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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Apex Diablos Guide

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

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Apex Diablos Weakness and Notes

Apex Diablos
Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Apex Diablos New Monster
Type Flying Wyvern
Threat Level 10/10 Rampage Type MH Rise - Major Threat Rampage TypeMajor Threat
Major Weakness Other Weakness
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
A Diablos 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 supremely developed horns add to the lethality of its charge. The call of an Apex unleashes its tortured anger on nearby beasts, driving them into a frenzy.

How to Unlock Apex Diablos

Update 3.0: Solo Quest Unlocked after HR100

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
The Devastating Apex Diablos
Apex Diablos Image Apex Diablos
Unlock Conditions:
Complete an Apex Diablos Rampage Quest, Reach HR 100 and Finish the Urgent Quest "The Crimson Glow"

Once you update to Version 3.0, reach HR 100, finish the Urgent Quest The Crimson Glow, and have fought Apex Diablos in a Rampage at least once, you can take on Apex Diablos in its own slay quest!

Update 3.0 Patch Notes

Unlocked in Rampage Quests When You Reach HR 8

Apex Diablos will start to appear in High Rank Rampages when you reach HR 8 after the 2.0 Update. Like all Rampage Quests, you can run Apex Diablos rampage quests an unlimited number of times. Do note, however, that monsters appearing in Rampages are completely random so check the Quest Counter regularly!

Rampage Guide and Tips: How to Get S-Rank

Apex Diablos Weakness and Resistance

MH Rise - Slash Damage MH Rise - Blunt Damage MH Rise - Bullet Damage MH Rise - Fire Damage
37 34 19 0
MH Rise - Water Damage MH Rise - Thunder Damage MH Rise - Ice Damage MH Rise - Dragon Damage
11 7 17 11

Bold are the recommended Weapon Type and Elemental Damage.

Apex Diablos Weapon Damage Breakdown

Part Sever Symbol (MH Rise).png Blunt Symbol (MH Rise).png Ammo Symbol (MH Rise).png
Head 45 45 45
Horn 35 45 10
Neck 40 45 20
Abdomen 38 38 15
Back 25 25 10
Wing 30 30 20
Leg 28 28 25
Tail 50 24 20
Tail Tip 45 24 10
Overall 37 34 19

Apex Diablos 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 15 10 25 15
Horn 0 15 10 25 15
Neck 0 8 5 10 5
Abdomen 0 10 5 10 10
Back 0 5 5 10 5
Wing 0 5 5 10 5
Leg 0 10 5 15 10
Tail 0 10 10 15 10
Tail Tip 0 25 10 30 20
Overall 0 11 7 17 11

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Apex Diablos Hunting Tips

MH Rise - Apex Diablos Charging

An angry Apex Diablos will trigger a devastating move, launching into an unstoppable charge, bringing down everything that stands in its pat. Push on against an enraged Apex to quickly rid it 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

Great Way to Farm Defender Ticket 8

Defender Ticket 8's are useful as Talisman Melding materials and an Apex Diablos 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

Apex Diablos Locations

Apex Diablos Known Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Sandy Plains.pngSandy Plains 9 / 10 / 11 5 / 6 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 2 / 12
Infernal Springs.pngInfernal Springs - - -

Apex Diablos Quest Appearances

High Rank
Low Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Challenge Quest ★7 Challenge Quest 07
Event Quest ★7 Diablos Deception
Event Quest ★7 Heart of an Apex
Event Quest ★7 Apex Diablos Emergency
Hub Quest ★7 The Devastating Apex Diablos
No Quest in This Rank

How to Beat Apex Diablos

Increase Your Hunter's Defenses

Monster Hunter Rise - Upgrade Your Armor to Increase Your Defenses

Apex Diablos dishes out pure, raw damage so we suggest increasing your defense stat. Eat Dangos with Defender (Hi) effects, upgrade your armor in the Smithy, or invest in armors with the Defense Boost skill if Apex Diablos is giving you a hard time.

