Should You Pull? Festival: Earth-Shattering Celestial

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Should You Pull?

If you’re looking for raw damage output, with some spammable Earth Breaks on top, Tenshi’s your girl. She is however a selfish nuker, so if you’re looking for utility, team support, or exceptional breaks, you’ll have to look elsewhere. As a bonus, this banner includes a Rate Up on her best Story Card. This is a Festival banner, and as such Tenshi will not be added to the regular banner once it ends.

Quick Overview

+Incredible damage output, including a All-targeting Last Word great for farming events
+P0 Earth on her Focus Shot

-Selfish attacker, brings no utility
-Breaks are otherwise ho-hum

Tenshi Hinanawi

In the distant past, the Nawi family kept the land around what is now Gensokyo safe from earthquakes, with the Hinanawi family dutifully serving them. Eventually, they all perished, and were enshrined as divine spirits. As a reward for their dutiful servant, the Hinanawi family ascended to heaven as celestials - with their eldest daughter, Chiko (“Earth Child”), ascending alongside them.

Renaming herself Tenshi (“Heaven/Sky Child”), the eldest daughter lived a sheltered life of luxury. She wanted for nothing, and yet was still unsatisfied. Having grown up in paradise, the idea of paradise itself eventually grew dull to her - to say nothing of the fact that some saw the Hinanawi clan as lesser and outright bad, due to skipping the training typically required to become celestials. That disdain combined with utter boredom eventually got to Tenshi, whom looked down upon those who lived on the surface with envy, and caused her to fly down to the earth to cause an incident in the events of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.

With the ability to cause earthquakes, Tenshi caused quite a ruckus indeed - in addition to the celestial tool she holds in her hands. Whilst at first glance it’s simply a empty pommel, a celestial such as Tenshi can cause it to manifest into scarlet energy, which can in turn strike the weakness of any opponent and, furthermore, manipulate the weather itself - between Tenshi's own abilities, and this blade, it wouldn't be a understatement to say she could control earth, heaven, and people. Thankfully for everyone involved, Tenshi isn't exactly one for training, so her natural talent and celestial grace are not as devastating as they could be.

Whilst she may be self-centered as a result of her upbringing, it would be incorrect to say that Tenshi is evil. She’s simply very sheltered and overtly pampered. The flipside of her personality is that she’s a loyal and caring friend (albeit, a rather short sighted one), and the devastation caused in her wake is more out of a lack of empathy thanks to her environment rather than malice. This can be seen by her friendship with Shion Yorigami, and in many fanworks her relations with Iku Nagae.

Befitting a selfish celestial, Tenshi’s kit is entirely centered around her own personal damage output. All of it feeds into making her All targeting Last Word, Trillion Ton Keystone Drop, hit as hard as celestially possible - and hit hard it will, thanks to a jaw dropping 110%/110%/110%/0%/0%/0% Hard scaling alongside 3 levels of Yang DEF and Accuracy UP (3T). As such, her skills are the second most important part of her kit: Firstly, Immortal Fruit provides her with 1 Spirit Power UP alongside 2 levels of Yang DEF UP (2T), abusing the 2-2-1 layout of her Last Word (although only the first 3 bullets really do damage in shorter fights). Next, Keystone Technique further boosts her Yang DEF by 2 more levels (2T), with a Barrier recovery on top of it, which may help you squeeze out some extra Breaks in a pinch. Sword of Hisou isn't quite as generally useful, being a 30% self heal and 2 levels of Accuracy UP (2T), but it is decently useful in any fight where Tenshi will be using her Spell Cards, to make sure crucial Breaks land and to tack on more damage, with some healing as a decent bonus. Finally, her Character Ability also gives her 1 level of Yang ATK UP (1T) each time she grazes, to further help her output damage. 

Likewise, Tenshi’s attacks are mostly focused around bolstering her attacking powers. Her Focus Shot, Heaven and Earth Press, provides 1 Solo targeting Earth Break at 0P - and has Sure-Hit to boot. Next, Earth Sign: Sword of Unletting Soil bolsters her with 2 levels of Yang DEF UP (2T), alongside a slightly above average 1/2/3 Solo targeting Earth Breaks for 0/1/2 Spirit Power. Her other Spell Card, Sky of Scarlet Perception of All Humankind, on the surface is great - not only does it boost her Yang ATK by 2 levels (3T), but it has a whopping 5 All targeting Breaks on it at 3 Spirit Power! Unfortunately, they're distributed evenly as 1 Fire, Water, Wood, Metal, and Earth Break - and as enemies almost always only have 2 weaknesses, this means at best it's 2 Breaks on any given target - often only 1. It can be useful, but don’t let the high number of Breaks mislead you. 

Overall, Tenshi is a tremendously powerful attacker who isn’t much of a team player. She does however bring so much damage it’s hard to care about her glory hogging tendencies. Even if she is rather boastful about it.

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