Monster Hunter Rise Magnamalo Weakness: How to Beat Magnamalo
Magnamalo is the flagship monster in Monster Hunter Rise. Naturally, facing off against it is one of the game’s toughest challenges. That goes double for the first encounter that happens fairly early in the game.
Our Monster Hunter Rise Magnamalo guide breaks down how to best the beast, including its weaknesses, strats for defeating it, and the materials it drops.
Monster Hunter Rise Magnamalo Weaknesses
Magnamalo is equally weak to blunt and cut damage for the most part, but significantly more resistant to ammo.
Don’t take your bowguns into this battle. Magnamalo’s elemental weaknesses are few, so ditch the fire weapons for you and your Palamute. Water is the best choice, but if you’ve got Thunderbugs, make sure to take those as well.
Magnamalo’s weakest areas are its head and armblades. These are the two areas you least want to be given the beast’s attack patterns unless it’s stunned or knocked down, though targeting them has a higher chance of obtaining Magnamalo parts. The other one of Magnamalo’s weak points is its tail.
Magnamalo’s back is weaker to blunt damage, while sharp weapons damage its tail more.
The only other notable Magnamalo weaknesses is water. You’ll have access to the Royal Ludroth gear by the time your first Magnamalo fight rolls around, and that’s your best bet for exploiting Magnamalo’s elemental weaknesses.
Really, though, your best bet is just your strongest weapon.
Despite the crackling electricity surrounding Magnamalo, it’s not a thunder-element monster. It uses Hellfire instead, which is pretty difficult to defend against. Deodorant can help cure Hellfireblight if it hits you, so make sure to bring some of those along. Otherwise, the best Magnamalo armor is just whatever your strongest armor is at the time.
Magnamalo moves fast. Prioritize weapons with better mobility if you’re having trouble keeping up. The Dual Blades with their second Switch Skill boost your damage and evasion even more than the base Demon Mode. Sword and Shield have the added bonus of blocking in addition to easier movement.
You’ll find Rathian and Great Izuchi stalking around the Shrine Ruins during the Magnamalo fight, and if you read that as “giant monster ammo,” you read it right. Pitting one of them against Magnamalo triggers Wyvern Riding for one of the combatants. Ride Rathian or Izuchi and attack Magnamalo or make Magnamalo charge against walls repeatedly to help wear it down faster.
One other point worth remembering is to attack Magnamalo when its crackling energy appears. Attacking the energized body parts has a greater chance of knocking Magnamalo down.
You can trap Magnamalo the same way you would any monster, though it does take a fair few Tranq Bombs to finally end the fight. Still, trapping ends battles much sooner than slaying the monster, so it’s a good idea for your first Magnamalo fight.
Here's what you'll get from fighting Magnamalo Low Rank, plus what part it can possibly break from when applicable.
- Magnamalo Scale (armblade)
- Magnamalo Shell
- Magnamalo Blade (armblade)
- Magnamalo Scute (back). This one can't be obtained through carving, though it has a small chance of being a capture drop.
- Magnamalo Tail (carve reward, not a tail break item)
- Magna Ghostprism (back)
- Magnamalo Plate (very rare drop, 3% chance of it being a head break item, 1% chance of it being a body carve item)
- Magnamalo Horn (head)
- Wyvern Tear (dropped item only)
Magnamalo's High Rank drops are essentially the same and just add "+" to the name with a couple of exceptions.
- Magna Soulprism (enhanced Ghostprism, still found as back break drop)
- Purple Magna Orb (rare break reward or carve item)