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Monster Hunter: World Zorah Magdaros: how to beat it

Repelling a titan.

Featured post Hunter is flying through a cave towards Zorah Magdaros

Completing the trial of beating both Diablos and Rathalos in Monster Hunter: World, the hunters learn that Zorah Magdaros is journeying to a location where upon arriving it will mean the destruction of the new world. The battle is relatively similar to the first one with Zorah Magdaros in many respects, only the order of events is slightly reversed. This guide will walk you through how to drive Zorah Magdaros away from the barrier and a few key things that you should know in order to know how to beat it.

Monster Hunter: World Zorah Magdaros second fight guide

While the first fight had three main phases, this one has two main ones to worry about. Again, nothing you do is tricky, but it can be a lot more fun to bring a friend along to deal more damage and perhaps get more materials from Zorah Magdaros. Have a look at our Monster Hunter: World guide in order to get the lowdown on how to set up multiplayer in the PC version.

Hunter is attacking a Zorah Magdaros core

How to beat the first phase – destroy Zorah Magdaros’ cores

The first thing you’ll notice is that this phase is very similar to how the previous fight with Zorah Magdaros ended. For a recap on how to beat it, have a look at our Monster Hunter: World Zorah Magdaros first fight guide. The key difference here is that you’ll be able to trigger some explosives set on huge stalactites by shooting at them with the slinger as Zorah Magdaros passes underneath. It’ll deal a huge chunk of damage and slow it down a fair bit.

Other than that, the fight is largely the same, though breaking the cores also gives you materials for crafting some high-level armour, more on that in our Monster Hunter: World armour guide. Nergigante will eventually swoop in on top of this titan to provide an unnecessary distraction, before departing after a while to leave you to attack the cores once more. It is entirely possible that you may not reach Nergigante before it flees, depending on where you are when it arrives.

As with the previous fight, there are also mining veins to extract materials from, so be sure to mine when you can. After a while of battering the cores, Zorah Magdaros will approach the barrier, prompting the next phase of the battle.

Hunter is lining up the cannon to shoot at Zorah Magdaros

How to beat the second phase – repel Zorah Magdaros

Once again, you’ll be on a platform filled with cannons and ballistae, with the aim to damage Zorah Magdaros enough to make it turn around. There are more flying enemies this time than in the previous fight and they’re a little more on the aggressive side. Zorah Magdaros will also attempt to break the platform you are standing on, which has its own health bar that appears during this phase.

You’ll see a couple of others on the platform with you, including your Palico, that are loading some of the cannons. Try to head over to them as often as you can, aiming the cannons by walking to the side and pushing them into place, before firing them. Cannons hold a maximum of five cannonballs, meaning you can potentially deal around 900 damage to it if all five hit. Ballistae are also available, which if aimed at the right spot can deal up to 20 damage per shot. Cannon fire is generally better as it can stagger Zorah Magdaros, pushing it back a little bit.

During this phase, you will get a prompt that the special Dragonator is ready to fire. Confusingly, while the field team leader mentions it’s on “the bow of the ship”, he never says where the ship is. Head to the far east of the platform on the mini-map, or left if you’re looking directly at Zorah Magdaros, to find a ledge leading to the ship. Jump down and pull the lever at the front of the ship to make it thrust out a huge spear into Zorah Magdaros. From that point, you’ll need to hitch a ride back to the top to resume cannon and ballistae fire.

Eventually the game will take away control from you and play a cutscene that heralds the end of the battle. So with that is the end of the guide as well. Should you need them, the previous two guides include the Monster Hunter: World Diablos guide and the Monster Hunter: World Rathalos guide. While this marks the end of the main storyline, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into in the post-game. Come back soon where we’ll detail just how to track the mysteriously different Rathian and how to beat it once you find it.

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