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This is merely a plausible explanation for the monster(s) in this article, and may or may not be considered canon to the series.

Taxonomy

Xeno'jiiva is a newly discovered Elder Dragon that is theorized to feed off the bioenergy of deceased Elder Dragons.

History

When the Elder Crossing started happening more frequently, the Guild created the Research Commission to investigate the New World and figure out what caused this mysterious phenomenon to change suddenly.[1] While the first human members of the commission didn't find anything major, the wyverians sensed that something was awry in the New World's crust. Decades later, after a Zorah Magdaros tears through the Everstream, the Seeker explores the hidden world uncovered by the colossal elder dragon, and finds the Confluence of Fates before heading down river with the Admiral and an unnamed hunter to find a huge cocoon.[2] Upon discovery, Xeno'jiiva soon emerges out of the cocoon to face them but is ultimately slain by the unnamed hunter.[3]

Habitat Range

Xeno'jiiva is found only at the Confluence of Fates, located deep in the Elder's Recess.[4]

Ecological Niche

Little is known about Xeno'jiiva since it is an entirely new species of Elder Dragon unknown to the Guild. The Third Fleet Master proposes that Xeno'jiiva might be a creature that needs to consume the energies of other lifeforms to grow. Although she admits that it might've been a coincidence that Xeno'jiiva wounded up thriving in the Elder's Recess, she doesn't believe in coincidence.

It is unknown whether Xeno'jiiva is the cause of the Elder Crossing, or if the New World was already a graveyard for dragons and Xeno'jiiva was merely exploiting the resident energies of the land.[5] Either way, it incubated in the bioenergy and craved more, using some sort of pheromone to draw more Elders across the sea.[6][7]

Biological Adaptations

  • Length: 4509.1cm
  • Height: 1248.45cm
  • Foot Measurements: 348cm[8]

From its wings being folded up tightly in its cocoon, they aren't yet fully functional, meaning Xeno'jiiva can't immediately fly upon emergence.[9] Once energy has flowed into its wings, it's capable of flight.[10] It has five fingers on its hands and four toes on its feet, both ending in razor-sharp claws.[11] It uses its hands to attack enemies, cleaving flesh right off the bone, while it can stand upright for short periods by using its rear legs.[12][13] Xeno'jiiva is often called the Dark Light Dragon from a red glowing organ inside of its chest.[14] This heat organ distributes large amounts of energy to Xeno'jiiva's arms, tail, and head to amplify its strength.[15] By concentrating its energy in those parts of its body, Xeno'jiiva can release mounds of it all at once when it attacks.[16][17] Its energy is most concentrated in its head.[18] Instead of destructive explosions like its other parts, Xeno'jiiva can breathe powerful beams that burn just about anything that comes in contact with them, including the ground.[19][20] By firing those beams out of its mouth, it is able to maintain the amount of energy inside of its body.[21] If its heat organ is left to produce large amounts of energy, and the build-up of it reaches a certain level, an explosion of energy will engulf Xeno'jiiva's body as it enters into its Critical State (Japenese 臨界状態).[22] In this state portions of Xeno'jiiva's body are covered in blue flames, and its strength, as well as the amount of energy it uses, is increased.[23] Its energy also causes the earth's own energy to explode from the ground while it is in this state.[24] Although Xeno'jiiva is extremely powerful while in its Critical State, it is also vulnerable. Xeno'jiiva becomes unstable when it builds up too much energy inside of its body, affecting its mass, so it needs to release as much as possible.[25] Xeno'jiiva is known to become exhausted for a long period of time after releasing so much energy.[26]

Hidden Potential

Although Xeno'jiiva is already an adult, it's believed that it'll further change as it grows. Scholars in the commission theorize that Xeno'jiiva will lose its transparent skin as it further grows and that it'll be able to generate energy infinitely in its body via its heat organ, meaning it won't ever need to feed on other creatures for subsistence.[27][28] They also think that Xeno'jiiva could learn to maintain its Critical State permanently over time.[29] Since much about Xeno'jiiva is still a mystery, it's up in the air whether it could become stronger in the future or not.

Natural Phenomenon

Xeno'jiiva can attract other Elder Dragons to its location with its immense energy pulses or special pheromones, causing the Elder Crossing to happen every ten years instead of every hundred.[30][31] This also causes the geography of an area, the New World, in this case, to change constantly from all the natural phenomena, which is caused by other Elder Dragons, going off at once.[32] From it feeding on the bioenergy of dead Elder Dragons for decades, it has gained enough power to be considered the Emperor of Elder Dragons and could bring mass destruction to whole ecosystems if allowed to leave its nest.[33]

Behavior

Xeno'jiiva is immediately hostile the moment it emerges from its cocoon, making it dangerous to other species. Although it had just awakened, its powers are already considered to be great compared to most Elder Dragons, but it can't control all of its energy and isn't very precise with its attacks either.[34] It's believed that if Xeno'jiiva was left alone to master its powers it would've been a greater threat.[35]

Sources

References

  1. Setting: http://www.monsterhunterworld.com/us/
  2. Discovery of Xeno'jiiva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyYaIxUR3zk
  3. After Xeno'jiiva is slain: https://youtu.be/uE5aWKOVJm4?t=1813
  4. MHW's Monster Field Guide: Xeno'jiiva
  5. Third Fleet Master dialogue
  6. Monster Hunter: World via Post-Xeno'jiiva Cutscene
  7. Monster Hunter: World via Third Fleet Master dialogue
  8. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 362
  9. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 364
  10. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 364
  11. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 365
  12. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 365
  13. Xeno'jiiva's item description from Monster Hunter: World
  14. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 366
  15. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 364
  16. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 366
  17. Example: https://youtu.be/uE5aWKOVJm4?t=613
  18. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 367
  19. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 367
  20. Example: https://youtu.be/uE5aWKOVJm4?t=405
  21. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 367
  22. Xeno'jiiva entering its Critical State: https://youtu.be/uE5aWKOVJm4?t=561
  23. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 366
  24. Example: https://youtu.be/k0cUrVkiv98?t=416
  25. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 367
  26. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 367
  27. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 364
  28. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 366
  29. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 367
  30. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 363
  31. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 365
  32. Monster Hunter: World via Research Hunter dialogue
  33. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 363
  34. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 364
  35. Dive to Monster Hunter World - pg. 364
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