Kushala Daora are Elder Dragons introduced in Monster Hunter 2.


Kushala Daora is a dragon with metallic skin. Its large wings connect at the base of its tail, making them seem even larger in proportion to its body. Two backward curving horns lie on either side of its head, blending in with the spikes that line its back. It has visible wind streaming around its body. Kushala has a slightly reddish nose, possible a sign of rusting.


Kushala Daora has the ability to manipulate strong winds, creating a wind barrier that surrounds it during rage mode. The wind barrier can knock a hunter back, making the hunter vulnerable to Kushala Daora's attacks. The wind barrier also makes it difficult for the hunter to attack its body, except for the head and the tail. However, this wind barrier can be weakened by poisoning it. Kushala can also gather up huge bursts of wind and spit them at the hunter, blowing them back. It also has a charged wind blast that is capable of destroying foliage, stalactites, and other destroyable things on the ground.


Kushala Daora can be observed drinking water in the Jungle and eating ore in Area 7 in the Jungle (MHFU). Kushala Daora will shed its skin after it is rusted, although there are Rusted Kushala Daora that hasn't shed its skin recently. Kushala Daora is a naturally passive Elder Dragon, and will only attack when provoked or attacked.


Kushala Daora can be fought in many places, mainly in the Snowy Mountains. It is seen in the Jungle, and on rare occasions in the Desert (G-Rank Quest). Rusted Kushala Daora can be fought in the town. In the New World, Kushala can be found roosting in the higher areas of the Elder's Recess.

Game Appearances

Game Data

MHW Damage Effectiveness

Element Effectiveness Status Effectiveness
Fire Poison ★★★
Water Sleep
Thunder ★★★ Paralysis
Ice Blast ★★★
Dragon ★★ Stun ★★

MH4U Breakable Parts

Head (x1)
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Wings (x1)
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Tail (Sever)
MH4U-Kushala Daora Tail Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Kushala Daora Tail Break 002.jpg


For carves and materials from other games, see Kushala Daora Carves

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate


For more information, see Kushala Daora Equipment

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 / Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Kushala Daora Icon.png A metal plated dragon known as the tempest of wind. Eyewitnesses report violent storms alongside the dragon, and its wide range means towns may be attacked.
Monster Hunter 4
MH4U-Kushala Daora Icon.png 灼熱の息を吐き、炎をまとう凶暴な古龍の雄。 気性は荒く、正面から対峙した者は、例外なくその業火に身を晒すことになる。 非常に危険なモンスターのため、ギルドでは常に動静に気を配っている。
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★★
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4U-Kushala Daora Icon.png It's difficult to even get close to one of these metallic dragons, but some claim better odds if the creature is weakened with poison, or has another hunter on its back, limiting the amount of wind pressure it can muster.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★★
Monster Hunter Generations
MH4U-Kushala Daora Icon.png It's difficult to even get close to one of these metallic dragons, but some claim better odds if the creature is weakened with poison, or has another hunter on its back, limiting the amount of wind pressure it can muster.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★★★
Monster Hunter World
MHW-Kushala Daora Icon.png An elder dragon that shields itself with fierce winds, preventing anyone from approaching it. Its skins consist of hard, metallic scales.
Monster Hunter Stories
MHST-Kushala Daora Icon.png Eldеr Dragon clad in mеtal plating. Gеnеratеs storms whеrеvеr it goеs. Gеtting closе to it is no mеan fеat.
Monster Hunter Frontier G
FrontierGen-Kushala Daora Icon.png (?)
Monster Hunter Online
MHO-Kushala Daora Icon.png (?)
Threat Level (危険度): !!!!!!!

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Rusted Kushala Daora

MH4U-Rusted Kushala Daora Render 001.png

Main Article: Rusted Kushala Daora

The Rusted Kushala Daora is an older Kushala Daora that hasn't shed its metallic scales recently. In response, its shiny, silver, metallic skin becomes a rusted brown. It can be fought in a download quest in Monster Hunter Freedom 2, and in the Gathering Hall (Quest Level 5, only able to start Quest if players has completed all HR2 and 3 Quests). Both of these Quests happen in the Town. Rusted Kushala Daora is an Event Quest monster and the Final Boss in Monster Hunter 4.

