Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life

Monster Hunter Rise Endemic Life
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Deadly weapons, Wirebugs, and impenetrable armor aren't the only tools at your disposal in Monster Hunter Rise. The hunters of Kamura Village have found a way to utilize their homeland's endemic life to aid them in battle. Some can increase a hunter's strength, while others can weaken monsters. Let's take a look at the endemic life you can acquire in Monster Hunter Rise on Nintendo Switch.

Don't forget to procure one of the best microSD cards for your Nintendo Switch. Monster Hunter Rise is looking to be one of the best games for the Switch, so you will need as much space as possible to download it.

Once you're done reading, check out our ever-growing lists of weapons and armor to equip and monsters to slay. As well as our tutorial on using the Wirebug effectively during a hunt.

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life How to locate endemic life

Finding endemic life can be intimidating at first because of how big the areas are. But it's pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

Monster Hunter Rise Endemic Life Locations

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To begin tracking down endemic life, hold the minus button on your Nintendo Switch controller to open the map. Then press the L or R buttons to cycle what icons will appear on the map. Once you have chosen what type of endemic life you want to track, press the cancel button to leave the menu.

When exploring, hold the left shoulder button to have the mini-map zoom in. It will show any nearby endemic life you have currently selected in the map menu.

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Permabuffers

Permabuffers are endemic life that can permanently boost a player's stats for the duration of a hunt. These boosts will stay even if you faint in battle and get sent back to camp.


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Spiribirds are the most common and important endemic life you will find in Monster Hunter Rise. These birds have special pollen that increases your stats depending on what color they are:

  • Green Spiribirds increase max health.
  • Yellow Spiribirds increase max stamina.
  • Orange Spiribirds increase defense.
  • Red Spiribirds increase attack.
  • Prism Spiribirds increase all your stats.

The maximum number of stat boosts you can get is determined by the Petalace you have equipped.

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Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Temp Buffers

As their name implies, Temp Buffers are endemic, which temporarily boosts a player's stats and abilities.

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Temp BufferDescriptionImage
WirebugIn addition to the two Wirebugs on your person, you can acquire a wild Wirebug for a maximum number of three. Though the wild Wirebug will leave you after a few minutes.Row 0 - Cell 2
VigorwaspVigorwasps are giant wasps carrying a big sack of healing nectar. If you pop the sack, the nectar will heal a large amount of your health.Row 1 - Cell 2
PeepersectsPeepersects are little butterflies that can reduce stamina use for a few minutes.Row 2 - Cell 2
ButterflameButterflames are big, red butterflies that grant a temporary attack boost.Row 3 - Cell 2
CutterflyCutterflies are dragonflies that grant a boost to your weapon's affinity for a small duration. Affinity is a percentage chance of getting a critical hit with a weapon.Row 4 - Cell 2
ClothflyButterflames are moths that grant a defense boost for a brief period of time.Row 5 - Cell 2
LampsquidsLampsquids are multicolored squids traveling in schools across the Frost Islands. Depending on their color, they can grant you boons when you cross their path. Red squids increase affinity, yellow squids increase defense, green squids restore health, and golden squids (which travel alone and are rare) give all three buffs.Row 6 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Ensnaring Life

Ensnaring Life is endemic life that can be as traps to damage monsters.

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Ensnaring LifeDescriptionImage
FlashflyFlashflies are a cluster of fireflies. When you interact with them, they will flash and disappear in self defense. Any monster that sees the flash will be blinded for a short while.Row 0 - Cell 2
TricktoadTricktoads are frogs that can float like balloons by using special pheromones to inflate themselves. They puff themselves to intimidate any creature that disturbed, even giant monsters. You can use Tricktoads to distract a giant monster and attack while they're busy fighting the Tricktoad.Row 1 - Cell 2
PincercrabPincercrabs are hermit crabs that live in the Sandy Plains. They cling to walls and eat plants and small creatures that live in cliffs. When there's a predator nearby, they will defend themselves by firing dirt from their shells at the monster. You can provoke the Pincercrabs by throwing daggers at them to attack nearby large monsters.Row 2 - Cell 2
EchobatsEchobats are bats native to the Lava Caverns. They are extremely territorial and attack intruders by flying around and covering them with their scales which explode after a set amount of time.Row 3 - Cell 2
GiganhaGiganhas are carnivorous fish that reside in the Flooded Forest. They are usually harmless, but as soon as they smell meat, they go nuts. They will gnaw at any creature until their hunger is satisfied. You can use raw meat to bait them into a frenzy and attack any monster unfortunate enough to be standing near the bait.Row 4 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Hunting Helper

