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

      14 Apr 2020 17:40  

      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

        11 Apr 2020 19:22  

        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

          06 Apr 2020 14:54  

          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

            02 Apr 2020 22:16  

            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

              06 Mar 2020 11:41  

              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

                03 Mar 2020 06:08  

                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

                  24 Jan 2020 03:52  

                  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

                    27 Dec 2019 17:19  

                    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

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Sep 2019 09:34  

                      Found them while hunting Legiana in Coral High. Area near 2nd camp. Just heard and saw white chicks and tot to capture them then PS reminded me of a trophy. :D

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Sep 2019 19:39  

                        The easiest way to get them is during the HR 3 quest "Gettin' Yolked in the Waste". Go to the location with the eggs where 3 Apceros are waiting. Put on your ghille mantle and face the wall while crouching(Don't look at the Apceros!). Then you just wait until you start hearing them chirp, which will indicate that they have spawned and can be captured. I recommend you do other stuff while waiting(In real life) since this can take a while depending on your luck, increase the sound on your tv and browse reddit/youtube or something. Alternatively you can just keep switching between ancient forest and wildspire waste and look at the Aptonoth's and Apceros, though I would only recommend this if you have a fast pc. Doing this method on consoles can take forever due to load times. Both methods work, but I recommend the quest method unless your loading times are very short.

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Sep 2019 05:41  

                          Found these birds as I'm going to reload the area, heard their chirping sound and jackpot. Glad that it only took me around 20 minutes.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Aug 2019 00:42  

                            Literally spent weeks trying to find these things. Realised you need to stand quite close to the herd that usually spawn them and turn your back to them with a ghillie mantle on. Done it just this second and will post the clip onto my twitter for people to see what I did

                            • Anonymous

                              18 Jun 2019 08:33  

                              What worked for me was chilling in the Wildspire Waste, in the area with the purple flowers. I crouched on the central rock in my Ghillie mantle, looking away from the Apceros, and checking back every minute or so.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Jun 2019 18:25  

                                caught mine in less than 5 minutes from the apceros in wildspire, there was like 8 of them on top of one of them

                                • Anonymous

                                  28 Apr 2019 15:38  

                                  so... this was probably a bug, but i caught 8 of them in 1 mission, i was fighting azure rathalos in that one tunnel-ey area barroth runs to, the one with the mud, not the mud lake, and they were all there running into a wall frantically chirping and trying to escape. azure rathalos wasz kind enough to only slightly burn me to death while i caught them all

                                  • 18 Feb 2019 05:10  

                                    Can I get a description of how their chirping sounds? I find that there are always like 3 different things chirping in these wildlands, & I don't know what I'm listening for.

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