An Introductory Guide to Monstrology

Monstrology is a feature introduced to Wizard101 in April 2017. This feature allows witches and wizards alike to extract ‘animus’ from creatures. Animus is the very essence of creatures and once it is extracted it offers different possibilities:

  • create minion Treasure Cards of that creature;
  • create house guests;
  • create Expel Treasure Cards to immediately remove a creature from the battle circle.

If you are a person like me, you’ll just go after the creatures to collect them all for your Monstrology Tome. You can access the Tome by pressing ‘T‘ while not in battle. Do note that this feature is purely related to the PvE side of the game as the treasure cards you create cannot be used in PvP matches.

Monstrology Tome



Apart for the wide variety of minions that are now available to us through monstrology, Myth wizards aka Conjurers can summon up to 3 minions at the same time!

The minions available as of now are: Undead, Wyrm, Polar Bear, Parrot, Treant, Gobbler, Pig, Mander, Imp, Elephant, Spider and Colossus. They each have their very own extract spell which you will need to be able to extract the animus from the creatures. Those spells can be bought for gold from Monstrologist Burke from the common areas of each different world.



Each creature can drop up to 3 animus without any boosts. The animus dropped is awarded by always using the appropriate extract spell enchant and gives:

  • 1 for dealing damage to the creature;
  • 1 for defeating the creature;
  • 1 for being above the rank of the creature.

That totals to 3 animus per extractable creature. You can also use the Triple Animus Elixir from the crown shop, along with the Double Animus member benefit. That gives a total of 18 animus per creature.


Badges & Ranks

There is a badge for every monstrology rank you gain. Starts from rank 1 with the badge ‘Rookie Monstrologist‘ all the way to the current max Rank 27 badge ‘Grand Monstrologist‘.

Monstrology Badges

There is also a set of 4 badges that are awarded for how much animus you have collected with the maximum badge obtained at 20,000 animus.



Finally, there is that extra feature Kingsisle introduced to make things even more interesting, the Monstrodome! This spectacular housing item lets you add the treasure cards you create from animus and fight those creatures yourself with your friends. Can you imagine the possibilities!


Our Thoughts

Overall, the Monstrology system proves to be a very rewarding experience to those that wish to farm and grind monster fights throughout the Spiral. This hobby forces players of any level to go back and review monsters they may have faced in the past. Furthermore, if you are a housing enthusiast, you’ll probably have specific monsters in mind that really capture your house’s atmosphere in some way. They’re out there for you waiting. Go and catch them!

What do you think about the new Monstrology system? Is it good for the Spiral? What monsters would you like to capture? Let us know in the comments below.

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With his main focus in Wizard101 PvE, you will find Cody knee deep fighting one of the Spiral's major bosses with an army of wizards at his disposal. Proficient in quite a few other areas of the game such as gardening, fishing, and most of all monstrology. Why monstrology? He chases after every single creature out there and catalogs them for all to see!


  • You do not state what the minimum level you have to be in order to being doing Monstrology

    • You have to be level 12 to start Monstrology.

  • I’m surprised you didn’t speak about how expensive these Extract Animus cards are lol 100,000 Gold??

  • Hello, I very much enjoy the monostrology and wizard 101 itself. The reason I’m leaving a comment is, is there a way you can create a new card that captures any monster? I have all 12 cards and I figured yall would make one that captures all if you have all the others first and make it cost 500,000 in gold and have to be at least level 120 with all the other cards also. Just an idea. And a way to interact with pirate 101 with our other account there. Make that level 130 and vice versa with pirate 101. Also create gear. Just like breeding pets. And able to trade other things beside treasure cards. Such as reagents or other. Thank you.oh and fish mounts for house items of each fish. Thank you. Great game. I hope I gave yall some good ideas.

    • Hi, we’re only a fansite with no KI workers on staff. That feedback would be better off sent directly to KI.

  • Really, only good for one shot kill . . . eventually. Difficult to find trainers, probably have to spend more money (cash) to even be able to manage the fights won/successful extracts, and what’s with the Myth advantage? I’m running out of patience with this new feature. May save it for when I have nothing left to quest and are about to leave Wizard 101 for good (if my membership doesn’t run out first).

  • Hi

    Where can I get highest extract cards spells at? Please help me on this ok.


    • Currently, there is a total of 12 extract spells you can get from Monstrologist Burke. This NPC can be found throughout different worlds and is generally hiding out in the common areas.
      Wizard City – Ravenwood + Colossus Boulevard
      Grizzleheim – Northguard
      Krok – Oasis
      Wysteria – Pigswick Academy
      Zafaria – Baobab Crossroads
      Avalon – Caliburn
      Azteca – Zocalo
      Polaris – Walruskberg

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