Taming monsters in Rune Factory 4 is essential for farming different produce and crafting materials.
Tamed monsters are also great to have as companions with you on your adventures.
That being said, some monsters are better than others to have early in your game.
Here we’ll cover all the best early tameable monsters worth getting in RF4, organized into three sections: monsters for cooking, monsters for getting materials, and monsters for battle.
Monsters for Cooking
Early on, it’s great to have tamed monsters that can produce ingredients you can use for cooking different dishes.
Having these monsters in your barn will mean that you’ll have a regular source of these ingredients right in your backyard.
|Egg (S, M, L)
One of the first monsters you’ll want to have in your barn is a Cluckadoodle for its eggs.
Eggs are used in 25 different cooking recipes, making it essential to have them stocked in your kitchen.
|Milk (S, M, L)
Another great monster to tame right away is a Buffamoo. A Buffamoo produces milk, which is used in 28 different cooking recipes.
A Hornet is also great to have in your monster barn for the honey it produces. Honey is used in only 4 cooking recipes, but it has another use:
Honey by itself sells for 680G.
That’s a lot of gold when you’re just starting out!
Monsters for Materials
Crafting and forging are also very important skills in Rune Factory 4.
With the right equipment, you’ll find it a breeze to get through each dungeon in the game.
Building and upgrading equipment requires materials from different categories. So consider taming these monsters in the early-to-mid game for regular access to vital materials needed in different categories.
|Insect Horn [Sticks and Stems]
Look for Beetles as soon as you can, because these monsters produce Insect Horns.
The Insect Horn is an item that falls under the Sticks and Stems category, which is needed in more than 70 crafting recipes.
These monsters are also conveniently found in Yokmir Forest.
|Bird’s Feather [Feathers]
Tame the Weagle for a regular source of Bird’s Feathers.
This item falls under the Feathers category for upgrade materials. And you’ll be able to find & tame this monster in another early area of the game: the Water Ruins.
|Spider Thread [Strings]
A tamed Spider produces Spider Thread, which falls under the Strings category.
You’ll need this item for over 50 crafting recipes, so when you head to the Obsidian Mansion be on the lookout for these creatures. You can find plenty of Spiders crawling around there.
|Selphia Plain East
Another material that you can use in several recipes is Fur, which falls under the Furs category of materials.
A Chipsqueek is great to tame for fur because it can be found in several areas around Selphia Plain East – so you’ll be able to find these guys very early in your adventure.
An excellent place to look for them though is right outside the Water Ruins.
5. Big Muck
|Spore [Powders and Spores]
|Selphia Plain Mush Road
If you want a source of Powders and Spores, you’ll want to tame a Big Muck.
They produce the Spore item, and can be found everywhere along Selphia Plain Mush Road.
|Insect Carapace [Cloths and Skins]
Another must-have monster in your barn is an Ant.
Ants produce Insect Carapaces, which fall under the Cloths and Skins category. This item is needed for more than 100 recipes, making these creatures essential for your early-game farm.
7. Silver Wolf
|Wolf Fang [Claws and Fangs]
A tamed Silver Wolf produces Wolf Fangs. This item is used as an ingredient for several weapons, and it also falls under the Claws and Fangs category.
You’ll find that several weapons need a Claws and Fangs piece, so this is a great monster to have on your farm at almost any point in the game.
Monsters for Combat
Another reason you’ll want tamed monsters is to have powerful companions by your side on your adventures.
So if you want the best monsters to tame as battle companions, it’s better to get them as early as possible since they get stronger the longer you care for them.
Here are our top picks for early-game combat monsters:
1. Silver Wolf
If you needed another reason to tame a Silver Wolf aside from its material drops, it’s also great as a companion on your travels.
It has good stats in battle, and it can deal good short-range damage.
Not only that, but you can even ride on its back!
The best part is how early you can find them in the game. Just take a trip to Yokmir Cave to find this loyal companion.
Note: If you’re willing to wait til later in the story for a wolf, then you’ll come across a tameable Silver Wolf passed out in the Sechs Territory. You can tame this using any food from your bag, and you will be given the option to have it accompany you at this point in the story.
This is a good combat partner as it will start at level 97 with 7 friendship levels.
Another powerful companion to have by your side is a tamed Mamadoodle.
These ferocious feathered beasts are incredibly tanky, and can deal a mean amount of damage. Wild ones can be dangerous to face early on, but you can simply keep your distance as you tame them.
They’re conveniently found in Cluck-Cluck Nest, which is in Selphia Plain.
|Special Taming Item
One of the earliest bosses you can tame in Rune Factory 4 is Ambrosia.
You need an Ultra Toyherb to tame it, and you can obtain that item by using a Giantizer on 4 Toyherbs in a 2×2 plot.
Note that you can only tame it in its butterfly form, so make sure to beat up its pupa form first!
Tip: If you need help reaching this boss then check out our complete walkthrough to Yokmir Forest, including tips & detailed battle mechanics from this boss battle.
It’s already awesome to have a boss for a companion, but Ambrosia is also useful for its AoE attack that will drain enemies and heal herself. It can also inflict enemies with the sleep debuff, which is a crazy powerful skill to have early on.
Another reason you’ll want to tame Ambrosia early is that you’ll find that you’ll be too strong for it later on. Once you’re at the level where you kill it in one shot, it’ll be more tedious to tame Ambrosia.