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Shinmyoumaru Sukuna

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Fes
Descendent of the Inchlings

Stats

Health
3775
Agility
1265
Yang ATK
1505
Yang DEF
975
Yin ATK
1445
Yin DEF
955

Races

Element Type Chart

Koharu
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Koharu (a Touhou LW original) refers to calm, warm weather with clear skies at the start of winter. This is an apt temperament for Shinmyoumaru, a descendant of the inchlings who hid great power. Shinmyoumaru is endowed with Metal Phase, since she can use the Miracle Mallet, and Star Essence, as she is a mischievous child.

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 diverse and uncooperative Star Essence resists the cooperative and indecisive Moon Essence, but it is weak to the charming and arrogant Sun Essence.

...However, her weaknesses and resistances are reversed due to the magic of her mallet that is gradually regaining its power.
sun_weak
Sun
moon_strong
Moon
fire_weak
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_neutral
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_strong
Earth
star_neutral
Star

Character Shots

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Shinmyoumaru Sukuna's Spread Shot. She attacks by sewing incredibly fast with her needle sword. In the past, seamstresses used to be called shinmyou, written with the Japanese characters for ''needle'' and ''strange.'' It is unknown if this has any connection with Shinmyoumaru.
All
Thread Knot Cut
x8 Yang
All
Straight Stitch Cut
x1 Yang 1
All
Running Stitch Cut
x1 Yang 2
All
Backstitch Cut
x1 Yin 2
All
Blind Stitch Cut
x1 Yin 3
All
End Knot Cut
x1 Yin 3
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Shinmyoumaru Sukuna's Focus Shot. She spins along with her bowl and crashes into her opponent. Her elegant twirling, reminiscent of a spinning top, is like the New Year's Day performances that bring good luck. Aunn and Kogasa would probably enjoy this.
Solo
Shinmyoumaru's Giant Rotation
x4 Yang
Solo
Twisting Giant Rotation
x1 Yin 1
Solo
Bobbin Giant Rotation
x1 Yang 2
Solo
Handspun Giant Rotation
x1 Yin 2
Solo
Throwing Giant Rotation
x1 Yang 3
Solo
Striking Giant Rotation
x1 Yin 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
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Shinmyoumaru Sukuna's Spell Card. She attacks by making her bullets grow in size. She is obviously using the Miracle Mallet in this attack... But nothing good comes from overusing the Miracle Mallet's magic. Shinmyoumaru will surely be more careful the next time she uses the mallet... hopefully.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Yang ATK 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Grown Bullet
x16 Yang
All
Grown a Little Bullet
x3 Yin 1
All
Grown Pretty Big Bullet
x3 Yang 2
All
Grown Fairly Big Bullet
x3 Yang 3
All
Grown Really Big Bullet
x3 Yin 3
All
Grown Too Big Bullet
x3 Yin 3
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Shinmyoumaru Sukuna's Spell Card. She attacks with her needle sword and the light it gives off. Issun-Boushi is famous for wielding a needle sword. He used it to defeat an oni, so it should not be underestimated even though it is a needle. Also, the silver blade that Sakuya found was apparently created by Shinmyoumaru as an experiment. Perhaps that is connected to this Spell Card.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Yang DEF 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Needle Sword
x20 Yang
Solo
Needle Sword's Majesty
x4 Yang 1
Solo
Shining Needle Sword
x4 Yang 2
Solo
Shining Needle Sword's Majesty
x4 Yang 3
Solo
Sparkling Needle Sword
x4 Yin 3
Solo
Sparkling Needle Sword's Majesty
x4 Yin 3
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Shinmyoumaru Sukuna's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). In this attack, she causes a stunning upset, which is a staple in fiction. Giant killing refers to a trope where a smaller person defeats a larger adversary. In other words, it is a shocking turn of events where the underdog wins... It certainly does not have anything to do with growing in size to beat up your opponent. Shinmyoumaru, you are probably going to regret using so much magic!
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Target's Evasion 4 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Target's CRIT Evasion 4 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Giant Killing
x20 Yang
Solo
Titan Killing
x4 Yang 1
Solo
Cyclops Killing
x4 Yang 2
Solo
Hecatoncheires Killing
x4 Yang 2
Solo
Gaia Killing
x4 Yang 3
Solo
Dragon Killing
x4 Yang 3

