Monster Hunter Rise Tigrex Guide: Weaknesses, Rewards, and Gear

Known as a terror to many hunters of multiple levels, taking down Tigrex in Monster Hunter Rise is a task. Here's how and what you get for doing so successfully.

Tigrex only appears in six-star quests and above in Monster Hunter Rise, and for a good reason. Even when you fight it as a Village monster, Tigrex hits like a truck. It also has wild, sometimes unpredictable moves and is liable to send even prepared hunters carting back to camp. You might not be hunting Tigrex for its gear directly, but several High-Rank sets, including Nargacuga, Diablos, and Rathalos use Tigrex materials.

We'll cover all that and Tigrex attacks, weaknesses, and material drop rates in this guide.

How to Beat Tigrex: Weaknesses and Attacks

Tigrex uses fewer attacks than some other late-game monsters, but its moves cover wide areas, are sometimes surprisingly fast, and all deal massive amounts of damage. Tigrex is also fond of spamming specific attacks, notably its Wild Charge, which has a hitbox 17x larger than the monster itself (or it seems that way).

Tigrex is weak to both Thunder and Dragon, with Thunder being the more effective of the two. Bladed weapons are better than Blunt weapons, with ammunition being the least effective overall, though both Light and Heavy Bowgun remain top-tier options in almost any situation.

Thunderblight and Blast are strong status choices depending on your build. Blast is good for fast burst DPS, but the decreased stun resistance from Thunderblight could also make for damage opportunities.

Attacks and Strategies

Do not underestimate the size of the hitboxes of Tigrex's attacks. The Wild Charge might be the most egregious example, but more of them cover a wider area than the monster's visible body. If you think you're clear of an attack, you probably aren't — exercise extreme caution. Expect to be hit when it looks like you should be fine.

Wild Charges
Probably Tigrex's most common attack, it will have a brief windup and then start running wildly in your direction. Every step it takes deals damage, as much as touching literally any other part of the body will send you flying. Once the first charge ends, Tigrex will turn around and do another one. The same rules apply. It will then do a third charge for good measure. The final charge has a couple of seconds of recovery on it, so if you manage to avoid everything, you'll have an opportunity for damage.

Lunging Smash
Tigrex jumps forward and smashes down with its right claw. There's a brief windup as Tigrex leans back on its haunches, so you have a short window to avoid or otherwise guard against the attack. If you end up behind Tigrex, you'll have a few moments for damage here.

Rock Throw
After thrusting its front claws into the ground, Tigrex launches three rocks at you. If you're fighting it in the Frost Islands, the rocks will instead be large snowballs that cause Iceblight. Regardless of which version is used, this attack does significant damage and sends you flying. Dodging through it is easy, thankfully, as is something Spirit Slash or Guard Point.

Mega Scream
One of the few attacks in Tigrex's arsenal that doesn't deal huge chunks of damage, the Mega Scream will still put you on your behind if it connects. The animation is almost the same as a standard roar, but Tigrex will take extra time to fill its lungs with air before screaming. The scream itself is a small AoE around Tigrex's head, so it's easiest to simply back up and let the animation play out. The attack lasts long enough that using some other avoidance attacks risks you getting clipped by the lingering hitbox.

Claw, Bite, Wing Attack
These three basic attacks are straightforward, slow, and relatively unassuming. The bite goes from right to left, the claw attack can come from either one of Tigrex's front claws, and the wing attack occurs when you're at Tigrex's side or as a combo-ender if it's only using the basics to attack you.

Double Bite
Double Bite is another attack that has a short windup like the Wild Charges, though it does look different enough that you'll know which is coming after a few uses. After the windup, Tigrex lunges forward twice and bites first from right to left, then left to right. Avoiding the first will leave you open to the second, but if you manage your way to Tigrex's side after the initial strike, you'll be in a good position to punish the attack's recovery.

Tail Slap
One of the rarer attacks Tigrex uses, and not nearly as all-consuming as Barioth's, the tale slap will put you on your back but won't deal too much damage and covers a small area in front of the monster. It's also a relatively slow attack, making prediction dodges and blocks easy to execute.

Tigrex Rewards and Gear

Tigrex gear won't carry you to meta-level on its own, but many of the best High-Rank choices rely on parts from it:

  • Anja S Set
  • Barioth S Set
  • Channeler S Set
  • Diablos S Set
  • Death Stench S Set
  • Medium S Set
  • Nargacuga S Set
  • Rathalos S Set
  • Remobra S Set

Low-Rank Materials

Tigrex weapons are all about Raw damage, as their inherent Affinity is usually -15% or more. Late game, the Tigrex Longsword is one of the best options behind the Chamelos Longsword. However, the Low-Rank armor is primarily helpful for its utility rather than its damage output potential.

