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Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro guide


The first monster that Capcom showed us for Monster Hunter World Iceborne was the Banbaro - a stag-like wyvern that is generally quite peaceful. However, if you cross it, it will use its antlers to scoop up boulders and trees to charge at you relentlessly. Banbaro can therefore be a bit of a handful to hunt if you're going in unprepared.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro guide

Our Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro guide will explain the strategies for defeating the Banbaro, detail all of its weaknesses and resistances, and show the loot table for all the items you can get for defeating this beast.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro guide contents

Those new to hunting monsters, or if you just need to find a particular monster guide to get up to Hunter Rank 16 - needed to start the Iceborne expansion - should head over to our Monster Hunter World guide hub for a plethora of guides. Once you're ready to begin the expansion, you'll find a few hunters gathered near the gate in Astera.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro field guide

Banbaro weaknesses and resistances

Banbaro's antlers, face, and feet are the designated weak points.The tail is severable, but is not one of its weak points. While all weapon types are reasonably effective against the Banbaro, bringing in blunt weapons such as the Hammer can make breaking its horns a little easier thanks to their increased vulnerability.

The Banbaro doesn't have any ailment resistances, but it's particularly vulnerable to blast and stun effects. While using fire against it is good, it's main elemental weakness is actually Dragon. Since it uses a lot of ice and water based attacks, having armour with those resistances is highly advised. Don't bring water or ice weapons though, as they'll be next to useless.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro

How to hunt Banbaro

Fighting the Banbaro is mostly about dodging its many dangerous charge attacks, then running in to attack it while it's recovering. As long as you've eaten, or otherwise increased your maximum health with items, none of the Banbaro's attacks will kill you instantly.

You're a little safer when up close, as its attacks include ramming you with its side or with its horns. Neither of these attacks have an obvious tell, but look for it rearing back a little bit. It also has a tail swipe that it telegraphs which direction it'll swipe if you look at which way it is facing. A hard attack to predict is when it shakes its antlers from side to side, while stepping backwards. Should you come across this attack and are not immediately hit by it, back off for a short time before running in to resume your assault.

How to avoid Banbaro's charge

There is one main attack you need to keep a lookout for. The Banbaro will slam its horns into the ground and begin to charge. Dodging to the side will help avoid damage, but it'll occasionally pick up a boulder and roll with it. If it does this, don't immediately approach as it may charge a second time, before finishing the move by either slamming the rock or bowling the rock behind it.

While the boulder variant is easy to dodge, try to lure Banbaro away from any trees if possible. Should the Banbaro charge into a tree, it will immediately unearth said tree and use it as a battering ram. This attack hurts a lot and can be tricky to avoid if you're not already running to the side.

After it charges, it may stand there panting for a short time. This is when you should close the distance and attack. You can use the Clutch Claw to close the distance or target a specific body part if needed. If you're a short distance away, say a couple of seconds of sprinting to reach its legs, it can also slam its horns into the ground to pick up a boulder to flick in your direction. Stay vigilant whenever you're approaching from a distance, as this can come out of nowhere.

There are a few other things to watch out for in this fight, so here are a few more tips:

  • Flash Pods can be very helpful in this fight, especially as it charges. Stunning it for a short time will allow you to get some free hits in.
  • Banbaro will have Turf Wars with most monsters in Hoarfrost Reach. Beotodus will immobilise it for a short time, allowing you to get some hits in on Banbaro's legs. Just don't be nearby when Banbaro slams Beotodus to the ground.
  • Deep snow can make dodging the charge attacks a little tricky, so avoid running around in deep snow whenever possible. This is especially important for areas with trees.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Banbaro

Banbaro materials

When you've beaten the Banbaro , you'll be able to get a ton of different Banbaro materials. These are all the brand new Master Rank items which are used to make tons of Master Rank gear. Below are all the items that you can get for breaking certain parts/defeating the Banbaro:

Item nameRarity of materials carvedCarving notesRarity of materials gained as rewardsReward notes
Banbaro Cortex*****Dropped****
Banbaro Chine****Break legs*****
Banbaro Great Horn***Break horn***
Banbaro Lash***Break tail***
Large Wyvern Gem*Break tail*
Dash ExtractN/A***Dropped

Monster Hunter World Iceborne guides

We have a whole host of other useful Monster Hunter World Iceborne guide pages for your convenience. Why not take a gander? If you want to check out the previous boss guide, head to the Beotodus guide. The next boss on the list can be found in our Viper Tobi-Kadachi guide.

Monster Hunter World guideOur guide hub for Monster Hunter World, including the basics, weapon and armour trees, and boss guides.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne guide - Our guide hub for the Iceborne expansion to Monster Hunter World, including new features, the new hub area, and more.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne armor - All the armor recipes and the best Monster Hunter World Iceborne builds.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne weaponsAll the weapons in Iceborne and the recipes for each one.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne boss guide - A collection of boss guides for Monster Hunter World Iceborne, detailing strategies, weaknesses, and loot tables for each.

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