Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (2023)

brings two classic PlayStation titles into one place, allowing new and old players alike to discover these gems on a brand new platform with a wealth of new features and improvements.


Both games are very similar, though naturally, Monster Rancher 2 has expanded features and a lot more monsters for you to collect. We've pulled together a list of handy tricks and trips to help you get started in your new life on the ranch.

Save Often

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (1)


This is good advice for most games, but you'll definitely come to appreciate it in the Monster Rancher games. We recommend saving before tournaments and expeditions/exploration in both games, and Errantry sessions in MR2. So much of this game comes down to chance — you can be really close to winning a tournament, you might have bad luck with expedition loot rewards, or your monster might not learn a new technique when doing Errantry training.


By saving often/before a certain event, you get a nice and easy option for a do-over. If you narrowly missed out on a win, simply re-do it until you claim the cup. It's also a great way to ensure you get your money's worth when it comes to the rather expensive Errantry sessions, or even to go back in time before your monster gets seriously injured and change their fate.

Take Advantage of Sales

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (2)
(Video) 10 Monster Rancher 1 and 2 DX Tips and Tricks That You SHOULD Know!

Money is super important in these games, so it pays to be frugal whenever you can. Don't bother wasting your money paying full price — wait for sales. The Item Shop in both games regularly has sales once you've visited at least once, so wait until that happens and then stock up on the most important items then.

In MR2, Errantry is a whopping 2,000G, but don't pay this. After visiting at least once, you'll start to receive letters detailing offers that Errantry is on sale for just 1,000G. This is when you should send your monster, and don't forget to save beforehand too.

Make Sure You Have Some Savings

Following on from the last pointer, you want to aim to keep your coffers full in either game to ensure you can payout for any necessities. In both games, you risk a game over if you can't afford to feed your monster.

Additionally, in MR2, you need to have enough money to upgrade your ranch. You need to have enough money to cover the cost of the upgrade plus a little extra (to avoid an instant bankruptcy) at certain times of year for the game to even offer you the upgrade. Upgrades are important for unlocking certain monsters and reducing your monster's stress.

Look After Your Monster

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (4)

Pretty much everything you do affects your monster's health, stress, and loyalty. If you push your monster too hard, feed it things it doesn't like, or you don't let it rest often enough, it might run away, will be more susceptible to getting injured, and may even die.

(Video) Rancher Rundown EP 11 -Back to Basics: Getting your Ranch Up and Running [Monster Rancher 2DX Guide]

Make sure you look after your monster properly, giving it the right food, plenty of rest, and not scolding it without reason. You need to find a good balance as you also don't want your monster to become spoiled either. Furthermore, if you don't treat your monster well, it will have low loyalty to you and won't listen to your commands as often in battle.

Avoid getting your monster KO'd — don't put it into tournaments that are too difficult, or if it's mid-battle and losing, you can always concede defeat before it's too late. If your monster gets KO'd, it increases the chance of injury, stresses it out more, and reduces loyalty.

Your Monster Will Eventually Die

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (5)

Your monster will eventually die of old age, so prepare yourself for this as it's unavoidable. However, some monsters can die prematurely. Certain things you do will affect their lifespan, including the food you give them, their stress levels, or if they run out of energy while on expeditions in MR2.

While you might want to try and freeze your favorite monster to keep it forever, even if you can't use it for fear of it passing away, you should know that having a monster die is one of the requirements to unlocking the Ghost monster type.

Move Around In Battle

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (6)

You can move your monster in a battle towards and away from their opponents at the press of a button. It's worth using this to advantage, for example, if you're low on Guts and can't attack, move out of range from your opponent while you build Guts.

(Video) Snek's Guide to Monster Ranchers 1 & 2 - A crash-course on monster ranching!

Look at your opponent's moves, if they are in the first two boxes, you want to be further away from it. On the other hand, if their attacks are in the latter two boxes, you want to stay in close range so it can't use those attacks. Additionally, when you and your opponent are too close to one another and the red symbols appear on screen, you can press a button to stomp and send the other monster flying away.

CDs Generate Different Monsters In Each Game

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (7)

Both games let you summon monsters in the Shrine in town by using the digital CD database. However, the same CD won't give you the same monster in each game. Fortunately, if you get a monster you really want in MR, you can transfer it to MR2 by freezing it and then using the 'Slate' option in MR2.

Take Part In Tournaments Often

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (8)

Tournaments are the best way to earn money in both games, especially the non-official ones. They're also a brilliant way to get some rare and coveted items, some of which are needed for combining new monster types, but additionally, completing certain tournaments unlocks new monster types.

(Video) Monster Rancher 2 Tips and Tricks

In MR, you can also earn money by doing 'Work', which is the equivalent of training in MR2. Though you can now take part in Jobs via the town menu in MR2 in DX, it's really not worth your time.

Combine New Monsters At The Lab

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (9)

Generating monsters from CDs at the shrine is going to be your main go-to for getting new monsters, but you should spend some time at the Lab later in the game. At the Lab, you can combine frozen monsters together to create brand new ones.

