Pitfall Trap

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The Pitfall Trap is a consumable Pouch Item in Monster Hunter World (MHW). It allows a Hunter to incapacitate a Large Monster for a short time, setting it up for Capture or an opportunity to go on the offensive.


A trap for catching certain large monsters. It is tripped by a heavy weight.

Using a Pitfall Trap from the Item Bar while in the field will deploy it on the ground at the Hunter's feet, priming a small area around it. When a Large Monster enters this area, it will sink into the ground and be immobilized for ten seconds. If a Monster is Exhausted - denoted by this minimap-icon-monster-status-exhausted symbol on the minimap when the Scoutfly Level for that Monster is at level 3 - then it will be trapped for 15 seconds. Additionally, the Deviljho is naturally susceptible to the Pitfall Trap and will be immobilized for 15 seconds even when not exhausted. Be careful, however, as the Deviljho will strike out at attackers while it struggles free.

While caught in a Trap, a Monster can be captured if it is an a Weakened state - denoted by this minimap-icon-monster-status-weak symbol on the minimap. Using two Tranq BombsTranq Knives, or Tranq Ammo rounds is enough to capture any Monster, before or after it is caught in a Trap. After being affected by two Tranquilizers, a Monster can be captured for the next 45 seconds, and every successive tranquilizer extends the duration by 100 seconds, with no upper limit. Tranquilizers can also be safely applied to sleeping monsters without waking them.

Capturing a Monster will complete either a Hunt or a Capture objective for it and result in a few more Quest rewards to compensate for the inability to gather Materials from its body.

Once placed on the ground, a Trap can be removed by approaching it and interacting with it; this will destroy the Item. If a Trap is not triggered or remove for five minutes after being deployed, it will disappear. Note that only one Trap can be placed at a time.

See Botanical Research for information on cultivating large amounts of crafting materials.
See Loadouts for information on configuring Item storage and use.


How to Acquire Pitfall Trap

This Item can only be obtained through Crafting. If Material Items are scarce, an EZ version of the Shock Trap, four EZ Tranq Bombs, and an extra Trap Tool are included in the Supply Box on Quests with a Capture objective.

Crafting Pitfall Trap
Category Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Result
Traps / Offense Trap Tool Net Pitfall Trap



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    • Anonymous

      Note: I’ve tried using pitfall traps on Paolumu 5 times now. It does not capture them. Once the paolumu died two circles after getting out from dual swords. Item is broken or doesn’t have a high success rate on some winged beasts.

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