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1st Generation
  • Taking down Lao Shan Lung for the first time. You take down a building-sized dragon with what is essentially a toothpick to it.

2nd Generation

  • One moment for a monster: in the Akantor ecology, the eponymous Akantor duels a Gravios. The Akantor not only resists a full blast of the Gravios' Heat Beam, it takes out the Gravios in one blow and then tosses the corpse like a rag doll. Then it roars triumphantly over the Gravios as the volcanoes in the background erupt. Seen here.

3rd Generation

  • Sometimes during a hunt, the ground suddenly splits open like a portal to Hell and the nomadic monster Deviljho comes barreling out. Your first instinct will definitely be an urge to pee, but the Deviljho always targets the biggest meal it can find, which will most likely be the monster you were already hunting. Now you can sit back, relax, and watch whatever annoying boss you were getting so angry at get the shit smacked out of it by a starving dinosaur.
  • In Tri, the first time you unexpectedly encounter the Lagiacrus during the one-star "Guts: It's What's For Dinner" quest, he's too powerful for you and your only option is to finish collecting Monster Guts and then hightail it back to base camp. After ascending to three-star quests, an Urgent Quest comes up and you're granted permission to take on the Lagiacrus, this time with more experience and equipment better-suited to attack it, and you make it run away instead. The third time you encounter it is in a five-star Urgent Quest, and this time, as a villager states, it's after your blood. Only then do you finally get to kill the creature that probably gave you a source of Nightmare Fuel at the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, killing it doesn't stop the earthquakes that have been tormenting Moga Village.
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  • Later in Tri, driving off the Ceadeus. Even if you had help in the form of ancient weaponry, you still took down a sea-dragon larger than your base camp. You broke the mighty horns that caused earthquakes every time he rammed the ocean. You dodged torrents of water that would have ended your life not too long ago, and you made a dragon, who is deserving of the name "sea god", one that the Guild would need to send an army after, run away. And in doing so, you save Moga Village. In-story, the final cutscene marks this as your crowning achievement. A masterwork of bravery and skill that will be Spoken Of Forever. Now imagine doing this without using the ancient weapons, using only the armor you have on your back and the weapon you had spent hours forging just for moments like these.
  • Brachydios vs. Agnaktor. While both creatures are a force to be reckoned with, one side is clearly dominant.
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  • Two words: Jhen. Mohran. A giant sand whale that, while seeming smaller than the Lao Shan, is no less impressive due to the majesty of how you fight him: attacking him from the deck of a sandship as it tries to knock you and your ship into oblivion. Armed with ballistae, cannons and its very own Dragonator, you repeatedly fend it off, use its tusks, fins and flippers to get on its back to smack it dead, and finish off in a one-on-one showdown on the desert plains as it slowly tries to crush your ship, shaking the ground with every step.

