How to Search for Cryptids

A cryptid is any animal or creature that has been reported to have existed, but has not been proven to. Most cryptids are probably nonsense, hoaxes, or mythical creatures. But some, for example the okapi (a relative of the giraffe, from Africa), have been proven to be real. Who knows? Maybe you could discover a whole new animal!


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    Do Your research
    • Use trustworthy websites and books published on the subject of Cryptids.
    • Try to gain an understanding of the history and study of Cryptids, especially the one(s) which you are searching for.
    • Look into the behaviors and characteristics of the cryptid(s) in your region. Knowing what sort of creature you are looking for will better prepare you for the search as far as equipment and planning go.
    • If you are planning a serious cryptid search, it's advised that you record all the information you've gathered
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    Plan the search
    • Make sure all search party members have the same information and are in agreement of the information gathered if there is any.
    • Map out a search site in the area of where the cryptid you are searching for has been most commonly reported. Warning:Trespassing is not in any way advised, nor is choosing a search site in a dangerous area e.g. remote locations, areas known for large or dangerous animals, unfamiliar locations, untraversable areas, etc...
    • Gather the necessary equipment for the search
    • Before beginning the search be sure to have plans in place in the event of an emergency
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    Begin the search
    • When the party is together at the site, the search can begin
    • A search, whether it's a serious event or just a fun gathering can take a while, and usually involves at least some patience and focus.
    • Documenting the search is always a good idea, through photos, videos, writing, or other means.
    • If things don't seem right or the party seems wary or paranoid, or an emergency occurs, it's best to leave as soon as possible. Use your emergency plans in such events
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    Finish the search
    • Know your way(s) out of the area
    • Be sure it is safe to travel i.e. watch out for any animals in the vicinity, or dangerous weather
    • leave the site as you found it
    • Publish or share your findings and experience if you wish


  • Have an open mind, but don't let your imagination get the better of you.
  • You never know when or where an animal (cryptid or non) will appear, so it's best you have eyes in all directions.
  • You could try to take pictures in the infra red spectrum of the sky, to search for atmospheric beasts.


  • Cryptid searching is NOT cryptid hunting. Attempting to hunt a cryptid will more likely result in your injury than anything else. Attempting a cryptid hunt could also lead to the illegal death of an animal.
  • Do not attempt to bait or trap a cryptid. Using things such as food or animal blood to attract a cryptid is astronomically more likely to draw in native animals, and using meat or blood will surely get the attention of predatory animals. Don't put yourself or your party in danger.
  • Don't attempt searches on days of bad weather. Always check for safe environmental conditions before beginning a search

Things You'll Need

The equipment will vary depending on the nature of the search but generally the search will require:

  • Reliable transportation
  • Area Maps
  • Information on the cryptid and animals of the area
  • Flashlights
  • A Camera
  • Other documenting tools (journals, recorders, etc.)

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