Noko is a small, yellow snake-like Yo-kai that has a heart on its tail, a four-leaf clover on its head, and appears to be blushing. In Yo-kai Watch 2 and later games, Noko is now seen wearing a red bowtie.
Noko is said to bring good luck to those able to find it. Despite its apparent rarity, groups of Noko have been known to appear by suddenly showing up and promptly disappearing. Additionally, it has incredible speed and jumping abilities.
Noko appear to reproduce by Inspiriting their victims, giving them increasingly good fortune. Eventually, the Inspirited victim turns into a Noko.
Noko rarely appears in the Secret Byway in Blossom Heights, specifically on the top edge of the vegetable garden. He will run away when approached, so it must be caught before it escapes, while avoiding other surrounding Yo-kai.
Noko will also appear in a similar fashion in the Abandoned Tunnel and Liar Mountain.
Yo-kai Watch 2
One way to befriend Noko in Yo-kai Watch 2 is by using a Select A Coin+ at the Crank-a-kai, where Noko is one of the choices available, the other two being Komasan and Buchinyan.
To obtain a Select A Coin+, first take a Yo-kai Cam photo in Yo-kai Watch and save it to the SD card. Then launch Yo-kai Watch 2 and talk to Mister E near the shrine in Mt. Wildwood to obtain their coin.
"Noko" is a shortened form of its Japanese name, "Tsuchinoko".
Noko is based on the tsuchinoko (Japanese: ツチノコ or 槌の子,"child of the hammer" or "child of gravel"), a legendary cryptid that is also called bachi-hebi in Japanese. Extremely elusive, accounts describe it as a venomous snake that is roughly 1–2 feet long, with a thick body that is wider in the middle than it is at either end: it is also said it can jump up to 3 feet in distance, and even roll down mountains by biting on its tail, much like the ancient nozuchi (see Slimamander Origin). Other sources even speak of it as a sentient creature with a compulsion for lying and a weakness to alcoholic drinks.
The tsuchinoko is a popular basis for stories in Japan, regarded as the archetypal elusive, impossible-to-catch mythical creature, similarly to the Bigfoot in the West.
Noko is the only Rank E Slippery tribe Yo-kai present in Yo-kai Watch.
In addition, Noko is the only Rank E Rare Yo-kai as of Yo-kai Watch 2.
In Yo-kai Watch 2. if you get a white capsule, there is small chance a Noko will eat it and replace it with a golden capsule. This always happens to white capsules when using a Special Coin or Glitzy Coin.