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English Name: (?)
Japanese Name: テツカブラ
Romaji: Tetsukabura
English Title: Demon Frog
Japanese Title: 鬼蛙
Nicknames: Unknown
General Information
Species: Amphibian
Element/s: Ice Ice (only in Frozen Sea)
Ailment/s: StatusEffect28 Fatigue

Status Effect-Iceblight MH4 Icon Iceblight
Status Effect-Severe Iceblight MH4 Icon Severe Iceblight

Weakest to: Water Water
Thunder Thunder
Weakness Sign: Limping
Signature Move: Boulder Crush
Habitats: Underground Cave
Frozen Sea
Unknown Great Forest
Underground Volcano
Monster Size: Gold Crown Small 1139.22

Gold Crown Large 1582.25

Monsters in Relation: Tetsukabura Subspecies
Generation: Fourth

Tetsukabura is an Amphibian monster first introduced in Monster Hunter 4. It is known to inhabit the Underground Cave. Tetsukabura first appears in 3 star Village Quests and it also appears in HR1 Guild Quests.

MH4-Tetsukabura Render 001


Tetsukabura is a large Amphibian with a striking orange and indigo colouration. It harbors large tusks along with a large set of molars that are capable of crushing prey with ease. Tetsukabura also has a stubby tail that swells up when angered.


Tetsukabura is capable of lifting up large boulders like a forklift and tossing them at attackers. Utilizing its extremely powerful jaws, Tetsukabura can crush boulders, sending shards flying to damage enemies. It is also capable of spitting a green and globular substance that can decrease its prey's stamina.


Tetsukabura is known to inhabit the Underground Cave, where it ambushes its prey from pools of water. It can also be seen in the Frozen Sea and Unknown Great Forest.

Game Appearances

Chronological Appearances
First US / EU Appearance: First JP Appearance: Latest Appearance:
Logo-MH4U (2015) Logo-MH4 JP (2013) Logo-MH4U (2015)

In-Game Description

Monster Hunter 4
MH4-Tetsukabura Icon 両生種のモンスター。別名”鬼蛙”。傾斜面でも自由に跳躍できる強靭な後脚を持つ。発達したアゴと牙は、捕食はもちろん、岩を掘り起こして獲物を追い詰める役割もある。尻尾は行動の軸を補佐しており、上半身に強い力を込める時などには柔皮が露呈するという。
Threat Level (危険度): ★★★

Analysis and Guides

For details, see Tetsukabura Guides.

Tetsukabura Analysis for Monster Hunter 4
MH4-Tetsukabura (Cutting Damage) MH4-Tetsukabura (Impact Damage) MH4-Tetsukabura (Shot Damage)
Cutting Damage
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Impact Damage
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Shot Damage
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Brighter Red means more damage, while Darker Red means lesser damage.
Credits for the Images used above goes to kei_9 (ケイ) of Pixiv

Raw Hitzone Damage Data
Hitzone Cutting Damage Impact Damage Shot Damage
Front Legs
Hind Legs
Element Hitzone Damage Data
Hitzone Fire Fire Water Water Thunder Thunder Ice Ice Dragon Dragon
Front Legs
Hind Legs
This Monster is weakest to: Water Water or Thunder Thunder

Status Effects Data
Poison Paralysis Sleep Fatigue Stun
Initial Tolerance
Max. Tolerance
Tolerance Recovery
Duration N/A
Damage N/A N/A N/A

Item Effectiveness Data
Item Name Able
First Time
Second Time
Third Time
Fourth Time
Pitfall Trap Yes
(?) (?) (?) (?)
Shock Trap Yes
(?) (?) (?) (?)
Dung Bomb (?)
(?) (?) (?) (?)
Flash Bomb Yes
(?) (?) (?) (?)
Sonic Bomb No
Meat (?)
(?) (?) (?) (?)

Analysis Data Source/s:


  • Tetsukabura's name(Romaji) may be derived from multiple words.
    • In Japanese, Tetsu means 'Iron' (鉄/ テツ).
  • Tetsukabura appears to have a color scheme resembling the "blue pants" color morph of the strawberry poison-dart frog and its tusks somewhat resemble the fanged frog's fangs.
  • Similar to real frogs, Tetsukabura will attack almost anything that moves.
    • Also, like real frogs, it is believed that Tetsukaburas may start off as tadpoles.
  • Tetsukabura can spit out a green, globular substance that can decrease a hunter's stamina.
    • Tetsukabura's Bile Spit attack range can max out to 40 meters (115 feet).
  • Tetsukabura is known to be very fond of using its tusks and arms to attack. One may prefer to do prominent tail attack since it doesn't use its tail attack as often.
    • Tetsukabura uses its feet just to lunge forward in a quick-pounce attack, it rarely performs diving attacks.
  • When Tetsukabura had scooped out a boulder from the ground, it takes approximately 7.3 second for it to drop into the ground by itself again.
  • If hunters are able to flinch Tetsukabura while its holding or picking up a boulder, it will drop a shiny and the boulder.
  • According to the official Monster Hunter 4 website, Tetsukabura is an amphibious monster.
  • When Tetsukabura picks up boulders or does certain attacks, its tail puffs up and becomes larger.
    • When its tail is puffed up, it becomes the weakest part of its body.
  • Tetsukabura's tusks can each be broken individually along with its hind legs and its back.
    • When Tetsukabura's tusks are broken, its face becomes much weaker and it pick up smaller boulders.
  • When enraged, Tetsukabura huffs air from its nose, its tail turns black and develops spines in it.
  • Tetsukabura leaves an area by digging underground.

  • When tired, it will eat an Aptonoth, or Popo to regain its stamina.
  • It can be infected by Gore Magala's Feral Wyvern Virus.
  • There is an event quest where you are able to fight a miniature Tetsukabura.

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