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Sagume Kishin

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Goddess who Invites Unfortunate Slips of the Tongue

Stats

Health
5800
Agility
980
Yang ATK
1330
Yang DEF
1190
Yin ATK
1140
Yin DEF
1100

Races

Element Type Chart

Sakazuki
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Sakazuki (a Touhou LW original) refers to the dish used to drink sake and the reflection of the moon in this dish when it has sake in it. Also, when the two Japanese characters for sakazuki are combined into a single character, it forms a new word which means to go against the current. This is a fitting temperament for Sagume with her ability to reverse fate. Sagume is endowed with Earth Phase, and Moon Essence, two conflicting elements that maintain a balance within her.

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 cooperative and indecisive Moon Essence resists the alluring and arrogant Sun Essence, but it is weak to the diverse and uncooperative Star Essence.
sun_weak
Sun
moon_neutral
Moon
fire_weak
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_strong
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_strong
Star

Character Shots

Sagume Kishin's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). She shoots out ofuda with taboo words written on them. These taboo words are ominous words that cause disasters to occur when spoken. It seems that Sagume takes great care not to speak any words in vain because of her ability.
All
Taboo Word Ofuda
x6 Yang
All
Taboo Card
x2 Yin 1
All
Naming Taboo Ofuda
x2 Yang 2
All
Forbidden Ofuda
x2 Yang 2
All
Vengeance Ofuda
x2 Yang 2
All
Prohibited Word Card
x2 Yin 3
Sagume Kishin's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). She shoots out yin-yang orbs directly into her target. These yin-yang orbs are similar in appearance to the ones utilized by Reimu. Sagume's use of these orbs that feature yin and yang's duality and interconnection hint at her dual nature.
Solo
Naval Mine Yin-Yang Orb
x5 Yin
Solo
Moon Yin-Yang Orb
x1 Yang 1
Solo
Red & Blue Yin-Yang Orbs
x1 Yin 2
Solo
Reflecting Yin-Yang Orb
x1 Yin 2
Solo
Specular Yin-Yang Orb
x1 Yin 2
Solo
Depth Charge Yin-Yang Orb
x1 Yang 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Sagume Kishin's Spell Card. Yin-yang orbs shoot out a barrage of ofuda bullets. A disorderly flock is a flock that lacks cohesion, like a murder of crows. However, this Spell Card is so precise that it is beautiful. According to a certain individual, this Spell Card is ''incredibly cool.''
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Target's Yang ATK 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Target's Yang DEF 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
The Moon's Sealing Ofuda
x19 Yang
Solo
Offensive Ofuda
x3 Yin 1
Solo
The Moon's Purifying Ofuda
x3 Yang 2
Solo
Specular Ofuda
x3 Yin 3
Solo
The Moon's Righteous Ofuda
x3 Yin 3
Solo
Debuff Ofuda
x3 Yin 3
Sagume Kishin's Spell Card. As the name implies, this is an attack composed of light bullets in the shape of a single wing. The attack also looks like the silhouette of Sagume herself. According to a certain teenage girl, this Spell Card is ''delightfully edgy.''
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Yang ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 60%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
White Heron Feathers
x13 Yin
All
Feathers of Light
x3 Yang 1
All
Silver White Heron Feathers
x3 Yin 2
All
Feathers of Shining Light
x3 Yang 3
All
White Heron Flight Feathers
x3 Yang 3
All
Feathers of Flashing Light
x3 Yang 3
Sagume Kishin's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). An arrow pierces through the shadow of a pheasant in flight, causing countless arrows to rain down from the heavens. In Japanese mythology, a goddess named Ame no Sagume asked Ame no Wakahiko to shoot a pheasant called Nakime, an envoy of the gods, incurring divine punishment upon Ame no Wakahiko. This Spell Card is probably based on this story, but it is unclear whether there is any connection between Sagume and this goddess. Incidentally, Nakime was an envoy of the god, Omokane, whom Yorihime summons when using one of her skills.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
All targets' Yang DEF 2 level(s) DOWN (1 turn). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Yang ATK 2 level(s) UP (1 turn). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Forbidden Arrow
x21 Yang
All
Return Arrow
x4 Yang 1
All
Arrow Shot in Haste
x4 Yang 2
All
Return Arrow of Wrath
x4 Yang 3
All
Evidence Destroying Arrow
x4 Yang 3
All
Exposing Return Arrow
x4 Yang 3

Character Ability

Capable of reversing a situation with her words
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Sagume's ability is incredibly perplexing and powerful. The power of the Lunarians is on par with gods, so perhaps it is fitting that Sagume can manipulate fate with mere words. However, the mechanics of this ability are extremely difficult to comprehend, which is probably why Sagume takes great care to avoid saying anything unnecessary. The following are aspects of Sagume's ability that have been observed and are understood. - Her ability appears to get triggered whenever Sagume talks about some kind of matter or event. - Only fates that have not yet come to pass are reversed. The past cannot be changed. - Her ability does not cause the reverse of what she said to occur. It causes the reverse of the event that was going to happen to take place instead. However, if she correctly says a prediction of what will happen, it may look like the reverse of what she said occurred. - Judging by the results of her ability, it can be assumed that it is not only the good and bad that are reversed―everything is. When Eirin still lived on the moon, she taught Toyohime quantum mechanics. According to quantum principles, the future is defined by a probability distribution of different possible outcomes. So perhaps Sagume's ability to reverse the future is, in fact, inverting these probability distributions...
DMG to resisted elements 20% UP.
DMG from resisted elements 20% DOWN.

