Monster Hunter Rise for Switch: All of the new (and returning) monsters

Monsters are on a rampage, and it is up to you to stop them.

In the world of Monster Hunter Rise, your goal is to protect Kamura Village from a smorgasbord of monsters threatening to destroy it. These beasties can range from small reptiles that gang up on their prey to gargantuan-sized behemoths that can crush you like a grape. If you want to stand a chance, you will need to learn what these monsters are capable of.

Here is our list of the monsters you will be facing in Monster Hunter Rise. At the time of this writing, the game isn’t out yet. And Capcom’s been unveiling more information as we get closer to Monster Hunter Rise’s launch. We will continually update this list as we receive more information leading up to the game’s full release on March 26, 2021, on Nintendo Switch.

Once you have finished reading, check our weapon and armor lists to learn what gear you can equip for the challenges ahead.

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Monster Hunter Rise is the latest flagship title in Capcom’s action hunting series. Take to the skies with your friends to hunt down vicious monsters and save Kamura Village from the demonic Magnamalo.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Fanged Wyverns

Fanged Wyverns are quadrupedal monsters with characteristics inspired by lizards and dogs. They are some of the fastest monsters to deal with, and they take full advantage of their speed to pressure their prey.


This intimidating Fanged Wyvern is the flagship monster for Monster Hunter Rise. Not much is currently known about it. What we do know is Magnamalo has some connection to a catastrophic event called ‘The Rampage.’ 50 years ago, Kamura Village was invaded by a horde of monsters that normally would never fight together. Now it appears ‘The Rampage’ will happen again, with Magnamalo at the center of it.

I speculate that Magnamalo has a special ability that makes monsters go into a frenzied rage towards only humans. The demonic aura surrounding Magnamalo certainly implies that this thing has powers beyond your typical monster.

Its combat abilities are also shrouded in mystery for the most part. From what we can gather based on its looks, Magnamalo has blades growing out of its forearms, and the spikes on its tail form a spear. Magnamalo also has incredible strength as it can pick up large monsters like Arzuros and Tobi-Kadachi, using only its jaw with no effort. It can even drag a Rathalos out of the sky by body-slamming it back to the earth.

The Magnamalo also has the power to emit a flammable gas from its body and ignite it to cause large explosions. It can also convert this gas into fireballs, which Magnamalo uses as projectiles.

Needless to say, Magnamalo will be one heck of a fight.


Returning from Monster Hunter World is the electric flying-squirrel/lizard hybrid, Tobi-Kadachi. Tobi is swift and is capable of gliding through the air using a special membrane attached to its legs. Tobi attacks its prey using claw swipes, bites, and smashing you with its massive bushy tail.

When it feels threatened, Tobi-Kadachi will find a nearby tree and rub its body against it to build up static electricity and store it in its fur. Once it’s fully charged, Tobi’s attacks will be stronger and inflict Thunderblight. This nasty status effect makes players more susceptible to being stunned, leaving them vulnerable to attack.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Bird Wyverns

Bird Wyverns are reminiscent of real-life birds and their ancient ancestors – velociraptors. The kind that resembles birds tend to be loners that rely on their speed and flight to hunt their prey. On the other hand, their flightless raptor cousins form packs to overwhelm their prey with sheer numbers.


The Aknosom is a very peculiar Bird Wyvern that resembles a Crane bird. At first glance, it may not look tough, but one false move and Aknosom will sweep you off your feet. With graceful movements similar to a martial artist, it can slap you with its huge wings and kick with its talons. Aknosom can also fly and shoot fireballs from its beak.

When Aknosom gets enraged, it will lose its composed fighting style and go berserk. Constantly using its peak to skewer you and charge at you using the frills on its head like a battering ram.

Great Izuchi

The Great Izuchi is a devious Bird Wyvern that sneak attacks prey using its hooked claws and tail. When it feels backed into a corner, the Great Izuchi will call forth lesser Izuchi to fight by its side. When this happens, the fight becomes more difficult as all Izuchi attack in unison, never letting its opponant catch a break. It is best to take out the lesser Izuchi first to give yourself more breathing room before going after the Great Izuchi.

Great Wroggi

The Great Wroggi is a poisonous Bird Wyvern that originated in Monster Hunter 3. It will attack using its claws, tail and spit poisonous mist at prey. The Poison status effect will slowly drain your health away for a limited time or until you cure it with an Antidote potion.

When Great Wroggi gets enraged, it will puff up its poisonous dewlap sac and call forth lesser Wroggi to assist it. Fortunately, a pack of Wroggi isn’t as co-ordinated as a pack of Izuchi, but it would still be wise to get rid of the annoying pests first.

