During the show, the developers discussed a few changes about Brachydios compared to its first appearance in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. It still applies its slime-covered green blast, and when it’s enraged, that slime triggers even more quickly. To get rid of Brachydios’ slime — which is now blast-blight status in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne — you must use a Nulberry, or roll five times! Rolling that much consumes quite a bit of stamina which can leave you vulnerable, so be prepared with Nulberries before going out to hunt the explosive Brute Wyvern. Brachydios also has a new effect up its sleeve, or, should we say horn. The slime applied to the ground by the pounder on its skull causes hunters to slow down, similar to the effect of Jyuratodos’ mud, for example.
We also had the privilege of witnessing a turf-war between Brachydios and Azure Rathalos during our live gameplay session – skip to 25:06 to see who comes out victorious. Also, make sure to check out the incredibly extensive new customization options for your hunter’s room in Seliana. It’s a massive space complete with a private hot spring and a huge aquarium. Each furniture option can be changed between style, materials, and more! And different pieces can be unlocked by progressing through the story, getting lucky at the Steamworks, and other tasks.
For more on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, check out our Gamescom interview about how Iceborne Updates Let You Boost through Monster Hunter: World. Don’t miss 9 Quality of Life Improvements in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and our Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Subspecies Preview with Gameplay, either.
Casey DeFreitas is an Editor at IGN who loves monster hunting, slaying, and catching. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD.