Enemy Type Large Monsters
Species Elder Dragons
Elements mhw-ice-damage_sIce
Ailments iceblight-status-effect-mhw_sIceblight
Weakness mhw-fire-damageFire ⭐⭐⭐
mhw-thunder-damageThunder ⭐⭐
mhw-dragon-damageDragon ⭐⭐
Resistances mhw-ice-damageIce (immune)
Location(s) All Biomes.
Tempered Lv. 3

Velkhana is a Large Monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW). It was added with the Iceborne Expansion on Sept 6th 2019. イヴェルカーナ (Iverukāna) in Japanese.


An elder dragon with the power to freeze all in its path.
According to legend, it can control the cold, and use its freezing breath to conjure massive spires of ice out of nowhere.


Velkhana Combat Info

This icy new monster seems to be somewhere between a Rathalos and a Legiana, and will be the main antagonist of the expansion, in the way that Nergigante was to the original launch. As such we can expect the monster to appear after some story progression only, and its gear to be some of the best in the game.

  • Kinsect Extracts:
    • Red: Head/Tail
    • White: Wings/Forelegs
    • Orange: Hindlegs
  • Enraged mode: Velkhana will scream and rise into the air.
    • Velkhana will also use her ice beam attacks at shorter intervals
    • The Enraged mode is completely independent from its Ice-covered Form.
    • She is susceptible to double Slinger Burst into a wall, if fast enough (Slinger Capacity is recommended if you intend to use this tactic)
  • Ice-covered Form
    • Velkhana will cover its body in icicles. The icicles become its weak spots and can be broken off.
    • Velkhana will be extra aggressive when in this form.
    • It gains a variety of new ice attacks, such as using moisture in the air to create ice crystals that can fall on hunters, as well as summoning a cluster of ice that expands outward from the original targeted area. 
    • Its ice beam will create walls of ice that impede your movement.
    • Most ice beam and ice breath attacks now also summon clusters of ice that shoot out of the ground along the path of the attack, bursting shortly after, and dealing large damage as well as knocking the hunter back.
  • Tips and notes;
    • Iceproof Mantle can be extremely useful in this fight.
    • Velkhana's breath inflicts iceblight-severe-mhw-status-efect_sIceblight, which it will project long range and all around itself when in the air.
    • Keep in mind that its ice beam can not only shoot through its walls of ice, but occasionally the floor
    • While in the air, a Slinger Burst will generally knock Velkhana to the ground unless it is enraged.
    • While it's covered in its Ice-Armour, the parts of its body covered in ice become weak points, while the rest of its body becomes resistant to attacks.
      • It will also leave clouds of frost on the floor. These can be used to go into the sliding animation on flat terrain and perform a sliding attack
      • Breaking Velkhana's head or tail will sometimes stagger her out of her Ice-covered Form
      • When in Velkhana's Ice-covered Form, she will still have a functioning tail to attack with even after severing it off
    • The ice walls formed by Velkhana's attacks can be broken by attacking them
      • Torch Pods can also be used to melt the ice walls
      • After being broken/melted, the ice walls will leave behind a small platform of ice that you can climb on top of and jump off to perform aerial attacks
    • Velkhana's sweeping ice beam attack can actually be dodged by jumping off of a small ledge or platform, if timed right.
      • By timing the jump correctly, the hunter will hop over the ice beam as he jumps off of the ledge/platform.
      • The ice platforms left behind by its ice walls after being broken/melted can be used to perform this maneuver. 
  • All things considered, this is probably the hardest mandatory fight of Iceborne. If you saved your Potions and Drugs for the right moment, now is the time to use them.


Velkhana 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) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
Wings (Breakable) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
Tail (Severable) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


In-game weakness information



Velkhana Low and High Rank Carves

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

Velkhana Carves

Carves Frequency %
crystal_shard-mhw-wiki-guide-smallCrystal Shard (Dropped)  Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  32% (28%)
velkhana_cortex-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Cortex (Tail Carved) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 24% (27%)
velkhana_hardclaw-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Hardclaw (Dropped) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 19% (50%)
velkhana_crownhorn-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Crownhorn  Master Rank ⭐⭐ 8%
velkhana-fellwing-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Fellwing  Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 15%
legiana_tail_webbing_plus-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Lash (Tail Carved) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 9% (70%)
velkhana-crystal-mhw-wiki-guideVelkhana Crystal (Tail Carved) Master Rank ⭐ 2% (3%)


Velkhana Rewards

Rewards Frequency %
velkhana_cortex-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Cortex Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 27%
crystal_shard-mhw-wiki-guide-smallCrystal Shard (Break Head) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 22% (32%)
velkhana_hardclaw-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Hardclaw (Break Wings) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 18% (30%)
velkhana_crownhorn-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Crownhorn (Break Head) Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 8% (66%)
legiana_tail_webbing_plus-mhw-wiki-guide-smallVelkhana Lash Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 13%
velkhana-crystal-mhw-wiki-guideVelkhana Crystal (Break Head) Master Rank ⭐ 2% (2%)
large_elder_dragon_bone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallElder Dragonvein Bone Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 63%
large_elder_dragon_bone-mhw-wiki-guide-smallLarge Elder Dragon Bone Master Rank ⭐⭐ 8%
pure_dragon_blood-mhw-wiki-guide-smallPure Dragon Blood Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐ 12%
velkhana-crownhorn-small-mhw-wiki-guideAurora Crownhorn Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 37%
elder-spiritvein-bone-small-mhw-wiki-guideElder Spiritvein Bone Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 35%
tempered-crownhorn-small-mhw-wiki-guideTempered Crownhorn Master Rank ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 64%
great-spiritvein-gem-mhw-wiki-guideGreat Spiritvein Gem Master Rank ⭐ 3%

Velkhana Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Velkhana Monster.