4th Generation

  • The first thing you do in the game is help repel a Dah'ren Mohran, a massive whale-like Elder Dragon similar to the Jhen Mohran, in the middle of a desert voyage. No weapons, no armor, just using the sandship's artillery to keep it at bay and prevent it from destroying Val Habar. At one point, the Caravaneer's Nice Hat falls off, and just as he decides to give up on it—mind you, the hat contains a valuable MacGuffinyou get it back for him anyway. It's this very act that cements the Caravaneer's unwavering faith and trust in you.
  • The cutscene before the fight with the Final Boss of 4, the Shagaru Magala, with both the hunter and the Elder Dragon seeing the other as an equal, carefully strafing each other, before the creature swoops to the sky and unfurls its star-like wings.
  • In 4 Ultimate, the Ace Palico solidifies himself as a badass when he goes into the Everwood to hunt the Gore Magala, and thus save two of the Ace Hunters, BY HIMSELF while everyone else- including you- was standing around wondering what to do. Sure, he ultimately failed by himself and you had to go save him too in an animated cutscene, but he still managed to stall it long enough for you to save everyone.
  • Another Felyne that warrants mention is Whitescruff, the cowardly scaredy-cat on Cheeko Sands. The first time you meet him, he keeps whining about how easily frightened he is and how he's a good-for-nothing loser for it. After you take down the Akantor who defeated his original Master and caused him to become paranoid in the first place, not only does he ask you to hire him as one of your Palicoes, he's also revealed to be an aggressive Fighter-type felyne who not only prioritizes attacking larger monsters, but whose two main abilities involve gaining more attack and defense power after a KO and what tantamounts to jumping right in a monster's face to claw its eyes out while you beat the loving crap out of the thing! Cowardly Lion, indeed.
  • Fighting Seregios. This deadly wyvern first introduces itself wiping the floor with Rathian, forcing it to flee its nest. After enduring a forced mission failure, the Master of Defense assigns you to hunt this menace. The cutscene before you fight it involves it tossing around Genprey like ragdolls before setting its sights on you. What follows is a clash against a monster with one of the most unique fighting styles in the series, as it behaves less of an average monster and more of a monster hunter. Oh, and it comes with one of the best boss themes in the series.
  • The entirety of the battle against the Rusted Kushala Daora. To begin, you fight alongside the Ace Hunters, with one of them providing cover fire, another healing the party with Lifepowders and the commander himself helping you load a cannon that is powerful enough to knock the dragon out of the sky with a direct hit. After a few cannon blasts, you impale it with a Dragonator and the fight continues until the Master of Defense announces that the Demolisher cannon is ready to fire. The gunner manages to pin the dragon down, letting you deal the final blow.
  • Knocking the Apex status out of a monster. Faced with a monster with a condition that makes it an automatic That One Boss, you manage to outsmart it and strike back enough to restore it back to its basic glory, if only for a few minutes.
    • Made even better if you beat the Apex out of Apex Zinogre and Apex Seregios (see above), where their themes will immediately start playing over the intimidating Apex Monster theme, almost as if the songs themselves are cheering you on.

