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A subspecies is an alternate form of a monster. These monsters usually feature an alternate color palette and often boast different anatomical features and abilities from the common species. Subspecies can inhabit similar environments as the common species, but they can also sometimes be found in completely different locales, depending on the species of monster.

Subspecies are typically faster, stronger, and possess more health and defense than their common counterparts. Certain Subspecies may also be considered a "Rare" species; this is the case for Gold Rathian, Silver Rathalos, Abyssal Lagiacrus, Lucent Nargacuga and Molten Tigrex. These monsters are normally far more powerful than their original counterparts and other subspecies, but far rarer.


List of subspecies by game

Monster Hunter Freedom


Monster Hunter 2 


Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Monster Hunter Frontier

Monster Hunter Online

Comparisons

Bird Wyverns

Comparison
MH4-Yian Kut-Ku and Konchu Render 001
MH4-Blue Yian Kut-Ku Render 001
Yian Kut-Ku Blue Yian Kut-Ku
MH4-Gypceros Render 001
Purple Gypceros MH4 Render
Gypceros Purple Gypceros
3rdGen-Qurupeco Render 001
MHP3-Crimson Qurupeco Render 001
Qurupeco Crimson Qurupeco
2ndGen-Hypnocatrice Render 001
FrontierGen-Breeding Season Hypnocatrice Render 002
Breeding Season Hypnocatrice
FrontierGen-Hypnocatrice Rare Species Render 001
Hypnocatrice  Hypnocatrice Rare Species

Brute Wyvern

Comparison
3rdGen-Barroth Render 001
IceBarroth
Barroth Jade Barroth
Dobolberk
Dobosubspecies
Duramboros Rust Duramboros
3rdGen-Uragaan Render 001 Uragaan Subspecies render
Uragaan Steel Uragaan
FrontierGen-Abiorugu Render 001
FrontierGen-Giaorugu Render 001
Abiorugu Giaorugu

Piscine Wyvern

Comparison
MH3U-Plesioth Render 001
Green Plesioth Render
Plesioth Green Plesioth
2ndGen-Lavasioth Render 001
FrontierGen-Lavasioth Subspecies Render 001
Lavasioth  Lavasioth Subspecies
Aruganosu Render
Goruganosu Render
Aruganosu Goruganosu

Leviathan

Comparison
3rdGen-Royal Ludroth Render 001
Royal Ludroth Sub
Royal Ludroth Purple Ludroth
3rdGen-Agnaktor Render 001
Glacial Agnaktor Render
Agnaktor Glacial Agnaktor
3rdGen-Lagiacrus Render 001
MH3G-Lagiacrus Subspecies
Ivory Lagiacrus
MH3U-Abyssal Lagiacrus Render 001
Lagiacrus Abyssal Lagiacrus

Flying Wyvern

Comparison
MH4-Rathian Render 001
MH4-Pink Rathian Render 001
Rathian Pink Rathian
MH4-Gold Rathian Render 001
FrontierGen-Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern) Render 001
Gold Rathian Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern)
MH4-Rathalos Render 001
MH4-Azure Rathalos Render 001
Rathalos Azure Rathalos
MH4-Silver Rathalos Render 001
FrontierGen-Zerureusu Render 001
Silver Rathalos Zerureusu
MH4-Khezu Render 001
MH4-Red Khezu Render 001
Khezu Red Khezu
MH4U-Monoblos Render 001
MH4U-White Monoblos Render 001
Monoblos White Monoblos
MH4U-Diablos Render 001 MH4U-Black Diablos Render 001
Diablos Black Diablos
MH4-Basarios Render 001
MH4-Ruby Basarios Render 001
Basarios Ruby Basarios
MH4-Gravios Render 001
MH4-Black Gravios Render 001
Gravios Black Gravios
MH4-Tigrex Render 001
MH4-Brute Tigrex Render 001
Tigrex Brute Tigrex
MH4-Molten Tigrex Render 001
FrontierGen-Diorekkusu Render 001
Molten Tigrex Diorekkusu
FrontierGen-Espinas Render 002
FrontierGen-Espinas Subspecies Render 002
 Espinas Subspecies
FrontierGen-Espinas Rare Species Render 001
Espinas  Espinas Rare Species
2ndGen-Nargacuga Render 003
Green Nargacuga Render
Green Nargacuga
Nargacuga Rare Species Render
Nargacuga Lucent Nargacuga
FrontierGen-Berukyurosu Render 003
FrontierGen-Doragyurosu Render 001
Berukyurosu Doragyurosu
3rdGen-Barioth Render 001
Sand Barioth Render
Barioth Sand Barioth
3rdGen-Gigginox Render 001
Baleful Gigginox Render
Gigginox Baleful Gigginox

