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Introduction

Welcome to the Moon EX Battle Stage Info, now as a permanent challenge quest for everyone to tackle! This stage is designed to have natural bias for Moon elements against L1 Iku and the 2 Moon Rabbits.

The featured Anniversary at the SDM story card highlights the powerful 3 YIN DEF DOWN to target effect, which tremendously helps for YIN units as defense debuffs are multiplicative with attack buffs. The other two effects 3 YANG ATK DOWN and 25% Laser Bullet UP are good effects to consider in case you need survivability and extra damage to take note of.

Fight Overview

Wave 1

Enemy Info

Rabbit Officer
Wants a Break

Drops:

750,000
7
N/A
Moon
Sun
Fire
Water
Wood
Metal
Earth
Star

Additional Info

Skills Gauge 1 Break

[Natural Guard!]
Party's Water/Earth/Wood DMG RES UP (2T).

[Switch Seal]
Seals Switch usage of all targets (2T).

L1 Iku Nagae

1,500,000
1,500
2,700
800
3,100
1,400
7
1
Moon
Sun
Fire
Water
Wood
Metal
Earth
Star

Additional Info

Skills Wave Start Skill Gauge 1 Break Gauge 2 Break

[Normal/Slash/Missile RES UP!]
Party's Normal/Slash/Missile DMG RES UP (2T).

[Normal/Heavy/Liquid RES UP!]
Party's Normal/Slash/Missile DMG RES UP (2T).

If 0-50% HP

[Party's Yin DEF/Evasion UP!]
Party's YIN DEF UP and EVA UP (2T).

[Focus Seal/Slash/Missile RES UP!]
Seals Focus Shot usage of all targets (10T).

Party's Slash/Missile DMG RES UP (2T).

[Solo ATK RES/Heavy/Liquid RES UP!]
Party's Solo Targeting DMG RES UP and All Targeting DMG RES DOWN by 3 levels (10T).

Party's Heavy DMG RES UP by 50% (2T).

Party's Liquid DMG RES UP by 50% (2T).

[Solo ATK RES/Yin DEF/Evasion UP!]
Party's Solo Targeting DMG RES UP and All Targeting DMG RES DOWN by 3 levels (10T).

Party's Yin DEF UP by 5 levels (2T).

Party's Evasion UP by 5 levels (2T).

Rabbit Officer
Wants to Share

Drops:

750,000
7
N/A
Moon
Sun
Fire
Water
Wood
Metal
Earth
Star

Additional Info

Gauge 1 Break Skills

[Take a Break]
Party's Sun/Fire/Star DMG RES UP (2T).

Heals party by 5% of own HP.

[Switch Graze]
Seals Graze usage of all targets (2T).

L1 Iku's Special Effects

All attacks are 2.00P.

Ability:

  • When using Boost, own YANG ATK 1 level UP (1T).
  • For every layer of Paralyze: Agility, Accuracy, and Evasion UP by 1 level.

Spell Cards and Last Word:

  • SC 1: Inflicts 1 layer of Barrier Status: Blind to all targets (10T).
  • SC 2:
    • Inflicts 1 layer of Barrier Status: Blind to all targets (10T).
    • Cleanses 2 layers of own Barrier Status.
  • LW:
    • Breaks Barrier Status: Blind.
    • Adds 4 layers to own Barrier.

Stage Analysis

Moon EX Battle Stage consists of a 1 wave battle which re-introduces the Spell Card item mechanic where it restores a spell card that has already been used (including Last Words).

One threat to take note of would be Iku's Last Word. With Iku's Last Word, it not only hits hard, but also restores 4 barriers and breaks any Blind anomalies she inflicted. Iku also gives herself 5 Evasion buffs on the final gauge break and even more when below 50% HP, which is fairly tricky to overcome. At the same time, the rabbits will inflict switch lock and graze lock on their gauge break respectively which can be painful to deal with as Iku's basic shots hit really hard.

What does the stage drop?

After you clear the battle stage, you will be rewarded with 400 Player EXP and 1300 Friend EXP plus a chance to drop Anniversary at the SDM, All Gold Materials, and All Silver Materials. Alongside that is a task that rewards you one copy of Anniversary at the SDM for your first clear.

Recommendations

Friends:

As seen by the context of this article, it will be easily understood that the basic factor to keep in mind is to bring Friends that have heavy access to the Moon element. To further enhance your damage output, the next best idea is to bring Friends that have effective Killers against Iku and/or the Rabbits. Examples for this are Youkai and connection to Moon tags. Another idea is to do anomaly barrier breaking using Poison and/or Paralyze. However, please keep in mind that you should be careful when doing Paralyze break strategies as this anomaly buffs Iku's Evasion by 1 per layer thanks to her Ability.

