"Your training takes place deep in the
mountains. We call it monk training,
but it's really just eating dumplings
all day. Enjoy!
— Munchy Monk Description

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Munchy Monk
しゅぎょう Shugyō

Munchy monk

Munchy Monk title 3DS

BPM 189
Appearance Rhythm Heaven
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number 16 (Rhythm Heaven)
68 (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)
Perfect Reward Munchy Monk Theme (Rhythm Heaven)
1 Flow Ball (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

Munchy Monk (しゅぎょう Shugyō?) is the 16th minigame in Rhythm Heaven and 68th minigame in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. It features the Munchy Monk training in the art of eating dumplings. A sequel is unlocked later on in Rhythm Heaven called Munchy Monk 2.


Munchy Monk gameplay
Munchy Monk gameplay 3DS

The Munchy Monk raises out his hand as off-screen people continuously give him dumplings to eat. They will give the Munchy Monk either one, two, or three dumplings in a row. The monk eats the dumplings by slapping his wrist in order to pop the dumpling in his mouth. To do this correctly, the player must time it right by reacting right as the person says "Go!". The cues are:

  • "One! Go!": The person gives the monk one white dumpling. These are always consecutive and require tapping/button pressing at a constant pace.
  • "Three! Go! Go! Go!": The person gives the monk three green dumplings in a row. These require faster tapping/presses to eat them all.
  • "Two-two! Go-go!": The person gives the monk two pink dumplings. After a slight pause, two quick taps/button presses must be made in rhythm.


Button Mode

  • A: Slap wrist

Simple Tap Mode

  • Tap: Slap wrist

Timing Notes

  • Hit: The dumpling flies into the mouth of the Monk and he successfully swallows it. If not interrupted, the Monk will blush and smile afterward.
  • Barely: The dumpling flies and hits the left side (if early) or right side (if late) of the Monk's nose. A barely counts as a miss.
  • Miss: If you tap way too early or way too late, the dumpling will hit the Monk squarely on the nose, causing him to shout in surprise. If you do not tap at all, the dumpling falls out of the Monk's hand.

Rating Notes

Rhythm Heaven


  • "A Word from the Master"

Try Again

  • "The basics still elude you."
  • "You lost your flow in the middle."
  • "You must focus as the end nears."


  • "Hm..."
  • "I don't know..."
  • "Good enough..."
  • "I guess that was all right."


  • "You have mastered the basics."
  • "Your hand was steady and true."
  • "Your focus remained true to the end."

Rhythm Heaven Megamix


  • "A Word from the Master"

Try Again

  • "The basics still elude you."
  • "Your "two-twos" were doubly disappointing."
  • "Your triple bites were a trial."


  • "Eh. Passable."


  • "You have mastered the basics."
  • "Your double bites were transcendent."
  • "Your triple bites were as lightning!"


Rhythm Heaven

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Item

Baby Carrier Aren't They All Alike?
Baby Carrier
There was a time I thought
that, but this one is perfect
for today's modern monk on
the go. It's adjustable, easy
to put on, and doesn't put
pressure on my belly.

Skill Star

The Skill Star can be collected when you do the second "Three! Go! Go! Go!".



  • In the Japanese versions, when you are given three dumplings, the voice counts "1 2 3" in Chinese.
    • It is most likely because monks originated from China.
  • The game is a parody on real ancient Monks, who (depending on the religion) starve themselves as part of their training, while here it's the opposite.
  • The dumplings are referred to as a bread called Manju in the Japanese version.
  • This is the shortest game in Rhythm Heaven, lasting 54 seconds, though it isn't the shortest game in the franchise. Showtime beats it by 7 seconds and Rhythm Rally by 12 seconds.
  • Since its inception, Munchy Monk has enjoyed perfect attendance in the series, re-appearing in both Rhythm Heaven Fever (as an Endless Game) and Rhythm Heaven Megamix. It shares a similar status as the likes of Karate Man, Samurai Slice, and Built to Scale.
  • The game has the same rhythm as Micro-Row 2.
  • The employee in Packing Pests bears a striking resemblance to the Munchy Monk. Notably, both games involve characters using their hands, and both involve food in some way.
  • Muncy Monk Unused

    The monk's face in Rhythm Heaven including the off-screen ears and eyebrows.

    This one of the few games in Rhythm Heaven Megamix to receive a major overhaul in its visuals. The Munchy Monk himself is redesigned to match his appearance in the Endless Game of the same name, mainly in the presence of sleeves, as well as visible ears and eyebrows. The background is more detailed and is now animated. Due to Rhythm Heaven's screen resolution, when translating the game to Rhythm Heaven Megamix, there was an abundance of empty space on both sides, so the baby was added as a way to fill in the blanks. This is hinted at during the practice and beginning of the game where it seems like everything's the same as the original, until the monk slides to the left, revealing the formerly hidden baby. The left side shows off the handler's full arm, revealing sleeves like that of the monk.
  • This is one of a few games to keep the same controls for tapping from Rhythm Heaven to Rhythm Heaven Megamix in Simple Tap Mode, the others being Fillbots, Shoot-'em-up, Freeze Frame and Lockstep.
  • There is a character in WarioWare Inc.: Mega Party Games who bears a resemblance to the Munchy Monk.
  • This game appears in the "Wario...Where?" Challenge Train, where the Monk is replaced by Master Mantis. Young Cricket can be seen riding a cloud in the background, similar to the Monkey in Final Remix.
  • The hands which give you 3 dumplings are different between this & the sequel: In Munchy Monk, they look like paws. In Munchy Monk 2, they're normal hands.
  • In the "Listen to Music" section of the Café, the song is called Munchy Monk Theme.

Video Gameplay

Rhythm Heaven Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Rhythm Heaven - Munchy Monk (Perfect) (English)

Rhythm Heaven - Munchy Monk (Perfect) (English)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Munchy Monk (Perfect) (English)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Munchy Monk (Perfect) (English)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
JP Japaneseしゅうぎょう
US EnglishMunchy Monk
FR FrenchAvide ascèteMunching ascetic
DU GermanDim Sum Fu
ES SpanishEl monje tragónThe munching monk
IT ItalianMonaco GnamMonk Yum
KR Korean수행자

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