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How to Beat Pukei-Pukei - Tips and Recommended Gear

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Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide on how to defeat Pukei-Pukei. Learn Pukei-Pukei's weaknesses, recommended loadout, hunting tips, its moves & how to counter them!!!

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Pukei-Pukei - Tips and Tricks

Positioning - Fight Pukei-Pukei from its Sides, Near its Legs

Pukei-Pukei will dish out potent frontal Poison attacks, so fight Pukei-Pukei from its sides, somewhat near its legs. Don't get too close to its back, as Pukei-Pukei will whack unwary hunters with its tail spin.

Target the Tail First, Then its Head

Pukei-Pukei's weak points are its Head, wings, and tails. For slashing weapons, sever Pukei-Pukei's tail as you are standing next to its sides to weaken its tail attack, then focus on its head. For Ranged/ Blunt weapons, you can immediatley focus on its head.

Bringing Antidote is a Must

Pukei-Pukei comes after the hunter with many types of Poison attacks, so bringing ample amount of Antidote is a must.

Approach from Behind when the Tongue Attack Starts

When Pukei-Pukei initiates its iconic Tongue Attack, it stays mostly in place. Outflank Pukei-Pukei and approach it from behind so you can unleash your attacks. Start maneuvering when Pukei-Pukei starts to expose its tongue.

Defeating Pukei-Pukei - tongue
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Pukei-Pukei - Weaknesses & Weak Spots Chart

Pukei-Pukei - Weak Spots & Effective Damage Type
The Pukei-Pukei will get rocked and its head will go limp for awhile before getting back on its feet
The webbing on its wings will start to look tattered and have holes when it is broken
The tail will fall off of the Pukei-Pukei when it is severed

The Pukei-Pukei is weak in 3 areas of its body - its head, wings, and tail. When you break these parts, you will hear a cracking sound, and the part will start to look worn out. The tail will fall off if it is severed.

Effective Damage Type Per Weak Spot


Pukei-Pukei - Element & Item Weaknesses

Elemental Affinity Reference Chart


Status Effect Resistance Chart


Item Weakness & Resistance Chart

Item Effectiveness
Flash Pod
Shock Trap
Pitfall Trap
Vine Trap
Dung Pod
Screamer Pod
Tinged Meat
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Pukei-Pukei - Recommended Loadout

Recommended Elemental Weapons

Thunder is the most effective element against Pukei-Pukei
Ice & Fire is also effective against Pukei-Pukei
Pukei-Pukei is resistant to Water. Do not bring Water-based weapons

Recommended Skills

SkillRecommendation Criteria
Thunder AttackThis skill boosts your weapon's Thunder attacks, exploiting the Pukei-Pukei's weakness to Thunder.
Weakness ExploitYou'll deal more damage to the Pukei-Pukei's weak areas with this skill.
Poison ResistancePukei-Pukei is packed with Poison attacks, being somewhat resistant to Poison will make the fight easier.
Reduces the effect of Pukei-Pukei's Roar, making the fight easier. Since its a Weak Roar, Lv2~3 will suffice.

Recommended Items

MHW FLASH POD Shock TrapShocks monster to stay still for a few seconds
MHW FLASH POD Pitfall TrapDrops monster into pitfall for a few seconds
MHW FLASH POD Mega Barrel BombDeals explosive damage to monster when triggered
MHW FLASH POD Flash PodStuns monster for a few seconds with flash of light

Use Traps and Status Effect to Root it in Place

Pukei-Pukei is weak against Paralysis and Sleep attacks, so there's plenty of opportunity to set up Barrel Bombs on Pukei-Pukei while its Paralyzed/Asleep. Pukei-Pukei also moves pretty swiftly, so bring traps to keep it in place.

Best Specialized Tools

ToolTool Effect
Temporal Mantle Temporal Mantle Automatically avoids fatal monster moves
Rocksteady Mantle Rocksteady Mantle Reduces damage from attacks. Negates scream, wind, & tremor effects to an extent.
Evasion Mantle Evasion Mantle Increases the invulnerability window while evading, making it easier to dodge the wide area poison attacks.

Pukei-Pukei - Moves & Counters

ChargeCharge toward the hunter. Be ready to Dodge when it points its head at you
Tail SwipeSwings its tail to hit hunters behind it. Stand near its head t avoid the attack. Pukei-Pukei may attack twice in a row with this move.
Claw RakeJumps up and rake the ground beneath it. Dodge to the side when you see it rise up. May perform this attack after Tail Swipe
Tongue AttackUnleash its tongue to unleash a flurry of blows. Move to Pukei-Pukei's sides when you see it expose its tongue.
Poison Spit AttackSpits out a frontal Poison attack.The Poison will linger a bit at the place of impact. Gains potency if Pukei-Pukei eats local fauna.

Enhanced Poison Attack if Pukei-Pukei Eats Plants

Pukei-Pukei would eat surrounding plants to enhance its Poison Spit Attack. If you see it eat something, be extra vigilant to evade its Spit Attack. Effect varies with what plants Pukei-Pukei consumes:

PoisoncupIncreased Poison effect, Poison radiates around a wide area at impact point.
ScatternutIncreased range and damage of Poison Spit Attack, Poison spreads at impact point.
SporepuffIncreased range of Poison Spit Attack, creates a lingering poison cloud at impact point.
OthersIncreased range of Poison Spit Attack, damage increases somewhat.
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