"Number", pluralized as "Numbers" (
As confirmed by Satoshi Kuwabara, all "Numbers'" numbers are not chosen randomly but are decided "carefully with attention to details, so that [fans] can enjoy it in various places", along with many puns and second meanings for each "Number".
So far, 78 of the original "Numbers" have been revealed. 50 are known by name, and 8 Chaos versions have also been shown.
When Yuma Tsukumo unlocked the door with his Emperor's Key, he opened a portal between the Astral World and his own, which allowed Astral to come into his world. Yuma found himself trapped within a sphere of blank cards, which shortly flew away. By crossing into Yuma's world, Astral's memories were transformed into the 99 "Number" cards and scattered in unknown directions (Number 39 stayed with him though). In order to regain his lost memories, Astral cooperates with Yuma. When Astral collects all of the cards, something else will happen besides his memory recovery. Astral thinks it will cause something troublesome, while Dr. Faker claims Astral will obtain a great power and use it for taking revenge on him.
Usually, "Numbers" are blank cards that take the form of what whoever finds them desires the most, design themselves to fit their original owner's Decks, and keep that form forever. Some Duelists may have more than one "Number" card that fit their Deck. Their card text is written in a strange alien language that only those who wield them can understand (in the dub, all "Numbers" appear normally like other cards seen with the exception of episode 2 which "Number 39: Utopia" is blurred). When they are Summoned, their respective numbers are printed on their users, appearing in such places as the forehead, neck, left and right hands (in Cameron Clix's case, it appeared under his right eye and in Number 56's Holder's case, it appeared in his left shoulder). When Summoned, "Numbers" take on what appears to be a sealed form, and when the "Number" starts to transform into their artwork, the "Number" then appears. Also, they use a galaxy-like "Overlay Network" portal in contrast to regular Xyz Monsters, who use a red spiral portal.
Astral stated that there are 99 "Numbers", but according to Kite Tenjo, there are 100 "Numbers". As Astral already had 1 of the "Numbers", "Utopia", it is possible Astral was referring to the other 99 "Numbers". However, Dr. Faker believes that, aside from 99 "Numbers" which are Astral's pieces of memory, Astral himself is "the Original Number" (ナンバーズのオリジナル, Nanbāzu no Orijinaru). Later Astral corrected himself, stating there are one hundred "Numbers".
When a "Number" is defeated, they are absorbed into Astral, and can be used by any Duelist whom Astral is currently with. Each "Number" contains a piece of Astral's memory, which he recovers each time he absorbs one. After Astral absorbs a "Number", they are stored in a Different Dimension Airship within the Emperor's Key. Each has its own pillar within the structure, engraved with its number.
Numbers have been shown to be very dangerous, as they are able to easily amplify the darkness and desires of their user, whether these cause good or bad. And easily possess their holder by their power, with the exception of Yuma due to the Emperor's Key, Kite Tenjo's Photon Transformation, and the Vetrix Family's crests. However, the power of Photon Transformation and the crests seem to be limited, and has fatal consequences and being used to wield a "Number" card will drastically exhaust their user.
As Number holders have a high level of a certain emotion, Chaos Numbers start to appear. For example, Astral and Yuma obtained "Utopia Ray" after Astral was happy to know Yuma considered him a friend. Reginald Kastle also obtained "Shark Drake Veiss" after his desire for revenge, brought on by "Shark Drake", overpowered him.
In the Barian Invasion arc, "Over-Hundred Numbers" are introduced as the signature cards of the Seven Barian Emperors. Astral cannot absorb them, as they are not part of his memories. Later on, the "Legendary Numbers" were introduced by Vector and Don Thousand that are located in ruins across the world, protected by guardians. Each of these "Numbers" corresponds to a legend inscribed on the walls of the ruins, telling the story of the person who occupied that location in a previous era, before they became ruins due to the ravages of time. Rather than take their form based on their holders Deck, they take a form relative to the legend that is described.
