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

      05 May 2021 13:31  

      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

        28 Mar 2021 21:29  

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

        • Anonymous

          11 Mar 2021 20:01  

          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

            06 Feb 2021 09:51  

            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

              04 Feb 2021 18:27  

              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

                07 Dec 2020 03:10  

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

                • Anonymous

                  30 Oct 2020 22:30  

                  Just went the full 50 minutes and could not kill one. Between it, and the Savage Deviljo that over 100 whatever units of measurement they use away somehow repeatedly found our battle four times.... Even without that, the thing would not die. Using a Rank 11 weapon with High Elderseal....

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Sep 2020 20:11  

                    Takes some getting used to, flash pod spam for non iceborne hunts and he is no trouble. You wall slam him in mr repeatedly , just bring a rock steady or temporal. He can be wall slammed twice in a row, he won’t enrage right away as long as your damage isn’t too extreme and you minimize pressing circle( too much will enrage). He also derages faster and enters yellow more easily. If you want to fight him fairly, use elder seal or dragon pod to weaken his power. Use a ranged weapon or clutch spam his wings( unless he flies through his own whirl wind, you’ll be surprised how often you can successfully clutch him, most of his air attacks are safe)

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Aug 2020 05:09  

                      This mother****er is such a abomination of game design that it actually got me looking online to see if I could find out who designed it so I could send them a personalised '**** you' message. Seriously, I dont get how a person could be so damaged. The fight is so badly designed that the only way they could make it 'more difficult' for master rank was to utterly gut the one reliable way of fighting it; flash bombing the ****er into the dirt. Because Crapcom screwed up so badly designing the fight, they decide to punish players for their own ineptitude and give us this attricity. And given how terrible literally all the Elder Dragon fights are, the fact that this one can stand out so much is a testament to how bad it is. So yeah; **** Kushala Daora, **** the guy who made it and **** Crapcom for bringing it back.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Aug 2020 05:21  

                        he is pretty annoying with wind aura but I actually found him okay. With his tornado's following you I s pretty annoying also but it lasts for like 5 seconds

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Jul 2020 00:59  

                          So... I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but you can actually cancel that wind aura by blinding Kushala with a flash-pod. Of course, Master Rank monsters gain much faster resistance against it if used to often, but its still something that helped me through every Kushala hunt. Using it sparingly of course. I discovered this when I fought AT Kushala Daora back in High Rank. I’m not sure if this always does the trick (in fact; if you use it to much it won’t do anything anymore), but please let me know if this was helpful.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Jul 2020 01:18  

                            Probably the most annoying creature in the game, spamming tornadoes, blocking attacks and flying all the time makes it harder for players with blade weapons to reach it

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Jul 2020 21:54  

                              Kushala is piss easy with the Raging Brachydios Great sword... When I fought it i thought i was fighting HR Kushala but I was actually fight MR Kushala. XD

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