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Kanako Yasaka

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Avatar of Mountain and Lakes

Stats

Health
8200
Agility
830
Yang ATK
1170
Yang DEF
1120
Yin ATK
990
Yin DEF
1150

Races

Element Type Chart

Oroshi
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Oroshi (a Touhou LW original) refers to the wind that blows down from the mountain in the winter. As a god of wind and rain as well as a god of the mountain, this temperament is an exact fit for Kanako. Kanako is endowed with Metal Phase, from her ability to control the sky, and Sun Essence, as a dignified god.

The cold and silent Metal Phase resists Earth Phase, because earth bears metal, but it is weak to Fire Phase, because fire refines metal.

The alluring and arrogant Sun Essence resists the diverse and uncooperative Star Essence, but it is weak to the cooperative and indecisive Moon Essence.

sun_neutral
Sun
moon_strong
Moon
fire_strong
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_neutral
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_weak
Earth
star_weak
Star

Character Shots

103801
All Miraculous Water x6 Yang
All Spring Water x3 Yin 1
All Water from the Sanctuary x3 Yang 1
All Spring Water x4 Yin 2
All Water from the Sanctuary x4 Yang 2
All Spring Water x4 Yin 3
[Attack] Focus UP Light Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yang.
[Boost] Water Bullet.
Info
Kanako Yasaka's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). Water falls from the heavens to bless the earth in this bullet hell attack. This is one of the self-proclaimed seven wonders of Moriya Shrine, perhaps as a way to capture the interest of believers. Some kappa joke that this is just the result of a leaky roof, but Moriya Shrine claims that this water from the sky has various beneficial effects.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 3.03 85% 5%
2 1.61 85% 5%
3 1.48 85% 5%
4 1.01 85% 5%
5 0.91 85% 5%
6 0.81 85% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yang/No-Element Light Bullet. May raise own Focus by 1 level.
2 Yin/No-Element Light Bullet.
3 Yang/Water Light Bullet.
4 Yin/No-Element Light Bullet.
5 Yang/Water Light Bullet.
6 Yin/No-Element Light Bullet.
Level Power Rate
1 104
2 108
3 112
4 117
5 121
103802
Solo Ancient Cedar x3 Yang
Solo Ties of Romance x2 Yin 1
Solo Cedar of Matchmaking x2 Yang 1
Solo Ties of Romance x2 Yin 2
Solo Cedar of Matchmaking x2 Yang 2
Solo Ties of Romance x2 Yin 3
[Attack] Focus UP Light Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yang.
[Boost] Wood Bullet.
Info
Kanako Yasaka's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). This attack uses the qi of a cedar tree said to have the power to bring lovers together. Moriya Shrine has a number of obvious sightseeing spots, and one of them is a cedar tree with a forked trunk. The two halves of the trunk share the same roots and have grown intertwined, which does seem like it could help with matchmaking. That said, it probably produces a lot of pollen during the spring... Achoo!
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 15.13 85% 5%
2 6.05 85% 5%
3 5.55 85% 5%
4 5.04 85% 5%
5 4.54 85% 5%
6 4.03 85% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yang/No-Element Light Bullet. May raise own Focus by 1 level.
2 Yin/No-Element Light Bullet.
3 Yang/Wood Light Bullet.
4 Yin/No-Element Light Bullet.
5 Yang/Wood Light Bullet.
6 Yin/No-Element Light Bullet.
Level Power Rate
1 106
2 111
3 117
4 122
5 128

