Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Fatalis Review
As a hunter for a long time I realized all the time before a huge battle that I am not prepared. What’s up gamers it is Kuma here talking about the Fatalis event that brought back this ancient beast. Why is this Monster so important, well because many gamers seemed to have this idea that Fatalis used to be a wizard. Yup, straight up Merlin type that was turned into a monster and is the reason why it is so difficult to battle. The funny part is when Behemoth was introduced. It was the toughest Monster I have faced because you need to play it like an RPG. Needing a tank, a healer, and two DPS. Honestly, that is needed for almost all the monsters. So what makes Fatalis hit different?
The fight of fights with Fatalis:
There are a few prerequisites you need to accomplish before the main event. First up dealing with an Alatreon fight that opens up the special assignment which is an introduction to Fatalis that you have to survive a solo run with an NPC hunter.
In that, before I forget special Shoutout to Darin, Angelica, Sparrow, Naomi, and New Logik for helping me with my builds and fights. I had to relearn a lot of things with over 800 hours in the game, I still didn’t have proper builds or setups. This was discouraging, but thanks to these fine people in the Monster Hunter Community, I was schooled and came out a bit better.
Now getting down to the fight itself. Either has both Temporal or Gillie Mantle available. The Gillie mantle for those that want to be hidden and load up the cannons at the beginning of the match. You will need those cannons because the objective here is to break the head completely. Another strategy is taking out its wings as well. Kuma is an insect glaive user main, so I try to utilize a lot of my bugs abilities and mounting skills. Yes, fatalis is weak against fire and dragon elements which is weird when you think about it.
Other things to take into consideration is the roaming ballista and barricades on fatalis. There is also a strategy to use bombs at the right moments because you will need to do big damage. You only have 30 minutes in this fight anyway to take it out. A lot of Fatalis attacks are in V shape so from its mouth is the tip spreading outwards into an equilateral attack. Run to the side as best as you can or you will be one shot.
Its first major attack you can hide behind a huge metal shield in which you will know that it is going into its second phase. 3rd phase is an even bigger attack where you will have to hide behind a door that will meltdown. After that door is gone use your farcaster to go back to camp and replenish your items. You want to be smart and precise. It would not hurt to have a health booster handy either-or life potions to heal everyone as possible. Teamwork makes the dream work for sure.
In its 3rd phase, it will perform a new attack where its chest is exposed in a hot aura. This means its defense is low and once you fully break its head the fire attacks lose power. However, Fatalis can perform a body slam attack that will attach you to its chest to give it a defense boost by melting your armor. That is pretty clever so, dodge dip, dive, and of course dodge again!
What have we not talked about? Ah yes, the other two flame attacks where it goes in the air. Again these attacks are Triangle shaped so wherever it is in the air you run sideways, not towards it, and do not try to hide behind rocks, you will die. Dragon Pods that you get from it can make it flinch, but in its 3rd and final phase dragon pods will not drop. Sorry, this turned into a guide but sharing my experience and what I learned. Either way, the epic music plays and you are coming to an end to the fight. I believe you get 5 faints in this match so keep in mind that. Victory will be yours for sure. Ah yes having your armor above 1000 helps and Divine Blessing 5 as well.
The Fatalis fight as a whole is a small map, but so much is going on to help you win this fight if done right. You have two ballista, a roaming ballista, and two cannons at your disposal. Now the cannons can be taken out, but you will have other things opening to you as well as a Dragonator for the final phase.
Fatalis is a well-designed monster and looks great on my PS4 Pro. Its animations are unpredictable where you can’t if that tail whip is an attack or not. Even when you force it on all fours and it is coming at you like a rabid dog is cool and frightening.
The music itself gives you a strong feeling and gives you that right fuel for the fight. Especially the end phase music that gives you what seems to be a remix of the main games theme song. All beautiful and that sigh of relief when you accomplish the win.
This is a weird thing to complain about because you should move out of the way of any attacks, but Fatalis has horrible tells when it comes to its tail. At one moment it whips around and does no damage. Then all of a sudden the tail decides its time to be used as a weapon. It is a bit confusing because the tail whips around too much like an attack to tell if it will be deadly or not. That is pretty much my own gripe with the fight.
There are some hunters that feel Monster Hunter World is not as challenging since you can build a particular class in the game. I say this is called evolution in growth which is not bad at all. Having the options to be a healer or a tank, hell even a mixture of both is fine by me. Brings more strategy to the game and grants you a better advantage. However, the monsters will be equally as hard if you do not have the proper build.
Personally, Fatalis felt like a true end game worth where at this point you should have maxed out builds, done everything in the game that you can possibly do. Also, have your builds over 1000 in defense. Also having fire resistance helps too. I give this new event a 4 out of 5 paws.
Share your war stories of the Fatalis fight. How many times have you defeated this monster and you build the sets you wanted? – Beast Out –