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Nian Monster
Nian Monster
Zoo Sky Zoo
Species Lion
Class Endangered
Zone Savannah
Unlocked Savannah 5
Tier Tier 5
Distance Found > 2200m
XP Given 30
Breeding Time 12hrs

The Nian Monster is the eighth lion in the game. It could initially be obtained by purchasing it in the 2017 Chinese New Year event for 125Ingot, and after purchase it can be found permanently in the stampede. After the 18th of May 2017, in update 1.8.0, it was re-released and reclassified as an endangered animal, meaning that it can only be found on certain random days. Its match can then be found on certain random days after the player tames it.

Appearance Edit

The Nian Monster is mostly a reddish orange in colour, with its mane and upper legs being the exceptions. The Nian Monster's upper jaw is coloured green with white markings, and the rest of its head is a reddish orange. Its eyes have distinct white markings around them too. On its forehead is a large upwards-curving spike with a yellow ring around it. Its mane consists of a backwards-curling flower with seven petals that are coloured reddish-orange fading to white from the head to the edge of the petals. Each of the Nian Monster's legs are golden coloured at the joint to the body down until the ankle, where there is a white line, and the foot, which is the reddish orange colour. Its tail is long and bushy, and has a green band around the base. Finally, its torso is reddish orange with wavy white lines running down the side of its body.

Description Edit

Most commonly found dancing in lines in China. Scare it away with fireworks.

Requirements Edit

Before May 18 2017:

After May 18 2017:

  • Sky Zoo upgraded to Savannah 5 or greater.
  • Lion tamed.
  • Can only be tamed on a certain random day, and can only be matched on a certain random day after it has been tamed.

Note: Its chance of appearing is extremely low due to it being a tier 5 animal. It will appear randomly but very rarely, and never before 2200m.

Baby Nian Monster Edit

Baby Nian Monster
  • Crates give 25% more coins
  • Eating animals is 5% more effective

Release History Edit

Released Expired Event
25 Jan 2017 8 Feb 2017 Chinese New Year Event 2018
18 May 2017 N/A - Permanent N/A

Notes Edit

  • The Nian Monster was first released on the 25th of January 2017 in version 1.5.0 to celebrate Chinese New Year, expiring in version 1.6.0 on the 8th of February 2017.
    • It was re-released permanently on the 18th of May in version 1.8.0 as an endangered animal, where its tier, XP value and breeding time changed from 4, 14 and 8hrs respectively to what it currently is.
  • The Nian Monster is based on Nian, a monster well known in Chinese folklore. It was included as a lion because of the traditional lion dances based on Nian.
    • The description is a reference to how South Chinese New Year parades involve people dressing up as Nian and performing a lion dance, which is performed in lines.
    • It is also a reference to how Chinese people believe that loud noises scare Nian away, which is why fireworks were initially introduced into the Chinese New Year's celebrations.
  • The Baby Nian Monster's ability where crates give 25% more coins references prosperity for Chinese New Year.
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