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

      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

                • Anonymous

                  25 Apr 2018 07:57  

                  err why are there so many posts about this guy being hard? I'm using bone greatsword...never use guard. low level rathalos armor, skull helm, idr other armor. maxed out attack charm...pop an ancient potion, throw on an adamant pill and demon pill..and kill him. I simply run around until he charges, smack his tail a few times, repeat. If he gets close..roll under him, broad sweeps on his legs. Tackle his face when the opportunity arises. Seriously this guy is easier than azure rathalos or bazelgeuse.

                  wondering if people just don't know how to dodge...

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Apr 2018 23:06  

                    If you use a shield (Lance, Lancecannon) Nergigante can one shot you if you don't have the ability for absolute shieldguard with it's "mad head ram into thorn shotgun spray" combo. Uragaan set gives you this shield boost you need (3 parts needed). If you have the Legiana breast and head piece,too you are able to nullify some attacks even. All in all this worked really well for me and I'm able to farm this beast quite comfortable now with this armor combo.

                    • Anonymous

                      22 Apr 2018 09:28  

                      I swear, ever since the Kulve Taroth siege came along, it seems like Capcom just sucked all the Nergi and Vaal Hazak gems out of circulation in order to make it THAT much harder to complete the Taroth set. Literally every other creature has been dropping gems liberally except these two (and Taroth herself).

                      • Anonymous

                        19 Apr 2018 19:35  

                        Game gets weird after Zorah. Like "it was all a tutorial LOL and fu*k you with your wasted time to have complete sets. They are worth nothing now." Then this beast. I mean you have to farm the complete game once more plus the new area just to kill this thing. MHW was a cool experience, I was invested played 6h and more a day but when they drop such a Mount Everest of a rock in my way they really risk to lose players if they trash my gear like this.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Apr 2018 19:13  

                          LBG users. you have nothing to fear just slicing shots, sleep bomb or whatever you do as usual. same old same old. just keep your weapon and prepare to run and dive if it flies, simple!

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