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Dragon Warrior Monsters
Developer(s) TOSE
Publisher(s) JP Enix
NA Enix/Eidos Interactive
Designer(s) Yuji Horii
Series Dragon Quest Monsters
Platform(s) Game Boy Color, mobile phones
Release date(s) JP September 25, 1998
NA December 31, 1999
EU 1999
Genre(s) Console role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Media 16 megabit Game Boy Color cartridge, backwards compatible with Game Boy

Dragon Warrior Monsters (known as Dragon Quest Monsters (ドラゴンクエストモンスターズ Doragon Kuesuto Monsutāzu?) in Japan) is the first video game in the Dragon Quest Monsters series. It was released in Japan by Enix on September 25, 1998 and co-published by Eidos Interactive in North America on December 31, 1999. It was released for the Game Boy Color before the console itself was released; however, the cartridge is backward compatible with the older Game Boy console in black-and-white color. The game was remade for the PlayStation as Dragon Quest Monsters 1+2.[1]

This game is the first Dragon Warrior Monsters game to be released for the Game Boy Color. It features the characters Terry and Milayou from Dragon Quest VI when they were children, before the events in Dragon Quest VI. Dragon Warrior Monsters is often compared to the Pokémon series due to their similar gameplay.[2] Critics set the games apart by noting the in-depth breeding system seen in this game.

A mobile phone incarnation of the game titled Dragon Quest Monsters i was released in Japan on January 28, 2002.[3]



The game follows Terry as he attempts to save his sister. Instead of fighting in battle, Terry is able to recruit monsters into his party. When fighting random battles, Terry can set out meat, which may coax the monster into joining the party at the end of the battle. Terry can also breed two monsters, combining them into a new, stronger monster. Excess monsters can be placed on the Farm, a storage place for monsters. They can be picked up or dropped off and there is an option to put monsters at the farm to sleep, which allows them to maintain their wilderness level, but not grow in level. There can be 19 awake and 19 asleep monsters at any one time. A monster's wilderness level lowers as Terry trains them, which makes them more likely to participate in battle. By leaving monsters at the farm awake, they become more wild.

Just like in most RPGs, monsters are able to gain experience points and level up after battles. Each monsters' requirements for experience points to level up varies, depending on their plus number or even what monster family they belong to. When they level up, they gain stats and sometimes skills. All monsters can carry a maximum of eight skills; if a monster can gain more than eight skills you have the option of replacing old skills with new ones.

The player moves around to other worlds through warp gates which are located underneath the throne room. To access these gates, the player needs to defeat a certain class ranking. There are a certain number of areas in a world and at the last one, the player needs to defeat a boss. Some bosses in the game offer to join the player's party automatically, some have to be won over with meat, and some will not join at all. Other gates are hidden throughout Great Tree, such as one in the library that is only accessible after befriending over 100 different monsters.

In this game the player fights in the arena and goes through ranks that consists of three different battles that must be won before the player can advance to the next ranking. Each rank provides harder challenges: the higher the rank, the harder the monsters. The battles you able to start at are from Rank G and go to Rank D and later in the game you are able to go from Rank C to Rank A and then Rank S. These battles open up gates for the character to explore and are necessary to progress through the story.

Tiny Medals are scattered throughout different worlds randomly and are picked up by the player. In the game, there is a man who collects these medals, who is later revealed to be the king of Great Tree, and will give certain monster eggs for how many the player gives to him. Also, Foreign Masters may appear while in other worlds. These encounters with other trainers can result in battle. There are different types of trainers that will give or do something for the player if they are defeated.


After beating Class F in the Arena, the player can breed monsters if they are at level 10 or above at the Shrine of Starry Night, which is taken care of by the current Master Monster Tamer. Breeding requires one male and one female monster. The result of the breeding will be an egg, containing a level 1 monster which has characteristics of both parents, including skills and stats. The egg can then be left in the monster farm or hatched, which costs a small fee. The monster born will have a plus number next to it, the number generally signifying the greatness of the monster's stats, the higher being the better. It costs more money to hatch a monster with a higher plus number than one with no plus number. Also, the number beside the plus multiplied by two is added to the limit for the maximum level for the monster.

Once the Egg Evaluator is available for use, eggs can have the gender of the monster they're containing checked and changed. Both requires a small fee which is paid to the Egg Evaluator. The fee increases depending on the monster's plus number.


In the days before Dragon Quest VI, when Terry and Milayou were just children, a strange monster appeared one night and snatched Milayou away.[4] Soon after, another monster, similar to the kidnapper, appeared and told Terry his sister was kidnapped by the evil Warubou. He informs Terry that his name is Watabou and must accompany him to the Kingdom of GreatTree. After his arrival, Terry met the King and received Slib the slime, his first monster to train. If Terry wins the Monster Trainer's Starry Night Tournament, he will be granted a wish.[5] So Terry sets out with his team to explore the many monster dungeons to win the tournament and rescue his sister.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 79.81 out of 100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.62 out of 10[6]
Game Informer 8 out of 10[6]
GameSpot 8.7 out of 10[2]
IGN 9 out of 10[4]
Nintendo Power 7.2 out of 10[6]

In Japan, Dragon Warrior Monsters sold 2.35 million copies.[7] The North American version sold 60,000 copies by April 2000.[8]

Dragon Warrior Monsters received mostly positive reviews, receiving an average score of 78.9% from Game Rankings based on 12 reviews.[6] The game was compared to Pokémon by critics because of its similar gameplay, many telling fans to play the game as a means of waiting for the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver.[2][4][5] praised the game's visuals, music, and gameplay, stating that the game "may not have the cutesy, over-merchandised appeal of Pokémon, but the rock-solid gameplay makes it a worthwhile endeavor."[2] IGN stated that Dragon Warrior Monsters features many of Pokémon's mechanics, "but better," commenting on the game's large cast of monsters and battles.[4] However, IGN also made a distinction between the two games, saying that Pokémon's ability to capture any wild Pokémon with a Pokéball as opposed to taming monsters was a better idea. reviewed the game, mentioning that the game's 215 monsters gave the game a large amount of depth, and that the "bulk and the most fun aspect of the game is catching monsters and breeding them to get more powerful monsters."[1] similarly pointed out that the breeding aspect of Dragon Warrior Monsters set it apart from other monster-catching games, noting that its monsters "don't quite have the extra 'omph' that the Pokemon creatures do", but that "none of the creatures are so super cutesy that they begin to get on your nerves."[5]


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Dragon Warrior Monsters
Box artwork for Dragon Warrior Monsters.
Developer(s) TOSE
Publisher(s) Enix, Eidos Interactive
Release date(s)
 ???, 2000
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Game Boy Color
Players 1-2
Series Dragon Quest Monsters

In Dragon Warrior Monsters, enter Terry's Wonderland, a magical place of kings, monsters and magic spells. Make monsters your allies to fight through the dangers that lie ahead in the long quest. Find your kidnapped sister and become the most powerful monster master in the world! Each monster has unique special skills to use in battle. Train and treat them well, and you'll be victorious! Over 40,000 different combinations - can you breed the rarest and most powerful monsters?

  • Over 200 cute and cool monsters to collect, tame and train.
  • Breed your trained monsters to make more powerful monsters, each received special skills from their parent monsters.
  • Play solo, or connect two Game Boys together to battle and breed with your friends' monsters.
  • A spin off of Japan's best selling RPG game, Enix's Dragon Quest.

Please note this game is compatible with the Game Boy as well as the Game Boy Color.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
  • Milayou
  • Preparing
  • The Mystic World
  • Summary
  • Uncatchable Monsters
  • Creating The Bosses
Spells and Skills

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