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An elder dragon said to freeze all in its path. According to legend, it can control the cold, and use its freezing breath to conjure massive spires of ice out of nowhere.
- MHWI Description

Velkhana is an Elder Dragon first introduced in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.


Velkhana is a traditional dragon with the slim, upright body structure of Elder Dragons like Kushala Daora. Its scales and shell are a unique crystalline blue. Its head has a tiara-like crown of small horns. It summons ice to cover its wings, limbs, and tail. Its thin, lance-like tail is highly flexible and can jab at enemies.

Behavior and Abilities

Velkhana freely controls ice and cold wind, and can cover wide areas in ice in an instant. It breathes beams of supercooled fluid that can instantly freeze monsters. When covered in its ice armor, ice crystals form nearby, and when struck by Velkhana's ice breath they form large spires that soon explode. Small ice platforms sometimes form, which can be jumped off of. Occasionally, spikes of ice rain from clouds close to the ground when it is enraged.

Game Appearances

Main Series


MHWI Damage Effectiveness

Element Effectiveness Status Effectiveness
Fire ★★★ Poison ★★
Water Sleep
Thunder ★★ Paralysis
Ice Blast ★★★
Dragon ★★ Stun


Item Name Rarity Value Description
MHW-Scale Icon Blue.png
Crystal Shard
11 4340z Very rare Velkhana material. Mostly obtained by carving. Broadly used for many purposes.
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Velkhana Cortex
11 6640z Very rare Velkhana material. Mostly obtained as a reward. Solid, used to craft gear.
MHW-Wing Icon Blue.png
Velkhana Fellwing
11 8940z Very rare Velkhana material. Obtained by breaking its wings. Supple, used to craft gear.
MHW-Claw Icon Blue.png
Velkhana Crownhorn
11 9640z Very rare Velkhana material. Obtained by breaking its head. Stout, used in many weapons.
MHW-Tail Icon Blue.png
Velkhana Lash
11 9220z Very rare Velkhana material. Obtained by carving its severed tail. Stiff, used to craft gear.
MHW-Claw Icon Blue.png
Velkhana Hardclaw
11 9080z Very rare Velkhana material. Obtained by collecting rare drops. Sharp, used in many weapons.
MHW-Mantle Icon Blue.png
Velkhana Crystal
12 21000z Very rare Velkhana material. Used to craft weapons powerful enough to take over the world.
Guiding Lands Only
MHW-Claw Icon Blue.png
Aurora Crownhorn
11 4000z Very rare Velkhana material. The Guiding Lands' energy fortifies the monsters living there.
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Tempered Crownhorn
11 6000z Very rare Tempered Velkhana material. A product of the brutal power struggle in the Guiding Lands.


For more information, see Velkhana Equipment

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
MHWI-Velkhana Icon.png An elder dragon said to freeze all in its path. According to legend, it can control the cold, and use its freezing breath to conjure massive spires of ice out of nowhere.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
MHST2-Velkhana Icon.png Elder Dragons said to freeze all in their path. According to legend, they can controll the cold, and use its freezing breath to conjure massive spires of ice out of nowhere.



  • Velkhana's head and wings can be broken and its tail can be severed.
    • The tail will stick in the ground when severed, like Glavenus.
    • When performing tail attacks after the sever, it will "regrow" its tail out of ice just like its ice armor.
  • Velkhana's combat revolves around it advancing its "Ice Armor" mode and ultimately executing a powerful attack which involves many of its Ice-based attack simultaneously happening, reverting to a normal state shortly afterwards.
    • The Ice Armor mode has 2 stages, the first in which Velkhana encases itself in the armor, and a second stage in which the lighting of the area it is in turns an icy blue. In both stages, Velkhana's attack power and speed are improved accordingly and its moveset is either changed or improved.
    • Hunters can cancel this mode prematurely by breaking 2 or 3 of Velkhana’s armor components, which are separated on four body parts: head , body, legs, and wings.
    • Velkhana does not regrow lost armor by advancing to the second stage of its mode.
    • When near death, Velkhana will go straight into the second stage and can execute its ultimate move without reverting back to a normal state.
  • During the Velkhana investigation phase of the Iceborne storyline (at the M3 quest level), Velkhana can be found in any zone except the Hoarfrost Reach during expeditions and may invade during quests. When Velkhana invades during a quest, two monsters will suddenly leave simultaneously. Velkhana will fight for a short while after noticing the hunter, then leave. By slamming Velkhana into a wall, hunters can get Crystal Shards from it; however, it is not possible to obtain any other Velkhana materials during this stage of the expansion.
  • After slaying Velkhana, you learn that its crystal scales are made out of rapidly cooled magma. This means that Velkhana was indeed molting in the Elder's Recess.
  • Velkhana is initially referred to as the "Old Everwyrm" by characters in the game, believing it to be the dragon mentioned by that name in ancient texts; however, it is revealed that the Old Everwyrm is not Velkhana, but Shara Ishvalda.
  • Velkhana's theme is a medley rendition of "Trepak" by Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky and "William Tell Overture" by Gioachino Rossini.

