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Sakuya Izayoi

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Maid of the Scarlet Devil Mansion

Stats

Health
4550
Agility
1400
Yang ATK
1195
Yang DEF
925
Yin ATK
1105
Yin DEF
915

Races

Element Type Chart

Donten
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Donten refers to cloudy skies. The way this temperament hides the sun—a vampire's weakness—as well as the patterns in the sky makes it a good fit for Sakuya. Sakuya is endowed with Metal Phase, calm and strong-willed, and Moon Essence, ambiguous and secretive. These two elements can seem contradictory at first.

The cold and silent Metal Phase resists Earth Phase, because earth bears metal, but it is weak to Fire Phase, because fire refines metal.

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_strong
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_neutral
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_weak
Earth
star_strong
Star

Character Shots

Sakuya Izayoi's Spread Shot. This bullet hell attack uses a silver blade that Sakuya received during a past incident. Its properties as a bewitched weapon have gradually faded after the incident was resolved, but it appears to be reproducing its properties in some way. Perhaps Patchouli is casting magic to help it. It was originally a prototype made by Shinmyoumaru.
Solo
Bewitched Sword Bullet
x7 Yin
Solo
Bewitched Sword Bullet
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Bewitched Sword Bullet
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Silver Blade
x2 Yang 3
Solo
Blade Bullet
x2 Yang 3
Solo
Bewitched Sword Bullet
x2 Yin 3
Sakuya Izayoi's Focus Shot. She throws her special knives at her target and steals something from them. As the name suggests, this attack makes one think of a robber, but why can a mere maid do something like this?
Solo
Yin Knife Bullet
x4 Yin
Solo
Yang Knife Bullet
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Yang Knife Bullet
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Life Steal
x2 Yin 3
Solo
Yin Knife Bullet
x2 Yin 3
Solo
Yin Knife Bullet
x3 Yin 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Sakuya Izayoi's Spell Card. Sakuya conjures up many knives in an instant and shoots them all out at once. She combines her ability to stop time with her knife techniques in an attack that is quintessentially Sakuya. Sakuya has many spell cards that might make you think of a certain killer, but any potential connection between the two is a complete mystery.
*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 +1 with success rate 60%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Army Knife
x12 Yin
Solo
Survival Knife
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Combat Knife
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Assassin's Knife
x2 Yin 3
Solo
Hunting Knife
x2 Yang 3
Solo
Combat Knife
x2 Yin 3
Sakuya Izayoi's Spell Card. In this incredible attack, Sakuya releases knives upon knives without using her ability to stop time. While she can use this Spell Card without using knives, she puts all her knives on display when she uses it here. This Spell Card is sometimes described as her last resort.
*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 +1 with success rate 60%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Hors D'Oeuvre Knife
x6 Yang
All
Fish Knife
x2 Yin 1
All
Meat Knife
x2 Yang 2
All
Meat Knife
x2 Yang 3
All
Fish Knife
x2 Yin 3
All
Meat Knife
x2 Yang 3
Sakuya Izayoi's Last Word. This bullet hell attack shrinks space-time and causes knives of the past and future to appear simultaneously in the present. Sakuya's unavoidable Last Word shows the maid's true power. Is this really the work of a human?
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Knife Skill
x13 Yin
All
Vampire Hunt
x2 Yang 1
All
Knife-Throwing Skill
x2 Yang 2
All
Hunter Arts
x2 Yin 3
All
Hunter Arts
x2 Yin 3
All
Advanced Knife Skill
x2 Yin 3
Rebirth Upgrades

Character Ability

Capable of manipulating time
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It is clearly an ability that goes beyond normal human possibilities—something you couldn't acquire just from training. It's unknown how Sakuya acquired this ability, but it seems it has some limitations. For example, when she rewinds time, while she can return things to their previous positions, she can't return things to their previous state if they have been burned or shattered. Nevertheless, this ability allows her to teleport, act incredibly quickly, and even expand space, so it is still terrifying to go up against.
Nullifies the effects of Barrier Status: Paralyze.
When boosted, own Agility 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

