MHW: Arch Tempered Xeno’jiiva Melee Guide

MHW: Arch Tempered Xeno’jiiva Melee Guide

Capcom graced players with the inclusion of the Arch Tempered Elder Dragons: Kirin,Vaal Hazak, TeostraKushala Daora, Lunastra, and now Xeno’jiiva have arrived. Hunters better tackle this baby Elder Dragon to upgrade their Bowgun sets!

MHW: Arch Tempered Xeno’jiiva Melee Guide

In order to tackle Arch Tempered Xeno’jiiva there are several items you should prepare to bring into the fight with you.

Xeno’jiiva has a weakness to poison and will be immediately hostile at medium to long range.

Things to bring:

Arch Tempered Xeno’jiiva

Start by heading over to the canteen to eat something which should always be a given when heading into battle. Pick up some supply items from the chest and some stones to be used later in the fight. Head to the hitching post and get transported to the fighting arena. Xeno’jiiva will fly up from the East so while you’re waiting for him to arrive, start buffing yourself. Once he enters, approach him and start the fight.

Xeno’jiiva Attacks

  • Claw Swipe
  • Body Charge/Drag/Slam
  • Tail Sweep with AOE Blast
  • Straight Laser
  • Sweeping Laser
  • Snake-esque laser
  • Crescent Laser into body twirl
  • Tri-direction laser blast
  • Body Slam with AOE blast into 3 ripple rings

Everything from the standard Xeno’jiiva fight will occur similar during this fight but with new additions. Aim for his front claws, head, and tail for max damage. Those electing to use a Poison weapon, just need to chain attacks together to quickly poison Xeno. Be careful to avoid being caught set on fire which will deal chip damage until you put it out. Most of the time the area will be covered by fire leaving about 25% safe, if you can force him to spam a certain part of the map. Having Fireproof mantle will alleviate the issue of the fire puddles as well as having high fire resistance.

A great issue of this fight is avoiding his lasers as the direct laser and the sweeping laser are most likely a 1 shot. The other ones depending on the type will deal half to 3/4 of your hp bar. Combine this with the hassle of making sure to not be on fire during the fight can easily disorient you. To combat the sweeping laser, there will be stalagmites (rocks on the ground) that will block the laser since its pretty difficult to out run it. Alternatively, you can roll through it by rolling vertically through the laser or into the direction it is approaching but takes precise timing.

Try to time your Temporal Mantle when Xeno becomes enraged, he will exude a fiery aura and become more aggressive. During this phase he will body slam into the ground which will expel an AOE near his body, and it will radiate 3 times outwards marked by a blue hue a second before exploding.

When Xeno’jiiva takes flight use the slinger ammo he drops to shoot him down. I like to aim for his face with the stinger ammo, blast him near his face or body with bomb ammo. If you time it right, you can stagger lock him. Avoid line of sight as he will fire some lasers at your position. If you create too much distance from him, he will close it with a claw sweep at the ground which will cause a blast. He is very easy to avoid in the air but the issue will be avoiding being on fire due to the environment.

Remember Xeno’jiiva has a level 3 weakness to poison which will allow you to be a bit more defensive in your approach, especially for your first time. Using a Dragon weapon with Elderseal will allow you to prevent Xeno from raging often but consistent attacks must be dealt in order to maximize the reward. Defeating Arch Tempered Xeno’jiiva grants you some Warped Feystones, 1 Xeno Ticket, some Sullied/Shining Streamstones, and normal Xeno materials upon defeat..

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