Pandanoko is a black-and-white-colored tsuchinoko with dark gray markings and a pink blushing cheek at the lower corner. On the top of her head is a dark gray flower-shape with lighter gray and white. At the end of her tail is a tiny light pink heart.
Anyone Inspirited by Pandanoko gains the ability to make decisions that is said to bring them good luck and fortune, depending on the outcome.
Pandanoko has a rare chance of appearing via Streetpass in the VIP Room of the Wayfarer Manor, which is unlocked after meeting at least 10 people through this feature. She can only be fought once until the next chance, but it's possible to save right before and try again if befriending fails. Since she appears at a very low level, a team with three low-level Yo-kai in the front is recommended.
Pandanoko has a rare chance of appearing via Streetpass in the Wayfarer Coliseum. The screen behind Slitheref will change to show Pandanoko on the screen if she is there. She will fight along side 3 other Nokos that are unbefriend-able, although Pandanoko herself is befriend-able. She can only be fought once before disappearing and an auto save is done once the battle starts to avoid reloading the save, so make sure you enter the battle with a popularity yo-kai and the Superstar soul to maximize the chances of befriending her as auras cannot be brought into Wayfarer Coliseum battles.
Befriended (Yo-kai Watch):"You're amazing! Let's be friends!"
Being traded:: "Ah, if you have found me, then fate has deemed you worthy. Friends it is!"
Loafing:"Time to rest."
Receiving food (favourite): "Superb..."
Receiving food (normal):"Indeed..."
Receiving food (disliked):"I'm afraid not."
In the anime
Pandanoko appears in Yo-kai Pandanoko, undergoing an identity crisis due to the ongoing popular trends of pandas and Noko. Unable to decide which of the two she identifies with more, she asks Nate and his friends about what she should be. Under the advice of Whisper, Nate brings Pandanoko to visit both the panda and Noko fan clubs. However, Pandanoko enjoys both experiences and remains unable to make a decision. By chance, the group passes by a Next HarMEOWny rehearsal, and the singers decide to make her their new mascot after finding her cute. Pandanoko goes on to perform in a collaboration concert with Next HarMEOWny, much to Jibanyan's dismay and envy.
Pandanoko is first summoned in Yo-kai No-Go Kart, for helping Nate's family to reach a destination and dispel the effects of No-Go Kart's powers. He impressed No-Go Kart and made him escape with his powers. Thus, we understood that Pandanoko has changed and is now able to make good decisions.