Hunting Helpers are endemic life that can be stored in your inventory and be used as items in battle. You can store up to five of these creatures in your Helper Cage until the end of the hunt. If you want to swap one Hunting Helper out for another, you can also release any of them from the Helper Cage.

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Hunting HelperDescriptionImage
MudbeetleMudbeetles can induce Waterblight on monsters. Waterblight can soften a monster's body so it takes more damage.Row 0 - Cell 2
FirebeetleFirebeetles can induce Fireblight on monsters. Fireblight sets a monster on fire to damage it over time. It hurts more than poison but the duration is shorter.Row 1 - Cell 2
SnowbeetleSnowbeetles can induce Iceblight on monsters. Iceblight slows down a monster's movements, which is pretty useful against speedy monsters.Row 2 - Cell 2
ThunderbeetleThunderbeetles can induce Thunderblight on monsters. Thunderblight enables any weapon to inflict stun damage to a monster's head to knock it out.Row 3 - Cell 2
Puppet SpiderThe Puppet Spider is one of the most powerful creatures amongst all endemic life. This spider shoots out webbing that stuns a monster and makes its instantly ready for mounting.Row 4 - Cell 2
PoisontoadPoisontoads release a cloud of poisonous gas. Anything caught within it will be poisoned. Poison deals less damage than Fireblight but lasts a bit longer.Row 5 - Cell 2
BlastoadsBlastoads release a cloud of flammable gas. If anything touches the cloud, it will explode and send hunters and monsters flying.Row 6 - Cell 2
ParatoadParatoads emit a cloud of paralyzing gas. Anything that walks into the cloud will become paralysed and be unable to move for a few seconds.Row 7 - Cell 2
SleeptoadSleeptoads release a tranquilizing cloud that puts anything to sleep. If you strike a monster while it is asleep, the wake-up attack will do double damage.Row 8 - Cell 2
TrapbugsTrapbugs are tiny insects that resemble caltrops. If a monster steps on them they will flinch for a second. A useful tool when you want a quick escape.Row 9 - Cell 2
StinkminkStinkminks are white-furred minks that spray a special pheromone that attracts nearby monsters. You can use Stinkminks to lure a monster to a trap or to another monster to have them fight each other.Row 10 - Cell 2
WailnardWailnards are pheasants that let out a loud call that attracts all monsters to its location. You can use Wailnards to lure all monsters together have them wage war with each other.Row 11 - Cell 2
BrewhareBrewhares are cute, pink rabbits that have the ability to augment your healing items. For example, when using a Potion, the Brewhare will make it as potent as a Mega Potion. The Brewhare can strengthen your healing items five times before leaving.Row 12 - Cell 2
AntidobraSubverting expectations is the Antidobra. A cobra that cures poison instead of causing it. It also grants poison immunity for a short time. Despite its name suggesting it only cures poison, the Antidobra can also cure and protect you from all sorts of ailments like Blastblight, Bubbleblight, and many more.Row 13 - Cell 2
LanternbugLanternbugs are large caterpillars that produce explosive bodily to protect themselves from predators. If you carry a Lanternbug, it can protect you from damage and deal explosive damage back at the attacker. Lanternbugs also stack, so the more you carry, the more damage they can protect you from.Row 14 - Cell 2
GustcrabGustcrabs are strange crustaceans that have mushrooms growing on their shells. If threatened, it will release a gust of wind that will launch attackers into the air. As a Hunting Helper, you can use the Gustcrab to launch yourself into the air to reach places that are too high for your wirebugs.Row 15 - Cell 2
AurortleAurortles are tortoises that have anthills on their backs. These creatures can protect you from a fatal blow once during a hunt.Row 16 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Crafty Creatures

Crafty Creatures are endemic life that offers crafting materials or Armor Spheres when you interact with them.

