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Momoyo Himemushi

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Onyx Dragon-Eater

Stats

Health
6000
Agility
860
Yang ATK
1345
Yang DEF
715
Yin ATK
1880
Yin DEF
900

Races

Element Type Chart

Sanseiu
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Sanseiu (a Touhou LW original) refers to acid rain, rain that became unusually acidic from absorbing acidic gasses in the atmosphere. This is an apt temperament for Momoyo, who is a giant, dragon-eating, venomous arthropod. Oomukade, who dwell deep within the Youkai Mountain in places like the Rainbow Dragon Cave, lack the three celestial Essences. Apparently, they are hated by everyone, just like the youkai of the Underworld. However, it seems Momoyo continues to dig holes because she enjoys it, which distances herself even further from all celestial phenomena. Momoyo is endowed with Metal Phase, because she likes mining, and Earth Phase, since she deals with ore.

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 encompassing and regenerative Earth Phase resists Fire Phase, because fire produces earth, but it is weak to Wood Phase, because wood parts earth.

The combination of Metal Phase and Earth Phase cancels out any resistance or weakness to Fire Phase.
sun_neutral
Sun
moon_neutral
Moon
fire_neutral
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_strong
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_weak
Earth
star_neutral
Star

Character Shots

Momoyo Himemushi's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). This is a good attack for a digger. The shovel would probably be more durable and do more damage if it was made out of iron or diamond, but perhaps Momoyo uses a golden shovel because she is just that confident in her skills as a fighter. No, this shovel might actually let her mine really fast... This must be why there are holes all over the Youkai Mountain.
Solo
Gold Shovel
x5 Yin
Solo
Gold Snow Shovel
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Gold Spade
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Gold Construction Shovel
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Gold Coal Shovel
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Gold Trench Shovel
x2 Yin 3
Momoyo Himemushi's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). This is a suitable attack for a digger. This pickax is also an efficient item for digging holes. However, if she digs all the way down to Former Hell, she might find some ore that would let her create even better equipment, like cherry crystals or even the malignant Hell gold ore.
Solo
Gold Pickax
x3 Yin
Solo
Gold Portable Pickax
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Gold Pick
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Gold Double-Spike Pick
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Gold Pick Hammer
x2 Yang 3
Solo
Gold Pick Mattock
x3 Yang 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Momoyo Himemushi's Spell Card. An attack performed by insects that survived a kodoku curse ritual. This ritual involves mixing several insects in a container and letting them consume one another until only a single insect is left. These insects are foul gluttons that even ate the weak members of their own species. They don't care if others insult them by saying that they should have died rather than live through such filthy and vile means. However, they didn't necessarily eat just to survive.

Kodoku is a type of curse that stores an exorbitant amount of magical power within a barrier. However, the only one who gets to claim this power is the sole insect that survives... Does Momoyo or any of her opponents realize that this is a microcosmic example of an economic society? Also, Momoyo herself is not technically an insect.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Yin DEF 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
All targets' CRIT Evasion 2 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Cannibalistic Insect Revelry
x20 Yin
Solo
Cannibalistic Assassin Bug
x3 Yin 1
Solo
Cannibalistic Fire Ant
x3 Yin 2
Solo
Cannibalistic False Blister Beetle
x3 Yin 3
Solo
Cannibalistic Japanese Browntail Moth
x3 Yin 3
Solo
Cannibalistic Wasp
x3 Yin 3
Momoyo Himemushi's Spell Card. An attack performed by insects that writhe within a cave. Momoyo is the foreman of countless hole-digging youkai. And these youkai are probably bug youkai like herself that prefer to dwell in deep, dark burrows rather than under the light of the sun. Gensokyo is the perfect place for such eccentric youkai.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Inflicts 3 layer(s) of Barrier Status: Poison to all targets (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Spirit Power 1.5 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
All
Cave Creature Revelry
x20 Yin
All
Cave Earwig
x4 Yang 1
All
Cave Glowworm
x4 Yin 2
All
Cave Huntsman Spider
x4 Yang 2
All
Cave Millipede
x4 Yin 3
All
Cave House Centipede
x4 Yang 3
Momoyo Himemushi's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). She recreates a weapon closely connected with herself, which is an arrow yet also a sword. An oomukade (giant centipede) greater youkai was defeated by a legendary hero in the past. This was accomplished with an arrow imbued with the blessing of the Hachiman deity. However, the finishing blow was dealt with a sword, just like in the legend where the nue was exterminated.

