It’s been a few weeks since Genshin Impact’s 2.2 update; have you completely explored Tsurumi Island yet? Apart from the numerous exciting quests and the chance to pull again for the Eleventh Fatui Harbinger, Tartaglia, travellers (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.
Breakdown of Talents and Playstyles
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, Aloy receives a Coil Stack. The enemy’s ATK is also decreased when a bomb hits them.
The more Coil Stack’s Aloy gets, the higher her Normal ATK DMG will be. 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.
The tricky part about Aloy’s Elemental Skill is getting opponents to step on the bombs so that she receives the ATK DMG buff. For example, if you’re up against only one or two enemies, you might have trouble activating the Chillwater Bomblets, especially without Anemo characters to assist you in displacing the enemies. Aloy’s Elemental Skill is mainly used to regenerate Energy for your team, making her an excellent Cryo battery support.
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.
However, at the moment, the free 5-star character does not have any constellations. There is no way right now that players can strengthen their Aloy through constellations. Hopefully, in the following patches, players will have access to her constellations.
The optimal rotation for an Aloy team composition typically goes like this:
- Use Aloy’s Elemental Skill (E).
- Switch to an Anemo character to group the enemies with the bombs.
- Switch back to Aloy to get the Coil Stack buff and hit opponents to apply Cryo.
- Use Aloy’s Elemental Burst (Q).
If you plan to use Aloy as a sub-DPS for your party, there are a couple of weapons you can use for her that will maximize her skill set. Aloy’s signature weapon, the Predator, is the best weapon of choice for a Cryo sub-DPS Aloy build.
This bow increases the wielder’s Normal and Charged ATK DMG whenever Cryo DMG is dealt to opponents, perfect for someone like Aloy. Sadly, this bow is only available for PlayStation Genshin players and mobile/PC players have no access to it. Keep reading if you don’t play on the PlayStation.
The 5-star Thundering Pulse is perfect for a sub-DPS Aloy build because of its high Base ATK and Crit DMG substat. In addition, this bow increases the user’s Normal and Charged ATK considerably, making it ideal for auto-attack Aloy freeze comp parties.
If you don’t have access to this gacha weapon, you can also use the 4-star Stringless or the 4-star Windblume Ode. With the Stringless, Aloy’s Elemental Skill and Burst DMG will be increased, while the Windblume Ode increases the user’s ATK after using an Elemental Skill.
Now for parties that run Aloy as a support, these two weapons are your best choices: Favonius Warbow and Sacrificial Warbow. These weapons provide ample Energy Recharge for Aloy, allowing her to use her skills more often.
Not only that, you won’t need to get as much Energy Recharge stats on your artifacts. With the Sacrificial Bow, Aloy has a chance to reset the cooldown of her Elemental Skill whenever she uses it. On the other hand, the Favonius Warbow has an opportunity to generate Energy for the user.
The best Aloy build typically only highlights these two artifact sets: a 4-piece Noblesse Oblige or a 4-piece Blizzard Strayer.
According to Zy0x and IWinToLoseGaming’s Aloy video guides, a 4-piece Noblesse Oblige is excellent for support Aloys whose purpose is to buff the ATK of the main DPS. Not only will other party members’ ATK be increased for 12s, but Aloy’s Elemental Burst DMG will also receive a 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. Not only that, when enemies are Frozen, the user’s Crit Rate is increased by another 20%.
- Crit DMG
- Crit Rate
- ATK %
For the Sands, go for ATK% for both artifact sets. Get a Cryo DMG Bonus Goblet and a Crit DMG/Rate Circlet. Prioritize Crit DMG circlet over Crit Rate Circlet for Blizzard Strayer because you already get a large Crit Rate Bonus from the aritfact set.
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!