Yama Tsukami is an Elder Dragon introduced in Monster Hunter 2.

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Yama Tsukami is an unusual Elder Dragon with an octopus-like body. It is covered in moss, algae, and other plant life, and boasts a set of four thick tentacles. In addition, it possesses two large whiskers and an oddly human-like set of teeth and gums. It produces gas within its body in order to keep itself afloat.

Its classification as an Elder Dragon is simply due to the fact that it does not fit into any category, much like the Kirin. This mysterious creature's place in relation to other monsters is completely unknown.


Yama Tsukami is famed for its remarkable ability to float with no support and even travel across long distances without stopping. How it does this is unknown, but it is believed to be based on hydrogen or helium gas. It seems to have a symbiotic relationship with Great Thunderbugs, which allows them to rest inside its body until they mature. In return, the Great Thunderbugs assist the monster by attacking threats. These Thunderbugs can explode when they are near an opponent, causing considerable damage to their target. It can also release burning gas from its pores, using it to attack threats.


Yama Tsukami is a dangerous creature, but it may be docile after feeding. The beast usually uses its large size and ability to fly to get itself out of most situations; however, it can become very hostile if surrounded or cornered.


Yama Tsukami have only been spotted in a few forest and mountain locations, most of them decent habitats for a large creature. They often rest at ancient towers.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
Logo-MHFU.png (2009) Logo-MH2.png (2006) Logo-MHF-Z.png (2016)

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
MHFU-Yama Tsukami Icon.png An Elder Dragon that floats through the sky. A bite of earth, a drink of forest, it’s a veritable god of the sky made of the richest soil. Ancient trees grow thick on its back like on a mountain. It’s rumored to live near a forlorn, remote tower.
Monster Hunter Frontier G
FrontierGen-Question Mark Icon.png (?)
Monster Hunter Online
MHO-Yama Tsukami Icon.png (?)
Threat Level (危険度): !!!!!!!!

Music Themes

Monster_Hunter_Freedom_Unite_Yama_Tsukami_Theme MHFU: Yama Tsukami Music Theme


General Notes

  • Yama Tsukami is fought quite differently in Monster Hunter 2 and Monster Hunter Frontier than in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Originally hunters would chase it through the tower, fighting it at the spiral zones (doubled in length for the fight) in Areas 6 and 8, with the same moves Yama Tsukami uses in MHFU. Then it will flee to the top of the tower where it gains a new set of moves, such as hovering high in the air and then slamming down in an attempt to crush hunters. Players' main targets now become its tentacles and whiskers, as Yama Tsukami's main body will be far out of reach. Yama Tsukami can also be fought in the town in both Monster Hunter 2 and Frontier. In MHFU, however, players fight it in a modified tower, with a flat ledge bordering a crumbling spire, where it will stay for the entire fight.
  • Although Yama Tsukami cannot be captured, the tranquilizer effect of the Tranq Bombs actually numbs it from flight and causes it to flinch. If tranq bombs are applied during the wind tunnel attack it will fall to the ground. In addition, it drops a shiny.
  • The only difference between its Western and Japanese name is a space. The translation of its Japanese name is Yamatsukami; however, in English it is Yama Tsukami.
  • It is possible to block the Yama Tsukami's wind vortex if the Guard Inc skill is activated, and having the Guts skill will leave hunters with 1 HP rather than dying.
  • If you fail to kill Yama Tsukami before the quest has ended, it will not flee and you will fail the quest.
  • The Great Thunderbugs that Yama Tsukami summons can be made to disappear by jumping from the top of the area, exiting, and re-entering.
  • Yama Tsukami's stomach shrinks in relation to its health. It will collapse twice (both times falling to the bottom of the area) and the third time the stomach is completely withdrawn, Yama Tsukami will die.
  • Judging by its teeth and the plants growing on its back, one could assume that Yama Tsukami may be a herbivore.
  • When Yama Tsukami falls from tranquilizer bombs, it can stay there for a bit and attack you with Thunderbugs. After a small amount of time, when it is going up again, it will fall and be able to damage you with its tentacles or body, depending on where you are.

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

  • Yama Tsukami can be also fought in a download quest in. This Yama Tsukami is stronger than normal but gives more rewards.

Monster Hunter Frontier

  • HR100 Yama Tsukami gains a red aura field that prevents ranged weapons from hitting it unless it is in the middle of an action.
    • This can be bypassed with the Super Pierce Crouch sigil.
  • It gains more attack strength than would be expected and can be killed in any location.

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