The Monster Hunter franchise is one of the most entertaining and most popular games in recent memory because, while it doesn’t have the best storyline, it gives you the satisfaction of using large weapons to slay gigantic beasts and dragons that no human can physically match. That means that there are incredibly large monsters in the Monster Hunter franchise. That said, what is the biggest monster in Monster Hunter?
Zorah Magdaros is the biggest monster in the mainline Monster Hunter games. But the longest is Dalamadur. However, if we include the online game Monster Hunter Frontier, then the biggest monster in the Monster Hunter video game series is the colossal snake-like dragon called Laviente.
The thing about Monster Hunter is that the size of the monster isn’t always dictated by its length, even though the monsters are often designated and measured based on how long they are. Nevertheless, we are also looking at the mass of the monsters in this discussion. Now, let’s look at the largest monsters in the Monster Hunter franchise.
What Is The Biggest Monster In Monster Hunter: World?
While it isn’t the newest Monster Hunter game in the series, Monster Hunter: World is by far the most ambitious game the franchise has ever had because of how uniquely open-world and interactive its environment is. On top of that, the game has some of the best monster designs the series has ever had, as it includes some of the most fearsome monsters. Of course, it also has some of the largest monsters in the series. But what is the biggest monster in Monster Hunter: World?
The biggest monster in Monster Hunter: World is the colossal Elder Dragon called Zorah Magdaros, which is basically a turtle-like monster that also looks like a walking volcano. It is so massive that it looks like a walking island. On top of that, you need to make use of canons and other weapons to defeat this incredibly massive creature during the game.
Zorah Magdaros is introduced as one of the main monsters in Monster Hunter: World as the player follows it to the New World, where it traveled all the way from the Old World so that it could die in a place called the Rotten Vale. In short, Zorah Magdaros was already at its last legs and was dying due to old age when the player encountered and defeated it. It is quite possible that Zorah Magdaros might have been a lot stronger during its prime.
Throughout the entire game, no other monster in Monster Hunter: World even comes close to Zorah Magdaros in terms of its sheer size. However, remains of the Elder Dragon called Dalamadur could be found in the Rotten Vale, as this beast is also one of the largest monsters in the entire franchise. Nevertheless, the title of the largest monster in Monster Hunter: World belongs to Zorah Magdaros.
Is Zorah Magdaros The Biggest Monster In The Monster Hunter Franchise?
Zorah Magdaros is indeed the largest monster in Monster Hunter: World, as no other monster is even half its size in the game. However, does that mean that Zorah Magdaros is also the largest monster in the Monster Hunter franchise?
If we are talking about the mainline games that follow the main titles all the way from the first Monster Hunter game, then Zorah Magdaros is indeed the largest monster in the entire Monster Hunter franchise. However, if we are to include Monster Hunter Frontier, which is an online game that is separate from the mainline titles, then there is one more monster that could very well be larger than Zorah Magdaros.
The Biggest Monsters In Monster Hunter
Before we talk about the biggest monsters in the Monster Hunter franchise, let’s look at some of the monsters that are also terrifyingly big, no matter what kind of standards we are using to measure them.
Najarala is sort of an outlier on this list because it is only one of two non-Elder Dragons that made it here. Nevertheless, this snake-wyvern is perhaps the biggest non-Elder Dragon monster in the entire Monster Hunter franchise, even though it isn’t necessarily the strongest. But the fact that it is so big and long makes it one of the most intimidating monsters in the franchise, especially for those who have a fear of snakes.
At 141.58 feet, it is far longer than any other wyvern in the game due to the fact that Najarala is a snake-like creature. It moves and attacks like a snake, and that means that it loves coiling around while slithering around the map. As such, it doesn’t move in the same manner as the other monsters in the game as it doesn’t run around or fly.
Fatalis is one of the most feared Elder Dragons in the entire Monster Hunter franchise as it is regarded as a calamity that could cause unimaginable destruction. In fact, it is so powerful that it began the “black dragon” classification, which ultimately became the classification for monsters that are at the very apex in terms of their power.
While Fatalis isn’t necessarily big, this monster is still quite large when compared to the other monsters in the game. Following the European dragon design, Fatalis is around 145.73 feet long from head to snout. It also has massive wings that allow it to fly and cause hurricane-like windstorms with a flap of its wings. And being able to defeat a Fatalis in Monster Hunter gives the player instant credibility as a hunter.
Safi’jiiva is the final boss of Monster Hunter: World Iceborne and is the adult version of Xeno’jiiva, which was the final boss of the base Monster Hunter: World game’s storyline. In that regard, this beast is much stronger than its juvenile counterpart and is also bigger than the newborn Xeno’jiiva, which was already quite big when it was revealed in Monster Hunter: World.
