Astalos is a new monster added to the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion. Astalos is a monster that has been in previous games and has a deviant form called Boltreaver Astalos. This guide covers Astalos’ moves, weaknesses, material drops, armor, and weapons.
Table of Contents
- Astalos Location – MHR: Sunbreak
- Astalos Weaknesses
- Astalos Materials & Drop Rates
- Astalos Attack Patterns – MHR: Sunbreak
- How to Defeat Astalos in Sunbreak
- Astalos is Weak to Water and Ice
- Astalos Armor Skills & Review
- Astalos Weapons Review
Astalos Location – MHR: Sunbreak
Astalos can be encountered in multiple locations across the Sunbreak expansion. To be specific, it is found in the regions of Shrine Ruins, Flooded Forest, and the Jungle. Head to either of the locations and you’ll find Astalos.
Astalos Weapon Weakness
Astalos Elemental Weakness
Now let’s go ahead and discuss what some of Astalos’ weaknesses are. Whenever Astalos is in its charged form, the glowing parts become weaker. Its crest, tail, and wings are the areas you want to target because you can deal more damage to them. This allows you to knock Astalos over once you knock it out of its charged form and break those parts much more quickly.
Astalos is weak to the Ice element. Any time you attack a body part with an ice element attack or ice element ammo, you will end up dealing more damage compared to other weapons.
Whenever Astalos is in its charged state, you’ll end up dealing even more damage with your ice attacks because glowing parts take more damage.
Astalos Materials & Drop Rates
Astalos is great because it has no wonky requirements for capturing any of its body parts. The big one you want to focus on is the Scissortail blade, which is available from carving its tail. If you’re using a weapon like a Long Sword or a Lance, you can aim for its tail and get about an 80% chance of getting your hands on it.
You want to go after the tail because it’s vital for crafting armor and weapons. And then the next big one is going to be the mantle. Like most monsters, the mantle is an incredibly rare drop. This one only drops at 3%, but if you’re farming Astalos, keep aiming to break as many parts as possible. Cut off its tail, and you’ll have a decent chance of getting your hands on a mantle.
The other parts are generally pretty easy to get. The Heavy Astalos Shell, Wing Membrane, and the Bolt Scale are standard drops from when you carve it. Overall, nothing is too complicated to get from Astalos. Its armor and weapons are generally easy to craft.
Astalos Attack Patterns – MHR: Sunbreak
For those who haven’t fought Astalos, it’s similar to another Thunder-type monster, Zinogre. Astalos has two forms: a normal state and a charged-up state. Whenever Astalois is in its charged-up form, it will have this yellow/green charged color on its head, wings, and tail.
The way the charged form works is Astalos’ attacks get more powerful, but attacking those specific parts deals more damage. Your goal is to keep hitting Astalos on its glowing parts until you knock it out of its charged state. Once Astalos is out of its charged state, it’ll be knocked down, giving you many opportunities to keep hitting it to make the hunt go quicker.
This section detail Astalos’ attack patterns so you have a better idea of what you’ll be up against. Along with the attacks, we’ll suggest ways to avoid each of them.
Astalos smashes its wings towards the front, either individually or simultaneously, inflicting damage on anybody in the range. It is recommended to look out for this attack since it’s a lethal one and can convert into Thunderblight.
To dodge this attack simply roll towards Astalos’s legs and you’ll do just fine.
Electro Stake Explosion
Astalos will plant its tail on the ground and cause an electrical explosion, followed by a brief delay. This delay will give you a window of opportunity to counter-attack.
Furthermore, Astalos will stay put for the entirety of the attack, so it is best to counter immediately to avoid the explosion.
In this attack, Astalos will inflict damage on its enemies by emitting an electric beam. This wide-range attack is emitted from either its tail or its head.
- Electro Tail Beam: Astalos uses its tail to direct a bolt of lightning in front of it. To avoid this attack, simply avoid standing directly in front of its tail.
- Electro Crown Beam: Astalos will gaze up as it charges a light beam from its head and directs it at its enemies. To avoid this attack, perfectly time your dodge and move out of its linear path.
Astalos calls forth lightning pillars that begin floating and moving in a zigzag pattern. Astalos follow up this attack with an electro ball attack to catch its enemies off guard. When enraged, Astalos will unleash four lightning pillars at once, so beware! This attack has two variants:
- Storms with Electro Ball: In this attack, Astalos follows up the storm with an aggressively forward-moving electro ball. To avoid the damage, dodge quickly or counter.
- Storms with No Electro Ball: In this attack, Astalos follows up the storm, taking advantage of the confusion created to catch the opponents off guard.
Aerial Electro Slam
Astalos launches itself into the air and lunges at its target, causing an electrical attack to spread across a large area. To avoid the damage, move away as you see Astalos rising in the air.
