Enemy Type Large Monsters
Species Flying Wyverns
Elements None
Ailments rsz_bleedingBleeding
Weakness mhw-thunder-damageThunder ⭐⭐⭐
mhw-fire-damageFire ⭐⭐
Resistances mhw-water-elemental-damage_sWater (immune)
Location(s) Ancient Forest
Coral Highlands
Tempered Lv. 2

Nargacuga is a Large Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). ナルガクルガ (Narugakuruga) in Japanese. It was added with the Iceborne Expansion on Sept 6th 2019. 


A flying wyvern covered in pitch black fur.
It is extremely agile, especially on the ground, moving with explosive bursts of speed." 

Nargacuga Details & Locations


Nargacuga Combat Info

Returning Flying Wyvern characterized by stalking and fast attacks.

  • Kinsect Extracts:
    • Red: Head.
    • Orange: Body/Tail.
    • White: Legs/Wings.
  • Enraged mode: Eyes glow, trailing red light.
  • Pitfall Traps do not work unless enraged. Shock traps work like normal.
  • Dual Blades are recommended for this monster due to their quick attacks and dodges. Getting underneath Nargacuga and attacking is also effective.
  • Nargacuga may also pause and exit combat, sniffing the air and moving passively, as if to be searching for food. Then is a good time to Clutch Claw onto its face/tail and do a good amount of damage. 
  • Its tail can be cut but it will still be able to do its tail slam attack where it gets stuck in the floor.


Nargacuga Weaknesses

Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each ailment

Ailment mhw-poison-status-effect sleep-mhw-status-effect paralysis blast stun
Weakness Level ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each damage type

Weak Point cut-damage-mhw blunt-damage-mhw ammo-damage-mhw
Head (Breakable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
Arms (Breakable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
Tail (Severable) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)


Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.


Nargacuga Master Rank Carves

Defeating this monster allows the player to carve the following items:

Nargacuga Carves

Carves Frequency %
nargacuga_shard-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Shard Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 32%
nargacuga_blackfur_plus-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Blackfur+ Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 24% (28%)
nargacuga_hardfang-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Hardfang  Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 17%
nargacuga_tailspear-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Tailspear (Tail Carved/Dropped) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 14% (35%/  50%)
nargacuga_lash-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Lash (Tail Carved) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 11% (62%)
bazelgeuse_mantle-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Mantle (Tail Carved) Master Rank ⭐ 2% (3%)


Nargacuga Rewards

Rewards Frequency %
nargacuga_blackfur_plus-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Blackfur+ (Break Wings) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 28% (15%)
nargacuga_shard-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Shard (Break Head) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 22% (32%)
nargacuga_tailspear-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Tailspear Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 14%
nargacuga_hardfang-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Hardfang (Break Head) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 16% (66%)
nargacuga_cutwing_plus-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Cutwing+ (Break Wings) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 11% (85%)
nargacuga_lash-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Lash Master Rank ⭐⭐ 9%
bazelgeuse_mantle-mhw-wiki-guide-smallNargacuga Mantle (Break Head) Master Rank ⭐ 2% (2%)
heavy_dragonvein_bone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallHeavy Dragonvein Bone  Master Rank ⭐⭐ 63%
assassin_cutwing-mhw-wiki-guide-smallAssassin Cutwing Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 63%
tempered-cutwing-mhw-wiki-guide-smallTempered Cutwing Master Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 61%
spiritvein-slogbone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallSpiritvein Solidbone Master Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐ 30%
spiritvein-gem-mhw-wiki-guide-smallSpiritvein Gem Master Rank ⭐⭐ 9%

Nargacuga Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Nargacuga Monster.





Notes & Trivia

  • It is known as the "Swift Wyvern."





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    • Anonymous

      14 Aug 2021 01:57  

      Thanks for the muscle memory built after hundreds of hours hunting narga and tigrex in the MHFU, the hunts were pretty easy. Tigrex was a little bit of a problem though since he's much more bigger compared to the ones in MHFU.

