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The Power Coins are supernatural golden coins forged by the sage Ninjor which were used as the power source of the Original, Ninja and Alien Rangers. When Zordon and Alpha 5 created the White Tiger Power Coin, it took a great deal of planning, power and delicate precision in order to accomplish the task. In 2020 it was revealed that the Morphing Grid is capable of creating Power Coins as well, however it requires a power source such as Morph-X. Where as Ninjor can create them at will while connecting them to the Morphing Grid with very little effort.
Sometime in the past, the Morphin Masters had created supernatural objects tethered to the Morphin Grid, later writing books that would eventually be kept within the Temple of Power. From these books, Ninjor learned about the Grid and created the Power Coins.
List of Known Power Coins
Dinosaur and White Tiger Power Coins
The original Power Coins drew their power from dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals and had an animal engraved on each one: Black Mastodon, Pink Pterodactyl, Blue Triceratops, Yellow Saber-Toothed Tiger, and Red Tyrannosaurus. The sixth Coin was based off a Green Dragon, but instead had a symbol resembling a three-toed dragon's footprint. Zordon gained possession of the first five coins after he and Alpha 4 found a map that lead them to the location of the Coins in the Desert of Despair. Unfortunately, Rita Repulsa somehow gained the sixth Coin on her own while battling the Desert's guardian, Rooten-Toomen, with the help of one of her warriors, Knasty Knight.
The Rangers could remove their Coins and transform them into Power Crystals. The holder places his/her thumb and index fingers on the edge of the Coin, heads facing out. The individual then elongates the crystal down to a point. The Rangers usually shout "Two-One-Power Up," and insert it into a slot on the helm of his/her Zord in order to control the war machines. Following the destruction of the original Dinozords, the power crystals were never used again.
The Coins can also emit powerful energy charges which have been used to re-energize Zordon.
When Tommy Oliver's Green Ranger powers were permanently drained by Lord Zedd's Green Crystal and Turbanshell monster, Zordon and Alpha secretly created the White Ranger, using the White Tiger Coin as their power source. The coin itself was created within the Power Chamber beneath the Command Center, which at the time was unknown to the Rangers. Zordon created this Coin using the Light of Goodness. It appears that creating even one Power Coin is extremely dangerous as it took weeks of planning and design as well as shutting down the entire Command Center in order for the White Tiger Coin to be created.
Later in the Power Rangers' battles, Rito Revolto, the brother of Rita, appeared in the Moon Palace. Leading a new army of monsters, he successfully overloaded the Thunderzords' power storage, shorting out several Command Center functions, destroying the Zords themselves and damaging the Rangers' Power Coins and their connections to the Morphing Grid. The damage caused all the Rangers' Power Coins and Morphers to crack physically and destroyed their connection to the Morphing Grid.
Three years later in 1998, Adam Park returned, attempting to help his successor, Carlos Vallerte, overcome a confidence issue after a botched mission. When Carlos decided to hang up his Morpher, Adam pulled his own damaged Morpher out. Despite Alpha 6's attempts to stop him, he successfully morphed into the Black Mastodon Ranger once more. However, due to the damage the coin sustained during the fight with Rito, the unstable connection to the Morphing Grid caused Adam to phase in and out of his morphed state, causing him excruciating pain, and nearly killing him.
Four years later in 2002, Jason Lee Scott somehow regained his Power Morpher and Tyrannosaurus Power Coin and was able to repair it. He participated in an all-Red Ranger mission against the remnants of the Machine Empire during the events of Power Rangers Wild Force. It was never explained how Jason was able to repair his damaged Power Coin and Morpher. Following this, five years more later in 2007 when Thrax appeared during the events of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Adam's Morpher and Mastodon Coin were properly restored by the Sentinel Knight.
All the Coins would again be utilized during the finale of Power Rangers Super Megaforce where the original six Mighty Morphin Rangers took part in the final battle against the Armada. It is not explained how the pink, blue, and yellow Coins are restored. It was revealed in Dimensions in Danger that Tommy has access to the Master Morpher which allows him to morph in any previous Ranger powers he had. Rocky also participated in the battle as the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger, meaning that his Tyrannosaurus Power Coin was also restored since his Ape Ninja Coin was destroyed before the battle with Lord Draven.
