Grimalkyne Tribes

Race Grimalkynes

The Grimalkynes are NPC in Monster Hunter World (MHW). NPCs are non-playable characters that interact with the Hunter during the story or optional activities in-game.


The Hunter will encounter multiple tribes of Grimalkynes in the New World, a cat-like race related to Palicoes. Once a tribe is befriended, they will assist the Hunter as Tailraiders, teach their Palico how to tame monsters, offer them gadgets and lay traps in different parts of every area.

Lynians that reside in the New World. They are small, and they have an untamed air. They resemble Felynes not just in their figure, but also in their physical abilities and culture. They are regarded by some scholars as a possible ancestor of the Felynes. Palicoes can understand their language from the doodle traces they leave in their territory. However, they are extremely wary, and if one tries to approach them carelessly, they will likely dash away. The Grimalkyne culture can be seen in the places they live, and their use of tools and fire reveals a high intelligence. They have also been witnessed using traps and hunting in groups. If one forms a cooperative relationship with them, they are reliable allies.

Also, see Observation Logs for details on Iceborne Expansion Grymalkyne Tribes activity.


Bugtrappers (Ancient Forest)

 The Lynian Researcher in the Ancient Forest asks the Hunter to find traces of Grimalkynes. They like to draw on trees and rocks all over the forest.

  • Encounter Trigger: Lynian researcher is actually present in this map? 
    You can find a Bugtrapper in area 17 who will flee when approached. Follow it all the way up the trees to reach their camp.
  • Rewards: Bugtrappers and Jagras Tailraiders, Flashfly Cage gadget


Protectors (Wildspire Waste)

 The Lynian Researcher in the Wildspire Waste asks the Hunter to find traces of Grimalkynes. They are hidden in a small cave only accessible by jumping down the hole north of sector 8.

  • Encounter Trigger: Level up doodle find, and he'll appear in sector 8
    Once in their camp, a Protector asks the Hunter to capture 3 fleeing Protectors in the Wildspire Waste. Use the map to locate them and the Capture Net to catch them. Then, come back to their camp.
  • Rewards: Protectors and Kestodon Tailraiders, Shieldspire gadget


Troupers (Coral Highlands)

  The Lynian Researcher in the Coral Highlands asks the Hunter to find traces of Grimalkynes. They are patrolling around on top of domesticated Shamos.

  • Encounter Trigger: Find and fight them, wander around sector 10.
    Once the fight is over, head to their camp in sector 11, behind the waterfall all the way up in the cave. A Trouper will ask the Hunter to do the Troubled Troupers optional quest. 
  • Rewards: Troupers and Shamos Tailraiders, Coral Orchestra gadget


Plunderers (Rotten Vale)

 The Lynian Researcher in the Rotten Vale asks the Hunter to find traces of Grimalkynes.

  • Encounter Trigger: Talk with Lynian Researcher in sector 13 (Odogaron nest)
    Then wait at Sector 13 until the Odogaron brings back a dead Legiana a Plunderer will appear and flee when approached. Follow it until arriving in sector 15, go between the 2 shining ponds and look around for the Grimalkyne. Your Palico will tell you that it's looking for food so put some Raw Meat on the ground and back up a little until the Plunderer comes down.
  • Rewards: Plunderers and Girros Tailraiders, Plunderblade gadget


Gajalaka (Elder's Recess)

 At some point, the Lynian Researcher in the Elder's Recess will ask the hunter to find Gajalaka traces.

  • Encounter Trigger: Get all other tribes as friends, then find the Lynian Researcher in sector 1. 
    The Hunter first needs to complete the Cultural Exchange: Gajalaka Linguistics critical bounty by finding 10 Gajalaka tracks all over the New World. Tracks are found next to Gajalaka on every map, as there are more than the 10 required to finish the bounty.
    Afterward, the Lynian Researcher will ask them to discover the Gajalaka camp during the Cultural Exchange: Gajalaka Linguistics II featuring a unique "mini-game". You have to go below the Eastern Camp (8) by night time and succeed in infiltrating the settlement without being seen.
  • Rewards: Gajalakas and Gastodon Tailraiders, Meowlotov Cocktail gadget, Elder's Recess shortcut system


Boaboa (Hoarfrost Reach)

In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, this new type of Grimalkyne will appear at a certain point in the game. The Lynian Researcher in the Hoarfrost Reach will ask the hunter to find Boaboa traces. 

  • Encounter Trigger: After the quest Ready to Strike you can talk to the Lynian Photographer in Seliana to receive the critical bounty Cultural Exchange: Hoarfrost Reach.
    After acquiring the bounty go on an expedition in Hoarfrost Reach. You'll notice some Boaboa scouts. Now hunt a Large Monster. The crowd will continue to grow while you finish the hunt. After defeating the monster, meet the Boaboa party at the southern camp, then follow them to Sector 2 and hitch a ride to Boaboa's camp. You can now do quests with and for them. After you complete the first quest, you will unlock the rewards.
  • Rewards: Boaboa and Wulg Tailraiders, and a Boaboa Tailraider Signal gadget.


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    • Anonymous

      something to note, you also need to talk to your cat to get the Boaboa quest, i hadnt talked about the tailriders stuff yet and was confused

      • Anonymous

        There is a bug with the palico quests with iceborne. You cannot talk to the lynian researcher in Astera. He is moved to Selenia. So with all 5 palico items i couldnt find this guy. The page should be updated for the final quest Cultural Exchange: Gajalaka Linguistics to include the fact that the researcher is in Selinia now.

        • Anonymous

          There doesn't appear to be any mention of the new trading and treasure hunt mechanics that was added in Iceborne. You can get some rare stuff if you trade the right item, for example I got a Moonglow Gecko from the Plunderers after giving them honey.

          • Anonymous

            How do you get the Gajalaka to join your party in the wasteland? I found 2 spots where they stay but they don't join my party they just fight to the death.

            • Anonymous

              About plunderer quest: you do not need to deal with odogaron or the lynian researcher at all, just hang out in s13 for a bit and your palico will alert you to the presence of a grimalkyne. Everything else is spot on.

              • Anonymous

                One question,I waited for the plunderes for more than half an hr but the odogaron still doesnt appear neither the dead corpse of legiana,are there any easy ways to trigger that to happen

                • Anonymous

                  Not sure if you need to finish Endemic Life Researcher sidequest (Delivering 5 Scavantula) to proc Odagaron's corpse dragging since I tried like 3 times and Odagaron didn't care about Legiana corpse until I cleared the Scavantula quest. After that Odogaron quickly moved toward fallen Legiana and dragged it to the nest. Also, I think Legiana corpse can fall into both Area 6 and Area 8.

                  • Anonymous

                    I guess u only need to have the lynian searcher in the map to triggers the event for the bugtrappers I couldn't get the event until the NPC was on this map

                    • Anonymous

                      To get plunderers to trigger you need to talk to the researcher at area 13, and then wait and check time to time for the odogaron to bring a dead legiana into the area. When the dead legiana is there you find a plunderer there too.

                      And Gajalaka, you need to get all five gadgets and then talk with Lynian Researcher to get the quest.

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