How to Kill the Nergigante in Monster Hunter World

Learn how to take down the Nergigante in the Elder’s Recess in Monster Hunter World.


Out of all the monsters in Monster Hunter World, knowing how to kill the Nergigante is probably going to be the most important. For a lot of hunters, this is going to be the make or break boss fight. If you don’t enter this fight prepared, you’re going to have a tough time.

How to Kill the Nergigante

The Nergigante is the first Elder Dragon you’re going to face that isn’t Zorah Magdaros. Much like other tough bosses, Nergigante is mind-bogglingly agile and is able to deal unimaginable amounts of damage. You will face Nergigante twice before you have to actually hunt him, both times taking place on Zorah Magdaros – but these don’t count as the actual fight.

As part of the main mission, A Wound and a Thirst, you will be tasked with tracking Nergigante in the Elder’s Recess and slaying him. Note that the mission requires you to slay – not capture – Nergigante. This is because you cannot trap Elder Dragons.

Before you even enter the same area as the Nergigante, you will want to prepare for the fight by visiting the Canteen and eating whatever meal will give you the most health. If you’re comfortable with how much health you have, opt for a meal that increases the amount of damage you can deal or one that increases your defences.

Ensure you take in the following items to improve your chances of success. If you don’t have the Vitality mantle, make sure you unlock it before progressing further.

  • Potion
  • Mega Potion
  • Cool Drink
  • Flash Pod
  • Flashbug
  • Vitality Mantle

Obviously the more health potions you have, the better, and you can also take along some rations to quickly regenerate your stamina. The Flash Pods and Flashbugs are absolutely essential for creating some breathing room. When shot at Nergigante’s face, the Flash Pod will temporarily blind the monster and send it into a rage. Take this opportunity to heal, sharpen your blade, reposition, or use your Palico gadget.

Speaking of Palico gadgets, make sure you take in the gadget you’re most comfortable using. The Coral Orchestra is excellent for additional buffs, the Vigorwasp can be handy and may save your life in a pinch, the Shieldspire will draw a lot of aggro and give you some breathing room. While the Flashbug gadget will help stun Nergigante, the trap will be useless. Taking in the Plunderblade isn’t a good idea for your first attempt, especially if you’re struggling, and the Meowlotov Cocktail can be helpful if you’re managing to avoid taking damage but you’re not dealing enough damage.

Nergigante Weaknesses

Though it may not feel like it, Nergigante does have a few weaknesses. The main weak points you want to focus on are Nergigante’s horns, head, and front limbs. The horns are heavily armored, so most of the time your attacks may bounce off, but they are breakable.

In terms of elemental damage, your best bet is to use thunder, as it has a 3-star rating, while dragon only has 2 stars. All ailments are equal against Nergigante, with 2 stars across the board.

Keep in mind that, depending on your weapon type, you will have varying luck with your attacks and their effectiveness against Nergigante’s weak points. While a sever-type weapon has a 3-star rating on the horns and forearms, it only receives a 2-star rating against the face.

Fighting Nergigante

Once you reach Nergigante, you will want to stand just outside of his sphere and apply your buffs, whether it’s a Palico gadget, Might Pill, or putting on the Vitality mantle. When the fight starts, your main objective will be trying to keep a medium distance to Nergigante. Bait its attacks, and dodge to the side and punish its legs.

Over the course of the fight, Nergigante will grow spines, which are used to great effect. You will want to pay close attention to when Nergigante slams its head into the ground, this move is followed by the monster ripping its head out of the ground and firing a burst of spikes in a straight line. If you are in front of Nergigante when this happens, there’s a good chance this will be a one-hit kill.

You will also want to look out for when Nergigante turns black. At this point, it will begin doing a flying-slam move. From the point where Nergigante is in the air, to its point of contact, will be a death zone. Dodging this attack is critical, use your mobility to dive to the side and, hopefully, out of the line of carnage.

When Nergigante moves to a new location, take that moment to restock your supplies or wait for your buffs to recharge. If Nergigante moves down into the fiery area, use a Cool Drink and try to pull him into the hallway, lest you take undue heat damage.

During the entire fight, remember to use your Flash Pod to stun Nergigante if you’re low on health and he won’t shift focus off of you. Keeping 10 Flashbugs on hand lets you create more during the fight without needing to go back to the camp site to restock.

Any time you faint, take the opportunity to eat some more food at the canteen near the campsite. While the food has diminishing returns, it will at least give you slightly more health.

When Nergigante begins to limp and retreat back to his nest, fire some Flash Pods at him to keep him in the area to deal more damage. Fighting him in his nest can be extremely challenging, hence why you want to deal as much damage as possible while outside of his nest. The room is full of traps that can hurt you, and he becomes enraged, thrashing about and attacking with more ferocity.

It can be a good idea to save your Vitality mantle for this final section, as it will very quickly prove its worth. Once you have Nergigante on the ropes, don’t let up, but also don’t go HAM. Back out of the room if you need to, but don’t let him sleep, lest he regenerate health.

The Nergigante is undeniably one of the more difficult monsters to fight and kill in Monster Hunter World, but with enough practice and the right know-how, it’s certainly possible to overcome. Be sure to check out our Monster Hunter World guide for more helpful articles.

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