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Old Desert
English Name: Old Desert
Japanese Name: 旧砂漠
General Information
Icon: FieldIcon11
Number of Areas: 11
Hazards: Hot regions (Areas 2 and 7)
Cold regions (Area 5)
Main Resources: Plants
Small Monsters: Cephalos, Velociprey, Genprey, Felyne, Melynx, Apceros, Vespoid
Large Monsters: Gendrome, Diablos, Black Diablos, Monoblos, White Monoblos, Cephadrome, Rathian, Daimyo Hermitaur, Plum Daimyo Hermitaur, Plesioth, Tigrex, Copper Blangonga
Game Appearances: MH1, MHF1, MHFU
Generation: First
MH1-Desert Map

Desert Map (MH1)

MHF1-Desert Map

Desert Map (MHF1)

MHFU-Old Desert Map

Old Desert Map (MHFU)

MHFU-Old Desert Resource Map

Old Desert Resource Map (MHFU)

Known as the Old Desert, this is an unforgiving habitat introduced in Monster Hunter. Much of the map consists of either high, rocky canyons or low, sandy deserts, it has sparse plant life along with limited mining and fishing spots. The extreme heat in some areas necessitates the use of a Cool Drink, but there are also cooler sandy areas, as well as a cold cave (requires a Hot Drink) that only Plesioth, Genprey, Great Thunderbugs or Vespoids inhabit, this area was remade into the Dunes, appearing in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate .

Common Resources

Resources Areas found in
MH4G-Bone Icon Yellow Bone Area 9
MH4G-Bone Icon Yellow Mystery Bone Area 8, 9
MH4G-Herb Icon White Sap Plant Area 1, 6
MH4G-Herb Icon Green Herb Area 1, 3, 4, 7, 11
MH4G-Herb Icon Pink Cactus Flower Area 2, 3, 7, 9
MH4G-Herb Icon Purple Sunset Herb Area 4
MH4G-Herb Icon Red Fire Herb Area 6, 7
MH4G-Herb Icon Red Hot Pepper Area 9
MH4G-Herb Icon Yellow Felvine Area 10
MH4G-Seed Icon Grey Needleberry Area 1, 2, 4, 8
MH4G-Husk Icon Grey Huskberry Area 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10
MH4G-Seed Icon Pink Paintberry Area 1, 2, 3
MH4G-Seed Icon Red Tropical Berry Area 2, 7
MH4G-Seed Icon Red Power Seed Area 3, 4, 5, 7, 10
MH4G-Seed Icon Grey Bomberry Area 5, 8, 9
MH4G-Bug Icon Yellow Flashbug Area 5, 11
MH4G-Bug Icon Purple King Scarab Area 5, 11
MH4G-Bug Icon Yellow Rare Scarab Area 11
MH4G-Bug Icon Yellow Thunderbug Area 11
MH4G-Bug Icon Green Emperor Cricket Area 11
Fish Bait
MH4G-Bait Icon Green Cricket Area 4, 5, 11
MH4G-Bait Icon Green Frog Area 4
MH4G-Ore Icon Grey Stone Area 10
MH4G-Ore Icon Purple Machalite Ore Area 6
MH4G-Ore Icon Green Dragonite Ore Area 6
MH4G-Ore Icon Pink Carbalite Ore Area 6
MH4G-Ore Icon Red Eltalite Ore Area 6
MH4G-Ore Icon White Earth Crystal Area 6
MH4G-Ore Icon Light Blue Ice Crystal Area 6
MH4G-Ore Icon Yellow Goldstone Hunk Area 6
MH4G-Whetstone Icon Yellow Whetstone Area 10
MH4G-Egg Icon Grey Herbivore Egg Area 8
MH4G-Dung Icon Brown Dung Area 8, 9
MH4G-Scale Icon Pink Kut-Ku Scale Area 9
MH4G-Barrel Icon Red Large Barrel Area 11


Base Camp
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 001
A small area on a rocky outcropping. It overlooks the vast desert below, the hunters's Base Camp is set up here. Hunters can come here to rest, deliver or retrieve items, leads to Areas 1 and 2.
No Monsters can appear here.
Area 1
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 002
A rounded canyon with high walls. There is a small ledge in the South-East that is great for ledging Diablos and Monoblos, various plants can be gathered here.
Apceros, Vespoid, Genprey.
Area 2
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 003
A giant, sandy desert. The extreme heat here demands a Cold Drink to retain health, Cephalos can commonly be seen swimming the sands of this area.
Genprey, Cephalos.
Area 3
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 004
A small, sandy area surrounded by high cliffs. There is a small oasis here, many herbivores, as well as Felyne and Melynx gather here to drink.
This is where many large Wyverns come to sleep when injured. Cephadrome can sand-swim here.
Felyne, Melynx, Apceros.
Area 4
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 005
A large canyon with high walls and a pond, Genprey and many large wyverns roam around here, there are some plants in this area, as well as a gathering spot for Frogs and a fishing point along the edge of the pond.
This is the only area that gives access to the subterranean area 5.
Genprey, Apceros.
Area 5
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 006
An underground cave, consisting of a small island surrounded by deep water, this cave will sap a hunters stamina without a Hot Drink, this is where Plesioth spend their time, sometimes swimming far away into unseen part of the area, they will swim back after some minutes, there are two plants down here, as well as a bug point, a fishing point, and a place to gather Stones.
Genprey, Vespoid.
Area 6
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 007
A small, circular cave which provides shelter from the baking sun of area 2, Felyne and Melynx like to hide in here, the only 3 mining nodes on the map can all be found in here.
Felyne, Melynx.
Area 7
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 008
A large, open desert filled with golden sand. This area requires a Cool Drink, Cephalos often swim the sands of this area, and Genprey can be seen scurrying about occasionally, there are two small caves which can be accessed from this area.
Genprey, Cephalos.
Area 8
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 009
A small circular cave off of area 7. There is a small nest in the center, Apceros usually live in this cave, guarding their nest, this is where the Herbivore Eggs can be gathered.
Area 9
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 010
Another small cave off of area 7, tt usually has more Apceros in it, but at times it may be filled with Melynx, there's a pond with a Fishing Spot.
Melynx, Apceros.
Area 10
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 011
A big, open canyon with high walls and a ledge, perfect for ledging Diablos or Monoblos, Apceros, Genprey and Felynes usually roam here. Vespoids are also common here, numerous plants line the outer edges of the area.
Vespoid, Apceros, Genprey, Felyne, Melynx.
Area 11
MHFU-Old Desert Screenshot 012
A tiny area that contains a Felyne and Melynx colony. Here they live in strange mud houses, you can gather barrels here, along with recovering items stolen by Melynx.
Felyne, Melynx.


  • A secret area exists, that can be accessed randomly at the start of High-ranked or G-Lvl quests in MHFU. It is below Area 8 and left of Area 7.
  • Numerous walls can also be used for ledging monsters, though doing so is much more difficult than using the ledges.
  • While Cephadrome can swim in Area 4, its fin will not show, making for quite an annoying situation.
  • Both Cephalos and Cephadrome swim in very predictable patterns in Areas 2 and 7.
  • Running off the eastern edge of Area 2 will make the hunter appear in the center of the same area.


Music Themes

MH: Old Desert Music Theme / MH4U: Dunes Music Theme

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