While this Elder Dragon doesn’t look massive, the fact of the matter is that it is still around 157.5 feet long and looks like the classic European dragon in the sense that it focuses more on its snout-to-tail length rather than its overall mass. Nevertheless, the fact that it also has large wings that it uses to fly makes it an imposingly huge dragon.
12. Yama Tsukami
While classified as an Elder Dragon, nobody really knows what Yama Tsukami is because it just really looks like a weird creature. It is a floating mass of moss with tentacles and eyes, and it uses Great Thunderbugs, which live in it, to attack its opponents. For some reason, it is also capable of flight despite the fact that it doesn’t seem to have any wings.
Yama Tsukami is actually quite large, even though it isn’t necessarily long. This Elder Dragon (it isn’t a dragon) is around 135.7 feet long and is more massive than it is long. It is its sheer mass that allows it to become one of the biggest monsters in the entire Monster Hunter game, although we don’t know what this creature really is.
11. Shen Gaoren
Shen Gaoren is the biggest Carapaceon monster in the entire Monster Hunter franchise as it is also the biggest non-dragon/wyvern monster in the game. It basically is just a gigantic crab with very long legs. But what makes it incredibly large is the fact that it uses the skull of an adult Lao Shan-Lung as its shell.
While the Lao-Shan Lung you encounter in the game is still just a juvenile, it is said to be able to grow to larger proportions, and the fact that Shen Gaoren uses the skull of that monster as its shell means that this crab is quite large. When standing up, Shen Gaoren is around 111 feet tall, but it is the fact that it has a large body that’s capable of carrying a large skull around that makes it one of the biggest monsters in the entire game.
One of the most fearsome Elder Dragons in the entire game is Gogmazios, which is a beast that you need to take down on the grounds of a large castle while making use of different weapons in the area at your disposal to defeat it. This is a large dragon that’s covered in what seems to be tar that it uses to its advantage whenever it is attacking.
Appearing in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Gogmazios isn’t entirely massive, but it is long and has equally long limbs that make it look so imposing compared to the smaller monsters in the game. It measures around 161.43 feet from head to tail, and that means that it is quite large when compared to the smaller Elder Dragons that you encounter in Monster Hunter.
Ceadeus is one of the most unique monsters in the game because it is one of the monsters that made us of Monster Hunter 3’s underwater combat system, which never made a return to any of the other games. Nevertheless, this Elder Dragon is the monster that makes full use of the game’s underwater battle system, and the fight is actually quite a chore due to the fact that you have to go through several phases to complete it.
Measuring nearly 193 feet, Ceadeus is a very long and large monster that doesn’t look exceptionally massive because it focuses more on length than sheer mass. Nevertheless, this Elder Dragon is a very powerful monster that knows how to use its size to its advantage in the underwater battles that you face it in.
One of the newest monsters in the Monster Hunter franchise is Gaismagorm, which is a massive beast that appears as the final storyline boss of Monster Hunter: Rise Sunbreak. Known as the Archdemon of the Abyss, it is one of the most fearsome monsters in terms of its design, although its battle doesn’t make it too fearsome of an opponent due to the fact that it is relatively easier compared to the other monsters.
Nevertheless, Gaismagorm’s sheer size is one of its biggest assets. It is somewhere around the length of Gogmazios, but it is a lot more massive due to the fact that it is a glutinous Elder Dragon that feeds on life itself. Of course, the fact that you get to carve its body six times and its tail twice is proof of just how large this creature is.
7. Dire Miralis
Debuting in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Dire Miralis is an incredibly large volcano-like monster that is also semi-aquatic in the sense that it is capable of moving in water as well, even though it may be covered with lava. The fact that it is covered in lava means that it is a monster that mostly uses fire and lave as its main weapons.
Despite the fact that Dire Miralis is more than 206 feet long and is basically a dragon covered in lava, it doesn’t seem to have that intimidation factor that it comes with. It is basically a lava-covered Lao-Shan Lung that is a bit smaller. As such, a lot of players enjoyed its fight without even fearing this Elder Dragon whatsoever, even though it is described as a Dangerous First-Class Monster, which is the new term used for “Black Dragons.”
6. Lao-Shan Lung
Lao-Shan Lung is the first truly gigantic monster that you can encounter in Monster Hunter, which is a franchise that’s full of large monsters. As large as wyverns like Diablos and Rathalos can be, Lao-Shan Lung is a massive elder dragon that gives justice to the meaning of its name, which can be translated to “old mountain dragon.” It is indeed a dragon that is the size of a mountain.
Measuring 228.34 feet, the Lao-Shan Lung you encounter in Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is actually a juvenile, and that means that this dragon could be much larger in its adult form. We never got to see its adult form, although some believe that Zorah Magdaros is an adult Lao-Shan Lung or a variation of its adult form.
