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Saki Kurokoma

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Matriarch of the Keiga Family

Stats

Health
5150
Agility
1425
Yang ATK
1125
Yang DEF
1015
Yin ATK
1500
Yin DEF
805

Races

Element Type Chart

Gufuu
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Gufuu (a Touhou LW original) refers to a violent gale or the strong wind from a tropical cyclone. This is an apt temperament for Saki, who climbed to the top of the dog-eat-dog world of the Animal Realm. Dwellers of the Animal Realm seem to lack the three Essences because this chaotic realm is far from Heaven. Saki is endowed with Fire Phase, with her burning passion, and Wood Phase, as her strength is unyielding.

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 strong and kind Wood Phase resists Water Phase, because water nourishes wood, but it is weak to Metal Phase, because metal carves wood.
sun_neutral
Sun
moon_neutral
Moon
fire_neutral
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_weak
Wood
metal_strong
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_neutral
Star

Character Shots

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Saki Kurokoma's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). She attacks with gusts of wind created by her wings that are so powerful they could carry her over Mount Fuji. It is said that Prince Shoutoku's beloved steed, one of the kurokoma of Kai, flew over Mount Fuji to land in Shinano with the prince on her back. However, perhaps flying is not the best way to put it, as the horse used its legs to leap and gallop through the air atop clouds. This is quite an extraordinary way to fly, even for a pegasus.
Solo
Flight Rank: Mount Yari
x9 Yin
Solo
Flight Rank: Mount Okuhotaka
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Flight Rank: Mount Aino
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Flight Rank: Mount Kita
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Flight Rank: Mount Fuji
x1 Yin 2
Solo
Flight Rank: Youkai Mountain
x1 Yang 3
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Saki Kurokoma's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). She sees the area before her as a Prince Shoutoku Road and gallops forward at full speed. Prince Shoutoku Roads, or Taishimichi in Japanese, are the ancient paths that were once trodden by Prince Shoutoku. There are a number of these roads in Japan, but the most famous one is the path connecting Ikaruga to Asuka. It is said that the kurokoma of Kai traveled this path countless times with the prince and his retainer, Choushimaro. Perhaps the three of them were great friends.
Solo
Prince Road Walk
x6 Yin
Solo
Prince Road Jog
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Prince Road Run
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Prince Road Dash
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Prince Road Sprint
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Prince Road Tackle
x2 Yang 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
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Saki Kurokoma's Spell Card. She uses her extreme speed to punch out meteor-like bullets. But why would moving fast make it look like a meteor shower is being shot out of her fist...? The most famous winged horse would have to be the mythical beast from the far west that became a constellation in the night sky. This is probably why this Spell Card is so reminiscent of space. Only Saki is capable of such an exciting and ambitious attack.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Agility 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Meteor Jab
x16 Yin
All
Meteor Hook
x3 Yin 1
All
Meteor Straight Punch
x3 Yin 2
All
Meteor Uppercut
x2 Yang 2
All
Meteor Cross-Counter
x2 Yin 3
All
Meteor Corkscrew Punch
x2 Yang 3
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Saki Kurokoma's Spell Card. In this attack, Saki shows her ambition as an animal spirit and the matriarch of the Keiga Family. The way of hungry ghosts (preta) and animals are seen to be lesser than the way of humans. This is why when you say someone has ''acted like an animal,'' you mean that their actions are too cruel or despicable for them to be a human. However, Saki used to be an animal and is now an animal spirit, so saying she doesn't act like a human could be a compliment.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
All targets' Evasion 3 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Wild Rule
x15 Yin
All
Natural Rule
x5 Yang 1
All
Primitive Rule
x4 Yang 1
All
Animal Rule
x4 Yang 1
All
Beast Rule
x3 Yin 2
All
Monster Rule
x3 Yang 3
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Saki Kurokoma's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). She messes up her landing and steps on her opponent. It is said that the kurokoma of Kai had an accident on the way to the Oharida Palace (the Imperial Palace during the early seventh century). The horse broke a hole in the path with its hoof while bearing the prince. Perhaps feeling guilty, the kurokoma of Kai refused to eat anything until the prince ordered the horse to eat again. Saki doesn't seem to be so weak-willed nowadays, but her legs are still incredibly powerful.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Target's Yang DEF 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Target's Yin DEF 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Oharida Drop Kick
x21 Yin
Solo
Oharida FBA
x4 Yin 1
Solo
Oharida FL
x4 Yin 1
Solo
Oharida FWK
x3 Yin 2
Solo
Oharida JKB
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Oharida FBSD
x1 Yin 3

