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||Malzeno Weapons||Malzeno Armor|
List of Contents
|Threat Level||8/10||Rampage Type||ー|
|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.|
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.
|Witness by Moonlight||
Complete two M★4 Key Quests after finishing the Quest "A Slumbering Jungle Espinas"
Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.
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
If an ailment has more stars it means that it has better effectiveness.
|Pitfall Trap||Shock Trap||Flash Bomb|
|Sonic Bomb||Meat Effects||Dung Bomb|
◯ = Vulnerable; ✕ = Fully Resistant; ▲ = Situational
Red = Attack Increase, White = Movement Boost, Orange = Anti-knockback When Attacking
|Map||Starting Area||Visited Areas||Rest Area|
|Citadel||2 / 5 / 14||2 / 3 / 8 / 10||14|
|Shrine Ruins||5 / 8 / 12||1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13||5|
|Lava Caverns||8||3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11||11|
|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|
|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|
|Support Survey||M★6||Operation Dominion|
|No Quest in This Rank|
|No Quest in This Rank|
|Weapons with Shields|
|Gunlance||Lance||Sword and Shield||Charge 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In addition to the mechanic above, Qurio-infested Malzeno parts (head, neck, forelegs, and tail) become weak points during this phase.
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 Combo Variations|
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
|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 Attack Information|
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.
Malzeno can fire off blood red orbs powered by Qurio and use them as a projectile.
|Qurio Orbs Variations|
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.
Empowered Qurio Orb Volley: While empowered or enraged Malzeno can launch the orbs one at a time toward a hunter.
|Dragon Breath Variations|
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.
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 Information|
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 Attack Information|
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.
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|
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.
Aerial Wind Blast: While Malzeno is airborne, it can use its wings to blast down strong winds that can knock back hunters.
|Corkscrew Dive Attack Information|
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 Attack Variations|
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!
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.
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 Information|
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 Attack Information|
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 Tail||80% (Tail)|
|Malzeno Cortex||37%(Body), 17% (Tail)|
|Malzeno Shard||28% (Body)|
|Malzeno Hardfang||21% (Body)|
|Malzeno Fellwing||13% (Body)|
|Malzeno Bloodstone||3% (Tail), 1% (Head)|
|Malzeno Fellwing||85% (Wing)|
|Malzeno Hardhorn||80% (Head)|
|Malzeno Cortex||70% (Wing), 15% (Wing)|
|Bloody Parasite||30% (Foreleg x2)|
|Malzeno Hardfang||17% (Horn x2)|
|Malzeno Bloodstone||3% (Head)|
|Old Dragon Treasure||40%|
|Bloody Parasite||20% (x2)|
|All Malzeno Related Articles|
|Malzeno Guide||Malzeno Weapons||Malzeno Armor|
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|Sunbreak Monsters List||Monster Subspecies List||Sunbreak Small Monsters List|
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|Daimyo Hermitaur||Blood Orange Bishaten||Garangolm||Aurora Somnacanth|
|Magma Almudron||Gore Magala||Espinas||Pyre Rakna-Kadaki|
|Sunbreak Title Update 1 Monsters|
|Seething Bazelgeuse||Silver Rathalos||Gold Rathian||Lucent Nargacuga|
|Sunbreak Title Update 2 Monsters|
|Flaming Espinas||Risen Chameleos||Violet Mizutsune|
|Sunbreak Title Update 3 Monsters|
|Chaotic Gore Magala||Risen Kushala Daora||Risen Teostra|
|Sunbreak Small Monsters|
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|Great Wroggi||Royal Ludroth||Khezu||Bishaten|
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|Apex Arzuros||Apex Rathian||Apex Mizutsune|
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