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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Malzeno Guide

This is a hunting guide for Malzeno, an Elder Dragon in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), and the Sunbreak DLC. Read on to learn Malzeno's weaknesses, forgeable weapons, forgeable armor, drops, and attack patterns for Master Rank!

Malzeno Guide
Weapons IconMalzeno Weapons Armor IconMalzeno Armor

Malzeno Weakness and Notes

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Malzeno New Monster
Type Elder Dragon
Threat Level 8/10 Rampage Type
Major Weakness Other Weakness
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
A dragon covered with elegant silver scales. It appears almost regal to start with, but after draining enough energy it can turn a violent, fresh-blood crimson.

Hunt Malzeno For Free in the Sunbreak Demo

Malzeno is featured in the demo as an Advanced quest. Make sure to finish the Intermediate and Expert hunts first to unlock Malzeno's quest.

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How to Unlock Malzeno

Reach the Final M★4 Urgent Quest in Master Rank

MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Witness by Moonlight

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
Witness by Moonlight
Malzeno Image Malzeno
Unlock Conditions:
Complete two M★4 Key Quests after finishing the Quest "A Slumbering Jungle Espinas"

Malzeno is the target of the MR 4 Urgent Quest Witness by Moonlight in the Sunbreak expansion. You'll need to finish two more Key Quests after finishing A Slumbering Jungle Espinas.

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Malzeno Weakness and Resistance

Malzeno Weapon Damage Breakdown

Part Sever Symbol (MH Rise).png Blunt Symbol (MH Rise).png Ammo Symbol (MH Rise).png
Head 46 48 45
Torso 32 30 15
Foreleg 45 40 30
Hind Leg 30 28 5
Wing 28 28 5
Tail 35 32 10
Tail Tip 26 22 10
Overall 35 33 18

Malzeno 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 15 0 0 15 25
Torso 10 0 0 5 15
Foreleg 10 0 0 5 20
Hind Leg 10 0 0 5 15
Wing 10 0 0 5 15
Tail 10 0 0 5 15
Tail Tip 10 0 0 5 15
Overall 11 0 0 7 18

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Malzeno Hunting Tips

MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Hunting Tip

Certain attacks will cause Bloodblight, causing your life to continuously drain but your attacks to also heal you; keep the pressure on. The Bloodening will occur after a certain amont of time, leading to raging attacks; end it and get a knock down by hitting the red flashing area on the arms and neck.

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

Kinsect Extracts

Monster Part Extract
Head Red Extract
Torso Orange Extract
Foreleg White Extract
Hind Leg Orange Extract
Wing White Extract
Tail Orange Extract
Tail Tip Orange Extract

Red = Attack Increase, White = Movement Boost, Orange = Anti-knockback When Attacking

Kinsect Extract Guide

Malzeno Locations and Quests

Malzeno Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Citadel.pngCitadel 2 / 5 / 14 2 / 3 / 8 / 10 14
Shrine Ruins.pngShrine Ruins 5 / 8 / 12 1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 5
Lava Caverns.pngLava Caverns 8 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 11
Forlorn Arena.pngForlorn Arena - - -

Malzeno Quest Appearances

Master Rank
High Rank
Low Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Hub Quest M★5 Crimson Moonlight
Urgent Hub Quest M★5 Witness by Moonlight
Event Quest M★6 Dual Threat: A Returning Rush of Red
Event Quest M★6 Flagship Fight
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: Hail to the Fierce
Hub Quest M★6 Sticky Secret Sticking Sauce
Hub Quest M★6 Monster Mash
Hub Quest M★6 Trials of Passion and Composure
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: In Pursuit of the Truth
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: Resplendent Silver
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: Edge of Madness
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: Scarlet Shindig
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: Trade Obstruction
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: Infestation Infiltration
Support Survey M★6 Operation Dominion
No Quest in This Rank
No Quest in This Rank

How to Beat Malzeno

Shields are Recommended

Weapons with Shields
Gunlance IconGunlance Lance IconLance Lance IconSword and Shield Lance IconCharge Blade

Malzeno's moves are difficult to evade, and its attack combos make counters hard to pull off. This makes guarding a viable survival strategy, so choose a weapon with a shield if you find yourself carting often.

Overcome Bloodblight by Attacking

MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Overcoming Bloodblight

Malzeno's tail attacks and Qurio Orbs can inflict Bloodblight. Bloodblight reduces natural HP recovery and healing item effectiveness while reducing your red HP gauge but attacking a monster recovers HP.

The amount of healing is a percentage of damage dealt so it's best to be more aggressive when inflicted with this status.

