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Skills (Japanese: スキル Sukiru) are special abilities Yo-kai have that can influence how a battle may go and progress.

There are several varieties of Skills:

  • Forward: These abilities are active 100% of the time.
  • Activation: These abilities do not become active until their criteria is achieved.
  • Continuous: These abilities are active 100%. Unlike Forward Skills, these abilities are static, and are more passive in nature.
  • Defensive: These abilities are either activation-based or continuous-based, but are played out in a more defensive manner.

Skills introduced in Yo-kai Watch

Name Target Condition Effect Yo-kai
Adrenaline (Japanese: まえのめり Mae no Mari) Yourself Activation Power increases each time it defeats a foe. Jibanyan
Alpha (Japanese: 「あ」 "A") Yourself Continuous With adjacent Omega Yo-kai, SPR increases.
Annoyance (Japanese: むしゃくしゃ Mushakusha) Allies Continuous May attack an ally.
Bladed Body (Japanese: やいばのボディー Yaiba no Bodī) Yourself Defensive Body deals damage to all foes who attack it.
Blazing Spirit (Japanese: もえるとうし Moeru Tōshi) Yourself Activation Power increases when an ally is defeated.
Blocker (Japanese: ブロッカー Burokkā) Yourself Continuous; Defensive Will be guarding when moving to the front.
Bronze Guard Yourself Defensive Lessen Earth and Wind damage. Castelius III
Brothers' Vow (Japanese: 兄弟のちかい Kyōdai no Chikai) Adjacent Allies Continuous Stat boost for adjacent Yo-kai with same Skill.
Careless (Japanese: ぶようじん Buyōjin) Yourself Continuous Prone to be dealt critical attacks.
Caring (Japanese: おせわ Osewa) Allies Continuous Gradually recovers HP of adjacent Yo-kai.
Courageous Spirit (Japanese: ふるえるとうし Furueru Tōshi) Yourself Activation Power increases when an ally is defeated. Quaken
Cursed Skin (Japanese: のろいのおはだ Noroi no o Hada) Yourself Activation All stats will increase when Inspirited by foe
Death Sphere All Continuous All healing Techniques will be weaker. Nird
Dodge (Japanese: かたすかし Katasukashi) Yourself Defensive Will not receive damage from Soultimate Moves.
Dragon Force (Japanese: ドラゴンパワー Doragon Pawā) Yourself Activation Power will increase when in trouble.
Endurance (Japanese: がまん Gaman) Yourself Forward Will keep 1 HP after a knockout blow once.
Equipment Forbidden! (Japanese: そうび禁止! Sō bi kinshi!) All Continuous Equipment effects on all Yo-kai are negated. Slitheref
Extreme Critical (Japanese: 超クリティカル Chō Kuritikaru) Yourself Forward Power of critical attacks is high.
Eyesight A Yourself Forward Never misses attacks. Singcada
Fire Play (Japanese: 火あそび Hi Asobi) Yourself Forward Increased damage of Fire attacks.
Fire Watchout (Japanese: 火のようじん Hinoyōjin) Yourself Defensive Lessen damage from Fire attacks.
Forgot to Guard (Japanese: まもりわすれ Mamori Wasure) All Continuous No Yo-kai will guard in battle.
Gambler (Japanese: ギャンブラー Gyanburā) Self and Opponents Continuous High chance to give and take critical strikes.
Gassy Sphere (Japanese: おならフィールド Onara Field) Enemies Continuous Decreases accuracy of enemies. Cheeksqueek
Glossy Skin (Japanese: ながもち Nagamochi) Yourself Defensive Does not get dealt critical damage.
Gold Guard (Japanese: ゴールドガード Gōrudo Gādo) Yourself Defensive Lessen Lightning and Water damage.
Good Fortune (Japanese: こううん Kō̄n) Player Continuous Will increase money at the end of a battle.
Greed (Japanese: よくぼう Yoku bō) Player Continuous Foe will be more prone to drop items.
Grip on You (Japanese: はなさない! Hanasanai!) Yourself Forward Amount of absorbed HP increased.
Guard Break (Japanese: ガードくずし Gādo Kuzushi) Enemies Forward Ignore foe's guard effect when attacking.
Hanging In (Japanese: おれないハート Orenai Hāto) Yourself Activation Won't get bad effects of enemy Inspirits.
Hard Worker (Japanese: どりょくか Doryokuka) Yourself Continuous Receives more experience points.
Insecure (Japanese: ふあんてい Fuantei) Yourself & Enemies Forward High chance to give and take critical strikes.
Intimidation (Japanese: いあつかん Iatsukan) All Continuous No Yo-kai will Loaf around.
Jar Guard (Japanese: つぼガード Tsu bo gādo) Yourself Continuous Has extremely high chances to guard.
Light Speed (Japanese: いっせん Issen) Yourself Forward High chance to deal critical attacks.
Lightning Play (Japanese: 雪あそび Kaminari Asobi) Yourself Forward Increased damage of Lightning attacks.
