Yian Garuga has a striking purple coloration, large defensive spikes, and an extremely tough shell. Its beak is sharp and jagged, and it possesses a silver mane around the edge of its face.
Yian Garuga possesses a poisonous tail club and can produce ear-splitting roars to stop foes in their tracks. It is quite crafty and will avoid pitfall traps. In addition, it is unaffected by sonic bombs.
Highly aggressive for a Bird Wyvern, Yian Garuga is known to behave similar to a Rathian, as well as sharing a very similar set of attacks.
A close relative of the Yian Kut-Ku known for its hard black shell and tufts of white mane. These clever monsters are known to avoid traps and use their poisonous tail to deadly effect; they are not to be taken lightly.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★
Monster Hunter Generations
A close relative of the Yian Kut-Ku known for its hard black scales and tufts of white mane. More belligerent that its flighter cousins, these clever monsters are known to rationally observe their prey, even when angered. They are not to be taken lightly.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
A short-tempered bird wyvern marked by its hard, black scales and impressive mane. It strikes with its distinctive beak.
Monster Hunter Stories
Bird Wyvern known for their hard shells and long manes. Aggressive, prone to attack unprovoked.
HC Yian Garuga has a poison stained beak, more spikes on its tail and new attacks including: releasing a mist of poison during a tail flip; screaming extremely loud while charging at a target; screaming while jumping into the air and spitting 3 fire balls directly below.
It is possible to dodge the Garuga's short screams. If timed perfectly with its roar players can simply avoid it by rolling or by diving without the use of Earplugs.
To unlock Yian Garuga, players need to have killed/captured at least 10 Yian Kut Ku.
Yian Garuga is sly and will avoid Pitfall Traps, except when not enraged or limping.
To make Yian Garuga drop an item, simply get it onto a Pitfall Trap.
Unlike Yian Kut-Ku, Garuga comes with many "breakables". The tail, for instance, can be severed. The beak, back-spines, both wing claws, and the "mane" can also be broken.
Yian Garuga's roar requires Earplugs to block.
Yian Garuga's name may come from "Garou", the French word for wolf. This is in line with its sly, predatory behavior and lupine features.
It may also be derived from "Garuda", a legendary bird in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
Throughout the series history, Yian Garuga and Scarred Yian Garuga were treated as the same monster, often with one making an appearance while the other was absent. However, as of the 15th Anniversary Monster Hunter Size Comparison video, Scarred Yian Garuga is officially considered to have debuted prior to Yian Garuga.
Monster Hunter Freedom
After completing certain 3-Star Village Quests, the player will be given a 6-Star Special Quest, in which they are given 20 minutes to damage and repel Yian Garuga. The damage the Yian Garuga has sustained will be carried over to the subsequent encounter, even if the quest is failed.
In First Generation games that include Yian Garuga, it would be fought in the daytime even though it is a nocturnal predator; the 1st generation did not have night-time quests.
To perform the Yian Garuga Glitch, get a single Spiderweb then accept the "Revenge of the Yian Garuga" quest. Once the quest begins go to the veggie elder and trade the spiderweb for a special mushroom. (Players can also just gather a Special Mushroom from the spot near the Elder if they do not have a Spiderweb). Now just wait until the time runs out and the game will think the quest has been completed successfully. The next time a player fights Yian Garuga, his health will already be substantially low, making it an easy win. (Note: This glitch has been tested on the American version of Monster Hunter Freedom and it DOES NOT work on the European release)
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
In some quest, the Yian Garuga starts with two ears; in others, it starts with only one. In the Felyne Elder quest "Elegy for a Lone Wolf" the Garuga starts with one ear and a cracked beak.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Similar to Yian Kut-Ku, the Yian Garuga now has 4 toes.
Its back can be broken.
When low on stamina it will fail to shoot fireballs and will get its beak stuck in the ground when doing its peck attack.
Its tail spin will also fail to poison the hunter when low on stamina.
It will either sleep or eat Konchu to regain stamina.
In its intro video it is seen chasing after a Yian Kut-Ku.
It gains new attacks, such as quick beak slams and an attack where it screams, then flies at the player and does a quick backflip.
In G-Rank, after a backflip, it can fly at the player and do a second backflip.
Yian Garuga always starts with one ear, unlike past games, where it can start with two ears.
Yian Garuga's assigned quest is unlocked after leveling up the Guiding Lands Forest Region to level three. Afterward, it will only be huntable outside of the Guiding Lands through Event Quests and Investigations.
Yian Garuga received several design changes. For instance, it now has two sets of spiny plating on its back instead of one.
Yian Garuga gains a few new moves from its older iterations.
It now uses an aerial tail slam
It can also take off into the air and perform a homing dive onto a player
It receives the charged fireball that Rathian and her subspecies have
It no longer does the insta-charge flip after a roar