Kirin resemble white unicorns with their horn and their glowing white aura. It casts a pure white "shadow" under it at all times.
Kirin are most famous for their horns, as it is incredibly sharp, yet surprisingly fragile. A strong Silver Horn is said to be one of the most powerful and valuable of Kirin horns. The Kirin's horn is present in both male and females. Kirin also have incredibly tough hides, and they are beyond the sharpness of most weapons to damage. This is because Kirin's fur is by nature incredibly strong, and it is very tightly packed, effectively forming a suit of very flexible armor around the creature. The white/blue coloration of its hide is something of a mystery, though it appears to be also covered in scales.
Kirin can summon lightning to strike attackers, or the area around it.
Kirin appear to be relatively peaceful and passive creatures, yet they are quite capable of launching a powerful barrage of lightning attacks on their foes. Using their extreme agility, Kirin can literally run circles around their opponent, getting in close to gore an enemy with their horn, only to quickly dart away and prepare another assault.
In Monster Hunter Frontier Season 10.0, HC Kirin is added. Now its eyes glow blue. It is surrounded by sparks of electricity at all times, is capable of performing a double back kick, a frontal flip that also releases a vast swathe of lightning, a charge so fast it almost seems to teleport and a huge array of new, powerful, and highly accurate lightning attacks.
As Kirin has strong, all-around elemental resistance, it is better to focus on raw damage, fast pellets, and affinity.
The Kirin's three part hoof is similar to a Miohippus, an ancient horse with a three toed hoof.
The weakest point on a Kirin is its horn.
Kirin is likely based on the mystical beast Qilin, which commonly appears in East Asian mythology.
There is no Kirin armor in the original Monster Hunter for the PS2. It was added in Monster Hunter G and Freedom 1.
Players are awarded Mane Necklace for their Guild Card when they slay a Kirin.
The pattern of the lightning bolts striking around Kirin can be predicted from the way it tosses its head before they strike.
Kirin is the smallest Elder Dragon in the history of Monster Hunter.
Kirin is the smallest Large Monster in the history of Monster Hunter.
This excludes specialty quest monsters, such as the miniature Uragaan and Khezu.
Kirin shares movements with Kelbis and Antekas, it's very small and very fast. Bowguns that rapid fires pellet shots are advisable in dealing with Kirin.
When knocked over, Kirin makes a noise simliar to a Kelbi when knocked over.
In Area 8 of the Forest and Hills zone, there is a Kelbi carcass. It is much larger than a normal Kelbi, and has an ear that resembles a protruding horn. This has confused many players, who believe that it is a Kirin carcass. A very similar carcass is also found in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, in Area 9 of the same zone.
Kirin gives the least carves of any Elder Dragon, with only two.
There are a couple of Kirin references:
Players can order and eat Kirin Butter for status boosts.
There is an equipped head piece in the "Arena Free-for-all" for Bowguns which is called Kirin Earring.