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Apex Mizutsune Guide

This is a hunt guide for Apex Mizutsune, an Apex monster appearing in its own quest, and Rampage Quests in Monster Hunter (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn how to beat Apex Mizutsune, How to Unlock Apex Mizutsune Solo Quest, its attack patterns, and general rampage tips!

Apex Mizutsune Hunter Notes

Apex Mizutsune
Apex Mizutsune Apex Monster.png
Type Leviathan
Threat Level 9/10 Rampage Type Major Threat
Major Weakness Thunder, Dragon Other Weakness(es) Blast, Ice
Blight / Elemental Damage Water Abnormal Status Hellfireblight
A Mizutsune so mighty, it was crowned an Apex. It is eternally possessed by wrath and terror, possibly due to the myriad wounds that covers its body. Its bubbles and huge tail have no trouble sending foes packing. The call of an Apex unleashes its tortured anger on nearby beasts, driving them into a frenzy.

Known Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Frost Islands.pngFrost Islands 10 7 / 5 / 12 / 11 Coming Soon!

Update 2.0: Solo Quest Unlocked at HR 45

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Quest Name Monster/Unlock
The Harlequin Apex Mizutsune
Apex Mizutsune ImageApex Mizutsune
Unlock Conditions:
Complete Apex Mizutsune Rampage Quest and Reach HR 45

Once you update to Version 2.0, reach HR 45, and have fought Apex Mizutsune in a Rampage at least once, you are now able to take on Apex Mizutsune in its own slay quest!

Update 2.0 Patch Notes

Apex Mizutsune 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 60 60 25
Neck 43 43 15
Torso 25 25 15
Foreleg 28 28 10
Left Claw 24 24 10
Right Claw 24 24 10
Dorsal Fin 43 43 45
Hind Leg 38 38 20
Tail 43 33 10
Overall 36 35 18

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 5 0 10 5 8
Neck 8 0 10 5 8
Torso 5 0 10 5 5
Foreleg 5 0 25 15 30
Left Claw 5 0 30 15 30
Right Claw 5 0 30 15 30
Dorsal Fin 8 0 15 5 10
Hind Leg 5 0 10 5 5
Tail 5 0 10 5 5
Overall 6 0 17 8 15

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Hunting Tips

・An angry Apex Mizutsune will trigger an devastating move, wreak havoc to its surroundings by shooting out explosive bubbles. These can be dealth with using kunai, ranged weapon shots, or ballista. Push on against an enraged Apex to quickly rid it of its rageand steady its temper.


Status Effect Vulnerabilities

Poison Stun Paralysis Sleep Blast
1★ 1★ 0 0 2★
Exhaust Fireblight Waterblight Thunderblight Iceblight
0 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

◯ = Vulnerable; ✕ = Fully Resistant; ▲ = Situational

Apex Mizutsune Attack Patterns

Aside from using the entire attack set of a regular Mizutsune, Apex Mizutsune brings new and deadly moves into the fight! Read more about them below:

Attack Name Description
Apex Bubbles Exclusive to Apex Mizutsune, these bubbles explode on contact and inflict Hellfireblight.
Water Jet Cutter Apex Mizutsune's Water Jet Cutter is more stationary than the regular version but deals higher damage.
Bubble Body Slam A quick aerial attack that can easily KO unsuspecting hunters.
Bubble Rush A quick rush attack that can reach hunters that are far from Mizutsune.
Tail Uppercut
A move that uses Apex Mizutsune's huge tail that throws hunters upward. Usually followed up by Rush attack. Deals massive damage.
Corkscrew Jet Cutter
Apex Mizutsune summons large blue Apex bubbles that orbits the monster like planets. Afterwards, a spiral water jet attack with follow suit.

Apex Bubbles

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Aside from regular bubbles, Apex Mizutsune can produce a special kind of bubble that explodes on contact and inflicts Hellfireblight. These particular bubbles deal high damage and can easily knock you out so always be mindful of their trajectory to effectively dodge or block them!

Water Jet Cutter

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Apex Mizutsune's Water Jet Cutter deals more damage than its regular version at the cost of its ability to move while shooting it. The straight pattern, in particular, is relatively easy to dodge and opens Mizutsune up for heavy attacks and combos.