Loiterer Yourself Activation Will recover a little HP when Loafing around. Chummer
Long Lasting (Japanese: ながもち Nagamochi) All Continuous Good Inspirits last longer. Statiking
Matchless Shell (Japanese: むてきのこうら Mutekino kōra) Yourself Defensive Does not get Inspirited by enemies.
Mine Allies & Opponents Continuous Will take good Inspirits on allies for itself. Greesel
Miraculous Scales (Japanese: きせきのりんぷん Kiseki no Rinpun) Yourself Continuous Does not get Inspirited by enemies.
Mirror Body (Japanese: ミラーボディー Mirā Bodī) Yourself Defensive Send 1/2 of Technique damage back at foe.
Modest (Japanese: ひかえめ Hikae-me) Yourself Continuous Low chance of getting attacked by foes.
Moist Skin Yourself Defensive Lessens damage from Water attacks.
Mutt's Paradise (Japanese: しめったおはだ Shimetta o wada) Yourself and Allies Continuous Stat boost for adjacent Yo-kai with same Skill.
Oldness Zone (Japanese: 老いゾーン Oi Zōn) Enemies Continuous No Yo-kai will be able to dodge.
Omega (Japanese: 「うん」 "Um") Yourself Continuous With adjacent Alpha Yo-kai, STR increases.
Optimism Power Adjacent Allies Continuous Gradually recovers HP of adjacent Yo-kai. Chippa
Penetrate (Japanese: かんつう Kantsū) Yourself Forward Always deals elemental damage.
Pompadour (Japanese: リーゼント Regent) Yourself Continuous Will dodge enemy headbutt attacks. Baddinyan
Popularity (Japanese: モテモテ Motemote) Player Continuous Makes more foes befriend you.
Prayer (Japanese: おいのり O inori) Allies Continuous Gradually recovers HP of adjacent Yo-kai.
Prediction (Japanese: みらいよち Miraiyochi) Enemies Continuous Decreases foe's accuracy. Dummkap
Revenge (Japanese: しかえし Shikaeshi) Yourself Activation Reflects some damage back to foe.
Secrecy Yourself Continuous Will not become target of attacks.
Sense of Smell (Japanese: きゅうかく Kyūkaku) Yourself Forward Never miss attacks.
Shark Skin Yourself Defensive Skin deals damage to attacking foes. Shrook
Shining Spirit (Japanese: かがやくとうし Kagayaki Tōshi) Yourself Activation Power increases when an ally is defeated. Siro
Silver Guard Yourself Defensive Lessen Fire and Ice damage. Castelius II
Skilled Loafer (Japanese: さぼりじょうず Sabori jōzu) Yourself Activation Will recover a little HP when Loafing around.
Snitch Yourself Forward Absorb foe's HP with regular attacks. Grubsnitch
Snow Play (Japanese: 氷あそび Kōri Asobi) Yourself Forward Increased damage of Ice attacks.
Soft Skin (Japanese: もちはだ Mochi Hada) Yourself Defensive Increases Defense if dealt critical damage.
Soothing Rhythm (Japanese: 木魚のリズム Mokugyo no Rizumu) Opponents Continuous All foes will be prone to Loafing around.
Spiky Guard (Japanese: とげガード Toge Gādo) Yourself Defensive Deals damage back to foe while guarding.
Spirit Guard (Japanese: ゆうたいガード Yūtai Gādo) Yourself Defensive No elemental-weakness damage if guarding.
The Stand (Japanese: どひょうぎわ Dohyōgiwa) Yourself Activation Will keep 1 HP after a knockout blow once.
Starver (Japanese: ひもじすと Himoji suto) Allies Continuous The effects of food on allies will double.
Stiff Skin (Japanese: かちかちおはだ Kachikachi wo Hada) Yourself Defensive Lessen damage from Ice attacks.
Strict Allies Continuous All allies will Loaf around less. Papa Bolt
Summon (Japanese: よびよせ Yobiyose) Player Continuous Will make Wisps appear more often. Pandanoko
Suspicion Yourself Continuous May attack an ally.
Sword Hunting (Japanese: かたながり Katana Gari) Yourself Activation Power increase greatly every time you defeat a foe.
Too Afraid (Japanese: ビビリすぎ Bibiri sugi) Yourself Continuous Loafs around a lot. Timidevil
Too Serious (Japanese: くそまじめ Kuso Majime) Yourself Continuous Will never Loaf. Beetler
Unpopularity (Japanese: モテマテン Motematen) Player Continuous Makes foes less likely to become your friend.
Vampiric (Japanese: きゅうけつ Kyuuketsu) Yourself Forward Drains opponents HP on normal attacks.
Water Play (Japanese: 水あそび Mizu Asobi) Yourself Forward Increased damage of Water attacks.
Waterproof Yourself Defensive Lessen damage from Water attacks.
Wavy Body (Japanese: ひらひらボディー Hirahira bodī) Yourself Continuous Dodges attacks like you wouldn't believe!
Wind Play (Japanese: 風あそび Kaze Asobi) Yourself Forward Increased damage of Wind attacks.
Windshield (Japanese: かぜよけ Kazeyoke) Yourself Defensive Lessen damage from Wind attacks.