Avoid Using Max Potions

MH Rise Sunbreak - Avoid Max Potions

Max Potions normally recover all your health, but they only heal half your health under Bloodblight. Instead, use Potions and Mega Potions for emergency healing if you can't attack Malzeno. They are way cheaper to use.

Elemental Users Should Bring Nulberries

MH Rise Sunbreak - Elemental Users Should Bring Nulberries
Most of Malzeno's breath and energy attacks can inflict Dragonblight. If you're bringing elemental weapons, make sure to pack some Nulberries to cure yourself from this effect.

Take Note of Its Different Rage Modes

Normal Mode: Malzeno's normal, relatively calmer state. Moves won't inflict Bloodblight that much.

Enraged Mode: An angrier, more aggressive mode for Malzeno. Its mouth would be foaming with Qurio energy and some of its attacks inflict Bloodblight.

Vampiric Mode: Malzeno's most powerful form is characterized by Qurio residing on its head, forearms, and tail. The monster is very agile during this empowered mode, getting access to teleportation attacks.

Go Aggressive When in Vampiric Mode

MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Go Aggressive When in Vampiric Mode

Once Malzeno enters its Vampiric Mode, it is suggested to go aggressive during this phase. Dealing enough damage while Malzeno is in this mode will topple and revert the monster to normal form. What's more, the topple effect gives you a huge opening!

Qurio Infested Parts Also Become Weakpoints

In addition to the mechanic above, Qurio-infested Malzeno parts (head, neck, forelegs, and tail) become weak points during this phase.

Watch Out for Its Teleportation Moves

MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Malzeno Teleport

Whenever Malzeno is in Vampiric mode, it gains the ability to move extremely quickly, almost as if it were teleporting. After this motion, it pauses briefly before following up with another move. It's best to anticipate what it will do next during this time to avoid getting caught in its deadly combos.

What's more, there are around 2 seconds of downtime for Malzeno that you can use to dish out some attacks.

Teleportation Move Combos

Teleportation Combo Variations
MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Teleport to Tail Pierce
Teleport → Tail Pierce

After its blink movement, Malzeno will rise to prepare its Tail Pierce attack. Stay away from the tip of its tail since it attacks straight in its pointed direction.

Don't forget that this move is executed twice, so don't get greedy after the first one!
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Teleport to Fanning Dragon Energy
Teleport → Fanning Dragon Energy

After the motion, Malzeno will fire off three dragon-infused energy beams on the ground. These travel straight, so take evasive measures accordingly.
MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Bite Teleport Front Wing Blast
Bite → Teleport → Front Wing Blast

Malzeno will try to bite the Hunter and then teleport backward to create some space. It can then follow it up with a Front Wing Blast!
MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Bite Teleport Bite
Bite → Teleport → Bite

Malzeno will try to bite the hunter and then teleport backward to create some space. It can then follow it up with another Bite Attack!
MH Rise Sunbreak (Malzeno) - Teleport to Aerial Wind Blast
Teleport → Aerial Wind Blast

After moving quickly, Malzeno will quickly leap and slam its claws down on the ground, creating strong winds. This move has a fairly huge hitbox, so execute an emergency evade if you're near Malzeno!

Malzeno Attacks and Moves

Name Description
Lunging Bite Malzeno pounces forward for a quick bite.
Qurio Orbs Projectiles made of Qurio are thrown at targets and can cause Bloodblight upon exploding.
Dragon Breath A wide-ranged attack capable of damaging multiple targets.
Fanning Dragon Energy Using its wings, Malzeno fires off projectiles that can inflict Dragonblight.
Wing Thrusts Malzeno uses its wings to strike targets in front of it
Wind Blast Malzeno uses its wings to create wind blasts that launch rocks.
Corkscrew Dive A snappy corkscrew attack that chases down hunters.
Tail Attacks Malzeno uses its tail to stab and sweep away anyone in its way. These attacks also cause Bloodblight.
Grab Attack Malzeno grabs its target and drains their essence.
Malzeno Ultimate Malzeno fires its dragon breath around the area before releasing a large sphere that explodes.

Lunging Bite

Lunging Bite Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Lunging Bite
Lunging Bite: Malzeno raises its forelegs then lunges forward for a bite attack. While empowered or enraged, Malzeno can follow up with another lunging bite.

Qurio Orbs

Malzeno can fire off blood red orbs powered by Qurio and use them as a projectile.

Qurio Orbs Variations
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Qurio Orbs
Qurio Orbs: Malzeno gathers Qurio to form 3 large orbs and fires them at its targets. These orbs explode on impact and will inflict Bloodblight.
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Empowered Qurio Orb Volley
Empowered Qurio Orb Volley: While empowered or enraged Malzeno can launch the orbs one at a time toward a hunter.

