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Shikigami of the Shikigami of the Gap Youkai

Stats

Health
4500
Agility
1200
Yang ATK
1220
Yang DEF
985
Yin ATK
880
Yin DEF
815

Races

Element Type Chart

Hiyori
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Hiyori (a Touhou LW original) refers to clear and pleasant weather, as well as a day that is good for doing a specific kind of thing. This temperament is a perfect match for the moody and whimsical Chen. Chen is endowed with Fire Phase, from her wide range of emotions, and Star Essence, from her open personality.

The formless and passionate Fire Phase resists Wood Phase, because wood feeds fire, but it is weak to Water Phase, because water dampens fire.

The diverse and uncooperative Star Essence resists the cooperative and indecisive Moon Essence, but it is weak to the charming and arrogant Sun Essence.
sun_strong
Sun
moon_weak
Moon
fire_neutral
Fire
water_strong
Water
wood_weak
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_neutral
Star

Character Shots

Chen's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). She shoots out bullets in a triangular pattern―just like cat ears. Ran told her to train to create a simple shot, so Chen worked hard to come up with this shot on her own. She really did her best.
All
Kitty-Ear Boomerang
x5 Yang
All
Kitty-Ear Boomerang
x3 Yang 1
All
Little-Ear Boomerang
x3 Yin 2
All
Kitty-Ear Boomerang
x3 Yang 2
All
Little-Ear Boomerang
x4 Yin 3
All
Kitty-Ear Boomerang
x4 Yang 3
Chen's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). Black cats are often said to be unlucky, but they are actually considered to be omens of good fortune in some parts of the world. It is unclear what kind of luck Chen's paw might bring, but in any case, it is useful when having battles of bullets with fairies.
Solo
Lucky Claw
x4 Yang
Solo
Anti-Fairy Playtime
x1 Yang 1
Solo
Return Claw
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Lucky Claw
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Return Claw
x2 Yin 3
Solo
Anti-Fairy Playtime
x2 Yang 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Chen's Spell Card. She throws eggs of the fenghuang―the Chinese phoenix―at her target. Fenghuang are the top of the sacred birds, so throwing their eggs is definitely not OK (if the eggs are real, that is). If you are going to try this bullet hell attack, you should be prepared for the wrath of the fenghuang.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Agility 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Egg
x10 Yang
Solo
Yuanchu Egg
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Yuezhou Egg
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Fenghuang Egg
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Honghu Egg
x2 Yang 3
Solo
Luan Egg
x2 Yang 3
Chen's Spell Card. She borrows the power of two oni to shoot two colors of light bullets. These two oni are actually Zenki and Goki, the oni that Ran borrows power from, and Zenki and Goki are actually Yukari's shikigami... They probably see a lot of interesting things to report back to their mistress.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Target's Evasion 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Target's Accuracy 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Red Oni Orb
x5 Yang
Solo
Blue Oni Orb
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Red Oni Orb
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Blue Oni Orb
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Red Oni Orb
x2 Yang 3
Solo
Blue Oni Orb
x2 Yin 3
Chen's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). This is a bullet hell attack that Chen based on a famous legend surrounding a bakeneko, a type of youkai cat. In the legend, a cat licked the blood of a dying old woman and turned into a bakeneko after taking on the old woman's grudge. It took her a while because she needed Ran and Yukari to read her the story many times. Thanks to the efforts of her exhausted mistresses, Chen was finally able to attain the Last Word she so desired.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Evasion 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 60%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Wild Claw
x16 Yang
All
Grudge Claw
x3 Yang 1
All
Grudge Claw
x3 Yang 2
All
Grudge Claw
x2 Yang 2
All
Grudge Claw
x2 Yang 3
All
Grudge Claw
x2 Yang 3

Character Ability

Capable of using youjutsu
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Chen is a shikigami that lives on the Youkai Mountain. She is a bakeneko possessed by a kishin. That gives her more youkai power than a regular bakeneko, which is probably why she can use youjutsu. Her youjutsu may also be why she can move faster than the eye can see. While it is not an unusual ability for a youkai, she is growing every day and is still getting stronger... Or she should be, anyway.
When using Boost, own Agility 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

