Enemy Type Elder Dragons
Elements mhw-thunder-damageThunder
Ailments  thunderblight-status-effect-mhw_sThunderblight
Weakness mhw-fire-damageFire (⭐⭐⭐)
mhw-water-elemental-damageWater (⭐⭐)
mhw-ice-damageIce (⭐⭐)
Resistances mhw-thunder-damageThunder
Locations Coral Highlands
The Guiding Lands
Tempered Lv. 3

Kirin is an Elder Dragon in Monster Hunter World (MHW).キリン in Japanese.


Kirin are so rarely sighted that little is known of their ecology. It's been said they envelop themselves in pure electricity when they are provoked.

The lightning a Kirin cloaks itself with has been confirmed to toughen its skin. The key to hunting a Kirin lies in staggering it, using Elderseal weapons, and protecting yourself from and avoiding its lightning attacks.

Kirin Details & Locations


Kirin Combat Info

  • Dealsmhw-thunder-damageThunder damage and can inflict thunderblight-status-effect-mhw_sThunderblight.
  • Weaknesses: mhw-fire-damageFire
  • Weakness sign: Limping
  • Combat tactics: Attacks using Thunder Strikes
  • Somewhat susceptible to sleep-mhw-status-effectSleep and blastBlast attacks
  • Resistances: mhw-thunder-damageThunder, paralysisParalysis
  • Kinsect Extract:
    • Red: Head
    • Orange: Body, Body (Electricity)
    • White: Lower Body, Lower Body (Electricity)
  • Enraged by calling lightning from the sky, its body then deflects attacks; its attack pattern become more unpredictable and widespread. Only the horn is vulnerable.

Kirin Weaknesses

Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each ailment

Ailment mhw-poison-status-effect sleep-mhw-status-effect paralysis blast stun
Weakness Level ⭐⭐ χ ⭐⭐


Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each damage type

Weak Point cut-damage-mhw blunt-damage-mhw ammo-damage-mhw
Head (Breakable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)

Master Rank:


High Rank:


Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.



Kirin Carves and Rewards

Defeating this monster allows the player to carve the following items:

Kirin Carves

Carves Frequency
Kirin Thunderhorn (break horn) ⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Hide ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Mane (dropped) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Tail ⭐⭐⭐⭐
velkhana_crownhorn-mhw-wiki-guide-smallKirin Azure Horn (Break Horn) High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
kirin_hide_small-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Hide+ (Dropped) High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin_mane_small-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Mane High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin_thundertail_small-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Thundertail High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin-azure-horn+-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Azure Horn+ (Break horn) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
kirin-finehide-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Finehide (Dropped) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin-silvermane-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Silvermane Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin-thundertail+-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Thundertail+ Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Kirin Rewards

Rewards Frequency
Kirin Hide ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Thunderhorn ⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Mane ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Tail ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lightcrystal ⭐⭐
kirin_hide_small-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Hide+ (Dropped) High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Mane High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin_thundertail_small-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Thundertail High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
novacrystal_small-mhw-wiki-guideNovacrystal High Rank ⭐⭐
large_elder_dragon_bone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallElder Dragon Bone High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
elder_dragon_blood_small-mhw-wiki-guideElder Dragon Blood High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
Tempered Azure Horn High Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin-silvermane-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Silvermane Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin-finehide-small-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Finehide Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kirin-thundertail+-mhw-wiki-guideKirin Thundertail+ Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
purecrystal-mhw-wiki-guidePurecrystal Master Rank ⭐
large_elder_dragon_bone-mhw-wiki-guideLarge Elder Dragon Bone Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
pure_dragon_blood-mhw-wiki-guide-smallPure Dragon Blood Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
great-spiritvein-gem-mhw-wiki-guideGreat Spiritvein Gem Master Rank⭐


Kirin Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Kirin Monster.






