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Monster Hunter World guide: How to beat the Jyuratodus

Sinister Shadows in the Swamp

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The Jyuratodus is one of Monster Hunter: World’s aquatic monsters. This giant fish flops around in a big pool of mud. It can also be extremely frustrating to deal with, as it moves very frantically. But have no fear, the Jyuratodus’ fins can be yours with patience and care. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to defeat your first aquatic creature.

When you’ll fight the Jyuratodus

The Jyuratodus is the fifth assigned quest hunt in Monster Hunter: World, and you’ll face face this beast beast during the Sinister Shadows in the Swamp quest. You’ll have 50 minutes to complete this quest. If you’re victorious, you’ll receive 3,240 zenny.

Where you’ll find the Jyuratodus


Much like the Barroth, the Jyuratodus is easy to find. The big fish is most likely hanging out in the big pond. Go to sector 10, and the Jyuratodus should be wading in the back of the pool, under the overhanging rocks.

This is the arena you’ll likely spend most of the fight in. There are shallow and deep sections of this pool. Small islands are also scattered around its surface. This is part of what makes the fight challenging. After all, you’re fighting on the Jyuratodus’ turf.

Moving through deep water is slow, so try and stick to the islands. The Jyuratodus will swim up and around these islands, providing you plenty of opportunities to attack from solid ground. However, its attacks are quick, and you may find yourself dodging into the water. Do your best to plant your feet back on land as quickly as possible, lest the Jyuratodus takes advantage of your slow situation.

Jyuratodus weak spots

The Jyuratodus’ weak points are on both ends of its body, so the head and tail should be your primary targets for this fight. That won’t be easy, though. The Jyuratodus moves very quickly and tends to flop around.

Sometimes this’ll work in your favor, as a broad weapon will be able to hit head and tail simultaneously. However, other times you may find yourself staring at a screen full of fish back. But you shouldn’t be picky. Whale on it whenever you have an opening.

Preparing to fight the Jyuratodus

Jyuratodus attacks are water-based. When preparing food for this fight, pick up some elemental resistance and health. The monster will occasionally attempt to afflict you with waterblight, which will cause your stamina to regenerate very slowly. Therefore, it’s best to focus on resisting the beast’s damage altogether and keeping yourself healthy.

Jyuratodus Elements

The Jyuratodus has the same strange problem as the Barroth: When covered in mud, two of the Jyuratodus’ resistances are inverted. Thunder (⭐️⭐️⭐️) is extremely effective on a clean Jyuratodus, but it’s useless when the beast is covered in mud. Water is useless against a clean Jyuratodus, but stellar (⭐️⭐️⭐️) when the beast is covered in mud.

Fire is mediocre when it’s clean (⭐️) but ineffective when covered in mud. Ice (⭐️) and dragon (⭐️) are on the low end of the elemental damage scale, with our without mud. Thunder is powerful when it’s clean (⭐️⭐️⭐️) but weak when it’s covered (⭐️). To remove the mud quickly, use a puddle pod, which you can find around the environment.

Jyuratodus Ailments

As far as ailments are concerned, the Jyuratodus is weak to everything. However, stun (⭐️⭐️⭐️) is most effective, followed by poison (⭐️⭐️) and paralysis (⭐️⭐️).

Useful items

When considering what items you should bring, the usual potions and rations will be fine. However, nullberries are useful for removing waterblight elemental damage. Like the puddle pods, you can find these in the environment.


How to beat the Jyuratodus

The Jyuratodus fight is hectic. This beast will slither and squirm its way past and over you whenever it can. If you want to avoid as much damage as possible, try and position yourself next to the monster’s back fins. This’ll allow you you attack the tail while remaining mobile.

When the monster slides forward or wiggles around in a small area, step back. You’ll miss out on a few hits and prevent yourself from taking easily avoidable damage. This is important if you don’t want to spend most of this fight drinking potions.

The Jyuratodus has two moves you want to look out for. The first is a mud-spitting attack. The Jyuratodus will stick its body out of the water and start spewing mud all around. Like the Barroth fight, this is a great chance for you to strike. Get in close to the Jyuratodus and go to town on its gut. However, if you get stuck in the mud, you’ll need to keep dodge rolling until you get out. (You’ll also be a total buzzkill at parties.)

The second signature move is far more dangerous. The Jyuratodus will disappear under the water, leaving only a pool of bubbles. This is your signal to run because the Jyuratodus will leap out of the water and onto your skull if you don’t. Book it away from the water and wait for the beast to resurface. It’s important to note here that standing on land doesn’t mean you’re safe. The Jyuratodus can blast through even the small islands in the area.

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