Character Ability

Capable of using the Miracle Mallet
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Shinmyoumaru Sukuna's ability as a descendent of the inchlings. The Miracle Mallet is a special item that can apparently only be used by inchlings. It used to belong to an oni, but the inchling hero, Issun-Boushi, claimed it for his race. This means that the mallet's magic is oni magic, which might explain why the mallet's ability is so ridiculously powerful. However, the mallet is not a convenient item that can just be used whenever one pleases, as many times as they like... It carries a price. However, it seems some of the inchlings have forgotten this over the generations. Shinmyoumaru's noble inching family traces its lineage back to the "oni-slaying" hero, Issun-Boushi. The Issun-Boushi from the fairy tale supposedly has a deep connection with the god Sukunahikona described in ancient legends. Sukunahikona is a great god who partnered with Ookuninushi to travel the land and build the nation. However, he is also an unusual god who acts like a mischievous child at times. These types of gods are known as tricksters and are a staple of ancient mythology. You could even say that Seija and Shinmyoumaru are a pair of tricksters when they work together. There might not be another duo quite like them in Gensokyo...
DMG to effective elements 25% UP.
When using Graze, party's Yang ATK 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

CD 4
Own Spirit Power 0.8 UP. [Additional effect +1 with success rate 0%.]
Own Evasion 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
She uses the Miracle Mallet's magic to shrink in size. She only shrinks a little bit, so it should be fine.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spirit Power Up
Value 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.8
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Evasion Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 10 20 30 50 60 70 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
CD 4
Own Spirit Power 0.8 UP. [Additional effect +1 with success rate 0%.]
Own Yang ATK 3 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
She uses the Miracle Mallet's magic to grow in size. Growing just a little bit shouldn't cause any harm.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spirit Power Up
Value 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.8
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Yang Attack Level Up
Value 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 10 20 30 30 60 70 80 90 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4
CD 5
Party's 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
She grants a wish with the Miracle Mallet's magic. A little wish won't cause a repeat of the past, right?
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Accuracy Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 40 40 60 70 80 90 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 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5

Character Characteristics

Descendant of a Hero
When attacked, DMG from youkai 30% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Minuscule Body
When attacked, DMG from enemy 50% DOWN. [Success rate 50%.]
Ancestor's Legacy
After being attacked, own Yang ATK 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

Shinmyoumaru Sukuna is an inchling, a rare race of tiny people whose treasure is the Miracle Mallet, an artifact with the power to change the size of anything, but only inchlings can use

it. Shinmyoumaru is the current owner of the Miracle Mallet, and uses it in battle, as well as using it to create the tsukumogami Benben, Yatsuhashi and Raiko (albeit by accident). Alongside the Miracle Mallet, Shinmyoumaru also uses the Shining Needle Sword in battle while flying around in her bowl. She lived with Reimu at the Hakurei Shrine for some time, but returned to her original home, the Shining Needle Castle, after the events of Touhou 14, and has lived there ever since. in Touhou Lost Word, she is an S-Tier Friend.

Farming-wise, Shinmyoumaru might not farm any notable story cards but she still does well for event farming. Her Last Word, Giant Killing, stands out as a fully Star and Yang nuke, providing many Killers and plentiful Hard scaling to ensure its singular target doesn’t escape unscathed. She has her own 2 levels of Accuracy UP (3T) through her third skill, Grant a Little Wish, as well as Giant Killing crippling the target’s Evasion by 4 levels (2T), meaning she can focus her story card slots on optimizing damage. She sadly cannot get to 3P turn 1, even with her two skills giving Spirit Power, but this inchling’s damage output is still nothing to sneeze at and can serve you well for event farms.

