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) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


In-game weakness information




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. 




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    • 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.

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Feb 2020 02:17  

                          Just beat the master rank version. As someone that used to be terrified of this pos, I highly recommend using a Charge Blade. Charge your sword and there’s no deflection, when he’s angered. Just dodge the lightning or use the temporal mantle, and wail on him like the d*ckhead he is.

                          • Anonymous

                            06 Feb 2020 11:06  

                            My best strategy for making dealing with this prick easier is me and my buddy both do one sacrificial clutch-claw to its body and do an attack on it. Orange gashes will appear on the body indicating it's softened and is open for affinity damage. It'll recover over time so once the numbers turn to white or either of us notice the gashes disappear, we both do it again. Helps to have either the temporal or the thunderproof mantle equipped while doing it. He likes to do his lightning ground zero when we attach to him.

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Feb 2020 02:00  

                              First time I saw this thing in MR expedition - went in thinking I'd smack the pony around and get my unicorn fur coat armor back. Then I saw that not only does it no longer stand in place for its lightning laser thing on the ground, but when charged it can cast 2 of those three shot attacks quickly enough to overlap them like a tic-tac-toe board. At this point, I'll settle for the palico armor.

                              • Anonymous

                                23 Jan 2020 09:04  

                                As a new player who is finishing up their HR farm and about to start iceborn after farming 3+ weapons off of every high end enemy in the game...I only have this to say. Kirin is not worth it....the fight is boring as a far less engaging Kushala Daora with far less rewards when you finish him off. I had planned on making 4 Kirin weapons but after getting 1 horn a run (if that) out of a 10-15 minute fight (for me anyway) I just said ***** it and quit after making the axe (and only so I could upgrade it to the Namielle weapon later). I'm not saying it's a hard fight, far from it. The only thing difficult about it is bringing myself to do such a boring ass boss again knowing I need 10 of an item I might get one of if I'm lucky. This horse is just...not engaging at all.

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