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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Arc the Lad II1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
BattlePets2000WindowsAggressive Game Designs...
DemiKids: Dark Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc....
DemiKids: Light Version2003Game Boy AdvanceAtlus U.S.A., Inc.3.30
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Abaddon Ō Plus2008PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers1998Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnIndex Digital Media, Inc.3.98
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei1987NESNamco Limited3.36
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II1990NESNamco Limited...
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories2006PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3NIS America, Inc.3.61
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness2003PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.72
Dokapon: Monster Hunter2001Game Boy AdvanceAIA USA, Ltd....
Dragon Quest Monsters 1 - 2: Hoshiori no Yūsha to Bokujō no Nakama-tachi2002PlayStationEnix Corporation...
Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart2003Game Boy AdvanceEnix Corporation...
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker2006Nintendo DSSquare Enix, Inc.3.89
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 22010Nintendo DSNintendo of Europe GmbH...
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional2011Nintendo DSSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry no Wonderland 3D2012Nintendo 3DSSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon 2006PlayStation 2Square Enix Co., Ltd....
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride2008Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSSquare Enix, Inc.3.73
Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome2004PlayStation 2Square Enix Co., Ltd.3.90
Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome1992SNESEnix Corporation3.71
Dragon Warrior Monsters1998Game Boy ColorEidos Interactive, Inc.4.03
Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Cobi's Journey2001Game Boy ColorEnix America Inc.4.36
Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Tara's Adventure 2001Game Boy ColorEnix America Corporation...
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Selected Covers

Dragon Warrior Monsters Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon Warrior Monsters
Arc the Lad II PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Arc the Lad II

Selected Screenshots

Start screen
Screenshot from Dragon Warrior Monsters
Title screen
Screenshot from Arc the Lad II
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