Final Fantasy's Behemoth is in Monster Hunter World and is ripe for hunting. It's no secret to longtime players that the armor set made from Behemoth parts, the Drachen, is one of the most powerful in the game. Just ask the many Monster Hunter YouTubers who call the Drachen armor straight-up overpowered. But there's a lot of new players coming to the game due to recent sales and the upcoming expansion. That means a lot of people who might need help taking on Behemonth, and might not have a party or the online subscription to get it. Fortunately, there's a way to take on the Behemoth solo.
The Drachen Armor
Aside from looking very intimidating, with its spiky black aesthetic straight out of Final Fantasy, the Drachen set gives you several offensive boosts. There's five pieces to collect - helmet, chest, gloves, waist, and legs - and each gives you some sort of bonus to your attacks.
The largest bonus is to your Affinity, thanks to the Critical Eye skill provided by several of the pieces. Critical Boost and Attack Boost are also repeated, giving you some of the game's highest damage output. Airborne is there, as is Elemental Airborne. Finally, there's a rare second set bonus in Master's Touch, which stops you from losing weapon sharpness during critical hits. Put these all together, and you have an Insect Glaive build that allows you to hit hard, pull off incredible aerial combos, and take fewer breaks in between.
The corresponding weapon is the True Gae Bolg. It's a stellar Insect Glaive with the Dragon element and two slots for upgrades. It has high Affinity, going with the theme of the armor set, and a high Elderseal chance of preventing Elder Dragons from using their most deadly powers. The only problem with True Gae Bolg is that it falls just short of the maximum sharpness level, which will prove annoying against high-tier enemies who resist all but the sharpest of weapons.
The Secret Weapon To Farming Behemoth
There are actually two secret weapons you can bring to the Behemoth fight to make farming Behemoth's parts a breeze. First is a Palico with the Plunderblade gadget. Your Palico probably already has this. If not, you can get it as a gift for completing the Grimalkyne side-quest in the Rotten Vale. The Plunderblade allows your Palico to attack an enemy and rip a part off of it. You should have it fully-leveled so you can use it on command instead of waiting on the AI.
The other thing to bring is a Light Bowgun. In particular, you want to bring the Empress Shell "Styx" Bowgun. By following this guide by TheGameconomist, you can give the Empress Shell "Styx" a Partbreaker skill that will make it more adept at damaging specific monster parts. This will come in handy as you'll need to target specific parts of Behemoth's body to get specific loot. Finally, stock up on Sticky Ammo Level Two.
Hit And Run
Above is TheGameconomist's video, on which this guide was based. We'll lay the plan out for you, but feel free to watch his video as well if you need the visuals.
The first thing to do is spam that Plunderblade. If you followed our earlier advice to fully level it, you should use the command whenever it comes off cooldown. As you can guess, spamming Plunderblade is a great way to harvest Behemoth parts without having to actually defeat it. In the meantime, you can use your slinger to hit stalactites and make them fall on Behemoth, stunning it.
Honestly, that's the theme of this guide. Farming Behemoth without killing it. You can kill it solo with great skill, but this method is safer. And Plunderblade guarantees you'll get parts even if you go down and fail the quest.
At some point, however, you'll have to fight. Behemoth won't just sit there and let your cat carve it up. That's where the Bowgun comes in. If you followed TheGameconomist's guide and got the slice build on the Empress Shell "Styx," you should keep aiming for Behemoth's tail. It should come off quickly, and then you can harvest it. After the tail comes off, you'll want to load up that Sticky Ammo Level Two and aim for the head. That, and, maybe some well-placed tranquilizers, will stun Behemoth and/or put it to sleep. Keep going for the head and you'll eventually break its horns.
If you've been paying attention, you'll know that at this point you have parts from the tail, horns, and assorted others thanks to Plunderblade. The only thing missing is the claw. There's no trick to this one. Just attack Behemoth's forelegs when it's stunned/asleep and try to break the claw.
Rinse And Repeat
Once you've broken all the parts you can and Plunderbladed a countless amount of times, it's time for the absolute last step... running away. Remember, the goal isn't to engage Behemoth in a drawn-out fight to the finish. You've got his parts, so get out of there. End the mission manually and return to base. If you need more parts, which you probably do, just restart the fight and do it all again. It's not the most glamorous to farm a Monster Hunter monster, but the prize is well worth it.