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Rathalos Hunting Guide by M0rbid_An6e1

Version: 1.2 | Updated: 06/27/06

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Table of Contents                                                 
                                                                  
1) Introduction                                                   
2) What is a Rathalos?                                            
3) When can I start fighting a Rathalos?                          
4) Rathalos' Weaknesses                                          
5) Some Info on Rathalos                                          
6) Hunting the Rathalos                                           
7) Carves you can get                                             
8) Credits                                                        
9) Legal Stuff                                                    
10) Author's Notes                                             


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|     Introduction     |                                          
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Alright guys, this guide is totally about how to hunt a rathalos. 
The strategies listed here may not be to your liking but are found 
to be the most effective for any type of player. If you are an    
experienced hunter who has killed many rathalos, then why are you 
even looking at this? This guide is basically for beginners and   
people who have trouble killing the rathalos.                     
                                                                  
                                                                 
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|   What is a Rathalos?     |                                     
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So what exactly is a rathalos. Well according to this game the    
rathalos is a large wyvern. Although most of you that have seen   
the rathalos for the first time probably think " RUN AWAY FROM    
THE GIANT DRAGON!!!!!!!!!!!!! ". That is the reaction that most   
people have when they first see the Rathalos in the first Wyvern  
Egg carrying quest. Since we are going by game standards, we must 
refer to the rathalos as a wyvern, not a dragon.                  
                                                                  
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|    When can I start fighting a Rathalos?      |                 
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Alright well, you can start fighting a rathalos as early as the   
lvl 1* elder quests in the " Raid the Wyvern's Nest " quest. But  
most people just fight the rathalos in the missions were you      
only need to kill the rathalos. You can kill the rathalos in the  
list of missions below:                                           
                                                                  
Elder Quests:                                                    
                                                                  
Raid the Wyvern's Nest						  
Attack of the Rathalos		*Notice that there are some	  
The Smoke Clad King		 quests missing, if you would	  
A Troublesome Pair		 like to contribute, then email	  
 			 	 me at the email adress at the	  
Guild Quests:			 bottom of the page.*		  
								  
Slay the Rathalos! ( 3* )					  
The Smoke Clad King						  
Slay the Rathalos! ( 5* )					  
Slay the Rathalos! ( 5* ) [ Azure Rath ]			  
A Troublesome Pair						  
								  
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| Rathalos' Weaknesses |                                          
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Alright well the basic strategy on finding out what a wyvern is   
weak to is by testing different elements on the wyvern right?     
WRONG! The easiest way to find out what a wyvern is weak to is by 
looking at the wyvern's armour. Any resistant stat that is in the  
negative zone is the wyvern's weakness. Rathalos armour has -1    
water resistance and -4 dragon resistance. Seeing this shows that 
rathalos is weak to water and dragon. Knowing this, pick the      
weapon that seems right to fight him with. Mabye a weapon with    
dragon or water attribute.                                        
                                                                  
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|   Some Info on Rathalos   |                                     
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- Rathalos is a wyvern                                            
- he has a few different forms                                    
- the weakest part of his body is his head                        
- his claws, head crown and tail can be broken                    
- he is weak to water and dragon                                  
- he can poison you                                               
- he likes to run away                                            
- he likes zone 9 in FnH..don't fight him there due to camera     
  angles                                                          
- when you cut off his tail, you get to carve it                  
- carving the tail is the only known way to get rathalos plates   
                                                                  
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|   Hunting the Rathalos    |                                     
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| Forest and Hills |                                              
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Equipment & recommended items:                                    
                                                                  
- Armour of choice                                                
- Weapon preferably with dragon or water attribute                
- flashbombs                                                      
- pitfall trap                                                    
- 2 trap tools                                                    
- any number of nets  [ ivy + spiderweb = net ]                   
- 2 large barrel bombs                                            
- 1 small barrel bomb                                             
- 10 potions                                                      
- 10 herbs                                                        
- 10 antidote                                                     
- Combination books [ so you don't fail making traps ]            
                                                                  
The Fight:                                                        
                                                                  
Grab your stuff out of the blue chest, eat 2 rations then exit    
the camp. Hunt down the rathalos. The zones he goes in are:       
                                                                  
zone 3                                                            
zone 4                                                            
zone 5                                                            
zone 6                                                            
zone 9                                                            
zone 10                                                           
                                                                  
