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.
  • Master rank changes
    • Kirin will no longer stand still while casting its Lines of Lightning. It may in fact follow up with several more Lines of Lightning while attacking you.
    • Anything below white sharpness will be pretty much useless if not attacking the head

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 ⭐⭐⭐
Tempered Azure Horn High 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.
  •  These monsters are from the Elder Dragon species.
  • 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

      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.

            • 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.

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