Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – Barioth Strategy & Weakness

Ecology

SpeciesLocations
Flying WyvernHoarfrost Reach

A returning monster from previous games, Barioth features large tusks and a forked tail it uses to slice at its opponents. It can also whip up large tornadoes of wind and snow to attack its opponents. Its snow-white pelt allows it camouflage within the environment. It uses its forelegs and tail to traverse ice and snow with ease.

MR3 Assigned Quest: Blizzard Blitz

RankTitleRegionMonstersUnlocks
MR3Blizzard BlitzHoarfrost ReachBariothComplete this quest to unlock Ever-present Shadow and The Scorching Blade.

After defeating Coral Pukei-Pukei and Nightshade Paolumu, a Barioth will appear in the Hoarfrost Reach. It will be interrupting the investigation of your Handler and Tracker, and it’s your ob to save them.Before you leave Seliana, make sure to grab plenty of the following: Nulberries, Hot Drink. Before heading into this fight, it is necessary to have new armor at this point, even the best High Rank armor is not going to help you much.

Once ready queue up the quest which will drop you in the Hoarfrost Reach. Make your way toward Area 7. Here a short cutscene will trigger of your hunter finding some frozen monsters as the Barioth appears and then you’ll get your chance to take it head on.

Barioth Strategy

If you find yourself struggling with this monster, consider crafting or equipping some of the armor, weapons and jewels found below.Note: These weapons and armor pieces are the ideal options for the FIRST time you fight this monster. Later in the game, there are undoubtedly better options.

Ideal Armor PiecesIdeal WeaponsIdeal Decorations
Banbaro Sets(Ice resistance)Best: Master Rank Anjanath WeaponsIce Res Jewels, Wind Resist Jewels, Vitality Jewels, Defense Jewels
Next best: Beo Sets (less defense than the Banbaro)Next Best: A lot of weapons will work as it is moderately weak to all the Ailments as well as thunder.

Barioth has an extremely long tail and it’s not afraid to use it. It can swing it around either side of its body, and if you are anywhere near it, you’re going to get hit. It can also slap it around behind itself if you are there trying to hit it. Make getting the tail lopped off your highest priority here to decrease its range.

Another big part of Barioth’s moveset is its ability to shoot ice blasts that can trigger large tornadoes on the battlefield. This can break up the battlefield of wherever you’re fighting the beast, making you need to tread lightly to avoid heading into the swirling winds of ice and snow. Getting hit directly will send you flying into the air, and if barely missed, the wind will push you back, interrupting your attack. This can be harder to deal with the smaller area you are in, so try to keep Barioth attacking you out in the open as much as possible.

Barioth can also retreat to a nearby wall and hang there, releasing a tornado from that spot before leaping at your hunter. Make sure to be ready for this attack from afar. It can also leap at you from the ground across the map as well. Barioth can also hip check you extremely hard. So attacking it on it’s side can lead to a quick hip check from the monster as well.

Breaking its tail is important, as well as its forelegs to mitigate its offense and its mobility. Fire element attacks will be your best weapon against Barioth. Overall we recommend taking on the monster from behind its back legs or head on, avoiding the wind blasts it shoots out of its mouth.

Barioth Weakness

This section contains weakness information on the Barioth

Effective Element(s) (strongest to weakest)Fire(3), Thunder(2), Dragon(1)
Effective Ailment(s) (strongest to weakest)Poison(2), Sleep(2), Paralysis(2), Blast(2), Stun(2)
Resistance(s)Water, Ice
Weak PointsHead (Cut-3, Blunt-3, Ammo-3)Wings (Cut-1, Blunt-2, Ammo-1) Tail (Cut-2, Blunt-1, Ammo 2)
Breaks and SeversHead, Front Claws, Tail (Severable)

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