A Look At Youkai Watch’s Battle System

By Sato . March 19, 2013 . 11:55pm


Level 5’s upcoming monster and ghoul befriending RPG, Youkai Watch, will have other youkai to battle in Sakura New Town.



You can pick the three youkai to go in battle using the touch screen on the3DS. Knowing the situation and what kind of enemies you’re fighting will be a key factor in deciding which youkai to go with, as each one have their own traits with their own strengths and weaknesses.


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The "Aim" command is used by pinpointing the crosshair at enemies by using your stylus for a concentrated attack. Enemies may go into a guarding stance, in which players can use Aim to focus on a different target.



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Your youkai buddies can also do special attacks once they build up enough Youkai Power to unleash a powerful attack. You can check how much Youkai Power each character has accumulated by touching the small blue will‐o’‐the‐wisp icons.



The youkai all have their own special attacks, the above picture shows the youkai cat, Jibanyan, using his “Hundred Paws Shot” attack.


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By spinning the character wheel on the touch screen, you can rotate through the party members. Knowing when to switch out the youkai members from your party against the right enemies will be a crucial part of winning fights in Youkai Watch.



By befriending different types of youkai you can make a versatile crew that can take on the other monsters in Sakura New Town.


Youkai Watch will be aiming stores this summer on Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Rei

    Last pic, Muk from Pokemon.

    • MikeTxn

      Lady Muk. :P

  • gamerdude

    It’s so refreshing to see this type of game in an environment that’s easy to relate to.

  • komiko12

    Youkais.. perhaps the richest folklore in the world.
    Is there a yuki-onna in here?

    • Oh I really, really hope so. Level 5 could put together one of the most adorable renditions of the Yuki-Onna if they really tried and I would be head over heels for its inclusion.

  • alundra311

    Judging by the character wheel, it seems like the placement of youkais might play a big part of the strategy since only the top 3 youkai will be able to attack. I could be wrong though.

    I really hope this gets localized.

  • noctis_nox

    Pokemon watch out. ^^
    Seriously, this is a very interesting game from the moment I saw this at Level-5 event or was it TGS?

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    This game looks really cute for Youkai lol.^_^
    Ohh boy, the 3 monster spamming their techniques there makes me remember of Digimon 2 on PS1 lol where we have 3 digimon vs 3 digimon spamming sklls everywhre.^_^

  • Jared Lo

    is this new pokeymans

    • Peter McKennon

      Nah. But it’s a good contender. The Pokemon games- X & Y will be out in October.

  • Anonymous

    What is a “Youkai”? It would help me not to confuse anything with Youkai in it with Touhou

    • Desukoru

      “Youkai” basically translates into “Evil Ghost” (though the youkai here look far from that…).

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