Toyosatomimi no Miko was, in years past, the legendary figure known as Prince Shotoku. In real life, he was an individual who was more notable in death, due to a cult that rose with him at the helm. In Touhou Project, they weren’t much different – just like the real Shotoku, the Crown Prince spread Buddhism everywhere. However, unlike the actual Shotoku, it was for a different reason.
Shotoku was born as a genius, who could listen to ten people talking at the same time. A genius that all admired from a young age, due to their ability to provide holy wisdom. A genius dissatisfied with life, with mortality, with merely being human. Out of their desire to defy death, Shotoku was approached by a hermit known as Seiga Kaku, who taught them the ways of Taoism – to become truly immortal and rule forever. While it was a religion useful for gaining power, which would eventually make tales of their heroic exploits pass into legend, it was less than useful for calming the soul of a violent nation – enter in Buddhism which forbids killing, a most useful religion for a turbulent, murderous land. Shotoku broadcast it simply to make the country stable, while behind the scenes following Taoism in pursuit of immortality. Unfortunately, this pursuit resulted in their bodies being ruined by Cinnabar, and as such they chose to pursue a different form – becoming a Shikaisen.
By tricking the world itself into believing they were dead, they would be resurrected – and in a form ideal for them no less. However, it was a daunting process, so she had her vassal Mononobe no Futo and his wife Soga no Tojiko test it first. Satisfied as they slept undecayed, Miko also performed the ritual and fell asleep in their mausoleum, planning to wake up to lead the Japanese people as a true administrator, in her perfected body, as a perfect saint. .
Then the Buddhism faction realized their bullshit and quickly sealed Miko’s grave.
Over time, the Japanese people began to believe that youkai and the supernatural were just myths and legends – and as such, tales of Prince Shotoku, the one who performed incredible feats, should only not be considered fiction? As a result, Miko’s Mausoleum ended up being transported to Gensokyo, fading into the land of myths and legends. Unfortunately at exactly at the same time, a faction of Buddhists led by Byakuren Hijiri found themselves in Gensokyo and quickly built their temple atop the mausoleum to prevent Miko’s resurrection. Eventually, however, the seal simply broke and Miko was finally resurrected during the events of Ten Desires – her resurrected body being very different from what she was in life, as seen in a fun ending to Ten Desires in which Sanae Kochiya is completely baffled by the way Miko looks nothing like Prince Shotoku on a ten thousand yen bill. Now she seeks to build power once again, in this new land – and of course she will lend you her considerable power.. These accounts of his heroic exploits were based on Something after all!
The majority of Miko’s power lies in her solo targeting Last Word – Consider orders with absolute care. With a 1-1-3 layout, and 50%/0%/0%/0%/70%/70% Slicing and 0%/0%/0%/0%/0%/80% Hard (supplemented by a pre-attack effect of 2 levels of Agility UP (3T)) you’d think he was suited for longer fights – however, his second skill, Protection Tatsuta, provides the Crown Prince with 2 Spirit Power UP to abuse and deal high damage instantly as well as 2 levels of Yang DEF UP. However, the Yang DEF UP is just plain chilling, as his last word scaling is somewhat lackluster. His first skill Shoutoku Swords complete this with 2 levels of accuracy (3T) and Yang ATK (2T) UP. For more evasive enemies, his character ability grants him 1 level of Accuracy UP (1T) for each Boost – in other words, 5 levels of Accuracy UP in between. Finally, his third skill, Tsunashiki Shaku, gives her Charge to make her easier to sustain – and somewhat oddly, 2 levels of Yin ATK UP (3T).
Although not strictly detrimental, Miko’s kit has some of that quirkiness elsewhere as well. His last word, in addition to Agility UP, also has 2.5 levels of CRIT ATK UP (2T), which is rather out of place given his lack of CRIT focus. Additionally, his first Spell Card, Discernment: Laser of seventeen articles, grants his entire team 2 levels of Yin ATK UP (2T) – somewhat odd choice for a Yang attacker and decent support for less powerful friends – unfortunately more meta units will already have a ton of Yin ATK UP for start, although even they will benefit in multi-wave situations like Arena. It also contains 2 Sun and Metal All targeting breaks for a total of 3 Spirit Power.
His other notable attacks are rather better off: Eastern influence, his Spread Shot, has an impressive 1 All targeting Sun Break for 0 Spirit Power, making him highly spammable. Additionally, his second Spell Card, Luminous sign: Halo of the Guze Kannon, has an average of 1/2/2/3 all sun targeting for 0/1/2/3 spiritual power, as well as 2 levels of Accuracy UP (2T) with a 50% chance of getting 1 extra level for his whole group.
Overall, Miko is a solid nuker, with some precision and Yin ATK support. She’s certainly great, but not exactly top notch. Just be sure to heed orders with absolute care, lest she start lecturing you about following her orders well and why she’s the only one fit to lead you and Gensokyo.