Apex Mizutsune Rising Bubble Attacks

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Two attacks can be telegraphed when multiple bubbles rise around Apex Mizutsune - Bubble Body Slam and Bubble Rush. Since it is quite hard to tell which one of these Apex Mizutsune will execute, immediately guard or evade sideways when you see multiple bubbles rising!

Bubble Rising Attacks

Bubble Body Slam

Apex Mizutsune Bubble Body Slam.gif
This is a very quick and dangerous attack that can catch any hunter off-guard. Bubble Body Slam is one of two moves telegraphed whenever Apex Mizutsune produces small regular bubbles around itself. Evade to the side when you see the bubbles.

Apex Mizutsune tends to use this move whenever it rotates towards a hunter positioned behind it so try not to overcommit whenever you attack Apex Mizutsune from the flank or rear.

Bubble Rush

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A very quick dash attack that can catch any hunter off-guard. Bubble Rush is one of two moves telegraphed whenever Apex Mizutsune produces small regular bubbles around itself. Evade to the side when you see the bubbles.

Tail Uppercut

Apex Mizutsune Tail Uppercut.gif

A two-move attack where Apex Mizutsune first throws you upward then follows up with a Rush attack. When you find yourself flying because of this move, perform a Wirefall (zL + B) to regain your footing!

Corkscrew Jet Cutter

Apex Mizutsune Corkscrew Jet Cutter.gif

Apex Mizutsune will summon blue Apex bubbles that orbits Apex Mizutsune like planets. Afterward, a spiral water jet attack will follow!

This attack can be telegraphed by the appearance of the blue Apex bubbles and you can evade this move by going straight under Apex Mizutsune. Take note, however, that when you approach Apex Mizutsune before it executes the Water Jet attack, you will get hit with the initial downward-pointing Water Jet starting attack.

How to Beat Apex Mizutsune

Check IconAim for the Head for Takedowns

Check IconThe head is the weakness of blademaster, the dorsal (back) fin for gunners

Check IconIncrease Water Resistance

Check IconUse Hellfireblight against Apex Mizutsune

Check IconCannot be mounted and trapped

Aim for the Head for Takedowns

Apex Miztusune Take Down.jpg

Apex Mizutsune has an extremely soft head so always try to aim for it. When enough damage is done, Apex Mizutsune can fall and give hunters huge openings.

The Head is the Weakness for Blademasters

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Blademaster weapons (All weapons except Bowguns and Bows) can deal massive damage on Apex Mizutsune's head. When you're using one of these weapons, aim for the head!

The Gunners can Aim for the Dorsal (Back) Fins

Gunners on the other hand should aim for the dorsal (back) fins. Though the damage is not as great as the blademasters', aiming for this part makes sure that you are dealing decent damage.

Increase Water Resistance

Apex Mizutsune Water Resistance.pngEnlarge

When hit with Mizutsune's water jet attacks, your hunter can be inflicted with the Waterblight. We suggest using Armors with high Water Resistance like the Kaiser armor set or use Armors that has the Water Resistance Skill.

Also, you may choose to eat dangos with Water Res (Hi). The general rule is that when you reach Water defense +20, waterblights are nullified.

Kaiser Armor Set Skills and Forging Materials

Remove Waterblight using Nulberries

If you don't want to invest in Water Resistance, you can bring Nulberries to mitigate the effects of Waterblight. Just make sure to bring enough or go back to camp to get more!

Nulberry Location: How to Get and Effects

Use Hellfireblight Against Apex Mizutsune

Apex Miztusune Hellfireblight.jpg

In contrast to the regular Mizutsune, Apex Mizutsune's bubbles deal Hellfireblight. Use Hellfireblight against Miztusune by wiredashing near it! This can topple Apex Miztsune for free hits!

Cannot Be Mounted and Trapped

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Like all Apex Monsters, Apex Miztusune can't be mounted and trapped so do not aim to do so during the hunt. It can be affected by Flash Bombs though, so bring plenty of those if you need crowd control.

