Elder Dragon-Level Monsters (Japanese 古龍級生物) are monsters that can bring major damage to ecosystems or monsters that are comparable in strength to Elder Dragons. There are two different types of Elder Dragon-Level Monsters, Elder Dragon Influenced Monsters and Elder Dragon Strength Monsters.
What Are Elder Dragon Influenced Monsters?
Elder Dragon Influenced Monsters (Japanese 古龍並の影響力) are monsters that were influenced in some way by the abilities of an Elder Dragon, such as Shagaru Magala.
What Are Elder Dragon Strength Monsters?
Elder Dragon Strength Monsters (Japanese 古龍並の戦闘力) are monsters with the strength and power to rival Elder Dragons or even be considered equal to Elder Dragons.
Known Elder Dragon-Level Monsters
- Zenith Doragyurosu
- Zenith Espinas
- Espinas Subspecies
- Espinas Rare Species
- Silver Hypnocatrice
- Violent Laviente
- Berserk Laviente
- Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern)
- Starving Deviljho
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Reasoning For Them Being Elder Dragon-Level Monsters
Rare Species are about as rare as Elder Dragons. Some Rare Species even have some abilities that are on par with Elder Dragons. It has even been found that some Rare Species use the Dragon Element like Elder Dragons, though isn't really noticeable most of the time.
Apex Monsters are said to be on par with a Frenzied Deviljho. They can destroy ecosystems, infect areas with the Frenzy Virus, and even destroy settlements. This puts them as Elder Dragon-Level Monsters.
Deviants are a newer addition to the Elder Dragon-Level Monsters. Though some aren't actually on the same level as Elder Dragons, some Deviants easily rival Elder Dragons. Deviants like Hellblade Glavenus can actually bring destruction to whole mountains easily or burn said areas in an instant like Dreadking Rathalos, while Bloodbath Diablos is infamous for slaughtering entire armies. The known Deviants that can be considered as Elder Dragon-Level Monster include Hellblade Glavenus, Dreadking Rathalos, Dreadqueen Rathian, Silverwind Nargacuga, Grimclaw Tigrex, Crystalbeard Uragaan, Thunderlord Zinogre, Deadeye Yian Garuga, Elderfrost Gammoth, Boltreaver Astalos, Soulseer Mizutsune, Rustrazor Ceanataur, Nightcloak Malfestio, and Bloodbath Diablos.
Tempered Monsters are creatures that have absorbed bioenergy that runs within the New World due to the Elders Crossing. As the source of bioenergy originate from actual Elder Dragons that have passed away, the Guild monitors every creature that can reach the Tempered State. Though some monsters may not reach the same level as that of an Elder Dragon, certain monsters such as the Black Diablos are known to be on par to that of an Elder Dragon when the monster becomes Tempered to the point that even a Deviljho would steer clear from the presence of such a Tempered Monster.
Akantor's overwhelming strength and the fact that it was temporarily classified as an Elder Dragon, makes it an Elder Dragon-Level Monster. It has been seen surviving in heavy thunderstorms and long droughts, before bringing destruction to whole towns. When it appears, the public is evacuated from an area since it can bring on tremendous destruction like an Elder Dragon.
Rajang and Furious Rajang
In legend, Rajang was called an Elder Dragon. Despite being a Fanged Beast, it is stated that its power is equal to that of an Elder Dragon and that Furious Rajang are truly powerful enough to take on Elder Dragons. Rajang are also put into this group due to the Elder Dragon Kirin being their prey.
From Shen Gaoren constantly looking for and destroying things that disturb their territory, such as towns, cities, and barriers, it is considered an Elder Dragon-Level Monster.
Ukanlos was classified as an Elder Dragon, temporarily, after it was discovered. It was feared that it would eventually team up with Akantor and bring destruction to numbers of areas with Akantor. It is considered to be equal to Akantor in power and about as aggressive. Even when just being discovered carelessly, or living close to a village, some Ukanlos will attack settlements immediately without warning. This puts them at a level equal to Elder Dragons.
Deviljho and Savage Deviljho
A Deviljho's gluttonous behavior puts it on a level with Elder Dragons. It can make all nearby species in an area go extinct, including large predatory monsters. It has been seen killing and feeding on other large predatory monsters. Deviljho has also been seen attacking Rajang and Elder Dragons, not even leaving when these monsters appear.
Gore Magala and Chaotic Gore Magala
Due to Gore Magala being the juvenile form of Shagaru Magala, it is considered an Elder Dragon-Level Monster. Though Gore Magala's power isn't comparable to its adult form yet, it is still able to spread the Frenzy Virus. Chaotic Gore Magala is traumatized from improperly molting, thus having the abilities of Shagaru Magala with much stronger and less controlled Frenzy Virus attacks and physical strength.
Though Ahtal-Ka is small in size, it is considered an Elder Dragon-Level Monster. This is due to Ahtal-Ka being able to destroy and raid fortresses. This is enough to compare it to Elder Dragons like Gogmazios. Ahtal-Ka is also able to manipulate a "giant monster" using the debris that it has collected.
Bazelgeuse and Seething Bazelgeuse
Bazelgeuse is able to withstand attacks from Deviljho and even fight back against it. It is considered a rival to Deviljho, with the two species keeping each other's populations in check in the New World. This alone is enough to put it on a level equal with Elder Dragons. Seething Bazelgeuse can similarly take on Savage Deviljho, a monster infamous for engaging in intense fights with Elder Dragons. Bazelgeuse is also able to hold its own and put up a fight against the Ruiner Nergigante, despite the latter being a powerful Elder Dragon. Seething Bazelgeuse in particular has explosive capabilities on par with some elder dragons such as Teostra, being able to consume entire areas in explosions by scattering their purple scales.
Berukyurosu and Doragyurosu
Due to Berukyurosu's high intelligence and fighting abilities in the sky, it is considered to be an Elder Dragon-Level Monster. The same also applies for Doragyurosu and Zenith Doragyurosu.
An Espinas was that lived within the Great Forest was able to fight and defeat an unspecified Elder Dragon during ancient times, as well as defeat a Kushala Daora in Monster Hunter Online. Though Espinas are generally calm, this still is enough to put it with Elder Dragons. The Zenith Espinas, Espinas Subspecies and Espinas Rare Species are capable of this as well.
Like Akantor and Ukanlos, Odibatorasu is about equal to Elder Dragons. Unlike them, though, it is known to prey upon not only monsters but also buildings and even rocks surrounding areas. Odibatorasu can even cause large sandstorms just with its breath. The destruction it can do, such as destroying settlements and ecosystems, is enough to compare to it an Elder Dragon.
Although Laviente's classification is unknown, it is also known that it can destroy a whole island from its gluttonous behavior alone. This compares it to some Elder Dragons.
Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern)
From the recent discovery of the Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern) in the Tower, it is said that it is perfectly capable of raining hellfire on villages and towns easily. This is enough to put it alongside Elder Dragons.
From Estrellian being seen with multiple natural disasters and being the juvenile form of an unidentified Elder Dragon, it is considered an Elder Dragon-Level Monster.
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