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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Ruiner Nergigante Guide

In danger of having your day ruined? Our Monster Hunter World Iceborne Ruiner Nergigante guide will make sure that you turn the tables.
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As you’re gunning through Monster Hunter World: Iceborne‘s substantial story, you’re going to run into your fair share of dangerous beasts that are more than just a little familiar. If you thought that Nergigante was a royal pain in the butt in the base game, then you’re going to definitely want to check out this Monster Hunter World Iceborne Ruiner Nergigante guide to get the better of this particular variant. Everyone’s favorite Elder Dragon is out for blood, and if you don’t want it to be yours, then our tips and tricks should come in handy.

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Monster Hunter World Iceborne Ruiner Nergigante Guide

One thing to note about Ruiner Nergigante is that he’s real powerful. Sure, okay, seems a bit like a no-brainer, but if you’re at level when it comes to equipment and Hunter Rank when you encounter him in Iceborne, then it’s going to be an experience that you’ll want to bring a healthy dose of caution to. You can find this Nergigante variant in the Guiding Lands, which is where you’re going to be spending most of your end-game time hanging out at some point so please get acquainted with your surroundings. 

Ruiner Nergigante hits like a truck. A gigantic, angry, hissing, spike-tailed truck that’s business in the front and also business in the back. Honestly, it’s in the business of your misery, and it’s not afraid to let you know it. You’re going to want to make sure that you have earplugs, because its rather lethal tail crush will stun you otherwise and you’ll have to watch helplessly as it rockets into the air only to impale you with its spikes. 

You’re also going to generally want to avoid being in its field of vision if possible. Ruiner Nergigante charges around a lot and doesn’t have a noticeable visual tell before he might throw himself at you in a tangle of scaly limbs and wings. You’ll want to make sure that you have Bleeding Resist as the sort of trump card that you can rely on to deal with that pesky status effects. 

Here are some general tips and tricks that we have when it comes to defeating Ruiner Nergigante:

  • The Temporal Mantle could be very handy for helping you when you’re in a pickle
  • Rocksteady Mantle is also a good choice when you’re wanting to keep your feet on the ground
  • Avoid the front end of Ruiner Nergigante because it shoots out AOE spikes in cones for a fair few attack variants
  • Make sure you’re ready to roll whenever its arms come up, when it looks like it’s gearing up for a jump, and when it bats its wings
  • Earplugs should help you avoid being stunned so you can’t get nailed by its tail crush
  • Take Dragon and Blast weapons to this fight
  • Break the spikes on its body, and aim for its forelegs

Now that you have our Monster Hunter World Iceborne Ruiner Nergigante Guide in hand, taking down this Elder Dragon should prove easy as long as you’re patient and don’t get too greedy with your attack opportunities. Fighting at this stage of the game is always going to feel more like a marathon than a sprint, so bide your time in order to not get clipped by his deadly attacks. Need a hand taking town the Brute Tigrex? We’ve got tips for that too.

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Ginny Woo
Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.