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The All-Too-Dangerous Backup Dancers

Stats

Health
4200
Agility
810
Yang ATK
1450
Yang DEF
1190
Yin ATK
1150
Yin DEF
1010

Races

Element Type Chart

El Nino
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El Nino (a Touhou LW original) refers to a phenomenon in which sea surface temperatures become warmer than usual in specific areas of the Pacific Ocean. This is a suitable temperament for this servant of the Matara god, as her ability revolving around Okina is the inverse of Satono's. Mai is endowed with Wood Phase, for bamboo, and Star Essence, with her frankness.

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 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_weak
Water
wood_neutral
Wood
metal_strong
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_neutral
Star

Character Shots

Mai Teireida's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). She shoots stars at her opponent. Nowadays, it is known that the stars in the night sky exist in outer space, but it used to be thought that they reside in the place where all life eventually goes... the world after death.
Solo
Dream of a Star
x10 Yang
Solo
Astral Illusion
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Dreams of Stars
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Astral Hallucination
x1 Yang 2
Solo
Astral Phantasm
x1 Yin 2
Solo
Astral Reality
x1 Yang 3
Mai Teireida's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). The leaves of broad-leaf bamboo and other grasses have minute serrations along their edges, so they could cut your skin if you are not careful. Broad-leaf bamboo leaves also have antibacterial properties, so they are perfect for wrapping up rice balls.
All
Broad-Leaf Bamboo Leaf
x6 Yang
All
Arundinaria Leaf
x1 Yang 1
All
Simon Bamboo Leaf
x1 Yang 2
All
Arrow Bamboo Leaf
x1 Yin 2
All
Sasamorpha Leaf
x1 Yang 2
All
Shiroshima Bamboo Leaf
x1 Yin 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Mai Teireida's Spell Card. She dances while holding bamboo in this attack. There are many types of bamboo, but they are all grasses. Even so, they are very useful in a range of applications because of their strong stems. A particularly good use is for nagashi-soumen, where thin noodles are carried down a bamboo slide with ice-cold water, and people pluck them out with chopsticks before they reach the end. Bamboo also makes for good spears because the material is so sturdy and easy to work with. Just remember to take care when handling any, as they are dangerous weapons.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Spirit Power 0.75 UP. [Additional effect +1 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Japanese Timber Bamboo Stem
x13 Yang
All
Moso Bamboo Stem
x4 Yin 1
All
Narihira Bamboo Stem
x3 Yang 1
All
Turtle Shell Bamboo Stem
x3 Yin 2
All
Fishpole Bamboo Stem
x3 Yang 2
All
Bambusa Multiplex Stem
x2 Yang 3
Mai Teireida's Spell Card. She celebrates the Tanabata festival in this attack. Broad-leaf bamboo, called sasa, is an indispensable component of the Tanabata festival. The main way to celebrate this festival is to write a wish on small pieces of paper called tanzaku and hang them from broad-leaf bamboo. There are many theories as to the origins of the Tanabata festival, but they all agree that it is an event that celebrates astronomy.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
Adds 2 layer(s) to party's Barrier. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Solo
Tanzaku Wish
x17 Yang
Solo
White Tanzaku Wish
x4 Yang 1
Solo
Black Tanzaku Wish
x4 Yin 2
Solo
Blue Tanzaku Wish
x4 Yang 2
Solo
Yellow Tanzaku Wish
x4 Yin 3
Solo
Red Tanzaku Wish
x4 Yang 3
Mai Teireida's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). In this attack, she borrows power from a divine spirit that seems to be the Inari goddess. The seventh perception, also known as manas-vijnana, is the intuitive perception that underlies the first Six Perceptions in Buddhism. It encompasses the aspects of self-awareness inherent to intelligent living creatures that cannot be fully understood with just the nervous system. Inari is a goddess of agriculture and is said to be closely related to a certain clan. The word ''daemon'' is an old western term for something similar to ''kishin'' or ''spirits'' and is sometimes translated as ''great spirits.''
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Yang ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Yang DEF 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Japanese Millet Laser
x18 Yang
Solo
Proso Millet Laser
x5 Yang 1
Solo
Bean Laser
x5 Yang 2
Solo
Foxtail Millet Laser
x5 Yang 2
Solo
Wheat Laser
x5 Yang 2
Solo
Rice Laser
x5 Yang 3

