Golems are large giant-like monsters made of stone that were first introduced in Monster Rancher 1 and were obtainable at the beginning of the game. In Monster Rancher 2, golems can only be obtained after expanding the size of your barn. They have appeared in every Monster Rancher video game to date except Monster Rancher Online. Golems are based on the legendary Jewish and Egyptian golem. Their original designs reflected this with an Egyptian-style face, including a goatee. Soon, they lost the beard and their face became more European-looking, but the major change came in Monster Rancher 3 and the Monster Rancher Advance games, when their faces became simplistic boulders with holes for a mouth and eyes. They return to earlier, detailed designs in Monster Rancher 4 and Monster Rancher EVO. They are known for their great physical strength and defensive capabilities. In combining, they usually add these qualities to the new monster, but seriously reduce its speed. They are excellent at basic physical attacks such as karate chops and punches. They can also shatter and reconstruct themselves, allowing them to launch rocks and boulders as projectiles or rapidly spin around to become a massive tornado.
The species was first known as Nya, though some still consider them a separate species. They are small yellow stuffed toy cats and are one of the more popular species of monsters in the games, having appeared in every Monster Rancher game to date except Monster Rancher Online. They were first introduced in Monster Rancher 1, and were obtainable only after buying a special cat doll that appeared in the item shop and using it in a combination. In Monster Rancher 2, they are unlocked only after winning the IMA vs FIMBA Tournament (also unlocking Gali, Henger, and Worm). They are known for using tricky attacks since their intelligence stats tend to be very high, and many of their techniques involve singing or dancing. Toro is a special Mew who guides you on a mission in Monster Rancher EVO.
Monols resemble flat, rectangular walls that move by gliding over the earth. Their names derive from their shape, since they are based on the monoliths from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. They appeared in Monster Rancher 1, Monster Rancher 2, Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II, Monster Rancher Advance 2, and Monster Farm DS 2. They can morph/project their surfaces into various solids shapes, including faces, spikes, or tendrils. It is unclear exactly how, but Monols seem to have a connect with two other elusive monsters from Monster Rancher 1--the Magic and the Doodle. Some believe that Monols are actually Magics who hide their true forms. Although Monols are fairly nondescript, they often create evil or dark-type monsters when combined. In Monster Rancher EVO, Monol is one of the bosses that the characters must face in the Campana area. In the Monster Rancher animeseries, Genki and Holly unlock a Monol from a "mystery disc" that they find in the desert, and he proceeds to guide them with his wise advice throughout the series.
Nagas are humanoid serpents from Hindi mythology with stingers at the end of their tails. They are known for being violent and vicious.They were first introduced in Monster Rancher 1 as obtainable at the beginning of the game, and have continued to appear in every Monster Rancher game since except for Monster Rancher Online. Naga was also one of the chief villains in the Monster Rancher anime series, appearing as one of Moo's Big Bad Four; he was responsible for the destruction of Holly and Suezo's village, and when being fought by the series' protagonists, he committed suicide when shocked by his enemies' desire to save him, although he was revived as a good monster in the last season. They have a variety of attacks, using poisonous fangs, slashing claws, and body slams. Nagas also use intelligence-based attacks like their "Glare" and "Energy Shot" attacks.
Plants resemble a large bulb with leaves and flowers. They are capable of attacking with pollen or their leaf-like limbs. One of their techniques involve shooting seeds from their leaves as if they were bullets. They also have the ability to drain an opponent's energy and use it as their own (normally to recover themselves after being injured). The Plants received a makeover for some of the newer games, having only one large flower and becoming more rounded like a fruit. Plants are known for their long lifespans and high life stats, but not for power, intelligence, or speed. Many types of Plants are seen throughout the Monster Rancher anime series, normally as baddies that were working for Moo. They are featured in the games Monster Rancher, Monster Rancher 2, Monster Rancher 3, Monster Rancher 4, Monster Rancher EVO, both Monster Rancher Battle Card Games, and both Monster Farm DS games.
Mocchi is a monster that resembles mochi, the Japanese dessert made of pounded rice and wrapped in cherry leaves. It has soft, sticky skin and shell-like scales on its back, though it acts more like penguin than a reptile. It's an extremely popular companion monster that has appeared in every game since Monster Rancher 2. It's also one of the main characters in the Monster Rancher anime series. A few of their attacks involve powerful storms of wind and flower petals, but they usually rely on their resilient bodies to pound and head-butt the enemy. They can roll into a ball and bounce around, and some can expel powerful energy beams from their mouths.
