This story just makes me feel good.
In honor of Monster Hunter: World, Capcom is offering up $75,000 to hunters with verifiable evidence of a monster. They’ve teamed up with Jon Downes of The Centre of Fortean Zoology to analyse the evidence sent in, with any conclusive submissions awarded the prize (with the full amount shared if there are multiple winners).
That’s right, they want people to actually hunt monsters. Brilliant.
You’ve got until June 30th to find proof of one of these ten beasts:
Origin: Pacific Northwest Americas
Lore: This giant primate forest dweller has been myth for decades, and many people have spent their lives searching for him. He’s also known for taking blurry photos and stealing people’s beef jerky.
Origin: The Oceans
Lore: These oceanic half-human, half-fish creatures are known for attacking mariners and coastal towns. Turns out these mythological beings are waaaay nastier than Disney made them out to be.
The Earth Hound
Lore: Large rodent-looking mammals that hang out in graveyards and burrow underground to feed on corpses. Bloody disgusting rats, sounds like.
The Loch Ness Monster
Origin: Lake Loch Ness, Scotland
Lore: Everyone knows Nessie! This dinosaur-like creature lives in the huge Scottish highland lake and occasionally pops up for photo ops.
Origin: The Himalayan mountains
Lore: These giant creatures are best described as a “big snow monkeys”. They just hang out in the mountains being scary. Related to Bigfoot?
The Mongolian Death Worm
Origin: Gobi Desert
Lore: Massive burrowing worms that kill by spraying toxic venom, emitting an electric charge, then laying eggs in their intestines of their victims. Welp, sweet dreams kids!
Origin: Latin Americas
Lore: Some say they’re just a variety of stray Mexican Hairless dogs, but hairless pups don’t typically suck blood from the necks of livestock. Well, not unless they’re hairless Cujos.
The Cornish Owlman
Lore: Owlman likes to fly around old churches in Cornwall and scare the socks off the locals. Could also be cousin to Mothman, who sadly didn’t make this list.
The Flying Snake of Namibia
Lore: A giant 25-foot flying snake with horns and an inflating/deflating neck. For some of you, this is pure nightmare fuel. Me? I’m just glad it isn’t a flying spider. Also – fun fact – these wing-reptiles supposedly smell like tar…
Lore: Aboriginals describe them as giant ape-like animals that wander the Outbacks of Australia. Pretty sure they’re related to Bigfoot and Yeti. Also, they’re a candy bar!
Happy hunting! Those are your options, if you’re up for mythical monsters chasing. And if you actually find one, Capcom will dish out $75,000! (And you’ll probably make about a billion dollars more from the exclusive book, TV, and film rights…)
Which of these creatures do you think actually exists? My money’s on Chupacabras… Let us know in the comments below.