But how did this hero obtain a weapon capable of defeating a greater youkai? It was bestowed to him by the dragons of the Dragon Palace, who were under attack by the oomukade. Of course, this hero could only properly wield this legendary weapon thanks to his mighty skills. There are differing accounts as to when the Dragon Palace gave this weapon to the hero. Some tales say it was before he defeated the oomukade, and some say it was after. This is probably because he was given a weapon or a blessing before the fight and received a reward afterward. It is particularly interesting how the sword, Chikushi, and the armor, Hiraishi, said to have been gifted to the hero by the Dragon Palace, both have the kanji character for ''arrow'' in their names. This surely indicates that they were created by either embedding, reforging, or recasting the arrowhead imbued with the blessing from Hachiman. That would explain how Chikushi later became known as Mukade-Kiri, the Centipede-Cutter.

In the end, it is still unclear whether the Dragon Palace interfered before the youkai extermination or after... That place is ever mysterious.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Yin ATK 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
All targets' CRIT Evasion 2 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Spirit Power 1.5 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
All
Centipede-Cutter Slice
x20 Yin
All
Dragon Palace Sword Slice
x4 Yin 1
All
Hachiman-Blessed Slice
x4 Yin 2
All
Centipede-Cutter Slash
x4 Yin 3
All
Dragon Palace Sword Slash
x4 Yin 3
All
Hachiman-Blessed Slash
x4 Yin 3

Character Ability

Capable of eating dragons
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Momoyo Himemushi's ability as a oomukade. It is rumored, predominantly by the youkai at the base of the mountain, that Momoyo's ability lets her eat the allegedly strongest creatures―dragons. It is unknown whether she can actually eat a dragon or not, but she must be an incredibly powerful youkai if there are even rumors that she can.

Oomukade and dragon-serpent gods have a vicious rivalry, as is shown with the oomukade of Senjougahara and Mount Mikami. Incidentally, both of these oomukade were slain with arrows. The oomukade of Mount Mikami, written about in the Otogi-zoushi (an ancient collection of folktales), is particularly famous for terrorizing a clan of giant serpents. One of these giant serpents happened to meet a human hero, so the serpent took the form of a dragon girl to beseech the hero for aid. The hero agreed to this request and successfully exterminated the oomukade, for which he was rewarded with many treasures by the Dragon Palace. This story is obviously a variant of the dragonslayer trope that has been used in myths and legends the world over. These stories are usually a type of coming-of-age adventure where a hero defeats a dragon, saves a high-class female character, and is rewarded with treasure. Perhaps the most famous dragon-slaying tale in Japan is the story where the god Susanoo slays Yamato no Orochi. There are also variants of this tale where the dragon is replaced with a giant or an oni, as is the case with the tale of Issun-Boushi and Momotarou... On that note, the hero who slew the oomukade of Mount Mikami received an inexhaustible bag of rice as one of his rewards from the Dragon Palace. This is the same as the Miracle Mallet, a magical item symbolizing wealth and riches.

In the tale of the oomukade's extermination, the dragon is replaced with a centipede, and the high-class girl is replaced with a dragon. The tale was most likely created this way because of the Japanese people's perspective on dragons. In Japan, dragons are revered and worshipped. The origin of dragon worship in Japan is complicated, but it probably has its roots in the Dragon Palace legends based on Taoist philosophy and the dragon-serpent dharmapala that act as envoys for the Buddha. Dragon-serpents are being of light, so it makes sense that an oomukade was chosen as the representative of the bug youkai―beings of darkness that are hostile to these dragons. In the past, the bug youkai were so powerful that they reigned supreme for an age. This may be due to the fact that dragons became superior beings to youkai. It is probably hard for a person of this modern age to imagine a dragon losing to a bug. However, in the past, it was even believed that snakes defeated frogs but lost to slugs in a type of rock-paper-scissors situation, so it wasn't much of a stretch to think that dragon-serpents were weak to bugs. Bugs, in turn, were believed to be weak against frogs. However, dragon-serpents, centipedes, and slugs can also be grouped into a single category for beings that move by wriggling their body―worms. This is why the kanji characters for ''snake,'' ''centipede,'' and ''slug all incorporate the radical that means ''bug'' or ''worm.'' This connection may have also played a part in the formation of these legends.

