Dinos are T-rex-like monsters that are scaled down a bit. They appeared in the very first Monster Rancher game and were then replaced by similar monsters called Zuums. Many different types of Dinos were characters in the Monster Rancher anime series. They were portrayed as overly-confident, but having great physical strength and energy projection.

Due to fan requests for a celebration of the 5th anniversary of the original Monster Rancher game, Dino was brought back in Monster Rancher 4 as a rare Zuum sub-breed that can be obtained by using a copy of the original Monster Rancher 1 game disc (or almost any other XBox game).

Later, Dinos were slightly redesigned for the Online and Lagoon series and called Sauras instead.

Etymology Edit

The name Dino is short for "dinosaur", because it looks like a Tyrannosaurus.


Game Name Description Image
Monster Rancher 1 Dino "Average in all abilities, he needs a good breeder's hand." Dinomr
Monster Rancher 4 Dino (Zuum sub-breed) "It all begins with this one, the great ancestor, the very first monster to come from the Saucer Stones. All other Zuums bow down before it!" Dino MR4
Monster Farm Lagoon Saura No basic Dino breed exists, but a family of Non-playable enemy monsters exist in the same family. Repusaura MFL
Monster Rancher Battle Card Dino N/A Dino MRBC
Monster Rancher Battle Card 2 Dino For more info, see Dino Cards. Dino
Monster Rancher Explorer Dino Non-playable Obstacle. Breathes fire and will destroy any crate in its path. Can be killed if made to fall from any distance. Dino MREx
Anime Series Dino For the characters, see Dino Troops.


  • To obtain a Dino in Monster Rancher 1, use
  • To obtain a Dino in Monster Rancher 4, use
  • To obtain a Dino Card in Monster Rancher Battle Card, use
  • To obtain a Dino Card in Monster Rancher Battle Card 2, use


See here for a complete list of Dino Techniques.


For more pictures and screenshots of Dino, click here.