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Not to be confused with Subspecies, Rare Species, Burst Species, Origin Species, Lone Species, HC Monsters, Deviants, Supremacy Species, and Zenith Species.

A variant is a rare individual or anomalous group of a given species of monster. They are often almost identical to a common individual but possess one or more certain unique traits that set them apart. Variants are more powerful than a normal member of their species and are more in tune with their inherent abilities.


List of Variants by Game

Monster Hunter 2


Monster Hunter Freedom Unite


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate


Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate


Monster Hunter World: Iceborne


Monster Hunter Frontier


Monster Hunter Online


Monster Hunter Explore

Comparisons

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MH4-Gore Magala Render 001
MH4U-Chaotic Gore Magala Render 001
Chaotic Gore Magala
MHXR-Evangelion Gore Magala Render 001
Gore Magala Evangelion Gore Magala


Bird Wyvern

Comparison
FrontierGen-Hypnocatrice Render 002
FrontierGen-Breeding Season Hypnocatrice Render 001
Hypnocatrice Breeding Season Hypnocatrice
MHWI-Yian Garuga Render 001
MHWI-Scarred Yian Garuga Render 001
Scarred Yian Garuga
MHO-One-Eared Yian Garuga Render 002
Yian Garuga One-Eared Yian Garuga


Brute Wyvern

MHWI-Brachydios Render 001
MH4U-Raging Brachydios Render 001
Raging Brachydios
MHXR-Evangelion Brachydios Render 001
Brachydios Evangelion Brachydios
MHW-Deviljho Render 001
MHWI-Savage Deviljho Render 001
Savage Deviljho
MHXR-Aberrant Deviljho Render 001
Deviljho Aberrant Deviljho
MHGen-Duramboros Render 001
MHXR-Explosive Peak Duramboros Render 001
Duramboros Explosive Peak Duramboros
MHW-Uragaan Render 001
MHXR-Pumpkin Uragaan Render 001
Pumpkin Uragaan
MHXR-Shiningrock Uragaan Render 001
Uragaan Shiningrock Uragaan


Carapaceon

Comparison
MHGen-Shogun Ceanataur Render 001
MHO-Swordmaster Shogun Ceanataur Render 001
Shogun Ceanataur Swordmaster Shogun Ceanataur


Fanged Beast

Comparison
MHO-Caeserber Render 001
MHO-Ghost Caeserber Render 002
Caeserber Ghost Caeserber
MH4-Lagombi Render 001
MHXR-Witch Lagombi Render 001
Lagombi Witch Lagombi
MHWI-Rajang Render 001
MH4-Furious Rajang Render 001
Furious Rajang
MHXR-Enma Rajang Render 001
Rajang Enma Rajang
MHGen-Volvidon Render 001 MHXR-Christmas Volvidon and Anteka Render 001
Christmas Volvidon
MHXR-Black Star Beast Volvidon Render 001
Volvidon Black Star Beast Volvidon


Fanged Wyvern

Comparison
MHWI-Zinogre Render 001
MHXR-Immortal Zinogre Render 001
Immortal Zinogre
MHXR-FFBE Zinogre Render 001
Zinogre FFBE Zinogre


