I'd like to lay out some assumptions about the monsters we can expect to see added in Iceborne based on trends in the series and within World. Specifically unique new and returning monsters, not subspecies of base monsters already in-game.
First, every new MH game or expansion adds a flagship monster and a new giant-size elder dragon with its own stage that serves as the final boss of G rank – so that’s 2 new monsters.
We can also assume there is one new general purpose snow map. In World three monsters can be on a map at a time and the map with the least unique monsters is the Rotten Vale with 3 normal monsters and an elder dragon. The monsters themselves must fit in the map’s ecosystem and climate before falling into stronger or weaker roles within that ecosystem’s food chain. Like an apex monster the flagship will inhabit the snow map, filling one of those 4 unknown slots.
The trailer showed a set of fur armor not belonging to any previous monster. Assuming it’s crafted from a monster and that monster is not the flagship, that adds a fifth slot.
Lastly we know specifically that Nargacuga, Oroshi Kirin, and Alatreon are also planned. Alatreon has previously dwelled in special maps and Narga doesn’t fit in an ice map but Oroshi does, leaving us with an assumed minimum of 4 unknown monsters to be added and a total of 9 so far:
- Iceborne Flagship
- Oroshi Kirin
- New Giant Elder Dragon End Boss
- Unknown snow map monster 1
- Unknown snow map monster 2
- Unknown snow map monster 3
- Monster that gives the new fur armor (assuming it doesn't belong to the Flagship)
Thankfully there aren’t all that many existing monsters that live in arctic climes to fill those unknown slots. The bolded candidates below are those I find improbable – Giaprey and Great Baggi because Capcom already introduced 5th gen raptors and have yet to create an ice-element Ya-Ku. Ukanlos would make a third special-stage fight and the team likely already have their hands full with Alatreon and the new end boss. Finally, Gammoth is in another Monster Hunter game Capcom are concurrently selling and didn’t really work in the first place, so it’d need a unique new skeleton and full redesign – attention which they’d probably rather lavish upon the flagship.
Possible Returning Arctic Monsters
- Great Baggi
- Stygian Zinogre
Finally, I just want to note that – with no new monsters officially announced – this is naturally a minimum estimate. Besides the Nargacuga tease and leak we have no bearing what monsters the expansion could add to the existing areas. In any case, thanks for reading this long write-up.
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