Rinyuu is finally here! We've been waiting for a long time and we'll be able to pull for her on October 18th.
This article aims to be a comprehensive guide/review to Rinyuu, covering her strengths, weaknesses, synergies, and overall rating.
Read on to find out why she could be a game-changer for your team.
Mastering Rinyuu in Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent
Rinyuu's Evaluation and Basic Information
- Roles: Healer (Tier 1), Support (Tier 1)
- Weakness: Staff, Bow, Lightning
- Rarity: 5 stars
- Influence: Fame
- How to Obtain: Limited (Memory Travelers Banner)
- Story: Memoirs
How to Get Rinyuu: Timing and Strategy
Rinyuu can be obtained through her Traveler of Memories gacha banner, where her drop rate is higher compared to other MT characters.
After the banner ends, she will be included in the Memory Travelers pool. However, her pity is 4500 rubies now and will be 6000 rubies in later banners.
If Rinyuu is a must-have for you, it's advisable to take advantage of the higher rate and lower pity of this banner to get her in 150 pulls max.
Going Deeper into Rinyuu's Strengths
The Powerhouse Ability: Gracious Prayer
What Does It Do?
Gracious Prayer is the ability that serves as Rinyuu's cornerstone. With an SP consumption of 20, this ability:
- Boosts physical and elemental defense by 15%.
- Provides automatic HP recovery with a potency of 80.
- Grants immunity to paralysis and sleep status effects.
- At level 88, the HP recovery potency jumps to 110.
When and How to Use It
The ideal strategy is to activate Gracious Prayer at the beginning of any battle and relegate Rinyuu to the back row.
This ensures that all front and back allies benefit from increased defense and health regeneration throughout the (entire) fight.
Sustaining the Buff
Continuous use of Gracious Prayer costs 70 SP, but this can be reduced to 50/35/20 SP depending on boost level.
Boosting Gracious Prayer reduces its SP cost, making it easier to maintain. You should aim to max boost on turn 1.
Compatibility with Other HP Recovery Abilities
Unlike other recovery skills, Gracious Prayer doesn't overwrite existing recovery effects.
It works in tandem with them, offering an additive rather than a replacement effect.
Nullification of Paralysis and Sleep
Getting hit with status ailments like paralysis and sleep can make battles harder.
Gracious Prayer proactively counters this by nullifying these ailments. It also clears existing paralysis or sleep ailments, making it a reactive skill as well.
The Offensive Counterpart: Crusader's Prayer
What Does It Do?
This ability is the offensive version of Gracious Prayer, which consumes 20 SP to:
- Increase physical and elemental attack by 15%.
- Boost damage dealt by 10%.
- Grant immunity to silence and terror status effects.
- At level 100, the damage boost increases to 15%.
SP Consumption and Boosting
The continuous SP consumption is 90, but this can be reduced to 70/55/40 through boosting.
While the SP requirement is steeper than Gracious Prayer, it's generally manageable and won't drain Rinyuu's SP to 0 thanks to her high base SP.
Silence and Terror Nullification
The ability to negate silence and terror can be particularly useful against bosses who use these status ailments.
By nullifying these conditions, Rinyuu ensures that your team can continue to use abilities and BP in high-difficulty boss fights.
Additional Support Passives & Abilities
Rinyuu also has a Preservation skill, which grants an ally automatic revival (25%-100% of their max HP depending on boost).
It will trigger immediately after an ally is incapacitated, but keep in mind that using this skill will interrupt her continuous buff skills Gracious Prayer and Crusader's Prayer.
Rinyuu's support passives further enhance her role as a back row powerhouse.
She provides a 5% automatic SP recovery to front row allies and reduces their SP consumption by 10%.
These effects synergize perfectly with Gracious Prayer and Crusader's Prayer, allowing Rinyuu to maintain these powerful buffs more efficiently.
Priority of SP Consumption Reduction
You can't overlap 2 SP reduction passives. If another SP reduction buff is active, Rinyuu's takes priority only if it offers a greater reduction, ensuring optimal SP usage.
Her Ultimate: Prayer of the Virtuous
This ultimate skill adds another layer to Rinyuu's utility.
It not only recovers HP and removes status ailments but also provides dodging against elemental attacks.
This can be invaluable against bosses that use potent elemental attacks, but it's a very situational ultimate and shouldn't be fully upgraded to U10 (or even used in battle).
Understanding Rinyuu's Weaknesses
Row Movement Restrictions
Once Rinyuu activates a semi-permanent buff like Gracious Prayer or Crusader's Prayer, she becomes a backpack.
Any action other than maintaining these abilities will cancel them.
Forced Row Swapping
Be extra cautious of forced row swapping enemy skills, as they also cancel Rinyuu's semi-permanent buffs.
This applies both when she's moved from the front to the back and vice versa.
You can't have Gracious Prayer and Crusader's Prayer active simultaneously.
So, you'll have to make the choice between offense and defense.
Characters Who Shine Alongside Rinyuu
Rinyuu is a universal unit in terms of compatibility.
Her ability to provide both offense and defense buffs, as well as automatic HP recovery, makes her an excellent complement to any character—regardless of their role in the party.
When paired with tank characters, Rinyuu's defensive capabilities are amplified.
Her Gracious Prayer ability, which provides semi-permanent HP recovery and defense buffs, adds an extra layer of durability to them.
The best tank to pair with Rinyuu is EX Fiore, obviously.
Here's a video demonstration on how EX Fiore and Rinyuu can make your team immortal (vs Yan Long).
Best Equipment for Rinyuu
Rinyuu won't be doing damage, so the bonus effects from Fortune and Hell weapons against enemies won't be relevant for her.
For both Orsterra and Hell content, you should equip her with a Staff of Fortune focused on EAtk to maximize her HP recovering ability.
Extra SP and Speed aren't really needed, as she will have more than enough SP to sustain through the whole fight and will mostly sit in the back row, making both stats unnecessary.
Awakening Stone Priority
Rinyuu shines without any awakenings, and she's totally viable at A0 U9 (and even U1).
If you get more than one copy of her, go for A1 first to increase her HP recovery power.
Her A4 accessory is a decent one for a tank backpack, as it gives 15% Def Up to the ally in the same row and gives the whole front row 5 SP restoration per turn.
How Would I Rate Rinyuu? Is She a Must Pull?
Rinyuu will become the best healer/supporter in Octopath Traveler Champions of the Continent for a very long time. She powercreeps HP regen units like Alfyn or even Ophilia.
You won't get any better support units in a while and she's been widely used in JP in most battle scenarios.
Even though you can still clear hard content without her, pulling for her is advised if you want to make your life easier in end-game content.