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Monster Hunter: World Legiana: how to kill it, what is its weakness

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We go from one dragon-like monster to another one in our Monster Hunter: World guides, as our hero's journey back to the Rotten Vale is impeded by a roaming Legiana getting in the way of your flight path. This chilly customer is a master of all things ice, able to reduce your stamina recovery and leave you vulnerable to its fast swoops. As easily the hardest monster that you fight at this stage of the game in the Coral Highlands, this guide will go over what how to kill it, what its weakness is, and the things you need to be aware of when fighting this dragon.

Monster Hunter: World Legiana guide

As the top predator of the Coral Highlands, the Legiana has some rather brutal attacks that can prove a challenge to the unprepared. For those looking to get a bit more on how to effectively manage their stamina bar, head on over to our Monster Hunter World guide to get more tips and tricks for surviving this hunt.

If you are looking for specifically Monster Hunter World Iceborne guides, then we have created a separate guide hub for just expansion stuff. Head over to our Monster Hunter World Iceborne guide to make your start.

Legiana's entry in the monster field guide.

Legiana weaknesses and resistances

Much like a fair few of the most recent monsters, Legiana is hugely affected by thunder damage, though fire also works in a pinch. None of the other elements are worth bothering with too much, ice in particular thanks to its resistance.

Legiana is however very weak against poison, so any poison-based damage you can do will aid you immensely in this fight. It also has the added side effect of causing its speed to lower much faster than destroying its membrane with any other kind of damage. All other ailments have slightly lower effectiveness, but there's no bad option here.

Breaking Legiana's head, wings, torso, and tail will reap rewards, but the head is its weakest point. No weapon type is particularly effective over the others, so you're free to choose how you break each part of it. Unlike various other dragon-like monsters, the Legiana's tail is unable to be severed, so once it's broken you should aim for the head for better damage output.

Legiana has frozen part of the area and player is affected by Iceblight.

How to fight the Legiana

Above all else, try not to get hit by Legiana's ice attacks as they all inflict a nasty status condition called Iceblight. This increases the stamina cost of performing dodges, jumps, and running by a significant amount. It can only be cured by either waiting a rather long amount of time or by eating a Nulberry.

So what attacks cause this horrible condition? When Legiana is calm, its only really its tail slam that can be imbued with the power of ice, but when it's angry a whole host of attacks gain ice properties. It can breath frost for quite the distance, as well as do an aileron roll with snow particles covering it as it dives at you. This is of course in addition to its various tail attacks that can also cause you problems, as well as its other non-ice attacks.

Any hit from Legiana is likely to deal a lot of damage, as well as inflict Iceblight, so your best bet really when it goes full berserk is to back off and wait for the Legiana to attack your Palico. It'll be distracted long enough for you to land a few decent hits in before retreating, as long as you're not too cocky. Failing that, Legiana is much more manageable when not berserk, especially when it does a similar charging attack to the one Paolumu knows, including the pratfall that leaves it open.

Legiana is really fast, which can cause a bit of a problem when hitting it with slower weapons. A good thing to try is to inflict poison, as not only will it sap its health, it is particularly effective at getting this butterfly dragon to slow down enough to land some hits. Another good strategy to attempt at some stage is to try and mount the Legiana. Since the area of the Coral Highlands it inhabits is covered with vines to climb, you can partially go up them and jump off, landing on the monster. From there, try to hang on for as long as you can, whittling down its defences on its head and torso. It will furiously try to buck you off, but perseverance will land some results, occasionally knocking the best down for a spell.

The Legiana is also the top predator in the Coral Highlands, so be aware that it will kill Raphinos for food, as well as have full blown fights with the Paolumu. Should a Tzitzi-Ya-Ku enter the fray, it may attempt to stun the Legiana, which if successful will give you a huge opening to attack it with a combination of blows.

Eventually it will flee to its nest which is incredibly high up. Making the climb up there as fast as you can can be tricky, including the leap of faith jump that sends you far down if you miss it. Once at its nest though it will be asleep and vulnerable to a capture attempt. Otherwise, it doesn't gain any additional attacks, so just carry on avoiding its berserk attacks and before long you'll have won.

What materials can I get from the Legiana?

As a rather chilly dragon-like monster, you'd expect it to have some decent materials that imbue weapons with ice, as well as armour with ice resistance. 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 nameRarity of materials gained from carvingCombat and carving notesRarity of materials gained as rewardsReward notes
Legiana Hide****Obtained by breaking its head or back.****
Legiana Scale*********
Legiana Claw****Can be dropped.***
Legiana Webbing*****
Legiana Tail Webbing*Obtained by breaking its tail.N/A
Legiana Plate*Obtained for breaking its head, back, or tail.*
Monster Bone LN/A***
Frost SacN/A***

Item nameRarity of materials gained from carvingCombat and carving notesRarity of materials gained as rewardsReward notes
Legiana Hide +****Obtained by breaking its head or back.****
Legiana Scale +*********
Legiana Claw +****Can be dropped.***
Legiana Wing*****
Legiana Tail Webbing*Obtained by breaking its tail.N/A
Legiana Plate**
Legiana Gem*Obtained for breaking its head, back, or tail. 2% Carve. 1% Head Break. 1% Back Break. 1% Tail Break.*2% capture. 6% silver reward. 13% gold reward.
Monster HardboneN/A***
Freezer SacN/A***

That concludes the guide on the Legiana, but there are plenty more monsters in Monster Hunter: World to go out and hunt. You can remind yourself of how to defeat the previous monster in the campaign in our Monster Hunter: World Rathian guide. Upon defeating this drake, there is nothing stopping you from going back to the Rotten Vale. Here you'll find the subject of our Monster Hunter: World Odogaron guide, where you'll learn how to defeat this savage lizard.

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