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How to unlock and defeat Alatreon, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’s new big boss

This week, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne welcomes the return of a series great — Alatreon, the Blazing Black Dragon. It’s the first major monster both console and PC players gain access to at the same time — and what better time to team up.

It an incredibly difficult fight, but you don’t need to put hundreds of hours into the post-game Guiding Lands content or even prove yourself against something like an Arch Tempered Namielle to take it on. Here’s how to unlock Alatreon and what equipment you’ll want to bring to the fight.

How to unlock Alatreon

When it releases, all you’ll need to have done to fight Alatreon is reach the game’s first ending. If you saw Iceborne through to the credits, you’re close to where you need to be to fight it.

If you’re the type of gamer to put the controller down as it fades to black, however, you’ll need to pick it back up prior to Alatreon’s release — or right after, if you want to fight it.

You need to finish Iceborne’s first piece of post-game content to trigger the story that ushers the Blazing Black Dragon into Astera. That means unlocking the Guiding Lands and defeating the Stygian Zinogre through the “Across the Lost Path” quest. That unlocks the Safi’jiiva recon mission you need to quickly run through to unlock the Alatreon quest “Blazing Black Twilight.”

With those goals checked off, head back to Seliana and you should see the Third Fleet Master by the entrance with a quest marker above her head. That’s your ticket into the slaughterhouse.

Preparing to fight Alatreon

Alatreon’s niche is its ability to change its elemental resistances through what are known as Active states. Farcasters are disabled, too, so returning to base to rework your equipment as it cycles through these isn’t an option. It’s bad news for Gunners needing to restock ammo, too.

On paper, what we were told about Alatreon prior to release made it seem as if spreading elemental roles to party members would be the only way to deal with the beast, but in reality, this isn’t wholly necessary.

Though its elemental properties change throughout the fight, exploiting the weakness of its first phase can delay its switch into another, giving you more time to deal optimum damage.

It always starts in the same elemental state, though this could change each day. Once you’ve identified which, one tactic is to go heavy with a weapon of the opposite element to its starting Active state. Aim to do enough damage during that time to break its horns and you’ll dampen the supernova-style attack that leads to most party wipes.

As a bonus, with the horns broken, Alatreon should be frequently locked out of its other Active form, lowering the threat of having your weapons or armor suddenly feel like butter to a knife.

Weapons that scale well with elemental damage (like Sword & Shield or Dual Blade etc.) are good picks, but there’s evidence of players managing the fight with heavily augmented Dragon-element weapons like the Safi Drakcrusher Hammer.

On the armor side of things, you’ll want a set that covers the Active element you have to go up against first–assuming you’re then able to lock it out of the other.

How you decorate them is up to you, but going for the defensive option with things like elemental resistance gems, Defense and/or Vitality can help save on potions.

Astera Jerky should be all you will need to heal through a properly mitigated supernova. Nulberries are a must given how often Dragonblight can cut off your elemental damage output. Gemming for blight resistance can save time.

If Alatreon is proving too difficult, one sure-fire way to craft the new weapons and armor is to spam the quest with a Plunder Blade-equipped Palico. Save your potions and just focus on picking up whatever your feline companion can pluck from the dangerous dragon.

Alatreon element and weak points

As outlined above, Alatreon’s elemental weaknesses and physical weak points change and it switches between Active states. The below numbers are based on its appearance in past Monster Hunter games and should only be used a guideline until concrete data is pulled from its official release:

Elemental weaknesses

  • Grounded (Fire active)

    • Fire: 0
    • Water: 5-15
    • Ice: 10-20
    • Thunder: 5
    • Dragon: 5
  • Flying (Ice/Dragon Active)

    • Fire: 15-20
    • Water: 5-15
    • Ice: 0
    • Thunder: 0
    • Dragon: 10-30

As is with most monsters, the head, neck, and tail of Alatreon tend to be the most susceptible to damage regardless of weapon type — but they’re not always the easiest to hit. This remains mostly true as it switches between elements.

Exceptions lie in how Fire element damage against its body in Ice Active mode isn’t equal to the damage an Ice weapon can do to the same part while in Fire Active mode.

