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 (Nerugigante, 滅尽龍) 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  
NergiganteTailNergigante Tail ⭐⭐  
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 ⭐⭐  
NergiganteGemNergigante 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 spikes, persumably killed by Nergigante.




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    • Anonymous

      26 Nov 2019 04:18  

      God I hate his dive bomb attack, it was my doom on my first attempt. Had to put on vitality mantle on the next one, but the bastard would waste it the moment it hit me. Feared for my life once he began limping since he started doing it more often and just waited for him to do it in the volcanic area just so I could attack peacefully.

      • Anonymous

        18 Nov 2019 23:06  

        How do you find him, ive been area 14 in elders recess so many times. I have already killed him from the assigned quest, but havnt found him since...

        • Anonymous

          06 Nov 2019 16:48  

          The first time I fought this dude, it was so so hard, but now I can DESTROY him. (I don't want to though cuz now his armor and weapons are useless to me because I have ALMOST beat iceborne, i'm stuck on blackveil vaal hazak.)

          • Anonymous

            29 Aug 2019 05:38  

            It would appear none of this has been updated with anything about archtempered nerg, which is unfortunate because I was hoping for maybe some more advanced insight that might help me not have to use up 3/4 of my item box only to scrape by with 2 faints and 8 minutes left. All the other archtempered elders are legitimately a fraction as difficult, and I can't tell if I'm doing something wrong or he's just that tough, although I guess his mechanics aren't that different from normal/tempered aside from AT taking only maybe 15 secs max to fully regenerate his spikes after they're broken. On top of having probably 3x normal health, more damage than tempered, and becoming and staying enraged from the time you first run into him until the end of the mission. Although seeing as all AT nerg's gear is pretty amazing and you get an ending teaser screen for the expansion after you beat him, I'm thinking maybe he's supposed to be like the last boss of the standard game. I hope so, because lord is he hard. In 270 hours and 125 HRs his mission is the only one I've ever lost by anything except mistakenly killing capture targets.

            • Anonymous

              09 Jul 2019 02:09  

              Was grinding a tempered nergigante and on one run the *****ing stalactites on the ceiling of his nest killed him lmao.

              • Anonymous

                05 Jul 2019 19:24  

                I beat him on my first try with my lightning switch axe. You can't be too greedy with this guy, because he WILL ***** you! It's difficult to get used to his speed and how much he jumps around, but once you recognize the pattern, you can find openings to attack. Be patient, don't get greedy, and Jesus Christ don't get hit by that dive bomb!

                • Anonymous

                  13 Jun 2019 01:36  

                  Don't be a*****on quests. This one guy just sat there and watched while I had to kill Nergigante. When he died the b**** took the rewards he didn't earn.

                  • Anonymous

                    23 May 2019 16:25  

                    I'm so unlucky. Everytime I severe his tail i carve a dragon scale. Its so frustrating. I just get tails from rewards. BTW, the table could be updated.

                    • 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

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