Tigrex Shell

  • Target Rewards: 15%
  • Capture Rewards: 37%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 28% (Head)
  • Carves: 20% (Body)
  • Dropped Material: 30%

Tigrex Scale

  • Target Rewards: 33%
  • Capture Rewards: 18%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 20% (Claw)
  • Carves: 32% (Body)
  • Dropped Material: 40%(x1), 50%(x1)

Tigrex Claw

  • Target Rewards: 21%
  • Capture Rewards: -–%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 80% (x2) (Claw)
  • Carves: 32% (Body)
  • Dropped Material: 10% (x1), 20% (x1)

Tigrex Fang

  • Target Rewards: 17%
  • Capture Rewards: 28%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 60% (x2) (Head)
  • Carves: --%
  • Dropped Material: --%

Tigrex Tail

  • Target Rewards: 9%
  • Capture Rewards: 12%
  • Broken Part Rewards: --%
  • Carves: 80% (Tail)
  • Dropped Material: --%

Tigrex Scalp

  • Target Rewards: 5%
  • Capture Rewards: 5%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 12% (Head)
  • Carves: 3% (Body)
  • Dropped Material: --%

Wyvern Tear

  • Target Rewards: --%
  • Capture Rewards: --%
  • Broken Part Rewards: --%
  • Carves: --%
  • Dropped Material: 50%

High-Rank Materials

Tigrex Carapace

  • Target Rewards: 15%
  • Capture Rewards: 34%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 17% (Head)
  • Carves: 18% (Body)
  • Dropped Material: 30%

Tigrex Scale+

  • Target Rewards: 32%
  • Capture Rewards: 16% (x2)
  • Broken Part Rewards: 20% (Claw)
  • Carves: 42% (Body), 15% (Tail)
  • Dropped Material: 39% (x1), 50% (x1)

Tigrex Claw+

  • Target Rewards: 21%
  • Capture Rewards: --%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 80% (x2) (Claw)
  • Carves: --%
  • Dropped Material: --%

Tigrex Fang+

  • Target Rewards: 17%
  • Capture Rewards: 27%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 60% (x2) (Head)
  • Carves: --%
  • Dropped Material: --%

Tigrex Scalp

  • Target Rewards: 8%
  • Capture Rewards: 8%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 15% (Head)
  • Carves: 7% (Body)
  • Dropped Material: --%

Tigrex Maw

  • Target Rewards: 4%
  • Capture Rewards: %%
  • Broken Part Rewards: 8% (Head)
  • Carves: 3% (Body)
  • Dropped Material: --%

Wyvern Gem

  • Target Rewards: 3%
  • Capture Rewards: --%
  • Broken Part Rewards: --%
  • Carves: 5% (Tail)
  • Dropped Material 1%:

Tigrex Tail

  • Target Rewards: --%
  • Capture Rewards: 10%
  • Broken Part Rewards: --%
  • Carves: 80% (Tail)
  • Dropped Material: --%

Wyvern Tear

  • Target Rewards: --%
  • Capture Rewards: --%
  • Broken Part Rewards: --%
  • Carves: --%
  • Dropped Material: 10%

Large Wyvern Tear

  • Target Rewards: --%
  • Capture Rewards: --%
  • Broken Part Rewards: --%
  • Carves: --%
  • Dropped Material: 40%

Armor Set Bonuses

The Tigrex armor isn't usually a top-tier meta choice, but the innate Earplugs and Speed Eating make for good Support building options.

Low-Rank Armor Skills

  • Tigrex Helm: Earplugs x1 (Roar resistance), Speed Eating x1 (Consume potions, etc. faster).
  • Tigrex Mail: Earplugs x1, Bludgeoner x1 (Higher attack at yellow and lower sharpnesses).
  • Tigrex Braces: Bludgeoner x2.
  • Tigrex Coil: Earplugs x1.
  • Tigrex Greaves: Speed Eating x1.

High-Rank Armor Skills

  • Tigrex Helm S: Earplugs x1, Speed Eating x1.
  • Tigrex Mail S: Earplugs x2, Bludgeoner x1.
  • Tigrex Braces S: Bludgeoner x2, Mind's Eye x1 (Deflection resistance nad hard part damage increase).
  • Tigrex Coil S: Earplugs x2.
  • Tigrex Greaves S: Speed Eating x2, Mind's Eye x1.

Taking down Tigrex is one of Monster Hunter Rise's later-game hurdles you have no choice but to overcome. We've covered other monsters, including Mangamalo and Barioth, and how to farm materials like Meaty Hide, Rock Rose, and others. Expect more coverage when the massive Sunbreak expansion drops, so check back often.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.

Published Jun. 1st 2022

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