Monster Token

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Monster Token

Monster Token


(モンスター)トークン[Notes 1]

Japanese (romanized)

(Monsutā) Tōkun


(Monster) Token


Tokens (Japanese: トークン Tōkun) are a type of monster that can only be created by card effects or Skills. They are not included in the Main or Extra Deck, as stated as limitation text on each card.

In the TCG and OCG, a Monster Token can be represented by an official, grey-colored Token card, but can also be represented by any object that can unambiguously indicate its own battle position. These can include proxy cards, coins (Heads is treated as Attack Position and Tails is treated as Defense Position), or a die.


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.

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".

Summoning Tokens[edit]

Tokens can only be Special Summoned by card effects or Skill Cards. A Token can be treated as an Equip Card by a card effect (e.g. "The Grand Jupiter"), but cannot be Special Summoned from the Spell & Trap Zone.

As Tokens cannot be Normal Summoned or Set, they are Special Summon Monsters.

Can only exist on the field[edit]

Tokens can only exist on the field, and cannot exist anywhere else. They cannot be attached as Xyz Material, because Xyz Materials attached to an Xyz Monster are not considered to be on the field; consequently, they cannot be used as Xyz Material for an Xyz Summon or be targeted or affected by effects that would attach them to an Xyz Monster (e.g. "Number 101: Silent Honor ARK").

Can only exist face-up[edit]

Tokens can only exist face-up, and cannot exist face-down. Thus, they cannot be targeted by, and are unaffected by, effects that would flip them face-down (e.g. "Book of Moon", "Swords of Concealing Light"). If an Attack Position Token would be affected by a card that would change it to face-down Defense Position, such as "Swords of Concealing Light", its battle position is not changed.

Tokens cannot be banished face-down, and are unaffected by card effects that would do so.

Leaving the field[edit]

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. They are not considered to have been moved from the field to any other location.

Tokens can be moved off the field to pay costs or fulfill Summoning procedures, as long as the cost or Summoning procedure does not specify a destination other than the field for the cards needed to be moved. Banishing does not specify a destination, so a Token can be banished (except banished face-down) for a cost or Summoning procedure.


Token card[edit]

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.

Card text[edit]

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.

Language Card text Translation
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.
Japanese このカードはトークンとして使ようすることができる。
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.




Before Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Monster Tokens did not appear as cards 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 are rendered on field overviews.

Video games[edit]

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 golden-recolored international artwork of "Spellbinding Circle", making them distinguishable only by their names and stats. In other video games, Tokens are gray and mostly use the same artwork as the card that Summons them, with exceptions including all of those that have been printed with stats in the OCG/TCG (e.g. "Emissary of Darkness Token"), though a few that are not are given unique artworks too (e.g. "Vague Shadow Token").


See also[edit]


  1. The parentheses here specify what part is not shown in the cards' name.
  2. See Card layout#Series 8 layout


  1. "Traditional Chinese version of Master Rule 2 version 1.0". Konami.