      • Anonymous

        12 Mar 2021 19:14  

        Not sure if my game glitched or something but i was fighting Nargacuga in the ancient forest in the area with all those mushroom platforms to mount monsters from and it seemed to teleport from infront of me to behind tree behind me ( i felt like there was actually two of them for a few seconds ) and it's tail grew back after i severed it earlier plus it restored it's health back to fully fresh so it felt like i was fighting it twice.

        • Anonymous

          04 Mar 2021 04:04  

          Nargacuga was pretty easy,it can barely bleed you and also when it uses its tail too much,might get stuck in the ground so this fight is in your favor.You should know also when to put the trap and tranq bombs if you're thinking to capture.Its weak if it runs way slower and/or,when you get to it,you find out its asleep.Mostly weak to thunder,a shallow moveset,vine traps all around the area to your favor and disposal.This fight is a fun one.

          • Anonymous

            20 Oct 2020 14:26  

            JEBUS i am your friend
            tips: so when you fight this monster you want to go for the head first because if you serve the tail the spikes stay on the body you dont git rid of the spikes ever but it does weaken his tail attacks and his tail still can get stuck on his tail slam attack when he does this you attack whatever part is nearest to you every part stayed in the same place the same thing will happen when he is waving his tail around in the air it may seem like an attack but dont let it fool you also when he is enraged dont try to attack it will leave an opening for him to kill you you will know when he is enraged because his eyes and ears glow red ( one more thing he will roar whenever he is about to leave all you need to do is simply dodge it then cluch claw on to him leaving a weak spot on him when you encounter him again ) - the guy who puts in the work to know this but call me Smart Guy

            • 13 Oct 2020 10:26  

              Hello my fellow hunters, mortals seem to be having a problem with this monster so I thought I could shed some light on some forbidden tips. This monster is fast as my dad is on sinners but there are counters to this. If you are good with the Longsword I would recomend using it. If you use the hammer, then the area with the slopes is your friend, you can paralyze him with the toads and Helicopter the sh** out of him. Also if your too slow to hit him, traps are your friends. Use them a lot if you need to. 1 more thing, the clutch claw is also helpful, if you have damage heavy CC attacks (GS, H, HH) you can use those a lot too. Anyway my dads yelling at me to go to bed so good luck my fellow hunters.

              • Anonymous

                29 Sep 2020 21:26  

                So... I came here looking for this thing's elemental weakness *after* beating it once.
                Wanna guess what element my dumbass used on this thing on my first blind fight against it?

                Seriously... I'm just gonna rely on the wiki for the rest of the monsters from here on out.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Sep 2020 17:09  

                  this happens to me every time
                  me: your going down
                  nargacuga: *jump attack*
                  me: *dies*
                  i have to come back then after a while i break a part then think i have a chance at winning then he kills me

                  • Anonymous

                    12 Jun 2020 12:34  

                    Haven't hunted Nargacuga since MHP3rd. I was weird having muscle memory trigger while fighting this beast. :)

                    • Anonymous

                      29 May 2020 22:04  

                      I love everything about Nargacuga but I’ve always had one problem with it... Its an ambush predator so most of the time it hunts its prey and takes them by surprise with incredible speed and skill. But when I fight it I always have something like “what if they had incorporated a surprise attack in his hunt?”. Like if its decided to move to another zone but before you get there it decides to hide and wait for you and attack you when you least expect it to. Nargacuga is a very skilled monster also when it comes to fighting one on one, but if only Capcom put in some gameplay mechanics that allowed Narga to make use of its stealth, speed and element of surprise. Again, I love this monster. Everything about it is just so cool. There’s nothing wrong with it. But just thinking about its lore while fighting it gives me the feeling that it could have been even better is a bit...dissapointing to me, if only a little.

                      • Anonymous

                        16 May 2020 02:43  

                        Man, in my opinion, this monster is so underwhelming, he looks so cool, but fighting him is a goddamn chore. Especially if you use a heavy weapon like the hammer or gunlance.

                        • Anonymous

                          10 May 2020 19:18  

                          My friend was watching the first cutscene with him and when the nargacuga jump out of the trees I remember him say "Woah! WTF! Its batman!"

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Apr 2020 06:59  

                            Bleeding is caused by when he shoots out the tail spikes, its pretty rare that he inflicts it but it happens.

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