Notes & Trivia

  • It is known as the "Ice Dragon" and "The Iceborne Wyvern"
  • A unique victory theme plays upon defeating Velkhana for the first time.
  • It is the flagship monster of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.




Large Monsters
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    • Anonymous

      28 Jul 2020 05:32  

      first time fighting her with full acidic glavenus armor was hard. But now is kinda easy with investigations. I hate that when I upgrade my insect glaive I have to choose between ariel magus III or ice spear! Also comment which flag ship monster you like more nergigante or velkhana?

      • Anonymous

        26 Jul 2020 19:25  

        Leap of faith iframes to dodge sweeping breath. Stay near enough to rush to its side and hit it while it blasts away. If the. Angle is good, clutch it's face, it wont shake you off if it's busy w a long breath attack. Ice resist gems, ice resist mantle. Learning to claw then, flinch shot,then ram him to a wall will help. Would recomend gobbler gems, max speed eating can let you heal very fast. Would recomend hit and roll away, esp if he rages, everything is faster and he may combo tail thrusts or ice breaths.

        • Anonymous

          Velkhana [MHW Wiki]12 Jul 2020 23:00  

          I don't. Its literally just preference, I think he's male (turf war me). Elegant doesn't necessarily mean feminine, and just because an "a" is at the end of his name doesn't mean he's female. In other languages, though rare, some male names end in 'a'. Honestly though, this is all just speculation, believe what you want lads, imma stick with my opinion.
          Note: He is also my favorite monster

          • Anonymous

            05 Jul 2020 20:33  

            I think it's breath AOE has gaps in-between the ice so you don't have to roll all the way out it's range. I once got caught inside and the attack didn't hit me. Could someone please confirm this?

            • Anonymous

              24 Jun 2020 05:22  

              Ok Capcom, explain me this:
              Why is the ice WALLS Velkhana creates acts as terrain for players, but you cant flinch shot her into it?

              • Anonymous

                08 Jun 2020 17:41  

                Velkhana's ice armor will consistently break (along with a prolonged trip animation) if you break the ice on 3 of the following: head, tail, wings, or body. The ice on the fourth part will break with the third, and it will have to start accumulating its ice all over again. Makes it easier to manage the fight if you can reliably do this, since its unarmored form is very predictable, and you can greatly decrease the time it spends in (or even entirely avoid) its second level of ice armor, which is where those giant ice crystals start falling everywhere.

                • Anonymous

                  19 May 2020 21:43  

                  As a cb user I find myself getting very frustrated because it seems to be impossible to guard point the breath attacks. Is this a thing or am I just bad?

                  • Anonymous

                    16 May 2020 13:59  

                    I just finished this with my friends and while they were attacking and dodging her I was manning the canons and honestly it was a lot of fun, we were worried at first since we both are a Hammer and HH respectively

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Apr 2020 04:12  

                      DB user here. Speed eating and stamina is your best friend. Dodge all the attacks, combo then dodge again. Rinse > repeat. Solid ~50 mins solo first try using fire blades

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Mar 2020 22:01  

                        I'm going to SOS this boss. I spent all the time dodging, attacking, consuming little potions, and not dying, but the damage but still wasn't enough. Azure Rathian is more difficult. Barioth was ***** hard to me and I tried it like 3 times willingly. But this Boss doesn't want me to try another 50 minutes solo again...

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Feb 2020 17:55  

                          Had an interesting experience last night. Seems like Velkhana enrages anytime you rotate with grappling, smash into a wall, or stun. Was having a lot of trouble fighting until we realized this. The enrage happened much less frequently after I stopped trying to impact walls. Hope this helps someone.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Feb 2020 02:20  

                            I was having trouble slaying this one, so I got a really great group together, it wasn't too terribly bad. I got the last hit with about 750 damage. I was esthatic. But the game crashed and deleted the whole battle from my save. I tried 2 more times and utterly failed. So I gave up.

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Feb 2020 04:11  

                              can't get anywhere near it without getting stabbed to look like a block of swiss cheese. then if i try to maintain distance, the damn sweep beam attack gets me.

                              • Anonymous

                                31 Jan 2020 16:40  

                                I think the Locations notes need to be looked at again. I’ve run Investigations where I’ve hunted Velkhana in Hoarfrost Reach, Elders Recess, and Wildspire Wastes. I’ve also gotten Investigations for Velkhana Hunts in Coral Highlands, Ancient Forest, and even Rotting Vale (did not run those since meh rewards). These are from PC

                                • Anonymous

                                  12 Jan 2020 19:30  

                                  some of its moves, one sound effect and its general model are rather similar to (if not completely the same) kushala daora, which makes me think velkhana is a substitute to (possibly the original pitched idea) a kushala daora with ice control, but im just a rando on the net

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