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This is a guide by Croda to fight Tigrex.

Introduction

When some people have nothing to do, they go outside and play baseball or something. Others play video games. Right now, it's raining and I'm tired of farming for rubies, so I thought I'd try to write this guide.

Tigrex

This fearsome seeming beast owns new players and the unwary alike, punishing their negligence and overeagerness with death from his deceptively slow seeming charge. However, soon this awesome creature will be reduced to a mere childhood storybook character in your eyes.


The Moves

Before you can defeat "Tigger", the first thing you must do is learn his moves and to anticipate them. On that note, here is a list of the ones that I have noticed.


The Charge

Tigrex runs at you. He doesn't track you very sharply, but he moves fast, and if you don't get out of the way quick, chances are you are going to be missing a large chunk of your health. Also, just because you avoided his charge once doesn't necessarily mean that you're safe. Sometimes he will skid and turn at the end of the charge, and come running at you once again. When in rage mode, he can turn once more, to come charging at you for a grand total of 3 times. Also, his charges are somewhat homing if you are too far away, so consider yourself warned.

The Spin

Sometimes when you are too close to him, he will spin in a circle, knocking you back. Not too hard to avoid or damaging when you know what to look for. It can be easily blocked as well by simply facing him and guarding. Don't try to guard in the direction he is spinning. You can tell he is going to do this when he lowers his body slightly and curls his tail to his right. DO NOT stay at its right side, because while spinning, it extends its left arm.

The Leap

Tigrex will jump through the air at you. Easy to avoid, but fairly damaging if it hits you. Note*: When in rage mode, "Tigger" will never jump just once. He will always jump twice, and the second jump will be followed by his "Hit-me-now Stance." For this to happen he has to be in rage mode.

The Bite

Tigrex has two different bite attacks, the long one and the short one. Both of which can be painful and annoying if you get caught in the middle of a combo. Right before he does this, he raises his head slightly to the right and leans back a little.


The Roar

Nine times out of ten, when Tigrex leaps back and uses this move, he will go into rage mode. You can tell he's about to do this when he plants his limbs, and sits straight up. It doesn't have a very big range, but it has two different affects depending on how close to him you are. If you are standing right next to him, you will be sent flying. If you are sort of close, then you will be stunned instead. A little ways away, and you won't be affected at all. If he does roar, you have two options.

1) If you are far enough away from him, simply run furthur away. This way you won't get stunned or blasted away.

2) If you are right up next to him attacking, your best bet is to stay there and take the blast. It will send you flying and take away damage, but not nearly as much as you would had you been stunned and he ran you over.

Oh, and you can block it too I suppose.


* Also, with a well - perfect timed roll or leap, yu can avoid being hit or affected by it's roar in any way. But ONLY try this when yu are more experienced with him.

Remember, negligence will be punished :)

The Push

Tigrex will lean backwards some and push a bunch of giant snowballs or rocks (depending on the area) at you which will spread out the further they go. If you are paying attention, it's not too hard to dodge, but it does hurt a lot if it hits. The tail also whips round to the right, catching even experienced hunters unawares.

RAGE MODE

This got its own box and capital letters because this is probably the most important thing to know, especially for new players. When Tigrex goes into rage mode, he jumps back and roars. Red veins stand out on his forearms and he gets much faster and stronger. Do NOT attack him when he is in rage mode. I cannot stress this enough. Put your weapon away and run around like a little girl, but do not attack him. The only time it is safe to attack Tigrex when he is in rage mode is when he jumps twice. Every time he jumps twice, he will follow it with his Hit-Me-Now Stance. If you want, feel free to oblige him. Just don't get greedy with your combos...

NOTE:The Tigrex loses 45% of his defense while in rage mode, so attacking him while he is in rage mode with a powerful weapon is very effective especially with G.swords,Long swords and Hammers.This also works best while Tigrex is in the "Hit me Now"stance.

Strategies

Now you know, at least by description, what his moves are. Now, its time to figure out how to put that knowledge to use. Also, this goes for all of the different weapon types. Make sure you are safe before you use an item. It does you no good if as soon as you use it, you get run over by Tigrex. Then, you just need it to use another one. And it is almost always better to heal if you have the chance than it is to do damage. Parts of the strategies for the different weapons are similar, nearly identical actually, so you do not need to read all the strategies for the different weapons. Actually, I designed this with the expectation that you would skip straight the sections you wanted, so if you notice some repetition in places, that's the reason.


Newbie Guide Tigarex08:30

Newbie Guide Tigarex


Newbie Guide Tigarex by MHNoodles.


Sword and Shield

Equipment

  • Weapon: Thunderbane/Frightbane also
  • Head: Ceanataur Helm
  • Body: Ceanataur Mail
  • Arm: Ceanataur Braces
  • Waist: Ceanataur Tasset
  • Legs: Ceanataur Greaves

Equip 4 defense gems to counter the defense -20, and probably upgrade it a few times to increase the defense of the whole set.

