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Monster Hunter World Phantom Bird: Where to find the Downy Crake for Endemic Life Researcher

There are countless beasts to hunt down, capture, or even fish in World, including the Monster Hunter World Phantom Bird. The Phantom Bird (aka the Downy Crake) like its name implies, is well-hidden and is difficult to find in the game. This makes completing the related request from the Endemic Life Researcher a challenging task.

Thankfully, catching the Monster Hunter World Phantom Bird is a simple task enough if you know where to look and what to do exactly. That’s where we come in. We know the best places to find the Phantom Bird and how to catch it in a swift, sufficient manner. Let’s get started.

Where to Find the Monster Hunter World Phantom Bird for the Endemic Life Researcher

The Monster Hunter World Phantom Bird is rather difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. There are a couple of locations in the game that are the best places to find it. It’s worth noting that the Downy Crake lives on the backs of larger creatures like the Apceros and Aptonoth.

Your best bet is going to locations filled with those two beasts, as you’re sure to eventually find one with Monster Hunter World Phantom Birds on its back. Unfortunately, it is a random chance encounter with the birds so it does take patience. Because of this, we recommend switching back-and-forth between the Wildspire Waste and the Ancient Forest areas.

You can find the Downy Crake in the following locations:

  • Ancient Forest: Areas 1 and 8, on the backs of Aptonoth.
  • Wildspire Waste: Areas 1, 4, and 8, on the backs of Apceros.
  • Coral Highlands: Areas 11 and 13, on the back of Grandfather Mantagrell

Each time you do this, check the Apceros and Aptonoth to see if you find the nests of the Monster Hunter World Phantom Bird on their backs. You’ll be able to hear their chirping when they’re in the area, which makes it a bit easier to seek them out. When you finally do find one, switch to your Ghillie suit and sneak on over. When you’re close enough, use your capture net to snag one of these priceless Phantom Birds. Good luck!