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

Apex Diablos Hunter Notes

Apex Diablos
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Type Flying Wyvern
Threat Level 10/10 Rampage Type Major Threat
Major Weakness Other Weakness(es)
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
Characteristics
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.

Arrived in Update 2.0

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Update 2.0 sees the arrival of new monsters and Apex Monsters - and that includes Apex Diablos. Make sure you update your copy of the game to take on this monster!

Update 2.0 Patch Notes

Unlocked in Rampage Quests When You Reach HR8

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Apex Diablos 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 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!

No Solo Quests As of Update 2.0

Update 2.0 only puts Apex Diablos in Rampage Quests. There are no Solo Quests for Apex Diablos as of Update 2.0 but we expect it to drop together with Update 3.0 so stay tuned!

Update 3.0: Expected Release Date and New Monsters

Great Way to Farm Defender Ticket 8

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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 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 new ones:

Name Description
Ground Horn Impalement Apex Diablos stabs its horns on the ground with extreme force. Hunters caught at the epicenter will receive significant damage.
Horn Charge Combo Apex Diablos will charge towards a hunter then immediately turns around for a horn attack!
Apex Arena Rush
[DANGER]
Apex Diablos' multi-stage charge to the gate. Apex Diablos will zigzag through the battlefield first then finally target the gate!

Ground Horn Impalement

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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!

Horn Charge Combo

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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!

Apex Arena Rush

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 Apex Diablos Charges Far Away from the Gate

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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 It Charges Towards Nearby Installations - damaging it

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When the charge pushes through, Apex Diablos will charge towards nearby installations - damaging them.

③ Charges Towards Another Installation Then Burrows Underground

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It then turns back and attacks another installation. Afterward, it burrows underground to prepare for the gate charge.

④ Moves Near the Center, Unburrows, then Charges to the Gate!

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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!

How to Beat Apex Diablos in Rampages

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

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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

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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
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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

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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.

Check IconInterrupt Apex Arena Rush with the Splitting Wyvernshot

Check IconLure Apex Diablos towards Wyvernfire Artilleries

Check IconIncrease your Hunter's defenses

Check IconAim for the head!

Check IconUse the Warriors of Kamura efficiently and effectively!

Interrupt Apex Arena Rush with the Splitting Wyvernshot

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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

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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!

Increase Your Hunter's Defenses

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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!

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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 Curlhorn dropping.

Use the Warriors of Kamura

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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.

Apex Diablos Materials and Drops

Apex Diablos does not have percentage drop tables yet. We will update this page as soon as the Apex Diablos solo quest appears!

Regular Diablos Drops + Apex Curlhorn

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Apex Diablos has the same drop table as the normal Diablos - the only difference is the Apex Curlhorn! From our testing, Apex Curlhorn drops more frequently when both of Apex Diablos' horns are broken!

Diablos: Material Drops

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