A Yo-kai Medal (Japanese: 妖怪メダル Yōkai Medaru) is a small coin-like disc used with the Yo-kai Watch to summon Yo-kai. They are featured in the video games and the anime, in which are given to the protagonists by Yo-kai as a sign of their friendship and stored in the Yo-kai Medallium.
There have been known to be many kinds of Yo-kai Medals that come in many different types and colors. One example are Z Medals, which are reserved for normal Yo-kai like Houzzat and Herbiboy and special Yo-kai like the Wicked Executives and the Onis that appear during Terror Time.
Yo-kai Medals also exist in real life, in the form of collectable items. They have been known to be a big selling point for the franchise and has expanded onto other international territories.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Types of Yo-kai Medals
- 3 Merchandise
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Trivia
- 6 In other languages
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Yo-kai Medals are small disc-shaped objects that have a picture of the Yo-kai on them with the color and symbol of the tribe on the back. They come in different colors, that depend on the Tribe and type of Yo-kai. There are different variants for other types of Yo-kai like Classic Yo-kai having a traditional art for it's design and 'Merican Yo-kai having comic book-inspired aesthetics.
Initial Usage of Medals
Each Yo-kai has a Yo-kai Medal after they become one, with some of them having their photo taken in M02 and given multiple medals to give to Yo-kai Watch bearers as a sign of friendship. When a new Yo-kai Watch is released, Yo-kai are required to get new types of Medals when a Yo-kai Watch model comes out. They all carry Yo-kai Medals in specific places, such as Jibanyan who carries his in his haramaki.
For a Yo-kai Medal to be given from a Yo-kai, the bearer must do certain deeds to earn their friendship such as listening to their backstory and fulfilling their wishes. Depending on the Yo-kai, the Yo-kai Medal may or may not be given, such as Yo-kai like Crook-a-doodle giving away a fake.
They can be summoned with the Yo-kai Watch by putting the medal inside the clock's face, allowing colorful spirals to flow out of the watch and the summoning chant to play before the Yo-kai fully appears. Yo-kai that are summoned are immediately transferred from their location in a circular-shaped ring, making them do the summoning dance and pose no matter what situation they were in.
Though the mechanic is applied to most Yo-kai Watch models, the way they're summoned can be different depending on them. The Model U makes them do a different summoning dance, and to an extent gives them the ability to perform songs with Song Medals. The Yo-kai Watch Dream has a "Dream Roulette", that can have an equal good or bad outcome when being summoned.
Some Yo-kai Medals vary on the Yo-kai Watch, such as the Model Zero Watch not being able to summon regular Yo-kai Medals or newer medals being incompatible with older Yo-kai Watch models. The Model U does have a slot on the side, allowing it to be upgraded to summon newer Yo-kai.
Storing Yo-kai Medals
Yo-kai Medals are mostly stored in the Yo-kai Medallium, which are placed inside the circular slots of each page. It is not known how many Yo-kai Medals a Medallium can store, but twelve can be stored on singular-sided page. They come in different colors for different types of Yo-kai Medals.
Types of Yo-kai Medals
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Normal Medals
Yo-kai Medals (Japanese: 妖怪メダル Yōkai Medaru) or referred to "Normal Medals" or "Gray Medals" by fans is the first type of Yo-kai Medal that works with all Yo-kai Watch models, except for the Model Zero. They summon a Yo-kai regularly by playing the respective song.
They only cover all of the befriended Yo-kai that debuted in the Yo-kai Watch video game, with each of them having a number at the top right corner that go in order of the Yo-kai Medallium.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Z Medals
Z Medals (Japanese: Zメダル Zetto Medaru) are the second type of Yo-kai Medal that works with the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero, as well as the newer models. When summoned with the Model Zero, it plays an instrumental rendition of the summoning song and works just like the original Yo-kai Watch. Although, newer models play the respective summoning song for the Yo-kai Watch model.
They have a green frame with artwork of Yo-kai on it like the original Yo-kai Medals, and cover the Yo-kai that have debuted from Yo-kai Watch 2 up to Yo-kai Watch Busters 2, as well as some exceptions like Jibanyan's interchangeable Soultimate Moves.
Merchandise-wise, there are two types of Z Medals with one of them only working on the Yo-kai Watch Model U that can be told by a symbol at the top-right corner that says "Zero" (零) in kanji, or "U" that corresponds to what Yo-kai Watch model it works with.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Classic Medals
Classic Medals (Japanese: 古典メダル Koten Medaru) are known to be one of the oldest Yo-kai Medals to be created, and covers all Classic Yo-kai. Just like with Z Medals, they are compatible with the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero and plays an instrumental rendition of the summoning song. They also work with newer models.
They have a red frame around them, with traditional artwork reminiscent of old Japanese paintings. and have their name engraved in a scroll. However, Classic Yo-kai introduced in later games only work with the Yo-kai Watch Model U that can be told by the "U" symbol on the Medal.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Song Medals
Song Medals (Japanese: うたメダル Uta Medaru) are the third type of Yo-kai Medal that works with the Yo-kai Watch Model U, along with newer models. When it is summoned with the Model U, the song of the Yo-kai will play along with a short introduction at the beginning. However, newer Yo-kai Watch models won't play the song and will just say the name of the Yo-kai or group when summoned.
