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Daimyo Hermitaur
MHFU-Daimyo Hermitaur Screenshot 001
English: Daimyo Hermitaur
Japanese: ダイミョウザザミ
(Daimyou Zazami)
Chinese: 大名盾蟹
Nicknames: Daimyo
English: Giant Enemy Crab, The Lurking Desert Giant, The Jungle Crab, The Ultimate Shield
Japanese: 盾蟹
Chinese: 大名盾蟹
General Information
Species: Carapaceon
Element/s: Water Water
Ailment/s: Status Effect-Waterblight MH4 Icon Waterblight (4th Gen)
Status Effect-Severe Waterblight MH4 Icon Severe Waterblight (4th Gen)
StatusEffect-Poison Poison (Online Gen)
Weakest to: Thunder Thunder
Weakness Sign: Froths purple bubbles around its mouth.
Limping (MH4U)
Signature Move: Water Blast/Skull Jump
Habitats: Desert, Jungle, Tide Island, Primal Forest, Dunes, Elder Wetlands
Monster Size: Gold Crown Large 1451.2
Gold Crown Small 835.2
Monsters in Relation: Hermitaur, Plum Daimyo Hermitaur, Shogun Ceanataur, Shen Gaoren
Generation: Second

Daimyo Hermitaur are large, red Carapaceons that inhabit Deserts and Jungles.

MH4U-Daimyo Hermitaur Render 001


They are the slightly bigger, less aggressive cousin of the Shogun Ceanataur and tend to be ignorant of their surroundings.


Much like real hermit crabs, they reside within a giant shell (in this case a Monoblos skull) which the Daimyo Hermitaur utilizes for its own offensive and defensive purposes. When it hides within its shell, most enemy attacks will bounce straight off, but the Daimyo's shell and its horn can be broken with a Hammer, Hunting Horn or Lance for extra rewards. When provoked, a Daimyo Hermitaur will attack with their powerful claws to knock hunters to the ground, ram into them backwards with the horn on their Monoblos skull, or fire powerful jets of water at them. Their hearing can be disturbed by a Sonic Bomb, but only when they have retreated into the safety of their shell.


Daimyo Hermitaurs are rather passive creatures, sometimes failing to take notice of hunters standing only feet in front of them.


They prefer tropical to subtropical areas with sands and water such as the Old Desert and Jungle, making large beaches and the rare desert oasis perfect habitats for it.

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Hard Core (HC) Daimyo Hermitaur

FrontierGen-HC Daimyo Hermitaur Render 001 (Edited)

Season 9.0, an HC version is added gaining several new attacks: it can now run rapidly from side to side, swinging its claws; it can jump in the air directly after retreating into its shell; it can come flying backwards out of the ground after digging and Its water beam reaches even further than Plum Daimyo Hermitaur. The ends of its claws and legs will also become red and inflamed.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
Logo-MHF2 (2007) Logo-MH2 (2006) Logo-MH4U (2015)

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 / Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Hermitaur Icon A large carapaceon with a giant monster's skull on its back. Fond of the sand, it is mainly seen in the desert or jungle zones. Living underground, it surfaces when hungering for a snack.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4U-Daimyo Hermitaur Icon (?)
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★
Monster Hunter Frontier G
MHFG-Daimyo Hermitaur Icon (?)
Monster Hunter Online
MHOL-Daimyo Hermitaur Icon (?)


  • The Daimyo (大名, daimyou) were powerful territorial lords who ruled most of Japan from their vast, hereditary land holdings. The term "daimyo" literally means "great name". They were the most powerful feudal rulers from the 10th century to the early 19th century in Japan following the Shogun. From the shugo of the Muromachi period through the sengoku to the daimyo of the Edo period, the rank had a long and varied history. The term "daimyo" is also sometimes used to refer to the leading figures of such clans, also called "lord". It was usually, though not exclusively, from these warlords that a shogun arose or a regent was chosen.
  • Unlike the Shogun Ceanataur, its shell cannot break off completely.
  • To make a Daimyo Hermitaur drop a shiny, be in the same area without being seen. After a while, it will start eating. When it finishes, it will drop a shiny.
  • The Monoblos skull that the Daimyo Hermitaur use is strangely much bigger than even a large Monoblos head.
  • The Daimyo Hermitaur's two claws and shell can be broken for extra rewards. The shell can be broken twice, with the first break breaking the eye socket of the Monoblos shell, exposing the Daiymo's abdomen. The second break breaks off the horn of the Monoblos shell.
  • Hermitaur Armor usually boosts defensive skills such as the Guard skill tree, as well as the Defense Up skills. Most beginner Lance users may want to use this armor to take advantage of the Lances' superior Guarding abilities.
  • When it retreats into its shell, arrows will bounce off causing slight damage to the hunter (however, there is a point between its claws and its shell where arrows will enter its "shield") and Melee strikes will deflect, ESP notwithstanding. Throwing a Sonic Bomb or using a Barrel Bomb will get it out and stun it.

  • Daimyo Hermitaur gains a new pin attack.
  • It can be infected by the Frenzy Virus.

  • Daimyo Hermitaur can be a pet, its favorite foods are fish.

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