Type Grimalkyne Tribes - see Lynian Researcher
Locations Ancient ForestWildspire WasteCoral HighlandsRotten ValeElder's Recess
Tribes Bugtrapers, Protectors, Troupers, Plunderers, Gajalaka

Grimalkyne is a Small Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). テトルー in Japanese.


Grimalkyne Details & Locations

  • Found in: Ancient Forest (Bugtrappers), Wildspire Waste (Protectors), Coral Highlands (Troupers), Rotten Vale (Plunderers)(after the lower area is unlocked), Elder's Recess (Gajalaka)(all other Grimalkyne must be allied).
  • Target of Quest:
    • Bugtrappers - (Non-quest) Chase
    • Protecters - Capture three Protectors with capture net
    • Troupers - Hunt two Tzitzi-Ya-Ku
    • Plunderers - Lure with raw-meat to befriend
    • Gajalaka - Find 10 doodles throughout all zones then sneak into their camp.
  • Is immediately hostile at ?? range
    • While not hostile, on first encounter with the Troupers they will attack while riding Shamos, defeat them and follow them to their hideout to proceed.
    • Gajalaka are hostile at close range. 'Wild' ones remain hostile after befriending the tribe, and cannot be allied.
  • Attacks other monsters: y/n
  • Large Monsters version: N/A
  • Sizes: ?? ~ ??
  • Species: Lynian

Grimalkyne Sub-Quest Info / Rewards

 Grimalkyne quests cannot be initiated during Story Line Expeditions.

Ancient Forest - Bugtrappers

Once the upper area of the Ancient Forest is unlocked (Camp 17) enter the Ancient Forest in Expedition mode and find doodles around the map made by the Bugtrappers. Once enough doodles have been collected open your map and find a tailrider icon with a description of ???. Mark it and follow your scout flies to it where you'll find a lone Bugtrapper that will run. Chase it back to its camp (near Camp 17). Once you arrive at its camp your Palico will talk to it and befriend it asking to join the Bugtrappers.

  • Flashfly Cage - A Bugtrapper insect cage used to stop monsters in their tracks. Its effectiveness varies with the type of insect inside, and the duration increases with Proficiency (In-Game Description)
    • Max Proficiency Reward - Boombug Cage
  • Ability to befriend Jagras and make them tailraiders.


Wildspire Waste - Protectors

Start this quest by finding doodles, just like the Forest find enough till you can track them on your map. Follow your scout flies to an area near (Camp 15), there you'll find a  lone Protector worried about his friends after they got separated by a Barroth. He'll ask you to find them and capture them with your capture net. Your Palico will then mark their locations on your map. Go to each and attempt to capture them ( Ghillie Mantle has no effect on them meaning they will still run if you approach with your Ghillie Mantle equipped? [Unverified] ), they will be scanning the area so approach when they aren't looking and capture them. Once all three have been captured, return to the first Protector and he'll befriend you.

  • Shieldspire - A massive Protector shield used to defend against attacks. It can also be used to provoke monsters, drawing their attention. Guard effectiveness increase with Proficiency. (In-Game Description)
    • Max Proficiency Reward - Shieldspire Bash ability
  • Ability to befriend Kestodon and make them tailraiders.


Coral Highlands - Troupers

Begin this sub-quest like the other two. Find the Troupers in Area 10, they will be riding Shamos and attack, defeat them and they will run, follow them to their hideout where they will explain they were planning on hunting two Tzitzi-Ya-Ku's that have been causing trouble. Your Palico will offer to help and you'll receive an Optional Quest to complete which involves defeating two Tzitzi-Ya-Ku's. (You do not have to wait for a Lynian Researcher to be present in the area.)

  • Coral Orchestra - An instrument of Trouper make, able to yield a variety of effects. Its melodies boost attack, defense, or status resistances. Those effects increase with Proficiency. (In-Game Description)
    • Max Proficiency Reward - Coral cheerbongo.
  • Ability to befriend Shamos and make them tailraiders.
  • Melodies [unverified and not necessarily complete]. Divine blessing, attack, defence, affinity, increased recovery of recoverable (red) damage, ear plugs.


Rotten Vale - Plunderers

To start this quest the sub-area of the Vale must be unlocked, and be on a Solo Expedition. Find a Plunderer in Area 13, it only appears after the Odogaron has dragged over the Legian corpse from Area 9. Then chase it with scout flies to the dead end in Area 15. Put out Raw Meat when told to by your Palico. After a few moments multiple Plunderers will come to eat the meat. You will get the usual cut scene before they join you. (You do not have to wait for a Lynian Researcher to be present in the area.)

  • Plunderblade - An invention on the Plunderers that snatches items from monsters when attacking. The quantity of stolen items increases with proficiency. (In-Game Description)
    • Max Proficiency Reward - Palarang
  • Ability to befriend Girros and make them tailraiders.


Elder's Recess - Gajalaka

To start this quest you must have befriended all the other Grymalkynes. Speak to the Lynian Researcher in Astera by the Ecological Research area. This will give you a new Critical Bounty called Gajalaka Exchange: Gajalaka Linguistics in which you must find 10 Gajalaka Tracks. These appear as Gajalaka Doodles and only in high rank zones. Each locale (Not necessarily each zone) has at least 2 doodles, some may have more. Doodles appear relatively close to where Gajalaka spawn (filter your map by "small monsters" to locate them). Doodles do not respawn, not even if you go back to Astera and return.