5th Generation

  • After being on the receiving end of the Worf Effect, World gives the Rathalos a chance to redeem some of its status as the overall series original mascot: by effortlessly lifting a newly shown Brute Wyvern from the reveal footage into the air and dropping it for massive damage when it tries to pick a fight, solidifying the Rathalos' place as an apex monster.
    • At least until the return of a certain angry pickle we all know and love.
    • Just the angry pickle? Iceborne gives us footage of a Rathalos getting suplexed by a Brachydios. Moral of the day: even if you can fly, never fuck with a Brute Wyvern. They're not as stupid as the name suggests.
  • The sliding attack of the dual blades in World involves pulling an Attack on Titan and spin down a monsters back with said blades in a saw motion. Take note, this includes Elder Dragons.
  • World introduces the ability for palicos to learn how to ride some small monsters. This becomes pretty awesome when it's something like a Jagras, and they're using it to fight a Great Jagras.
  • The "Turf War" system introduced in World lets two large monster on the map fight each other if they ever meet. The awesome part is that this applies to elder dragons as well. For once, we can finally see what happens when mortal enemies Teostra and Kushala Daora meet.
    • And then there's Nergigante, an elder dragon with no elemental powers whatsoever, but is still able to worf every other elder dragon it meets by simply manhandling them like ragdolls.
  • How do they tease the update that will bring Deviljho to MHW? By showing it annihilating everything in its path by means of slamming the Great Jagras in its jaws around like a ragdoll trying to pound the Hunter flat with the poor thing before a long shot of it staring directly into the camera. It also serves to show that Deviljho is all muscle, as it holds the Great Jagras in its mouth like it's nothing.
    • During the MHW Spring Update stream, sneak peek live footage of a quest to hunt the Deviljho was shown. Not only does it chomp and slam around the Great Jagras as shown in the aforementioned teaser, it does the same to a Kulu-Ya-Ku as well, implying all large monsters on the smaller scale can fall victim to this attack. Near the end, Bazelgeuse itself crashes the hunt and the two invading monsters engage in an amazing turf war that ends with both of them taking equally heavy damage. The long-awaited showdown between two memetic badasses is described by many as nothing short of the fight of the century.
    • To elaborate, Deviljho is much larger than Bazelgeuse and initially dominates with its pure might, but Bazelgeuse's tenacity prevents it from being a complete pushover. Deviljho then pins the Bazelgeuse down, dealing massive damage. But the Explosive Scale Wyvern finally retaliates by detonating all the scales on its neck point blank, sending the Deviljho reeling from the immense blast.
      • Not even the apex monsters of the respective environments are safe. It suplexes a charging Diablos, grabs a flying Legiana by the neck and throws it to the floor, and even Odogaron, who is brave enough to take on an Elder Dragon, is reduced to the same state as Great Jagras.
  • The cut scene that plays at the beginning of the fight with Xeno'jiiva. After the Seeker gets hurt from Xeno'jiiva hatching, the Admiral tries to take on the alien elder dragon. Instead, your character tells him to evacuate the Seeker back to camp and that you'll handle it yourself.
    • What makes this more awesome is how the Admiral's faith in you, and your implied awesomeness feels earned. Not only have you previously hunted at least four powerful elder dragons at this point (including one who worfs other elders), but you've also helped save an entire continent by helping fight and drive away another elder dragon — one of the largest the series has ever seen. You feel awesome simply because of all you as a player have achieved at this point.
  • The Street Fighter tie-in event quests have you hunt either a Barroth, Nergigante or Pink Rathian. The kicker is the BGM - as the monster howls at you, either Sakura's or Ryu's theme blasts.
  • With the fourth major update, World sees the return of the long retired Lunastra, Teostra's mate. Since World allows for multiple Elder Dragons on one map, the two finally get to fight as a proper Battle Couple. With this, also comes a new signature observation: bonding, which is pretty heartwarming and awe-inspiring for the long separated Teostra and Lunastra...but incredibly lethal for any and all hunters in the immediate vicinity as their bonding is explosive. ie: a combined supernova, with all that implies.
    • Lunastra's intro deserves a mention. You've received word that a Teostra you had been hunting has taken refuge inside the arena, looking to recover from its wounds. When you get there to finish it off, you see a Nergigante swoop in, obviously looking to devour the wounded Teostra. Suddenly, the Lunastra comes flying in at full speed, tackling the Nergigante to the ground. She and her mate then team up to absolutely trounce Nergigante, managing to drive it off without taking a serious blow between them! Not done yet, the Lunastra then fights you in order to buy enough time for the Teostra to escape!
  • How does the game first introduce the player to Behemoth? By showing it casually holding a Dodogama in its mouth, similar to how Deviljho was introduced in the trailer. However, a Dodogama is much bigger that the Great Jagras that Deviljho is holding, and even then, the Behemoth absolutely dwarfs it.
    • The mere fact that you get to fight Behemoth can be this, as it is the very first time a monster from another franchise appears in a main Monster Hunter game.note 
      • And it's not the last, either. With the Witcher 3 crossover, the Hunters now have the option to fight an Ancient Leshen.
  • Pukei-Pukei gets one in the Witcher 3 collaboration. If Geralt saves one from the Leshen, the usually cowardly monster reappears to help him in the final phase in the fight.
    • The collaboration in general, really. Capcom and CD Projekt Red really went the extra mile to make this more than just a quick crossover, making it a full-fledged Witcher-style quest complete with side quests, investigation, Witcher senses and tracking. It truly feels like it would have been right at home as a quest in The Witcher 3, all while integrating fluidly with World's game mechanics, characters and setting.
  • Tigrex makes his triumphant return to Monster Hunter in the Iceborne expansion. Unfortunately, his chosen territory is the Rotten Vale, home to the only Non-Jho monster in the New World with an attitude worse than his. What follows is one of the most savage Turf Wars in the entire game.
  • The Glavenus trailer confirms the monster's appearance in the expansion, as well as the appearance of Subspecies' for some of the newer monsters. This was nice enough, then it ends with an Uragaan stumbling in front of the Hunter, covered in green slime that explodes...
  • A commercial introducing Yian Garuga shows it tail flipping Deviljho in the face.
  • Zinogre’s debut teaser finally has it live up to its in-game moniker of “The Usurper” in an all new Turf War sequence against “The King of the Skies”, Rathalos.
  • In conjunction with the two examples provided by Zinogre and Yian Garuga from their teaser clips, their actual full blown introductory scenes in the Guiding Lands are both moments of awesome for each respectively:
    • Zinogre is briefly seen charging a Rathalos that had taken the hunter by surprise in their first outing in the Guiding Lands; during the skirmish the hunter tries to escape to a clearing only to come across a Diablos. Things seem to be unable to get any worse when the same Rathalos flies out and looks ready for a two on one with the hunter in the middle... when suddenly, the hunter notices fulgurbugs starting to swarm. Then, as if like a lone samurai stepping out of the shadow complete with the sound of a shamisen strum, Zinogre majestically strides out - eyeing the hunter as it walks up to the two Flying Wyverns. It is then properly introduced with a defiant howl as it makes its stand against both Rathalos and Diablos (as well as the hunter it just incidentally rescued, twice).
    • Yian Garuga is introduced calmly minding its own business... until a hungry Deviljho comes stomping near its nest. The fearsome Yian Garuga doesn't flinch nor stand down and immediately jumps into action. Its briefly silenced by a powerful throw from the Deviljho, but just as it looked as if it was out for the count; Yian Garuga bursts out of the wreckage it was thrown in and not only takes the fight back to Deviljho with prejudice - it manages to topple it with the tail flip shown in the teaser.
  • Iceborne finally lets Deviljho live up to its hype as an Elder Dragon Level Threat with some turf wars between Savage Deviljho and four different elder dragons. Every single one is a tie.
  • Rajang makes it's triumphant return in Iceborne, with some truly epic Turf Wars:
    • Grabbing various Flying Wyverns out of the air by the tail and Slamming them into the ground twice
    • Grabbing Kirin by the neck, breaking off its horn, choke-slamming it to the ground, and eating the horn.
      • Notably, this is the only time in the game where an Elder Dragon is unambiguously bested by a non-Elder Dragon Monster. Even Deviljho can only force a tie.
    • Against most classically Dragon-Shaped Elder Dragons, Rajang slams them to the ground though pure strength and fury. Against Teostra and Lunastra, it tanks a full blast of fire breath to the face first.
    • Against Nergigante, it jumps over a claw swipe onto its head, gets thrown to the ground, then goes Super-Saiyan and straight up Shoryukens Nergigante! The latter, or course, does not take it lying down and promptly retaliates with a slap that sends Rajang flying into the nearest wall and makes him drop his Super-Saiyan state.
    • Rajang vs. (Savage) Deviljho. The larger Deviljho snatches Rajang in it's jaws and scrapes him across the ground, then lifts him up. Rajang forces Deviljho's jaws open, stands on its neck, and punches Deviljho to the floor. Legendary Pictures, take note.
  • The entire cutscene before the final boss of Iceborne. As everything around them starts to collapse, the Hunter calmly walks into the devastation. The Handler assures the Tracker that the Hunter knows what they're doing as the camera shifts to a close up on their Unflinching Walk. When the ground beneath them finally gives way, the Hunter begins jumping from rock to rock mid fall and even dodges the monster's attempt to crush them after they land. When the dust finally settles the Hunter is standing face to face with Shara Ishvalda, ready to fight.
    • After all the tough battles and difficult hunts they've been through, hearing the Handler call their character a MASTER Hunter undoubtedly struck a chord with many players.



