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Yatsuhashi Tsukumo

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Tsukumogami of an Aged Koto

Stats

Health
5500
Agility
1200
Yang ATK
1450
Yang DEF
850
Yin ATK
1150
Yin DEF
700

Races

Element Type Chart

Haru-urara
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Haru-urara (a Touhou LW original) refers to how the sunlight on a clear spring day shines down on everything and makes the world sparkle. This is an apt temperament for the energetic Yatsuhashi who was made into a tsukumogami by the magic of the Miracle Mallet owned by the Shining Needle Castle's mistress. Yatsuhashi is endowed with Wood Phase, with the koto being an instrument made out of wood, and Star Essence, with her carefree attitude.

The strong and kind Wood Phase resists Water Phase, because water nourishes wood, but it is weak to Metal Phase, because metal carves wood.

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_neutral
Fire
water_weak
Water
wood_neutral
Wood
metal_strong
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_neutral
Star

Character Shots

Yatsuhashi Tsukumo's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). This attack reproduces the timbre of a certain string instrument that is similar to the koto. Harp instruments are used by many different cultures throughout the world and a few of them are very similar to the Japanese koto. Furthermore, the harp is treasured as an instrument of import in most of these cultures. Another similarity between all the varieties of harp is that they all have a kind of melancholic timbre.
All
Koto Timbre
x6 Yang
All
Traditional Koto Timbre
x3 Yin 1
All
Harp Timbre
x3 Yang 2
All
Traditional Harp Timbre
x3 Yang 2
All
Spirit Tree
x3 Yang 2
All
Saung-Gauk Timbre
x3 Yin 3
Yatsuhashi Tsukumo's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). This attack plays a koto tune that carries and conveys a divine message. Using a koto for communication has a long and storied tradition, with it even being mentioned in Japanese mythology.
Solo
Koto Tune
x5 Yang
Solo
Divine Decree
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Divine Koto Tune
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Imperial Koto Tune
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Divine Imperial Koto Tune
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Imperial Decree
x2 Yin 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Yatsuhashi Tsukumo's Spell Card. In this attack, she plays a tune inspired by a classic military epic. Impermanence is a major theme in the Tale of the Heike. All things are transient and nothing is constant or permanent. The tsukumogami may have taken this as inspiration in regards to Gensokyo's existing system (the relationship between youkai and the Human Village) in a past incident.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Spirit Power 20 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Volume Seven
x11 Yang
All
Volume Eight
x4 Yin 1
All
Volume Nine
x4 Yang 2
All
Volume Ten
x4 Yang 2
All
Volume Eleven
x4 Yang 2
All
Volume Twelve
x4 Yin 3
Yatsuhashi Tsukumo's Spell Card. As the name may indicate, this is an attack that utilises rock music. The koto and biwa are both string instruments and could be thought of as distant relatives to the guitar and bass guitar. This could explain why the Tsukumo sisters shouted social satire and about reform when they wished to overturn society, as these are the same expressions that rock music often embodies.
*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
Solo
Melody of Social Upheaval
x6 Yang
Solo
Melody of Opposition
x3 Yin 1
Solo
Melody of Defiance
x3 Yang 2
Solo
Melody of Resistance
x3 Yang 2
Solo
Melody of Rebellion
x3 Yang 2
Solo
Melody of Revolution
x3 Yin 3
Yatsuhashi Tsukumo's Last Word (a Touhou LW original). A gigantic tree shoots up out of the ground in this attack. There is a story about a koto youkai that turned into a tree after it was placed on a hill. Most trees live much longer than humans, so they can act as a monument for subsequent generations, which is why many folktales feature various things turning into trees.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Yang ATK 1 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Party's Yin ATK 1 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 80%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Koto Tree
x8 Yang
All
Palatial Feast
x3 Yin 1
All
Large Koto Tree
x3 Yang 2
All
Huge Koto Tree
x3 Yang 2
All
Giant Koto Tree
x3 Yang 2
All
Palatial Celebration
x3 Yin 3

Character Ability

Capable of making sounds and performing on her own
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This is Benben and Yatsuhashi's ability as tsukumogami of instruments. By being able to make sounds and perform on their own, they are able to actively perform not just as instruments but as musicians. Yatsuhashi is especially happy with becoming a tsukumogami as it has made it possible for her to have a sisterly relationship with Benben and to communicate with others. The Tsukumo sisters are recognised as music artists by the humans and youkai of Gensokyo and there are quite a few fans looking forward to their next song. The sisters seem to have turned over a new leaf when their once temporary change into tsukumogami became permanent.
Nullifies the effects of Barrier Status: Freeze.
When using Boost, own Accuracy 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

