Best Aloy Build: Playstyles, Weapons, Artifacts

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Apart from the numerous exciting quests and the chance to pull again for the Eleventh Fatui Harbinger, Tartaglia, travelers (who don’t play on the PlayStation) received a 5-star Cryo character in their mail. 

As the first-ever crossover character to make its debut in Genshin Impact, the 5-star Aloy was given to all adventurers for free; that’s right, no need to spend any primogems to get the heroine from Horizon Zero Dawn. The only prerequisite to getting this bow user is to reach Adventure Rank 20.

Aloy can fit multiple roles on your team. She can be played as a sub-DPS or a Cryo support/battery. With that said, let’s look at the best Aloy build and discuss her overall gameplay, weapons, and artifacts. 

A Summary of Aloy’s Kit

Aloy, titled ” Savior From Another World”, is a 5-star Cryo Bow user from Nora Tribe. She can serve as a Cryo DPS character in your teams.

Aloy‘s normal/charged attacks and Elemental Skill are the main focus of her best build. A DPS build on Aloy would equip her with the 5-star Thundering Pulse bow, with the 4-star equivalent being the Windblume Ode. This build would also require equipping the 4-piece Blizzard Strayer artifact set onto Aloy.

A supportive build on the character will equip the character with the 4-star Favonius Warbow, and the 4-piece Noblesse Oblige.

Aloy’s Ascension Costs/Mats

Ascension Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Bonus ATK %
Level 20x1 Shivada Jade Sliver
x3 Crystal Marrow
x3 Spectral Husk
Level 40x3 Shivada Jade Fragment
x2 Crystalline Bloom
x10 Crystal Marrow
x15 Spectral Husk
Level 50x6 Shivada Jade Fragment
x4 Crystalline Bloom
x20 Crystal Marrow
x12 Spectral Heart
Level 60x3 Shivada Jade Chunk
x8 Crystalline Bloom
x30 Crystal Marrow
x18 Spectral Heart
Level 70x6 Shivada Jade Chunk
x12 Crystalline Bloom
x45 Crystal Marrow
x12 Spectral Nucleus
Level 80x6 Shivada Jade Gemstone
x20 Crystalline Bloom
x60 Crystal Marrow
x24 Spectral Nucleus
Totalsx1 Shivada Jade Sliver
x9 Shivada Jade Fragment
x9 Shivada JadeChunk
x6 Shivada Jade Gemstone

x18 Spectral Husk
x30 Spectral Heart
x36 Spectral Nucleus

x46 Crystalline Bloom

x168 Crystal Marrow
Materials List for Ascending Aloy

Aloy’s Talent Upgrade Costs/Mats

The following list only displays the items required to upgrade ONE of Aloy‘s THREE combat talents to max level. The list may seem rather beefy, but it’s up to you, the player, to devise an effective priority schedule to make the most out of the time and resources you have.

Talent Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Level 2x3 Teachings of Freedom
x6 Spectral Heart
Level 3x2 Guide to Freedom
x3 Spectral Heart
Level 4x4 Guide to Freedom
x4 Spectral Heart
Level 5x6 Guide to Freedom
x6 Spectral Heart
Level 6x9 Guide to Freedom
x9 Spectral Heart
Level 7x4 Philosophies of Freedom
x4 Spectral Nucleus
x1 Molten Moment
Level 8x6 Philosophies of Freedom
x6 Spectral Nucleus
x1 Molten Moment
Level 9x12 Philosophies of Freedom
x9 Spectral Nucleus
x2 Molten Moment
Level 10x16 Philosophies of Freedom
x12 Spectral Nucleus
x2 Molten Moment
x1 Crown of Insight
Totalsx3 Teachings of Freedom
x21 Guides of Freedom
x38 Philosophies of Freedom

x6 Spectral Heart
x22 Spectral Heart
x31 Spectral Nucleus

x6 Hellfire Butterfly

x1 Crown of Insight
Materials List for Aloy’s Talent Upgrades

Aloy’s Passive Talents

Talent NameTalent Description
Easy Does ItWhen Aloy is in the party, animals who produce Fowl, Raw Meat, or Chilled Meat will not be startled when party members approach them.
Combat OverrideWhen Aloy receives the Coil effect from Frozen Wilds, her ATK is increased by 16%, while nearby party members’ ATK is increased by 8%. This effect lasts 10s.
Strong StrikeWhen Aloy is in the Rushing Ice state conferred by Frozen Wilds, her Cryo DMG Bonus increases by 3.5% every 1s. A maximum Cryo DMG Bonus increase of 35% can be gained in this way.
Aloy’s Passive Talents

Aloy’s Normal Attack

Aloy's Normal and Charged Attacks
Aloy’s Normal and Charged Attacks

Rapid Fire: Normal Attack

Performs up to 4 consecutive shots with a bow.

