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How To Beat Rathian - Tips & Recommended Gear

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

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Rathian - Tips & Tricks

Rathian's Fire Breath Has Two Phases


Rathian will vary its flame breath attacks based on its state. It will normally shoot a single fireball, but lets loose three fireballs when it's enraged. Keep track of the Rathian's state in order to safely dodge its fire breath!

Prioritize The Head Wings & Tail

The Rathian's weak spots are its head, wings, and tail. Focus on these to deal the most damage to the monster in the least amount of time. Severing the tail will hinder one of the Rathian's deadliest moves!

Antidotes Are A Must-Have In The Hunt

Antidotes Are A Must In The Hunt

Since the Rathian will be able to poison you during the fight. When poisoned, your health will slowly drain, making it harder to fight which is why carrying a ton of antidotes is a big requirement in this hunt!

Use To Flash Pods To Ground The Monster

The Rathian may be difficult to hit when it is airborne since some weapons do not have the reach. However, using the Flash Pod will allow you to ground the monster and get a few good hits in!

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Rathian - Weak Spots & Effective Damage Type

Rathian Weakness
Rathian's head is a weak spot. Breakable
Rathian's back is breakable. However, it is not a weak spot
Rathian's wings is a weak spot. Breakable.
The tail of a Rathian is a weak spot. It can be severed

Rathian's main weak spots are its head, wings, and tail. Its tail, if subjected to sufficient damage, can be severed.

Effective Damage Type Per Weak Spot


Rathian - Element & Item Weaknesses

Elemental Affinity Reference Chart


Status Effect Resistance Chart


Item Weakness & Resistance Chart

Flash Pod
Shock Trap
Pitfall Trap
Vine Trap
Dung Pod
Screamer Pod
Tinged Meat
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Rathian - Recommended Loadout

Recommended Elemental Weapons

Dragon is the most effective element against the Rathian
Thunder is also effective against the Rathian, but not as effective as Dragon
Rathian is resistant to Fire. Do not bring Fire-based weapons

Recommended Skills

SkillRecommendation Criteria
Reduces the effects of Monster roars, and nullifies their effects at high levels
Poison ResistanceReduces the duration of the poison status effect, and prevents poison at high levels

Recommended Items

MHW FLASH POD Flash PodStuns monster for a few seconds with flash of light
AntidoteAntidoteDrink to cure one's self of poison status effect.

Best Specialized Tools

ToolTool Effect
Rocksteady MantleRocksteady MantleEliminates damage reactions, prevents wind effects, protects your hearing, and grants tremor resistance. You also receive less damage from attacks
Evasion MantleEvasion MantleIncreases the invulnerability window while evading and grants a temporary attack boost for evading a monster attack at the very last moment
Affinity BoosterAffinity BoosterPlaces a smoker that increases affinity

Rathian - Moves & Counters

Rush AttackThe Rathian will rush forward, running over anything in its path. This attack can be sidestepped, or blocked.
Fire BreathFlames will be shot at the hunter. A single fireball is launched at normal state, while 3 successive fireballs are launched when enraged. Dodge diagonally backwards to avoid these.
Tail SwipeThe Rathian swipes its tail around, hitting anything behind it. Dodge forward to avoid the incoming tail.
Flipping Tail AttackRathian will do a somersault and hit whatever is in front of it, with its tail. It has a telegraph which should alert you to dodge to the side.

Flipping Tail Attack Applies Poison

Flipping Tail Attack Applies Poison

If you are hit with the Rathian's tail during its flip tail attack, you get the poisoned status effect. This is one of the Rathian's deadliest attacks so make sure to dodge when it winds up for this attack!

Sever The Tail To Lessen The Attack's Range

Sever The Tail To Lessen The Attack

The Rathian's flipping tail attack has a very long range. However, it will have less of a reach once its tail is severed. Make it a priority to sever the tail in order to stop the Rathian from dealing damage at long range.

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