Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Glavenus guide - tips and tricks for taking it down


Glavenus is a relentlessly aggressive monster that uses its blade-like tail to deliver heavy-hitting attacks, fiery explosions, and precise jabs that can quickly overwhelm even the hardiest of hunters. The Brute Wyvern originally appeared in Monster Hunter Generations and its subsequent Ultimate expansion, but now it seems Glavenus is ready to take on new foes in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. This bipedal brute is one of the strongest monsters in the game, so you’ll need your wits about you if you wish to avoid becoming this beast’s lunch. If you find yourself struggling to survive against Glavenus or simply want some tips for hunting him, then be sure to check out our monster guide below.

Glavenus behaviour and traits

Glavenus’ hyper-aggressive nature and tremendous power allow it to overtake the territory of any monster that dares stands in its path. This apex predator can often be seen dragging its sword-like tail across the ground, keeping its tail sharp and intimidating nearby wyverns. Glavenus isn’t just incredibly strong, it’s also believed to be one of the smartest Brute Wyverns in the game. 


Glavenus attacks and strategy tips

The majority of Glavenus’ attacks are centred around its sword-like tail which it sharpens with its mouth to give its attacks an explosive surprise. Once sharpened, Glavenus can unleash fiery explosives that add both range and lethality to its tail hits. Glavenus is also known to spit out molten projectiles that explode after a short delay, often zoning his attackers and forcing them to play more defensively. Even Glavenus’ bite can set a hunter ablaze and deals consistent burn damage until the fire is put out. However, the main move most players’ have difficulty with is Glavenus’ charged spin. When Glavenus starts to sharpen his tail, you’ll need to either make some distance, stick behind his left leg, or dodge it with a well-timed dive. This attack may seem rather intimidating at first, but it’s easily exploitable when you know how to avoid it. Once you’ve dodged this lethal move, you’ll be able to launch a counterattack during the animation’s downtime.

Cutting Glavenus’ tail should be a top priority for any hunting party, especially if you wish to reduce the range of his attacks. However, cutting Glavenus’ mighty tail off can be a little tricky, as it can only be severed when it has become heated. As you’d expect, getting close to the bipedal brute’s main source of damage is often rather dangerous, so look for openings where it’s safe to get in a few hits without being sliced. For example, Glavenus has an aerial move where he leaps into the air and slams his tail into the ground. Not only is this attack incredibly easy to dodge, but it also gives you a decent amount of time to start breaking the tail. 

While cutting Glavenus’ tail drastically increases your chances of success, there are a few things that you can do before the hunt that will aid you throughout the fight. If you’re tired of seeing your health bar being chipped away by fiery attacks, then consider wearing armour or eating food that gives your hunter decent fire resistance. Not only will this reduce Glavenus’ main source of damage, but it also prevents Fireblight entirely if you have 20 points in fire resistance. Lastly, consider equipping a water or dragon weapon to capitalise on Glavenus’ elemental weaknesses. This will increase your overall DPS and cut down those lengthy kill times.

Looking for more help with the new DLC monsters? Then check out our complete Monster Hunter World: Iceborne monsters guide, or pick up some general tips from our video below: