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The Crests (紋章 Monshō) are a set of items that appear in Digimon Adventure, its sequels (Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Adventure tri., Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna), and its reboot Digimon Adventure:. Each Crest belongs to one of the Chosen Children and embodies a trait of their character from which they derive their power.



In both the original and reboot continuities, each Crest is represented by a simple symbol. These symbols tend to appear on places and objects that are in some way related to the Crests, such as Digimentals and physical Crest items themselves, and are often seen manifesting when a Chosen Child uses their Crest's power, such as on Digivice screens, as glowing apparitions, and in stock footage of their Digimon evolving.

In Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, the Crests initially have a physical form as small, trapezoidal tokens that fit inside Tags. These tokens are also just called "Crests". Before they are collected by the Chosen Children, the Crest tokens are usually enshrined in resting places that are emblazoned with the Crest Symbol, from which the token magically emerges when the appropriate Chosen Child approaches with their Tag.[1]

In Digimon Adventure:, the Crests' physical form is a set of eight massive stone monoliths, shaped identically to the original-series tokens, inside the Tree of Knowledge.[2]

Several Crests in physical form in Digimon Adventure 02.
The eight Crest monoliths in Digimon Adventure:.


Digimon Adventure original continuity[edit]

  • Responding to the Chosen Child exhibiting its trait and, in conjunction with a Digivice or D-3, causing their partner Digimon to:
    • Super Evolve from their Adult form into a Perfect Digimon (requires being inserted into a Tag)[3]
      • When a Crest activates to Super Evolve a partner Digimon, the Digivice enters an "activated" state where it changes color to (usually) match the Crest's color and starts vibrating[3]
      • If the Chosen Child is exhibiting an "incorrect" use of that trait, it may cause a Dark Evolution[4]
    • Warp Evolve from their Child form into an Ultimate Digimon (requires being inserted into a Tag, and for the Crest's bearer to have been pierced by an arrow of hope or light)[5]
  • Glowing in reaction to:
    • A Tag, to a) signal to the matching bearer of the Tag that it is nearby, and b) release it from its resting place[1]
    • Its bearer exhibiting its trait[3]
    • A Digivice to signal to the bearer of one of these items that the other is nearby[6]
  • Reviving its bearer[7]
  • Projecting ropes made of light that can bind an opponent[8]
  • Synchronizing with another Chosen Child's D-3 to use it to open a Digital Gate[9]
  • Giving its bearer's partner Digimon the ability to revive an ally[10]
  • Being used as a power source, when corrupted by darkness[11]
  • Restoring the force that protects the Digital World and releasing the Four Holy Beasts, when totally surrendered by the bearer[12]
The Crest of Courage emerges from its resting place in response to Yagami Taichi's Tag.
Tachikawa Mimi's Crest of Purity activates to Super Evolve Palmon into Lilimon.
Takenouchi Sora's Crest of Love projects a rope of light to bind Venom Vamdemon.

Digimon Adventure:[edit]

List of Crests[edit]

Crest Owner Also Associated With
Crest courage.png
Crest of Courage
Yagami Taichi and Agumon
Motomiya Daisuke and V-mon
(Original continuity only)
Crest friendship.png
Crest of Friendship
Ishida Yamato and Gabumon
Motomiya Daisuke and V-mon
(Original continuity only)
Crest love.png
Crest of Love
Takenouchi Sora and Piyomon
Inoue Miyako and Hawkmon
(Original continuity only)
Crest knowledge.png
Crest of Knowledge
Izumi Kōshirō and Tentomon
Hida Iori and Armadimon
(Original continuity only)
Crest purity.png
Crest of Purity
Tachikawa Mimi and Palmon
Inoue Miyako and Hawkmon
(Original continuity only)
Crest faith.png
Crest of Sincerity
Kido Jo and Gomamon
Hida Iori and Armadimon
(Original continuity only)
Crest hope.png
Crest of Hope
Takaishi Takeru and Patamon
Crest light.png
Crest of Light
Yagami Hikari and Tailmon
Crest kindness.png
Crest of Kindness
Ichijouji Ken and Wormmon
(Original continuity only)

Toy and Video Game-only Crests[edit]

Crest Source
Crest of Miracles
(奇跡の紋章 Kiseki no monshō)
Crest of Fate
(運命の紋章 Unmei no monshō)
  • Gashapon toy[citation needed]



Digimon Adventure original continuity[edit]

Digimon Adventure[edit]

A holographic recording of Piemon's theft of the eight Crests and Tags.

