Befitting the series moniker, Monster Hunter games wouldn’t really be Monster Hunter games without, well, monsters to hunt. However, as reductively simple as that descriptor might seem, there have been literally hundreds of different monsters spread across a wide variety of titles in the series, so to say we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to a spot of monster smacking would be something of an understatement. With Monster Hunter Rise finally making its arrival on PC, we’ve decided to sharpen our swords and fasten our armour together with this handy guide outlining the toughest foes you’ll come across in the entire Monster Hunter franchise.
Arguably one of the most difficult foes to take down in the entire series, Extreme Behemoth (or ‘Extremoth’, as he’s affectionately known by players) is an absolute titan that effortlessly ranks as Monster Hunter World’s hardest monster. Found in the Elder’s Recess, the Extreme Behemoth is resistant to thunder and fire, has an *absolutely massive* amount of HP and can also cause bleeding and lob meteors and thunderbolts on your head when you expect it. You’ll need a fully stocked party of highly trained killers to even approach this nightmarish enemy and even then, your chances of winning are probably circling the toilet bowl. Best of luck.
Very much in the running as one of Monster Hunter Rise’s most challenging enemies, Rajang presents nothing less than a resoundingly stout test for even the most adept and veteran of monster hunting parties. Appearing as a demonic goat gorilla from the deepest depths, the tenacious Rajang isn’t just one of the strongest enemies in Monster Hunter Rise, but also one of the fastest too, closing the distance between itself and its enemies at the blink of an eye. Oh but it gets better – in addition to its over the top physical gifts, Rajang can fry wannabe monster hunters with lightning strikes and stunlock them too.
Thunder Serpent Narwa
The final boss of Monster Hunter Rise’s hub questline, the fight with the Elder Dragon known as Thunder Serpent Narwa is a titanic encounter that is split into three phases – so that should provide some clue as to the magnitude of challenge you will be facing here. Possessing devastating telekinetic and thunder attacks, coupled with horrendously damaging physical strikes and a constantly changing pattern of attack across each phase of the encounter, taking on Thunder Serpent Narwa is an endeavour that requires much more than decent gear and good stats – you and all your buddies need to know each and every phase inside out in order to stand a chance. It’s time to get studying. And dying.
Another Elder Dragon that can be found within the confines of the Elder’s Recess, Lunastra continues the grand tradition of her race by being absolutely hard as nails and total pain in the backside to beat in a fight. Boasting many of the advantages that Elder Dragons typically possess, such as fire resistance, Lunastra goes a big ol’ step farther with a range of devastating abilities that allow her to heat the air to deathly temperatures, while also inflicting a crippling amount of damage over time on any group of hunters that are foolish enough to confront her.
Speaking of damage over time, that is quite literally the specialism of Chameleos; the resident poison-spewing Elder Dragon of Monster Hunter Rise. Making matters worse, not only can Chameleos burn through your HP like a hot knife through butter with its array of poison based attacks, but this Elder Dragon can also turn invisible at often the most inopportune of times. Expect to die (a lot) before you get the hang of tangling with Chameleos.
Now you’ve seen the toughest monsters that the series has to offer, it’s time to begin your journey to becoming the greatest monster hunter the world has ever seen. Grab Monster Hunter Rise at a great price right here and prepare for the battle ahead.