Nightshade Paolumu

nightshade paolumu gallery
Enemy Type Large Monsters
Species Flying Wyverns
Elements None
Ailments sleep mhw status effect wikiSleep
Weakness mhw water elemental damage sWater ⭐⭐⭐
mhw fire damage sFire ⭐⭐
Resistances mhw dragon damage sDragon (immune)
mhw ice damage sIce
mhw thunder damage sThunder
Location(s) Wildspire Waste
Ancient Forest
Tempered Lv. 1

Nightshade Paolumu is a Large Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). パオウルムー亜種 (浮眠竜) in Japanese. It is a subspecies of Paolumu first introduced to the series in the Iceborne ExpansionNightshade Paolumu, prowls the Ancient Forest with an ominous demeanor. Distinguished by its darker coloration and unique abilities, it possesses the uncanny ability to induce sleep in its foes. Encounters with this nocturnal creature are marked by its aerial agility and the potential for hunters to succumb to drowsiness. 


A Paolumu subspecies capable of putting prey to sleep. It produces a powerful sedative gas stored within its throat sack that it can expel and scatter to knock unwary foes out.

Nightshade Paolumu Details & Locations


Nightshade Paolumu Combat Info

  • Kinsect Extracts:
    • Red: Head/Neckpouch
    • Orange: Body/Tail
    • White: Wings/Legs
  • When enraged it will drop a lot more sleep clouds.
  • You can obtain shiny drops by attacking it's head.
  • Sleep Resistance can be used to negate it's sleep mhw status effect wikiSleep effects


MHW Nightshade Paolumu Attacks and Moveset

Nightshade Paolumu performs the following attacks:

  • Sleep Gas Release: Nightshade Paolumu releases sleep-inducing gas in a wide area around itself. Hunters need to avoid the gas cloud to prevent falling asleep.
  • Airborne Spin: Nightshade Paolumu takes to the air and performs a spinning attack, creating a gust of wind. Evading or finding cover is crucial to avoid getting hit by this aerial assault.
  • Sleepy Slam: Nightshade Paolumu performs a body slam, creating a shockwave upon impact. Evading the slam area is essential to avoid taking damage and potentially falling asleep.
  • Tail Swipe Combo: Nightshade Paolumu swings its tail in a series of sweeping motions. Timing dodges effectively is crucial to avoid being hit by the consecutive tail swipes.
  • Rolling Charge: Nightshade Paolumu charges at hunters with impressive speed, attempting to trample them. Evading or using terrain effectively is necessary to avoid getting hit by this charging attack.
  • Airborne Pounce: Nightshade Paolumu lunges at hunters from the air, attempting to pin them down. Evading the pounce or using a well-timed flash pod can interrupt the attack.
  • Tail Whirlwind: Nightshade Paolumu spins around, creating a whirlwind with its tail. Hunters need to stay clear of the whirlwind to avoid taking damage and potential sleep status.
  • Tail Slam: Nightshade Paolumu lifts its tail and slams it down, creating a shockwave. Evading the impact area is crucial to avoid taking damage and any sleep-inducing effects.
  • Sleepy Roar: Nightshade Paolumu roars, releasing sleep-inducing particles in the air. Hunters need to be cautious of the surrounding area and avoid the particles to prevent falling asleep.
  • Tail Sweep Slam: Nightshade Paolumu performs a sweeping tail slam, covering a wide area. Hunters must time their dodges effectively to avoid the tail sweep and prevent being knocked back.


Nightshade Paolumu 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) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
Ears ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
Chest (Breakable) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)

nightshade paolumu hzv1 min

Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.


Nightshade Paolumu Low and High Rank Carves

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

Nightshade Paolumu Carves

Carves Frequency %
nightshade paolumu shard mhw wiki guide smallNightshade Paolumu Shard (Dropped) Master Rank 32% (50%) 
nightshade paolumu thickfur mhw wiki guide smallNightshade Paolumu Thickfur Master Rank 26%
paolumu cortex mhw wiki guide smallPaolumu Cortex (Dropped) Master Rank 15% (28%)
nightshade paolumu fellwing mhw wiki guide smallNightshade Paolumu Fellwing  Master Rank 20%
wyvern gem mhw wiki guideWyvern Gem Master Rank 5%
large wyvern gem mhw wiki guideLarge Wyvern Gem Master Rank 2%


Nightshade Paolumu Rewards

Rewards Frequency %
nightshade paolumu shard mhw wiki guide smallNightshade Paolumu Shard Master Rank 32%
nightshade paolumu thickfur mhw wiki guide smallNightshade Paolumu Thickfur (Break NeckPouch /Back) Master Rank 26% (100% / 100%)
paolumu cortex mhw wiki guide smallPaolumu Cortex (Break Tail) Master Rank 15% (100%)
nightshade paolumu fellwing mhw wiki guide smallNightshade Paolumu Fellwing (Break Wings) Master Rank  20% (100%)
torpor sac mhw wiki guide smallTorpor Sac Master Rank  22%
fierce dragonvein bone mhw wiki guide smallFierce Dragonvein Bone Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐  63%
spiritvein slogbone mhw wiki guide smallSpiritvein Slogbone Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐  25%
obsidian fur mhw wiki guide smallObsidian Fur Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  37%
enchanting finehide mhw wiki guideTempered Hide Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  54%
spiritvein gem shard mhw wiki guide smallSpiritvein Gem Shard Master Rank⭐⭐  21%

Nightshade Paolumu Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Nightshade Paolumu Monster.