  • Ancient Forest - Areas 5, 15
  • Wildspire Wastes - Areas 3, 5, 7
  • Coral Highlands - Area 12, 6 (found at the Bottom of area 6)
  • Rotten Vale - Area 3 (2 doodles), 15 (you can find 3 doodles here without Gajalaka)
  • Elder's Recess - Area 8

After you turn in the Bounty you must speak with the Lynian Researcher again to get Gajalaka Exchange: Gajalaka Linguistics II. Equip your Ghillie Mantle to make this one easier then return to the Elder's Recess AT NIGHT. You can wait for night, or simply go into your tent within one of your camps (where you can change Palico and your own gear and heal up, your character literally drinks tea there) to trigger the change. When you arrive the Lynian Researcher will be at the entrance of the Gajalaka Camp. From there sneak into the camp without being seen. The Ghillie Mantle will make you invisible. When you get close enough to the fire without being noticed the camera will zoom in on a hole in the wall, interact with the hole without being seen to complete the quest. (Note: "Wild" Gajalaka will remain hostile in all zones, ally Gajalaka will be marked with green indicators like other tailraiders.)

  • Meowlotov Cocktail - Throws a Gajalaka-style bomb that deals damage. Combines with the Palico slinger to allow for sustained fire. Blast Strength increases with proficiency. (In-Game Description)
    • Max Proficiency Reward - [Unknown]
  • Ability to befriend Gastodon and make them tailraiders.
  • 5 shortcut tunnels throughout Elder's Recess.
  • Access to area 16.


Hoarfrost Reach - Boaboa

After the completing the third Iceborne quest, Ready to Strike, the Linean Researcher will appear in Hoarfrost Reach near campsite 1. Speak to him and he'll tell you that in order to gain the Boaboa's favor, you must impress them. To do so, you must successfully hunt a large monster in front of the Boaboa scouts, to which they will aid you.  Next, your Palico will tell you that the Boaboa wish to speak with you.  Travel down the path away from campsite 1, just until you crawl under the large branch.  A group of Boaboa will ask you to meet them at their lair.  Head to area 2 and take the wingdrake.  Climb up the waterfall rocks and through the corridor at the northeast corner to their lair.  Speak to the Boaboa within the lair, they will offer you the quest By Our Powers Combined.  Accept the quest and hunt the tempered Beotodus.

  • Tailraider Signal - A signal to call a Grimalkyne to your aid.
  • Max Proficiency Reward - [Unknown]
  • Purple Boaboa's will no longer attack you
  • A shortcut to area 17 (upon reaching level six Unity)





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    • Anonymous

      I’m having trouble with the rotten vale one because it’s not letting me give them the raw meat and just adds them as a escort and it won’t let me unlock the plunder blade this is starting to get annoying

      • Anonymous

        The Info given on the Boaboa questline is almost entirely misleading. The way you start the bounty for befriending them is done in Seliana. The Lynian Researcher that is in the main council room gives you the bounty. Where you will be tasked to kill a large monster while on expedition in Hoarfrost Reach. Once that is done, you can then go to Campsite one where the Boaboa will be waiting for you. Your palico will talk to them and then will tell you to follow them to their camp. Follow them to the hot springs near area 2 and you can then travel via wingdrake nearby to their campsite. Then you will get the second quest if you go deep into their camp.

        • Anonymous

          The Gajalak quest doodles can also be complete in master expiditions. does NOT have to be high rank like it says.

          • Anonymous

            omg i LOVE them! So awesome. Super helpful and cute. Esp.when they are holding down annoying the Anjanath *****. First time i saw them rope it down! I was like Yoyoo thanks my cuties - BASH BASH!!!!!!

            • Anonymous

              I cannot find the lynian researcher at hoarfrost reach campsite 1. Done the ready to strike already. anybody can help ?

              • Anonymous

                Should be noted that if you are searching for the Gajalaka assignment and you have Seliana unlocked, the Lynian researcher will be there instead

                • Anonymous

                  When you sneak into the camp at night be careful. They throw bombs, which will make your guille mantle wear off. I got so close to sneaking in before I realized this and had to wait for night to fall again!

                  • Anonymous

                    Can someone please explain this "ride a monster near them" thing? because i often mount a monster in the same stage as the grimalkyne and sometimes the monster even runs directly towards the grimalkyne but the felyne extremely rarely jump down and entangle the monster. i just recently mounted a deviljho and he ran straight towards the grimalkyne and slammed his head against the roots the grimalkyne stood upon and they still didnt entagle him. do i have to mount the monster directly under the felyne with the horn? or do i have to do special interactions while mounted? or does it just have a low chance of activation?

                    • Anonymous

                      When they're shouting for you to ride a monster near them, try mounting (jump attack onto) a monster near them. It's very situational, but also quite helpful when it happens.

                      • Anonymous

                        Occasionally these things pop up and tell me to ride a monster near them
                        and they will try to capture it, what does that do?

                        • Anonymous

                          Troupers use a Palico -Version of the Hunting Horn, and it DOES buff the Hunter or Hunters just as the player variant would. Upon reaching Max. Proficiency, you can request up to 2 random buffs from the action wheel

                          • Anonymous

                            Plunderblade's max proficiency is called "Palarang". Launches plunderblade like a boomerang, upon a successful hit it will make the target drop a crafting material, slinger ammo, or both.

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