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Brachydios - Tips & Tricks

Brachydios Overview

Brachydios Overview

The Brachydios is a returning monster and is known for its blast attacks and deadly slime. With powerful physical attacks, it is a formidable foe to fight in the New World.

Slime Does Blast Damage

The Brachydios pours slime from its arms and its head, both inflicting Blast damage that will explode if not taken care of. Watch your HP bar and make sure to roll out of the Blast explosion countdown.

Preparing For Brachydios

Bring Blast Resistant Equipment

The Brachydios can easily kill you with Blast damage if you're not careful. To negate this, use equipment that has the Blast Resistant skills.

Use Ice Or Water Weapon

The Brachydios is weak against Ice-based weapons. Water weapons are also effective against this monster. Make sure to bring Ice or Water weapons when you're facing the Brachydios.

Break The Head & Forelegs

Break The Head & Forelegs

Focus fire on the Brachydios's head and forelegs in order to break them. This will lessen the damage it does from these parts and will also stop the Brachydios from implementing its slime & Blast attacks in the fight.

Very Powerful Even Without Blast

Even without its slime and blast damage, the Brachydios has very high attack power that can deal powerful physical hits, making it one of the most powerful monsters in Monster Hunter.

Brachydios - Weakness & Effective Damage Type

Brachydios - Weakness & Effective Damage Type

The Brachydios has three weak spots - the head, the forelegs, and the tail. These parts are also breakable and the tail can be severed.


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Brachydios - Recommended Loadout

Recommended Elemental Weapons

Brachydios is very weak against Ice
Water is an effective element against Brachydios

Recommended Skills

SkillRecommendation Criteria
Blast ResistanceProvides additional protection from Brachydios' Blast attacks.
EarplugsNegates the stunning effects of Brachydios' roars.

Best Specialized Tools

ToolTool Effect
Temporal MantleTemporal MantleRecommended to bring as it allows you to avoid potentially deadly attacks
Rocksteady Mantle Rocksteady Mantle Reduces damage from attacks and negates scream, wind, & tremor effects to an extent
Evasion mantleEvasion MantleExtends the invulnerability window during evasion
Vitality MantleVitality MantleNegates a certain amount of damage before the mantle's effect wears off

Brachydios - Moves & Counters

Arm Slime AttackBrachydios plants slime on the ground with its arms that explodes after a set amount of time. May stick to the hunter, requiring 5 rolls to remove
Head Slime AttackBrachydios plants slime on the ground with its head that explodes after a set amount of time. May stick to the hunter, requiring 5 rolls to remove
Leap AttackBrachydios faces and jumps towards the hunter. May create an explosion upon landing if slimed
Ground Head BlastWhen enraged, Brachydios digs its horn into the ground, creating a series of forward blasts. Dodge to the side to avoid taking damage
Ground Pound BlastWhen enraged, the Brachydios pounds its forelimbs into the ground, planting several blast explosions in the area. Keep still & avoid the slime to keep from getting damaged
Tail Swing Swings its tail behind its body, dealing damage horizontally. Roll away to avoid taking damage
Slime Explosive CircleBrachydios will summon slime across the area in a circular pattern, which it will then all detonate for big damage explosions

Slime Has Variety Of Effects

Slime From Head Can Restrain You

Slime From Head Can Restrain You

When the Brachydios's head places slime on the ground and you step on it, it has the capacity to restrain you like the mud from Jyuratodus or Barroth.

Roll Away When Slime Turns Red

Roll Away When Slime Turns Red

When the Brachydios's slime turns red, make sure to move away as these will explode. This can do a big amount of damage, so make sure to dodge to keep yourself safe.

Slime Explodes Faster When Enraged

When the Brachydios is enraged, the slime it puts on the ground will have shorter explosion countdowns, exploding almost instantly. Make sure to keep your distance when the Brachydios is angry.

Keep Still When Ground Has Blast Explosions

When the Brachydios is enraged, it'll pound the ground with its forelimbs, causing several blast explosions to appear in the area. It's best to keep still and avoid the explosion areas to avoid taking too much damage.

Dodge To Side To Avoid Forward Blasts

The Brachydios will also pound the ground with its head, creating a series of forward blasts. To avoid these explosions, dodge or roll to the side.

Stay Between Slime During Slime Explosive Circle

The best way to avoid the damage of the Slime Explosive Circle is staying in between the slimes or simply doing a dive when they explode. Don't keep moving around during this attack.

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Watch Brachy and pay attention to his pounders (arms) . The slime there is temporary and has to be re-applied. If you see his pounders aren't leaving slime behind you should stick as close as you can. When he stops to lick his arms you can seriously punish the action with no consequences.

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