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This is merely a plausible explanation for the monster(s) in this article, and may or may not be considered canon to the series.

In-Game Information

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Herbivorous, deer-like monsters. Valued for their horns, they tend to run away at the first hint of danger. They are also hunted for their meat, which is chewy but flavorful.


Taxonomy

  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Kelbi
  • Species: Kelbi

Kelbi are small, deer-like monsters found throughout the Monster Hunter World.

Habitat Range

Kelbi are known to inhabit the Forest and Hills/Verdant Hills, Old Swamp, Swamp/Marshlands, Snowy Mountains, Old Jungle Jungle, Great Forest, Deserted Island, Flooded Forest, Misty Peaks, Ancestral Steppe, Primal Forest, Sunken Hollow, Volcanic Hollow, Everwood, Dunes, Jurassic Frontier, and Flower Field.

Ecological Niche

The Kelbi is pretty much the lowest in the food chain, simply a herbivore that feeds on scrubs and grass. Kelbi are a favorite prey of the Nargacuga, since the latter can be seen preying heavily on any unfortunate Kelbi that are too busy grazing to notice the wyvern. Kelbi are also the prey to smaller predators like Velociprey.

Biological Adaptations

Kelbi are very fleet of foot. They can travel at great speeds over long distances, due in part to their light frame. Kelbi have a green/brown spotted coat that serves as camouflage in their forest homes. Kelbi's most notable feature is its horn, prized by hunters for its ability to create powerful herbal medicines and potions.Male Kelbi are larger than females and have bigger horns, as well as being more brightly colored with a greenish coat. Males will also grow a beard. Female Kelbi are smaller, possess smaller horns and have a darker, slightly blue, coat.

Behavior

Kelbi are very skittish creatures. They will run at first sight from any wyvern or other predatory species. When attacked they will, on occasion, defend themselves by ramming their foe with their large horns. Kelbi also have a habit of "playing dead" when injured they will lay on the ground, their bodies limp, and wait until the threat has moved on before fleeing. Sadly, this technique often doesn't work with large predator wyverns such as Rathalos, and only serves to make their kill even easier. When a large monster is in the area conflicting with a hunter, Kelbi will often stand off to the edge of an area in a group away from danger. They will flee when the monster or hunter gets too close, but make no attempt to avoid projectile attacks, such as fireballs.

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