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Patchouli Knowledge (Scarlet)

200601
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The Girl of Knowledge and Shade (Scarlet)

Stats

Health
4250
Agility
750
Yang ATK
1825
Yang DEF
800
Yin ATK
1850
Yin DEF
825

Races

Element Type Chart

Nishin-gumori
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Nishin-gumori (a Touhou LW original) refers to cloudy weather during the fishing season for herring. This is an apt temperament for Patchouli, who blocks the sunlight for her vampire friend. Patchouli is an expert in magic that utilizes the Five Phases, Sun Essence, and Moon Essence, so her Phase and Essence endowments are a little unusual.

She is resistant to the Five Phases, Sun Essence, and Moon Essence because she knows the magic that can cancel them out. However, she seems to be vulnerable to Star Essence.
sun_neutral
Sun
moon_neutral
Moon
fire_weak
Fire
water_weak
Water
wood_weak
Wood
metal_weak
Metal
earth_weak
Earth
star_strong
Star

Character Shots

The Spread Shot of Patchouli Knowledge from the world shrouded in scarlet mist (a Touhou LW original). She shoots out hot lasers and orbs of moonlight. This attack utilizes dual-element magic with the unusual combination of fire and moon. She came up with this prototype magic during a conversation with Flandre.
All
Burning Moon Magic
x10 Yang
All
Moon Fire Magic: Basic
x2 Yin 1
All
Fire Moon Magic: Basic
x2 Yang 2
All
Moon Fire Magic: Intermediate
x2 Yin 2
All
Fire Moon Magic: Intermediate
x2 Yang 3
All
Burning Moon Great Magic
x2 Yin 3
The Focus Shot of Patchouli Knowledge from the world shrouded in scarlet mist (a Touhou LW original). She shoots out cold lasers and orbs of sunlight. This attack utilizes dual-element magic with the unusual combination of water and sun. She came up with this prototype magic during a conversation with Remilia.
All
Sun Ice: Basic
x8 Yin
All
Freezing Sun Magic
x1 Yang 1
All
Ice Sun: Basic
x1 Yin 2
All
Sun Ice Magic: Intermediate
x1 Yang 2
All
Freezing Sun Great Magic
x1 Yin 2
All
Ice Sun Magic: Intermediate
x1 Yang 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
A Spell Card of Patchouli Knowledge from the world shrouded in scarlet mist. She attacks with wood and fire dual-element magic. While forest fires can occur as man-made disasters, they can also occur naturally. It is believed that they can be sparked by lightning strikes or the friction of dry leaves and branches. Humankind probably first learned to harness fire by seeing one of these naturally-caused forest fires. Forest blazes are the flames of wisdom that inspire young life (Wood Phase) to flourish (Fire Phase).
*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: Burn to all targets (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Red Flame Magic Bullet: Basic
x16 Yin
All
Red Flame Magic Bullet: Intermediate
x4 Yang 1
All
Red Flame Magic Bullet: Advanced
x4 Yin 2
All
Blue Tree Magic Bullet: Basic
x4 Yin 2
All
Blue Tree Magic Bullet: Intermediate
x4 Yang 3
All
Blue Tree Magic Bullet: Advanced
x4 Yin 3
A Spell Card of Patchouli Knowledge from the world shrouded in scarlet mist. She attacks with metal and water dual-element magic. Alchemy was studied in the West and the East to try and unlock the secret of transforming life into the perfect state. One of the substances that attracted the attention of alchemists was a red mercury sulfide called cinnabar. It has been known since long ago that mercury can be produced from cinnabar. Mercury was thought to be the ideal substance or a necessary material to obtain the ideal substance because it flows like water, has a metallic texture, and can react with various chemical substances. Consequently, it was used in many different spells and experiments. However, not everyone knew that the substance was toxic.
*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%.]
Inflicts 2 layer(s) of Barrier Status: Poison to target (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Silver Magic Bullet: Basic
x20 Yin
Solo
Silver Magic Bullet: Intermediate
x4 Yin 1
Solo
Silver Magic Bullet: Advanced
x4 Yin 2
Solo
Black Water Magic Bullet: Basic
x4 Yin 3
Solo
Black Water Magic Bullet: Intermediate
x4 Yin 3
Solo
Black Water Magic Bullet: Advanced
x4 Yin 3
The Last Word of Patchouli Knowledge from the world shrouded in scarlet mist (a Touhou LW original). This attack creates a virtual manifestation of the Philosopher's Stone, the five-element ideal substance. While some believe that the Philosopher's Stone is cinnabar, others believe that the ultimate substance sought by Western alchemy and Chinese alchemy is a magical substance that elevates the imperfect reality of existence to an ideal. Idealization means transforming base metals into precious metals, inorganic matter into living matter, fools into sages, and mortals into immortals. The ideal for vampires like Remilia is to conquer sunlight, so perhaps the knowledgeable Patchouli believed that there was a substance that could be used to compensate for their weakness. Wasn't there an elixir that bestows true immortality somewhere?
*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 (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own CRIT ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Scarlet Bullet's Red Jewel
x20 Yin
All
Yellow Bullet's Red Jewel
x4 Yin 1
All
White Bullet's Red Jewel
x4 Yin 2
All
Black Bullet's Red Jewel
x4 Yin 3
All
Blue Bullet's Red Jewel
x4 Yin 3
All
Philosopher's Red Jewel
x4 Yin 3

