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

A variant (Japanese: 特殊個体) 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 Freedom

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

Comparisons

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MH4-Gore Magala Render 001
MH4U-Chaotic Gore Magala Render 001
Gore Magala Chaotic 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
MHWI-Raging Brachydios Render 001
Brachydios Raging Brachydios
MHW-Deviljho Render 001
MHWI-Savage Deviljho Render 001
Deviljho Savage Deviljho


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
MHWI-Rajang Render 001
MHWI-Furious Rajang Render 001
Rajang Furious Rajang


Flying Wyvern

Comparison
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-Legiana Render 001
MHWI-Shrieking Legiana Render 001
Legiana Shrieking Legiana
MHWI-Barioth Render 001
MHWI-Frostfang Barioth Render 001
Barioth Frostfang Barioth
MHO-Monoblos Render 001
MHO-Shattered Monoblos Render 002
Monoblos Shattered Monoblos
MHW-Rathian Render 001
MHO-Conflagration Rathian Render 001
Rathian Conflagration Rathian


Elder Dragon

Comparison
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 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.
  • Scarred Yian Garugas and One-Eared Yian Garuga are both Variants of Yian Garuga who have survived many grueling battles. In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Scarred Yian Garuga only appears as a Tempered Monster.
  • Since Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Scarred Yian Garuga has been officially considered a different entity from regular Yian Garuga, retroactively making its first debute in the first generation.
  • Variants gained a more important role in the fifth generation. In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, four new variants were introduced at launch (by far the largest debut in a mainline game), becoming a sizable 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). An additional fifth new variant, Frostfang Barioth, was added as free content in the 4th Title Update.
  • One-Horned Diablos (Japanese ディアソルテ/マ王ディア), which appeared in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, is not a Variant.
  • The G-rank version of Crimson Fatalis which appeared in MH4U in the quest "Advanced: A Final Battle Cry", is not an official Variant.
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