Elder Dragons (Japanese: 古龍種 Koryūshu) are a class of monsters introduced in the first generation. Unlike other monster types, which classify monsters by shared traits, Elder Dragons are creatures that defy normal classification and sit outside of the normal ecosystem, regardless of any superficial resemblance to a dragon. These monsters are usually rare creatures with immense power that have lived since ancient times, making them more of a phenomenon than a mere animal; disasters, cataclysms, living forces of nature.[1]

First Generation Elder Dragons

Second Generation Elder Dragons

Third Generation Elder Dragons

Fourth Generation Elder Dragons

Fifth Generation Elder Dragons

Frontier Generation Elder Dragons

Monster Hunter Online Elder Dragons

Monster Hunter Explore Elder Dragons

Monster Hunter Stories Elder Dragons

Monster Hunter Orage Elder Dragons


  • Uniquely, many Elder Dragons can be repelled and retain the damage dealt to them for the next time they are fought, allowing one specific dragon to be fought over multiple quests.
  • Elder Dragons exhibit a wide variety of body types not found in other classes, the most common being a quadrupedal entity with a long tail and a pair of wings. For this reason, Kirin, Yama Tsukami, and Nakarkos were placed in the Elder Dragon category.
  • Elder Dragons can't be trapped in pitfall traps or in shock traps, making them impossible to capture. They can, however, be put to sleep using a sleep weapon (in some cases), which enables the Hunter to perform Sleep Bombing
  • Despite Shagaru Magala being classified as an Elder Dragon, its juvenile form Gore Magala is classified as a "???" Type. However, Gore Magala has Wyvern-specific loot, such as Wyvern Tears, and can be captured.
  • In the past, some Elder Dragons were worshipped as gods; however, in the present, the Guild marked them as threats to the ecosystem.
    • As of Monster Hunter: World, the tone of which people perceive Elder Dragons have softened to the point where they are considered as embodiments of great natural forces rather than just threats. It is unknown if this applies universally in the Guild or limited to the Research Commission.
  • When an Elder Dragon is present on a standard hunting ground, all small monsters except Neopterons are absent.
  • Despite not being native to the Monster Hunter universe, Behemoth is classified as an Elder Dragon. This monster originally hails from the Square Enix RPG, Final Fantasy II. It was brought to Monster Hunter World as a crossover event between Square Enix and Capcom, the creator of the Monster Hunter Series.


  1. Dialogue from the Chief Ecologist, Monster Hunter: World: "We've taken to using the term Elder Dragon for any creature that defies ordinary classification, but I suppose you could call them a type of phenomenon: disasters, cataclysms, living, breathing forces of nature."