Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide on how to beat Safi'jiiva! This includes its moves, weaknesses, material drops, recommended loadout, armor, hunting tips, and more!
Table of Contents
Safi'jiiva (All Levels) - Tips & Tricks
Essential Tips When Fighting In All Levels
- Ready up and use consumables to increase Defense
- Use Clutch once to wound
- Can Clutch Claw again Safi'jiiva recovers
- Break parts to make it more vulnerable to attacks
- Attack unbroken parts
- Do not lose Safi'jiiva's attention
- Use Lifepowder to heal grabbed teammates
Increase Defense With Consumable Items
Safi'jiiva has quick & powerful attacks that can easily catch Hunters off guard. Make sure to use defense boosting items before starting this fight.
Use Clutch Claw To Deal Damage
When fighting against Safi'jiiva, players can make use of the Clutch Claw once to deal significant damage. As it has hard scales, dealing damage using this method is an effective way to wound it and break its parts. Take advantage of this by using weapons that can use Clutch Claw twice.Check Out The Clutch Claw Guide Here
Wound With Clutch Again After Healing
You can again inflict wounds on Safi'jiiva after it has used its recover move. Just be sure that it has already recovered so as not to waste the Clutch Attack.
Will Not Stop Even When Flashed
While it recovers, Flash Pods have no effect on Safi'jiiva. Instead, try to use this moment to attack Safi'jiiva in full force to lessen the effects of its healing.
Use The Clutch Claw To Cling
Once it stops recovering, Safi'jiiva will release a gush of wind that can render players immobile. If you used Clutch Claw & are hanging onto Safi'jiiva during this time, you won't be able to feel the effects of the wind. Hang onto it while its recovering to immediately deal damage to wound it again.
Break All The Parts
The more Safi'jiiva parts you break, the better the rewards become. Because of this, try to continuously attack specific body parts until they break. It is recommended to use the skill "Partbreaker" for this.
Safi'jiiva Parts To Prioritize
|High||If Melee: Forelegs, Hindlegs|
If Ranged: Wings, Back
|Mid||If Melee: Tail|
If Ranged: Head
Attack Unbroken Parts
Siege Objectives can be fulfilled until Safi'jiiva has been defeated. As they are carried over in your next plays, they are not counted even if you break them in your second run. Try to satisfy all the objectives by breaking other parts in your next playthroughs.
Effective Weapons & Breakable Parts
|Sever||Forelegs, Chest, Tail|
Do Not Lose Safi'jiiva's Attention
Starting in Level 2, Safi'jiiva will start to focus on a single hunter. Depending on the actions of the targeted hunter, the focus can change & shift to other players. Failing to maintain Safi'jiiva's attention will enrage it.
Actions That Break Safi'jiiva's Focus
|Fainting||Losing all HP from damage and fainting|
|Returning to Base Camp||Using Farcaster in the middle of the fight|
|Low damage dealt from the target||Targeted hunter has failed to deal enough damage to maintain Safi'jiiva's attention|
Will Change Targets When Knocked Down
You can alter the target of Safi'jiiva by knocking it down. You can do this to help the targeted ally recover from the monster's relentless attacks. However, note that you can only change its focus this once per target.
Use Lifepowder To Support Allies
Help your teammates recover by bringing and using Lifepowder. Use it to help targeted allies. You can also use it to support allies immobilized by Safi'jiiva's grab attack.
Safi'jiiva (Level 1) - Tips & Tricks
Essential Tips When Fighting In Level 1
- Can Be Restrained with Environmental Trap
- Use falling rocks to lessen energy
- Will move once energy runs out
Can Be Restrained with Environmental Trap
The outer edges of the spawn area of Safi'jiiva can be used to restrain it and hold it in place for a large amount of time. Using a Flinch Shot, you can steer Safi'jiiva and make it fall into one of the Environmental Traps in the area. This is the only trap that will affect Safi'jiiva.
Use Falling Rocks To Lessen Energy
You can make use of the 2 rocks dangling on the ceiling to inflict a significant damage on Safi'jiiva. You can use Stones or any projectile to easily trigger them.
Will Descend Once Energy Runs Out
Safi'jiiva will go to a lower level once the energy in this area has run out. Recover and ready up with your team before descending further.