The origin of the eight Chosen Children's physical Crest tokens is depicted in flashback. Shortly after the 1995 Hikarigaoka battle between Greymon and Parrotmon, Homeostasis's servants (Gennai and the others like him) created the Crests along with the Chosen Children's Digivices, Tags, and the Digitama of the partner Digimon, in a laboratory in the dungeons of what would eventually become Vamdemon's castle. Each of the traits associated with each Chosen Child's Crest is based on by the personality trait that were especially prominent in each at that moment, as identified by Homeostasis. When Piemon's forces assaulted the laboratory, he stole the Tags and Crests. Most of the Crests (separated from their Tags) would then come to be hidden in various resting places around the Server Continent, with the exception of the Crests of Love and Light, which ended up in the possession of Nanomon and Vamdemon respectively.[13]

In 1999, after their defeat of Devimon, Gennai instructs the seven Chosen Children in the Digital World to travel to the Server Continent and seek out their Crests so that their partner Digimon may evolve further to fight the enemy there.[14] When they arrive, they hunt for the Crests while dealing with Etemon and his minions. They use the glowing reactions of their Tags as a clue to find the locations of their Crests, enshrined in various structures and objects around the continent's desert.[4] The only Crest of theirs that they fail to locate themselves is the Crest of Love, which Nanomon puts in Takenouchi Sora's Tag when he abducts her as part of his plan to get revenge on Etemon.[3]

Yagami Taichi is the first to activate his Crest during the events at Nanomon's pyramid, when his shows of courage in rescuing Sora and standing up to Etemon first cause the Crest of Courage to glow, then trigger Agumon's Super Evolution into Metal Greymon.[3] Prior to this, he also improperly triggers it by being reckless and endangering himself deliberatley to force Greymon to evolve ("the wrong kind of courage," as Gennai later describes it[15]), instead causing him to Dark Evolve into Skull Greymon.[4]

While the Chosen Children are split up following Taichi's disappearance, Vamdemon and Pico Devimon hatch a plan to neutralize their threat by putting them in situations which alienate them from both each other and the traits of their Crests, with the aim of ensuring that they never activate their Crests:

  • Pico Devimon manipulates Takaishi Takeru and Tokomon into distrusting each other and separating, and when this fails, he tries to trick them into consuming mushrooms that will cause them to forget each other.[16]
  • When Ishida Yamato and Kido Jo are forced to work at Digitamamon's Shop, Pico Devimon tries sabotaging their work and making it look like they are sabotaging each other, to cause Yamato to break off their friendship.[17]
  • Vademon almost succeeds in convincing Izumi Kōshirō to abandon his love of learning and to surrender his spirit of inquisitiveness, so that he can attain "cosmic power".[18]
  • At Tonosama Gekomon's castle, Tachikawa Mimi becomes extremely spoiled and selfish, and exploits the Gekomons and Otamamons' desire to give her everything she wants in exchange for awakening Tonosama Gekomon. She responds aggressively to attempts to get her to stop.[19]
  • When they catch her overhearing one of their conversations about the Crests and their plans, Pico Devimon exploits Sora's fears about not being loved by telling her that without the love of others, her Crest can never activate. This causes her to cut herself off and hide from the other Chosen Children.[20]

However, these plans are all foiled, mostly by Sora who, despite wanting to avoid the others, assists the other Chosen Children from behind the scenes by using her knowledge of the plans to sabotage them. When the others regroup and track her down, she shares what she overheard about what each Crest represents with them, and Taichi draws the connection between their meanings and the reactions of his Crest in the events at the pyramid.[20]

When he travels to the Real World, Vamdemon uses the Crest of Light as a tool to locate the "Eighth Chosen Child". He creates replicas of the Tag and Crest that, like the original, will react when the Digivice is nearby, and distributes these replicas to his minions so that they can search Tokyo.[21] The real Crest is eventually stolen from him by Wizarmon, who returns it to its rightful owner, Yagami Hikari, in the final battle against Vamdemon.[7]

In the final moments of the battle against Venom Vamdemon, all eight Crests react together to create ropes of light that restrain him, which gives War Greymon and Metal Garurumon an opening to destroy him.[8]

The Chosen Children's final confrontation with Apocalymon marks the end of the Crests as physical items. Apocalymon uses Devimon's Death Claw technique to snatch the Tags and Crests from the Chosen Children before they can use them to evolve their partner Digimon, and destroys them. While at first the children think this means they can no longer evolve their Digimon past Adult, after Apocalymon banishes them to the world of data, they reflect on how their adventure has changed them and on their determination to stop Apocalymon no matter what. At this moment, the power of the Crests reacts within them, and they realize that the physical Crest items are unnecessary not only because the Crests merely symbolized traits inherent to themselves, but that they draw the power of those traits from each other. This enables them to evolve their Digimon into their strongest forms again and emerge from the world of data to face Apocalymon.[22]

Digimon Adventure 02[edit]

As told by Izumi Kōshirō to Motomiya Daisuke's group of Chosen Children, some time after the defeat of Diablomon in 2000, Yagami Taichi's Chosen Children group was called back to the Digital World by Gennai. Per Gennai's request, they surrendered the power of their Crests to release "the force that protects the Digital World", in order to fix the distortions that remained after the defeat of Apocalymon and restore the Digital World, in doing so fulfilling "the real reason that they were chosen". However, this also resulted in them losing the ability to use their Crests to Super Evolve their partner Digimon to Perfect.[12] They would later learn that the "force" in question was the Four Holy Beasts, who had been sealed away by the Dark Masters. Specifically, the Crests of Hope and Light were used to release Qinglongmon, who reflected that those two Crests are inherently different from the others, because instead of powers inherent to the hearts of the Chosen Children like the other six Crests, Light represents what gives life to the world, and Hope represents never losing sight of the Light.[23]

