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A subspecies is an alternate version of a monster. These monsters are usually named for their new color—for example, Blue Yian Kut-Ku is a subspecies of Yian Kut-Ku. Subspecies are usually nearly identical to their original monsters, as, after all, they are the same species. However, they usually possess increased health and stamina, have altered weaknesses, and yield different carves.

Subspecies often sport new attacks and movement patterns, such as the Red Khezu's "neck swing" or the lightning attacks of the White Fatalis. Certain subspecies do in fact have altered physical features, such as the beard and larger hair spike on the Emerald Congalala, or the Diablos shell on the Plum Daimyo Hermitaur.

Sometimes a Subspecies may also be considered a 'Rare' species; this is the case for Gold Rathian, Silver Rathalos, Abyssal Lagiacrus, Lucent Nargacuga and Tigrex Rare Species. These monsters are normally vastly more powerful than their original counterparts, but far rarer.


List of subspecies by game

Monster Hunter Freedom


Monster Hunter Freedom 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
Qurupeco
MHP3-Crimson Qurupeco Render 001
Qurupeco Crimson Qurupeco
MHFU-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
MH3-Barroth Render 001
IceBarroth
Barroth Jade Barroth
Dobolberk
Dobosubspecies
Duramboros Rust Duramboros
UragaanRoll 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
MHFU-Lavasioth Render 001
FrontierGen-Lavasioth Subspecies Render 001
Lavasioth  Lavasioth Subspecies
Aruganosu Render
Goruganosu Render
Aruganosu Goruganosu

Leviathan

Comparison
MH3-Royal Ludroth Render 001
Royal Ludroth Sub
Royal Ludroth Purple Ludroth
Agnaktor
Glacial Agnaktor Render
Agnaktor Glacial Agnaktor
MH3-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
MHF1-White Monoblos Render 001 (Edited)
Monoblos White Monoblos
MH4U-Diablos Render 001 MH4U-Black Diablos Render 001
Diablos Black Diablos
MH4-Basarios Render 001
MH4-Basarios Subspecies Render 001
Basarios Basarios Subspecies
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-Tigrex Rare Species Render 001
FrontierGen-Diorekkusu Render 001
Tigrex Rare Species Diorekkusu
FrontierGen-Espinas Render 002
FrontierGen-Espinas Subspecies Render 002
 Espinas Subspecies
FrontierGen-Espinas Rare Species Render 001
Espinas  Espinas Rare Species
3rdGen-Nargacuga Render 001 (Edited)
Green Nargacuga Render
Green Nargacuga
Nargacuga Rare Species Render
Nargacuga Lucent Nargacuga
FrontierGen-Berukyurosu Render 003
FrontierGen-Doragyurosu Render 001
Berukyurosu Doragyurosu
MH3-Barioth Render 001
Sand Barioth Render
Barioth Sand Barioth
Gigginox-fullsize
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
MHFU-Terra Shogun Ceanataur Render 001
Shogun Ceanataur Terra Shogun Ceanataur
FrontierGen-Akura Vashimu Render 001
FrontierGen-Akura Jebia Render 001
Akura Vashimu Akura Jebia

Pelagus/Fanged Beast

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

Fanged Wyvern

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

Amphibians

Comparison
MH4-Tetsucabra Render 001
MH4U-Tetsucabra Subspecies Render 001
Tetsucabra Tetsucabra Subspecies
MH4-Zamtrios Render 001
Zamtrios Subspecies
Zamtrios Zamtrios Subspecies

Snake Wyvern

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

Neopteron

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

Chelicerata

Comparison
MH4-Nerscylla Render 001
MH4U-Nerscylla Subspecies Render 001
Nerscylla Nerscylla Subspecies

Elder Dragon

Comparison
JhenMohran
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
MH4-Kirin Render 001
MH4-Kirin Subspecies Render 001
Kirin Kirin Subspecies
Ceadeus
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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