Monster taming games or games with monster taming elements have been around since at least the late 80’s and early 90’s with the introduction of games like Shin Megami Tensei, Dragon Quest 5, Robotrek and more.
After the behemoth known as Pokemon first appeared in 1996, it naturally became and remains the most popular monster taming game series, with many falsely claiming other monster taming games are Pokemon “clones” or “ripoffs”. . Surprisingly, while Pokemon currently has almost 1,000 monsters, it still doesn’t have the largest amount of monsters for a monster taming game.
10 Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
The first internationally released Level-5 monster taming game, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is primarily known for its Studio Ghibli art, but including DLC the game had a total of 352 monsters, or familiars as they are called in this one Case.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom doesn’t have familiars, instead using more Pikmin-like Higgledies, but the mobile game Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds brought familiars back into the spotlight, although it doesn’t yet have as many as its predecessor. and depending on how its popularity changes over time, it may never get close to that.
9 Monster rancher 2 DX
Monster Rancher was never the most popular series in its heyday, but is still fondly remembered by many. Monster Rancher is known for its twist on the monster taming formula, which allows players to obtain monsters from CDs and DVDs from their physical collections.
Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 were re-released together as Monster Rancher 1+2 DX in 2020 in Japan and 2021 worldwide. The original release of Monster Rancher 2 had 391 monsters, but the DX version of the game added a few new ones, bringing the total to 415. Monster Rancher 2 is still considered by many fans to be the best in the series, and the crowd at Monsters is another reason for this.
8th Digimon World Dusk/Dusk
Digimon World Dawn and Digimon World Dusk, a two-version sequel to Digimon World DS, all actually part of the Digimon Story series, have the highest number of Digimon available with a total of 397.
Something interesting about Digimon World Dawn and Dusk is that instead of starting with just one Digimon, you choose a pre-made team of Digimon that all include either Coronamon or Lunamon, each game’s mascot. Due to shared digitation lines between many Digimon, the Digimon from the unselected teams are still available, just later in the game.
7 Shin Megami Tensei 4
Despite its numbering, Shin Megami Tensei 4 isn’t technically the fourth Shin Megami Tensei game, but the fourth in the mainline series. The base game has 426 demons, but DLC helps bring the number up to 454.
The subsequent Shin Megami Tensei game, Shin Megami Tensei: Apocalypse, only had 413 demons, which is not a significant drop, but a drop nonetheless. Compared to Shin Megami Tensei 4, the newer Shin Megami Tensei 5 only has 234 demons in total, but the jump from Nintendo 3DS to Nintendo Switch is certainly not an easy task for any monster-taming series, no matter how long they’ve been on the former console.
6 Yo Kai Watch 3
The late Nintendo 3DS game Yo-Kai Watch 3, the third game in the main Yo-Kai Watch series, had three different versions in Japan: sushi, tempura, and sukiyaki. The localized version of Yo-Kai Watch 3 instead combined all three versions, which also means it had the most monsters in the series with 698 Yokai available.
Yo-Kai Watch 3 also stands out for the addition of a 3×3 grid to the combat system, as well as the Create-A-Nyan feature that allows players to create their own cat yokai by customizing Originyan with the different parts they have unlocked through the many quests available in the game.
5 Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
So far, the Pokemon games with the largest number of Pokemon available are the final Nintendo 3DS entries in the series, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon versions, which contain a total of 793 Pokemon. Of course, when the main Pokemon games were released on Nintendo Switch, fans immediately noticed the significantly reduced number of available Pokemon.
However, redesigning each and every Pokemon for new games and adding new attack animations for everyone and creating even more new Pokemon is probably not quite as easy as many hope. It may take some time for a new Pokémon game to outnumber Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
4 Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Key
Dragon Quest Monsters, a Dragon Quest monster-taming spinoff series that expands upon the mechanics introduced in Dragon Quest 5, has been around since 1998. Unfortunately, not all Dragon Quest Monsters games have been released outside of Japan, including Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3. Dragon Quest Monsters Terry’s Wonderland 3D and Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key.
The latter is a Nintendo 3DS remake of the 2000 Game Boy Color games Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Cobi’s Journey and Tara’s Adventure. This remake has a total of 903 monsters and a Montner system where players can combine four different monster parts to create create a new monster.
3 Siralim Ultimate
Siralim Ultimate is the fourth entry in the Siralim series. Due to crossings, Siralim Ultimate has a total of 1,201 monsters. In addition, Siralim Ultimate also has a player class system with different mechanics, a turbo mode that can shorten animations and other effects in battle at will to speed up gameplay, a useful perk system, and much more.
Its graphical style isn’t for everyone and might be preferable to those who like retro-style games, but Siralim Ultimate’s extensive list of monsters and other key features should still help interest players of other monster taming games.
2 monster crown
Monster Crown is a hybrid-focused indie monster taming game, and as such has a total of 1,262 monsters. The breeding system is also relatively straightforward, as players only need to select two of their monsters to create a new hybrid.
Featuring the ability to have a party of up to eight monsters, a unique supply system, a strengths and weaknesses system different than what many players are used to, a darker story than most monster taming games that aren’t part of Shin Megami are Tensei series, mini bosses and much more, Monster Crown is definitely something that fans of other monster taming games should try.
1 Puzzles & Dragons
The Puzzles & Dragons mobile game has been around since 2012, and since it’s been adding new monsters for about a decade, Puzzles & Dragons has a total of 9,076 monsters, which is sure to keep increasing over time. No other monster taming game series or game with monster taming elements even comes close to that number, especially not with just an entry or two.
Pokemon may be more popular, but it has a lot of catching up to do if it ever wants a game with a Pokemon crowd closer to the number of monsters in Puzzles & Dragons.
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