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In my game, my PCs are always trying to tame a creature or monster with their Nature skill. Can any and all creatures/monsters be tamed and controlled/kept by using Nature or any other skill?

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NO.

The verbiage for Nature reads:

Make a Nature check to teach a natural beast a simple trick (come, fetch, heel, stay, and so forth). This use of the skill is usually part of a skill challenge, which might take much longer than an encounter to complete. (RC 148)

Natural Beast is a specific monster type and only monsters with both the Natural and Beast subtypes can be trained. Do a compendium search for the full list as there are over 650 of them. A few examples from the list are cat, dog, White Wyrmling Dragon and a Giant Snail.

That said, if your players do find a natural beast to train, they must first calm it, and then training it is certainly an option, it might be difficult though.

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Not to mention that only describes training a tamed beast, not taming a wild one. –  Oblivious Sage Feb 21 at 23:54
    
@ObliviousSage I'd expect taming a wild one to be an extended (several week at least) challenge –  wax eagle Feb 21 at 23:56
    
I wonder if you can tame/train non Natural Beasts by the use of a separate skill? –  MC_Hambone Feb 23 at 2:32
    
@MC_Hambone not per the descriptions of those skills –  wax eagle Feb 24 at 13:19

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