Enemy Type Elder Dragon
Elements Physical Only
Ailments None
Weakness mhw-thunder-damageThunder- ⭐⭐⭐
mhw-dragon-damageDragon - ⭐⭐
Resistances None
Locations Wildspire Waste, Elder's Recess

Nergigante is a Large Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). ネルギガンテ (Nerugigante) in Japanese. 


A terrible elder dragon that appears when other elders are in the vicinity. Its penchant for destruction is well documented.


Nergigante Details & Locations


Nergigante Combat Info

  • The key element of fighting Nergigante is keeping an eye on the spikes that periodically grow on its body. These spikes appear on four areas: Wings, Forelegs, Head, and Tail.
    • When the spikes first grow, they have a yellow/white color and are a breakable weak spot.
    • As time passes, the spikes will harden and turn black. After this point, they are no longer a weak spot and may deflect attacks.
    • Spiked body parts will do increased damage, and some attacks will be augmented by the spikes.
      • If Nergigante has grown spikes on its head, it will launch them forward after performing a normal head-slam.
      • Occasionally Nergigante will rear back, walk forward, and slam its front leg down. If the leg is spiked, the attack will launch the spikes in all directions.
    • Once Nergigante has grown spikes on its head, wings, and forelegs, it will perform a dive bomb attack. And when the spikes turn into black, it will also launch the spikes upon hitting the ground.
      • This attack is signaled by Nergigante rearing back on its hind legs and roaring before flying into the air and diving at a player.
      • The best method of dealing with this attack is sprinting directly to either side and performing a leaping dodge just before Nergigante begins its dive. Due to this attack's massive area of effect, normal dodges are not sufficient for escaping damage.
      • Alternatively, the black spike divebomb attack can be blocked by simply wearing Vitality Mantle in a split second after the roar.
      • This attack breaks off Nergigante's spikes and it must begin growing them again.
      • Once Nergigante reaches low health and retreats to its lair, it will begin continuously growing spikes, making its dive bomb attack much more frequent.
  • Keep in mind that, as an Elder Dragon, Nergigante is immune to traps and cannot be captured.
  • Breaking Nergigante's horns or severing its tail will reduce the damage of some of its attacks.
  • Nergigante is mildly susceptible to all ailments. Using weapons that can stun, paralyze, or cause sleep can buy a few moments to heal/sharpen/buff during the fight.
  • Flash Pods can be used to stun it during combos or dive bomb attacks.
  • Dragon Pod slinger ammo may occasionally drop from Nergigante, which can be used to disrupt attacks and has a chance to stagger.
  • Weakness sign: Limping
  • Bowgun users should aim for the head, arms and wings, preferably those with white spikes. Thunder and pierce ammo work well, along with poison and paralysis shots. Nergigante moves quickly but several long animations and predictable movements may give enough time for cluster shots or wyvern ammo.
  • Nergigante's nest (Area 15) is particularly dangerous due to the cramped quarters and environmental hazards:
    • Crystal shards can drop from above during the fight; these can stagger players and interrupt attacks or dodges. Look around for areas with crystal spikes lodged into the ground; these should be avoided if possible.
    • There are two walls, one east one south, that Nergigante may break with a dive bomb. This should give a little more room to work and behind the southern wall are several flash flies that may be of use.
  • Nergigante will run between areas 8, 9 and 14 and will retreat to area 15 to rest.

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
Horns (Breakable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
Tail (Severable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


In-game weakness information



Nergigante High Rank Carves

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

Nergigante Carves (ALL HIGH RANK)

Carves Frequency %
immortal_dragonscaleImmortal Dragonscale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  
nergigante_carapaceNergigante Carapace ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
nergigante_talonNergigante Talon ⭐⭐⭐  
Nergigante Horn + (break horns) ⭐⭐  
nergigante_regrowth_plateNergigante Regrowth Plate (dropped) ⭐⭐⭐  
Nergigante Gem (break horns, tail) 2% Carve, 3% Tail Carve and 3% Horn Break
nergigante_tailNergigante Tail (cut tail)    

Nergigante Rewards (ALL HIGH RANK)

Rewards Frequency  
nergigante_carapaceNergigante Carapace ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
immortal_dragonscaleImmortal Dragonscale ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
nergigante_regrowth_plateNergigante Regrowth Plate ⭐⭐⭐  
nergigante_talonNergigante Talon ⭐⭐⭐  
elder_dragon_boneElder Dragon Bone ⭐⭐⭐  
elder_dragon_bloodElder Dragon Blood ⭐⭐  
Nergigante Gem    6% Silver Reward and 13% Gold Reward


Nergigante Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Nergigante Monster.





Gallery, Notes & Trivia

  • Unlike Nergigante's spikes, its horns will not grow back if they are broken.
  • A unique victory theme plays upon defeating Nergigante for the first time.
  • Nergigante is known as the "Extinction Dragon"




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    • Anonymous

      21 Sep 2018 20:46  

      First area where he's at is full of small hills and climbable pillars. Use it to your advantage to slide, jump and mount him. After he takes enough damage he may retreat to the first crystal cave section, he'll stand right under a breakable crystal pillar. Use your slinger to shoot it down on him. Bring flash pods and use them in the final stage. Fight a bit and bait his diving bomb attack (he starts flying vertically). Be ready to shoot a flash pod right at him. He'll fall and be open for further damage till finished off.

