Dodogama may look relatively tame compared to a lot of the monsters in Monster Hunter: World, but this smaller monster has a rather explosive secret. Inside its maw it can fill volatile materials that make fighting it a lot more dangerous than at first glance, so you'll want to be prepared. This guide will go through Dodogama's various blast-inflicting attacks, as well as tell you what is its weaknesses and how to kill it.
Monster Hunter: World Dodogama guide
Since these monsters can be relatively explosive from now on, it's imperative that you have agile reflexes for dodging its bigger attacks. While nowhere near as bad as the previous fight, you can still look at our Monster Hunter World guide to get some general tips for what to do when preparing your gear, as well as a plethora of other articles with full equipment lists for your perusal.
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Dodogama strengths and weaknesses
As another monster that uses fire-based attacks, using fire is completely futile. Surprisingly, water isn't the most effective element against the Dodogama, but thunder attacks do the most against it. Ice is also good in a pinch, while dragon doesn't do as much as the other three effective elements. Poison is the ailment of choice, but really the main thing is to not bring any blast based damage.
As for its weak points, the tail and head are the key ones, though having said that the head is the business end of this monster. Both its head and front claws are breakable, while the tail is also severable. No one weapon is particularly weak, though the head is the weakest point for all weapons. Given that a lot of its attacks rely on being at close range, using bowguns and the like is worth considering for this fight.
How to fight the Dodogama
The main thing to keep in mind when fighting Dodogama is "Blastblight". It can inflict this nasty status ailment whenever it charges, leaving little clouds of blast in its trail. Should it then damage you with another blast based attack, or even use fire attacks, you will explode and likely die instantly. Healing from it is as simple as munching on a Nulberry or rolling three times.
Luckily, its attacks are generally really easy to dodge. It can charge at you in a straight line which can be dodged by simply rolling to the side of it, as well as the usual slams and swipes with both its tail and claws. Provided that you're careful where you're running when he's angry, you shouldn't get affected by blastblight. There will be times where it collects volatile materials in its mouth, which in turn bulks its jaw. Think similar to what happens when the Great Jagras eats its prey. Smashing or concentrating all fire at its jaw will cause the minerals to explode in its maw, staggering it in the process.
In fact, the most aggravating thing about this fight are the other monsters in the area. All the main monsters found in Elder's Recess have access to fire moves, which if you're affected by Dodogama's blastblight can ruin your day, so this is one fight where bringing dung pods might be somewhat mandatory. It might be one of the easier ones to deal with if you're well prepared, so it can be a good one to farm items from to prepare for further challenges ahead.
What materials can I get from Dodogama?
Dodogama can yield certain materials that can be quite hard to find easily, so farming them for more materials seems like a decent way to bolster your gear. Some items are more likely to appear once you've captured this monster, more on that in our Monster Hunter: World capture guide. For more on how to use these items, you can either check out our Monster Hunter: World combat guide or our Monster Hunter: World armour guide. In the list below, the stars indicate the frequency in which the item in question will drop, as well as details on whether some items are obtained by breaking a specific part of the monster.
|Item name||Rarity of materials gained from carving||Combat and carving notes||Rarity of materials gained as rewards||Reward notes|
|Dodgama Hide +||****||****|
|Dodogama Jaw||***||Obtained by breaking its head.||**|
|Dodogama Scale +||*****||****|
|Dodogama Tail||***||Obtained by carving its tail.||N/A|
|Dodogama Talon||***||Obtained by breaking its front claws. Can be dropped.||***|
That's it for our strategies for Dodogama. There's still a few more Elder Dragons to slay, not to mention the numerous post-Zorah Magdaros large monsters that are also now roaming around. Those who want a refresher on the previous monster should check out our Monster Hunter: World Uragaan guide. We're covering the optional monsters first as there's a fair few good materials that should put you in good stead for the upcoming Elder Dragon fights. Another one of large monsters found in the Elder's Recess likes to live in the more hotter climates, so take a trip to our Monster Hunter: World Lavasioth guide for more on how to hunt this magma fish.