Shen Gaoren are Carapaceons introduced in Monster Hunter 2.


Identifiable by their grey skin, towering legs and the gigantic green-yellow balls of acid that they generate and hurl from the rear of their bodies. Shen Gaoren are so large they use a Lao-Shan Lung skull for protection. Their colossal size helps them to defeat most creatures. The diet of Shen Gaoren is unknown; however, it is likely to be omnivorous, like most real-life crabs.


Unlike the Lao-Shan Lung, Shen Gaoren will occasionally pause to attack the hunter directly, trying to slam one of its huge claws down upon an annoying hunter. It may do this twice or even 3 times before proceeding along its path through the valley (However, it only does this in the Town area while traveling through the first few zones).


Shen Gaorens are relatively passive by nature. They move about without noticing hunters; however, when enraged, it may attempt to attack hunters by using their huge sturdy claws or by moving their legs and pincers wildly.


Shen Gaoren appear in the mountain ranges not far from Minegarde.

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Teppeki Shen Gaoren

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Main Article: Teppeki Shen Gaoren

A Lone Species of Shen Gaoren first appearing in Monster Hunter Online.

Guren Shen Gaoren

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Main Article: Guren Shen Gaoren

A Lone Species of Shen Gaoren first appearing in Monster Hunter Online.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
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In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 / Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
MHFU-Shen Gaoren Icon.png A giant Carapaceon with an equally giant monster's skull on its back. Prone to roaming and fiercely territorial, any intruders will be met with opposition, so nearby forts or towns must be warned of its presence.
Threat Level (危険度): !!!!!!
Monster Hunter Frontier G
FrontierGen-Question Mark Icon.png (?)
Monster Hunter Online
MHO-Shen Gaoren Icon.png (?)

Music Themes

Monster_Hunter_Freedom_Unite_Soundtrack_-_Shen_Gaoren_Theme The March of Shen Gaoren
Monster_Hunter_Freedom_Unite_Soundtrack_-_Shen_Gaoren_Finale Shen Gaoren: The Finale


General Notes

  • When reaching a high ledge, it is possible to jump on the Gaoren's back (essentially into the mouth of the Lao-Shan Lung skull) after it does its acid blast.
    • If the Hunter waits it has fired an acid ball there is only enough time for one carve, regardless of timing. Anti-Dragon Bombs can only be planted here.
  • The Lao-Shan Lung skull on Gaoren's back is much larger than a normal Lao's skull, just like all skulls on big Carapaceons.
  • It can also be noted that the Lao-Shan skull on Shen Gaoren's back can be broken three times, offering Lao Shan shell and Elder Dragon Bones as additional reward items.
  • In the "Info Magazine", the Shen Gaoren is not explained, only referred to as "a dangerous Carapaceon".
  • Repelling or slaying the HR9 Shen Gaoren, results in obtaining the Gallery video "Soul of a Hunter".
  • The name "Shen Gaoren" is derived from the Chinese word "神高人", which means God (Shen) Tall (Gao) Person (Ren).
  • Shen Gaoren's body structure is quite similar to a Japanese spider crab, the world's largest marine crab.
  • The Town Shen Gaoren has copper green patches on its legs and in other places, as apposed to the all grey color scheme of the Fortress Gaoren.

Monster Hunter Generations

Monster Hunter Frontier

  • HR100 Shen Gaoren gains extreme strength and surprising speed that can quickly crush hunters, and can be killed in any location.

Monster Hunter Online

  • Shen Gaoren is a special 8-12 Hunter hunt.

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