It is possible to get Kirin Bolt Indora by this point, but chances are you won't want to waste a lot of extra time farming, and Thunderbane will work just fine. However, if you are having trouble, you might want to upgrade it. Deathprize is also a viable option as the stun effect will give you extra time to wail on him and break various parts of Tigrex's body.

Recommended Items

  • Potion x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potion x10 (Potion + Honey)
  • Well Done Steak x10
  • Hot Drink x5
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)
  • Pitfall trap
  • Shock Trap
  • Lg Barrel-Bomb+
  • Sm Barrel-Bomb
  • Small Barrel
  • Large Barrel

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) or Milk+Drink (Health+50, Stamina+50). If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meat and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo/ bow coatings… Consume two of the rations, and run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It always sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

Now, with the SnS, your job is to pull off lots of fast combos on him without getting hit by any of his big attacks. This is probably the easiest weapon for that job because of its speed and ease of use. It might have the lowest damage over time, but it will get the job done eventually. The best time to attack is after he does his charge, dodge it, run up behind him, and get a quick combo in on his tail or back leg, then roll to the side. Don’t get greedy; no more than 3 or 4 hits to be safe. Sheath sword, run around and repeat. If you are reasonably good with a SnS, you should be able to get a combo in somewhere on his body after nearly every attack, so long as he isn’t in rage mode. Just remember to roll as much as possible, and if you can’t get out of the way in time, don’t forget that it’s called the Sword and Shield for a reason.

My target of choice was the tail. The reason for this was two pronged. 1) Hit the tail enough with a bladed weapon, and it falls off. Less chance of you getting hit by it, and you get an extra carve. 2) Easy to get to, and it’s hard for him to retalitate if you attack the tail after a charge.

Eventually, Tigrex will start to limp and will fly away to area 3. Don’t follow him in immediately after he enters the area as you want him to fall asleep first. After he stops moving in area 3 for at least 10 seconds, run in and plant the shock trap that was in the supply box. Hit him on the head and capture him.

Long Sword

Just to throw this out there, of all the weapons in this game, the Longsword is probably my least favorite. Yes, I know that: “T3h D3v1l SL1cR 1z t3h hax!!!!!!” but I still hate the damn thing. That being said though, on my first ever time using a Longsword so that I could make this guide, I killed Tigrex with the Devil Slicer, no boosts, and ungemmed and unupgraded full ceanataur armor without dying once. So, if you aren’t greedy with the combos, you should have no problems.


Equipment

  • Weapon: Devil Slicer
  • Head: Ceanataur Helm
  • Body: Ceanataur Mail
  • Arm: Ceanataur Braces
  • Waist: Ceanataur Tasset
  • Legs: Ceanataur Greaves

Equip 4 defense gems to get rid of the defense -20, and probably upgrade it a few times to increase the defense of the whole set.


Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Honeys x10(optional)
  • Herbs x10 (and x10 Blue Mushrooms too, if you want to make more potions)
  • Mega Potions x10 (for the beginner who really doesn’t know what they are doing)
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Hot Drink x3-5
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)
  • Book of Combos 1,2,3x1 (optional)
  • Flash Bombs x5(optional)

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) or Milk + Drink (Health+50, Stamina+50). If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meat and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack. also use meat+veggie (atk lg.+healthplus40). Juicy rib Roast + western Parsley is health + 10 AND attack up.

When you enter the mission, first run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo/ bow coatings. Consume two of the rations, and run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will ensure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

Now that the obvious stuff is out of the way, on to the more Long Sword specific stuff. If you have Devil Slicer for this mission, you are in the clear as it is rather easy with it. For the most part, you are going to want to keep your weapon sheathed. Run around until he charges at you. Once you are assured that he isn’t going to do an about face and turn you into a roadkill pancake even a crow wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, attack his tail. Get in two triangle attacks, do a Triangle+Circle attack to get the hell out of there, and roll out of “Tigger’s” way. Repeat. You can 'ledge' him by making him charge into the wall. his jaws get stuck and this gives you time to attack or he might drop a Tigrex scale.

Eventually, he will limp and head for area 3. You have the option now of catching him if you brought Tranqs, or bludgeoning him to death if you didn’t. Either way, wait until he falls asleep, then set a trap in front of him. If you choose to kill as opposed to capture, it shouldn’t take much more than 2 or 3 minutes. Just make sure that you leave the area if he goes in rage mode, because chances are, you will get pawned.

The important thing to NOT do is get stuck in a large combo. You don’t need to do large combos on Tigrex to kill him. I killed him in under 20 min without any use of the Spirit combo, or any boosts of any kind. That being said, if you find yourself with a full spirit bar, feel free to go combo happy on him when you see an opening. Just be prepared to take a hit. Don’t bother trying to attack the head and the claws as chances are you will break them after you retreat enough, as the Triangle+Circle attack will probably be hitting Tigrex in the face and claw every time you get out of there. Sheath your sword when you aren’t attacking him.

Great Sword

The great sword is probably my favorite weapon for farming Tigrex with. It is almost ridiculous how easy he is to take down with a GS once you get the hang of it.


