Touhou Lost Word tier list (April 2023) - Best characters to get

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March 31, 2023: We added Daoyousei to our Touhou Lost Word tier list.

If you’re a fan of the Touhou Project games and want to check out the mobile RPG, then our Touhou Lost Word tier list should come in handy. There were nine playable characters at launch, which has now grown to over fifty, all with different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. You might need a helping hand in determining which character to go for first. In the turn-based battles, you can form a party of up to six characters, and you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a good balance.

Our tier list will help you see which characters are ranked as being most effective. We’ve also got info on the best attacking and defensive characters, as well as a rundown of how spell cards work in battle. It’ll help you determine which Touhou Lost Word characters best suit your playstyle, making for a much more enjoyable experience.

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Touhou Lost Word character tier List

Reisen Udongein Inaba, Flandre Scarlet, Koishi Komeiji, Yukari Yakumo, Suika Ibuki, Tewi Inaba, Kaguya Houraisan, Keine Kamishirasawa, Lunar War Enchanter Marisa Kirisame, Toyohime, Koakuma, Remilia Scarlet, Dayousei
Rumia, Satori Komeiji, Sagume Kishin, Reimu Hakurei, Youmu Konpaku, Medicine Melancholy, Yuyuko Saigyouji, Ran Yakumo, Watatsuki no Yorihime, Patchouli Knowledge, Eirin Yagokoro, Shion Yorigami, Yuuka Kazami, Lunar War Oracle Sanae Kochiya, Saki Kurokoma, Junko, Utsuho Reiuji, Miyoi Okunoda
Hong Meiling, Alice Margatroid, Chen, Kasen Ibaraki, Fujiwara no Mokou, Kosuzu Motoori, Ringo, Suwako Moriya, Minoriko Aki, Doremy Sweet, Iku Nagae, Clownpiece, Youmu Konpaku (Cherry Blossom), Mai Teireida, Satono Nishida, Letty Whiterock, Byakuren Hijiri (Fantastic), Toyosatomimi no Miko, Sakuya Izayoi, Letty Whiterock, Koakuma
Sakuya Izayoi, Cirno, Sanae Kochiya, Luna Child, Kanako Yasaka, Hieda no Akyuu, Shizuha Aki, Aya Shameimaru, Nemuno Sakata, Keine Kamishirasawa, Seiga Kaku, Hecatia Lapislazuli, Sekibanki
Benben Tsukumo, Yatsuhashi Tsukumo, Lily White, Daiyousei, Nitori Kawashiro, Byakuren Hijiri, Seiran, Yoshika Miyako, Saki Kurokoma,
Sunny Milk, Star Sapphire, Reisen, Momiji Inubashiri

As you can see, there’s an awful lot of characters here. Several of them are variations on base characters, with different stats and moves to boot. We’ve based our rankings on the official tier list, combined with a deep comb into ATK and DEF stats, as well as potential for upgrades.

The first character you start with in Touhou Lost Word is Reisen Udongein Inaba, who starts as a one-star friend. However, the ability to fully upgrade them means the starter friend can greatly increase in power.

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Who is the best Attacking character in Touhou Lost Word?

If it’s a damage-heavy character you’re focused on, these are the five characters with the highest damage stats. We’ve ranked them based on a balance of Yang/light ATK and Yin/dark ATK stats.

  1. Koishi Komeiji - 1950 Yang ATK, 1825 Yin ATK
  2. Marisa Kirisame - 1500 Yang ATK, 1700 Yin ATK
  3. Reimu Hakurei - 1940 Yang ATK, 1550 Yin ATK
  4. Kaguya Houraisan - 1480 Yang ATK, 1390 Yin ATK
  5. Suika Ibuki - 1400 Yang ATK, 1520 Yin ATK

Who is the best Defending character in Touhou Lost Word?

On the other side of the coin, we’ve compiled the five characters with the best combined defending stats. Once again, these mix Yang DEF and Yin DEF.

