Let’s be honest — hunts don’t always go exactly according to plan. Sometimes you just don’t see that fiery Rathalos coming and find yourself halfway to becoming a well-done steak, or you miscalculate your position and get gooped up in the Rakna-Kadaki’s sticky webbing. It happens to the best of us — sooner or later, we all get saddled by one of Monster Hunter’s abnormal status effects.

In MH Rise, status effects take the form of elemental blights and status ailments designed to introduce some nasty complications to your hunt. There are a wide variety of negative effects, so it’s a good idea to know what to expect from each blight/ailment and how to rid yourself of the problem so you can get back to peak hunting condition.

In this guide, we’ll cover each of the elemental blights and status ailments in Monster Hunter Rise. We’ll start by talking about how each of these abnormal status effects apply to your hunter, then jump into how some of them can be used to your advantage against your target monster.

Let’s get started!

Abnormal Status Effects on Hunters

First off, let’s talk about how elemental blights and status ailments affect hunters. Abnormal status effects make you more vulnerable to attacks from angry monsters, often restricting your movement, lowering your stats, or reducing your health and recovery rates.

Status Effects on Hunters / Monster Hunter Rise
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Armor is your best safeguard against most blights and ailments, either through built-in resistances or slotted skills. Your Hunter’s Notes can give you some insight on what to expect from each monster, so consider reading up on your target for tips on customizing your build. Beyond that, you can always stock up on items that will remove any status effects you incur during a fight.

As a rule of thumb, all elemental blights can be removed with Nullberries. Status ailments generally require specific items or techniques to remove, though you can always check with your Palico to see what Moves they have equipped — “Vase of Vitality” creates an aura that cures any status ailments afflicting you and your allies!

Below, we’ve listed all the abnormal status effects that affect hunters and how to remove them. Blights and ailments are denoted by an icon next to your hunter name, so you can always cross-reference the official Monster Hunter Rise manual if you need help identifying which effect is troubling you.

Blight/Ailment Effects Removal
FireblightReduces your health.– Use a Nullberry
– Repeatedly evade (more effective in water)
– Wait for the effect to wear off
WaterblightReduces your stamina recovery rate.– Use a Nullberry
– Repeatedly evade
– Repeatedly Wiredash
– Wait for the effect to wear off
ThunderblightMakes you more prone to getting stunned.– Use a Nullberry
– Repeatedly evade
– Wait for the effect to wear off
IceblightReduces your Wirebug Gauge recovery rate.– Use a Nullberry
– Repeatedly evade
– Wait for the effect to wear off
DragonblightNullifies your weapon’s element and ailment effects.– Use a Nullberry
– Repeatedly evade
– Wait for the effect to wear off
PoisonReduces your health over time.– Use an Antidote or Herbal Medicine
– Wait for the effect to wear off
StunDisables your movement for a short time.– Mash buttons and rotate L Analog
– Take attack damage
– Wait for the effect to wear off
ParalysisDisables your movement for a short time.– Mash buttons and rotate L Analog
– Get knocked back by an attack
– Wait for the effect to wear off
SleepPuts you to sleep; you take more damage when attacked in this state.– Use an Energy Drink (before the ailment takes full effect)
– Take attack damage
– Wait for the effect to wear off
WebbedDisables your attack and evasion for a short time.– Use a Cleanser
– Mash buttons and rotate L Analog
BlastblightTriggers an explosion after a short period, or when you’re knocked back.– Use a Deodorant
– Repeatedly evade
– Perform a Wiredash
Defense DownLowers your defense and increases damage taken.– Use an Adamant Seed or Armorskin
– Wait for the effect to wear off
Resistance DownLowers your elemental resistance for a short time.– Use a Nullberry
– Wait for the effect to wear off
StenchPrevents you from using health and stamina-restoring items for a short time.– Use a Deodorant
– Wait for the effect to wear off
LeechedConstantly drains your health.– Use a kunai
– Perform a Wiredash
– Wait for the effect to wear off
BubbleMakes you slippery, affecting your movement.– Use a Cleanser
– Take attack damage
HellfireblightTriggers an explosion after a short period, or when you’re knocked back.– Use a Deodorant
– Repeatedly evade
– Perform a Wiredash

