All Attack Types Weaknesses and Counters in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Watch your enemies closely!

Monster Hunter Stories 2 battle system is based on rock, paper, scissors. Everything is strong and weak to something. There is nothing outside of this system.

When fighting an enemy for the first time, knowing what initial Attack Type the monster uses straight away is paramount to your success. Fighting blindly is never a good option in a Monster Hunter game.

Often monsters get angry or have unique quirks that change what Attack Type they use mid-battle, so this means you have to change your fighting strategy to match. Paying attention is vital.

  • Power beats Technical
  • Speed beats Power
  • Technical beats Speed

Power is Red. Speed is Blue. Technical is Green.

Here are all the big monsters' attack types and counters. To find a specific monster, Ctrl + F and type in the monster's name.

Related: How to make all monsters retreat Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin?

MonsterAttack TypeCounterElement WeaknessPhysiology & Parts Weakness
AgnaktorBefore Molten Uppercut: Speed
After Molten Uppercut: Power
Enraged: Technical
Before Molten Uppercut: Technical
After Molten Uppercut:
Speed
Enraged: Power
WaterHead: Slash
Body: Slash
Tail: Slash
AnjanathInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
WaterNose: Blunt
Body: Pierce
ArzurosInitial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
FireStomach: Slash
Legs: Blunt
Ash Kecha
Wacha
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
WaterHead: Slash
Body: Slash
Tail: Slash
Claws: Blunt
AstalosInitial: Technical
Electrify: Power
Flying Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Electrify: Speed
Flying Enraged: Technical
IceHead: Blunt
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
Wings: Blunt
Azure
Rathalos
Initial: Power
Flying: Speed
Initial: Speed
Flying: Technical
DragonHead: Blunt
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
Wings: Slash
BariothInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
FireSpikes: Blunt
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
BarrothInitial: Speed
Covered in Mud: Technical
Initial: Technical
Covered in Mud: Power
FireHead: Blunt
Body: Slash
Legs: Slash
Tail: Pierce
BasariosInitial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
WaterHead:
Wings: Pierce
Stomach: Pierce
Tail: Pierce
BazelgeuseInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
ThunderHead: Blunt
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
Wings: Pierce
Black DiablosInitial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
IceHorn: Blunt
Legs: Slash
Tail: Slash
Black GraviosInitial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
WaterHead: Blunt
Stomach: Blunt
Legs: Slash
Blue Yian
Kut-Ku
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
WaterHead: Pierce
Bloodbath
Diablos
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
WaterHead: Slash
Stomach: Blunt
Legs: Blunt
Tail: Slash
BrachydiosInitial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
WaterHead: Slash
Body: Slash
Fists: Blunt
Tail: Pierce
Brute TigrexInitial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
WaterHead: Slash
Legs: Slash
BulldromeInitial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Thunder
CephadromeInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
IceBack: Pierce
Stomach: Blunt
Tail: Slash
CongalalaInitial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
FireHead: Blunt
Body: Pierce
Tail: Slash
Crimson
Qurupeco
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
IceHead: Blunt
Body: Slash
Daimyo
Hermitaur
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Power
FireShell: Blunt
Body: Blunt
Claws: Blunt
Desert
Seltas Queen
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
IceHead: Slash
Stomach: Pierce
Legs: Blunt
DeviljhoInitial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
DragonHead: Slash
Body: Blunt
Legs: Slash
Tail: Slash
DiablosInitial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
IceHorn: Blunt
Legs: Pierce
Tail: Slash
Dreadqueen
Rathian
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
DragonHead: Slash
Stomach: Slash
Back: Blunt
Tail: Slash
DuramborosInitial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
FireBody: Blunt
Legs: Slashing
Tail: Blunt
Emerald
Congalala
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
IceHead: Blunt
Body: Pierce
Tail: Slash
Fulgur
Anjanath
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
IceBody: Pierce
GammothInitial: Power
Snow Slurp: Power
Initial: Speed
Snow Slurp: Speed
FireHead: Blunt
Nose: Slash
Tail: Slash
Legs: Blunt
Body: Blunt
GendromeInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Ice
Glacial
Agnaktor
Initial: Technical
Ice Armor: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Ice Armor: Speed
Enraged: Technical
FireHead: Blunt
Body: Blunt
Tail: Blunt
Ice Head: Slash
Ice Body: Slash
Ice Tail: Slash
GlavenusInitial: Power
Blaze: Speed
After Fire Chakram: Technical
Initial: Speed
Blaze: Technical
After Fire Chakram: Power
WaterHead: Slash
Body: Blunt
Tail: Nothing
GraviosInitial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
WaterHead: Blunt
Stomach: Blunt
Legs: Slash
Great BaggiInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Fire
Great JaggiInitial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Fire
Green
Nargacuga
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
ThunderHead: Pierce
Stomach: Pierce
Tail: Slash
Green
Plesioth
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
ThunderBack: Pierce
Body: Blunt
Tail: slash
Grimclaw
Tigrex
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
ThunderHead: Slash
Stomach: Blunt
Legs: Slash
GypcerosInitial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
FireHead: Pierce
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
IodromeInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Water
Ivory LagiacrusInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Electrify: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Electrify: Power
DragonBack: Slash
Body: Blunt
Tail: Pierce
Jade BarrothInitial: Power
Covered in Snow: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Covered in Snow: Power
