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Mononobe no Futo

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The Shikaisen from Ancient Japan

Stats

Health
4000
Agility
1330
Yang ATK
1390
Yang DEF
780
Yin ATK
1380
Yin DEF
770

Races

Element Type Chart

Ame-arare
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Ame-arare (a Touhou LW original) refers to rain and hail, or the hail of objects, such as arrows or bullets. This is an apt temperament for Futo, who wields a bow and a banquet's worth of plates. Futo is endowed with Fire Phase, with her love of change, and Star Essence, as she is a woman of action.

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

Mononobe no Futo's Spread Shot. She attacks with senjutsu said to have been passed down by a hermit and goddess of Taoism. Futo says she is still learning senjutsu, but she seems to be exceptionally skilled at fire senjutsu. However, this attack could also be a secret technique of the Mononobe clan merely disguised as senjutsu.
Solo
Touda
x7 Yang
Solo
Suzaku
x1 Yin 1
Solo
Rikugou, Kouchin, Seiryuu
x1 Yang 1
Solo
Kijin
x1 Yin 1
Solo
Tenkou, Daion, Genbu
x1 Yang 2
Solo
Taijou, Byakkou, Tenkuu
x1 Yin 3
Mononobe no Futo's Focus Shot. She attacks with senjutsu said to have been passed down as a gift from an ancient emperor of China. Futo says she is still learning senjutsu, but it seems she can still use techniques like these that do not involve fire. Since she can manipulate the earth with this technique, maybe it could be used for urban development... Was this the reason why the onmyouji of the past learned onmyoudou?
Solo
Gate of Opening, Gate of Rest
x6 Yin
Solo
Gate of Life
x1 Yang 1
Solo
Gate of Injury, Gate of Closing
x1 Yin 2
Solo
Gate of Scenery
x1 Yang 2
Solo
Gate of Surprise
x1 Yin 3
Solo
Gate of Death
x1 Yang 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Mononobe no Futo's Spell Card. A whirlwind of plates surrounds her as she charges into her target. According to legend, the ancestor of the Mononobe clan, Ikagashikoo, offered plates to the gods. Also, Oomiwa Shrine on Mount Miwa, built by Ikagashikoo, is said to be the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Agility 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Plate Storm
x15 Yang
Solo
Mononobe's Feng Shui (Water)
x4 Yang 1
Solo
Hard Bisque Fired Plate
x4 Yin 1
Solo
Eighty Flat Dishes
x3 Yin 1
Solo
Mononobe's Feng Shui (Fire)
x3 Yin 2
Solo
Big Bisque Fired Plate
x3 Yang 3
Mononobe no Futo's Spell Card. She attacks with fire that is most likely a product of senjutsu. Taiyi Zhenren, the preeminent god of Taoism, is known to possess an artifact of dragons called the Nine-Dragon Fire Net. This is a pretty amazing Spell Card if it is truly based on that artifact. However, it is concerning how little hesitation Futo has in regards to setting things aflame.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's CRIT Accuacy 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 50%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Nine-Dragon Fire Net Flames
x13 Yang
All
Flames of the North Star
x3 Yang 1
All
Nine-Dragon Fire Net Flames
x3 Yang 1
All
Purple Forbidden Enclosure Radiance
x3 Yin 2
All
Northern Pole Radiance
x2 Yin 2
All
Tenjin Radiance
x2 Yin 3
Mononobe no Futo's Last Word. She attacks with flames that burn so hot they could completely change an era. The Taika Reforms (inferno and Taika are homophones in Japanese) were a set of changes to the governmental structure in Japan that were supposedly enacted in the seventh century. The Mononobe clan and the Soga clan were fierce rivals. However, the Mononobe clan had already been destroyed by the Soga clan at this time, and the Soga Clan was eliminated during the Isshi Incident, which marked the beginning of the Taika Reforms. So the day when the Mononobe clan's grudge was settled was also the day that spelled the end of the age ruled by powerful clans.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own 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%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Isshi Incident
x12 Yang
All
End of the Powerful Clans
x4 Yang 1
All
Era Name Reform
x4 Yang 2
All
Government Reform
x5 Yang 2
All
Imperial Proclamation
x5 Yang 3
All
Establishment of the Ritsuryou System
x5 Yang 3