Character Ability

Capable of drawing out people's vitality by dancing behind them
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This is the ability of Mai Teireida as one of the two servants who make up the divinity of the Matara god along with Okina. The ability was given to Mai by Okina. Vitality is the strength of life. Nowadays, it is known that life is just the interworkings of the body's muscular system, but it was thought to be more spiritual in the past. This is why life is called seimei in Japanese, where "sei," refers to the new and vibrant vital spirit, and "mei," refers to the ordered and systematic vital spirit. Both the "sei" and "mei" come together to form the functions of shape and motion. In terms of organs, it can be said that the heart is the area of control. Bamboo is a quick-growing plant that has been thought to have high vitality since ancient times. These plants are often used in rituals and treated with mystical significance. Considering Okina's nature, the dances of Satono and Mai might be Noh or a similar type of performing dance. As time went on, Noh became widely known as a popular performance, but its roots are in sarugaku, which has a connection to kagura. The history of dancers can be traced back to shrine maidens and ultimately to Ame no Uzume, a goddess of the arts. In other words, dancing is a way to stimulate the gods to manifest their ability. It is similar to manipulating a computer by giving it commands.
When using Boost, party's Yang DEF 1 level UP (1 turn).
When using Graze, party's CRIT ATK 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

CD 5
Party's Yang ATK 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Evasion 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
The Shiki Sanban Noh performance, commonly referred to as Okina, starts with the leader of the Noh performers singing a celebratory chant to everyone.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yang Attack Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 10 20 30 30 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Evasion Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 30 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5
CD 6
Party's CRIT ATK 3 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Grants Quick to self. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
A dance by a younger performer to set the stage for the acts to come. The Shiki Sanban three-part ceremony retains the style of the ancient sarugaku, "Okina-sarugaku."
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Critical Attack Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Quick
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 0 0 0 0 0 0
CD 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
CD 5
Party's Yang DEF 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Agility 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
A spirited dance by Mai. It is effective against the life and fate components of the soul.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yang Defense Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 30 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Agility Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 30 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5

Character Characteristics

Secret God's Power
When attacked, DMG from gods 25% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Vital Heal
When turn starts, recovers 15% of own HP. [Success rate 50%.]
Vitality Reinforcement
After being attacked, own Yang ATK 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]

Character Change Effect

Power Link
When switching places with a rear-guard unit, other unit's Spirit Power UP.
When switching places with a front-guard unit, front guard's Spirit Power UP.

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

Mai Teireida was released on February 4th, 2022 in Dancers of the Secret God.

Mai Teireida, one of The All-Too-Dangerous Backup Dancers, is a rather simple character in lore - she dances behind people’s backs to make them more powerful, works for Okina, is a bit of a scatterbrain, and that’s about it. That’s okay though, she can still sneak in some time to dance for you as an A Tier Friend.

For farming, Mai does a serviceable job of farming single target stages, if you can give her a turn to build Spirit Power and Accuracy with Bamboo Sign: Bamboo Spear Dance. She’s slow, but she’ll do a reasonable job. 

For harder stagers, Mai’s kit can give her party a considerable amount of Yang ATK and Crit ATK UP, with some Yang DEF and Agility thrown in for good measure. Additionally, she has a spammable Star break on her Spread Shot, Spirit Power recovery on her first Spell card, and a whopping 2 Barriers recovered on her second Spell Card. Unfortunately her Last Word is a mixture of Solo targeting, backloaded, and has somewhat average damage (the Hard is 10%/0%/0%/20%/0%/40%, and the Slicing is 0%/0%/0%/50%/0%/0%), meaning she’s mostly here for support.

Overall, Mai’s a solid unit for harder fights, having low damage potential but great supportive abilities. Just don’t let her dance behind you, or you might get whipped up into a huge frenzy.

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

Whilst Bamboo Sign: Bamboo Spear Dance grants her party Spirit Power, she’ll need Story Cards which provide more Spirit Power UP to fully utilize her Breaks. Otherwise, Yang ATK UP will help maximize her damage potential. Should you have copies of it, Moriya Anniversary is also a notable card, as it ties in nicely with Mai's support and Barrier restoring abilities. For stat sticks, look to Yang ATK UP - the Hard and Slicing on her Last Word don’t have high enough values for Yang DEF or Agility to be worthwhile.

Last Word

Due to its mix of Laser DMG UP and Yang ATK UP, on a Last Word that comprises entirely of Laser, you can’t beat Ordinary Magician for Mai. Otherwise look to cards which provide Yang ATK UP or Laser DMG UP. 

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Depending on if you prefer Yang or Killer attackers, level up either Opening Chant or Senzai Dance first, then level up the other one. Afterwards, Kagura of Vitality tends to have the smallest relative benefit (as Hard and Slicing characters tend to already have high levels of each buff), and thus should be leveled last.

Character Strengths

+Solid offensive support, with good levels of Yang ATK and CRIT ATK UP.
+Incredible Barrier restoration in shorter fights due to restoring 2 Barriers with a Spell Card
+P0 Solo targeting Star on a Basic Shot, with sure-hit to boot

Character Weaknesses

-Barrier restoration being tied to Spell Cards means she runs out of gas in longer fights
-Average Breaking potential
-Average, backloaded damage