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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) and the Sunbreak DLC. Read on to learn Nargacuga's weaknesses, forgeable weapons, forgeable armor, drops, and attack patterns for Master Rank!

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Nargacuga Hunter Notes

Nargacuga
ナルガクルガ
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
Characteristics
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.

How to Unlock Nargacuga

Complete Keep it Busy in Master Rank

MH Rise Sunbreak - MR 3 Nargacuga Quest

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
Shadow in the Jungle (Key Quest)
Nargacuga Image Nargacuga
Unlock Conditions:
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.

MR Grinding Guide:
How to Get from MR 6 to MR 100 Fast

Complete A Bewitching Dance in High Rank

MH Rise Sunbreak - HR 6 Nargacuga Quest

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
The Abyss Stares Back
(Key Quest)
Nargacuga Image Nargacuga
Unlock Conditions:
Finish the Quest "A Bewitching Dance"

High Rank Nargacuga is unlocked by completing the Urgent Quest A Bewitching Dance and reaching HR 6.

Hunter Rank Farm Guide:
How to Get from HR 7 to HR 100 Fast

Reach HR 3 in Low Rank

MH Rise Sunbreak - HR 3 Nargacuga Quest

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
Twilit Twin Stars
(Key Quest)
Nargacuga Image Nargacuga
Unlock Conditions:
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.

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 and Quests

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
Jungle.pngJungle 2 / 5 / 8 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 9 7

Nargacuga Quest Appearances

Master Rank
High Rank
Low Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Anomaly Quest A★4 Anomaly Research: Nargacuga
Follower Quest M★3 Into the Jungle Deep
Hub Quest M★3 Shadow in the Jungle
(Key Quest)
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!
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
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)

How to Beat Nargacuga

Nargacuga Tips
Check Icon Be Aware of Nargacuga's Enraged Mode

Check Icon Consider Using Target Camera

Check Icon Sever Nargacuga's Tail

Check Icon Break Its Forelegs

Check Icon Be Mindful With Your Pitfall Traps

Be Aware of Nargacuga's Enraged Mode

MH Rise - Enraged Nargacuga
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 attacks are faster and more powerful when enraged.
  • Nargacuga is more mobile and will attempt to flank you more often during this state.
  • Nargacuga is susceptible to pitfall traps when enraged.
  • Nargacuga makes use of more attacks in High Rank and Master Rank 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. 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.

Target Lock: How to Use the Lock On Camera and Targeting Arrow

Sever Nargacuga's Tail

MH Rise - Sever Nargacuga
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.

Break Its Forelegs

MH Rise - Break Nargacuga
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.

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. To avoid wasting these traps, only use them while Nargacuga is enraged!

Nargacuga Master Rank Attack Patterns

In addition to its attacks in Low and High Rank quests, Nargacuga uses the following attacks in Master Rank.

Name Description
Lunging Bites Nargacuga leans back before rapidly lunging forward, biting hunters caught in its path.
Leaping Double Tail Slam
DANGER
Nargacuga slams its tail on top of the hunter before leaping beside them to perform another tail slam.

Lunging Bites

Lunging Bites Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Nargacuga Lunging Bites
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

Leaping Double Tail Slam Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Nargacuga Leaping Double Tail Slam
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 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.
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.
Tail Spin
[DANGER]
Nargacuga rapidly spins in place, sweeping its tail around and dealing heavy damage to hunters caught in its path.
Spiked Tail Slam
[DANGER]
Nargacuga flips around and slams its tail down on top of its target. Can be executed twice in a row.

Stalking Lunge

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
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Regular Stalking Lunge: Nargacuga hops in place and assumes a very low stance before lunging towards its target and attacking with its cutwings.
MH Rise - Nargacuga
Backstep Stalking Lunge Combo: Nargacuga performs a backward leap before lunging forward towards its target.

Diving Pounce

Diving Pounce Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
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

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 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

Tail Whip Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
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

Tail Spin Attack Information
MH Rise - Nargacuga
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.

Spiked Tail Slam

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
MH Rise - Nargacuga
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.
MH Rise - Nargacuga
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 Materials and Drops

Master Rank Nargacuga Materials

Carves
Capture
Broken Parts
Target
Material Drop Rate
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%
Material Drop Rate
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)

High Rank Nargacuga Materials

Carves
Capture
Broken Parts
Target
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

Carves
Capture
Broken Parts
Target
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

Master Rank
High Rank
Low Rank

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