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
1038a
All Kanako's Omiwatari x15 Yang
All Fragment Bullet x3 Yin 1
All Cracks Across the Lake x2 Yang 1
All Kanako's Advance x1 Yang 2
All Fragment Bullet x1 Yin 2
All Cracks Across the Lake x1 Yang 3
God Sign: Omiwatari of Gods
[Pre-Attack] Own Spirit Power UP.
[Attack] Water Body Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yang.
[Boost] Multi-Killer Normal Bullet/Multi-Killer Liquid Bullet/Water Yin DEF & Yang DEF UP Bullet.
Bullet Info
Kanako Yasaka's Spell Card. This attack recreates the phenomenon of omiwatari, or the cracks that form across the frozen surface of Lake Suwa. These cracks are said to be formed by gods who walk across the ice, and this attack follows the gods' paths. When humans see traces left behind by gods, they build their own culture on top of them. On the other hand, tengu claim that these traces are actually made by fairies in the night.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 3.87 85% 5%
2 5.16 85% 5%
3 7.1 85% 5%
4 12.91 85% 5%
5 11.62 85% 5%
6 10.33 85% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yang/Water Body Bullet.
2 Yin/No-Element Normal Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
3 Yang/No-Element Liquid Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
4 Yang/Water Body Bullet. May raise own Yin DEF & Yang DEF by 1 level.
5 Yin/No-Element Normal Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
6 Yang/No-Element Liquid Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
Level Power Rate
1 100
2 106
3 112
4 118
5 124
Own Spirit Power 20 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 10 12 14 16 20
Rate 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0
1038b
All Meteoric Divine Pillar x9 Yang
All V-Shaped Divine Pillar x2 Yin 1
All Meteoric Divine Pillar x2 Yang 1
All Divine Pillar x1 Yang 2
All V-Shaped Divine Pillar x1 Yin 2
All Divine Pillar x1 Yang 3
Divine Pillar: Meteoric Onbashira
[Pre-Attack] All targets' CRIT ATK DOWN.
[Attack] Wood Tengu & Human-Killer Heavy Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Mostly Yang.
[Boost] Tengu & Human-Killer Bullet/CRIT DEF UP Bullet.
Bullet Info
Kanako Yasaka's Spell Card. She lets countless onbashira, or divine pillars, rain down in this attack. It resembles the real world Onbashira Festival, during which tree trunks are felled and then slid down a mountain (with people riding on them!) so that they can be raised as new pillars for Suwa Shrine. Tengu say that this is a strange festival, and it is hard to deny that. The huge wooden pillars come in many shapes and are said to have a variety of meanings to them.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 6.45 85% 5%
2 7.74 85% 5%
3 7.1 85% 5%
4 12.91 85% 5%
5 11.62 85% 5%
6 10.33 85% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yang/Wood Heavy Bullet. Effective against tengu & humans.
2 Yin/No-Element Heavy Bullet. Effective against tengu & humans.
3 Yang/Wood Heavy Bullet. Effective against tengu & humans.
4 Yang/No-Element Heavy Bullet. May raise own CRIT DEF by 1 level.
5 Yin/No-Element Heavy Bullet. Effective against tengu & humans.
6 Yang/No-Element Heavy Bullet. May raise own CRIT DEF by 1 level.
Level Power Rate
1 100
2 106
3 112
4 118
5 124
All targets' CRIT ATK 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 60%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 2 2 2
Rate 0 50 0 30 60
Add 0 1 0 1 1
1038c
Solo Divine Majesty x16 Yang
Solo Majesty Bullet x3 Yang 1
Solo Majesty Bullet x3 Yang 1
Solo Majesty of God x2 Yang 2
Solo Light Bullet x2 Yang 2
Solo Majesty of God x1 Yang 3
Majesty of God
[Pre-Attack] Heals own Barrier Status/Focus UP.
[Attack] Metal Multi-Killer Light Bullet.
[Bullet Layout] Only Yang.
[Boost] Multi-Killer Bullet/Metal Yin DEF & Yang DEF UP Bullet.
Bullet Info
Kanako Yasaka's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). This attack was prepared in order to chase down a certain amanojaku. This is different from her usual Last Word, but she uses this attack instead, as it is virtually impossible to evade without the use of unfair items.
Bullet Pow Hit Crit
1 13.61 85% 5%
2 19.36 85% 5%
3 17.75 85% 5%
4 24.2 85% 5%
5 21.78 85% 5%
6 38.72 85% 5%
Bullet Description
1 Yang/Metal Light Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
2 Yang/No-Element Light Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
3 Yang/No-Element Light Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
4 Yang/Metal Light Bullet. May raise own Yin DEF & Yang DEF by 2 levels.
5 Yang/No-Element Light Bullet. Effective against humans, dwellers of water, & gods.
6 Yang/Metal Light Bullet. May raise own Yin DEF & Yang DEF by 2 levels.
Level Power Rate
1 100
2 107
3 113
4 120
5 127
Heals 1 layer(s) of own Barrier Status. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 1 1 1
Rate 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0
Own Focus 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 60%.]
Effect Info
Card Level 1 2 3 4 5
Value 1 1 2 2 2
Rate 0 50 0 30 60
Add 0 1 0 1 1