Notes & Trivia


  • The high rank quest can be acquired by collecting tracks in the coral highlands. (NOTE: the progress bar does not show progress; unsure if this is a bug)
  •  It is possible to acquire the High Rank Kirin quest by joining someody that has it.
  • Can be lured with ??
  • Camouflage works until ?? range
  • Kirin is known as the Phantom Beast
  • Kirin has the most variations of any monster in the game with 5 variations, low rank, high rank, tempered, and arch-tempered and master
  • Kirin is likely based on the mystical beast Qilin (or "Kirin" in Japanese), which commonly appears in East Asian mythology. 
  • Kirin is the only Elder Dragon that has a Low Rank version and can be fought in Low Rank.




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    • Anonymous

      31 Jan 2021 13:35  

      Why is Kirin a Elder Dragon? First of all, It does not have wings, Second of all, He's a horse not an Elder Dragon.

      • Anonymous

        17 Jan 2021 14:16  

        A joke from Twelve Kingdoms:
        - What do you get when you cross a horse and a deer?
        - Stupid.

        [Context: The kanji used to write "baka" literally translates to "horse deer"]

        • Anonymous

          21 Oct 2020 23:00  

          I don't know why but I am master rank and I joined a low rank quest and all of them were using thunder weapons. I thought to myself," I better get some extra frickin rewards for this."

          • Anonymous

            07 Oct 2020 06:21  

            this is also another trivia for it: Kirin is the only elder dragon that can be encountered in Low Rank quests

            • Anonymous

              05 Sep 2020 23:49  

              Now this is what they should capture and contain for research instead of that mountain that you can't even catch plus its too big that zorah magdaros.

              • Anonymous

                30 Jul 2020 03:22  

                pretty annoying since Kirin has a very slim body and btw i'm an insect glaive user. Sounds like a horse an kicks like a horse, he's pretty easy now with shara ishvalda armor set since he is armor set gives 18 thunder resistant to thunder BUT still can get thunder blighted when hit 2-3 times.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jul 2020 07:08  

                  I hope to god this monster will Never get an AT in master rank, since this guy will 3 shot you with Health boost 3 and 20 thunder resist

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Jul 2020 00:06  

                    this thing was actually easy in mr... now that you can soften its skin with clutch your attacks won't get deflected anymore...

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Jul 2020 04:06  

                      So much for a fun-actiony game, with the introduction of jumpy, super high stamina creatures with a very low amount of time to hit them, this game just became for the super elite, and master Kirin is no exception. Holy F*** seriously, how the hell do you stop him for 3 seconds to land a good blow?

                      • Anonymous

                        30 Jun 2020 03:15  

                        Low rank kirin was ez for my first elder dragon hunt. GL Master rank kirin , however, has killed all my teammates and knocked me out of the coral region.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Jun 2020 03:14  

                          First kirin hunt on low rank got me like " meh ez. Why people *****in' about this one". And i take back my word as master rank guiding land kirin killed all my teammates

                          • Anonymous

                            21 Jun 2020 23:39  

                            thunderproof mantle is a godsend in the battle, with all of the paralyzes and stuns. fake unicorn dragon deserves getting eaten alive by the rajang that shows up.

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Jun 2020 00:44  

                              Just had my first fight with a kirin. I use an insect glaive so I've gotten used to being the nimble one. Ended up chasing it back and forth across the Coral Highlands for what felt like forever and by the end of the fight I was sparking constantly and had only 1 potion left...then I get the thunderproof mantle lol. Next time I hunt it I'm taking that mantle and my hammer.

                              • Anonymous

                                11 May 2020 01:14  

                                I remember my friends first time seeing Kirin. We were hunting the tempered one and they all said that it was nonthreatening and just a stupid unicorn. Five minutes in to the fight they died I love them and they are good at MHW but sometimes they can get really bad karma.

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 May 2020 13:34  

                                  "Kirin is likely based on the mystical beast Kirin"....'s a japanese game.... Do you really had to put that obvious information? Maybe rephrase it because it just sound dumb like that.

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