1. DD – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
We first meet this video game pet as an orphan pup missing his right eye, just like Venom Snake! Playing as Venom Snake, we use the Fulton Recovery system to send the pup back to our headquarters, and that’s where our relationship kicked off. DD (or Diamond Dog) is loyal, grows into a full-sized military beast by the end of the game, strengthens our resolve, and learns abilities that aid in scouting or taking down enemy threats. Who’s a good boy? You are, DD! You are!
2. Chocobos – Final Fantasy Series
The beloved birds have been roaming around the Final Fantasy universes since 1988 with Final Fantasy II. Since the first appearance, chocobos are found in every installment and even spin-off series due to how popular these furry two-legged friends are. Although we generally see these fine-feathered beasties in their adulthood, the baby chocobo inside Sazh’s afro from Final Fantasy XIII is definitely the cutest one we’ve seen so far! In Final Fantasy XV, there’s a whole ranch dedicated to chocobos! Call me awkward, but I can’t help but smile when I feed some Gysahl Greens to hear the iconic “Kweh Kweh!” Where would we be in Final Fantasy without chocobos? You tell me!
3. Dogmeat – Fallout 3
Fallout 3 released October 28, 2008, and introduced the gaming world to arguably one of the best post-apocalyptic action role-playing video games to date. Surviving out in the wasteland is just like it sounds—brutal! Luckily, we can find companions to help the barren world feel just a little bit more normal. Dogmeat is found early in the game at the minefield fending off raiders who had killed his prior master. Like me, I am confident that 100% of the Earth’s population instantly joined the battle and defeated the raiders to protect man’s best friend. Dogmeat is then recruited and becomes a loyal companion for the remainder of the game. Now, who do we need to talk to for Diamond Dog and Dogmeat to appear in the same game world? Sign me up!
4. Roach – Witcher Series
Geralt of Rivia, the legendary Witcher trained in the School of the Wolf, is known for his inept monster slayer abilities. As he traveled the world, he fought foes aplenty: kikimoras, strigas, djinns, nekkers, vampires, wraiths, etc. What did he travel on to fell so many beasts? That’s right, Geralt’s many horses named Roach! And each one is an endearing video game pet.
Roach is classified as Geralt’s trusty steed throughout the book franchise and video game series. Fans that delve into lore will know that Geralt’s horses tend to not live very long; a sad reality that the Witcher series does so well to recognize, but he does have a fondness for the name of Roach. Nobody knows why the name is important to Geralt, but he wouldn’t be able to get around much without his mount. One Roach, two Roach, red Roach, blue Roach, we love them all the same!
5. Palicoes, Palamutes, Poogie, & All Lower Endemic Life – Monster Hunter World/Rise
Palicoes are supportive and innovative cat-like companions that assist on hunts. Palamutes are dog-like combat companions with the reflexes to hoist you around the world on their backs for a quick getaway or steady chase. Poogie, the cute pet pig and mascot of the Monster Hunter series, is my personal favorite! All of these video game pets are sure to make you smile!
You can dress Poogie up in different costumes, pet him, pick him up, lug him around like the little fat sausage boy he is, or watch him root around with his oinker. I love Poogie! Honestly, every creature capturable by net deserves a spot on the list, though! Once captured, you can let them roam about your room and start to notice how much effort went into their design. Rabbits, jellyfish, cactuars, penguins, butterflies, wigglers, and so much more wonderful creatures to capture and let loose in your room! Monster Hunter World/Rise truly has an eye for beautiful pets!
6. Dragons – Dreamworks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders
It is common for dragons in the realm of fantasy genres to be omnipotent, sacred, and all-powerful beings that refuse to be corrupted by the fate of man. Well, good news for us because these video game pet dragons are willing to be trained! We can customize and train our dragons however we like. Training is vital for progression or you’ll expect to lose the next tournament match-up. Winning a tournament will allow our dragon to level up, unlock more customization options for our dragon, and give us a chance to hatch eggs to train more dragons! Is someone you know starting to ask for a pet dog? Enlist them to train a dragon instead! They’re protective, sweet, obedient, and lovable pets!