Rathalos (リオレウス, Liolaeus) are a type of flying wyvern from the Monster Hunter series, created by Capcom. They are one of the most well-known monsters in the series, and can appear in many varied habitats.
Rathalos is a recurring monster from the Monster Hunter series, and the flagship monster for the original Monster Hunter; it is sometimes known by its epithet "King of the Skies" and belongs to the Flying Wyvern family of monsters. In addition to its female counterpart Rathian, there are a number of Rathalos subspecies in existence, such as Azure Rathalos. Its description in Monster Hunter World states that "Rathalos descends upon invaders from the sky, attacking with poison claws and fiery breath", which is reflected accordingly in its attacks in Smash.
Armor, in both Blademaster and Gunner variants, can be created from materials procured from hunting Rathalos in its home series.
Armor created with Rathalos materials from Monster Hunter, called the Rathalos Blademaster Armor, appeared as a downloadable content costume for Mii Swordfighters. The armor's design is derived from Monster Hunter Tri and later entries in the series, excluding Monster Hunter: World.
As a Boss
Main article: Rathalos (SSBU)
Rathalos appears as a boss in Adventure Mode: World of Light and Classic Mode, and is the first boss in the series to also appear as an Assist Trophy. It can strike the opponent with its claws or breathe fire onto the stage. When it roars, nearby fighters may be stunned.
The boss fight with Rathalos takes place in an arena that resembles Monster Hunter's Ancestral Steppe. Rathalos can be seen flying around the World of Light overworld map prior to its boss fight in that mode.
Rathalos is the boss battle of the Classic Mode for Yoshi, Bowser, Marth, and Duck Hunt.
As an Assist Trophy
Being an Assist Trophy, Rathalos is summoned by flying down from the sky and begins to attack its summoner's opponents. Its attacks include firing fireballs, slashing with its talons, and stunning nearby enemies with a screeching roar. Unlike the boss version, this Rathalos's claws don't inflict poison, nor does it fly into the background for any attacks. Additionally, it is immune to Pitfall traps and Deku Nuts.
As a Boss
Rathalos uses the same attacks it does as an Assist Trophy, with the addition of flying to the background to shoot exploding fireballs. During the fight, certain items will appear, such as Deku Nuts and Pitfalls. The Rathalos is vulnerable to both of said items, which will open it up to free damage before it recovers. Attacking its tail will cause it to drop an item, a reference to how its tail can be severed for extra items in its home series.
There are nine main attacks that Rathalos uses in his boss battle:
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