Monsters can be both bought via the hatchery or acquired as you engage in fights across the various islands. Each monster has varying attributes as well as classes, indicated by a symbol next to its name. For example, healers can help restore your team members’ HP, ranged attackers can do significant damage from a distance, and tankers are tough and can deal a lot of damage at close range, among others. Being able to mix and match these attributes is important to have a well balanced team, although it is recommended that you have a healer as well as a tanker on your team flanked by those that can do ranged attacks, in most cases.
Up to four members can be added to your team, and players can choose between those in their collection to make up their party. Players may also choose to set free monsters, especially if they want to free up some much needed space. Alternately, they may also use these spare monsters for enhancing the ones that they want to keep.
Monsters can also be enhanced and fused so that they can be made stronger in battle. Enhancing involves sacrificing monsters that you don’t want so that your target monster’s experience level would increase. On the other hand, fusion involves combining two monsters of the same kind. Both processes would require a certain amount of shells to be spent, and both will result in stronger monsters that will be much more useful in battle. Also, players should take note that certain monsters can only be used during enhancement, depending on the type of the target monster.
Aside from stats and types, monsters are also set apart by their skills. Skills range from offensive, defensive, or support types, and triggering the right skill at the right time can be very advantageous especially if you are swamped by enemies or if you are facing a tough boss. Skills have a cool down period before they can be used again, so make sure to activate them only when necessary and if the situation calls for it.
Items can also be equipped to your monster so that their skills would be upgraded. Most items will be acquired as loot, and these can be equipped to your monster for boosted attributes. Take note that there are only a specific number of items that you can equip for each monster, and that items that have already been equipped can no longer be removed.