All information on this page are rough translations of the Japanese text taken from Capcom's "Hunter's Encylopedia Royal Paleontology Scriveners" books 1, 2, G, and 3.... as well as the recently localized "Monster Hunter Illustrations."
Despite popular belief within the MH community, the world of Monster Hunter is NOT called Minegarde. This is probably due in part by the localization of Monster Hunter Freedom's Info magazine. In the section "The Lay of the Land", a geographer states, "I'm the top geographer in Minegarde." Some fans took that this meant the person being the top geographer in the world and wrongly assumed that Minegarde was the name of this world. Minegarde is actually just the name of a town.
"At first, we didn't want to create an actual map. In fact, we had somehow convinced ourselves that we could get away without ever making one. We were afraid that putting the world down on paper, showing which areas linked where and how far it was from one place to another would in some way make the world of Monster Hunter seem too finite. But as development progressed, we realized that a lack of a map was too much of an inconvenience. In the end, we decided to compromise by blurring out most of the world map and showing an area that was the world of Monster Hunter 'this time'. It was our plan to add more areas and expand farther out as the series moved forward."
~ Fujioka Kaname, Series World Supervisor - Monster Hunter Illustrations
|Schrade Region Map|
Schrade Castle (シュレイド城)
Towns and villages in the Schrade Kingdom were reduced to ruins and have become a den for monsters. The Kingdom of Schrade was a neutral zone before it was divided. The cause of the division remains a mystery.
Theory: Schrade Castle was home to royalty of the Schrade Kingdom. But due to class inequality and the king's absolute rule, a civil war was waged and the kingdom was split into two cities: Veld City (the upper class) and Liber City (the working class). The area now acts as a demilitarized zone. After the war, the black dragon Fatalis started inhabiting the area.
Known references in-game: Battle area for Fatalis
"Castle Schrade is an ancient castle located in the vast open plain in the center of Schrade. Once a splendid feudal manor, it is now a mere shadow of its former glory, surrounded only by the ruins of the villages and towns that used to encircle it. So complete is the devastation, that no one remains to mourn its passing." - MHFU Info Magazine, "About the Swamp Zone", Pg.2
|Verudo / Veld (ヴェルド)|
Riveru / Liber (リーヴェル)
The largest city in the western Schrade region, the royal capital. Known as a fortress city, with exterior walls built around street folks, it's characterized by cannons and ballistas in all directions. A prosperous city at first glance, and appears lively, though its inhabitants are only those who possess economic power. People without the economic strength, the so-called poor, live outside the city walls in an area known as the painting district.
The largest city in the eastern Schrade region, and capital of the Republic. A flourishing city with trades to various places throughout the east, with many people coming in and out with materials. Liber City has become famous for the trade caravans that are used to slay monsters. The area is located in a basin surrounded by steep mountains with long winters and severe weather. Of course, the city has many facilities in place for the Winter season, like its hot drink stands, which should be exercised with caution. Furthermore, there is an enormous tower at the center of the town filled with artillery, much like Veld City, and is intended for monitoring monsters.Himeroon Mountains (ヒンメルン山脈)
A series of high mountain peaks, also called the "Limitless Mountain to the Sky". Beyond the mountains east of Schrade are widespread temperate regions.Kokoto Village (ココット村)
Known references in-game: MHFU info magazine, "About The Town" Pg.2
Kokoto Village is located at the foot of a mountain. With mild climate, the villagers engage in subsistence living. Nearby monsters often emerge, including a One Horned Wyvern that seldom appears in the mountains of Kokoto. However, the villagers depend on its chief, a former hunter, on understanding the ecology of such monsters to maintain a relatively well relationship with them. Should a monster appear to threaten their lifestyle, hunters would be commissioned.Minegarde (ミナガルデ)
Known references in-game: The offline village of Monster Hunter 1
A town southwest of the Schrade Kingdom in the frontier lands that are still widely unexplored. Situated on a small flat landing in the middle of a table-like cliff, the complex terrain is not suitable for agriculture. The town was originally meant as a village for people to live in, however, the harsh environments have changed its focus towards an urban development for hunters and the Hunter's Guild, achieving great results in the progress. Moreover, it is far from any of the Kingdom's major cities. However, because of its close range to natural monster habitats, it makes for a convenient location for hunters. The hunted monsters yield large amounts of meat and bone material, which are important trade goods to kingdoms without an abundance of monsters. As well, a variety of resources can be collected in the area to meet the basic necessities of life. Of course, not everyone who lives in the town is a hunter. The town is equipped with multiple cannons for defense. The market west of the square is a symbol of the town's vitality. For a city located in a remote area, it possesses advanced technology. Some of this technology was learned from the Mainland Kingdom.