Safi'jiiva (Level 2) - Tips & Tricks
Essential Tips When Fighting In Level 2
- Continue inflicting damage and breaking its parts
- Safi'jiiva will start focusing its attack on a single hunter
- Has a One-Hit Kill attack
- Once energy runs out, Safi'jiiva will again descend to Level 3
Continue Wounding & Breaking Its Parts
In Level 2, continue to focus on attacking and breaking Safi'jiiva's parts. Do note that it can again use its recovery move to patch up and heal its wounded parts.
Can Focus Attention On A Single Hunter
In Level 2, Safi'jiiva will start focusing its attack on a single hunter. When enraged, it will target the hunter with the highest amount of damage dealt.
Targeted Hunter Should Continue Attacking
The targeted player can maintain Safi'jiiva's aggro by continuing the offensive. This allows the team to focus on hitting Safi'jiiva, but also note that a focused Safi'jiiva is more likely to consume energy faster.
Changing Targets Will Make It More Aggressive
If the targeted hunter fails to continue attracting Safi'jiiva's attention, Safi'jiiva will become more aggressive and will be more difficulty to manage. To prevent this, assign the role of being the "bait" to an aggressive and more experienced player.
Target Can Be Changed
Safi'jiiva's rage can be redirected to another hunter by using a Clutch Claw and hitting it with Slinger Burst. However, it can only change its target once every time it focuses on a hunter. Also, hitting it with Slinger Burst will cause it to close one of its eyes.
Has A One-Hit Kill Attack
Once you descend to the lower level, Safi'jiiva will use an attack similar to that of Behemoth's Eclipse Meteor. It is very damaging and can kill hunters in one shot. Use the stone pillars scattered around the field to protect yourself from this attack. Try to hide once it flies up and prepares to use this attack.
No Escape Even With Farcasters & Temporal Mantle
During Safi'jiiva's ultimate attack, you won't be able to use Farcasters to return back to base. Also note that Temporal Mantles are ineffective against dodging the attack.
Will Again Descend Once Energy Runs Out
Like in Level 1, Safi'jiiva will again move deeper once its energy is exhausted. Take this time to rest up and reequip with your team before following it down.
Safi'jiiva (Level 3) - Tips & Tricks
Essential Tips When Fighting In Level 3
- Very vulnerable in its critical state
- Use the Gas to deal damage
- One-Hit kill attack can destroy cover
Easier To Damage When Weakened
In Level 3, Safi'jiiva will be in its critical state. Its whole body will glow white, making it vulnerable to attacks, especially to its chest. The conditions are yet unclear as to how to trigger this state, but maintaining its focus aggro state for a prolonged period of time increases the chances of triggering critical state.
Removes One-Hit Attack
In its critical state, Safi'jiiva will be unable to use its Sapphire of the Emperor, its one-hit kill attack. Take advantage of this by going full force on the offensive!
Use The Gas To Damage
In Level 3, you can use the gas in certain spots to create an explosion that would deal 1000 damage to Safi'jiiva. Use its focus and aggro on a player to draw it to these positions.
Can Destroy Rocks With Its One-Hit Move
Staying safe and using the rocks to protect yourself from the one-hit kill attack won't work in Level 3 as it destroys the surrounding rocks. However, the rocks are plentiful in this area and you can also use consumables to stave-off the damage and survive.
Safi'jiiva- Weakness & Effective Damage Type
|???||-||Head, Forelegs, Hindlegs, Back, Wings, Chest, Tail (Severable)|
Effective Damage Type Per Weak Spot
Use Your Weapon Effectively!
Maximize your weapon's damage by using it on Safi'jiiva's weak spots. As this monster has very hard scales, hitting it where it hurts is highly recommended.
Elemental Affinity Reference Chart
() Effectiveness of Elderseal
Hit The Red Scales W/ Elementals For More Damage
Deal greater damage by attacking Safi'jiiva's red parts with elemental damage. As the white parts have a high resistance to elements, hitting the red parts are your best bet in defeating it.
Status Effect Resistance Chart
Damaging Safi'jiiva with status ailments is a viable tactic. Poison, Sleep, Paralysis, and Blast are all effective against it. Poison and Blast are recommended as Poison continuously deals 100 damage and Blast deals 600 damage whenever it triggers.
