Apex Rathian Guide: Weakness, Armor, Drops, and Weapons | Monster Hunter Rise | MHR (MH Rise)

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Apex Rathian Guide

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

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Apex Rathian Weakness and Notes

Apex Rathian
Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Apex Rathian New Monster
Type Flying Wyvern
Threat Level 8/10 Rampage Type MH Rise - Major Threat Rampage TypeMajor Threat
Major Weakness Other Weakness
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
A Rathian so mighty, it was crowned an Apex. It is eternally possessed by wrath and terror, possibly due to the myriad wounds that cover its body. Its tail oozes a venom far deadlier than any of a normal monster. The call of an Apex unleashes its tortured anger on nearby beasts, driving them into a frenzy.

How to Unlock Apex Rathian

Reach Anomaly Investigation Lv 21 in Master Rank

Apex Rathian can only be encountered as an additional target monster in Anomaly Investigations starting as low as Level 21. Defeating it rewards a base of 220 Anomaly Research Points. Unlike most monsters in Master Rank, Apex Rathian doesn't gain any new moves.

Update 2.0: Solo Quest Unlocked at HR 41

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
The Graceful Apex Rathian
Apex Rathian Image Apex Rathian
Unlock Conditions:
Complete Apex Rathian Rampage Quest and Reach HR 41

Once you update to Version 2.0, reach HR 41, and defeat an Apex Rathian in a Rampage at least once, you can take on Apex Rathian in her own slaying quest!

Update 2.0 Guide: Patch Notes and New Monsters

Apex Rathian Weakness and Resistance

MH Rise - Slash Damage MH Rise - Blunt Damage MH Rise - Bullet Damage MH Rise - Fire Damage
35 35 28 2
MH Rise - Water Damage MH Rise - Thunder Damage MH Rise - Ice Damage MH Rise - Dragon Damage
8 14 8 19

Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.

Apex Rathian Weapon Damage Breakdown

Part Sever Symbol (MH Rise).png Blunt Symbol (MH Rise).png Ammo Symbol (MH Rise).png
Head 60 65 50
Neck 40 40 30
Torso 24 24 20
Back 20 20 15
Wing 35 35 30
Leg 24 24 20
Tail 40 35 30
Overall 35 35 28

Apex Rathian 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 10 10 10 20
Neck 5 10 10 10 20
Torso 0 5 15 5 15
Back 5 10 20 10 25
Wing 0 10 20 10 25
Leg 0 5 10 5 15
Tail 5 5 10 5 15
Overall 2 8 14 8 19

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Apex Rathian Hunting Tips

An angry Apex Rathian will trigger a devastating move, spraying poisonous thorns in all directions, creating toxic fields wherever they land. Push on against an enraged Apex to quickly rid of its rage and steady its temper.

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

Apex Rathian Locations

Apex Rathian Known Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Flooded Forest.pngFlooded Forest 11 1 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 11 / 13 13
Shrine Ruins.pngShrine Ruins 7 3 / 4 / 7 / 9 / 11 / 12 3 / 11
Lava Caverns.pngLava Caverns 5 1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 9 / 12 / 13 / 14 12
Infernal Springs.pngInfernal Springs - - -

Apex Rathian Quest Appearances

High Rank
Low Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Event Quest ★7 Trouble in Paradise
Event Quest ★7 Apex Rathian Emergency
Event Quest ★7 Heart of an Apex
Hub Quest ★7 The Graceful Apex Rathian
No Quest in This Rank

How to Beat Apex Rathian

Prepare Countermeasures Against Venom

Item Effects / How to Get
A cure for poison/venom.
Crafted or bought from the Merchant.
Antidote Herb
Removes all traces of poison and restores a slight amount of health.
Crafted using Materials.
Antidote + Blue Mushroom

Venom is an improved, more powerful version of Poison that drains your health faster. Whenever you fight Apex Rathian, always have Antidotes and Herbal Medicines in your Item Pouch.

Conversely, you may reduce Venom effects by using a combination of armor that has Poison Resistance and reaching Lv. 3.

Poison Resistance Skill Effects and Which Armors Have it

Beware of Apex Rathian's Somersault Attacks

MH Rise - Apex Rathian Avoid Somersaults

When Apex Rathian is enraged, it will execute Somersault attacks that deal Venom three (3) times in a row. Always be telegraph move because these can instantly cart unaware hunters. When not enraged, Apex Rathian will only execute one somersault before landing.

Poison Drips on the Tail When Enraged

Not Enraged Enraged

To know if Apex Rathian is enraged, check the tail. When it is oozing with poison, Apex Rathian is enraged and ready to pounce!

Even when the tail is cut, the poison will ooze out of the cut tail. Also, the poison that oozes here won't give you Venom - it's just an indicator if Apex Rathian is enraged or not.

