Magnamalo is the flagship monster in Monster Hunter Rise. Naturally, facing off against this monster is one of the MHR‘s toughest challenges. That goes double for the first encounter that happens fairly early on.
This Monster Hunter Rise Magnamalo guide breaks down how to best the beast, including its weaknesses, strats for defeating it, and the crafting materials it drops.
Monster Hunter Rise Magnamalo Weaknesses
Magnamalo weaknesses include blunt and cut damage equally. However, this monster is significantly more resistant to ammo.
Don’t take your bowguns into this battle. This monster’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.
You’ll have access to the Royal Ludroth gear by the time your first fight rolls around, and that’s your best bet for exploiting their elemental weaknesses. Really, though, your best bet is just your strongest weapon.
Magnamalo’s weakness also primarily includes 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 this monster’s weak points is its tail.
Their back is weaker to blunt damage, while sharp weapons damage its tail more.
Magnamalo Boss Fight Tips
Despite the crackling electricity surrounding Magnamalo, it’s not a thunder-element monster. It uses Hellfire instead, which is pretty difficult to defend. Deodorant can help cure Hellfireblight if it hits you, so make sure to bring some of those along. Otherwise, the best armor is just whatever your strongest armor is at the time.
This monster 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 boss fight, and if you read that as “giant monster ammo,” you read it right. Pitting one of them against this monster triggers Wyvern Riding for one of the combatants. Ride Rathian or Izuchi and attack Mag or make them 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 them down.
You can trap them 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 fight.
Magnamalo Parts: What Does It Drop?
Here’s what you’ll get from fighting them at 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)
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)
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