Fighting monsters like the Great Jagras can be intense, and you’ll need every advantage that you can get as you take on the most difficult beasts that the New World has to offer. One of the best ways to get out of attack range while still dealing loads of damage to monsters is to mount them and attack from their backs. This can be tricky to do, and in this article we’ll go over everything you need to know how to mount a monster in Monster Hunter: World, and stick around as long as possible.

How to Mount a Monster

Mounting a monster in Monster Hunter: World is all about using the environment around you to your advantage. First, you’ll need to lure the monster close to a ledge that you can climb up. You then need to be ready to move fast, as you won’t have much time before it joins you up on the ledge. Climb your way up to the top of the ledge, and then face the monster. Wait for it to get close, and then jump and attack by pressing Triangle. This should cause you to mount the beast, giving you a new way to attack it.

Once you’re on the monster, though, the battle is only half over. During this time you’ll need to pay attention to several button prompts on the screen. When you’re clear to attack, the Triangle prompt will appear, telling you that it’s good to go. During this time, attack as much as possible, but keep an eye out as the monster will try to knock you off.

Eventually you’ll get a prompt to hold R2, which will cause your character to brace itself against the monster. If you miss this prompt you’ll lose a ton of Stamina, which determines how long you can hold onto the monster and attack it. Your overall goal here should be to stay on the monster’s back and attack it until you get a prompt to charge up your attack. When this happens, charge the attack, and then hit it one final time to trigger a stunning animation that leaves the beast on its side or back, momentarily incapacitated. This is the perfect time to get in some additional hits, and then back off and make sure your weapons are good and sharp and ready for round two.

The important thing to remember when trying to mount a monster is that not every monster is going to be easy to mount. Some may destroy the rocks that you’ve climbed onto, and others may be too large for you to climb on top of in the environment that you’re fighting. This is why using the environment to your advantage comes in handy, so make sure you are doing so as much as possible. It really makes a difference.

For more help, head back over to our Monster Hunter: World guide and be sure to check out our additional Monster Hunter: World content, like how to play multiplayer and more.