Zorah Magdaros

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Enemy Type Elder Dragon
Elements mhw fire damage sFire
Ailments mhw fire damage sFireblight

mhw dragon damage sDragon (⭐⭐⭐)
mhw water elemental damage sWater (⭐⭐⭐)

Resistances mhw fire damage sFire
Locations n/a
Tempered Lv. 3 (Arch-Tempered Only)

Zorah Magdaros is an Elder Dragon in Monster Hunter World (MHW). ゾラ・マグダラオス (熔山龍) in Japanese. It is a mountain sized beast with a magma and lava theme that constantly bellows smoke and volcanic fumes, its appearance is reminiscent of a dragon with turtle-like features.


 An elder dragon that rises from the earth like a volcano. Where it's headed, and why, the Research Commission has yet to figure out.

Zorah Magdaros Details & Locations


Zorah Magdaros Combat Info

  • Deals mhw fire damage sFire damage and is resistant to mhw fire damage sFire
  • Weak to mhw dragon damage sDragon and mhw water elemental damage sWater
  • Kinsect Extract:
    • Red: Head, Chest, Left Foreleg, Right Foreleg, Left Weak Shell, Right Weak Shell
    • Orange: Body, Shell
    • White: Left Hindleg, Right Hindleg, Tail, Exhaust Organ (Crater), Exhaust Organ (Head), Exhaust Organ (Central), Exhaust Organ (Rear)
  • Weakpoints on head and chest area. Three Magmacores on body, one on head.
  • Not susceptible to any ailment attack (Poison, Sleep, Paralysis, Blast or Stun)
  • Normal attacks can't make dents in its mountain-like shell. Utilize larger weapons such as cannons and ballistae, or directly attack the "Magmacore" heat organs that are exposed in parts of its outer shell.
  • Time limit for the quest is 25 Minutes.
  • You may claim the Origin Layered Armor 5000 Research Pts, 3x Zorah Magdaros Ticket and 5 High Commendations

To optimize this bossfight and also to make sure you can do it if you are soloing, you should optimize your build to boost the damage to cannons and ballistae, Heavy Artillery 2 should suffice. Another important item to have is a Fireproof Mantle to survive damaging the cores. Most of the damage done to this boss will come from the cannons, so don't fret if you are dealing low dps when on top of it. Failing to destroy the cores in time will result in the boss erupting and dealing heavy damage. After destroying two cores while riding it, you will need to repel a Nergigante atop of it, so come prepared to take on that fight too. Ensure there is always someone prepared with either a binder or dragonator to counter Zorah's formidable magma attack. The Handler will provide a warning in advance, indicating Zorah's energy charge, or you may notice the looming fiery glow emanating from its mouth. Remember to grab a binder from the ship and use the dragonator when Zorah Magdaros gets into range. Whittle its health down with the cannons and ballistae, and alternate between them as their respective ammunitions deplete, ammo in the ship will respawn. You should be able to finish the fight after this, if you reach the cooldown refresh of the weapon don't forget to reuse the dragonator.

Zorah Magdaros Weaknesses

Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each ailment

Ailment mhw poison status effect s sleep mhw status effect wiki paralysis icon mhw blast icon stun icon
Weakness Level


Each ⭐star shown below represents more weakness to each damage type

Weak Point great sword mhw smalls hammer mhw smalls normal ammo mhw wiki
Head (Breakable)
Chest Center (Breakable) ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
Chest (Outer) ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


Detailed weakness information(Legend Explanation: here)

zorah magdaros hzv1 min

Credits to AsteriskAmpersand, Deathcream and MoonBunnie.



Zorah Magdaros High Rank Rewards

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

Zorah Magdaros Carves

Carve Frequency
zorah magdaros heat scale small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Heat Scale  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros ridge small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Ridge  ⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros magma small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Magma   ⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros carapace small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Carapace  ⭐⭐
 zorah magdaros gem small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Gem  ⭐

Zorah Magdaros Rewards ALL HIGH RANK

Reward Frequency
zorah magdaros heat scale small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Heat Scale ⭐⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros ridge small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Ridge ⭐⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros pleura small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Pleura (break chest) ⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros magma small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Magma (break head) ⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros carapace small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Carapace (dropped, break magmacore) ⭐⭐⭐
zorah magdaros gem small mhw wiki guideZorah Magdaros Gem


Zorah Magdaros Weapons & Armor

Armor and Weapons related to the Zorah Magdaros Monster.





Notes & Trivia

  • Advised to attack core in "volcano" area first to trigger early stalactite traps with slinger, (climb to highest point on shell).
  • Camouflage works until ?? range
  • Dragonvein Crystal can be mined off its back.
  • Zorah Magdaros is known as the "Scorching Mountain Dragon"
  • It is the only monster immune to all status ailments and is also the only monster immune to the Blast ailment.