  • The opening cinematic demonstrates three separate fights among monsters old and new to great effect.
    • Tigrex fighting Gammoth. Tigrex is normally an apex predator in the frozen landscape. But jumping onto Gammoth's face, the giant doesn't even shrug before grabbing the Tigrex with its trunk and chucking it aside.
    • The Zinogre fighting Mizutsune. It almost looks like a scene from a martial arts film, with the aggressive fanged beast attacking the graceful leviathan on a moonlit Cliffside.
    • Rathalos vs. Astalos. The king of the skies has another challenger for the title as the fight breaks out just nearby a hunter's balloon.
      • What makes this last one even better is that unlike Mizutsune and Gammoth, who are attacked first and have to defend themselves, Astalos is the one who starts his fight. And he was never forced into defense either. Rathalos was just getting destroyed by Astalos, just to show off how powerful the latter is.
    • The cinematic concludes by revealing the last of The Fated Four, Glavenous. Not only is it strong enough to shrug off hits from the hunter's weapons, it counters their attacks with a weapon of its own, its massive sword-like tail, which can be set on fire! And just when things are looking grim for the hunters, the team's palico makes a triumphant return with the Demon Horn, giving them the strength to even the odds and fight back.
  • The opening of Generations Ultimate shows that the four hunters from the opening of Generations haven't slacked off and actually gained new armor from the Fated Four respectively; and unlike their first attempt at fighting a Glavenus, their hunt against a Barioth goes by much better.


