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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 a collector's item. They have been known to be a big selling point for the franchise, and has expanded onto other international territories.

They are succeeded by Yo-kai Arks.

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It is known that almost every Yo-kai is known to hold a Medal, most notably in the anime. Whenever Nate finds a Yo-kai he hasn't seen before, he usually does certain deeds to get a Medal from them.

Yo-kai are known to store Medals in various places, before they are given to the bearer of the Yo-kai Watch. For example, Jibanyan's Medal is stored in his harmaki, while other Yo-kai like Tattletell are stored in various places. Medals are usually given to the Yo-kai Watch holder itself, rather than just being left behind so they can summon the Yo-kai at any time.

In the M02, Yo-kai Medals are made for the Yo-kai to hold. When Yo-kai are created, or died from humans in certain circumstances, they get their picture taken by a camera Yo-kai which shows up on their Medal. They are known to come in multiple copies.

Medal Types

Normal Medals

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Jibanyan's regular Yo-kai Medal.

Main article: Yo-kai Medals/Normal Medals

Normal Medals, (or also known as grey medals) is the first known type of Yo-kai Medal to be seen. They work with all of the normal Yo-kai Watches, except for the Model Zero and regularly summons a Yo-kai.

Z Medals

Jibanyan (Victory)

Jibanyan's Victory Soultimate Medal.

Z Medals are the second variation of Yo-kai Medals, and contains Yo-kai that aren't found normally. Some Medal types are compatible with the Model Zero watch, while some are only compatible with the Model U Watch.


Classic Medals

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Faux Kappa's Medal.

Classic Medals are known to be the oldest varation of Yo-kai Medals, and does not work on the original Yo-kai Watch. All of them contain Classic Yo-kai, which are said to be scarce.

Medals of Classic Yo-kai introduced in Yo-kai Watch 2 only work on the Model Zero and the Model U Watch, merchandise-wise.


U Medals

U Medals are green Yo-kai Medals with U's on them from some Yo-kai who debuted in Yo-kai Watch 3 and are used with the Yo-kai Watch U.

'Merican Medals

'Merican Medals are vibrant-red Yo-kai Medals from Merican Yo-kai and are used with the Yo-kai Watch U.

B Medals

B Medals are black (except for the Legendaries), with their artwork featuring their Yo-kai doing some sort of action, with the name being written in calligraphic font. Similar to the Z and U Yo-kai Medals, B Medals feature a distinctive marking in the upper right corner of 4 specific kanji, which vary depending on what that Yo-kai's role is as a Buster: Attack for Figthers, Heal for Healers, Odd for Rangers and Protect for Tanks. he kanji, much like the names, are written in a calligraphic font. The role of a Yo-kai as a Buster also influences the inner frame's color: Red for Attackers, Green for Healers, Purple for Rangers, and Dark Blue for Tanks. There are also B Medals that depict Boss Yo-kai. The B Medals that have Boss Yo-kai on them are known as Boss Medals

E Medals

Song Medals

Jibanyan

Uta Medals (or known as Song Medals) are known to be a special variation of Yo-kai Medals. Unlike other medals, some of them are known to contain multiple Yo-kai and they sing a song while they get summoned.

Dream Medals

Jibanyan Dream Medal official artwork

Jibanyan's Dream Medal.

Dream Medals are the third variation of Yo-kai Medals, only compatible with the Yo-kai Watch Dream. They resemble poker chips, and play a roulette song while they're being summoned. Depending on the outcome, a Yo-kai will either win or lose, reflecting their mood on the situation.

Kuroi Medals

Black JibanyanDM

Kuroi Medals (or known as Dark Medals) are another special variation out of the Medals. They are known to have come from another dimension, where Yo-kai are scarier. They only work on the Kuroi Yo-kai Watch or the Yo-kai Watch Dream.

Trasure Medals

Treasure JibanyanTM

A Bronze-Rank Treasure Medal of T Jibanyan.

Merchandise

In real life, Yo-kai Medals are available as collectable toys. They're either found in blind packs, gasha machines (in Asia, usually), or bundled with Yo-kai Watch toys. On the back, there is a QR code that can be read in the game to obtain 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.