Abnormal Status Effects on Monsters

Now that we’ve covered hunters, let’s discuss how elemental blights and status ailments affect monsters. Just like with hunters, abnormal status effects make monsters more vulnerable to attacks by applying various debuffs. Imposing status effects on your target monster is a great way to increase your damage and your chances of breaking parts.

Status Effects on Monsters / Monster Hunter Rise
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You can apply blights and ailments to monsters through the use of weapons, items, and endemic life. In MH Rise, elemental damage and status damage are the most effective ways of applying abnormal effects, so it’s best to start by equipping a weapon with high element/status numbers. Each attack dealt against your target number will build toward the effect threshold, eventually inflicting your desired blight or ailment.

There are a handful of items that can impose negative status effects, but we highly recommend saving your inventory space and relying on Hunting Helpers instead. Picking up local endemic life gives you more ways to apply blights and ailments, and helps you complete the “Endemic Life: Hunting Helpers” optional subquest whenever you have it accepted (killing two Kulu-Ya-Ku with one stone, as it were). This is another instance where your Palico may come in handy, as the “Endemic Life Barrage” Move uses Hunting Helpers to apply statuses without you having to put your weapon away!

Wyvern Riding is another helpful way of applying blights and ailments. When you’re riding a monster, you have access to a few of its moves (including ones that deal abnormal status effects). Performing these attacks against your target monster while brawling goes a long way toward reaching those thresholds.

Once again, don’t forget to check your Hunter’s Notes for hints on how best to handle your monster. The “Ailments” tab shows how effective each blight/ailment will be against your target monster, cluing you in to any weaknesses or resistances that might affect your approach. It’s also important to keep in mind that monsters will become more resistant to status effects over time, so it’ll get harder to apply the same blights and ailments the longer the hunt goes on. 

Below, we’ve listed all the abnormal status effects that affect monsters and how to apply them. Be sure to check the official manual again for additional tips on how to best take advantage of these effects while they’re active!

Blight/Ailment Effects Application
FireblightInflicts damage over time; makes monster more likely to flinch.– Deal Fire damage
– Use a Firebeetle
WaterblightSoftens monster’s hide; makes weapons less likely to bounce.– Deal Water damage
– Use a Mudbeetle
ThunderblightAllows monsters to be stunned with non-blunt weapons.– Deal Thunder damage
– Use a Thunderbeetle
IceblightSlows monster’s movement (does not affect Exhausted targets).– Deal Ice damage
– Use a Snowbeetle
PoisonReduces monster’s health over time.– Deal Poison damage
– Use a Poisontoad
– Use a Poisoned Meat
StunKnocks monsters unconscious.– Attack monster’s head with a blunt weapon
ParalysisDisables monster’s movement for a short time.– Deal Paralysis damage
– Use a Paratoad
– Use a Tinged Meat
SleepPuts monster to sleep; wake-up attack deals more damage.– Deal Sleep damage
– Use a Sleeptoad
– Use a Drugged Meat
BlastblightTriggers an explosion after reaching a certain level.– Deal Blast damage
– Use a Blastoad
ExhaustReduces monster’s stamina for a short time.– Attack monster’s head with a blunt weapon
– Use Exhaust Coating (Bow)
HellfireblightTriggers an explosion after a short period or when attacked.– Wiredash while afflicted with Hellfireblight, then bait monster into attacking the blighted spot

Become a High Grounder

That wraps up our guide to status effects and elemental blights in Monster Hunter Rise — thanks for reading! If you have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future, feel free to leave a comment below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media for more Monster Hunter guides like this.

Happy hunting!