Flying Wyvern

Comparison
MHWI-Barioth Render 001
MHXR-Frozen Barioth Render 001
Barioth Frozen Barioth
MH4-Basarios Render 001
MHO-Crystal Basarios Render 002
Basarios Crystal Basarios
MHW-Bazelgeuse Render 001
MHWI-Seething Bazelgeuse Render 001
Bazelgeuse Seething Bazelgeuse
MHW-Diablos Render 001
MHXR-Gilded Diablos Render 001
Diablos Gilded Diablos
3rdGen-Gigginox Render 001
MHXR-Virulent Gigginox Render 001
Virulent Gigginox
MH-XR-Yoga Gigginox Render 001
Gigginox Yoga Gigginox
MHW-Legiana Render 001
MHWI-Shrieking Legiana Render 001
Legiana Shrieking Legiana
MHO-Monoblos Render 001
MHO-Shattered Monoblos Render 002
Monoblos Shattered Monoblos
MHWI-Nargacuga Render 001
MHXR-Fiercewater Nargacuga Render 001
Nargacuga Fiercewater Nargacuga
MHW-Rathalos Render 001
MHXR-Flame Rathalos Render 001
Flame Rathalos
MHXR-Destruction Wyvern Rathalos Render 001
Rathalos Destruction Wyvern Rathalos
MHW-Rathian Render 001
MHO-Conflagration Rathian Render 001
Conflagration Rathian
MHXR-Scorching Heat Rathian Render 001
Rathian Scorching Heat Rathian
MH4U-Seregios Render 002
MHXR-Demonic Seregios Render 001
Seregios Demonic Seregios


Leviathan

Comparison
MHGen-Agnaktor Render 001 Purgatory Agnaktor
Agnaktor Purgatory Agnaktor
3rdGen-Gobul Render 001 MHXR-Witch Gobul Render 001
Gobul Witch Gobul
MHGen-Lagiacrus Render 001 MHXR LandConquest Lagi
Lagiacrus Landconquest Lagiacrus
FourthGen-Mizutsune Render 001
MHXR-Thunderbubble Mizutsune Render 001
Mizutsune Thunderbubble Mizutsune


Lynian

Comparison
MH1-Felyne Render 001
MHXR-Goruru Render 001
Felyne Goruru
MH1-Melynx Render 001
MHXR-Metaru Render 001
Melynx Metaru


Piscine Wyvern

MHGen-Plesioth Render 001
MHXR- Whitewater Plesioth render 001
Whitewater Plesioth
MHXR-Seabream Plesioth Render 001
Plesioth Seabream Plesioth


Elder Dragon

Comparison
MH4-Kirin Render 001
MHXR-Thunder Emperor Kirin Render 001
Kirin Thunder Emperor Kirin
MHW-Kushala Daora Render 001
MH4U-Rusted Kushala Daora Render 001
Kushala Daora Rusted Kushala Daora
MHO-Merphistophelin Render 001
MHO-Merphistophelin (Ice State) Render 001
Merphistophelin Elemental Merphistophelin
MHW-Nergigante Render 001
MHWI-Ruiner Nergigante Render 001
Nergigante Ruiner Nergigante
MHW-Vaal Hazak Render 001
MHWI-Blackveil Vaal Hazak Render 001
Vaal Hazak Blackveil Vaal Hazak

Trivia

  • Savage Deviljho is a Deviljho that has lived a very long time and has cannibalized other Deviljho.
  • The Aberrant Deviljho was created in collaboration with Attack on Titan and Capcom for the Aberrant Titan.
  • The Raging Brachydios is a Brachydios who's explosive slime mold has covered it's entire body and will spontaneously combust on contact.
  • Furious Rajang is a rare special Rajang individual that is constantly enraged for unknown reasons. Its theorized by the Guild that the Furious Rajang's power is unstable due to the loss of its tail and that its power potentially comes from its heart along with its nerves.
  • Chaotic Gore Magala is a Gore Magala which has failed to molt properly into a Shagaru Magala.
  • Rusted Kushala Daora is a Kushala Daora which has not shed its skin recently.
  • There were no variants in the first generation of Monster Hunter.
  • Variants gained a more important role in the fifth generation. In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, five new variants were introduced (by far the largest debut in a mainline game), becoming a sizeable part of the endgame and getting their dedicated entry in the Hunter's Note. Two achievements in the game were also related to Variants (Kill your first Variant, Kill 30 Variants).
  • One-Horned Diablos (Japanese ディアソルテ/マ王ディア) and One-Eared Yian Garuga (Japanese 傷ついたイャンガルルガ), which appeared in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, aren't variants.
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