Akachi Ony-Elemental Mage|Beginner Deck Guide Series

Valentin1331 · 43647

Mastering the 5 elements, with her Staff in one hand and a Fire Blade in the other, Akachi bursts open her enemies.

"Did I not counsel you, lord, to forbid her staff?"

Please press the ♥ if you like the Deck, even if you don't plan on playing it just to give it some visibility for new players :)


Credit: Fantasy Flight Games


If you haven't tasted the power of yet, or find that they lack diversity, Akachi is the One(yele) you were waiting for. She is simple, straightforward and strong. Her card pool offers access to interesting cards and the introduction of the Synergy trait adds a layer of fun to this Deck.

After the warm welcome of the Beginner Decks made for Zoey, Rex, Jenny, Jim and Pete, I decided to go for a last Series of Beginner Deck Guides for The Path to Carcosa.

Find the other Carcosa Beginner Decks:
Mythos Busting Mark
Sefine-Art Black Magic Painter
Yorick Gold Digger
• I decided not to propose a Deck for Lola Hayes on purpose as even with the help of the community, we couldn't find any Deck that made us feel like you wouldn't regret playing any other investigator instead. If she piqued your curiosity, keep her in a corner of your mind until you have a bit more cards.

Table of Contents:

• Overview

• Main Strategy

• The 3 Different Spell Routes

• Every Mage has a Staff

• Speaking to the Spirits

• Other Cards

• Upgrade Path

• Make your own Deck!


Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆
Enemy Management: ★★★★★
Clue-getting: ★★★★☆
Encounter protection: ★★★★☆
Survivability: ★★★☆☆
Economy: ★★★☆☆
Card Drawing: ★★★☆☆

Main Strategy:

• Use your high and additional Charges from your passive to get the best out of your Spells.

• Use the 5 elements to gain insane value out of Close the Circle and Call for Backup.

• Use the Dragon Pole for an extra Spell slot as well as a backup weapon for lower fight enemies and for conserving charges.

• Use your Signature Spirit-Speaker to refill your empty Spells.

The 3 Different Spell Routes:

"Fly, if you value your foul skin! I will shrivel you from tail to snout, if you come within this ring."

The 5 Elements Archmage:

This Deck masters all 5 elements: .

Rite of Seeking turns into Divination (4) and Shrivelling into Brand of Cthugha (4). This is the best build for True Solo.

•• With these 2 cards, The Green Red Clock and Prophetic, you have the 5 elements available for Close the Circle that comes in play with 6 additional actions and Call for Backup to heal your teammates, and gain tempo over the Mythos.

•• You can use the charge on Close the Circle during any player window, which includes evading a Hunter enemy just after it moves to your location and engages you. Also, remember that you do not need to use your during this action, you can simply move. This additional action is subject to Attacks of Opportunity though.

•• We prefer the Brand of Cthugha (4) as it still boosts your synergy cards even if Prophetic is buried deep, it is cheaper to reload with Spirit-Speaker and less damaging to lose charges because of Angered Spirits. To balance out the negative aspect, Dragon Pole can take care of the first actions, especially thanks to the boost of The Red Clock for your first Test, and then use Brand of Cthugha (4) for the finish.

•• Thanks to your built-in Reload Engine, this Deck is extremely versatile and will make both and jealous because you'll be better at their job than them combined.

The full offensive Battlemage:

• You upgrade to Shrivelling (5) and Rite of Seeking into Brand of Cthugha (4). With the Dragon Pole, you have enough to easily be the boss-killer of your group.

•• Both Shrivelling (5) and the Brand of Cthugha (4) can deal 3 damages reliably. It is good to alternate their uses to decrease the risk: prefer the Brand at the end of your turn and Shrivelling if you still have good sanity. To save Charges and finish off enemies with 2hp, you always have your Dragon Pole and 1 damage can always be done with Close the Circle.

•• This leads you to anywhere between 7 and 10 damage per turn.

The Divination Master:

• Rite of Seeking upgrades in Rite of Seeking (4) and Shrivelling into Divination (4).

•• This Deck is a monster clue-getter, while still being autonomous thanks to Dragon Pole that allow Akachi Onyele to still deal with the smaller enemies she would draw.

•• Albeit being significantly more expensive, Prophetic, Uncage the Soul and The Red Clock are generating enough resources to pay for it all.


Every Mage has a Staff:

The Dragon Pole can be put to good use in Akachi Onyele not only for the extra Arcane Slot, but since she has 3 base she can fight up to 6 with 3 spells on the table. On top of this, we also have multiple ways to bring this score much higher:

• Overpower, Unexpected Courage obviously.

The Red Clock can bring you +3 to your first attack if you time it correctly. Unfortunately, the lvl 2 is a bit clunky, forcing you to first collect the resources and only the turn after you can get the +3 .