Equipment

  • Weapon: Khezu shock blade
  • Head: Ceanataur Helm
  • Body: Ceanataur Mail
  • Arm: Ceanataur Braces
  • Waist: Ceanataur Tasset
  • Legs: Ceanataur Greaves

Equip 4 defense gems to get rid of the defense down -20, and probably upgrade it a few times to increase the defense of the whole set.

Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potions x10 (for the beginners who really don’t know what they are doing)
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Hot Drink x2
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, I highly suggest you check out Naijiao’s videos in the video guides section. It will really help.

Next, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meat and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, First run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo/ bow coatings… Consume two of the rations, and run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

I’m going to assume that you have watched Naijiao’s video before doing this quest. Now, for the most part, the charge you are going to want to do is just the one that is shown after tigrex has charged at you and missed. Run up behind him, and start charging. If it turns out that it looks like you aren’t going to get a full charge in, don’t try to force it. Go with what you have on his head, the roll out of there. Just keep repeating this. Don’t attack during rage mode unless he does the double jump.

Once he is limping, he will head to area 3. Wait for him to go to sleep, then lay out the trap. If you want to kill him, or you didn’t bring tranqs, he should die from one more full charge to the head. If you don’t want to kill him, you might want to stick to simply kicking him in the face.

Bow

Now, I had my own bowing strategy planned out for Tigrex, but one person that goes by the name Josh on the chatbox sent me an email with a strategy of his own, along with some little tips and how to get thunderbug juice. So, I encorporated bits and pieces of his strategy into my own. The equipment comes at his suggestion.


Equipment

  • Weapon: Wild Bow III / sonic bow l-lll
  • Head: Blango Helm
  • Body: Mafumofu Jacket
  • Arm: Blango Guards
  • Waist: Blango Coat
  • Legs: Blango Leggings

As sonic bow's easier to get and upgrade, that's your best bet, plus tigger's weak against it.

upgrade Mafumofu jacket as much as you like

Warm breeze on the blango Helm/Guards/coat/leggings if possible

Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potions x10(for the beginner who really doesn’t know what they are doing)
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Paintball x10
  • ParalysisCoating x20
  • Empty Bottle x20(recommended)
  • Nitroshroom x20(recommended)
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Book of Combos 1 x1 (recommended)
  • Lg Barrel Bomb+ x2 (optional)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meat and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo… Consume two of the rations, run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

Now with the bow, there are a few things to remember. 1. You cant block. 2. Aiming takes time when you use the R button.

With that out of the way, it can be safely stated that if you stand in front of tigrex and shoot at his head with your bow, chances are there will be about as much left of you as there would be of a cute little sheep that just got run over with a train. DON’T STAND STILL WHEN TIGREX IS FACING IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION! EVER! You should always be trying to run to the side and get out of the way. If you are constantly in motion, trying to get out of the way, you can run, draw and fire the whole time without putting your bow away, so long as Tigrex isn’t in rage mode at the time.

With the bow, you want to always charge your shot to the max. Spamming is a very poor idea, but depending on the bow can be quite useful, but don't spam coated shots.

If you brought ParalysisCoatings, the first thing you want to do is equip the ParalysisCoatings and paralyze the bastard. (apologies to all you fatherless children out there) If you didn’t, just equip your power coatings and commence pounding the ****er. Anyways, unload your paralysis coatings into tigrex. The best places to hit him are the head and the neck, closely followed by the hind legs. However, most of the time, you are going to want to shoot him in the back legs as it’s the easiest (and safest)target to hit. Just wait for him to charge you, and shoot him in the back leg after he crashes. If he’s not in rage mode, you can let him do another move, and shoot him in the head as he finishes whatever move he’s in the middle of. Never stand in front of him to take your shot. Always stand off to the side some.

Anyways, if you’ve been shooting him with the paralysis coatings, there will come a time when tigrex will cramp up and become paralyzed. Once this happens, immediately run up to him and plant your bombs in front of his face. If its too hard to get to, plant them on his side, and run behind him and some what on the side you planted the bomb on so he turns into them. Once he and you are in the right positions, shoot the bombs and blow the hell out of him.

If you haven’t already done so, equip your power coatings when you get the chance. However, at this point, Tigrex is probably going to be pissed off because you just blew him up and messed with his perfectly polished skull. For rage mode, keep running around, but watch what tigger's doing, as there's generally an opening for a few shots in his general direction, just make sure he's not running towards you before you start shooting. And in this case, don't power up the bow, as tigger's likely to stop at a moments notice and turn round to charge again, simply repeat this over and over, but don't stand next to a side if you're in the mountains, unless you want to end up getting bitten by it.

In area 8, aim to get tigger to hit the mountain just north of the number 8 on the map, if this happens tigger gets stuck and you can shoot him repeatedly, and due to being weak against the Sonic bow it's a very effective weapon for shooting tigger.

The other safe time to attack Tigrex when he is in rage mode is after he double jumps. If you position yourself slightly to one side of the tail after your first shot, you should be able to get a second shot in. Avoid him, put the bow away, and start running around in circles again.

If you run out of power coatings, you can either wait for Tigrex to leave the area, or move to a different one to combine them*. I would not reccommend combining them while Tigrex is in the area.

