Brute Tigrex MHW Unlock & Location: Guiding Lands Tips

It's time to silence the Brute Tigrex. But first we have to find it in the MHW Guiding Lands.

In MHW, Brute Tigrex is a tremendously annoying subspecies found only in the Guiding Lands. Its claim to fame is a constant, debilitating roar that it will unleash before charging you across the field. Unfortunately for us, it’s also the way to unlock some seriously sweet raw damage weapons in Monster Hunter: World. So let’s take a look at where to find this loud, angry beast. It’s time for another guide to the Guiding Lands in MHW as we search for Brute Tigrex! Best plug your ears and gird your loins.

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First things first: you need to unlock the Guiding Lands. This occurs after you finish off the “final boss” of MHW in Iceborne. I’m talking about Shara Ishvalda (a.k.a. the Old Everwyrm). It’s the big, bug-eyed beast with creepy hands for wings that you battle after your first run-in with Ruiner Nergigante. If you’re not that far into Iceborne yet, just keep on playing! You’ll get there soon. Otherwise, if you have beaten the final boss, make sure to accept the mission that has you follow Ruiner Nergigante. It will take you to the Guiding lands. Only then can you unlock the MHW Brute Tigrex… in one of several different ways.

There are another couple steps first, however. The Guiding Lands in MHW work on a system of levels. You need to fight monsters in each biome to raise those levels. This can also cause the level of other regions to go down, but it’s usually a paltry decrease by comparison. Raising different regions’ levels also improves the class of monsters that can appear there.

In MHW, Brute Tigrex is located within the “rotted” region (modeled after the Rotten Vale). And it will only appear once you raise that zone to level six. That poses its own problem, however. When you first unlock them, the Guiding Lands regions are capped at level four. You literally cannot reach level six and release the Brute Tigrex into the wild. So what gives?

Master Rank Cap – Brute Tigrex MHW Unlock

Beyond just the Guiding Lands region ranks, the MHW Brute Tigrex is is also locked behind Master Rank. You need to grind Master Rank to certain “soft” caps in order to remove the cap on the Guiding Lands. That, in turn, requires you to complete special missions against tempered monsters. It’s… really a very involved process. But the reward is worth it. Brute Tigrex and other subspecies found in the MHW endgame are key to upgrading several rarity 12 weapons. If you haven’t fought Brute Tigrex in MHW, or its cohorts, you can likely guess which weapons those include. Just look at your crafting trees. The weapons will show “???” in place of stats and required materials.

So how do you grind Master Rank in MHW? Some ways are easier than others. However, it’s still a bit of a slog no matter which course you take. Your best bet is to keep an eye out for MHW event quests that offer “bonus HR/MR” upon completion. Just check the event quests, read the descriptions, and go to town. However, these bonuses are still relative. Easier event quests for extra Master Rank will still give you less than harder ones. Fighting two Beotodus, for example, will not net you as much Master Rank farm as battling three Elder Dragons.

The Guiding Lands themselves are also a great source of Master Rank. Because they string together monster after monster, with minimal downtime for things like loading, you can rack up hunts very quickly. In the process, you will also grind up Guiding Lands regions and pave the way for Brute Tigrex (and more). Just make sure to repeatedly report your progress to the Handler between every kill or capture. That will keep you from losing out on hunt rewards after an unlucky death.

To reach level six in the Guiding Lands, and unlock Brute Tigrex in MHW, you must reach Master Rank 69. Then talk to the Field Team Leader in Seliana to get your next assignment. This will remove one more cap on your Master Rank, as well as allow you to hit level six in the Guiding Lands.

Brute Tigrex MHW Guiding Lands

Brute Tigrex MHW Location – Guiding Lands & Investigation

We’re still not quite done. Even when you raise the Guiding Lands’ rotted area to the right level, the MHW Brute Tigrex won’t magically appear right away. It takes time, patience, and luck to get the rare subspecies.

First make sure the rotted region actually is at level six. Remember that leveling up other regions might lower its rank! After that, head to the Guiding Lands locale and get to investigating. By which I mean literally search around for monster tracks — thereby unlocking more Investigation quests back at base. There is a random chance that any of these tracks in the level six zone will be for a Brute Tigrex.

Once you’ve had your fill, you can head back to headquarters and check your haul at the Research Commission. If you didn’t get lucky, just head back to the Guiding Lands and try again.

Or… You can just keep hunting. The MHW Brute Tigrex has an equally random chance of spawning in the Guiding Lands naturally. You just need to do a hunt, return to base, and check the “Depart” option under Guiding Lands on your quest board. If you haven’t fought it before, the Brute Tigrex will appear as a “???” target. That’s your cue to get out there and discover it for the first time!

Brute Tigrex Tips – MHW Guiding Lands Guide

The Brute Tigrex of MHW is just like you remember its counterpart; it’s annoying. Naturally this one is even worse, of course, because of its constant roars. It will overlap them with other attacks as it charges you. And so many Brute Tigrex fights in MHW go like this: get stunned by a roar → get smacked → get stunned for real → get smacked again → death. Although there are some ways around it.

First off, the Brute Tigrex exhausts itself just as easily as the normal variant. Use those openings to damage its head. Breaking its noggin wide open will, in turn, reduce its roars. Likewise you can just use Earplugs or the Rocksteady Mantle to negate the problem entirely. That will trade away more damaging skills, of course, so consider using a Hunting Horn with Earplugs (or get a more courageous friend to do it). Five pieces of the Shara Ishvalda armor will also give you Earplugs 5 as long as you’re wearing any sort of mantle. Combine it with the Temporal Mantle, or a more offensive item of your choosing, along with Tool Specialist to keep your damage high and mighty.


Congrats on finding the Brute Tigrex in MHW. There are plenty of other rare species to find in the Guiding Lands, however, so be sure to check for them all! Good luck out there.

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