In Monster Hunter World, there are no beasts more ferocious or more feared than the Elder Dragons. Very little is known about these creatures or where they came from. All that’s known is they are hazardous not just to the player, but the very ecosystem they reside in.
These gargantuan behemoths pose some of the biggest threats in the game and one even acts as the final boss for the player to overcome. The player who manages to slay these Elder Dragons is truly a master hunter of monsters.
10 Kulve Taroth
Kulve Taroth (and the other special event monsters) was a hard entry on this list because it should technically be at the top, given that the player cannot kill this Elder Dragon. But it’s been placed here because this Elder Dragon is part of a siege event that requires the participation of multiple players, meaning it’s not possible to solo this monster via the game mechanics. If you have a decent group, though, it’s a piece of cake.
This glittering gold dragon is essentially a source of loot as players work together to knock pieces off for rewards until the dragon is driven back or the time runs out. The Elder Dragon is never killed because the game doesn’t permit it, not because players couldn’t.
9 Zorah Magdaros
Like Kulve Taroth, Zorah Magdaros is an Elder Dragon that is farmed for materials as part of a quest and not a typical monster that can be killed. The reason this Elder Dragon ranks higher is because players can tackle the monster alone, and there are several game mechanics required to beat it.
Players must knock out weak points called Magmacores to weaken the Elder Dragon enough to drive it back with cannon blasts and the triggering of the Dragonslayer. If successful, Zorah Magdaros flees into the ocean to fight another day, and the player walks away with valuable loot.
The last special event monster is the Behemoth and is arguably the strongest monster in the entire game. You are intended to fight it with a team of players, but it ranks here because you cannot solo the Elder Dragon.
The Behemoth was added as a special crossover event with Final Fantasy XIV and is referred to in-game as a “powerful beast from another world.” If the player is part of a team with a halfway decent lancer tank and heavy hitters, this Elder Dragon won’t be a problem. Facing it alone would be suicide, however.
Now we get into the solo-able Elder Dragons in the game. Lunastra is the only female Elder Dragon in the entire game and is the mate of the much more powerful Teostra. While Lunastra is arguably the easiest Elder Dragon, it’s by no means an easy fight.
She possesses a special ability to turn the very air around her into a blistering aura that can damage the player if they come too close, but this aura is also highly flammable, which can be easily exploited by the player. If alone, she’s a fairly easy fight. If she’s with her mate Teostra… well, you’ll see why that’s a problem in a later entry.
Kirin is infamous with fans as being a particularly tricky monster to face. Kirin will dart around the area, dealing damage with AOE lightning attacks and dropping barriers of electrical energy that harm the player.
What makes it so annoying to take down this monster is that it relies upon these type of ranged attacks in a hit-and-run strategy that make getting a hit against it such a nightmare. If the player manages to stagger or disrupt Kirin’s movements, the fight becomes much easier.
5 Kushala Daora
Depending on your build, Kushala Daora is either one of the easier Elder Dragons to take down or one of the hardest. Unlike the other monsters, Kushala Daora isn’t opposed to remaining in the air and it has a wind aura that knocks back enemies, which makes killing it as a melee fighter next to impossible.
But with players who’ve focused on ranged builds, Kushala Daora isn’t too bad to take down. Melee fighters can implement strategies with flash pods to keep it grounded, but it still remains a tedious fight.
The last boss of the game so far is surprisingly not the most difficult Elder Dragon to take down. That being said, it is in the number four spot and can catch unsuspecting players off-guard. It’s incredibly resistant to status effects, meaning this is a brutal slog with weapons.
On the ground, Xeno-Jiiva deals damaging projectiles and beams in a variety of fashions. The most brutal attack is a devastating straight-forward beam that can shred a player, but it also makes the creature vulnerable to head attacks from the side. Killing Xeno-Jiiva is a matter of shooting it down when it flies and waiting for moments to get those attacks in while dodging a variety of projectiles.
3 Vaal Hazak
This Elder Dragon appears to be something that crawled out of the nightmares of its lesser brethren. It resides in the Rotten Vale and has developed a type of symbiotic connection with the deadly vapor that is found there.
The result is a twisted creature mutated by Miasma that makes it a terrifying monster to face. To make things even worse, it has a nasty habit of playing dead in order to generate a powerful Miasma-based attack to wreck unsuspecting players.
You know you’re in for a fight when you go up against an Elder Dragon that preys on other Elder Dragons for food. This monster commonly engages in turf wars with other dragons, which is often how players will encounter it.
One of the most terrifying moments in the game is to squaring off against a powerful Elder Dragon, only to have Nergigante come barreling into the area ready to rip both you and the other Elder Dragon apart. It’s incredibly aggressive and agile, which makes it the second-most powerful Elder Dragon in the game.
Many fans consider Teostra to be the unofficial king of the Elder Dragons, like a Simba who has yet to challenge Scar (Xeno-Jiiva) for dominance. This lion-faced monster can cover its body in flames and sprinkle the area with explosive black scale dust.
Players without fire resistance will quickly meet their demise, and those who can take the heat will find themselves facing a swift and aggressive monster who’s all teeth and claws. For many, taking down Teostra is the true demonstration of skill as a Monster Hunter. The players who can take down Teostra while it fights alongside its mate Lunastra are legends in this world.