This is a hunting guide for Apex Rathalos, a Large Monster in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn Apex Rathalos's weaknesses, forgeable weapons, forgeable armor, drops, and more!
List of Contents
|Threat Level||9/10||Rampage Type||Major Threat|
|Major Weakness||Other Weakness|
|Blight / Elemental Damage||Abnormal Status|
|A Rathalos 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 every breath releases flaming jets that singe the very air. The call of an Apex unleashes its tortured anger on nearby beasts, driving them into a frenzy.|
Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.
Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.
A Rathalos 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 every breath releases flaming jets that singe the very air. The call of an Apex unleashes its tortured anger on nearby beasts, driving them into a frenzy.
Status Effect Vulnerabilities
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
Update 2.0 sees the arrival of new monsters and Apex Monsters - and that includes Apex Rathalos. Make sure you update your copy of the game to take on this monster!
|The Fearsome Apex Rathalos||
Complete an Apex Rathalos Rampage Quest and Reach HR 90
Once you update to Version 3.0, reach HR 90, and has fought Apex Rathalos in a Rampage at least once, you are now able to take on Apex Rathalos in his own slay quest!
Apex Rathalos will start to appear in High Rank Rampages when you reach HR8 after the 2.0 Update. Like all Rampage Quests, you can run Apex Rathalos rampage quests an unlimited number of times. Do note, however, that monsters appearing in Rampages are completely random so check the Quest Counter regularly!
Defender Ticket 8's are useful as Talisman Melding materials and an Apex Rathalos Rampage Quest is a great way to farm for them!
Defender Ticket 8 is also needed for late game weapon Ramp-Up for normal and Rampage weapons so take time to acquire these!
Increase your Fire Resistance
Gunners are recommended
Use Flash Bombs while Apex Rathalos is hovering in the air.
Cut the tail!
Beware of the King's Ascension ultimate attack on hunts!
Apex Rathalos survived hunter encounters because of its strong, fiery attacks. We suggest building around increasing your Fire Resistance using Fire Res jewels or eating dangos with Fire Res (Hi). Take note, reaching Fire Resistance 20+ grants you immunity against Fireblight!
Apex Rathalos will always fly in the air so gunners are recommended over blademasters. Gunner weapons are listed below:
|Light Bowgun||Heavy Bowgun||Bow|
Like a normal Rathalos, Apex Rathalos is very much susceptible to Flash Bombs while flying in the air. Use it to ground the King of the Skies!
If you're a Blademaster or a gunner with Sever ammo, aim for the tail. This effectively lowers Apex Rathalos' reach whenever it executes tailspins!
Apex Rathalos' King's Ascension ultimate attack also exists in the solo quest. Map Locales has significantly smaller areas so it would be especially harder to evade this once you have your back against the wall!
Apex Rathalos will fly to the sky and shoot fireballs on the ground. The fireballs will explode in a huge sphere that can one-shot any hunter inside! Use Emergency Evade to save yourself!
Apex Rathalos has all the attacks of a normal Rathalos but is stronger and more agile as well as access to more powerful fire breath attacks. Check a list of the new moves here!
|Double Chomp||A dual bite attack from Apex Rathalos that can flinch hunters!|
|Linear Fire Explosions||An aerial fire breath attack in a vertical line|
Apex Talon Grab
|A grab attack that can send hunters flying. Followed up by a fire breath attack.|
|Apex Rathalos ascends above the horizon while targeting installations and the gate with explosive fireballs. The fireballs create a spherical explosion on impact!|
|All of Apex Rathalos's moves in the Rampage is also present when hunting it in the Hub Quest!|
Apex Rathalos' response to hunters that stay on his face for too long, Double Chomp are quick bite attacks in succession that can flinch hunters!
Another airborne attack that shoots fireballs in a straight line. When Apex Rathalos hovers in the air, expect this attack to come through! Use Emergency Evade or roll to the side when you see Apex Rathalos inhaling for a fire breath attack!
Looks like a variation of normal Rathalos' claw attack but this time Apex Rathalos grabs you with one of its claws then throws you airborne. Once you're above ground, Apex Rathalos will breathe fire in a straight line towards you!
If you find yourself being grabbed and thrown up, we suggest using Wirefall (zL + B) before the follow-up fire breath attack connects!
Considered as Apex Rathalos' ultimate attack, King's Ascension is a move that all hunters must be cautious about. Apex Rathalos will fly high in the sky then target hunters and installations with huge fireballs. The fireballs explode in a sphere as it touches the ground, incinerating even those not in the center!
In Rampages, Apex Rathalos charge for a while then fly up the sky. Once up there, it will target installations then finally gates! It is virtually untargetable so the only way to mitigate this is to try and stagger Apex Rathalos while it is charging. Use the Splitting Wyvernshot to easily do this!
|Map||Starting Area||Visited Areas||Rest Area|
|Lava Caverns||9 / 11 / 12||2 / 3 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 14||12|
|Rathalos Tail||65% (Tail)|
|Rathalos Scale+||36% (Body), 18% (Tail)|
|Rathalos Carapace||24% (Body)|
|Rathalos Wing||19% (Body)|
|Apex Blaze Sac||12% (Body)|
|Rath Medulla||7% (Tail), 5% (Body)|
|Rathalos Plate||5% Tail, 3% (Body)|
|Rathalos Ruby||5% (Tail), 1% (Body)|
|Rath Wingtalon+||70% (Wing)|
|Rathalos Carapace||65% (Back), 21% (Head)|
|Apex Blaze Sac||35% (Head)|
|Rathalos Scale+||32% (Head)|
|Rathalos Wing||30% (Wing)|
|Rath Medulla||30% (Back)|
|Rathalos Plate||7% (Head), 4% (Back)|
|Rathalos Ruby||5% (Head), 1% (Back)|
|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|
|Narwa the Allmother|
|Wind Serpent Ibushi||Thunder Serpent Narwa||Crimson Glow Valstrax|
|Apex Arzuros||Apex Rathian||Apex Mizutsune|
|Apex Rathalos||Apex Diablos||Apex Zinogre|
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