Character Ability

Capable of creating heavenliness
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Heavenliness is one of the fundamental concepts represented by the eight trigrams. While the specifics of creating heavenliness are not well understood, it may be equivalent to creating the concept of the sky. It should have something to do with controlling the shape and condition of the sky, as Kanako is a god with the power to control wind and rain. Furthermore, the heavenliness trigram represents the father when speaking of the family. Perhaps this is in line with how Kanako behaves as the current god of Moriya Shrine.
DMG from resisted elements 20% DOWN.

Character Skills

CD 4
Own Focus 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Adds 1 layer(s) to own Barrier. [Additional effect +1 with success rate 0%.]
Info
The aura of mystery and majesty that only a god can possess. They are on a whole different level.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus 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
Adds Layer to Barrier
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
Own Yin DEF 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Yang DEF 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Two married gods, Yasakatome and Takeminakata, once parted the sea to create a plain. It is said that they bore through the mountain to let the water flow into the sea.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yin Defense Level UP
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
Rate 0 20 40 40 60 80 80 0 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Yang Defense Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
Rate 0 20 20 40 60 60 80 80 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
CD 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5
CD 4
Own Yin DEF 2 level(s) UP (1 turn). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Own Yang DEF 2 level(s) UP (1 turn). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Info
The Japanese word yasaka, or prosperity, is written with two characters: "glory" and "increasing." Kanako's name Yasaka (meaning "eight" and "slope") may derive from this.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yin Defense 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
Yang Defense 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

Military God Guard
When attacked with HP 100% or higher, DMG from enemy 50% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Frog Hunting Ritual
When turn starts, recovers 15% of own HP. [Success rate 50%.]
Legendary Contest of Strength
When attacked with HP 25% or under, DMG from enemy 100% DOWN. [Success rate 25%.]

Character Change Effect

Guard Link
When switching places with a rear-guard unit, other unit's Yang DEF, Yin DEF, CRIT DEF, & CRIT Evasion UP (3 turns).
When switching places with a front-guard unit, inherits part of other unit's Yang DEF, Yin DEF, CRIT DEF, & CRIT 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

"The mountain itself is me. The mountain is the object of worship of me."

Kanako Yasaka is a shrewd, ambitious god. Many years ago, she overtook the lands of Suwako Moriya, and attempted to further raise her power. From there, the two formed an agreement: Kanako would be the sales, and Suwako would handle fulfilment - that is, Kanako would get people to agree to pray to the now combined Moriya shrine, and Suwako would provide them with miracles. This was all well and good until humans began to lose faith in gods, leading to Kanako deciding to head to Gensokyo in the events of Mountain of Faith, which led to a chain reaction that shook the land (and by extension, Touhou!) forever. Now, the Avatar of Lakes and Mountains is here to provide divine wrath for you, in the form of a B Tier Friend.

