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A subspecies (Japanese: 亜種 Ashu) is an alternate form of a monster that usually sports different colors from the base form of a monster, and is considered more aggressive and dangerous compared to said monster as well.[1] The Guild defines subspecies as a population of monsters in which environmental factors or adaptive evolution has caused a certain group of monsters to change or mutate over time, creating a subspecies.[2][3] Although that is how the Guild defines subspecies, there are some exceptions to that rule.[4]

List of Subspecies by Generation

1st Generation

2nd Generation

3rd Generation

4th Generation

5th Generation

Frontier Generation

Online Generation

Comparisons

Bird Wyverns

Comparison
MH4-Yian Kut-Ku and Konchu Render 001.png
MH4-Blue Yian Kut-Ku Render 001.png
Yian Kut-Ku Blue Yian Kut-Ku
MH4-Gypceros Render 001.png
Purple Gypceros MH4 Render.png
Gypceros Purple Gypceros
3rdGen-Qurupeco Render 001.png
MHP3-Crimson Qurupeco Render 001.png
Qurupeco Crimson Qurupeco
MHRise-Pukei-Pukei Render 001.png
MHWI-Coral Pukei-Pukei Render 001.png
Pukei-Pukei Coral Pukei-Pukei
MHO-Chramine Render 002.png
MHO-Ice Chramine Render 002.png
Chramine Ice Chramine

Brute Wyvern

Comparison
IceBarroth.png
Barroth Jade Barroth
MHW-Uragaan Render 001.png Uragaan Subspecies render.png
Uragaan Steel Uragaan
MHGen-Duramboros Render 001.png
Dobosubspecies.png
Duramboros Rust Duramboros
MHRise-Anjanath Render 001.png
MHWI-Fulgur Anjanath Render 001.png
Anjanath Fulgur Anjanath
MHWI-Glavenus Render 001.png
MHWI-Acidic Glavenus Render 001.png
Glavenus Acidic Glavenus
FrontierGen-Abiorugu Render 001.png
FrontierGen-Giaorugu Render 001.png
Abiorugu Giaorugu

Piscine Wyvern

Comparison
MHGen-Plesioth Render 001.png
MH3U-Green Plesioth Render 001.png
Plesioth Green Plesioth
FrontierGen-Lavasioth Subspecies Render 001.png
Lavasioth  Lavasioth Subspecies

Leviathan

Comparison
MHRise-Royal Ludroth Render 001.png
3rdGen-Purple Ludroth Render 001.png
Royal Ludroth Purple Ludroth
MHGen-Agnaktor Render 001.png
Glacial Agnaktor Render.png
Agnaktor Glacial Agnaktor
MHGen-Lagiacrus Render 001.png
MH3G-Lagiacrus Subspecies.png
Lagiacrus Ivory Lagiacrus
MHRise-Somnacanth Render 001.png
MHRS-Aurora Somnacanth Render 001.png
Somnacanth Aurora Somnacanth
MHRise-Almudron Render 001.png
MHRS-Magma Almudron Render 001.png
Almudron Magma Almudron

Flying Wyvern

Comparison
MHW-Pink Rathian Render 001.png
Rathian Pink Rathian
MHW-Azure Rathalos Render 001.png
Rathalos Azure Rathalos
MH4-Red Khezu Render 001.png
Khezu Red Khezu
MH4U-Monoblos Render 001.png
MH4U-White Monoblos Render 001.png
Monoblos White Monoblos
MHRise-Diablos Render 001.png MHW-Black Diablos Render 001.png
Diablos Black Diablos
MH4-Gravios Render 001.png
MH4-Black Gravios Render 001.png
Gravios Black Gravios
MHWI-Brute Tigrex Render 001.png
Tigrex Brute Tigrex
MHRise-Nargacuga Render 001.png
3rdGen-Green Nargacuga Render 001.png
Nargacuga Green Nargacuga
MHRise-Barioth Render 001.png
3rdGen-Sand Barioth Render 001.png
Barioth Sand Barioth
3rdGen-Gigginox Render 001.png
3rdGen-Baleful Gigginox Render 001.png
Gigginox Baleful Gigginox
MH4-Ruby Basarios Render 001.png
Basarios Ruby Basarios
MHW-Paolumu Render 001.png
MHWI-Nightshade Paolumu Render 001.png
Paolumu Nightshade Paolumu
MHRS-Espinas Render 001.png
FrontierGen-Espinas Subspecies Render 001.png
Espinas Espinas Subspecies
FrontierGen-Berukyurosu Render 003.png
FrontierGen-Doragyurosu Render 001.png
Berukyurosu Doragyurosu

