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How to Find and Hunt the Pukei-Pukei in “Monster Hunter: World”

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.

Monster Hunter: World is the latest highly popular Japanese action role-playing video game from Capcom. Its massive online multiplayer community and an explorable world, which is rich with various beasts and collectible items, make it a fun game that people across the world can enjoy either alone or with friends.

One of the assigned quests of this game is Urgent: Pukei-Pukei Hunt. It is assigned to you after you have completed a few investigations and right after you have defeated the Klu-Ya-Ku. You have 50 minutes to find and defeat the Pukei-Pukei. Here are some tips for how to hunt this dangerous beast before you go.

Before You Go Hunt the Pukei-Pukei

You may have already decided which of the many weapons is right for you. The Pukei-Pukei can fly, so it is better to use a ranged weapon for this battle. My personal favourite is the bow as it is quick and you can attack from a distance, which is important a the Pukei-Pukei can spit poisonous gas.

Stock Up
Take plenty of potions and antidotes with you on this mission. They can be crafted with herbs and antidote herbs, respectively, and you can carry a maximum of ten of each in your pack. Antidotes, in particular, are essential as the Pukei-Pukei's poison can quickly drain your health.

Eat a Meal
It's important to get in the habit of eating meals before you go out on a mission. The canteen at base offers meals to temporarily boost your stats and make battles easier. Order the fish platter to boost your defense, which is important for the Pukei-Pukei. Alternatively, you can order the meat platter to boost your stamina.

Eat a Meal!

Eat a Meal!


By now you will have the Northern Campsite on the Ancient Forest map. Warp there and head to the northernmost point of the map, picking up footprints along the way. You will run into it pretty quickly and it will attack you.

Head to the Northernmost Point

Head to the Northernmost Point

How to Defeat It

The Pukei-Pukei's weak spots are its tail, wings, and head. If you've decided to use the bow, shoot its face and then immediately roll out of the way. It can take some practice, but if you get used to dodging then you will likely avoid the deadly gas.

If you do get hit by poison, drink an antidote. It can take several seconds for your character to do this, so make sure you're in a safe spot.

The Pukei-Pukei is:

  • Susceptible to Sleep and Paralysis
  • Resistant to Water
  • Weak to Thunder

It is possible to cut off the tail if enough damage is dealt, but the head is its weakest point and it is perfectly possible to defeat it without severing the tail.

How can you defeat the Pukei-Pukei?

How can you defeat the Pukei-Pukei?

In Between Battles

When the Pukei-Pukei flies away, you are left with some time before you find it again. During this time:

  • Put a pin onto the Pukei-Pukei by opening your map and pressing the pin button. This way, you'll easily be able to find the monster after it flees from sight.
  • Sharpen your weapon (if applicable) by equipping the whetstone. Do this out of the way of any monsters so you don't get attacked while doing so.

Then follow the monster and attack it again. Be sure to dodge whenever it attacks and try to avoid the toxic poison clouds.

Loot the Pukei-Pukei

It will take a while, but finally you'll end up on a high platform which is the last part of the battle. Keep dodging and attacking the Pukei-Pukei's face and it will soon go down.

Be sure to collect the loot from its body as its hide and other materials such as Shells, Wings, and Scales can be used to make some good armour. After you've completed this quest, head to the Armoury and forge some Pukei armour for a nice boost in defense.

Shells, Wings, and Scales can be used to make some good armour.

Shells, Wings, and Scales can be used to make some good armour.

The Pukei-Pukei is the first officially "difficult" quest in Monster Hunter: World and is only the start of your beast-slaying adventure! Be sure to upgrade your armour and find the perfect weapon for you whenever you can so that you're ready for more challenges like the Pukei-Pukei!

Questions & Answers

Question: Where is the Pukei-Pukei in Monster Hunter: World? I did not see it anywhere.

Answer: The top-right corner of the map. Pick up tracks and you’ll find him.

© 2018 Poppy


Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2018:

That's very true. I might just do that.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on April 17, 2018:

Thanks, Liz... now if someone you know is stuck on Monster Hunter: World, you'll be able to tell them how to defeat the Pukei-Pukei! ;)

Liz Westwood from UK on April 17, 2018:

I'm not a gamer,but I've learnt a lot from your article.