Character Ability

Capable of having unmatched leg strength
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Saki Kurokoma's ability as the legendary black horse that gallops through the sky. Saki has a glorious pair of wings, even though the horse in the legends was described as flying through the air only by the power of its legs. However, Saki is the type who would boast that she could walk on air just by moving her legs, so she might be able to fly even without her wings... though this has yet to be proven. The matriarchs of the Animal Realm are animal spirits, so they do not possess a corporeal body and are probably beings that have died. It is interesting how Saki still respects physical strength so much despite this. Based on what is known about Saki, she is probably one of the kurokoma of Kai and most likely the beloved steed of Prince Shoutoku that is featured in the legends. It is said that the prince saw that amongst the many horses that were presented to him, there was a divine horse, so he chose it as his steed. She is probably quite familiar with Toyosatomimi no Miko and her retainers.
DMG to effective elements 20% UP.
DMG to resisted elements 20% UP.
When using Graze, own Agility 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

CD 3
Party's Agility 2 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%.]
Info
The kurokoma of Kai were the finest horses of the Kofun (300 to 538) and Asuka (592 to 645) periods. Of course, Saki is also brilliant.
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 6
Own Spirit Power 1.5 UP. [Additional effect +1 with success rate 0%.]
Own Agility 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
The legendary horse loved by Prince Shoutoku. This horse saw all of the prince's noble deeds by his side.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spirit Power Up
Value 1 1.05 1.1 1.15 1.25 1.25 1.3 1.35 1.4 1.5
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Agility Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 10 20 30 50 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6
CD 4
Own Yin ATK 3 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Accuracy 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Her main animal spirit underlings are wolf spirits. They swear absolute loyalty to Saki... but will they keep that oath?
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 50 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 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

Character Characteristics

Strongest in the Animal Realm
When attacked, DMG from Beasts 30% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Pump Up
After being attacked, own Agility 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 70%.]
Keiga's Pride
When turn starts, own Spirit Power 0.35 UP. [Success rate 20%.]

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

Saki Kurokoma is the matriarch of the Keiga Family, and leader of the wolf spirits in the Animal Realm of Hell. In the events of Touhou 17: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, she teamed up with Yachie Kicchou, leader of the otter spirits, and Yuuma Toutetsu, leader of the eagle spirits, to overthrow Keiki Haniyasushin, effective leader of the human spirits, to take over Hell in its entirety through using the wolf, eagle and otter spirits together to control Reimu, Marisa and Youmu. Saki's ability, "unmatched leg strength", makes her more physically powerful and faster than most characters, lending to her horse-like features. Saki acts and talks very casually, enjoys battle, and respects those who can go toe-to-toe with her in a fair fight. In Lost Word, Saki has a full suite of elemental bullets on all 3 spell cards and P0 elements on both shots, as well as above average damage, making her an S+ tier friend.

For farming, Saki uses her single-targeting Last Word, Oharida Palace Stomp, to clear any enemy that she fights. With a myriad of Killer bullets and a -2 Yin and Yang DEF on her Last Word, hardly any enemy can survive her power. She pushes this further with skills that provide her the tools she needs to hit hard, granting boosts to Agility, Yin ATK, Accuracy, and 1.5 P on her 1st turn. This allows her to reach 2 boosts on her 1st turn. As such, it enables her to reach 5 bullet lines with a 2-2-1 spread. However, Saki does suffer from having no potential to farm story cards on her lonesome. 

Challenging content is where Saki truly shines. While her only real team utility comes in her 2nd Spell Card, Deeds of Devilish Beasts, providing 3 levels of EVA down to all enemies, and Last Word providing 2 levels of Yin and Yang DEF DOWN to one enemy, they are ultimately not what makes Saki such a fearsome character. What Saki provides are numerous barrier breaks that only the very best of the bunch could hope to match. With all of her spell cards having amazing access to elements, it’s no wonder why she is the matriarch of the Keiga Family.