Great Baggi

Heralding from Monster Hunter 3 is the Great Baggi. It is a distant relative of the Great Wroggi that lives in cold climates instead of marshlands and rainforests.

The Great Baggi has similar moves to the Great Wroggi and shares the ability to summons smaller monsters to swarm its prey with greater numbers. However, the main difference between them is that the Great Wroggi inflicts the Sleep status effect instead of poison. Which arguably makes the Great Baggi more dangerous than its poison-spewing counterpart. Especially when you have to fight lots of lesser Baggi that can also put you to sleep with their saliva.


Pukei-Pukei was one of the first monsters you hunt in Monster Hunter World and now it has come back for Monster Hunter Rise. Pukei-Pukei is the first reptilian Bird Wyvern that can fly, just like its feathered cousins. Pukei-Pukei’s main methods of attack are stomping you with its feet, smacking you with its tail and giant tongue, and spit poisonous saliva.

When Pukei-Pukei gets enraged, its skin and feathers will change color just like its real-life inspiration, the chameleon. To gain an advantage in battle, it seeks out poisonous plants and eats them to gain their properties. Pukei-Pukei’s poison spit will become more potent and is now capable of expelling poisonous gas from its tail.


The Kulu-Yaku was one of Monster Hunter World’s passive monsters. It’s a flightless, avian type Bird Wyvern that doesn’t fight back unless provoked and would much rather avoid conflict altogether. However, when it has no choice it will put up a decent fight. Kulu-Yaku will kick you with its feet, hit you with its claws, and peck you in the face with its peak.

When it feels its life is in dire peril, Kulu-Yaku will dig into the ground and pull out a rock or a discarded pot to use as a weapon. Don’t underestimate Kulu-Yaku once gets its talons on a weapon because one hit from it can instantly stun you. Not to mention Kulu-Yaku can also use whatever it picks up to block melee attacks. Once it’s damaged enough, Kulu-Yaku will retreat to its nest to eat eggs it has stolen from other monsters to heal itself.


Amphibians are a scarce type of monster in the Monster Hunter series. They have characteristics and body types similar to real amphibians and amphibious fish. They are slow but large and powerful creatures to hunt.


Tetranadon is a big, gluttonous Amphibian that looks like a hybrid between a platypus and a frog with a turtle shell covered in moss. It can spit giant blobs of water to inflict the Waterblight status effect, which can weaken your stamina recovery. Tetranadon can also jump in the air to squash you, slap you in the face with its paws, and toss you around like a ragdoll.

Eventually, it will start to gobble up gravel to expand its stomach and gain a significant strength boost. In this state, Tetranadon can cause minor earthquakes with its stomps and hurl giant rocks twice at you.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Piscine Wyverns

Piscine Wyverns can best be summarized as giant fish with legs. They have adapted to walk on land but they prefer to stay submerged underwater, only surfacing to hunt for food. Piscine Wyverns are notorious for giving players headaches because they generally fight at long range and utilize attacks that cripple their mobility.


The Jyuratodus is a Piscine Wyvern originally heralds from the marshlands of Monster Hunter World. Jyuratodus’ attacks include jumping in the air to body slam you, smacking you with its hips, and diving underwater to attack from below. This carnivorous river monster covers itself in tons of mud to protect itself from predators. It can also use this mud as a projectile and trap players inside it, leaving them wide open for Jyuratodus to pounce on.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Flying Wyverns

The Flying Wyverns are the most famous and most common type of monster you will encounter. They range from bipedal, two-winged reptiles or mammals that will take to the skies to rain destruction from above. In contrast, there are quadrupedal Flying Wyverns with wings attached to their forearms that prefer to fight on the ground.


Rathalos is the Monster Hunter series’ mascot and has been in every game since Monster Hunter 1. This classic Flying Wyvern’s arsenal includes poisonous claws, a massive club-shaped tail, and the ability to spit massive fireballs.

Rathalos’ most dangerous ability is its mastery of flight. It can fly to great heights and use all of its moves while in the air. Not to mention it can grab you with its claws and then slam you into the ground from a high altitude. There’s a reason why Rathalos has been dubbed the ‘King of the Skies.’


The Rathian is the female version of the Rathalos species. It fights very similarly to its male counterpart and has the same ability to inflict poison, fly and breathe fire. However, there are some differences between the two aside from the color scheme.

First off, Rathian likes to fight on the ground and constantly charge at the player using its body weight to deal damage. Its ability to poison its prey isn’t in its talons but in its spiked tail. And finally, Rathian’s likes to breathe fireballs more often than Rathalos, and the blast radius can be even larger. Rathian’s ground-based approach to combat has earned her the moniker, ‘Queen of the Land’.


