This is a hunting guide for Nargacuga, a Large Monster in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) and the Sunbreak DLC. Read on to learn Nargacuga's weaknesses, forgeable weapons, forgeable armor, drops, and attack patterns for Master Rank!
|Nargacuga Guide||Lucent Nargacuga Guide||Nargacuga Weapons||Nargacuga Armor|
List of Contents
|Type||Flying Wyvern||Previous Games||MHF2, MHFU, MH3, MH3, MH3U, MH4U, MHG, MHGU, MHWI|
|Threat Level||6/10||Rampage Type||Stalker|
|Major Weakness||Other Weakness|
|Blight / Elemental Damage||ー||Abnormal Status||ー|
|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.|
|Shadow in the Jungle (Key Quest)||
Finish the Quest "Keep it Busy"
MR Nargacuga is unlocked by reaching M★3 and completing the Urgent Quest Keep it Busy and in the Sunbreak expansion.
The Abyss Stares Back
Finish the Quest "A Bewitching Dance"
High Rank Nargacuga is unlocked by completing the Urgent Quest A Bewitching Dance and reaching HR 6.
Twilit Twin Stars
Clear ★5 Village Special License Test 2
Low Rank Nargacuga is unlocked by completing the ★5 Village Special License Test 2 and reaching HR 3.
Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.
Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.
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
If an ailment has more stars it means that it has better effectiveness.
|Pitfall Trap||Shock Trap||Flash Bomb|
|Sonic Bomb||Meat Effects||Dung Bomb|
◯ = Vulnerable; ✕ = Fully Resistant; ▲ = Situational
Red = Attack Increase, White = Movement Boost, Orange = Anti-knockback When Attacking
|Map||Starting Area||Visited Areas||Rest Area|
|Shrine Ruins||3||1 / 3 / 4 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11||3|
|Flooded Forest||10 / 13||1 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13||11|
|Jungle||2 / 5 / 8||1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 9||7|
|Quest Type||Lvl||Quest Name|
|Anomaly Quest||A★4||Anomaly Research: Nargacuga|
|Follower Quest||M★3||Into the Jungle Deep|
Shadow in the Jungle |
|Hub Quest||M★3||Shady Activity|
|Hub Quest||M★3||Tempering the Fierce|
|Support Survey||M★3||Operation Nargacuga|
|Hub Quest||M★4||Troublemaking Trio Pt. 2|
|Hub Quest||M★6||Advanced: Hail to the Fierce|
|Quest Type||Lvl||Quest Name|
|Hub Quest||★6||Do it for the Dango!|
The Abyss Stares Back |
|Event Quest||★7||Beast of the Shadows|
|Event Quest||★7||Heart of a Ninja|
|Event Quest||★7||Super Shady Look-alike|
|Hub Quest||★7||A Whirlwind of a Stage|
|Hub Quest||★7||Master Utsushi's Challenge Part 3|
Be Aware of Nargacuga's Enraged Mode
Consider Using Target Camera
Sever Nargacuga's Tail
Break Its Forelegs
Be Mindful With Your Pitfall Traps
Nargacuga's enraged state occurs when its eyes start to change in color. When enraged, Nargacuga's eyes change from their standard yellow color to bright red, with the red color reaching up to its ears.
The transition to Nargacuga's enraged state is followed up by a roar, so be prepared to dodge or block it and take advantage of its vulnerable state.
This state also alters Nargacuga's behavior and specific moves. Read more below:
Nargacuga's signature speed and mobility make it a very dangerous monster to hunt. Given 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.
While severing Nargacuga's tail won't stop its Spike Shot attack, it will reduce the range and damage of its Spiked Tail Slam. Doing this will greatly increase your survivability in the hunt, so make it a habit to cut off Nargacuga's tail when possible.
To mitigate Nargacuga's mobility, prioritize breaking its forelegs. Doing this will severely reduce its speed and adds a chance for it to trip whenever it performs certain leaping attacks.
However, note that its forelegs can deflect most weapons that only reach Green sharpness or lower, so consider using Mind's Eye if crafting Blue sharpness weapons is not yet possible.
In addition to its attacks in Low and High Rank quests, Nargacuga uses the following attacks in Master Rank.
|Lunging Bites||Nargacuga leans back before rapidly lunging forward, biting hunters caught in its path.|
Leaping Double Tail Slam
|Nargacuga slams its tail on top of the hunter before leaping beside them to perform another tail slam.|
|Lunging Bites Attack Information|
Lunging Bites: Nargacuga leans back before rapidly lunging forward, biting hunters caught in its path. At the end of its charge, it turns around to face the hunter. This attack becomes faster when Nargacuga is enraged.
Evade perpendicular to Nargacuga as it charges forward to avoid this attack. In addition, note that this attack can occur at the end of Nargacuga's multiple Stalking Lunges.
|Leaping Double Tail Slam Attack Information|
Leaping Double Tail Slam: Nargacuga slams its tail on top of the hunter before leaping beside them to perform another tail slam. This move only occurs when Nargacuga is enraged.
Keep your camera aimed at Nargacuga when it performs this attack to have an easier time reacting to and avoiding its second tail slam.
