As I acknowledge, monsters in World can flinch and even break part of others by their attack. Since monster attacks logically fall into "bludgeoning damage" because they slam each other for most of the time, I suspect they are always bludgeoning.

Well, are they? Glavenus, for example, has a blade at its tail, and Velkhana pierces with its sharp tail. Nergigante fires spikes from an impact point. Do they also count as bludgeoning, no exception? Is there a bullet damage among monsters? Are breath weapons by, for example, Rathalos, treated as bullet damage?

Also, is there a possibility that the subject damage is actually equivalent to explosions, like Gunlances, cluster ammo, or cannons?

  • Are falling boulders treated as bludgeoning damage? – Wrigglenite Jan 1 at 16:33
  • Come to think of it, there was actually the fourth damage type which is neither sever, blunt nor bullet-explosion (fixed) damages...... Anyway, this makes the question grounded by an unsure hypothesis, so I will modify the question detail. – Arle Camille Jan 1 at 17:21
  • @RavenDreamer Interesting, and this led to another curiosity, which spawned another question. – Arle Camille Jan 1 at 18:47
  • Ah, so it appears World is different. – Raven Dreamer Jan 1 at 21:28

At this time, Kiranico has somehow or another datamined attack values for each monster. They're in Japanese, but the tables look like this (scroll to the bottom):

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Based on these values, it does appear that most Monster attacks deal KO damage. (Whether or not it makes sense to classify this as "Bludgeoning" damage is an exercise left up to the reader).

Further down the list you'll see Rathian's fireballs, which don't inflict stun. So the real answer is -- only monster attacks that are programmed to inflict KO damage... inflict KO damage, which doesn't seem particularly insightful! (But will make us honorary members of tautology club)

In particular, the Kulu-Ya-Ku's entry has 岩叩きつけ 40.00 80.00(KO) 0 40.00 which Google translate notes as "Rock Throwing" -- so there's the stun damage on the rock that you observed!

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  • So, back to the original question, if I were to question whether monster attacks are bludgeoning, then I have to make Kulu break Barroth scalp...... – Arle Camille Mar 14 at 6:09
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    @ArleCamille For what it's worth, KO damage does not imply blunt damage. – Wrigglenite Mar 14 at 9:40
  • Exactly, Wrigglenite. (See punishing draw and/or impact mantle) @ArleCamille - my assumption (and the Occam's razor of things) is that monsters deal neither slashing nor blunt damage, just "damage". – Raven Dreamer Mar 14 at 13:02
  • Based on the "Occam's razor rule" @RavenDreamer mentioned, I will accept this answer for now, because it seems it is how the game works given how Impact Phials stun and Bombs do no type of damage. However, if there is ever a figure which says the contrary, I will happily accept that answer. – Arle Camille Mar 19 at 19:49

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