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Nargacuga - Guide & 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!

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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.

Break Tail To Lessen Bleed Damage

Break Tail To Lessen Bleed Damage

When the Nargacuga's tail is broken, it'll lessen the chance of it inflicting Bleed when you're hit by its tail smash attacks or tail spine throws. Focus fire on the tail to break it then hit it more to actually sever 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
Tail (Length) ★★★★★・★★★
Tail (Tip) ★★・★★・★★・

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Nargacuga - Recommended Loadout

Recommended Elemental Weapons

Thunder-based weapons are most effective against the Nargacuga
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

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.

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.

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