Taboo Noise are a form of Noise which are artificially made. Unlike their normal counterparts, Taboo Noise will attack both players and reapers at will, unlike normal Noise which will only attack players if brought into battle. They are powerful in comparison to normal Noise and battles against them should be taken with extreme caution.


Taboo symbol

Taboo Noise Symbol

Taboo Noise take on a very monochrome shade of their familial counterparts, being a mix of black, dark grey and light grey. All of their eyes are red, which supports their aggressive nature.

Their Noise symbol is also shaded in a monochrome-like manner, being dark or light grey in color. Unlike regular Noise symbols, which will drift harmlessly when Neku scans, Taboo Noise symbols will charge at him in haste to initiate a battle.


Unlike regular Noise, which Reapers can create at will, Taboo Noise can only be created using Taboo Noise Refineries. These are shown as a blue noise symbol surrounded by Japanese writing on walls and floors, which can be seen a few times made by Sho Minamimoto in the timeline. Because they are technically "artificial" Noise, this is the only current method known of how they are made. Creating them also requires a high amount of capability, making it impossible for most reapers to make them.


Fighting Taboo Noise are much harder than their normal counterparts. Due to their high resistance to almost all sources of damage, defeating Taboo Noise requires high level pins and good puck-passing work. Puck-passing (in the DS version) or Cross Combos (in the Solo Remix) are important due to the fact that the player without the puck, or not performing a Cross Combo, will deal considerably less damage to Taboo Noise. They are also on the high end of damage dealing within their respective Noise family, which makes them harder to fight against.

It is impossible to escape from a Taboo battle once forced into one.

Story Edit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Taboo Noise refinery sigil

The Taboo Noise refinery sigil in Udagawa back street

The Taboo Noise play a important role during Weeks 2 and 3; it is revealed at the beginning of Week 2 that something attacked Koki Kariya and Uzuki Yashiro, and Kariya remarks that he believes it is Taboo Noise. Taboo Noise also catch Neku and Joshua by suprise. The Taboo noise that exists in Shibuya are created by Sho Minamimoto. The Taboo Noise refinery also provides him a route to come back for his revenge. Later, a Taboo Noise refinery sigil is found in the Udagawa Back Streets along with Sho Minamimoto attempting to use it. It is later discovered that it was Mr. Hanekoma who taught Minamimoto how to create this noise, thus making Hanekoma a fallen angel. 

List of Taboo Noise Edit

Noise 9 Noise #9 - Choirfrog

Noise 14 Noise #14 - Grunge Wolf

Noise 17 Noise #17 - Wall of Grizzly

Noise 23 Noise #23 - Death Metal Mink

Noise 38 Noise #38 - Chaoti Corehog

Noise 41 Noise #41 - Eurobeat Boomer

Noise 48 Noise #48 - Neoclassical Drake

Noise 52 Noise #52 - Trance Rhino

Noise 57 Noise #57 - Carcinopunk

Noise 86 Noise #86 - Sho Minamimoto (Taboo)

Noise 92 Noise #92 - Leo Cantus


  • Within the context of how Noise represents a corporeal manifestation of spiritual imbalance and mental disorder, Taboo Noise may likely represent Noise that are created through the active evil and malice of men. This is strongly hinted to through Mr. Hanekoma's status as a "fallen angel"; such entities known as fallen angels include that of Lucifer and the Ars Goetia, and specifically that of Satan, who in Christianity is believed to have accursed mankind with the "original sin". Their representative genres are also significant; such genres are considered emotionally powerful, highly technical to grasp, or spiritually moving, being intense forms of music to play and listen to.
  • In the Noise Report, Taboo Noise have a blue background on the touch screen to notify their status as a Taboo Noise.
  • In Ultimate Mode for battle, all Taboo Noise except Leo Cantus will drop a Shadow Matter. This is the only source of Shadow Matter players can get from.