Lumu Phantasm Alpha + Armor Set mhw iceborne icon 16px

Set Bonus: No bonus

lumu phantsm alpha+ armor mhw wiki guide

Lumu Phantasm Beta + Armor Set mhw iceborne icon 16px

Set Bonus: No bonus

lumu phantsm beta+ armor mhw wiki guide



Notes & Trivia

  • It is known as the "Floating Sleep Wyvern".
  • It loses all its Turf Wars.




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    • Anonymous

      I recommend the upgraded sleep charn. Quite easy to craft and negates his sleep gas completely. He's still a jerk and a pain in the ass to hit, but much much easier

      • Anonymous

        All i can say is that this is one of the monsters that i will never fight again, never was a fan of the normal one anyway but this one i can only imagine the suffering youd have if you didnt have sleep immunity. Fortunately i got 2 sleep decos and the charm is easy to make, but honestly if you dont have any decos it's absolutely worth grinding for armor sets/ charms to combat sleep so you can actually somewhat fight this abomination. Even then this fight took forever cause my wep was not really master tier and this thing spends about 80% of the fight in air. So expect cancer and def get a better weapon cause youd be saving time just having a better weapon instead of smacking its dangling noodle for 25+ mins as it clobbers you. As a side note this is the 2nd creature that has a horribly not fun mechanic that i felt was worse than anything ive fought so far, with the other being the super ebola kadachi you fight earlier. They both are cancerous subspecies that have a single terrible (and incredibly spammy) gimmick that makes the fight stressful/prolonged in an arguably bad way but can be utterly bypassed through immunity. Though viper kadachi atleast isnt up in the air farting on you for the entire fight

        • Anonymous

          I like the look of the Nightshade Paolumu but one thing I hate is his scream. His scream sounds like he's eat a burger and water at the same time.

          • Anonymous

            i have a few tips for this guy
            ok first BRING FLASH PODS when he is in his balloon state use a flash pod of try to mount him dont go for the tail go for the head poulomus are known for there hard tails and there SOFT fur on there heads so go for the head when he is in his sleep mode he will fire balls of sleep try to avoid them but if your going to be in tight spaces so bring energy drinks just when he stops in the air he is going to release a big cloud of sleep that CAN be spread around with his attacks but if you attack him with a long range weapon he will tumble down and fall asleep in his own sleep cloud thats when you do some serious damage ( one more thing there is an attack when he flies all around the battlefield all you need to do is just superman dive and you'll avoid it ) - Smart Guy

            • Anonymous

              i like to call this guy: sleepy balloon face
              odogaron i call: spiky claws
              and my fav, i call great jagres: fat dude

              • Anonymous

                This is a version of paolumu can keeps you on your toes if your not careful. He can put you to sleep with his sleep smoke and can spread it around, not to mention his big move where he gives huge amounts to the ground. It is like this monster can detect if your a sleep because when you are starting to fall a sleep he immediately attacks you with on of his big attacks. Way more fun then normal paolumu but personally I hate sleep. Like the event quest "balloon fight" was so annoying. overall 8.5/10 for a subspecies.

                • Anonymous

                  If melee weapon is your choice, you can use flinch shot while she is in the air to bring her down instantly. This will work only if she is not enraged. If she is enraged however, you can still bring her down if you break or reach the damage treshold for any of her breakable parts.

                  • Anonymous

                    how do you "encourage" it to the ground? I just used bug glave, no need for sleep resist, i was never on the ground. This guy is cool though.

                    • Anonymous

                      I swear, I’d make a pillow out of this fluffer’s neck if I could. Not because I have a crudge against this guy, but because I think it would just be reeeeeeaaaally comfortable.

                      • Anonymous

                        I got spoiled that this was a sleep monster, so I decided to farm for lvl3 sleep resistance and the fight was as easy as a regular paolumu. Best decision I've ever made. I went back without any sleep res because I was curious, and it was living hell. DO NOT SKIMP ON SLEEP RESISTANCE, it is the most important skill for this fight.

                        • Anonymous

                          Really helps to have a sleep-cancel hunting horn on the team when fighting this guy, either that or bring energy drinks and pray.

                          • Anonymous

                            annoying reskin trash, waste of a monster slot, should have been a new monster in its place. ***** you capcom.

                            • Anonymous

                              unlike his cousin, this guy is not cute AT ALL! He's the biggest troll of this game created by Satan himself

                              • Anonymous

                                This poor guy... He's kinda like Kulu, hits decently hard, but relies on a gimmick to do so. Level three sleep resistance makes him a joke. Might be because I had Master Mounter, but it seemed extremely easy to mount as well, easier than other monsters.

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