Now Might Be A Good Time To Check Out The Digimon Masters MMO

By Ishaan . April 25, 2014 . 9:00am

Digimon Masters is a free-to-play Digimon MMO for PC that is supported by micro-transactions. The game is published by Joymax, and has been running successfully for a little over two years now. This week, Joymax kicked a few new events off within the game to encourage new players to enter.


The first is the “Welcoming Digital World’s Festival” event. This is meant to get players to introduce Digimon Masters to their friends. From now until May 27th, if you bring a friend into the game, you’ll get in-game bonuses depending on the level they reach. These are outlined in the table above.


Additionally, new tamers that enter the game will have items catered specifically toward them at the in-game DatsCenter, which they can avail by achieving certain goals within the game. For example, reaching level 11 will grant you 10x Regular Megaphone, 1x Red Sports Sneakers (7 Days) and 1x Blue Power Gloves (7 Days).


The second event features a new Digimon. From now until May 13th, players can purchase a Murkukusmon (pictured above). Originally an Angel-type Digimon, Joymax say that Murkukusmon “feel from grace,” leaving the angelic host with Beelzemon. Here’s his description:


“Granted the title of ‘Earl’ within the executive class of the Nightmare Soldiers, this Digimon can command up to 30 troops. With a fiery temper, be sure not to anger this former angel turned Virus type, or you may be in for a heated blast of their Gehenna Flame!”


If you purchase Murmukusmon, you’ll get 1 May Festival Coin as a bonus. May Festival Coins can be used to purchase in-game items that provide you with bonuses.


Finally, from now until May 27th, the “Digital World Exp Event” will give players 30% increased Movement Speed and 200% extra EXP on weekdays, and 300% extra EXP on weekends.


You can find further details of the May event at the official website for Digimon Masters. Meanwhile, a step-by-step guide for newbies can be accessed here.

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  • Renaldi Saputra

    just saying, but DMO ruins the very digimon concept

    anyway we’re still hoping for Digimon Re:Digitize Decode localization ASAP
    also Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

    • Abysswalker90

      This thing is hardly a game at all. It only barely passes as an interactive Korean clickfest. There is zero enjoyment and is a 100% skinner box ploy using the Digimon name as bait.

      • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

        Agreed. There’s no depth to the system.

        The game would’ve died off long ago if it didn’t have Digimon slapped on to it.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        for the concept, just see:

        1. Drimogemon is a CHILD/ROOKIE level
        what? wtf? from what source? it isn’t anywhere even on

        2. Sakuyamon evolves into Kuzuhamon? WTF?
        Kuzuhamon’s power is lower than sakuyamon, also sakuyamon is a special being. From what source did you get??

        3. Hanumon’s attribute is Virus… WTF?! It’s FUCKIN’ VACCINE, in the anime, card games, and another console digimon games

        4. Burst mode ONLY exists for Digimon Savers’ main digimon…
        Beelzebumon blast mode, Dukemon crimson mode are just another mode changes, not BURST MODE…

        and there’re still many more ruins in the concept that korean made.. They just changing things arbitrarily without looking for official sources, and not loyal to the original one… Heh, game for digimon fans? fucking no!

        for online game, I’d rather play PSO2

        • Abysswalker90

          To be honest, Xros Wars was a bigger shit stain in terms of consistency, and that was an official and canonical anime.
          I’ll just stick to Digimon World on psx..

          • Renaldi Saputra

            but xros wars digimon can’t take apart in original digimon game like re:digitize or cyber sleuth, they have their own series. Official indeed but only rather profile, it doesn’t even have level in the official profile

            newer digimon than xros wars had been back into its original one, where there is level and no digixros anymore

          • Abysswalker90

            Xros Wars,
            Where GranKuwagamon is a lowly mob, and Stingmon is a legendary warrior.

            That Xros Wars.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            and lucemon FM even satan mode is just a soldier, lower class than lilithmon

        • Kalis Konig

          the burst mode thing isn’t really a big deal. it is just a way to simplify a name for beyond mega. i think lost evolution did the same thing on ds.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            but it isn’t official, also since BM costs 40 DS per time, but some side evolution say like victorygreymon don’t
            mode changes power can be beyond ultimate indeed, but they’re still ultimate, unless they’re called Super Ultimate.. but even super ultimate is not a canon

            I don’t play lost evo, what did it do?
            chronomon on the other hand is indeed a super ultimate