Boasting P0 Wood and Fire on her spread shot, Flight Over Mount Fuji, and her focus shot, Ultimate Prince Shoutoku Road, she covers multiple weaknesses with her basic shots alone. Not only that, her 2nd Spell Card, Agile Skill: Black Pegasus Meteor Shot contains a wide spread of 4 Star breaks and 2 Fire breaks. Her 1st Spell Card, on the other hand, provides 4 Wood breaks and 2 Fire breaks. Finally, her Last Word Has a full spread of Fire totaling up to 6 breaks. In practice, her 1st Spell Card may be a decision between setup damage and barrier breaks due to the backloaded nature of it. Her 2nd Spell Card, on the other hand, provides insane value in terms of 1P Wood breaks. Ultimately, Saki is one of the best at her role in terms of potential and can only be mitigated by a possibly weaker performance when performing Star breaks.

Saki’s skills are ultimately there to augment both her barrier breaking and damage potential. Her 1st skill, Fine Ancient Steed, provides her with 2 stages of Agility for the party and additionally 2 stages of Evasion up for herself with 0 downtime. Her 2nd skill, Imperial Derby, on the other hand, further serves to augment her with 3 stages of Agility and provide her with a total of 1.5 P. Her 3rd skill, Wolf Spirit Assist, gives her 2 stages of Accuracy for 3 turns and 3 stages of Yin ATK for 2 turns. These two factors further improve her barrier breaks to be accurate and improve her damage as well. While these skills are selfish, the Spirit Power that she provides herself is there to unlock her barrier breaking potential and unleash it against her foes. Not to mention, the Agility that she provides herself can also be extended to 10 stages indefinitely with a well timed skill or spread shot. One thing to note as well is the cool down on her 2nd skill may make you want to use it as soon as possible to help get more power from it in the future.

Ultimately, Saki is very much a character who provides a large amount of barrier breaks whilst also having horsepower befitting Prince Shoutoku’s steed. While her team utility may leave much to be desired compared to her compatriots, Saki does the other roles phenomenally.

The secondary effects and Slice scaling for Saki is as follows:
Spread Shot:

Chance for Agility UP (2 Turns): 50%/0%/100%/0%/0%/0%

Focus Shot:
Slice: 30%/30%/0%/0%/0%/0%

1st Spell Card:
Slice: 30%/0%/0%/50%/0%/50%

2nd Spell Card:
Slice: 60%/0%/70%/70%/80%/0%
Enemy Agility DOWN (2 Turns): 0%/0%/50%/50%/0%/0%

Last Word:
Slice: 20%/60%/0%/100%/100%/0%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

Spirit Power up cards like Witch of Scarlet Dreams is what allows Saki to excel thanks to her amazing elemental spread. Assuming you plan to use Saki for her strength, Overwhelming Firepower and Miracle Mallet would serve as a way to set up her Last Word with Yin ATK and CRIT ATK for more damage potential. Finally, to help increase her damage, look for stat sticks that provide Yin ATK and Agility, preferring Yin ATK.

Last Word

Saki, with a full spread of Fire bullets, would highly appreciate Bloody Order as she also contains one of the most powerful killers in the form of Gensokyo Killer. On the other hand, Bonds of Blood serve as a great alternative as it provides a better overall boost to damage than Bloody Order gives. Alternatively, Eating Contest serves as an alternative to Bonds of Blood to improve her damage. Finally, you can opt to use Yin ATK up like Overwhelming Firepower or Boo!

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Saki wants her 3rd skill raised fully as the skill provides her the biggest benefit with ACC and Yin ATK. Afterwards, it’s recommended to raise her 2nd skill. While the skill doesn’t need levels for her to reach 2 P on the first turn, it helps her have better self buffs and barrier breaks. Finally, her 1st skill can be raised to further increase her damage with Agility UP.

Character Strengths

+High Turn 1 damage which can be increased with CRIT support.
+Amazing Elemental access rivaling the best in terms of barrier breaks.

Character Weaknesses

-Main sources of team utility are locked to her 2nd Spell Card and Last Word.