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Breakdown of Defenders that can replace Tom Yum for beginners.
- Analysis assumes that Tom Yum is at 5* since this is very easy to achieve if players are good about farming his shards in hard stages.
- Analysis more focused on story stages and Catacombs. Disasters, Guild Boss and other content may call for different Defenders. Consult outside info regarding these.
- Assumes none of the Food Souls discussed has Artifacts. Do keep in mind it is worth building Tom Yum's Artifact since he's the only R worth spending Universal R artifact tickets on.
- All Defender SRs, Rs will be outclassed by URs due to differences in base HP and Defense.
- 6/2/2020 - Add Awamori, Easter Egg, Sachetorte
- 8/4/2020 - Add Oden, Umeshu, edit text for Steak, Escargot
|Defenders vs Tom Yum|
|1. Defender replaces Tom Yum at 1*+ if UR, 2*+ if SR. Problematic at lower * due to the level cap.|
|Oyster||Best UR Defender, top choice for Catacombs, Tsuchigumo preference||Hishi Mochi||Great Defender to use if Crab Long Bao isn't 5* yet|
|Apple Pie||Good Defender but ascension walled by being Airship exclusive||Caviar||Tanks well but outclassed by other Defenders that deal damage|
|Lion's Head||Best SR Defender||Gyoza||Great early game asset but deals no damage|
|Ddeokbokki||Falls off later due to difficulty ascending||Awamori||Falls off later due to difficulty ascending|
|2. Defender replaces Tom Yum at 2*+ if UR, 3*+ if SR. Overall don't have skills that help with tanking so they need high ascension to make up for it. Ascension is accessible for all players (shard fusion, permanent banner, other farmable means).|
|Crab Long Bao||Easiest UR Defender to ascend, Catacombs staple||Gingerbread||Harder to ascend than Crab Long Bao, worst UR Defender in terms of base stats|
|Steak||outclassed by Tom Yum with Artifact; Used by many due shard availability in delivery chests||Escargot||outclassed by Tom Yum with Artifact; Can reach decent * if you're good about doing shard fusion|
|Umeshu||outclassed by Tom Yum with Artifact; Bad skills but was easy to ascend during her event|
|3. Defender NEVER replaces Tom Yum. Skills are inferior to Tom Yum's, too difficult to ascend to use because of stats, unique skills don't justify use.|
|Longjing Tea||Useless without artifact. Inaccessible DPS tank niche from artifact.||Bonito Rice||Can dispel on basic skill, damage reduction skills not significant enough|
|Sukiyaki||Too difficult to ascend||Eclair||Skills worse than Tom Yum's|
|Nasi Lemak||Skills worse than Tom Yum's||Tempura||Not worth using over Tom Yum for Sanma link skill|
|Toast||M Food Souls should not be used in battle||Easter Egg||Skills bad for tanking, AOE on energy skill not important|
|Sachertorte||Skills bad for tanking||Oden||Can team cleanse on energy skill but stats too low|
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