Known references in-game: The online city in the original Monster Hunter game, although only referred to as an outpost town
|Market (市場)||Town Square (広場)||Guesthouse (ゲストハウス)|
|Armor Workshop (武具工房)||Bar (酒場)|
|Jumbo Village (ジャンボ村)|
Recently, the village has grown significantly as a center for hunters.
Known references in-game: The offline village of Monster Hunter 2 (Dos)
| Dondruma (ドンドルマ)|
The city was built in the rugged mountains by the hands of indigenous people.
シュ レイド地方からヒンメルン山脈を越えた東に位置するドンドルマの街。かつてそこに暮らしていた先住民の手によって、ジォ・クル一 ク海に面する険しい山あいに切り開かれた。絶えることのない風は街を囲む風車の動力源となり、絶えることのない水は街に住む人々の生活 源となる。これら豊かな自然の恵みが、街で生 活する人々の活気と笑顔を守っている。 著しく成長を続けるその要因は、その環境のよさもさることながら、街の指導者である大長老の手腕に因るところが大きい。統率のとれた守護兵団、モンスター迎撃区画、古龍観測（詳 細は後述）、モンス夕一売買など、街を豊かにするための様々な工夫が施され、他に類を見ないほどの大拠点にまで発展した。周辺に生息するモンス夕一と共存 するだけで なく、それらの脅威を“街の発展”に転換する数々の政策と施策は、見習うべきところが多い。
切り立った山あいの稃に築か れたドンドルマ。その地形を利用し建てられた 施設は、すべて対モンス夕一を想定し設計された。街門の一両に建てられた “古龍観測所” では、そこを訪れるハン夕一へ向けた街のル―ルをはじめ、モンスターの相場価格や古龍の観測予報など、様々な情報を提供している。街に危機が迫った際にも、この古龍観測所から警報が発せられる。また、ハン夕一が街中に入る際、仲 間を探 すための案内となる“グループボ―ド”もここにある。
もしあなたが目的を持ったハンターならば、グループボードをのぞいてみることを勧める。特に目的もなくドンドルマにやってきたならば……それでものぞいてみることをお勧めする。なぜならば、そこには多くの志をもったハン夕一たちの熱いメッセ一ジがあり、 あなたと同様、目的もなくブラブラと しているハンターたちからのメッセ一ジもまた多いからだ。もちろん、自らメッセージを掲示することも可能。この街でハンターとしての名を上げたいのであれば、グループボードを最大限に活用することがレ必須と言えるだろう。
Known references in-game: MHFU info magazine, "About The Town" Pg.2
"In the Schrade region, if one were to travel east from our land of Minegarde through the Himeroon Mountains, one would arrive at the town of Dondruma." - MHFU Info Magazine, "About the Town", Pg.2
| Pokke Village (ポッケ村)|
A village located in the highlands, near the Furahiya Mountains. People actively live in the village on a small scale, despite the harsh conditions. It has recently become a major site for hunters wishing to hunt in the snow.Metapettato (メタペタット)
A village used by hunters as a base and relay point when out hunting. The road that runs through the village was created long ago by a Lao-Shan Lung. A single hunter goes around the village handling requests. Materials from the East are transported across the Jio-Kruk (ジォ・クルーク) sea, which lies just outside of the village.
A relatively new village on the banks of a giant lake, called the Great Circle Lake of Melchitta. Meteorites had crashed in the past to form craters and have turned into a huge lake over time. Originally a small village for mere hunters, scholars from Minegarde had occasionally visited to study the lake, but as more visitors increased, the place grew into a larger village.Jio Wandoreo (ジォ・ワンドレオ)
The largest city in the frontier. It faces constant dangers from the unexplored lands beyond its boundaries. Originally built with exterior walls and crow's nest to guard against monsters in its infancy, it now boasts as one of the most robust city in the region. Producing its own technology and serving as a trade center between the East and West regions have made it an accomplished development. With a giant raft that connects to the heart of the city, a variety of the goods that flow from east to west are handled here. Furthermore, it was Jio Wandoreo that brought the technology of Dual Swords to the Schrade region.Rekusara (レクサーラ)
An oasis village built on the entrance of the desert acres to its south. The village is often swept with sandstorms carried from the desert, where few hunters have stepped foot. It is the site of a future hunting base, so great developments are expected.
Theory: This village may be an early settlement that later becomes Loc Lac City. Loc Lac is also bombarded with sandstorms from time to time.
North Oelde District (北エルデ地方)
A region mostly occupied by a range of volcanoes. A harsh environment known for high quality rare metals. Because of the threat from many monsters, there is an unending request to hunters for mining and slaying. Near the entrance of the volcanic areas, there is a small village called Nganga (ン・ガンガ), which has become a resting place for hunters journeying beyond the North Oelde District. The village is also known for its thriving blacksmiths. Many of the active blacksmiths from around the world were born here.
