Genshin Impact’s Kaveh is far more than Alhaitham’s disgruntled roommate. This charming and talented architect is also capable of kicking some serious butt with his briefcase – and looking totally flawless while doing so. So let’s take a look at the best Genshin Impact Kaveh build, featuring his skills, ascension materials, best weapons and artifacts, and more.
If you want to get chummy with Kaveh’s ol’ roommate, check out our Genshin Impact Alhaitham guide, then see how they size up against the other characters in our Genshin Impact tier list. We’ve also got a list of all the latest Genshin Impact codes, along with a rundown of current and upcoming Genshin Impact banners and Genshin Impact events for your perusal.
Here’s everything you need to know about everyone’s favourite architect, Genshin Impact’s Kaveh.
Kaveh is a four-star dendro damage dealer who is best suited to main DPS and sub-DPS roles. He deals a lot of dendro damage which is most powerful during elemental reactions, so he relies heavily on teammates capable of from providing elemental applications from off-field.
We generally recommend building Kaveh with plenty of elemental mastery putting him in bloom or hyperbloom teams, as they have the potential to deal the highest damage, and his elemental skill triggers all dendro cores within a set radius.
Our top recommendation for Kaveh’s best weapon is Wolf’s Gravestone, which is easily one of the strongest all-rounder claymores in the game. It offers a substantial boost to his attack through both its secondary stat and its skill and also provides an attack buff to his allies.
The Battlepass weapon Serpent Spine is also a great choice, and goes toe-to-toe with some of the strongest five-star options at higher refinement ranks, as it boosts both Kaveh’s crit rate and damage dramatically, especially if you can keep its stacks up.
Another good option is Mailed Flower from the 2023 Windblume event, which increases Kaveh’s elemental mastery through both its base stats and skills, making his elemental reactions hit even harder.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Wolf’s Gravestone||Bonus stat: attack
Skill: increases attack by 20%. Attacks against opponents with less than 30% HP increase all party members’ attack by 40% for 12 seconds on hit. This can only occur once every 30 seconds
|Serpent Spine||Bonus stat: crit rate
Skill: every four seconds that the equipping character is on the field, they deal 6% more damage and take 3% more damage, for a maximum of five stacks. These stacks do not reset if the character leaves the field, but do reduce by one stack when the character takes damage
|Mailed Flower||Bonus stat: elemental mastery
Skill: when the character hits an opponent or triggers an elemental reaction, their attack increases by 12% and their elemental mastery increases by 48 for eight seconds
|Windblume event reward|
The best artifact set for Kaveh relies on how you want to play him. Generally, Deepwood Memories is a great choice for him. However, if you plan on pairing him with another character holding Deepwood Memories, Gilded Dreams is also a great option. Alternatively, if your Kaveh is in a bloom or hyperbloom-focused team, Flower of Paradise Lost is a brilliant set for him.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Deepwood Memories||Two equipped: dendro damage bonus +15%
Four equipped: after elemental skills or bursts hit opponents, the targets’ dendro resistance decreases by 30% for eight seconds. This effect can trigger even when the equipping character isn’t on the field (team-wide buff, doesn’t stack if more than one member of your party equips this set)
|Spire of Solitary Enlightenment domain, Avidya Forest, Sumeru|
|Gilded Dreams||Two equipped: elemental mastery +80
Four equipped: within eight seconds of triggering an elemental reaction, the equipping character obtains buffs based on the elemental type of the other party members. Increases attack by 14% for each party member with the same elemental type as the equipping character, and increases elemental mastery by 50 for every party member with a different elemental type. Each of the aforementioned buffs count up to three characters. This effect can trigger once every eight seconds, even when the equipping character isn’t on the field
|Spire of Solitary Enlightenment domain, Avidya Forest, Sumeru|
|Flower of Paradise Lost||Two equipped: elemental mastery +80
Four equipped: the equipping characters’ bloom, hyperbloom, and burgeon reaction damage increases by 40%. Additionally, when the equipping character triggers bloom, hyperbloom, or burgeon, they gain another 25% reaction damage. Each stack lasts for ten seconds. Max four stacks. This effect can trigger once per second, even when the equipping character isn’t on the field
|City of ingenuity domain, Eye of the Sands, Great Red Sand, Sumeru|
Artifact stat recommendations
- Sands: elemental mastery
- Goblet: elemental mastery or dendro damage bonus
- Circlet: elemental mastery, crit rate, or crit damage
- Elemental mastery
- Crit rate/crit damage
- Energy recharge
Here are all of Kaveh’s skills. In combat, we recommend setting up some hydro and dendro application before switching to him. Off-field hydro application by characters like Nilou, Yelan, or Ayato is very important in making the most of Kaveh’s kit.
After that, we recommend using Kaveh’s elemental burst to imbue his weapon with dendro. Then, when there are plenty of cores nearby, you should use Kaveh’s skill to set them all off.