Dragon Breath

Dragon Breath Variations
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Explosive Breath
Explosive Dragon Breath: Malzeno fires its dragon breath attack into the ground causing 3 rows of explosions that fan outward. This move can inflict Dragonblight.
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Aerial Breath Attack
Aerial Dragon Breath: Malzeno will quickly leap up and fire a ball of its dragon breath downward. Malzeno will then use its wings to send the ball to its target.

Fanning Dragon Energy

Fanning Dragon Energy Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Fanning Dragon Energy
Fanning Dragon Energy: Malzeno releases dragon-infused energy and spreads them with its wings. These usually go straight, but the middle ones can sometimes change direction, following a cross pattern.

Wing Thrusts

Wing Thrusts Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Wing Thrusts
Wing Thrusts: Malzeno thrusts its sharp wings at hunters. It will normally only use one wing to attack. However, when it's powered up, it will use the attack twice, with the second always being its other wing.

If you're hit by the first thrust, try to stay down to take advantage of the brief moment of invincibility rather than risk getting hit by the second thrust with a misaimed Wirefall.

Wind Blast

Malzeno will wind up and swing its wing for a burst of ground-shattering air pressure. While enraged or empowered it will often fire twice.

Wind Blast Variations
MH Rise Wind Blast
Wind Blast: Malzeno fires off a strong gust of wind in a single direction. When empowered, the wind appears black, and its damage increases drastically, so take care when evading.
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Aerial Wind Blast
Aerial Wind Blast: While Malzeno is airborne, it can use its wings to blast down strong winds that can knock back hunters.

Corkscrew Dive

Corkscrew Dive Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak Corkscrew Dive
Corkscrew Dive: Malzeno will chase down hunters with a fast corkscrew attack that covers a good bit of distance. Ranged hunters should take care to avoid this attack.

Tail Attacks

Tail Attack Variations
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Tail Lunge
Tail Slam & Pierce: Malzeno flips in midair slamming its tail down then immediately thrusts it outward inflicting heavy damage and Bloodblight on impact. It's best to save your counters for the lunge rather than the slam.

While empowered, Malzeno will blink to its target and do two Tail Slam & Pierce attacks in succession at two different angles so hunters beware!
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Tail Thrust
Tail Pierce & Sweep: When Malzeno curls up its tail and opens the claws before thrusting it, then sweeping it in a wide arc behind it. This attack can easily catch hunters hitting it from behind off guard with its follow-up swing. When empowered, Malzeno will use the Tail Pierce twice in a row.

This attack inflicts Bloodblight.
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Wide Tail Sweep
Wide Tail Sweep: Rather than using its tail for piercing, Malzeno will sweep its tail to cover a wide area around it. Like its other tail attacks, this will also cause Bloodblight. However, it appears to only do this when empowered.

Grab Attack

Grab Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Grab Attack
Grab Attack: Malzeno will dash to a hunter before grabbing them and draining their blood bringing it closer to its empowered state. Note that it can still pin down hunters while it's powered up!

Malzeno Ultimate

Malzeno Ultimate Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Ultimate
Malzeno Ultimate: A deadly combination of attacks! When Malzeno blinks to the center of the area and leaps into the air it will fire a beam of crimson energy a 360-degree sweep before dropping and detonating an orb of draconic energy beneath it. Residual energy will spread after the explosion so look out for those.

Malzeno will only perform this move when hunters are unable to knock it out of its empowered Vampiric mode. After this attack, Malzeno will return to its normal state.

Malzeno Materials and Drops

Master Rank Malzeno Materials

Broken Parts
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Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Fellwing IconMalzeno Fellwing [85% (Wing)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Hardhorn IconMalzeno Hardhorn [80% (Head)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Cortex IconMalzeno Cortex [70% (Wing), 15% (Wing)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Bloody Parasite IconBloody Parasite [30% (Foreleg x2)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Hardfang IconMalzeno Hardfang [17% (Horn x2)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Bloodstone IconMalzeno Bloodstone [3% (Head)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Tail IconMalzeno Tail [80% (Tail)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Cortex IconMalzeno Cortex [37%(Body), 17% (Tail)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Shard IconMalzeno Shard [28% (Body)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Hardfang IconMalzeno Hardfang [21% (Body)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Fellwing IconMalzeno Fellwing [13% (Body)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Malzeno Bloodstone IconMalzeno Bloodstone [3% (Tail), 1% (Head)]

Malzeno Dropped Materials

Master Rank

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Bloody Parasite IconBloody Parasite [20% (x2)]

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