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Nargacuga - Weakness & Tips

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Check out this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide on how to beat Nargacuga! This includes its moves, weaknesses, material drops, recommended loadout, armor, hunting tips, & more!

Nargacuga - Monster Info

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Nargacuga - Tips & Tricks

Nargacuga Overview

Nargacuga Overview

A fan favorite, the Nargacuga makes its Monster Hunter World debut in Iceborne! Its know for its speed and razor sharp claws and tail.

Found In Ancient Forest Or Coral Region

Due to its dark fur and camouflaging skills, the Nargacuga can mostly be found in jungles and forests. It uses trees to hide from its prey and then jumps to attack.

Preparing For Nargacuga

Bring Bleed Resistant Equipment

The Nargacuga's tail spines, when shot out, can cause Bleed when you're not careful. Equip Bleed Resistance skills to prevent being inflicted with the status effect or use Astera Jerky to quickly recover.

Weak Against Thunder Element

The Nargacuga is more vulnerable when hit with a Thunder-based weapon. Bring your strongest Thunder elemental weapon to deal as much damage you can to this monster.

Severe Tail to Shorten Tail Attack Range

Break Tail To Lessen Bleed Damage

When the Nargacuga's tail is cut, it will shorten the range of almost all of its tail attacks. For a monster with mostly tail attacks, this is great way of weakening it.

Does 2-3 Consecutive Attacks When Enraged

Does 2-3 Consecutive Attacks When Enraged

The Nargacuga gets very aggressive when enraged. When its eyes turn red, it'll do 2-3 more consecutive attacks that it normally would, making it hard to keep yourself safe. Keep your stamina up and dodge to prevent fainting.

Nargacuga - Weakness & Effective Damage Type

Nargacuga - Weakness & Effective Damage Type
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The Nargacuga has 2 weak spots - mainly its head and tail. The Nargacuga's head and forelegs can be broken while the tail can be cut off.

Effective Damage Type Per Weak Spot

Part Sever Blunt Ammo
Head★★★★★★★★・
Tail (Length) ★★★★★・★★★
Tail (Tip) ★★・★★・★★・

Elemental Affinity Reference Chart

FireWaterIce
★★・×★・・
ThunderDragon-
★★★★・・-

Status Effect Resistance Chart

PoisonSleepParalysisBlast
★★・★★・★★・★★・
StunExhaustMount-
★★・TBCTBC-

Nargacuga - Recommended Loadout

Recommended Elemental Weapons

ElementsDescription
Thunder★★★
Thunder-based weapons are most effective against the Nargacuga
Fire★★・
Fire element weapons can deal moderately effective damage against Nargacuga

Recommended Skills

SkillRecommendation Criteria
Bleeding ResistanceReduces damage while bleeding or prevents bleeding
EarplugsUse the monster's roar as an opportunity to attack
Evade Window Grants bigger invincibility when dodging

Best Specialized Tools

ToolRecommendation Criteria
Temporal MantleTemporal MantleRecommended to bring this mantle as it can allow you avoid potentially deadly attacks
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

Nargacuga - Moves & Counters

MovesDescription
Tail Swing Swings its sharp tail forward to one side. Dodge to the opposite side to prevent damage.
Hit & Run Attacks forward and rotates backward to hit you with its tail. Move to the monster's side when dodging.
Jumps Forward Attack Jumps across map to attack you. Dodge to the side to keep safe.
Spins In Place Rapidly spins around to deal damage & knock you back. Keep distance to avoid getting hit.
Tail Ground Smash Monster swings its tail overhead and into the ground. Move to the side to prevent damage.
Tail Spine TossTosses sharp tail spines several times that can cause Bleeding. Keep moving to avoid getting hit by the spines.

Tail Ground Smash Provides Good Openings

Tail Ground Smash Provides Good Openings

The Nargacuga provides a good attack opening when it does its tail smash. Its tail gets stuck on the ground for a few seconds, giving you a few moments to dish out heavy damage.

Spikes will Appear Before It's Stuck

Nargacuga has a tell to know whether it will do another Tail Ground Smash. Spikes will appear on its tail right before the Tail Ground Smash that will make it stuck on the ground.

Tail Smash & Spines Inflict Bleeding

Tail Smash & Spines Inflict Bleeding

If you're hit by the Nargacuga's tail spines or its tail ground smash, there's a high chance for you to get the Bleeding debuff. Make sure to avoid these attacks or cure Bleeding to prevent yourself from fainting.

