Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – Coral Pukei-Pukei Strategy & Weakness

Ecology

SpeciesLocations
Bird WyvernCoral Highlands

A brightly colored bird wyvern that stockpiles water inside its body, fortified by the plant life it consumes. Coral Pukei-Pukei is a subspecies of Pukei-Pukei can can by found in the Coral Highlands. When threatened, it can expel a powerful stream from its mouth or tail. It’s also extremely timid, refusing to eat when a predator is near by.

MR2 Assigned Quest: Play Both Ends

RankTitleRegionMonstersUnlocks
MR2Play Both EndsCoral HighlandsCoral Pukei-PukeiComplete this quest and No Time for Naps to unlock Blizzard Blitz.

With mysterious subspecies appearing in the Coral Highlands and the Wildspire Waste, you’re tasked to take out the two monsters. This quest will focus on the Coral Pukei-Pukei.Before you leave Seliana, make sure to grab plenty of the following: Nulberries. Before heading into this fight, it is also strongly recommended that you start to craft some Master Rank armor if you haven’t already.

Once ready queue up the quest which will drop you in the Coral Highlands, with no Handler this time to slow you down. Make your way toward Area 4. Here a short cutscene will trigger of the monster and then you’ll get your chance to take it head on.

Coral Pukei-Pukei 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
Pukei +, Viper Kadachi + sets (water resistance)Best: Master Rank Beotodus WeaponsWater Res Jewels, Resistor Jewels, Vitality Jewels, Defense Jewels
Next Best: Master Rank Tobi-Kadachi Weapons

Coral Pukei-Pukei behaves very differently from its standard counterpart. Sure it’s still spewing guck at you. Only this time you’re dealing with water based attacks that inflict water blight, making your stamina drain extremely quickly when used. The Nullberries we mentioned to bring earlier will cure you of this blight.

In general, the most dangerous place to be around the Coral Pukei-Pukei is at a distance. It uses its tail like a fire hose, with many attacks that spray water at an extremely high velocity and in wide ranging arcs in a straight line, a back in forth motion, or a spiral all around it. These can be extremely hard to avoid when at a distance to Coral Pukei-Pukei. Try to stay tight to its body, dealing damage on the sides. You’ll also notice that after feeding, the Coral Pukei-Pukei’s water attacks from its face and tail are both enhanced.

However, you can combat the tail attacks if you wish. The tail here is severable, meaning after you cut it off, you also cut off about 75% of Coral Pukei-Pukei’s move set, so focus most of your attacks there if you’re a bladed user.

It also has several water attacks it can issue from its mouth including a 3 water shot attack, as well as a jet stream of water that it can choose to split in two with its tongue, making an expanding V-shape that you’ll have to try to avoid. Yet more reasons that the best place to fight the Coral Pukei-Pukei is close to its side, whaling on the tail if you can.

Coral Pukei-Pukei Weakness

This section contains weakness information on the Coral Pukei-Pukei

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

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