A Rathalos (リオレウス, Liolaeus) is 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.
A Rathalos is a recurring monster from the Monster Hunter series, and is both the flagship monster for the original Monster Hunter and the de facto mascot of the series as a whole. 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
The boss Rathalos fights like he did in his home series. He fights using his talons, tail swipes, fireballs, and flying into the background, and can stun his 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 him up to free damage before he recovers. The Rathalos can also be stunned briefly by breaking the armour on either his face or back, triggered by dealing sufficient damage to that area first. Attacking his tail will cause him to drop an item, a reference to how his tail can be severed for extra items in his home series.
When his Stamina drops to 0, the Rathalos will drop the ground and flail around before lying still, as in his death animation in the Monster Hunter series.
The Fighters that are assigned to fight Rathalos in Classic Mode at the end of their round are Duck Hunt, Marth, Yoshi, and Piranha Plant. Bowser is also assigned to fight Rathalos, but it is not the final round, as he fights Mario afterwards, then Metal Mario (upon Mario's defeat).
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 (possibly due to his kind appearing in forests in his home series), where the player can see him as soon as they enter this sub base. The player must chase Rathalos around the sub base area until they eventually corner the boss, 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, a 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 it does not it fly into the background for any attacks. Additionally, it is immune to Explosive Barrels, Deku Nuts and Pitfalls. It can be KO'd for a point, though it is very durable, has flinch resistance, and cannot be grabbed.
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