Character Ability

Capable of manipulating feng shui
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This is Mononobe no Futo's ability as a practitioner of ancient secret arts and a Taoist. It seems her ability mostly derives from the secret arts of ancient Shinto, which could also be called Mononobe secret arts. Feng shui refers to the wind (feng) and water (shui) as well as the entire flow of qi in nature. The concept of manipulating this flow is also present in the senjutsu of China. This connection is also evident in the design of Futo's attire and how her plates are colored to match the Five Phases. Futo is still currently learning senjutsu as a Taoist, but it seems she is proficient enough to use senjutsu in some of her Spell Cards. Her feng shui philosophy may have paved the way for the later development of onmyoudou. Futo must have thought that ancient Shinto arts and Chinese senjutsu were harmonious philosophies that complimented each other. On the other hand, she is opposed to the Buddhist religion that also came from the continent. Presumably, this is why Futo is so skilled with using fire above all other types of qi in nature. (Because temples and Buddhist statues are made out of wood...) However, she has not been involved in much direct and open conflict with Myouren Temple since the incident was resolved. In fact, she was one of the people who agreed with Miko's plan to maintain the outward appearance of spreading Buddhism amongst the populace. Mononobe no Futo is no simple-minded human.
When using Graze, Own Agility 1 level UP (1 turn).
DMG from resisted elements 25% DOWN.

Character Skills

CD 3
Own Agility2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Evasion 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
The Mononobe clan's ancestor from the Age of the Gods was said to be a skilled helmsman. And his boat was apparently the Ama no Iwafune.
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 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 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 40 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
CD 4
Own Spirit Power 1 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Agility 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
It is said that there was a skilled archer in the Mononobe bloodline. However, the details are unclear.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spirit Power Up
Value 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.75 0.75 0.8 0.85 0.9 1
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 1 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 50 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4
CD 4
Party's Accuracy 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Yang ATK 3 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
An ancient art of divination that originated in China. Seiga Nyan Nyan is probably the one who taught this art to Futo.
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 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 80 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Yang Attack Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 80 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4

Character Characteristics

Mononobe Kidou
When attacked, DMG from Fire Element 25% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Ryuumyaku Connection
When turn starts, own Spirit Power 0.35 UP. [Success rate 50%.]
Oomonoimi
After being attacked, own Accuracy 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]

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

Mononobe no Futo was released on June 5th, 2022 in Festival: Wind of Faith & Mountain of Plates.

Mononobe no Futo is a Taoist hermit, specifically a Shikaisen, who serves under Toyosatomimi no Miko and lives in the Divine Spirit Mausoleum with her and the other Taoists in Gensokyo. Unlike the other very old Taoists that Futo was resurrected alongside in Touhou 13: Ten Desires, such as Miko and Tojiko, Futo didn't really catch up with the times, and often uses antiquated language that confuses the present day Gensokyo residents, misunderstands present day language herself, and generally has a carefree attitude. Her ability, "to manipulate feng shui", is something of a way to manipulate the qi of fixed areas like buildings or shrines to invite fortune upon those who enter them. Futo spends most of her time maintaining her hermit status by practicing Taoism with Miko and the others. In LostWord, she stays close to Miko in terms of status as an A+ Tier Friend.

In terms of raw damage and power, Futo can do rather well with her Yang-only Last Word, Inferno Reformation. A Last Word with only Energy bullets can easily be supported by story cards nowadays, and Futo comes with her own 2 levels of Accuracy UP via her third skill, Dunjia Divination, to make sure she can concentrate her story card buffs elsewhere. Combined with a decent amount of Yang ATK UP (3 levels from Dunjia Divination and 3 more upon activating Inferno Reformation) and even some decent Slice scaling to take advantage of her Agility buffs, Futo can definitely be a good damage dealer upon setting up.

