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Kirin are Elder Dragons introduced in Monster Hunter.

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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.


Kirin can be seen in the Tower, Snowy Mountains, Swamp, Old Swamp, Battleground, Old Jungle and the Everwood.

Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Hard Core (HC) Kirin

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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.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
Logo-MH1 (2004) Logo-MH1 (2004) Logo-MHX JP (2015)

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 / Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
MHFU-Kirin Icon The Kirin is said to glow a faint blue, but so few have seen it that details are scarce. It is apparently capable of calling forth lightning at will. Kirin material is very valuable.
Monster Hunter 4
MH4-Kirin Icon 古龍種に属するが、その生態はほとんど知られていない、幻の生物。 個体数が非常に少なく、目撃情報は極端に少ない。 雷を自在に操り、怒り時には雷を全身にまとうという。 希少価値ゆえに体から採れる素材の価値は高い。
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
MH4-Kirin Icon Elder dragons so rarely sighted that little is known of their ecology, though everyone knows of the high prices Kirin parts fetch. It's been said they are one with lightning itself, and that their bodies becomes clothed in pure electricity when they are provoked.
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★
Monster Hunter Generations
Wiki (?)
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★★★
Monster Hunter Frontier G
FrontierGen-Kirin Icon (?)

MH4U Breakable Parts

Horn (x1)
MH4U-Kirin Horn Break 001Indent08MH4U-Kirin Horn Break 002


  • 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.
  • Gunners should first focus on making the Kirin sleep due to its low tolerance to said element, then deploy Large Barrel Bombs.
  • When knocked over, Kirin makes a noise simliar to a Kelbi.
  • Kirin is immune to Paralysis.

  • The Kirin can no longer be fought because it was in an online-only quest, and the servers have shut down.

  • 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.

  • When fought in the Everwood, the Tower theme plays.
  • You can now carve Kirin three times, unlike MHFU where you only recieve two carves.
  • Its horn can now be broken for the first time.
  • Kirin also gains two new attacks, a backwards kick and a large electrical explosion.
  • In G-rank, it can chain several aimed horn thrusts.

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