Own Focus 3 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's DMG from Wood enemy 30% DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Song of The Four Seasons. An ancient kumiuta composed by Yatsuhashi Kengyo. This arrangement of short songs is about the beauty in each of the seasons.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus Level Down
Value 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 30 60 80 0 20 50 80 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0
Wood Damage from Enemy Down
Value
Rate
Add
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4
CD 6
Party's Yang ATK 1 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 50%.]
Party's Yin ATK 1 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 50%.]
Info
Song of a Fan. This kumiuta is one three masterpieces. It has been passed down through history from master koto players to their students.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yang Attack Level Up
Value
Rate
Add
Yin Attack Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rate 0 10 10 20 20 30 30 40 50 50
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
CD 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6
Inflicts 2 layer(s) of Barrier Status: Blind to target (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Target's Accuracy 3 level(s) DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Song of the Distant Sky. The words in this song are all about love. Perhaps you could say that makes it similar to modern day rock songs.
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 0 0 0 0 20 40 60 80 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
Accuracy Down
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

Tsukumogami Music
When attacked, DMG from tsukumogami 20% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Woohoo!
When attacked, DMG from mistresses 20% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Childlike Innocence
When turn starts, heals 1 layer of own Barrier Status. [Success rate 50%.]

Character Change Effect

Shield Link
When switching places with a rear-guard unit, adds 1 layer to other unit's Barrier.
When switching places with a front-guard unit, heals front-guard unit's Barrier Status.

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

Yatsuhashi Tsukumo was released on October 12th, 2021 in Sister String Duet.

Yatsuhashi Tsukumo, the Tsukumogami of an Aged Koto, is a pretty simple youkai. She’s what’s known as a tsukumogami youkai - they’re sentient objects, born when an item manages to survive for a hundred years. Typically, at least - she and her sister were born when a magical storm overtook Gensokyo (play Double Dealing Character if you want to learn more!), resulting in the birth of new tsukumogami. At first, she wanted to overthrow society, but now she and her sister simply pass their days playing their instruments. Perhaps it's such a lax lifestyle that leads to her being an E-Tier Friend.

For farming purposes, Yatsuhashi isn’t really ideal. Her Last Word deals little damage in a one turn environment due to her lack of buffs and a 1-3-1 layout. You’ll want to look elsewhere. 

For harder fights, Yatsuhashi has some useful support, but it’s all undermined by various detriments. Her second skill, Kumiuta: Ogi no Kyoku, gives some Yin & Yang ATK UP - but only 1 level (with a 50% chance for 1 more) of each, and only for 2 turns. Her All targeting Last Word, Koto Tree Hill, does the same, only with a 80% chance for another level - and with not much damage either unless you give her some time to set up (there’s some slicing on it, but not much). It also unfortunately doesn’t do a lot of damage, and it’s somewhat mixed to boot making it harder than normal to scale. And lastly, her Breaks are generally poor, with both Spell Cards having 1/1/2 Wood Breaks for 0/1/2 Spirit Power - she at least gets 4 Wood and 2 Sun All targeting breaks at 3 Power on her Last Word, which is decent though not quite as good as a layout as you'd want. Koto Sign: Sounds of Anicca's Koto at least provides some Spirit Power on use, though that’s of limited use with her poor break potential.

Overall, Yatsuhashi can give some ATK UP to your team, and it’s not like she’s a detriment, but she just isn’t all that great. She’s merely a koto, after-all! 

Her Slice values on Koto Tree Hill are 0%/0%/0%/0%/50%/50%. 

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

If for some reason you need to squeeze out extra Breaks no matter what, Spirit Power UP is a reasonable option on Yatsuhashi. Otherwise, her best option is Yang ATK UP. For stat sticks, look to Yang & Yin ATK, favoring Yang ATK if you can’t get both.

Last Word

Yatsuhashi's best option is The Secret God of the Sky, which provides her a massive amount of Heavy DMG UP. If for some reason you’re trying to farm with her, you can use Accuracy UP if she can knock out the enemy without ATK UP support.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

Kumiuta: Ogi no Kyoku is her only real skill of note - it’s only a 50% chance for another level of ATK UP at skill level 10, but that’s better than nothing. Her other two skills are rather lackluster, though you can at least get some Barrier Breaks with Kumiuta: Kumoi no Kyoku if you have a Friend who can Break Blind Barriers (though it’s arguable if this is even worth bringing Yatsuhashi for, as it’s only 2 layers on a single target).

Character Strengths

+Decent teamwide ATK UP

Character Weaknesses

-Below average Breaks
-Low damage