It’s a long ways into MHW that you encounter Yian Garuga. But that’s not the end of this frenzied, ferocious bird! You will eventually also encounter the Scarred Yian Garuga subspecies inside the Guiding Lands. This is one of several “secret” breeds only found in the endgame zone of Monster Hunter: World, so you need to put in quite a lot of work to ferret out its location! That’s why we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at another Guiding Lands guide as we track down the Scarred Yian Garuga in MHW.
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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 Scarred Yian Garuga… 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, Scarred Yian Garuga is located within the “forest” region (modeled after the Ancient Forest). 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 Scarred Yian Garuga into the wild. So what gives?
Master Rank Cap – Scarred Yian Garuga MHW Unlock
Beyond just the Guiding Lands region ranks, the MHW Scarred Yian Garuga 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. Scarred Yian Garuga and other subspecies found in the MHW endgame are key to upgrading several rank 12 weapons. If you haven’t fought Sscarred Yian Garuga 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 Scarred Yian Garuga (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 Scarred Yian Garuga 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.
Scarred Yian Garuga MHW Location – Guiding Lands & Investigation
We’re still not quite done. Even when you raise the Guiding Lands’ forest area to the right level, the MHW Scarred Yian Garuga won’t magically appear right away. It takes time, patience, and luck to get the rare subspecies.
First make sure the forest 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 Scarred Yian Garuga.
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. The Handler might also have a mission for you in the Guiding Lands, if you fill out your Investigation progress there.
Or… You can just keep hunting. The MHW Scarred Yian Garuga 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 Scarred Yian Garuga will appear as a “???” target. That’s your cue to get out there and discover it for the first time!
Scarred Yian Garuga Tips – MHW Guiding Lands Guide
The Scarred Yian Garuga isn’t all that different from its normal counterpart. It still flails around wildly and exhausts itself rather quickly. That’s your cue to smash it real good. Its resistances and weaknesses are identical to the normal Yian Garuga in MHW. Use Blast and Water damage whenever possible. You should also aim to break its head (exhausting it even quicker).
Otherwise, Scarred Yian Garuga is slightly more aggressive than its already wild brethren — with a tendency to chain its attacks together more frequently. It will also swoop through the air to close the distance on your hunter. Use the “Superman Dive” technique to avoid the obvious charges. Earplugs or the Rocksteady Mantle will also buy you time to hit its face when it roars, increasing the speed at which you split its ugly melon. Otherwise the Fireproof Mantle will also protect you from its increased fireball attacks — which also occur in the air.
Congrats on finding the Scarred Yian Garuga 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.