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Taints (侵蝕者, shinshokusha) are the enemies of the game. They are embodiment of negative emotions towards literature, controlled by The Master of Taints (in the game only, other BunAl media hasn't explained the origins of the Taints). The Taints dye books black with their tainting, turn them white by erasing the books' contents or even taint the minds of the writers.

As of the 2021 July Big Update, most of the Taints have various elemental versions (earth, fire, water, air), which are easier to beat when using element strong against their element. The Taints in the Sealed Books and Ensouled Books of Storytelling are non-elemental.

See old list of Taints here.

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Regular Taints

Writer's Block
不調の獣
Writer's Block (Fire).png
Fire Element fire icon.png
Writer's Block (Air).png
Air Element air icon.png
Writer's Block (Earth).png
Earth Element earth icon.png
Writer's Block (Water).png
Water Element water icon.png
"Born from crumpled and torn failure works. It has piled up negative emotions from a slump as its body, that it is growing size by feeding on other people's splendid writings." [1]
Weapon Type: Blade Blade icon.png
Location: Various books
Notes: Lit. "beast of slump".
STATS

No. 0 (零) = 100 HP
No. 1 (壹) = 106 HP
No. 2 (貳) = 113 HP
No. 3 (參) = 120 HP
No. 4 (肆) = 130 HP
No. 5 (伍) = 149 HP
No. 6 (陸) = 150 HP
No. 7 (漆) = 162 HP
No. 8 (捌) = 175 HP
No. 9 (玖) = 188 HP
No. 10 (拾) = 200 HP
No. 11 (拾壹) = 210 HP
No. 12 (拾貳) = 220 HP
No. 13 (拾參) = 230 HP
No. 14 (拾肆) = 240 HP
No. 15 (拾伍) = 250 HP
No. 16 (拾陸) = 260 HP
No. 17 (拾漆) = 270 HP
No. 18 (拾捌) = 280 HP
No. 19 (拾玖) = 290 HP


Ineffective Ink
伝わらぬ洋墨
Ineffective Ink (Fire).png
Fire Element fire icon.png
Ineffective Ink (Air).png
Air Element air icon.png
Ineffective Ink (Earth).png
Earth Element earth icon.png
Ineffective Ink (Water).png
Water Element water icon.png
"The misery of being unable to convey what you wanted to actually write is contained in the bottle. That's why the writings hurling at you are very ill-tempered. The frustration of how it wasn't understood by others is reflected on the size of the ink globs it flings." [1]
Weapon Type: Bow Bow icon.png
Location: Various books
Notes: ---
STATS

No. 0 (零) = 90 HP
No. 1 (壹) = 100 HP
No. 2 (貳) = 110 HP
No. 3 (參) = 120 HP
No. 4 (肆) = 130 HP
No. 5 (伍) = 140 HP
No. 6 (陸) = 150 HP
No. 7 (漆) = 163 HP
No. 8 (捌) = 175 HP
No. 9 (玖) = 187 HP
No. 10 (拾) = 200 HP
No. 11 (拾壹) = 212 HP
No. 12 (拾貳) = 224 HP
No. 13 (拾參) = 236 HP
No. 14 (拾肆) = 248 HP
No. 15 (拾伍) = 260 HP
No. 16 (拾陸) = 272 HP
No. 17 (拾漆) = 284 HP
No. 18 (拾捌) = 296 HP
No. 19 (拾玖) = 308 HP


Burning Jealousy
炎上する嫉妬心
Burning Jealousy (Fire).png
Fire Element fire icon.png
Burning Jealousy (Air).png
Air Element air icon.png
Burning Jealousy (Earth).png
Earth Element earth icon.png
Burning Jealousy (Water).png
Water Element water icon.png
"Jealousy bursting into flames. Seeing other people's outstanding works, it can't help but envy those people. For being unable to control the flames of burning jealousy, it is one itself who is feeling the most bitter about it." [1]
Weapon Type: Gun Gun icon.png
Location: Various books
Notes: ---
STATS

No. 0 (零) = 120 HP
No. 1 (壹) = 130 HP
No. 2 (貳) = 140 HP
No. 3 (參) = 150 HP
No. 4 (肆) = 160 HP
No. 5 (伍) = 170 HP
No. 6 (陸) = 180 HP
No. 7 (漆) = 190 HP
No. 8 (捌) = 200 HP
No. 9 (玖) = 210 HP
No. 10 (拾) = 220 HP
No. 11 (拾壹) = 230 HP
No. 12 (拾貳) = 240 HP
No. 13 (拾參) = 250 HP
No. 14 (拾肆) = 260 HP
No. 15 (拾伍) = 270 HP
No. 16 (拾陸) = 280 HP
No. 17 (拾漆) = 290 HP
No. 18 (拾捌) = 300 HP
No. 19 (拾玖) = 310 HP


Isolating Jealousy
排除する嫉妬心
Isolating Jealousy (Fire).png
Fire Element fire icon.png
Isolating Jealousy (Air).png
Air Element air icon.png
Isolating Jealousy (Earth).png
Earth Element earth icon.png
Isolating Jealousy (Water).png
Water Element water icon.png
"In a situation of wanting to write but unable to do so, it is jealous of certain person in its writing environment. It is thinking that others have achieved their current circumstances without hard work, so if only it could also do that... is the feeling that is linked to its envy." [1]
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Various books
Notes: ---
STATS