Not only is this the place where you can throw in ingredients to create new monsters, but it also gives you the opportunity to breed even stronger monsters as the stats of the newly created monster are based on the stats of the parent monsters used to make it.

This Rare Monster Can Be Generated Only By An Authorized IMa Trainer Message

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips (10)

You're going to be seeing this message a lot at the Shrine in MR2, so let us give you the most important tip in the game — this does not mean you need to be a Rank S IMa trainer. MR has a similar message, stating "You must first get committee permission to breed it", but both messages mean the same.

(Video) Monster Rancher DX Starters Explained!

These messages are a little misleading, they make you think you need to be the highest-ranked trainer available to get these monsters, but actually, it's just the game's way of saying you haven't unlocked this monster yet.

New monsters are unlocked in a variety of ways, from finding specific items, completing certain tournaments, or fulfilling other certain prerequisites, such as letting a monster die and then upgrading the shrine.

Next: Monster Rancher's CD Database Is A Nostalgic Journey Into My Musical Past


What is a good starting monster in Monster Rancher 1? ›

The selection of starting monsters is different for both games, but realistically, you can get away with choosing any monster you like. In the first game, Tiger is a solid choice for a money-spinner, and Zuul can fill that same role in the second game.

Should I start with Monster Rancher 1 or 2? ›

Both Monster Rancher 1 and 2 are very similar, so most of what I say applies to both. Monster Rancher 2 is the better game, but the first one has a lot of charm that its sequel is missing. The animations in Monster Rancher 1 are adorable! In both games, you raise monsters, one at a time on a ranch.

How do you learn new moves in Monster Rancher 1? ›

New moves can be learned by going on an Errantry (which is not stat-specific, but IS technique-specific).

What is the max stats in Monster Rancher 1 DX? ›

Max out several Stats to 999 in 1 game Week

As long as you feed these items on the last day you plan on raising the monster, (freeze immediately after) there will be no lifespan hits that week. Lifespan hits only occur the following week (after rest, drill, or event that puts you into the next week).

Which monster hunter is easiest? ›

Well, they're all pretty similar in all honesty. They all start fairly easy and scale to incredibly difficult. However, Monster Hunter World and it's expansion Iceborne are generally the most accessible.

What does FF mean in Monster Rancher? ›

You guessed it; Googled it. Monster Rancher 1&2 DX are very bad at tutorials. In a way, that adds a bit of mystery to them. With the fast forward function, I know that there is an option in the options menu that says “FF”.

How to beat Monster Rancher 1? ›

Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX: Beginner Tips
  1. Save Often. ​​​​​​​ ...
  2. Take Advantage of Sales. ...
  3. Make Sure You Have Some Savings. ...
  4. Look After Your Monster. ...
  5. Your Monster Will Eventually Die. ...
  6. Move Around In Battle. ...
  7. CDs Generate Different Monsters In Each Game. ...
  8. Take Part In Tournaments Often.
Dec 9, 2021

How do you get the Dragon in Monster Rancher 1 DX? ›

To obtain a Dragon in Monster Rancher 1, win the B Class Trial Cup on April 4. Subsequently raise your monster to Class A and win the Dragon Tusk Tourney (Invite on Aug. 2, Tourney on Aug. 4) to receive a Dragon Tusk.

How do you unlock the ghost in Monster Rancher 1? ›

  1. To obtain a Ghost in Monster Rancher 1, let any monster die. Holding a funeral or not should not affect the outcome. ...
  2. To obtain a Ghost in Monster Rancher 2, let a monster die. Colt will ask if you want to build a memorial shrine for it, so say yes.

What is the hardest monster hunter boss? ›

Arguably one of the most difficult foes to take down in the entire series, Extreme Behemoth (or 'Extremoth', as he's affectionately known by players) is an absolute titan that effortlessly ranks as Monster Hunter World's hardest monster.

What is the strongest monster in Monster Rancher? ›

A very powerful, dark Dragon breed who is one of the strongest monsters in the later games.

What happens if you run out of money in Monster Rancher 2? ›

The game will end if you run out of money and you will be returned to the title screen. Note that you will then have to restart the game from your saved data.

How long to beat Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX? ›

Main + Extras135h
All PlayStyles135h

Does Monster Rancher have an ending? ›

The Final Battle is the season finale of Season 3, the series finale and the seventy-third overall episode of the Monster Rancher anime series.

What is larox in Monster Rancher 2? ›

Monster Rancher 2

Using it adds 10 points to both Power and Defense stats, but subtracts 10 points from Life. It also takes an average of 4 weeks off of your monster's Lifespan.

How do you make monsters last longer in Monster Rancher 2? ›

Stress Levels

Stress greatly affects the lifespan of your monster. At the beginning of each week, you will learn about your monster's stress levels from Colt. Rest and playing will reduce the monster's stress. You can also use Mint Leaf to reduce stress.

How do you get moo in Monster Rancher 2 DX? ›

To obtain a Moo in Monster Rancher 2, use the C-D Beck: Mellow Gold. NOTE: This monster is notoriously difficult to obtain as the copy of the CD used to generate this monster was of a particularly rare print.

