Enemy Type Elder Dragon
Elements N/A
Ailments None
Weakness mhw-thunder-damageThunder ⭐⭐⭐
Resistances None
Locations Wildspire Waste (Beta), Elder's Recess
Tempered LV. 3

Nergigante is a Large Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). ネルギガンテ (滅盡龍) 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 ⭐⭐⭐ 19% Body Carve
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 ⭐⭐⭐ 13% Quest Reward, 20% Silver Reward and 20% Gold Reward
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"
  • In the Jyuratodus cutscene, a Barroth corpse can be seen with some spiked, persumably killed by Nergigante.



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    • Anonymous

      19 May 2019 13:57  

      Get your palico the plunder weapon for this fight if you want free gems. Failed my first attempt but walked home with two gems.

      • Anonymous

        19 May 2019 13:55  

        Wear him down to limping with issues and thought this ain't hard at all. The moment I walked around the corner to his nest he surprise hit me with a dive bomb for the first cart. Literally did the same on my second visit, and then again during the fight after... 95% of the fight went smoothly yet the final 5% got me. ***** you

        • Anonymous

          18 May 2019 14:55  

          As with every monster before, and every challenge ever, there is no "trick" to defeating your first Elder Dragon. Just play it safe, learn the pattern, moves and weaknesses, then exploit the recovery frames of their attack before they chain with another, step back again to safety, rinse and repeat. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to take riskier approaches, taking cover below the beast's legs or baiting out certain attacks for your benefit. Don't expect to kill Nergigante in your first try in 5 minutes, it's going to be a battle of attrition and you have to manage your resources, take your chances and minimize your mistakes, simple as that

          • Anonymous

            05 May 2019 19:05  

            Any wapon with a shield , is enough to beat this puppy tot a pulp. Easy peezy , i recommend charge blade with 2+ guard. Nice balance between damage , defence and mobility. Insect glaive or sns are not recommend unless it looking for a chalange. GL

            • Anonymous

              23 Mar 2019 07:23  

              Just a note that if people haven't noticed, the wiki clearly says it can't be captured. Well, here's another fact. No elder dragon can be trapped. Nergigante, Vaal Hazak, Teostra, Lunastra, Kushala Daora, and Xeno'jiiva (Zorah doesn't count because he's already too big) are all elder dragons, therefore CANNOT be captured

              • Anonymous

                16 Mar 2019 22:52  

                I gotten Stuck on this Dragon so if your soloing this dragon following tips i can give -Gajalakas (recruit asap!) -Make Sure your on a Full belly- (Chief's Platter) +50 to all HP Stamina -Make sure you use the Vitality Mantle- (he hits really hard) just incase. even with over 300Armor he will cut you down. -Untrappable- (i tried countless times even when my traps were on a flat field lol its like there too small) Now here is a Trick i am going to give to you all a little Edge Ive been playing around, between the Gajalaka Tunnel and Dragon's Nest. if your near it he will Drop his Aggro towards you and run back to his nest. This where you can run to his nest, and use the tunnel as a safe spot, be warnned he will do jump attacks to get around the corner. How to get him near the Gajalaka Tunnel (Well Just piss him off where his eyes are red) and run, but sometimes he will stay around if your near the tunnel, and you can hit him from long range or catch a quick break. i hope this trick helps, i use it with my palico ally stealing parts from him. Hunter: SoundsInsane

                • Anonymous

                  01 Mar 2019 22:09  

                  Currently stuck on McNergit and really need help! Maybe I just need some time to upgrade as I only have bone slasher II

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Feb 2019 21:57  

                    Can you flash pod him right before he dive bombs? I've tried so before but just starts it anyway, and I'm not sure if it works during his diving either. Answers plz?

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Feb 2019 08:15  

                      The Nergigante beta armour is probably my favourite armour in the entire game. I can't wait to get the gamma armour.

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Feb 2019 18:41  

                        he also goes to area 7 same person btw and you can carve him four times i did probs cuz he is an elder dragon

                        • Anonymous

                          08 Feb 2019 21:28  

                          This guy's speed is ridiculous, if your hunting with a friend and your sharpening your weapon and nergi is fighting your friend he will leap to you if close enough. If your friend then does it he will change back to them again, he won't let you have time to catch a breath.

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Feb 2019 19:36  

                            "Once Nergigante has grown spikes on its head, wings, and forelegs, it will perform a dive bomb attack." This is complete and utter bs, so go ahead and erase it. I've counted about 5 times that nerg has divebombed me without fully grown spikes in all areas (white or black). He also frequently divebombs right after another attack, without roaring at all. Why are you posting lies?

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Feb 2019 16:45  

                              I was going to try and catch it. But then I realized the thorns I was looking for made the scout flies turn blue.

                              • Anonymous

                                11 Jan 2019 07:08  

                                Boy I thought the anjanath was the biggest bull*****in this*****ty game, holy***** was i wrong it just continues getting worse!

                                • Anonymous

                                  10 Jan 2019 18:25  

                                  If you're struggling with the dive bomb attack there's two fairly easy solutions. The first one is maxing out your HP. With the Ingot Vambraces Beta (which is really easy to get) and a Health Boost jewel you can permanently increase your HP from 100 to 150. You can then temporarily further increase your HP from 150 to 200 by eating. With 200 HP you should be able to easily survive the dive bomb attack. Alternatively, you can try using the Vitality Mantle (although this isn't guaranteed to work, especially if you get roared). Basically, just before the attack starts, create some distance and quickly equip the mantle (using your radial menu). This will allow you to tank the entirety of the damage. TL;DR Max your Health Boost skill and equip a Vitality Mantle.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    07 Nov 2018 01:22  

                                    I actually got a Nergigante gem the first time i killed him... which was just took me days to get an Odogaron gem...Am I lucky or is it scripted to drop the first time?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      25 Oct 2018 14:59  

                                      you can dodge nergigante's dive bomb with forsight slash using a longsword and if you time it perfectly you can take 0 damage

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