Note: You don’t need these extra power vials, but if you are having a hard time its a good idea as it will speed things up.

The key with the bow is to be patient. It can be the safest weapon to fight tigrex with, but only if you are patient and don’t try to get in risky hits.

Eventually, he will limp and run off to area 3 to sleep. When he runs off, let him, then follow him to area 3, but don’t enter. Wait until he falls asleep before entering the area, the set up your trap. Shoot him in the head, then get out your tranq bombs. When he enters the trap, hit him with the bombs and catch him.

Note: If the Blangos are giving you trouble in any of the areas, except in area 5, you can usually wait on the ledge until Tigrex finishes them off for you. You can even shoot him as you wait. The thing is though, if you see him preparing to throw rocks at you, get the hell out. They will really hurt, especially with gunner armor. In area 8, you are even safe from those though.

Alternate Strategy

Now, if this didn't help you, here is the original strategy that Josh sent me. Personally, I don’t like ledging as something always goes wrong for me, but if you want to, go for it.

First eat at your cats first make sure to get the ATK up LG (Meat + Fruit), Also anytime you attack try very hard to use the full charge I made it so it will do more damage (NormS/Rapid Bow up) [talking about the armor]

Now if this is your first time doing it good that makes things easier because of the movie. first go towards area 8 (you will see if you come from area 2 -> area 7 that there are two huge boulders blocking the path to area 7 -> area 8) stop just before entering area 8 and load your Power Coatings. Now head into area 8 to meet Tigrex. (note if you have tried this before still be hanging around area 8 or 6. If you see him in area 6 scroll down.) Now run fast past him. He should roar which since you are far enough away, you won’t get hit by the effect of the growl. He more then likely will charge you at this point so be ready and keep moving to the left. Now if he is turning don’t ever fire when he is facing you but keep running until you’re on the edge of his attack range (sometimes its hard to tell but my policy is if you can’t tell keep moving.) If you need to eat or heal use a flash bomb. Make sure your not in front of him when healing or eating because he sometimes throws snow at you which hurts. After a while he should scurry off to area 6.

This is the boring part (most fighting is done in area 8 or 3) ok and this is a bit lame but it works. first thing run to the ledge and get as far back as you can. Tigrex can’t hit you except if you’re close to the edge and yes if you’re close the roar will hurt you. Use the Ledge to have him wipe out the blangos (cheap yes, efficient yes, optional of course but I stayed safe up there.) Once big bad striper (Tigrex) has cleared the Blangos just pummel him with your shots. If you want you can use ParalysisCoatings (If you brought them) to stall him to make more Power Coatings, but they will take nearly all of them to stun him. Now this is a lame dumb stratagy but paint him here its easier (and safer) to do it here when he can’t touch you. Now he might jump back and try snowballing you if he does run to the back with no weapon and duck (pressing x when not running) This is tricky and may take practice, but it’s helpful (never stay down too long or he’ll throw lower ones and hit you.) After a short while (usually only a minute is spent here each time,) he will head back to area 8 or to area 7. For either just repeat the strategy before in area 8 (in area 7 its a good idea to clear the blangos first ’cause they get very annoying.

Alright now to area 3 this means he’s started limping and ran here. Good job you’re almost done. now if your going to capture him usually he falls asleep just put a shock trap under him and prepare the Traq bombs (if you brought them) Now if you want to kill him simple just walk up to him and place 2 LgBarrelBomb+s next to his head run back a bit and quickly fire a shot at them (some times he wakes up when you do so I recommend shock trapping him first) Now if that worked good job you just did a lot of damage to the pain in the butt. now just run around shooting him with the full charge and try not to get cocky - he likes to brutalize the cocky. After a while if he leaves the area just, wait he comes right back. Now if you kill him congrats there is a tigrex in the bag.

Gunlance

Personally, I don’t like the lance or the gunlance. I find it boring to just walk really slowly towards a monster while guarding, then go poke, poke, poke to the monster <_< Plus, it always seems to me that people who use lances or gunlances are trying to overcompensate for something*. That being said, lances and gunlances with the right equipment against tigrex is almost a joke it's so easy.

Equipment

  • Weapon: Special Ops Gunlance*
  • Head: Hermitaur Helm*
  • Body: Hermitaur Mail*
  • Arm: Hermitaur Braces*
  • Waist: Hermitaur Tasset*
  • Legs: Hermitaur Greaves*

Fill in EVERY slot with a Stone Wall Jewel, for a total of 8 Stone Wall Jewels. This includes your gunlance.

This is the first set I beat Tigrex with. After watching a Youtube video on tigrex by mxc5012, I decided I wanted to get Guard+1. After looking at my armor and tallying all the slots though, I realized I had enough slots for Guard +2! Seeing as how +2 is usually better than +1, I went and got that. It kicked ass. Tigrex didn't have a single attack that could hurt me. However, afterwards I realized two things:

a)The only way you can get the Special Ops Gunlance is if you Rank Up to HR2, which while doable, can be a bit difficult. All you need to do is beat a harder version of the Blangonga that you had to beat to get to the 4* elder quests in the first place, but some people might not want to do that.

b)There is no easily obtainable lance with 2 slots in it, meaning that if I wanted to keep Guard +2, I needed to find a different armor combination. Here's the alternative equipment set I came up with.

