Gameplay feature: Monster capture / training

Group Description

Games where capturing monsters (usually through combat or other violent means) is a major or minor gameplay element. First popularized by Pokémon and later Digimon games, it has become an expected though not required characteristic in monster breeder/tamer games.

A successfully captured monster may be later viewed in the player's inventory, bestiary, or equivalent interface. These captured monsters are frequently further manipulated for other purposes, such as converting them to become minions or companions. In other games, a captured monster may be sold or destroyed for the purposes of being processed as alchemic ingredients.

Until further notice, the term 'monster' should be limited to creatures resembling fantasy-type or sci-fi manipulated creatures. Up to this point it is still unclear if 'monsters' is just a place holder name that may one day include any variation of life form, including people, domesticated animals, or even cybernetic entities. Until that line has been established, use popular use of the term 'monster' in gaming.

  • A 'capture monster' feature must be explicitly expressed during gameplay.
  • Recruiting a monster or non-player character (NPC) does not constitute a 'capture monster' feature. The purposes of this feature is to identify games where a monster is captured without consent. Any formed of optional consent by the monster in mention should be excluded from this game group.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Pokémon Picross2015Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.2.20
Pokémon Shuffle2015Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.60
Lake Kindred2015BrowserGaia Interactive, Inc.3.00
Pokémon Omega Ruby2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo‏ Version2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Battle Trozei2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Final Fantasy XIII-22014WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge2014Android, iPad, iPhoneGoogle Inc....
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.50
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate2013Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.22
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Ultros & Typhon2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Lightning - Requiem of the Goddess2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Sazh - Heads or Tails?2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Pokémon: Dream Radar2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Legend of the Cryptids2012Android, iPhoneApplibot, Inc.4.00
Pokémon: White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Collector's Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.33
Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D2012Nintendo 3DSSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Nordic Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Ltd.3.33
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Final Fantasy XIII -Episode i- Novella In-Pack)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.5.00
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Crystal Edition)2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix, Ltd....
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - PuPu2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Opponent - Gilgamesh2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Square Enix Co., Ltd.5.00
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Selected Covers

Pokémon X Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon X
Pokémon Picross Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Picross
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

Selected Screenshots

Opening cinematic
Screenshot from Legend of the Cryptids
By scanning in QR codes, you can visit other players' Secret Bases and battle AI-controlled versions of their Pokémon.
Screenshot from Pokémon Omega Ruby
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Screenshot from Lake Kindred
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon Shuffle