|The docile Aptonoth and it's offspring|
|Habitats:||Forest and Hills|
|First Appearance:||Monster Hunter|
|Appears In:||Monster Hunter|
Monster Hunter 2
Monster Hunter Freedom
Monster Hunter Freedom 2
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Monster Hunter 3
 General Information
Official Guild Entry: Relatively docile with characteristic chest plates. They raise young and form herds communally, and have been used as pack animals for generations; their meat is nutritious and tasty. Very cautious around large monsters.
Appearance: Quadrupedal and large like its cousin. They have dark gray scales on their backs, while their underside is a lighter and more vulnerable. Aptonoth is striped with black at the neck, upper back, and tail (which is very spiky and used as a swinging weapon). Their heads have two spikes on each side of the head a long with an elongated piece at the back.
Nature: Calm and non-aggressive.
Usually timid, in packs they defend themselves with surprising strength. They are so docile that some have been trained and used as pack mules amongst hunters for carrying provisions and equipment, or used as transport to and from the local town.
Aptonoths are not aggressive and will not attack unless provoked. When one is attacked, they either charge or swing their spiky tail towards the hunter. The other Aptonoths in the area will most likely run away when they see a member of their herd attacked, however if the hunter is quick enough all members of the herd can be killed.
Young and smaller Aptonoths are easier to kill, but doing so in the presence of a larger Aptonoth will cause it to defend its young. On rare occasions the younger Aptonoth will also attack back.
 Hunter's Tips
- Aptonoths are peaceful creatures and will always flee when a large Boss Monster appears in the same zone.
- Hitting Aptonoths may cause them to retaliate, however fleeing is their preferred method of settling quarrels. Killing off the Aptonoths whilst fighting larger monsters is a good idea, as they may attack, causing the hunter to stagger or lose visibility.
- Recommended Weapons
- Aptonoths can be easily killed with any weapon obtainable in the game.
Aptonoths can be carved two times without any additional armour/kitchen skills in effect. There are no exclusive High-Rank or G-rank carves (MHFU only) for this monster.
| Small Monster Bone|
A Large Aptonoth can be found in certain zones mainly when there are during the Herbivore Breeding Cycle. Larger Aptonoth also have 3 carves.
Hunting a larger Aptonoth during a Free Hunt in the Moga Woods offline can often net hunters with super-sized dung as a reward from the Chief's son back at the village, a very useful resource required for certain village requests and as a farming aid.
| Monster Bone S|
| Monster Bone S|
Super Sized Dung
- Aptonoth has a different carve item in MH3.