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Benben Tsukumo

1067FX
Tsukumogami of an Aged Biwa

Stats

Health
5500
Agility
1200
Yang ATK
1150
Yang DEF
700
Yin ATK
1450
Yin DEF
850

Races

Element Type Chart

Shunshou
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Shunshou (a Touhou LW original) refers to spring evenings. This is appropriate for Benben who is a tsukumogami of a biwa, a Japanese lute. Benben is endowed with Wood Essence, with the biwa being an instrument made out of wood, and Moon Essence, with her aptitude for adapting to any situation.

The strong and kind Wood Phase resists Water Phase, because water nourishes wood, but it is weak to Metal Phase, because metal carves wood.

The cooperative and indecisive Moon Essence resists the alluring and arrogant Sun Essence, but it is weak to the diverse and uncooperative Star Essence.
sun_weak
Sun
moon_neutral
Moon
fire_neutral
Fire
water_weak
Water
wood_neutral
Wood
metal_strong
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_strong
Star

Character Shots

1067011
Solo Vengeful Spirit Curse x6 Yin
Solo Monk's Tale x2 Yang 1
Solo Great Vengeful Spirit Curse x2 Yin 2
Solo Heike Vengeful Spirit Curse x2 Yin 2
Solo Heike Great Vengeful Spirit Curse x2 Yin 2
Solo Biwa Monk's Tale x2 Yang 3
[Attack] Energy Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yin.
[Boost] Adhesive Bullet/Sage & Mistress-Killer Bullet/Water Sage & Mistress-Killer Bullet/Slice Bullet.
Info
Benben Tsukumo's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). In this attack, she plays the biwa while telling a story about vengeful spirits, a priest, and an earless musician. Upon hearing this famous story, you will realize how terrifying vengeful spirits can truly be. However, you will also learn that if you write Buddhist Sutras all over your body, vengeful spirits will be unable to see you.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 4.57 75% 5%
2 4.11 75% 5%
3 4.11 75% 5%
4 4.11 75% 5%
5 4.11 75% 5%
6 4.11 75% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet.
2 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet.
3 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. May inflict Delay to target.
4 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. Effective against sages and mistresses.
5 Yin/Water Energy Bullet. Effective against sages and mistresses.
6 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility.
Level Power Rate
1 104
2 109
3 113
4 118
5 122
1067012
All Power of Musical Staves x3 Yin
All First Line x2 Yang 1
All Second Line x2 Yin 2
All Third Line x2 Yin 2
All Fourth Line x2 Yin 2
All Fifth Line x2 Yang 3
[Attack] Energy Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yin.
[Boost] Target's Agility DOWN Bullet/Slice Bullet/Wood Bullet.
Info
Benben Tsukumo's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). Bullets in the shape of a musical staff are shot out in this attack. The biwa was traditionally played by using its own musical notation, so the fact that Benben knows staff notation means that she somehow gained access to this knowledge from the outside world, or that her biwa was still in the outside world until recently. Regardless, it is thanks to this universal language of music that she can so easily play songs together with Raiko and the Prismriver Sisters.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 10.16 75% 5%
2 4.57 75% 5%
3 4.57 75% 5%
4 4.57 75% 5%
5 4.57 75% 5%
6 4.57 75% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet.
2 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet. May lower target's Agility by 1 level.
3 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility.
4 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility.
5 Yin/Wood Energy Bullet.
6 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet. May lower target's Agility by 1 level.
Level Power Rate
1 106
2 112
3 118
4 124
5 130

