Glavenus has a distinctive look and a strong reputation. It was one of the legendary “Fated Four” monsters in Monster Hunter: Generations. Now Glavenus is making its big screen debut for Monster Hunter fans the world over. In fact, the metallic menace is literally in Monster Hunter: World with the release of Iceborne. That’s right! You, too, can finally get burned alive by molten iron on a big T-Rex tail. Glavenus doesn’t play around… That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to beat Glavenus in Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne!
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Glavenus Attacks: Monster Hunter World – Iceborne Guide
As a Brute Wyvern, Glavenus lacks some of the mobility of its counterparts — especially compared to some of the other creatures introduced in Iceborne. It makes up for this with its massive size. Glavenus has a great deal of range via its tail and body, which it will use to tackle and slice you in wide arcs. On the bright side, the monster’s arms are small and basically vestigial. That means you don’t have to worry about short, sharp swipes if you get close!
The creature’s signature move is biting its own tail. This applies an explosive element to its normal tail spin attack — further increasing the monster’s range and applying fire damage. Speaking of fire damage, Glavenus can shoot burning projectiles from its mouth. This is a quicker burst of damage, compared to the concentrated stream you might expect from Anjanath, so don’t expect it to give you the same generous window to deal damage.
The projectile also leaves behind a burning pile of goo. This does damage if you touch it, naturally, but also explodes after several seconds. Steer clear of the impact zone even if you dodge the initial shot!
Besides its basic tail swipes and the signature tail slash, Glavenus also beats it tail down like a club. Normally this is a single strike that launches forward towards the target. However, when the monster becomes enraged, Glavenus follows this attack up with a second tail slam just slightly to the side of where the first one landed.
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Tips to Beat Glavenus: Monster Hunter World – Iceborne Guide
If Glavenus in Monster Hunter: World works like its past versions, beating it is all about understanding the tail. And there are a couple things to note. First off, biting its tail takes a long time. This is a perfect opportunity to deal damage (especially if you have a ranged weapon). You just need to learn the timing! If you stand too close for too long, you will get hit by Glavenus as it releases its now burning tail in a spinning slash attack.
But this is also a perfect opportunity to beat Glavenus to the punch. Dealing significant damage to its head when the monster bites its tail will cause its mouth to explode. This delays the bonus fire damage, flinches the creature, and deals significant damage. At least it did in Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate. We’ll update this guide if things have changed with Iceborne!
Assuming that is still the case, though, a Light Bowgun or Heavy Bowgun might be your best bet. These weapons both let you deal significant, consistent damage via Pierce Ammo. Since Glavenus is so large, it’s especially susceptible to this ammo type, especially when it’s standing still. And the consistency of Bowgun ammo versus the Bow Dragonpiercer makes it perfect for flinching a monster — similar to shooting Xeno’Jiva in the chest when it becomes enraged.
In previous games, you could only cut off a Glavenus tail when it becomes heated. It’s not easy, but it’s a huge boon if you do — reducing danger and increasing the number of carves you get!
Glavenus Gear: Monster Hunter World Guide
We don’t actually know what bonuses the Glavenus armor and weapons impart in Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne. The expansion isn’t out yet! Nor do we know 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, Glavenus gear provided Grinder and Mind’s Eye skills. These reduce the time it takes to sharpen your weapon and stop attacks from being deflected, respectively. Grinder isn’t the most important skill in Monster Hunter: World, unfortunately, but Mind’s Eye is definitely valuable. And they make a decent pair together.
The armor was also mildly strong against Thunder damage and very resistant to Fire damage. It was severely weak to Water, too, but only mildly weak to Dragon. That will likely hold at least partially true in Monster Hunter: World as well. We don’t see any reason for this to change considerably in the jump to Iceborne!
In the meantime, thanks for reading another Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne guide. We hope it helps you beat Glavenus in record time (or at least with as few carts as possible). Good luck, hunter!