Character Skills

CD 4
Inflicts 2 layer(s) of Barrier Status: Blind to target (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Inflicts 1 layer(s) of Barrier Status: Paralyze to target (1 turn). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
She tests those who have promise, and she makes sure to always hold back... most of the time.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Barrier Blind
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 50 60 70 80 80 0
Add 0 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 5 5 4 4
CD 5
All targets' Yang DEF 3 level(s) DOWN (1 turn). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Grants Quick to self. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Sagume takes great care not to speak needlessly, as there are some fates that she doesn't want to reverse.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yang Defense Level Down
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 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
CD 6
All targets' Evasion 2 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
All targets' Accuracy 2 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
The wheels of fate and fortune turn backward! The direr the circumstances, the greater effect this skill has.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Evasion Level Down
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 Down
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 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Character Characteristics

Half-Heaven Half-Earth
When attacked, DMG from gods 25% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Divine Envoy
When wave starts, target's Accuracy 1 level DOWN (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]
Slip of the Tongue
When wave starts, inflicts 1 layer of Barrier Status: Paralyze to target (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

Sagume Kishin was released on December 24th, 2021 in Festival: Cure & Blessing of Fate.

Sagume Kishin, the Goddess who Invites Unfortunate Slips of the Tongue, is one of the sages of the moon. Technically a divine spirit, she’s a composite of many different things - including the power of an amanojaku, which is to invert things. However, in Sagume’s case, her very words cause the world and reality itself to rebel against them - if she for example commented on light rain, it may suddenly cease to rain, or instead the rain may instead become a great monsoon. As such, she chooses her words very carefully - making the most of her powers as a S+ Tier Friend.

For farming purposes, Sagume is a solid option who, thanks to the backloaded nature of her Last Word as well as incredible Spell Cards for farming setup purposes, can smash through both multi-target and single-target stages. This does come with a few caveats - she’ll often need an extra turn against single-target fights to get the oomph she needs. Thankfully, the dual-element nature of her Last Word doesn’t hurt that much in those situations, as she does 20% more damage to resistances (this doesn’t negate the penalty, just heavily diminishes it). 
Solo Story Card Farms: 3-3-3

For harder fights, Sagume shines like the full moon. Her abundance of Yang DEF DOWN on top of granting herself Quick means not only will she shred the enemy’s defenses, she’ll typically go first (unless partnered with faster attackers with Quick). To break down her debuffs: from her skills, Silent Heron inflicts 3 levels of Yang DEF DOWN (1T) to all foes, and Fate Reversal inflicts 2 Levels of Evasion DOWN (2T) to all foes. This pairs nicely with her All targeting Last Word, Arrow of Evil-Slaying, which features 2 additional levels of Yang DEF DOWN (1T) - this combined 5 levels of Yang DEF DOWN will render any enemy force decimated in the face of a Yang onslaught - albeit, make sure it’s a blitz, since the debuffs only last for a single turn. 

Sagume’s no slouch in the personal damage department either - on top of easily taking advantage of the Yang DEF DOWN she herself provides, she can also bolster her own Yang ATK with One-Winged White Heron providing 2 levels (3T, 60% chance for +1 level) of it. Additionally, her previously mentioned ability to partially ignore resistances means she’s a great pick for just about any fight that doesn’t outalright feature anti-Yang measures (such as excessive amounts of Yang ATK DOWN or Yang DEF UP). 

However, if Sagume has a weak point, it would be her Break potential. It’s simply a little bit below what the par for good is these days - both Spell Cards feature 1/1/2/3 Moon Breaks for 0/1/2/3 Spirit Power. Her Last Word technically is fantastic at Breaking, with 3 Star and 3 Moon All targeting Breaks for 3 Spirit Power, but unless you’re truly desperate it’s much better served as a Yang DEF DOWN tool. 

Overall, whilst she may only have one wing, this heron is stronger than most. Just try to avoid having her speak up too much - unfortunate slips of the tongue could result in disaster! 

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

Sagume can either utilize additional Yang ATK UP for more damage, or Spirit Power UP for additional Breaks - in longer fights, make sure she has at least some Spirit Power UP, to make the most of her Last Word’s backloaded nature. In the Arena, she may occasionally get use out of Accuracy. For fillers, look to Yang ATK.

Last Word

Sagume’s best option is The Heat of My Fingertips, both buffing Sagume's whole Last Word due to being made up of Sharp Bulllets and buffing the Moon-element bullets parts of the attack. If you do not have this card, Yang ATK UP still serves her well with cards such as Ordinary Magician easily serving the role.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Fate Reversal should be leveled up first if Sagume's personal output is important (such as for farming purposes), otherwise Silent Heron should be leveled up first for the highest possible team-wide boost. Sage's Trial isn't very useful, and can be saved for when you either have no targets left or she gets a Fantasy Rebirth. 

Character Strengths

+ Great damage in short and long fights alike
+ Incredible support for Yang attackers
+ Good Accuracy support

Character Weaknesses

- Best Yang DEF DOWN debuff only last one turn
- Slightly lacking break potential