One of the latest event quests in MHW is “Tears from Nirvana.” And unlike a lot of MHW missions these days, it’s actually quite simple! You just need to tackle a Blackveil Vaal Hazak. In exchange you’ll get the chance to craft the Skull Scarf layered armor, originally teased on the Japanese Monster Hunter Twitter account. It’s just the latest cosmetic add-on as MHW continues to impress on the cosmetic front. Though you need to actually craft the layered armor to achieve this bandit-like look.
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Note: In MHW, Tears from Nirvana begins for the first time on Oct. 15, 2020 as part of the Fun Fright Fest. It ends on Nov. 5, 2020. After which you should consult the event quest calendar for further details.
Appropriately enough for a Skull Scarf, Tears from Nirvana will take you to the Rotten Veil. There you’ll face the aforementioned Blackveil Vaal Hazak. The Elder Dragon variant is week to Fire and Dragon damage, particularly once you knock the fungus off its block (i.e. break its head). And it deals Effluvial Buildup. Nullberries, a Cleanser Booster, and/or the Effluvia Resistance skill are must-haves here — at least if you want to live. Effluvia Buildup will cut your maximum hit points in half for a time. And while you’re afflicted with that, Blackveil Vaal Hazak can literally suck the life out of you from a huge distance. Avoid that scenario at all costs.
The Effluvial Expert skill can also protect your from the “tick” damage (damage over time) that proximity to the miasma inflicts. However, there’s another neat trick MHW almost never tells you that’s particularly effective in the Rotten Veil. You know Torch Pods? Those burning berries you can pick up as Slinger ammo? Fire one on the ground into a cloud of Effluvia sometime. It creates a large, temporary safe zone that won’t damage you over time — even in the most poisonous parts of the area. Monsters that stand on the torch will also take Fire damage over time. And since Torch Pods are plentiful in the Rotten Veil, you should have no trouble finding some.
Consider using the Slinger Capacity skill for this fight (and any others in the Rotten Veil or rotted region of the Guiding Lands). Besides increasing your maximum capacity, the skill has another hidden benefit. You will no longer expend all your ammunition in a single Flinch Shot using the Clutch Claw. This allows you to always have extra ammo on hand for utility and last-second Flinch Shots for banging monsters into walls.
Besides dealing with the Effluvia, Blackveil Vaal Hazak remains one of the easier Elder Dragons in MHW. It doesn’t have many physical attacks to contend with, and mostly stays still to let you wham away at its head and tail. It’s quite easy to stun as a result. Just be careful to avoid its “Effluvia beam” attack that can easily cart unprepared players, when it breathes a thin stream of gas out of its mouth. Thankfully, this is also a great chance to damage it if you get up close, punishing the undead dragon for its hubris. And stay out of the grey spore spots it summons on the ground, if you can avoid them.
For your trouble, you’ll receive at least one special ticket needed to craft the MHW Skull Scarf layered armor. Despite the name, this looks more like a handkerchief worn around the neck. You may need to run the mission a few times, of course, so using these tips will be key to clean runs. Good luck and happy hunting!