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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!
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|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.|
|Map||Starting Area||Visited Areas||Rest Area|
|Frost Islands||10||7 / 5 / 12 / 11||Coming Soon!|
|The Harlequin Apex Mizutsune||
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!
Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.
|・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.|
The more stars, the more advantageous it will be for the player.
|Pitfall Trap||Shock Trap||Flash Bomb|
|Sonic Bomb||Meat Effects||Dung Bomb|
◯ = Vulnerable; ✕ = Fully Resistant; ▲ = Situational
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:
|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.|
|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.|
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Aim for the Head for Takedowns
The head is the weakness of blademaster, the dorsal (back) fin for gunners
Increase Water Resistance
Use Hellfireblight against Apex Mizutsune
Cannot be mounted and trapped
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Knock Targeters Out of the Sky
Control Gate Crashers
Take Advantage of the Guard Mechanic
Use the Dragonator or Splitting Wyvernshot in Dire Situations
Use the Power Kiln to Refresh Installations
Wyvern Ride Whenever Possible
Position Wyvernfire Artillery Beside Gates
Position Dragonbait In Front of Dragonators
Bring Your Own Traps and Bombs
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 replenish your stock in between Rampage Waves by entering the indicated room within the campsite.
|Apex Mizutsune Key Notes|
Rush to the Final Area
Use Mizutsune's Hellfireblight Againts It
Use Machine Cannons
Take note of the Bubbly Finale!
Use the Warriors of Kamura
Bring Deodorant, Nulberries, and Cleanser
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
|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.
Apex Mizutsune can inflict three types of blights and status effects throughout the fight:
|Large Wyvern Tear||40%|
|2-Star Large Monsters|
|Great Izuchi||Arzuros||Great Baggi||Lagombi|
|3-Star Large Monsters|
|Great Wroggi||Royal Ludroth||Khezu|
|4-Star Large Monsters|
|5-Star Large Monsters|
|6-Star Large Monsters|
|High Rank Large Monsters|
|Wind Serpent Ibushi||Thunder Serpent Narwa|
|High Rank Large Monsters|
|Apex Arzuros||Apex Mizutsune||Apex Rathian|
|Apex Rathalos||Apex Diablos|
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