Character Ability

Capable of manipulating all elements except star
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The ability of Patchouli from the world shrouded in scarlet mist (a Touhou LW original). It is essentially the same as our version of Patchouli's ability. What sets Patchouli apart from the other magicians in Gensokyo is the fact that she applies a wide range of elements to her magic.

When Remilia Scarlet decided to shroud Gensokyo in a scarlet mist, the method of generating that mist remained a mystery. However, the Patchouli of this world is believed to have helped Remilia create the mist because she is a magician and Remilia's best friend. Perhaps it is natural for a magician to help realize the ambition of the vampire she serves. The magician should be a reliable right-hand who summons familiars as servants, uses various spells to confuse enemies, and uses powerful magic in combat. It is unclear whether Patchouli did all that, but at the very least, it seems she significantly contributed to the magic technology used to generate the scarlet mist.

It is said that the magic Patchouli uses spirit magic. As the name suggests, spirit magic is magic that is used through a contract with a spirit. These spirits are probably similar to nature spirits, especially considering that the famous Great Spirits are tied to elements. Patchouli's magic seems to be related to Great Spirits or similar beings. Considering how the elements work in accordance with the Five Phases, spirits probably have a close connection with pure temperament. Thus, it should be more than possible to interfere with nature to create a mist by borrowing a spirit's power. The fact that the Philosopher's Stone is said to be a scarlet crystal might also be related to the scarlet mist.
DMG to effective elements 25% UP.
DMG to resisted elements 25% UP.
When using Graze, party's CRIT Accuracy 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

CD 5
Party's CRIT Accuracy 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Grants Charge to self. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
This wood magic has the blessing of powerful winds. Spirits of the wind are called sylphs.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Critical Accuracy 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
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 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
CD 6
Own Yin ATK 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Yang ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Accuracy 1 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
This fire magic has the blessing of a brave flame. Fire spirits are called salamanders.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yin 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
Yang 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
Accuracy Level Up
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 7
Own Spirit Power 1.75 UP. [Additional effect +0.05 with success rate 0%.]
Adds 1 layer(s) to own Barrier. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
This earth magic has the blessing of the mighty land. Earth spirits are called gnomes.
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 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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 0 0 0 0 0 0
CD 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7

Character Characteristics

Elemental Offset
When attacked, DMG from Energy Bullet 100% DOWN. [Success rate 35%.]
Intercepting Grimoire
When attacked with HP 25% or under, DMG from enemy 100% DOWN. [Success rate 30%.]
Elemental Synergy
After being attacked, own CRIT Accuracy 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 60%.]

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

A6 Patchouli Knowledge  was released on July 19th, 2022 in Festival: Librarian of the Scarlet Night.

Patchouli Knowledge, like Alice Margatroid, is a youkai magician that has devoted herself to the studies of magic. While details of her upbringing and background are unclear, this has landed her as the librarian of the Scarlet Devil Mansion’s great library, putting the knowledge in her name to good use. While her wisdom is great, the same cannot be said about her health, as being exposed to so much magic has given her harsh asthma and has forced her to stay in her library to avoid the sunlight. This makes staying inside favorable to her, partially explaining why she was not shy to attempt to kick out the incident resolvers, Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame, during the Scarlet Mist Incident. She became somewhat more social after the incident was resolved, but due to coming from a Gensokyo where the incident has not been resolved yet, this Patchouli remains as an S+ Tier Friend.

For the purposes of purely dealing damage, Patchouli attempts to summon destruction with her Yin-only Last Word, Prototype Ruby Elixir. She buffs both her Yin ATK and CRIT ATK by 2 levels (3T) upon activating the attack, with a lot more Yin ATK UP coming from her second skill, Courageous Fire, which provides 3 levels of Yin ATK UP (3T). This prepares her well on the Yin-side of things, but her CRIT-based damage is a bit more problematic. She gets the very strong Human-Killer on Prototype Ruby Elixir, but she needs to be at 3P to access them, on an attack that is already backloaded with a 1-1-3 bullet line spread. Fortunately, her third skill, Robust Earth, attempts to mitigate this with an impressive 1.75 Spirit Power buff, putting her at 2.75 Spirit Power on turn 1.

