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Savage Deviljho Weakness and Strategy Guide

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Learn how to beat Savage Deviljho in the Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World (MHW)! This guide explains everything about Savage Deviljho's weakness, carves, rewards, and a complete strategy guide for beating and capturing it. Find out what parts are breakable and severable, and what drops and Monster materials are available.

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Savage Deviljho Weakness, Body Parts, and Resistances

Savage Deviljho Characteristics

Roar Wind Tremor Blight Status
Big None Big Dragon Def Down
Breakable Parts
Head, Torso, Tail

Locations and Areas Visited

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Spot
Ancient Forest ImageAncient Forest 1 Coming soon! Coming soon!

*The starting location may change depending on the Quest.

Weakness, Body Parts, Extracts


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
40(55) 45(60) 25(40) 20 Red
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
25 25 10(15) 30


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
22 22 15 10 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
10 15 10 15


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
45(60) 40(55) 25(45) 25 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
20 30 10(15) 25


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
20 25 15 5 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
15 10 10 20


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
20 25 45 5 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
15 10 10 20


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
33 36 20 15 White
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
5 20 10 10


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
36(40) 33(40) 20(25) 15 Green
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
5 20 10(15) 10

Higher values indicate higher damage.

Vulnerability to Status Effects and Items

Poison ★★★ Flash ★★
Paral ★★★ Shock ★★
Sleep ★★★ Pitfall ★★
Stun ★★ Ivy
Blast ★★ Dung ★★
Exhaust Meat
Mount ★★ Screamer

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Countermeasures against Savage Deviljho

Recommended Weapon Element and Armor Skills

Recommended Weapon Element
Thunder Weapon Savage Deviljho is weakest against thunder...
Dragon Weapon ...and dragon! Pick whichever weapon's stronger. However, it should be noted that dragon weapons do more damage with the Dragonproof Mantle, so keep that in mind if you are going to bring that mantle along.
Recommended Armor Skills
Dragon Resistance You can mitigate some of the dragon damage from Savage Deviljho's breath attacks by building Dragon Resistance.
Iron Skin You don't have to worry about Savage Deviljho inflicting Defense Down if you have Iron Skin at Lvl 3.
Earplugs Savage Deviljho has a big roar, so getting Earplugs to Lvl 5 would be immensely helpful.
Tremor Resistance Savage Deviljho can cause tremors through some of his attacks, so having Tremor Resistance at Lvl 3 will negate this.
Blight Resistance Dragonblight is a sneaky blight as it only shows up as an icon. Safeguard yourself against it with Blight Resistance at Lvl 3. You can also avoid getting any other type of blight when you fight Savage Deviljho in volcanic/tundra/coral locations.

How to Beat Savage Deviljho

Three New Breath Attacks

Smoke Cloud

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One of Savage Deviljho's attacks releases a large cloud of smoke that can deal damage over-time if you stay inside. This can deal significant damage if not dealt with properly. Be sure to move away from this cloud immediately when it is present.

Blast Breath

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Savage Deviljho will sometimes cause a big explosion using his breath attack. Because of its wide range, you should try to predict his attack by checking for compressed smoke on his mouth, this can be your signal to sheathe your weapon and tell if Savage Deviljho is about to execute this attack.

Forward Dragon Breath

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Beware of Savage Deviljho's forward dragon breath attack as this can instantly cart you if you get hit directly. You can counter this by constantly moving left or right while attacking him.

Keep in mind that Savage Deviljho will always do a back step before executing this attack, you can use this as a signal to sheathe your weapon and immediately move away to the side as soon as he does the back step.

Countering Defense Down and Dragonblight

Remember that Savage Deviljho's dragon breath attacks can inflict defense down and Dragonblight. You can try to counter this by using an Adamant Seed to negate the defense down and a Nullberry to cure the Dragonblight.

Guarding Against Savage Deviljho

Using Guard-Up skill can be useful against the normal variant of Deviljho. However, for the Savage Deviljho variant, you will not be able to get away using Guard Up without taking any damage. Especially since Savage Deviljho can also use smoke clouds that cannot be countered unless you move away.