      • Anonymous

        15 Sep 2018 21:29  

        Killed him 15 times and cut his tail 12 times and I’ve still never gotten a gem, geuss my lucks not good

        • Anonymous

          13 Sep 2018 15:15  

          As a Long Sword Main Deviljho does give me more trouble then Nergigante. Palico with shield will give you many free shots in. with decent Armor and a meal before the Fight his "***** everything in that general Direction" wont one shot you as well

          • Anonymous

            08 Sep 2018 16:07  

            Comments here made me nervous figthting him. I gave it a try and 27 min later he was down. Only needed a handfull of potions. I used the high metal armor set and the Diablos Shaterer 1. No potions, mantles or decorations involved (mainly because I dont have them^^). Just run around him and go between his 2 legs, attack his belly till he gets exhausted, then break the horns and end it. Gonna go and farm him for his armor now.

            • Anonymous

              08 Sep 2018 05:55  

              The easiest of the smaller elder dragons imo. Breaking its white spikes significantly staggers it and it will be twitching on the ground for most of the time if you damage the spikes quickly enough.

              • Anonymous

                30 Aug 2018 09:30  

                trivial with a lance build. with guard 5 you can block the dive bomb. just stay under him the rest of the time and don't get greedy.

                • Anonymous

                  29 Aug 2018 03:13  

                  The dive move is literal bull*****if you get lost in the flow of things, you have zero time to sheathe your weapon so you can sprint to escape it.

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Aug 2018 12:33  

                    Easy fight, downed him on 2nd try without knowing what i was doing. Made sure to boost my armor and HP as much as possible, took it slow and used up 20+ mega potions. Had a mixed high rank gear fully upgraded, Negri was unable to one-shot me. I tried my best to avoid his moves but ended up face tanking most of it, hence the 20+ MP's. Now I know how to aggressively play against him so he is even more easy.

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Aug 2018 09:37  

                      3 Uragaan armor pieces granting a block boost, "Uragaan Protection", letting Gunlance/Lance user survive the dive bomb and spike shotgun easily. Only nuisance left are the super fast claw attacks then but that's all.

                      • Anonymous

                        22 Aug 2018 05:30  

                        Killed it first try, as long as you are patient it's not that hard, was funny that the stone I was spamming when he was running away took the final blow XD, I guess the best weapon is always the most primitive, who needs swords when you can throw stones at them :P

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Jul 2018 03:54  

                          Be sure to Superman-dive Nergigante’s Dive bomb attack, as this move can cause serious damage to you and has one helluva hitbox. You can tell this will occur when his spikes have turned black; its final stage. Nergigante will roar upwards, which then, warning the user like “IM GONNA DIVE BOMB YA HUMAN MAGGOTS” and hover in the sky for a few seconds. When he’s hovering, this is your chance to make your escape! Quickly sheat your sword or weapon (if you are wielding it) and do the Superman dive immediately. If your weapon is slow at sheating, no problem. Equip a quicksheat charm and you’ll do just fine. Ps you can farm Great Girros HR to further upgrade your quicksheat skills.

                          • Anonymous

                            04 Jun 2018 06:32  

                            Tip for nerg. You can predict his super dive move. He will use it if his whole body is covered in black spikes. He means to shoot them all out after landing, so his armor will return to normal. Be defensive if he is covered in black spikes. Dive is coming. He will immediately become covered in black spikes if you awaken him from sleep. After some mega barrel bombs, be cautious.

                            • Anonymous

                              11 May 2018 16:41  

                              Something I have noticed as a LBG user is that Nergigante seems drawn to headbutting my Wyvernfire mines. With the new Ryu Alpha arena, he also seemed to target my barrel bombs over me to the point where I was just putting down mines and dodging his attacks until he killed himself. Has anyone else noticed this or is able to confirm?

                              • Anonymous

                                07 May 2018 13:59  

                                Being an eater of Elder Dragons, would it be logical to assume Nergigante has some form of Elder Seal to counter other Elder Dragons? Also, if other Nergigante exist would they try to eat each other?

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 May 2018 10:38  

                                  If you need to grind the Horns of Nerg I reccomend going solo and using a hammer to give non-stop hell to his face and you should get both Horns in no time

                                  • Anonymous

                                    30 Apr 2018 07:42  

                                    Once you figure out and memorize the telegraphs he's actually pretty decent. Paitence is the key. The problem arises is your teammates. If two many of you mob him at once, the risk is higher with him coming down with that spike dive bomb. Always dodge to the side, never ever under him when that dive is coming. Also if you are ranged, be prepared for that flying fist slam! No matter how far you think you are, he will always be in range.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      25 Apr 2018 17:01  

                                      You guys really aren't "Monster Hunters" if you cant take on the elder dragon with no elemental powers! Also no one fights him as tempered

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