  • The entire premise of the game counts as this. The very monsters you once hunted down? Now they act as your noble steeds as you ride into battle against other monsters.
    • The first teaser shows the main player character stealing an egg. He gets attacked by a Tigrex. So, what does he do? He summons a Rathalos to aid in the fight against it.
    • More awesomeness arrives in the latest trailer, which shows the various different monsters you can befriend in the game. Imagine not only the aforementioned Rathalos or Tigrex, but other monsters like the Zinogre, Lagiacrus, Nargacuga, and even an Elder Dragon (in this case, the Kirin, Teostra and Kushala Daora).
  • The Kinship Skills. They're essentially the culmination of the bond between Rider and Monstie, being activated by winning head-to-head clashes against enemy monsters. Most resemble Up to Eleven versions of attacks the monsters already have. Some notable examples:
    • Arzuros has Hunter's Claw, where the Arzuros and the Rider both grab fish in their teeth for no reason other than Rule of Cool, then finishing off with a devastating claw swipe.
    • Rathian's Scorching Slice, which is a fireball followed by a spinning disc of green fire that strikes the enemy like a giant sawblade.
    • Predator's Needle for Nerscylla, in which it swings on a string of silk before soaring high into the air and coming down to stab the enemy with its stinger.
    • Rathalos' Sky-High Dive, involving Rathalos bursting into flames and stooping down to strike the enemy with its talon, which causes a massive pillar of fire to erupt upon impact.
    • Nargacuga's Dark Thrash, where it attacks the opponent from all sides at lightning speed before finishing it with a single, brutal slash.
    • 4 Ultimate's crowning boy Seregios gets in on the action, firing scales that turn into lasers and rain down on the hapless foe, followed by it ramming the opponent claws first at full speed.


