The best Genshin Impact Sayu build (December 2022)

Sayu Genshin Impact
December 22, 2022: Sayu is rate-up again from December 27, 2022. Get her while you can.

Looking for the best Genshin Impact Sayu build? There are plenty of weapons and artifacts that suit the pint-sized claymore-wielder, making the most out of her Yoohoo ninja arts and mobility. Her Muji-Muji Daruma is especially powerful, offering healing similar to Bennett's Fantastic Voyage.

That's not even mentioning that her elemental skill lets her turn into a ball of spinning Anemo death that can roll around the battlefield, smashing into enemies and absorbing elements. So what are the best Genshin Impact Sayu builds? We've put together a couple to help you make the most out of this napping ninja.

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How do I get Sayu in Genshin Impact?

Sayu will be a boosted four-star character in both the Raiden Shogun and Kamisato Ayato reruns from December 27. Check out the Genshin Impact banner schedule for more information.

Sayu's Wish Menu
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What are the best Sayu builds?

Best Weapon
Alternative Weapon
Best Artifacts
Alternative Artifacts
Anemo Support Build
Skyward Pride
Favonius Greatsword
Viridescent Venerer (4 Pieces) or Noblesse Oblige (4 Pieces)
Viridescent Venerer (2 Pieces) & Noblesse Oblige (2 Pieces) or Gladiator's Finale (2 Pieces)

Sayu is able to heal and deal Anemo Damage using her Burst Skill, and her build must make use of those Anemo capabilities to debuff enemies while being able to support the rest of the party as a healer.

Below is the best Sayu build right now. You can keep reading to find out the precise thinking behind this specific Sayu build, but if you've used her before, you'll quickly understand why we've chosen these weapons and artifacts.

Anemo Support Build

The idea of this build is to make Sayu a great Sub DPS, which at the same time will help her to be a better Healer who is capable of triggering great Swirl Reactions. Since Sayu's Elemental Burst healing values scale with her Attack, Skyward Pride is the best option by far. However, if you’re struggling to get this weapon, the Favonius Greatsword goes really well too.

On the artifact side, Viridescent Venerer and its Anemo damage boost makes it the best option, it can also be tricky to get your hands on that set, so a 2-2 combo of Gladiator's Finale and Noblesse Oblige will serve as a more affordable set more than fine.

What are the best team comps for Sayu?

Bennett, Diluc, Klee, Yanfei, Hu Tao
Mona, Tartaglia

Sayu works great as a Sub-DPS/Support unit, and since she can interact really well with other Elements and even trigger Swirl, you should pair her with units that support that, such as Ganyu, Mona, or Bennett.

Sayu Genshin Impact
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What are the best weapons for Sayu?

How to Obtain
Skyward Pride
Energy Recharge
Sky-ripping Dragon Spine: Increases all damage dealt by +8%. After activating Elemental Burst, normal and charge attacks unleashes a blade that does 80% of Attack Damage to opponents. The blade lasts 20 seconds or 8 times.
Favonius Greatsword
Energy Recharge
Windfall: Critical Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12 seconds.
Katsuragikiri Nagamasa
Energy Recharge
Samurai Conduct: Increases Elemental Skill Damage by 6%. After Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the character loses 3 Energy but regenerates 3 Energy every 2 seconds for the next 6 seconds. Effect can occur once every 10 seconds. Can also be triggered even when the character is not on the field.

Weapons like the Skyward Pride or Favonius Greatsword that boost Energy Recharge are the only real good options for this build.

You can also find a more affordable and equally good alternative in the form of the Prototype Archaic or Katsuragikiri Nagamasa if you’re looking for a craftable option and you still don’t have any of the former.

Sayu's Artifact screen
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What are the best Artifacts for Sayu?

Two-Piece Effect
Four-Piece Effect
Viridescent Venerer
Anemo Damage +15%
Elemental Burst Damage +20%
Noblesse Oblige
Critical Rate +12%
After using an Elemental Burst, all teammates get +20% Attack. Lasts 12 seconds, does not stack.
Gladiator's Finale
Attack +18%.
If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack damage by 35%.

Depending on which build you choose to make, you may need Viridescent Venerer, Gladiator's Finale, or Noblesse Oblige sets in case you want to use Sayu as an Anemo Support unit. How many of these you choose to equip on her will depend on your gameplay, so it is suggested that you test different builds and how they work as mixed or full sets before you make your decision.

Sayu Artifact Stats

Main Stat
Sub Stats
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, Energy Recharge
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, Energy Recharge
Attack%/Elemental Mastery
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%/Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge
Anemo Damage Bonus/Attack%
Critical Rate, Critical Damage, Attack%, Elemental Mastery/Energy Recharge
Attack% / Elemental Mastery / Healing Bonus
Critical Damage, Critical Rate, Attack%/Elemental Mastery, Energy Recharge

Given Sayu's set of skills, you want to develop Attack as the main stat (remember, her healing scales with Attack) and focus on boosting Critical Rate and Energy Recharge as the sub-stats.