          • Kalis Konig

            Hm I wasn’t aware that Digimon Online labels different forms beyond mega as such. I thought they were all considered as burst in that game to simplify things. If not it is wierd of them to label digimon who are not bursts as such. But In Lost evolution a number of Digimon where given forms past mega. I’m not sure if this was the official name but someone told me they list them as “Mega/Ultimate 2” including the Burst mode Digimon and ones like Susanoomon, Omnimon, and Chaosmon. Digimon that have been considered Mega/Ultimate in previous games even were bumped up to the level beyond Mega. some I remember were: Baihumon being a Mega 2 in Gabumons Line. Melomyotismon and Apocalymon were Mega 2’s in DemiDevimons line, Patamons line had Azulongmon as a mega 2 if you followed the proper route. More or less every evolution line had at least one “Mega 2” achievable. In particular all the digimon who stared in the show. Biyomons line usually ends at phoenixmon in most sources but could go further into Zhuqiaomon. Agumon could become Shinegreymon BM, RM, or Omnimon depending on what conditions you have met for example. So they lumped anything that is considered beyond mega in one group. I guess it was just a way as to simplify things as there has been so many different names for forms beyond mega in the games and anime over the years. I guess when Burst modes came out they wanted all the other lines to have a way to be on an even playing field so they changed a lot of Digimon to mega 2 in the recent games.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            hmm, I haven’t played lost evo, but IIRC those things don’t exist

        • Ferrick

          and the digivolutions are temporary… i stopped 1 hour in after finding that out

          • Renaldi Saputra

            they made it like in the anime, it doesn’t fit for the game, really

          • Ferrick

            it’s an ok concept for anime, but for games, no =/, they should’ve made it like DW3

          • Renaldi Saputra

            true… at least DMW 3 is more convenient

          • Ferrick

            yep, no need for farming for digisouls just to evolve for a few seconds, quite inconvenient when fighting high hp enemies too

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I agree wholeheartedly

          • Ferrick

            and then there’s the need to use cash shop for certain evolutions… yeah, not worth it

    • Just Tim

      Safe to say the number one thing licensed games need is being “faithful to the source material.”

      Yes, people, the same rule why Uwe Boll is renounced by gamers worldwide and Rockstar Games got praised for its video game rendition of the classic 70’s gangster film, “The Warriors”.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        I hate the korean developer who did DMO, they decided things arbitrarily, without looking at original references. Thinking that they are who own digimon, so they can do as they wish.

  • Mikari✘

    Micro transaction scares me

    • Kaitsu

      And even then, the micro transactions are to get things that fail 80% of the time. And that’s for trying to get a MEGA.

  • Kawashima

    Played this on Aeria for a bit stopped after doing 20 quests of killing only Leomons. I’m used to these typical kill x quests but this was just an insanely annoying quest line.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      battle system sucks, you just only hit, and use skills, no physical evading, no area attack, enemy is just statistic problem, not physical skills or any trigger impact…

      also monotone quests

      no love for the gaming system

      • Lynx

        -battle system sucks, you just only hit, and use skills, no physical evading, no area attack,

        Like any Digimon game ever, with the exception of Rumble Arena?

        • Renaldi Saputra

          most of digimon games are RPG turn based, even DMW 1 & re:digitize are more dynamic of the battle.. well, DMW 1 & re:digitize aren’t turn based, but real time one

          in DMO you only hit automatically by clicking once, use skills which only contain damage skills, no status effect, no multiple attacking, only showing off…

  • revenent hell

    As much as I would like to play this I detest micro transactions in games. Hence why I don’t play many of those types of games.

    I think I would rather just buy the game outright and call it a day. Though as a Digimon fan I am slightly tempted to try it

  • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

    As someone who’s played this game a few years ago (both Korean and Global), I can’t really suggest the game to anyone, Digimon fan or not.

    Korean server is less of a trainwreck, but suffers from the fact Koreans and Brazilians have this need to keep to their own groups. Doesn’t help when, while more forgiving than the Global server about microtransactions, it’s been slowly going the way of making stuff more and more progressively impossible to get with being cash-only.

