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.
As a costume
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
Rathalos fights using its talons, tail swipes, fireballs, and flying into the background, and can stun its enemies with a screeching roar. During the fight, certain items will appear, such as Explosive Barrels, Deku Nuts and Pitfalls. The Rathalos is vulnerable to all of the mentioned items, which will open it up to free damage before it recovers. The Rathalos can also be stunned briefly by breaking the armour on either its face or back, triggered by dealing sufficient damage to that area first. 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.
When defeated, the Rathalos will drop the ground and flail around before lying still, as in its death animation in the Monster Hunter series.
There are nine main attacks that Rathalos uses in his boss battle:
World of Light
Rathalos is encountered in the Forest Hill sub base found on Tortimer Island, where the player can see it as soon as they enter this sub base. The player must chase Rathalos around the sub base area until they eventually corner it, which leads to the battle. Defeating Rathalos is necessary to weaken the shield protecting Galeem.
As an Assist Trophy
Upon being pulled from an Assist Trophy, Rathalos is summoned by flying down from the sky and begins to attack its summoner's opponents. It uses the same attacks as the boss version, but its claws don't inflict poison, nor does it fly into the background for any attacks. Additionally, it is immune to Explosive Barrels, Deku Nuts and Pitfalls.
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