Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin new update overhauls “Sakuna the Efflorescent” minigame

Publication date of the original Japanese article: 2021-12-02 10:39 (JST)
Translated by. Ryuki Ishii

Marvelous and XSEED Games have announced that the latest update for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin went live on December 2 (JST). The update overhauls the “Sakuna the Efflorescent” minigame, adds a bunch of dishes, and makes various adjustments and bug fixes.

Sakuna the Efflorescent is a tower defense minigame included in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. The objective is to use Sakuna’s various skills to combat waves of sap-sucking Aphids and protect the Tree of Creation. The minigame is first played as part of the main story, and you can revisit it later for more rewards. The developer Edelweiss announced their plan to overhaul the minigame in October of this year.

The reworked version, Sakuna the Efflorescent vs Metal Aphids, increases the pace of the minigame and makes various balance adjustments.

A group of new enemy types called Metal Aphids will be introduced as well. There are several variants of Metal Aphids, including the Giant Aphids, and when Sakuna knocks other Aphids into a Giant Aphid, the knocked Aphids will bounce back. Rainbow Aphids are a variant that explode after being knocked back by Sakuna’s attack. When you defeat the Angel Aphids, Sakuna enters Fever Time, which increases the score multiplier and the likelihood of enemy-induced explosions.

There are a number of new rewards available for the minigame as well, including Spirit Boughs for basic stat boosts, ranged-attack damage reduction, and the randomization of Otherworldly Affliction/Eldritch Enfeeblement/Supernatural Slowdown skills.

This update also adds a large variety of new dishes to make use of ingredients that were previously underutilized. A total of 19 new dishes are listed on Edelweiss’ official website (in Japanese).

You can check out the full patch notes on the abovementioned official website or on Steam.

Patch notes (Steam version)

Added Content

-Implemented a complete overhaul for “Sakuna the Efflorescent”
-Added new Spirit Boughs as rewards for “Sakuna the Efflorescent”
-Added dishes that use ingredients that were previously underutilized
-Added several new icons for dishes


-Buffs for different weather patterns now take effect everywhere instead of only indoors
-Full Throttle now correctly applies to raiment skills that cause debuffs
-Full Throttle and Divine Maiden now correctly apply to Toxic Crown
-Added to the divine raiment tutorial during the opening
-Minor typo fixes

Bug Fixes
-Fixed an issue where changing equipment during battle on the lowest floor of Amagaeshi Shrine could cause a crash
-Other minor bug fixes

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is currently available for PC (via Steam), PS4, and Nintendo Switch.