CD 4
Grants Quick to self. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Yin ATK 3 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
There are many benefits that can be gained by manipulating time. You can prepare yourself in advance and move before your opponent.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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
Yin Attack Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3
Rate 0 30 60 80 0 20 50 80 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
Agile Work Lvl 10
CD 4
Own Agility 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
A maid's job is very busy every day, but maids still manage to do it quickly and efficiently.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Agility Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3
Rate 0 30 60 80 0 20 50 80 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
CD 6
Own Spirit Power 1 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
You would think that Sakuya would run out of knives after throwing so many, but the head maid is always prepared for every situation.
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 0.8 0.85 0.9 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
Skill Upgrades From Rebirth

Character Characteristics

Maid Studies
After being attacked, own Agility 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]
Prep Work
When wave starts, target's Accuracy 1 level DOWN (3 turns). [Success rate 25%.]
Quick Rest
When turn starts, own Spirit Power 0.25 UP. [Success rate 50%.]
Characteristic Upgrades From Rebirth

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

Sakuya Izayoi was released on May 11th, 2021 as part of the starting roster. 

Sakuya Izayoi is the deft Chief Maid who serves Remilia Scarlet, and acts as the head of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Sakuya is in charge of maintaining all the happenings in the Scarlet Devil Mansion as well as supervising other worker's jobs, all while doing her own to the best of her ability. While rather pleasant and polite towards her mistress Remilia Scarlet, she is known to have a quick change of tone towards those she is not so considerate towards. Marisa Kirisame, for example, brings out a rather harsher side to Sakuya that can be noticed at a glance when speaking to one another. Despite being a human and the only human to live in the mansion, Sakuya is also know for being powerhouse. Sakuya has the unique ability to manipulate time. This means slowing down time, speeding it up, "erasing" time, and putting a stop to it all together. On top of all this our skillful maid can also "manipulate space". This translates into making rooms, which originally had space, even more spacious. This can also be used on top of time manipulation, aka "space-time manipulation". This ability has allowed her to accomplish feats such as making another version of her by creating a parallel universe. However, In Touhou LostWord, Sakuya isn't as fortunate, being placed in the ever-so-cold E-Tier.

When it comes to farming, Sakuya doesn't offer much of anything. Fitting to her lore, Sakuya's main skills in LostWord involve going really, really fast. In LostWord this niche is rather laughable, however, for two reasons. The first reason is that, as far as farming goes, your selected Last Words are going to go first anyway making all that added speed and priority useless in most scenarios. The second is that you're going to want your debuffers to act first, and not Sakuya, which in-optimally makes use of her already lacking damage.

Sakuya's attacks scale between Yin & Yang which severely hurts her overall damage due to her not having just one to focus on, making the previously mentioned "attacking before debuffing" flaw even worse. Sakuya's main use, while not being particularly overwhelming, and other than maybe a bit of extra damage, is her access to Metal element attacks. But even this is lacking as well; having a maximum of two on her first Spell Card, zero on her second, and two more on her Last Word.

Sakuya's position in LostWord is rather poor, not being particularly good at anything in specific, it's hard to find a time where using her is actually the play. And unless you could really use those Metal hits, you're usually better off opting for other units.