Monsters appearing in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (edit)
Herbivore MHWI-Anteka Icon.png Anteka MHW-Apceros Icon.png Apceros MHW-Aptonoth Icon.png Aptonoth MHW-Gastodon Icon.png Gastodon MHW-Kelbi Icon.png Kelbi MHW-Kestodon Icon.png Kestodon MHW-Mosswine Icon.png Mosswine MHWI-Popo Icon.png Popo
Fish MHW-Gajau Icon.png Gajau
Lynian MHWI-Boaboa Icon.png Boaboa MHW-Felyne Icon.png Felyne MHW-Gajalaka Icon.png Gajalaka MHW-Grimalkyne Icon.png Grimalkyne
Fanged Beast MHWI-Rajang Icon.png Rajang MHWI-Furious Rajang Icon.png Furious Rajang
Neopteron MHW-Hornetaur Icon.png Hornetaur MHW-Vespoid Icon.png Vespoid
Bird Wyvern MHW-Kulu-Ya-Ku Icon.png Kulu-Ya-Ku MHW-Pukei-Pukei Icon.png Pukei-Pukei MHWI-Coral Pukei-Pukei Icon.png Coral Pukei-Pukei MHW-Tzitzi-Ya-Ku Icon.png Tzitzi-Ya-Ku MHWI-Yian Garuga Icon.png Yian Garuga MHWI-Scarred Yian Garuga Icon.png Scarred Yian Garuga
Brute Wyvern MHW-Anjanath Icon.png Anjanath MHWI-Fulgur Anjanath Icon.png Fulgur Anjanath MHWI-Banbaro Icon.png Banbaro MHW-Barroth Icon.png Barroth MHWI-Brachydios Icon.png Brachydios MHWI-Raging Brachydios Icon.png Raging Brachydios MHW-Deviljho Icon.png Deviljho MHWI-Savage Deviljho Icon.png Savage Deviljho MHWI-Glavenus Icon.png Glavenus MHWI-Acidic Glavenus Icon.png Acidic Glavenus MHW-Radobaan Icon.png Radobaan MHW-Uragaan Icon.png Uragaan
Fanged Wyvern MHW-Girros Icon.png Girros MHW-Jagras Icon.png Jagras MHW-Shamos Icon.png Shamos MHWI-Wulg Icon.png Wulg
MHW-Dodogama Icon.png Dodogama MHW-Great Girros Icon.png Great Girros MHW-Great Jagras Icon.png Great Jagras MHW-Odogaron Icon.png Odogaron MHWI-Ebony Odogaron Icon.png Ebony Odogaron MHW-Tobi-Kadachi Icon.png Tobi-Kadachi MHWI-Viper Tobi-Kadachi Icon.png Viper Tobi-Kadachi MHWI-Zinogre Icon.png Zinogre MHWI-Stygian Zinogre Icon.png Stygian Zinogre
Piscine Wyvern MHWI-Beotodus Icon.png Beotodus MHW-Jyuratodus Icon.png Jyuratodus MHW-Lavasioth Icon.png Lavasioth
Wingdrake MHW-Barnos Icon.png Barnos MHWI-Cortos Icon.png Cortos MHW-Mernos Icon.png Mernos MHW-Noios Icon.png Noios MHW-Raphinos Icon.png Raphinos
Flying Wyvern MHWI-Barioth Icon.png Barioth MHWI-Frostfang Barioth Icon.png Frostfang Barioth MHW-Bazelgeuse Icon.png Bazelgeuse MHWI-Seething Bazelgeuse Icon.png Seething Bazelgeuse MHW-Diablos Icon.png Diablos MHW-Black Diablos Icon.png Black Diablos MHW-Legiana Icon.png Legiana MHWI-Shrieking Legiana Icon.png Shrieking Legiana MHWI-Nargacuga Icon.png Nargacuga MHW-Paolumu Icon.png Paolumu MHWI-Nightshade Paolumu Icon.png Nightshade Paolumu MHW-Rathalos Icon.png Rathalos MHW-Azure Rathalos Icon.png Azure Rathalos MHWI-Silver Rathalos Icon.png Silver Rathalos MHW-Rathian Icon.png Rathian MHW-Pink Rathian Icon.png Pink Rathian MHWI-Gold Rathian Icon.png Gold Rathian MHWI-Tigrex Icon.png Tigrex MHWI-Brute Tigrex Icon.png Brute Tigrex
Elder Dragon MHWI-Alatreon Icon.png Alatreon MHW-Behemoth Icon.png Behemoth MHWI-Fatalis Icon.png Fatalis MHW-Kirin Icon.png Kirin MHW-Kulve Taroth Icon.png Kulve Taroth MHW-Kushala Daora Icon.png Kushala Daora MHW-Lunastra Icon.png Lunastra MHWI-Namielle Icon.png Namielle MHW-Nergigante Icon.png Nergigante MHWI-Ruiner Nergigante Icon.png Ruiner Nergigante MHWI-Safi'jiiva Icon.png Safi'jiiva MHWI-Shara Ishvalda Icon.png Shara Ishvalda MHW-Teostra Icon.png Teostra MHW-Vaal Hazak Icon.png Vaal Hazak MHWI-Blackveil Vaal Hazak Icon.png Blackveil Vaal Hazak MHWI-Velkhana Icon.png Velkhana MHW-Xeno'jiiva Icon.png Xeno'jiiva MHW-Zorah Magdaros Icon.png Zorah Magdaros
Relict MHW-Leshen Icon.png Leshen MHW-Ancient Leshen Icon.png Ancient Leshen