In 2020 the Morphin Grid transformed an extremely powerful meteor into the original Tyrannosaurus Power Coin, and summoned its original wielder Jason Lee Scott. Jason then used the coin to morph into the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger to battle Goldar Maximus, but he also used it beforehand to summon the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as the Dino Thunder Rangers.
Whenever one Ranger was in great peril, and the others would need to assist them, the other Rangers could put their hands together and form a Power Crystal out of their morphing essence (their Coin). With it, they could transport themselves to wherever their Crystals were if a Ranger activated them. The Crystals could be transported through the Morphing Grid to a Ranger's Power Weapon, as first seen in A Pressing Engagement. When Jason had his (Red) along with the other four, he could activate them, transporting his friends, Zack Taylor (Black), Billy Cranston (Blue), Trini Kwan (Yellow) and Kimberly Ann Hart (Pink) to his location. The Rangers become beams of colored light upon transport. They could also be used in conjunction with the Dinozords, by becoming joysticks to control the Megazord, projecting energy lightning bolts from all 5 Zords at once in the Megazord's Tank Mode, or as one concentrated blast through the cranial laser in Battle Mode. Tommy's Dragon Power coin could be used to form a green Power Crystal as well. Although it was never seen being created, Jason used Tommy's Power Crystal to control Dragonzord in battle mode within its cockpit in place of his own. When summoning and jumping into the Tigerzord, Tommy was seen holding a small crystal sphere, presumably this was the White Ranger’s version of a Power Crystal.
Ninja Power Coins
With the loss of their powers, Zordon sends the Rangers to find the maker of all the Power Coins, the mysterious Ninjor. After proving themselves, Ninjor created six new Coins which drew on the power of six animal spirits that represented each Ranger (the Red Ape, the Pink Crane, the Blue Wolf, the Yellow Bear, the Black Frog, and the White Falcon). With their new Coins and powers, the Rangers received the true power of the Ninja along with new Ninjazords. Despite this complete change in Power Coins, they retained their dinosaur and white tiger motifs on their suits, suggesting that the new Ninja Power Coins simply restored the Rangers connection to the Morphing Grid through a new link and activation "Call" while enhancing them with the ninja powers.
Unlike the Dinosaur Coins, the Ninja Coins drew on the life force of each respective Ranger. This proved to be dangerous when Rita and Zedd were successful in stealing Kimberly's Crane Power Coin thanks to the help of their brainwashed pawn Katherine Hillard, but the Power Coin is later returned to Kimberly. In A Different Shade of Pink, after a 9-episode story arc concerning her, Kimberly decided to retire and give her Coin to a now-reformed Katherine.
When Master Vile used the Orb of Doom to reverse time on Earth, the Rangers become powerless kids; the reason they could no longer morph was because at the age they had been reverted to, they had not received their powers. Though as a bright side, the Ninja Coins allowed the Rangers to maintain their true memories. With help from Billy, Cestro created a regenerator using the Ninja Coins as a power source. However, only Billy returned to his true age before the device was destroyed by Rito and Goldar. Goldar and Rito teleported into town and chased after the kids. They managed to steal their Coins and bring them to Zedd and Rita. With the two firing blasts from their staffs, the Ninja Coins were destroyed and reduced to dust in Goldar's hands.
Despite this, it appears that the Ninja Coins are in some form bonded to the Rangers on a spiritual level: For example, Tommy, Kat, and Adam are all guided by their respective Ninja animal spirits on their quests for the Sub-Crystals of the Zeo Crystal, and even after becoming the Red Zeo Ranger, Tommy would be guided by the spirit of the Falcon during his vision quest, ultimately leading him to his long-lost brother. Though not actually canon with the show, in the 1995 film Dulcea provides an explanation for it: "Within each of us is an animal spirit waiting to be released".
Several years later following the creation of the Master Morpher. Tommy's White Falcon Ninja Coin was recreated within the White Tiger Power Coin and placed within the Morpher before the battle with Lord Draven.
Alien Power Coins
The Aquitian Alien Rangers were given Power Coins by Ninjor, 1,000 years ago, though it is unknown if he granted them the ability to morph into Power Rangers or even when the Aquitian Rangers received the power. Unlike the others, the Aquitians drew their power directly from their Coins in order to morph, as they did not need to use a Morpher.
