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

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Apex Rathalos Guide

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!

Apex Rathalos Hunter Notes

Apex Rathalos
Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Apex Rathalos Apex Monster
Type Flying Wyvern
Threat Level 9/10 Rampage Type MH Rise - Major Threat Rampage TypeMajor 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.

Apex Rathalos Weaknesss and Resistance

MH Rise - Slash Damage MH Rise - Blunt Damage MH Rise - Bullet Damage MH Rise - Fire Damage
35 35 22 1
MH Rise - Water Damage MH Rise - Thunder Damage MH Rise - Ice Damage MH Rise - Dragon Damage
6 12 6 16

Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.

Apex Rathalos Weapon Damage Breakdown

Part Sever Symbol (MH Rise).png Blunt Symbol (MH Rise).png Ammo Symbol (MH Rise).png
Head 55 55 30
Neck 38 38 20
Abdomen 24 24 10
Back 21 21 45
Wing 30 45 10
Leg 30 30 20
Tail 45 35 20
Overall 35 35 22

Apex Rathalos 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 5 10 5 20
Neck 5 10 15 10 15
Abdomen 0 5 8 5 10
Back 0 5 8 5 10
Wing 0 10 20 10 25
Leg 0 5 10 5 15
Tail 5 5 10 5 15
Overall 1 6 12 6 16

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Apex Rathalos Hunting Tips

Apex Rathalos

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

Poison Stun Paralysis Sleep
-- -- --
Blast Exhaust Fireblight Waterblight
-- --
Thunderblight Iceblight

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

Arrived in Update 2.0

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos

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!

Update 2.0 Patch Notes

Update 3.0: Solo Quest Unlocked at HR 90

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
The Fearsome Apex Rathalos
Apex Rathalos Image Apex Rathalos
Unlock Conditions:
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!

Update 3.0 Patch Notes

Unlocked in Rampage Quests When You Reach HR8

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Quests in Rampages

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!

Great Way to Farm Defender Ticket 8

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!

Defender Ticket 8 Uses

How to Beat Apex Rathalos

Check Icon Increase your Fire Resistance

Check Icon Gunners are recommended

Check Icon Use Flash Bombs while Apex Rathalos is hovering in the air.

Check Icon Cut the tail!

Check Icon Beware of the King's Ascension ultimate attack on hunts!

Increase your Fire Resistance

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Fire Resistance

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!

Gunners are Recommended

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Gunner Weapons Recommended

Apex Rathalos will always fly in the air so gunners are recommended over blademasters. Gunner weapons are listed below:

Light Bowgun Heavy Bowgun Bow

Use Flash Bombs While Apex Rathalos is Hovering In the Air

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Use Flashbombs

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!

Cut the Tail

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Cut the Tail

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!

Beware of the King's Ascension Attack!

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Beware of King

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 Attack Patterns

The Same Attacks as Rathalos with New Tricks

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!

Name Description
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.
King's Ascension
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!

Double Chomp

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Double Chomp

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!

Linear Fire Explosions

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Linear Fire Explosions

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!

Apex Talon Grab

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Apex Talon Grab

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!

King's Ascension

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Beware of King

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!

King's Ascension in Rampages

MH Rise - Apex Rathalos Kings Ascension in Rampages

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!

Apex Rathalos Locations

Apex Rathalos Known Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Lava Caverns.pngLava Caverns 9 / 11 / 12 2 / 3 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 14 12
Infernal Springs.pngInfernal Springs - - -

Apex Rathalos Quest Appearances

High Rank
Low Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Hub Quest ★7 The Fearsome Apex Rathalos
Hub Quest ★7 Advanced: Those Crowned Apex
No Quest in This Rank

Apex Rathalos Materials and Drops

High Rank Apex Rathalos Materials

Broken Parts
Material Drop Rate
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)
Material Drop Rate
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)

Apex Rathalos Dropped Materials

Material Drop Rate
Rathalos Scale+ 50%
Large Wyvern Tear 40%
Rathalos Carapace 30%
Rath Wingtalon+ 20%
Rathalos Ruby 2%

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