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
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 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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 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 ⭐⭐⭐


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. 




Large Monsters
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    • Anonymous

      10 Oct 2019 02:52  

      Long story short Kirin is***** its armor is***** and its weapons are***** hey monster you want some *****ing unicorn horn to shock your ass hole

      • Anonymous

        18 Sep 2019 19:48  

        List should be updated to 6 variations, since now there's Master Rank and Tempered Master Rank. I wonder if there will be Arch Tempered Master Rank Kirin... that would be a nightmare to behold.

        • Anonymous

          17 Sep 2019 19:18  

          In Iceborne, this fight is somewhat trivialized if you use the Clutch Claw properly. Just mount and wound his body when the lightning armor shows up, and boom, no more lightning armor, just bonus damage. Of course, a number of folks might die while trying to ride the horse at an inappropriate time, but it's a fair risk to take.

          • Anonymous

            10 Sep 2019 22:31  

            HuH, tHe LIttlE croWN SayS iTS 471, BUt My CRoWn iS Fu cc Ing 00.01 STranGe Note: this is just a s h I t post don’t take this literally

            • Anonymous

              01 Aug 2019 13:35  

              Love this game, but this guy is up there with Leshen in the category of tedious and boring fight. All it does is prance around and shoot lightning. Half the battle ends up being just trying to get a hit in

              • Anonymous

                25 Jul 2019 23:21  

                Finished the tempered Kirin assignment with no carts in ~15 min. I was using Witcher Armor Set, t3 Stun resistance charm and 3 lightning resistance decorations (with res food it got me to 25 lighting res total). Weapon was Diablos Hammer, was using the usual buffs + Immunizer for health regen up but did not use any mantles. Ambushed Kirin right next to the upper camp where the slopes are and kept sliding + jump attack until he died. Honestly did not even need the food rez buff, should have probably gone with bonus carves meal instead.

                • 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.

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