Monster Hunter World Iceborne: How to Defeat the Glavenus

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: How to Defeat the Glavenus

This is our complete guide to beating the Glavenus in Monster Hunter World Iceborne, which proves to be one hell of a tough fight.

The Glavenus is definitely one of the tougher beasts in Monster Hunter World Iceborne, which is saying something. In this Monster Hunter World Glavenus strategy guide, we'll be walking you through everything you need to know about the new monster, including attacks, weaknesses, armor, and more.

Glavenus Strategy

After you've bested the Barioth in the Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion, you'll be free to take on the Glavenus. For this showdown with the tough monster, you'll want to equip your best fireproof armor, and if you're lacking the materials to craft anything else, we'd recommend crafting a full set of the Master Rank Bone armor, which actually provides some pretty decent protection against Fire attacks.

Oh what a big boy. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

Unlike the Barioth, the Glavenus won't slow down when you injure it. Instead, the attacks will only become more fierce and ferocious, and the longer the fight goes on, the more attacks the Glavenus can chain together in a row.

In terms of weapons to take with you against the Glavenus, you'll want something quick. The insect glaive works a treat here, especially when paired with the Glider Mantle which you can use to increase your chances of mounting the Glavenus.

As was the case in the Barioth fight, don't spam the Clutch Claw on the Glavenus. Because the monster twists its body around to fight with its tail the majority of the time, you're going to get flung off and damaged if you're halfway through a Clutch Claw attack.

Glavenus Attacks

The Glavenus has some wicked attacks, that only get faster the more you damage the monster. It has two methods of attack: using its jaw to snap at you, or using its tail as a sword. Thankfully, the former attack from the jaw is very noticeably telegraphed and easy to dodge, and it's only later in the fight that the Glavenus can string two of these attacks together.

You can quite easily mount the Glavenus from above. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

The tail is what you've really got to watch out for. The Glavenus can leap into the air and bring its tail down in a forward line ahead of it, so you'll want to immediately dodge to the side whenever you see it jump up.

When enraged, the Glavenus will put its tail in its mouth to set it on fire. If the tail isn't already on fire, then there's no follow-up attack to dodge, but if the Glavenus puts its tail in its mouth when it's already on fire, there's a big sweeping attack coming your way. Either get under the Glavenus to avoid it, or run back as far as you possibly can to get out of the way.

All the rewards you can obtain from the Glavenus. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

If you're bringing the insect glaive to the fight with the Glavenus, it's a really good idea to employ aerial attacks whenever possible. Often you can jump over the Glavenus' tail when it attacks, and it'll also let you jump round to the back of the monster quickly.

Glavenus Weaknesses

In terms of weaknesses, the Glavenus is susceptible to water damage, as a fire-based monster. In terms of straightforward attacks, your best bet is to go with aerial attacks against the Glavenus, since the monster can quite easily be mounted for a flurry of attacks.

Alternatively, you'll want to target either the head or the legs of the Glavenus. Stay well away from the tiny arms it has, and look for when its throat glows a fiery orange when it's enraged. If you lay into the throat when it's glowing, you can pretty easily stun the Glavenus for a short time.

All the weak points on the Glavenus. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

Glavenus Armor

As always, there's the Glavenus-related armor items you can craft at the Smithy once you've slain the beast (or faced it and run away with a few materials). Below, you can find our listings for both the Glavenus armor sets, along with their skill bonuses.

  • Glavenus Alpha Set - 710 total defense, 15 Fire, -15 Water, 5 Thunder, -5 Ice, -5 Dragon.
  • Glavenus Helm Alpha - Focus 2, Handicraft 1.
  • Glavenus Mail Alpha - Power Prolonger 2, Maximum Might 1.
  • Glavenus Braces Alpha - Maximum Might 2, Focus 1.
  • Glavenus Faulds Alpha - Maximum Might 2, Normal Shots 1.
  • Glavenus Greaves Alpha - Handicraft 2, Heat Guard 1.
The Glavenus Alpha armor set. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom
  • Glavenus Beta Set - 710 total defense, 15 Fire, -15 Water, 5 Thunder, -5 Ice, -5 Dragon.
  • Glavenus Helm Beta - Focus 1, Handicraft 1.
  • Glavenus Mail Beta - Power Prolonger 1, Maximum Might 1.
  • Glavenus Braces Beta - Maximum Might 1, Focus 1.
  • Glavenus Faulds Beta - Maximum Might 2.
  • Glavenus Greaves Beta - Handicraft 2.
The Glavenus Beta armor set. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

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