Genshin Impact’s Ganyu, a five-star bow-wielding cryo user from Liyue, is sure to decimate any enemies in her path. She is soft-spoken and hard-working, Ganyu is a half-qilin Adeptus devoted to both Rex Lapis and the Liyue Qixing. Heralded as one of the best DPS in the game thanks to her hefty charged shots, she’s an extremely powerful unit and a great asset to any player’s roster. In this Genshin Ganyu build guide, we set out to teach you about her skills, constellations, best artifacts and weapons, and more, so you can make the most of this gorgeous gal.
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Let’s hop into the Genshin Impact Ganyu build!
Ganyu is a super powerful ranged DPS with many playstyles for different situations. She’s reliable across a wide range of team comps, and with some investment, is capable of dishing out some of the highest damage in the game. She also has a fairly simple rotation and is relatively inexpensive to build when it comes to weapons and artefacts, as she doesn’t scale off any stat in particular.
She can be pretty vulnerable to damage and interruption due to her reliance on charged attacks, so she relies on a well-invested team involving a shielder and/or a healer. However, with her high DPS, brilliant cryo application, and flexibility, it’s no wonder why she’s so highly sought after – and she’s certainly worth your time and primogems.
Generally, the best weapon for Ganyu depends on your build. In a freeze team where Ganyu is your main, on-field DPS, Polar Star is the best choice. For a quickswap freeze team where you’re switching between characters regularly, Aqua Simulacra takes the top spot. For a melt team, Hunter’s Path charges into the lead.
For a strong four-star choice in both freeze and freeze quickswap teams, Mouun’s Moon at refinement rank five is your best option. However, if you’re looking for something that relies on a little less RNG, R5 Prototype Crescent is a great option.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Polar Star (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit rate
Skill: Increases elemental skill and elemental burst damage by 12%. After a normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill, or elemental burst hits an opponent, gain one stack of Ashen Nightstar for 12 seconds. When 1/2/3/4 stacks of Ashen Nightstar are present, your attack increases by 10/20/30/48%. The stack of Ashen Nightstar created by the normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill, or elemental burst counts independently of the others
|Weapon banner (alongside Tartaglia)|
|Aqua Simulacra (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit damage
Skill: Increases HP by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, your damage increases by 20%. This takes effect whether the equipping character is on-field or not
|Weapon banner (alongside Yelan)|
|Hunter’s Path (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit rate
Skill: Gain a 12% elemental damage bonus. Obtain the Tireless Hunt effect after hitting an opponent with a charged attack. This effect increases charged attack damage by 160% of elemental mastery. This effect ends after 12 charged attacks or ten seconds. You can only gain one instance of Tireless Hunt every 12 seconds
|Mouun’s Moon (four-star)||Bonus effect: Attack
Skill: For every point of the entire party’s combined maximum energy capacity, the elemental burst damage of the equipping character increases by 0.12%. Gain a maximum of 40% increase on Ganyu’s elemental burst damage this way
|Prototype Crescent (four-star)||Bonus effect: Attack
Skill: Charged attack hits on weak points increase your movement speed by 10% and attack by 36% for ten seconds
|Forged at blacksmiths|
For freeze or mono-cryo teams, Blizard Strayer is the best set with no competition. Its crit rate boost is a true asset to Ganyu, and it’s hard to go wrong with the cryo damage bonus. For melt teams, Wanderer’s Troupe is your best option. It offers a valuable boost to her elemental mastery and is very easy to farm passively or through artifact strongboxes. Any attack-boosting two-piece won’t go amiss either, as Ganyu will gladly make use of a higher stat.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Blizzard Strayer||Two equipped: 15% cryo damage bonus
Four equipped: Increases crit rate by 20% when attacking an enemy affected by cryo. If the enemies freeze, it increases crit rate by an additional 20%
|Peak of Vindagnyr domain|
|Wanderer’s Troupe||Two equipped: Increases elemental mastery by 80
Four equipped: Increases charged attack damage by 35%
|Weekly and world bosses, artifact strongbox|
|Shimenawa’s Reminiscence||Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: If Ganyu has 15 or more energy when casting an elemental skill she loses 15 energy and normal/charged/plunging attack damage increases by 50% for ten seconds. This effect won’t trigger again during that duration
|Momiji-Dyed Court domain|
|Gladiator’s Finale||Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: Not recommended
|Weekly and world bosses, artifact strongbox|
Artifact stat recommendations
When picking artifacts for Ganyu, you should prioritize the following stats.
