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Monday, August 30, 2010

Huà Tuó 华佗

Posted by Ricky Chua On 5:43 PM 20 comments
Translated description:
"Miracle Physician 神医 (shén yī)"

Wikipedia link: Hua Tuo Wiki

Who is he:
His name has become synonymous with "Miracle Doctor" as he cured many strange sicknesses. Studies by historians said his medical techniques were hundreds of years ahead of his time. The Romance of Three Kingdoms story, however, deviates from history slightly and almost turns him into Super Doctor. Two prominent scenes showcase Hua Tuo's incredible healing powers: the first is his surgery on Guan Yu 关羽's arm and the second is his proposal to cure Cao Cao 曹操 of his migraine. Both of these scenarios will be described later in the "Additional info" section. Though his appearance in the story is brief, he carries significant impact. This effect is felt when Cao Cao regrets the death of Hua Tuo as his own son, Cao Chong 曹冲, becomes gravely ill. Without Hua Tuo's medical expertise, Cao Chong did not survive the illness.

Character ability 1: "Emergency Rescue 急救 (jí jiù)"
Outside of your turn, you can use any of your cards (on-hand or equipped) with the suit of "hearts" or "diamonds" as PEACH 桃.

Character ability 2: "Green Salve 青囊 (qīng náng)"
During your action phase, you can discard one on-hand card and allow any player to regain 1 unit of health. Limited to one use per turn.

Ability's relation to story:
"Emergency Rescue" could have some connection with him saving Guan Yu from the poison arrow. Though Guan Yu wasn't exactly on his deathbed yet, the wound was life-threatening and Hua Tuo did save him. "Green Salve", on the other hand, is very much linked to the story. Hua Tuo had with him a book of his works known as the "Book of the Green Salve 青囊书". This book contained numerous medical techniques of saving lives, but was destroyed when he died. Though not told in the story, the historical accounts mention that this book was burnt by Hua Tuo himself when the prison guard refused to accept it.

Additional info based on story:
1. Most famous achievement - Removing the poison from Guan Yu's arm. Guan Yu suffered a poison arrow wound on his arm in the battle at Fan Cheng 樊城之战. When Guan Yu returned to camp, Hua Tuo was sought to heal him. In order to do so, Hua Tuo had to operate on Guan Yu and scrape the poison from the bone. Guan Yu refused to take any anaesthesia and took the operation without flinching. In fact, he was playing chess throughout the operation. Hua Tuo successfully removed the poison and Guan Yu was cured.

2. Cause of death - Dying in the prisons of the Wei Kingdom. Cao Cao suffered from severe migraine and Hua Tuo was sought for a cure. Hua Tuo did propose a cure: cut open Cao Cao's head for an operation. Cao Cao was freaked out from a previous assassination attempt by another physician Ji Ben 吉本 and, therefore, thought Hua Tuo was blatantly out to kill him. Cao Cao sent Hua Tuo to the prisons where the old man in captivity soon after.

FAQ and Disambiguation


1. If Hua Tuo is hit with Lightning, does that mean he can't heal himself with a red card?

Ans: Yes that is right. Because a judgement is conducted within that turn, his 1st ability cannot activate. Therefore he can only use that actual PEACH card or WINE to save himself.


2. Can Hua Tuo revive himself when he is killled?

Ans: In his turn, he can only revive himself with a PEACH or WINE card
Note that when he is at brink-of-death, he CANNOT use his Green Slave ability  to revive. He can only use a PEACH or WINE. His Emergency Rescue ability also does not work in his turn. Outside of his turn , he can use Emergency Rescue. Hence an PEACH, WINE or red-suited cards will revive him.

20 comments:

  1. For ability 1, does it mean Huà Tuó 华佗 can only use this ability during brink of death to save other players or himself? Let's say his health is 2/3 outside of his turn, can he activate this ability to heal himself to 3/3?

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    1. peach can only be use to other people when their health reaches 0 or below.
      When he is outside of his turn, he may not use his ability to heal from 2/3 to 3/3.
      When he is hit by lightning, because of it is in his turn, he may not activate emergency rescue.(急救)

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  2. Yes and No.

