Monster Hunter World's next major update, due to arrive on Xbox One and PS4 on April 19th, will introduce the mighty Elder Dragon Kulve Taroth, Capcom has announced.
Kulve Taroth is the second monster to be added to Monster Hunter World post-launch, following on from everybody's favourite behemoth nuisance the Deviljho, and will be available as part of a new limited-time event.
According to a new post on Capcom's Unity blog, hunters will get their first taste of Kulve Taroth in a new Siege quest, designed to be played collaboratively across multiple hunting parties within the same Gathering Hub. Up to 16 players can participate at once, split into hunting parties of up to four hunters. Each party can help progress the quest either by collecting tracks or by attacking the Kulve Taroth in order to break off more parts.
"The primary goal of this Siege is to repel Kulve Taroth," explains Capcom, "but its shimmering golden mantle happens to be a collection of shiny weapon relics it has gathered along its journey through the New World. We don't have much information on when and where Kulve Taroth has amassed all these relics, so the nature and quality of these weapons (read: type and stats) are entirely up to fate".
Two new armour sets, designed to complement the new Relic weapons, will be also be available from the Smithy in the form of the Kulve Taroth α and Kulve Taroth β. The new update will also add the Kulve Taroth Set α Palico equipment.
All this Elder Dragon action will unfold in a new area of the map known as The Caverns of El Dorado. These are described as "a peculiar network of caverns shaped and influenced both by the Everstream and the minerals that Kulve Taroth has collected over the years. Kulve Taroth's nesting ground-as yet undiscovered-is rumored to rest within the deepest region of the caverns, from which tremendous geothermal energies seem to emanate".
Capcom says that the Kulve Taroth Siege will begin on April 18 at 5pm PT / April 19 at 1am BST, and will be live "only for a limited time". It's not entirely clear if Kulve Taroth will remain in-game once the Siege quest has expired, or whether the two are inextricably bound - but I'll see if I can find out. Capcom does note, however, that the siege will return at a later date.