Skills introduced in Yo-kai Watch 2

Name Target Condition Effect Yo-kai
Juicy Goodness (Japanese: 果汁100% Jūsu 100-pāsento) Allies Activation Heals your allies' Soultimate Gauge when they pass out.
Acrobat (Japanese: アクロバット Akurobatto) Yourself Forward Uses an attack in return when dodging an enemy's attack.
Make Amends (Japanese: 謝罪 Shazai) Adjacent Allies Activation Heals an adjacent Yo-kai when Loafing
Lie-in Wait (Japanese: 満を持す Man wo Jisu) Self Continuous Will only attack every other turn, except during boss battles. Lie-in Heart
Bony Bond (Japanese: 元祖のきずな Ganso no Kizuna) All Continuous All Yo-kai aligned to Bony Spirits have raised DEF. Faysoff
Carnivorous Aura (Japanese: 肉食オーラ Nikushoku Ōra) All Continuous All Yo-kai are more likely to attack. Carniboy
Curse Worsener (Japanese: 呪いの天才 Noroi no Tensai) All Allies Continous Increases effectiveness of all allies' bad Inspirits.
Night Guard (Japanese: ダークガード Dāku Gādo) Yourself Defensive Will not take damage from Soultimates Darknyan
Demon Slayer (Japanese: 鬼斬り Oni-giri) Certain enemies Forward Inflicts greater damage to Oni-type Yo-kai
EM Field (Japanese: 電磁フィールド Denji Fīrudo) Yourself Defensive Reduces Lightning damage. Failian
Bio-chemistry (Japanese: うんちく Unchiku) All Forward All Techniques lose their attribute. Poofessor
Eye See You (Japanese: 目目目 Me-me-me) Yourself Forward Never misses attacks
Filth Licker (Japanese: あかなめ Akaname) All Allies Continuous Chance of purifying allies. Tublappa
Fist of Thunder (Japanese: 雷の拳 Kaminari no Ken) Yourself Forward
Geckstra Safe (Japanese: やもりのまもり Yamori no Mamori) Continuous Protects allies from lethal blows by taking the hits. Uber Geeko
Gimme Twenty (Japanese: エクササイズ Ekusasaizu) Central ally Continuous Ups the STR of the Yo-kai in the center. Sergeant Burly
Got Your Back (Japanese: ベンチウォーマー Benchiwōmā) Front-row allies Continuous When in the back row, gradually recover allies' HP. Pittapatt
Great Legs (Japanese: 美脚 Bikyaku) Front row allies Continuous When in the back row, front row allies gradually recover HP. Leggly
Gust o’ Gusto (Japanese: 追い風ふかし Oikaze fukashi) Front-row allies Continuous When in the back row, raises allies' SPD. Brokenbrella
Herbivorous Aura (Japanese: 草食オーラ Sōshoku Ōra) All Continuous All Yo-kai are less likely to attack. Herbiboy
Highlander (Japanese: 大将 Taishō) Yourself Activation Power increase greatly every time you defeat a foe.
In a Flash (Japanese: 閃光 Senkō) Yourself Forward Gets one preemptive attack.
Clairvoidance (Japanese: 未来予知 Mirai yochi) Yourself Continuous Easily dodges enemy attacks.
Lick it Clean (Japanese: きずなめ Kizuname) Allies Activation Yo-kai gets purified when healing allies.
Magic Mist (Japanese: 妖気のけむり Yōki no Kemuri) Adjacent Allies Continuous Gradually recovers Soul Meter of adjacent Yo-kai.
Apelican Is No.1 (Japanese: ナンバーワン! Nanbā Wan!) Yourself Activation Raises SPD sharply when in the center.
Sludge Grudge (Japanese: おんねん On'nen) Single enemy Activation Deals damage to the foe that defeats it. Mudmunch
Sneaky Snacker (Japanese: 妖怪食い Yōkai-gui) Any enemy Forward Restores HP after defeating an opponent. Demuncher
Soul Eater (Japanese: 魂食い Tama-gui) Any enemy Forward Restores HP after defeating an opponent. Devourer
Sticky Fingers (Japanese: どろぼう Dorobō) Enemies Forward Chance to steal foe's item with regular attacks.
Tasty Aroma (Japanese: おでんの香り Oden no Kaori) All Continuous Gradually restores Yo-kai on both sides. Master Oden
Washed Out (Japanese: きれいずき Kirei-suki) Self Activation Lower all stats when Inspirited.


Skills introduced in Yo-kai Watch 3

Name Target Condition Effect Yo-kai
Caltrops (Japanese: まきびし Makibishi) Opponents Forward Attacked foes go on standby. Nunchucky
Kunai (Japanese: クナイ) Opponents Forward Damages foes positioned behind another. Shurikenny
Return Fire (Japanese: えんごしゃげき Engo Shageki) Opponents Forward Ups damage to moving enemies


Trivia

  • Certain Skills have it where they are worded/named differently, but function essentially the same as each other, and may have been reworded to reflect the personality of a Yo-kai. (e.g., the Annoyance and Suspicion Skills, which makes the Yo-kai liable to attack their allies or themselves)