Use Astera Jerky To Cure Bleeding

Eating an Astera Jerky will cure your Bleeding instantly. Make sure to include this item in your Item Pouch before facing the Nargacuga in a hunt.

Move Count Increases When Enraged

The Nargacuga does more moves in a row when it is enraged, making it hard to dodge through its attacks. Stay cautious when it's angry to keep yourself safe and avoid taking too much damage.

Nargacuga Weapons & Armor

Nargacuga Weapons List

WeaponMaterials Needed
Hidden Blade II
(Great Sword)
- Fulgur Anjanath Hardfang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 3
- Nargacuga Lash x 2
- Nargacuga Mantle x 1
Deepest Night
(Long Sword)
- Shadowpierce Fang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 4
- Nargacuga Hardfang x 4
- Purecrystal x 1
Flash in the Night
(Sword & Shield)
- Shadowpierce Fang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 4
- Nargacuga Hardfang x 4
- Purecrystal x 1
Hidden Tomahawk II
(Dual Blades)
- Fulgur Anjanath Hardfang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 3
- Nargacuga Lash x 2
- Nargacuga Mantle x 1
Night Eternal
(Hammer)
- Shadowpierce Fang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 4
- Nargacuga Hardfang x 4
- Purecrystal x 1
Cry in the Night
(Hunting Horn)
- Shadowpierce Fang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 4
- Nargacuga Hardfang x 4
- Purecrystal x 1
Hidden Hastur II
(Lance)
- Fulgur Anjanath Hardfang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 3
- Nargacuga Lash x 2
- Nargacuga Mantle x 1
Hidden Cannon II
(Gunlance)
- Fulgur Anjanath Hardfang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 3
- Nargacuga Lash x 2
- Nargacuga Mantle x 1
Night's Crescent
(Swicth Axe)
- Shadowpierce Fang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 4
- Nargacuga Hardfang x 4
- Purecrystal x 1
Hidden Guardian II
(Charge Blade)
- Fulgur Anjanath Hardfang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 1
- Nargacuga Llash x 2
- Nargacuga x 1
Hidden Cane II
(Insect Glaive)
- Fulgur Anjanath Hardfang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 3
- Nargacuga Lash x 2
- Nargacuga Mantle x 1
Hidden Bullet II
(Light Bowgun)
- Fulgur Anjanath Hardfang x 3
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 4
- Nargacuga Lash x 1
- Nargacuga Mantle x 1
Baleful Night
(Heavy Bowgun)
- Shadowpierce Fang x 2
- Nargacuga Cutwing+ x 4
- Nargacuga Hardfang x 4
- Purecrystal x 1

Master Rank Nargacuga α + & β + Armor Set

ArmorMaterials Needed
Nargacuga Helm α + & β +- Nargacuga Thickfure x 2
- Amber Hardfang x 1
- Nargacuga Greatspike x 3
- Wulg Thickfur x 2
Nargacuga Mail α + & β +- Batioth Thickfure x 2
- Nargacuga Cortex x 2
- Nargacuga Hardclaw x 1
- Frozen Bone x 2
Bation Vambraces α + & β +- Nargacuga Thickfur x 2
- Nargacuga Cortex x 1
- Nargacuga Lash x 1
- Tough Claw x 3
Nargacuga Faulds α + & β +- Nargacuga Thickfure x 2
- Nargacuga Cortex x 2
- Nargacuga Greatspike x 2
- Wulg Thickfur x 2
Nargacuga Greaves α + & β +- Nargacuga Thickfure x 2
- Amber Hardfang x 2
- Nargacuga Hardclaw x 1
- Large Wyvern Gem x 1

Nargacuga - Breakable Parts & Material Drops List

Breakable Parts & Body Carves List

Head BrokenNargacuga Hardfang
Nargacuga Mantle
Tail CarvedNargacuga Lash
Nargacuga Mantle
Cutwing BrokenNargacuga Cutwing+
Dropped MaterialNargacuga Tailspear
Body CarvesNargacuga Shard
Nargacuga Blackfur+
Nargacuga Hardfang
Nargacuga Tailspear
Nargacuga Lash
Nagacuga Mantle

Quest & Capture Rewards List

Complete QuestNargacuga Blackfur+
Nargacuga Shard
Nargacuga Tailspear
Nargacuga Hardfang
Nargacuga Cutwing+
Nargacuga Lash

Nargacuga Guiding Lands Material List

Non-Tempered Assassin Cutwing
Tempered Tempered Cutwing

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