Pukei-Pukei is an early monster you'll face in Monster Hunter: World. This particular beast stalks the northern zones of the Ancient Forest, and loves a little bit of poison. So much so that many of its attacks use it, and its den is surrounded by poisonous plants.
But that's not even the most dangerous aspect of Pukei-Pukei. No, that crown goes to its ridiculously long – and powerful – tongue. That's the attack you want to avoid if you plan on walking away alive.
So let's have a look at one of Monster Hunter: World's most intriguing monsters, including how to beat it, its weaknesses, and strategies.
What are Pukei-Pukei's weak spots?
You'll be pleased to hear that Pukei-Pukei is covered in weak spots. Its head and wings are breakable, and you can sever its tail.
We recommend you do the latter, as Pukei-Pukei uses it to deal poison damage to you.
Is Pukei-Pukei weak to any elements?
Pukei-Pukei is weakest to thunder, though he will take increased damage from fire, ice, and dragon too. Don't bother using water damage though, as Pukei-Pukei defends well against it.
Is Pukei-Pukei weak to any ailments?
This monster's particularly weak to sleep and paralysis so try to inflict them over other ailments if you have them. Blast and stun will also have a solid effect, while poison isn't quite as effective here.
Pukei-Pukei attack patterns
While in its usual state Pukei-Pukei doesn't pose much of a threat, it does have two other states that are quite tricky to deal with.
If you see the tongue hanging out at any point, try not to break out into fits of giggles. This is actually when its at its most dangerous, as that tongue packs a mean punch. We recommend that you concentrate attacks on the tail in this state, and get out of the way as soon as Pukei-Pukei turns around.
Speaking of the tail, watch out if it ever becomes swollen. This is a signal that Pukei-Pukei is readying a poison attack. You can use this to your advantage though, as the swollen tail is a much bigger target. Try and sever it in this mode to prevent one of its most dangerous attacks.