Kulu-Ya-Ku Guide: Monster Weakness, Carves & Rewards, Armor Sets – Monster Hunter World

Kulu-Ya-Ku is a large, bird like Monster in Monster Hunter: World. This creature is first encountered during the Bird-Brained Hunting Quest. It can be tracked by following the trail of FeathersFootprints, and Broken Egg Shells it leaves throughout the area. To learn more about the Kulu-Ya-Ku, consult our Kulu-Ya-Ku guide below.


Difficulty: Beginner (2⭐)

Location: Ancient Forest, Wildspire Waste

Size: Large

Species: Bird Wyvern

Weak To:

  • Water 3⭐
  • Fire 2⭐
  • Thunder 2⭐
  • Ice 2⭐
  • Dragon 2⭐

Breakable/Severable (Weak Points): Head (weak point), Hands

Material (Carves + Low Rank Rewards):

Material (Carves + Low Rank Rewards): 

Reward Money: 1800 z

Storyline Quest: Bird-Brained Bandit

Hunting Quest Text: “The Kulu-Ya-Ku uses its dexterous forearms to carry objects. Left unchecked it’s liable to run off with crucial supplies. Step one of rebuilding a secure cap is hunting that thief!”

Characteristics: An odd bird wyvern that has developed limbs capable of carrying weapons. It’s been spotted stealing eggs from nests found in the Ancient Forest and Wildspire Waste.

Useful Information: Kulu-Ya-Ku can use small boulders to shield itself or smash against its enemies. For it to drop whatever it’s holding by using your slinger. You can also fright it by luring one of its natural enemies.

Kulu-Ya-Ku Fight Guide

Main Fight Mechanic: Rock-wielding

Rock: During the fight against Kulu-Ya-Ku, the monster will start digging into the ground to grab a rock. It will wield the rock like a weapon, using it to shield itself or to attack. To knock the rock out of its hands, use your Slinger.


Kulu-Ya-Ku has a pretty basic attack kit. The only thing you really have to worry about is when it picks up a rock, as it becomes harder to hit it straight on (when facing its head).

*I attempted to grab all the attacks I saw. Let me know if I missed some in The Pit.

  • Lunge-strike: Can lunge forward and strike with its claws.
  • Lunge-bite: Can lunge forward and bite.
  • Peck: Walks forward while pecking the ground.
  • Charge: Has a gap closing charge attack.
  • Charge-smash (with rock): Similar to its normal charge attack, but will add a smash with the rock towards the end.
  • Jump-smash (with rock): Takes a running leap and smashes back to earth with the rock.

Fight Tips:

Like the Great Jagras, Kulu-Ya-Ku is a low level monster designed to get you comfortable with Monster Hunter: World’s combat mechanics. The fight itself is not overly strenuous, but can quickly turn against you if you are not taking it seriously. To help you fight, here are a few tips:

  • Eat up – Head into the fight having eaten a meal from the Canteen (do this for every fight to make life easier)
  • Stay Near the Tail – This boss can be defeated quite easily by simply staying near its tail. It doesn’t really have any attacks that can keep you off its back, which means you can sit back there and deal some serious damage.
  • Exploit Elemental Weakness – This isn’t applicable for a first fight (you won’t have access to elemental weapons), but is useful if you want to farm. As noted above, Kulu-Ya-Ky is especially weak to water elemental damage.
  • Slinger When Rock is Equipped – When Kulu equips the rock, use your slinger to knock it out of its hands (takes 3 hits with Stones). If out of ammo, avoid attacking straight on as your attacks will be blocked.
  • SOS – If you need to, send out an SOS and get some extra help from the MHW community.

Note: share your tips in the comments and I will add them here.

Kulu Armor Set (Rarity 1)

Armor Requirements:

Human: All Materials are Kulu-Ya-Ku Carves/Drops unless noted.

  • Headpiece – 2x Scale, 1x Hide, 1x Plume
  • Mail – 2x Hide, 1x Plume, 1x Beak, 2x Machalite Ore
  • Vambraces – 2x Scale, 1x Hide, 3x Iron Ore
  • Coil – 2x Hide, 1x Beak, 2x Wingdrake Hide
  • Greaves – 2x Hide, 3x Scale, 2x Wingdrake Hide

Palico: All Materials are Kulu-Ya-Ku Carves/Drops unless noted.

  • Lute– 1x Scale
  • Turban – 1x Plume
  • Vest – 1x Hide

Kulu α+β Set (Rarity 5)

Armor Requirements:

Human: All Materials are Kulu-Ya-Ku Carves/Drops unless noted.

  • Headpiece – 4x Scale+, 2x Hide+, 2x Plume+
  • Mail – 4x Hide+, 3x Plume+, 2x Beak+, 1x Bird Wyvern Gem
  • Vambraces – 4x Scale+, 2x Hide+, 3x Carbalite Ore
  • Coil – 4x Hide+, 2x Beak+, 3x Wingdrake Hide+, 2x Earth Crystal
  • Greaves – 4x Hide+, 6x Scale+, 2x Wingdrake Hide+, 2x Earth Crystal
Image of Kulu α Set Palico

The Kulu α Set on my Palico.

Palico: All Materials are Kulu-Ya-Ku Carves/Drops unless noted.

  • Lute– 1x Scale+
  • Turban – 1x Plume+
  • Vest – 1x Hide+


More: Monster Hunter: World monster guides.


Thoughts on our Kulu-Ya-Ku guide? Let us know in The Pit below.


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