While Daisuke, Inoue Miyako, and Hida Iori do not have any Crests of their own, they each become associated with two of the Crests belonging to Taichi's Chosen Children through their use of the matching Digimentals in 2000.[24]

A ninth Crest, the Crest of Kindness, also exists. It belongs to Ichijouji Ken.[25] Where it comes from is unexplained. Ken does not have a Tag and never uses it to evolve Wormmon. Instead, it is at one time tainted by darkness[23] and used to power the moving fortress that Ken, in his Digimon Kaiser identity, uses as his headquarters. The Four Holy Beasts temporarily transform it[23] into the Digimental of Miracles, for Daisuke to use to defeat the Kaiser.[11]

Without their Crest power, Taichi's Chosen Children must rely on the help of the Four Holy Beasts to be able to Super Evolve on rare occasions. For example, coming into contact with a Holy Stone suddenly empowers Patamon to Super Evolve into Holy Angemon, but he loses this power shortly after.[26] After all of the Holy Stones are destroyed and Qinglongmon is freed, Qinglongmon shares the power of one of its Digicores to restore Taichi's group's ability to Super Evolve.[27] Their partner Digimon later pass this power onto Imperialdramon, to enable him to Mode Change into Fighter Mode.[28]

Digimon Adventure tri.[edit]

The Chosen Children channel their Crests to open a Digital Gate with Ichijouji Ken's D-3.

In the three years since Digimon Adventure 02, Yagami Taichi's group of eight Chosen Children have once again regained their innate Crest powers, including the ability to Super Evolve their partner Digimon. How and why this happened has not been explained.[29]

When the Chosen Children gather to enter the Digital World in search of their partner Digimon, Himekawa Maki suggests that they can open the Digital Gate by calling upon the powers of their Crests to synchronize with Ichijouji Ken's D-3. This plan succeeds.[9]

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna[edit]

Yagami Taichi, Yagami Hikari, and Ishida Yamato continue to be able to use their Crests to Super Evolve their partner Digimon.

The cases of Chosen Children's new smartphone Digivices all feature depictions of their associated Crests. They also use their respective Crests as profile icons in the text messenger application.

Digimon Adventure:[edit]


Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 ~New Courage~[edit]

Digimon Universe Appli Monsters[edit]

Video Games[edit]

Digimon RPG[edit]

Digimon Collectors[edit]

Digimon Adventure[edit]


Hyper Colosseum


Image Gallery[edit]


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Sketches for Digimon Adventure
(Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Blu-ray)

Additional Information[edit]

References Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 Digimon Adventure: "Etemon! The Stage Mounting of Evil!"
  2. Digimon Adventure:: "The Mystery Hidden Within the Crests"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Digimon Adventure: "Perfect Evolution! Metal Greymon"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Digimon Adventure: "Dark Evolution! Skull Greymon"
  5. Digimon Adventure: "Revival! The Devil, Venom Vamdemon"
  6. Digimon Adventure: "Raremon! The Surprise Attack on Tokyo Bay"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Digimon Adventure: "All Perfects Attack! Sparkling Angewomon"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Digimon Adventure: "Two Great Ultimate Evolutions! Get Rid of the Darkness!"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Digimon Adventure tri.: "Confession"
  10. Digimon Adventure: "The Clown from Hell, Piemon"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Digimon Adventure 02: "Supreme Evolution! Golden Magnamon"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Digimon Adventure 02: "The Unparalleled Union! Paildramon"
  13. Digimon Adventure: "The Clashing Ultimates! War Greymon VS Metal Garurumon"
  14. Digimon Adventure: "Departure - to a New Continent!"
  15. Digimon Adventure: "A New World"
  16. Digimon Adventure: "The Whispering Imp, Pico Devimon"
  17. Digimon Adventure: "Oh Friend! Were Garurumon"
  18. Digimon Adventure: "Breaking Through! Atlur Kabuterimon"
  19. Digimon Adventure: "The Sleeping Tyrant! Tonosama Gekomon"
  20. 20.0 20.1 Digimon Adventure: "Shining Wings! Garudamon"
  21. Digimon Adventure: "Mammon, the Great Clash at Hikarigaoka!"
  22. Digimon Adventure: "The Final Dark Digimon"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Digimon Adventure 02: "Gigantic Ultimate, Qinglongmon"
  24. Digimon Adventure 02: "The Inheritor of Courage"
  25. Digimon Adventure 02: "Goodbye, Ken..."
  26. Digimon Adventure 02: "Digimon Adventure 02 - Episode 34"
  27. Digimon Adventure 02: "Everyone Advance Out! Imperialdramon"
  28. Digimon Adventure 02: "Invasion of the Demon Army"
  29. Digimon Adventure tri.: "Reunion"