The Puppeteer's pageantry is no laughing matter. Her power saw-wielding puppet can manipulate allies into making extra attacks or bind enemies with a crushing curse. And when times are dire, she can sacrifice an ally to boost her puppet even more.
You can have up to 1 of this mercenary.
Rin can be your greatest asset or your most devastating weakness. She requires the orders of a strong strategist, particularly when it comes to the powerful Bloody Strings ability, which counts as a “kill” on your opponent’s counter if used in Free League. Will you risk your own mercenaries to make Rin stronger and allow her to control her allies for maximum effectiveness?
Outside of the Free League, Rin has already proved herself as an exceptionally useful tool in TBS combat. She has the durability of a melee character, and her Empowering Control can allow a ranged character to attack twice in the same turn for a massive damage output! This skill not only passes the turn but also provides a significant heal, even to catapults! It’s not as strong as the Oracle’s Healing skill, mind you, but even a little boost can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Rin is rare to obtain and so are her skills, making them very expensive; her upgrades are inexpensive.
Basic Attack Edit
- Melee Target and Neighbors
- Action Power: 65-85
- Action Power raised by Vacancy: 9% (up to 3 vacancies)
- Rin's Precious Puppet is the Sealed Orb for summoning the Puppeteer mercenary. You can use it at Main Character level 1. You might find it on the Market.
- Can be recruited from a Mercenary Selection Summon Marble that new characters receive while leveling.
- Can be recruited sometimes from some Item Mall boxes, such as Mercenary Miracle Pouch.
- Bunraku Festival event, June 27, 2012 through July 26, 2012.
- Freedom Park event July 3, 2014.
Rin was introduced during the Elements of War Patch.
|Puppeteer I||20||50 Giant Soul Crystal||489||119||175||252||192||200|
|Puppeteer II||50||100 Giant Soul Crystal||554||140||195||283||285||200|
|Rin||80||20 Giant Soul Jewel||614||162||217||312||380||200|
|Rin I||100||40 Giant Soul Jewel||675||186||236||339||488||200|
|Rin II||120||80 Giant Soul Jewel||735||210||257||369||567||200|
|Rin III||130||80 Giant Soul Jewel||796||231||278||396||652||200|
|Rin IV||140||80 Giant Soul Jewel||865||255||300||423||751||200|
|Rin V||150||80 Giant Soul Jewel||939||280||322||453||866||200|
|Rin VI||160||80 Giant Soul Jewel||1126||336||386||543||1039||200|
Rin comes from a long line of highly skilled Ningyotsukai, Puppet masters trained to perform with ningyo dolls attached to strings in Bunraku-style Puppet Theaters. The puppet masters working behind the scenes have mastered the art of bringing these dolls to life in a spectacular display of skill and patience. Our little puppet master actively participated in these shows since she could walk on her own two feet. From the time she began manipulating puppets, it was as if some mysterious power gave her dolls a life of their own. She dazzled crowd after crowd and became something of a local legend.
Ultimately, the joy of performing would not last. Even simple performers were unable to escape from the threat of Atlantis and darkening times. One day, while Rin and her family traveled to an adjacent town for a performance, a pack of bandits bent on finding Oriharukon stones ambushed their party and killed her parents. Had it not been for some quick thinking by Hattori Hanzo, Rin would have suffered a similar fate. After rescuing her, he raised her as part of the Iga Ninja clan.
In a few years’ time, Rin became one of the most trusted and experienced members of the Iga clan. Despite her age, she was often the first to volunteer for the most dangerous missions, believing that her most beloved puppet, a gift from her parents, would protect her from danger.
Rin’s life changed once again during a mission to the Shogun Castle. Rin inadvertently stumbled into a secret Tatami room, sealed away long ago because of mysterious hauntings. She investigated the room and found nothing but a Cat Mask commonly used in Theater for comedic characters. She was drawn to the mask, remembering her days of performing in front of a crowd. Little did she know that the mask was home to an ancient demon, Nekomimi. By exploiting Rin’s sadness and memories of her parents, Nekomimi was able to infiltrate Rin’s consciousness and possess her.
Nekomimi used Rin’s body to open the Gates of Torment, ultimately leading to the near-total destruction of the Iga Ninja Clan. As Nekomimi used the helpless Rin to unleash destruction on the world, two loyal members of the Iga Clan gathered with several bands of mercenaries to destroy the Gate of Torment. After barely destroying the gate, they had just enough energy to summon Queen Himiko of Yamataikoku to exorcise Nekomimi from Rin’s body and banish her from the world forever.
For reasons we may never understand, Rin suggested that Nekomimi instead be sealed within the puppet she holds so dear to her. Perhaps she believes that the spirit will be purified by the positive energy of the puppet, which represents Rin’s childhood spirit and the love of her parents.
Merging with the doll gave Nekomimi the strength to manifest in a visible form again, but she is now completely bound to Rin’s will, forced to follow wherever Rin goes. Nekomimi now acts not only as a Guardian Spirit, but also as a conduit for Rin’s latent abilities, unleashing the full potential of her puppetry skills and allowing her to control living beings, human or monster.