Right below, we have a list of Friends that are categorized based on their roles for this specific stage. Core Friends are Friends who have tremendous overall impact over the course of the battle. Nukers are described as Friends whose primary purpose is to dish out high amounts of damage to quickly deal with the enemies at hand. Barrier Breakers as the name implies, are Friends who excel at barrier breaking, in this case, it is sub-categorized into two sections, Moon Element Breaks and Anomaly Breaks. Lastly, we have the Utility and Breaks category, where the Friends listed mostly supports the party through party buffs and enemy debuffs, with the added benefit of doing barrier breaks.

NOTES:

  • The list below is ordered properly from left (highest) to right (lowest) based on their effectiveness for the category.

UPDATE LOG:

  • 5/27: Added the list of Friends below. Note that this will be consistently updated accordingly as time goes by.
  • 5/28: Moved A8 Reisen to Utility + Barrier Breaks instead as her nuking potential is not that high.
Core Friends

Character Page: Reisen Udongein Inaba (Lunatic Space Youkai)

Nothing in here yet.
Utility + Barrier Breaks

Character Page: Reisen (Peacekeeper of the Capital)

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Eirin Yagokoro

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Sagume Kishin

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Reisen Udongein Inaba (Eternal)

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Sakuya Izayoi (Scarlet)

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Rin Kaenbyou

Nothing in here yet.
Nukers

Character Page: Sakuya Izayoi (Lunar War Servant)

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Reisen Udongein Inaba (Lunar War Soldier)

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Youmu Konpaku (Cherry Blossom)

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Youmu Konpaku

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Suika Ibuki

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Remilia Scarlet (Tiny Devil Mistress)

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Seija Kijin

Nothing in here yet.
Barrier Breakers

Character Page: Hecatia Lapislazuli

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Minoriko Aki

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Minoriko Aki

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Medicine Melancholy

Nothing in here yet.

Character Page: Junko (Nameless Space Terror)

Nothing in here yet.

Story Cards:

As for Story Card recommendations, multiple MLB copies of the Witch of Scarlet Dreams story card will be immediately recommended as having access to multiple bullet lines will be essential if you want to give your units more fighting power and barrier breaking potential. An alternative would be MLB Youkai Mountain Anniversary which gives the same effect. If you are lacking in both of these story cards, other options include MLB Midnight Tea, MLB It's Spring for 1.5 P UP. Now, to bring out your Friend's damage potential, it is recommended to use the best card for each Friend's Last Word which is augmented with buffs and/or debuffs you are looking to take advantage of.

Team Comp Guides

Having trouble with the Battle Stage? Then you've come to the right place! This section contains some guides that may help you out on your journey in defeating Iku and the Rabbit Officers. Taken from the 9th Dev Letter, we have witnessed the friends and story cards that people usually used to deal with this stage. Below is the list of the said friends and story cards that you can use as reference:

Right below we have an example of my farm comp for Moon EX Rerun that you can use as reference if you have the Friends involved. Fellow writer Delta Rune also made a video regarding his farm comp for this stage.

Community Guides

These are some of the community made clear and farm comps for the stage that can serve as further reference for your endeavors. These are split into two categories, namely Clear Comps and Farm Comps. Clear Comps do not take account battle consistency in mind because its purpose is to give an idea on how to approach the stage in an uncouth manner, whereas Farm comps take account consistency and/or SP efficiency so that players can grind the stage more.

Note that these videos are not affiliated with Gamepress and are made solely by their respective creators. The author has also asked for permission from the creators about their content being featured in this article.

Clear Comps

Farm Comps

[13 SP] B3 Toyohime + F1 Koishi by Keozm#3326

7 Turn Setup

[16 SP] B3 Toyohime + B3 Yorihime by taiyou#1432

5 Turn Setup

[16 SP] B3 Toyohime + B3 Sakuya Izayoi by fuujin3#2435

6 Turn Setup

[16 SP] B3 Toyohime + E1 Koakuma by ! some dood#9675

7 Turn Setup

Requirements
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Story Card Recommendations:

B3 Toyohime

  • SC 1: MLB Standing Behind You
  • SC 2: MLB The Witch of Scarlet Dreams
  • SC 3: MLB The Secret God of the Sky
  • SC 4: MLB Dancer In the Puddle
  • LW: MLB Resort Stars

E1 Koakuma

  • SC 1: MLB The Witch of Scarlet Dreams
  • SC 2: MLB The Witch of Scarlet Dreams
  • SC 3: Sweet Dreams
  • SC 4: MLB The Witch of Scarlet Dreams
  • LW: MLB The Secret God of the Sky

Minimum Requirements:

B3 Toyohime

  • Awakening and Limit Break: 1* MLB
  • Unit Level: 100
  • Rank Level: 5
  • Skill Levels: 10/10/10
  • Friendship Level: Pink Heart

E1 Koakuma

  • Awakening and Limit Break: 1* MLB
  • Unit Level: 100
  • Rank Level: 5
  • Skill Levels: 1/10/10
  • Friendship Level: Purple Heart
Strategy
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Strategy:

  • Turn 1

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 3, Graze thrice, Boost twice, SC2.
    E1 Koakuma: Use Skill 2/3, Graze thrice, Boost twice, SC2.
  • Turn 2

