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Nightshade Paolumu - Guide & Tips
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Nightshade Paolumu - Guide & Tips

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

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Nightshade Paolumu - Tips & Tricks

Nightshade Paolumu Overview

New Paolumu Subspecies In MHW: Iceborne

Another new subspeces entering in Iceborne, the Nightshade Paolumu has dark fur & rainbow colored dots on its body. It expels blue gas that will cause the Sleep debuff on your Hunter.

Find In Wildspire Waste & Ancient Forest

You'll first encounter the Nightshade Paolumu in the Wildspire Waste. However, it can also be spotted flying around the Ancient Forest.

Preparing For Nightshade Paolumu

Has A Weakness To Water

The Nightshade Paolumu has a weakness to the Water element. When preparing to face this monster, make sure to equip weapons that have a high water damage output!

Stock Up On Energy Drinks

Make sure to bring some Energy Drinks with you. These items counteract your drowsiness & prevent you from falling asleep. Make sure to immediately use one when you start to doze off in a fight, just before you fall asleep!

Use Clutch Claw To Bring Monster Down

The Nightshade Paolumu will constantly be flying around. Make sure to use your Clutch Claw when it's not enraged to bring down the monster for attack openings.

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Monster Can Move Around Sleep Gas

Can Move Around Sleep Gas

This monster is also able to move around the sleep clouds it emits. You must be aware of the sleep cloud's position in order to avoid getting inflicted with the sleep status.

Nightshade Paolumu - Weakness & Effective Damage Type

Nightshade Paolumu - Weakness & Effective Damage Type
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The Nightshade Paolumu has 3 weak spots: its head, neck sac, and chest. These weak spots are breakable along with the monster's wings and tails.

Effective Damage Type Per Weak Spot

Part Sever Blunt Ammo
Neck Sac★★★★★★★★★

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Nightshade Paolumu - Recommended Loadout

Recommended Elemental Weapons

Water is an effective element to use against the Nightshade Paolumu
Fire is also a viable element against the Nightshade Paolumu

Recommended Skills

SkillRecommendation Criteria
Sleep ResistanceAvoid falling asleep when coming into contact with the monster's blue sleep clouds
EarplugsNegate monster's roar and use the monster's roar as an opportunity to attack

Best Specialized Tools

ToolRecommendation Criteria
Temporal MantleTemporal MantleRecommended to bring this mantle as it can allow you avoid potentially deadly attacks
Immunity MantleImmunity MantleNegates all status effects & grants immunity from them for its active duration
Evasion MantleEvasion MantleIncreases the invulnerability window while evading and grants a temporary attack boost for evading a monster attack at the very last moment
Rocksteady MantleRocksteady MantleEliminates damage reactions, prevents wind effects, protects your hearing, and grants tremor resistance. You also receive less damage from attacks
Vitality MantleVitality MantleNegates a certain amount of damage before the mantle's effect wears off

Nightshade Paolumu - Moves & Counter

Sleep CloudThe monster will emit a blue sleep gas that will put you to sleep if you come in contact with it. Remains on the battlefield for a time
Sleep Breath AttackThe monster will spit out a bubble of air. When the attack hits, it will turn into a blue sleep cloud
Aerial RushWhen airborne, the monster will start to bounce around the area before charging at you

Check Positioning Of Sleep Gas

Check Positioning Of Sleep Clouds

When fighting the Nightshade Paolumu, always make sure to keep track of the position of the monster's multiple sleep clouds. Since these clouds stay on the field for a while, it is best to avoid these to prevent falling asleep!

Use Flinch Shot On Face To Bring Monster Down

Use Flinch Shot On Face To Bring Monster Down

The Nightshade Paolumu likes to fly around often. You can bring it down by using your Slinger Burst or Flinch Shot on its face. This will disorient the monster and send it reeling into the ground, open for your attacks. This works whether its neck is inflated or not.

Flinch Shot Doesn't Work When Enraged

When the Nightshade Paolumu is enraged, hitting it with a Flinch Shot or Slinger Burst when flying around will not make it fall. So it's best to keep safe and wait until the monster has calmed down.

Ranged Weapons Are A Great Way To Damage

If you do not have an abundance of Flash Pods, another viable way to damage the monster is to use ranged weapons. Since this monster spends most of its time in the air, you will be able to hit it from any range! Don't forget to bring water ammo!

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