Aim for the Head!

Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Aim for the Head

Apex Diablos has a major weakness on the head. We suggest focusing all your damage on this part not only to deal huge damage but also to break the horns, which could increase the likelihood of Apex Curlhorns dropping.

Use Ice Weapons

Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Use Ice Weapons

Apex Diablos is extremely weak against the Ice Element. We bringing a good Ice Element weapon whenever you fight Apex Diablos!

You can also increase the Ice Element of your weapon even further by investing on the Ice Attack Armor skill!

Use Sonic Bombs While It Is Underground

Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Use Sonic Bombs While Its Underground

Using Sonic Bombs while Apex Diablos is underground will confuse him, making it unborrow itself halfway! This is a very long opening that you can use to deal massive damage!

Watch Out for Black Smoke On Its Mouth

When Apex Diablos has black smoke around its mouth, it is more aggressive and more likely to execute its Bloodbath Charge Ultimate Move. Stay on the defensive when Apex Diablos enters this mode and be mindful with your positioning!

Use the Environment Against Apex Diablos

Monster Hunter Rise - Use the Environment Against Apex Diablos

Apex Diablos will carelessly charge towards hunters because of its blinding rage. Whenever you see it charging, go behind any environmental obstacles to catch Apex Diablos off guard!

Apex Diablos General Attack Patterns

Apex Diablos has the all the moves of a regular Diablos with added moves that are harder to telegraph and destroys Rampage gates. Here are some of the notable ones you have to watch out for:

Name Description
Battle Cry Charge A scream plus charge combo that can catch hunters without Earplugs near Apex Diablos.
Burrowing Corkscrew Attack Apex Diablos will burrow itself underground then unborrows while spinning. This move targets hunters so keep an eye out!
Ground Horn Impalement Apex Diablos stabs its horns on the ground with extreme force. Hunters caught at the epicenter will receive significant damage.
Charging Horn Impalement Apex Diablos charges towards a hunter then immediately follows it up with a double Ground Horn Impalement.
Horn Charge Combo Apex Diablos will charge towards a hunter then immediately turns around for a horn attack!
Bloodbath Charge
Apex Diablos' ultimate move where it zips around the area three (3) times then finishing the move with a spinning attack. This can one-shot any hunter caught along Apex Diablos' path!
Apex Arena Rush
Rampage-only variation to Bloodbath Charge, this is Apex Diablos' multi-stage charge to the gate. Apex Diablos will zigzag through the battlefield first then finally target the gate!

Battle Cry Charge

Battle Cry Charge Attack Information
Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Battle Cry Charge
Battle Cry Charge: Apex Diablos will shout at the top of its lungs which immobilizes hunters without Earplugs. It will then follow the cry up with a charge attack that can damage any hunter near it!

Burrowing Corkscrew Attack

Burrowing Corkscrew Attack Information
Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Burrowing Corkscrew Attack
Burrowing Corkscrew Attack: Apex Diablos will jump up and burrow itself on the ground. After some time, it will dig itself up while propelling itself in the air! The attack will target nearby hunters so be careful!

You can avoid this move by using Sonic Bombs as it burrows underground to stun Diablos back aboveground!

Ground Horn Impalement

Ground Horn Impalement Attack Information
Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Ground Horn Impalement
Ground Horn Impalement: A very quick impalement attack that can catch an unaware hunter. Apex Diablos will usually raise its horns before it smashes them to the ground. This has a fairly big hitbox so try using Emergency Evade when you see the attack coming!

Charging Horn Impalement

Charging Horn Impalement Attack Information
Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Charging Horn Impalement
Charging Horn Impalement: A variation to the Ground Horn Impalement where Apex Diablos will first charge towards a hunter then slam its sharp horns towards the ground twice! Keep your distance or use Emergency Evade to save yourself.

