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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Strategy Guide

Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 11-04-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:10 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 12-08-2020 / 04:29 GMT


Family : Elder Dragon

Size : Monumental

Element : Water

The Ceadeus is the final quest monster in Low Rank. It is the true source of the earthquakes plaguing Moga Village--not the Lagiacrus--and must be repelled to bring peace back to the village. Of note, there is no multiplayer version of this battle.


  • Ancient Ruins: 1 (Spawn), 2, 3


**Weak Spots** **Susceptible**
Beard, Breast Explosives
**Strong Against** **Weak Against**
Water, Ice Dragon, Thunder

Part Durability

**Body Part** **Durability** **Effect on Decrease**
Head/Horn High Large Lurch
Beard Ultra High Large Lurch
Neck/Back, Belly Ultra High Lurch
Breast Very High Lurch
Fin Medium Lurch
Tail Very High Large Lurch

Breakable Parts

**Body Part** **How to Break** **Effect of Break**
Horn Decrease Durability in Area 3 Extra Rewards Drives Ceadeus away
Beard, Back, Tail Decrease Durability Extra Rewards

Rage Effects

**Attack** **Defence** **Speed**
125% No Change 100%

Key Attacks

Drift : Ceadeus will do damage with its tail and fins even when it is simply drifting.

Tail Slam : Ceadeus pulls back and swipes the area in front of it with its massive tail.

Dragon Beam : Ceadeus begins pulling in power to its mouth before firing a powerful beam straight forward. Cedeus' mouth moves backwards a significant amount at the point of firing as well, so make sure to be well clear.

Charge : Ceadeus will ravel up and then charge forward, open mouthed, damaging anything that gets in the way of its huge body.

Recommended Strategy

The best position to attack the Ceadeus from is right in front of its face. Its body is so big that this is the most constantly stationary part of it - abuse its noggin and focus on staying there, dodging up when you've hit a few times.

Also make sure you make full use of the ballista that sit around the tower in the arena, there are two. Swim up slightly and spot them on flat spots. Use the ballistics (shooting when the Ceadeus is close) and then simply focus on Ceadeus' face and deal as many hits as you can find to dish out.


  • Ceadeus' fins and tail are to be considered 'aggressive' even when he is not in an attack animation – they will always damage.
  • As with all elder dragons the Ceadeus cannot be captured.
  • After failing a Ceadeus quest, the next time you retry, the Ceadeus will retain the damage you dealt to it (but any broken body parts will grow back).

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
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  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    11 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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Easy to understand tips and pointers for novice players including combat strategies, essential items and how best to leverage the utilities of Moga Village. From new hunter to fact craving veteran, the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Strategy Guide is guaranteed to hold vital information for hunters of any colour.

Version 1.0:

  • Explanations of the game's many weapons and advice on how to use them.
  • A comprehensive Monster list that includes weaknesses, attacks and hunting strategies, for every creature from Altaroth to Zinogre.
  • Information for every Area of every Map.
  • Full 720p screenshots illustrate the guide.

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