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Raiko Horikawa

110501
Phantasmal Percussionist

Stats

Health
5000
Agility
1400
Yang ATK
1350
Yang DEF
840
Yin ATK
1050
Yin DEF
810

Races

Element Type Chart

Rairan
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Rairan (a Touhou LW original) refers to thunderstorms. This is an apt temperament for Raiko since she violently manipulates lighting with her drums. Raiko is endowed with Wood Phase, the element of lightning, and Sun Essence, as she is a ray of hope to the new tsukumogami.

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 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_neutral
Fire
water_weak
Water
wood_neutral
Wood
metal_strong
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_weak
Star

Character Shots

Raiko Horikawa's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). She attacks with her snare and hi-hat beats. The snare drum is a small drum with snare wires attached to the bottom head. A hi-hat is a combination of two small cymbals mounted on a stand, so they face each other. Raiko uses her lively rhythms to lead the whole band.
Solo
Snare Beat
x6 Yang
Solo
Hi-Hat Beat
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Closed
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Strainer - On
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Strainer - Off
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Open
x2 Yin 3
Raiko Horikawa's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). Tom-tom drums, or toms for short, are drums without snares. Raiko uses a high tom and a low tom. The bass drum is a large drum and is also known as a kick drum. Drum fills and grooves are really fun.
All
High Tom
x4 Yang
All
Low Tom
x1 Yin 1
All
Kick
x1 Yin 1
All
High Tom 2
x1 Yang 2
All
Low Tom 2
x1 Yin 2
All
Kick 2
x1 Yang 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Raiko Horikawa's Spell Card. She shoots out drums that explode when destroyed. This time, she goes all out and triggers the drums herself. The miya-daiko, or temple taiko, is a type of large Japanese drum. They are played during Bon festival dances. Nagadou-daiko (long-barreled drums) get smaller whenever maintenance is performed on them, and the smaller nagadou-daiko are called miya-daiko.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Agility 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Dual Drumming
x16 Yang
Solo
Gallop Beat
x5 Yin 1
Solo
Steady Beat
x5 Yang 1
Solo
Natural Beat
x4 Yin 1
Solo
Fast Beat
x4 Yang 2
Solo
Varied Gallop Beat
x3 Yin 3
Raiko Horikawa's Spell Card. She shoots out a vortex of thunder and lightning. Gods of thunder are worshipped all over the world as gods that deliver divine punishment. In Japan, there is a famous legend about how a vengeful spirit who sought revenge was placated by being worshiped as a god. This spirit became Tenjin, a god of sky and storms. Apparently, Raijin, the Shinto god of thunder, is depicted with drums because of the influence of China's Leigong.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Accuracy 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Inflicts 2 layer(s) of Barrier Status: Paralyze to target (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 60%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Leigong Lightning
x14 Yang
Solo
Raijin Lighting
x5 Yang 1
Solo
Angry Lightning Ball
x4 Yin 1
Solo
Thunder God Lighting
x4 Yang 1
Solo
Bitter Lightning Ball
x3 Yin 2
Solo
Vengeful Lightning Ball
x3 Yin 3
Raiko Horikawa's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). She shoots lightning lasers that writhe like serpents. Since antiquity, it has been thought that lightning is the incarnation of a god with a dragon-serpent body. Apparently, this was the same with the gods of thunder in China. This makes sense because when lightning instantaneously descends from the heavens, it looks like a snake lunging at its prey.
*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%.]
Own Yang ATK 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Thunder & Lightning Laser
x18 Yang
All
Plasma Laser
x5 Yang 1
All
Lightning Laser
x5 Yang 2
All
Proton Laser
x5 Yang 2
All
Thunderbolt Laser
x5 Yang 2
All
Super Proton Laser
x5 Yang 3

Character Ability

Capable of making anything follow a rhythm
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Raiko Horikawa's ability as a drum tsukumogami. You could also say this is her ability as a drummer. She is a drum, a tsukumogami, and a drummer.

The drummer is an essential role for any band. They control the band's rhythm, and you could even say they are the heart that gives life to the whole concert's rhythm. The beat is the life of any performance―that is why it's called a beat.

It is said that animals can move because electrical stimulus causes their muscles to expand and contract. This means that electricity literally controls the physical motions of human bodies. There is even a method of resuscitation that makes use of this phenomenon that involves restarting a terminated signal with an electrical stimulus. Thus, Raijin, the god of thunder and lightning, has the power to make a heart follow a rhythm.

