Kushala Daora


Enemy Type Elder Dragon
Elements None
Ailments mhw-stun-status-effectStun
Weakness mhw-thunder-damageThunder (⭐⭐⭐)
Resistances mhw-water-elemental-damageWater
Locations Ancient Forest
Elder's Recess
Tempered Lv. 3

Kushala Daora is an Elder Dragon in Monster Hunter World (MHW). クシャルダオラ (鋼龍) in Japanese. Visit this page for MHRise Kushala Daora.


An elder dragon that shields itself with fierce winds, preventing anyone from approaching it. Its skin consists of hard, metallic scales.

Kushala Daora Details & Locations


Kushala Daora Combat Info

  • Deals physical damage.
  • Weak to mhw-thunder-damageThunder and mhw-dragon-damageDragon.
  • Susceptible to mhw-poison-status-effectPoison and blastBlast.
  • Weakest in the head, followed by the forelegs and tail. All of them can be broken.
  • Similarly to other entries in the series, can be locked into a state of repeated knockdowns by targeting the head with heavy dragon elemental damage.
  • Limps and then flies to highest point on Elder's Recess/Ancient Forest.
  • Can generate a Wind aura around itself that repels anyone that gets close.
  • Wind resistance skills have limited effects. Windproof III can negate the knockback from its normal wind attacks, but not its enraged state.
  • Can generate tornados of "presumed" air pressure that deal damage to players in the center, and knock players back in the surrounding area.
  • The Hunting Horn melody Wind Pressure Negated can be used to similar effect as described of Windproof III above. The melody All Wind Pressure Negated can be used to counter both normal air attacks and those of its enraged mode
  • After resting status it will summon numerous tornados.
  • Will shoot jets of air at players. Do not underestimate the hitbox, as a full charged is fairly wide.
  • Easiest way to defeat is to bring flash pods and 10 flash insects, wait until he flies and flash him, he will fall to the ground and be open.
  • Beware: Flash Pods shouldn't be used when the Dragon takes off to fly to its nest. Let it go to sleep and set up bombs! Flash pods also won't have any effect when the Dragon is in a tornado.
  • Combat in his sleeping area will eventually fill up with tornadoes that impede movement and makes combat much more difficult to position.  Either kill him quickly, or get him to leave the area (through damage or after about 5 minutes of combat).
  • Tempered Kushala Daora can only be flashed 4 times.


Master Rank Changes:

  • Flashpods are much less effective, only staggering Kushala instead of Stunning it
  • Kushala gains temporary Flash immunity after two Flashes in quick succession
  • If you notice that a Tornado has blue crystals inside it, be careful. That thing will move.
  • The small roving tornadoes from Kushala Daora's breath attacks will seek out and combine with its larger updraft tornadoes. This causes them to briefly expand and catch inattentive hunters with a heavy blow.


Kushala Daora Weakness

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) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
Forelegs (Breakable) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
Tail (Severable) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)

Master Rank:


High Rank:


Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.


Kushala Daora Low and High Rank Carves

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

Kushala Daora Carves ALL HIGH RANK

Carves Frequency %
Daora Dragon Scale + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Daora Carapace (dropped) ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Daora Claw + ⭐⭐⭐  
Daora Horn + (break head) ⭐⭐  
Daora Webbing (break wings) ⭐⭐⭐  
Daora Gem (break head, break tail)  2% Carve
3% Tail Carve
3% Head Break
Daora Tail (carve tail) ⭐⭐  

Kushala Daora Rewards ALL HIGH RANK

Rewards Frequency %
Daora Carapace ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Daora Dragon Scale + ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Daora Claw + ⭐⭐⭐  
Daora Webbing ⭐⭐⭐  
elder_dragon_boneElder Dragon Bone ⭐⭐  
elder_dragon_bloodElder Dragon Blood ⭐⭐⭐   
Daora Gem (break head, break tail) ⭐  6% Silver Reward
13% Gold Reward
stormcall-steelwing-mhw-wiki-guide-smallStormcall Steelwing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  
elder-dragonvein-bone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallElder Dragonvein Bone ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Elder Spiritvein Bone ⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Tempered Steelwing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  
Great Spiritvein Gem  
Daora Hardhorn    
Daora Hardclaw   Master Rank Only 
Daora Shard    


Kushala Daora Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Kushala Daora Monster.






Notes & Trivia

  • As of Monster Hunter World, poisoning it does not negate its wind shield. It should be noted the closest replacement to this is to use a weapon with a high Elderseal value.
  • Kushala Daora is known as the "Steel Dragon."




