In Monster Hunter World will I ever be able to hunt Anjanath without being attacked by Rathalos? I'm currently working on a story mission involving him and Rathalos always attacks and just obliterates me since he has a high level of aggro towards me.

If he's always there then my question would be how do I shake him? I've tried hiding, running to other zones, and taking a back seat to him and Anjanath fighting one another but I always seem to draw unwanted attention. Thanks and sorry for the wordy explanation of my question.


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I have hunted three or four Anjanaths so far and have never encountered a Rathalos while doing it. So at the very least it's not a scripted thing, but random chance.

That being said, I know the feeling very well, both from earlier installments and from this one. It's frustrating, but also part of the game's way to keep you on your toes.

There are several ways of dealing with it. The simplest is just to stay away until the monsters separate, then follow the Anjanath.

Another way is to use dung bombs (I believe you have to craft dung into dung pods and equip them to the slinger the same way you do the net, but I haven't actually tried it myself yet). Whether you should dung the Anjanoth or the Rathalos is not so easy to answer, though.

The way it worked in earlier installments, with more separated zones, was that if you had already been fighting the Anjanath for a while you should dung that and leave the Rathalos behind. That's because the Anjanath would probably run away soon anyways, while the Rathalos would stay in combat mode for a few minutes, unable to run. I don't know enough about the monster psychology (specifically how tied they feel to the different areas of the map, both when roaming and when fighting) to answer that question for World, though.


Use a Dung Bomb on the Rathalos or put dung in your slinger and shoot it at him. This will make the Rathalos change zones and ignore you for a while.


No there's not always a Rathalos in an Anjanath quest but they can randomly appear.

If you want to get rid of an "unwelcome monster" you have 2 major options:

  • Use a dung bomb to scare it away into another zone
  • Hide in tall grass or using a Ghillie mantle and wait for either of the monsters to leave. Some monsters can start a "Turf War" which will reward you with knowledge of the monster and some eyecandy in the form of two monsters battling eachother.

Other than dung bomb which most people suggested you can also engage Rathalos(or whatever other monster) deliberately in another zone before going for Anjanath(you main target). An enraged monster will move less than an idling one so all you have to do is pop a flash(or whatever affects/enrage the monster) on him and make him angry then flee to fight you main target.

That will allow you more time to fight you main target before the other monster interrupts. If you want to buy even more time you can even lure the other monster across the map, though that will increase the total amount of time spent in the mission so you have to decide if it is worth the effort.

This method is even more effective in multiplayer as a single player can keep the other monster engaged for a short while while the remaining member of the party engage the main target.

If you weight the value of a player's dps on the main target versus an inventory space for dung bomb, I'd suggest dung bomb but at times where an unexpected large monster appear while your party did not carry any dung bomb, this can be an effective method to buy more time for the fight without have both monsters on you.

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