"Number", pluralized as "Numbers" (
As confirmed by Satoshi Kuwabara, all "Numbers'" are not chosen randomly but are decided "carefully with attention to details, so that [fans] can enjoy it in various places", which often results in puns and second meanings for each "Number".
So far, 63 original "Numbers" have been revealed by name. 15 Chaos versions, 1 Shining version, and 1 Rank-Down version of the original 100 Numbers have been revealed. 5 Fake Numbers have also been revealed.
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�E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, "Numbers 10X" are introduced as the signature cards of the Seven Barian Emperors. Astral cannot absorb them, as they are not part of his memories. They were later revealed to be created by Don Thousand as a means to free himself from his prison.
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 when it makes contact with human, it takes 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. However, Kyoji Yagumo as shown an unique ability of manipulation with the "Numbers": a "Number" molds itself after its owner's desires; however, Kyoji himself claims not to have "desire" sort of things, which allows him to mold his "Numbers" freely as he wants, according to his current needs.
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, so he was dominated, but Yuma and Astral freed him from that darkness, which made him able to possess a "Number" without falling front its power. Luna believes that the very fact that "Numbers" can be good or evil means they should not exist, as people will fight over them regardless.
It seems that just like how a "Number" takes form after their holder, their power do so as well. The variety of powers a "Number" can possess is made clear in the manga; while "Number 63: Shamoji Soldier" helped its unsuccessful holder on his restaurant, "Number 13: Cain's Doom" and "Number 31: Abel's Doom" are dangerous "Numbers" who inflict real damage to people and can even put their lives in danger.
Each of these cards are stated to contain parts of Astral's memories. So far, 7 Numbers whose names are known haven't been seen in the anime or manga, but by being released as cards in the TCG/OCG. (18, 36, 49, 57, 74, 85 and 87).
|#||Monster||Sealed Form||Owner(s)||Number Location|
|Chronomaly Atlandis|| Vetrix|
|Lucky Straight|| Museum|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Head of cane|
|Heraldic King Genom-Heritage|| Vetrix|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Above left eye on mask|
|Dyson Sphere|| Kite Tenjo|
|Mizar||Two panels in the center sphere|
|Illumiknight||Kite Tenjo, Vetrix, Dr. Faker (anime)|| Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (anime)|
Kaito Tenjo (manga)
|Right shoulder plate|
|Big Eye||None|| Fortuno|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Front of outer ring|
|Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja|| Kaze|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Left side of chest|
|Cain's Doom||Unknown||Shadow, Kaito Tenjo (manga)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Left shoulder plate|
|Greedy Sarameya||Unknown||None||Kyoji Yagumo (manga)||Right hind leg|
|Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder|| Vetrix|
|Shock Master|| # holder|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right side of waist|
|Leviathan Dragon|| Reginald Kastle/Nasch, Dr. Faker (anime)|
Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right horn|
|Heraldic Progenitor Plain-Coat||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Outer blade ring|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right side of chest|
|Giga-Brilliant|| Kite Tenjo, Vetrix, Dr. Faker (anime)|
# holder (manga)
| Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (anime)|
Kaito Tenjo (manga)
|Frozen Lady Justice||Unknown||None||Kyoji Yagumo (manga)||Left leg|
|Zombiestein||Unknown||Cologne (manga)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Left side of shawl|
|Force Focus|| Cameron Clix|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Underneath lens|
|Titanic Moth||Unknown||Kyoji Yagumo (manga)||Haruto Tenjo (manga)[Notes 1]||Left side of abdomen|
|Acid Golem of Destruction|| Kite Tenjo|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right leg|
|Abel's Doom||Unknown||Shadow, Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Right shoulder plate|
|Shark Drake|| Quattro|
|Reginald Kastle/Nasch||Left side of chest|
|Chronomaly Machu Mech||None|| Dr. Faker|
|Terror-Byte|| Mr. Kay|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right shoulder plate|
|Chronomaly Fork Hyuk||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Face of outer sphere|
|Utopia||Bronk Stone, Dr. Faker (anime)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Left shoulder plate|
|Gimmick Puppet of Strings|| Vetrix|
