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Monster Hunter World

Azure Rathalos

Nathan Garvin

Azure Rathalos General Information

Azure Rathalos is another High Rank palette swap that you never have to fight to advance the story. You’ll first be able to fight it after completing the mandatory Elder’s Recess expedition, where the quests Rathalos in Blue and Ruler of the Azure Skies should unlock. Around the same time you should also be able to pick up the quest The Red and Blue Crew by talking to the Armory Clerk in the Workshop. After defeating an Azure Rathalos, you may also unlock the optional quest Special Arena: HR Azure Rathalos, a standard arena hunting quest.

General Information .
Type Flying Wyvern
Quests Rathalos in Blue (7*), Ruler of the Azure Skies (7*), The Red and Blue Crew (7*), Special Arena: HR Azure Rathalos (7*)
Variants High Rank / Tempered (Threat Level 2)

Azure Rathalos Strengths and Weaknesses

The Azure Rathalos has much in common with the Rathalos, and its weak points are one such similarity. The head takes the most damage from attacks, followed by the wings and tail. The head, wings and body are all breakable, with the tail being severable.

Azure Rathalos is resistant to Fire, but very weak to Dragon, and somewhat weak to Ice.

While not particularly susceptible to any ailment, Sleep, Paralysis and Stun are easier to inflict than Poison and Blast.

More than any other type of Flying Wyvern, the Azure Rathalos prefers remaining airborne and using its fire breath to attack. A Fire Resistance score of twenty or higher is recommended, as it’ll prevent you from being set on fire, as are means of reaching the monster. Flash Pods will help greatly during this fight. While its tail attacks are less common, Azure Rathalos can still inflict Poison, but this time with its claw attacks instead of with tail strikes. If you can manage it, three ranks of the Poison Resistance skill will negate this hazard, but failing that, Antidotes may be necessary.

Elements .
Fire X
Water *
Thunder *
Ice * *
Dragon * * *
Ailments .
Poison *
Sleep * *
Paralysis * *
Blast *
Stun * *

Azure Rathalos Attacks

In combat, the Azure Rathalos fights much like the Rathalos, using most of the same attacks. The difference is a matter of preference, not of arsenal, as the Azure Rathalos employs its fiery breath far more frequently than the Rathalos, although both are fond of staying in the air as much as possible.

While it can employ flying charge attacks and a diving claw attack (which it is quite fond of, and which can inflict Poison now), it very regularly makes use of its fire breath while in the air and on the ground. These fire breath attacks include a single blast (in the air it’ll often immediately follow this up with a diving claw attack), a triple blast, or a sweeping arc of fire. While somewhat rare, they can also use their tail to sweep the area in front of them - a marked different use of the tail as compared to the Rathian, Rathalos and Pink Rathian, who prefer aerial tail flips.

If it does find itself forced to the ground and deigns to accept its terrestrial fetters, it can make use of the charge “attack” that all Flying Wyverns seem to share, but it will also frequently leap into the air before immediately slamming itself down - ample deterrence to hunters with close-range weapons. When it tires of remaining on the ground, it can seamlessly transition back to the air with a leaping fire breath blast.

Carves Frequency
Azure Rathalos * * * * *
Azure Rathalos * * * *
Azure Rathalos * * * *
Rathalos Medulla * * *
Rathalos Plate *
Rathalos Ruby *
Rewards Frequency
Azure Rathalos Carapace * * * *
Azure Rathalos Scale+ * * * *
Azure Rathalos Wing * * *
Azure Rathalos Tail * *
Rathalos Plate *
Monster Hardbone * * *
Inferno Sac * * *

The Azure Rathalos has precious little to offer, as far as unique drops go. It can drop a Rathalos Ruby - a drop also shared by High Rank Rathalos - which is a very rare carve. You can increase your odds of obtaining this item by breaking the head or body, or by carving the tail. Otherwise, its rare drops include a Rathalos Plate (which can also be obtained from the much easier Low Rank Rathalos).

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
  • Platforms,
    PS4, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    13 February 2018
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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This guide features a full, beginning-to-end walkthrough written in an “ideal chronological order of events” format. Main quests are interspersed with side quests in the order in which they unlock, although some side quests and arena challenges may only be referenced instead of fully explained. These are typically quests that have you facing a monster you’ve already fought under similar circumstances that offer no unique reward for completion. For example, after completing most main quests you won’t be able to attempt that quest again, but you’ll usually unlock an identical side quest allowing you to hunt the same monster in the same area with the same success/failure conditions.

Monster strategies will be discussed in detail as you encounter them throughout the walkthrough, featuring elemental and status information and drop lists. The guide also features a fully detailed bestiary for those who just want information about specific monsters unaccompanied by a walkthrough. Trophy/achievement information can also be found in a separate trophy/achievement guide, although be warned: many trophies/achievements in Monster Hunter World are easier said than done.

Other features of this guide include:

  • Information on crafting/harvesting.
  • Side quests that unlock mantles, ingredients and other useful features.
  • Field Researcher quests including where to catch rare fish, how to capture small monsters, and where to locate Grimalkynes/Gajalaka.
  • Grimalkyne/Gajalaka quests.
  • How to upgrade the Ancient Tree/Harvest Box and how to unlock various fertilizers.
  • How the Elder Melder works, melding different items and decorations.
  • Where to find the Powertalon and Armortalon, and how to upgrade them into the Powercharm and Armorcharm.
  • Detailed information on how to unlock Tempered Monsters, the difference between Threat Level 1, 2 and 3 Tempered Monsters.
  • Information on Feystones, including drop rates, the differences between the types (Mysterious, Gleaming, Worn and Warped).
  • How to get Warrior’s Streamstones and Hero’s Streamstones.

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