Watch Out for Venom Spikes

MH Rise - Apex Rathian Venom Spikes

Apex Rathian's tail attacks scatter Venom Spikes around the battlefield. These obnoxious spikes emanate gasses that can give hunters Venom. It will despawn after a short period but whenever it's up, stay away from them at all cost!

Cut the Tail!

MH Rise - Apex Rathian Cut the Tail

Cutting down Apex Rathian's tail removes its ability to scatter Venom Spikes around the battlefield. Always aim to sever the tail as much as possible.

Aim for The Head When Angry!

MH Rise - Apex Rathian Attack The Head When Enraged

Attacking the head while Apex Rathian is angry can have a high chance of triggering a down. Staying on Apex Rathian's head is extremely risky of course, but pulling this off can considerably increase your window of opportunity for attacks.

Apex Rathian General Attack Patterns

Attack Name Description
Serial Somersault Attacks
A series of spin attacks that allows Apex Rathian to deal Venom with its tail. Has very wide range.
Fiery Breath Explosions Multiple fiery explosions that can deal Fireblight. Causes multiple explosions in a very wide area.
Venom Spike Scatter
Special spikes that are plunged into the ground whenever Apex Rathian attacks with its tail.
Crashing Talons A devastating aerial attack that can easily knock hunters out.
Diagonal Tail Flip
Apex Rathian sommersaults before taking flight, flinging its tail upward at a diagonal angle.
Triple Tail Swipe
Apex Rathian performs a tail combo that covers both its front and back.
Quick Bite + Tail Spin Combo A straightforward attack combo that involves Apex Rathian's head and tail.
All of Apex Rathian's moves in the Rampage are also present when hunting it in the Hub Quest!

Serial Somersault Attacks

A fairly impossible series of moves to deal with as it can hit for up to three (3) times in a row, we suggest avoiding this move at all cost! After seeing that Apex Rathian executed the first diagonal somersault with a wide range, you should move away as much as possible. This mostly happens when Apex Rathian is enraged.

When not enraged, Apex Rathian will only execute a normal Somersault so attack after it lands!

Serial Somersault Attack Variations
MH Rise - Apex Rathian Somersault
Diagonal Somersault 1: A wide diagonal somersault that deals Venom.
Diagonal Somersault 2: Another diagonal somersault with the opposite angle as the first one; deals Venom.
Intimidating Roar: A small, silent roar to frighten hunters.
Straight Somersault: A straight, vertical somersault with a long range that deals Venom. Apex Rathian will land when finished.

Fiery Breath Explosions

Fiery Breath Explosions Attack Information
MH Rise - Apex Rathian Fiery Breath Explosion
Fiery Breath Explosions: This move is an improved version of the normal Rathian's inhaling fire explosion attack. It covers a very wide range so always look out when Rathian inhales and lowers its head.

It is suggested to stick near the side of the head but when you are directly in front, we suggest performing an Emergency Evade!

Venom Spike Scatter

Venom Spike Scatter Attack Information
MH Rise - Apex Rathian
Venom Spike Scatter: Venom Spikes are plunged into the ground whenever Apex Rathian attacks with its tail. These spikes emanate a deadly aura that applies Venom to anyone that ventures too close.

Venom is a more potent version of the Poison status so always have Antidote or Herbal Medicine at all times.

Crashing Talons

Crashing Talons Attack Information
MH Rise - Apex Rathian
Crashing Talons: Apex Rathian picks its target from the sky. Once a target is chosen, Apex Rathian lifts both legs forward in an attempt to spike the target on the way down. This attack deals incredibly high damage if it connects so be prepared to block or dodge out of the way whenever Apex Rathian's up in the air.

Diagonal Tail Flip

Diagonal Tail Flip Attack Information
MH Rise - Apex Rathian
Diagonal Tail Flip: Somewhat similar to a regular Pink Rathian's Somersault, Apex Rathian flips its tail upward at a diagonal angle dealing heavy damage and applying Venom to anyone it connects to. Take note that Apex Rathian can repeat this attack multiple times while airborne.

Triple Tail Swipe

Triple Tail Swipe Attack Information
MH Rise - Apex Rathian
Triple Tail Swipe: Apex Rathian performs a regular tail swing behind it before spinning around to finish the combo towards the front. This attack can inflict Venom but it relatively easy to dodge by positioning beside its legs.

Quick Bite + Tail Spin Combo

Quick Bite + Tail Spin Combo Attack Information
MH Rise - Apex Rathian
Quick Bite + Tail Spin Combo: Apex Rathian performs a quick bite towards the target. This is followed by a very quick tailspin that inflicts Venom on anyone it hits. Always be mindful of this attack!

