Enemy Type Elder Dragon
Elements mhw-thunder-damageThunder
Ailments  mhw-thunder-damageThunderblight

mhw-fire-damageFire (⭐⭐⭐)

mhw-water-elemental-damageWater (⭐⭐)

mhw-ice-damageIce (⭐⭐)

Resistances mhw-thunder-damageThunder
Locations Coral Highlands
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

  • Elemental damages: mhw-thunder-damageThunder
  • 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 Low and High Rank Carves

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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Azure Horn (break horn) High Rank⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Hide + (dropped) High Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Mane High Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Thundertail High Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐


Kirin Rewards

Rewards Frequency
Kirin Hide ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Thunderhorn ⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Mane ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Tail ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lightcrystal ⭐⭐
Kirin Hide + High Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Mane High Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kirin Thundertail High Rank⭐⭐⭐
Novacrystal High Rank⭐⭐
elder_dragon_boneElder Dragon Bone High Rank⭐⭐⭐
elder_dragon_bloodElder Dragon Blood High 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.
  •  These monsters are from the Elder Dragon species
  • These monsters are reasonably small
  • 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 4 variations, low rank, high rank, tempered, and arch-tempered
  • 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

      23 May 2019 02:58  

      Just completed the Tempered Kirin assignment solo. Lance is quite a smooth ride for this, just hold shield and poke once or twice after Kirin attacks. It's helpful to stay to the side or behind Kirin as the forward buck attack is quick and will catch you if you try to attack after some of the lightning moves. For the lines, Guarding Advance + Leaping Thrust can allow you to easily reposition and avoid the high lightning damage. My setup was the Garon Dhara II with Dragonking/Damascus/Kaiser/Kaiser/Kaiser, all beta save for dragonking of course. 3x Antipara and 3x Steadfast for immunity to the "you're gonna *****ing die now" status effects, and 1x Thunder Res because more thunder resist is better. USE THUNDERPROOF MANTLE WHENEVER YOU CAN. It reduced the damage that I took by nearly half when I was at 20+ thunder resistance (eat for elemental resistance, use Nutrients or a Max Potion to get your HP fill). And of course, Ironside charm for the Guard boost, a very very important charm for any Lance setup. Mine was only II but you should get yours to III for safety. Best of luck!

      • Anonymous

        11 May 2019 07:47  

        To those complaininh that the hit box too small, This proud horse-sama just stand there majestically, eating all shots to the head. The horse hit box, err, sweet spot, is not that small, not like vespoid. Even Kulu Yaku is smaller due to that boulder. But yes, those thunder zaps are annoying. Several times I am evading directly to the zap line, or getting up from the knock down at the wrong time. (。•́︿•̀。)

        • Anonymous

          05 May 2019 18:58  

          Just get 20+ Thunder Res , that's it . and beat that damn horse. Hit and run tacktics are Optimal , hammer or charge blade are a + , aviod wapons with long combo strings like switch axe or dual blades. Ranged is alsof good , but takes ages because of his little pony head.

          • Anonymous

            03 May 2019 10:54  

            I'm new to the monster Hunter franchise in general, I only recently got mhw, just yesterday I got to rank 8, I'm gonna try to do the Kirin the Myth event quest fighting two of these. I want my epitaph to say "He was a noob, but he refused to let that stop him. Git gud!"

            • Anonymous

              21 Feb 2019 05:59  

              Beat him first try with my gunlance, I said i'm going to try it once with Randos with an SoS got 3 people who absolutely wrecked Kirin. I think it took about 11min for completion. I was running guard up so i could just tank all of its thunder attacks. I think I just got lucky with the randos otherwise it would of taken me a lot longer with it

              • Anonymous

                05 Jan 2019 08:49  

                Difficult fight with nearly worthless armor (only good trait is the thunder attack, which doesn't help against him) Yeah, think I'm going to shelf this game and wait for more content. Literally all of the high rank armor sucks for just about everything and it's difficult to obtain. Still wearing Vaal Hazak for the regen, if the reqard equipment is trash what's the point in even continuing playing?

