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Kirin
MHRoC-Kirin Card 001
Names
English: Kirin
Japanese: キリン
(Kirin)
Korean: 키 린
Nicknames: Kelbidrome, Unicorn
Titles
English: The Phantom Brute
Japanese: (?)
General Information
Species: Elder Dragon
Element/s: Status Effect-Thunderblight MH4 Icon Thunder
Ailment/s: StatusEffect29 Paralysis
Weakest to: Status Effect-Fireblight MH4 Icon Fire
Status Effect-Waterblight MH4 Icon Water
Weakness Sign: None
Signature Move: Teleport Charge
Habitats: Jungle, Snowy Mountains, Swamp, Tower, Tower Top, Unknown Great Forest, Battleground
Monster Size: Gold Crown Large 928.6
Gold Crown Small 371.4
Monsters in Relation: Kirin Subspecies
Generation: First

Kirin resemble white unicorns with their horn and their glowing white aura. It casts a pure white "shadow" under it at all times.

MH4-Kirin Render 001


Physiology

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.

Abilities

Kirin can summon lightning to strike attackers, or the area around it.

Behavior

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.

Habitat

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


Other Non-Subspecies Forms

Hard Core (HC) Kirin

FrontierGen-HC Kirin Render 001

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-MH4U (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): ★★★★★

Notes


  • 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.


  • The Kirin can no longer be fought in the 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 Unknown Great Forest 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.




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