Yian Garuga is a Bird Wyvern officially introduced in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Despite technically appearing after the debut of Scarred Yian Garuga, Scarred Yian Garugas are officially considered Variants of Yian Garuga.


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. It's body is much like that of a Yian Kut-Ku's


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.


Yian Garuga has been observed in forested areas such as the Jungle, Gorge, Great Forest, Forest and Hills, Esther Lake, Everwood, Jurassic Frontier, and Guiding Lands.

Game Appearances

Analysis and Guides

For details on older games this monster has appeared in, see Yian Garuga Guides.

Yian Garuga Analysis for Monster Hunter 4
Cutting Damage
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Brighter Red means more damage, while Darker Red means lesser damage.

Raw Hitzone Damage Data
Hitzone Cutting Damage Impact Damage Shot Damage
Head 65 60 60
Neck 40 40 40
Back 10 10 10
Belly 10 10 60
Wings 25 45 10
Legs 25 25 35
Tail 45 25 10
Element Hitzone Damage Data
Hitzone Fire.png Fire Water.png Water Thunder.png Thunder Ice.png Ice Dragon.png Dragon
Head 0 20 0 10 5
Neck 0 30 0 10 5
Back 5 70 5 15 15
Belly 15 40 15 30 30
Wings 0 20 0 10 5
Legs 0 15 0 10 5
Tail 5 30 5 20 15
This Monster is weakest to: Status Effect-Waterblight MH4 Icon.png Water on Back:
  • On Head (Cutting and Impact Damage)
  • On Head and Belly (Shot Damage)

Status Effects Data
Poison Paralysis Sleep Stun Fatigue Blast Mount
Initial Tolerance N/A N/A
Max Tolerance N/A N/A
Tolerance Increase N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Duration N/A N/A N/A
Damage N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Item Effectiveness Data
Item Name Able
Normal Enraged Fatigued
Pitfall Trap Yes N/A N/A (?)
  • Pitfall Trap works only when Yian Garuga is not enraged.
Shock Trap Yes N/A N/A (?)
Flash Bomb Yes N/A N/A (?)
  • Flash Bombs will only work if Yian Garuga is facing the Flash Bomb when it goes off.
Sonic Bomb No N/A
Meat No N/A

Analysis Data Source/s:

MHWI Element/Status Effectiveness

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

MH4U Breakable Parts

Head (x2)
MH4U-Yian Garuga Head Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Yian Garuga Head Break 002.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Yian Garuga Head Break 003.jpg
Back (x1)
MH4U-Yian Garuga Back Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Yian Garuga Back Break 002.jpg
Left Wing (x1)
MH4U-Yian Garuga Left Wing Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Yian Garuga Left Wing Break 002.jpg
Right Wing (x1)
MH4U-Yian Garuga Right Wing Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Yian Garuga Right Wing Break 002.jpg
Tail (Sever)
MH4U-Yian Garuga Tail Break 001.jpgIndent08.gifMH4U-Yian Garuga Tail Break 002.jpg


For carves and materials from other games, see Yian Garuga Carves

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate


For more information, see Yian Garuga Equipment

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 / Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
MHFU-Yian Garuga Icon.png A breed of Yian Kut-Ku with a hard black shell and a long mane. Known for its trap avoiding slyness and poison loaded tail, it is a particularly evil wyvern, so beware!
Monster Hunter 4
MH4U-Yian Garuga Icon.png 黒く硬い甲殻と長いたてがみを持つ姿から、”黒狼鳥”と呼ばれる。 イャンクックに近い種とされる。 罠を回避するズル賢さと、尾に隠された強い毒が特徴。 気性は荒く好戦的で、特に怒っている時は注意が必要。
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4U-Yian Garuga Icon.png 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
MH4U-Yian Garuga Icon.png 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
MHWI-Yian Garuga Icon.png A short-tempered bird wyvern marked by its hard, black scales and impressive mane. It strikes with its distinctive beak.
Monster Hunter Stories
MH4U-Yian Garuga Icon.png Bird Wyvern known for their hard shells and long manes. Aggressive, prone to attack unprovoked.
Monster Hunter Frontier G
FrontierGen-Yian Garuga Icon.png (?)
Monster Hunter Online
MHO-Yian Garuga Icon.png (?)
Threat Level (危険度): !!!!

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Scarred Yian Garuga

MHWI-Scarred Yian Garuga Render 001.png

Main Article: Scarred Yian Garuga

A Variant of Yian Garuga introduced in Monster Hunter Freedom.

Deadeye Yian Garuga

MHGen-Deadeye Yian Garuga Render 001.png

Main Article: Deadeye Yian Garuga

A Deviant of Yian Garuga that appears in Monster Hunter Generations.

Hardcore (HC) Yian Garuga

FrontierGen-HC Yian Garuga Render 001.png

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.

One-Eared Yian Garuga

MHO-One-Eared Yian Garuga Render 002.png

Main Article: One-Eared Yian Garuga

A Variant of Yian Garuga featured in Monster Hunter Online.


For more images, see Yian Garuga Photo Gallery

Music Themes


MHF: Yian Garuga Music Theme


General Notes

  • 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.
  • It can be infected by the Frenzy Virus.

Monster Hunter Generations

  • Yian Garuga has both ears again.

Monster Hunter: World

  • 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. Its wings have also been drastically redesigned.
  • 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
  • Yian Garuga has Turf Wars with Rajang and Zinogre.

Monster Hunter Frontier

  • Yian Garuga can be a pet.
  • HC Yian Garuga's roar requires Super HG Earplugs to block.

Monster Hunter Online

  • This monster is unlocked at Level 50.
  • Yian Garuga's wings and ears can be wounded, and its tail can be severed.


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