    As for the Global server… Well, a lot of stuff that is cash-only, stays cash-only. This wouldn’t be a problem to buy them from other players if it weren’t for the fact that:

    1) The game’s economy is notoriously horrendous. Last I was playing, it was 50 mil for a 5/5 egg, so I dread to see what 4/5 and 3/5 eggs go for. Working up the money in-game wouldn’t be a problem if…

    2) There’s a drop cap that prevents you from farming items at all to sell. The higher level you are than the mob you’re farming, the lower the drop rate gets to the point nothing will drop at all. Basically, the game punishes you for getting max level (note: Korean server does NOT have this drop cap and is the sole reason to play it over the Global one), and it doesn’t help when the game has 100% – 200% EXP bonuses running essentially 24/7, making it incredibly easy to jump in levels even while farming. This is incredibly problematic when one desires a certain Digimon, but it only drops in one area (ie, Patamon and the Dex line for DORUmon can only ever drop on a single map).

    3) While you can still get items from using the card system, they’re bounded and thus cannot be traded. On the Korean server, this was a decent may to make money. On the Global server, you’re pretty much up the creek without a paddle.

    Doesn’t help when Joymax’s excuse for the drop cap is to stop bots, when there’s people that bot in Dark Tower to begin with, meaning the drop cap’s more for goading people into cashing more than anything else.

    Otherwise, like other people said, the battle system’s pretty shallow and doesn’t have much to offer.

    While I know this is a F2P MMO and thus microtransactions are going to be a thing, I’ve played plenty of other MMOs where they still make it relatively fair for non-cashers to progress. Just look at the Korean server for an example, it’s still possible to keep up with insane prices when you invest time into farming.

    In short: There’s much better F2P MMOs around, and I seriously cannot suggest this one to anyone.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I as a digimon fan were very disappointed with korean developer
      they really don’t know how to make a digimon game

      I think that digimon isn’t a right one to be made an MMORPG, even being handled by korean

      better play Re:Digitize Decode or maybe later Cyber Sleuth

      • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

        I think it could be done, it’s just this one is incredibly derivative of the anime series. There’s zero customization options on your tamer due to Bamco having a restriction on that for the developers, so it feels less engaging. (That is to say, due to legal issues — from what I’ve heard — Digitalic or whoever the company that bought them out in South Korea can only allow clothes on the tamers to be changed, nothing else.)

        Had they just done it something where it’s its own standalone “story” or concept without deriving from the anime series at all, it’d be a tad bit better. Story quests are pointless to do because there’s no sense of order to them and they’re nonsensical at best due to the Google translate job on Joymax’s end.

        I’d rather just tell people to go play Re:Digitize for a better game, if one can read moonrune. I felt it was one of the better Digimon games, considering I feel the majority of them are average at best (though they do have some appeal to those who might like a specific sub-genre of RPGs).

        • Captain Levi

          I perfectly agree with everything you said.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          most of console digimon games even the worst one are still better than Korean’s Digimon MMO game

          DBO and DMO are just a shame for digimon fans even the franchise itself, I bet the franchise won’t ever admit it as a digimon game

    • Hexodious

      As a person who’ve seen people come and go I can agree totally with this. (Yes, even you Neo, we used to chitchat now and then on digimonrpgonline forum, I believe you remember the name Ziy. xD)

      I’m not ashamed to lie that I put up a pretty penny to buy some stuff in order to satisy my needs, but there isn’t really a point of doing so, stuff just keeps getting harder and harder, new stuff just keeps getting introduced, in the end the purchase I made just made it feel pointless, I have played a lot of F2P MMOs where just 2 or 3 small purchase kept me going for months, even years.

      If people are interested in this and will afford to throw in some cash I highly recommend to find a different game, the game’s sole purpose is to piss people off and get cash rolling in, once this game lose it’s dedicated costumers, the game will die in matter of weeks or maybe in a few months. Just like you said before it just got the Digimon name slapped on it.

      The evolution lines, stages, areas, etc, 90% of it doesn’t even make sense at all, and whatever updates comes along, even that makes me cringe so much. One update is about File Island out of nowhere, couple of weeks later you get something from a completely different season, it just doesn’t add up and it certainly doesn’t follow order and common sense.

      Digimon is better off on consoles or handhelds, made by people who actually have the idea and order to make it successful. (This also is lame as hell, they can bring a giant “Digimon MMORPG” to the west, but can’t even localize a simple handheld game, which we haven’t gotten since 2008. Meh, whatever.)

      I recommend the people to wait for Bandai’s decision to localize Re:Digitize Decode since that’s actually a game worthy enough to say “Yeah, this is Digimon!”, and a good one at one, the last few Digimon DS games were just some pushovers. Cyber Sleuth is also worthy enough to look forward too.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        even the worst digimon game ever is still better than this game

      • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

        Hm, can’t say I remember you. I haven’t been on there in over a year since the community isn’t the best and pretty much is a graveyard. I didn’t keep in contact with too many people on there since most of them were only interested in Digimon Masters — to which, I was long over and had zero interest in (beyond telling people how atrocious of a game it is), so I’ve moved onto greener pastures.

