Aurora Somnacanth Guide – Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak

A guide on how to defeat Aurora Somnacanth in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Aurora Somnacanth cover

Aurora Somnacanth is one of the new subspecies introduced in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Instead of breathing out sleeping gas, it now breathes out freezing air when it has adapted to living in the colder regions. Though it cannot freeze a hunter fully, getting hit by one of its icy attacks can be fatal.

In this guide, we will talk about Aurora Somnacanth and share some tips on how to make the hunt for it more manageable.

Aurora Somnacanth Characteristics

Aurora Somnacanth is a leviathan and is a subspecies of the Somnacanth. It has developed to breathe out freezing air in comparison to the common Somnacanth that breathes out sleeping gas.

Most of an Aurora Somnacanth’s physical features remain the same compared to the common Somnacanth except for its color. It has taken a more pale yellow color for its body and pale blue for its fins and crest.

It no longer picks up giant glams as part of its moves and attacks as most of it has been replaced with frost attacks.

Aurora Somnacanth

Aurora Somnacanth Weaknesses

  • Weak Points – Neck, Head
  • Elemental/Ailment Weakness – Fire, Thunder, Blast
  • Elemental/Ailment Resistance – Water, Ice, Dragon, Sleep
  • Resistant Points – Back, Hindleg
  • Tail severable?: No, can only be broken

Aurora Somnacanth is extremely weak against the fire element and will also take significant damage against the thunder element and blast ailment. Its weak point is its neck followed by its head, however this can be hard to reach whenever Aurora Somnacanth is standing on its tail. Attacking it while it is lying on its backside or when it is toppled down are the best times to land hits on these weak points.

Aurora Somnacanth cannot be put to sleep, so it is better to use other ways to incapacitate it like traps or paralysis.

Aurora Somnacanth Moves

Aurora Somnacanth shares most of its attacks with the common Somnacanth with some minor changes. Listed below are the most notable moves in its move set.

  • Tail Slam: Aurora Somnacanth turns its body and slams its tail towards its target.
  • Tail Whip: It charges towards its target and whips its tail around quickly. When enraged, it can do this tail whip vertically and twice while in the air, covering a lot of distance.
  • Body Slam: It slides to the side and takes aim at its target as it slams its body on top of them.
  • Far Pounce: It stands on its tail and whips its head around twice before leaping towards its target.
  • Claw Swipe: It stands on its tail and uses its claw to swipe in a wide range.
  • Icy Scales: It whips its head to shoot out its icy scales in a spread.
  • Icy Beam: It shoots out a beam of icy breath that has a very long reach. It can shoot it out as a stationary beam or a sweeping beam.
  • Icy Crash: It releases its icy powder from its gills as it stands up with its tail as it pounces on its target.
  • Icy Powder: It releases its icy powder from its gills while standing, knocking back any hunters nearby and inflicting iceblight.
  • Icy Trample: It releases its icy powder from its gills as is runs over its target.
  • Head Whip: It stands on its tail as it moves its body to whip its head and its fan around.
  • Freezing Explosion: Aurora Somnacanth charges for an attack as ice clouds start to appear in a cone formation in front of it, which will then eventually explode.

How to Beat Aurora Somnacanth in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak

  • Using traps such as the Shock Trap or Pitfall Trap will give you the best chance of dealing damage to its head, especially during its rage state.
  • When dealing with its Icy Beam, depending on how far you are, it’s best to either run towards Aurora Somnacanth and to the side (near), jump over it using a wirebug (mid), or run or panic dive away from the beam (far). It can still be guarded or countered using a counter skill.
  • Lure a monster using a Stinkmink to deal massive damage to it.
Aurora Somnacanth can release its icy powder from its gills

Aurora Somnacanth has two phases: normal and rage state.

Aurora Somnacanth Normal Phase

Aurora Somnacanth will usually start with its tail and body attacks at its first encounter, but it can start doing its icy moves as it transitions to its rage state.

Aurora Somnacanth Rage Phase

Cold breath will start coming out of Aurora Somnacanth and its head fin will also start taking on a more vibrant blue color. In this state, it is more agile and it can string up multiple attacks in a short span of time.

Hunters will have to be careful not to get caught by its combo due to its relentlessness, plus they have to be mindful about their stamina levels especially when hit by iceblight. During this state, most of its attacks will include its icy powder, and it can do its signature Freezing Explosion attack.

Aurora Somnacanth Drops

Aurora Somnacanth drops these items:

  • Auroracanth Icescale
  • Auroracanth Icecortex
  • Auroracanth Fin
  • Monster Slogbone
  • Cryo Sac
  • Large Wyvern Gem
  • Auroracanth Iceclaw
  • Wyvern Tear
  • Large Wyvern Tear
  • Afflicted Claw

Aurora Somnacanth Armor

The Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Auroracanth Armor Set is a Rarity Level 8 Master Rank Armor Set.

The Auroracanth Armor Set can be crafted with the following:

  • 60,000 zenny
  • Auroracanth Fin x5
  • Auroracanth Icescale x12
  • Auroracanth Icecortex x9
  • Auroracanth Iceclaw x5
  • Cryo Sac x5
  • Large Wyvern Gem x1
  • Great Baggi Thickhide x2
  • Lagombi Frigidclaw x2
  • Goss Harag Allbrace x1
  • Lagombi Fur x2

Auroracanth Armor Set Skills

  • Auroracanth Head
    • Master’s Touch Lv1
    • Agitator Lv2
  • Auroracanth Mail
    • Critical Element Lv1
    • Agitator Lv2
  • Auroracanth Braces
    • Critical Element Lv1
    • Master’s Touch Lv1
    • Ice Attack Lv1
  • Auroracanth Coil
    • Master’s Touch Lv1
    • Ice Attack Lv1
  • Auroracanth Greaves
    • Critical Element Lv1
    • Agitator Lv1
    • Ice Attack Lv1

Aurora Somnacanth Layered Armor

The Aurora Somnacanth Layered Armor Set can be crafted with the following:

  • 12,000 zenny
  • Outfix Voucher+ x10
  • Aurora Somnacanth Points 6 pts/piece or 30 pts

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