|Nasch||Top of wing|
|Starship Galaxy Tomahawk||Unknown||Eviluder (manga)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Top of left wing|
|Soul Marionetter||Unknown||Vector||Right side of waist|
|Sky Pegasus||Mach||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right shoulder plate|
|Nightmare Shark||Unknown||Luna (manga)||Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)||Beneath dorsal fin|
|Shadow Lich||Unknown||Shadow (manga)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Blade of scythe|
|Fortune Tune||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Top of branch|
|Blackship of Corn||Unknown||Captain Corn (manga)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Left side of sail|
|Diamond Crab King||Unknown||Mr. Heartland (manga)||Kyoji Yagumo (manga)||Left claw|
|Heart-eartH||None||Dr. Faker||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Above right eye|
|Lion Heart|| # holder|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Left side of chest|
|Gold Rat||None|| # holder|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Round plate above head|
|Tri-Head Dust Dragon||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Center of main body|
|Burner Viser||None||Girag||Vector||Outer shell|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Left chest spike|
|Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon||Kite Tenjo||Mizar||Top of left wing|
|Shamoji Soldier||Unknown||# holder (manga)||Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)||Left side of forehead|
|Ronin Raccoon Sandayu|| Ponta|
|Vector||Frontpiece of helmet|
|Djinn Buster|| Battle Ox|
Number 96: Dark Mist
|Vector||Right side of chest|
|Master Key Beetle||Vector||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right side of upper horn|
|Heraldry Crest||None|| Vetrix|
|Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Left horn|
|Deadly Sin||Unknown||Unknown||Kyoji Yagumo (manga)||Left side of abdomen|
|Line Monster Chariot Hisha||Unknown||Hishakaku (manga)||Kaito Tenjo (manga)||Left side of chest|
|Abyss Splash|| Abyss|
|Reginald Kastle/Nasch||Right thigh plate|
|Master of Blades||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Left side of turban|
| Rhapsody in Berserk|| Alito|
|Vector||Right lapel (collar)|
|Heartlandraco||Unknown||Mr. Heartland (manga)||Kyoji Yagumo (manga)||Left side of stomach|
|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|| Vetrix|
|Nasch||Right shoulder plate|
|Thunder Spark Dragon||Unknown||Thunder Spark (manga)||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Left side of head|
|Heart-eartH Dragon||None||Dr. Faker||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Right side of abdomen|
|Crystal Zero||None||Reginald Kastle/Nasch||Left side of dress|
|Dark Mist|| # holder|
Number 96: Dark Mist
|Vector||Center of head (false form), right side of head (true form), nowhere (puppet form)|
|Numeron Dragon||Unknown||Kite Tenjo||Mizar||Unknown|
|??||24 Unknown "Number" Monster||Unknown|| Fortuno|
|??||4 Unknown "Number" Monster||Unknown||Unknown||Kyoji Yagumo (manga)||Unknown|
Legendary Numbers are a group of special "Number" cards that are located in Number ruins. They are still part of the original 100 Numbers of the "Emperor's Key".
Number 10X (Over-Hundred Number)
Over-Hundred Numbers are signature "Number" cards of the Seven Barian Emperors, whose numbering go over the limit of 100. They were created by Don Thousand to suppress the Emperors' memories of their past lives as humans.
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, "Chaos Field", and "Don Thousand's Throne".
Number S (Shining Number)
"Number S" (read as Shining Number) are upgraded versions of the base "Number", which are Summoned by overlaying their base counterpart through Shining Xyz Evolution. This kind of evolution only exists in the manga so far, and can be considered the manga's counterpart of Chaos Xyz Evolution.
|Symbol||Monster||Sealed form||Owner(s)||Base Number||Number location||Method of summon|
|Utopia One||None||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral (manga)||Utopia||Left shoulder plate||Shining Xyz Evolution|
|Symbol||Monster||Sealed form||Owner(s)||Original Number||Number location||Method of summon|
|Utopia Roots||Yuma Tsukumo/Astral||Utopia||Left shoulder plate||Rank-Down-Magic Numeron Fall|
- ↑ 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 episode 121: "Mission: Astral World, Part 4"
- ↑ 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 34: "The Hour of Judgement!!"
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 20: "A Three-Way Battle!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 19: "Messenger from the Moon!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 30: "Absolutely Unpredictable!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 32: "The Power of Believing In People!!"