Mogi seem to be a fusion between a dog and a mole, and they have a drill on their heads which resembles a hat. They appeared in Monster Rancher 3, both Monster Rancher Advance games, and Monster Rancher 4. Mogi have a sense of rhythm that makes them fun to play or battle with, and their break-dancing style of fighting is actually quite hard to dodge. The drawback is that Mogi have a reputation of making horribly ugly monsters when combined, such as the infamous Mocchilips (Mogi/Mocchi) of Monster Rancher 4. Some of their techniques involve the drill on their head or their diamond-hard claws, using them to dig under opponents or useseismic waves to stun them. Mogi are alluded to in Monster Rancher EVO, where a pair of robotic Mogi are used for the "Bamboo Dance" trick.
Momo first appeared in Monster Rancher 3 as a replacement to the Kato species of Monster Rancher 2. Momos bear a resemblance to chubby squirrels, and always carry a nut of some type in their paws. They are usually shown with their eyes completely closed in a sleepy grin, though they can be pretty fast in battle if need be. They have appeared in both Monster Rancher Advance games, but none since then.
Ogyos are a pink, sturgeon-like fish that first appeared in Monster Rancher 3 and continued on to be in Monster Rancher 4, Monster Rancher EVO, and both Monster Farm DS games. Unlike regular fish, however, they travel by flying through the air instead of actually swimming through water (although they are capable of doing both). They are adorned in yellow ribbons and semitransparent hearts. Ogyos use many far-ranged attacks like energy beams and water blasts drawn from their own life force, and their best stats are usually intelligence and speed. Ogyos have been described as being slightly domineering since they are often proud of their regal bearing.
The Raiden species are creatures that resemble humanoid birds of prey that stand nearly 6 feet tall. They are masters of the martial arts, and most of their attacks feature kicks, chops, or punches. They first appeared in Monster Rancher 3 and must be unlocked in almost every game they appear in, including both Monster Rancher Advance games, Monster Rancher 4, Monster Rancher EVO, and Monster Farm DS.
Octopee is a monster that first appeared in Monster Rancher Explorer as Tacopi, and made subsequent appearances in Monster Rancher 3 and the two Monster Rancher Advance games. It resembles an orange octopus with the addition of huge puppy-dog eyes. Even though they appear harmless, they can be formidable opponents if trained properly. Their attacks involve them using the two large tentacles on either side of its head or squirting ink, and the antenna on top of its head helps it navigate underwater and in the dark.
The Pancho is nothing more than a pumpkin with an animated, chipmunk-like seed living inside it. They are known to be extremely adorable, and use a wide variety of different objects as homes, such as a bells, balls, and nuts.It uses several rolling attacks and likes to surprise its enemies. It has very high defensive abilities since it lives inside shells or hard surfaced things. They were first introduced in Monster Rancher Explorer as a weak enemy, but became unlockable in Monster Rancher 3 and have appeared in every game since (except for Monster Farm DS and the two Monster Rancher Advance games). Most of the time Panchos are found peeking out or remaining hidden inside their shells, but some have been known to leave them to perform certain techniques or whenever they get hit hard enough to fall out. Pancho techniques usually involve surprises as well as various items such as pea shooters,boxing gloves, and pop guns. In some games there is a treasure chest version of Pancho named Jack-in-the-Cho, which has a concept like that of the "mimic monster" that is a staple in many RPGs.
Also known as the Rhinoroller species, they resemble rhinos riding on large wheels. Due to this wheel, they can move at high speeds and have very quick and powerful techniques like "Drift," "0 to 60," and "Mega Roller." Even though they are on this roller most of the time, there are a few times when they do get off briefly for using techniques. It first appeared in Monster Rancher Explorer (then known in English as Psylora) and has also appeared in Monster Rancher 3, both of the Monster Rancher Advance games, and Monster Rancher 4. They are alluded to in Monster Rancher EVO occasionally as the object that vanishes in the box magic trick.
A monster introduced in Monster Farm Online. As the name implies, it resembles an antelope or reindeer crossed with the legendary Quilin. As their green fur implies, most of their attacks involve grass and/or plant life, as well the normal charge and stampeding attacks.
A small fox-like monster with three tails, introduced in Monster Farm Online. Kikimos are based on the legendary nine-tailed kitsune, though they are scaled down quite a bit and even resemble small rodents at times. They seem to be able to flit through the air, though whether they possess some type of telekinesis is unknown at this point.
A monster only appearing in Monster Farm Online. It is a large creature with the body of an ape but the head and mane of a bison, reminiscent of the Minotaur. Their strength and balance all seems to rest on their front two appendages, and the different variations have different colors and horn arrangements.
A woolly mammoth monster introduced in Monster Rancher Online. It has a large set of tusks as well as a pair of ram-like horns. It seems to be used as a pack animal in the snowy mountain regions of the Monster Rancher world, though it is not as large as one would expect. They also seem to replace cows in the Monster Rancher world.