Outside of the damage, Patchouli can use her magic for team support and special barrier breaks. Her skills are the main source of partywide buffs, such as her first skill, Mighty Wind, and its ability to buff the team’s CRIT Accuracy by 2 levels (3T). While CRIT Accuracy for other allies is somewhat more situational if said allies already ensure critical hits from Killer bullets, the increased CRIT chance can be used by Friends without that privilege. Thanks to her character ability, Capable of manipulating all elements except star, she can provide more CRIT Accuracy UP for every use of Graze. Courageous Fire has two other team support buffs, that being 2 levels of Yang ATK UP (3T) and 1 level of Accuracy UP (3T). While 1 level of increased Accuracy is low, the 3-turn endurance makes it a very practical support option for longer fights. Additionally, Patchouli’s second spell, Metal & Water Sign: Mercury Poison, drops a single target’s Evasion by 2 levels (3T) to provide even more indirect accuracy support. Last off, while not exactly team support, she can also cast self-Charge on herself by using Mighty Wind, which lets her synergize well with Friends that debuff while attacking, allowing Patchouli to sweep in after foes are weakened.

When it comes to barrier breaks, Patchouli is in a strange position, but not a bad one. The uncertainty mainly comes from her elemental breaking potential, as just like her base form, the magician focuses more on a variety of elements rather than specializing in one. She still gets a 0P break on a shot, particularly 0P Water on her Focus shot, Frozen Sun. However, the rest of her spells are a great mix of elements. Her first spell, Wood & Fire Sign: Forest Blaze, is 2 Fire and 2 Wood, Metal & Water Sign: Mercury Poison is 3 Water and 3 Metal, and Prototype Ruby Elixir is just a great mix of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. It’s not that her elemental breaks are bad, but you will be using them as a supportive role instead of being a primary elemental breaker. Instead, Patchouli is a great anomaly breaker, specifically regarding Burn and Poison. Wood & Fire Sign: Forest Blaze applies 3 layers of Burn on all foes, and when the spell is at 2P, will immediately break those 3 inflicted barriers. Metal & Water Sign: Mercury Poison is similar, instead applying 2 layers of Poison to one target and being able to break them at only 1P. If Patchouli wants, she can also just keep the spells at 0P to inflict the anomalies to serve as Yin debuffs (for Burn) or Yang debuffs (for Poison) as long as the inflicted barriers aren’t broken. This gives Patchouli great flexibility, especially for a Friend that would have some trouble Full Breaking foes without the anomaly breaks.

Overall, A6 Patchouli takes a slightly different approach from other A-Type Friends and keeps a somewhat similar role to her L1-self when it comes to elemental breaking. The main exception is, of course, a greater focus on CRIT-based destruction, team support, and even anomaly breaks. Is the lack of change between A6 Patchouli and L1 Patchouli a sign of how close the two are in mastering magic? Or did L1 Patchouli still not get as much time in the sun as she should have?

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

The Witch of Scarlet Dreams is practical for Patchouli so that she can consistently access the anomaly breaks on her normal spell cards, although other Spirit Power increase cards are fine in this slot as well. Otherwise, Patchouli wants to increase her Yin ATK, CRIT ATK, and CRIT Accuracy further. Overwhelming Firepower both increases her Yin ATK by 3 levels and gives a Yin ATK stat stick. The Surface Is So Fun! is good since it increases both CRIT ATK and CRIT Accuracy by 2 levels, which greatly helps Patchouli’s consistency.

Last Word

Patchouli’s Last Word is fully made up of Light Bullets, making Puppeteer and Necromancer’s 50% buff to Light Bullets a very easy choice for this slot. Especially considering that the elements present on this Last Word are heavily mixed, you are better off either finding another Light Bullet buff or just boosting her Yin ATK for this slot.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

While you would usually prefer to immediately level up the skill that provides a Friend Spirit Power, Patchouli can get away with upgrading other skills first due to the great amount of Spirit Power her third skill, Robust Earth, already provides. With that, her second skill, Courageous Fire, can be leveled up first to give Patchouli even more Yin ATK to buff her Last Word and provide other Friends more Yang ATK support. From there, Robust Earth can be leveled next to decrease the cooldown from 8 turns to 7 turns and provide 0.50 more Spirit Power. Her first skill, Mighty Wind, provides the least amount of benefits due to only giving 1 more level of CRIT Accuracy UP at max level, and therefore can be leveled up last.

Character Strengths

+ 0P All-target Water on Focus shot
+ Heavy-damage capability with her Last Word at 3P
+ Teamwide Accuracy and Yang ATK support
+ Practical anomaly inflictions and breaks on spells

Character Weaknesses

- The rest of her elemental access is very mixed
- Backloaded Last Word means she needs 3P to do great damage
- Rather long cooldown on skills