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 1, Graze twice, Boost twice, SC1.
    E1 Koakuma: Graze twice, Boost twice, Focus Shot.
  • Turn 3

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 2, Boost twice, SC3.
    E1 Koakuma: Use Skill 1, Boost once, SC1.
  • Turn 4

    B3 Toyohime: Boost thrice, SC4.
    E1 Koakuma: Use Skill 2, Boost thrice, SC4.
  • Turn 5

    B3 Toyohime: Graze once, Boost thrice, LW.
    E1 Koakuma: Graze once, Boost thrice, LW.
  • Turn 6

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 3, Graze thrice, Spread Shot.
    E1 Koakuma: Use Skill 3, Graze thrice, Boost thrice, SC3.
  • Turn 7

    B3 Toyohime: Graze once, Boost thrice, LW.
    E1 Koakuma: Graze once, Spread Shot.

Notes:
1. This comp does not have any friendship level requirements for Koakuma and may not have any for Toyohime either but to be safe, ideally keep Toyohime at pink.
2. Koakuma only needs a minimum of skill 2 and 3 maxed. The extra barrier from the first skill is essentially just a single extra Yang ATK UP for Toyohime .
3. Sweet Dreams is there to make sure Toyohime's Lastword hits the final break as soon as possible.
4. Koakuma does not need Secret God on her LW and it can be removed or replaced entirely.
5. Resort Stars can be replaced by either Frozen Over Gensokyo, Where the Wind Priestess is, or Standing Behind You.

[20 SP] B3 Yorihime + B3 Reisen Inaba by levitas#3622

4 Turn Setup

[20 SP] A8 Reisen Inaba + B3 Yorihime by i.suk#1092

5 Turn Setup

[20 SP] B3 Toyohime + B3 Kaguya by Fivetales#4139

7 Turn Setup

Requirements
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Story Card Recommendations:

B3 Toyohime

  • SC 1: MLB The Secret God of the Sky
  • SC 2: MLB The Witch of Scarlet Dreams
  • SC 3: MLB Froggy Hat
  • SC 4: MLB The Witch of Scarlet Dreams
  • LW: MLB Shichi-Go-San School Visit?!

B3 Kaguya

  • SC 1: MLB Anniversary at the SDM
  • SC 2: MLB Myouren Temple Anniversary
  • SC 3: MLB Poltergeist Sisters' Concert
  • SC 4: Empty
  • LW: MLB Froggy Hat

Minimum Requirements:

B3 Toyohime

  • Awakening and Limit Break: 5* MLB
  • Unit Level: 100
  • Rank Level: 4
  • Skill Levels: 10/10/10
  • Friendship Level: Pink Heart

E1 Koakuma

  • Awakening and Limit Break: 1* MLB
  • Unit Level: 100
  • Rank Level: 5
  • Skill Levels: 10/10/10
  • Friendship Level: Pink Heart
Strategy
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Strategy:

  • Turn 1

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 3, Graze thrice, Boost twice, SC2.
    B3 Kaguya: Use Skill 2, Graze thrice, Spread Shot.
  • Turn 2

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 1, Graze thrice, Boost once, Spread Shot.
    B3 Kaguya: Graze thrice, Boost twice, SC4.
  • Turn 3

    B3 Toyohime: Boost thrice, SC1.
    B3 Kaguya: Use Skill 3, Boost twice, SC2.
  • Turn 4

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 2, Boost thrice, SC4.
    B3 Kaguya: Use Skill 1, Boost twice, Focus Shot.
  • Turn 5

    B3 Toyohime: Boost thrice, LW.
    B3 Kaguya: Use Skill 2, Boost thrice, LW.
  • Turn 6

    B3 Toyohime: Use Skill 3, Graze once, SC3.
    B3 Kaguya: Graze once, Boost once, SC3.
  • Turn 7

    B3 Toyohime: Graze twice, Boost thrice, LW.
    B3 Kaguya: Use Skill 1, Boost thrice, LW.

Notes:
May work with 8 SP B3 Toyohime

[20 SP] F1 Reimu + B3 Toyohime by haos_terry#2353

9 Turn Setup

[24 SP] B3 Kaguya + B3 Sakuya by Frankazi#6757

6 Turn Setup

[24 SP] B3 Sakuya + B3 Yorihime by AetheR#7537

7 Turn Setup

[24 SP] E1 Patchouli + B3 Toyohime by Chimarae#5055

6 Turn Setup

[24 SP] E9 Remilia + B2 Junko + A8 Reisen Inaba by NotRyuu#8144

7 Turn Setup

[24 SP] L1 Seija + A7 Ran + B3 Yorihime by JeraldScarlet#9493

4 Turn Setup

[24 SP] L1 Seija + L1 Sagume + B3 Toyohime by Horn#0848

7 Turn Setup

[28 SP] B3 Sakuya + B3 Yorihime + A6 Sakuya by Alex.393#0812

8 Turn Setup

[36 SP] A8 Reisen Inaba + L1 Eirin + L1 Suika by i.suk#1092

8 Turn Setup

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