Here are the chances for Sakuya’s secondary effects, alongside her Slice scaling (per bullet):

Bewitched Sword: Silver Blade 
Chance of Delay: 0%/0%/0%/20%/0%/0%

Smart Robber: 
Recovers HP: 0%/0%/0%/11%/0%/0%

Illusion Sign: Killer Doll:
Slice: 0%/0%/20%/20%/20%/20%

Conjuring: Eternal Meek: 
Slice: 0%/20%/20%/20%/20%/20%

Deflation World:
Slice: 0%/0%/20%/20%/20%/20%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

(Updated as of June 22, 2022)

Conjuring: Eternal Meek should always be equipped with a Story Card that gives Spirit Power or Yin ATK UP, due to its lack of elements and low damage. The best option for Spirit Power UP would be The Witch of Scarlet Dreams as it gives 2.00P immediately. You may also use budget cards such as Midnight Tea and It's Spring! as an alternative. For YIN ATK UP, the best option would be Overwhelming Firepower but you can make do with budget cards like Boo! if you lack the said card.

Stat sticks should have both Yin ATK & Agility if possible, but favor Yin ATK if lacking in story cards that provide both. One of the best options as stat stick is Ordinary Magician.

Last Word

(Updated as of June 22, 2022)

Mysterious Sword Master is far and away Sakuya's best option, and she is rather reliant on it for her current rating. You can give her Accuracy UP instead if you don't have this Story Card, but keep in mind her damage will plummet as a result.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

With Sakuya you're going to want to prioritize her first skill,  Time Manipulation first for the 3 Yin attack up it gives. The added Quick prioritization it provides can also be useless in certain scenarios, but more often than not it doesn't change the result of her outspeeding your units anyway. Next up you should go for Loaded Knife next. This helps get Sakuya that much closer to P3 on her Last Word, which adds the second Metal hit onto the attack (However do note that Sakuya P2 uses Yang as her medium of attack, which goes against what Time Manipulation buffs.). Lastly, Agile Work, doesn't offer much of anything in terms of buffing for Sakuya. She's usually going to be outspeeding your team anyway. and in the even that she does using the added Agility, it isn't a gamechanger.

Character Strengths

+Metal elemental access on two of her spell cards
+Can do OK damage when applied in the right situation

Character Weaknesses

-Very low damage
-No utility whatsoever
-Mixed attack types

Rebirth Upgrades

CD 4
Own Agility3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Agility 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). Own Yin ATK 1 level(s) UP (3 turns).
CD 6
Own Spirit Power1UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Spirit Power 1.00 UP. Own Agility 1 level(s) UP (1 turn).
Characteristic Upgrade - Maid Studies
After being attacked, own Agility 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]
After being attacked, own Agility 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 55%.]
Characteristic Upgrade - Quick Rest
When turn starts, own Spirit Power 0.25 UP. [Success rate 50%.]
When turn starts, own Spirit Power 0.35 UP. [Success rate 50%.]
Spell Card Upgrade - Deflation World
Sakuya Izayoi's Last Word. This bullet hell attack shrinks space-time and causes knives of the past and future to appear simultaneously in the present. Sakuya's unavoidable Last Word shows the maid's true power. Is this really the work of a human?
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Knife Skill
x13 Yin
Slash Bullet
Element: Metal
PWR
12.66
ACC
80%
CRI
5%
All
Vampire Hunt
x2 Yang 1
Slash Bullet
Element: None
PWR
32.91
ACC
80%
CRI
5%
[Vampire-Killer]
All
Knife-Throwing Skill
x2 Yang 2
Slash Bullet
Element: None
PWR
38.4
ACC
80%
CRI
5%
[Slice]DMG scales with ATK in addition to 20% of Agility
All
Hunter Arts
x2 Yin 3
Slash Bullet
Element: None
PWR
45.26
ACC
80%
CRI
5%
[Vampire-Killer]
[Slice]DMG scales with ATK in addition to 20% of Agility
All
Hunter Arts
x2 Yin 3
Slash Bullet
Element: None
PWR
52.46
ACC
80%
CRI
5%
[Vampire-Killer]
[Slice]DMG scales with ATK in addition to 20% of Agility
All
Advanced Knife Skill
x2 Yin 3
Slash Bullet
Element: Metal
PWR
60.01
ACC
80%
CRI
5%
[Slice]DMG scales with ATK in addition to 20% of Agility