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Monkey Radar
Appears In
Ape Escape NTSC-U Ape Escape 2 USA Ape Escape On The Loose logo gamescanner Ape Escape 3 PSABR Logo
Used By
Finding Pipo Monkeys (AE1+2+3), or summoning them (PSASBR)

The Monkey Radar, known in Japan as the Saru Radar (サルレーダー), is a Gadget that allows you to see where a Monkey is. It is essential to getting 100% in a level, unless one already knows the monkey's whereabouts. Much like other main items, such as the Stun Club and Time Net, it's a staple item of the series that appears in the three main entries, as well as On the Loose.

In-Game Introduction[]

In Ape Escape and Ape Escape: On the Loose, Spike is given the Monkey Radar by the Professor before starting Thick Jungle as the 2nd gadget.

In Ape Escape 2, Jimmy is given the Monkey Radar by Natalie before starting Lookout Valley as the 1st new gadget obtained in the game.

In Ape Escape 3, Kei and Yumi are given the Monkey Radar by Akie before starting Hide-and-Seek Forest as the 1st new gadget obtained in the game.


The Monkey Radar is a silver metal device consisting of a circular/boxed hand piece that the player can use both hands to grip onto. While a long metal pole allows the satellite part to stay up and circle around freely in order to check all the areas surrounding it.


Its one of the first few items you receive from Natalie and the Professor. It works much like a heat seeking device, by using the satellite piece at the top it can detect any nearby monkeys.

However, that is its ONLY use. As in, once you locate the ape you must switch to stun club or net in order to capture it. Which can make using this helpful gadget a bit of a task. When using it, the light on the top piece will begin to glow red and become more frequent as you get closer.

Upon being nearby you can actually view the ape it tracked and added in later games, when close to the monkey, a Pipo Monkey icon will pop up. Upon using the camera, the player can see the monkey's stats. Such as name, description, and things such as Speed, Attack, and Alert.


Design + Sprites[]

In Game[]


  • The Monkey Radar is one of the only Gadgets to remain unchanged throughout games/the series.
  • Its one of the only gadgets used only in the main series. Most likely because in a game like Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed, it wouldn't provide any use to the player.
Ape Escape Franchise
Main Games Ape Escape ( On the Loose )  · Ape Escape 2  · Ape Escape 3
Spin-offs Ape Escape 2001  · Ape Escape Million Monkeys  · Saru Get You: Pipo Saru Racer  · Ape Escape SaruSaru Big Mission  · Ape Quest
Party games Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed  · EyeToy: Monkey Mania  · Ape Academy  · Ape Academy 2  · Ape Escape Move
Soundtracks Ape Escape Originape  · Ape Escape 3 Originape  · Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed ~Sound Tracks!!~
Other Media Anime  · Cartoon  · Shorts  · Comics  · Manga  · Cameos
Gameplay Chips  · Cookies  · Glitches  · Grid Core  · Peak Point Helmet  · Shirts  · Specter Coins
Minigames Galaxy Monkey  · Ski Kidz Racing  · Specter Boxing  · Ape Ping Pong  · Jake Attacks

Dance Monkey Dance  · Monkey Climber  · Monkey Soccer
Mesal Gear Solid  · Super Monkey Throw Stadium  · Ultim-ape Fighter!

Protagonists Spike  · Jimmy  · Kei  · Yumi  · Professor  · Casi  · Natalie  · Helga  · Aki  · Pipotchi  · Pipo Snake
Antagonists Specter (Dark Specter)  · Jake (Dark Jake) · Doctor Tomoki  · Monkeys  · Monkey Five ( Blue  · Pink  · Red  · White  · Yellow )  · Pipotrons (Pipotron J)  · Virus Casi
Enemies Ape Escape Enemies  · Ape Escape 2 Enemies  · Teleborgs
Gadgets Ape Vacuum  · Bananarang  · Banannerizer  · Dash Hoop  · Electro Magnet  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Smasher  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Cannon  · Water Net
Vehicles Boat  · Pipobot  · Robot  · Snowmobile  · Sports Car  · Submarine  · Tank
ApeEscapeTemplate ApeEscapeOTLTemplate
Characters Casi  · Jake  · Natalie  · Professor  · Specter  · Spike
Gadgets Dash Hoop  · Magic Punch  · Monkey Radar  · R.C. Car  · Sky Flyer  · Slingback Shooter  · Stun Club  · Time Net  · Water Net
Levels (/ Apes/ Enemies)
Hub World
Time Station
Prehistoric Era/ The Lost Land Fossil Field  · Primordial Ooze  · Molten Lava
Cenozoic Era/ Mysterious Age Thick Jungle  · Dark Ruins  · Cryptic Relics
Dimension/Dimension X Stadium Attack
Primitive Age/Oceana Crabby beach  · Coral Cave  · Dexter's Island
Ice age/New Freezeland Snowy Mammoth  · Frosty Retreat  · Hot Springs
Dimension/Dimension X Gladiator Attack
Recent Past/Medieval Mayhem Sushi Temple  · Wabi Sabi Wall  · Crumbling Castle
Present-Day/Futurama City Park  · Specter's Factory  · TV Tower
Present-Day 2/Specter Land Monkey Madness
Dimension/Dimension X Peak Point Matrix