MHW Tips to Beat Rajang: Weakness & Strategy Guide

The big angry gorilla, Rajang, only has one major weakness. Let's take a look at what it is!

Give Rajang an inch, and he’ll take a mile… Then he’ll lift that mile out of the ground and beat you to death with it. No, really. This Super Saiyan great ape can literally lift the ground out from under your feet and hit you with it in Monster Hunter World. And that’s one of his lesser tricks. If you really want to beat this bad monkey, you better be prepared. And there’s no better way to prepare yourself for a hunt than knowing a monster’s weakness before you battle it. That’s why we’ve created this guide to each Rajang weakness — along with tips on how to defeat the first DLC monster in Iceborne. Let’s take a look!

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Rajang Weakness: MHW Iceborne Guide

As you can see in the image below, you don’t have a lot to work with when it comes to weakness. Rajang is only truly weak to Ice. Meanwhile, he’s completely immune to Fire, Thunder, and Dragon. Water won’t get you very far, either, but at least it’s something.

Status ailments don’t work out much better. This is one healthy gorilla. The only Rajang weakness worth mentioning here is Blast damage. It gets two-star effectiveness, making it the next best thing to Ice. Although it can be pretty tough to build up Blast damage when Rajang moves around so often. Not only is Ice damage more potent against him, you also don’t have to worry about him building up a resistance or building the damage up with consistent attacks.

Luckily, Ice damage is easy to come by in MHW Iceborne. Anyone battling Rajang should have access to Velkhana weapons and armor at this point. Not to mention Beotodus, the introductory monster to this expansion, actually has some incredibly strong elemental damage weapons. They’re not necessarily the best in the game. However, they do allow you to dish out pure Ice damage like nothing else right now.

Tips to Beat Rajang: MHW Iceborne Guide

Rajang is faster than it first appears, and downright relentless. Even compared to other aggressive monsters — like Tigrex and Nargacuga — Rajang might take the cake. This is due to a couple reasons. The first is that he relentlessly charges in any form, then still attacks from a distance with lightning breath. The second problem is when Rajang enters rampage mode: basically a second form of enrage. In this form, the great ape just will not let up, and getting in front of him is begging for a beating.

Rajang is also intelligent. His simian smarts make him immune to Pitfall Traps unless he’s blinded by anger (i.e. enraged). Of course, his enrage state also charges him up with electricity. That means you cannot use Shock Traps on Rajang unless he stops glowing. You have to be a bit more careful about how and when you want to pin him down as a result.

Thankfully, the monster’s three forms are easy to identify. If his fur is black, he’s not enraged, and Shock Traps work just fine. This is also a good time to Clutch Claw him into a wall. Whereas most monsters require you to ride a monster’s head to do this, you cannot attack yourself to Rajang’s noggin in MHW. Beating his big arms, with O on PlayStation and B on Xbox, will still direct him, though. Only the spot you grab on will be different. Then you can fire Slinger ammo into the arms, as if you were attached to the head, and force him into a wall as usual.

Rajang Weakness MHW

When Rajang glows yellow, he’s enraged. He’ll begin to use lighting breath and jump into the air much more frequently. Rajang is most dangerous when he leaps around! That means he’s either about to fire a ball of lightning your way, dealing Thunder damage, or he’s going to perform a flying tackle. The latter is by far his deadliest move when Rajang is in rampage mode. It can just about one-shot most players — even with Master Rank armor upgraded to the soft cap.

Speaking of rampage mode: this only occurs when Rajang is already enraged. The camera will begin to pull back and Rajang will roar so loud that it knocks down nearby players. It doesn’t seem to do damage like the ultra-powerful Shara Ishvalda bellow, however. Instead, Rajang’s arms will begin to glow red, signifying rampage mode has begun. He’ll become even more aggressive, charging back and forth across the ground, and frequently unleash those leaping attacks. Use the “Superman Dive” to evade if Rajang begins to jump.

Your best bet here is to attack his tail. That puts you out of reach of his arms and mouth. It also reduces the amount of time he spends in rampage mode altogether. Meanwhile, as with most monsters, attacking his head will exhaust him faster and force him to take a breath. Although it puts you in danger of getting picked up and tossed around.

If that happens, ready your Slinger! You can actually fire your Slinger ammo from the “pinned” animation. Putting it right in that roaring Rajang face might flinch him out of his follow-up attack. Meanwhile, any allies you might have can focus on his backside while he focuses on you.

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