Momoyo, who lives in Gensokyo, is one of these legendary oomukade. Her relationship with Megumu is highly peculiar, considering that Momoyo is an oomukade greater youkai. Megumu has a connection with dragons since her name is written with the kanji for ''dragon,'' so it would be interesting if Momoyo wanted to eat her... However, crow tengu, in part, originated from karura, which in turn derived from garuda. Garuda are inhuman beings that devour naga, and the dharmapala dragons originated from naga. Therefore it is possible that Megumu, as the boss of the crow tengu, is also a dragon-eater same as Momoyo.
When inflicted by Barrier Status: Poison, inflicts the same Barrier Status to target.
When using Boost, party's CRIT ATK 1 level UP (1 turn).
DMG to resistant elements 25% UP.

Character Skills

CD 4
Own Yin ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
All targets' CRIT Evasion 4 level(s) DOWN (1 turn). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Why do I dig? 'Cause there's a mountain. C'mon bugs! It's time to feast!
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yin Attack Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Critical Evasion Level Down
Value 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4
Rate 0 20 40 60 80 0 20 40 60 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0
CD 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
CD 7
Own Spirit Power 1.75 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Grants Charge to self. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
I'm always itchin' for a fight. That's when I feel alive! I know you feel the same way, don't ya, Iizunamaru?
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spirit Power Up
Value 1.25 1.3 1.35 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.55 1.6 1.65 1.75
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grants Charge to Self
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 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7
CD 6
Party's CRIT ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Yin DEF 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
All targets' CRIT Evasion 4 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
They say there's no accountin' for taste, and I have to agree. Gensokyo's full of folks who eat weird food.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Critical Attack Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Yin Defense 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
Critical Evasion Level Down
Value 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4
Rate 0 20 40 60 80 0 20 40 60 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0
CD 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Character Characteristics

Ominous Youkai Aura
When attacked, DMG from enemy 85% DOWN. [Success rate 20%.]
Durable Exoskeleton
When attacked with HP 25% or under, DMG from enemy 100% DOWN. [Success rate 50%.]
Mine Snack (Dragon Gems)
When turn starts, own Spirit Power 1.20 UP. [Success rate 25%.]

Character Change Effect

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

Momoyo Himemushi is an oomukade, a youkai resembling a giant centipede that is powerful enough to eat dragons, or at least that’s what the rumors say. She made her first appearance in Unconnected Marketeers as an Extra Stage boss. With her carefree personality and immense power, she mines her way from the Rainbow Dragon Cave to Touhou LostWord where she solidifies her position as a Yin focused DEST Class SS-tier friend.

There’s plenty to love about her kit but let’s start with her Shots; Both of them are solo targeting, but they have great effects. Her spread shot, Golden Shovel, which at 1P can be used as a Poison anomaly breaker, and it has a chance to lower the enemy’s CRIT DEF by 1 with the rates being 35%,50% and 75% at 0P, 1P and 2P respectively. Now to her Focus shot, Golden pickaxe, giving her access to a guaranteed 0P Poison infliction and self accuracy buff as long as the attack lands. At 2P, we have a guaranteed buff to her own CRIT ATK and Accuracy alongside another Poison layer infliction, and lastly, another guaranteed self accuracy buff at 3p (of course as long as the bullet lands). One last thing to note aside from her killers, is how the sum of her Hard scaling on her Focus Shot is 150% which can build up some nice damage.

