Nibelsnarf is a Leviathan introduced in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.


They are capable of burrowing into the sand and of disguising themselves as sand dunes to ambush prey. You can see if a sand dune is a disguised Nibelsnarf if it blows out 2 small patches of sand from the ground every 2 seconds.

It shows superficial similarities to Gobul, and may be closely related. It can swim in the sand just like Piscine Wyverns. The Nibelsnarf has a superficially salamander-like body structure, with a brightly coloured underbelly and a shark-like head lined with numerous razor-sharp teeth. They are seen preying on Rhenoplos and Apceros using their powerful jaws to crush their shells. They harbor a fragile weak spot within their mouths (the uvula) that hunters can reach. Attacks demonstrated include sand spewing, charging and a leaping bite.


It has the ability to use a "Wind Tunnel" attack by means of a specialised organ that expels sand and debris swallowed along with its prey. The Nibelsnarf can move while using this attack, in a manner similar to High-rank Gravios. The "Wind Tunnel" causes Waterblight. It can also expel a large sand cloud from the gills on the back of its head to surprise attackers hitting it from behind.

If Nibelsnarf is staggered while it is submerged, it will be trapped similar to the effect of a sonic bomb on Diablos. During this state, you can pull it out of the ground, causing him to flip over like Gobul when it is fished out. After this, Nibelsnarf will use a spinning attack on the hunter and break out of the ground. While enraged, the Nibelsnarf will huff sand from its nose.

Nibelsnarf will devour bombs placed along its movement trail. Once it swallows the said bomb, it will be stunned by the bomb when it explodes inside the monster. While staggered, it can be fished out to give more time to attack. Failure to pull it out from the ground after a certain period of time will allow it to spin, striking nearby hunters and doing considerable damage in the process.

Game Appearances

Main Series


Element/Status Effectiveness

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

Information is taken from

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
MHP3-Nibelsnarf Icon 砂の海で独特の進化を遂げた海竜種。 “潜口竜” とも呼ばれるように、砂に潜り体表を擬態し、獲物を狙う。そして、音で獲物の位置を探り、大きな口で砂ごと飲み込んでしまう。口の中にあるひだのような器官は、栄養を取り込むためのものとされる。
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
MH3U-Nibelsnarf Icon Leviathans that have adapted to live in sandy areas. They burrow beneath the desert and locate prey aurally, then suck both the target and any surrounding sand into their maws. The gill-like organs in their mouths are thought to absorb nutrients.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★
Monster Hunter Generations
MHGen-Nibelsnarf Icon Leviathans that have adapted to live in sandy areas. They burrow beneath the desert and locate prey aurally, then suck both the target and any surrounding sand into their maws. The gill-like organs in their mouths are thought to absorb nutrients.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★


General Notes

  • Forelegs, gills and uvula can be broken.
  • Nibelsnarf is one of the few large monsters whose tail cannot be severed.
  • Breaking the forelegs will make Nibelsnarf fall and give an opportunity for hunters to attack it.
  • Nibelsnarf's roar requires Earplugs to block.
  • Pitfall Traps do not work on Nibelsnarf.
  • Nibelsnarf will eat Rhenoplos to recover Stamina.
  • Its gills (or what looks like its gills) are extended outwards when it is low on stamina.
  • When out of stamina, the Nibelsnarf will not be able to produce its "Wind Tunnel" attack.
  • Startling Nibelsnarf with a Sonic Bomb while it is performing its Wind Tunnel will leave it stunned and with its greatest weak spot, its uvula, exposed.
  • The Nibelsnarf will eat any Large Barrel Bombs placed on the ground; swallowing them will make it huff out black smoke for a few seconds until the Barrel Bomb explodes, leaving it squirming on the ground.
  • When Nibelsnarf is underground and produces a series of sand geysers, hunters can throw a Sonic Bomb after the second geyser and, instead of emerging directly under the hunter, it will come up where the Sonic Bomb was thrown. This is mainly used as a distraction and gives hunters an opening to attack it.
  • If it is struck by a powerful enough blow while it is under a layer of sand when first sighted, it will go into a state of shock, similar to when it is startled with a Sonic Bomb.
  • If it swallows enough Large Barrel Bombs, it will huff black smoke from the mouth for the rest of the battle, even when it dies.
  • Nibelsnarf has an action icon specifically made for "fishing" it out of the sand.
    • The fishing is available when it is in a startled state after getting shocked by a sonic bomb or any loud sound; it has its mouth hanging wide open and facing the sky, and works similar to the Plesioth's fishing mechanics.
    • The Nibelsnarf can also be fished out of the sand after a Large Barrel Bomb explodes in its stomach.

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

  • In a Downloadable Quest, to get tickets to craft the Snake Armor, players fight a giant Nibelsnarf with buffed stats.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

  • When performing its turning Wind Tunnel attack, Nibelsnarf will turn a full 180 degrees during G-rank as opposed to 90 degrees on lower ranks.
  • There's a special quest available in HR8, in which the hunter must face a slightly stronger Gold Crown-sized Nibelsnarf in Land Arena.

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