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Yamame Kurodani

11000
The Bright Net in the Dark Cave

Stats

Health
5000
Agility
1340
Yang ATK
1090
Yang DEF
790
Yin ATK
1220
Yin DEF
1010

Races

Element Type Chart

Asabare
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Asabare (a Touhou LW original) refers to a clear sky in the morning. This is an apt temperament for Yamame since it is said that there will be clear skies all day if you see a spider in the morning. Yamame is endowed with Earth Phase, as a tsuchigumo, and Star Essence, as one of the people who did not obey the Imperial Court of Japan.

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 diverse and uncooperative Star Essence resists the cooperative and indecisive Moon Essence, but it is weak to the charming and arrogant Sun Essence.
sun_strong
Sun
moon_weak
Moon
fire_weak
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_strong
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_neutral
Star

Character Shots

Yamame Kurodani's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). In this attack, she shoots spider threads rolled into balls. All spiders can produce threads, and many use viscous threads for predation. You might get eaten.
Solo
Fibroin Bullet
x6 Yin
Solo
Fibril Structure Bullet
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Glycine Component Bullet
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Alanine Component Bullet
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Serine Component Bullet
x2 Yin 3
Solo
Tyrosine Component Bullet
x3 Yin 3
Yamame Kurodani's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). In this attack, she charges toward her enemy by swinging on her spider thread. A similar acrobatic trick is said to be used in circuses called the trapeze. It is a highlight of any circus show.
Solo
Ballooning
x4 Yin
Solo
Trapeze T
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Swinging T
x2 Yang 1
Solo
Headstand T
x2 Yin 2
Solo
Flying T
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Spider T
x2 Yin 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Yamame Kurodani's Spell Card. In this attack, she spreads her web. The way she crafts a web pattern with her threads is truly reminiscent of a spider. Spiders are said to detect prey by the vibration of their threads. It's almost like a wire trap...!
*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 (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Spider Web Bullet
x14 Yin
All
Circular Web Bullet
x3 Yin 1
All
Rectangle Web Bullet
x3 Yin 1
All
Round Web Bullet
x2 Yang 1
All
Streak Web Bullet
x2 Yang 2
All
Irregular Web Bullet
x1 Yin 3
Yamame Kurodani's Spell Card. She imitates a miasma in this attack. Long ago, it was thought that diseases were caused by ''bad air,'' called miasma. Malaria is one of the world's three major infectious diseases, and its name also means ''bad air.'' A certain warlord was infected by a disease called okori by a tsuchigumo, but there is a theory that this was, in fact, malaria.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
All targets' Accuracy 3 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Yamame Kurodani's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). This attack recreates the legendary sword that is said to have slain a spider spirit. The spider spirit, called a tsuchigumo or yamagumo, is a well-known youkai that has been depicted in various stories and plays, including Noh plays. It is said that the sword used to slay the spider was renamed Kumogiri by a warlord famous for exterminating youkai.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Yin ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Agility 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Makuragami Slash
x18 Yin
All
Hizagiri Slash
x5 Yin 1
All
Hizamaru Slash
x4 Yin 1
All
Kumogiri Slash
x4 Yin 2
All
Hoemaru Slash
x4 Yin 2
All
Usumidori Slash
x3 Yin 3

Character Ability

Capable of manipulating illness (mainly infectious disease)
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The ability of Yamame Kurodani as a tsuchigumo. This is a particularly nasty ability even for a youkai of the Underworld, who are generally hated by others. However, she does not seem to want to use this ability carelessly.

Tsuchigumo are probably best known for the story about how one made a famous youkai exterminator warlord sick with a fever. Long ago, in both the West and East, it was believed that diseases were caused by ''bad air,'' called miasma, which was a product of foul water. Sanitation, flood control, and urban developments such as water supply and sewage system improvements may have also been an act of youkai extermination. On the other hand, there is a theory that tsuchigumo may have been the name for tribes or clans of people who did not show allegiance to the Imperial Court of Japan. Some studies even seem to regard them, and other youkai, as the remnants of fallen ancient gods.

However, even if one tries to understand the origins of youkai, the rumors about them will always be horrifying. Regardless of how they came to be, diseases are frightening, and unknown hostile forces are a threat. Yamame lives deep underground in Gensokyo with her terrifying ability.
When inflicted by Barrier Status: Poison, inflicts the same Barrier Status to target.
When using Graze, own Agility 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

CD 3
Own 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
She usually hides her legs. They are very cool and useful.
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 4
Own Spirit Power 1 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Agility 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Lightweight, stretchable, and durable. Where is it usually stored?
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spirit Power Up
Value 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.75 0.75 0.8 0.85 0.9 1
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 1 1 1 0 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 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
CD 5
Own Yin ATK 3 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Evasion 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Threads are practical and can build anything. It's a power that comes in handy in the Underworld.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yin Attack Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 30 60 80 0 20 40 60 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0
Evasion Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 30 60 80 0 20 40 60 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Character Characteristics

Earth Constructor
When attacked, DMG from Earth Element 30% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Trap Master
When wave starts, target's Evasion 1 level DOWN (3 turns). [Success rate 50%.]
Underworld Idol
After being attacked, own Agility 1 level UP (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

Yamame Kurodani was released on July 8th 2022, in the event themed Festival Banner: Princess Joon the Chivalrous Phantom Thief.

