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Check out this list of returning monsters in Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Find out all confirmed monsters, returning monsters, which monsters will come, speculation, poll, & more.

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Returning Monster List


First AppearanceMonster Hunter 4 (3DS)
Other NameDemon Frog

We were able to spot a monster in the livestream which resembled a juvenile form of Tetsucabra! We feel that its fully grown form will also likely show up in Monster Hunter Rise.

Check Out Our Tetsucabra Guide Here


First AppearanceMonster Hunter 3 (Wii)
Other NameIce Tusk Wyvern

Barioth first appeared in Monster Hunter 3, and they've also been spotted in MHR's new Frosty Islands locale. It seems they'll be using a similar breath attack they had in previous games!

Check Out The Barioth Guide Here

Great Baggi

First AppearanceMonster Hunter 3 (Wii)
Other NameSleep Dog Wyvern

The Great Baggi was also confirmed in the Jan 7th event. It's sure to bring its characteristic sleep-inducing attack this time too, so we'll have to be careful.

Check Out The Great Baggi Guide Here


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)
Other NameWhite Rabbit Beast

Lagombi's appearance has also been confirmed. It is a fanged beast just like Arzuros, and it incorporates snow into its attacks. It'll even slide on its belly towards you!

Check Out The Lagombi Guide Here


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Portable 2nd (PSP)
Other NameRoaring Wyvern

Tigrex made its first appearance in Monster Hunter Portable 2nd and was one of the signature monsters. It is incredibly powerful, eating weaker herbivores to sustain itself.

Check Out Our Tigrex Guide Here


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Generations (3DS)
Other NameBubble Fox Wyvern

Mizutsune was first seen in Monster Hunter Generations, and was one of the "elite 4" monsters of that game. In the Jan 7th Digital Event it was confirmed to be appearing in MHR! It uses bubbles to attack and play around with its enemies - though it's possible to use its bubbles to buff yourself as well!

Check Out Mizutsune In Detail Here


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)
Other NameThunder Wolf Wyvern

Zinogre was one of the flagship monsters of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the PSP. In the Jan 7th Digital Event we were able to spot Zinogre's armor! We didn't see an actual Zinogre in the broadcast, but we're fairly certain that if its armor is in the game, so will the beast itself.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter (PS2)
Other NameRock Wyvern

The Hunter displayed in the promotional image for the Hunting Horn seemed to be wearing armor similar to that of Basarios! The shape of the helmet and weapon look undeniably similar to that of the Basarios armor in past games. If this is true, we can also probably expect to see Gravios in MHR too!


First AppearanceMonster Hunter World (PS4)
Other NameMud Fish Wyvern

In a video showcasing the new Wirebug feature, we were able to see characters fighting against a Juyratodus! It will likely appear in the Flooded Forest area, where it should have plenty of mud at its disposal to launch its usual attacks.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter World (PS4)
Other NameFierce Jaw Wyvern

As its other name implies, the Anjanath has an incredibly powerful bite that you'll need to watch out for when taking it on!


First AppearanceMonster Hunter World (PS4)
Other NameScratching Bird

Kulu-Yaku was featured in the sword and shield showcase video. In MHW, Kulu-Yaku fought you while holding eggs and boulders, but in this video we saw it carrying a pot! This is a slight change, but the monster itself is definitely confirmed.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter World (PS4)
Other NamePoison Bewitching Bird

In the Lance intro video we were able to spot a Pukei-Pukei! This monster first appeared in MHW and uses its long tongue and poison to defeat enemies. It will likely pop up as an enemy in the first half of the game.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter (PS2)
Other Name-

Khezus's return was confirmed in a short teaser. It seemed to have all its usual abilities, such running electricity throughout its body! The return of Khezu has a lot of people excited and should be a blast to play against.

Check Out Our Khezu Guide Here

Royal Ludroth

First AppearanceMonster Hunter 3 (Wii)
Other NameWater Beast

The Water Beast Ludroth was seen in the second MHR trailer. It seems to lead a pack of other Ludroths near a watery area. It stores water in its characteristic spongy neck, allowing it to move freely on land. This enemy is rather tricky due to its very hard to read water spray attack.