        I remember people spending thousands on the game — and that’s per individual — so it doesn’t surprise me that at this point, it’s just the fanboys who willingly shell out that much money are the only ones still playing, and quite possibly being the only ones keeping the game afloat.

        That said, while I was a lot more tame in how much I spent (about $60 over my entirety of playing), it made me realize for how much one can waste on a F2P MMO, that’s money that can just go into a P2P MMO and get much better service and a higher quality game. (Not to say all P2P MMOs are necessarily better, they just tend to provide a better community due to subscription fees weeding out the trash, and developers who are more likely to listen.)

        While I enjoyed Re:Digitize, I also tell people it’s also not as grand as the fans make it out to be, but then I was never terribly fond of Digimon World 1’s gameplay to begin with. It’s not a bad game by any means, just nothing terribly special either. It blows Digimon Masters out of the water, that’s for sure.

        …Then again, it doesn’t take much effort to beat this game in quality.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          true enough, I found re:digitize PSP also not as grand as you say, but at least tri-crescendo had made a very good job on bringing it back to fans…

          but when seeing Re:Digitize Decode, I got more and more addicted into it, heck they had a bunch of X-Antibody digimon!!!
          I miss them very much, X-Antibody digimon mostly are cool, it’s a very pleasant way that they brought back X Digimon which was produced since 2003-2005 until DMW X a.k.a. DMW 4.

          just saying, X-Antibody digimon was the one who saved digimon franchise from being ended (after frontier ended, digimon were planning to stop producing another anime). Digimon X-Evolution movie was a huge success in Japan and had made digimon back on producing more and more. I bet the franchise really appreciate and glorify it.

  • subsamuel01

    Played this game for about a year, really fun if your a Digimon fan. Only quit playing because the its rare to get a good Digimon without having to fork out real money.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      nope, I’m a loyal digimon fan, but got very disappointed in it…
      even I blame korean developer bcos of it

      no love in making the game

  • WolfDuo

    Everyone I know who has/is playing the game tells me that it’s purely Pay to win.

    Sounds like it’s not even worth the attention.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      like most of korean MMO

    • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

      Everyone you’ve spoken to on it tells the truth.

      Joymax pretty much went out of their way to ensure you will cash at one point or another. People have attempted to give them suggestions to make things a bit more fair, but they either conveniently ignore them or they made up really lame excuses.

  • Unlimax

    Been playing since the Korean version and its hard to say positive things about this game , the game is unbelievably confusing , Boring and broken and it doesn’t professionally relate any things from the digimon series .. the only positive thing about this game is the digimon models design and nothing else to be honest .. sorry for being harsh at the game ^^”
    I’m still waiting for a Digimon MMO being made by BANDAI Japan themselves :P

    • Renaldi Saputra

      korean mostly are only showing off their 3D model, graphic, special effect, and so on.. But on system and balancing, they mostly sucks at it.

      for your opinion about the game (DMO), it’s a truth after all

      Bamco actually won’t make digimon MMO, even though some digimon games are online games but japan only

      • Unlimax

        I don’t know about that to be honest , there’s some talented studios in Korea and they can do both things in some games
        Maybe if Digimon masters was being made from another Korean Studio it might looks and plays better than it looks right now , let’s not blame all of them .. they are talented and they can deliver things we wish others can’t deliver on their games :P
        Anyway .. Kinda disappointed how the Japanese market ignoring making MMO’s these days , consider it a wishful thinking but i hope this happens someday :3

        • Renaldi Saputra

          there are, but only some…
          just look at another korean MMO, more or less are the same. Only few that I found good, the rest are just better with graphic but shallow gameplay.

          Japanese are more focus now on social game, rather than MMO.

          wait, is PSO2 an MMO?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I played it before years ago….I liked it. Keyword on Liked

    • Renaldi Saputra

      honestly, before I got deeper into gaming, I just felt so so of the game, all I think was just “oh it’s digimon…”

      but after getting more and more into gaming, and playing PSO2, I began to look down of DMO and another korean MMO

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        ever play the DBZ MMO?

        • Christopher Nunes

          What’s your opinion on it?