The Khezu is one of the creepiest monsters this series has to offer. This disturbing Flying Wyvern made its first appearance in Monster Hunter 1 and has shown up in various games since then. It primarily hides in dark caves and only emerges to hunt for food. It has no eyes so it tracks its prey by sniffing their scent.

Once it’s found its target, Khezu will attack by extending its rubbery neck out to swallow them whole. It also has the ability to generate electricity around its body to protect itself and spit out electrical discharges to paralyze its foes.


The Tigrex is one of the most bloodthirsty Flying Wyverns you will encounter. Debuting in Monster Hunter Freedom 2, this prehistoric terror is infamous for annihilating anything it’s path by simply shouting at them. It’s roar is so loud and powerful, its like getting hit in the face by a sonic boom.

When Tigrex isn’t literally screaming its enemies to death, it will constantly charge towards its prey to bite their heads off or flatten them with its claws. When Tigrex gets enraged, its blood will boil so much you can see the veins in its body glowing. Preparation and discretion are heavily advised.


Few monsters dominate the frozen wastelands of Monster Hunter more than the Barioth. This winged, saber-toothed cat debuted back in Monster Hunter 3 and many veteran hunters still dread fighting today. This creature combines the ferocity of a Tigrex with the aerial mastery of a Rathalos. It has cleats built into its paws so it can maintain its high agility while pursuing prey in cold and icy climates.

When Barioth attacks, it will smash players under its paws, smack them with a spiked tail and blast them with tornadoes from its mouth. Not to mention puncture players hides with its powerful fangs.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Brute Wyverns

Brute Wyverns a massive monsters with body types resembling that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the name implies, these creatures rely on brute strength and not much else in a fight. With powerful hind legs that can easily crush stone and surprisingly agility given their size, exercise extreme caution when fighting these juggernauts.


Originally from Monster Hunter World, Anjaneth is the quintessential Brute Wyvern. It looks nearly identical to a T-Rex, and it has all strength, speed, and aggression of its real-life counterpart. What makes Anjaneth stand out though, is its ability to breathe fire from its mouth and nostrils to scorch its prey. Aside from setting you on fire, Anjaneth can stomp you with its legs and crush you to mulch with its jaws.

When Anjaneth gets angry, dorsal fins will sprout from its back and will start roaring like a madman. Its physical strength will increase to the point where Anjaneth can rip the ground apart with its teeth alone.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Leviathans

Leviathans are large, aquatic monsters that have adapted to living on land and underwater. However, some Leviathans break that expectation by being capable of swimming in molten lava. They have body types similar to marine reptiles like crocodiles or iguanas.

Royal Ludroth

The Royal Ludroth is a fairly large Leviathan that debuted in Monster Hunter 3. Its main distinguishing feature is its yellow mane, which can absorb water like a sponge. This ‘sponge mane’ provides extra protection against predators and prevents dehydration while walking on land. If its ‘sponge mane’ gets damaged, Royal Ludroth will try to submerge it in water to repair it.

Royal Ludroth’s attacks include spitting mucus that induces Waterblight, slashing with razor-sharp claws, and rolling around like a rolling pin. Royal Ludroth can even launch itself at you like a missile by releasing the water stored in its mane like a water jet.

One thing to note is that there are lesser Ludroth as well, but the Royal Ludroth doesn’t form packs with its smaller brethren. The big ones travel alone while the lesser Ludroth travel in small groups.


Somnacanth is a highly dangerous, serpentine Leviathan that is extremely territorial. It mostly travels at night and has been mistaken for a mermaid due to its silhouette cast against the moonlit sky. If you encounter this slippery customer, be careful because this monster can put you to sleep by breathing sleeping powder in your face.

Aside from a sleep-inducing breath attack, Somnacanth can also run circles around its prey with exceptional speed to slash at your blind spots with its sharp claws. After taking enough damage, Somnacanth will seek a clam to consume it, instantly healing its wounds.


The Mizutsune was one of the flagship monsters of Monster Hunter Generations. This beautiful creature is known as the ‘Bubble Fox Wyvern’ because it has the ability to produce large bubbles from its body. That may sound silly at first but if you get by one of the bubbles you will regret it. You will be inflicted with a unique status ‘Bubbleblight’. Bubbleblight will cover you in so much soap, you will lose control of your movement as if you’ve stepped into an ice-skating rink.

Bubbleblight isn’t the only thing to worry though. Mizutsune is extremely fast and deadly. It is able to rip you to shreds with its claws and crush you with its bushy tail.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Fanged Beasts

Fanged Beasts are 100% mammal type monsters, with body structures akin to real-life bears, pigs, monkeys, and elephants. They’re smaller than most monster classes, but they make up for their small stature with speed and power.


