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Monster Hunter World Iceborne Beotodus guide

Going ice fishin'

Your first foray into the frozen wilds of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will pit you up against the Beotodus. Think of this ice fish as the more aggressive version of Jyuratodus, as it has some very powerful strikes that inflict the nasty Iceblight status ailment. If you're struggling to hunt Beotodus, or are a bit rusty to hunting monsters, this guide will get you up to speed.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Beotodus guide

Our Monster Hunter World Iceborne Beotodus guide will explain the strategies for defeating the Beotodus, 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 Beotodus 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 Beotodus weaknesses and resistances

Beotodus weaknesses and resistances

Its weakest point are the legs, though for the majority of the battle, you won't be able to damage them as they're submerged in the snow. What is on show however can be breakable and the most effective way to do so is to use blunt weapons such as the hammer to shatter its face. You can break all segments of the Beotodus, but its tail and head are the other weak points.

As for weaknesses, fire and blast are the go-to elements and ailments for this fight. Blast is particularly effective at shattering its ice armour. All the other ailments are only slightly less effective compared to blast. You should have a wide variety of weapon types to choose from at this stage, so as long as you don't bring water, ice, or dragon weapons to this fight, you should be fine.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Beotodus guide

How to hunt Beotodus

For the unprepared, Beotodus can prove to be a big problem. Remembering the first rule of Monster Hunter is key to winning this fight and that rule is being prepared. Ensure that you eat a hearty meal, or at least consume potions and other consumables to increase your maximum health and stamina. You'll also want to have the right weapons and armour equipped.

The Beotodus has many attacks in its "swimming" state. This is when it's half-submerged in the snow and you can't see its legs. Most of its attacks in this state inflict the Iceblight status ailment, which increases stamina consumption for one minute. It can be cured by using either a Nulberry or a Cleanser Booster, but it can also be prevented entirely by having 20 Ice Resistance, the Blight Res Up or Blight Negated effects from the Hunting Horn, equipping the Blight Resistance Skill, or wearing the Iceproof Mantle. It can be countered by decreasing Stamina usage with the Stamina Use Reduced Status Effect or Skills such as Marathon Runner, Guard, and Constitution. Standing or crouching in hot springs will also negate Iceblight.

It has plenty of other attacks that it can use, so here's how to avoid them:

  • When it dives underground and races towards you, you need to keep running away and roll away from it as it will erupt out of the snow before slamming its body onto the ground. It's best to retreat before diving back in to get a few hits. It'll linger here for a short while afterwards.
  • If it retreats for a time, then backflips into the ground, it will propel itself forward and can kill in one hit. It's easily dodged with a side roll and you should be able to easily predict it coming if you're far enough away from it.
  • At medium range, it'll close the gap slightly before swinging its tail, sending a bunch of ice rocks towards you. Dodge at the last moment to avoid damage.
  • It can also use an attack where it'll shudder on the spot, before spinning around for a short time. Run to the side if you see this happening and get ready to dodge dive as it'll aggressively spin around on its side for quite a long distance.
  • It also has a few attacks it likes to use up close. The first is when it rises up, which means it's about to slam its head in front of it. Dodge to the side when you see it do this.
  • It also has a bite attack that has little lead up, so try not to stand in front of it while you're close by.

How to attack Beotodus' legs

Breaking parts of the Beotodus will cause it to change to what we're calling its "standing" state. This is where you can see it standing on the snow rather than swimming through it. While its in its standing state, its attacks are also less aggressive. When it looks at its tail, it'll swing it around. This is easily avoided by dodging out of its radius. It also has a bite attack, a short hop, and a sideways barge in this state.

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

  • Screamer Pods can be very helpful in this fight, but you need to time their use correctly. Use them as the Beotodus dives into the snow and edges towards you. This is the only attack where the Screamer Pods reliably work as it is under the snow for a prolonged period of time.
  • Hitting Beotodus with Screamer Pods brings it out of the "swimming" state, meaning that the attacks it does are nowhere near as devastating. You'll also be able to damage the legs in this "standing" state.
  • Breaking the legs will eliminate the Beotodus' ability to inflict Iceblight.
  • Beotodus will apply ice armour to itself by rolling around in the snow. This makes attacks do less damage.
  • This fight is also a great test for using the new Clutch Claw abilities - more on the new techniques in our upcoming new moves guide - as hooking onto the three different sections will allow you to attack the ice-covered parts. Breaking the ice armour will make attacks hurt it for normal damage. Clutch Claw strikes also chip off ammunition for the slinger to help break the ice armour.
  • Beotodus can eat the Popos that inhabit the frozen areas of the new map.
  • Beotodus will have Turf Wars with Banbaro and is attacked by Viper Todi-Kadachi.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne Beotodus

Beotodus materials

When you've beaten the Beotodus, you'll be able to get a ton of different Beotodus 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 Beotodus:

Item nameRarity of materials carvedCarving notesRarity of materials gained as rewardsReward notes
Beotodus Shard****Break tail*****
Beotodus Cortex****Break chest****
Beotodus Hardhorn***Break head***
Beotodus Grandfin***Break legs****
Large Wyvern Gem**
Cryo Sac****Dropped****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? The next boss on the list can be found in our Banbaro 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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