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Crafty CreatureDescriptionImage
Boulder LizardBoulder Lizards are the most common Crafty Creature and they will give you basic armor spheres and crafting materials.Row 0 - Cell 2
Rock LizardRock Lizards are uncommon Crafty Creatures and it will give you higher quality armor spheres, account items and crafting materials.Row 1 - Cell 2
Scale LizardScale Lizards are the rarest of the Crafty Creatures and will give you highest quality armor spheres, account items and crafting materials.Row 2 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Lucky Life

Lucky Life are rare endemic life that grant extra rewards at the end of a quest.

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Lucky LifeDescriptionImage
Fortune OwlFortune Owls, are owls with a golden crest and a face resembling a cat. If you can catch one you will earn extra zenny at the end of a quest.Row 0 - Cell 2
FelicicrowFelicicrows are rare crows with black and blue feathers. If you manage to grab the twig in their beak, you will earn extra monster materials at the end of a quest.Row 1 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Other endemic life

These are endemic life that don't belong in any category and have their own unique effects.

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Other endemic lifeDescriptionImage
Great WirebugThere are nodes on the map called 'Jewels Lillies' where you can summon a Great Wirebug. Great Wirebugs stay put and cannot be put in your inventory. Their purpose is to launch you to exceedingly high places without you using your Wirebugs.Row 0 - Cell 2
Golden/Gilded SpiribugsGolden Spiribugs restore small amounts of stamina when you approach them. They also give out Kamura Points which is currency that be used in the Canteen, Buddy Plaza.Row 1 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: List of endemic life Rare Creatures

(Spoiler Alert): Rare Creatures are endemic life that don't offer much benefits during a hunt; they are easter eggs that you can interact with using gestures and take pictures of. However, Rare Creatures are not marked on the map, so you will have to find them the old-fashioned way.

Be warned. These creatures venture into spoiler territory, so only click the button below if you are having trouble finding these creatures.

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Rare CreaturesDescriptionImage
Snow-faced FoxSnow-faced Fox is a fox that lives exclusively in the Shrine Ruins. You can encounter this majestic creature in Area 5, perched on top of a ruined gate during the night.Row 0 - Cell 2
MonksnailThe Monksnail is a gargantuan sea creature that roams the oceans of the Frost Islands. You can only encounter this terrifying creature during the night, and you will need to find some high ground in Area 8 to spot because it is outside of the map's boundaries.Row 1 - Cell 2
RegitriceThe Regitrice is a rare wingdrake covered in golden scales and likes to bask in the sun of the Sandy Plains. To find this creature, you will need to go to a ruined building in Area 12 during the daytime. You will see the Regitrice roosting in one of the rooms, bathing in sunlight from a crack in the ceiling.Row 2 - Cell 2
QuetzalcobraThe Quetzalcobra is a snake hiding within the ruined temple of the Flooded Forest. This ancient specimen can be found within a room in the back of the temple in Area 3 during the daytime. If it likes you, it will spit fluid at you that heals your wounds.Row 3 - Cell 2
HellbillThe Hellbill is a bird that resembles the mythological phoenix. You can find it in a secret area within Area 11 of the Lava Caverns. The Hellbill appears at the crack of dawn so it can bathe in pools of lava, so you will need to wait for a while before it shows up.Row 4 - Cell 2

What form of endemic life will you use in Monster Hunter Rise?

My favorite is the elemental beetles. Giving monsters a taste of their own elemental medicine is very satisfying. Have fun tracking these critters down. Happy hunting!

Alexander Cope

Alexander Cope is a writer for Windows Central and iMore that has been gaming since the 16-bit era.