As you fight monsters in Monster Hunter: World you’ll find yourself dealing with different status effects depending on the creatures that you fight. One status effect that’s sure to be annoying when you’re out on the hunt is the bleeding effect. If you get this effect you’ll constantly lose health, which can lead to your fainting if you don’t know how to stop it. The good news if we have all the details, and today we’re going to show you how to stop bleeding in Monster Hunter: World and get back into the fight.

How to Stop the Bleeding Effect

You’ll most likely first encounter the bleeding status effect the first time that you fight Odogaron in the Rotten Vale area. This is one of the toughest bosses that you’ll face as you move through the game, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, the bleeding effect can lead to your demise time after time. The way that bleeding works in Monster Hunter: World is that it not only takes away a good chunk of your health, but you also slowly lose health as you move around, which means you’ll basically die a slow and painful death as you try to get away from the boss.

The good news is you can easily stop the bleeding effect in its tracks. The first way is to simply stay completely still and press down on the X or A button depending on your console. This will cause your hunter to crouch, which will remove the effect after a few moments. You’ll still need to use a potion to recover your HP, but once the bleeding stops, you can start moving again.

The only other way to stop bleeding when you get the effect is to use an item called Astera Jerky. This item can be purchased from the Provisions shop before you set out—or even found during some quests like Into the Bowels of the Vale. Make use of this item to immediately cure the bleeding effect, which means you won’t have to risk crouching and waiting somewhere for the bleeding to cure itself. This is by far the best option and is what we’d recommend most people do if they’re having trouble staying alive due to bleeding.

Now that you know how to stop the bleeding status effect, you’re ready to take on Odogaron and any other enemies out there that might hit you with this effect. Remember to keep some Astera Jerky on you at all times, and if all else fails, find a bush and hide in it by crouching. You can also head back over to our Monster Hunter: World guide for more helpful information about the game, where you’ll also find in-depth articles on things like how to use Hammers, and even how to mount monsters.