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Monster Hunter World
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Nathan Garvin
First Published: 13-02-2018 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 22-07-2020 / 13:24 GMT
Version: 0.1 (????) 09-08-2020 / 23:32 GMT

Quest Info
Objective: Hunt an Azure Rathalos
Reward Money: 14400z
Time Limit: 50 min.
Conditions: HR 13 or higher
Failure Conditions: Time Expires / Faint 3 Times
Other Monsters: Aptonoth / Jagras / Mernos / Gajalaka

There are two quests tasking you with hunting down the Azure Rathalos; this quest, and the quest Ruler of the Azure Skies. Both are virtually identical, save for the locale, and it really comes down to a matter of preference - would you rather fight the Azure Rathalos in the familiar confines of the Ancient Forest, or in the Elder's Recess? The big difference, aside from geography, are the monsters that'll be present alongside it. In this quest, in the Ancient Forest, expect a Rathalos and Rathian to be flying about, while in the Elder's Recess its companions are a Lavasioth and an Uragaan. The Flying Wyverns in the Ancient Forest are more likely to interfere with your fight, but then again, that might not be a bad thing if you can get them to injure each other.

Hunt - Azure Rathalos

Elements
FireX
Water*
Thunder*
Ice* *
Dragon* * *
Ailments
Poison*
Sleep* *
Paralysis* *
Blast*
Stun* *

Whichever of these two quests you choose, the Azure Rathalos is the same either way, and depending upon your skills and weapon choice, the Azure Rathalos may not be too much more of a hassle than a normal Rathalos. They both like to stay airborne a majority of the time, and they have the same attacks. The difference is a matter of preference, not capability. While the Rathalos was plenty fond of using its fire breath, it also used its claws and tail regularly. The Azure Rathalos doubles down on fire attacks, to the point where other attacks (save it's aerial claw-charge, of which it is quite fond) are relatively rare. Fire resistance is highly recommended to mitigate the damage, but the Azure Rathalos can also inflict poison... but with its claws rather than with its tail.

While the Rathalos often consented to getting into melee range, the Azure Rathalos much more frequently relies on distant fireballs and charge attacks. Against a hunter with a melee weapon, the Azure Rathalos can be a chore, but on the other hand, Flash Pods have never been more useful. Dung Pods will help keep the other flying wyverns away, as well, so there's plenty of use for your Slinger in these quests. Fortunately, the tail still proves to be a convenient enough target, if you're savvy enough to keep in reach... just don't be as eager to lop it off, as doing so won't hinder the Azure Rathalos as much as it did its kin.

The Azure Rathalos takes more damage from blows to the head, wings and tail, as usual, with the head taking the most damage from attacks. The head, wings, body and tail are all breakable, with the latter being severable. It is weak to Dragon element attacks and resistant to Fire, while also being resilient to the Poison and Blast ailments and not particularly weak against any other ailments.

CarvesFrequency
Azure Rathalos* * * * *
Azure Rathalos* * * *
Azure Rathalos* * * *
Rathalos Medulla* * *
Rathalos Plate*
Rathalos Ruby*
RewardsFrequency
Azure Rathalos Carapace* * * *
Azure Rathalos Scale+* * * *
Azure Rathalos Wing* * *
Azure Rathalos Tail* *
Rathalos Plate*
Monster Hardbone* * *
Inferno Sac* * *

Note: Completing this optional quest will unlock the optional quest Special Arena: HR Azure Rathalos.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Capcom
  • Platforms
    PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    13 February 2018
  • Last Updated
    22 July 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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