Asian Medals

Yo-kai Medals that are sold in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, or English-speaking countries like Singapore and Hong Kong are all manufactured by Bandai. They first came out in Japan around early 2014, when the Yo-kai Anime was making it's debut. They didn't really sell until Yo-kai Watch 2 was released, and caused Bandai to expand the franchise into other Asian countries.

Western Medals

Yo-kai Watch

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A commercial for the Hasbro-manufactered Yo-kai Watch, featuring Yo-kai Medals.

Yo-kai Medals sold in North America, Europe, Oceania and Middle Eastern territories are manufactured by Hasbro. They were released in line with the Yo-kai Watch anime and video game back in Winter 2015, and has grown to expand in other international territories.

In Fall 2016, Hasbro released their version of Z Medals, going by the name of "Yo-motion". It allows the Model Zero watch to display holographic animations of the Yo-kai that was being summoned by the watch, after the tribe summoning song was played. In North America, the Yo-motion Medals only lasted for two sets unlike Europe.

In Spring 2018, An upgrade to Yo-motion technology known as "Yo-motion X2" was released in Europe. It features a version of the U Medals, which are now colored blue likely to distinguish between the green Yo-motion Medals.

Unlike Japanese and Korean Medals, Hasbro-manufactured Medals are not compatible with Japanese watches, nor Asian Medals are compatible with Hasbro-manufactured Medals. This is due to the medals themselves having a different bump pattern at the bottom, as both medal types cannot completely go inside the watch.

Yo-kai Watch Apps

Main article: Yo-kai Watch Land

To coincide with the release of Hasbro's Yo-kai Watch merchandise, an application for iOS and Android devices known as Yo-kai Watch Land was released. On the App, QR codes can be scanned so the player would get 3D Wiki images and the player would allow to take augmented-reality pictures of Yo-kai.

Like in the Japanese version, Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble can read Yo-kai Medals direct from the Yo-kai Watch Land app. The more medals that is read, the more the player could exchange them for new titles and profile icons.

Criticism

Hasbro has been known to garner controversy, due to poor stock issues, region-locked Yo-kai Medals or limited quantities.

In the Yo-kai Watch (video game), only Hasbro-produced medals could be scanned via a QR Code, leaving the Gemnyans completely unobtainable for a long time without hacking. In 2016, Hasbro released a limited-edition set involving the five Gemnyan Medals, which caused controversy in the fandom.




Just like in the games, there is a real-life Yo-kai Medallium. There are different editions of the Yo-Kai Medallium, as well as additional pages (sold seperately), respective of each series' releases.

Compatibility-wise, all the Bandai versions (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean) of the Yo-kai Medals features the same reading mechanism, which ensure the compatibility with other versions of the Bandai DX Yo-kai Watches. The only exceptions to this is the QR codes, which is different between versions (For example, the QR codes on the Asia versions of the Yo-kai medals does not work with the Japanese version of the Yo-kai Watch games.), The Hasbro version of the Yo-kai Medals are incompatible with the Bandai version of the Yo-kai Watches and vice-versa due to having different reading mechanism.

Yo-kai Medal Sets

Japanese/Asian Version

Main article: List of Yo-kai Medal Sets (Asian)

Yo-kai Medal Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Chapter 1 Yo-kai Medal Chapter 1
Chapter 2 Yo-kai Medal Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Yo-kai Medal Chapter 3
Chapter 4 Yo-kai Medal Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Yo-kai Medal Chapter 5

Yo-kai Medal Zero Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Z Vol. 1
Classic Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Classic Vol. 1
Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Z Vol. 2
Classic Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Classic Vol. 2
Vol. 3 Yo-kai Medal Z Vol. 3

Yo-kai Medal Revival Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Chapter 1 Yo-kai Medal Revived Chapter 1
Chapter 2 Yo-kai Medal Revived Chapter 2

