Although you can encounter the Anjanath in the opening hours of Monster Hunter World, it remains one of the more fearsome creatures you'll face in the entire game. In our Monster Hunter World Anjanath guide, we'll be walking you through everything you could possibly need to know about this beast, including how you can track it down, and how you go about slaying the Anjanath.
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Monster Hunter World Anjanath Guide
As we briefly mentioned at the top of this guide, the Anjanath is one of the most aggressive beasts that you can encounter in Monster Hunter World, which is saying something. Usually located in the Ancient Forest area of the game, the Anjanath will attack any creature unfortunate enough to cross its path, including the Great Jagras, Rathian, and Rathalos.
We’d recommend going with a weapon that either attacks from range like the Bow or Gunlance, or a weapon that allows you to quickly dodge out of the way of incoming attacks, like the Insect Glaive or the Sword and Shield combination. Dodging the Anjanath’s attacks is paramount in the fight ahead, and you’ll want to take full advantage of any transformation attacks your weapon has on the right trigger.
How to Kill an Anjanath in Monster Hunter World
As with every other creature found in Monster Hunter World, the key to killing the Anjanath lies in hitting it where it hurts. This means two places: the head, and the tail. The head of the Anjanath works as a weak point no matter what sort of weapon you’re wielding, as if its a heavy/bladed weapon you can stun the Anjanath by hitting it in the head with a charged attack, and the same goes for any ranged weapons, like the Bow’s piercing shot.
The tail of the Anjanath however, can only be severed by using a bladed weapon, like the Switch Axe, Great Sword, or Long Sword. Any of these weapons will work well against the Anjanath, but particularly the Long Sword, as it won’t penalise your mobility while you’re attacking. If you can manage to sever the tail of the Anjanath, you’ll have taken one of its primary weapons out of the fight, and you’ll also be able to examine its tail using Circle/B to recover any items like an Anjanath Scale or Anjanath Pelt.
The Anjanath has a trick up its sleeve: the ability to spit fire at your character. Once you’ve delivered enough damage to the Anjanath, it’ll sprout fins on its back and head, indicating that it’s going to start going berserk. Whereas the Anjanath had fairly vicious swiping attacks with its feet and head before, it’s now going to start breathing fire out of its mouth. Keep in mind that although the fire attack can be deadly if you’re not wearing fire-protective armor, it does have a fairly big build up, where the Anjanath will rear back its head and you can see flames begin to form around its mouth.
MHW Anjanath Weaknesses
The Anjanath might be one of the toughest beasts in Monster Hunter World, but it still has weaknesses just like every other monster. We mentioned that a heavy weapon like the Hammer can work if you're targeting the head of the monster, but a bladed weapon can also be used to cut the tail off the Anjanath entirely, giving you another useful monster part to harvest.
Since the Anjanath is a fire-based monster, you're going to want to use ice-type attacks if possible from your main weapon. Keep in in mind that if you don't have an ice-based main weapon, then a Kinsect with ice damage from your Insect Glaive is always a viable option.
Once the Anjanath has eventually been felled after a long, drawn out battle, you’ll have the opportunity to scavenge its corpse for rare items like the Anjanath Pelt or Anjanath Scale, but your chances of obtaining a Flame Sac are drastically increased if you manage to capture the beast alive using a trap and a Tranq Bomb.
Now that we’re done with our guide to defeating the Anjanath, why not check out some of our additional Monster Hunter World guides, including our our complete weapons guide, as well as our guide on how to kill a Great Jagras.
Alternatively, you could head over to our monsters guide hub, where we'll walk you through how to take down every single beast in Monster Hunter World.