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    • Anonymous

      This guy is honestly one if my favorite monsters and of elder dragons its in my top 6. Fights uniqe and I personally enjoy it. Wish we could have learned the story of it. Because to become that big you have to be hundreds if not thousands of years old. He is in the top 3 largest monsters in the series

      • Anonymous

        Wow, this "thing" is just so big. How can u beat that with just mini guns and canons, this really makes no sense

        • Anonymous

          i still don't understand why they thought they could stop him with the tiny wooden barricades they built. in the game they worked, but the should've made a better looking barricade with some stone built in.
          it would make more sense and just look cooler

          • Anonymous

            To answer the comment under me, the optional quest is a limited time quest meaning you can only do it a few times before it disappears, however, the event version should always be available as far as I know.

            • Anonymous

              I do colossus task quest and after beating puki puki in wildspire waste I do his optional quest 2 times but I can't do this quest again

              • Anonymous

                Forget Kulve Taroth, Zorah Magdaros Is the REAL Goldmine. I Almost Got The Bourgeois Hunter Achievement For Just Selling My Zorah Stuff.

                • Anonymous

                  ah, when i first fought zorah maggy, that was truly one for my history books.
                  from the theme to the design, the way you used artillitry and the way you destroyed the cores, it really was special

                  • Anonymous

                    Hi I am a alone hunter can I have help on low rank zora My name is pup. I can play on saterday sunday monday tuesday or thursday.

                    • Anonymous

                      The should catch nerg, not this mountain. As if they could bring it home. They definitely had the weapons and hunters to obliterate nerg and get him.

                      • Anonymous

                        Locations:N/A it has a name, just liek how with xenojiiva its not *****ing Elders recess it has a different name!

                        • Anonymous

                          Every researcher in research commission: Elder Dragons can not be catched. Commander: *Wants to catch a Godzilla sized Elder Dragon* Every researcher in research commission: WHAT DID WE JUST ____ING SAY?!

                          • Anonymous

                            Does anyone else prefer the first zorah siege compared to the second one? I liked the first siege more just because you had such a good camera point on zorah during the beginning, that and the lighting of the area just seemed to glorify Zorah even more. Although I wish they made you fight nergigante for a bit longer then they made you.

                            • Anonymous

                              trivia: Zorah possess not four but SIX limbs. two additional wing-like arms are on it's back and hold it's shell in place, there's official art from it's design chart displaying it, and you can even see them in-game when using binders and look carefully at it's back beneath the shell

                              • Anonymous

                                Second Zorah fight in a nutshell. Commander: how many times do we gotta teach ya this lesson old man! Zorah: I like the young people

                                • Anonymous

                                  To people who don't know, the optional quest to fight Zorah Magdaros appears randomly after completing a quest or returning from expedition.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    his mission do not appear more to me, i killed all the other ancient dragons and xeno´jiiva and all that appear is his mission only, with zorah´s mission never appearing. any tips? i can´t help other via SOS because i play in the ps4 and i don´t have PS+

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Why is Zorah so different from the other Elder Dragons? Or rather, why are other Elder Dragons so different from Zorah? Pretty much all other Elder Dragons with the exception of Kirin are quadruped, two winged and overall dragon-like, and all of them pretty much behave like regular monsters in how they are fought. Gargantuan, turtle-like Zorah sticks out in scale, scope and power. So awesome is he, that you can not even fight him on a normal level. You have to bombard him with cannons and screw him with a ship, and even that is a mere fleshwound to him. When you fight Zorah, you're not a hunter. You're a pesky mosquito. It honestly makes all other Elder Dragons you fight a bit disappointing in my opinion. The fights are tough, sure, but none of them make you feel as insignificant as Zorah... I want my Elder Dragons less Dark Souls and more Shadow of the Colossus...

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I saw one guy with 14 shiny item pickup in a session. Any idea where to get these? I know they sometime spawn on the ground once you break the cores and fight Nerg but I never find more than 10.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Was there anyone who ever played this game who thought "You know, they might have a shot at catching this guy"?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Out of all the elder dragons, you think this is the one that'll be capable of catching? Where the hell are you even gonna keep that thing?!?!

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Hmmm...we should capture elder dragon for research...we never caught one ever... should we start with the small ones like nerg, teostra, Val hazaak....etc...or the biggest one we can find. One that's bigger than our own base. Let's do the biggest. Logic...

                                              • Anonymous

                                                NO YOU CAN"T CAPTURE IT BECAUSE IT IS TOO BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Quest doesn't appear to me anymore. Killed the elders, then Xenojiiva...now I have Xenojiiva appear from time to time regurlarly like Zorah did. But Im still waiting for another round with Zorah for mats. What's going on with this game?

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Need explanations on how to break the chest. I heard people were running up the arms to attack the chest when he is near the barricade. I also hear you can jump on the head after he head butts barricade then wait for him to return to normal position and attack the tip of the nose supposedly?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Magdaros does return as a random limited optional quest from time to time. Zorah is fought in stages. First one you are climbing around its back and trying to take down magma cores. Usuallly Nergigant also shows up to harass hunters on his back. During the second stage you're defending the barrier with ballistae and cannons, so here skills like Heavy Artillery and Pro Transporter er very useful.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        this wiki is awful, it tells you next to nothing about everything and to make it worse it's confusing. SO what it does tell you is practically useless

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