For now, I will start by introducing the Monster families and their traits.
Each monster has two types, a Major and Minor type, which can breed and combine to create different monsters. There are 14 monster families, for a total of 196 monsters (14*14). "Pure breed" monsters have the same type as both their major and minor types, and are generally representative of the family's common traits.
The families are as follows:
Plants have high defence and low agility. They often use poison, status effects, or have unusual abilities to use in battle.
Snakes have high agility, and often use special attacks in battle, such as poison or constriction.
Dragons have very high stats, but as such they are slow to train. In addition, their abilities have high MP costs.
- Small Beast
These smaller creatures have low strength, but high agility and intelligence. They are very varied, and most species have their own stylized abilities.
Beasts have average stats, and tend to have low MP cost abilities.
- Large Beast
Large beasts have high strength, but typically lower intelligence and agility. They typically rely more on their basic attacks than their abilities.
- Sea Life
Essentially everything in the sea other than fish. They typically have high intelligence, although each species uses this in different ways.
Fish are very agile creatures. In addition,many of them possess School abilities, that take advantage of their numbers.
Bugs tend to have very low strength, and very high agility. They also have Swarm abilities; similar to Schools, except that they are much greater in number.
Minions are the humanoid monsters. They tend to have lower strength, but high intelligence. They also have a wide variety of magic available to them.
Birds tend to have high agility. In addition, because of their lofty natures, they have higher than normal evasion, and can inflict critical hits in combat.
Material monsters are actually made out of stuff, usually wood, stone, or metal. They have high defence and strength, but low agility, and very low intelligence.
Undead are peculiar monsters. They typically have less defence, but more HP than usual. Many of them have unique abilities.
Spirits are often ethereal, otherworldly beings. Many are resistant or immune to physical attacks. Some are Elementals, who embody a particular element or aspect of the world. They typically have high intelligence.