Alternative Equipment

  • Weapon: Steel Gunlance
  • Head: Hermitaur Helm
  • Body: Hermitaur Mail
  • Arm: Hermitaur Braces
  • Waist: Chrome Metal Coat*
  • Legs: Chrome Metal Boots*

With this setup, you only need 4 Stone Wall Jewels.

I believe you can buy this from the Felyne who sells weapons and armor at this point. However, if you can't Giaprey Tasset and Genprey Greaves will substitute just fine.

Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potions x10 (for the beginner who really doesn’t know what they are doing)
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Hot Drink x2
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meath and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo… Consume two of the rations, run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

Tigrex strategy is pretty simple for Gunlance. Block everything, and slowly edge your way in closer to him. If he charges and goes a long way past you, sheath your weapon and run towards him. Unsheath attack on the tail and keep blocking and moving forward, until you are within easy striking distance. Now, whenever Tigrex isn’t attacking, poke him as much as you can get away with without getting hit. Keep holding R and use the /\ button.

In most of the areas, you can get in front of a wall and guard, and no one will be able to attack you from behind. This is exceptionally useful when there are still prey in the area before Tigrex kills them all for you. After that, it doesn’t really matter much. *Note that if your back is against the wall and tigrex attacks your side, you will still get hit.

Another thing to note about Guarding with your back against the wall is that if you do it in area 8, chances are Tigrex is going to get stuck for a minute. This is the time when you go combo happy on him, or try to break/cut his remaining parts. Wyvern blasts are useful here, as is the general realllly long lance combo that you can do. Remember to block his attacks after he gets free though…

Just be patient and he will start limping eventually. Wait for him to go to sleep, then charge in after him and either capture him or use wyvern fire on his head as he sleeps, and if he’s still alive just continue the earlier strategy.

Lance

The lance is all about guarding and the tripple poke. That being said, you can do more with it than that.

I am not a world class lancer. If anyone who is rather good wishes to submit a different strategy, feel free and I will post it here.


Equipment

  • Weapon: Ogre Tusk
  • Head: Hermitaur Helm
  • Body: Hermitaur Mail
  • Arm: Hermitaur Braces
  • Waist: Chrome Metal Coat*
  • Legs: Chrome Metal Boots*

With this setup, you only need 4 Stone Wall Jewels.

I believe you can buy this from the Felyne who sells weapons and armor at this point. However, if you can’t Giaprey Tasset and Genprey Greaves will substitute just fine.


Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potions x10 (for the beginner who really doesn’t know what they are doing)
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Hot Drink x2
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)

Strategy

With the lance, you have two options. You can turtle him (see gunlance strategy), but if you want to turtle him, I would reccommend the gunlance instead as it has an upward stab while guarding which is a great deal more useful than the lance’s guard stab. The second option is depicted below.

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meath and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo… Consume two of the rations, run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

For the most part, I like to use the lance somewhat as a cross between a gunlance and a SnS I run around with it sheathed, then after he charges, run after him and stab him a few times in the tail. If you want, you can then guard his next attack, then when it ends tripple upstab him. Don’t get greedy with the upstabs though. If it doesn’t look like you can get them all in, guard instead. Run after him the next time he charges past and repeat.

Another thing to note about Guarding is that if you do it with your back against the wall in area 8, chances are Tigrex is going to get stuck in the wall for a minute. You can go combo happy on him here, or try to break/cut his remaining parts. Remember to block or dodge his attacks after he gets free though.

Just be patient and he will start limping eventually. Wait for him to go to sleep, then charge in after him and either capture him or just continue the earlier strategy.

Hammer

I kinda like hammers in this game. In MHF, I absolutely loathed the things. I had trouble even killing a gypceros with them. However, in this game, either I’ve improved, or they’ve gotten better…

Right now, I believe that Naijiao is working on a hammering guide that is similar to his charge guide with the GS. It involves timing a tripple pound correctly.

However, I could be wrong and it’s not done yet, so here’s my strategy with a hammer.


Equipment

  • Weapon: Bull Tusk Hammer~
  • Head: Blango Helm
  • Body: Blango Mail
  • Arm: Blango Vambraces
  • Waist: Blango Tasset
  • Legs: Blango Greaves

~The Kut-Ku Pick is an extremely acceptable substitution here.


Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potions x10 (for the beginner who really doesn’t know what they are doing)
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Hot Drink x2
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Juice x2 (optional)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meat and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo… Consume two of the rations, run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

After you meet tigrex, keep your weapon sheathed for the moment. Wait until he charges you, then follow after him and while running press O+/\. This will start charging your hammer, and by the time you get to him, it should be fully charged. Wait until he starts to turn around, then stand still and superpound him. If you time it right, the downswing should land right on his head. It may take a few tries to get the timing down right, but even if you miss, roll out of there as soon as you complete your swing.