Carapaceons

Comparison
MH4U-Daimyo Hermitaur Render 001
MH4U-Plum Daimyo Hermitaur Render 001
Daimyo Hermitaur Plum Daimyo Hermitaur
2ndGen-Shogun Ceanataur Render 001
2ndGen-Terra Shogun Ceanataur Render 001
Shogun Ceanataur Terra Shogun Ceanataur
FrontierGen-Akura Vashimu Render 001
FrontierGen-Akura Jebia Render 001
Akura Vashimu Akura Jebia

Fanged Beast

Comparison
MH4-Congalala Render 001
MH4-Emerald Congalala Render 001
Congalala Emerald Congalala
2ndGen-Blangonga and Blango Render 001
2ndGen-Copper Blangonga Render 001
Blangonga Copper Blangonga
FrontierGen-Kamu Orugaron Render 001
FrontierGen-Midogaron Render 001
Kamu Orugaron Midogaron
MHO-Caeserber Render 001 MHOL-Yellow Caeserber Render 001
Caeserber Yellow Caeserber
MH4-Kecha Wacha Render 001 MH4U-Ash Kecha Wacha Render 001
Kecha Wacha Ash Kecha Wacha

Fanged Wyvern

Comparison
MH4-Zinogre Render 001
MH4-Stygian Zinogre Render 001
Zinogre Stygian Zinogre

Amphibians

Comparison
MH4-Tetsucabra Render 001
MH4U-Berserk Tetsucabra Render 001
Tetsucabra Berserk Tetsucabra
MH4-Zamtrios Render 001
MH4U-Tigerstripe Zamtrios Render 001
Zamtrios Tigerstripe Zamtrios

Snake Wyvern

Comparison
MH4-Najarala Render 001
MH4U-Tidal Najarala Render 001
Najarala Tidal Najarala

Neopteron

Comparison
MH4-Seltas Render 001
MH4U-Desert Seltas Render 001
Seltas Desert Seltas
MH4-Seltas Queen and Seltas Render 001
MH4U-Desert Seltas Queen and Desert Seltas Render 001
Seltas Queen Desert Seltas Queen

Temnoceran

Comparison
MH4-Nerscylla Render 001
MH4U-Shrouded Nerscylla Render 001
Nerscylla Shrouded Nerscylla

Elder Dragon

Comparison
3rdGen-Jhen Mohran Render 001
MH3U-Hallowed Jhen Mohran Render 001
Jhen Mohran Hallowed Jhen Mohran
1stGen and 2ndGen-Fatalis Render 001
1stGen and 2ndGen-Crimson Fatalis Render 001
Crimson Fatalis
2ndGen-White Fatalis Render 001
Fatalis White Fatalis
FrontierGen-Lao-Shan Lung Render 001
MHF1-Ashen Lao-Shan Lung Render 001
Lao-Shan Lung Ashen Lao-Shan Lung
MH4U-Dalamadur Render 001
MH4U-Shah Dalamadur Render 002
Dalamadur Shah Dalamadur
MH4-Kirin Render 001
MH4-Oroshi Kirin Render 001
Kirin Oroshi Kirin
3rdGen-Ceadeus Render 001
Ceadeus Subspecies Render
Ceadeus Goldbeard Ceadeus
FrontierGen-Rukodiora Render 002
FrontierGen-Rebidiora Render 001
Rukodiora Rebidiora

Trivia

  • Most first generation monster Subspecies are named by color.
  • Most second generation monster Subspecies have their name taken from Jewels and various Metals.
  • The Breeding Season Hypnocatrice is simply a Hypnocatrice which has brightened its feathers for their mating season.
  • Similarly, the Lavasioth Subspecies is a Lavasioth which has turned red for their mating season.
  • Black Diablos are normal female Diablos in mating season. The colour change is a sign that they can be highly aggressive.
  • Ashen Lao-Shan Lung is an aged Lao-Shan Lung. Its scales are discolored due to exposure to volcanic ash.
  • Golden Rajang is not actually a subspecies. It is an ordinary Rajang that looks almost golden while calm, and shows its Electric Aura in Rage mode. This is the same for the 3rd generation's Savage Deviljho, which G-rank version always has its shoulder muscles red and has its face covered in Dragon, while the normal Deviljho only huffs this element during its rage.
  • Violent Raviente is a Raviente that reaches a certain point of starvation.
  • Midogaron is a mutation of a lone Kamu Orugaron.
  • The Zerureusu is a different, yet closely related species as the other Rathalos and Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern).
  • There are no subspecies of monsters in Monster Hunter 3.
  • Diablos and Monoblos can be considered as subspecies of each other.
  • About half of the third generation subspecies don't live in the same environments than their regular counterparts.

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