Riffs are masterful musicians. Very little is known about these complex Monsters, but they do have some distinct and unusual habits. For example, Riffs use their flexible toes to select random objects from the ground which they inspect, then eat.
MSM Composer Bio:
The Riff shares a symbiotic relationship with its living guitar, which has strings and tuning pegs just like a real one. It's the synergy between these entities that produces stirring performances.
Riff is a large orange monster with a maroon hairstyle covering part of its eyes. On its arms, it has feathers with yellow spots and it has three clawed fingers. It has bat wings and bird-like feet. It plays on a blue-green guitar with an eye on it.
When idle, the Riff will nod its body (as its head is on its body) and occasionally open its mouth.
The Riff Monster's contribution to an island's song is playing an instrument resembling an electric guitar. The guitar is not actually electric, nor is it a real instrument; it is another monster that shares a symbiotic relationship with the Riff. The guitar monster produces sounds matching its real-life counterpart.
The Riff can be bred using monsters that combine to provide all the elements Cold, Air, Water and Earth without repeating any.
The following pairs of 2-element monsters can be used to breed a Riff:
The Riff is hard to breed, so you probably need to light a few Wishing Torches. However, T-Rox and Tweedle have the shortest incubation times, giving another chance to breed the monster quicker than any of the other 3-element + 1-element combinations.
Earning Rate and Maximum Income
Earning rate is in coins per hour and depends on Happiness % (Likes increase Happiness), also each monster has a limit to how much income it can hold at a time. Increasing the monster's level increases the limit.
Each monster needs to be fed four times before it reaches the next level. Increasing the monster's level increases the coins earned per minute, as well as the maximum coins earned.
Every monster has different things that they like. For every unique object that they like that's placed near the monster (if not using a Unity Tree), the monster's happiness will increase by 25%. Placing two of the same liked item near a monster will still only increase happiness by 25%. Below are the things liked by Riff:
See the Likes page to view a complete list of all monsters' likes.
Wublin Egg Consumption
While trying to breed other monsters (particularly monsters with a very low chance of breeding), the following Wublins can be used to "dispose of" Riff eggs immediately instead of putting them into a Nursery and having that Nursery not be available.
Note that bred monster eggs can only be "disposed of" into inactive Wublin statues; active Wublins do not accept monster eggs. Also note that inactive Wublin statues to which you have already disposed the number of Riff eggs that Wublin accepts, will no longer be available as a "recycle bin" for such eggs.
Some items to take into consideration when designing your island by strategy are number of beds for the monster, rate of income per bed, max income per bed, and time for max income to be reached. The income below is for level 15:
Number of Beds
Rate of Income High
Rate of Income Low
Rate of Income per Bed High
Rate of Income per Bed Low
Max Income per Bed
Time to Max Income @ High
Time to Max Income @ Low
The Riff's name originates from the term, "guitar riff ".
Rares are special versions of monsters that, until November 16th 2015, were only available to buy and breed on weekends. Each weekend a different rare was available to buy or breed. The breeding combination was the same as a regular monster, but the breeding time was longer, the "likes" are different, and the earning rates are higher. Rares can now be found in the starshop.They are not yet available in the Windows version of the game.
Find out more about the rare version of the Riff on the Rare Riff page.
The Riff has the highest income of all quad-element monsters.
Occasionally, the Riff will use its wings to hover a short distance above the ground during his song.
The Riff's feathery limbs and body, and feet, somewhat resemble a chicken.
In the concept art of the Riff, it had a more humanoid body-for-a-head instead of one that appeared more of a chicken's body. It was also taller and played a real guitar without monsterification (personification in the sense of monsters). It had no bat wings and had spots that were similar to the released Maw's spots. It also had a hairstyle that was similar to the released Drumpler's hair.
The Riff's wing placement seems to move everywhere; in the My Singing Monsters Christmas wallpaper, the Riff's wings are shown up high, by its hair; but on an image for Schmoochle leaving, its wings are lower on its body.
It was shown here that the Riffs original name was Geetar.
It is possible, although unconfirmed, that this may have been a codename for the monster.
The Riff's guitar is similar to the Rare Riff (green and scaly), and the guitar of the Rare Riff is similar to the usual Riff (orange and shaggy-looking).
Riff has a thing identical to a Gorillaz member, Murdoc Niccals, as the hair looks similar.