When he goes into the “hit-me now” stance, you either have the option of triple pounding one of his backlegs, or his face if you are in front of him. If you can, go for the head, but don’t waste all of your time simply getting to it.

When he goes into rage mode, don’t attack unless he does a double jump. At which point, you should triple pound either the head or back leg, whichever is closer. Also, when he does the hit-me-now stance (in rage mode), at the beginning of the second bite you can start a triple pound and land the golfswing on his head and maybe make him flinch. This requires practice and you may get hit so only do it if you have perfect timing.

Eventually, he will start to limp. Wait for him to go to sleep, then charge in after him and either capture him or tripple pound the head. At which point you should continue your earlier strategy until he dies, which should be fairly soon.

Hunting Horn

Hunting horns are pretty gay, even if I am only semi-proficient with them. In this section I’m going to be putting up my strategy, but if you want a different one, MHNoodles has a guide on youtube for tigex. It takes place in the desert, but I’m fairly sure that the same strategy can be applied to the one in the mountains. http://youtube.com/watch?v=SHdk1JU0nBI


Equipment

  • Weapon: War Drum+ ~
  • Head: Blango Helm
  • Body: Blango Mail
  • Arm: Blango Vambraces
  • Waist: Blango Tasset
  • Legs: Blango Greaves

~You may not be able to get the striped skin necessary at this point. In which case, Khezu Horn+ makes a damned good substitute.

If you gem your armor with 5 Fife Jewels, your horn songs will last longer.

Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potions x10 (for the beginner who really doesn’t know what they are doing)
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Hot Drink x2
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Juice x2 (optional)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meat and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo… Consume two of the rations, run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to right before area 6 as fast as you can. This is where you should start playing whatever notes you want to fight Tigrex. Now, I’m no HH expert, so all I did was use the two white note melody.

If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

Keeping your melody going is not precisely necessary per say, but it is worth it if you have time. If Tigrex isn’t in rage mode, you can usually get in 2 white notes and roll out of the way in the time it takes him to charge past you and recover from that charge.

Anyways, using the hunting horn on Tigrex has a strategy quite similar to that of the hammer. Only, with the HH, so long as you keep your melody active, you can run around with your weapon always at ready which can save some time. Also, you don’t have to charge your weapon before doing a superpound. But, seeing as how you probably didn’t read the hammer part, here’s the HH battle tactics.

After he charges past you, run up behind him, and as he starts to turn, press /\+O to do a superpound. If you time it right, the down swing should land right on his head. It might take a few tries to get the timing down right though.

When he stops to do his hit me now stance, if you are in front of him, do the infinite combo by repeatedly pushing /\ on his face. If you are behind him, pick a leg and do the /\ combo on that. Roll away when you see him getting ready to own you.

When he goes into rage mode, don’t attack unless he does a double jump. At which point, you should /\ combo either the head or back leg, whichever is closer.

Eventually, he will start to limp. Wait for him to go to sleep, then charge in after him and either capture him or super pound the head. At which point you should continue your earlier strategy until he dies, which should be fairly soon.

Dual Swords

The first thing I’m going to say about dual swords on tigrex is: Don’t do it! Of all the weapons, Dual Swords are the one weapon with which I consistently get carted off twice with. With all the others, I don’t have a single meeting with the felynes with the eerie ability to teleport anywhere at will. However, if you feel that you’re life simply won’t be complete unless you solo Tigrex with dual swords, read below.

Equipment

  • Weapon: Bladed Edge
  • Head: Ceanataur Helm
  • Body: Ceanataur Mail
  • Arm: Ceanataur Braces
  • Waist: Ceanataur Tasset
  • Legs: Ceanataur Greaves

Equip 4 defense gems to get rid of the defense down -20, and probably upgrade it a few times to increase the defense of the whole set.

bladed edge will kill the tigrex fast. i killed it in 3 mins 50 secs. take alot of mega juice, and flash bombs. first, shock trap it and throw a flash bomb at his head. he will be stunned in a trap. then demonize (R) and attack his head. when he comes out of the trap he will be stunned, so just attack him when u can. if u continually attack him u definitely will kill him in under 5 mins. :)

Recommended Items

  • Potions x10
  • Herbs x10
  • Mega Potions x10
  • Well Done Steak x2
  • Hot Drink x3
  • Whetstone x10
  • Paintball x10
  • Tranq Bomb x3 (recommended)
  • Mega Juice x3 (optional)
  • Mega Demondrug x1 (optional)
  • Mega Armorskin x1 (optional)

Strategy

First off, before you even start your quest, make sure you stop by the kitchen and talk to your cats. I would recommend either getting Fish + Milk (health +30) or Meat and Fruit (Atk Up Lg) If you are going to bring a Mega Demondrug though, don’t bother with getting Meath and Fruit as the boosts won’t stack.

When you enter the mission, run over to your box and empty it of anything useful. You don’t have to take the bowgun ammo… Consume two of the rations, run up to the entrance to area four and take your first hot drink. Next, get to area 6 as fast as you can. If you haven’t fought tigrex yet on this mission, then you will have to continue on to area 8 before you meet him. Otherwise, he’ll probably be in area 6 when you get there. Now, as soon as you can safely do so, paint him. It sucks when a monster runs away and goes and heals itself when you aren’t looking, so the safest thing to do is simply paint tigrex every time he changes areas. This will insure that you don’t lose him at a crucial moment.

