|“||Its face exudes a fearsome malice, and its hide is as tough as armor, as if it were the physical manifestation of the grudges of fallen warriors. The purple gas that rises from its body when it eats other monsters is called "Hellfire," and it makes Magnamalo's already ferocious attacks even more destructive.||„|
Magnamalo is a hulking Fanged Wyvern that bears some resemblance to a tiger. It is primarily clad in purple and yellow plates of armor, with a red underbelly. The head has a short, tigrine snout, holds two foldable tusks under its cheeks, and sports a large pair of jagged yellow horns, just underneath which are its long, thin ears. Both the forelegs and hindlegs end in four-clawed digits, and each foreleg is armed with a single large serrated blade, which is kept folded back, parallel with the leg. Magnamalo's tail ends in a spear-like tip composed of three spikes that can flex outwards to form a trident shape.
Behavior and Abilities
Magnamalo is a cunning beast that attacks with relentless assault. It can perform attacks back to back, even striking before other attacks have followed through, which leaves little chance for its adversaries to react.
Magnamalo is capable of creating mysterious purple flames from its mouth, tail, back, and forelegs known as "Hellfire". Despite its size, it is capable of leaping an astonishing distance. While recoiling from a leap, it can fire several fireballs from its tail before leaping again. Magnamalo uses its thin, sharp tail for several attacks as well, such as somersaulting while using the blades of its tail-tip to strike like a whip. It can also release thick purple clouds of gas that detonate when Magnamalo flicks its tail into them.
Magnamalo is belligerent, and is extremely hostile towards monsters and hunters alike. It is shown multiple times killing smaller monsters, such as Tobi-Kadachi or Arzuros, and carrying their corpses in its jaws. In one instance, during a clash with Rathalos, when the Flying Wyvern tried to flee, Magnamalo quickly pounced onto its back. After some struggling, Magnamalo forced the both of them into a dive, sending itself and Rathalos crashing into the present Hunter in a fiery explosion. The battered Rathalos was blasted aside, with Magnamalo seemingly unharmed.
- Magnamalo's appearance was based on the armor of a dead samurai while its purplish flames are meant to resemble the [] onibi/will-o'-the-wisps. Tigers also played a part in its design. 
- The name of Magnamalo derives from the Latin word "Magna", which means "Great", and from the Spanish word "Malo", which means "Bad" or "Evil". Therefore, its etymology indicates that it is a great evil threat, which is why it is known as the Wyvern of Malice.
- “The main inspiration for Magnamalo came from samurai armor. While not a yokai per se, an armored samurai ghost is a well-known image, and we took this as the base for Magnamalo’s design.” Ichinose further explains that hitodama, or balls of fire that float around at night, are often associated with armored samurai ghosts, as they are said to be the souls of the dead. “That’s why Magnamalo emits a gas from his body that looks like onibi (ghost light),” explains Ichinose. Apart from the obvious Japanese inspirations, Ichinose says that Magnamalo’s design was also inspired by tigers that inhabit other Asian countries.