For farming purposes, Kanako’s Last Word deals decent enough damage to farm any one boss event stage she has a Killer against, or that is weak to her, with a wide enough range of Killer to be generally applicable. That said, that’s somewhat limited, and not her primary strength in farming: that would be her ability to farm the Chapter 3 Act 1 Story Card in 4 turns on full auto when combined with partners in two-unit teams such as Marisa Kirisame (Witch of Scarlet Dreams), or Suika Ibuki. 

For harder fights, Kanako shines if you're willing to spend many turns on stall compositions, due to access to Focus up on her basic shots, high defensive stats, and self healing & DEF Up. If you aren't, she's unfortunately situational. Her Solo Last Word has a reasonably wide range of Killers, being able to take on humans, dwellers of water, and Gods, and thus scales well with Yang ATK support. Whilst she has a lack of Yang ATK Up, her first Spell Card allows her to go all in on Story Cards which provide her Yang ATK Up, due to the Spirit Power it grants. Outside of that however she is an extremely selfish tank, with low Focus values and DEF Up which only affects herself. Her access to Barrier Breaks is also decidedly below average, with only 1/1/2 Water Breaks for 0/1/2 Power on her first Spell Card and 1/2 Wood on the second.

Still, you can definitely make Kanako do some damage if you load her up with the right Story Cards and take your time, and she’s definitely an asset for helping farm a very potent Story Card. Just don’t expect too much in the way of tanking.

Here are the chances for Kanako’s secondary effects (per bullet):

God Sign: Omiwatari of Gods: Chance for Yin & Yang DEF UP 0%/0%/0%/100%/0%/0%

Divine Pillar: Meteoric Onbashira: Chance for CRIT DEF UP 0%/0%/0%/100%/0%/100%

Majesty of God: Chance for Yin & Yang DEF UP 0%/0%/0%/100%/0%/100%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

As Kanako’s Spell Cards are already All targeting, and the first one gives her 1 Spirit Power, she primarily prefers Spell Cards which give her Levels of Yang ATK Up, such as Members of the Yakumo Family (which is preferred as it also gives her DEF, to facilitate her role as a tank). Depending on your tolerance for reattempting stages, you may also want to give her an Accuracy boosting Story Card on her first Spell Card if you need it to Break, as its second Water Break only has 1 hit, albeit at 85% Accuracy. When using Kanako to farm Chapter 3 Act 1, she absolutely needs cards with Levels of Yang ATK Up in all of her Spell Cards. Otherwise, for events, give her Yang ATK Up for fillers, as she has no Hard scaling.

Last Word

Kanako’s Last Word is already 85% accurate, and the damage is somewhat evenly spread out, mitigating the impact of any one hit missing. Due to this, and the lack of ATK Up in her kit, the goddess prefers any Story Card which provides Levels of Attack Up, with Members of the Yakumo Family being slightly better than Ordinary Magician as it helps her stay alive (unfortunately she has no Hard scaling).

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Divine Aura should be levelled up first, as it has only an abysmal 1 Level of Focus UP at level 1. After that, Kanako is generally durable enough as is, so her other skills can be saved until you’re out of priority skill training targets. At that point, Legend of Flood Control in Kawai should be leveled up first, as it provides better returns than God of Prosperity, which should be saved for last. They both do the same thing, so it just makes more sense to level up the one that gives more for level ups first.

Character Strengths

+Last Word deals solid damage if backed by a Killer, of which Kanako has a wide range (Humans, Dwellers of Water, and Gods)
+First Spell Card provides 1 Spirit Power, which makes Kanako very flexible
+Can farm the Chapter 3 Act 1 Story Card in 4 Turns with certain teammates in 2 unit teams

Character Weaknesses

-Kanako deals low damage if she doesn’t hit a Killer target
-Needs time to setup to compare to other nukers, due to relying on Story Cards to provide Yang ATK Up
-Below average Break access
-Fully selfish tank, has no way of keeping her tank alive outside of Focus
-Low Focus values