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Hunt: Showdown boss guide – tips and tactics for all boss monsters

Hunt: Showdown is a multi-faceted game that blends PvE objectives into a PvP game. At the game’s core, the main objective is to find three clues to help you track down a boss monster. The bosses all have their own distinct strengths, weaknesses, and quirks. We’ll outline some great Hunt: Showdown tips and tactics for taking on each boss monster in the game.


Every Hunt: Showdown boss will go into a Frenzy state when taking too much damage – typically 1/4 of their health. An audible queue, like a loud shriek, will tell players when the boss goes into a Frenzy. This causes the boss to take reduced damage and deploy their own unique tactic for roughly 30 seconds.


The Butcher is a hulking monstrosity of a boss with a severed animal’s head on its shoulders. The Butcher deals heavy melee damage with his large hook for a weapon. It can also throw the occasional flaming projectile to flush you out of your hiding hole. Worse yet, the Butcher’s lair often has explosive barrels lying around, and he has the unnerving tendency to “accidentally” detonate them while you’re near by.

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Unlike the Meathead pictured above, the Butcher has a false head – it is not a weak spot!

This boss is very vulnerable to rending damage and somewhat vulnerable to poison, but immune to fire. Choke bombs can disable its ranged attack temporarily, or be set as an auto-extinguish station for the player. If you have one of these in your loadout, you are set.

While you are looping, try to get the Butcher to trudge repeatedly through a concertina bomb or poison cloud. These items are probably best used when the Butcher is Frenzied, as it will begin to swiftly chase the player.

When you have the Butcher downed, beware of its final swing attack. Getting dropped by the Butcher’s Hail Mary hook is the worst way to end this fight. Wait until it actually keels over before you go to banish it.

Cheapest way to kill the Butcher: Adrenaline shot + axe.


The Spider is the embodiment of arachnophobia. This creepy crawly will run on ceilings and walls to get the literal jump on you. Its poison is theoretically something to be mindful of, but can be easily ignored if you packed an antidote shot into the game. Remember, use an antidote shot every single game at the beginning of the match.

The Spider boss is vulnerable to fire, but immune to poison.

hunt showdown spider

When the Spider is in a Frenzy state, it stops being clever and begins chasing you relentlessly, biting you at a furious rate when it catches up. This is technically a good time to unload into it since it will be sitting in one spot, but Frenzy makes it damage-resistant so it is not going to be an easy trade.

Cheapest way to kill the Spider: Kill it with fire. Set the whole building on fire, using lanterns which are usually everywhere. This is not a joke, use fire everywhere.


Hunt: Showdown’s Assassin has two forms: bug swarm, and a humanoid form with a fascinating backstory. It will take damage no matter what state it’s in, so shoot away. Be mindful that the Assassin will take less damage as a bug swarm, but don’t let that deter you from shooting at it. If the Assassin is in its humanoid form, damaging it will stun-lock it if you have a weapon that can attack rapidly.

The Assassin has a melee and a ranged bone splinter attack, both causing heavy bleeding. It is resistant to rending damage, and vulnerable to poison.

When Frenzied, it splits into clones that rush the player, exploding into a cloud of insects on contact. This cloud does little damage, but will obscure your vision heavily. It’s a good thing the clones have a weak health pool and can be one-shot by anything.

hunt showdown boss assassin

Cheapest way to kill Assassin: Adrenaline shot + axe, again. Even though is it resistant to rending damage, the Assassin is very easily stunned by damage, so repeatedly whacking it with a heavy blade will end its career swiftly.

Final tip

Sticky dynamite is great in theory as an anti-boss item. The Butcher in particular can take almost-lethal damage from it, but beware using sticky dynamite against the Spider and Assassin. The Spider boss might dodge the bomb, or rush you after getting stuck, blowing you up in the process. And if you manage to land the sticky dynamite on the Assassin, it will often drop the explosive when it splits into its clones or melts into swarm form, wasting your consumable. Use at your own risk, or just don’t use it at all.

Happy hunting, and keep an eye out for other players! The true boss in Hunt: Showdown is any hunter sneakier than you.

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Aja Jones

Writer from Toronto, Canada. Can taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi. Learned how to play drums through Rock Band. Named after a Steely Dan album.
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