The Gold Rathian is the strongest true Subspecies of the Rathian family and the female counterpart of the Silver Rathalos. Gold Rathians have some of the most sought after parts of all monsters. Their bodies are covered in an exceptionally strong golden shell, making it difficult to attack without the Hunter's weapon bouncing off.
Besides a different physical appearance, Gold Rathians also take different amounts of damage on the various parts of their bodies. For weapons that deal Cutting damage, such as Great Swords, the wings are now the weak spot while for Impact Type weapons like Hammers the head is now an even better spot to attack than on its Green and Pink counterparts.
The Gold Rathian is weakest to the Thunder Element and is, like all Rathians, capable of inflicting the Poison ailment and shooting Fireballs.
Remobra may or may not count towards that Wyvern total.
In Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, players can also unlock the Gold Rathian and Silver Rathalos by clearing Nekoht's 8* Quests, or importing a save file of Monster Hunter Freedom 2 with both of the monsters already unlocked.
For the first time, Gold Rathian required High Grade Earplugs to block her roar.
The Gold Rathian's head is no longer a weak point for any form of damage; her back and wings are now her weakest parts.
Killing or capturing a Gold Rathian will count on your Guild Card as a regular Rathian Kill/Capture.
This was changed in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, as it is considered an individual species.
Gold Rathian is able to link its backflip attack to a fireball.
If Gold Rathian is knocked off her feet, she can do a surprise backflip while getting up.
Gold Rathian gains a HC Version in MHFG.
Though Henshu Gold Rathian already had the appearance of the HC Gold Rathian to note the difference between the normal and HC/Specific Individual version that its eyes are colored bright blue, a darker gold wings, More and larger spikes and a longer "Chin" spike.