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These devices are made to interact with Mons in diverse ways. One of the most standard is Capture Balls, which are made to capture and then summon once used. Another is Monster Compendiums, which analyzes and gathers information about Mons. Mon Tech can do more than capture, tame, and summon. One of the most common is being able to perform an Evolution Power-Up. Usually, a Mon Tech would use The Power of Friendship by creating a bond between a Mon and the tamer. They may also have other abilities to support Mons while giving the tamer powers. They are often an artifact of Mons originating in overt video game systems. In some cases, they may allow the holder to transform into a Mon. Mon Tech may be Merchandise-Driven depending on the franchise, especially if it relates to Anime.

Sub-Trope of Applied Phlebotinum and Mon.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bakugan: Various devices are introduced throughout the seasons to aid in Bakugan battling. Season 2 had gauntlets, which were necessary to battle in New Vestroia, and the Maxus Armors, designed to give huge power boosts and the ability to wield all six Attributes at once to the Bakugan wearing them. Season 3 had Battle Gear, which Bakugan could don to become more powerful. Season 4 had the largest variety in the form of BakuNanos, Battle Suits, and Assault Vehicles, all of which work pretty much identically to Battle Gear.
  • Beyblade: The titular Beyblades are tops containing supernatural beings known as Bit Beasts that can power up their capabilities.
  • Digimon:
    • Digimon Adventure: Digivices are used by the Digidestined to channel their emotions so their Digimon partners can Digivolve. They can evolve to Champion independently, but being supported by their Crests and the bond with the Digimon allows them to Digivolve to Ultimate and then Mega.
    • Digimon Adventure 02: The new D3 Digivices not only enable their users to open portals to the Digital World from computers, but also allow their users to use Armor Digivolution via interaction with the Digimentals stored in D-Terminals, and DNA Digivolve their Digimon to Ultimate and Mega levels. The former comes in handy when dealing with the Digimon Emperor's Control Spires, which prevent normal Digivolution but has no effect on Armor Digivolution.
    • Digimon Tamers: The D-Arks allow their bearers to see through their Digimon's eyes, be alerted to and scan enemy Digimon, track their partner Digimon's location, boost their partner Digimon's abilities by slashing cards through their readers, with Blue Cards allowing them to Digivolve to Ultimate level, and even fuse together to Mega level via Biomerging.
    • Digimon Frontier has the D-Tector as the season's resident Digivice. This model is used by the cast to transform into Digimon for their battles, and also is able to purify the spirits of powerful Digimon.
  • Future Card Buddyfight: A Buddy Police Officer gives Core Deck Cases when a person and a Monster become Buddies. Core Deck Cases can Luminze for Buddyfights, which transforms into a Core Gadget that takes the form of a person's hope and dreams. There are also Buddy Skills, which can allow their human to gain Flight or a flying vehicle.
  • Legendz:
    • Talispods are devices Sagas uses to summon Legendz from a Soul Doll. They also feed, train, and rest their Legendz to gain strength. Talispod can create a comfortable environment for a Legendz.
    • Talisdams can carry three Soul Dolls, giving three Legendz an environment suitable for each. When used to summon, it creates an Elemental Legion, a powerful fusion that can defeat the strongest Legendz.
  • Zatch Bell!: Spellbooks are used by humans so that their partner Mamodo can cast spells. They need the power of the human heart through strong emotions. They gain new spells when the human or Mamodo matures.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Kamen Rider Gotchard: In addition to the various Drivers that the Riders use to harness the power of the Chemies, the Alchemists' Union also possesses Chemy Risers, wrist-mounted devices that they can use to both capture Chemies and harness their powers without the need to transform into a Kamen Rider.
  • Ultra Series:
    • The series has introduced a vast range of technology for summoning and controlling kaiju as mons. Ultraseven starts the trend with a collection of capsules that Dan Moroboshi used to store and summon his Capsule Monsters whenever he couldn't transform. This form of collecting monsters in small trinkets and throwing them to summon them later inspired the Pokeball mechanic in Pokémon Red and Blue.
    • Ultraman Leo shortly features a similar device named the Monster Ball, which Dan was gifted by Hideki Goh to summon the robotic kaiju Sevenger to fight for him after the former was crippled at the start of the show.
    • Ultraman Mebius introduces the Maquette kaiju, a line of nanobots held within handheld capsules developed by the latest defense force to summon kaiju in a similar fashion as the aforementioned Capsule Monsters.
    • Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: The Battlenizers are handheld gadgets that allow their users to summon up to three kaiju in battle, with full control over them unless the monster is forced to retreat should it sustain enough damage. However, they come with the side effect of harming their users, and can only be used by Reionics, a broad term for any individual whose DNA contains the essence of Alien Reiblood.

