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
Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite2008iPad, iPhone, PSPCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride2008Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSSquare Enix, Inc.3.73
Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals2008Nintendo DSDisney Interactive Studios, Inc....
Monster Rancher DS2008Nintendo DSUFO Interactive Games, Inc....
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidō tai Abaddon Ō Plus2008PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness2007Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Monster Hunter: Freedom 22007PSPCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Spectrobes2007Nintendo DSBuena Vista Games, Inc....
Megami Tensei Online: Imagine2007WindowsAtlus Co., Ltd....
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time2007Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker2006Nintendo DSSquare Enix, Inc.3.89
Pokémon Pearl Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.68
Pokémon Diamond Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.01
Monster Hunter: Freedom2006PSPCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
LostMagic2006Nintendo DSUbisoft, Inc.3.33
Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon 2006PlayStation 2Square Enix Co., Ltd....
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army2006PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Atlus U.S.A., Inc.3.60
Monster Hunter2006Android, iPad, iPhone, MSXNerlaska, S.L....
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories2006PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3NIS America, Inc.3.61
Pokémon Ranger2006Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Battle Revolution2006WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.50
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team2005Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.63
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team2005Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.43
Monster Rancher EVO2005PlayStation 2Tecmo, Inc....
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.92
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Selected Covers

Spectrobes Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Spectrobes
Monster Hunter: Freedom PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Monster Hunter: Freedom
Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Diamond Version
Monster Hunter MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Monster Hunter

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Spectrobes
Screenshot from Monster Hunter: Freedom
Title screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Diamond Version
Title screen with obligatory RPG blob
Screenshot from Monster Hunter
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