Horn Charge Combo

Horn Charge Combo Attack Information
Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Horn Charge Combo
Horn Charge Combo: Apex Diablos will charge towards a hunter then immediately turns around for a follow-up horn attack. This can easily catch hunters who have evaded the first horn charge. Be aware of this combo to save your life!

Bloodbath Charge

Bloodbath Charge Attack Information
Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Bloodbath Charge
Bloodbath Charge: Considered as Apex Diablos ultimate move, Apex Diablos will quickly charge three (3) times then finish the move off with a spinning attack. This can one-shot any hunter caught along its path so Emergency Evade when you can!

Apex Arena Rush

Apex Arena Rush Attack Information
Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Arena Rush Charge the Gate
Apex Arena Rush: A rampage-only variation of Bloodbath Charge, Apex Arena Rush is a four-step attack that sees Apex Diablos deal damage to the gate and installations all over the battlefield! This can be countered by interrupting it by dealing huge damage via deploying the Splitting Wyvernshot or Elder Fugen.

Here are steps to Apex Diablos' Apex Arena Rush:

1 Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Charging for Arena Rush
Apex Diablos Charges Far Away from the Gate
Apex Diablos will charge far away from the gate. You can either attack it directly using weapons, use Splitting Wyvernshot, or deploy Elder Fugen to try and cancel the Rush.
2 Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Arena Rush First Dash
It Charges Towards Nearby Installations
When the charge pushes through, Apex Diablos will charge towards nearby installations - damaging them.
3 Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Second Charge then Burrow Arena Rush
Charges Towards Another Installation Then Burrows Underground
It then turns back and attacks another installation. Afterward, it burrows underground to prepare for the gate charge.
4 Monster Hunter Rise - Apex Diablos Arena Rush Charge the Gate
Moves Near the Center, Unburrows, then Charges to the Gate!
While burrowed, Apex Diablos will move near the center of the arena and unburrows to charge the gate! This deals significant damage to the gate which can result in a quest failure!

Apex Diablos Rampage Tips

How to Beat Apex Diablos in Rampages

Check IconIncrease your Hunter's defenses

Check IconAim for the head!

Interrupt Apex Arena Rush with the Splitting Wyvernshot

MH Rise - Apex Diablos Arena Rush Use Splitting Wyvernshot

Apex Diablos' Apex Arena Rush can be interrupted using the Splitting Wyvernshot. You can do this while it is charging or after!

Lure Apex Diablos towards Wyvernfire Artilleries

MH Rise - Apex Diablos Lure Towards Wyvernfire Artillery

Apex Diablos will always go for you, the Hunter, in a straight line. Whenever you get its aggro, we suggest luring it to a nearby Wyvernfire Artillery just so you can give it Fireblight and deal consistent damage!

Use the Warriors of Kamura

MH Rise - Apex Diablos Use the Warriors of Kamura

The actual fight against Apex Diablos 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 Diablos whenever it charges up for a big attack or while bashing 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. Remember, Apex Monsters are not mountable so he is best deployed whenever Apex Diablos 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 Diablos 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 Diablos Materials and Drops

High Rank Apex Diablos Materials

Broken Parts
Material Drop Rate
Diablos Tailcase 70% (Tail)
Diablos Carapace 39% (Body), 12% (Tail)
Diablos Ridge+ 32% (Body)
Diablos Fang 14% (Body x2)
Diablos Medulla 12% (Tail), 5% (Body)
Apex Curlhorn 7% (Body)
Wyvern Gem 6% (Tail), 3% (Body)
Material Drop Rate
Apex Curlhorn 100% (Both Horns)
Diablos Ridge+ 50% (Back)
Diablos Marrow 30% (Back)
Diablos Medulla 20% (Back)

Apex Diablos Dropped Materials

Material Drop Rate
Diablos Carapace 70%
Large Wyvern Tear 40%
Diablos Ridge+ 30%
Wyvern Gem 2%

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