Check this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide on how to mount large monsters, including info on mounting mechanics, tips, & effective methods.
What Is Monster Mounting?
Riding & Attacking Monster At Same Time
In MHW, Hunters can jump and grab hold onto the monster, effectively "mounting" it. When you are mounted, you ride the monster and can damage certain parts of it by using the △ button.
Knocks Monster Down If Successful
If you are able to do a finishing move on the mounted monster, you'll knock it down and will have several seconds to do more damage to it while it's on the ground.
Does Not Happen Every Time
Jumping and attacking the monster will not result in mounting every time. You need to do several successful jump attacks on the monster before you can mount it again, after the first time. This number increases with every successful mount.
How To Mount A Monster
Jump Above Monster & Strike Down With Attack
The first thing you need to do is actually get on the monster. This is done by running over the edge of a ledge using R1 then pressing △ to do an overhead attack on the monster.
Alternative Ways To Get Above Monster
- Use Wedge Beetle & swing above monster
- Hang off a wall and jump over the monster
- Slide down a path and jump attack towards the monster
- Use Insect Glaive weapon to propel over the monster
Attack Or Brace For Monster Movement
Once you're on the monster, you need to keep pressing △ to attack. However, the monster will try to throw you off so you need to brace with R2 or move with your L joystick.
Move When Monster Bangs Against Obstacle
The monster will try to remove you by banging the part you're hanging onto into an obstacle. You can avoid getting dismounted by moving your L joystick. If you get dismounted, quickly press △ to get back on the monster.
You Can Move Towards Head, Body, Or Tail
There are generally 3 parts you can move around in a monster's body - head, body or tail, depending on the size of the monster. These are also the parts the monster will try to bang against obstacles to get you off. You can switch parts by moving your L joystick.
Knock Monster Down With Finishing Move
When you've worn the monster down or done enough damage, you'll be prompted to do a finishing move with the △ button. This will knock the monster to the ground and deal significant damage to the part you've just used the finishing move on.
Monster Mounting Tips & Tricks
Watch Stamina When Bracing Or Moving Parts
Bracing when the monster tries to buck you off or moving to another part of a monster will cost you stamina. Time your moves and braces properly to conserve your stamina, allowing you to hold onto the monster for longer.
Can Swing Back To Monster If You Still Have Stamina
If you're thrown off the monster and you still have stamina, you will be able to save your mount and get back on it. Just remember to press the △ button immediately after getting thrown off.
"Wide-Range" Skill Can Fully Restore Stamina Bar
When playing in multiplayer, if one of your teammates has the skill "Wide-Range", they will be able to restore your stamina bar to full when they use a stamina recovery item near you while you're mounting the monster.
Monster Will Buck When Mini-Map Turns Red
The monster will flail around and try to throw you off it when you see the mini-map or edges of your screen go red. This is a great indicator that you need to brace with R2 to keep yourself on the monster.
Prepare To Move When Monster Runs Off
A monster will run off towards a wall or large rocks when it wants to hit you against them. Wait until they're moving to bang themselves against the obstacle before you move to another part of the monster.