There are 68 monsters to fight in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (MHWI). We thought it’d be fun to rank them based on their strength due to the wide variety of difficulty in MHWI. Some monsters like Fatalis require lots of planning and prep. While others like Great Jagras can be beaten with your eyes closed.
Here’s our ranking of the monsters in MHWI based on their strength.
Table of Contents
- The Strongest and Weakest Monsters in Iceborne
- The 10 Strongest Monsters in Monster Hunter World Iceborne+
The Strongest and Weakest Monsters in Iceborne
The table below lists all the monsters in MHWI from the strongest to the weakest. These rankings are based on how strong the monster is, how hard it is to fight, and its mechanics (if it has any).
|11||Scarred Yian Garuga|
|27||Blackveil Vaal Hazak|
The 10 Strongest Monsters in Monster Hunter World Iceborne+
We feel that the 10 strongest monsters are worthy of an explanation. Here’s why we chose the top 10 as we did.
As the last monster released in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the legendary Black Dragon, Fatalis, is by far the strongest monster in the game. It has high attack power and is capable of one-shotting you if you aren’t prepared. Fatalis also has a number of instant game-over abilities, so it forces you to deal as much damage as possible while following the proper mechanics.
While we personally think Monster Hunter World was a bit too easy, the Fatalis fight proves that Capcom knows how to make challenging content. And beating Fatalis is worth it because its armor and weapons are some of the best in Iceborne.
The second Black Dragon in Iceborne. Alatreon is a tough fight that requires you to come prepared with elemental weapons in order to prevent party wipes. While the fight is tough and Alatreon is basically the Avatar in monster form, it can be beaten if you and your party actually follow its mechanics.
3) Raging Brachydios
We’ll be honest. Raging Brachydios took us the most attempts to beat out of all the monsters on this list. Raging Brachy hits hard and its blast damage is no joke. Raging Brachydios is surprisingly nimble so it can cover lots of ground with ease. You’ll want to bring Ice element weapons to make the fight easier. But it’s a fun fight and its gear is some of the best in the game.
Plus, just listen to its awesome theme.
Monster Hunter World has a number of “gimmick” fights that were pretty meh until Safi’jiiva came around. With the Safi’jiiva fight having so many mechanics and a strict time limit, this fight can be tough if your party isn’t properly following mechanics.
Depending on your party, Safi’jiiva can be cleared in 1-2 attempts, or you might find yourself bashing your head against the wall wondering why you haven’t beaten it yet on your 6th attempt.
5) Kulve Taroth
The non-siege version of the Kulve Taroth fight is one of the most fun fights in the game. In its first phase, Kulva Taroth is slow but has wide-reaching attacks that hit hard.
After the first phase, Kulve Taroth sheds its golden mantle to become a much faster and more threatening monster. It can afflict fireblight to tear through your HP and its nimble form allows it to dodge a lot of your attacks. Watch out for its body slam attack because it can wipe out your party if you don’t dodge.
The Behemoth is a tough fight because it requires one of the biggest challenges of them all: coordinating with other players. While most fights can be won easily in groups using whatever builds they want, Behemoth was the first fight in Monster Hunter that required following the holy trinity seen in MMOs: each party needed a Tank, Healer, and 2 DPS members in order to successfully clear the fight.
Behemoth itself hits hard too. Its abilities are wide-reaching and you don’t want to be its primary target if you’re not properly equipped with Tank gear.
7) Gold Rathian
Gold Rathian is by far the strongest “Rath” monster in Iceborne. It hits hard and fast. Gold Rathian is especially deadly because it can inflict devastating damage over time with Fireblight and Poison to whittle away your health. But the worst part is how defensive the monster is. In order to deal more damage to it, you have to break its head asap in order to knock it down. But Gold Rathian is very fast and has plenty of options to ensure you have a hard time fighting it.
Also, its spin attack just looks so cool.
8) Silver Rathalos
Silver Rathalos is almost as dangerous as Gold Rathian. Its fireblight capabilities ensure that it can deal lots of damage to you. You need lots of Fire Resistance for this fight in order to stand a chance against it.
9) Furious Rajang
Rajang somehow found a way to get even angrier, turning it into Furious Rajang. Furious Rajang is always in its Amped form, meaning it’s going to deal lots of Thunder damage if you aren’t able to dodge or block its attacks. But the most deadly move is its grab attack. If Furious Rajang grabs you and you aren’t at full health, you’ll likely be carted when it grabs you and does a thunder blast right to your face.
Velkhana is the flagship monster in Iceborne and it lives up to its status. Velkhana has a number of attacks that can pierce your guard, so dodging is a must. Our first few attempts to clear Velkhana were some of the toughest fights we’ve had in the game, and we absolutely hated it.
Honorable Mention: Scarred Yian Garuga
Scarred Yian Garuga is basically an angry chicken that can breathe fire and poison you. It’s similar to Gold Rathian and Silver Rathalos due to its aggression and ability to deal fire and poison damage. Scarred Yian Garuga almost never stops attacking so it can cart you if you don’t heal up quickly.