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.
Only available in the original Monster Rancher, these monsters are virtually gods or deities in their original form. Originally called the Majin, they resemble the corresponding creatures from Japanese legend. They disguise themselves as Galis or Monols in order to interact with humans, being too shy to show their true form. Their true forms can only be revealed by combining a Gali, a Monol, and a magic mirror found when exploring. Magics can use all types of attacks effectively and are skilled in all areas, making them some of the most powerful monsters in all of the Monster Rancher games.
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.
This one-eyed, one-footed monster is a natural with intelligence techniques, and can eventually learn telekinesis and telepathy. Its origins are thought to be in Egypt, as the Eye of Horus is a symbol of great mental ability in Egyptian legends. It also can use other strange attacks such as kissing an opponent to reduce its Guts (Energy to use attacks, similar to MP in various RPGs), or even biting them with its huge mouth. Many unique forms of Suezos appear in the Monster Rancher anime series, including the famous White Suezo battle champion, Poritoka. Because of their mind tricks and ability to think for themselves, Suezos are popular battle monsters—but they can be hard to train because of their strong wills. Every Monster Rancher game features Suezos, and it is generally considered to be the mascot of the series.
Tigers are wolf-like monsters with curved horns on their heads. The English name tiger is actually a mistranslation of the Japanese word raiga ("the thunder fang"), referencing the Rygar video game series. They were first introduced in Monster Rancher 1 as one of the three basic species, being oriented towards speed. Besides an array of swift physical attacks, some of their special abilities include shooting electricity from their horns and breathing ice and wind. They are typically depicted living in arctic mountain areas, but they are also popularly kept as pets by many people.They grew very popular and have appeared in every Monster Rancher video game since then. Tigers of all sorts are prominently featured in the Monster Rancher anime series.
Worms are based on the legend of the Lambton Worm, a giant creature that used to terrorize an English town. They are quite peaceful in the Monster Rancher world, however, and are commonly raised as pack animals. They have large tusks and a tail with detachable stinger. Some types of worms are poisonous and can even spit venom at opponents. In Monster Rancher 2, if you raised a Worm for 3 years and it had no stress or fatigue during the 4th week of June, it will cocoon and become a large beetle-like monster known as Beaclon. This is considered a separate breed, and it has replaced of Worm in Monster Rancher 3, Monster Rancher 4, and Monster Rancher EVO. References to the original Worms abound, (i.e. compare Monster Rancher 4s Jaguarbeat (Tiger/Beaclon) with Monster Rancher 2s Jag'd Hound (Tiger/Worm)) although they only appeared as playable monsters in Monster Rancher 1, Monster Rancher 2, and the Monster Rancher Battle Card 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.
This monster resembles an old hollow tree, sporting a sinister face. In Monster Rancher 2, Mock is unlocked by obtaining and planting some mysterious seeds. After several in-game years, a Mock will appear after you allow a monster to die; apparently, it's soul will rest inside the tree, much like what happens with Wracky. Their attacks consist mostly of shooting leaves and twigs or using their network of roots as extra limbs. In Monster Rancher 4, a huge OggleMock named Mockruji sits at the edge of your ranch and helps power your training machines. A huge OggleMock appears as a boss in the Grabad Factory area of Monster Rancher EVO.
The Nitons are ammonite monsters with nautilus-like shells that only appear in Monster Rancher 2 as a replacement for the Disk species of Monster Rancher 1. Nitons could only be unlocked by raising a Hopper to b rank and having it dig up a hot springs in the winter (also unlocking two other water monsters, Undine and Zilla). They use their shells for some of their attacks, but can also use strong electric charges built up and released from their tentacles. Nitons are at home underwater and on land, but are much faster in the water where their shells can't weigh them down.
The Phoenix is a large bird engulfed in flames. It’s a sacred firebird, a symbol of power and divinity in Greek mythology, Japanese mythology, and Egyptian mythology. It’s always depicted as extremely good-natured and is the ultimate hero of the Monster Rancher anime series. Phoenixes are very powerful monsters that have to be unlocked in every game they appear in, including Monster Rancher Explorer, the first Monster Rancher Battle Card Game,Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II, Monster Rancher Advance 2, Monster Rancher 2, Monster Rancher 4, and both games of Monster Farm DS. Various means are used to create Phoenixes in the games, such as finding the fire feather item at the volcano in Monster Rancher 2, or waiting until the end of the game like in Monster Rancher 4. Monster Rancher Advance 2 follows more of the anime series' storyline, in which a Phoenix must be created from the combination of the five protagonist monsters of the series: Mocchi, Golem, Suezo, Hare, and Tiger.
Undines are water spirits that resemble mermaids, based on the German legend about a girl named Undine who came from the ocean. Undines have very high intelligence, but their life energy is quite low once they leave the water. Most of their techniques are water-based and very strong. Undine has only appeared in Monster Rancher 2, but like Worm and Bajarl, still has references to it in the newer games(i.e.,Monster Rancher 3, Monster Rancher 4, and Monster Rancher EVO's Windine (Pixie/Lesione). It appears in Monster Rancher DS as a Pixie sub-breed (Pixie/Lesione).
Little is known about the monster that resembles a little red-haired wooden doll. It dresses in childish clothing, but wields a razor blade is known for its techniques that involve stabbing or slashing. They are strongly reminiscent of Chucky from the Child's Play horror movies. In fact, as an in-joke in Monster Rancher 2 (the only game that Wrackys appear in), the game automatically names your first Wracky "Charles," a full name for the nickname "Chuckie." Wrackys are said to be one of the most dangerous and violent monsters, though you originally receive them as dolls given away to participants when they win high grade tournaments. The dolls only come alive after your monster dies, replacing it with the dead monster's soul.