If you want to use a weapon that utilizes guarding, you should add skills that can increase your survivability like a Health Boost or Divine Blessing.

Bite Attack

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Savage Deviljho can leap towards you and instantly do a bite attack to reduce your defense. This can be hard to dodge if you are not constantly moving left and right. If you manage to get hit by his bite attack, immediately use an Adamant Seed to make up for the lost defense from the bite.

Tremor Resistance

Some of Savage Deviljho's attacks can cause tremor and it can be troublesome if it disables you. You can easily deal with this by building up your Tremor Resistance skill to level 3 to completely counter any tremors during the hunt.

Savage Deviljho Attack Patterns

Attack Attack Power Guardable Exhaustion
Side Bite 60 30
Jump Attack 40 0
Impact 60 40
Tail Rotation 40 2
Continuous bite 80 50
Whole Bite 90 50
Body Slam 60 30
Turn and Bite 30 0
Sweeping Bite 60 30
Forward Bite 80 50
Grab 10 x 0
Bite Step 30 0
Bite Chase 60 30
Jump Bite 60 30
Jump Attack 40 0
Flinch Bite 80 50
Dragon Breath 30 20
Side Dragon Breath 40 0
Strong Dragon Breath 40 0
Enhanced Dragon Breath 45 0
Compressed Dragon Breath 55+ Dragon(55) Guard Up 35
Bite Throw 110 30
Bite 100 30
Bite (Half Body) 50 20
Dragon Breath (Half Body) 30 0

Savage Deviljho Carves and Rewards

Carvings and Hunt Rewards

Obtain Rate (%)
MR Deviljho Flail / Tail 75
Deviljho Gem / Body 5
Deviljho Blackpiel / Body 30
Deviljho Shard / Body 22, Tail 22
Deviljho Crook / Body 2, Tail 3
Deviljho Ripper / Body 17
Vile Fang / Body 13
Black Blood / Body 11

Rewards for Each Body Part

Obtain Rate (%)
MR Deviljho Shard / Torso 66
Vile Fang / Head 61
Deviljho Gem / Head 5
Deviljho Blackpiel / Head 32, Torso 32
Deviljho Crook / Head 2, Torso 2

Breakable Body Parts

Defense Value How to Break
Head 300 Set durability to 0, twice.
Torso 450 Set durability to 0, twice.
Tail 200 Reduce durability by 400 using cut damage.

Shiny Drops

Obtain Rate (%)
Black Blood / 50
Deviljho Shard / 28
Large Wyvern Tear / 22

Quest Clear & Investigation Rewards

Obtain Rate (%)
Vile Fang / 9
Deviljho Gem / 3
Deviljho Blackpiel / 27
Deviljho Shard / 20
Deviljho Ripper / 16
Black Blood / 14
Deviljho Flail / 11
Deviljho Crook / 8
Deviljho Ripper / 16
Deviljho Blackpiel / 15
Deviljho Flail / 15
Deviljho Shard / 13
Vile Fang / 13
Deviljho Gem / 10
Black Blood / 10
Vile Fang / 23
Deviljho Flail / 20
Deviljho Crook / 16
Black Blood / 16
Deviljho Ripper / 15
Deviljho Gem / 10

Plunderblade Rewards


Obtain Rate (%)
MR Deviljho Shard / 45
Deviljho Blackpiel / 30
Deviljho Ripper / 24
Deviljho Crook / 1


Obtain Rate (%)
MR Black Blood / 50
Deviljho Shard / 28
Large Wyvern Tear / 22

Quests Where Savage Deviljho Appears

Type Quest Name
Optional M★5 - The Tyrant's Banquet
Event M★5 - A Reason Behind the Hunger
Event M★6 - Firebreak
Event M★6 - Heavy Metal in the Waste
Challenge M★6 - Challenge Quest 2: MR Expert

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