Don Chan (Japanese: どんちゃん Don-chan) is the protagonist and mascot of the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise. In Yo-kai Watch 2 and Yo-kai Watch 3, Don Chan is a Rank C, Restoration-attribute Yo-kai of the Heartful Tribe.



Don Chan is a mint blue drum with white legs and arms to match the top and bottom. His face is a dark orange color with large black eyes and a wide open mouth.

In the Taiko no Tatsujin games, Don Chan is shown to be carefree and easygoing, and that personality translates to the Yo-kai Watch games. While he may be a little bit mischievous, Don Chan is very passionate for what he cares about, such as taiko drumming.

Whoever is Inspirited by Don Chan will compulsively beat and tap on various things, similar to playing a drum.


Yo-kai Watch 2

The player will need to complete the Quest "Inspirited Away," which the player can start upon talking to the Talisman Man at the Mt. Wildwood Shrine. Upon completing the Quest, the player will be able to battle Don Chan once a day on the day of the summer festival. The player has a chance of befriending Don Chan if he/she wins.

Yo-kai Watch 3

The player can befriend Don Chan after completing his Quest "You're Invited to DON-CHAN's Bash!" The Quest will randomly start when the player is walking up the stairs in Mt. Wildwood while playing as Hailey Anne. After completing the Quest, the player must wait one day before he/she can challenge a few Don Chan. The three Don Chan can be fought once a day, ultimately giving the player three chances to befriend him everyday.

Game Data


Restoration Attribute
Don Chan-1
Pokapoka medal
Don Chan


Restoration Attribute
Don Chan-1
Pokapoka medal
Don Chan


Don Chan-1
Stats Calculation
This shows Don Chan's stat on level: 99.


Type Name Power Attribute Range
Attack Body Bash (Japanese: あてみ Atemi ) 15 Single Enemy
No description.
Technique Restore (Japanese: 回復の術 Kaifuku no Jutsu) 50-110 Restoration Single Ally
No description.
Inspirit Battle Beat (Japanese: 太鼓の達人パワー Taiko no Tatsujin Power) Stat Up Single Ally
The Inspirited Yo-kai gets a big STR boost from taiko drumming.
Soultimate Move Rockin' Rockets (Japanese: どんちゃんさわぎ! Don-chan Sawagi!) 100-220 Fire All Enemies
The sound of drums summons fireworks to rain upon all foes.
Skill Feel the Beat (Japanese: どんどんフィールド Dondon Field) All Yo-kai
Boosts all stats.


  • Befriended: "Wow, you beat me with a rhythm! Think we could drum up a friendship?"
  • Loafing: "Sleepy. So...tired."
  • Being traded: "Bom bada bom! And here I am!"
  • Receiving food (favorite): "The best!"
  • Receiving food (normal): "It'll do."
  • Receiving food (disliked): "Hmm...sickening."


Name Origin

"Don Chan/DON-CHAN" is a combination of "dondon" (Japanese: どんどん onomatopoeia for a drum being beaten) and "chan" (Japanese: ちゃん honorific that is usually used for children and girls).


Don Chan is the famous protagonist and mascot of Taiko no Tatsujin, the popular arcade rhythm game franchise created by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game entails players to beat taiko drums to the rhythm of the music.


  • Don Chan is the only Yo-kai in the series to never appear in a spin-off title.
  • Don Chan's appearance in Yo-kai Watch 2 and Yo-kai Watch 3 is one of his many appearances and cameos in other video games. Other cameos and appearances that Don Chan has made include Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Kamen Rider Series, Tekken 7, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and many more media.
  • Don Chan's random nicknames are "Drummer," "Donny," "Li'l Tyk," and "Pimento."
  • In Japanese, Don Chan is voiced by Miki Narahashi, who also voices Katsu Chan, Don Chan's brother. She has voiced both of these characters since 2001.
    • In the English version of Yo-kai Watch 3, Don Chan is voiced by Griffin Puatu.[1]
  • The name of the quest that allows the player to befriend Don Chan in Yo-kai Watch 2 ("Inspirited Away") is a reference to the movie Spirited Away.
  • The song that plays during Taiko Tumult, the Taiko no Tatsujin-themed rhythm minigame in Yo-kai Watch 3, is the Namco original song "Fuun Shishi."
  • Don Chan's appearance in Yo-kai Watch 2 marked the first time that the character appeared in a western (or an official English title) since Taiko: Drum Master in 2004, almost 12 years before Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls were released in North America.
  • Don Chan's name in the western localization has changed between Yo-kai Watch 2 and Yo-kai Watch 3. In Yo-kai Watch 2, his name is spelled as "Don Chan," and in Yo-kai Watch 3, his name is spelled as "DON-CHAN." Although the reason for the change is unknown, it is believed that this change occurred because of the English release of Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun, for his name is spelled as "DON-chan" in that game.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of France French Donchan
Flag of Spain Spanish Donchan
Flag of Germany German Donchan (YW2)
Don Chan (YW3)
Flag of Italy Italian Donchan


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