Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – Glavenus Strategy & Weakness


Flying WyvernWildspire Waste, Ancient Forest, Elder’s Recess

A returning monster from previous games, Glavenus features a large bladed tail it uses with the strength and adeptness of all you great sword hunters. In addition to this it also can shoot exploding fire balls from its mouth.

MR3 Assigned Quest: The Scorching Blade

MR3The Scorching BladeWildspire WasteGlavenusComplete this quest and The Ever-Present Shadow to unlock Absolute Power.

After defeating Nargacuga in the Ancient Forest, it’s time to take on the Glavenus in the Wildspire Waste. To take on Glavenus, cue up the quest, The Scorching Blade.Before you leave the hub, make sure to grab plenty of the following: Max/Mega/Potions. 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.

You’ll load up into the Wildspire Waste to fight the massive brute. Head to area 12 for the cutscene to begin, where you’ll see a Glavenus absolutely demolish a Rathian, after which your fight with it will begin.

Glavenus 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
Best: Master Rank Anja Armore (Highest Fire Resistance)Best: Water Weapons like Master Rank Jyuratodus,Fire Res Jewels, Partbreaker Jewels, Vitality Jewels, Defense Jewels
Other Fire resistance options with decent defense:Master Rank Rathalos, Lavasioth, Urugaan, OdogaronNext Best: A lot of weapons will work as a good secondary option as it is moderately weak to all the Ailments as well as Ice and Dragon.

Glavenus is one powerful monster. It features a blade as a tail which it will use a lot, along with its powerful jaws and breath attacks on hunters.

The tail will grow hotter and more keen with each strike it makes until the tail glows a bright red orange. This is when it’s most dangerous. Its tail swipes will begin to leave trails of fire along with the hit itself. If hit the attack itself will set your hunter on fire, or alternatively if the hit misses but you pass through the flames it leaves behind you can also catch on fire.

Once red hot, the tail will begin to rust and the monster will sharpen it with its fangs, bringing the tail up to its mouth. This allows it to store slate it can expel as fiery breath attacks or exploding pools of magma. Sometimes, striking its throat as it glows red will produce a stun attack that will topple the monster to the ground.

You’ll want to look out for powerful tail attacks Glavenus will throw at you. It can jump into the air and do a 180 turn, bringing its tail around to the front of its body in powerful slams that may catch you off guard, especially if you aren’t expecting the follow up slam that can come after it. These attacks are made even stronger should you find avoiding attacks from a tail that’s glowing red hot.

Because of these powerful attacks, you’ll want to focus on lopping off the tail to gain a bit of an advantage on Glavenus. However, you’ll only be able to do true damage to it when it’s enraged and glowing, so try to use mounting attacks to bring the beast down while the tail glows hot to lop it off.

Glavenus Weakness

This section contains weakness information on the Glavenus

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

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