Each of these monsters are uniquely defined by a primary breed (such as Golem), which defines its basic form and abilities, and a sub-breed, which defines its color scheme, modifies appearance, and slightly alters some of its statistical capabilities. Breed is commonly specified as Primary/Sub because of the inconsistency of name and form for the generated monsters between the games. For example, Golem/Suezo indicates a monster with primary breed Golem, sub-type Suezo, and manifests as a large humanoid figure with the bright yellow skin and single eye that are characteristic of the Suezo monster breed. Each monster breed also has at least one "rare" sub-breed. These often unusual sub-breeds cannot be created by combining. They can only be unlocked directly at the Shrine. For example, in Monster Rancher 2, inserting the Monster Rancher 1 disc creates a rare sub-breed of Suezo called "Sueki Suezo", which is Suezo/???. All Rare sub-breeds are notated as Primary/???.
According to the story presented at the start of Monster Rancher 2, the monsters were created by God in response to a series of natural disasters humans found themselves incapable of dealing with properly. Once monster use became commonplace, the humans turned them into weapons of war. To limit these problems, God sealed the monsters into the disc-shaped stones called saucer stones. An untold amount of time later, the Tochikan tribe (introduced in Monster Rancher 3) discovered the method for unsealing the monsters. However, due to their xenophobic nature, they refused to share this technology until after the events of Monster Rancher 3 had ended.
Within the storyline of the anime, after their creation monsters were developed through genetic engineering as designer pets, until a war broke out in which the monsters were modified into biological weapons that could have their physical forms stored on discs. One tribe in particular, the Pendant tribe, made the most powerful monster of all. Soon, however, the monsters began to fight back, and although the ensuing conflict destroyed much of the world's civilization and technology, later generations used the discs (now called Mystery Discs because they could not tell what was inside) to revive the monsters to be used as pets, beasts of burden, and created a sport in which they were used as competitive fighters.
Generation of MonstersEdit
To generate or "unlock" a monster, the player is prompted to switch the Monster Rancher game disc with another CD (or a DVD for the PlayStation 2 games). The game will read the digital information contained on the disc, and map the sequence of values to the range of integers in the game's memory. These integers are used to define what breed the monster is, as well as its stats, personality, and traits. In the Monster Rancher Advance and Monster Rancher Advance 2 games, this CD reading process is replaced by a character input system. The player is prompted to enter a limited sequence of characters, and the combination of characters determines its breed, sub-breed, stats, and traits.
In the new Monster Rancher DS and Monster Rancher DS 2 games, monsters can be generated by entering characters, "unlocking" DS game cartridges (very much like the CD reading method), or by drawing a sketch on the input pad. Different breeds and sub-breeds are created depending on what method you use and what information the game receives. In almost every game, new monsters can also be created by combining two of your present monsters together to produce a single monster with features from both parents, including physical attributes, traits, and stats.
However, in Monster Rancher 3 this feature was replaced with a system of "evolution" which altered the monsters according to the type of area they train in. In Monster Farm Online and Monster Farm Lagoon, items and the type of food you feed your monster can alter their traits and appearance.
Below is a list of many of the different species used in the franchise. Not all appear in every game, and many are renamed or redesigned for the sequels.
A monster breed which resembles a large ape.
A monster that resembles a stylized Tyrannosaurus.
A monster resembling a floating mystery disc.
A monster species resembling a two-dimensional cartoon sketch.
Monsters based on the western, bipedal dragon.
Known to be very odd monsters, Galis wear an Aztec sun-god mask and a high-collared cloak.
Souls of Breeders' previously raised monsters.
Giant-like monsters made of stone.
Rabbit monsters with large, boxing glove-like hands.
Mysterious robot monsters, built with lost technology from an ancient civilization.
Watery, humanoid creatures with red cores.
Gods or deities in their original form.
Small yellow stuffed toy cats.
Flat, rectangular walls that move by gliding over the earth.
Humanoid serpents with stingers at the end of their tails.
Female humanoids that usually have wings and a pointed tail.
Plants resemble a large bulb with leaves and flowers.
These one-eyed, one-footed monsters are naturals with intelligence techniques.
Tigers are wolf-like monsters with curved horns on their heads.
Insects that have large tusks and a tail with detachable stinger.
A crustacean monster breed that largely resembles a lobster with a prominent head and a scorpion-like tail.