If you’re having trouble gathering all the cores, you can try using a dendro grouper like Kazuha or Sucrose to pull them close to the enemy before using Kaveh’s skill.
|Normal attack: Schematic Setup||Normal: use Mehrak to perform up to four consecutive attacks
Charged: drain stamina over time to perform continuous slashes. At the end of the sequence, perform a more powerful slash
Plunging: plunge from mid-air to strike the ground, damaging opponents along your path and dealing AoE damage upon impact
|Elemental skill: Artistic Ingenuity||Use Mehrak’s mapping ability for offensive purposes, initiating a radial scan that deals AoE dendro damage. It also scans all dendro cores in its AoE and causes them to immediately burst|
|Elemental burst: Painted Dome||Unleash Mehrak’s energy to crate a cubic scanned space, dealing AoE dendro damage to all opponents within it, causing all dendro cores in its AoE to immediately burst, and granting Kaveh the following enhanced combat abilities for a set duration:
These affects cancel once Kaveh leaves the field
|The Art of Budgeting||When Kaveh crafts landscape, building, and courtyard furnishings, he has a 100% chance to refund a portion of the materials used|
|An Architect’s Undertaking||When damage dealt by a dendro core (including damage from burgeon and hyperbloom) hit Kaveh, he regains HP equal to 300% of his elemental mastery. This effect can trigger once every 0.5 seconds|
|A Craftsman’s Curious Conceptions||During Painted Dome, after Kaveh’s normal, charged, or plunging attacks hit opponents, his elemental mastery increases by 25. This effect can trigger once every 0.1 seconds. Max four stacks. This effect cancels when Painted Dome’s effects end|
When you pull more than one copy of a character, you can unlock one of six special abilities called constellations. Here are all six of Kaveh’s constellations and what they do.
|C1: Sublime Salutations||Within three seconds after using Artistic Ingenuity, Kaveh’s dendro resistance increases by 50%, and his healing bonus increases by 25%|
|C2: Grace of Royal Roads||Kaveh’s normal attack speed increases by 15% during Painted Dome|
|C3: Profferings of Dur Untash||Increases the level of Painted Dome by three, to a maximum upgrade level of 15|
|C4: Feast of Apadana||Dendro cores created from the bloom reactions that Kaveh triggers deal 60% more damage when they burst|
|C5: Treasures of Bonkhanak||Increases the level of Artistic Ingenuity by three, to a maximum upgrade level of 15|
|C6: Pairidaeza’s Dreams||When Kaveh’s normal, charged, or plunging attacks hit opponents during Painted Dome, it unleashes Pairidaeza’s Light upon the opponent’s position, dealing 61.8% of Kaveh’s attack as AoE dendro damage and causing all dendro cores within that AoE to burst. This effect can only trigger once every three seconds|
You can level Kaveh up to a maximum of level 90, but need to use a specific set of materials at certain intervals. Here are all the materials you need to fully ascend Kaveh.
You can find mourning flowers in Kshuradhara Woods in Sumeru, whereas the spores, pollen, and dust come from the fungi enemies – also in Sumeru. The quelled creepers are boss drops from the Dendro Hypostasis world boss.
|20||20k||One nagadus emerald sliver, three mourning flower, three fungal spores|
|40||40k||Three nagadus emerald fragments, ten mourning flower, 15 fungal spores, two quelled creeper|
|50||60k||Six nagadus emerald fragments, 20 mourning flower, 12 luminescent pollen, four quelled creeper|
|60||80k||Three nagadus emerald chunks, 30 mourning flower, 18 luminescent pollen, eight quelled creeper|
|70||100k||Six nagadus emerald chunks, 45 mourning flower, 12 crystalline cyst dust, 12 quelled creeper|
|80||120k||Six nagadus emerald gemstones, 60 mourning flower, 24 crystalline cyst dust, 20 quelled creeper|
You can level Kaveh’s normal attack, elemental skill, and elemental burst each to a maximum of level ten. Here are all the materials you need to get one of his talents up to max level. As above, the spore, dust, and pollen drops come from fungi enemies in Sumeru. You can farm the ingenuity talent books from the Steeple of Ignorance domain on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
|Two||12.5k||Three teachings of ingenuity, six fungal spores|
|Three||17.5k||Two guide to ingenuity, three luminescent pollen|
|Four||25k||Four guide to ingenuity, four luminescent pollen|
|Five||30k||Six guide to ingenuity, six luminescent pollen|
|Six||37.5k||Nine guide to ingenuity, nine luminescent pollen|
|Seven||120k||Four philosophies of ingenuity, four crystalline cyst dust, one primordial greenblume|
|Eight||260k||Six philosophies of ingenuity, six crystalline cyst dust, one primordial greenblume|
|Nine||450k||12 philosophies of ingenuity, nine crystalline cyst dust, two primordial greenblume|
|Ten||700k||16 philosophies of ingenuity, 12 crystalline cyst dust, two primordial greenblume, one crown of insight|
As we mentioned above, Kaveh performs best in bloom or hyperbloom teams, as his kit excels at triggering dendro cores. Generally, we recommend pairing him up with at least one hydro character capable of off-field elemental application, and a second dendro character to help boost his dendro application and make the most of the dendro resonance elemental mastery buff.
Here are some strong Kaveh team comps. To see the individual character build guides, click on their icons below.
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