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Not to be confused with Subspecies, Rare Species, Lone Species, or Deviants.

A variant is a rare individual or anomalous group of a given species of monster. They are often almost identical to a common individual, but possess one or more certain unique traits that set them apart. Variants are often more powerful and aggressive than a normal member of their species, and can sometimes be capable of augmented versions of certain attacks. 

"Variant" is not an officially recognized term within the Monster Hunter universe, and, although the prefixes listed below are official, all variants are simply assigned the regular species name in-game. They do, however, feature alternate icons on quest pages to indicate their presence instead of a normal member of the species. 


List of Variants by Game

Monster Hunter 2


Monster Hunter Freedom Unite


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate


Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate


Monster Hunter Frontier


Monster Hunter Online


Monster Hunter Explore


Comparisons

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Comparison
MH4-Gore Magala Render 001
MH4U-Chaotic Gore Magala Render 001
Gore Magala Chaotic Gore Magala


Bird Wyvern

Comparison
FrontierGen-Hypnocatrice Render 002
FrontierGen-Breeding Season Hypnocatrice Render 001
Hypnocatrice Breeding Season Hypnocatrice
MHGen-Yian Garuga Render 001
MHO-One-Eared Yian Garuga Render 001
Yian Garuga One-Eared Yian Garuga


Brute Wyvern

Comparison
MH4-Brachydios Render 001
MH4U-Raging Brachydios Render 001
Brachydios Raging Brachydios
MH4-Deviljho Render 001
MH4-Savage Deviljho and Great Jaggi Render 001
Savage Deviljho
MHXR-Aberrant Deviljho Render 001
Deviljho Aberrant Deviljho
MHGen-Uragaan Render 001 MHXR-Pumpkin Uragaan Render 001
Uragaan Pumpkin Uragaan


Carapaceon

Comparison
MHGen-Shogun Ceanataur Render 001
MHO-Swordmaster Shogun Ceanataur Render 001
Shogun Ceanataur Swordmaster Shogun Ceanataur


Fanged Beast

Comparison
MHO-Caeserber Render 001
MHO-Ghost Caeserber Render 001
Caeserber Ghost Caeserber
MH4-Lagombi Render 001
MHXR-Witch Lagombi Render 001
Lagombi Witch Lagombi
Rajang MH4 Render
MH4-Furious Rajang Render 001
Rajang Furious Rajang
MHGen-Volvidon Render 001 MHXR-Christmas Volvidon and Anteka Render 001
Volvidon Christmas Volvidon


Fanged Wyvern

Comparison
MH4-Zinogre Render 001
MHXR-Immortal Zinogre Render 001
Zinogre Immortal Zinogre


Flying Wyvern

Comparison
3rdGen-Barioth Render 001
MHXR-Frozen Barioth Render 001
Barioth Frozen Barioth
MH4-Basarios Render 001
MHO-Crystal Basarios Render 001
Basarios Crystal Basarios
MHO-Monoblos Render 001
MHO-Shattered Monoblos Render 001
Monoblos Shattered Monoblos
3rdGen-Gigginox Render 001
MHXR-Virulent Gigginox Render 001
Virulent Gigginox
MH-XR-Yoga Gigginox Render 001
Gigginox Yoga Gigginox
MH4-Rathian Render 001
MHO-Conflagration Rathian Render 001
Rathian Conflagration Rathian
MH4-Rathalos Render 001 MHXR-Flame Rathalos Render 001
Rathalos Flame Rathalos


Leviathan

Comparison
3rdGen-Gobul Render 001 MHXR-Witch Gobul Render 001
Gobul Witch Gobul


Piscine Wyvern

Comparison
MHGen-Plesioth Render 001 MHXR-Seabream Plesioth Render 001
Plesioth Seabream Plesioth


Elder Dragon

Comparison
MH4-Kushala Daora Render 001
MH4U-Rusted Kushala Daora Render 001
Kushala Daora Rusted Kushala Daora


Trivia

  • Savage Deviljho is a Deviljho that has lived a very long time and has cannibalized other Deviljho.
  • Furious Rajang is a rare special Rajang individual that is constantly enraged for unknown reasons. Its theorized by the Guild that the Furious Rajang's power is unstable due to the loss of its tail and that its power potentially comes from its heart along with its nerves.
  • Chaotic Gore Magala is a Gore Magala which has failed to molt properly into a Shagaru Magala.
  • Rusted Kushala Daora is a Kushala Daora which has not shed its skin recently.
  • There were no variants in the first generation of Monster Hunter.
  • "One-Horned" Diablos and "One-Eared" Yian Garuga, which appeared in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, do not count as legitimate variants, as they lack an official name prefix or icon.

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