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Cephadrome are sand-swimming pack leaders of the desert. They have underlings named Cephalos.

MH4U-Cephadrome Render 001


Cephadrome have yellow eyes, yellow or pink fins and blue or purple scale covered skin. This skin appears brownish black due to sand covering their body. They have a flat, diamond-shaped head (much like a hammerhead shark), fins, and tail, which helps propel them through the sand.


Their caution in fighting causes them to run away frequently by diving into the sand. They use hipchecks, tail swipes, and shoot sand streams to damage hunters.

While swimming they have been known to paralyze prey with their dorsal fin. Since they have excellent hearing, they can be stopped by a sonic bomb which will startle them out of the sand because of their very sensitive hearing, similar to the Plesioth.


Cephadrome are very aggressive, but will assume evasive maneuvers if they sense that the threat is too dangerous.


Cephadrome can only survive in deserts. Their body shapes have adapted to swimming through the sands, and have become extremely streamlined.

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Hard Core (HC) Cephadrome

FrontierGen-HC Cephadrome Render 001

Cephadromes with a very shocking personality and appearance change, having red in their eyes, exposed Coral Cephadrome fins and a crest on their heads. Some also have gained the unusual ability to swim through sand with as little friction as possible built onto body on a microscopic level on its skin allowing smooth simple hops out of sand like its swimming to instantly standing on it like its solid again with its feet.

These leaders are no longer the once constantly retreating push overs normal Cephadrome are sometimes considered. They are more commanding than average Cephadrome giving their pack direct orders mid combat unlike common Cephadrome.

These pack orders correspond with what attack it is performing such as team breath attacks where the leader has multiple pack members all larger than a human spit sand beams at targets while the leader after its pack members spits a giant beam of sand its gathered while its pack distracts.

Other attacks include team digging attacks where the leader launches its self from underground and its pack members follow and do the same jumping and launching them selves from the ground all causing paralysis from the venom in their fin wings as they glide like Flying Fish through the air. More attacks are directly ordered from the leader roaring so loud it knocks hunters back with pack members erupting from the ground around the leader.

At G-rank HC Cephadrome likes to keep its distance using a attack where it roars while flipping backwards body slamming then slithers backwards while pack members taking his orders from the roar attack where he was previously standing hitting hunters with surprisingly strong attack power and the leader may use more beam attacks with its pack members as it uses its back-flip attack to keep its distance.

On a more personal behavior it has more aggressive behavior using normal Cephadrome attacks with almost no breaks taking quick run and hit attacks at targets from sand swimming and a new super strong tail spin.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
Logo-MH1 (2004) Logo-MH1 (2004) Logo-MHX JP (2015)

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 / Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
MHFU-Cephalos Icon The alpha monster form of the Cephalos. Larger and armored with black scales, they fit the appearance of a leader perfectly. Their fins hold a paralyzing toxin.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4U-Cephadrome Icon The leaders of Cephalos herds, these individuals are set apart by their larger size and hard, black scales. Like their smaller counterparts, they have excellent hearing, making them sensitive to loud noises. Their fins also secrete a paralytic agent.

Threat Level (危険度): ★★★
Monster Hunter Frontier G
FrontierGen-Cephadrome Icon (?)
Monster Hunter Online
MHO-Cephadrome Icon 鱼龙种,有脚鱼龙亚目,沙龙上科。肉食类。性情极其凶暴,几乎会捕食任何感知到的猎物,视觉极致退化,主要依靠听觉来进行定位,对外界的巨大响声也很敏感。
Threat Level (危険度): !!

MH4U Breakable Parts

Head (x1)
MH4U-Cephadrome Head Break 001Indent08MH4U-Cephadrome Head Break 002
Back Fin (x1)
MH4U-Cephadrome Back Fin Break 001Indent08MH4U-Cephadrome Back Fin Break 002
Tail (x1)
MH4U-Cephadrome Tail Break 001Indent08MH4U-Cephadrome Tail Break 002


  • The Cephadrome is one of the few boss monsters that do not have any kind of personal drop to them, dropping Cephalos scales and fins instead of any "Cephadrome" drops.
  • Like the Cephalos, the Cephadrome can be driven out of the sand with a sonic bomb.

  • HC Cephadrome's roar requires Super HG Earplugs to block.

  • This monster is unlocked at Level 20.

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