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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.


Riffs are big orange monsters with three toes per foot, maroon hair, red lips, ears that look like the wings of a bat, and traces of feathers in their limbs.

When idle, the Riff will nod its body (as its head is on its body) and occassionally open its mouth.


Audio sample:
Memory Audio ACDE

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:

However, the combination of a 3-element with 1-element monster has a higher rate of success:

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.

Level Per Minute Coin Maximum Coin
0% Happiness 25% Happiness 50% Happiness 75% Happiness 100% Happiness
1 11 13 16 19 22 17,281
2 18 22 27 31 36 27,650
3 26 32 39 45 52 41,474
4 35 43 52 61 70 55,299
5 44 55 66 77 88 69,124
6 53 66 79 92 106 82,949
7 62 77 93 108 124 96,774
8 70 87 105 122 140 110,598
9 79 98 118 138 158 124,423
10 88 110 132 154 176 138,248
11 97 121 145 169 194 152,073
12 106 132 159 185 212 165,898
13 114 142 171 199 228 179,722
14 123 153 184 215 246 193,547
15 132 165 198 231 264 207,372

Feeding Monsters

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.  The food per level is the same for all four element monsters and can be found in this article.


  • Toe JammerGo to Toe Jammer
  • Crumpler TreeGo to Crumpler Tree
  • Bass String BridgeGo to Bass String Bridge
  • Leafy Sea DragonGo to Leafy Sea Dragon

Every monster has different things that they like. For every unique object that they like that's placed near the monster, the monster's happiness will increase by 25% (in other words, placing two of the same liked item near a monster will still only increase happiness by 25%).

See the Likes page to view a complete list of all monsters' likes.


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 4
Rate of Income High 264
Rate of Income Low 132
Max Income 207,372
Rate of Income per Bed High 66
Rate of Income per Bed Low 33
Max Income per Bed 51,843
Time to Max Income @ High 13:05:30 hours
Time to Max Income @ Low 26:11:00 hours

Name Origin

The Riff's name originates from the term, "guitar riff ".

Rare Version


     Main Article: Rare Monsters

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 hair much like that of Paul McCartney when he was younger - when he was the guitarist for the Beatles.
  • The Riff's arms appear to be covered in fur or feathers, whereas his body appears to be covered in scales.
  • 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.
  • The name of "Riff" remains constant in all languages.
  • 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.

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