Arzuros is a bear Fanged Beast that originally debuted in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd on the Playstation Portable. Arzuros is a simple creature with simple needs – gorging on honey and fish. If anything tries to get in the way of that, Aruzros will fight tooth and claw for its favorite food. Even going so far as to engage in Turf Wars with much larger monsters like Tetranadon.

Arzuros’ attacks consist of smashing you with its hardened forearms, ramming you with its body, and smothering you in bear hugs. When it gets injured or hungry, Arzuros will try to find some honey to eat, which will refill its health and stamina.


Bishaten is a flying marsupial monkey that likes to pull pranks on both hunters and monsters alike. These pranks include taking out fruit Bishaten keeps in its belly pouch and tossing them at its targets. These fruits have all sorts of status effects that can make you look like a fool, much to the Fanged Beast’s amusement.

However, it’s all fun and games until Bishaten starts fighting seriously. It can hover in the air to perform a corkscrew divebomb attack and smack you with its winged forearms. Bishaten also has a powerful tail, which it uses as a weapon. It can also stand on its tail to stay out of reach from melee attacks and safely toss more fruit at you.


The Lagombi is a giant rabbit Fanged Beast that first appeared in Monster Hunter 3. It lives in cold climates and is usually peaceful unless provoked. If threatened by predators, the Lagombi will use the environment to defend itself. It can use its strength to dig giant balls of snow and throw them like bowling balls. Lagombi can also slide on snow or ice to boost its speed and ram into enemies.

Goss Horag

The Goss Horag is a horrifying, abominable snow Fang Beast. This frost demon has the power to inhale cold air and exhale it out to freeze its arms into giant blades of ice. It can also concentrate its cold breath into a giant beam of ice that freezes any poor soul caught in its trajectory.

Getting Goss Horag enraged may be your biggest and last mistake, as its body will turn red and gain superhuman strength. Take extreme care when traveling the Frost Islands, lest you run into a Goss Horag.

Monster Hunter Rise monster list: Rumored Monsters

This section will focus on new monsters that we’ve seen glimpses of and monsters from previous games that are implied to make a return. We will analyze armor sets for monsters not yet shown to speculate what these monsters could be. We will also put in screenshots from previous games to showcase what the old monsters look like. Once they are fully shown in Monster Hunter Rise they will be moved into the confirmed categories.

Mysterious Spider

This monster has only made a brief appearance in Monster Hunter Rise’s debut trailer. At first, many fans thought this spider monster was the fan-favorite Nerscylla, a Temnoceran type monster from Monster Hunter 4. However, this spider is missing some of Nerscylla’s visual characteristics – it doesn’t have purple crystal spikes growing out of its back and this spider’s eyes are yellow instead of blue.

The spider’s equipment does provide a clue as to what element the creature is. The weapon does fire elemental damage, meaning that our unfriendly neighborhood spider is a fire-based monster and potentially lives in volcanic areas.

Could this monster be a new sub-species or variant of Nerscylla? Is it an entirely new monster altogether? We will have to wait and see.


There is only one monster in the series where you can acquire a Hunting Horn that looks this crazy, the Rock Wyvern, Basarios. This living, breathing boulder was part of the original roster of monsters back in Monster Hunter 1. Basario’s scales grow so hard and thick that they become indistinguishable from ordinary rocks. Basarios is aware of this visual aesthetic and takes advantage of it by digging underground next to mineral ores or boulders to camouflage itself from predators.

When it’s been discovered and is forced to fight, Basarios can be a pretty tough opponent to battle. Its extremely thick hide can protect Basasrios from nearly every attack and try to crush you with its absurdly heavy body. Basarios also has the ability to produce various gases from its body, including poison gas, sleep gas, and even explosive gas. When Basarios gets really angry, it will vent all its rage to unleash a highly concentrated fire beam from its mouth.


The mechanical cyborg-looking armor has claws all over the place and the weapon’s element is Thunder-based. My best guess would be that this gear belongs to a Thunder-based Fanged Wyvern, similar to Tobi-Kadachi.

Are you up to the challenge when Monster Hunter Rise arrives?

These are all the monsters that have been confirmed or hinted at so far. And there is a lot more to come when Monster Hunter Rise releases for Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.

We’re on the hunt

Monster Hunter Rise

$60 on Amazon

Monster Hunter Rise is the latest flagship title in Capcom’s action hunting series. Take to the skies with your friends to hunt down vicious monsters and save Kamura Village from the demonic Magnamalo.

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