Nightshade Paolumu is a Subspecies of Paolumu first introduced in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.


Like the standard Paolumu, Nightshade Paolumu is a large mammalian Flying Wyvern resembling a bat. Its body is covered in soft fur that is primarily black or dark purple, contrasting with its standard counterpart's white-and-pink coloration. Its tail is also darkly colored, matching the color of its fur. Its face is pale white, while on its neck are two brightly colored patches resembling the patterns on the tail feathers of a peacock. When it is deflated, these patches are more difficult to see. Its wings contain faint hints of green on the webbing.

Behavior and Abilities

Nightshade Paolumu is far more aggressive and proficient in aerial combat than Paolumu. Whereas Paolumu requires several attempts to suck enough air into its throat sac to get airborne, Nightshade Paolumu is able to inflate itself with a single inhalation. Once airborne, it is capable of flying at high speeds and in unpredictable patterns by releasing its stored air, often dealing damage to hunters that are hit. It is also able to fly without inflating.

Its most distinctive ability is a pale blue-green gas it expels from its mouth while inflated, which acts as a powerful narcotic that puts to sleep hunters that are exposed. It's able to produce small clouds or exhale a single, massive cloud, which remain on the battlefield for a short duration. It can inhale without inflating itself in order to draw in patches of its gas, and it can spread them out using the wind currents it stirs up with its tail.

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
MHWI-Nightshade Paolumu Icon A Paolumu subspecies capable of putting prey to sleep. It produces a powerful sedative gas stored within its throat sac that it can expel and scatter to knock unwary foes out.

Element/Status Effectiveness

Monster Materials

Icon Item Name Rarity Value Description
MHW-Hide Icon Purple
Nightshade Paolumu Thickfur
9 3300z Very rare Nightshade Paolumu material. Mostly obtained as a reward. Broadly used for many purposes.
MHW-Scale Icon Purple
Nightshade Paolumu Shard
9 2200z Very rare Nightshade Paolumu material. Mostly obtained by carving. Solid, used to craft gear.
MHW-Shell Icon Pink
Paolumu Cortex
9 4380z Very rare material obtained from Paolumu and its subspecies. Obtained by breaking its tail.
MHW-Wing Icon Purple
Nightshade Paolumu Fellwing
9 4400z Very rare Nightshade Paolumu material. Obtained by breaking its wings. Lightweight, used to craft gear.
MH4G-Ball Icon Light Blue
Large Wyvern Gem
9 8000z A wyvern gem that has grown further over the ages. Emits a mesmerizing shimmer.


For more information, see Nightshade Paolumu Equipment

Nightshade Paolumu materials can be used to craft two different armor sets: Lumu Phantasm α+ Armor and Lumu Phantasm β+ Armor.

The following is a complete weapon list for Nightshade Paolumu weapons:

Great Sword Sword and Shield Hammer
Hunting Horn Lance Switch Axe
Insect Glaive Light Bowgun Heavy Bowgun



  • Nightshade Paolumu's sleep gas attack affects hunters who have Sleep Immunity or the Immunity Mantle on differently. Said attacks will instead flinch or throw the hunter and inflict a small amount of damage on impact, but the lingering gas will not do anything.

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