Great Wroggi

First AppearanceMonster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)
Other NamePoison Dog Wyvern

The Great Wroggi leads a pack of regular Wroggis, using poison to attack its enemies. What's more, it can drop its dangerous poison in a large area, forcing you to maneuver away from it. This can be quite a challenging foe to deal with.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter (PS2)
Other NameFire Wyvern

Rathalos has been confirmed in a MHR trailer! Rathalos is a staple for Monster Hunter, often called the "King of the Skies" due to its incredible flying power. Its high-damage breath and mid-air attacks will no doubt also be making a return.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter (PS2)
Other NameFemale Fire Wyvern

Rathian was seen in the showcase video for the Greatsword. Known as the Queen of the Land, this beast boasts incredibly powerful legs. It seems to still use its breath attack, and will also be bringing back its characteristic somersault!


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)
Other NameBlue Bear Beast

Arzuros was confirmed to be coming in MHR at quite an early stage. It seems to feature quite early in the game. It doesn't seem to do a lot of damage, but there is the possibility that the more powerful variant, the Redhelm Arzuros, will be featured in this game as well (though this has not been confirmed)!

Check Out The Full Arzuros Guide Here


First AppearanceMonster Hunter World (PS4)
Other NameFlying Thunder Wyvern

Tobi-kadachi is returning, after debuting in MHW. In the previews, we were able to see it getting attacked by the flagship monster Magnamalo. Just like Arzuros, Tobi-Kadachi is expected to be one of the tougher boss enemies in the early section of the game.



A monster that looks like Slagtoth has been spotted. This is likely to be quite a nostalgic sight for those who remember this monster. It is small in stature, but packs a surprising punch.

Monsters That Might Fit The Game's Atmosphere


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)
Other NameStorm Wyvern

Amatsu was the final boss of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. This incredibly powerful Elder Dragon had the power to summon up tornadoes to attack its enemies. Given Portable 3rd's Japanese style, we feel that it would be a good fit for MHR as well. \

Monsters That Might Fit The Game's Setting

【Very Likely】Gravios

First AppearanceMonster Hunter (PS2)
Other NameArmor Wyvern

Gravios is a wyvern that is mainly spotted near volcanoes. Just like its name, the "Armor Wyvern", implies, it has an extremely hard carapace that is hard to penetrate. This monster's movements are slow, though its bastion-like stature and powerful beam attack are quite a threat to hunters.

Like To Return With Basarios

Basarios is the Juvenile form of Gravios, and given that we've seen armor that looks like it comes from Basarios, we feel it's very likely that Gravios will also be featured in this game.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter 2 (PS2)
Other NameMist Dragon

Chameleos hails from Monster Hunter 2, and is one of the Elder dragons from that game. Just like its name implies, it is capable of blending into its surroundings and turning invisible, as well as inflict status conditions and stealing from hunters.

Elder Dragons Weren't Available In MHW

Elder Dragons were unfortunately not added to the previous game in the franchise, Monster Hunter World. This time around, we're hoping that they make a return!


First AppearanceMonster Hunter 3 (Wii)
Other NameSea Wyvern

The Sea Wyvern Lagiacrus was the flagship monster of Monster Hunter 3, and could be fought underwater. That, alongside its ability to manipulate thunder, makes it a good fit for Monster Hunter Rise's world!

Somnacanth Hints At Water Combat?

The new monster Somnacanth also has the appearance of a Sea Wyvern. We were also able to spot it swimming, and though it's not certain, there might be a chance we'll be getting underwater combat. In Monster Hunter Generations, you were only able to fight the Lagiacrus on land, so we're hoping it'll return in the water this time around.


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Frontiers (PC)
Other NameJavon Dragon

The Elder Dragon Inagami was introduced in Monster Hunter Frontier for the PC. It has the power to manipulate bamboo, can harden itself using its own bodily fluids, and has sleep-status inflicting abilities. We think it might be a good fit for Rise due to the connection of Bamboo with the more Japanese theme of this current game!

Daimyo Hermitaur & Other Crustaceans


※ The monsters below are given purely as examples.