They have a white frame around the Yo-kai Medal, with the name around the inside of it. They depict the artwork of the Yo-kai or group on front with a slightly different aesthetic from the original Yo-kai Medals, with musical notes around them.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/B Medals
B Medals (Japanese: Bメダル B Medaru) are the fourth type of Yo-kai Medal that works with the Yo-kai Watch Model U, along with newer models. When summoned with the Model U, a different summoning chant from the other Yo-kai Medals will play. That doesn't apply to newer Yo-kai Watch models as it will reuse the summoning name audio from the watch. They consist of Yo-kai introduced up to the Yo-kai Watch Blasters video game, alongside Boss Yo-kai.
They also have black frames around the medal, with jagged patterns at the top and bottom. The artwork on the medal also looks more serious compared to other Yo-kai Medals, usually showing the Yo-kai in the middle of combat. Each one represents their Blasters role at the top-right corner represented by kanji or letters ("T" meaning "Tank"), alongside color-coded flames.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Sangokushi Medals
Sangokushi Medals (Japanese: Bメダル Sangokushi Medaru) are the fifth type of Yo-kai Medal that works with the Yo-kai Watch Model U as well as the newer models. They consist of Yo-kai that have Sangokushi variants, such as Jibanyan Liu Bei and play a unique chant of their role after summoning.
Most of the Sangokushi Medals have blue frames around them, with oriental-styled border and artwork matching with the ancient style. A select few have golden frames such as the commanders like Jibanyan Liu Bei and Komasan Sun Ce, along with the Legendary Yo-kai and have a star symbol next to their name.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/'Merican Medals
'Merican Medals (Japanese: メリケンメダル Meriken Medaru) are the sixth type to be introduced, that works in the Yo-kai Watch Model U and newer models. They are of 'Merican Yo-kai that hail from BBQ, with some of them being unique variants that have different abilities compared to Yo-kai found in Springdale.
They have red frames with the flag-shaped emblem at the top and bottom, resembling the American flag. The design is also different, with the background being based on comic book frames that represent the Yo-kai's personality and overall impression. 'Merican Medals of 'Merican Legendary Yo-kai have golden frames just like their original counterparts, except with a glittery motif.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Dream Medals
'Dream Medals (Japanese: ドリームメダル Doriimu Medaru) are the seventh type to be introduced, as well as having exclusive functionality with the Yo-kai Watch Dream. They cover Yo-kai of many different types, with Tomnyan and the Koma Knomads having their Yo-kai Medals exclusive to that variant.
They resemble poker chips with artwork of the Yo-kai revolving around their specific interest or skill, and play a summoning song in the form of a Dream Roulette, which takes the form of a casino motif on the design. Depending on the outcome, a Yo-kai will either win or lose, reflecting their mood on the situation after being summoned.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Kuroi Medals
'Kuroi Medals (Japanese: 黒いメダル Kuroi Medaru) is a type of Yo-kai Medal unique to another dimension where Yo-kai are tasked to turn unsuspecting humans into Yo-kai under guidance of the Kuroi Yo-kai Watch. They are of specific Yo-kai that have darker designs like Kuroi Jibanyan, resembling them of how youkai are shown in traditional Japanese art.
They can only be summoned with the Kuroi Yo-kai Watch, where a unique and scary summoning chant will play before the Yo-kai is spat out of it with saliva covering them. Merchandise-wise, they can also be summoned with the Yo-kai Watch Dream, where it will be normally summoned.
Each of them has black frames, with their name written vertically and their artwork looking like traditional Japanese paintings. Kuroi Medals that are of counterparts of Legendary Yo-kai like Kuroi Bushinyan have a golden frame applied onto them.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Treasure Medals
Treasure Medals are Yo-kai Medals that taken on the form of treasure coins.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Y Medals
Y Medals are special Yo-kai medals that can only be used with the YSP Watch. They each come in four categories
- Transformation Medals - These allow the user to transform into a Yo-kai Hero
- Command Medals - These allow the user to utilize a unique ability, most of the time it's used for a special attack
- Item Medals - Grants the user a special item
- Onryo Medals - Allows the user to summon their partner Onryo
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/U Medals
U Medals (Japanese: Ｕメダル Yū Medaru) are the first type of Yo-kai Medal that works with the Yo-kai Watch Model U, along with newer models. They greatly resemble Z Medals, only they sport a "U" design in the upper right corner where the Z Medals had the kanji for Zero. U Medals are the standard Medal format used by Present Yo-kai.
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Luck Medals
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Soultimate Medals
- Main article: Yo-kai Medals (merchandise)
In real life, Yo-kai Medals are available as collectable toys. They're either found in blind packs, gasha machines (only in Asia), or bundled with Yo-kai Watch toys. On the back, there are QR codes that can be read in the game that give the player Coins that can be used in the Crank-a-kai, or special key items that would allow the player to fight certain Yo-kai.
The Yo-kai Watch is also available as a real-life toy, and can be used to insert Yo-kai Medals. If one of them is inserted, the Watch will act if it is summoning a Yo-kai by playing the tribe song and the Yo-kai's name will be said. The Medal can be taken out of the Watch at any time, and can be stored in a real-life Yo-kai Medallium.
- There are a total of 1,758 Medals produced by Bandai.
- In the January 2012 issue of Corocoro, Yo-kai Medals were originally called Yo-kai Coins (Japanese: 妖怪コイン Yōkai Koinn) before they were renamed later on in the year.
- In the Korean localization, Dream Medals have a different pattern on the front, that are of a zigzag pattern. This was likely done due to strict gambling laws in South Korea, as the Dream Medals resembled poker chips.
- Strangely, the back of the Yokai Medal retains the poker chip design, as seen in the anime.