Enemy Type Large Monsters
Elements n/a
Ailments StunStun

mhw-fire-damageFire (⭐⭐)

mhw-water-elemental-damageWater (⭐⭐⭐) 
mhw-thunder-damageThunder (⭐⭐)

mhw-ice-damageIce  (⭐⭐)

mhw-dragon-damageDragon (⭐⭐)

Resistances n/a
Locations Ancient Forest
Wildspire Waste
Tempered Lv. N/A

Kulu-Ya-Ku is a Large Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). クルルヤック (掻鳥) in Japanese.


An odd bird wyvern that has developed limbs capable of carrying weapons.
It's been spotted stealing eggs from nests found in the Ancient Forest and Wildspire Waste.

Kulu-Ya-Ku Details & Locations


Kulu-Ya-Ku Combat Info

  • Uses its hands to pick up boulders and other large items to protect from attacks
  • Throws boulders and other large items towards attackers.
  • Hitting the boulder with a Weapon or using the Slinger can disarm the monster.
  • Switch Axe's sword form can still damage the monster even when it's holding the boulder.
  • Hunters can wound the Kulu-Ya-Ku's head and arms
  • It's weak to mhw-water-elemental-damageWater and relatively weak to all other elements and ailments
  • Kinsect Extract:
    • Red: Head, Forearms, Tail
    • White: Body
    • Orange: Rock
  • Aetherite Kulu-Ya-Ku (Quest: A Visitor from another world)
    • Essentially a Kulu-Ya-Ku that will never drop its Rock (or crystal in this case)
    • Can't be mounted
    • Can't be knocked down
    • Immune to flinch shots
    • Immune to flash pods
    • Immune to sleep weapons and won't sleep if weakened enough
    • Jumping rock slam WILL stun
    • Oh god why
    • Dramatically increased health
    • Will grow four times over the course of the fight as you lower its health, raising its damage every time, to the point where it will rival elder dragons


  • Master Rank Changes:

    • Kulu-Ya-Ku may dig up red rocks that have a small Blast radius and cause Fireblight or silvery, pointy rocks that can cause Bleeding.

    • Knocking the red rock out of its claws will explode the rock in its face, dealing additional Damage.


Kulu-Ya-Ku 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  ⭐⭐  ⭐⭐  ⭐⭐  ⭐⭐  ⭐⭐


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:


Low & High Rank:


Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.


Kulu-Ya-Ku Low and High Rank Carves

Defeating this monster allows the player to carve the following items:

Kulu-Ya-Ku Carves

Carves Frequency
kulu-ya-ku_scaleKulu-Ya-Ku Scale ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_hideKulu-Ya-Ku Hide ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_plumeKulu-Ya-Ku Plume (dropped, break forelegs) ⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_beakKulu-Ya-Ku Beak (break head) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_scale_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Scale + High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_hide_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Hide + High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_plume_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Plume + (dropped, break forelegs) High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_beak_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Beak + (break head) High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
bird_wyvern_gemBird Wyvern Gem High Rank ⭐
kulu-ya-ku-shard-mhw-wiki-guideKulu-Ya-Ku Shard (Dropped) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku-thickhide-mhw-wiki-guideKulu-Ya-Ku Thickhide Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
large-kulu-ya-ku-plume-mhw-wiki-guideLarge Kulu-Ya-Ku Plume (Forelegs Break) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
large-kulu-ya-ku-beak-mhw-wiki-guideLarge Kulu-Ya-Ku Beak (Head Break) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
fey_wyvern_gem-mhw-wiki-guide-smallFey Wyvern Gem Master Rank ⭐


