Token Monster

"Sheep Tokens" in the artwork of "Scapegoat"


(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 used as representations of Monster Cards. Tokens are Monsters Special Summoned out of nowhere by card's effect. These monsters are not included in the Deck, Extra Deck or Side Deck, as stated as Limitation Text on each card.


  • 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 these "effects" cannot be negated by cards like "Skill Drain".
  • If a Token Monster would leave the field (i.e. if it would be returned to the hand or Main Deck, sent to GY, or banished), it simply disappears.
    • Token Monsters can be successfully Tributed, destroyed, or banished; however, because they simply leave the field, they are not treated as being successfully moved to the specified 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").[2][3]

Usage in Real Life

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.

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. Fan-made cards are often used as markers in Tournament Duels.

Card Layouts

Card text

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.

In Video Games


Example of Kuriboh Token from Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion and Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge Video Game Series

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).



  • 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.

See also


  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.
  2. "Individual Card Rulings [A-C]". UDE. Black Garden. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. "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.