In this attack, Astalos performs a charge and then rushes at high speed toward the enemies. This attack is likely to come if there is a significant distance between you and Astalos.
Keep an eye out for Astalos’ charging stance as it will frequently combo into this attack after the wing slams. To stay safe, move out of the path of the attack as soon as possible.
How to Defeat Astalos in Sunbreak
Even with knowledge of Astalos’s weaknesses and attack patterns, defeating it in a battle requires a well-planned strategy. It’s your lucky day; in this section of the guide, we’ll lay out a strategy for beating Astalos so you don’t have to do the hard work.
Be wary of the Charged State
For starters, when you engage in battle with an Astalos, keep in mind that its charged state will cause you the most trouble. It is because when an Astalos taps into its charged state, its attacks become more lethal and penalizing.
When an Astalos is charged, it glows lime-yellow, so if you see that glow, it should ring some bells and you should maintain a safe distance.
To avoid damage, you need to be agile and attack Astalos whenever there’s an opportunity. If you keep on dealing damage, Astalos will exit from its charged state. It will take some effort, but you should be able to pull it off.
Avoid Shock traps
Although Shock traps are a viable option for taking on a number of monsters, it’s not the case with Astalos. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. A Shock trap will stun Astalos, but it will also charge it.
The stun damage is insignificant in comparison to what follows, an enraged and charged-up Astalos who will prove hell indeed. It is therefore recommended to avoid the use of Astalos.
Pitfall traps are more effective against Astalos, so they should be used instead, and Shocktraps should only be used as a last resort.
Target the Charged Parts
Maybe the Charged State wasn’t so bad after all! It is worth noting that the charged parts of Astalos are more prone to damage (Head, Tail, Wings); however, you should not rule out the fact that pursuing these parts will expose you to the most damage.
To deal with this situation, it is best to maintain a balance between offense and defense; this way, you will emerge victorious at the end of the battle.
Nulberries should and will prove life-saving in this battle. No matter how skilled you are, chances are you’ll be caught in a thunderblight and stunned as a result.
This will provide Astalos with the perfect opportunity to shatter you. To avoid this catastrophe, it is recommended to keep an ample supply of Nulberries on hand to counteract the effects of thunderblight.
Astalos is Weak to Water and Ice
In the previous entries, Astalos was most vulnerable to Ice and Water. It’s likely to remain true in the Sunbreak expansion. As a result, you should use both Ice and Water attacks to deal some hefty damage to Astalos and bring him down.
Astalos Armor Skills & Review
Moving on to the Astalos armor set. The first thing we’ll go ahead and say is that this is one of the coolest-looking armor sets in the game in Sunbreak.
We love the green and black mix; it has a buggy yet dragon-like look. We especially love the backside of it; look at those wings. This is a stunning armor set. But now, let’s move on to the actual usefulness of the armor set.
Astalos’ armor isn’t going to be endgame meta-defining, but it is a solid progression set. Here are the skills on the armor set:
- Chain Crit Lv 3
- Stun Resistance Lv 3
- Stamina Surge Lv 3
- Power Prolonger Lv 3
- Razor Sharp Lv 3
- Spare Shot Lv 3
- Thunder Attack Lv 3
- Speed Sharpening Lv 2
The standout skill is Chain Crit.
What Chain Crit does is it rewards you for continuously hitting monsters. So as you’re attacking them, it will increase both your attack power and elemental power. Whether you’re running a raw attack build or an elemental build, you’ll get +5 to your attack and element damage. But remember, this adds up over time.
As you get five successive hits on an enemy, you can reach up to +25 attack power. This armor set will be very helpful for anyone working towards endgame meta progression sets.
The armor has points in Speed Sharpening and Razor Sharp, which are suitable for anyone who wants to keep continuously attacking. The three points in Thunder Attack are good because the elemental meta will be the focus of this game.
The standout armor pieces are the helmet, body armor, and gloves. The helmet has a level four, level two, and a level one decoration slot, which is efficient. And it gives you one point in Chain Crit and two points in Stun Resistance.
The body armor has a point in Chain Crit as well. It has a level three and a level one decoration slot. The gloves have a level four and a level one decoration slot, along with one point each in Chain Crit, Stamina Surge, and Stun Resistance.
Astalos Weapons Review
Like Astalos’ armor, the weapons aren’t going to be overall meta-defining other than the Sword and Shield. But the weapons look fantastic. And they’re probably some of our favorite designs in the entire game.
Regarding their place in the meta, Astalos’ weapons are outclassed by Narwa’s weapons because of their higher raw and element. Astalos is a solid progression weapon. So as you’re working towards getting those meta-end game-defining weapons, Astalos will be a solid set that helps carry you to those weapons. As far as crafting them goes, it’s generally pretty simple.
And that covers all that we wanted to discuss today for Astalos. Overall, Astalos is an entertaining monster to fight and one of our favorites in the game.