The Cavalry Captain of the Knights of Favonius, Kaeya is a master strategist and a charismatic, yet mysterious ally. He delights in pushing people’s emotional limits too far, and his knack for lies and deception helped him to become extremely successful at catching thieves and suspicious people, proving him a valuable asset for Mondstadt. On the battlefield, the “Frostwind Swordsman” develops as a decent DPS unit, making him a great addition to any team.
How to get Kaeya
You will obtain Kaeya after finishing the Prologue Quest “Crash Course”. Kaeya is also obtainable by spending wishes in the Wanderlust Invocation standard banner. Good luck!
Character Overview, Skills, and Talents
Similar to units like Xiangling or Jean, Kaeya’s Elemental Burst is extremely useful to create Cryo-related Elemental Reactions, which position him as a great Cryo Sub DPS. However, he truly shines on later Constellation levels, so it may take a while to properly build him to reach his maximum potential in battle.
Normal Attack - Ceremonial Bladework
Performs up to 5 consecutive strikes.
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Elemental Skill - Frostgnaw
Deals Cryo DMG to enemies in front of Kaeya.
Elemental Burst - Glacial Waltz
Kaeya summons 3 icicles that revolve 4 times around him for 8 seconds. These icicles will follow the character around and deal Cryo DMG to enemies in their path for so long as they persist.
Every hit with Frostgnaw regenerates HP for Kaeya equal to 15% of Attack.
Enemies Frozen by Frostgnaw will drop additional Elemental Particles.
Frostgnaw may only produce a maximum of 2 additional Elemental Particles per use.
Decreases all party members‘ sprinting Stamina consumption by 20%.
Constellation - Pavo Ocellus
The Critical Rate of Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG against enemies affected by the Cold or Frozen status effects is increased by 15%.
Every time Glacial Waltz defeats an enemy, its duration is increased by 2.5s, up to a maximum of 15 seconds.
Dance of Frost
Increases the Level of Frostgnaw by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Triggers automatically when Kaeya's HP falls below 20%. Creates a shield that absorbs damage equal to 30% of Kaeya's Max HP. This shield absorbs Cryo DMG with 250% efficiency and lasts for 20 seconds. Can only occur once every 60 seconds.
Increase the Level of Glacial Waltz by 3, up to a maximum level of 15.
Glacial Waltz will generate 1 additional icicle and will regenerate 15 Energy when cast.
Best Weapons for Kaeya
Bonus Stats: Physical damage
Skill - Falcon's Defiance
Attack is increased by 20%. Triggers on taking damage: the soul of the Falcon of the West awakens, holding the banner of resistance aloft, regenerating HP equal to 100% of Attack and dealing 200% of Attack as damage to surrounding enemies. This effect can only occur once every 15 seconds.
Bonus Stats: Energy Recharge
Skill - Sky-Piercing Fang
Critical Rate increased by 4%. Gains Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst: Increases Movement Speed by 10%, increases Attack Speed by 10%, and increases the damage of Normal and Charged Attack hits by 20% for 12 seconds.
Bonus Stats: Energy Recharge
Skill - Undying Admiration
Increases Elemental Skill damage by 16% and Elemental Skill Critical Rate by 6%.
Bonus Stat: Physical DMG
Skill - Smashed Stone
On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks increase Attack and Defense by 4% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 4 times. This effect can only occur once every 0.3 seconds.
Best Artifacts for Kaeya
2 Piece Bonus: Physical DMG +25%
4 Piece Bonus: After defeating an opponent, increases Charged Attack DMG by 50% and reduces its Stamina cost to 0 for 10 seconds.
2 Piece Bonus: Cryo DMG 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%.
2 Piece Bonus: Energy Recharge +20%
4 Piece Bonus: Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all the other party members every 2 seconds, for 6 seconds. This effect cannot stack.
2 Piece Bonus: Elemental Burst DMG +20%
4 Piece Bonus: Using an Elemental Burst increase all party members' Attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack.
Example Builds for Kaeya
Cryo DPS Build
Weapon - Aquila Favonia or Festering Desire
Both Aquila Favonia and Festering Desire serve their purpose in this setup. However, since Festering Desire is no longer obtainable, Aquila Favonia or the craftable Prototype Rancour should be the alternative choices.
Artifacts - Blizzard Strayer (4 Pieces)
In a build focused on Cryo damage, this is the best option of them all. However, getting the Blizzard Strayer set can be tricky, so you can always replace it with Noblesse Oblige or Bloodstained Chivalry.
Cryo Support Build
Weapon - Skyward Blade
Since this build doesn’t rely on offensive power, the Skyward Blade, Favonius Sword, or Prototype Rancour are all equally good.
Artifacts - Noblesse Oblige (4 Pieces)
On a support setup, Noblesse Oblige is certainly the best option with a boost on Attack to all your teammates. However, if you’re struggling at completing the set, you can always equip The Exile, which is also useful.