- Sands: Attack%
- Goblet: Cryo damage bonus
- Circlet: Crit damage, crit rate
- Crit damage
- Crit rate
To find out more about how these items work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.
Ganyu’s kit overflows with icy benefits that cause devastation to enemies. Here’s what her normal and elemental skills do on the battlefield and what passive skills she possesses.
|Normal attack: Liutian Archery||Normal: Perform up to six shots with a bow
Charge level one: An icy shot that deals cryo damage
Charge level two: Fire a Frostflake Arrow that explodes on impact dealing AoE cryo damage
Plunging: A shower of arrows that deals AoE damage
|Elemental skill: Trail of the Qilin||Deals AoE cryo damage and leaves behind an Ice Lotus. The Ice Lotus taunts enemies into attacking it and deals AoE cryo damage when destroyed|
|Elemental burst: Celestial Shower||Summons a Sacred Cryo Pearl that deals AoE cryo damage|
|Undivided Heart (unlocked at ascension one)||After you fire a Frostflake Arrow, the crit rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows increases by 20% for five seconds|
|Harmony between Heaven and Earth (unlocked at ascension four)||Celestial Shower gives a 20% cryo damage boost to party members|
|Preserved for the Hunt (unlocked automatically)||Refunds 15% of the ore cost when crafting bows|
Here’s every buff you receive when you level up Ganyu’s constellations.
|C1: Dew-Drinker||When an enemy takes damage from a charge level two Frostflake Arrow Bloom their cryo resistance lowers by 15% for six seconds. A hit regenerates two energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per charge level two Frostflake Arrow|
|C2: The Auspicious||Trail of the Qilin gains one additional charge|
|C3: Cloud-Strider||Increases the level of Celestial Shower by three|
|C4: Westward Sojourn||Enemies standing within the Celestial Shower AoE take extra damage. Damage increase begins at 5% and increases by 5% every three seconds, up to a maximum of 25%. The effect lingers for three seconds after the enemy leaves the AoE|
|C5: The Merciful||Increases the level of Trail of the Qilin by three|
|C6: The Clement||Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30 seconds to not require charging|
Ascension can be an expensive process, so we’ve listed all the items you need to save up while leveling. Hoarfrost cores drop from the cryo Regisvine in Mondstadt and qingxin flowers pop up all over Liyue.
|20||20,000||One shivada jade sliver, three qingxin, three whopperflower nectar|
|40||40,000||Three shivada jade fragments, two hoarfrost cores, ten qingxin, 15 whopperflower nectar|
|50||60,000||Six shivada jade fragments, four hoarfrost cores, 20 qingxin, 12 shimmering nectar|
|60||80,000||Three shivada jade chunks, eight hoarfrost cores, 30 qingxin, 18 Shimmering nectar|
|70||100,000||Six shivada jade chunks, 12 hoarfrost cores, 45 qingxin, 12 energy nectar|
|80||120,000||Six shivada jade gemstones, 20 hoarfrost cores, 60 qingxin, 24 energy nectar|
Ganyu requires whopperflower nectar and Shadow of the Warrior items, which are drops of the weekly Tartaglia boss. The talent book that Ganyu needs is the diligence set. For the furthest levels, you’ll need three crowns of insight if you want to completely round out her talents.
|Two||12,500||Six whopperflower nectar, three teachings of diligence|
|Three||17,500||Three shimmering nectar, two guides to diligence|
|Four||25,000||Four shimmering nectar, four guides to diligence|
|Five||30,000||Six shimmering nectar, six guides to diligence|
|Six||37,500||Nine shimmering nectar, nine guides to diligence|
|Seven||120,000||Four energy nectar, four philosophies of diligence, one shadow of the warrior|
|Eight||260,000||Six energy nectar, six philosophies of diligence, one shadow of the warrior|
|Nine||450,000||Nine energy nectar, 12 philosophies of diligence, two shadow of the warrior|
|Ten||700,000||12 energy nectar, 16 philosophies of diligence, two shadow of the warrior, one crown of insight|
Ganyu excels as a main DPS thanks to her charged shots and as a sub-DPS, if you make use of her AoE burst. Here are some of the teams we recommend using her in.
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