Theory: This blacksmith village may be the setting for an offline village in a future Monster Hunter game.
South Oelde District (南エルデ地方)
Located on the southern tip of a peninsula, the area is surrounded on three sides by the sea. While there is a small fishing village near the coast, they only trade with neighboring islands due to the volcanic region in the north.
Theory: The small fishing village may refer to Moga Village. Also, Yukumo Village could potentially be located on one of the islands as their topography hasn't been revealed to be flat or mountainous. The islands are also east of the large desert, where Loc Lac City may be located.
Acra Region (アクラ地方)
An area where the entire land is covered in ice. The rapidly changing weather can go from clear skies to a sudden snowstorm faster than you'd think. For a very severe environment, the habitation is very high, as there have been sightings of many ferocious creatures.
Theory: A possible location for the Tundra area. Certain areas in the Tundra are known to have snowstorms.
For generations, the king in absolute power have tried to rule over the island's tribes because of their unique culture. Though it has been confirmed that not all of them have severed their interactions with other ethnic groups, they are still shrouded in mystery.
Theory: The tribe is most likely referring to the Wyverians (known as the Dragon Tribe in Japanese), as there have been a few that have interacted with other cultures. The island also shows a small mountain range on the world map. Yukumo Village could also be located in this mountain valley, as its village chief is of Wyverian ancestry.
Shiki Country (シキ国)
A nation located on a far eastern island. Many years ago, a blacksmith from the Shiki Country drifted to Schrade in search of the "Arms of God" (神の腕) and had worked with the Guild's workshop for some time, passing on many technological teachings.
|Arcolis Region (アルコリス地方)|
Known to hunters as the "Forest & Hills" (森と丘).
|Metape Wet Jungle (メタペ湿密林)|
大陸南西部の沿岸部に広がる密林地帯。様々な熱 帯植物が群生するそこは、モンスタ一達にとっても 棲みやすい楽園といえる。さらに、周辺の温暖な潮 流のおかげで豊かな漁場となっているが、そこに棲 息する水竜には漁師達も手をわずらわせていると か。また、近くには漁師らが暮らす村もあり、密林 を棲みかとする鳥竜種との小競り合いも絶えない ようだ。 Known to hunters as the "Old Jungle" (ジャングル).
|Jio Telado Marsh (ジォ・テラード湿地帯)|
灰色の空と土、瘴気に覆われたこの土地は、かつて、 人々から忌むべき土地として避けられてきた。しか し近年、多くのハンター達が派遣され、この地に植 生する菌糸類が、様々な用途に有用だということ、 洞穴内から貴重な鉱石が採掘できることから、目 下、関係各署より注目されている。
Known to hunters as the "Old Swamp" (沼地).
|Dede Desert (デデ砂漠)|
砂竜の巣窟として恐れられる広漠たる砂の海は、貴 重かつ有用な植物が採取できること、地下に豊富な 水脈をたたえていることが先人達の手によって広 められ、いまや多くのハンタ一達が日夜問わず繰り 出している。そのため、自分達の生息域を侵された モンスタ一がオアシスに侵入するなどの事態が頻 繁に起こっている。
Known to hunters as the "Old Desert" (砂漠).
|North Oelde Volcanic Region (北エルデ地方の火山地帯)|
A savage, desolate land scarred by lava. It is also home to many valuable treasures.
貴 重なレアメタルを産出する火山地帯。王国でも 火山調査隊が組まれ、幾度となくこの地に派遣され てきた。そのかいあって、現在では様々な事象が明 らかになっている。その中のひとつに、かつて、噴 火は“大地の怒り”の現れとされてきたが、実際にモ ンスタ一の気性に影響をおよぼしていることがあ る。それが、噴火時のモンスターの目撃数の多さを 裏付けている。
Known to hunters as the "Old Volcano" (火山).
|Telos Jungle (テロス密林)|
A jungle area lush with white and green. The beach in the north contains fallen ruins, of which details are unknown. The central mountains are hollow inside where humidity increases depending on the season, and can cause some beetle species to grow to abnormal sizes.
Known to hunters as the "Jungle" (密林).
|Kluputios Wetlands (クルプティオス湿地帯)|
A Swamp covered in the stickiness of humidity. When the sun sinks down, noxious gases rise from the earth. Located in a temperate region, the daylight hours are few with large amounts of rainfall throughout the year. Because aquatic resources are abundant, mold and unique fungi grow in thick.
Known to hunters as the "Swamp" (沼地).
|Sekumaeya Desert (セクメーア砂漠)|
A desert whose name means "Fall of Moondust" (乾きの海). The vast and widespread sand dunes are inhabited by Piscine wyverns. Severe temperature difference between the day and night, coupled with fierce creatures, makes it a very harsh environment. Pioneered by the hands of many hunters have revealed the location of a deep lake within the oasis.
