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As an RPG, Touhou LostWord naturally includes a lot of jargon and lingo that might not immediately be obvious. Fear not! This glossary is here to give the most comprehensive list of definitions possible. Are we missing a word you think should be here? Please feel free to leave a comment or contact us on the official discord in the #gamepress-feedback channel!

A

Absorb

Any bullet tagged with this will restore a % of the unit’s maximum HP if the bullet hits, no matter how much or little damage the attack does. Also known as Draining.

Affection

See Friendship

Agility

A stat that determines which units go first. See the Advanced Combat guide for more details.

Aggro

See Focus

Aid

An ‘attack’ which only performs non-damaging effects.

All

An attack which targets every enemy unit. Also called AoE, or Area of Effect.

Amulet

See Ofuda

Anti-

See Killer.

AoE

See All

Area of Effect

See All

B

Basic Shot

Refers to a unit’s infinitely reusable attacks, Spread Shot and Focus Shot

Banner

What Prayers are performed on: all but the general banner (named Prayer ingame) are time limited, and most (but not all) feature a Rate Up unit which is more likely to be drawn, and can be traded for with Exchange Points earned by Prayer.

Barrier

A sort of damage reducing shield. See the Advanced Combat guide for more details on barriers.

Barrier Status

Conditions which are inflicted directly onto a Barrier. See the Advanced Combat guide for more information.

Blind

A type of Barrier Status which reduces accuracy. 

Body

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics. Also known as Physical.

Boost

The act of using Spirit Power to give an attack access to more bullets, aka ‘lines.’

Bullets

The “lines” on an attack, which determine the effects of that attack’s hits, depending on how many levels of Boost are provided. See also, Danmaku.

Burn

A Barrier status which does damage at the start of a turn and lowers a unit’s Yin ATK and DEF.

C

Charge

An effect which makes a unit go last within their given turn bracket. Please see the Advanced Combat guide for more information.

Cooling

A bullet tagged with this has a chance of inflicting 1 Layer of the Barrier Status: Freeze to the target upon hit. Also known as Freezing.

D

Danmaku

Also known as bullets. Non-lethal attacks with a focus on looking pretty first and foremost, with the damage typically limited just to clothing

Delayed

A bullet tagged with this has a chance to force the target to act after the next 2 units in the turn order on hit. Can also be applied by freezing.

Divine Paper Doll

An item used to uncap Ultra Festival units in place of using a duplicate copy. Regular paper dolls will not work on Ultra Festival units, and Divine Paper Dolls cannot be used on regular units. Also known as a super doll or god doll.

Discharged

A bullet tagged with this will Break any Paralyze barriers on the target. Also known as Discharge. Not to be mistaken with Cirno's Discharge skill. 

DPS

Stands for Damage Per Second. In spite of the fact that this game uses turns, not seconds, this is often used by community members to refer to units who excel at doing damage, or to refer to a unit’s damage output.

Draining

See Absorb

Draw

See Prayer

E

Electrified

See Paralyze

Energy

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics. 

Exchange Points

Points used to trade in for a Rate Up unit on a banner.

Extra Attack

A special debuff applied by enemies at the start of a turn to all frontline allied units. This effect prohibits the use of one or more types of actions, depending on the Extra Attack.

Extra Stage

A special sort of Main story stage mode that can only be challenged three times per day.

F

Fes

See Festival

Festival

A classification for limited units which only show up on specifically marked banners, and cannot be obtained outside of them. Regular Paper Dolls work just fine for them. Often shortened to Fes.

Flash

A bullet tagged with this will Break any Blind Barriers on the target.

Fluid

See Liquid

Friend

The playable units obtained by the gacha. Also called Units.

Friendship

An ingame reflection of a unit's affection towards you, which can improve their stats. See the Advanced Combat Guide for details.

Firebomb

A bullet tagged with this has a chance of inflicting 1 Layer of the Barrier Status: Burn to the target upon hit. Also known as Incendiary.

Focus

A stat available only from buffs and debuffs. Any unit with at least 1 Level of Focus Up will be more likely to be targeted by an enemy attack - likewise, at least 1 Level of Focus Down will make them less likely to be targeted. This has no effect on All-targeting attacks, as they already hit all enemies, and does not make them less likely. 

Freezing

See Cooling

G

Gacha

The game’s primary form of obtaining Friends and Story Cards. In exchange for either Seal Crystals and Coins or God Crystals, you are given random Friends and Story Cards, as based on the rates displayed. Using the Gacha is referred to as “Prayer.”

GC

See God Crystal

God Crystal

The game’s premium currency, used for a variety of things between skins, Prayer, slot expansion, and more.

Graze

The act of using a Barrier. In Touhou, this refers to just barely avoiding getting hit by an attack.

H

Hard

Any bullet tagged with this will scale with both a unit’s DEF stat as well as their ATK stat (Yang-type attacks scale with Yang DEF, Yin with Yin DEF). The exact % of DEF that the attack scales with varies based on a hidden value, but is typically between 30% and 90%. If a character isn't noted for having exceptional Hard scaling, assume the scaling is on the lower end of the scale.

Heavy

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics. Also known as Mass.

I

Incendiary

See Firebomb

Incineration

A bullet tagged with this will break all of a target’s Barriers with Burn applied to them on hit. 

J

K

Killer

Any attack tagged with this will always result in a Critical Hit against any enemy with the appropriate designation. Also known as Anti-.

L

LW

See Last Word.

Last Word

The most powerful Spell Card a unit possesses, usually much flashier than their others. A unit must be at Max Limit Break status to unlock this attack. 

Laser

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics.