    Video Games 
  • Astral Chain: Legatus are devices that connect a Neuron officer with their Legion. They tether Legions to their human controllers to combat Chimeras on the Astral Plane. As they fight with each other, they will become more in sync to the point where they can act like a single being.
  • Cassette Beasts: People use retro cassettes to record the essences of the titular Cassette Beasts in order to transform into them in battle.
  • Coromon:
    • Skill Flashes teach new Skills to compatible Coromon.
    • The Potential and Battle Readers are used to determine Coromons' Potential stat out and in-battle.
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker: Monster Scouts use Scout Rings embedded with a jewel made of Baryon. This can empower Monsters to neutralize Darkonium in wild Monsters and tame them enough to join the party.
  • Medabots: Metabee and Rokusho: Medawatches are unique watches used by Medafighters to command their Medabots. Using stored Medals, they can transport Medabots anywhere and activate the Medabot's Megaforce.
  • Mega Man Battle Network:
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon Red and Blue: The Pokémon Storage System is used by Trainers to hold the Pokémon they can't fit in their party due to being limited to six. It stores and transmits them as data, which allows for easy management. They have an admin to ensure everything is running fine within every Region. Trade Machines are also used to trade ownership of Pokémon between two Trainers. They can even be used to evolve particular Pokémon. Technical Machines and Technical Records are items that teach Pokémon Moves. In the current generation, the difference is that TMs have weaker, more common Moves that can be used infinitely. In contrast, TRs have stronger, rarer ones but can only be used once.
    • Pokémon Ranger: Capture Stylers are the primary tools for Pokémon Rangers. They deploy a top-like device that temporarily transmits friendship to a wild Pokémon to solve problems and then releases it back to nature.
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl:
      • The Gracidea is required to change Shaymin from its Land Forme to its Sky Forme. However, it can only be used between 5am and 8pm in the day and only on Shaymin that are not frozen.
      • The various Plates found throughout the region can be used to change the typing of Arceus and its Judgement move.
      • The Griseous Orb is required to change Giratina from its Altered Forme to its Origin Forme.
    • Pokémon Black and White: The Burn, Shock, Douse, and Chill Drives can be used to change the type damage of Genesect's Techno Blast move.
    • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2:
      • The DNA Splicers are required to fuse Kyurem with Zekrom or Reshiram to form Black Kyurem and White Kyurem, respectively.
      • The Reveal Glass is required to change Tonadus, Thundurus, and Landorus from their Incarnate Formes to their Therian Formes. Enamorous from Pokémon Legends: Arceus can also have its form changed the same way as the aforementioned trio.
    • Pokémon X and Y: A trainer can use a Mega Ring that uses a Key Stone to react to a Mega Stone held by a Pokémon to achieve Mega Evolution. The exception to this rule is Rayquaza in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, who can only become Mega Rayquaza if it knows Dragon Ascent.
    • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: The Red and Blue Orbs are required to respectively turn Groudon and Kyogre into their Primal forms.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon:
      • Z-Rings equipped with a Z-Crystal allow a Trainer to give a Pokémon Z-Power to use a Z-Move. Z-Power Rings are the upgraded version that enables more Z-moves than its predecessor. A Key Stone can also be inserted into it, allowing Mega Evolution to be used.
      • The Memory hold items can be used to change the typing of Silvally and its Multi-Attack move.
    • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: The N-Solarizer and Lunarizer are required to fuse Necrozma with Solgaleo or Lunala to form Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, respectively, who both in-turn require the Ultranecrozium Z to become Ultra Necrozma.
    • Pokémon Sword and Shield: Dynamax Bands allow Trainers to Dynamax and Gigantamax their Pokémon while in Power Spots or Galar Stadiums.
    • Pokémon Legends: Arceus: The Adamant Crystal and Lustrous Globe are required to respectively change Dialga and Palkia from their regular forms to their Origin Formes.
    • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Tera Orbs are Poké Ball-like orbs that can cause a Trainer's Pokémon to Terastallize.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • COMPs are handheld or wrist-mounted computer devices used to transport and summon demons via the Demon Summoning Program.
    • Persona 3: The Evoker is a fairly dark example of this. The device heavily resembles a gun, and SEES use it to summon their Personas, since an acceptance of death is key to summoning a Persona in the real world, and the Evoker summons them specifically by having the user put the barrel to their head and pulling the trigger, effectively miming suicide.

  • Battle Kreaturez: Tamer Amulets serve a variety of functions, primarily for mind linking with Kreatures, and also as rudimentary Capture Balls for temporary storage and transport.

    Western Animation 
  • Kaijudo: Gauntlets are special gloves used by Duelists powered by their Mana. Duelists perform kata while shouting the name of the creature they wish to summon from the Kaiju Realm. It can also create a mana shield around the Duelist. Gauntlets can cast spells that require a specific kata and name to activate. They can also give or siphon mana to other beings, whether Creature or Duelist, to boost or weaken strength and stamina.
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, Sentimonsters are all controlled via an amok, an object that has been linked to them. Whoever holds the amok can direct them. This is how Gabriel has been able to control his son Adrien for his whole life, because Adrien is a Sentimonster linked to Gabriel's wedding ring.
  • Monsuno: Cores are required for the containing of wild Monsunos as well as being able to battle with them.
  • Slugterra: Blasters are essential gear for Slugslingers. They can shoot Slugs out at 100 mph to transform into their Velocimorph, allowing a Slug to use their power. An Accelerator can upgrade a Blaster to shoot experienced Slugs at 200 mph to transform into their Megamorph, a more powerful form than their Velocimorph.