Lavasioth General Information
While Lavasioth can be encountered during your mandatory expedtion to the Elder's Recess, you'll actually get a quest driving you to the hunt afterwards. Complete the aforementioned expedition, at which point you'll get the quest Lavasioth, Monster of Magma. You should able to able to talk to the Armory clerk to get the quest A Fiery Convergence, which tasks you with hunting a Lavasioth and an Uragaan.
|Quests||Lavasioth, Monster of Magma (7*), A Fiery Convergence (7*)|
|Variants||High Rank / Tempered (Threat Level 2)|
Lavasioth Strengths and Weaknesses
The Lavasioth's head and belly are most receptive to damage, with the head taking great damage from all sorts of attacks, while the belly takes a bit less Blunt damage. The head, body, tail and fin/legs are all breakable.
Like Jyuratodus, Lavasioth's weaknesses vary based on whether the monster has managed to coat itself. While the Jyuratodus used mud, Lavasioth opts for magma, which, after a dip will lower its defenses to physical damage, but also make it resistant to Fire and weak to Water. After time passes and the magma hardens it'll become much more resilient (weapons will often bounce off), and it'll lose some of its resistance to Fire (as well as some of its vulnerability to Water) and will become much more resistant to Thunder and Ice, to which it was both moderately vulnerable to previously.
Fortunately, Lavasioth's ailment resistances don't change whether it's coated in hardened magma or not - it's always weak to Poison, somewhat susceptible to Paralysis and Stun, and not terribly receptive to Sleep or Blast.
Lavasioth likes to swim in lava. To coat itself in lava. It spits fiery (sometimes explosive!) projectiles, leaves trails of magma as it slithers about, and will splash lava on you in its lair. Fire Resistance is an obvious boon in this fight, especially if you can get your Fire Resistance score above twenty, so as to prevent yourself from catching on fire. Other than that, bringing Poison along is an effective way to dish out damage to Lavasioth.
|Water||* * *|
|Poison||* * *|
As the Jyuratodus moved through mud, the Lavasioth moves through rock and magma, and there are quite a few similarities between their attacks in these cases. The Lavasioth loves to slither around on its belly, a relatively slow, low-damage meandering "charge" attack whose primary purpose is to leave a trail of lava in its wake. You should expect significant portions of the ground - whether by the actions of the Lavasioth or due to the natural elements in the area - to cause damage if you tarry on them. In addition, the Lavasioth is fond of doing belly flops to strike foes under it, and since both of these attacks usually start with the Lavasioth standing on its fin-legs, you should be wary of both when you see it standing.
Whereas the Jyuratodus spit mud, which drained your stamina if you were caught in it, the Lavasioth spits globs of explosive magma... much like the Dodogama. These are usually more easily blocked, however, and come in two forms, one being much more painful than the other. It can spit magma in succession (usually after it slithers into a pit of lava), but it can also perform relatively quick spits at any time, even out of lava. The Lavasioth also isn't above burrowing through solid rock, surfacing to take a quick bite at intruding hunters. If you see it's tail while burrowed, be on guard, as the after the Lavasioth spins underground it'll bound out from the rock and attempt to crush nearby foes. Both the launching and the landing can inflict damage.
Add to this the usually assortment of bites and tail lashes and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Lavasioth. Fire resistance is quite welcome in this fight, as the most dangerous of Lavasioth's attacks are from fire. In fact, its melee attacks, while persistent, are relatively weak, the Lavasioth's goal being to weaken you with multiple, small attacks and health loss through contact with fiery surfaces before finishing off foes with a magma blast.
In this battle of attrition, the Lavasioth is aided by its spectacular armor, which covers its back, limbs and tail, leaving only the head and belly vulnerable to damage. This rock-hard armor will cause most attacks to bounce off the Lavasioth, and there's not much you can do about this until the Lavasioth eventually seeks the shelter of nearby lava. When it takes a dip in lava, it may be harder for you to reach (and here it's inclined to take its time and spit at you repeatedly) but the magma it's swimming in is also softening up its armor. After such a dip, renew your attack with vigor, as your attacks will find more purchase on the Lavasioth's hide. When exposed to air for enough time, the Lavasioth will cool down and its armor will harden again.
|Lavasioth Scale+||* * * * *|
|Lavasioth Carapace||* * * *|
|Lavasioth Fang+||* * *|
|Lavasioth Fin+||* * * *|
|Lavasioth Carapace||* * * *|
|Lavasioth Scale+||* * * *|
|Lavasioth Fang+||* * *|
|Lavasioth Fin+||* *|
|Monster Hardbone||* * *|
|Inferno Sac||* * *|
Lavasioth can rarely drop a Wyvern Gem, either as a carve or as a quest reward. There are no means by which to increase your odds of obtaining this, save hunt Lavasioth via investigations... but since you can obtain the same prize by hunting a Jyuratodus or Barroth - much weaker monsters - there's no real need to farm Lavasioth for them. None of the other materials Lavasioth drops are terribly rare.