Why Toa Tesukatora is the perfect fit for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
Return of the Frozen King?
To date, the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion has taken the tally to over 60 large monsters roaming across a number of vibrant locales within the New World.
Even when the Monster Hunter: World base game launched back in 2018, there was still a great variety of monsters to slay and capture for glory... and weapons... and armor. But with such a huge fanbase and the constant need for fresh ideas, Capcom hasn't pulled any punches when it comes to adding brilliant updates like the Resident Evil 2 crossover collaboration, and adding new and returning monsters from the franchise for Hunters to take down.
But with so many fantastic beasts to choose from the back catalog, there are some monsters that a chomping at the bit to get a piece of the action in this multi-award-winning game. Everyone has their favorites and maybe some of them have already been added, like the ferocious Rajang, an ape-like creature that has no doubt 'carted' many players since its return.
But there's one particular monster that stands out for us, one that we think would be a perfect fit for Iceborne - and that's Toa Tesukatora. It was only three years ago when this Elder Dragon made an appearance in Monster Hunter Frontier Z, a Japan-only title in the series, but maybe it's time to welcome the return of the 'Frozen King'.
If you aren't familiar with Toa Tesukatora, here's some information on this valiant creature and why we think that it should be included in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.
What is a Toa Tesukatora
A Toa Tesukatora is a powerful leonine Elder Dragon, the same species as descendants Lunastra and Teostra that already appear in Monster Hunter: World. Much like its two similar counterparts, Toa Tesukatora has its own unique appearance and attacks.
It's predominantly white and grey in color, with tufts of white fur on their legs and a mane made out of sharp icicles. It also has a pair of sharp horns and an ice coating across its wings and tail.
Although it's said to be less aggressive than the Teostra and Lunastra, the Toa Tesukatora must not be underestimated. It's capable of releasing waves of freezing cold air and creating blizzards that can put Hunters in a motionless state, and vulnerable to an attack.
It's chilling scale powder can form large ice-like boulders in mid-air, which it sends crashing down around it, as well as forming large shards of ice across the ground which can shatter in all directions.
If you've experienced MHW and wonder what it would be like fighting a Toa Tesukatora; imagine going up against a Lunastra or Teostra that has the meteor-like projectiles of the Behemoth, combined with the swirling and distracting winds of the Kashula Doara - that's kind of what to expect!
Why should Toa Tesukatora be in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
I mean, come on... look at it!
You only have to take a glance at this icy beast to see why it would suit the cold climates of the new Hoarfrost Reach region. During Toa Tesukatora's Monster Hunter Frontier days, players would often bee seen traversing over glaciers of the Polar Sea and the snowy mountains of the Arctic Ridge in search of this ice cold creature.
It's easy to see why five of the monsters introduced (or returning) in Iceborne were chosen based on the locale and having the same elemental type as their environment, so you'd think that Toa Tesukatora would be a perfect fit. At present, Velkhana rules the roost as the Ice-type Elder Dragon in the big expansion, but wouldn't it be great to see an Event or Special Assignment with Velkhana and Toa Tesukatora going toe-to-toe in a super cool Turf War.
Imagine venturing into the central area of the map in the underground caves, or following the path across the unsteady-in-places Zone 7, and being welcomed by a Toa Tesukatora - sounds pretty epic, right?
It would be a sound strategy to add Toa Tesukatora to the MHWI roster, given the fact that both Lunastra and Teostra have slotted into the mix so well, offering very challenging battles with these Elder Dragon foes.
There are a number of First and Second Generation monsters that have made the journey to the New World, so it wouldn't be that surprising to see Capcom reveal Toa Tesukatora as an additional monster to hunt.
There are, of course, dozens of other monsters from former MH titles that would suit the latest action RPG in the franchise. The Rathalos-related Zerureusu, which first made an appearance in Monster Hunter Frontier G, would look pretty damn stunning in modern gen graphics.
Or the Berukyurosu sub-species Doragyurosu from Monster Hunter Frontier Season 8.0., which also resides in snowy climates. But, for now, we'd be happy with Toa Tesukatora's arrival via an update in the not so distant future.