Hardcore (HC) Kushala Daora

FrontierGen-HC Kushala Daora Render 001.png

HC Kushala Daora is capable of inflicting the Defense Down status if the Hunter is close enough for the roar to launch him/her into the air. The ice crystals formed on the ground during a roar don't inflict the status but serve the purpose of stopping the red bar damage recovery of the Hunter.

Gou (剛) Kushala Daora has an exclusive attack where it charges up an attack and then flaps its wings violently for a few seconds, enveloping itself in a Hurricane-like twister. In rage mode this move has a charge-up time of approximately 1 second.


For more images, see Kushala Daora Photo Gallery

Music Themes

Monster_Hunter_Freedom_Unite_Soundtrack_-_Kushala_Daora's_Theme MHF2, MHFU, MH4 and MHF-G: Kushala Daora Music Theme


General Notes

  • After shedding its old skin, Kushala Daora's new skin glows pure white before becoming metallic grey, as seen in the Kushala Daora Ecology Video.
  • Kushala Daora has two themes, although only one is heard in MHFU.
  • Destroying its horn or cutting its tail will completely nullify its ability to create a wind barrier.
  • The easiest way to attack the Kushala while it still has its wind aura up is to attack its head. However, attacking the head is very dangerous; if wind barrier strikes, you will be knocked down, and become completely vulnerable to any further attacks.
  • You can break its horn, wings, and sever its tail for an extra carve.
  • Kushala Daora's roar requires Earplugs to block.
  • According to one of the Uniqlo Monster Hunter 10th Anniversary T-Shirts, the size of the foot of a Kushala Daora is 110 centimeters.

Monster Hunter Freedom 2

  • Kushala Daora can be observed drinking water in the Jungle.
    • It can also be seen eating ore in area 7 of the Jungle.
  • Damage accumulation will be separated into Elder quests, Guild 1-star to 5-stars (aka Guild Low Rank quests), Guild 6-stars to 8 stars (aka Guild High Rank quests) and Guild G-Lvl 3 Stars. So if a hunter fights Kushala in an Elder Quest, one must not expect the damage to carry into either the Guild Low or High Rank quests, and vice versa.
    • This principle applies to all Elder Dragon damage accumulation in the game.
  • A shed Kushala Daora skin is found on top of Area 8 in the Snowy Mountains, which can be mined for Khezu Whelps and Decayed Dragon Scales.
  • In order to make the Kushala Daora flee, you must decrease his health by 30% within 25 minutes.
  • Kushala Daora's physical attacks, such as its claw swipes and charging rush, all inflict Dragon Damage.[1]
    • This applies to all Elder Dragons in the Second Generation except Kirin and Yama Tsukami.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

  • The Kushala Daora's skin is reflective to light. It will also make a metallic clinking sound effect as it moves around.
  • When poisoned, Kushala Daora's wind barrier will turn from black to white.
    • The black wind barrier creates dragon wind, the white wind barrier creates high wind pressure.
  • Breaking its horn or cutting its tail no longer completely nullifies its ability to generate a wind barrier; it will be weakened, however.
  • Kushala Daora can enter a tired state in which its wind barrier disappears. It will also taunt more.
  • There is a shed Kushala Daora skin in the Frozen Seaway on top of Area 4.

Monster Hunter: World

  • Kushala Daora's wind barrier can be weakened or dispelled altogether by applying Elder Seal.
  • Instead of launching a giant moving twister from its mouth like in the Fourth Generation, Kushala Daora will instead briefly pose before creating a massive stationary twister.
  • Kushala's tornadoes can change in quality depending on environmental elements they come to interact with. Several examples include tornadoes with crystal shrapnel when coming into contact with crystal shards in Area 3 of Recess and flaming tornadoes when cast on lava or catching Teostra's fire breath.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

  • In Iceborne's Master Rank, Kushala Daora's breath attack will sometimes create smaller twisters that will move towards a giant twister. When two twisters meet, the larger one will greatly expand in radius for a few seconds.
  • While Kushala Daora does not spawn in Hoarfrost Reach, a shed skin of the dragon can be found in Area 13 of the locale. It can be mined for account items.
    • This shed skin is a a possible reference of the ecology video of Kushala Daora in second generation.

Monster Hunter Frontier

  • Kushala Daora rests in Area 6 of the Jungle when weakened enough.
  • Hardcore Kushala Daora's roar requires HG Earplugs to block.


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