Enemy Type Elder Dragons
Elements mhw-thunder-damageThunder
Ailments thunderblight-status-effect-mhwThunderblight
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

      This is the easiest elder... Horse? In the entire game.

      Just grab a rapid fire flaming light bow gun and aim for it's neck and face.
      This thing rarely ever carted me and I managed to get the gamma layered set.

      However... If you are melee user then... Assume the position to receive Kirin's thunder horn in an unpleasant area.

      • Anonymous

        This mf is a pain in the butt if fought with a heavy/slow melee weapon, save yourself a potential stroke by using range or fast melee weapons folks.

        • Anonymous

          If you're struggling with him in the MR Special Quest, a good tip would be learning how to use the Lance. Personally, I defeated him with the elementless mr garon lance, you'll do better if you use a fire element lance. 2 piece uragaan, 3 piece teostra will work best. Slot in a warming jewel if you want for comfort since he is really spammy and the fight will take long.

          • Anonymous

            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

              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

                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

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

                  • Anonymous

                    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

                      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

                        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

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

                          • Anonymous

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                  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.

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