  • Hunters can get mini-size Awesome moments whenever they can kill off the monsters either really quickly OR with a weapon that most people would advise you NOT to use.
  • For players just beginning one of the games, no doubt the very first time they successfully hunt and kill a proper Monster will feel like this. Up until that moment the game would have been slowly showing them the ropes, teaching them the mechanics of the game, gathering, weapons and giving them some mooks to test their skills on. Now though they've finally taken everything they've learned and used it to take down a creature at minimum about twice their size in combat, leaving a feeling of accomplishment that no doubt allows one to wear the title of hunter with pride. Granted, the later monsters will typically show that in the grand scheme of things, the first giant Monster is little more than a big fish in a small pond, but that doesn't negate the feeling of triumph in taking the first true step towards becoming worthy of the title Monster Hunter. Every legend has a beginning after all.
  • Generally, killing any elder dragon counts as this. You, an ordinary human with no magical powers, no Supernatural Martial Arts, no artifact to do all the hard work for you, face down a creature that will at least fill the average room entirely, with access to nigh-supernatural elemental power, hide impenetrable to any normal weapon and the sheer strength to snap your whole body in two with a flick of its wrist. You go at this beast with nothing but good physical condition, weapons and armor you carved the ingredients for from the still-warm corpses of weaker monsters, whatever ragtag Band of Brothers you can pull together and sheer force of will. Kill it, and were this at all like real life, you would likely go down forever in history and legend. It's that time when you realize you've come a long way from farming guts and beating off raptors.
    • It gets more awesome when you manage to kill it by yourself.
  • A meta example really, but David Gibson said that Monster Hunter Tri G wouldn't get localized in the U.S. or Europe. Christian Svensson of Capcom said, "I'd like to see him cite a source."
  • On the meta side, Japanese gamers have a flashy style of playing Monster Hunter, referred to as "Roman Hunting"note . Very heavily based on theorycrafting, "Roman Hunters" tend to forego efficient methods in lieu of extravagant tricks, dragging out a fight to showcase techniques usually regarded as impractical and dangerous, but which actually require a detailed knowledge of the game mechanics to pull off successfully. Not to mention that accomplishing said techniques looks extremely cool at that. The Gunlance tends to be favored by these types of players, though other weapons are fair game. Some examples here.
  • Any time you successfully save a teammate from the brink of collapse with a well-timed Area of Effect healing item or spell (e.g. Lifepowders, Antidote Horn, a Nulberry with the Wide Range skill on you) right before they're about to get struck, poisoned, or burned unconscious, jumping in front of an oncoming breath attack, or even knocking the would-be victim out of the way of an oncoming attack. Can also count as a Heartwarming Moment considering that if your team takes three faints combined, it's Quest Failed for everybody.
  • Thanks to the inclusion of Prowler Mode in Generations, killing an Elder Dragon with a pack of hunters? Makes you feel like a badass. Killing an Elder Dragon as a pack of PROWLERS (ie: cats with weapons)? Awesome. As demonstrated here.
  • Though never explicitly shown, the existence of items like "Kirin Cheese" heavily implies that someone (or several someones) managed to successfully tame a Kirin (or a herd of them). Now, people domesticating monsters is nothing new to the series with people using Moofa, Gargwa, and Popo as livestock. However, those are relatively docile herbivores. The Kirin, on the other hand, is a highly dangerous Elder Dragon that is seen in-game as more akin to a god than a standard wild animal. This makes the fact that, somewhere, people manage to tame these majestic beasts nothing short of amazing (though it's negated once you realize that they don't actually come from the monster, but were instead given those names to attract customers).
    • Then Stories came out, proving that yes, ELDER DRAGONS CAN BE TAMED!!!.
  • The fact World was met with glowing praise upon release. Many calling one of, if not the best MMO in a long time. Many critics scored it at least an 8.5. Famitsu even gave it a 39/40, only one point away from perfect! It managed to sell five million units in just three days, leading Capcom to release a special item pack for all players in commemoration. In fact, it has outsold almost ever other game in the series in three days, with only 4 and Generations selling more copies... in their lifetimes, meaning World is set to take over as king.
    • Not only is it the fastest selling game in the history of its' series, it's the fastest selling game in the history of its' publisher, Capcom!
    • What's more, after a year of very disheartening news and controversies surrounding video games and their developers, from games seen as blatant undercooked cash-grabs to the utter blowout by the gaming community against an industry seemingly obsessed with predatory Microtransactions, Monster Hunter World has been seen as both a breath of fresh air and has been used by many gamers as an example of the rewards a company can earn just by being honest and respectful of its playerbase and giving the game the time in development it needs to stand on its own merits.
      • It's official. World is now the best-selling game in the series. In fact, it's also gone on to become the best-selling game ever published by Capcom!
  • Remember the Nargacuga Short? The kid grew up.
  • In this video, four hunters in World take down a Diablos in about ten minutes... by doing nothing but blocking with Charge Blades.

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