The Sekumaeya is a second generation area known to hunters as the "Desert" (砂漠).
|Known references in-game: A treasure item found in MHF2/MHFU called the Sekumaeya Pearl. |
- "Ore found by searching the Sekumaeya Desert. Commands a high price." - Description of the Sekumaeya Pearl
|Latio Volcano (ラティオ活火山)|
Lava is erupting constantly, as smoke plumes from the active volcano. There have been reported sightings of an Elder Dragon in the area, but investigation is difficult due to the severe environment. Known to hunters as the "Volcanic Belt" (火山).
|Furahiya Mountains (フラヒヤ山脈)|
大 陸北部に屹立する雪に包まれた山々。その山あ いをうねるように川が流れ、麓にある湖が鏡面のよ うに山を映し出す。しかし一歩奥に足を踏み入れ れば、そこには世界の理すら跳ね返すような氷と強 風、そして強者が支配する世界となる。多数のハン ターの協力を経て、今回の調査で新たに書士隊が踏 み入れた雪山の奥深い場所は、まさに"神”の棲む場 所であった。 A mountainous zone where the snow-covered mountains are colored in silver ranges. The various mountain levels are connected through a plural of cave systems and the wall surfaces are covered with hard ice. An ecosystem exists despite the harsh environment. Known to hunters as the "Snowy Mountains" (雪山).
|Bateyubatom Forest (バテュバトム樹海)|
The Great Forest has existed since the dawn of recorded time. ギルドが、樹海へのハンター派遣を決定したのはつ い最近のことである。そのため、この地に関する情 報は、ようやく出回り始めたといったところ。なか でも興味深いのが、新種の飛竜目撃。漆黒の鱗をも つそれは、影すらもついてこないほどの素早さで、 対象に襲いかかるという。また、土着の人型生物の 存在も確認されており、まだまだ研究の余地が残さ れている土地である。
Known to hunters as the "Great Forest" (樹海).
|Deserted Island (孤島)|
|Flooded Forest (水没林)|
|Sandy Plains (砂原)|
|Mountain Stream (渓流)|
There is currently no concrete information regarding the geographic location of the following areas.
|Moga Village (モガの村)|
The houses and shops are made of wood, supported by scaffolding on the water. The night is full of boats on the pier, as they await the signal to depart. Ruins can be seen in the distance. It is a place where nature, the forest, sea, and air, melts into a gentle flow with time. Various encounters await the hunter.
|Loc Lac (ロックラック)|
A large city nestled in the heart of a desert, acting as a trading hub for sand boats and airships. Many boats come to the city for fuel and food, which is bustling throughout the day and night. Just beyond the city gate is a piazza lined with a myriad of shops. Connected by the city's main facilities, there is a show of great prosperity everyday. A ballsy call into the street can be a major center of commerce. There are many unusual items that can be exchanged and bartered even without having any money. Loc Lac's facilities are unique, with a variety of goods gathered from around the world. The city is also refuge to hunters who had gone broke from drinking and gambling. Airships can be seen traversing in the sky as well as a hilltop monument overlooking a vast lake.http://www.capcom.co.jp/monsterhunter/3/city1.html
|City Gate (街門)||Square (広場)||Bar (酒場)|
|Tavern Street (宿屋通り)||Workshop (工房)||Loc Lac Fashion|
|Yukumo Village (ユクモ村)|
A flourishing village in the mountain valleys with a hot spring in its center. With few flatlands, the buildings are aligned along each side of the valley. The largest building, the heart of the village, is a spa house. The large outdoor bathing establishment serves as the Guild's gathering hall. Accommodations in nearby outhouses are available to hunters for their convenience. Facing the central street of the village is a general store and blacksmith shop. In addition to the spa industry, there is an active forestry to export high quality lumber to neighboring cities. Traditionally, the village had been safe due to the hunters that were visiting the hot springs at the time. But with the frequent appearance of large monsters recently, the village had requested the assistance of the Hunter's Guild.
Many of the characters from other villages make an appearance in the video to the right, suggesting that they may not be that far off.
|The only known fact about the geographic location of Yukumo Village is that it lies far east of Loc Lac City, based on translations from the "Hunting Life" magazine within the game. Like the games before it, MHP3rd's loading screen may also give some clues to the geography relative to the village.|
|Tanjia Port (タンジアの港)|
A stopping point for trades, the Tanjia harbor is known as the sailor's oasis. The place is full of energy with many hunters constantly on the go. Various hunting parties gather in the huge harbor. Lined up in the city's square is the quest counter, workshop, and a variety of stores.