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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
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Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 11-04-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 16-05-2019 / 19:15 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 20-08-2019 / 10:58 GMT

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Elder Dragon

Goldbeard Ceadeus

Family : Elder Dragon

Size : Monumental

Element : Water


Goldbeard Ceadeus is a sub-species of Ceadeus encountered during G-Rank quests. Unlike the regular variant, you don’t have the luxury of repelling it–it’s all or nothing! On the plus side, you can team up with other hunters to topple Goldbeard.


  • Ancient Ruins: 3 (Spawn)


**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, Beard, Back, Tail Decrease Durability Extra Rewards

Rage Effects

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

Key Attacks

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

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

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

Charge : Goldbeard 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 Goldbeard 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 Goldbeard Ceadeus is close) and then simply focus on the Ceadeus’ face and deal as many hits as you can find to dish out.

Goldbeard makes things tricky due to its extra vertical beam variant, making the up dodge less reliable. As such you’ll want to be extra diligent after your initial dodge, applying a second side move if you see the Ceadeus moving for this attack.


  • Goldbeards' 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 Goldbeard Ceadeus cannot be captured.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    11 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    16 May 2019
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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