No. 0 (零) = 90 HP
No. 1 (壹) = 100 HP
No. 2 (貳) = 110 HP
No. 3 (參) = 120 HP
No. 4 (肆) = 130 HP
No. 5 (伍) = 140 HP
No. 6 (陸) = 150 HP
No. 7 (漆) = 160 HP
No. 8 (捌) = 170 HP
No. 9 (玖) = 180 HP
No. 10 (拾) = 190 HP
No. 11 (拾壹) = 200 HP
No. 12 (拾貳) = 210 HP
No. 13 (拾參) = 220 HP
No. 14 (拾肆) = 230 HP
No. 15 (拾伍) = 240 HP
No. 16 (拾陸) = 250 HP
No. 17 (拾漆) = 260 HP
No. 18 (拾捌) = 270 HP
No. 19 (拾玖) = 280 HP


Scattered Ink
纏まらぬ洋墨
Scattered Ink (Fire).png
Fire Element fire icon.png
Scattered Ink (Air).png
Air Element air icon.png
Scattered Ink (Earth).png
Earth Element earth icon.png
Scattered Ink (Water).png
Water Element water icon.png
"From its head there are ideas (ink) spilling down. It is desperately trying to gather the scattered ideas, but they keep slipping through its fingers. The frustration of 'if only I could gather and hold those ideas' is containted in the bottle that is its body." [1]
Weapon Type: Blade Blade icon.png
Location: Various books
Notes: Previously translated as "Compromised Ink" on this wiki.
Requires critical hits, dual or desperation attacks to be damaged.
STATS

No. 1 (壹) = 4 HP
No. 2 (貳) = 5 HP
No. 3 (參) = 6 HP
No. 4 (肆) = 7 HP
No. 5 (伍) = 8 HP
No. 6 (陸) = 9 HP
No. 7 (漆) = 10 HP
No. 8 (捌) = 11 HP
No. 9 (玖) = 12 HP
No. 10 (拾) = 13 HP
No. 11 (拾壹) = 14 HP
No. 12 (拾貳) = 15 HP
No. 13 (拾參) = 16 HP
No. 14 (拾肆) = 17 HP
No. 15 (拾伍) = 18 HP
No. 16 (拾陸) = 19 HP
No. 17 (拾漆) = 20 HP
No. 18 (拾捌) = 20 HP
No. 19 (拾玖) = 20 HP


Bosses

The Plagiarist
模倣の者
The Plagiarist.png
"He can only copycat others. He dislikes himself for trying copy others, yet he can't help but want to create similar things like the others. Even now he mixes and combines literary works, so they are unreadable. All he can only do is poorly imitate a certain Taint." [1]
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Bow Bow icon.png
Location: RO-4
Notes: ---
STATS
250 HP


Blade of Guilt
自責の刃
Blade of Guilt.png
"Causing harm to other people hurts oneself also at times. He was the same. However no matter how much he has blamed and hurt himself, there is no change to his disposition. And thus the time when he drove the other party to a condition that can't be recovered from, his feelings of guilt exceeded the limit." [1]
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Bow Bow icon.png
Location: HA-4
Notes: ---
STATS
300 HP


Herder of Writer's Block
絶不調の獣使い
Herder of Writer's Block Omega.png
Element: Water Element water icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: HO-4
Notes: ---
STATS
350 HP


Blade of Wisdom
聡慧の刃
Blade of Wisdom.png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: TO-4
Notes: ---
STATS
450 HP


Boy of Chaotic Attire
渾淆装の少年
Boy of Chaotic Attire.png
Element: Water Element water icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: RI-4
Notes: ---
STATS
500 HP


Blade of Addiction
嗜癖の刃
Blade of Addiction Literature.png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: NU-4
Notes: ---
STATS
550 HP


Crippling Beast Master
歩まされぬ獣使い
Crippling Beast Master Literature.png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Bow Bow icon.png
Location: NU-4
Notes: ---
STATS
600 HP


Shadow of Reverence
尊敬のかげ
Shadow of Reverence No 0.png
Element:
Weapon Type: Bow Bow icon.png
Location: WA-4, KA-4
Notes: Requires critical hits, dual or desperation attacks to be damaged.
STATS
50 HP


Tiger of Anguish
苦悶の虎
Tiger of Anguish.png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Bow Bow icon.png
Location: YO-4
Notes: Previously a boss in Purify "The Moon Over the Mountain" event.
Nakajima Atsushi's tainted form.
STATS
700 HP


Darkness of Agony
窮愁の晦冥
Darkness of Agony.png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: SO-4
Notes: Previously a boss in Purify "The Fourth Generation of Neo-Thought" event.
Matsuoka Yuzuru's tainted form.
STATS
800 HP


Herd of Writer's Block
不調の群れ
Herd of Writer’s Block.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Bow Bow icon.png
Location: NE-4
Notes: Previously a boss in Purify "Man of a Burning House" event.
STATS
840 HP


Vanity of Myopic Single-mindedness
頑執妄排ノ虚影
Vanity of Myopic Single-mindedness.png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: RA-4
Notes: Previously a boss in Purify "Literary World" event.
Kitamura Toukoku's tainted form.
The name is reference to Kitamura's work 頑執妄排の弊, "The Perversity of Blind Acceptance and Groundless Negation".
STATS
900 HP


King of Cunning Tyranny
邪智暴虐ノ王
King of Cunning Tyranny.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: U-4
Notes: Previously a boss in Purify "Run, Melos!" event.
STATS
950 HP


Event Bosses

List of previous event bosses is available on the old Taint list page, under "Boss Taint" header's "Event" tab.