How long is Monster Rancher 2? ›

Main Story319h 6m
Main + Extras416h 45m
Completionist353h 20m
All PlayStyles1028h 25m

What is the rarest monster in Monster Hunter stories? ›

10 Hardest to Find Monsties in Monster Hunter Stories 2
  • 8 Soulseer Mitzune.
  • 7 Silverwind Nargacuga.
  • 6 Oroshi Kirin.
  • 5 Boltreaver Astalos.
  • 4 Hellblade Glavenus.
  • 3 Velkhana.
  • 2 Dreadqueen Ratha.
  • 1 Kushala Daora.
Sep 25, 2021

What is sueki suezo for? ›

Sueki Suezo is useful for a couple reasons. You can use him to win some E/D rank battles for extra cash, use him to combine, or take advantage of his 1 week lifespan to easily unlock the couple breeds that require a monster to die to unlock them.

How do you breed an elder monster? ›

It can only be bred by using 2 Hybrids in the Breeding Den.

How do you get a green ghost? ›

The Green Ghost is a hostile spiritual entity that can be found in various locations of the Frontier, although it is quite rare to find one. Its most popular spots can be found in The Rolling Road or at Topple Hill.

How do you get the red ghost? ›

Ann-Gree is a red Ghost Writer in Yooka-Laylee who must be attacked before collected. The only way to collect the ghost is to hit it until it turns yellow, then green. If Yooka and Laylee are within Ann-Gree's attack range, Ann-Gree will chase after the duo to attack them with an uppercut punch.

How do you get a golem in Monster Rancher 1? ›

To obtain a Golem in Monster Rancher Advance, use the password usagi. To obtain a Golem in Monster Rancher Advance 2, use the password GRR!, but only after receiving the 2nd stable upgrade from Bint. To obtain a Golem in Monster Rancher DS, use , but only after receiving the 1st stable upgrade from Bancho.

What are the starting monsters in Monster Rancher? ›

Starting Monsters

Despite their main breeds being initially locked, the following monsters as sub-breeds are available right away: Baku, Dragon, Henger, Gali, Golem, Worm.

Which monster hunter is best for beginners? ›

Yes, Monster Hunter Rise is a good game for beginners that want to get started on the popular Capcom franchise. Rise does a great job of easing you into the story with its initial Village Quests that sort of act as tutorials.

Does Monster Rancher 2 have an ending? ›

The "end" of the game is when a monster is able to beat the Big Four (the four highest ranked battles in the game) when this happens a video about the history of the monsters is shown.

Is Monster Hunter easier solo? ›

When playing in solo mode, it's easier to control monster aggression. The monster will be focused only on you or your Palico, making it easier to plan your moves without other Hunters possibly grabbing the monsters attention.

What is the most successful Monster Hunter game? ›

As of December 2022, Monster Hunter: World was the best-selling entry in Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise, selling more than 18.6 million unit since its release in January 2018. Originally launched on PS4 and Xbox One, the game was also got released for PC in August 2018.

Is Monster Hunter harder than bloodborne? ›

And that's just for single player. Mix in multiplayer missions with multiple bosses running loose like the end of Cabin in the Woods and it only gets crazier. In terms of difficulty, Monster Hunter occupies both extremes greater than Bloodborne.

What is the most hated monster in Monster Hunter? ›

Monster Hunter: World - 10 Most Annoying Monsters
Jul 9, 2019

What is the max monster level? ›

Level cap. In Monster Sanctuary, the maximum level is level 42. When a Monster has reached level 42, it can still gain EXP after battle. Gaining enough EXP will not cause it to level up but instead gives the player Level Badge 42s.

What is the hardest boss in Monster Hunter? ›

Arguably one of the most difficult foes to take down in the entire series, Extreme Behemoth (or 'Extremoth', as he's affectionately known by players) is an absolute titan that effortlessly ranks as Monster Hunter World's hardest monster.


1. Beginners - Raise Strong Monsters With Little Money Method - Monster Rancher 2 DX
(On Sale Gaming)
2. Monster Rancher (Part 1): Basics of Breeding
(Students of Gaming)
3. Rare Starter Monster List And How To Get Them - Monster Rancher 1&2 DX
(On Sale Gaming)
4. Monster Rancher 2 - What Does Each Stat Mean
(Kod3x Gaming)
5. Why Monster Rancher 1 and 2 DX is SO Important!
(Gym Leader Ed)
6. The Mango Method Guide - Cheap and Easy Training (Monster Rancher 2 DX)
(Y2k Rito)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Chrissy Homenick

Last Updated: 02/05/2023

Views: 6480

Rating: 4.3 / 5 (54 voted)

Reviews: 85% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Chrissy Homenick

Birthday: 2001-10-22

Address: 611 Kuhn Oval, Feltonbury, NY 02783-3818

Phone: +96619177651654

Job: Mining Representative

Hobby: amateur radio, Sculling, Knife making, Gardening, Watching movies, Gunsmithing, Video gaming

Introduction: My name is Chrissy Homenick, I am a tender, funny, determined, tender, glorious, fancy, enthusiastic person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.