Nargacuga uses the following attacks in Low and High Rank quests.
|Stalking Lunge||Nargacuga picks a target and lunges towards them. Has several variations.|
|Diving Pounce||Nargacuga rears back before performing a diving pounce towards its target.|
|Quick Bite||Nargacuga thrusts its head forward for a quick bite.|
|Spike Shots||Nargacuga whips its tail above its head before launching two sets of spikes from them toward the hunter.|
|Tail Whip||Nargacuga swings its tail towards the front of its head from its left or right side.|
|Nargacuga rapidly spins in place, sweeping its tail around and dealing heavy damage to hunters caught in its path.|
Spiked Tail Slam
|Nargacuga flips around and slams its tail down on top of its target. Can be executed twice in a row.|
Nargacuga picks a target before swiftly lunging towards them, dealing moderate damage on contact. Each variation of this attack can cover fairly long distances so hunters should be prepared.
Take note that Nargacuga can perform two to three lunges and end its combo with a Diving Pounce, Tail Whip, or Tail Spin.
Always be mindful of your positioning to dodge or block this attack! See this attack's variations below:
|Stalking Lunge Variations|
Regular Stalking Lunge: Nargacuga hops in place and assumes a very low stance before lunging towards its target and attacking with its cutwings.
Backstep Stalking Lunge Combo: Nargacuga performs a backward leap before lunging forward towards its target.
|Diving Pounce Attack Information|
Diving Pounce: Nargacuga rears back before performing a diving pounce towards its target, dealing heavy damage and knocking back hunters on contact. Make sure you always have Nargacuga within your sights to react to this attack and evade it!
|Quick Bite Attack Information|
Quick Bite: 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 Attack Information|
Spike Shots: Nargacuga whips its tail above its head before launching two sets of spikes toward the hunter. These spikes linger for a few seconds on the ground, and stepping on them deals damage and potentially causes a stun. Be mindful of your positioning whenever this attack occurs.
|Tail Whip Attack Information|
Tail Whip: Following a slight backward hop, Nargacuga will swing its long tail towards the front of its head from its left or right side.
This attack has a wide range and will hit hunters directly in front of Nargacuga, so hunters positioned at its head should dodge to the opposite side of the swipe or move away out of range.
|Tail Spin Attack Information|
Tail Spin: Nargacuga performs a fast and powerful tail spin, covering a large area and dealing massive damage on contact. This attack becomes quicker and deals more damage when Nargacuga is enraged. In addition, this particular attack has a follow-up spin at High Rank and Master Rank.
Against High Rank and Master Rank Nargacuga, any hunter hit by the first spin should stay down and let the second spin play out to avoid getting caught while Wirefalling.
Nargacuga observes its prey, stalking or staring at them for a few seconds before turning around with a quick hop to slam its tail down. This attack can easily KO careless hunters so stay alert when Nargacuga begins stalking.
This attack has variations depending on whether you're hunting a Low or High Rank Nargacuga:
|Spiked Tail Slam Variations|
Single Spiked Tail Slam: Nargacuga flips around with a hop and slams its massive spiked tail towards its target. This attack deals massive damage and can potentially stun the hunter or knock them out in one hit.
Wait for the exact moment when Nargacuga flips around before attempting to evade or block the tail slam.
Double Spiked Tail Slam: Nargacuga slams its spiked tail on top of its target before quickly performing another tail slam after a short delay. Note that Nargacuga only performs this attack variation in High Rank quests and only when it is enraged.
Like the single variation, wait for the moment when Nargacuga flips around before attempting to evade or block each tail slam.
|Nargacuga Lash||80% (Tail)|
|Nargacuga Shard||42% (Body)|
|Nargacuga Blackfur+||23% (Body)|
|Afflicted Fang+||20% (Anomaly Investigations)|
|Afflicted Fang||20% (Anomaly Quests)|
|Nargacuga Hardfang||16% (Body)|
|Nargacuga Tailspear||15% (Tail x2)|
|Nargacuga Cutwing+||12% (Body)|
|Nargacuga Mantle||5% (Tail)|
|Large Wyvern Gem||5%|
|Nargacuga Cutwing+||65% (Cutwing), 35% (Cutwing x2)|
|Nargacuga Hardfang||45% (Head x2), 25% (Head)|
|Nargacuga Shard||27% (Head x2)|
|Afflicted Fang||20% (Anomaly Quests)|
|Afflicted Fang+||20% (Anomaly Investigations)|
|Nargacuga Mantle||3% (Head)|
|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)|
|Nargacuga Scale+||17% (x2)|
|Narga Razor||65%(Cutwing), 35% (Cutwing x2)|
|Nargacuga Scale+||40% (Head x2)|
|Nargacuga Fang+||25% (Head), 45% (Head x2)|
|Nargacuga Scale||15% (x2)|
|Nargacuga Cutwing||65% (Cutwing), 35% (Cutwing x2)|
|Nargacuga Scale||30% (Head x2)|
|Nargacuga Fang||25% (Head), 45% (Head x2)|
|Large Wyvern Tear||40%|
|Large Wyvern Tear||35%|
|Nargacuga Scale+||27%, 50%|
|Nargacuga Fang+||12%, 10%|
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