A Dragon weapon with 800+ elemental damage, can be enough to get you by if you’re aggressive enough with your attacks in the first phase.

Abnormal status and ailments

The only thing Alatreon is immune to on this front is Exhaust, so Hammer users still clinging onto Stamina Thief gems should use this opportunity to switch to increased element damage. Poison, Sleep, KO, and Paralysis are all fair game.

Blast has the lowest initial trigger rare and lowest overall increase, but with element damage being a major part of the fight, it isn’t going to be a stand-out strategy.

Alatreon mechanics and strategy

Since its inception in Monster Hunter Tri, Alatreon has been something of an amalgamation of the series’ toughest “True Elder Dragons.” It uses many of these monsters’ skills, so prepare to take your knowledge of other elder dragons’ attacks in this fight.

The blazing black dragon’s mastery of the elements is flakey at best. Even though it switches between only three distinct elemental phases (Fire Active, Ice Active, and Dragon Active), it will regularly use Thunder and Water-attuned attacks as well. Escaton Judgement is what you’ll be working to mitigate.

How to survive Escaton Judgement — the Alatreon supernova

After switching from its starting Active state to Dragon, the change to its third is usually signaled by its supernova-style move Escaton Judgement.

Escaton Judgement isn’t something you can dive or evade through. Things go quiet, and the world around you combusts, dealing incredible damage over time in a short window. If you haven’t dealt enough elemental damage before then and broken the monster’s horns, the damage will be too fast and heavy to survive.

The secret to surviving Escaton Judgement lies in its name. You’re being judged on the damage you managed to deal up until that point. Do too little and you’ll be deemed unworthy by Alatreon, likely wiping the entire squad and ending the quest. Many have tried using Wide-Range to use multiple potions at once, but it rarely works.

To solo Alatreon, it really does boil down to maximizing your elemental damage. It’s a classic MMO DPS race in this regard. Study its attack patterns and find exactly when and where you can get larger attacks out.

Focus on the head and front claws during its first phase to knock the horns off and stop Escaton Judgement from burning you into a fine slice of bacon. One good example of this is during its area-wide lightning strikes. Anywhere underneath is perfectly safe throughout this long move.

If you’ve knocked the creature down during the fight and broken the horns, a well-timed Astera Jerky should be enough to heal you through Escaton Judgement. If not, you didn’t hit it hard and fast enough. Rework your equipment, rethink your strategy, and get back in there.

Alatreon armor and weapons

The design of the Alatreon armor is clearly inspired by the creature’s jagged black scales. A full set awards +23 to each element, presumably to aid in its unique set bonus called Alatreon Divinity.

Alatreon Divinity is a new armor bonus that increases your weapon’s elemental power as the elemental resistance stats of your armor increases. The preview screen shows 770 Dragon element increasing to 810 as 69 resistance goes up to a whopping 161.

It doesn’t look like much of an increase, but with 115 of that coming the full armor set, getting a boost from a Hunting Horn, decorations, and a sweet pre-hunt meal can result in a fairly major damage output increase that should aid in subsequent Alatreon runs.


Google and Qualcomm partner up to support four generations of Android

Over the past year, Google and Qualcomm have been hard at work trying to prolong the life of today’s phones with more software updates. And why shouldn’t they? Smartphones these days are the most powerful they’ve ever been, and more expensive than ever. We should all get as much life out of these devices as possible, and not be restricted due to the lack of OS and security updates.Together the two companies have now announced that all Qualcomm chipsets will support four versions of Android and four years of security updates, starting with the Snapdragon 888.Hold the phone though, because that four generations of Android includes the initial version of the OS your handset ships with. So what this actually means is, your phone will support up to three Android OS updates and up to four years of security updates.If you’re using a Pixel phone or a recent Samsung flagship, not much has changed. Both Google and Samsung have already promised three generations of Android OS updates, but this does add an additional year of security updates to the mix.The real winner here will be low-end and mid-range Android phones, because now all of Qualcomm’s chipsets will support three generations of Android OS updates. However, this in no way guarantees you will receive three OS updates or four years of security updates on your Android device.That responsibility is still solely on the manufacturer of your phone. The only difference being that now the blame cannot be placed on Google or Qualcomm for the lack of updates. Still, this is fantastic news for the Android platform as a whole. All we have to do now is keep the pressure on OEMs to continue updating its lineup of phones at all levels, whether it be a $1000 flagship or a $200 entry-level smartphone.

