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How to Beat Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak - Tips and Recommended Gear

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

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Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak - Tips and Tricks

Has Stronger Effluvia

Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak does stronger effluvial damage compared to its normal variant. Be wary and keep your health in check. Bring the Level 3 Effluvia Resistance and Health Boost to help mitigate its effects. Consume a Nulberry if affected by its health reduction effect.

No Changes in Weaknesses

The weaknesses and weak spots are unchanged in Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak. Hit its tail, head, and chest for best results, and bring either fire or dragon-based weapons for higher damage output.

Can Only be Flashed Once

Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak is more resistant to flash and can only be affected by it once. Be mindful of this and use Flash Pods only when necessary or when AT Vaal Hazak is priming for a hard to evade attack.

Starts in Area 8

Instead of starting in Area 16, Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak now appears in Area 8. Be mindful of the environmental damage brought upon by this area, which is different from the ticking damage given off by Vaal Hazak.

Elderseal is a Plus!

Elderseal can limit Vaal Hazak's combat capabilities by sealing its ability to surround itself with miasma. As Elderseal is also a build-up ability, it needs a couple of hits to take effect. Has faster effect in solo than in multiplayer.

Wide-Range Skill

Support Multiple Hunters!

For multiplayer, having a support role as part of the team can make the battle with AT Vaal Hazak more manageable. A ranged hunter equipped with Wide-Range can provide good cover even while keeping distance.

Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak - Weaknesses & Weak Spots Chart

Effective Damage Type Per Weak Spot

Vaal Hazak Weakness

Elemental Affinity Reference Chart


Status Effect Resistance Chart


Item Weakness & Resistance Chart

Flash Pod
(Only once if Tempered)
Shock Trap×
Pitfall Trap×
Vine Trap×
Dung Pod×
Screamer Pod×
Tinged Meat×
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Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak - Recommended Loadout

Recommended Elemental Weapons

Dragon & Fire★★★
Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak is very weak against Fire and Dragon-based attacks
Ice is an effective element against Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak
Water-based weapons are the least effective element against Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak

Recommended Skills

SkillRecommendation Criteria
Effluvia ResistanceNegates HP limiting effects of AT Vaal Hazak's Miasma. However, bear in mind that it still does not prevent its passive damage.
Health BoostAdds additional HP and consequently increases survivability against AT Vaal Hazak.
WindproofReduces the effects of wind pressure. Especially useful as AT Vaal Hazak will flap its wings after it roars.
EarplugsPrevents immobility from AT Vaal Hazak's roars. Requires Level 5 Earplugs to completely negate.
Speed EatingSpeeds up consumption of healing items. Especially useful during a pinch.
Recovery UpIncreases the effects of healing. Use in conjunction with Speed Eating for greater effect.
Wide-RangeRecommended for ranged units. Use to backup and support melee users.
Hasten RecoveryRegenerates HP for each attack. HP recovered is dependent on the weapon type. Use to combat the effects of effluvia.
Super RecoveryHP passively recovers to its maximum limit. Useful to keep HP up while under the effects of effluvia.
Dragon AttackAdditional elemental damage against Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak. Note that it only works with weapons already imbued with the Dragon element.

Recommended Items

NulberryNulberryA mysterious berry that cures various blights.
Max PotionMax PotionFully restores health and maximizes the size of your Health Gauge.
Flash PodFlash PodSlinger ammo that flashes brightly on impact. Fire it right under a monster's nose to blind it.
Mega Barrel BombMega Barrel BombA powerful bomb triggered by external physical impact.

Reduce the effects of effluvia

Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak's attacks are already formidable on their own, having to contend with the passive HP drain of its miasma can be taxing. Remove the HP limiting effects through Nulberry and Max Potion. Use Flash Pod when it's going to spray effluvia. Use Mega Barrel Bombs to damage it while it is still sleeping or docile.

Best Specialized Tools

ToolTool Effect
Temporal Mantle Temporal Mantle Automatically avoids fatal monster moves. A must-have when as it ensures evasion against fatal attacks.
Rocksteady Mantle Rocksteady Mantle Reduces damage from attacks and negates scream, wind, & tremor effects to an extent.
Vitality Mantle Vitality Mantle Can absorb a bit of Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak's attack. Might be useful in a pinch.
Affinity Booster Health BoosterProvides healing to those within its area. Use to counteract the effluvia's passive damage.

Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak - Moves & Counters

MovesDescription & Counter
MiasmaDamage that continuously chips at nearby hunters' HP. Watch your HP levels when battling AT Vaal Hazak.
SwipeAT Vaal Hazak swipes its claw while turning.
Sweeping BreathArch Tempered Vaal Hazak sweeps its front with a. deadly breath. Counts as multiple damage. Evade and do not guard against this.
Standing BreathFires a breath in a straight line. Counts as multiple damage. Evade to the sides and attack.
ChargeArch Tempered Vaal Hazak rears its head and dashes in a straight line towards its target. It does not change direction during the run, so best take advantage of this fact by rolling to the sides and attacking when Vaal Hazak stops.
Tail Swipe then BiteAT Vaal Hazak swipes its tail to fend off attackers from the rear. It then spins to bite. Wearing a Rocksteady Mantle can be more dangerous as it does not flight the player away from the tail swipe, making him/her vulnerable to the following bite attack.
Effluvia Resistance

Get Effluvia Resistance Level 3!

Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak gives off a more damaging version of its effluvia compared to its normal version. Getting affected by this for a long period of time severely reduces the hunter's maximum HP. Get both Effluvia Resistance from Miasma Jewels and equip them to your set.

AT Vaal Hazak Breath Attack

Breath Attack is More Dangerous!

Arch Tempered Vaal Hazak's breath attack is now counted multiple times as opposed to the usual's singular damage count. Do not attempt to block its Breath Attack with guard or with Rocksteady Mantle. Dash towards Vaal Hazak and go to its rear or sides to deal damage while it's attacking.

AT Vaal Hazak Body Slam

Beware of the Body Slam!

AT Vaal Hazak stands on its hind legs and slams the ground. It takes a long time to wind up and might entice some players to attack instead of running away. Can be very dangerous when used with its miasma as it knocks hunters away, immobilizing them for a few seconds, making them vulnerable and unable to heal from the miasma.

Odogaron Turf War

Odogaron will appear in the AT Vaal Hazak quest. Use the damage inflicted by the Turf War to your advantage. Remember not to flash, stun, or induce other status effects to both Odogaron or Vaal Hazak, doing so will not trigger the Turf War.

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