Flash Bomb Location: How to Get and Uses

Apex Mizutsune Rampage Tips

General Rampage Tips
Rampage Tips
Check Icon.pngKnock Targeters Out of the Sky
Check Icon.pngControl Gate Crashers
Check Icon.pngTake Advantage of the Guard Mechanic
Check Icon.pngUse the Dragonator or Splitting Wyvernshot in Dire Situations
Check Icon.pngUse the Power Kiln to Refresh Installations
Check Icon.pngWyvern Ride Whenever Possible
Check Icon.pngPosition Wyvernfire Artillery Beside Gates
Check Icon.pngPosition Dragonbait In Front of Dragonators
Check Icon.pngBring Your Own Traps and Bombs

Knock Targeters Out of the Sky

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Flying Targeters such as Pukei-Pukei can be a major nuisance during the rampage if left unchecked. Shooting them with the Ballista's Retreat Shot will send them crashing down to the ground and incapacitate them for a few precious seconds.

Alternatively, you can also use a Flash Bomb if you are not manning an installation.

Control Gate Crashers

Monster Hunter Rise (Rampage) - Controlling Gate Crashers.gif
Gate Crashers must always be eliminated as soon as possible to ensure that your barricades and gates remain healthy! Fortunately, all of the manned installations have efficient ways to restrain and control them.

How to Control Gate Crashers via Installations
Ballista Use Crag Shot on a Gate Crasher's head twice to knock it down.
You can also use Retreat Shot on most Gate Crashers to interrupt their attack.
Cannon Charge your Thunder Shot to at least level two for a good chance to apply Thunderblight.
Once Thunderblight is applied, bombard the Gate Crasher's head with regular shots to knock it down.
Machine Cannon Use Silkbind Shot at a Gate Crasher to drag and restrain it in front of you for a few seconds.
You can pelt it with Cluster Shots as soon as it is within close range.

Take Advantage of the Guard Mechanic

Monster Hunter Rise (Rampage) - Guard Mechanic.gif
Be mindful of the Guard mechanic whenever you are manning an installation! Guard not only reduces the damage taken by you and the installation itself, but it also prevents you from getting knocked off.

You also do not have to worry about timing your guard because the stance is maintained as long as you hold the R button.

Use the Dragonator or Splitting Wyvernshot in Dire Situations

Dragonator Splitting Wyvernshot
Monster Hunter Rise (Rampage) - Using Dragonators.gifEnlarge Monster Hunter Rise (Rampage) - Splitting Wyvernshot.gifEnlarge

Ever found yourself in a situation in which three Anjanaths are about to knock at your gate? Consider using the Dragonator or Splitting Wyvernshot whenever you're caught in a very tough scenario!

Use the Power Kiln to Refresh Installations

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Make the most out of the rest period in between Rampage Waves by using the Power Kiln. The Power Kiln repairs installations and reduces the cooldown of the Dragonator and Splitting Wyvernshot for every third heave of coal into it.

This ensures that all of your installations are primed and ready for the next wave!

Wyvern Ride Whenever Possible

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Aside from getting eliminated, bombarding monsters with manned installations can make them vulnerable to Wyvern Riding. This lets you eliminate multiple monsters with relative ease so always keep an eye out for the opportunity!

Position Wyvernfire Artillery Beside Gates

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Wyvernfire Artillery may seem like a clunky installation at first glance but the key here is to determine the best position for it. We find that these installations perform best when positioned just beside the gate because this ensures constant damage to any monster that approaches it!

It can also be instrumental against all major rampage targets such as the Apex Monsters and Ibushi from this position due to their tendency to charge their large attacks near the gate itself.

Position Dragonbait In Front of Dragonators

Monster Hunter Rise (Rampage) - Baiting Stalkers.gif
Dragonbait attracts Stalkers with its loud horn, making it the perfect installation to place in front of Dragonators. Keep in mind that you only have a limited number of Dragonbait per Rampage Quest so make the most out of them!

Bring Your Own Traps and Bombs

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If you're looking to fortify your position further, consider using your own Shock and Pitfall Traps at key positions and choke points. Large and Mega Barrel Bombs can also be stacked on top of Bamboo Bombs to further increase their potency!

You Can Restock at the Campsite

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You can replenish your stock in between Rampage Waves by entering the indicated room within the campsite.