        • Renaldi Saputra

          I’ve seen some trailers of it, not interested

          if there’s some korean MMO that is worth to play, I will recommend Kingdom Under Fire II, at least much better than typical korean MMO

  • CozyAndWarm

    Alright, but… where’s ReDigitize Decode in English?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      that’s what I’m asking for too

    • Fenrir

      Where you ask? It’s in the list of not to be localized because nobody will buy it.

      When a good amount of the fandom asking for games to be localized actually decide to support the franchise by purchasing, maybe then games will start to get localized. In the meantime, so long as people keep wanting to illegally obtain recent Digimon games, it’s not happening.

      Damaging the sales of an already niche series is not the way to go, enough said.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        not really, you won’t know
        saint seiya got localized, even the fanbase in US is lower than digimon. Also more vita games were getting localized

        Decode isn’t just a port, but more than 2x contents

        nobody will buy it? fuck u
        ppl epsecially digifans who have 3DS are cying asking for it

        • Fenrir

          See, while I don’t know what the deal is with Saint Seiya, from what I’ve read the Vita has a large software attach rate (somehow) which would be a reasonable explanation for localizing those titles.

          I never commented on anything towards Decode content wise so… dunno what the point of saying that is. Now, as to why it likely wouldn’t sell well? A good number of kiddies in the fandom who were crying for the game can now illegally obtain and play Decode easily with the main 3DS flashcard available. That’s a good bit of sales down the drain for again, what is a niche series.

          To keep it a bit more relevant to the article, when the original ReDigitize was released, a friend who I played the MMO with mentioned they had gotten the game in public. Cue a large number of messages towards my friend asking for a download link. When told the proper answer of obtaining the game, they all shut up.

          If any Digimon game has a chance of getting localized, it’s gonna be Cyber Sleuth. Mostly because it actually has a chance of selling plus lack of Vita game piracy.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            dude, Tenkai Knights which still have no fanbase in US, which is similar thing like medarot got localized for 3DS, why digimon don’t?

            They can play Decode indeed, but english patch even isn’t available for Decode, so I bet they won’t play games that they don’t understand, they just buy the game mainly to support the franchise, even though can’t play on their 3DS

            They asked re:digitize download link bcos it’s in PSP, much piracy, when in 3DS, not really

            That’s a point of it

          • Fenrir

            If I’m to be perfectly honest, I would personally rather see Medabots Dual in English over Decode but that’s mainly because I didn’t find ReDigitize to be all that good.

            There was no English patch for the original release either and yet people still wanted it. So yeah, they will definitely play Decode regardless of patch.

            Anyways, like I said, the game with the best chance of being localized is Cyber Sleuth. If people start bugging Bamco for that and support the series should we get it, who knows maybe people might get their Decode in English. It really just depends on people realizing that for a series like Digimon, every sale counts. A good start would be people importing Decode regardless of their ability to play it since companies DO pay attention to such sales.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Decode will be a very good start to localize bcos DMW 1 system and if it sell well, it will boost Cyber Sleuth’s localization chance for real.

            nope, the PSP one is 99% being patched, many ppl just download the game at first, but didn’t understand of it. Many of them surrender, only hoping for english version of it. When they heard of Decode, their hopes got raised up until now and still asking for it.

            No, importing Decode means you got to buy Japanese 3DS, and most of ppl won’t do it, except some diehard fans who have money. But those diehard fans will usually support for english version so that another fans can play it, and they’ll also buy the localized version to really support the franchise

            anw let’s just see. I still hope both will get localized

        • Arcana Drill

          Just a correction, SS wasnt localized cause of the US fanbase, it was localized cause of the Latin America and european fanbase, and i believe it sells well, cause Namco continue making games and localizing it.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            at first it said it’s only for Latin America and Europe indeed, but later US was included.

          • Arcana Drill

            yeah they included US cause the game already was in english, so its just some minor tweaks and little costs and you have US release, but even Namco knows that North America isnt a market for it, so is wrong to say that SS was localized even with a little fanbase, its more it was localized cause a huger fanbase than digimon, and cause it was already in english, they did release in US too.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            but I think digimon also have huge fanbase in Latin America

  • Vash bane

    haven’t played this in forever (mostly have to do with more players running around lagging up the place )lol

  • Bunzi

    What a jip – you can’t even make your own character from the looks of things and are forced to use three predefined models. I know some MMO’s have problems with same-y characters, but that’s particularly ridiculous.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      now it’s 4…
      Well, there are online games where you can’t customize avatar just bcos you’re not fighting with your avatar but with your monster, for this case, with your digimon. I think that’s what in their mind of it.

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