powerful when Enraged.
  • Nargacuga is more mobile and will attempt to flank you more often during this state.
  • (High Rank) Nargacuga unlocks its Double Spiked Tail Slam when Enraged.
  • Nargacuga is susceptible to pitfall traps when Enraged.

Consider Using Target Camera

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Nargacuga's signature speed and mobility make it a very dangerous monster to hunt. In light of this, we recommend that you maintain vision of the monster at all times using Monster Hunter Rise's Target Camera so you can dodge or block its attacks with relative ease.

Sever the Tail

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While cutting Nargacuga's tail won't stop its spike shot attack it will reduce the range and damage of its slam. This will help greatly increase hunt survivability.

Break the Forelegs

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Breaking the Forelegs is arguably the toughest task when hunting Nargacuga due to its ability to deflect most weapons that only reach Green sharpness or lower.

The benefit of pulling this off, however, is worth it because breaking Nargacuga's forelegs severely reduces its speed and mobility. Consider using Mind's Eye if crafting Blue Sharpness weapons isn't possible for you at the moment.

Be Mindful With Your Pitfall Traps

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Unlike Shock Traps, Nargacuga can easily break Pitfall Traps in its normal state. Only use these particular traps while Nargacuga is enraged!

Nargacuga Materials and Drops

Low Rank

Target Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Scale 30%
Nargacuga Fang 15%
Narga Tailspike 14%
Nargacuga Blackfur 14%
Nargacuga Cutwing 12%
Nargacuga Tail 8%
Nargacuga Marrow 7%

Capture Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Blackfur 28%
Nargacuga Fang 24%
Narga Tailspike 20%
Nargacuga Scale 15% (x2)
Nargacuga Tail 10%
Nargacuga Marrow 3%

Broken Part Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Cutwing 65% (Cutwing), 35% (Cutwing x2)
Nargacuga Scale 30% (Head x2)
Nargacuga Fang 25% (Head), 45% (Head x2)


Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Tail 80% (Tail)
Nargacuga Scale 43% (Body)
Nargacuga Blackfur 22% (Body)
Nargacuga Fang 16% (Body)
Nargacuga Cutwing 12% (Body)
Narga Tailspike 8% (Tail x2)
Nargacuga Marrow 7% (Body), 12% (Tail)

Dropped Materials

Material Drop Rate
Wyvern Tear 50%
Nargacuga Blackfur 40%
Nargacuga Scale 25%, 50%
Narga Tailspike 15%
Nargacuga Fang 10%, 10%

High Rank

Target Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Scale+ 30%
Nargacuga Fang+ 19%
Narga Razor 15%
Nargacuga Pelt+ 14%
Narga Tailspike 8% (x2)
Nargacuga Tail 6%
Narga Medulla 5%
Wyvern Gem 3%

Capture Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Pelt+ 28%
Nargacuga Fang+ 21%
Nargacuga Scale+ 17% (x2)
Narga Tailspike 15%
Nargacuga Tail 6%
Nargacuga Marrow 5%
Wyvern Gem 4%
Narga Medulla 3%
Narga Tailspike 15%

Broken Part Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Narga Razor 65%(Cutwing), 35% (Cutwing x2)
Nargacuga Scale+ 40% (Head x2)
Nargacuga Fang+ 25% (Head), 45% (Head x2)


Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Tail 70% (Tail)
Nargacuga Scale+ 37% (Body)
Nargacuga Pelt+ 22% (Body)
Nargacuga Fang+ 14% (Body)
Narga Razor 10% (Body)
Nargacuga Marrow 9% (Body), 13% (Tail)
Narga Medulla 7% (Body), 12% (Tail)
Narga Tailspike 5% (Tail x2)
Wyvern Gem 1 % (Body)

Dropped Materials

Material Drop Rate
Nargacuga Pelt+ 40%
Large Wyvern Tear 35%
Nargacuga Scale+ 27%, 50%
Wyvern Tear 15%
Nargacuga Fang+ 12%, 10%
Narga Tailspike 10%
Wyvern Gem 1%

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      Player list provides all of their equipment information. But honestly that doesn't really matter mid hunt. Don't add DPS trackers. It gets really annoying hunting with someone thats just shouting out the damage numbers all hunt

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