Should You Pull? Moon Elemental Festival

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Should You Pull?

This prayer is a rather unique rerun, somewhat similar to the Attack Class Prayer done way earlier with 6 Attack Class Friends. This time, 4 Festival Friends centered around Moon attacks are being featured. Iku Nagae, Sagume Kishin, Eirin Yagokoro, and Watatsuki no Yorihime will all have an increased rate of being pulled on this prayer. As this is a Festival prayer, all 4 of these Friends are not part of the general pool and will only be available now or during future reruns. You can exchange 150 Exchange Points for any of them.

A special deal for this prayer is a guaranteed Pick-UP Friend will be given on Step 5 of this prayer's Step UP, which will cost 600 God Crystals for each step. This is rather helpful for ensuring at least one Festival friend, especially one that will prove helpful for the Moon EX Battle Stage.

All of these Friends have had their own release Festival prayers, so this page will not go into detail on all of them. Instead, quick overviews with their character pages will be listed below. In addition, as the title of the prayer implies, the availability of the Moon element for each Friend will be listed here for easy reference.

Quick Overview

+Powerful AoE and Yang damage
+P0 Wood/Water breaks on her shots.
+Can inflict up to a total of 7 Paralyze Barriers on all foes
+Last Word possesses 2 levels of 2 Yang DEF DOWN
-Applies Paralyze barriers to her allies
-Weaker in longer fights, where she must spend Barriers to survive and thus cannot benefit from her character ability

+Great damage in short and long fights alike
+Incredible support for Yang attackers
+Good Accuracy support
-Debuffs only last one turn
-Slightly lacking Break potential

+Fantastic amount of Healing and Barrier restoration
+Great Poison Barrier support, for either Anomaly Breaks or supporting Yang Attackers
+Last Word can deal a lot of damage if given a turn to set up
+Possesses the always handy Power Link
-Poor Barrier Break potential
-Backloaded Last Word
-Hard to support due to mixed Last Word

+Devastatingly high All targeting damage when given time to set up
+Yin Only spells, allowing her to do damage outside of her Last Word relatively better than other attackers
+Great elemental coverage on Last Word at P3
-No utility
-Poor damage in 1 turn scenarios (such as event farming)

Moon Accessibility

As this is a prayer that is focused on the Moon breaks of its featured Friends, let's take a look at where you can find the Moon breaks on each of them, with a quick ranking of who has the best Moon accessibility from worst to best.

4. Watatsuki no Yorihime
Unlike her strong alternative, Yorihime definitely has the least amount of Moon breaks compared to the rest of the featured Friends. Counting her spells that can be used twice, she has only 7 Moon breaks, with most of them being locked behind large Spirit Power requirements. At the very least, her second spell has a Moon break at 0P. Yorihime is primarily focused on hitting hard anyway, which she can certainly do with the proper setup.
Divine Banishment: Paradise Lost: 1 Break (2P)
Consecutive Possession: Gods of the Round Moon: 2 Breaks (0P, 2P)
Yamata no Orochi Install: 1 Break (2P)
Total: 7 Breaks

3. Iku Nagae
A pretty weird case, as Iku's Last Word comprises entirely of Wood breaks instead of Moon. Fortunately, both of her spells contain 2 Moon breaks apiece, and combined with the breaks on her Spread and Focus shot totals to 10 breaks. On the other hand, her first spell is the only 0P Moon break access she has, with the rest of her kit requiring from 1P to 3P for an additional break. Iku definitely makes up for a lack of Moon breaks with wider utility, seen even through a fully Wood Last Word.
Electrostatic Guided Missile: 1 Break (2P)
Veils Like Water: 1 Break (3P)
Fish Sign: Dragonfish Drill: 2 Breaks (0P, 3P)
Thunder Sign: Elekiter Dragon Palace: 2 Breaks (1P, 3P)
Total: 8 Breaks (2 on shots)

2. Eirin Yagokoro
Eirin is another strange case, as unlike Iku she holds no Moon breaks on her basic shots but technically has 11 Moon breaks upon using both of her spells. All of her spells have a Moon break at 0P, with a majority of her other ones requiring 3P. Still, she can provide a bit more Moon power than Yorihime, and even restore Barriers while she is at it. And the more Moon, the better.
Curse of the Heavens: Apollo 13: 2 Breaks (0P, 3P)
Revival: Seimei Yuugi -Life Game-: 2 Breaks (0P, 3P)
Heaven Spider's Butterfly-Catching Web: 3 Breaks (0P, 2P, 3P)
Total: 11 Breaks

1. Sagume Kishin
Sagume definitely dominates the most in Moon breaks out of the 4 Friends here. While the singular Moon breaks mean little in the grand scheme of things (though 1P breaks are certainly better than the 2P/3P of Iku), every one of Sagume's spells has 3 Moon breaks each! The costs for all of these breaks might be Spirit Power heavy, but the totals reveal that Sagume can boast up to 17 unique Moon breaks all by herself. With extra Star element in her Last Word and extra debuff utility, Sagume is a great pick for any foes with a weakness to Moon as well as many other situations.
Taboo Words: 1 Break (1P)
Naval Mine Yin-Yang Orbs: 1 Break (1P)
Orb Sign: Disorderly Flock's Duplex Curse: 3 Breaks (0P, 2P, 3P)
One-Winged White Heron: 3 Breaks (0P, 2P, 3P)
Arrow of Evil-Slaying: 3 Breaks (1P, 2P, 3P)
Total: 17 Breaks (2 on shots)

Of course, the Moon availability on all of these Friends varies a fair bit, but all of them still perform relatively decently in terms of breaking with Moon. And don't let this cloud your judgment on the other benefits each Friend can offer, as all of them are certainly useful outside of the EX Battle Stage!

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