In the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga, Numbers are held under the diabolical door along with Astral. As Yuma finally opens the door during his Duel with Shark, a huge light appears and numerous blank cards flow out of the door in every direction. Astral stated that "Numbers" are fragments of his memories, and that he shall collect all "Numbers" in order to retrieve his memories. Also, he says "Numbers" battle to absorb each other so, if he and Yuma lose, he will disappear. When Astral obtained a memory piece from "Number 17", he said his memory is divided into 100 "Number" cards. This amount of number is later confirmed by both Kite Tenjo and Mr. Heartland.
Numbers are shown to be blank cards that the form of what whoever finds them first and desires the most, making themselves to fit their original owner's Decks, and keep that form forever. They have a "special" abilities that are unique, such as "Numbers" can only be destroyed by other "Numbers". However, the effect stating that "Numbers" can only be destroyed by another "Number" is a monster effect, and therefore, can be negated.
Yuma believes the power of the "Numbers" is not evil and that if a good person had them, it would be okay. According to Luna, "Numbers" are mirrors that reflect the hearts of the people. For example, when Shark had "Number 17: Leviathan Dragon", his heart was full of darkness, but Yuma and Astral freed him from that darkness. She believes that the very fact that "Numbers" can be good or evil means they should not exist, as people will fight over them regardless.
Each of these cards are stated to contain parts of Astral's memories.
|#||Monster||Sealed Form||Owner(s)||Number Location|
|???||Unknown||Don Thousand||Mr. Heartland||Unknown|
|???||Unknown||Don Thousand||Semimaru||Right horn|
|Chronomaly Atlandis|| Vetrix|
|Lucky Straight|| Museum|
|Yuma/Astral||Head of cane|
|Heraldic King Genom-Heritage|| Vetrix|
|Yuma/Astral||Above left eye on mask|
|Dyson Sphere|| Quinton|
|Yuma/Astral||Two panels in the center sphere|
|Illumiknight||Kite Tenjo, Vetrix, Dr. Faker (anime)|| Yuma/Astral (anime)|
Kaito Tenjo (manga)
|Right shoulder plate|
|Big Eye||None|| Fortuno|
|Yuma/Astral||Front of outer ring|
|Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja|| Kaze|
|Yuma/Astral||Left side of chest|
|Cain's Doom||None||Shadow (manga)||Kaito Tenjo (manga)||Left shoulder plate|
|Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder|| Quattro|
|Shock Master|| # holder|
|Yuma/Astral||Right side of waist|
|Leviathan Dragon|| Reginald Kastle, Dr. Faker (anime)|
Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)
|Yuma/Astral||Right side of chest|
|Giga-Brilliant|| Kite Tenjo, Vetrix, Dr. Faker (anime)|
# holder (manga)
| Yuma/Astral (anime)|
Kaito Tenjo (manga)
|Zombiestein||None||Cologne (manga)||Yuma/Astral (manga)||Left side of shawl|
|Force Focus|| Cameron Clix|
|Acid Golem of Destruction|| Kite Tenjo|
|Abel's Doom||None||Shadow (manga)||Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)||Right shoulder plate|
|Shark Drake|| Quattro|
|Reginald Kastle||Left side of chest|
|Chronomaly Machu Mech||None|| Yuma/Astral|
|Terror-Byte|| Mr. Kay|
|Yuma/Astral||Right shoulder plate|
|Utopia||Bronk Stone, Dr. Faker (anime)||Yuma/Astral||Left shoulder plate|
|Gimmick Puppet of Strings|| Quattro|
|Yuma/Astral||Top of wing|
|Starship Galaxy Tomahawk||None||Eviluder (manga)||Yuma/Astral (manga)||Top of left wing|
|Sky Pegasus||Mach||Yuma/Astral||Right shoulder plate|
|Ethereal Dragon - Draggluong||Jinlong||Kite Tenjo||Right Wing|
|Nightmare Shark||None||Luna (manga)||Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)||Beneath dorsal fin|
|Shadow Lich||None||None||Shadow (manga)||Blade of scythe|
|Fortune Tune||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Top of branch|
|Blackship of Corn||None||Captain Corn (manga)||Yuma/Astral (manga)||Left side of sail|
|Heart-eartH||None||Dr. Faker||Yuma/Astral||Above right eye|
|Lion Heart|| Number 54's guardian|