Carapaceons

Comparison
MHRS-Daimyo Hermitaur Render 001.png
MH4U-Plum Daimyo Hermitaur Render 001.png
Daimyo Hermitaur Plum Daimyo Hermitaur
MHRS-Shogun Ceanataur Render 001.png
2ndGen-Terra Shogun Ceanataur Render 001.png
Shogun Ceanataur Terra Shogun Ceanataur
FrontierGen-Akura Vashimu Render 001.png
FrontierGen-Akura Jebia Render 001.png
Akura Vashimu Akura Jebia
MHO-Baelidae Render 001.png
Dread Baelidae.png
Baelidae Dread Baelidae

Fanged Beast

Comparison
MH4-Congalala Render 001.png
MH4-Emerald Congalala Render 001.png
Congalala Emerald Congalala
MHGen-Blangonga Render 001.png
2ndGen-Copper Blangonga Render 001.png
Blangonga Copper Blangonga
MH4-Kecha Wacha Render 001.png MH4U-Ash Kecha Wacha Render 001.png
Kecha Wacha Ash Kecha Wacha
MHRise-Bishaten Render 001.png MHRS-Blood Orange Bishaten Render 001.png
Bishaten Blood Orange Bishaten
MHO-Slicemargl Render 001.png MHO-Purple Slicemargl Render 001.png
Slicemargl Purple Slicemargl
MHO-Caeserber Render 001.png MHO-Yellow Caeserber Render 001.png
Caeserber Yellow Caeserber

Fanged Wyvern

Comparison
MHWI-Stygian Zinogre Render 001.png
Zinogre Stygian Zinogre
MHRise-Tobi-Kadachi Render 001.png
MHWI-Viper Tobi-Kadachi Render 001.png
Tobi-Kadachi Viper Tobi-Kadachi
MHW-Odogaron Render 001.png
MHWI-Ebony Odogaron Render 001.png
Odogaron Ebony Odogaron

Amphibians

Comparison
MH4-Tetsucabra Render 001.png
MH4U-Berserk Tetsucabra Render 001.png
Tetsucabra Berserk Tetsucabra
MH4-Zamtrios Render 001.png
MH4U-Tigerstripe Zamtrios Render 001.png
Zamtrios Tigerstripe Zamtrios

Snake Wyvern

Comparison
MH4-Najarala Render 001.png
MH4U-Tidal Najarala Render 001.png
Najarala Tidal Najarala

Neopteron

Comparison
MH4-Seltas Render 001.png
MH4U-Desert Seltas Render 001.png
Seltas Desert Seltas
MH4-Seltas Queen and Seltas Render 001.png
MH4U-Desert Seltas Queen and Desert Seltas Render 001.png
Seltas Queen Desert Seltas Queen
MHO-Lightenna Render 001.png
MHO-Poikilos Lightenna Render 001.png
Lightenna Poikilos Lightenna

Temnoceran

Comparison
MH4-Nerscylla Render 001.png
MH4U-Shrouded Nerscylla Render 001.png
Nerscylla Shrouded Nerscylla
MHRise-Rakna-Kadaki Render 001.png
MHRS-Pyre Rakna-Kadaki Render 001.png
Rakna-Kadaki Pyre Rakna-Kadaki

???

Comparison
MHO-Estrellian Render 001.png
MHO-Doom Estrellian Render 001.png
Estrellian Doom Estrellian

Elder Dragon

Comparison
FrontierGen-Lao-Shan Lung Render 001.png
MHF1-Ashen Lao-Shan Lung Render 001.png
Lao-Shan Lung Ashen Lao-Shan Lung
3rdGen-Jhen Mohran Render 001.png
MH3U-Hallowed Jhen Mohran Render 001.png
Jhen Mohran Hallowed Jhen Mohran
3rdGen-Ceadeus Render 001.png
MH3U-Goldbeard Ceadeus Render 001.png
Ceadeus Goldbeard Ceadeus
MHW-Kirin Render 001.png
MH4-Oroshi Kirin Render 001.png
Kirin Oroshi Kirin
MH4U-Dalamadur Render 001.png
MH4U-Shah Dalamadur Render 002.png
Dalamadur Shah Dalamadur
FrontierGen-Rukodiora Render 002.png
FrontierGen-Rebidiora Render 001.png
Rukodiora Rebidiora
MHO-Tartaronis Render 001.png
MHO-Infernal Tartaronis Render 001.png
Tartaronis Infernal Tartaronis

Notes

  • Despite being considered subspecies, some of them are members of the regular species that have undergone some changes due to a variety of reasons.
  • Although subspecies from the Third Generation onwards are mostly distinct due to their use of different elements and status effects from their more common counterpart (with some exceptions such as Brute Tigrex and Green Nargacuga), most subspecies from the First and Second Generation are more similar to Variants, merely having stronger versions of the original monster's element.

Sources

  • Hunter's Encyclopedia [reprinted edition]
  • Monster Hunter: World - The Official Complete Works

References

  1. Monster Hunter: World - The Official Complete Works - pg. 334
  2. Hunter's Encyclopedia [reprinted edition] - pg. 140
  3. Monster Hunter: World - The Official Complete Works - pg. 334
  4. Monster Hunter: World - The Official Complete Works - pg. 334


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