When it comes to challenging content, Shinmyoumaru is an Attack Friend that actually supports the rest of the team a fair bit. This is seen from her two spells’ pre-ATK effects. Her first spell, Mallet: Grow Bigger!, grows everyone on the team by increasing everyone’s Yang ATK by 2 levels (2T). Her second spell, Bewitched Sword: Shining Needle Sword, holds a similar effect by increasing the party’s Yang DEF by 2 levels (3T). The accuracy support mentioned from Grant a Little Wish is party-wide as well, giving those that lack Accuracy a very handy boost. While you may think Giant Killing can also be used as accuracy utility, Grant a Little Wish gives Shinmyoumaru self-Charge, meaning on a turn where everyone is going for Last Words, she will end up moving last, so you would have to plan your turns out well.

Shinmyoumaru’s first two skills are just about helping herself do even more damage, with 0.80 Spirit Power being obtained from her first skill, Shrink Just a Little, and 0.80 more Spirit Power coming with 3 levels of Yang ATK UP (2T) from her second skill, Grow Just a Little. Unfortunately, this is just about what Shinmyoumaru can provide for a team. Her breaking potential is rather low, with her main elemental highlights being her 0P Star on her Focus shot, Ebiichi Giant Rotation, and full Star on Giant Killing. She does have the potential to break Blind anomalies at 3P on her Spread shot, Kimono Pattern Resewing, and Giant Killing, but the anomalies themselves will have to come from other Friends. Her buffs being on spells instead of skills makes them a lot less limited as well.

All in all, Shinmyoumaru offers about everything you would expect from an Attack Class Friend. Having the capability to buff her allies upon using her spells can come in handy, and she can even use her Graze to raise the party’s Yang ATK for a single turn. Still, other Friends definitely have the potential to hit harder, even when Shinmyoumaru is fully set up. I would say that she did rather well for someone her size though! (Is she too small to pat on the head…?)

The secondary effects and Hard scaling for Shinmyoumaru’s attacks are as follows:

Kimono Pattern Resewing:
Hard: 0%/30%/0%/0%/0%/0%

Ebiichi Giant Rotation:
Hard: 30%/30%/0%/30%/0%/0%

Mallet: Grow Bigger!
Hard: 40%/0%/50%/0%/0%/50%

Bewitched Sword: Shining Needle Sword:
Hard: 40%/0%/50%/50%/0%/0%

Giant Killing:
Yang ATK UP: 0%/100%/0%/0%/0%/0%
Hard: 80%/80%/90%/100%/0%/0%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

Spirit Power increases are always a great priority, especially for Friends whose end goal is to hit hard. In this case, Dancer in the Puddle potentially has better utility than Witch of Scarlet Dreams due to its very high Yang DEF stat stick, something that Shinmyoumaru’s high Hard scaling on her Last Word will be thankful for. Waiting in Comfort is the perfect pick for both Yang ATK and Yang DEF, as it goes ahead and buffs both for 2 levels (2T) while also having a Yang DEF stat stick!

Last Word

With a Last Word that is entirely made up of Heavy Bullets, The Secret God of the Sky is the obvious choice for increasing damage, providing a flat 50% Heavy Bullet power UP for every single bullet in the attack. It helps that this story card is farmable in 3-6-3, especially when more units are able to farm that stage. If you do lack this card, look for other forms of Heavy Bullet power UP or even Star power UP, as the Last Word only has Star bullets.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

The skill that you prioritize upgrading first mainly depends on if you want to help out your team or make Shinmyoumaru even stronger. Her second skill, Grow Just a Little, mixes good Spirit Power restoration with 3 levels of Yang ATK UP (3T) while her third skill, Grant a Little Wish, gives 2 levels of Accuracy UP (2T) for the whole team. However, it will always retain its self-Charge benefit, so it can be argued that Grow Just a Little is more worth it in the long run. Her first skill, Shrink Just a Little, comes in last since while it can also give Spirit Power, a fully upgraded Grow Just a Little mixed with this skill at level 1 still provides enough to have 2.00 Spirit Power on turn 1. The Evasion buff is not really worth it either.

Character Strengths

+ 0P Star on Focus shot
+ Fully Star Last Word hits hard with set up
+ Comes with her own Accuracy support

Character Weaknesses

- Lacking in elemental breaking on spells
- Team support mainly on spells instead of skills
- Evasion debuff on Last Word is a tad excessive
- Rather fragile; little Yang DEF buffs