  1. Yukari Yakumo - 1390 Yang DEF, 1320 Yin DEF
  2. Keine Kamishirasawa - 1425 Yang DEF, 1225 Yin DEF
  3. Reimu Hakurei - 1235 Yang DEF, 1190 Yin DEF
  4. Yuyuko Saigyouji - 1280 Yang DEF, 990 Yin DEF
  5. Patchouli Knowledge - 1280 Yang DEF, 900 Yin DEF

Touhou Lost Word Spell Cards explained

One of the most important combat elements in Touhou Lost Word is the strategic use of spell cards. These are powerful boosts that combine a range of attacks to provide a multi-pronged assault on enemies. They’re most effective when used in combination with the boost ability that appears during difficult combat scenarios.

As with the characters, there’s an extensive number of spell cards in the game. They’re unique to each character too, meaning there are limitless combinations with which to arrange your team. As such, you’ll need to level up your individual character to get a hold of the best spell cards. You’ll start unlocking them once you rank up the character in question. As such, you’ll need a three-star character to unlock the elusive gold spell cards, which are the most powerful in the game.

How do I unlock all Touhou Lost Word characters?

There are plenty of ways to unlock characters in Touhou Lost Word, but as a game with over eighty playable characters, it’s a mighty challenge to collect them all. As mentioned earlier, you start off by unlocking Reisen Udongein Inaba by finishing the game’s tutorial. You can also claim two extra characters for free thanks to pre-launch registration tasks. Here’s how to unlock Marisa Kirisame and Reimu Hakurei for free.

  • Sign up for Touhou Lost Word and complete the preliminary tutorial section
  • Instead of opting to play episode two of the prologue, instead click back to the main menu
  • From here, press 'Items' in the top-right of the screen. There will be over forty items to claim here, so it’s easiest to press 'Claim All'
  • Once you’ve clicked through everything, check your 'Friends' menu at the bottom of the screen. You should see the two free characters here

To unlock other characters other than these, you have to purchase them from the game’s shop. This is where the costumed variations of characters are available for sale - but there are only seventeen currently available. You pay for these with god crystals, which cost real money. Therefore, a lot of the characters in Touhou Lost Word are locked behind a paywall. If you want to get all the characters, you’ll have to combine real-life spending with completing in-game objectives.

How do I reroll in Touhou Lost Word?

The initial character roll in Touhou Lost Word can leave a lot to be desired. You’re limited to a set group of characters, and the chances of pulling a powerful friend to start with are low. That’s why rerolling can be a good option - as a chance to get something a bit stronger when you’re starting out.

The reroll process is different based on whether you’re playing on Android or iOS. The Android process is a little more complicated:

  • Head to your device’s storage settings, then tap on Touhou Lost Word
  • Click the ‘Clear Data’ option
  • When you log back into the game, you’ll be invited to make a new account and start from scratch

The iOS process is less scroll-heavy, but a bit more brutish:

  • The only way to reroll on iOS is to completely delete the app and its data from the home screen, then reinstall it

As Touhou Lost Word grows in size and support following its launch in April 2020, the amount of characters and spell cards is only going to increase. It’s a game that’ll reward you for investing in its depth, making the experience even more rewarding.

Touhou Lost World extra mode explained

Once you're ready to try something beyond the main quest mode, it's worth exploring Touhou Lost Word's extra modes. These are a type of endless horde mode, tailored to the character you're playing as. As such, they aren't available for all characters, as the level of individual customisation is relatively high.

The most recent extra mode in Touhou Lost Word is called Hifuu LostWord. This promotional event gives you a shot at unlocking a new skin variants: Lunar War Enchanter Marisa Kirisame. Equally, it boosts your chances of getting Seal Crystals, Fortune Dust, and Scrolls, with their drop rates from the random boxes. That's on top of the game's ongoing half-anniversary celebrations, with plenty of skin variants and giveaways ongoing.

While these extra modes are small, they help increase the variety of gameplay in Touhou Lost Word. Even if you need a break from the main quest, these can help extend your playtime.

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