What are Sayu's skills and talents?

Normal Attack
The normal attack will deal with four consecutive strikes.
Charged Attack
The charged attack will drain stamina to perform a continuous spinning attack against all nearby opponents.
Plunging Attack
The plunging attack will make Sayu plunge from midair to deal AoE damage on-ground impact.
Elemental Skill - Yoohoo Art: Fuuin Dash
Pressing it will allow Say to enter the Fufu Windwheel state and uses Fufu Whirlwind kick. If you hold it, she will roll about in Windwheel state and increases resistance to interruption. Sayu can control the direction of her roll and can end the power early to deal a stronger Whirlwind Kick with a maximum duration of 10 seconds.
Elemental Burst - Yoohoo Art: Mujina Madness
Sayu will summon a pair of hands which will deal Anemo damage to all nearby opponents while healing party members. Afterwards, the skill will summon the Muji-Muji Daruma who may either deal Anemo damage to nearby opponents if the HP of nearby characters is above 70% or heal the health of the most struggling character if below 70%.
Talent#1 - Yoohoo Art: Silencer’s Secret
Your characters in the party will not startle Crystalflies which will get near them.
Talent#2 - Go Find Someone Else
Triggering the Swirl elemental reaction while active will allow Sayu to heal all your characters and nearby allies for 300 HP. She may also heal an additional 1.2 HP for every point of Elemental Mastery she has once every 2 seconds.
Talent#3 - I Don’t Wanna Work
The Muji-Muji Daruma created by her elemental burst may heal characters for 20% HP, as well as increasing the AoE of its attacks.

Sayu's Skills make her a great Sub-DPS/Support, with her Elemental Skill being an offensive Elemental Reaction trigger. She also displays excellent Healing potential through her Elemental Burst.

Sayu's Constellation screen
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What are Sayu's constellations?

Multi-task no Jutsu
Daruma attacks and heals simultaneously
Egress Prep
Fuuin Dash Whirlwind Kick damage increases by 3.3% in press mode and increases by 3.3% every 0.5 seconds during hold mode
The Bunshin Can Handle It
Increases Mujina Madness level by three, with a maximum of 15
Skiving: New and Improved
Recovers 1.2 Energy every time Sayu triggers Swirl
Speed Comes First
Increases Fuuin Dash level by three, with a maximum of 15
Sleep o'Clock
Every point of Sayu's Elemental Mastery increases the Daruma's attach by 0.2% and increases HP restored by 3.

If you get to pull Sayu multiple times, you will eventually reach a level of the constellation that will turn her into an excellent Support/Sub-DPS unit, with improvements on all her Skills and their respective cooldowns, making Sayu a great tool both for triggering elemental reactions and also to support your party.

What are Sayu's ascension materials?

Ascension Rank
Required Level
Required Materials
20000 Mora, Vayuda Turquoise Sliver x1, Crystal Marrow x3, Whopperflower Nectar x3
40000 Mora, Vayuda Turquoise Fragment x3, Maguu Kishin x2, Crystal Marrow x10, Whopperflower Nectar x15
60000 Mora, Vayuda Turquoise Fragment x6, Maguu Kishin x4, Crystal Marrow x20, Shimmering Nectar x12
80000 Mora, Vayuda Turquoise Chunk x3, Maguu Kishin x8, Crystal Marrow x30, Shimmering Nectar x18
100000 Mora, Vayuda Turquoise Chunk x6, Maguu Kishin x12, Crystal Marrow x45, Energy Nectar x12
120000 Mora, Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone x6, Maguu Kishin x20, Crystal Marrow x60, Energy Nectar x24

Ascending Sayu boosts her HP and Def stats more than anything else, a welcomed improvement that makes her a great Support. Farming the Anemo Hypostasis can be time-consuming, but it's worth doing to improve Sayu's effectiveness in combat.

What are Sayu's talent materials?

Daily Drops
Enemy Drops
Weekly Drops
Teachings/Guide/Philosophies of Light
Divining/Sealed/Forbidden Curse Scroll
Gilded Scale

An important part of building Sayu is remembering to level up her talents and abilities. The order in which you go about this will change slightly depending on the role you expect her to play in your team, but here's the most common Sayu talent upgrade order:

  • Elemental Burst
  • Elemental Skill
  • Normal Attack

And that's everything you need to know about Genshin Impact's Sayu! You now have all the info you need to make the most of Shiyuumatsu-Ban's resident ninja in combat. Good luck!

If you'd like to find out more about the game's eclectic cast, we've also got guides to the best Yoimiya build, Kokomi build, Scaramouche build, and Thoma build for your perusal.

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