•• Note that this +3 is not bound to time, so it stays until you pass a test and even stacks if you happen to do the first thick twice without any test in between.

•  Torrent of Power can be used to boost any Spell as well as your Mage Staff. The potential targets are Alchemical Transmutation, Brand of Cthugha (better to use one of its charges to deal 2 damage), Close the Circle or even the The Red Clock to bring it back to 0 and benefit from +3 at the beginning of the next turn or bring it back to 2 to get another additional action next turn!

• Blood Pact that you can use either if you have Moonlight Ritual in your hand and more than 4 Doom to go or during the last Round of the Agenda for +3 at each test you perform (could be 4 fight actions if you timed the The Red Clock correctly).

Speaking to the Spirits:

What makes Akachi Onyele so potent is her Signature: Spirit-Speaker. It doesn't sound strong but trust me, it is addictive.

• Use it to recharge any of your Spells using 1 action and its cost. The cost is absorbed by Prophetic, Uncage the Soul or your resources and the action is fine since Spells come with a great built-in action acceleration. Emptied your Brand of Cthugha (4)? How about reloading it completely for 2 resources and 1 action? This is such an increase to the value of your high XP Spells.

• Join the Dark Side of the Force and make $$$. You are unlikely to use this ability of your Signature, but it can save your soul for instance by using the last charges of any Spell to pay for Storm of Spirits. Once you have Spirit-Speaker, Alchemical Transmutation turns into an Emergency Cache that commits for a if you don't need it. Brand of Cthugha (4) brings you 10 resources for a starting cost of 2, so 8 net profit. Sorry Hot Streak but you're not #1 anymore.

Other Cards:

Level 0 Cards:

Holy Rosary fits perfectly here to absorb the damage from Shrivelling while also boosting your main stat: .

• Arcane Initiate that you can play either before the Agenda advances or that you clean with Moonlight Ritual (which is a Spell so it can be found by the Initiate) helps you to tutor your most important cards.

•• Once you have Charisma, you can have both Arcane Initiate on the table at the same time since she's not unique. Congratulations, you are now the teacher of a School of Magic.

• Delve Too Deep, because everyone loves XP, so if you can bring more to your party, why wouldn't you. Plus you are naturally talented at dealing with the Encounter Deck.

• Moonlight Ritual as said before to clean the Arcane Initiate and Blood Pact.

• Storm of Spirits is also a nice fighting Spell that is terrific when there are more than 2 enemies at your location. The higher the player count the better. The hefty cost is covered by Prophetic.

• Ward of Protection of course to prevent Ancient Evils from ruining your well-prepared plans.

Level 1-5 Cards:

• Close the Circle is a powerhouse in this Deck to pass any Scenario Tests like Parleys, Tests on locations, treachery cards, anything. For 1 Action to play it, you gain 5 net actions out of it. And what's best? You can refill it at will.

• Prophetic is obvious in this Deck: either pay for the Spells directly or boost your hard test. Why would you lose 2 actions with Brand of Cthugha (4) if you could instead boost yourself up high enough to not take any risk?

• The Red Clock (2) is fun and brings a bit of variety to the often linear Mystic gameplay, introducing a chess-like feeling to the game. You now have to think ahead, when will I need resources, a bonus on my Dragon Pole or , will there be a time when I will need to move across the map, how about an extra action to refill an empty Spell? No matter what you get, it's always welcome.


Upgrade Path:

For this upgrade path, I will focus on the Synergy build that is to me the most optimised one:

Alchemical Transmutation x2 Brand of Cthugha (1) x2 - 2xp - Total 2xp

•• More combat Spells, and more charges to spend for other uses.

Guts x2 Prophetic x2 - 6xp - Total 8xp

•• Pay for your Spells and get a welcome boost for them.

Holy Rosary x1 The Red Clock (2) x1 + Relic Hunter x1 - 7xp - Total 15xp

•• Offers a nice boost especially for your Dragon Pole when you have 1 charge and some resources, as well as a Asset.

Rite of Seeking x2 Divination (1) x2 - 2xp - Total 17xp

•• Cheaper, more flexible Spell that offers a little boost and a Asset.

Shrivelling x2 Close the Circle x2 - 2xp - Total 19xp

•• By this time, you have Assets from every class, guaranteeing you an amazing use of Close the Circle, especially for Scenario Tests.

Delve Too Deep x2 Call for Backup x2 - 4xp - Total 23xp

•• Since you now have the 5 elements represented in your Deck, this card can really bring wicked value to your team.

Brand of Cthugha x2 Brand of Cthugha (4) x2 - 6xp - Total 29xp

•• Fight bigger enemies faster, with a greater boost and more charges.