Mounting Is Effective
It is possible to mount Safi'jiiva to deal tremendous damage and knock it down for a few seconds. What makes this time different is that, mounting Safi'jiiva will immediately trigger the finisher. Use this effectively and try to mount as much as possible.
Item Weakness & Resistance Chart
Flash Pods are effective against Safi'jiiva. However, it is only effective for a very short duration of time. Use it to buy you time to recover.
Location & Spawn Areas
|Map||Spawn Area||Resting Place|
Safi'jiiva - Recommended Loadout
"Partbreaker" Is A Must!
Breaking Safi'jiiva's parts makes it more vulnerable to attacks. Equip "Partbreaker" to effectively and quickly go through its defenses. Also note that you can get more rewards for broken parts!
Poison & Blast Are Very Effective
Safi'jiiva is weak against both Poison and Blast. As Blast deals a constant 600 damage, use weapons with high blast damage to easily whittle down Safi'jiiva's high HP.
Bring Poison Smoke Bombs
You can use Poison Smoke Bombs to inflict Poison status on Safi'jiiva. This slowly saps its strength and does not require you to bring Poison weapons to the fight.
|Health Boost||Beneficial no matter which weapon is used since it will help you survive its attacks better|
|Partbreaker||Helps in easily and quickly breaking Safi'jiiva's parts|
|Earplugs||Resist Safi'jiiva's roars|
|Stun Resistance||Prevents stun when getting hit Safi'jiiva multiple times|
|Blast Attack||Use this skill to have a greater chance of inflicting Blast|
|Poison Attack||Adds poison damage to your weapon or increases your weapon's poison damage|
Best Specialized Tools
|Temporal Mantle||Recommended to bring as it allows you to avoid potentially deadly attacks|
|Evasion Mantle||Extends the invulnerability window during evasion|
|Rocksteady Mantle||Reduces damage from attacks and negates scream, wind, & tremor effects to an extent|
Safi'jiiva - Moves & Counters
|Claw Swipe||Uses its front claw to swipe at its front|
|Quick Laser||A laser attack with a short windup|
|Straight Laser||Safi'jiiva blows a straight laser in front of it. Hard to evade especially if you're directly at its front|
|Wide Laser||Safi'jiiva slowly brushes the field with a wide arc using its laser breath. Has a chance to do it for a second time|
|Explosive Laser||Breathes down on the ground, leaving it radiated. The ground will explode after a couple of seconds|
|Direct Laser||Safi'jiiva will catch one of the hunters with its mouth and will directly fire a laser unto the unfortunate hunter|
|Front Charge||Rushes forward, swinging its head wildly|
|Tail Bash||Swings down its tail|
|Fire Swipe||Claws at the ground in front it then summons fire|
|Sapphire of the Emperor|
(Can One-Hit Kill)
|Safi'jiiva rises up in the air and fills the whole area with fire before releasing a devastating laser attack|
Roll Towards Safi'jiiva During Claw Swipes
When Safi'jiiva does any of its front claw attack, roll towards its body to avoid it. Moving away from it can put you at risk of getting hit.
Multiple Breath Attacks
Safi'jiiva can perform multiple breath/laser attacks. It has a tendency to use them whenever its target is far away or is in a hard to get place. Take a good look on where its head is located to you can dodge most of its lasers.
Go Behind Crags & Pillars During Devastating Laser Attack
The only way to survive Safi'jiiva's devastating laser attack is by hiding behind the crags in the arena. Make sure you're at the side opposite of where Safi'jiiva is.
Use The Rocks Against Sapphire of the Emperor
In Level 2, Safi'jiiva can use a very devastating breath attack to wipe out your whole team. Use the rocks scattered around the area to cover yourself from these attacks.
Use Lifepowder To Heal Grabbed Teammates
Sometimes, Safi'jiiva will grab teammates and attack them with a direct laser to the body, dealing a significant amount of damage. You can counteract this by using a Lifepowder near your teammate to lessen the damage.
Use Boulders to Break Safi'jiiva's Parts
There are 2 boulders in the area where you fight Safi'jiiva. Make sure to account for the delay when shooting it to be able to hit Safi'jiiva and possibly break its parts.
How To Lower Energy Levels
Lowering Energy Levels Is Key In Winning The Fight!
