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Tokens (Japanese: トークン Tōkun) are used as representations of Monster Cards. The Tokens represent monsters that appear on the field as part of a card effect. These monsters are not included in the Deck, as stated as Limitation Text on each card.
A Monster Token can be represented by a coin (Heads is treated as Attack Position and Tails is treated as Defense Position), a die, or other such acceptable marker that can unambiguously indicate its own battle position. Fan-made cards are often used as markers in Tournament Duels by players.
Official Token cards are grey. Most Japanese and Korean Token cards from OCG Series 8 onward that correspond to specific Monster Tokens have their own names printed out, and sometimes also include ATK and DEF.[Notes 2] The TCG started following this trend later. The first Token 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).
During a duel, most duelists using Token cards keep them in a small pile next to their Deck, just below the Banished Zone, to keep them from getting lost or knocked off the table.
- Token Monsters are always Normal Monsters and never have effects.
- Some Token Monsters have effects applied to them by the cards that Summon them, but these are not the effects of the Token Monsters themselves, so they cannot be negated by cards like "Skill Drain".
- As it is impossible to Normal Summon them, Token Monsters are also classified as Special Summon Monsters.
- Token Monsters cannot be face-down. Thus, they cannot be targeted by, and are unaffected by, effects that flip cards face-down (such as "Book of Moon" and "Swords of Concealing Light").
- If an Attack Position Token Monster would be affected by a card that would change it to face-down Defense Position, such as "Swords of Concealing Light", the Token Monster's battle position is not changed.
- Token Monsters cannot be banished face-down. They are unaffected by card effects that would do so.
- If a Token Monster would leave the field (i.e. it would be moved to the hand, Main Deck, or GY, or it would be banished), it simply disappears.
- Token Monsters can be used to pay costs, as long as the cost does not specify a destination other than the field.
- Token Monsters 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.
- Token Monsters 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 cards 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".
- A Token Monster can be treated as an Equip Card by a card like "The Grand Jupiter"; however, Token Monsters cannot be Special Summoned from the Spell & Trap Zone.
- The owner of a Token Monster 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 controlled 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.