Then we move on to her skills; Her 1st and 3rd skills combined, Dig Up & Pick Up + Eccentric Gourmand, give her the ability to have a team wide debuff of -8 CRIT Evasion on turn 1, alongside +5 Yin ATK, 3 of those being party-wide, and a +2 party wide CRIT ATK, plus a bit of defensive support in the form of +3 Yin DEF. Her 2nd skill, Combat Mania, while simple, is potent. It provides 1.75 Spirit Power and Charge, so Momoyo can easily be set up to strike after her supporting teammates. Quickly going over her passives because they’re all rng-reliant, they’re still awesome when they work, as an 85% decrease can save her from rough attacks and if she’s at 25% HP or less, she has a 50% chance to take no damage. There’s also her last passive, the free 1.20 Spirit power that can trigger at the start of every turn with a chance of 25%. 

Her skills really highlight how much she loves combat, as she thrives when against powerful opponents. This is also really apparent in how every bullet line in her Spell Cards (including LastWord) is elastic. Meaning she has a higher chance to deal critical damage the higher the target’s attack is.

Let’s go over her spell cards in detail; Her first spell card has a pre-ATK effect that buffs her team’s Yin DEF and lowers her opponent’s CRIT evasion by 2 levels for 2 turns. We can notice that on turn one, with this SC coupled with her skills, she maxes out her Crit Evasion on her opponent easily, but this isn’t the only attack that allows her to do that on turn one. Now to the actual layout of the attack, it’s a fully Earth Yin Sharp bullet solo spell card with a backloaded layout (1/1/3) and a bit of Youkai & God killers and some Hard scaling (40% in total). A small detail to note here is that her crit rate progressively rises from the first bullet lines to the last 3, while her accuracy lowers a tiny bit.

Momoyo’s 2nd Spell Card, an All targeting attack with a pre-ATK effect which applies Poison to all enemies and it scales in regards to Boost levels for a max of 3 layers at max boost. It is 2 thirds Metal Slash bullets and a third Normal Earth bullets, and with a 1/2/2 layout, it is backloaded. But it comes with the post-ATK effect of gaining 1.5 SP. The interesting thing about this Spell Card is that the damage dealt is in relation to the enemies’ Yang DEF, which is lowered by the poison’s effect. That aside, this spell card can also act as an All targeting poison break at 2P. And we cannot forget that at the same boost level, it guarantees a self accuracy buff, with another being a coinflip.

Now to the star of the show, her Last Word, an All targeting Metal Yin Slash powerful finisher that also can break Poison anomalies. It comes with a pre-ATK effect consisting of Momoyo buffing her own Yin ATK and decreasing her opponents’ CRIT Evasion by 2 levels for 2 turns. While it is a backloaded attack, her 2nd skill should make it much easier to manage.
 

Armed with her golden pickaxe and shovel, you know she will mine through enemies and she’ll do it fast. And with her ability, her offensive strength is not to be underestimated.

Story Card Recommendations

(Card recommendations last updated on October 12, 2022)

Spell Card

Generally anything that provides Spirit Power or Yin ATK UP is good, which leads us to Story Cards like Overwhelming Firepower and The Witch of Scarlet Dreams 

But specifically for her first SC, due to it being All Sharp bullets,  Sporadically Margaret can be a great damage boost, as it also provides great Yin Attack stats.  Although, do this only if you have more than you need because they're best used for their full effect on an Attack type friend.

Last Word

Mysterious Sword Master easily takes the cake here due to Moyomo's LW being all Slash.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Thankfully, Combat Mania starts out at 1.25 spirit power, so it isn't the biggest priority. That would be the 3rd skill, Eccentric Gourmand, then you try to max out the first, Dig Up & Pick Up and finally the second for a bit more Spirit Power.

If you find that an extra 0.5 Spirit Power will be useful to you, feel free to max out Combat Mania second.

Character Strengths

+Huge Yin attack stats
+Amazing CRIT Accuracy
+Amazing access to Metal and Earth
+Access to breaking and infliction of the Poison anomaly
+Small amounts of team support

Character Weaknesses

-While not her main way to deal damage, her Hard scaling isn't high on her Spell Cards
-Her relatively mediocre Killers on her attacks with the exception of her LW, which is remedied by having high crit rates.