One cool thing about Monster Hunter and its next expansion, Iceborne, is how the update is bringing back old beasties. Many of these are the featured creatures from previous games — like Glavenus from Monster Hunter: Generations. And now we come to Brachydios. This brute wyvern featured on the cover of Monster Hunter Tri G (the enhanced version of Monster Hunter 3) in Japan. And it is… quite a weird little monster to make into a mascot. Let’s explain why in our tips guide to beat Brachydios in Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne!
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Brachydios Attacks: Monster Hunter World – Iceborne Guide
Brachydios is a brute wyvern, ostensibly in the style of Anjanath and Glavenus. However, it’s unique among its peers in that it has very large forearms — rather than piddly little T-Rex mitts. This has rightly led to a lot of fan art and memes that depict Brachydios as a sort of reptilian boxer. But you really don’t want to get smacked with his right hook.
That’s because Brachydios introduced the concept of Blastblight (originally called Slimeblight) to Monster Hunter. The brute is covered in glowing green slime on its “fists” and forehead. When it attacks with one such appendage, it leaves a glowing pool of slime behind. This mound of mucus will then darken from green, to orange, to red, and finally explode. Touching said slime or getting hit by Brachydios itself will apply Blastblight. This is a unique status effect that causes you to explode after a short delay. Said boom will deal damage and send you flying.
Brachydios can apply this in a variety of ways. The beast will sometimes charge forward, punching the ground as it does, and leave a trail of explosive slime in its wake. It’s sort of like a land-based Bazelgeuse bombing run. Except even touching the payload will put you in a bind. Brachydios will also sometimes headbutt the ground, leaving a huge slime pool or sending a forward shockwave of explosions as a ranged attack on the ground. If you touch the noticeably larger pile of goo, you will be temporarily slowed down, to boot.
When the monster becomes enraged, its slime loses the friendly green glow in exchange for a harsher orange. This indicates that Brachydios is done letting you dodge slime pools. Instead, its attacks will instantly explode in an area-of-effect around the point of impact. This is… incredibly hard to deal with when using a melee weapon. On the bright side, the slime has a time limit. Eventually Brachydios will expend all its available slime and dry off. Although it will eventually lick its fist and walk backwards to reapply the slime.
Finally, Brachydios has the usual assortment of brute wyvern moves you know and love. He’ll swipe at you with his tail and tackle about if you get too close. Although his more developed forearms also give him simple punch attacks.
Tips to Beat Brachydios: Monster Hunter World – Iceborne Guide
Positioning is key when battling Brachydios. Ideally, you don’t ever want to be affected by Blastblight, since you’ll either take damage or need to spend time removing it. That’s especially bad news against Brachydios. The creature applies a special kind of Blastblight (with a unique icon above your health bar) that deals more damage and takes more time to remove.
Time spent removing it is time you’re not damaging the monster — instead leaving yourself open to attack. If you do get afflicted, though, it’s an easy fix. You just need to evade a few times, the same way you would remove Fireblight. But unlike Fireblight and even normal Blastblight, you need to roll five whole times to get it off.
It’s also a good idea to stay down sometimes. Aggressive monsters often wind up big attacks that will affect you the moment you stand up. Brachydios is a very aggressive monster, so this is bound to happen when you inevitably get blown to smithereens once in a while. When you fall flat on your back, however, you’re immune to damage until you stand up. So it’s important not to just stand up right away! Instead, watch Brachydios and where it’s aiming. Then get up when you want to, rather than immediately or when the game automatically forces you.
You can similarly use the “Superman Dive” move to avoid secondary explosions when Brachydios is enraged. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s when you sprint away from a monster (with weapon sheathed) and hit evade. Your character will dive forward — hands outstretched — and slide on the ground. You are immune to damage for this entire animation, and a bit longer when you’re on the ground. Anyone who’s fought Arch-Tempered Lunastra has likely already practiced the Superman Dive a great deal. It’s a great tool to have in your arsenal in any fight.
When not enraged, Brachydios is also fairly vulnerable when it slams its head into the ground. Its back and sides will be totally open to damage. Although it will try to trick you while in its enraged state by causing a wide range of explosions all around it during the headbutt. This is where the Superman Dive will let you get in close to land a few hits.
Speaking of leaping: Brachydios loves to do it, too. The monster will re-position after charging by jumping great distances — usually towards you. The jump is so high, though, that you can actually sprint or dodge underneath it. Moving to the side also works. Once you’re back on the offensive, Brachydios is weakest to ice damage.
Brachydios Armor: Monster Hunter World Guide
Brachydios armor skills are a mix of very niche and all-purpose abilities. The Brachydios Essence set bonus is a new concept in Monster Hunter: World introduced by Iceborne. Simply put, it increases the cap on the Agitator skill, which gives you increased damage and critical hit chance when a monster is enraged. Considering how much time monsters spend enraged, that’s not a bad deal! Both the set bonus and the levels of Agitator are great against just about any monster.
The rest of the skills are practically custom built for a Charge Blade with blast damage (the Lunastra tree weapons would do nicely). Capacity Boost increases your total phials, Artillery increases phial damage, Stamina Thief increases the impact your phials do if they connect with a monster’s face, and Blast Attack boost blast damage buildup. Considering blast is more than twice as effective now than it was pre-Iceborne, that’s not a bad deal, either. Blast Resistance, however, will only be useful against other monsters that deal blast damage (e.g. Teostra, Uragaan).
You get some above-average fire defense, as well as bonus dragon and thunder defense, to boot.
Thanks for reading another Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne guide. We hope it helps you beat Brachydios in record time (or at least with as few carts as possible). Good luck, hunter!