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Encountered from High Rank, the Nargacuga is part feline and part dragon in appearance. Similar to the Barioth, it possesses a wide variety of attacks and the speed to match. When angry, its eyes light up–the red eyes of a Nargacuga at night are a sight to behold.


  • Deserted Island: 2, 3, 5, 7 (Spawn), 8 (Rest)
  • Flooded Forest: 1, 2 (Rest), 7 (Spawn), 10
  • Misty Peaks: 2, 5, 6 (Spawn), 7, 8, 9 (Rest)


**Weak Spots** **Susceptible**
Head N/A
**Strong Against** **Weak Against**
N/A Thunder, Fire

Part Durability

**Body Part** **Durability** **Effect on Decrease**
Head Medium Large Lurch
Body High Lurch
Wing Blades (x2) Very Low Knockdown
Front Legs Medium Lurch/Knockdown
Hind Legs (x2) Medium Knockdown
Tail Medium Lurch

Breakable Parts

**Body Part** **How to Break** **Effect of Break**
Head Decrease Head Durability Creates Tear
Wing Blades (x2) Decrease Durability Extra Rewards (Only Once)
Tail (Break) Decrease Durability Twice -
Tail (Cut) Damage with Cut Weapons Extra Carve

Rage Effects

**Attack** **Defence** **Speed**
120% No Change 120%

Key Attacks

Tail Sweep : The Nargacuga will swings its tail around its body and then some, covering three quarters of a circle around itself. It will remain facing the same direction.

Flip Slam : The Nargacuga replaces its head with its tail, slamming it down in the process.

Wing Pounce : The Nargacuga hops back and faces a side to the player before launching forward with its wing several times, covering a lot of ground.

Needle Shot : The Nargacuga holds its tail above its head, aimed at the hunter, and shoots a volley of needles straight towards them.

360 Sweep : The Nargacuga quickly spins on the spot with its tail outstretched, wiping out any hunters standing around it.

Recommended Strategy

The Nargacuga demands a very similar strategy to the Barioth thanks to their shared attacks.

This said the Nargacuga should be considered a greater threat when it is at range from the hunter due to its aimed needle shot, while its tail slam is a significant danger to any hunter attacking its head.

As such you’re recommended to move more than when tackling a Barioth and try to keep the cuga at arms reach - its tail can appear quickly if you just try and run straight at the beast.

Take full advantage of the Narga’s downtime between attacks (especially if it gets its tail stuck in the ground from a tail slam) to run close to it and hit it, preferably under its belly and use Flash Bombs to stun him regularly.

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    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    11 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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