Enraged: Technical
ThunderHead: Blunt
Body: Slash
Legs: Slash
Tail: Pierce
Kecha WachaInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
FireHead: Slash
Body: Slash
Tail: Slash
Claws: Blunt
KhezuInitial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
FireHead: Pierce
Body: Blunt
KirinInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
FireHead: Slash
Body: Slash
Kula-Ya-KuInitial: Technical
Holding a Rock: Power
Initial: Power
Holding a Rock: Speed
WaterRock: Blunt
Kushala
Daora
Initial: Technical
Flying: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Flying: Technical
Enraged: Speed
ThunderHead: Slash
Stomach: Blunt
Tail: Pierce
Wings: Pierce
LagiacrusInitial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Electrify: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Electrify: Power
FireBack: Blunt
Body: Slash
Tail: Blunt
LagombiInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
FireStomach: Slash
Legs: Slash
LegianaInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Flying: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Flying: Power
ThunderHead: Slash
Wings: Slash
Body: Slash
MizutsuneInitial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
ThunderBody: Slash
Legs: Slash
Tail: Pierce
MonoblosInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
ThunderHorn: Pierce
Stomach: Slash
Legs: Pierce
Tail: Pierce
NargacugaInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
ThunderHead: Pierce
Stomach: Pierce
Tail: Pierce
NergiganteInitial: Technical
White Spiked: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
White Spiked: Speed
Enraged: Technical
ThunderHead: Blunt
Legs: Slash
Wings: Slash
NerscyllaInitial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
FireHead: Blunt
Needle: Pierce
Legs: Slash
Stomach: Slash
Chest: Pierce
PaolumuInitial: Technical
Inflated: Speed
Initial: Power
Inflated: Technical
FireNeck Pouch: Pierce
Body: Slash
Pink RathianInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
DragonHead: Slash
Tail: Blunt
PlesiothInitial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
ThunderBack: Pierce
Body: Slash
Tail: Pierce
Plum Daimyo
Hermitaur
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
IceShell: Blunt
Body: Blunt
Claws: Blunt
Purple
Gypceros
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
FireHead: Pierce
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
Purple
Ludroth
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
FireHead: Pierce
Stomach: Slash
Pukei-PukeiInitial: Technical
Crunch Time: Power
Initial: Power
Crunch Time: Speed
ThunderHead: Blunt
Body: Slash
Tail: Slash
QurupecoInitial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
IceHead: Blunt
Body: Slash
RajangInitial: Power
Power Aura: Power
Speed Aura: Speed
Technical Aura: Technical
Initial: Speed
Power Aura: Speed
Speed Aura:
Technical
Technical Aura:
Power
IceHead: Slash
Stomach:
Legs:
Tail: Slash
RathianInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
DragonBody: Slash
Tail: Slash
RathalosInitial: Power
Flying: Speed
Initial: Speed
Flying: Technical
ThunderHead: Blunt
Body: Slash
Tail: Slash
Wings: Slash
Red KhezuInitial: Technical
Charged: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Charged: Technical
Enraged: Speed
WaterHead: Pierce
Body: Slash
Royal LudrothInitial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
FireHead: Pierce
Stomach: Slash
Ruby BasariosInitial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
IceHead: Blunt
Wings: Pierce
Stomach: Blunt
Tail: Slash
Sand BariothInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
IceSpikes: Blunt
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
Seltas QueenInitial: Technical
Combined: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Combined: Speed
Enraged: Technical
FireSeltas: Pierce
Head: Pierce
Legs: Blunt
Body: Pierce
SeregiosInitial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
ThunderHead: Slash
Stomach: Slash
Wings: Pierce
Legs: Slash
Shrouded
Nerscylla
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
IceHead: Blunt
Needle: Pierce
Legs: Slash
Stomach: Slash
Chest: Pierce
Silverwind
Nargacuga
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
ThunderHead: Pierce
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Pierce
Stygian
Zinogre
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
ThunderHead: Blunt
Body: Pierce
Tail: Slash
TeostraInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Flying: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Flying: Power
WaterHead: Slash
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
Wings: Slash
TetsucabraInitial: PowerInitial: SpeedWaterRock: Blunt
TigrexInitial: Speed
Enraged: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
ThunderHead: Slash
Legs: Slash
Thunderlord
Zinogre
Initial: Power
When Charged: Speed
Initial: Speed
When Charged: Technical
IceHead: Slash
Body: Blunt
Tail: Slash
Tobi-KadachiInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Overcharge: Power
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Overcharge: Speed
WaterBody: Slash
Tail: Slash
Legs: Slash
UragaanInitial: Power
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Power
WaterHead: Blunt
Stomach: slash
Tail: Slash
VelkhanaInitial: Speed
Ice Mantle: Technical
Flying: Power
Initial: Technical
Ice Mantle: Power
Flying: Speed
FireHead: Slash
Stomach: Slash
Tail: Slash
Wings: Pierce
Frost Scale: Blunt
VelocidromeInitial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
Initial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Ice
White
Monoblos
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Speed
Enraged: Technical
IceHorn:
Legs: Pierce
Tail: Pierce
Yian GarugaInitial: Technical
Enraged: Power
Initial: Power
Enraged: Speed
WaterHead: Slash
Tail: Slash
Yian Kut-KuInitial: Technical
Enraged: Speed
Initial: Power
Enraged: Technical
IceHead: Pierce
ZamtriosInitial: Technical
Covered in Ice: Speed
Inflated: Power
Initial: Power
Covered in Ice: Technical
Inflated: Speed
ThunderHead: Blunt
Stomach: Slash
Legs: Slash
ZinogreInitial: Speed
When Charged: Technical
When Supercharged: Power
Initial: Technical
When Charged: Power
When Supercharged: Speed
IceHead: Pierce
Body: Pierce
Tail: Slash

