nargacuga large monster icerborne mhw wiki guide
Enemy Type Large Monsters
Species Flying Wyverns
Elements None
Ailments rsz bleedingBleeding
Weakness mhw thunder damage sThunder ⭐⭐⭐
mhw fire damage sFire ⭐⭐
Resistances mhw water elemental damage sWater (immune)
mhw ice damage sIce
mhw dragon damage sDragon
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.


MHW Nargacuga Combat Tips

Below, you will find a compilation of recommended Combat Tips and Items from the community and other Hunters:

  • Nargacuga relies on his lightning speed and can hit a lot harder than its size. It's recommended to add Evade Extender and Flinch Free, through your Armor or Charms. Any armor will work against Nargacuga.
  • Astera Jerky is very helpful against Nargacuga because its spiked tail attacks can cause Bleeding.
  • Listen for the audio cue of a low roar, this is followed up by a tail slam attack which can cause a lot of damage.
  • Nargacuga becomes enraged and you can distinguish this by the glowing red eyes.
  • Aim for Nargacuga's wings. Each time you take a wing down, this will cause the monster to flop over and become vulnerable to attacks.
  • Keep Screamer Pods handy. This slinger is incredibly useful when Nargacuga is not enraged. You can use it while he is pouncing and will cause it to trip and fall over.
  • There is a very small opening that you can take advantage of before it leaves the zone. Do a quick roll to dodge the roar and use Clutch Claw as he leaves the area. This will leave a weak spot that you can use on your next encounter.
  • When its tail gets stuck on the ground, you can use this moment to freely hit it.
  • You can rely on a Pitfall Trap when Nargacuga is enraged. This will limit its movements and shorten the time that you have to deal with it when it's most dangerous.

Nargacuga MH World Compat Tips

Nargacuga is a Flying Wyvern covered in black fur and looks like a combination of a bat and a cat. Its pitch-black fur allows it to move stealthily in the dark and the monster behaves pretty much like a cat. Nargacuga is all about its catlike reflexes. It moves around quickly, pounces on its prey, lunges when there's an opening, and can fling spikes from its tail when enraged.

The key to fighting Nargacuga is exploiting its weakness, knowing when to back down, and when to rush for attacks. Aside from its speed, Nargacuga's deadliest weapon and biggest weakness is its tail. Nargacuga becomes enraged as the fight wears on and spikes will grow from its tail. Nargacuga can fling these spikes and cause bleeding when hit. He can also jump off the ground and skewer his tail to the ground as he lands. When hit, this is highly fatal, however, if you manage to avoid this jump attack, the tail will usually stay in place and will serve as an opening to hit it freely.

While enraged, Nargacuga's attacks become more unpredictable. He would start jumping around and would not let hunters get near it. During this time, it is recommended to set up a Pitfall Trap to immobilize it. Towards the end, players should always look to capture the monster instead of killing it. Make use of a Tranq Bomb to capture Nargacuga when there's a chance to do so.


Nargacuga Weaknesses

Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each ailment

Ailment mhw poison status effect s sleep mhw status effect wiki paralysis icon Blastblight stun icon
Weakness Level ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


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

Weak Point great sword mhw smalls hammer mhw smalls normal ammo mhw wiki
Head (Breakable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
Arms (Breakable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
Tail (Severable) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)

nargacuga hzv1 min

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

      I was honestly qute surprised by how easy he was... When i got the quest to hunt this guy i thought he would be just as annoying as barioth was with his mobility and ailments. Maybe its because i switched to dual blades instead of charge axe or smth but it was actually kinda fun this time

      • Anonymous

        So when it comes to this guy he is fast and he hits moderately hard. I highly recommend health boost level three for all of Master Rank. Evade extender really helps against him. Oh and take Astera jerky because his spikes cause bleeding. His mi set is very learnable and can get easy at times but don’t let your guard down. Be warned when he does a little roar he will do a very hard hitting tail slam. If you dodge it you have a big opening because his tail gets stuck in the ground. When he is enraged he will do two of them back to back. If you break his wings (which are very tough) it will knock him down for an opening. You can break both and that will be two knock downs. Generally you don’t have to worry about his spikes unless you are far away. He will run out of them and try to get them back by swirling his tail in the air. This is a big opening for damage. BTW this fight is INCREDIBLE with dual blades. I highly recommend them if you are trying to have fun but that’s me. Take what you want. Well that’s it for now. Hope you have a great day!

        ~ Eriatha

        • Anonymous

          Fighting this guy (and ebony odogaron) with a insect glaive can be a real pain. Nothing like trying to get all your kinsect essences while this crackhead has the zoomies and WON'T SIT STILL FOR EVEN A SECOND! Frustrating, but rewarding in the end when you finally beat him.

          • Anonymous

            WHY THE FREAKING HECK ARE THE DUAL BLADES AXES WITH NARGA PARTS ON THEM!!!’ WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER ONES!?!!? Seriously guys this is a tragedy! They also jacked up the Greatsword! At least they didn’t mess up the Longsword. Uh

            ~ Eriatha

            • Anonymous

              Shouldn't there be a tip here about Screamer Pods/Sonic bombs? Like throwing them at Narga that's not enraged will flinch it and enrages it too, but throwing it while not enraged and on its pouncing pose will actually trip it

              • Anonymous

                I expected to get destroyed by this caffeine addict but somehow he kept missing me with everything when I stood close to him

                • Anonymous

                  if nargacuga is weak to fire and not immune to poison, how does it be equal to ratholas? Also why the hell does it have fishnet on the armour? It could also fight/turf war with tigrex, That would be cool.

                  • Anonymous

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                          • 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

                              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

                                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

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

                                  • Anonymous

                                    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

                                      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

                                        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

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

                                          • When are the games going to get around to bringing back the Green Nargacuga (and updating it to be more unique)? Or for that matter, Lucy. It isn't like World has the same excuse Gen / GU have of not adding subspecies (though they were fine with Rare Species and still ignored Lucy)... It feels like forever since I last saw Green Narga in a main MH game (though it got a little love in Stories).

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Illogically fast and agile, far too much HP for its size, and busted hit-boxes / collisions: Welcome to Crapcom's Iceborne: Artificial Difficulty Edition.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Tip he's a decent monster to follow round in the guiding lands for tracks, scratches the ground often for 25 points n' lots of footprints, also tends to feed on a Aptonoth or two. ^-^

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  A speedy boi with lots of tricks up his sleeve to mess with new hunters. Weapons may not be very pretty anymore but that huge chunk of purple sharpness certainly brings a smile to my face.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Killing him just but trying to cut his tail off dafaq? I've had no problem on mhwu or 4 ultimate, but on here I killed narg by only attacking the tail seriously wtf why the hell isn't it cutting off on mhw?!??!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Those dual blades are ugly af. Honestly, hidden TOMAHAWKS? WE NEED DUAL BLADES, DUAL SWORDS, DUAL DAGGERS, DUAL SHARP FREAKIN FAN FEATHERS. BRING BACK THE OLD DESIGN MY GOD.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Hey bud under the narga combat info. I know w'ere all a little excited for the new update. You accidentally put 2 R's on Returning. =) JQ

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