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Espinas Subspecies is a Subspecies of Espinas introduced in Monster Hunter Frontier Season 2.5.


Espinas Subspecies features a brown carapace with red spines, claws, and horns. When enraged, its body is covered in glowing orange veins. It is otherwise identical to the common Espinas.


Espinas Subspecies is capable of producing larger and more powerful bursts of fire than the common Espinas, and is more resistant to damage. One of its most noteworthy abilities is to launch a large fireball at its feet which explodes into a massive fire storm covering a large radius.


Similarly to the common Espinas, it is a docile and passive wyvern which will only attack when provoked. It sleeps for much of the day, and is usually encountered in this state.


Espinas Subspecies is known to inhabit the Tower, where it resides in solitude at the very top. In addition, it can be found in the Gorge and at the Great Forest Peak.

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Hard Core (HC) Espinas Subspecies

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SR51+ required to hunt.

Members of the Espinas Subspecies with longer, more developed spikes down the middle of its back as well as more spikes on its wings, all with a white tip including the horn. They are more aggressive and more vibrant when enraged as their veins glow an unusual green.

Like HC common Espinas, they have the ability to charge at incredible speeds, scratching the ground as the only warning. A new attack they perform is ducking down while charging up a giant fireball similar to the ones they make huge explosions with, only it spits it into the sky, which bursts into multiple balls that rain on its enemies with incredible precision aimed at up to four targets at once.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
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In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Frontier G
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Monster Hunter Online
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General Notes

  • Espinas Subspecies can be found in the Gorge as its natural habitat, but is also known to roost in the Tower and Tower 2.
  • Espinas Subspecies' roar requires HG Earplugs to block.

Monster Hunter Frontier

  • HC Espinas Subspecies' roar requires Super HG Earplugs to block.

Monster Hunter Online

  • Espinas Subspecies has green eyes in Monster Hunter Online, similar to it's Frontier HC variant. However, its spikes retains the color and shape of a standard Espinas Subspecies.
  • In Monster Hunter Online, Espinas Subspecies utilizes all of the moves its HC variant from Frontier uses, alongside the new attacks introduced with Online's common Espinas. In addition, Espinas subspecies' body no longer softens while the monster is enraged.
  • In G2-Rank onwards, the majority of Espinas Subspecies' body gains the ability to deflect weapons with Purple Sharpness. Along with that, much like G2 common Espinas, Espinas Subspecies' fireballs scatter when they explode, and its sleeping and passive attacks Poisons hunters.
  • The poisonous sludge Espinas Subspecies spits, along with the puddles of poison left by it's raining fireball attack, inflicts Silked.


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