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    • Anonymous

      If you have trouble with the deflection you should use rathalos a armor set it makes it so you can’t be deflected

      • Anonymous

        Wind res with a elderseal weapon makes his fight far more bearable, Unless you are using a ranged weapon, then you are pretty much screwed.

        • Anonymous

          Kushala is my favourite elder dragon his fights has the best music and last time when I fought him in guiding lands forest area first I was annoyed by his constant flying , but then I saw the majestic atmosphere it was dark and gloomy kushala hovering behind a massive tornado with a god like mysterious presence. It was the best environmental beauty I have seen in Iceborne ever. For his fights I always use velk 4 piece and furious rajang's gs so I can hit his head as hard as possible which suppose to be the only place melee weapons can reach. Please don't hate him☹️

          • Anonymous

            This easily takes the cake as the worst monster in all of MHW. By a damn mile, it's not even close.

            Not only does the constant windpressure lock you out of doing anything for most of the hunt, Kushala's tendency to fly for more than 70% of combat makes it impossible for most melee classes. His wind BS adds onto this. The fact that him taking off into the sky also wind pressures you adds onto this.
            And normally you'd use flash pods for this sort of nonsense, but in MR, NO MORE! Rightfully so, flashlocking a monster was kinda dumb, but with Kushala it bloody well deserved it, and it seems to fly even more in MR.

            To add insult to injury, wind resist 5 doesn't even do much against him, as one would sort of expect (the skill is called wind resist, why doesn't it help against the wind dragon?). To properly counter his wind BS, you need "wind pressure negated", which you can only get by having a HH, or by having HIS ARMOUR. WHAT SORT OF CATCH 22 IS THIS.

            You can't grapple onto him half of the time due to his wind shield, and whenever he walks past you, you get stunned for what seems like 7 hours.


            I don't have any respect for anyone that worked on designing, testing and implementing Kushala, and honestly, they seem like a liability to the company.

            • Anonymous

              As if the wind aura, flying spam and tornadoes weren't enough, Kushala's roars also true combo into some attacks. Fun.

              • Anonymous

                Honestly I really love fighting him. In HR all you have to do is use flash pods and in MR you can do him fight him decently well with a GL or LS I mainly like him since he is very Challenging

                • Anonymous

                  I've seen some other people conplaining about this fight, but personally I didn't struggle too much with it. The wind was annoying, yeah, but never that much of a bother. I was using the Kadachi Pillar III Insect Glaive, and whenever he was in the air, I would just use the aerial attacks of the glaive to try and mount him, to throw him back to the ground. Still haven't done Master Rank tho, as I don't have the DLC. Even then, it's probably the 2nd easiest of the four elder dragons (counting Nergi), Vaal Hazak being the easiest to me, with Nergigante as the hardest. So overall, I'd say the Insect Glaive is probably the best weapon for this guy, but not 100% sure. Would love to hear other suggestions.

                  • Anonymous

                    Hate to break it but the monster hunter world wiki does not show monster attacks. (you might know about this).

                    • Anonymous

                      This thing made me quit long sword for good. Too slow attacks with defense tradeoff. I am a GL guy now. Also what's the deal with elder monsters? They should be staggered by the slinger ammo they drop like any other monsters, that was always my strat with LS. It's still effective for wyverns but I love GL now. Not to mention I hate the flash pod strat it's cheesing.

                      • Anonymous

                        If hes going to his nest soon, make sure to save your temporal mantle there. There are a lot of crystal bursts on the lower level of elder's recess. When he goes down like, grab something you can use to hit the big crystals since hes just standing right below it, BUT IF HE SEES YOU then run since he just charges straight to you. Get the wind resistance or sth if you have space (free space, not sacrificing them). It'll help you on the wind aura near him but even that should be helpful if you need to go near him.

                        Just keep beating up the normal kushala until you can perfectly read his moves. Once done, go beat up the T and AT versions of him, its just the same thing but takes more time.

                        • Anonymous

                          I used a bow and had no problem with the shoot n’ scoot tactic. The only problem I had with Kushala was his nest.
                          Kushala : how dare you infiltrate my nest! Take a tornado!
                          Me: Ha! It’ll take more than one tornado to stop me from skinning you alive!
                          Kushala: You underestimate my power!
                          And before I know it his nest is literally covered in tornados. I never took flash pods against him but I can see it would be very wise. Also I would not take a melee weapon against him but that’s just me. Thank you for taking your time to read this. Have a great day!

                          • Anonymous

                            Crystalburst is quite effective against it. Not only it staggers Kushala as it diminishes its wind aura as well.

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