Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Vaal Hazak Monster Guide

A guide on Vaal Hazak in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, including an overview, monster stats, materials, and strategy on how to defeat it.

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Monster Hunter: World Iceborne - Velkhana

Vaal Hazak

A undead elder dragon that lurks in the depths of Rotten Vale. It relies on the fatal vapor of the vale for sustenance.


Type Element Ailments Inflicted Weakness
Elder dragon None Effluvia Fire, Dragon
Weak Points Breakable Parts Location Tempered Level
Head, Chest, Tail Head, Chest, Tail Rotten Vale 3


Material How to Obtain Notes
Vaal Hazak Carapace Body Carving, Quest Reward
Deceased Scale Body Carving, Quest Reward
Vaal Hazak Talon Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • Break Forelegs
Vaal Hazak Fang + Body carving
  • Break Head
Vaal Hazak Wing Body Carving, Quest Reward
Vaal Hazak Gem Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • Break Head or Tail
Vaal Hazak Membrane Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • Break Chest or Quest Reward
Vaal Hazak Tail Body Carving
  • Cut Tail
Elder Dragon Bone Quest reward
Elder Dragon Blood Quest Reward


Use Health Boosting Items

The grotesque elder dragon tends to favor shaving down your health in combat. Have a meal, use gems, and stockpile on potions and nutrients to deal with it. A good place to start is to have a supply of Nulberries to counter its Miasma. You can also equip three Miasma gems to gain immunity from its effect.

Check the Ceiling for Fangs

Look up to locate the position of the fangs that are entwined by vines. You can shoot these with a projectile to cause them to fall to the ground. Time your shot so that it hits the elder dragon and knocks it down. You can then chain some attacks while it tries to break free from its fall.

Use Fire Weapons over Dragon Ones

While it can be tempting to slay the dragon using a weapon that is effective against dragons, it will only gain a weakness once a part becomes wounded. To circumvent this, use weapons endowed with fire. These are proven to be effective against it regardless if it is wounded or not.

Avoid the Acid Pools

Watch where you’re going during the fight since stepping on its acid pools will gradually damage your health. The worst part is that the effect stacks with Miasma.

Tell your Friends

During a multiplayer fight, the party needs to be wary of its Miasma beam. If anyone in the party runs a certain amount of distance away, Vaal Hazak will channel its power to unleash it. You need to maintain a relatively close distance to prevent this from happening.

Stay on Either of its Sides

Positioning is key to defeating Vaal Hazak. You would want to always remain on either of its sides. It has a tendency to use its breath to deal with hunters on its side, but it doesn’t use it often.
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