Yamame Kurodani is a tsuchigumo (土蜘蛛), an earth spider that first appeared in Touhou 11 Subterranean Animism as a Stage 1 Boss. She’s liked by other youkai but humans fear her. These spiders live mostly in the underworld, additionally they are strong, skilled, and good with architecture. Alongside that and a love for battle, Yamame has the potent ability to control illness, especially infectious disease. Although she doesn’t use this power much, she still climbs the spider’s thread to be an S tier Friend.

Yamame’s kit is simple but deadly. Focused on dealing damage, her skills only support her for the most part, she isn’t much of a team player but she misses the part where that’s her problem. Support String supports her team via Agility (2 levels, 3T) alongside a self spirit power regen (+1.00), Construction buffs her own Yin ATK (3 levels, 2T) and Evasion (3 levels 3T), and her first skill, Multi-legged, buffs her Agility (2 levels, 3T) and Evasion (2 levels, 3T). These evasion buffs could be used to clutch some games and escape death but what’s really great here is how her Shots and Spell Cards are mostly Yin and her LW is full Yin, in addition to being frontloaded, making her +1.00p gain really all you need in most cases. Couple that with all the Slice scaling she has and voila! Her skills perfectly boost her damage with some added evasion on top. 

As an earth spider, of course she’d have amazing access to the Earth element, equipped with a 0p Earth spammable Focus Shot, she might as well put dirt in her opponents’ eyes. Now for her Spell Cards, Trap Sign: Capture Web, which is front loaded with a 3-1-1 layout and All targeting, plays the role of a minor party buff as it reduces the evasion of all targets by 3 levels for 3 Turns, supporting accuracy team-wide. Although this Spell Card contains Earth breaks, 2 out of 3 of them are at the 2p and 3p bullet lines. This is one of the things her 2nd Spell Card, Miasma Sign: Filled Miasma, differs in. It is a Solo targeting with a front loaded 3-1-1 layout yet again but all 3 Earth lines are at the 1p mark and it also comes with a defensive effect; lowering the opponent’s Accuracy by 3 levels for 3 turns. It is clear that Yamame’s spider senses let her evade danger. Do keep note that both of her Spell Cards break Poison Anomalies at 3p, which is very expensive considering she has no way to apply the anomaly other than reflecting it if she was attacked by it.

If you thought Yamame had spun her last web, think again! We still need to go over her Last Word, Hizamaru Spider Slash, All targeting and less frontloaded than her Spell Cards with a 2-2-1 layout, with a Pre-attack effect consisting of augmenting her Yin ATK  and Agility by 2 Levels for 3 turns. This makes her a perfect candidate against any enemy that is weak to Earth.

When it comes to farming, Yamame comfortably farms 3-3-3 and 3-18-3. Which is kind of ironic considering the best Story Card for her LW is 3-3-3’s SC drop, Mysterious Sword Master, as a result of it being all Slash.

All in all, Yamame is an exceptional Earth Breaker General Friend with access to self sufficient Agility buffs, a few poison breaks, a little bit of debuffs, and lots of front loaded damage because of her Slice scaling. If you’re afraid of spiders, I hope this cute and dependable Friend changes your mind.

Secondary Effects, Scaling and Percentages:

Spread Shot:
Slice: 0%/30%/0%/30%/0%/0%
Target Evasion DOWN (2 Turns): 40%/0%/50%/0%/0%/0%

Focus Shot:
Own Agility UP (2 Turns): 50%/0%/80%/0%/0%/0%

Spell Card 1:
Slice: 70%/80%/0%/80%/0%/0%

Spell Card 2:
Slice: 60%/70%/70%/0%/80%/0%
Target Accuracy DOWN (2 Turns): 0%/0%/0%/70%/0%/0%

Last Word:
Slice: 60%/70%/80%/90%/100%/0%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

Yamame's SCs are mostly Yin, so a classic Yin ATK buff like Overwhelming Firepower or Boo! works well on them. Other than that you can never go wrong with power generation for setups, so The Witch of Scarlet Dreams remains a good option.

Last Word

As a result of Yamame's LW being full Slash, her top BiS is Mysterious Sword Master. A very accessible and easily farmable card. If you're missing it though, you can go with anything that buffs Earth element Bullets like idola-Deus and Keystone. It'd be subpar but it's still a damage boost.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Support String, her 2nd skill, is the best one to start leveling up to max for the sweet +1.00 SP alongside the tiny party support in the form of +2 Agility. Next up, the 2nd skill to level up is Construction mainly because of the 3 Yin ATK UP, the evasion buff is present but it isn’t the main thing here. Lastly is her first skill, Multi-Legged, as the lowest priority, as it only buffs evasion and agility.

Character Strengths

+ Great access to Earth Breaks
+ Self sufficient Agility buffs
+ Good Slice scaling

Character Weaknesses

- Lack of team utility
- Poison Break is awkward to use
- Only limited to Earth breaking and a little poison break