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Genshin Impact Ganyu Build Guide - Everything You Need to Know

A secretary and emissary of the Yuehai Pavilion and one of the Adepti of this day, Ganyu is a human-adeptus hybrid that works for the Liyue Qixing. She’s a fierce follower of Morax and very dedicated to her duties. On the battlefield, however, she’s an unrivaled Cryo DPS unit that crushes everyone with her offensive abilities.

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How to get Ganyu

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Ganyu is obtainable by spending wishes in the Event Banner “Adrift in the Harbor”. Keep an eye open for when the event returns and good luck!

Character Overview, Skills, and Talents

In combat, Ganyu is easily a top-tier DPS unit and one of the best Cryo units overall. If you want to make her shine you need to focus on her Cryo abilities and build a setup around that. To do that, Weapons like Skyward Harp and artifacts like Blizzard Strayer will be of immense help.

Normal Attack - Liutian Archery

Normal Attack
Performs up to 6 consecutive shots with a bow.

Charged Attack
Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased damage. While aiming, an icy aura will accumulate on the arrowhead before the arrow is fired. Has different effects based on how long the energy has been charged:

Charge Level 1: Fires off an arrow that deals Cryo damage.
Charge Level 2: Fires off a Frostflake Arrow that deals Cryo damage. The Frostflake Arrow blooms after hitting its target, dealing AoE Cryo damage.

Plunging Attack
Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE damage upon landing.


Elemental Skill - Trail of the Qilin

Leaving a single Ice Lotus behind, Ganyu dashes backward, shunning all impurity and dealing AoE Cryo damage.

Ice Lotus
-Continuously taunts surrounding opponents, attracting them to attack it.
-Endurance scales based on Ganyu's Max HP.
-Blooms profusely when destroyed or once its duration ends, dealing AoE Cryo damage.

Elemental Burst - Celestial Shower

Coalesces atmospheric frost and snow to summon a Sacred Cryo Pearl that exorcises evil.
During its ability duration, the Sacred Cryo Pearl will continuously rain down shards of ice, striking opponents within an AoE and dealing Cryo damage.

Passive Talents

Undivided Heart
After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the Critical Rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects is increased by 20% for 5 seconds.

Harmony between Heaven and Earth
Celestial Shower grants a 20% Cryo damage Bonus to active party members in the AoE.

Preserved for the Hunt
Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Bow-type weapons.

Constellation - Sinae Unicornis

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Taking damage from a Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow Bloom decreases opponents' Cryo Resistance by 15% for 6 seconds. A hit regenerates 2 Energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow, regardless if Frostflake Arrow itself or its Bloom hit the target.
The Auspicious
Trail of the Qilin gains 1 additional charge.
Increases the level of Celestial Shower by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Westward Sojourn
Opponents standing within the AoE of Celestial Shower take increased damage. This effect strengthens over time. Increased damage taken begins at 5% and increases by 5% every 3 seconds, up to a maximum of 25%. The effect lingers for 3 seconds after the opponent leaves the AoE.
The Merciful
Increases the level of Trail of the Qilin by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
The Clement
Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30 seconds to not require charging.


Best Weapons for Ganyu

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Amos' Bow
Bonus Stats: Attack
Skill - Strong-Willed
Increases Normal Attack and Aimed Shot damage by 18%. Increases damage by 12% for every 0.1 seconds that an arrow is in flight. Stacks up to 5 times on each arrow.

Skyward Harp
Bonus Stats: Critical Rate
Skill - Echoing Ballad
Increases Critical Damage by 20%. Hits have a 60% chance to inflict a small AoE attack, dealing 125% Physical Attack damage. Can only occur once every 4 seconds.

The Stringless
Bonus Stats: Elemental Mastery
Skill - Arrowless Song
Increases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst damage by 24%


Best Artifacts for Ganyu

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Wanderer's Troupe
2 Piece Bonus: Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
4 Piece Bonus: Increases Charged Attack damage by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or a Bow.

Blizzard Strayer
2 Piece Bonus: Cryo damage Bonus +15%
4 Piece Bonus: When a character attacks an enemy affected by Cryo, their Critical Rate is increased by 20%. If the enemy is Frozen, Critical Rate is increased by an additional 20%.

Martial Artist
2 Piece Bonus: Increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack damage by 15%.
4 Piece Bonus: After using Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack damage by 25% for 8 seconds.

Example Builds for Ganyu

Cryo DPS Build
Weapon - Amos’ Bow, The Stringless or Skyward Harp
Any of the three bows serve their purpose on this build, with the Skyward Harp being the most offensive of the three. However, since it’s a 5-star weapon, it can be difficult to obtain, thus making you resort to alternative weapons like the other two.

Artifacts - Blizzard Strayer (4 Pieces)
Blizzard Strayer brings the perfect Cryo damage bonuses for Ganyu, but since it’s a bit tricky to obtain this set, you can find good alternatives in the Martial Artist set and Gladiator’s Finale.