                • 03 Jan 2019 22:14  

                  My first tempered kirin fight was pretty easy as bows make him look like a great jagras in the right hand. But the fight took way too long as his head's hitbox was far too small.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Dec 2018 00:52  

                    For anyone having trouble with him, try anjanath bow and after the first time thunderproof mantle and down the road evade extender and dash juice

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Dec 2018 13:38  

                      idk what all of you are bragging about,just killed 2 kirins in that event,with my humble aerial insect glaive I and high metal armor,used potions and max potions thats all lmfao.

                      • Anonymous

                        29 Nov 2018 06:45  

                        I kid you not... had someone join me for a Kirin fight.... he tried using a shock trap.... they do exist...

                        • Anonymous

                          04 Nov 2018 15:29  

                          Hey guys, I have an amazing tip for this beast. You ready? Okay, here goes... you see what you want to do, is just not hunt him at all because of how much of a little sh!t head he is. And that's how you beat Kirin.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Oct 2018 11:22  

                            People actually made me afraid of tempered Kirin. I went in with max stun resist,max paralysis resist, and max thunder resist with the thunder proof and temporal mantle. I beat him first try. On top of that I’m new to the MH series. So either everyone’s been under prepping for the first tempered elder dragon fight of the game or y’all are talking about arch-tempered Kirin

                            • Anonymous

                              18 Sep 2018 17:28  

                              Few people know this, but if you manage to mount the Kirin and stay on for long enough without attacking it'll very slowly begin thrashing and running around less and less and after a variable period of time will eventually come to accept you riding it the same way a wild horse might. At this point you can ride the Kirin around like the majestic lightning unicorn it is firing your bow from its back like a cooler version of Link riding Epona. Should you then collect your palico, another cat friend tailraider, and a small monster tailraider you'll unlock the hidden "Beastmaster" achievement with the added bonus of being able to call on your Kirin at any time to help you fight. And also you'll never be lonely again. Or...or maybe I just dreamed all that :(

                              • Anonymous

                                16 Sep 2018 00:22  

                                Ohhhh so this is an actual Elder dragon? So my game actually wasn’t glitching out with the quest info? So they decided to make a horse and slap it under the “Elder Dragon” Category? Huh, yeah I get it, that makes sense.

                                • Anonymous

                                  08 Sep 2018 19:26  

                                  Kirin is the first, and i feel only, large monster that FORCES you to play smart. You can't jump in with low thunder resistance, you HAVE to eat the correct food for elemental resistance. You have to use gear that counters him (Mantle) and you need to equip your palico with the horn for thunder and paralysis resist for when the mantle runs out. Often times players have an issue with tempered kirin because they run in with little or no buffs trying to take him on. Here's a list of what you should be bringing: Mega Potion Ancient Potion Max Potion Might seed Demon Drug Flash pods(? always have them) Mega Bombs x 4 (zzz) Power charm & talon Armor charm & talon Thunder resistance deco x 3 (Go to the melder) (I fight kirin with NERG armor. i get to +10 with 3) Thunder mantle. REQUIRED Coral Orchestra. REQUIRED Vitality mantle. Optional Before setting out, eat a fish meal for Elemental Resistance (L), then when you get to camp eat a max potion or drink your vitamins to top off health. When you get out of camp force your palico to sing for you and get a stun resistance. Wait for kirins stupidly predictable path, drop 2 mega bombs in it and wait for him to walk over them and start. Then drop 2 more at his resting face. Thunder mantle should be saved for enrage, if you need to learn his moves then use it at the beginning. and lastly, PLAY DEFENSIVELY. Kirin does massive hits. If you have less than 3/4th health HEAL. if not you are risking a 1 shot. Mega potions are stupid easy to come by, don't worry about burning them for half their effectiveness if it keeps you alive.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    01 Sep 2018 19:33  

                                    *Smithy hands you the kirin armour* … "What is this?" "That cool Kirin armour you asked for! Looks great, right?" "... Gee, thanks."

                                    • Anonymous

                                      01 Sep 2018 19:30  

                                      *first fight, beat it 0 faints* hey, that wasn't so hard. *next fight, it's tempered, gets one shot immedietly*… ohhhhhhh

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