Zilla is a gigantic monster, one of the largest species in the series. They are based on the blue whale, except that they have arms and legs instead of fins. Its name is a reference to Godzilla, whose original Japanese name means "gorilla whale"--exactly what Zilla looks like. It is exclusive to the Monster Rancher 2 and Monster Rancher Battle Card Game video games. These hulking creatures specialize in extreme power, thus sacrificing speed, especially on land. It can be obtained in Monster Rancher 2 when a B class Hopper digs up part of the hot springs in the winter.
Known as Roadrunners in the Japanese versions of the games, Zuums are easily-domesticated, quick-footed and dinosaur monsters used in place of horses in the Monster Rancher world. They are considered cousins to the popular Dinos, and their attacks are similar: they rely heavily on tail attacks, can spew flames from the mouth, and have quick combo moves that can involve the entire pack. Zuums have multiple crests upon their heads and a beak-like snout, making them resemble Velociraptors, while the Dinos look more like the Tyrannosaurus.
First appearing in Monster Rancher 3, Lesiones are very popular monsters resembling the Plesiosaur family of aquatic reptiles or the Loch Ness Monster. It uses many sonar and water-based attacks and even has a couple involving flips and head-butts. They are very acrobatic and like to show off, at the same time remaining kind and gentle. Though the Lesiones of Monster Rancher 3 and the Monster Rancher Advance games were relatively average size, the species has grown throughout the series and is pictured as larger in Monster Rancher 4, Monster Rancher EVO, and the Monster Farm DS games.
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.
The Zan is a tall, black-shelled humanoid with appendages on its back that resemble the arms of a praying mantis. It is rumored to be an android, but whatever the case, it was created by ancient scientists to be merciless in battle — they say it's even more intelligent than humans are. It attacks using the claws extending from its back, and also makes good use of its baffling speed. In every game that they are featured in, they must be unlocked and are usually very hard to obtain and train correctly. Zans appear in the Monster Rancher Advance games, Monster Rancher 3, Monster Rancher 4, Monster Rancher EVO, and both installments of Monster Farm DS. They seem to have been replaced in Monster Rancher Online with the Globsto.
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.
Suzurins are doll-like monsters that are obviously based on bells, and the hat and dress design come from the feudal suzerain lords. Suzurins first appeared in Monster Rancher Explorer as a collectible bonus during levels. It was not available as an unlockable monster until Monster Rancher 3, and subsequently appeared in Monster Rancher 4, the Monster Rancher Advance games, Monster Rancher EVO, and Monster Farm DS. While they don't have any outstanding stats, their defense and intelligence are better than most of their others. Because their attacks were so poor (especially in Monster Rancher Advance 2 and the ones that did do noticeable damage had horrible accuracy rates, they received a major upgrade in Monster Rancher 4, with many of their attacks given higher damage and accuracy rates.
The Ripper is a quick, weasel-like monster based on the kamaitachi. It has an upright stance with a sharp, powerful look. The Ripper has sharp sickles on its arms that it uses in battle, and is known to have keen accuracy and high speed. Like the mythical kamaitachi, Rippers are able to control wind and ice and combine them to create strong attacks like their "Mute Cutter" and "Ice Pillar" techniques. Rippers appeared in Monster Rancher 4, Monster Rancher EVO, and both of the Monster Farm DS games.
A clown-like monster who uses its body freely to do many performances. Its name is based on Pierrot, an archetypal tragic clown. Their attacks involve using their ribbon-like arms in a flurry of dances and spins, and they can fire sound waves and shock waves that stun and incapacitate. Piroros first appeared in Monster Rancher EVO as the main character's starting monster, and have continued on in the two Monster Farm DS games.
A powerful, humanoid dragon monster with angelic features that appears in both installments of Monster Farm DS. It seems that combinations with this monster release the goodness within the new sub-species, and thus they are usually snow-white incarnations. though not much is known at this point, Xenons seem to be the antithesis of the evil Abyss species.
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 deep-sea monster introduced in Monster Rancher Online that resembles some sort of stingray or squid. They have large mouths and eyes on stalks, and may be a replacement for the Niton species.
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.
A monster introduced in Monster Rancher Online. It has some relation to the Mocchi breeds, and appears to be a small hamster or mouse-like creature covered in pink fur. They are Arctic creatures which are popular with girls and known for being pampered. Not to be confused with a sub-breed of Zuum named Salamander.
A bipedal, heavily armored dragon or dinosaur monster introduced in Monster Rancher Online. It appears to be a cousin of the Dragon, with arm-attached wings and a notably long horn on its nose. They seem primarily gray or silver-colored, and have a shark-like look about them, too. It is unknown as of yet if they can breathe fire, as their attacks seem more focused on dives and wind-gusts.
A bird monster that seems to be a cross between a turkey and a parrot. The only Monster Rancher game that it appears in to date is Monster Rancher Online. It is a wind-type monster that relies on surprise and confusing attacks. In Monster Rancher 4, the cave found on your ranch is home to the a large bird boss named King Shiden that closely resembles an over-grown Shigue. Other Shigues include: Mao Mao (Boss on MR EVO)
Anyamu is a monster introduced in Monster Farm Lagoon, the updated version of Monster Farm Online after the development team was switched. Anyamu are bipedal cats with braided cords around their necks.
A monster bearing an uncanny resemblance to Mocchi. At first glance one might take it for a Motchi sub-breed but this would be a mistake. It is indeed a separate species altogether.
A crustacean type monster which debuts in the newest version of Lagoon. It is thought to be a replacement for the Arrowhead species, but lacks the scorpion-like tail.