Gobul is a Leviathan introduced in Monster Hunter 3.


Gobul is a uniquely-evolved Leviathan reminiscent of angler and puffer fish, along with traits which are calling cards of Catfish (the tentacles below its mouth). Its body is covered in purple scales, and a bright, bio-luminescent lure dangles from its forehead. It possesses a gargantuan mouth filled with equally formidable teeth. Its back features an array of retractable spines, and its tail is tipped with quills which are capable of inflicting paralysis if touched.


Gobul's massive mouth and throat mean that it can swallow prey almost as large as itself completely whole. Its lure can violently emit blinding flashes of light to disorient prey to make for an easy meal. When enraged, it is capable of puffing out its body like a balloon to appear more imposing. Gobul can use the plant-like whiskers on its chin and natural camouflage abilities to blend into the river floor and remain undetected by prey.


Gobul is often relatively passive until attacked. It spends most of its time lying under the river bed, exposing only its whiskers, to disguise itself as a common plant. While it tends to stay in the water, it does sometimes climb up on land, even if not chasing after prey.


Gobul is found in the Flooded Forest and the Deserted Island. It largely remains in the various lakes and rivers of the region, although it can come onto land.

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Witch Gobul

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Main Article: Witch Gobul

A Variant of Gobul that appears in Monster Hunter Explore.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
Logo-MH3 EN.png (2010) Logo-MH3 JP.png (2009) Logo-MHXR JP.png (2015)

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter 3
MH3-Gobul Icon.png Monsters with strong camouflage skills and powerful neurotoxins. Poor swimmers, Gobul conceal themselves and lure prey by imitating plants with their barbels. Can reportedly swallow Epioth whole. They love frogs.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
MH3U-Gobul Icon.png Monsters with strong camouflage skills and powerful neurotoxins. Poor swimmers, Gobul conceal themselves and lure prey by imitating plants with their barbels. Can reportedly swallow Epioth whole. They love frogs.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★

Breakable Parts


Element/Status Effectiveness

Monster Hunter 3

Element Damage
Hitzone Fire.png Water.png Thunder.png Ice.png Dragon.png
Head 15 0 20 5 0
Lantern 10 0 25 5 0
Body 5 0 15 0 0
Chest 0 0 5 5 0
Stomach 0 0 20 0 0
Back 15 0 30 5 0
Legs 10 0 5 0 0
Tail 5 0 15 0 0
Status Effect
Poison Paralysis Sleep Fatigue Stun
Initial Tolerance 180 180 180 180 200
Tolerance Inc. (max) +120 (660) +120 (780) +120 (660) +15 (78) +100 (600)
Tolerance Recovery 5 / 10 sec 5 / 10 sec 5 / 10 sec 5 / 10 sec 5 / 10 sec
Duration 60 sec 10 sec 60 sec -- sec 10 sec
Damage 150 --- --- 200 ---

Item Effectiveness

Item Effect
Item Name Able Effectiveness Duration (1st time) Duration (2nd time) Notes
Pitfall Trap ★★☆ On land only.
Shock Trap ★★☆
Flash Bomb X ☆☆☆

Doesn't have any effect, similar to Gigginox.

Sonic Bomb ★★☆

Works if he is in the ground

and not enraged.

Dung Bomb ★★☆
Meat ★☆☆

Damage Effectiveness

For the damage formula (how it's calculated), hitzone charts, Gobul info and more click the following links: Monster Hunter 3 Damage Formula or Monster Hunter 3 Hitzone Charts. Images created by Inkoseh.


General Notes

  • Gobul will try to use its lantern to stun the hunter, even after a hunter has broken it. It will no longer have a stun effect after being broken.
  • While hidden and not attacking, Gobul can be difficult to distinguish among the underwater plants. Its whiskers are, however, accompanied by a string of rising bubbles.
    • Instead of the steady stream of bubbles normally found, Gobul will release small bursts of bubbles every few moments, every time it exhales. Additionally, the bubbles the Gobul emits tend to be a murky brown color, rather than the colorless kind that normally spawns in an area.
  • When Gobul is unaware of the hunter's presence, its whiskers can be carved 2 times, its body can be attacked, or it can be forced out of hiding with a Sonic Bomb.
    • However, if the Gobul is aware of a hunter near it while hiding, it may extend its spines while surfacing. This will cause paralysis. Gobul may also try to stun the hunter with its lantern or try to use the "vacuum breath".
  • If the Gobul hides while attacking, the top of its head and back will be visible (seen as a slightly lighter circular lump of mud). This lump can be seen rotating, and moving in the direction of the hunter it plans to attack next. While on the waters edge of Area 4, but still on land, Gobul is capable of hiding. The lump of mud will be seen rising above the surface of the ground.
  • Gobul's lantern will dim when the monster is fatigued, but can still be used, though it has a slower charge up time.
  • When weakened, the Gobul will rest at Area 8. It will also hunt Epioth to recover stamina.
  • When weakened the Gobul will use a secret passageway to go to from Area 3 to 8.
  • The Gobul, like the Gigginox, is not affected by Flash Bombs. However, like all monsters, it will become stunned when hit with a stunning attack.
  • Gobul can stun other monsters with its lantern if they are watching it. This is particularly noticeable in the dual offline/online arena.
  • Gobul's lantern flash attack can be blocked or "dodged". Blocking takes a strangely low amount of stamina.
  • When stunned, Gobul's lantern will hang limply in front of its face. This makes it easily within reach of most weapons.
  • Fishing out Gobul at the beginning of a quest (by using a frog) is a frequently-used tactic that can allow hunters time to attack with zero resistance, thus making the hunt considerably easier.
    • However, this can only be done in Area 4, the Gobul's starting area.
    • If having difficulty initially "fishing-out" the Gobul in Area 4 (via offline "Urgent Quest, Accident Investigation"), first visit Area 6 for the Gobul introduction video, then Gobul should be available in Area 4 for subsequent attempts.
    • For those that wish to fish out Gobul, frogs can be found in Area 2, near the path to Area 4. Frogs can also found in Area 10 of Deserted Island
    • Gobul can be fished out straight into a Pitfall or Shock trap. 
    • If the Hunter is on land, and the Gobul is underwater, the Gobul can still spot the Hunter. Even if spotted, the Hunter can still fish out Gobul. 
    • If Gobul is fished out onto barrel bombs, it may set them off.
  • If you are stunned by Gobul's lantern attack and it uses it again you will have the stun debuff taken off, with no damage taken.

Monster Hunter 3

  • In the Event Quest 'Gobuled everything in sight!' the hunter will hunt a huge Gobul. Its attack power is increased and so is the range, making it a problem, especially when in the water. It can still be fished out however, making it so that hunting it will not be much of a problem.

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