Apex Rathian Rampage Tips

How to Beat Apex Rathian on Rampages

Apex Rathian Rampage Key Notes

Rush to the Final Area

MH Rise - Rush to the Final Area
As with all Apex Monsters, Apex Rathian rushes to the final area as soon as it arrives. Use a Farcaster to quickly return to the campsite and use the shortcut to the final area. Once there, quickly set up all of your installations. This gives you a solid start leading into the actual fight.

In multiplayer, consider having at least two people positioned by the Dragonators or Splitting Wyvernshot of the first area to significantly damage Apex Rathian as it breaks the first gate.

Always Bring Antidote or Herbal Medicine

Item Effects / How to Get
A cure for poison/venom.
Crafted or bought from the Merchant.
Antidote Herb
Removes all traces of poison and restores a slight amount of health.
Crafted using Materials.
Antidote + Blue Mushroom

As previously mentioned, Venom is a more potent version of the Poison status. This particular status drains HP significantly faster than the regular version and can easily knock you out if left unchecked!

Always make sure you bring a full stack of Antidote or Herbal Medicine before you engage Apex Rathian. You can even bring a full stack of both if necessary!

Take Advantage of the Counter Signal

MH Rise - Counter Signal against Apex Rathian
Installations and traps can only do so much against Apex Monsters. At the end of the day, you still have to get up close and personal to get the job done!

With this in mind, the Counter Signal significantly boosts your weapon damage for the entire duration. The signal pops up at random points during the fight but you can activate it manually for a fraction of its duration by using the Counter Gong.

Sever the Tail

MH Rise - Sever Apex Rathian
Aside from its long reach, Apex Rathian's tail is the main source of its Venom. Severing the tail makes the fight a lot easier.

Use the Warriors of Kamura

MH Rise - Deploying Yomogi against Apex Rathian
The actual fight against Apex Rathian is the perfect time to use specific Warriors of Kamura in your arsenal. It is important to note that this does not mean that you should use all of them at once though!

Each of these special installations have their own benefits and mechanics when activated. Refer to the list below to determine when is the best time to use each one:

When to Deploy the Warriors of Kamura
Elder Fugen Elder Fugen unleashes a very strong AoE attack in its deployed area. Use this to deal massive damage against Apex Rathian whenever it charges up for a big attack on the gate.
Master Utsushi Master Utsushi performs a large AoE attack in its deployed area that makes regular monster caught in the attack rideable. He is best deployed whenever Apex Rathian summons a horde of monsters!
Yomogi the Chef Yomogi bombards monsters with her Machine Cannon and increases the damage of all hunters in the area, similar to the Counter Signal. It is recommended that you deploy her whenever Apex Rathian charges up for a big attack on the gate as well.

General Rampage Tips

MH Rise - Rampage Event Quest

There are also general guidelines applicable to every Rampage quest. Check out our Rampage Guide for the best way to get S-Rank in every Rampage!

Rampage Guide and Tips: How to Get S-Rank

Apex Rathian Materials and Drops

Master Rank Apex Rathian Materials

Broken Parts
Material Drop Rate
Rathian Shard 45% (Body), 33% (Tail)
Rathian Cortex 37% (Body)
Rath Medulla 15% (Tail)
Apex Venom Spike 8% (Body), 40% (Tail)
Rathian Ruby 7% (Body), 8% (Tail)
Rathian Mantle 3% (Body), 4% (Tail)
Material Drop Rate
Apex Venom Spike 70% (Back)
Rathian Shard 58% (Head)
Rathian Cortex 30% (Head), 24% (Back)
Rathian Weave 20% (Wing x2)
Rath Wingripper 20% (Wing)
Rathian Ruby 8% (Head), 4% (Back)
Rathian Mantle 4% (Head), 2% (Back)

High Rank Apex Rathian Materials

Broken Parts
Material Drop Rate
Rathian Scale+ 42% (Tail), 41% (Body)
Apex Venom Spike 40% (Tail), 6% (Body)
Rathian Carapace 32% (Body)
Inferno Sac 17% (Body)
Rath Medulla 8% (Tail)
Rathian Plate 5% (Tail), 3% (Body)
Rathian Ruby 5% (Tail), 1% (Body)
Material Drop Rate
Rath Wingtalon+ 80% (Wing)
Rathian Carapace 60% (Back), 30% (Head)
Rathian Scale+ 58% (Head)
Apex Venom Spike 35% (Back)
Rathian Webbing 20% (Wing x2)
Rathian Plate 7% (Head), 3% (Back)
Rathian Ruby 5% (Head), 2% (Back)

Apex Rathian Dropped Materials

Master Rank
High Rank
Material Drop Rate
Rathian Shard 51%, 35%
Rathian Cortex 47%, 20%
Large Wyvern Tear 40%
Rathian Ruby 4%, 2%
Rathian Mantle 1%

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