Gold Rathian 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 Rathian also take different amounts of damage on the various parts of their bodies.
The Gold Rathian is weakest to the Thunder Element and is, like all Rathians, capable of inflicting the Poison ailment and shooting Fireballs.
Gold Rathian must be very aggressive to survive, accounting for their heightened aggression compared to the green and pink subspecies.
Gold Rathian have been most commonly spotted at Ancient Tower, Misty Peaks and less commonly the Swamps. However, it is safe to assume that the Gold Rathian could survive in the same environments as the green and pink subspecies, being much tougher.
Other Non-Subspecies Forms
Specific Individual Gold Rathian
Hard Core (HC) Gold Rathian
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.