Daimyo Hermitaur【First Appearance: Monster Hunter 2】
The crustacean known as the "Shield Crab", as its pincers resemble a shield.
Shogun Ceanataur【First Appearance: Monster Hunter 2】
The Shogun Ceanatur is known as the sickle crab, due to the sickle-like shape of its pincers. They are also quite powerful.
Shen Gaoren【First Appearance: Monster Hunter 2】
The "Fortress Crab", a crustacean of such massive size that it can wreak havoc just by walking.

The Daimyo Hermitaur and the Shogun Ceanataur are giant enemy crabs introduced in Monster Hunter 2. Given that they use titles used in the Japanese military, we feel they might be a good fit for Monster Hunter Rise's theme! These beasts are a huge threat in the early to mid game, and pose an entirely different threat than dragons, due to their unique walking style. Hit their weak points for massive damage!

Nerscylla & Seltas


※ The monsters below are given purely as examples.

Nerscylla【First Appearance: Monster Hunter 4】
This "Shadow Spider" uses poison and superior mobility to pose a dangerous threat to hunters.
Seltas【First Appearance: Monster Hunter 4】
Known as the "Piercing Beetle", the Seltas is the male version of the Seltas Queen. During battle, the Queen will grab the Seltas and forcibly attach it to herself to act as armor.
Seltas Queen【First Appearance: Monster Hunter 4】
The "Heavy Beetle", the Seltas Queen is a large and lumbering foe. They will ruthlessly use Seltas as a weapon during battle.

Given the addition of the Wirebug in Monster Hunter Rise, we feel that it's possible bug-type monsters will be more prevalent this time around. It's possible that the likes of Nerscylla and Seltas monsters will see the light of day. Given that we have another arachnid-like monster, Yatsukadaki, appearing, it's not unlikely that Nerscylla will be returning either!

Duramboros & Other MHP3 Monsters

※ This image is of a Rust Duramboros

Duramboros【First Appearance: Monster Hunter Portable 3】
Also known as the "Tail Hammer" Wyvern, Duramboros unsurprisingly have a hammer-like tail which they use to great effect as a weapon.
Volvidion【First Appearance: Monster Hunter Portable 3】
These "Red Shelled Beasts" live in Volcanoes, and have an appearance similar to armadillos. Their ability to paralyze and roll around is quite deadly.

Duramboros was added in Monster Hunter Portable 3, which also had a similar Japanese theme to Monster Hunter Rise. Especially given the confirmation of Lagombi and Zinogre, which were both also added in MHP3, we feel it's likely that Duramboros or other MHP3 creatures might appear.

Astalos & Other Generations Monsters


※ The monsters below are given purely as examples.

Astalos【First Appearance: Monster Hunter Generations】
The Electric Wyvern. One of the "elite 4", it gathers electricity in parts of its body and uses them like a sword.
Valstrax【First Appearance: Monster Hunter Generations】
The Sky Comet Dragon, this powerful dragon expels dragon energy from its wings and manages to fly almost like an airplane.
Bloodbath Diablos【First Appearance: Monster Hunter Generations】
A different form of Diablos. Of all the Deviant monsters introduced in the Generation Series, this one stood at the forefront. It instinctively pursues hunters and attempts to eliminate them at all costs.

Since Mizutsune is set to appear in MHR, we feel it's likely other Generations monsters like Astalos might appear as well. Valstrax was the flagship monster of Generations Ultimate as well, making it a potential candidate.

Monster's We'd Like To Return


First AppearanceMonster Hunter 3 (Wii)
Other NamesCreeping Venom Wyvern

Our Comments

Writer AGigginox is just too cute not to have in the game! I'm hoping this one is in the game so I can see it have turf wars with Khezu!


First AppearanceMonster Hunter Generations (3DS)
Other NameGiant Beast

Our Comments

Writer ZI love this big tusky boy! I cried when he didn't show up in Iceborn... please please put him in this time!


First AppearanceMonster Hunter 4 (3DS)
Other NamePiercing Beetle

Our Comments

Writer M I honestly just feel bad for Seltas and how they're just used as items by their Queen. I'd like to see it come back as a more assertive version of itself!

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