There’s no denying Monster Hunter has a certain fondness for felynes. The catlike creatures have been joining players against impossible odds for years now. Monster Hunter Rise introduces the canyne Palamutes (dog friends), but I’ll always have a soft spot for the pun-spouting Palicoes, which I always name after my own cats.
My furry friend infiltrate Monster Hunter in other ways, too. Namely the way I call monsters by anything and everything but their real names. Scrumble, Belly-Butt, Nugget, Ruby, Roo-Boo-Baloo, Dollar Man, Whisker Biscuit, Tailor Bailor: it’s more common to hear any of these phrases than what’s written on their vet paperwork. (My cats are named Ramba and Canti, for the record.)
Perhaps it’s because of all the Palicoes. Maybe it’s because each monster has so much destructive personality, like my two little terrors. Whatever the reason, I have developed the habit of calling Monster Hunter Rise monsters by all kinds of stupid nicknames that make me laugh and confuse my co-op partners. I’ve collected a few of them here for posterity.
Some of these are intentional terms of affection. Others started as confused utterances made in the heat of the moment. All of them have become precious to me as I spend more time getting to know my monstrous friends with some real-world pals playing by my side. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
- Magnamalo: Marshmallow
- Royal Ludroth: Sudsy 3D
- Mizutsune: The Miz
- Jyuratodus: Muddy Buddy
- Zinogre: Zinogre (I love and respect them just the way they are).
- Rathian: Rath
- Rathalos: Rath (specifically referring to the character of the same name from the short-lived 1997 animated series Mummies Alive!)
- Tetranadon: Reptar
- Barroth: Barioth
- Barioth: Barroth
- Almudron: Chad Jyuratodus
- Rajang: Donkey Kong
- Lagombi: Gumby
- Volvidon: Volvo and/or Voldo
- Nargacuga: “Ooh, Narga-cuuu-ga!” – Sung to the tune of “Barracuda” by Heart.
- Anjanath: “Whoa, Black Betty! An-ja-nath!” – Sung to the tune of “Black Betty” by Ram Jam.
- Khezu: A huge mistake.
- Tigrex: Deep Cover Gecko
- Great Izuchi: Greg Izuchi
- Great Baggi: Great Bobby
- Arzuros: Honey Bear
- Bishaten: Bishie Boy
- Kulu-Ya-Ku: “Loo-loo-loo-loo-loo-loo-loo-loo-loo!” — often, but not always, preceded by “The B, the O, the B, the B, the Y, the D, the I, the G, the I, the T, the A, the L.”
- Pukei-Pukei: Pukei-Pukei (but said in my deepest, most deadly serious voice possible).
- Rakna-Kadaki: Spider-Mom
- Goss Harag: “I’m sorry, but that’s just a guy. That’s a hairy human man. What are we even doing?”