|MHP3: Zinogre Music Theme|
Zinogre (ジンオウガ) is the flagship monster for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. It is also known as the Thunder Wolf Wyvern (雷狼竜 lit.rai lou ryu). Zinogre is classified as a Fanged Wyvern Species (牙竜種), a class of monsters that are neither Pelagus or Flying Wyvern.
Zinogre has incredibly developed limbs, sharp fangs and claws. Its front limbs are extremely powerful and can kill prey in one brutal blow. Despite its hulking size, Zinogre is very agile and is able to perform many impressive maneuvers. The spikes on its body mostly lie flat, but when it has built up an electric charge they stick out vertically into the air.
If these electrical spikes are damaged enough, they will break doing considerable damage to the Zinogre.
Uniquely, Zinogre can 'charge itself up' by summoning Thunderbugs from the vicinity, and utilize their natural electrical abilities for its own purposes, its claws will emit blue light similar to its back.
This charge can be lost if Zinogre takes enough damage; if this occurs Zinogre becomes much less aggressive as a result (at least until it can build up another charge). If the charge is lost, Zinogre will at some point attempt gather Thunderbugs in order to increase its attack power. During this charging state, Zinogre is left vulnerable to attacks, and Hunters have approximately 6-7 seconds to stagger Zinogre and cancel the process.
The charge has two levels; first, a weaker preliminary charge will form, and if Zinogre charges up again, a stronger charge will form. Each state of charge means Zinogre will deal a corresponding level of damage and become more agile, but beware; Zinogre can enter traditional Rage mode even in its final charge state. At this point its body will glow an electrical blue and its attacks increase even more in power. If the hunter is hit by its electrical attacks, it will cause Thunderblight.
The states of charge can be determined aesthetically; after its first charge, numerous Thunderbugs fly around Zinogre's body, and after the second, all Zinogre's fur stands on end in spiked clumps to release excess electricity.
- Its claws and back can be broken and the tail can be severed and carved once. The horns can also be broken twice; the first time its right horn chips, and the second time half of the left horn breaks off.
- Zinogre preys on Gargwa, Aptonoth or feeds on carcasses (depending on where it's fought) when its Stamina is low.
- Zinogre also has a pin attack which it uses when it is low on Stamina.
- When weak, it will sleep in Area 9 of the Misty Peaks or in Area 3 of the Deserted Island in order to recover health.
- The earliest possible encounter with Zinogre in MHP3rd is on the first quest where the player hunts the Bulldrome, he is completely optional for the fight though.
- Zinogre and its subspecies are currently the only known species of Fanged Wyverns.
- If left alone, even when not encountered, it will sometimes charge up on its own.
- If Zinogre has sustained heavy damage before it can charge up once, it may skip one or two states of rage and become fully raged if allowed to charge freely.
- Zinogre has exactly 3.4 seconds(simplified determination) after his Triple Claw Stomp attacks to even execute any other actions.
- Zinogre has four stages of rage mode. The final having very strong back slam attack.
- Zinogres roar only flinches in the 3rd and 4th rage mode (which can avoid through the use of earplugs).
- Using Shock Traps on Zinogre will actually help it charge up faster. Each use adds two stages of charge to Zinogre, and in addition they are ineffective when Zinogre is already fully charged (they will explode on contact, presumably from becoming over-charged). Zinogre can still be captured with a Shock Trap, however Pitfall Traps are a safer option.
- When Zinogre has been hunted for the first time in its specific Village Quest in MHP3rd, a cutscene plays and the credits are shown.
- When Zinogre falls down while charged, the Hunter can use a bug net and swing it at Zinogre's back to collect Thunderbugs or Mega Thunderbugs.
- If the hunter manages to gather twice in one fall, or break its back spikes, Zinogre will lose all of its charge. If it's enraged, though, it will only lose one charge.
- In High Rank quest in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the hunter gathers Fulgurbugs from Zinogre's back, items limited only to Zinogre. The term 'fulgur' is a Latin word that refers to lightning (or a flash of lightning).
- If it's enraged, when it recovers it will immediately use the tail swipe attack. This applies only for High Rank Zinogre or G-Rank Zinogre.
- It can counter a hunter by attacking immediately after its tail has been severed, much like Alatreon.
- Zinogre is one of very few monsters that has a weapon in every category in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.
- Zinogre returns in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate along with its new subspecies, the Stygian Zinogre .
- Zinogre chains its attacks in Rage mode faster than in normal or charged mode.
- When not charged, the G-Rank Zinogre's claws will bounce off any weapon that is not White sharpness or above. However, when it enters a charged, and even in it's enraged state, the Zinogre's front claws can still be damaged by blue sharpness and occasionally even green sharpness, suggesting that it's armor goes down whenever it charges up.
- A Zinogre's back is actually breakable twice.
- Zinogre only uses his signature move, the Thunder Summon, if he is in fully charged rage mode.
- Zinogre's Thunder Summon has a full radius of approximately 10 steps(12 m/ 48 ft[in game radial distance).
- Zinogre's charge can be interrupted with enough hits, or with a flash bomb in front of it.
- Zinogre makes a return in Monster Hunter 4.
- It can be infected by Goa Magara's Feral Wyvern Virus.
- Zinogre can chain moves into fluent combos better than it did in the 3rd generation.
Information is taken from mhp3rd.net.