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- Order: Saurischia
- Suborder: Wyvern Feet
- Infraorder: Armor Shell Wyvern
- Superfamily: Flying Wyvern
- Family: Rath
Gold Rathian share their home with other large predators such as Elder Dragons and are most likely at the middle of the food chain, since Elder Dragons are known to build their nests there. It must therefore compete for its food and survival with powerful creatures such as Espinas Subspecies, Pink Rathian, Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern), Lucent Nargacuga, Molten Tigrex, Kamu Orugaron/Nono Orugaron, along with the rare Piscine Wyverns Aruganosu and Goruganosu. In the swamp, however, Gold Rathian is at the top of the food chain, competing with Abiorugu, Akura Jebia, Khezu, Midogaron, and the also rare Kushala Daora or Chameleos. In the Misty Peaks there are no elder dragons, but they do have to compete with the regular Rathian, Nargacuga, Zinogre, and Deviljho.
The dominant trait of the Gold Rathian is the gold coloration and the location of its weak spot. Unlike the green and pink subspecies, whose primary weak spot is the head, the Gold Rathian's weak spot is its wings. Other than these differences, it shares most of its traits with the other Rathian species. The Gold Rathian also appears to be far more agile than the other Rathian species, as it is far less likely to trip during its charges and can perform aerial maneuvers with much more deadly results than its relatives. In fact, it is even able to chain its abilities together into potentially lethal combinations.
Because of their rare coloration, Gold Rathian must be very aggressive to survive, accounting for their heightened aggression.