Run around with the duals sheathed, and after he charges you, follow him, and go directly into demonization mode by holding R and pressing /\+O at the same time. Do the fury combo either on his tail or back leg. I would go for the tail first, as it can knock you around and taking it off gives you an extra carve. The only problem with this strategy is that if you don’t time it all perfectly, chances are you are going to get hit. Which is why I advised so many healing items -_-’

You can also try demonizing and just using the O combo, or just using the triple triangle combo, but I had the same success with all of them.


Alternate Strategy

I’m not sure if this is so much an alternate strategy so much as a regular dual sword user one, but I figured I’d post this one someone sent me anyways.

"I soloed Tigrex with Bladed Edge and beat it on first try. Took me 45 minutes and two deaths though. What I did was took it easy, and did hit and run tactics. But then I realized that took too long. So I decided to go on the offensive which is completely easy if you’re a dual sword user. Make sure your stamina is at max at all times, and if you want just for fun bring Mega Juices. Now run with him or behind him when he charges and do the thrust slash into him and either roll forward a few times to get out of the way or go with a combo. Whatever floats your boat. When he gets mad and rampages around, use your stun traps to keep him immobilized. Use bombs if you want but a devil dance or two is more than enough for me. Flash bombs? If you want to, use them. I do just to keep a distraction to sharpen weapons and eat a ration or two."

Tips

1. Go out and do a observational run. Don’t try exceptionally hard to defeat him, just work on learning to recognize and anticipate his moves. It will greatly help you in the long run, no matter how boring it may seem.

2. Never stand directly in front of him, unless he is in his “Hit-Me-Now” stance and you want to wail on his head some. Doing so is like going out and sending a letter to a serial killer with your name, address, and times that you will be home alone - It’s a very bad idea. Always keep running so that you are slightly to the side of being in a direct line with his body.

3. By 4* elders you can buy a powercharm and armorcharm in the shop in the guild hall. These things, while expensive, are very nice to have as they raise your attack and defense permanently, so long as they stay in your inventory. However, they are pricey (36000z for the powercharm and 24000z for the armorcharm) so you will have to decide on your own if it is worth the expense.

4. Flashes are not worth it. They make the monster more unpredictable, and in the end they make you somewhat of a lesser player as you come to depend on them. If you use flashes, only use them when you need some breathing room to heal, sharpen, etc. I suppose they can be useful to bowers/gunners on occasion, but depending on them too much will be wasteful and hurtful in the long run, especially if you like to melee at all.

5. Bring tranq bombs/shots if you are having a hard time killing him. It will make things somewhat easier since you only have to make tigrex limp before you can trap and tranq him, and they provide you with a trap during the quest, in the case of the elder rank up.

6 . The last tip I have for you right now is to have patience. Don’t worry if you can’t win right away, it’s normal for monsters to take longer to learn for new players. In MHF1, I probably spent over twenty to thirty hours trying to beat Rathalos, just because I didn’t have the patience to learn his moves. I kept charging in and getting owned. Now, it takes me almost no time at all for me to kill los, just because I finally gained the patience to learn his moves and wait for an opening.

LS Help from Nin Nin Killer

Before fighting Tigger, you need to be mentally and physically prepared for this battle. Let's start with prep work for this battle.

1. Have Armor with a Base of 275 and higher. This will keep you from eating SO MUCH pain from an unpissed Tigrex.

2. Get defense boosts from the kitchen. You'll need this because every little bit helps.

3. Have either the Eager Cleaver or my favorite, the Devil Slicer. Tigrex hate thunder and this will your equalizer to his insane attack.

4. Bring EVERY healing item that you have spare and also, don't forget the Armor Flute. I'll explain about the Armor Flute's function later.


Combat:

Before going to Tigrex, Use the Armor Flute. If you did exactly what I've said, you should have just over 300 Def! Collect everything you need and then head to wherever Tigger is at. When you first see him, paint him and then stay to the right.

1. The Charge. When he leans back slightly, he's going to rush you. WHEN I MEAN STAY TO THE RIGHT!!! DO AS I SAY!!! Whenever he's calmed or not, you will not get caught much if you stay right of him.

2. Lunging. As long as you keep moving, you should never get trampled. EVER. If he's pissed, and he lunges, you will get the next move on the list to look for!!!

3. Come GET SOME!!! In this stance, get a few shots in and then get back with a retreating slash.


Those three attacks are what you need to worry about the most, because he tends to use them the most. But don't think you're in the clear. AT all times, you need to be to the right of him and look for an opening. If you continue to fight defensively, you should see some progress by either his tail coming off or by his limping.


Rage Mode

This is vital! Don't attack unless you see the Come GET SOME!!! Stance. Also, be wary, he'll try to spin you off by the nasty quick spin of his if you get too close.