In the fight against Safi'jiiva, each level has a gauge that denotes how much energy it currently has. The lower it is, the faster Safi'jiiva will escape to the lower levels. The first few fights will be long as each gauge is full, but the gauge is lowered the more you fight Safi'jiiva, carrying over your progress in the next fight.
How To Decrease Energy Levels
- Use the environment to damage Safi'jiiva (Falling rocks, etc.)
- Maintain Safi'jiiva's aggro to cause it to use energy-consuming attacks
- Fight with Elderseal weapons
Maintain Safi'jiiva's Aggro
When Safi'jiiva is focused only on one hunter, it is more likely to use moves that consume a lot of energy. Keep your team's targeted hunter alive and have Safi'jiiva drain all of the energy!
Elderseal Is Effective
Hitting Safi'jiiva with Elderseal imbued weapons will consume its stored energy, forcing it to absorb more energy in a level. Bring Elderseal weapons to hasten the fight!
Energy Levels Are Shared
Energy Levels in the Secluded Valley are shared among all of the present party members in the Gathering Hub. The more people, the lower the energy levels become.
Safi'jiiva Quest Rewards
Get Awakened Weapons From The Urgent Quest!
After defeating Safi'jiiva, everyone who participated in the quest can receive Awakened Weapons and Dracolites as rewards. Just talk to the Gathering Hub Lass after the battle to claim your rewards.Check Out How To Get & Upgrade Awakened Weapons
(!) Weapon Rewards Are Limited
The number of times you can pick from the weapon rewards after defeating Safi'jiiva is limited. There is also no way of returning weapons that you have already chosen. Take care not to rush to push the "Confirm" button quickly!
Craft Materials For Safi'jiiva Armor
You can craft Safi'jiiva's Armor Set using the materials you have gained from either breaking its parts or defeating it. The armor has a cool gimmick as it changes it appearance when your weapon is drawn!Check Out Safi'jiiva Armor Here
Get Dracolite As Reward
Defeating Safi'jiiva also nets you and your team some Dracolites. Dracolites are the required materials to upgrade Awakened Weapons.Check Out The Dracolite Farming Guide Here
Higher Reward Level = Better Rewards
Your performance in the fight against Safi'jiiva dictates what kind of rewards you can get after defeating it. This affects the rarity and the quantity of the loot. Even if you clear the mission quickly, as long as the Reward Level is low, you won't get any good rewards.
How To Raise Reward Level
There are multiple ways you can raise your points to get good rewards in defeating Safi'jiiva. As breaking its parts increases your score, it is recommended to bring the Partbreaker to easily break Safi'jiiva's parts.
Actions That Increase Your Reward Level
|Complete the quest||500|
|Induce Critical State on Safi'jiiva||30|
|Reach Level 2||15|
|Reach Level 3||20|
|Absorb Energy in Level 1||15|
|Absorb Energy in Level 2||20|
|Absorb Energy in Level 3||25|
|Exhaust Energy in Level 1||80|
|Exhaust Energy in Level 2||100|
|Exhaust Energy in Level 3||120|
|Break Safi'jiiva's back||100|
|Break Safi'jiiva's right wing||100|
|Break Safi'jiiva's left wing||100|
|Break Safi'jiiva's right hind leg||20|
|Break Safi'jiiva's left hind leg||20|
|Break Safi'jiiva's right foreleg||20|
|Break Safi'jiiva's left foreleg||20|
|Sever Safi'jiiva's tail||120|
|Break Safi'jiiva's head||20|
|Break all of Safi'jiiva's parts||180|
Safi'jiiva Quests & How To Unlock
How To Get "The Red Dragon" Quest
Requires Version 12.00 and above
|1||Trigger its appearance by going to the Volcanic Region of the Guiding Lands|
|2||Speak with the Seeker in Seliana, the one indicated with a (!)|
|3||Clear the quest "Across the Lost Path"|
|4||Speak with the Seeker in Seliana, the one indicated with a (!)|
|5||Do the special recon mission "Point of No Return"|
|6||Speak with the Seeker in Seliana, the one indicated with a (!)|
|7||Receive "The Red Dragon" quest|
|Quest Type||Quest Name|
|Recon Mission||MR6 Point of No Return|
|Urgent Mission||MR6 The Red Dragon|