Nokia 5.4 introduced for €189 with Snapdragon 662

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Stadia is now available on iPhone and iPad

When Stadia first launched one of the most exciting prospects of the service was being able to game anywhere on any screen. Unfortunately, at launch, the service was barely available on a handful of screens, including a very limited number of Android phones.Over the past year, support has grown for Google’s cloud gaming service adding additional Android devices, and now Stadia is finally coming to iOS devices. Starting on December 16, 2020, Stadia Pro and free-tier users can load up their favorite games on an iPhone or iPad using the Safari web browser.Unlike on Android devices, Stadia cannot currently work on the iPhone or iPad via an app. That is due to Apple’s app store policies, which requires even game streaming services to submit every game as a separate app for approval. Not only is that ridiculous for a game streaming app, but it’s also just not feasible. To get around this limitation, Google had to implement the service in Safari as a web app.Porting the Stadia web app to iOS was a super fun project, and we’re really happy with how it turned out. Here’s a video I recorded a few months ago demonstrating we could deliver the complete Stadia experience on Safari, even for an extremely timing-sensitive game like Thumper. pic.twitter.com/TNJEdGTwPF— Justin Uberti (@juberti) December 16, 2020That explains why it has taken so long for Stadia to make its way to iOS devices, but all you need to know is that you can now open Stadia.com on your iPhone or iPad using Safari and get your game on. You can even add a shortcut to the home screen making Stadia only one tap away.This year is truly the year that Stadia has evolved into a somewhat viable gaming platform. Initially, Google’s cloud gaming service launched in a barebones state, but it recently celebrated its one year anniversary in November, and it only continues to improve over time.Most recently, Google ran a promotion giving away free Stadia Premiere bundles with the purchase of Cyberpunk 2077. The promotion was so popular it ended before its original cut off after Google ran out of supplies. Alongside that, Google also enabled the option to live stream to YouTube last week. Plus, this week Ubisoft added support for Ubisoft+ so members can now play 15 of the subscription service’s games on Stadia.

Apple TV Plus is headed to Chromecast with Google TV in early 2021

Google announced on its blog yesterday that Apple TV is coming to Chromecast with Google TV early next year. The announcement comes after Apple Music support was recently added to Google smart speakers and displays last week.With the addition of the Apple TV+ app, Chromecast with Google TV users will have access to award-winning original programming. This includes titles such as The Morning Show, See, Mythic Quest, Ted Lasso, For All Mankind, and many more. As someone who has already watched a handful of these, this is fantastic news. Remember, you’ll also need a subscription to Apple TV+ and that will run you $4.99/month.Additionally, you’ll also be able to access movies and TV shows bought from the Apple store. That means, soon you won’t need multiple dongles and boxes to watch all the great streaming content out there, because Chromecast with Google TV will have you covered with support for every major streaming service.The post doesn’t mention if the app will also come to other Google TV devices out there, such as the popular Nvidia Shield Android TV. However, given that it is an app running on the Google TV platform, I’d be surprised if it isn’t available on all the supported devices.It seems as Apple transitions itself from a hardware company to one focused on services, it’s now opening up its walled garden. Perhaps, the tech giant finally realized that if you want to make the most amount of money, you can’t ignore some of the largest platforms. That’s part of what made Netflix so popular in the early days, its app was available on pretty much every platform imaginable.Unfortunately, there is still one missing piece of the puzzle, Android mobile app support. The blog post makes no mention of support for Android smartphones. That’s more than a little odd, as Apple Music has been on the Play Store for years now. Hopefully, sometime in the near future, we’ll see Apple TV+ make its way to all Android devices.