• Blood Pact x1 - 3xp - Total 32xp

Now that enemies tend to be beefier, the test really helps the Dragon Pole.

Divination (1) x2 Divination (4) x2 - 6xp - Total 38xp

•• More clues for the same price. Always good to gain tempo over the Mythos.

• Charisma x1 - 3xp - Total 41xp

•• Now that you purchased your expensive Spells, 2 Arcane Initiate are ideal to find them as quick as possible.

Link to the full xp Deck


Credit: Fantasy Flight Games

Make your own Deck!:

• I know that Akachi Onyele's passive brings more value to Shrivelling and Rite of Seeking since you get more value out of their Charges. I decided to go this way to mitigate the negative impact of Angered Spirits, to leverage the Synergy allowed by the Deck, and simply because it already performs above expectations like this. You are free to try to upgrade the Deck using Shrivelling (5) and Divination (4) for roughly similar results or even choose Rite of Seeking (4).

If you have access to Jacqueline Fine, the only real change I would do is to replace Rite of Seeking with Clairvoyance and maybe add Fearless.

If you are playing this Deck with the others of the series and only 1 collection, here is a proposed way to distribute the overlapping cards for each investigator:

Mythos Busting Mark|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Scavenge-Minhg|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Sefine-Art Black Magic Painter|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Akachi Ony-Elemental Mage|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Yorick Gold Digger|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

• If you do not mind proxying a few cards, the ones that could definitely bring added value to this Deck are:

•• Sign Magick (3) instead of Dragon Pole at one point of the campaign for acceleration.

•• Wish Eater instead of the last Holy Rosary standing for getting advantage of the enemies you heal.


May 28, 2022 mattyc4065 · 1

Thanks for the great guide. For some reason the full xp deck link doesn't' work for me though.

May 28, 2022 Valentin1331 · 43647

Thanks @mattyc4065, and let me know if you try it out!!

Well spotted for the Full XP deck my apologies. I just updated the link :)

May 30, 2022 FlarkeFiasco · 1

Gonna try this for my night off the zealot run, going to teach two noobs. I was looking for a flex, and this guide is really well made! I didn't think akachi could be interesting, except for the "look at all my relic slots" build I've seen on here with the new tarot.

Anyways, this looks fun with the synergy, and looks simple enough that I can focus on teaching rather than on thy complicated decks I normally love running.

Great job <3

May 30, 2022 Valentin1331 · 43647

Thanks a lot @FlarkeFiasco, I hope you will have fun with this deck and please come back to comment to let me know how it went!

I have to admit that out of the 5 decks, this one was the least triggering to start but it actually tuned out to be one of the most fun to play especially after 15xp and it ended being one of my favourite of the series, with Sefina that unfortunately didn’t seem that appreciated so far but maybe later when more people receive the box!

Jun 01, 2022 FlarkeFiasco · 1

I'm sad night of the zealot doesn't have enough xp to make use of the synergy cards, really, so I might take a different upgrade path :/

In any case, after playing the level 0 deck once (which admittedly isn't very different from any other akachi decks), and then thinking about the upgrade paths, this deck really exemplifies incidental buffing. Akachi has largely been the same since she came out. A few things here or there.

Now, with red clock, dragon pole, prophetic, the synergy cards, the new divination and cthugha spells (which are better for her than the older spells imo), she really comes into a nice space.

And here I thought Ursula was arguably the most buffed by edge of the earth cards, but akachi sure has some compelling changes from that set.

I think this deck shows off some pieces of edge of the earth that are hard to show off!

Sure, I've played a synergy Lola Hayes (better than you think), and I've always looked at cards like prophetic (and the other ones), and felt they're a little tough to just throw into a deck. But here, it all works great. And feels very natural and fluid, rather than "I'm making a synergy deck".

I think the devs would be very happy to see how you've given akachi these tools so organically, as they probably weren't thinking specifically about her for any of this.

Nice build, really. I'm gonna play this again through an 8 mission campaign, I like it that much (and I never replay builds lol). I'm just gonna be sad when I get to the end of night of the zealot and realize I'm only halfway to completing the build haha.

Jun 23, 2022 Straps · 1

If you are playing with your Sefina Rousseau deck and one single collection, how would you recommend allocating Rite of Seeking?

Jun 23, 2022 Straps · 1

Please pardon the double-comment but I have put together the Path to Carcosa deck series with one collection and found the following overlaps not already mentioned in a “Make your own Deck!” section

Akachi Onyele & Sefina Rousseau: Rite of Seeking, Delve Too Deep, & Divination (1) Minh Thi Phan & William Yorick: Resourceful, Ice Pick (3), & Strength in Numbers (1)

Jun 23, 2022 Valentin1331 · 43647

Hey @Straps! Thanks for all the feedback and happy that you like the Decks, please come back when you're done to let me know how it went! Make sure that all your friends give a ♥ to the Decks so that they gain visibility :)

Assigning cards is a bit of a mind-bending exercise, so thanks for helping me with this!