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  1. Hi, thought you might want to know under Nergigante it says that the wings are weak to wings lol. I like wings, so I’m glad I’m not him! ~_^

    1. Hey, thank you haha! I’ll go change that now!

  2. Bloodbath diablos enraged is wrong, it should be he is power and you use speed

  3. Nergigante: Wings weakness says wings?

    1. It’s been changed haha.

  4. This is a great find! Thank you so very much for all the hard work that went into this. It’s a game changer for sure!

    1. Thank you ever so much for the kind words!

  5. Hi, this is very useful and thank you very much for this.
    But I notice that the Dreadqueen have the first phase (Technical not Power) and Counter moves wrong, also it don’t have her element weakness (Dragon), other wise it have everything. Even though i just kill it i forgot to check the weapon weakness too, lucky it not important.

    1. Thank you for catching this! It’s a lot of data to try and remember accurately! Can you remember if the Enranged: Speed was correct?

      1. Yes, it was correct.

        1. Appreciated. Thanks once again.

          1. Hi, Bloodbath Diablos have Initial: Speed
            Enraged: Power (not Technical)

          2. Appreciated! Dealing with so much data it’s hard to keep track of it all!

  6. Hi, small correction
    Glacial Agnaktor Initial attack was Technical

    1. Ah thank you! Things can get lost when dealing with so many attack types. Was everything else correct?

      1. This is incorrect, just fought it and looked at this guide but the initial for the pit one is power..

        1. Bosses use different attack types to the normal monsters you encounter.

  7. Fulgur Anjanath
    Initial:It uses power, so use speed
    Charged: it uses speed, so use tech
    Body: pierce
    Took quick notes, sorry I didn’t get all

    1. Hey thank you so much! How did you fight Fulgur? I spent ages trying to get one to spawn in the Super Rare Dens, and I got no deviant quest for him either.

      1. It just happened to spawn in a rare high rank den in the desert, near Jalma highlands catavan

        1. I’ll have to go have a look, as that one just wouldn’t appear anywhere. Cheers!

  8. Just to let you know, the Crimson qurqpeco isn’t correct

    Normal/tech counter/power
    Angry/speed counter/tech

    1. Cheers for the catch!

      1. Also the Green Plesioth is incorrect.

        The first half is correct but when it is angry, it is speed and its counter is tech.

        1. Appreciated! There was a lot to keep track of, so once again I appreciate the correction!

  9. Missing Gammoth, Royal monster.
    Find in ice place, Woodlands.
    Weakness: Fire
    Initial: Power
    Snow slurp (covered in snow): Power
    Will use snow blaster that attack all team.
    Ulti: Snow stomp
    Deal damage to all heavily 🙁

    1. Appreciate it!

  10. Rather than listing the counter type, I think it’d be more useful if you listed the weapon type weaknesses. Blunt, Slash and Piercing. People can pretty much counter if they have the monster attack types already.

    1. Weapon type weakness always appears when you’ve found it out, so you don’t have to memorise it. Also, using the wrong weapon type doesn’t matter as much as using the wrong attack type, especially in the late game. You have to memorise easily over 100 monster attack types, twice for each big monster, and sometimes three.