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.
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.
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.
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."
"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 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.
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.