|Yuma/Astral||Left side of the chest|
|Gold Rat||None|| # holder|
|Yuma/Astral||Round plate above head|
|Tri-Head Dust Dragon||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Center of main body|
|Yuma/Astral||Left chest spike|
|Shamoji Soldier||Unknown||# holder (manga)||Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)||Left side of forehead|
|Sandayu the Veteraccoon|| Ponta|
|Yuma/Astral||Frontpiece of helmet|
|Judge Buster the Adjudicutting Djinn|| Battle Ox|
Number 96: Dark Mist
|Yuma/Astral||Right side of chest|
|Master Key Beetle||Vector||Yuma/Astral||Right side of upper horn|
|Heraldry Crest||None|| Vetrix|
|Line Monster Chariot Hisha||Unknown||Hishakaku (manga)||Kaito Tenjo (manga)||Left side of chest|
|Abyss Splash the Roaring Waterfall Deity||Abyss||Reginald Kastle||Right thigh plate|
|Master of Blades||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Left side of turban|
|Galaxy Queen|| Nelson Andrews|
|Crazy Box||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Lower right hand corner of one face|
|Queen of the Night||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Left side of abdomen|
|Gimmick Puppet of Leo||None|| Quattro|
|Yuma/Astral||Right shoulder plate|
|Thunder Spark Dragon||None||Thunder Spark (manga)||Yuma/Astral (manga)||Left side of head|
|Heart-eartH Dragon||None||Dr. Faker||Yuma/Astral||Right side of abdomen|
|Crystal Zero the Polar Ice Princess||Unknown||Reginald Kastle||Left side of dress|
|Dark Mist|| # holder|
Number 96: Dark Mist
|Don Thousand||Right side of head|
|??||24 Unknown "Numbers"||Unknown|| Fortuno|
|??||2 Unknown "Numbers"||Unknown||Don Thousand||Unknown||Unknown|
Legendary Numbers are a group of special "Number" cards that are located in Number's Ruins. They are still part of the original 100 Numbers of the "Emperor's Key".
Over-Hundred Numbers are signature "Number" cards of the Seven Barian Emperors, whose numbering go over the limit of 100.
Number C (Chaos Number)
"Number C" (read as Chaos Number) are upgraded versions of the base "Number", which are Summoned by overlaying their base counterpart through Chaos Xyz Evolution, "Rank-Up-Magic" cards and "Chaos Field".
- ↑ neoarkcradle.net (can be found in part 2 of the "Translated Twitter Segments Archive," near the bottom)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 1: "Go With the Flow, Part 1"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 2: "Go With the Flow, Part 2"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 25: "Frozen in Time"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 31: "Life is a Carnival: Part 1"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 3: "In The End, Part 1"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 10: "Shark Attack"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 13: "The Number Hunter, Part 1"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 22: "The Shark Hunter"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 82: "Sphere Cube Calamity: Part 1"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 83: "Sphere Cube Calamity: Part 2"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 4: "In The End, Part 2"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 40: "About Hart"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 49: "Crestfallen"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 18: "It's in the Cards, Part 2"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 58: "Swimming With Sharks"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 86: "Counter Offensive: Part 2"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 99: "A Duel in Ruins: Part I"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 4: "The Light of Hope!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 7: "Numbers Hunter!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 9: "Kaito's True Skill!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 20: "A Three-Way Battle!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 19: "Messenger from the Moon!!"