5. Jhen Mohran
Jhen Mohran is just basically a slightly smaller cousin of Dah’ren Mohran as it is a monster that is similar to it in terms of its appearance but with a few differences. Dah’ren Mohran has one single horn and is more jagged in its appearance, while Jhen Mohran has tusks and is more serpentine in terms of its appearance.
At around 366 feet in terms of its length, Jhen Mohran seems to be a cross between a whale and a serpent in terms of its body. As such, it is an extremely large monster that you don’t want to mess with if you don’t know how to handle its sheer size. And like Dah’ren Mohran, it tends to dwarf all of the other monsters during their time of introduction as they were both the largest monsters in the game.
4. Dah’ren Mohran
Dah’ren Mohran is a whale Elder Dragon dwarf all of the other monsters on this list as it is truly a large beast that makes Lao-Shan Lung look like a squirrel. That’s because this monster was created to resemble a whale-like beast that travels on sand instead of water. And the fact that it was modeled after a whale means that it should be very large.
At 375.5 feet, Dah’ren Mohran is incredibly large not only because it has a large horn but also because its body is simply massive. In fact, the body of this Elder Dragon is already larger than the snout-to-tail measurement of Lao-Shan lung, which is nearly 150 feet shorter than Dah’ren Mohran. Nevertheless, the battle with this monster is quite underwhelming.
The monster that ultimately took the title of largest monster in the mainline Monster Hunter games from the Mohran cousins is Dalamadur, which basically dwarfs all of the other monsters that you could see in the game. It is, in fact, the longest monster in the entire mainline title in Monster Hunter, as it measures 1448.87 feet. This makes it nearly four times longer than Dah’ren Morhan, which was already incredibly large.
Dalamadur is so huge that it could wrap its entire body around a mountain. During the fight with this monster, you also have to climb onto its serpentine body to cause considerable damage to some of its parts as it is so large that climbing up to its head seems like a chore. You’d have to see Dalamadur to understand just how imposingly large this snake Elder Dragon is as it can swallow entire ships whole.
2. Zorah Magdaros
Zorah Magdaros is the largest monster in the Monster Hunter: World game and is also the largest monster in the mainline Monster Hunter titles. It is around 845.29 feet long, and that makes it nearly four times longer than Lao-Shan Lung, which is the monster that it closely resembles. Think of it as a volcano-looking Lao-Shan Lung that also has a turtle-like appearance.
You may be confused why we are considering Zorah Magdaros larger than Dalamadur, which is nearly twice as long. That’s because of the fact that Zorah Magdaros is massively large because it has a huge body on top of the fact that it is also quite long. It looks a lot more muscular and heavier than the snake-like Dalamadur that doesn’t seem to have an imposing mass despite being quite long. As such, Zorah Magdaros is the largest mainline monster in Monster Hunter.
While Laviente isn’t a part of the mainline Monster Hunter series, it is the largest monster in the entire franchise. It was released as part of Monster Hunter Frontier, which is an MMORPG that fans don’t often associate with the mainline titles. Still, the fact that Laviente is a part of the franchise is why we included it on this list.
Laviente is not only serpentine in terms of its length but is also quite massive in terms of its girth. It doesn’t resemble the snake-like appearance that Dalamadur comes with because it has the body size of a monster like Zorah Magdaros and a length that, at 1476.37, exceeds its snake counterpart from the mainline games. In that regard, it has both length and mass on its side, and that makes it understandable why Monster Hunter Frontier requires eight hunters to defeat this massive beast.
What Is The Most Powerful Monster In Monster Hunter?
The thing about Monster Hunter is that while size allows a monster to become incredibly powerful and strong, the most powerful monsters in the game aren’t exactly the biggest. In fact, the most powerful monsters are the ones that are capable of commanding the elements and can pack a lot of punch in a single attack. They are the most destructive monsters that are called Dangerous First-Class Monsters.
Dangerous First-Class Monsters, formerly Black Dragons, are powerful enough that they could erase entire kingdoms in a heartbeat. In fact, Fatalis destroyed an entire kingdom in one night, and that makes this dragon one of the most powerful monsters in the entire game. In fact, the Lao-Shan Lung you encounter in Monster Hunter Freedom 2 was fleeing from a Fatalis. Many people regard White Fatalis, an older and stronger variant of Fatalis, to be the strongest monster in the entire game.
But Alatreon is also one of the frontrunners for the title of the most powerful monster in Monster Hunter because of the fact that it has the ability to control almost all of the elements. Nevertheless, veteran Monster Hunter players will always regard a fight against Fatalis and all of its variants as tougher than a fight against Alatreon. As such, White Fatalis is probably the strongest monster in Monster Hunter.