Rapid Fire: Charged Attack

Aloy performs a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG.
While aiming, A fully charged frost arrow will deal Cryo DMG after frost has accumulated on the arrowhead.

Aloy’s Elemental Skill and Burst

Aloy's Character Card
Aloy’s Character Card

The Nora Huntress’ Elemental Skill, Frozen Wilds, is a Freeze Bomb that explodes in the target direction it is thrown. Once it hits the ground, the Freeze Bomb breaks into smaller particles called Chillwater Bomblets that explode on contact and deal Cryo DMG to enemies. When these minuscule bombs hit an opponent, their ATK is decreased, and Aloy receives a Coil Stack.

The more Coil Stack’s Aloy gets, the more Normal ATK DMG she deals. The maximum number of stacks she can get is four. When she hits four Coil Stacks, she enters the Rushing Ice state, which converts her Normal Attack DMG into Cryo DMG and increases the DMG of her Normal Attacks. After the buff ends, the Coil Stacks refresh.

It is also worth noting that Aloy‘s Chillwater Bomblets can be displaced by Anemo characters, making it easier to get enemies to collide with them.

Aloy's Elemental Skill
Aloy’s Elemental Skill

Next, Aloy’s Elemental Burst Prophecies of Dawn is another skill thrown into the battlefield. Once activated, Aloy hurls a Power Cell to the target direction that detonates and deals AoE Cryo DMG. Ultimately, Aloy’s great in freeze team parties. Since she’s accessible to everyone, she’s excellent for F2P players looking for Cryo characters to use early game.

Aloy's Elemental Burst
Aloy’s Elemental Burst

Aloy’s Constellations?

At the moment, the Aloy does not have any constellations. There is no way right now that players can strengthen their Aloy through constellations. Hopefully, players will have access to her constellations in the following patches.

Aloy’s Best Weapons

Thundering Pulse
Thundering Pulse
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 608
Bonus CRIT DMG 66.2%

Rule By Thunder
->Increases ATK by 20%

->Grants the might of the Thunder Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, the Thunder Emblem increases Normal Attack DMG by 12/24/40%.

->Obtain 1 stack of Thunder Emblem in each of the following scenarios:

—>Normal Attack deals DMG (stack lasts 5s)
—>Casting Elemental Skill (stack lasts 10s)
—>Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full)
Windblume Ode
Windblume Ode
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 510
Bonus Elemental Mastery 165

Windblume Wish
->Increases ATK by 16% for 6s after using Elemental Skill
The Stringless
The Stringless
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 510
Bonus Elemental Mastery 165

Arrowless Song
->Increases Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG by 24%.
Favonius Warbow
Favonius Warbow
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK: 454
Bonus Energy Recharge 61.3%

-> CRIT hits have a 100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles (6 Energy for the character)

->Can only occur once every 6s.
Aloy’s Best Weapons



The best Aloy build typically only highlights these two artifact sets: a 4-piece Noblesse Oblige or a 4-piece Blizzard Strayer. 

4-piece Noblesse Oblige is an excellent for support Aloy whose purpose is to buff the ATK of the main DPS. Other party members’ ATK will be increased for 12s, and Aloy’s Elemental Burst DMG will also receive the same buff.

The primary artifact choice for a sub-DPS Aloy build is a 4-piece Blizzard Strayer. This set maximizes Aloy’s damage in freeze team compositions. A 2-piece set increases the wielder’s Cryo DMG, while a 4-piece set increases the user’s Crit Rate by 20% whenever they attack opponents affected by Cryo. Furthermore, when enemies are Frozen, the user’s Crit Rate is increased by another 20%. 


It’s been a few weeks since Genshin Impact’s 2.2 update; have you completely explored Tsurumi Island yet?

The greatest strength of this 5-star character is that she’s available to everyone. Being able to save primogems and still getting a new character is a win-win situation.

Whether you decide to build your cross-over character or not will depend on how much you like Aloy and on how much she can impact your team compositions. We hope this Aloy build guide has helped you decide whether you’ll leave her on the benches or play her on the battlefield!

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