Other Power Coins have appeared in Power Rangers related media, but are considered Non-canon to the main TV series.
Ryu and Chun-Li from the Street Fighter franchise were pulled into the Power Rangers universe by Rita Repulsa and M. Bison. Tommy Oliver gave Ryu the Crimson Hawk Power Coin and a Power Morpher to fight as a Ranger, becoming Ryu Ranger. Gia Moran gave Chun-Li the Blazing Phoenix Power Coin and a Morpher to become the Chun-Li Ranger
Power Rangers Boom! Studios comics/ Battle for the Grid
In the 2016 Annual story 'Unlockly Heroes', when the Rangers are captured, Zordon produces two backup Power Coins based on the Entelodont and Terror-Bird and temporarily grants them to Bulk and Skull respectively.
Throughout the 'Shattered Grid' storyline, an evil alternate reality version Tommy, calling himself Lord Drakkon, uses a Power Coin with the combined powers of the Dragonzord and Tigerzord Power Coins.
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel
Tommy uses the Master Morpher to morph into four Ranger forms. His Power Coin changes when he calls out the Ranger form he chooses. Two forms of his Power Coin are of course the Dragonzord and Tigerzord Power Coins, along with that are two new Power Coins based off the remainder of his Ranger Forms (excluding Turbo) having the Zeo Power Coin to become Zeo Ranger V Red, and the Dino Thunder Power Coin to become the Black Dino Ranger. The Tigerzord Power Coin appears to be connected to the Falcon Ninja Coin as well, as it can now be used to summon the Falconzord.
Master Morpher Power Coins
- Tommy’s Mighty Morphin’ Dragonzord Green Ranger Power Coin, Identical to the original with a shiny look.
- Tommy’s Mighty Morphin’ White Tigerzord White Ranger Power Coin, identical to the original with a shiny look.
- Tommy’s Zeo Ranger V: Red Ranger Power Coin. It contains his red Zeo Crystal with the circuits around it powering the gem to morph.
- Tommy’s Red Lightning Turbo Ranger Power Coin, never seen within the TV Show and is unique to the comics. So far only a weathered version has been seen. It also consists of parts made from the Lightning Turbo Morpher.
- Tommy’s Dino Thunder Brace Black Ranger Power Coin. It has the Dino Thunder logo on it and has his Black Dino Gem embedded inside it.
Heroes of the Grid tabletop RPG
Reindeer Power Coin
In a Christmas expansion pack of the board game, Santa Claus can access a Ranger-like form using a Power Morpher decorated with holly leaves equipped with a Reindeer Power Coin.
- The Power Morphers and Dinosaur Coins used in the show are actually the toy Dino Bucklers from the Super Sentai series TV show Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. This is especially evident in certain close-ups, where the notches from the Power Coin toys can be seen. Using the Japanese toys as props in American footage would soon become a tradition for years to come.
- Ironically, the Tyranno Ranger Dino Buckler in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters was in fact a toy MMPR Power Morpher from the Legacy collection.
- On screen the Green and White Ranger Power Coins did not depict their respective animals, instead featuring a dragon's footprint and a stylistic emblem resembling the stripe pattern seen on a tiger's head. Various toys however, featured alternate Coin designs for these Rangers; the 8" Green Ranger figure released with the Dragonzord featured an actual dragon on its chest emblem (although it would be hidden by the included shield), while the Deluxe White Tigerzord toy came packaged with a Power Coin depicting a savage-looking white tiger based upon Kou's Lai-Lai Jewel from Dairanger (albeit mirrored). Although numerous other toys would feature both of these designs, they never appeared in the actual show. It also wouldn't be until the Power Rangers Legacy toyline that Tommy's gold Morpher would appear in the US version of the toyline.
- In scenes that only featured Power Coins as well as the Morphing sequences in Season 3, Ninja Coin props were used in place of the original Dinosaur and White Tiger ones. However, the Morphers seen on the core Rangers' actual costumes still contained the Dino Coins, due to the belts being solid-mold props that could not exchange Power Coins to accommodate the change in designs. This is most easily seen in Master Vile and the Metallic Armor Part 3, which featured close-ups of each of the core Rangers' belt-mounted Morphers.
- The Doron Changer Medals were used in Power Rangers Season 3, as the Alien Ranger Coins. The Morpher itself was unused.