subspecies is an alternate version of a monster. These monsters are usually named for their new color—for example, is a subspecies of Blue Yian Kut-Ku 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 more rare.
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
Blue Yian Kut-Ku
Breeding Season Hypnocatrice
Hypnocatrice Rare Species
Unknown (Black Flying Wyvern)
Tigrex Rare Species
Espinas Rare Species
Plum Daimyo Hermitaur
Terra Shogun Ceanataur
Ash Kecha Wacha
Desert Seltas Queen
Hallowed Jhen Mohran
Ashen Lao-Shan Lung
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.