The Banbaro is one of the earlier beasts you'll be coming up against in the Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion, and you might already recognise it from its unique ability to roll up a huge snowball in between its horns. In this Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro guide, we'll be taking you through all the specifics you need to know about the beast before you head out to face it, including attacks and weaknesses, armor sets, and more.
After the Beotodus, the Banbaro is one of the first monsters you'll properly face off against in the Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World. It's by no means one of the more difficult monsters in the expansion (especially if we're comparing it to the likes of the Barioth and Tigrex), but it can still give you a hard time.
Take one look at the Banbaro, and you'll know it's an ice-based monster. Especially since you're going to be facing off against the monster in the snowy tundras of Hoarfrost Reach, you'll be wanting to take the best ice-protective armor you can with you, and make sure to stock up on Hot Drinks to fend off the cold.
As we mentioned previously, the Banbaro is known for being able to roll up a massive snowball in between its two horns. The snowball can amount to a huge size, and the Banbaro can roll it back and forth across a wide area three or four times, before slamming it into the ground in one huge attack.
If you're stood to either side of the Banbaro, watch for its body slam attack. It can move laterally in a split second to slam the side of its body into you, which you'll need to watch out for if you're trying to use the Clutch Claw to mount the monster.
The Banbaro can slam the snowball that it rolls up into the ground, but it can also do the same move without the snowball, which results in a pretty deadly area attack. You'll want to dodge backwards from this as soon as the Banbaro rears its head back, and then lay into it while its head is still buried in the ground.
Since the Banbaro is an ice-based monster (as most of the beasts are in Iceborne), it's extremely weak to fire attacks. If you played the Witcher-related quests when they were previously active in Monster Hunter World, and have any of the Igni runestones left over, these work an absolute treat on the Banbaro.
Alternatively, if you've got some experience with the Insect Glaive, we'd highly recommend crafting the Firedance Rathmaul for the fight against the Banbaro. It's an excellent and versatile weapon, and you can use it to get out of the way of plenty of the Banbaro's attacks.
Once you've accumulated some parts of from the Banbaro, you can think about crafting any of the Banbaro-related armor items that we've listed out below. As you might expect, the armor sets are really strong against water and ice, but are especially weak to fire and dragon elements.
- Banbaro Alpha Set - 650 total defense, -10 Fire, 10 Water, -5 Thunder, 15 Ice, -15 Dragon.
- Banbaro Helm Alpha - Resentment 2, Mushroomancer 1.
- Banbaro Mail Alpha - Speed Eating 1, Offensive Guard 1.
- Banbaro Vambraces Alpha - Health Boost 2, Offensive Guard 1.
- Banbaro Coil Alpha - Mushroomancer 1, Offensive Guard 1.
- Banbaro Greaves Alpha - Mushroomancer 1, Speed Eating 1.
- Banbaro Beta Set - 650 total defense, -10 Fire, 10 Water, -5 Thunder, 15 Ice, -15 Dragon.
- Banbaro Helm Beta - Resentment 2.
- Banbaro Mail Beta - Speed Eating 1.
- Banbaro Vambraces Beta - Offensive Guard 1, Health Boost 1.
- Banbaro Coil Beta - Mushroomancer 1.
- Banbaro Greaves Beta - Mushroomancer 1.
If you're only just getting started with the new Iceborne expansion, then we'd suggest checking out our complete Monster Hunter World Iceborne beginner's guide. Alternatively, you can head over to our MHW Iceborne clutch claw guide, our MHW Iceborne Barioth guide or MHW Iceborne Tigrex guide for complex beasts, our MHW Iceborne Master Rank guide, or our MHW Iceborne Hoarfrost Reach camps guide for more.