Own Agility 1 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Own Spirit Power 0.75 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
An emergency shikigami function put in by Yukari. It makes Chen move more quickly, like a cat.
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 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.75
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CD 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Own Evasion 1 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Own Spirit Power 0.75 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%].
Info
An emergency shikigami function put in by Yukari. It makes Chen more flexible, like a cat.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Evasion 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 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.75
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CD 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Own Accuracy 1 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Own Spirit Power 0.75 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
An emergency shikigami function put in by Yukari. It makes Chen better at targeting her prey, like a cat.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Accuracy 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 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.75
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CD 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Character Characteristics

Bakeneko Engine
After being attacked, own Agility 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]
High-Speed Sand Attack
When wave starts, target's Agility 1 level DOWN (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]
P Item Pickup
When turn starts, own Spirit Power 0.75 UP. [Success rate 15%.]

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

Chen was released on May 11th, 2021 as part of the starting roster. 

Chen is the shikigami of Ran Yakumo, who likewise is the shikigami of Yukari Yakumo. This naturally gives her the title of “shikigami of a shikigami,” which shows when her power does not exceed the levels of her master, Ran. She never lets this stop her from protecting her master, especially when she is around to strengthen Chen, using raw speed and trickery to confuse her opponents. However, just as her appearance would give away, a cat’s common weaknesses of water and catnip will cripple Chen’s fighting capabilities immensely. Still having a lot to learn from her master, Chen is able to calculate an approximate A-Tier Friend placement.

For farming purposes, Chen already takes a note from her master’s book by having an All Last Word that aims to crush enemies with pure strength. Thanks to every bullet in her Last Word lacking an element, she will not have to worry about losing damage to any elemental resistances. Not only will her skills provide Spirit Power to add more bullets to her assault, but any increase in Agility will further strengthen her damage output. Do note, however, that a lack of accuracy (50% for each bullet) will require some Accuracy buffs to maximize her potential.

For harder fights, Chen unfortunately takes another note from her master: the absence of elemental bullets in any of her shots or spell cards. This already means that Chen will be incapable of assisting in breaking any opponents’ barriers, limiting her options. Her first card will provide her with an Agility buff that can increase her Last Word output and debuffing a target’s Evasion with her second card can be a situational support. Pointing out all of her abilities points out one major flaw, that being she can only buff herself. Perhaps it is due to her childish mentality, but the combination of zero elements for breaking and abilities that can only improve her damage means Chen has very little synergy to boost other Friends’ capabilities. In team compositions, she will only be seen as a strong All Last Word attacker who will require the support to improve her accuracy or damage. 

Overall, Chen boasts high power with her Last Word, capable of boosting her Agility as much as possible to likewise boost strength. The underlying issue being that this is all she can bring to the table, as the lack of element breaks means she will have to rely on others before maximizing damage from a Full Break. Her pure focus on power still shoots her pretty high up, which should certainly make her master proud.

Here is Chen's Slice scaling (per bullet):

Requiem of Tenyuuji: 0%/20%/20%/20%/20%/20%

Story Card Recommendations

(Card recommendations last updated on October 31, 2022)

Spell Card

If you're using Chen's Spell Cards for whatever reason, they want as much Accuracy as possible, so give her your Story Card with the highest number of Levels of ACC UP on it. It's most likely you'll be using them for stat sticks however, in which case look for Story Cards with Yang ATK & Agility.

Last Word

Mysterious Sword Master is far and away Chen's best option, providing her with Slash DMG UP and Accuracy UP. With that said, another card to consider would be Puppeteer and Necromancer as it provides 50% No-Element DMG UP, however this is clearly worse than using the Mysterious Sword Master card. If you got nothing else, consider giving her an ACC UP card instead.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Levelling up each of Chen’s skills will result in the same outcome: increasing the chance of another level of a buff and more Spirit Power gain. With that in mind, Shikigami Enhance: Accuracy should definitely be prioritized first in order to increase Chen’s chances of hitting. Shikigami Enhance: Agility will provide an agility buff to further raise Last Word damage. Shikigami Enhance: Evasion definitely pales in comparison to the other two, only helping Chen’s Last Word through Spirit Power gains.

Character Strengths

+Strong All Last Word 
+Above-average chances of Crit
+Skills provide Spirit Power (and Agility) to further increase Last Words’ power

Character Weaknesses

-Zero elemental bullets
-Lacking accuracy without buffs or story cards 
-No supportive buffs or utility outside of Target debuffs