24. 23 - Rathalos
This dragon stretches its wings about 20 metres across and just as long. Its height however is only about 10 metres.
What can I say about this dragon? Other than the fact that it is one of the most famous and densely populated dragons ever to exist! "The King of the Skies". "The Fire Lord". Every hunter, they say, has hunted after a Rathalos once in his life, and I would not be surprised by this fact what so ever! There are hundreds of these giants spread across the globe, from the volcanoes, the forests, the mountains, the swamps - everywhere except icy plains. There are also, strangely, three types of Rathalos. You have the classic and most common Red Rathalos, then the Azura Rathalos, and the Silver Rathalos; silver being the most rare. No one knows why or how they are these different colours, but each is just as deadly as the other. And the Rathalos is a male variant of the Rath species, the Rathian being the female variant. We'll touch up on her later.
These beasts are hideously territorial and anything that strays in their hunting grounds becomes their dinner. Human, herbivore or even other dragons.
The Rathalos is most famous for its fire attribute. But unlike other dragons, as it is most commonly seen, is that the Rathalos does not project fire through a stream of gas and hot blasts, but instead the creature excels its fire through one, heavy and dense ball of heat. When hit, it will do nasty, focussed and searing damage to its victim. But also, what it rather useful for when hunting, is that its claws are heavily packed with fierce poison. The victim's nerves become unstable within seconds, and they start to spasm before they drop to the floor. It truly nasty...
How to Kill:
Seeing as these dragons are becoming more of a pest, than a rare occurrence, they must be handled with. Since their heads are rather low to the ground, to balance themselves when standing, a hammer is usually a good idea. Since its scales are rather hard to cut through if you don't have that sharp of a weapon, then a good and large hammer can crack its skull like a wall nut.
But if you do bring a blade, go for the wings, that are also low down when standing. That way, the beasts can't use the skies against you. And whilst you're at it, cut off its tail. There will be some fine materials for you there.
These dragons are so damned common, that hunters have started making armour and weapons out of them, that more than does the trick!