Endgame

When he gets to his resting spot, place a Pitfall trap near him and then watch him land and become victim to either a Capture or being Killed!!!!!! Remember to get Cash and Prizes!!!

Not so bad

While Tigrex IS a pain with duals, he's not all that impossible to beat, atleast at the earlier ranks. I took him down on my second try ever fighting him. I used a full set of monoblos armor, upgraded as high as normal armor spheres would go and a pair of Raven Tessen(I LOVE these). Take a full supply of mega potions and normal potions, and a hefty supply of meat, hot drinks and whetstones. Tigrex will stay almost exclusively in area's 6 and 8, and retreats to 3 when he's weak.

Onto the actual fight.. His favorite attack is to charge you. Your best bet to avoid this is to start running to the side before he even starts to charge. The closer you are when he starts, the easier it is to charge as he speeds up the longer he's charging. As soon as he's past you, turn and follow him. If he spins around to charge again, avoid and follow. If he skids, pop straight into demonisation and stay to HIS left side. You have two choices now. The aggressive choice is just launch into a couple of demonic dance just behind his left front leg/wing. If he lunges it will miss you, if he tail swipes, you'll take relatively minor damage if you have good armor. The safe bet is wait a second, if he does a lung, demonic dance him, again behind the left front leg. If he takes a step back, run and dive away from him, he's going to tail swipe.

Rock throws are avoided pretty much just like lunges. Stay to HIS left and you shouldn't get hit by much more than the tail swing, which with my armor above, did maybe 1/10th of my health.

When Tigrex begins to rage, just get the hell out of his way. Run to the nearest safe spot, like another zone, the ledges in 3 and 6, or the little hole to the Kushala skin in 8. You can also set a shock trap if you have them, but he attacks fast enough it'd difficult to lay one down. Use this time to pop any drinks, and sharpen your swords. Soon as he stops raging, head back in and continue the previous strategy.

Finally to get his tail off, follow the above strategy, and whenever he trips, demonic dance the crap out of his tail. You can also use Shock traps to get to his tail.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Where do I get Thunderbug Juice?
  • A: If you haven't beaten Tigrex yet, chances are the only way you are going to be able to get this is by trading with the elders. The easiest way to get it is by trading dragonmoss or dragonwood to the Mountains Elder. You can also get this by trading a battlefield gem with the Jungle Elder, but it is a rare trade. Or just go to area 3 in the tower (you may need to get to lvl 5 on the village quests before getting easy access to the tower) and kill these flashing yellow lights in the air (Giant thunderbugs) they should drop a white flasing thing on the floor, like a wyvern does when its surprised, all you do is go up to it and click 'o' and you will either get thunderbug juice or a normal thunderbug.
  • A: There is also a small chance of getting it from Trenya as a present.
  • Q: I’m only HR1, and I still haven’t beaten Tigrex yet. Is there anywhere I can get Monster Bone+ right now?
  • A: Yes. The easiest way I’ve found is to kill Daimyo Hermitaur on the 3* Guild Hunting Quest.
  • A. Yeah you can download the 'Mysterious Kut-Ku' quest from the game menu. The Kut-Kus are much smaller and have less health than usual. If you kill a few of them you should get a few monster bone+ in the reward menu. Hope that helps!
  • Q: Can I add a strategy to this?
  • A: Sure! In fact, it would be greatly appreciated. Just send me an email with your weapon, equipment, and strategy, along with the name you want to be credited as.
  • Q: Why do so many of these strategies look similar?
  • A: I figured that most people are going to only read the stuff that really concerns them and not bother with the rest of the guide. So, if you are a Lance user for instance, why are you reading about Hunting Horns or Gunlances for that matter?
  • Q: Which is the easiest weapon to beat Tigrex with?
  • A: In most cases, it’s going to be the weapon you are most familiar with. However, in some cases, that’s not necessarily the case. Dual Swords are absolute hell with Tigrex. IMO, in order of ease of use and learning time, the ranking goes GL>GS>H=HH>LS>BW>SnS>LN>DS.

Contact Information

My email is croda.mb@hotmail.com. I get enough spam without adding to it, so don't send me a message unless you have to. Alternatively, send me a PM on Minegarde.com

Legal Junk

This Guide is copyrighted to me, Mark Brown (Croda). Right now, this guide can only be posted at Skies of Croda, and the Monster Hunter Wiki. However, chances are I won't mind if you use it elsewhere. Just make sure you ask me first.

Credits

THANKS TO:

Joshua C. Schwarz For a bow strategy/tips, as well as information on how to get Thunderbug Juice

Naijiao for his GS charge video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSOi1GizEco)

mxc5012 for his lancing video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2i6aNBExLQ)

Vance for his Dual Swords strategy

Derrik for pointing out the error in the bow strategy that I fixed in this update

MHNoodle for creating a HH video guide for newbies (http://youtube.com/watch?v=SHdk1JU0nBI)

Start a Discussion Discussions about Tigrex Guides

  • new to tigrex

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    • you should use bowe gun with thundrer and rara shots and also barrelbomb+ and no how to shot and ivade at the rite time.
    • I recommend Sonic Bow |. And don't forget poisoned meat.

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