How to Beat Apex Mizutsune in Rampages

Apex Mizutsune Key Notes
Check Icon.pngRush to the Final Area
Check Icon.pngUse Mizutsune's Hellfireblight Againts It
Check Icon.pngUse Machine Cannons
Check Icon.pngTake note of the Bubbly Finale!
Check Icon.pngUse the Warriors of Kamura
Check Icon.pngBring Deodorant, Nulberries, and Cleanser

Rush to the Final Area

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As with all Apex Monsters, Apex Mizutsune 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 Mizutsune as it breaks the first gate.

Use Mizutsune's Hellfireblight Against It!

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As previously stated, Apex Mizutsune inflicts Hellfireblight with its Apex Bubbles. You can use this particular blight to your advantage by baiting Apex Mizutsune into attacking it while nearby. This results in a quick knockout that allows you to deal heavy attacks and combos for free.

The first knockout only requires one baited attack into hellfire but subsequent knockouts require significantly more baited attacks. For instance, a second knockout requires three to five baited attacks.

Use Machine Cannons

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Machine Cannons are amazing against Apex Mizutsune because not only are they effective in mitigating Bubbly Finale, but they also shred Apex Mizutsune's surprisingly soft body parts.

Use these particular installments to easily break parts that are hard to reach like the back.

Take Note of the Bubbly Finale

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Take note of Bubbly Finale, Apex Mizutsune's charged attack exclusive to the Rampage and is used to destroy the Final Gate. Once fully charged, Apex Mizutsune summons massive golden bubbles that deal incredibly high damage to hunters or the gate itself. Apex Mizutsune also sprays its Water Jet Cutter in an outgoing spiral pattern around it.

This is a devastating attack that can easily destroy your gate if left unchecked. Here are some ways you can mitigate or even prevent its damage entirely:

  • Shoot the bubbles using Machine Cannons or Ballistae to turn them into their relatively less dangerous blue versions. It is possible to pop these bubbles entirely but it requires a significant amount of damage per bubble.
  • Splitting Wyvernshot or Dragonators can easily pop the bubbles and prevent the actual attack from pushing through. Dragonators, in particular, must be activated while the bubbles are still ascending to the top of Apex Mizutsune to pop them.
  • Knocking Apex Mizutsune as it charges or performs Bubbly Finale can cancel the attack entirely. However, this requires significant damage from installments or weapons; It is recommended that you focus on the bubbles instead if you play solo.

Use the Warriors of Kamura

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The actual fight against Apex Mizutsune 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.
It is recommended that you deploy Elder Fugen while Apex Mizutsune charges up for its Bubbly Finale.
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 Mizutsune 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.
Like Elder Fugen, it is recommended that you deploy her while Apex Mizutsune charges up for the Bubbly Finale.

Bring Deodorant, Nulberries, and Cleanser

Item Effects / How to Get
Immediately removes any foam or webbing on your body.
Crafted or bought from the Merchant.
Fire Herb + Popfish
Cures blights and resistance downs.
Gathered from specific spots in the map.
Cures stench, blastblight, and hellfireblight.
Can be bought from the Merchant or provided at the start of a quest.
Sunscorned Grass

Apex Mizutsune can inflict three types of blights and status effects throughout the fight:

These deadly blights can be easily negated via Cleanser, Nulberries, and Deodorant respectively so always make sure you bring a full stack of each before you fight this Apex Monster!

Apex Mizutsune Materials and Drops

High Rank

Target Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Mizutsune Scale+ 38%
Mizutsune Purplefur+ 29%
Mizutsune Claw+ 15%
Apex Bubblefoam 6%
Mizutsune Tail 5%

Broken Part Rewards

Material Drop Rate
Mizutsune Claw+ 80%
Mizutsune Purplefur+ 65%
Mizutsune Fin+ 60%
Apex Bubblefoam 31%
Mizutsune Plate 7%


Material Drop Rate
Mizutsune Tail 75%
Mizutsune Scale+ 41%
Mizutsune Purplefur+ 28%
Mizutsune Claw+ 15%
Apex Bubblefoam 12%
Mizutsune Plate 7%

Dropped Materials

Material Drop Rate
Mizutsune Scale+ 60%
Mizutsune Purplefur+ 40%
Large Wyvern Tear 40%

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