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 Brachydios is 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 Blast damage (originally called Slimeblight) to Monster Hunter. The brute is covered in glowing green slime on its “fists” and forehead. When it attacks 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 leaving 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.
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.
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 developer forearms also give him punch 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 effected by Blastblight, since you’ll either take damage or need to spend time removing it. 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. This works if you roll normally or even if you side hop using a weapon like a Gunlance or Switch Axe.
It’s also a good idea to stay down sometimes. Aggressive monsters often like to 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, and it’s a good 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 these attacks. This is where the Superman Dive will let you get in close to land a few hits.
Brachydios Gear: Monster Hunter World Guide
We don’t actually know what bonuses the Brachydios armor and weapons impart in Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne. The expansion isn’t out yet! Nor do we know exactly how it will look. All we can do is make our best guesses based on the previous games in the series.
In the last Monster Hunter game, Generations Ultimate, Brachydios gear provided the Bio Master skill and what is now called Agitator. The former doesn’t really have a perfect analogy in Monster Hunter: World. Although, among other things, it did make players immune to Blastblight. Blast Resistance seems like a sensible counterpart in Iceborne, but we won’t know for sure until the game is out. Meanwhile, Agitator is a lovely skill that gives you increased damage and critical chance when a monster becomes enraged. Since most high-tier monsters spend a lot of time enraged, this is a great damage skill.
The armor was also very resistant to fire damage, but weak to water and ice. There’s very little indication that will change in Iceborne, but we’ll have to wait and see!
In the meantime, 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!