Herd of Writer's Block - Water Hammer
不調の群れ 水撃
Herd of Writer's Block - Water Hammer.png
Element: Water Element water icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #90, Event #94, Event #102
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Herd of Writer's Block - Raging Wind
不調の群れ 狂風
Herd of Writer's Block - Raging Wind.png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #91, Event #99
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Blade of Addiction - Raging Flames
嗜癖の刃 猛炎
Blade of Addiction - Raging Flames.png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #92
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Herd of Writer's Block - Ground Rumble
不調の群れ 地響
Herd of Writer's Block - Ground Rumble.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #93
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Blade of Addiction - Raging Wind
嗜癖の刃 狂風
Blade of Addiction - Raging Wind.png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #95, Event #121
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Fading Glimmer
凋零ノ幽光
Fading Glimmer.png
"Receiving heavy tainting and while trying to run away, people completely forgot about him. So in anguish wondering if everything was just an illusion, he ended up attacking unconsciously." [2]
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Gun Gun icon.png
Location: Event #96
Notes: Tainted form of Orikuchi Shinobu.
STATS
??? HP


Shadow of Reverence - Water Hammer
尊敬のかげ 水撃
Shadow of Reverence - Water Hammer.png
Element: Water Element water icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #98
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Zombies of Raging Flames
猛炎ゾンビ
Zombies of Raging Flames.png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Blade Blade icon.png
Location: Event #100
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Zombies Rumbling Ground
地響ゾンビ
Zombies Rumbling Ground.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Blade Blade icon.png
Location: Event #101
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Herder of Writer's Block
絶不調の獣使い
Herder of Writer's Block (Air).png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #103
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Shadow of Reverence - Ground Rumble
尊敬のかげ 地響
Shadow of Reverence - Ground Rumble.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #105
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Blade of Addiction - Water Hammer
嗜癖の刃 水撃
Blade of Addiction - Water Hammer.png
Element: Water Element water icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #106, Event #120
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Concealed Guardian - Raging Wind
隠匿の守護者 狂風
Concealed Guardian - Raging Wind.png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #108
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Shadow of Reverence - Raging Flames
尊敬のかげ 猛炎
Shadow of Reverence - Raging Flames.png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #109
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Flower of Evil
悪の華
Flower of Evil.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #110
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Longing for Death
死の渇望
Longing for Death (Water).png
Element: Water Element water icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #111
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Longing for Death
死の渇望
Longing for Death (Air).png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #112
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Unfortunate Usurper
不幸の簒奪者
Unfortunate Usurper (Fire).png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #113
Notes: Fire element version of the Taint that appeared as a boss in D-series in Sealed Library.
STATS
??? HP


King Bugmon
キングバグモン
Kappa King.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #114
Notes: Based on Kappa.
STATS
??? HP


Demon King of Cunning Tyranny
邪智暴虐ノ魔王
Demon King of Cunning Tyranny.png
Element: Water Element water icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #115
Notes: Based on Kawauso-kun.
STATS
??? HP


Shadow of Reverence - Raging Wind
尊敬のかげ 狂風
Shadow of Reverence - Raging Wind (Hanami).png
Element: Air Element air icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #117
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Herd of Writer's Block - Raging Flames
不調の群れ 猛炎
Herd of Writer's Block - Raging Flames.png
Element: Fire Element fire icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #118
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Blade of Addiction - Ground Rumble
嗜癖の刃 地響
Blade of Addiction - Ground Rumble.png
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #119
Notes: ---
STATS
??? HP


Event-Limited Taints

Bugmon
バグモン
Kappa Salamander.png
ウゅゼ」Z
Kappa Kappa.png
ゾ゚で゛ム
Kappa Snail.png
イノ゛ドピム゛
Kappa Flower.png
Null
Kappa Fish.png
(仮)
Kappa Angel.png
ノ\””フ”
Element: Earth Element earth icon.png (Event #114), Water Element water icon.png (Event #115)
Weapon Type: Whip Whip icon.png
Location: Event #114, Event #115
Notes: ノ\””フ” always appears all alone during a wave, others appear in groups of two or three random Bugmon.
STATS

ノ\””フ” = 1 HP
Other Bugmon =
70 HP (Beginner Difficulty)
114 HP (Intermediate Difficulty)
157 HP (Advanced Difficulty)


Sealed Library Taints

Regular Taints

Bosses


References

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