When you find the rathalos, paintball him unless you have the     
auto-tracker skill then you don't need to look for him and paint  
him. If the rathalos is in zone 9, leave the zone after you paint 
him and wait in zone 3. Waiting in Zone 3 gives you easy access   
to all the zones that he might go to. When he is in one of your  
preffered zones, dodge his attacks until he does one of his       
charge attacks. When he charges at you, get out of the way and    
set a pitfall trap. By the time the rathalos gets back up, the    
trap will be set. Stand on the opposite side of the trap from     
the rathalos and wait until he charges into it. When the rathalos 
falls in the trap, set 2 large barrel bombs down then put out     
your small barrel bomb and run. When the explosion is finished,   
run in and get as many attacks as you can on the rathalos before  
he gets out. When the rathalos gets out of the trap, put away     
your weapon and dodge his attacks while you combine a net         
with a trap tool to make another pitfall trap. Use the same       
strategy to trap the rathalos again except this time, just attack 
him with your weapon because you are out of bombs. Once all three 
of your pitfall traps are used up he should be pretty beaten      
down. Remember to heal when needed. Since all of your traps are   
gone, dodge his attacks and run in and get in a few hits before   
rolling out. You can also start to use your flash bombs if you     
feel that they are needed. Throwing a flash bomb in front of his      
face will basically stun him and allow you to get in alot of      
hits. Breaking off his head crown, wing claws and tail           
will do damage to him. Once the rathalos is limping, he is almost 
dead. Follow him around to zones and just keep on going in,       
getting a few hits and rolling out. Eventually he should die      
and you can get your three carves. Just a warning though, when    
the rathalos is in zone 9 and zone 5 he can heal. Zone 9 doesn't  
heal much though so it isn't really a big deal if you have a      
good weapon attribute.                                           
                                                                  
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|     Volcano      |                                              
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Equipment and recommended items:                                  
                                                                  
- armour of choice                                                
- weapon preferebly with dragon or water attribute                
- flashbombs                                                      
- flute                                                           
- pitfall trap                                                    
- 2 trap tools                                                    
- any number of nets  [ ivy + spiderweb = net ]                   
- 2 large barrel bombs                                            
- 1 small barrel bomb                                             
- 1 cool drink [ blue box supplies you with 2 ]                   
- 10 potions                                                      
- 10 herbs                                                        
- 10 antidotes                                                     
- combination books [ so you don't fail making traps ]            
                                                                  
The Fight:                                                        
                                                                  
Grab your stuff out of the blue chest, eat 2 rations and         
1 cool drink [ remember to re-drink one every time you            
get the message that your cool drink wore off ] then exit         
the camp. Hunt down the rathalos. The zones he goes in are:       
                                                                 
zone 2                                                            
zone 3                                                            
zone 6                                                            
zone 7                                                            
                                                                  
Once out of camp, head to zone 3 and kill all the bullfango.      
Wait here for the rathalos as this zone has a few things to       
help you kill the rathalos. Once the rathalos is in this          
zone, paintball him and start to dodge his attacks. Alright,      
do you see those white rocks all around the area? those       
are explosive and act like barrel bombs, except they are           
triggered when the rathalos hits them. So get on the other        
side of a rock from the rathalos and have him charge into         
them. When all of the rocks in this zone are gone, go to          
zone 2 and wait for him there. Have him charge into all the       
rocks there as well. Once all the rocks are gone, now is          
the time to start using your pitfall traps. Basically the         
strategy from here on in is the same as the forest and            
hills were you get the rathalos in the pitfalls, barrel           
bomb him the first time then just attack him the other 2          
times. Then going in, getting a few hits then rolling out.         
Theres only one catch to this plan. When the rathalos goes        
to zone 7, he's going there to sleep. The only thing is,          
you can't reach him while he's sleeping. The rathalos             
sleeps on a rock island that is surrounded by lava.               
To wake him up and get him off his island, you can                
either throw the throwing knives givin to you in the              
blue box at him or use your flute. When he wakes up, he           
will charge off his island and you can continue to fight          
him. Eventually the rathalos will die and you can get             
your 3 carves.                                                    
                                                                  
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|     Carves You Can Get       |                                  
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There are two rathalos that you can fight. The regular rathalos   
and the azure rathalos. Here are the carves you can get off each: 
                                                                  
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|       Rathalos         |                                        
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Body:                                                             
                                                                  
Rathalos Shell                                                    
Rathalos Webbing                                                  
Rathalos Scale                                                    
Flame Sac                                                         
Wyvern Marrow                                                    
                                                                  
Tail:                                                             
                                                                 
Rathalos Tail                                                     
Rathalos Scale                                                    
Rathalos Shell                                                    
Wyvern Marrow                                                     
                                                                  
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|    Azure Rathalos    |                                          
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Body:                                                             
                                                                  
Azure Rathalos Shell                                              
Azure Rathalos Webbing                                            
Azure Rathalos Scale                                              
Flame Sac                                                         
Wyvern Marrow                                                     
                                                                  
Tail:                                                             
                                                                  
Azure Rathalos Tail                                               
Azure Rathalos Scale                                              
Azure Rathalos Shell                                              
Wyvern Marrow                                                     
                                                                  
*NOTE: the tail can only be carved when you cut it off            
 during the mission*                                              
                                                                  
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|      Credits       |                                            
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The following people contributed to my guide, snowybellz does not 
know (s)he is in these credits because I took the carves you can  
get off of his/her wyvern carving guide.                          
                                                                  
SoulEatingFreak - contributed the zones the rathalos goes in on   
the volcano map.                                                  
                                                                  
Snowybellz - I took the carves you can get off of your wyvern     
carving guide. Gamefaqs wants me to list you in here so that my   
guide doesn't have any plagiarism.                                
                                                                  
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|     Legal Stuff     |                                           
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|   Author's Notes     |                                          
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- guide created on June 23 and 24                                 
- this is version 1.2 of the guide                                
- MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     
                                                                  
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