An elder dragon that soars at very high altitudes far from human habitation. Its flaming red wings are often the only visible sign of it, giving rise to its nickname, the Argent Comet. Those wings aren't just for flying, though, and are easily used to stab, rend and blow away its enemies. Occasionally, one can find the scorched shells it has left behind.
- MHGU Description

Valstrax are Elder Dragons introduced in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.

Physiology

Valstrax is a slender Elder Dragon covered in gleaming silver scales. Its most notable feature is its wings, which have fused into a trident-like structure, each segment ending in an opening designed to expel dragon energy. Its back is lined with fin-like projections. Its head has a small crest and its eyes are blue. Its chest has three horizontal gaps that are used to take in and pressurize air like a jet engine.

Abilities

Valstrax flies at high speed by discharging Dragon Element energy from its wings. It can manipulate the alignment and shape of its wings to vary the attacks it uses. When its wings are in its usual backwards-facing position, Valstrax will commonly lunge forward and swipe at hunters with its front claws or try to take a bite at them. If the hunter is a fair distance away, however, it will rear back one of its wings before connecting it into a jagged spear-like formation and thrusting it at the hunter. It can add two more moves to this attack, ending it with a spin while the blade is still outstretched or sending forth its other spear wing after retracting the first. It can also jam the trident tipped appendages into the ground and rip up some dirt along with the hunter. Valstrax is also able to maneuver its wings into a spear position and fire pure balls of dragon energy at the hunter. Lastly, it is able to ready its wings after a very short charge time and rocket towards the hunter, usually ending in a deadly spin upon landing again. Very similar to a Rathalos’s strafe flight, albeit much quicker.

Valstrax can also align its wings so that its exhaust-like wingtips are facing the front of the monster. In this form, the wings are able to swipe like a massive claw, slam down into the ground as if it’s a giant palm, and Valstrax can ignite the tips of its wings to add Dragonblight to these attacks as well as dealing additional damage. While in this form it is also able to condense its dragon energy into explosive homing projectiles that it will fire out of its six appendages after readying into a stance. It can also fire these blasts at the ground underneath it, which is indicated by it rearing up on its hind legs and aiming its wings downwards. It will switch its wings back to their regular position either by simply folding them back naturally, or it can perform a frontflip with its wings ignited to deal damage to the hunter and go back to its base form.

Its strongest attack is called “Around the World.” Valstrax opens its chest intake to the fullest, sucking in as much air as possible before hopping up with a small blast and then rocketing off into the horizon. Here it will become enveloped with crimson dragon energy, becoming the red comet once more. After circling behind the hunter (or where the hunter’s back was originally facing during take off), Valstrax will do a loop in the air as it breaks the sound barrier before hurtling itself down as a fiery ball of deadly draconic energy. Afterwards, it will be tuckered out for a short period of time, allowing for retaliation.

Habitat

Valstrax is a largely nomadic monster and can be found in a wide range of environments, though it has not been spotted in volcanic environments. It is most commonly associated with the Ruined Pinnacle.

Etymology

Valstrax's name comes from a combination of the English word, Valor, and the Japanese word for falcon, Farukon (Japanese ファルコン).

Game Appearances

Main Series

Spin-offs

Crossovers

  • Puzzle & Dragons
  • Gyuakuten Othellonia
  • TEPPEN

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
MHGU-Valstrax Icon.png An elder dragon that soars at very high altitudes far from human habitation. Its flaming red wings are often the only visible sign of it, giving rise to its nickname, the Argent Comet. Those wings aren't just for flying, though, and are easily used to stab, rend and blow away its enemies. Occasionally, one can find the scorched shells it has left behind.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★★

Gallery

For more images, see Valstrax Photo Gallery

Notes

  • Valstrax is one of the two flagship monsters of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, the other being Bloodbath Diablos.
  • While in Rage Mode, Valstrax will begin venting excessive amounts of its exhaust from its wings, head, and chest, causing those parts to take no elemental damage. It will also use attacks that inflict Dragonblight more aggressively.
  • Valstrax's attacks with its wings vary depending on the state its wings are in. While facing forward, it can attack using incredibly fast charges, 'punches' (with a long range that also extends further whilst in Rage Mode), and even, occasionally, a unique attack where it rockets off into the sky, flying around to find an angle behind a hunter, and then crashes into its target. Conversely, while facing backward, Valstrax attacks using slams, charged blasts, and missiles from a long range. It should be noted, however, that Valstrax can switch between these 'wing modes' at will, and will attempt to combo certain attacks from these modes.
    • During Rage Mode, many of Valstrax's attacks with its wings will inflict Dragonblight due to the excessive amounts of exhaust being vented from its wings, making its wing slams and slashes more dangerous due to this.
  • Like the Stygian Zinogre, a number of Valstrax's attacks can consistently inflict Dragonblight, especially during Rage Mode. In such a similar situation, it'd be wise to pack Nulberries, Blight Resistance, or, despite its Elemental weaknesses, use a Raw weapon to subvert the high consistency of Dragonblight affliction.
  • Valstrax's front claws, back, chest, head, and wings can be broken. Its tail can also be cut off.
  • The Valstrax Blademaster weapons have unusual Sharpness gauges that consist of only white and red levels.
  • Valstrax's roar requires HG Earplugs to block.
  • If Valstrax's chest is staggered while it is taking in air, it will fall over and drop a shiny.
  • Valstrax does not have to be fought at all in its first fightable encounter.
    • Strangely, Valstrax's theme does not play in this sequence, only the regular Marshlands theme.


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