Tzitzi Ya Ku has been one of my favorite new world monsters, and given the positive feedback for the last time I looked in depth at a monster, I thought I would take a close look at everyone’s favorite flash raptor.
Habitat and Territory: Tzitzi Ya Ku is found solely in the Coral Highlands, where he can be seen in sandy tunnels, table coral covered plateaus, and forests of large pink coral.
In its primary residence, the sandy tunnels at the bottom of the highlands, Tzitzi Ya Ku will often scratch the ground in noticeable areas, a trait that can often be seen by territorial flying wyverns.
Indeed, this also seems to be the purpose of these scratches, as every other area in the highlands would be impossible for the Tzitzi Ya Ku to claim and defend, whereas here it has nothing more than Shamos to contend with, something that it is quite logical in doing so. It’s relations with the Shamos are far more complex than I originally thought, more on that later.
Tzitzi Ya Ku will often venture into Coral filled areas to search for Raphinos, it’s preferred prey. However, when in these areas, and when on the plateaus, it will never leave scratches behind. Though Tzitzi Ya Ku has its territory secured for itself, it must venture beyond to find food.
Relations with other monsters: The Tzitzi Ya Ku is actually quite a passive beast, despite its threatening appearance. When confronted with another large monster, it will always attempt to flash them with its photophore and dash away.
It will attempt this strategy with every monster it encounters, even ones such as Paolumu who pose little threat to it.
Another noteworthy encounter is on the rare occasion Tzitzi Ya Ku encounters an Odogaron. Interestingly enough, this is the only turf war Tzitzi Ya Ku has, as no other monster will stray into its territory as marked by its scratches.
The Relationship that Tzitzi Ya Ku has with the Shamos is quite interesting, though simply put it is an uneasy truce that the tenacious Shamos are constantly straining against.
You see, Tzitzi Ya Ku has no real reason to hunt the Shamos, they are far too dangerous to be worth the effort. Additionally, Shamos would be very unlikely to be able to hunt Raphinos, and would likely hunt Kelbi instead. Thus, these two species are in no competition for resources, hence why they rarely fight despite inhabiting the exact same area.
However, though Tzitzi Ya Ku is always in different to the Shamos, the Shamos can occasionally be seen trying their luck at hunting Tzitzi Ya Ku, but when they do they are always stopped by the bird wyverns flashes.
Thus it is quite rare to see Shamos doing anything other than growl at Tzitzi Ya Ku. That being said, if another creature knocks Tzitzi Ya Ku down around the Shamos, they will leap into action and attack their unwanted neighbor.
It’s probably because of these attacks that Tzitzi Ya Ku sleeps where it does. It sleeps in a high up area, one inaccessible to the Shamos, who we ever see climbing, and one devoid of any food for other creatures. As such, no creature would have any reason to stumble across a sleeping Tzitzi Ya Ku, negating the risk that comes with falling asleep in an ecosystem with so many rival creatures in it.
Intelligence: the more I observe Tzitzi Ya Ku, the more convinced I am that it is one of, if not the smartest creature in the New World.
This conclusions comes from a variety of things, the chief one being how it responds to possible threats. Essentially, when confronted with an unknown creature, say a hunter, it will largely ignore them at first. While it does this, it will occasionally look back at then warily.
After this, it will sniff for a second, then run away, trying to shake the possible threat from its trail.
Finally, if the threat persists, it will roar, and begin attacking the strange creature. This really struck me because it shows what lengths Tzitzi Ya Ku will go to to avoid conflict. At the end of the day, Tzitzi has an incredibly easy way to get food, and coupled with its physical weakness no real reason to fight if it can avoid it.
Another trait that shows its intelligence is where it chooses to rest. Often, when on the plateau area it will sit down and rest, but not fall asleep. This is an ideal location for this, because the blue coral provides the best camouflage the bird wyvern could possibly get in the highlands.
Finally, when fighting another monster near Shamos, it will often turn to face the Shamos and flash them. Rather than face the possibility of the the Shamos attacking, the Tzitzi Ya Ku strikes first, showing a real sense of foresight in combat.
Everything from where it nests, to how it reacts to threats, to how it acts in battle displays a real level of intelligence not often seen in wyverns. ……
Hope you enjoyed my report! If you have any suggestions for improving my posts, or would like to see a specific monster looked at more in depth, please let me know below.
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