    He can use ability 1 regardless of his health status, which means YES he can activate this ability when his health is 2/3.

    But NO he cannot be able to heal himself to 3/3 outside of his turn. It does not appear to be possible to do that. The game mechanics for healing your own health is only within your turn, whereas healing others only applies when the target is on the brink of death.

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  3. If the Hua Tuo is hit with lightning does that mean he can't heal himself with a red card?

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  4. If the Hua Tuo is hit with lightning does that mean he can't heal himself with a red card?

    >>ANS: Yes that is right. Because a judgement is conducted within that turn, his 1st ability cannot activate. Therefore he can only use the actual Peach card or Wine to save himself.

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  5. Can he self-revive when he is killed? Are you able to use peaches on yourself?

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    1. in his turn, no, outside of his turn, yes.
      when in someone else's turn, and his health reaches 0 and he do have red cards, he can use any red cards as peach. (red cards means diamond and heart suit)

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  6. In his turn, he can only revive himself with a PEACH or WINE card.

    Note that when he is at brink-of-death, he CANNOT use his Green Salve ability to revive. He can only use a PEACH or WINE. His Emergency Rescue ability also does not work in his turn.

    Outside of his turn, he can use Emergency Rescue. Hence any PEACH, WINE, or red-suited cards will revive him.

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  7. ^ No. He can use GREEN SALVE when he is at Brink of Death outside his turn. Those cannot be used are damage-related ability.(I have explained it at Lu Xun's comment, it is the matter of game mechanism)

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  8. If God Guan Yu dies and Hua Tuo has the most nightmare tokens, Hua Tuo will have to do the judgement. If god Guan Yu dies outside of Hua Tuo's turn, Hua Tuo will have to get a peach (or garden) to survive. Since it is outside of his turn, any red card counts as a peach. That means to thwart the god, all the good doctor needs to do is get a red card. As long as the doctor doesn't slay Guan Yu during his turn, it seems that the mighty god's deterent can be blunted by the good doctor.

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  9. Green Salve works for only one other player?

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  10. Marco, Green Salve can be used on any player including Hua Tuo himself. However, the ability is only limited to 1 use per turn.

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  11. Hua Tuo also saved Zhou Tai's life.
    To Jason: it doesn't work that way... He can use red cards in his hand as peaches, but that doesn't mean the judgement cards that he flips can be regarded as peaches...

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  12. Actually Demi God Guan Yu drag Hua Tuo to hell with him, regardless he have a peach or red card in hand. This is because it is immediately die, not brink of death where you can save yourself. Unless Sima Yi want to be a hero and change your judgment for you.

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  13. 零時色's comment above ("^ No. He can use GREEN SALVE when he is at Brink of Death outside his turn. Those cannot be used are damage-related ability.(I have explained it at Lu Xun's comment, it is the matter of game mechanism")) confused me.

    Which one is correct?

    To my understanding, Ricky's reply to Anonymous (March 1) made perfect sense. GREEN SALVE shouldn't be usable outside of Hua Tuo's turn since it's mentioned specifically that it is usable only "during the (Hua Tuo's) action phase". However, if he's on the brink of death outside his turn, he can discard a PEACH, WINE, or activate "Emergency Rescue" to save himself.

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  14. ^ My fault. He cannot use "Green Salve" outside his turn. It should be "Emergency Rescue". Sorry.

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  15. Can Hua Tuo use "Green Salve" if he is struck by LIGHTNING and enter the brink of death? From my understanding, he shouldn't be able to because he is damaged by LIGHTNING at the Judgement Phase, which isn't his action phase for "Green Salve" to be usable.

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    1. no he may not, Green Salve may only be use during action phase.
      Judgement Phase is after Starting Phase and before Drawing Phase, therefore no

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  16. ^
    Your reasoning is correct)
    Moreover, he cannot even help himself with "Emergency Rescue" if he is struck by LIGHTNING during his own judgement phase.

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  17. While playing SGS Online, I've noticed that Hua Tao cannot use his Green Salve ability during his action phase if he's already performed another action (such as attack). I've just gone and double checked and the game rules state that there is no particular order you have to follow during the action phase so has there been an update or am I missing something?

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