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This is merely a plausible explanation for the monster(s) in this article, and may or may not be considered canon to the series.

Taxonomy

  • Order: Saurischia
  • Suborder: Wyvern Feet
  • Superfamily: Explosive Scale Wyvern
  • Family: Bazel
  • Species: Bazelgeuse and Seething Bazelgeuse[1]

Bazelgeuse is a rarely seen Flying Wyvern discovered in the New World.

History

During the Elder Crossing, Zorah Magdaros traveled through many lands while going to its final resting place, affecting various ecosystems as it went on its journey.[2] Its activities displaced many monsters, including the rarely seen Bazelgeuse, causing them to travel to different lands in search of new territories.[3]

Habitat Range

Bazelgeuse are mostly found in the New World, though they have been seen in the Old World on rare occasions.[4][5] Bazelgeuse can be found in the Ancient Forest, Wildspire Waste, Coral Highlands and Rotten Vale.[6] Although they can be found in all of those environments, it's believed that their original habitat is deep within the Elder's Recess, since the misfired scales of many individuals have been found throughout the area.[7]

Monitoring the New World

Since the highest peaks are in the Elder's Recess, Bazelgeuse can see just about everything in the New World, and keep a close eye on other locales for potential territories filled with lots of prey.[8] If they want to travel to new places, they can simply glide to them, however, since their wings aren't the best for flight, they may end up trapping themselves in a different locale.[9]

Ecological Niche

Bazelgeuse easily assert themselves as apex monsters in whatever environment they pass through, disrupting the local food chain.[10] They'll attack other apexes like Rathalos, Diablos, Legiana and Odogaron, and feed on lesser species such as Aptonoth, Apceros and Raphinos. The only known rivals to a Bazelgeuse is the infamous Deviljho, which is considered to be its equal, other Elder Dragon-Level Monsters, and Elder Dragons.[11] Although Deviljho is known to attack and devour Elder Dragons when given the chance, Bazelgeuse is known to avoid them unless forced to protect itself.[12]

Biological Adaptations

  • Length: 1928.38cm
  • Height: 611.4cm
  • Foot Measurements: 259cm[13]

The Bazelgeuse's most distinctive trait is its ability to shed explosive scales. These special scales are created by solidifying its body fluids.[14][15] These body fluids come from explosive glands, or fuses, found inside of its neck and tail.[16] These fluids cool when they come in contact with the outside air before stretching out and solidifying, becoming Bazelgeuse's explosive scales.[17] While on Bazelgeuse they are stable, but, once off it, they're unstable. If stimulated or left to oxidize, they'll explode, severely damaging anything caught within the blast.[18] Bazelgeuse knows this, and will directly strike the scales or roar to make them explode. One would think that these explosions would damage Bazelgeuse as well, but its thick shell protects it from such impact.[19] Bazelgeuse has giant wings on its body that allow it to fly great distances. Unlike other Flying Wyverns, it barely flaps its wings as it soars through the sky, making it less likely for prey to hear it coming.[20] It is also known to use its wings to aid it in walking and charging down other monsters, much like Diablos.[21] When hunting or facing off against an enemy, Bazelgeuse's body is known to glow intensely. While glowing, its explosive glands will go on overdrive and constantly produce body fluids, causing its explosive scales to fall off its body more frequently.[22] In this "heated state," Bazelgeuse's scales will turn orange and explode immediately upon hitting the ground, making them deadlier than ever before.[23] It primarily enters this state when hunting, carpet bombing prey before swooping down and feeding on the remains of its quarry.[24] Since its jaws aren't very strong, it'll let some of its scales explode on the corpse to soften up its meal.[25] Like Rathalos, Bazelgeuse is capable of breathing fire from its mouth, but it lacks a fire sac.[26] Instead of using a special sac, Bazelgeuse uses an explosive gland found in its mouth to do so.[27]

Behavior

Bazelgeuse are highly territorial, relentlessly attacking anything that dares enter into their turf.[28] The moment they hear the roar of another large monster, they'll immediately search for the source before either driving it off or slaying the intruder.[29] By keeping other large monsters out of their territory, Bazelgeuse can have more prey for themselves without any competition.[30] However, more plentiful prey means that individuals could unintentionally attract a Deviljho to their territory, causing the two wyverns to fight each other. These long turf wars cause all weaker species to flee the area for safety.[31]

References

  1. モンスターハンター超生物学~モンスターvs生物のスペシャリスト~ - pg. 2
  2. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 315
  3. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 313
  4. Monster Hunter: World via Commander dialogue when assigning the "Beyond the Blasting Scales" mission
  5. Monster Hunter: World via Smart Biologist dialogue when a hunter captures a Bazelgeuse
  6. MHW's Monster Field Guide: Bazelgeuse
  7. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 315
  8. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 315
  9. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 315
  10. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 315
  11. Bazelgeuse vs. Deviljho: https://youtu.be/XiuF6EzgRnQ?t=129
  12. Bazelgeuse vs. Ruiner Nergigante: https://youtu.be/0k0D-7k1N1g?t=73
  13. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 312
  14. Monster Hunter: World via Commander dialogue when assigning the "Beyond the Blasting Scales" mission
  15. Monster Hunter: World via Smart Biologist dialogue when a hunter captures a Bazelgeuse
  16. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 314
  17. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 314
  18. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 314
  19. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 314
  20. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 314
  21. Example:https://youtu.be/_TK7LsEQR-g?t=468
  22. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 316
  23. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 316
  24. Bazelgeuse Hunting: https://youtu.be/sG61m-ZKCBY?t=196
  25. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 314
  26. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 317
  27. Example: https://youtu.be/_TK7LsEQR-g?t=463
  28. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 313
  29. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 313
  30. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 313
  31. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 313
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