So you’ve given our Monster Hunter World Iceborne weapon moves guide a read, and you reckon you might be ready for the big leagues. You’ve cut your teeth on the in-game events, you’re at least Hunter Rank 16, and you’re just absolutely dying to know what’s lurking in the frozen tundra and whether you can turn it into a pair of stylish, furred sneakers that give you Ice Resistance. Our Monster Hunter World Iceborne new monsters guide has a full list of the beasts confirmed for the latest expansion and a brief description of what they can do.
Monster Hunter World Iceborne New Monsters Guide
Lots of the new and improved critters in Monster Hunter World Iceborne are essentially re-designs of the beasts that you’ve seen before. A lot of these will pack an additional punch in the form of status effects, sheer size increases, or just an array of sharp parts to bludgeon you to death with. That being said, check out our list to see if you recognize any of the fearsome foes that you’ll have to face down when the frost rolls in on 6 September.
The Glavenus is a Brute Wyvern, so veterans to the series will be familiar with this type and how to deal with it. The Glavenus has a tail that it’s clearly weaponized against all comers, and this desert-dwelling beast is going to pack one hell of a punch.
The Acidic Glavenus is just the Poison variant of the original. If you thought that the regular ol’ Glavenus’ tail was a pain to deal with, wait til you have to deal with this version. Situated in the Rotting Vale, this wyvern’s particular brand of decay is deadly to all those who don’t suspect it.
The Paolumu of the Coral Highlands and its white-plumed, adorable self is nowhere to be found here. The Nightshade Paolumu, as the name suggests, is deadlier and also capable of inflicting the Sleep debuff on hunters. Careful that you don’t fall under this flying monster’s spell, or you’ll be toast.
Half hooved menace and half battering ram (literally), the Banboro is an addition to Monster Hunter World Iceborne that trades scales and claws for the ability to bowl someone over and to throw trees at you. Yes, you heard that right. You’re going to have to get good at dodging.
As if the Tobi-Kadachi wasn’t enough of a pain with its propensity to collect static electricity to discharge at you like the world’s worst itchy sweater, its Viper off-shoot is really poisonous and even more annoying. Instead of merely being a shock to touch, the Viper Tobi-Kadachi can shoot poison out of its tail when it thrashes around particularly vigorously, so you’ll have to keep on your toes.
The Tigrex is built low to the ground, but don’t let that fool you. While it may look like the Wyvern equivalent of a particularly nasty French Bulldog, it packs a powerful charge just like the Banbaro and it’s very adept at bowling you down before it rips you apart.
This is the stuff of legends. The venerated Elder Dragon, Velkhana, is the crown jewel of Monster Hunter Iceborne. A masterpiece of frost, jagged edges, and indomitable power, you’re going to want to rug up in your best winter gear and pick a god to pray to before you go toe to toe with it.
The Pukei-Pukei is another familiar face that you’ll recognize, but the Coral Highlands variant is decidedly more sinister. Sure, it may look a lot cheerier, but don’t let its appearance full you. It can afflict hunters with Waterblight, and it’s a terrifying force to behold when its spewing water from unexpected places and roaring at you like some kind of angry howler monkey that can fly.
The Ebony Odogaron is adept at making you bleed and cutting you down to size, and you’ll most likely engage it when it’s already in a frenzied state — talk about danger! With incredible reach, range, and the ability to power up when it devours unsuspecting smaller monsters, you’re going to have to watch not only yourselves with this bad boy but also anything in the vicinity that it might be able to use to buff itself.
The Fulgur Anjanath trades fire for electricity to pack one hell of a sizzling punch. Instead of rampaging around the Ancient Forest, you’ll find this shocking variant in the new Iceborne zone — Hoarfrost Reach. Watch out for when the fins(?) on its back light up; that’s when you’ll have to take cover to avoid getting electrocuted.
Think about the Jyuratodus, if it had a killer head ornament sharp enough to cut through ice, and if it was also able to bust unexpectedly out of frozen ground like the Kool-Aid man. That’s the Beotodus. A deadly, water-dwelling monster with a propensity for absolutely crushing wannabe hunters.
This Wyvern has tusks and it knows how to use them. The fact that it flies is just another nightmarish thing to add to its list of already terrifying traits. Ever wanted to face down a Sabertooth Tiger with claws and jagged wingtips? This expansion will make that a reality for you.
Ever wanted to fight a furry bat with dragon wings, blood-red eyes, and a screech that could wake the dead? Series veterans will be well-acquainted with the Nargacuga, so it’s about time that Capcom brought this awful creature into the fold with Iceborne. It’s particularly agile and aggressive, so you’re going to want to bring your A-game to take this one down.
The Legiana is a graceful, almost ephemeral monster that sits pretty in the Coral Highlands. However, the much more vocal, Shrieking cousin of this beast is vastly more unpleasant. Its frost breath can ensure that you’re stuck fast while it circles before going for the throat, so you’re going to have to make sure that you can tough out the cold climes or at the very least, learn how to dodge.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect from Monster Hunter World: Iceborne when it comes out, you’ll be able to more adequately prepare for some of the wild beasts that have caught the scent of your blood. Check back periodically as we update our Monster Hunter World guides hub leading into the new expansion with tips, tricks, and other content.