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Cricky (Japanese: ねちがえる Nechigaeru) is a Rank E, Water-attribute Yo-kai of the Slippery tribe.



A dark teal frog with three dark orange stripes on its head. Its mouth, chest, and stomach is white. It wears a light orange pair of shorts with a yellow string. It carries a beige pillow with white trimmings.

Cricky appears to have a non-confrontational personality and is more likely to surrender rather than fight when cornered.

Cricky causes the possessed to sleep in a weird position, causing their head to be in a strange alignment similar to how his head is aligned. This causes the victim to suffer from neck pains when they wake up.


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Cricky as a normal frog.

Cricky is identified in Yo-kai Cricky after Nate notices that everyone in school has developed stiff necks. Although he summons Jibanyan to deal with Cricky, Cricky readily surrenders without a fight. He admits to his wrongdoing and tells them his history.

While he was alive, Cricky was a wild frog who was adopted by an elderly masseuse and nicknamed "Froggy". The masseuse ran a very successful massage clinic by herself due to her skill and popularity with the customers, and even the children hung around to watch Cricky in his tank. However, a large health spa was constructed near her clinic and her customers were drawn away. Upon hearing that his owner considered closing up shop, Cricky ran out to draw in more customers but was killed in a collision with a bicycle, and woke up as a Yo-kai. He gave everyone stiff necks in hopes they would go to his owner's clinic as customers.

Moved by his story, Nate, Jibanyan and Whisper decide to visit the masseuse with Cricky in tow, discovering that the masseuse renamed her clinic after Cricky's nickname, and her customers had returned to her after realizing that the health spa only used massage chairs. The masseuse admits to a young client that she considered retiring, but she remembered the energetic hopping of her pet frog and took it as a message that she shouldn't give up. Although she was saddened when "Froggy" left, she remains hopeful that he is outside drawing in customers and hopes that he will return one day. In tears, Cricky gives Nate his Yo-kai Medal, swearing to stay by his owner's side even though she can no longer see him.

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Cricky can be found in the Eastern River in Springdale. He can also be found in a Yo-kai spot in Mt. Wildwood Shrine.

Game data


Water Attribute
Nechigaeru YW5-023
Level 30
Fire Attribute



Water Attribute
Nechigaeru YW5-023
Fire Attribute


Fire Attribute



Nechigaeru YW5-023
Stats Calculation
This shows Cricky's stat on level: .

Attribute tolerance

Fire icon Ice icon Earth icon Lightning icon Water icon Wind icon
- - - -
Tolerance of attribute attack
Strong × ⇒ △ ⇒ - ⇒ ○ ⇒ ◎ weak


Type Name Power Attribute Range
Attack Headsmack (Japanese: ずつき Zutsuki) 15 Single enemy
No description.
Technique Rapids (Japanese: 水流の術 Suiryū no Jutsu) 50 Water Single enemy
No description.
Inspirit Pain in the Neck (Japanese: ねちがえさせる Nechigae sa seru) Single enemy
The Inspirited Yo-kai has a crick in its neck and slowly loses HP.
Soultimate Move Morning Shower (Japanese: ねちがえ朝シャワー Nechigae asa shawā) 60-157 Water All enemies
A powerful morning shower causes damage to all enemies.
Skill Rest Less (Japanese: ねちがえ Nechigae) All Yo-kai
All Yo-kai take damage while Loafing.


Soul Effect
Soul slippery The damage of the user's Attacks is slightly less affected by Guard.



  • Cricky, or Nechigaeru, is based off of the yōkai Makura-Gaeshi (see Flippit#Orgin). In some cases and legends, those that have been possessed by Makura-Gaeshi would wake up with sore necks after their pillow has been switched in their sleep.

Name Origin

  • "Nechigaeru" is a pun on kaeru (蛙, "frog") and nechigaeru (寝違える, "getting a stiff neck from bad sleep posture").
  • "Cricky" derives from crick, which alludes to the phrase "having a crick in your neck." It also bears some similarity to croak, the sound a frog makes.
  • "Tortícolis" is literally "Stiff neck or Cricky"


  • Befriended:
  • Loafing:
  • Receiving food (favourite): "Amazing! Ribbit!"
  • Receiving food (normal): 
  • Receiving food (disliked):
  • Freed from Crank-a-kai:


In Other Languages

  • Italian: Torcirana
  • Spanish: Torticolis
  • German: Qnack
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Torcicolo

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