Kulu-Ya-Ku Rewards

Rewards Frequency
kulu-ya-ku_hideKulu-Ya-Ku Hide ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_scaleKulu-Ya-Ku Scale ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_plumeKulu-Ya-Ku Plume ⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_beakKulu-Ya-Ku Beak ⭐⭐
monster_bone_mMonster Bone S ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_hide_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Hide + High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_scale_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Scale + High Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_plume_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Plume + High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku_beak_plusKulu-Ya-Ku Beak + High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
monster_bone_plusMonster Bone + High Rank ⭐⭐⭐
bird_wyvern_gemBird Wyvern Gem High Rank ⭐
kulu-ya-ku-thickhide-mhw-wiki-guideKulu-Ya-Ku Thickhide Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
kulu-ya-ku-shard-mhw-wiki-guideKulu-Ya-Ku Shard (Dropped) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐
large-kulu-ya-ku-plume-mhw-wiki-guideLarge Kulu-Ya-Ku Plume (Forelegs Break) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
large-kulu-ya-ku-beak-mhw-wiki-guideLarge Kulu-Ya-Ku Beak (Head Break) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
monster_toughbone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallMonster Toughbone Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐
fey_wyvern_gem-mhw-wiki-guide-smallFey Wyvern Gem Master Rank ⭐
fierce_dragonvein_bone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallFierce Dragonvein Bone Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐)
colorful_plume-mhw-wiki-guide-smallColorful Plume Master Rank⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Kulu-Ya-Ku Weapons and Armor

These weapons and armor are derived from this monster




Special Event Quest Unique Head Armor: Kulu-Ya-Ku Head Alpha is also available at limited times.

Kulu Armor Set

Set Bonus: None

Kulu Beta Armor Set (β)

Set Bonus: None


Kulu Alpha + Armor Set mhw-iceborne-icon-16px

Set Bonus: 


Kulu Beta + Armor Set mhw-iceborne-icon-16px

Set Bonus: 




Notes & Trivia

  • Easter Event monster 2018 - Egg Lovers United quest.
  • Kulu-Ya-Ku is known as the "Scratching Bird"
  • At 20, 30, 40 and 50 successful hunts, you will earn the Guild Card titles "Kulu-Ya-Ku", "Burglar", "Dextrous" and "Raptor" respectively
  • BIRD UP!




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    • Anonymous

      19 Mar 2021 16:57  

      dang even the page said *oh god why* he must be that hard ps i beat him master rank things i found him to be very annoying good thing it just in high rank

      • Anonymous

        15 Sep 2020 13:03  

        So far this is the only monster that doesn't seem to be affected by the clutch claw attacks on its head, like ever. I tried many times and I am 100% sure that I'm attached to the head, but not only it never turns around when using the claw attack, it also never does the charge after a flinch shot. It just flinches on place like i would have casually shot it with a piercing rod. Am i the only one with this problem? Is it immune to it or is it a bug?

        • Anonymous

          07 Apr 2019 08:55  

          Even with the insect glaive it was a pain in the ass to beat this FF crossover mutant, I don't wanna know how hard it is to beat this thing with the great sword or hammer

          • Anonymous

            17 Feb 2019 02:18  

            this cutie will turn into ur worst nightmare in the FF crossover quest. jesus *****, Ive tried the mission for 10 times and all lost(sometimes with sos)

            • Anonymous

              21 Dec 2018 05:30  

              The FF XIV cross over version is different. It's immune to flash pods and traps. It can't be knocked down or mounted. The leaping attack will instantly stun you and a second hit will kill you if you're unlucky to be hit twice.

              • Anonymous

                19 Oct 2018 20:34  

                anyone happen to know the hp of the kulu-ya-ku and great jagras if so dm me on discord: White fang the 2 faced british#8413 also could do with some tips xd

                • Anonymous

                  10 Aug 2018 05:27  

                  This guy was friendly/passive to me the first time I was asked to hunt it, and it just kept looking at me with its derpy face while walking around. Why Capcom, why would you ask me to kill this guy

                  • Anonymous

                    16 May 2018 18:55  

                    Wouldn't it be funny if you could use these as mounts after you capture them? I know the different areas aren't really big enough for a long distance travel solution, but I like this monster-it's a charming little weirdo.

                    • Kulu-Ya-Ku [MHW Wiki]31 Mar 2018 05:39  

                      New Head Armor for Kulu-Ya-Ku! [url=https://monsterhunterworld.wiki.fextralife.com/Kulu-Ya-Ku+Head+Alpha:x8j2a7vX]Kulu-Ya-Ku Head Alpha[/url:x8j2a7vX]

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