As for what else Futo offers, her gameplan is rather straightforward: heavy Agility buffs mixed in with some elemental breaking. Her elemental breaks are strangely hit and miss. While she does have 0P breaks on both shots, Fire on her Spread shot, Liuren Holy Fire, and Earth on her Focus shot, Standing Mountain, the rest of her breaks aren’t the best. Her first spell, Wind Sign: Miwa Plate Storm, is a mix of four different elements, which makes it inconvenient for Full Breaks, whereas her second spell, Blaze Sign: Taiyi True Fire, is only 2 Fire breaks and 1 Star break, though they are at least all accessible at 1P. Inferno Reformation is at least a nice mix of 4 Fire breaks and 2 Star breaks, but you wouldn’t really want to use a Last Word for breaking unless it’s a finishing hit. 

When it comes to her skills, Futo is really a selfish buffer that is trying her hardest to be a hard-hitter. Her first skill, Nigihayahi Blessing, and her second skill, Bowyer’s Blood, provide 2 levels of Agility UP each to help with Slice scaling, with Bowyer’s Blood being a teamwide buff. Futo’s only other teamwide buff is the Accuracy UP from Dunjia Divination, which is nice, but not the greatest if other teammates come with their own accuracy support. Bowyer’s Blood also has the benefit of granting Futo 1.00 Spirit Power, which she can put into an early 2P Inferno Reformation or other general power. 

One other major flaw of Futo is her durability. WIth a low HP stat and even lower defensive ones, it may be wise to make sure the Taoist doesn’t find herself dead before contributing much to the party. Still, where Futo may not offer much outside of her high damage, she at least does this does well while having a slight niche in Fire breaking. Bring Futo along, and maybe burn down an enemy stronghold or two if you get the chance.

The secondary effects and scalings of Futo’s attacks are as follows:

Liuren Holy Fire:
Firebomb: 0%/0%/30%/0%/40%/0%

Standing Mountain:
Target Agility DOWN: 50%/50%/0%/0%/0%/0%

Wind Sign: Miwa Plate Storm:
Slice: 30%/50%/60%/0%/0%/80%

Blaze Sign: Taiyi True Fire:
Slice: 60%/0%/60%/0%/0%/0%

Inferno Reformation:
Slice: 30%/40%/0%/60%/100%/0%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

The Witch of Scarlet Dreams is just too good to not recommend, providing a heavy amount of Spirit Power while even raising Yang ATK, which Futo uses entirely for her Last Word. From there, you can try focusing on raising Futo’s Yang ATK a bit higher via buffs, as she only does so with 6 levels by herself. Two recommendations are How Irrational…, a 3-level buff while also raising Yang ATK a decent amount as a stat stick, and Waiting in Comfort, a Yang ATK UP card that also gives a Yang DEF buff to make Futo perhaps a little less squishy.

Last Word

Futo’s Last Word is entirely made up of Energy bullets, so the most obvious way to buff its damage will be from Energy Bullet power UP cards. Unknown Barrier Team is the immediate candidate for this, both being a farmable story card in 3-18-3 as well as being a 50% buff to the entire attack. Even with a pointless Yin ATK buff, that percentage is too great to pass up. Worlds in Hand might do okay as well due to buffing Fire damage, something Futo’s Last Word has a bit of as well, but the numbers will obviously not be as high. The teamwide CRIT ATK buff may be nice for the rest of the party, though.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Dunjia Divination should be prioritized first due to providing an extra ensured level of Agility and Yang ATK UP upon maxing out, something that will definitely help Futo’s damage in the long run. Bowyer’s Blood may seem more appealing to max out at first due to allowing Futo to get to 2P turn 1, but she doesn’t have anything super special to max out with that extra power, making her third skill a better start. Nigihayahi Blessing should definitely be maxed, although it will be helpful since it gives Futo 2 levels of Agility UP basically permanently due to a 3 turn cooldown.

Character Strengths

+ 0P Fire and Earth on basic shots
+ Can get good damage off of her Yang-only Last Word
+ Good amount of Agility buffs from whole kit; helps Slice scaling

Character Weaknesses

- Mediocre elemental breaks on her spells
- A very selfish buffer that offers little from her team buffs
- Rather lacking in defensive stats