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

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

Velkhana Characteristics

Monster Hunter World Velkhana
Roar Wind Tremor Blight Status
Big High None Ice None
Breakable Parts
Head, Wings, Tail

Locations and Areas Visited

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Spot
Ancient Forest 6
Wildspire Waste 6
Coral Highlands 4
Rotten Vale 2
Elder's Recess 8
Hoarfrost Reach 14 6 / 7 / 14 / 15 16

*The starting location may change depending on the Quest.

Weakness, Body Parts, Extracts


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
55(65) 55(65) 45(55) 20 Red
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
0 15 0 20


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
35(45) 45(55) 30(40) 25 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
5 10 0 15


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


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
40(50) 40(50) 20(30) 25 White
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
5 10 0 15


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
45 40 30 30 White
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
10 5 0 10


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
35 30 20 30 Orange
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
10 5 0 10


Sever Break Bomb Fire Extract
40(50) 35(45) 35(45) 25 Red
Water Thunder Ice Dragon
5 10 0 15

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 Velkhana

Various Ice Attacks

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Velkhana's attacks mostly consists of different ice attacks that can deal massive damage. These ice attacks can be difficult to deal with if you are not prepared especially since Velkhana can change the terrain by generating ice shards in a wide area. Most of his attacks are ice affinity so it is highly recommended that you use armor sets that utilize high ice resistance.

Avoid Fighting Head On

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Velkhana will constantly shoot ice forward to where he is facing. it is suggested that you try to stay on the side and stick to hitting the legs for damage to avoid getting hit by the ice shards.

This way you can rely on dodging and evading since the side attacks are more predictable and are quite easy to dodge.

Removing the Ice

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You can down Velkhana by breaking any 3 ice parts on his body. These ice parts are located on the Front Legs, Hind Legs, Tail, Head, and Wings.

It is recommended that you focus the Head, Front Legs, and Hind Legs if you are planning to do this since they are easier to hit.

Tail Attacks

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Velkhana's tail attacks are repeated frequently throughout the fight. Try to stay defensive whenever Velkhana is using its tail attack. The tail will try to strike you for 2-3 times before stopping.

You can roll sideways and move away from Velkhana to get out of its range.

Ice Wall

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Velkhana will sometimes create a wall of ice from where you are standing. The first few ice walls can be ignored but as the fight goes on there will be more ice walls which can make it harder for you to dodge. Try to spread them out to give you more room to work with.

Destroying Ice Walls

You can ignore the ice walls early on during the fight. However, if it is getting out of hand and it is making it a bit difficult for you to dodge. You can try breaking them by attacking them with your main weapon.

Ice Armor

Naked Armored
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Velkhana will be covered with an Ice Armor once you deal enough damage. This will make Velkhana's attacks much more powerful and will cover more ground.

Covered in Ice

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Be careful of Velkhana's ice breath attacks to restrain nearby hunters. This attack is usually followed up by a tail stab to defenseless hunters. It is not a high damaging attack but it can be deadly for hunters with low health. You can use Dust of Life or Health Booster to heal your restrained allies during this situation.

Absolute Zero

Absolute Zero is the most powerful attack Velkhana does during the whole fight. Its high-damage potential with the wide area of effect can be extremely dangerous to unsuspecting hunters who aren't prepared.

Manage Your Stamina

It is recommended that you sprint away from an attack to prevent taking damage but you must consider leaving some to prepare for the next wave of attack.

Avoiding Ice Shards

Ice Shards are easy to dodge especially if you are further away from Velkhana. However, if you are close, you can always run to Velkhana's sides to get out of range.

Aim for the Head

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Velkhana's head is the weakest point of the monster, it takes the most damage from your attacks. Additionally, you can down Velkhana if you deal enough damage to the head.

Iceproof Mantle

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Wearing Iceproof Mantle will greatly reduce the damage you take from Velkhana's Ice attacks. It is recommended that you bring this and focus on building up ice resistance on your gears since Velkhana's attacks are mostly ice damage.

Velkhana Attack Patterns

Attack Attack Power Guardable Exhaustion
Wrap Around 40 20
Piercing Tail 60 30
Multiple Piercing Tail 60 30
Air Tail Thrust 60 30
Tail Sweep 60 30
Air Tail Sweep 40 20
Tail Thrust Backstep 60 30
Dive 40 20
Glide Attack 40 20
Ice Breath 40+Ice(40) Guard Up 30
Ice Breath (Air) 40+Ice(40) Guard Up 30
Mist 0 × 0
Ice Wall 30+Ice(30) 20
Large Ice Blocks 30+Ice(30) 20
Front Icicle Attack 35 20
Icicle Attack 35+Ice(35) 20
Ice Blocks 20+Ice(20) 20
Full Icicle Attack 35+Ice(40) 20
Freezing Breath 20+Ice(20) × 0
Absolute Zero (Armored) 50+Ice(50) Guard Up 30
Absolute Zero (Naked) 35+Ice(35) Guard Up 30
Gust 0 0
Roar 0 0

Velkhana Carves and Rewards

Carvings and Hunt Rewards

Obtain Rate (%)
MR Velkhana Lash / Tail 70
Velkhana Crownhorn / Body 8
Crystal Shard / Body 32
Velkhana Cortex / Body 24, Tail 27
Velkhana Crystal / Body 2, Tail 3
Velkhana Hardclaw / Body 19
Velkhana Fellwing / Body 15

Rewards for Each Body Part

Obtain Rate (%)
MR Velkhana Fellwing / Wings 70
Velkhana Hardclaw / Wings 30
Velkhana Crownhorn / Head 66
Crystal Shard / Head 32
Velkhana Crystal / Head 2

Breakable Body Parts

- Defense Value How to Break
Head 200 Set durability to 0, twice.
Wings 160 Set durability to 0, twice.
Tail 240 Reduce durability by 360 using cut damage.

Shiny Drops

Obtain Rate (%)
Velkhana Hardclaw / Medium
Crystal Shard / Medium
Old Dragon Treasure / Low

Quest Clear & Investigation Rewards

Obtain Rate (%)
Large Elder Dragon Bone / 8
Velkhana Cortex / 27
Crystal Shard / 22
Velkhana Hardclaw / 18
Velkhana Lash / 13
Pure Dragon Blood / 12
Large Elder Dragon Bone / 8
Velkhana Hardclaw / 18
Velkhana Lash / 18
Velkhana Fellwing / 16
Velkhana Crownhorn / 14
Velkhana Cortex / 14
Crystal Shard / 12
Crystal Shard / 9
Velkhana Fellwing / 20
Velkhana Crownhorn / 18
Velkhana Crystal / 16
Velkhana Lash / 16
Velkhana Hardclaw / 11
Velkhana Cortex / 10

Plunderblade Rewards


Obtain Rate (%)
MR Crystal Shard / 45
Velkhana Cortex / 30
Velkhana Hardclaw / 24
Velkhana Crystal / 1


Obtain Rate (%)
MR Crystal Shard / 50
Velkhana Cortex / 28
Old Dragon Treasure / 22

Quests Where Velkhana Appears

Type Quest Name
Assigned M★3 - A Tale of Ice and Fire
Assigned M★4 - The Defense of Seliana
Assigned M★5 - The Iceborne Wyvern
Optional M★5 - Clashing Swords Upon The Rime
Event M★5 - A Chilling Entrance

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