Nightshade Paolumu Weakness and Strategy Guide | Monster Hunter World (MHW): Iceborne

Learn how to beat Nightshade Paolumu in the Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World (MHW)! This guide explains everything about Nightshade Paolumu'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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Nightshade Paolumu Weakness, Body Parts, and Resistances

Nightshade Paolumu Characteristics

Monster Hunter World Nightshade Paolumu
Roar Wind Tremor Blight Status
Small High None None Sleep
Breakable Parts
Dewlap, Back, Left Wing, Right Wing, Tail

Locations and Areas Visited

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Spot
Ancient Forest 9 8 / 9 8
Wildspire Waste 2 (1st time) 2 / 3 / 7 / 8 / 9 3

*The starting location may change depending on the Quest.

Weakness, Body Parts, Extracts


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
55 60 45 15 Red
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
25 10 10 0


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
35 40 30 10 Red
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
15 5 5 0


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
70 75 50 15 Red
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
30 10 10 0


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
46 46 35 10 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
15 5 5 0


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
30 30 40 10 White
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
15 5 5 0


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
30 30 25 10 White
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
15 5 5 0


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
25 25 15 10 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
15 5 5 0

Higher values indicate higher damage.

Vulnerability to Status Effects and Items

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

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How to Beat Nightshade Paolumu

Countering the Sleeping Gas

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Nightshade Paolumu will sometimes use his gas attacks to make you sleep, try not to fight inside the gas mist that he releases as much as possible. Constantly move around and stay away from the gas to avoid falling asleep.

Building Sleep Resistance

Most of Nightshade Paolumu releases a sleeping gas that can be troublesome if not dealt with properly. Try to build up your Sleep Resistance up to level 3. This will prevent you from sleeping during the fight.

Using Clutch Claws

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It can be difficult to attack Nightshade Paolumu while he is flying especially if you have a melee weapon. Be sure to use your Clutch Claws during this situation to easily land your attacks.

Abusing Flash Pods

Nightshade Paolumu has a long flight time but you can instantly shoot him down using a Flash Pod. However, if you do this frequently, he will eventually become resistant to Flash Pods. Try to conserve your Flash Pods and only shoot him down when you are having a hard time.

Nightshade Paolumu Attack Patterns

Attack Attack Power Guardable Exhaustion
Bite 25 20
Rotating Tail Attack 30 35
Rush 35 35
Trample 25 20
Tail Attack 30 30
Tail Slam 65 60
Gliding Tail Attack 30 30
Gliding Tail Slam 65 60
Rotation Thrust 90 75
Sudden Gliding Tail Attack 65 60
Sleeping Gas Breath 40 0
Total Gas Release 50 0
Total Gas Release (Explosion) 60 0
Sleeping Gas Breath (Explosion) 50 0
Sleeping Gas Release 40 0

Nightshade Paolumu Carves and Rewards

Carvings and Hunt Rewards

Obtain Rate (%)
MR Wyvern Gem / Body 5
Nightshade Paolumu Shard / Body 32
Nightshade Paolumu Thickfur / Body 26
Paolumu Fellwing / Body 20
Large Wyvern Gem / Body 2
Paolumu Cortex / Body 15

Rewards for Each Body Part

Obtain Rate (%)
MR Paolumu Fellwing / Wings 100
Paolumu Cortex / Tail 100
Nightshade Paolumu Thickfur / Cheek Pouch 100, Torso 100

Breakable Body Parts

Defense Value How to Break
Dewlap 300 Reduce durability by 500.
Torso 300 Set durability to 0, once.
Right Wing 150 Set durability to 0, once.
Left Wing 150 Set durability to 0, once.
Tail 5250 Set durability to 0, once.

Shiny Drops

Obtain Rate (%)
Nightshade Paolumu Shard / 50
Paolumu Cortex / 28
Wyvern Tear / 22

Quest Clear & Investigation Rewards

Obtain Rate (%)
Nightshade Paolumu Thickfur / 28
Torpor Sac / 22
Nightshade Paolumu Shard / 22
Large Wyvern Gem / 2
Paolumu Cortex / 16
Paolumu Fellwing / 10
Large Wyvern Gem / 8
Paolumu Cortex / 32
Nightshade Paolumu Fellwing / 23
Nightshade Paolumu Thickfur / 14
Torpor Sac / 12
Paolumu Shard / 11
Paolumu Shard / 8
Paolumu Cortex / 30
Nightshade Paolumu Fellwing / 24
Large Wyvern Gem / 16
Nightshade Paolumu Thickfur / 12
Torpor Sac / 10

Plunderblade Rewards


Obtain Rate (%)
MR Nightshade Paolumu Shard / 35
Paolumu Cortex / 20
Large Wyvern Gem / 2
Nightshade Paolumu Thickfur /


Obtain Rate (%)
MR Nightshade Paolumu Shard / 50
Paolumu Cortex / 28
Large Wyvern Tear / 22

Quests Where Nightshade Paolumu Appears

Type Quest Name
Assigned M★2 - No Time for Naps
Optional M★2 - Nighty Night Nightshade
Optional M★2 - A Face Nightmares are Made Of
Optional M★2 - Special Arena: MR Nightshade Paolumu
Optional M★3 - A Flash of the Blade
Event M★3 - A Curious Experiment
Event M★3 - Every Hunter's Dream III
Event M★2 - Paolomu Lullabies
Event M★6 - Heavy Metal in the Waste

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