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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Nargacuga Guide

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

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Nargacuga Hunter Notes

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Nargacuga Returning Monster
Type Flying Wyvern Previous Games MHF2, MHFU, MH3, MH3, MH3U, MH4U, MHG, MHGU, MHWI
Threat Level 6/10 Rampage Type MH Rise - Stalker Rampage TypeStalker
Major Weakness Other Weakness
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
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.

Nargacuga Weakness and Resistance

MH Rise - Slash Damage MH Rise - Blunt Damage MH Rise - Bullet Damage MH Rise - Fire Damage
39 39 34 13
MH Rise - Water Damage MH Rise - Thunder Damage MH Rise - Ice Damage MH Rise - Dragon Damage
0 22 6 7

Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.

Nargacuga Weapon Damage Breakdown

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
Overall 39 39 34

Nargacuga 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 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
Overall 13 0 22 6 7

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Hunting Tips

MH Rise - Nargacuga

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 Exhaust Fireblight Waterblight
Thunderblight Iceblight

If an ailment has more stars it means that it has better effectiveness.

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/Back Orange Extract
Foreleg White Extract
Cutwing White Extract
Abdomen Orange Extract
Hind Leg White Extract
Tail Orange Extract
Tail Tip Orange Extract

Red = Attack Increase, White = Movement Boost, Orange = Anti-knockback When Attacking

Kinsect Extract Guide

Nargacuga Locations

Nargacuga Known Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Shrine Ruins.pngShrine Ruins 3 1 / 3 / 4 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 3
Flooded Forest.pngFlooded Forest 10 / 13 1 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 11

Nargacuga Quest Appearances

Low Rank
High Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Arena Quest ★3 Arena 03
Hub Quest ★3 Twilit Twin Stars
(Key Quest)
Village Quest ★5 Wind Speed Wyvern
(Key Quest)
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Hub Quest ★6 Do it for the Dango!
Hub Quest ★6 The Abyss Stares Back
(Key Quest)
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

How to Beat Nargacuga

Check IconBe Aware of Nargacuga's Enraged Mode

Check IconConsider Using Target Camera

Check IconSever the Tail

Check IconBreak the Forelegs

Check IconBe Mindful With Your Pitfall Traps

Nargacuga's Enraged Mode

MH Rise - Enraged Nargacuga
The start of Nargacuga's Enraged 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

MH Rise - Benefits of Using Target Camera against Nargacuga
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

MH Rise - Sever Nargacuga
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

MH Rise - Break Nargacuga
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

MH Rise - Mind your pitfall traps against Nargacuga
Unlike Shock Traps, Nargacuga can easily break Pitfall Traps in its normal state. Only use these particular traps while Nargacuga is enraged!

Nargacuga General Attack Patterns

Nargacuga uses the following attacks in Low and High Rank quests.

Name Description
Stalking Lunge Nargacuga picks a target and lunges towards them. Has several variations.
Leaping Lunge Nargacuga jumps back, then leaps at its target.
Quick Bite Nargacuga sweeps in for a quick bite.
Spike Shots Nargacuga puts its tail up and launches spikes from it.
Tail Whip Nargacuga swings its tail from the left or the right.
Tail Spin Nargacuga spins with its tail quickly.
Spiked Tail Slam Nargacuga flips and slams its tail down at its target. Can be executed twice in a row.

Stalking Lunge

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! See this attack's variations below:

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

Leaping Lunge

Leaping Lunge Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Leaping Lunge: 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

Quick Bite Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
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

Spike Shots Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Spike Shots: 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

Tail Whip Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Tail Whip: 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

Tail Spin Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Tail Spin: 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

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:

Spiked Tail Slam Variations
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Single Spiked Tail Slam: This attack is available in both Low and High rank. 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.
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Double Spiked Tail Slam: Nargacuga only performs this attack variation in High Rank quests and only when it is enraged. It slams its spiked tail towards a target and is immediately followed by a second slam.

To dodge this move, wait for Nargacuga's tail to flip on both occasions before dodging or blocking.

Nargacuga Materials and Drops

High Rank Nargacuga Materials

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

Low Rank Nargacuga Materials

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

Nargacuga Dropped Materials

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

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