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
1067a
All Volume One x15 Yin
All Volume Two x4 Yang 1
All Volume Three x4 Yin 2
All Volume Four x4 Yin 2
All Volume Five x4 Yin 2
All Volume Six x4 Yang 3
Heikyoku: Sounds of Jetavana's Bell
[Pre-Attack] Own Spirit Power UP/Own Focus DOWN.
[Attack] Wood Energy Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yin.
[Boost] Sage & Mistress-Killer Bullet/Slice Sage & Mistress-Killer Bullet/Wood Slice Sage & Mistress-Killer Bullet/Slice Bullet.
Bullet Info
Benben Tsukumo's Spell Card. In this attack, she plays a tune inspired by a classic military epic. The Tale of the Heike starts with the sound of Jetavana's bells, which echo the impermanence of all things. A time comes when all those who live in prosperity must fall. The tsukumogami may have taken this as inspiration in regards to Gensokyo's current regime (the sages etc.) in a past incident.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 3.9 75% 5%
2 4.39 75% 5%
3 4.39 75% 5%
4 4.39 75% 5%
5 4.39 75% 5%
6 4.39 75% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yin/Wood Energy Bullet.
2 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet. Effective against sages & mistresses.
3 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility. Effective against sages & mistresses.
4 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. Effective against sages & mistresses.
5 Yin/Wood Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility. Effective against sages & mistresses.
6 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility.
Level Power Rate
1 100
2 107
3 113
4 120
5 126
Own Spirit Power 15 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 5 5 10 10 15
Rate 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0
Own Focus 2 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 20%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 30 60 90 20
Add 0 1 1 1 1
1067b
Solo Power of Malicious Musical Staves x9 Yin
Solo Malicious First Line x2 Yang 1
Solo Malicious Second Line x2 Yin 2
Solo Malicious Third Line x2 Yin 2
Solo Malicious Fourth Line x2 Yin 2
Solo Malicious Fifth Line x2 Yang 3
Music Sign: Malicious Musical Score
[Pre-Attack] Target's Agility DOWN/Target's Yin DEF DOWN.
[Attack] Wood Energy Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yin.
[Boost] Slice Bullet/Target's Yin ATK DOWN Bullet/Wood Target's Yin DEF DOWN Bullet/Target's Yin ATK DOWN Slice Bullet.
Bullet Info
Benben Tsukumo's Spell Card. She shoots out vicious bullets in the form of musical staves. Like tsukumogami, musical staves do not have sentience at first. Staves imbued with maliciousness may be a type of kotodama, a spirit that dwells in words, or perhaps they could be like the musical note bullets, where the bullets are the embodiment of sound itself.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 9.75 75% 5%
2 13.17 75% 5%
3 13.17 75% 5%
4 13.17 75% 5%
5 13.17 75% 5%
6 13.17 75% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yin/Wood Energy Bullet.
2 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility.
3 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility.
4 Yin/No-Element Energy Bullet. May lower target's Yin ATK by 1 level.
5 Yin/Wood Energy Bullet. May lower target's Yin DEF by 1 level.
6 Yang/No-Element Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility. May lower target's Yin ATK by 1 level.
Level Power Rate
1 100
2 107
3 113
4 120
5 126
Target's Agility 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 20 50 70 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0
Target's Yin DEF 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 20 50 70 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0
1067c
All Imperial Palace Fire x13 Yin
All Imperial Palace Collapse x5 Yang 1
All Imperial Palace Inferno x5 Yin 2
All Blazing Imperial Palace Inferno x5 Yin 2
All Imperial Palace Hellfire x5 Yin 2
All Great Imperial Palace Collapse x5 Yang 3
Kenjou - Imperial Palace Inferno
[Pre-Attack] Own Yin ATK/Agility UP.
[Attack] Fire Firebomb Energy Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yin.
[Boost] Wood Own Agility UP Mistress-Killer Heavy Bullet/Fire Own Agility UP Sage & Mistress-Killer Bullet/Fire Slice Firebomb Bullet/Wood Slice Mistress-Killer Heavy Bullet.
Bullet Info
Benben Tsukumo's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). This attack is a manifestation of the resentment that some tsukumogami have. It is apparently based on a story of an old biwa youkai who takes revenge by burning down its former owner's residence. Tools should be treated with care and given a proper send off when they can no longer be used.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 11.25 75% 5%
2 8.78 75% 5%
3 8.78 75% 5%
4 8.78 75% 5%
5 8.78 75% 5%
6 8.78 75% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yin/Fire Energy Bullet. May inflict Barrier Status: Burn to target.
2 Yang/Wood Heavy Bullet. May raise own Agility by 1 level. Effective against mistresses.
3 Yin/Fire Energy Bullet. May raise own Agility by 1 level. Effective against sages & mistresses.
4 Yin/Fire Energy Bullet. May raise own Agility by 1 level. Effective against sages & mistresses.
5 Yin/Fire Energy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility. May inflict Barrier Status: Burn to target.
6 Yang/Wood Heavy Bullet. More DMG with higher own Agility. Effective against mistresses.
Level Power Rate
1 100
2 107
3 114
4 122
5 129
Own Yin ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 20 50 70 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0
Own Agility 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 20 50 70 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0

Character Ability

Capable of making sounds and performing on her own
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This is Benben and Yatsuhashi's ability as tsukumogami of instruments. Tsukumogami are tools that have attained sentience, so being able to make sounds and perform by oneself could be taken for granted, but since the two of them only became tsukumogami recently, being able to perform without a musician is surely a joy. Benben is especially happy with becoming a tsukumogami as it has made it possible for her to have a sisterly relationship with Yatsuhashi and to talk with various humans and youkai. There was a real risk of the two of them reverting to plain old instruments when a past incident was resolved, but Raiko helped make it so that they could retain their human-like forms.
Nullifies the effects of Barrier Status: Freeze.
When using Graze, party's Agility 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

Own Agility 1 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Own Spirit Power 0.75 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
The True and Faithful Willow. This is one of the secret biwa songs that was played in the imperial court. The contents of the song itself are no longer known.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Agility Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 80
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Spirit Power Up
Value
Rate
Add
CD 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
CD 4
Own Accuracy 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Woodpecker. This is one of the secret biwa songs that were played in the imperial court. The contents of the song itself has been lost to time.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Accuracy Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3
Rate 0 30 60 80 0 20 50 80 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
CD 4
Own Agility 2 level(s) UP (1 turn). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Own Accuracy 2 level(s) UP (1 turn). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Info
Flowing Hot Springs. This is one of the secret biwa songs that was played in the imperial court. The song itself is a mystery...
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Agility Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 80
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Accuracy Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 80
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4

Character Characteristics

Tsukumogami Pride
When attacked, DMG from tsukumogami 20% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Reckless Rhythm
When wave starts, target's Agility 1 level DOWN (3 turns). [Success rate 30%.]
The Osaka Barrier
When turn starts, dispels 1 of own Bind or stat debuff. [Success rate 45%.]

