Haku is one of best all around monsters in the game, but her awoken uevo initially left many, including myself, bewildered; what did GungHo intend for us to do with her? She doesn’t have strong synergy with any of dark’s existing themes and is pretty much relegated to sub duty for element- and type-agnostic leads like Okuninushi or Anubis. While she may not be the godsend many hoped for, this is mainly because her D/D form already fulfills that role. It isn’t fair to pass judgment within that lofty context and expect something better. It’s a waste of time comparing her to her old self — which most will still use in favor of her awoken form anyways — as there is very little overlap. Instead let’s try to pinpoint the strengths of her new form.
The monster Awoken Haku most resembles is Awoken Hades. While Hades will probably never make the discussion of most powerful monsters in the game, I also don’t believe there are many that would consider him weak. Like Haku, he has a leader skill that resists specific elements and was given TPA awakenings in an element that has little use for them. As a leader, he’s best at cheesing dungeons like God Rush. As a sub, he best fits on a combo team like Durga and is a solid if underwhelming choice for any devil team. Outside of being a devil, Haku can fulfill similar roles to Hades and I think it’s fair to say we can use him as a baseline for establishing Haku’s worth. However, I’d argue that Haku is just stronger overall.
As a leader, Haku’s power really starts to become apparent. Her leader skill elemental resists — dark, fire and water — line up well again most Challenge Dungeon Lv10s, her 12.25x ATK multiplier is much stronger than the Greco-Romans’ 6.25x and the cooldown reduction clause of her active opens up several possibilities, namely with chaining damage reduction actives like Baggi, Phoenix Rider and Dark Izanami. Here’s an example I found from a cursory search on YouTube:
However, this really isn’t a specific strength of Haku, but of the awoken Chinese in general. Aside from the elements she resists, does Haku stand out from her sisters in any other way?
We don’t know Karin’s types yet, but Leilan and Meimei are both physical/attacker. As a lead, Haku’s god/healer typing is much stronger as her higher RCV synergizes better with damage reduction. Her sisters may have better max HP, but Haku can still tank a Divine Queen Hera preemptive — Leilan can’t — and even has the RCV to heal back from it. Ultimately, all the awoken Chinese will be situational leaders, but Haku seems to be particularly well positioned.
What about her uses as a sub? Sadly, I can’t think of too many. A “Haku System” will be limited by her lack of a second skill boost, mainly being constrained by what leaders can effectively use it while also enabling it’s use on turn one. Zaerog Infinity is a possibility, but the lack of Vegita synergy on NA hurts (although Hanzo should be fine…). It’s still quite strong, but Zaerog seems very strong even without Haku:
We already know that her typing and TPAs just don’t have much synergy in dark. She’ll be a house for Okuninushi and Nephthys, giving them both a huge RCV boost to boot. She’s good on Anubis too, but she’s completely overshadowed by uevo DKali in the same role. Sadly she’s not very good on other dark combo teams like Durga and Sephiroth.
I think we’ve established that Awoken Haku isn’t amazing, but that’s mainly due to the context of her abilities. Her raw power is still quite high, mainly fueled by that ridiculous active. It’s impossible to know what GungHo is going to do in the future, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t release at least a few updates that directly upped her value. For now her D/D form is the way to go, but it will be a good idea to keep Awoken Haku in mind as new dark monsters are released.