Downy Crake

Location Ancient Forest
Wildspire Waste
Coral Highlands
Type Unclassified

Downy Crake is an Endemic Life creature in Monster Hunter World (MHW). These animals are found out in the field, and can be captured by dedicated Hunters looking to research the New World.


You caught a Downy Crake!? They've been seen on the backs of monsters before, but you're the first person EVER to catch one!

Downy Crake Location

You can find Downy Crake in:

  • Ancient Forest, sector 1 and 8 on the back of Aptonoth
  • Wildspire Waste, sector 1, 4 and 8 on the back of Apceros
  • Coral Highlands, sector 11, 13, on the back of Grandfather Mantagrell
  • They rarely spawn as a group on top of a random aptonoth or apceros. They like to appear when their host isn't on your screen so look away and listen until you hear their chirping. Use the Ghillie Mantle and crouching to ensure they don't flee as you get close, and/or use a flash pod to stun them. It's possible to catch more than one in one net throw. Reports suggest they are more likely to spawn during dawn and day, (though they can spawn no matter the time or type of weather).


Downy Crake Capturing Rewards

You can capture Downy Crake by using the infinite item "capture net" then aiming for the creature with the control's trigger and pressing Square on your controller when the outline of the frame turns orange.

  • House placing: Carpet, Floor, Hearth, Pot, Garden
  • Other rewards: 200 RP, Snuggles for All Medal (Capture a fluffy, snuggly creature.)


Downy Crake Notes



Endemic Life
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    • Anonymous

      I was able to find them at sector 8 in high rank ancient forest during day after waiting for so long at sector 1.

      • Anonymous

        whoever added "In the event quest Skyward Snipers, a pack of them are guaranteed to spawn atop a Grandfather Mantagrell in Area 12." bless you

        • Anonymous

          I tried to get this creature to spawn every way I could. Finally realized one must complete all the endemic life researcher tasks first, AND then make sure the location you are choosing to capture it also has the endemic researcher there. She has 5 tasks to do first and they are all easy. Go to gateway to open map to leave on an expedition and then hover over each location until you find one that has the endemic life. Simply go talk to her and complete her task. Look up each one if you have to. Just remember when you’re done with her tasks and she finally gives you the bounty to capture the Phantom Bird, you’ll have to go in and out of expeditions until she is actually at whatever location you are going to hunt them at. I chose Wildspire Waste, but I know they spawn other places.

          • Anonymous

            I was able to find some of these little guys on Aptonoths backs in area 1. I do it every time I get the chance to make sure thre strategy works, and it does. It only works in High Rank and so far I’ve only done in one expeditions. What you have to do is have your Ghillie Mantle with you and don it as soon as you get into Area 1. Go to the bushes (The ones you hide in) next to the ledge that’s close to the other that has Shepherd Hares and face away from the aptonoth, and after a few moments you will hear chirps of the Downy Crake. Be slow in your approach and make sure you’re close to them when you shoot your Capture Net. You’ll very likely succeed if you do it correctly.

            • Anonymous

              There seems to be a 100% spawn rate in Skywards Snipers, the MR quest where you need 5 grandfather mantagrells. It took me a while to see them, but once I did I decided to try this quest again. In the run immediately after that one, I found THREE different mantagrells with birds on back (or maybe they were only two, didn't manage to catch the first), each with what might've been six of those birds. I got five before they scrambled off. I was using Zoomaster, FWIW. Final time was about 13 minutes.

              • Anonymous

                I had no idea they could spawn on the back of Grandfather Mantagrells! I found some on 2 occasions in the Wildspire Waste during the day on the Apceros. One was accidental on an expedition, whilst the second group were found during the Diablos quest in the base story. Good luck finding them, would definitely recommend the Zoomaster skill from the Canteen!

                • Anonymous

                  I found them on two different occasions on the Low rank optional quest 'Royal Relocation' on the back of an apothos whatever, had the ghillie suit and it was during the day. out of 5 attempts, 2 showed them on the back of the armadillo creatures at area 1, and area 8 of wildspire waste

                  • Anonymous

                    I used the camera trick to find a flock in Wildspire Waste. Ran up to the three apceros just outside of the camp, with my gillie suit on, and spun the camera around a couple times. The flock was there after the second spin (which was probably pretty lucky). Good luck!

                    • Anonymous

                      Much easier to find now with Felyne Zoomaster to boost the spawn rates. Ancient forest during the day is the best bet as the aptonoth herd is huge. I found mine after getting ready to give up. Turned my camera to the left and there was a flock just staring into my face on top of a baby aptonoth. I'm pretty darn sure now that the camera trick works.

                      • Anonymous

                        Dear Crapcom. ***** You for making me not play your game for four hours waiting in hopes that some moronicly designed piece of horsecrap RNG will spawn. Still hasn't spawned.

                        • Anonymous

                          I hate my life. Spent a whole day just waiting trying every waiting tactic to get them and then as I was walking to kill diablos there they were. Went randomly walking and found them 4 times in a row. RNGesus is mean

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