Tetsucabra is an Amphibian introduced in Monster Hunter 4.


Tetsucabra is a large Amphibian with a striking orange and indigo coloration. Its lower jaw harbors large tusks along with a large set of molars that are capable of crushing prey with ease. Tetsucabra also has a spiky stubby tail that swells up when angered.


Tetsucabra is capable of lifting up large boulders like a forklift and tossing them at attackers. It will also use the boulders as shields against attackers and to block off paths in areas. Utilizing its extremely powerful jaws, Tetsucabra can crush boulders, sending shards flying to damage enemies. It is also capable of spitting a green globular substance that can momentarily sap its prey's stamina.


Tetsucabra is known to inhabit the Sunken Hollow, where it ambushes its prey from pools of water. It can also be seen in the Frozen Seaway and the Everwood.


Tetsucabra's[1] Japanese name (Tetsukabura) is a reference to the Japanese word for iron, "tetsu", as well as words meaning "demonic" and "stubborn", in order to reflect the monster's personality. The English name was an attempt by the localization department to remain close to the original name, as the monster itself is designed based on many Japanese concepts such as sumo wrestling and various Japanese architectural features. As a result, the decision was made to simply romanize the Japanese name.

Game Appearances

Main Series


In-Game Description

Monster Hunter 4
MH4U-Tetsucabra Icon.png 両生種のモンスター。別名”鬼蛙”。傾斜面でも自由に跳躍できる強靭な後脚を持つ。発達したアゴと牙は、捕食はもちろん、岩を掘り起こして獲物を追い詰める役割もある。尻尾は行動の軸を補佐しており、上半身に強い力を込める時などには柔皮が露呈するという。
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4U-Tetsucabra Icon.png Amphibians with unique jaws and tusks that they use to sift through rocks for prey. They use their powerful hind legs to traverse steep terrain. The tail supports movement, but can become vulnerable with exertion.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★
Monster Hunter Generations
MH4U-Tetsucabra Icon.png Amphibians with unique jaws and tusks that they use to sift through rocks for prey. They use their powerful hind legs to traverse steep terrain. It can also use the large boulders it digs up to obstruct a predator's vision and make a hasty retreat.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★

Analysis and Guides

For details, see Tetsucabra Guides.

Tetsucabra Analysis for Monster Hunter 4
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Brighter Red means more damage, while Darker Red means lesser damage.
Credits for the Images used above goes to kei_9 (ケイ) of Pixiv

Raw Hitzone Damage Data
Hitzone Cutting Damage Impact Damage Shot Damage
Head 56 56 60
Front Legs 45 42 40
Hind Legs 42 42 40
Tail 36 36 35
Element Hitzone Damage Data
Hitzone Fire.png Fire Water.png Water Thunder.png Thunder Ice.png Ice Dragon.png Dragon
Head - 30 25 5 5
Front Legs - 20 15 5 5
Hind Legs - 15 15 10 5
Tail - 20 15 10 5
This Monster is weakest to: Status Effect-Waterblight MH4 Icon.png Water or Status Effect-Thunderblight MH4 Icon.png Thunder

Status Effects Data
Poison Paralysis Sleep Stun Fatigue Blast Mount
Initial Tolerance 100 200 150 200 18 N/A N/A
Max Tolerance 500 500 550 500 480 N/A N/A
Tolerance Increase N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Duration 60 10 40 10 N/A N/A N/A
Damage 300 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Item Effectiveness Data
Item Name Able
Normal Enraged Fatigued
Pitfall Trap Yes N/A N/A (20)
Shock Trap Yes N/A N/A (12)
Flash Bomb Yes N/A N/A (?)
Sonic Bomb No N/A
Meat (?) N/A N/A (?)

Analysis Data Source/s:

MH4U Breakable Parts

Jaw (x2)
MH4U-Tetsucabra Jaw Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Tetsucabra Jaw Break 002.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Tetsucabra Jaw Break 003.jpg
Back (x1)
MH4U-Tetsucabra Back Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Tetsucabra Back Break 002.jpg
Left Hind Leg (x1)
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Right Hind Leg (x1)
MH4U-Tetsucabra Right Hind Leg Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Tetsucabra Right Hind Leg Break 002.jpg

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Drilltusk Tetsucabra

MHGen-Drilltusk Tetsucabra Render 001.png

Main Article: Drilltusk Tetsucabra

A Deviant of Tetsucabra first appearing in Monster Hunter Generations.


General Notes

  • The etymology of Tetsucabra's Japanese name comes from its inherent stubborn look. Most naming decisions for the Monsters are from the imagery the Monsters impose.
    • Tetsucabra's Japanese name can also be derived from multiple words. Tetsu means 'Iron' (鉄/ テツ) in Japanese.
  • Tetsucabra appears to have a color scheme resembling the "blue pants" color morph of the Strawberry poison-dart frog and its tusks somewhat resemble the fanged frog's fangs.
  • Similar to real frogs, Tetsucabra will attack almost anything that moves.
    • Also, like real frogs, it is believed that Tetsucabras may start off as tadpoles.
    • Guild Master Hojo sits upon what appears to be a partially-developed Tetsucabra tadpole in Monster Hunter Rise. It is mesmerized by some dango attached to a fishing line held by Hojo, eventually snatching and eating it and falling asleep while Hojo is busy with his drawings.
  • Tetsucabra can spit out a green, globular substance that can decrease a hunter's stamina.
  • If hunters are able to flinch Tetsucabra while its holding or picking up a boulder, it will drop a shiny and the boulder.
  • When Tetsucabra picks up boulders or does certain attacks, its tail puffs up and becomes larger. When its tail is puffed up, it becomes the weakest part of its body.
  • Tetsucabra's tusks can each be broken individually along with its hind legs and its back.
    • When Tetsucabra's tusks are broken, its face becomes much weaker and it is only able to pick up smaller boulders.
  • Tetsucabra leaves an area by digging underground.
  • Tetsucabra's roar requires Earplugs to block.
  • Many of Tetsucabra's attacks are based on sumo wrestler techniques.
  • During the localization of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, candidates for Tetsucabra's English name included "Cabrado" and "Testaran"

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

  • In High-rank, it is capable of throwing boulders forward with its jaws.
  • In G-rank, Tetsucabra's Side stomp attack gains extra range.
  • When tired, it will eat an Aptonoth, or Popo to regain its stamina.
  • It can become infected by the Frenzy Virus.
  • There is an event quest where you are able to fight a miniature Tetsucabra.

External Links

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Localization & The Ultimate Question!

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