Rathalos, known as the “King of the Skies,” is an aerial predator normally found in the Ancient Forest. It hunts its prey by swooping in from the air and grabbing them with its powerful legs. It can attack foes from a distance by shooting fireballs while soaring through the air. Its talons are extremely poisonous and are used to weaken its target.
|Flying Wyvern||Fire||Fireblight, Poison||Dragon, Thunder|
|Weak Points||Breakable Parts||Location||Tempered Level|
|Head, Wings, Tail||Head, Wings, Back, Tail||Ancient Forest, Elder’s Recess||2|
|Material||How to Obtain||Notes|
|Rathalos Scale||Body Carving, Quest Reward|
|Rathalos Marrow||Body carving||
|Rathalos Shell||Body Carving, Quest Reward|
|Rathalos Webbing||Body Carving, Quest Reward||
|Rathalos Plate||Body Carving, Quest Reward|
|Rathalos Tail||Tail Carving, Quest Reward||
|Rathalos Scale+||Body Carving, Quest Reward||
|Rathalos Carapace||Body Carving, Quest Reward||
|Rathalos Wing||Body Carving, Quest Reward||
|Rathalos Medulla||Body Carving||
|Rathalos Plate||Body Carving, Quest Reward||
|Rathalos Ruby||Body Carving, Quest Reward||
|Rathalos Wingtalon||Quest Reward|
|Flame Sac||Quest Reward|
|Monster Bone||Quest Reward|
|Monster Hardborne||Quest Reward||
|Inferno Sac||Quest Reward||
Rathalos frequently shoots out fireballs both up close and from a distance. One of its most notable attack patterns is to launch a fireball at close range immediately after roaring. You are guaranteed to get hit if you are not wearing earplugs since the roar stuns you. Wearing armor that has good fire resistance like the Anja or Kulu sets helps minimize damage from this.
Rathalos spends a good amount of time in the air during battle, especially when enraged. Flashpods cause it to come crashing down, giving you some time to attack it. It will, however, develop resistance to the tool the more you use it.
Use Shock Traps
Using shock traps immobilizes Rathalos long enough for you to deal significant damage to it. Rathalos will develop resistance to shock traps with frequent use, as with flashpods. Keep this in mind if you intend to capture Rathalos, as you might need to resort to pitfall traps instead.
Rathalos’ aerial talon attack instantly inflicts poison. Stock up on antidotes before heading out. You can gather antidote herbs around the map, especially in the Ancient Forest, to make more if you run out.
Cut off Rathalos’ Tail
Severing Rathlos’ tail significantly reduces the range of its tail whip attack. This makes it a bit safer to engage it up close.