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 is the main antagonist of the expansion, in the way that Nergigante was to the original launch.

  • 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.
    • Instead of building up to 20 Ice resistance for Iceblight  immunity, the Resuscitate skill can be used to cancel the effect of Iceblight.
    • 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) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)


Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.


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.




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    • Anonymous

      11 Jul 2021 18:12  

      What a fking shame, such good design and equipment but it's the worst elder dragon to fight with, not because of challenging but cheap as fk. It's bad enough that u can't guard its ice breathe(Lance user here) but it really loves to spam that as well as the the tail poke. Also the blast range in rage mode is dumb and can hits u when you're not even close. And with the stupidly long recovery animation the player does, it can easily combo u to death. I don't care if anyone think it's easy, this fight is just as bad as some of the deviant. It's hard because the dev was like "why the fk not, our game is fair, get gud u chump."

      • Anonymous

        15 May 2021 23:53  

        Hey guys this is leon and I am proud to anouce that I made it to velkhana!!!!! And all of you guys gave me tips for this huting velkhana for MHW. And thank all of you for helping me and take care all of you. and a quik shout out to lak tak for helping me.

        • Anonymous

          26 Feb 2021 15:30  

          The Ballad of Velkana

          Great dragon of ambitious ice
          Hunters flock to free a land of your vice
          O Hunters hear her call
          And stand up true and tall
          March on this empress of immortal ice
          And know you shall free a land of a vice


          • Anonymous

            13 Jan 2021 17:10  

            CB user, I make mincemeat out of Velk. Such an easy fight once you learn to read her signs. Wallbang and Savage Axe works wonders for breaking her parts down.

            • Anonymous

              01 Jan 2021 19:55  

              She leaves little ice patches on the ground during the fight, hammers can charge and slide on these patches as if they were sliding down a slope.

              • Anonymous

                10 Nov 2020 00:50  

                Insect Glaive main here. A tip for people having a hard time dodging the sweeping ice breath is to use an insect glaive as you can just pole vault jump over it ez pz. Flying attacks work pretty good when Velkhana is in the air too.

                • Anonymous

                  27 Oct 2020 14:26  

                  If you're stuck on the last phase like I was, prep a bunch of mega barrel bombs and farcasters. Velkhana goes back to sleep every time you farcaster back to camp, so you get a bunch of free damage.
                  It also looses enraged that way, so if you see a chance to wall bang it before you run away, its worth doing.
                  Its not honourable or pretty, but it gets you through that phase so easily it feels unfair.

                  • Anonymous

                    24 Oct 2020 11:37  

                    Played around a bit and the only usefull piece for me as a SA user seems to be the layered armor.
                    Any suggestions? Do I miss something?

                    • 20 Oct 2020 17:11  

                      Hello my fellow hunters, Mortals seem to be having trouble with this monster so I thought I could shed some light on some forbidden tips. Even though it says it is immune to stun, you can still do it 3 to 4 times. 3 Tigrex parts help because of free meal secret and Speed eating all in one go (You need to put on 2 free meal jewels) (The parts for speed eating and free meal secret are the boots, waist, and gloves.) Clutching to its face to dodge the beams is also a good move. If you are having trouble with his blights you can put on 3 restior jewels also put in mind that these are rare jewels and you can farm the greatest jagras for some but you don't have to. Brachdios weapons are also good for this fight since you can get that 300 blast damage numbers every now and then. Anyway my dads yelling at me to good to bed. So Farewell and good luck. (P.S please comment down below if your having any troubles and I will do my best to Help.)

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Oct 2020 16:41  

                        Pretty inconsistant, so I don't know exactly what does this, but if you are grappled to AT Vel and it does something that would normally knock you off, it puts you in a pin instead. Noticed that I have never just been knocked off, and a fresh Temporal just gets spent and I get pinned regardless. Didn't see it on the page. Could just be lost in the numerous details.

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Oct 2020 03:07  

                          AT Velkhana is really something. While almost everyone is still struggling with Fatalis. They might forget AT Velkhana all together. I guess the real challenge of the event is not Fatalis. But defeating him until you can decide to fight another monster.

                          • Anonymous

                            19 Oct 2020 05:41  

                            Surprised that AT velk isnt total trash, faster and a multitude of aoe but still actually has openings.

                            Caveat is elderseal is mandatory, because capcom had to add a dumb gimmick to make it relevant for once in 3 years. Also they went out of their way to **** over ranged and HBG shield spread this time, therefore killing lance

                            • Anonymous

                              17 Oct 2020 07:54  

                              Its shocking that so many people are having hard time with this monster. Ive yet to cart a single time by him and only lost matches because of team mates.

                              • Anonymous

                                12 Oct 2020 21:21  

                                I had my ice resistance at 15, my defense seriously high, and my op longsword. He oneshotted me like six times. You friggin ice covered sausage.

                                • Anonymous

                                  01 Oct 2020 14:57  

                                  Imma be ready with my augmented Frostfang set and my Blossomajesty Insect glaive thank you very much. COME AT ME! (in 2 weeks)

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