This must be how Raiko knew about the mysterious spell that lets tsukumogami transfer magic into themselves. Even if you can transfer a soul, the technique will fail if you cannot wake the soul up again. The rhythms Raiko plays may have been the key that gives new life to tsukumogami.
Immune to Barrier Status: Paralyze.
When using Graze, own Agility 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

Backbeat Lvl 10
CD 3
Own Agility 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Accuracy 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
A beat that makes you want to dance along. Sounds make people feel elated―Music even more so!
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Agility Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 10 20 30 50 50 60 80 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 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 50 50 60 80 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 3 3
Downbeat Lvl 10
CD 4
Own Spirit Power 1 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Inflicts 1 layer(s) of Barrier Status: Paralyze to all targets (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
A punk and rock kind of beat. Drummers live to make the audience follow a rhythm!
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spirit Power Up
Value 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.7 0.75 0.75 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
Barrier Paralyze
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 4 4 4 4
Blast Beat Lvl 10
CD 4
Own Yang ATK 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Agility 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Metal! Metal! Metal! There is no other instrument who puts so much heart and soul into her music!
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 40 50 60 80 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 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

Deep Bass Drum
When attacked, DMG from Energy Bullet 20% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Synth Drum
When attacked, DMG from Wood Element 25% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Revenger
After being attacked, own Agility 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

Raiko Horikawa was released on September 16th, 2022 in the Capsule-Crazy Gensokyo Pick-Up Prayer.

Raiko Horikawa is another among an increasingly large collection of tsukumogami; objects that have gained sentience 100 years since their conception. Like her sisters, she was given power from the Miracle Mallet wielded by Shinmyoumaru Sukuna. Instead of joining in the youkai rebellion however, she decides to trade in her traditional Taiko drum form with a modern drum set from the outside world, lending to the contemporary look she sports in Gensokyo today. This process involved the cleansing of her current self, removing all traces of the Miracle Mallet’s power and substituting it with a separate source. This creates a magical storm above the skies of Gensokyo, leading Reimu to confront her in an effort to resolve a possible incident. Making her appearance in Touhou Lost Word with an backbeat, she stands proud as an A+ Tier Friend.

These calmer times have seen her form a quartet with the Prismriver Sisters, spreading the joy of music to the residents of Gensokyo who happen to be present at one of their legendary performances. She is passionate about creating a paradise for other tsukumogami like herself to live freely in peace, though only time will tell what results her efforts will yield.

For farming, Raiko is fairly average across the board. With her Last Word, Thunder and Lightning of Battle, she is able to dish out good damage against enemies who are weak against Wood, especially in certain event stages. However, due to how current the story stages are constructed, Raiko can be heavily disadvantaged when it comes to farming multiple Story Cards due to her lack of elemental variance.

When facing challenging content, Raiko serves a more selfish role in the team rather than a helpful one. For example, her Skill 1, Backbeat, provides a decent speed and accuracy boost for multiple turns, however only to herself. This self-buffing theme is present throughout her Skill 2, Downbeat, providing only herself with a Spirt P boost and inflicting Electrified onto the enemy, and Skill 3, Blast Beat, boosting her own Yang Attack by 3 levels, but only giving her allies two levels of speed. While her skills boost her own damage output, they do almost nothing for her team. This trend follows through with all her Spell Cards as they also only provide self-buffs. Raiko’s first Spell Card, xxx, provides 2 levels of speed to herself, with her second Spell Card, Eighth Drum: Thunder God's Anger, following suit and buffing her own accuracy by 2 levels. Her Last Word, Thunder and Lightning of Battle, provides 3 levels of speed similar to her first Spell Card, and buffs her Yang Attack by 3 levels.

All in all, Raiko can deal a decent amount of wood breaks while dealing some decent damage towards enemies weak to the element. While she may not be able to reach the peaks that other characters may have, her electrifying performance is sure to leave a mark!

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

With Raiko, there are two ways to increase her damage. Either give her a multitude of Yang Attack buffs with her Story Cards, Spell Cards, and skills, or gain some extra Spirit P through the same methods to unleash a maxed out Last Word on her second turn. Thunder Beat and How Irrational… achieve similar results by giving Raiko a Wood power up or Wood and Yang Attack up allowing her to deal good damage with both her Spell Cards. The Witch of Scarlet Dreams allows Raiko, paired with Downbeat, her Skill 2, to build up Spirit P and finish her enemies off with 3P Last Word on turn 2.

Last Word

As for Raiko’s Last Word, it can be argued that it reaches a point where Raiko benefits from more Laser Bullet power up versus straight Yang Attack up, as her Last Word already gives her 3 levels of Yang Attack up. Ordinary Magician and Occult Circle both provide a considerable boost to her Laser Bullet power, but Ordinary Magician also brings to the table 3 more levels of Yang Attack up, while Occult Circle gives 10% more Laser Bullet power for a total of 35% instead of any Yang Attack buffs with the combination of being able to be farmed, making the card more accessible.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

It is recommended to first level up her Skill 2, Downbeat, first for the extra self P resulting in more bullet lines and damage. Assuming ideal Story Cards are equipped onto her Spell Cards, the next skill to upgrade would be Skill 1, Backbeat, for the extra accuracy to let her hit all the lines on her Last Word. The agility is just a nice bonus. Finally, her Skill 3, Blast Beat, should be levelled as it provides more Yang ATK for damage, as well as Agility to help support her slicing scaling.

Character Strengths

+ Above average damage compared to other characters
+ Good access to Wood breaks, can easily full break anyone that has a Wood weakness
+ Spirit P self buff

Character Weaknesses

- Being a General unit, her accessibility to high damage is outclassed by other Friends
- Very “selfish”. Most of her buffs from Skills and Spell Cards are self buffs
- Outside of event stages, the list of stages that can be farmed by Raiko is extremely limited