Character Change Effect

Speed Link
When switching places with a rear-guard unit, other unit's Agility, Accuracy, & Evasion UP (3 turns).
When switching places with a front-guard unit, inherits part of other unit's Agility, Accuracy, & Evasion buffs (3 turns).

Upgrade Costs

Rank Coins Materials
0 -> 1 1000
1 -> 2 2,000
2 -> 3 5,000
3 -> 4 10,000
4 -> 5 15,000

Character Analysis

Tsukumogami are a special type of youkai that come from being possessed by a god, or Yaoyorozu no Kami. For the case of Benben Tsukumo (her last name originating from the short form of tsukumogami), both her and her younger sister Yatsuhashi were instruments from the Outside World before finding themselves in Gensokyo. Upon the events of Double Dealing Character, which unleashed the magical power of the Miracle Mallet, an ordinary biwa (or a wooden string instrument) transformed into the biwabokuboku Benben. While she does not share blood with Yatsuhashi, the two were born at the same time and see themselves as sisters. She utilizes her musical prowess to strike enemies with many quick music scores to place her as a C-tier Friend.

For farming, Benben unfortunately lacks her own skills to have a strong All-targeting Last Word. Her Yin Attack will increase upon using her Last Word, but Agility buffs will not increase her damage until it is boosted by 2 Spirit Power, which Benben cannot reach through her own skills. 

For more challenging battles, Benben includes a mix of self-buffing skills and slight utility to provide support. Her three skills give her a combination of Agility and Accuracy buffs, which in total provide herself with 3 to 5 additional levels of Agility and 5 to 6 additional levels of Accuracy. Her second spell card, Music Sign: Malicious Musical Score will decrease one target’s Yin DEF by 2 levels (as well as 2 additional levels from using 2 or 3 Spirit Power), leaving the opponent vulnerable to Yin attackers, including herself. 0.75 Spirit Power can be gained upon use of her first spell card, Heikyoku: Sounds of Jetavena’s Bell, which can be used for her other spell cards or Last Word. Sadly, using Spirit Power for elemental breaks is not tbe best for Benben, as both of her spell cards only provide 1 extra Wood break at 2 Spirit Power, resulting in only 2 Wood breaks for each spell card. Her Last Word, Kenjou - Imperial Palace Inferno, has the potential to increase Benben’s Agility even more when fully boosted, but without any more spell cards to use, the buffs become pointless outside of potentially increasing her Last Word slash bullets’ damage output. 4 Fire breaks accessible from 2 Spirit Power is still a nice ability to have when the breaks are required.

The debuffs Benben can provide are limited to her second Solo-targeting spell card, with the rest of her kit focused on increasing the efficiency and speed of her own playing. She can still provide the support when needed, and does her best to fulfill a medium All-targeting Yin nuke. 

The Slicing values on Kenjou - Imperial Palace Inferno are 0%/0%/0%/0%/50%/50%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

Benben’s second and third skills provide her with at least 5 levels of Accuracy UP already, so you don’t need to use many Story Card slots to boost her Accuracy. More Spirit Power will assist in reaching the secondary effects of Music Sign: Malicious Musical Score and strengthening her Last Word. Anything that raises Yin ATK or is a Yin ATK stat stick will also help Benben’s damage.

Last Word

Thunder Beat buffs both Energy bullets and Wood element bullets, both of which are present in Benben’s Last Word. Agility is also given through a stat stick, which slightly buffs the damage of her slicing bullets.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Secret Song: Takuboku should be prioritized first in order to obtain the guaranteed 3 levels of Accuracy UP from level 9. Second, Secret Song: Ryuusen can be leveled up for even more self-support of 2-3 levels of Accuracy and Agility UP. Both of these skills provide their maximum benefits at level 9, with a Cooldown decrease from 5 turns to 4 turns upon reaching level 10. Secret Song: Youshinsou should be saved for last, as only 1 or 2 levels of Agility UP are provided and 0.75 additional Spirit Power isn’t that impressive without any support.

Character Strengths

+Decent All-targeting Last Word with Fire and Wood breaks
+Buffs own Yin ATK and debuffs one enemy’s Yin DEF
+At least 5 levels of Accuracy UP to self

Character Weaknesses

-Below average access to elemental breaks; only 2 Wood breaks per spell card
-Little team support outside of Yin DEF debuffs
-1/3/1 scaling on 1/2/3 Spirit Power hurts damage output when farming