Levels

The way the game refers to an increment of any buff or debuff. Not to be mistaken with character level or player level. Also known as Stages.

Light

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics. Also known as Ray.

Limit Break

The act of using duplicate copies of a unit to upgrade them. A unit must be at Max Limit Break, which is the limit and requires being uncapped 3 times in total, to unlock their Last Word.

Line

See Bullets

Liquid

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics. Also known as Fluid.

M

Mass

See Heavy

Max Limit Break

See Limit Break 

Melting

A bullet tagged with this will break all of a target’s Barriers with Freeze applied to them on hit. Also known as Thawing.

Mirror

See Specular.

Missile

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics.

MLB

See Limit Break

Morale

Refers to an ingame mechanic reflecting the unit's ability to keep fighting. See the Advanced Combat Guide for details. Also known as Motivation.

Motivation

See: Morale
 

Multi-

Means a tag refers to multiple things. The only way to see what all it refers to is to check the bullet’s details.

N

Nuke

Community lingo used to refer to any attack that deals a high amount of damage. Units who can deal a ton of damage overall are sometimes referred to as Nukers.

O

Ofuda

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics. Also known as Amulet.

P

Paper Doll

An item used in place of a duplicate copy of a unit to Limit Break them. Also known as Dupe Dolls.

Prayer

The act of spending currency for new Friends.

Paralyze

A Barrier Status which can prevent the target from moving, and lowers their evasion. Also known as Electrified.

Physical

See Body

Poison

A barrier status which does damage at the start of a turn and lowers a unit’s Yang ATK and DEF.

Poison Spray

A bullet tagged with this has a chance of inflicting 1 Layer of the Barrier Status: Poison to the target upon hit. Also known as Toxic. 

Power

See Spirit Power

Q

Quick

An effect which makes a unit move first within their turn bracket. See the Advanced Combat guide for more information.

R

Rate Up

Refers to a unit promoted on a banner, who will have a naturally higher rate of being drawn and can be traded in for with Exchange Points earned by Praying on a draw.

Ray

See Light

Rebound

Any bullet tagged with this will damage the user by 15% of their max HP per line, hit or miss. This damage cannot reduce HP below 1. Also known as recoil.

Recoil

See Rebound

Ritual

Items which provide a chance for either a random Friend or Story Card, depending on the type These count as Prayers for the sake of tasks.

S

SC

May either mean Seal Crystal, Spell Card, or Story Card, depending on usage. 

Seal Crystal

A mysterious item which LostWord’s plot revolves around. Seal Crystals are used ingame to either perform Prayers, or to heal your units in the Scarlet Devil Tower after your daily free heal.

Sfes

See Super Festival

Single Target

See Solo

Slash

One of the various bullet tags. Does nothing by itself, but can result in damage modification due to Story Cards, resistances, or characteristics. 

Slicing

Any bullet tagged with this will factor in a % of the unit’s Agility stat in addition to the appropriate Attack stat. The exact value varies based on an invisible value that is different for every attack. The exact % of Agility that the attack scales with varies based on a hidden value, but is typically between 30% and 90%. If a character isn't noted for having exceptional Slicing scaling, assume the scaling is on the lower end of the scale.

Smokescreen

A bullet tagged with this has a chance of inflicting 1 Layer of the Barrier Status: Blind to the target upon hit. 

Solo

An attack which only targets one enemy. Also called Single Target, or ST.

Spark

The act of Praying enough times on a banner to earn enough Exchange Points to trade in for a copy of the Unit on Rate Up.

Specular

An attack that checks the opposite Defense type (Yang ATK will check Yin DEF, and Yin ATK will check Yang DEF, including debuffs and relevant anomalies). Also known as Mirror. 

Spell Card

A themed attack that’s focused on giving a show first and foremost. 

Spirit P

The ‘fuel/energy/stamina’ you use to embark on stages. The amount of Spirit P a unit costs to deploy depends on their upgrades, and is shown on their status screen. Not to be confused with Spirit Power

Spirit Power

A resource that units use in order to Boost, to unlock the more powerful bullets (or ‘lines’) of their attacks. Every 1.0 Spirit Power can be used for 1 Boost. Often shortened to just Power. Not to be confused with Spirit P.

ST

See Solo

Stage

See Levels

Stat Stick

A Story Card which is equipped to a unit only for the stats it provides, and not the spell card’s Ability.

Story Card

A form of equipment that you attach directly to your Spell Cards, which reflect events which may or may not have happened. They provide both stats for being equipped, and an Ability when the Spell Card they are equipped to is used. Refer to the Story Card guide for more information.

Super Festival

See Ultra Festival. 

Sure-Hit

Any bullet tagged with this will always hit.

T

Task

A list of in-game objectives which, when completed, provides a reward. Often referred to as Missions.

Thawing

See Melting

Toxic

A bullet tagged with this will break all of a target’s Barriers with Poison applied to them on hit. Also referred to as Overdose. May also refer to Poison Spray

U

Ufes

See Ultra Festival

Ultra Festival

Limited units which require a Divine Paper Doll to Limit Break and 250 draws to Spark. Also known as Super Festival, Sfes, and Ufes.

Unit

See Friend

V

W

X

Y

Yang

One of the game’s two attacking stats. Yang ATK is checked against Yang DEF.

Yin 

One of the game’s two attacking stats. Yin ATK is checked against Yin DEF.

Z

#

x-x-x (3-1-1, 2-2-1, 1-2-2, 1-1-3, 7-1-2, etc)

Can either refer to how many lines an attack gets when Boosting, or to the numerical designation of a stage.

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