Lao-Shan Lung are Elder Dragons introduced in Monster Hunter.


Lao-Shan Lung are essentially hulking Elder Dragons with copper red bodies and cream colored underbellies. They have numerous dark grey spikes on their necks, backs, and tails. They have comparatively small limbs with dark grey hands and feet and long tails. On their heads they have eight large horns that curve backwards and a smaller horn on the front that points upwards and curves back slightly. Their mouths have small teeth with several larger teeth on the outside of their mouths.


It lacks any sort of elemental or special abilities and instead relies solely on its immense physical bulk and strength, being strong enough to smash through huge forts with enough effort and barrel straight through villages and towns without a second thought. Despite never weaponizing it, they do have some dragon energy stored in their bodies (Hence why Lao Shan Lung weapons are often dragon-elemental).


Lao-Shan Lung are extremely docile even when facing multiple foes. They appear to care little about Hunters, as they mainly ignore them on their way to the town Fortress. That said, they will put in a great deal of effort to break the fort rather than simply run away.


Lao-Shan Lung can survive in many environments, but prefers mountainous or volcanic areas for their high mineral counts.

Game Appearances

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom 2
MHFU-Question Mark Icon.png A giant dragon few have seen and lived to tell the tale. When on the rampage it wreaks havoc on all in its path. The guild has built a fortress to repel the beast, but will it hold?
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
MHFU-Lao-Shan Lung Icon.png A giant dragon few have seen and lived to tell the tale. When on the rampage it wreaks havoc on all in its path. The guild has built a fortress to repel the beast, but will it hold?
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
MHGU-Lao-Shan Lung Icon.png A giant dragon that has only been rarely sighted. It periodically prowls close to inhabited areas, and the damage it causes is comparable to that wreaked by a natural disaster. Its habits are a mystery, and no one knows why it occasionally wanders. The Guild has built defensive barricades where they appear, but to what effect.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★★★
Monster Hunter Frontier
FrontierGen-Lao-Shan Lung Icon.png (?)
Monster Hunter Online
MHO-Lao-Shan Lung Icon.png (?)

Music Themes


General Notes

  • The name Lao-Shan Lung is derived from the Chinese word "老山龙", or "Old (Lao) Mountain (Shan) Dragon (Lung)", or, though not properly, the word "Lao" in Chinese can also mean "Great" or "Elder".
  • Lao Rubies can only be obtained via Ashen Lao-Shan Lung.
  • The Guild had to find hunters one day because of the approaching dragon heading for their town. It was later found out that the Lao-Shan Lung was running away from a Fatalis.
  • Lao-Shan Lung cannot be killed outside of Area 5. No matter how much damage is done, time will run out with the monster repelled instead of it dying.
    • The only exception to this is Frontier's Goushu version of Lao-Shan Lung, where it can be killed in any Area it is in.
  • Lao-Shan Lung's roar requires HG Earplugs to block.
  • The Lao-Shan Lung can be fought in the Guild after beating every 3* and 4* Quest (4* Quest: A Giant Dragon Invades!)
    • The Monster Hunter Freedom Unite G-rank Lao-Shan Lung is unlocked once all HR7 and HR8 Epic Hunting Quests are completed. Defeating it unlocks the G-rank Teostra, Chameleos and Kushala Daora.
  • If timed correctly, the Dragonator can hit Lao-Shan twice causing double damage, but chances of this happening are very slim.
    • Use the Dragonator just as Lao-Shan Slams into the fort to use the double hit.
  • If beaten long enough and not yet slain, Lao-Shan will flee at 00:00 (Time up, happens often on other large monsters).
  • It's to be noted that the damage for the Lao-Shan Lung is not carried over from one fight to another so you have to kill it in one go.
  • It should be noted that if extensive damage is dealt to the Lao-Shan it will collapse for a few seconds before continuing onward to Area 5.
  • Lao-Shan Lung is one of many monsters to have its theme remixed at the Monster Hunter 5th Anniversary Orchestra Concert.
  • Its been comfirmed that Lao-Shan Lung is related to Zorah Magdaros

Monster Hunter 1

  • Lao can no longer be fought because it was online only, and the server shut down.
  • Mentioned by the Minegarde Master after completing the second Lao-Shan Lung quest, that his brother once defend a town they were living in once by defeating a Lao-Shan Lung by himself.
    • This was mentioned again in Freedom 1 from a female NPC with a basket on her head, that the Kokoto Village Chief slayed a Lao-Shan Lung all by himself but with no context of why he did it.

Monster Hunter Freedom 2

  • The Wyverian outside the training hall explains that Lao's horn would determine the monster's age.
  • The Village Elder gives a Lao-Shan Lung 6* Quest.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

  • In Generations Ultimate the Fortress area is changed heavily to give the Hunters more fire power.
  • It is the G2 Urgent Quest Target needed to rank up to G3.
  • Players can now walk on its back to place bombs.

Monster Hunter Frontier

  • HR100 Lao-Shan Lung gains deadly strength and speed. It can also be killed in any location.

Monster Hunter Online

  • Bizarrely Lao-Shan Lung's roar is replaced with Gravios breath attack sound effect.
  • The Fortress is redesigned in this game.

Monster Hunter Stories

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