Bajarls are djinn-like monsters that attack with smoke and magic.
Much like a cross between a hippopotamus and a dog.
Gigantic, bipedal Hercules Beetle monsters.
Centaurs have reptillian upper bodies and equestrian lower bodies.
A caterpillar monster that consists of three smaller segments, each its own Pandora monster.
Wooden multi-colored duck dolls with a segmented section in their torso.
Spirits of dead warriors living inside suits of battle armor.
Balls of malleable yellow clay that can reshape and reform their pudding-like faces and muscles.
A small monster breed resembling sugar gliders, bush babies, or lemurs.
These creatures resemble large, white-haired yetis or snowmen.
Jokers are Grim Reaper monsters that wear cloaks and evil-looking clown masks and carry over-sized scythes as weapons.
Katos are small cats that look very old. They have sharp retractable claws.
Metalners resemble extraterrestrial robots with bodies shaped like flying saucers and faces resembling kachina dolls.
Mocchi is a monster that has soft, rubbery skin and a cute beak.
This monster resembles an old hollow tree, sporting a sinister face.
The Nitons are ammonite monsters with nautilus-like shells.
The Phoenix is a large bird engulfed in flames.
Undines are water spirits that resemble mermaids.
Resemble little wooden dolls with sinister intentions.
They are based on the blue whale, except that they have arms and legs instead of fins.
Small quick Velociraptor-like monsters.
Gitans resemble small, floating gremlin creatures with long ears and a tail.
Lesiones are very popular monsters resembling the Plesiosaur family of aquatic reptiles (or the Loch Ness Monster).
Mogi seem to be a fusion between a dog and a mole, and they have a drill on their heads which resembles a hat.
Momos bear a resemblance to chubby squirrels, and always carry a nut of some type in their paws.
Ogyos are pink, sturgeon-like fish that have beautiful bangles and a princess-like air about them.
The Raiden species are creatures that resemble humanoid birds of prey that stand nearly 6 feet tall.
The Zan is a tall, black-shelled humanoid with appendages on its back that resemble the arms of a praying mantis.
It resembles an orange octopus with the addition of huge puppy-dog eyes.
The Pancho is nothing more than a pumpkin with an animated, chipmunk-like seed living inside it.
Also known as the "Rhinoroller" species, they resemble rhinos riding on large wheels.
Suzurins are doll-like monsters that are obviously based on bells.
Madillos look like humanoid armadillos that carry large shells on their backs that they use for most of their techniques.
The Ripper is a quick, weasel-like monster based on the kamaitachi.
The Maya's appearance is similar to a green serval with glowing, energy wings that look like that of a butterfly.
A clown-like monster who uses its body freely to do many performances.
Antlan is a cross between an ant and stag beetle that uses ninja-like skills and attacks.
Garus are small bipedal lion monsters known for their high energy as well as their fun-loving personalities.
A monster based on Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god of the underworld.
A muscle-bound, humanoid bird monster introduced in Monster Rancher DS.
A powerful, humanoid monster with angelic features that seems to be connected to the cosmos.
It resembles an antelope or reindeer crossed with the legendary Quilin.
A deep-sea monster introduced in Monster Farm Online that resembles some sort of stingray or squid.
A small fox-like monster with three tails, introduced 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.
A woolly mammoth monster introduced in Monster Farm Online.
Appears to be a small hamster or mouse-like creature covered in pink fur.
A bipedal, heavily armored dragon or dinosaur monster introduced in Monster Farm Online.
A bird monster that seems to be a cross between a turkey and a parrot.
Bipedal cats with braided cords around their necks that look like updated versions of the Mew.
A penguin-like monster bearing an uncanny resemblance to Mocchi.
A crustacean type monster which debuts in Monster Farm Lagoon.
A non-playable stingray/shark monster that is an enemy in Monster Farm Lagoon.
A non-playable monster that is an enemy in Monster Farm Lagoon. It looks like a large lustrous floating ore.
A non-playable monster that is an enemy in Monster Farm Lagoon that looks like a demonic frog or moakfish.
A non-playable monster that is an enemy in Monster Farm Lagoon that looks like a large, floating dung beetle holding an orb of energy.
A monster resembling a bearcub introduced in My Monster Rancher.
A monster resembling a chick introduced in My Monster Rancher.
A monster resembling a poodle introduced in My Monster Rancher.
A strange floating monster with telekinesis introduced in Monster Farm Travel.