Yo-kai Medal Busters Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Busters Vol. 1
Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Busters Vol. 2
Vol. 3 Yo-kai Medal Busters Vol. 3
Vol. 4 Yo-kai Medal Busters Vol. 4
Vol. 5 Yo-kai Medal Busters Vol. 5

Yo-kai Medal U Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Stage 1 Yo-kai Medal U Stage 1 JPOctober 10, 2015
KO2016
16
Stage 2 Yo-kai Medal U Stage 2
Stage 3 Yo-kai Medal U Stage 3
Stage 4 Yo-kai Medal U Stage 4

Yo-kai Medal USA Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Case 1 Yo-kai Medal USA Case 1
Case 2 Yo-kai Medal USA Case 2
Case 3 Yo-kai Medal USA Case 3
Case 4 Yo-kai Medal USA Case 4 (BOX) Yo-kai Medal USA Case 4
Case 5 Yo-kai Medal USA Case 5

Yo-kai Medal Dream Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Dream Vol. 1 (BOX) Yo-kai Medal Dream Vol. 1
Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Dream Vol. 2
Vol. 3 Yo-kai Medal Dream Vol. 3
Vol. 4 Yo-kai Medal Dream Vol. 4
Vol. 5 Yo-kai Medal Dream Vol. 5
Vol. 6 Yo-kai Medal Dream Vol. 6

Yo-kai Medal Treasure Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 1
Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 2
Vol. 3 Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 3
Vol. 4 Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 4 (BOX) Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 4
Shadowside Yo-kai Medal Treasure Shadowside (BOX) Yo-kai Medal Treasure Shadowside
Vol. 5 Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 5 (BOX) Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 5
Vol. 6 Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 6 (BOX) Yo-kai Medal Treasure Vol. 6

Other Series

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Sangokushi Yo-kai Medal Sangokushi
Dark (Prologue) Yo-kai Medal Dark (BOX) Yo-kai Medal Dark
Gum Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Gum Vol. 1
Gum Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Gum Vol. 2
Ramune Yo-kai Medal Ramune
Z Ramune Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Z Ramune Vol. 1
Z Ramune Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Z Ramune Vol. 2
Z Ramune Vol. 3 Yo-kai Medal Z Ramune Vol. 3
Busters Ramune Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal Busters Ramune Vol. 1
Busters Ramune Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal Busters Ramune Vol. 2
U Ramune Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal U Ramune Vol. 1
U Ramune Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal U Ramune Vol. 2
USA Gum Vol. 1 Yo-kai Medal USA Gum Vol. 1
USA Gum Vol. 2 Yo-kai Medal USA Gum Vol. 2
USA Gum Vol. 3 Yo-kai Medal USA Gum Vol. 3
USA Gum Plus Yo-kai Medal USA Gum Plus
USA Ramune Yo-kai Medal USA Ramune

American/European Version

Main article: List of Yo-kai Medal Sets (Western)

Regular Medals

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Series 1 YokaiSeries1HasbroMedalBox YokaiSeries1HasbroMedalBag NANovember 2015
EUJune 2016
24
Series 2 YokaiSeries2HasbroMedalBox YokaiSeries2HasbroMedalBag NASpring 2016
EUSeptember 2016
24
Series 3 YokaiSeries3HasbroMedalBox YokaiSeries3HasbroMedalBag 24
Series 4 YokaiSeries4HasbroMedalBox YokaiSeries4HasbroMedalBag 24

Yo-motion Medals

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Yo-motion Series 1 YokaiSeries1YomotionHasbroMedalBox YokaiSeries1YomotionHasbroMedalBag NASeptember 2016
EUFebruary 2017
34
Yo-motion Series 2 Yo-motion Series 2 (BOX) Yo-motion Series 2 NAOctober 2016
EUMay 2017
34
Yo-motion Series 3 Yo-motion Series 3 (BOX) Yo-motion Series 3 EUSeptember 2017
34
Yo-motion Series 4 YomotionS4 EUDecember 2017
34

Yo-motion 2X Medals

Type Box Packet Release date Medal No.
Yo-motion 2X Series 1 YokaiSeries1Yomotion2HasbroMedalBox YokaiSeries1Yomotion2HasbroMedalBag EUMarch 2018
34

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