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Zorah Magdaros is an Elder Dragon first introduced in Monster Hunter: World. This elder dragon rises from the earth like a volcano, with its migration a mystery to the Research Commission. Ultimately the Commission must make a stand to prevent it from causing a catastrophe in the New World. Its materials can be used to craft powerful blast weapons and the Zorah Armor Sets.

Physiology

Zorah Magdaros is a colossal semi-aquatic Elder Dragon covered in a rocky hide. It has turtle-like characteristics, bearing a mountainous shell on its back that it can retreat under while walking on all fours, as well as a beaked mouth. Fire, smoke, and lava constantly radiate from the creature's shell, making it more akin to a walking volcano than a typical creature. Zorah has three magmacore organs located on its back and a fourth on its head that act as weak points.

Behavior and Abilities

Zorah Magdaros cannot be killed by normal attacks, and can only be repelled through a siege encounter. Its head and chest can be wounded by physical attacks, while it is also immune to all status effects. During the first phase of the fight, mining spots appear in various outgrowths on their back. These contain uncommon and rare ores and rarely Zorah Magdaros parts. Zorah Magdaros does not attack the Hunter directly, instead raining lava bombs and releasing blasts of lava from its magmacores. It only actively attacks when Nergigante appears, and it targets the enemy elder dragon instead of the Hunter. During the second phase of the fight, Zorah Magdaros will slowly advance towards the barrier and try to destroy it, requiring ballistas, cannons, and a Dragonator to fight back. It will often charge up energy and release a massive blast that deals heavy damage to the barrier. Restraining or flinching Zorah is the only way to stop the attack, and with Arch-Tempered Zorah Magdaros this becomes necessary due to the greatly increased damage that it deals. It may also ram its head into the barrier; hunters can climb on its head to attack the magmacore.

Similarly to Xeno'jiiva and Shara Ishvalda, the optional quest to fight Zorah Magdaros appears randomly after completing a quest or returning from an expedition and will only stay for a period of two quests before disappearing again. Pay close attention to the music in Astera and system messages to see if Zorah Magdaros has appeared. The odds of the quest appearing go up as your Hunter Rank increases. The Zorah Magdaros and Xeno'jiiva optional quests will not appear at the same time, however they can appear alongside with Shara Ishvalda's optional quest.

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter: World
MHW-Zorah Magdaros Icon.png An elder dragon that rises from the earth like a volcano. Where it's headed, and why, the Research Commission has yet to figure out.

Element/Status Effectiveness

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


Monster Materials

Icon Item Name Rarity Value Description
MHW-Scale Icon Grey.png
Zorah Magdaros Heat Scale
熔山龍の熱鱗
6 800z Zorah Magdaros material. Mostly obtained as a reward. Broadly used for many purposes.
MHW-Shell Icon Grey.png
Zorah Magdaros Carapace
熔山龍の岩殻
6 1200z Zorah Magdaros material. Obtained as a rare drop or by mining. Solid, used to craft gear.
MHW-Monster Parts Icon Grey.png
Zorah Magdaros Ridge
熔山龍の背甲
6 1400z Zorah Magdaros material. Mostly obtained as a reward. Stout, used in many weapons.
MHW-Monster Parts Icon Grey.png
Zorah Magdaros Pleura
熔山龍の胸殻
6 1600z Zorah Magdaros material. Obtained by breaking its chest. Heavy, used to craft armor.
MH4G-Ore Icon Red.png
Zorah Magdaros Magma
熔山龍のマグマ
6 3200z Zorah Magdaros material. Obtained by breaking its head. Unusual and difficult to handle.
MH4G-Ball Icon Grey.png
Zorah Magdaros Gem
熔山龍の宝玉
7 6000z A rare gem said to have formed with Zorah Magdaros tissue. Holds untold potential.

Equipment

For more information, see Zorah Magdaros Equipment

Zorah Magdaros materials can be used to craft three different armor sets: Zorah α Armor, Zorah β Armor, and Zorah γ Armor. The last one comes from Arch-Tempered Zorah Magdaros. Zorah α+ Armor and Zorah β+ Armor are not made from Zorah Magdaros materials but instead items from the Guiding Lands.

The following is a complete weapon list for Zorah Magdaros weapons:

Great Sword: Long Sword: Dual Blades:
Hammer: Gunlance: Charge Blade:
Heavy Bowgun:

Gallery

Notes

  • Every physical attack of Zorah Magdaros deals stun.
  • A Zorah Magdaros skull can be found in the Rotten area of the Guiding Lands.
    • There is another skull found in the Frost Islands, the back of it is pierced by a Dragonator.
    • A structure resembling Zorah Magdaros' shell is visible in the background of the Guiding Lands' Volcanic Region.
  • Zorah Magdaros has wing-like limbs that it uses to hold onto its shell. These are visible in concept art, on the model in the game's files and can be partially observed during gameplay.

References


Monsters appearing in Monster Hunter: World (edit)
Herbivore 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
Fish MHW-Gajau Icon.png Gajau
Lynian MHW-Felyne Icon.png Felyne MHW-Gajalaka Icon.png Gajalaka MHW-Grimalkyne Icon.png Grimalkyne
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 MHW-Tzitzi-Ya-Ku Icon.png Tzitzi-Ya-Ku
Brute Wyvern MHW-Anjanath Icon.png Anjanath MHW-Barroth Icon.png Barroth MHW-Deviljho Icon.png Deviljho 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
MHW-Dodogama Icon.png Dodogama MHW-Great Girros Icon.png Great Girros MHW-Great Jagras Icon.png Great Jagras MHW-Odogaron Icon.png Odogaron MHW-Tobi-Kadachi Icon.png Tobi-Kadachi
Piscine Wyvern MHW-Jyuratodus Icon.png Jyuratodus MHW-Lavasioth Icon.png Lavasioth
Wingdrake MHW-Barnos Icon.png Barnos MHW-Mernos Icon.png Mernos MHW-Noios Icon.png Noios MHW-Raphinos Icon.png Raphinos
Flying Wyvern MHW-Bazelgeuse Icon.png Bazelgeuse MHW-Diablos Icon.png Diablos MHW-Black Diablos Icon.png Black Diablos MHW-Legiana Icon.png Legiana MHW-Paolumu Icon.png Paolumu MHW-Rathalos Icon.png Rathalos MHW-Azure Rathalos Icon.png Azure Rathalos MHW-Rathian Icon.png Rathian MHW-Pink Rathian Icon.png Pink Rathian
Elder Dragon MHW-Behemoth Icon.png Behemoth MHW-Kirin Icon.png Kirin MHW-Kulve Taroth Icon.png Kulve Taroth MHW-Kushala Daora Icon.png Kushala Daora MHW-Lunastra Icon.png Lunastra MHW-Nergigante Icon.png Nergigante MHW-Teostra Icon.png Teostra MHW-Vaal Hazak Icon.png Vaal Hazak 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
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
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