Panchos are nothing more than pumpkin shells with animated, chipmunk-like seeds living inside. They use several rolling attacks and like to surprise their enemies and have very high defensive abilities because of their habit to find objects with hard surfaces to live in. Panchos were first introduced in Monster Rancher Explorer as a weak enemy, and were next seen as unlockable monsters in Monster Rancher 3 (although not available to breeders below B rank).
Panchos have appeared in every game since. Most of the time they are found peeking out of their shells but have been known to leave them whenever they are hit hard enough. The Panchos in the Monster Farm Online installments hold a shell on a stick over their heads like an umbrella, possibly because they were originally designed as different species called Iecho. Eventually that idea fell through and Icheyo was just considered a Pancho sub-breed. In some games there is a non-playable Pancho that guards items on Adventures. It's called Jack-in-the-Cho, and lives inside a treasure chest.
There is a non-playable Pancho used as an enemy in Monster Farm Online just called Pumpkin, and the monster inside is never shown.
The name may come from panpukin (パンプキン), the Japanese transliteration of the English word pumpkin. As such, the intended name may have been Pumcho.
Nearly all Pancho sub-breeds have the -cho syllable at the end of their names.
|Monster Rancher 3||Pancho||"A huge pumpkin-turned-monster. Like a hermit crab, the shell doesn't grow, so a new one has to be found periodically. That's why it makes such a mess."|
|Monster Rancher 4||Pancho||"A monster that possessed a gigantic pumpkin, settling inside and borrowing its strength to live. Now the monster feels pretty indebted toward that pumpkin."|
|Monster Rancher EVO||Pancho||"A monster that is united with a giant pumpkin ghost, and lives by usurping its energy. It therefor keeps a low profile in front of this ghost."|
|Monster Rancher DS||Pancho||"Pancho was fused together with a giant monster pumpkin, resulting in its present form. Pancho relies on the pumpkin's power, so it has to do what the monster pumpkin says."|
|Monster Farm Online||Pancho / Pumpkin||Available as a playable and non-playable monster. Can be fought on level 35-40.|
|Monster Farm Lagoon||Pancho||Available as a playable and non-playable monster.
Color Variants: Aqua, Black, Blue, Gray, Green, Purple, Yellow.
|My Monster Rancher||Pancho||"Its soul dwells within a pumpkin. It has the personality of a small, curious child. When its feelings are hurt it shuts itself within the pumpkin."|
|Monster Rancher Explorer||Pancho||Non-playable Obstacle. Walks back and forth but stops and turns into a pumpkin if you are facing it. Does not destroy crates. Can be only be killed if shot while not in pumpkin form.|
- To obtain a Pancho in Monster Rancher 3, get your monster to Class A by winning the Class B Official Tourney to unlock Panchos at the Shrine (There will be no notice).
- To obtain a Pancho in Monster Rancher 4, use
- To obtain a Pancho in Monster Rancher EVO, use
- To obtain a Pancho in Monster Rancher DS, use
- To obtain a Pancho in Monster Farm Online, use
- To obtain a Pancho in Monster Farm Lagoon, use
- To obtain a Pancho in My Monster Rancher, use
See here for a complete list of Pancho Techniques.
- For more pictures and screenshots of Pancho, click here.