In the TCG and OCG, a Monster Token can be represented by marker that can unambiguously indicate its own battle position. Examples include official Token cards, fan-made proxies, a coin (Heads is treated as Attack Position and Tails is treated as Defense Position), or a die. During a duel, duelists using Token Cards to represent Monster Tokens often keep them in a small pile next to their Deck, just below their banished cards, to keep the Token Cards from getting lost or knocked off the table.
Official Token cards are grey. Most OCG cards from Series 8 onward that correspond to specific Monster Tokens have that Monster Token's name printed as their own name, and sometimes also include the ATK and DEF of that Monster Token printed on the card;[Notes 2] the TCG started following this trend later. The first Token Card that did not correspond to a specific Monster Token was the National Championship 2009 Token, which in 2009 was given to participants of United States and Canada's National Championships and participants of the European and South American Continental Championships.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion and Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge, Token cards are yellow like Normal Monsters, while their artwork is a recolored TCG artwork of "Spellbinding Circle" (colors are distinguished by their names and attributes). In other video games, Tokens normally have the same appearance as official Token Cards.
Up to Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime, Monster Tokens did not appear as their card forms on the duelists' Duel Disks, but rather the activated Spell/Trap or a monster left the field that Summoned them. In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, Token cards disappeared from Duel Disks, but they appear on field previews.
- Tokens in a Monster Zone are always Normal Monsters and never have effects.
- Some Monster Tokens have effects applied to them by the cards that Summon them, but these are not the effects of the Tokens themselves, so they cannot be negated by cards like "Skill Drain". Many video games include the restrictions from the effect or Skill that created it in the Token's card text, but it is still not considered to be an effect of the Token itself.
- As it is impossible to Normal Summon them, Tokens are also classified as Special Summon Monsters.
- Tokens cannot be face-down. Thus, they cannot be targeted by, and are not affected by, effects that would flip them face-down (such as "Book of Moon" and "Swords of Concealing Light").
- If a Token would leave the field (i.e. it would be moved to the hand, Main Deck, or GY, or is banished), it simply disappears.
- Tokens can be used to pay costs, as long as the cost does not specify a destination other than the field.
- Tokens can be Tributed as a cost (such as for the Special Summon of "Destiny HERO - Plasma"), but cannot be sent to the Graveyard as a cost (such as for the Special Summon of "Arcana Force EX - The Dark Ruler").
- Banishing does not specify a destination, so a Token can be banished for a cost (such as for the Special Summon of "Unibird"), unless required to be banished face-down.
- Tokens can be Tributed for a Tribute or Ritual Summon, and be used as Fusion, Synchro, or Link Materials. However, Tokens cannot be used as Xyz Materials, because Xyz Materials attached to an Xyz Monster are not considered to be on the field.
- Tokens can be the target of, and are affected by, card effects that cause them to leave the field, even if they specify a destination (such as "Number 50: Blackship of Corn" and "Compulsory Evacuation Device"), unless the effect would banish the Token face-down.
- A Token can be treated as an Equip Card by a card effect (such as "The Grand Jupiter"), but cannot be Special Summoned from the Spell & Trap Zone.
- The owner of a Token is the player who Special Summoned it.
- For example, "Owner's Seal" will change control of Ojama Tokens Special Summoned by the effect of "Ojama Trio" to the player who activated "Ojama Trio".
- "Rose Tokens" are the exception to this, instead being owned by the player who controlled the Summoned monster that caused the "Rose Token" to be Summoned (rather than the player who Summoned the "Rose Token").
Prior to Series 8 in the OCG and Series 9 in the TCG, all Token cards share the same card text and name (Token). From these series onward in the respective games, some Token cards have different names or card text.
|English||This card can be used as any Token.|
|French||Cette carte peut être utilisée comme un Jeton.||This card can be used as a Token.|
|German||Diese Karte kann als eine beliebige Spielmarke verwendet werden.||This card can be used as any Token.|
|Italian||Questa carta può essere usata come Segna-Mostro generico.||This card can be used as a generic Monster Token.|
|Portuguese||Este card pode ser usado como uma Ficha.||This card can be used as a Token.|
|Spanish||Esta carta puede ser utilizada como cualquier Ficha. (previous)
Esta carta puede ser usada como cualquier clase de Ficha. (current)
|This card can be used as any Token.|
This can can be used as any kind of Token.
Kono Kādo wa Tōkun toshite shiyō suru koto ga dekiru.
|This card can be used as a Token.|
|Korean||이 카드는 토큰으로 사용할 수 있다.|
I Kadeuneun Tokeun-euro Sayonghal su Itda.
- The parentheses here specify what part is not shown in the cards' name.
- See Card layout#Series 8 layout
- "Traditional Chinese version of Master Rule 2 version 1.0". Konami.
- "Individual Card Rulings [A-C]". UDE. Black Garden. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- "Ｑ＆Ａ » 「ローズ・トークン」の元々の持ち主は、どちらのプレイヤーですか？" [Q&A » Which player is the original owner of the "Rose Token"?] (in Japanese). Konami. Retrieved 8 August 2017.