Let me know if it works fine, if you have enough Unexpected Courage for everyone if played like this, and I will update my Make your own Deck! parts.

It gets easier if you have the Investigator Packs though since you have Clairvoyance that you can give to Sefina Rousseau.

Jun 23, 2022 Straps · 1

Thank you for the response @Valentin1331! As you intuited, there is indeed a stock issue with Unexpected Courage (even with two Core Sets.)

Akachi Onyele, Mark Harrigan, & William Yorick use two copies in their decklists. The remaining two copies are currently recommended for Minh Thi Phan to replace Mark Harrigan’s Shortcut copies (which will also conflict with your recommendation for Unexpected Courage to replace William Yorick's Resourceful copies.)

Jun 23, 2022 Valentin1331 · 43647

Ok, I needed to see clarity in all this, so I made a list of Decks for each investigator with 0 and 40xp that summarises how I would distribute the cards:

Mythos Busting Mark|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Scavenge-Minhg|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Sefine-Art Black Magic Painter|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Akachi Ony-Elemental Mage|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

Yorick Gold Digger|One Collection Variant: 0xp Deck / Full XP Deck

I will update all the Deck Guides to include this text, that will be much clearer!

That being said, I never thanked you @FlarkeFiasco for your in-depth comment, I was on holiday and then it slipped out of my mind, sorry! I am really flattered by your comment and I am super happy that you loved the Deck so much! Please come back to let us know how the 8-scenario campaign went!

Jun 25, 2022 Straps · 1

Those independent decklists are quite helpful @Valentin1331! I put together the whole set and am really looking forward to trying them out as well as offering them to choose from on game night. I am happy to say that I had no problems at all putting the decks together but I did want to mention that both Mark Harrigan and William Yorick each have two copies of Vicious Blow, which would be an issue for those with two copies of the non-revised Core Set and contrary to the rest of the design.

I’ll let you know how my experience goes after I’ve put some miles on these decks!

Jun 26, 2022 Valentin1331 · 43647

Alright, my apologies, somehow the lvl 0 Mark Deck was not the latest version of it, I’ve updated it (with Beat Cop and Manual Dexterity).

Excited to know how it went!

Jul 01, 2022 founchopf · 2

Hi there! Thank you so much for your wonderful guides Valentin1331! I am really looking forward to try Akachi your way, with my brother I am planning a blind run on Innsmouth, so Akachi and Trish, wich we both haven't played yet ;-) Please continue with your amazing work, all the best!

Oct 03, 2022 lokipride · 1

Looking forward to get my hands on the next Investigators from Scarlet Keys ;)

Oct 06, 2022 vincentlcvz · 1

Hello , thank you for this deck. i m gonna use it for innsmouth in a 4 players games any tip for the starting hand / mulligan ? thanks

Oct 06, 2022 Valentin1331 · 43647

@founchopf thanks for the amazing message! You must be done by now with your campaign and I hope your brother and you had a great time! Please let me know if you have any feedback!

@vincentlcvz thanks for choosing my deck! I hope you’ll have as much fun as I did playtesting it :) For mulligan, I would recommend shuffling back everything that is not Dragon Pole, Arcane Initiate or Prophetic. And if you do not have any of these, feel free to power draw at the beginning of a scenario until you have at least a way to deal with enemies.

@lokipride soon my friend, very soon. Stay tuned hehe

Oct 07, 2022 founchopf · 2

Hey Valentin! Thank you for your reply, actually we still have Into the Maelstrom to go as we do not see each other ever so often :) But the Akachi deck is a lot of fun to play so far! I would totally agree with you on the Arcane Initiate in the opening hand otherwise drawing into the powerful spells is often difficult. I upgraded into a Relic Hunter and Jewel of Aureolus which triggers very easily with the new Taboo and update on symbol tokens. And this helped an awful lot - of course, only an option if you have the Dunwich cardpool. Very sadly Akachi couldn't take The Red Clock since Trish got her hands on it. And I hesitated to upgrade the Dragon Pole into Sign Magick (3), for my beginnerish playstile, I think it could be too fiddly to get it assembled. Do you have any tips on how to get it happen? And I noticed, that now on scenario 7 and even before, I find it difficult to upgrade further sigh.

Nov 01, 2022 FractalMind · 36

Great deck and write-up. I find I have little time or desire to craft my own decks these days; I just feel overwhelmed with the size of the card pool. With that being said, I really appreciate the effort you put into this and the other decks in the series. Thank you!