Best Ganyu Build: Playstyles, Weapons, Artifacts Guide

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Welcome to Ganyu's Build Guide!

Hey! Welcome back to another Genshin Impact build guide! For this one, we’re going to be discussing Ganyu, the Secretary of the Liyue Qixing.

In this article, Travelers, we will discuss how to build Ganyu, mentioning her Constellations and debating over her Talent Upgrade Priority. Most importantly, we will suggest her best-in-slot weapons and artifacts. A guide on viable team compositions is also present at the end.

The Adeptus can also be played as a sub-DPS or Cryo support. However, she’s mainly played as the main DPS in most parties. 

Ganyu's Demo Trailer Thumbnail

Ganyu’s Passive Talents

Talent NameTalent Description
Undivided HeartAfter Ganyu fires a Frostflake Arrow, the CRIT Rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects is increased by 20% for 5s.
Harmony between Heaven and EarthGanyu‘s Elemental Burst, Celestial Shower, grants 20% Cryo DMG bonus to party members within it’s AoE.
Preserved for the HuntGanyu refunds 15% of the ore used when crafting Bow-type weapons.
Ganyu’s Passive Talents

Ganyu’s Normal And Charged Attacks

The first thing we need to talk about is her talents. Unlike many characters in Genshin, where Normal Attacks are overlooked and not leveled up as high as other talents, Ganyu’s Normal Attack: Liutian Archery begs to differ. Her Normal Attack has insane DMG scaling, especially when charged. 

Ganyu's Normal Attack
Ganyu’s Normal Attack
Ganyu's Charged Attack Level 1 and 2
Ganyu’s Charged Attack Level 1 and 2

Her Charged Shot has a Level 1 and 2, with the latter dealing more damage after impact. When Ganyu charges her Charged Attack to Level 2, referred to as a Frostflake Arrow, she deals AoE Cryo DMG in a small area. 

Ganyu’s Elemental Skill

Next, Ganyu’s Elemental Skill, Trail of the Qilin, summons a single Ice Lotus on the battlefield that deals AoE Cryo DMG and taunts enemies in the surrounding area. Once activated, Ganyu dashes backwards, leaving behind an icy trail. The Ice Lotus deals another burst of AoE Cryo DMG when it expires or is destroyed. 

Ganyu's Elemental Skill
Ganyu’s Elemental Skill

Ganyu’s Elemental Burst

Ganyu's Elemental Burst
Ganyu’s Elemental Burst

Lastly, the Secretary of Liyue Qixing’s Elemental Burst, Celestial Shower, has a pretty cinematic when activated. Similar to the meteor Zhongli summons for his Burst, Ganyu summons a Sacred Cryo Pearl that continuously deals AoE Cryo DMG through shards of ice. Generally, the Sacred Cryo Pearl summons around 50 icicles for 15 seconds. The ability costs 60 Energy

We recommend upgrading this ability after her normal attacks to maximise the potential of Ganyu’s build!

The optimal rotation for a Ganyu team composition typically goes like this:

  1. Use your supports and activate their buffs and skills. 
  2. Swap to Ganyu and activate her Elemental Skill (E). 
  3. Move away from enemies, attack, and gather Energy. 
  4. Use Elemental Burst (Q) when it is up. 
  5. Spam Charged Attacks to opponents. 

Ganyu’s Constellations

A brief note is necessary here.. Ganyu at C0 is an amazing unit. Please do not feel forced to roll for a character’s constellations. They are nice to have and can boost a character’s effectiveness but aren’t worth spending real-world currency on unless you have a large reserve of expendable income.

Dew Drinker
Ganyu's C1 Icon
When opponents are hit with Ganyu’s charge level 2 arrow, their Cryo RES is reduced by 15% for 6s.

This hit also generates 2 energy for Ganyu, and can only occurr once per charge level 2.

->Energy regeneration can occur regardless if the Frostflake Arrow or its Bloom hits the target.
The Aurspicious
Ganyu‘s Elemental Skill, Trails of the Qilin, gains 1 additional charge.
Ganyu's C3 icon

The MercifulGanyu's C5 icon
The character’s C3 and C5 upgrade the talent levels of Ganyu‘s Elemental Burst and Skill, respectively.
Westward SojournGanyu's C4 iconOpponents standing within the AoE of Celestial Shower take increased DMG.

–>This effect strengthens over time. Increased DMG taken begins at 5% and increases by 5% every 3s, up to a maximum of 25%.

–>The effect lingers for 3s after the opponent leaves the AoE.
The ClementUsing Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30s to not require charging.
Ganyu’s Constellations

Ganyu’s Best Weapons


Amos’ Bow

Amos' Bow
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 674
Bonus ATK: 49.6%

Swiftly as a Gale
|-> Increases Normal Attack and Aimed Shot DMG by 12%.
|-> Increases DMG from arrows shot by a further 8% for every 0.1s that the arrow is in flight, up to 0.5s.
-> Stacks up to 5 times on each arrow shot.
-> This effect will be removed when the wielder leaves the field.
-> Using an Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst will not affect or reset the damage buffs.

Aqua Simulacra

At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 542
Bonus CRIT DMG 88.2%

The Cleansing Foam
->Increased HP by 16%
->In battle, DMG dealt by the wielder of this weapon increases by 20%.
–-> This bonus will be effective regardless of whether the opponent is on/off-field.

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% and grants the might of the Thunder Emblem.
|-> At stack level 1/2/3, Thunder Emblem provides a 12%/24%/40% Elemental DMG Bonus for Normal Attacks, Aimed Shots, and Plunging Attacks.
|| The character will obtain 1 stack of Thunder Emblem in each of the following scenarios:
||| Normal Attack deals DMG (stack lasts for 5s)
||| Casting Elemental Skill (stack lasts for 10s)
||| Energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when Energy is full)

-> Each stack’s duration is calculated independently.
-> The effect will be removed when the wielder leaves the field.

Prototype Crescent

Prototype Crescent
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK: 510
Bonus ATK 41.3%

|-> Increases Movement SPD by 10%.
|-> When Normal Attack or Aimed Shot hits a target within 0.3s of being fired: || Increases ATK by 36% for 10s.

-> This increase can be triggered once every 0.3s.
-> The effect will be removed when the wielder leaves the field.


At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK: 454
Bonus ATK 55.1%

Full Draw
|->Increases Normal Attack DMG by 32% and charged attack DMG by 24%
|->When the equipping character’s Energy reaches 100%, effect is increased by 100%
Ganyu’s Best Weapon Builds

Ganyu is a 5-star character that can use a range of bows- 5-star and 4-star alike. For a Melt Team, the best weapon slot for Ganyu is the 5-star Amos’ Bow for it increases Normal and Charged Attack DMG. Alternatively, the 4-star Prototype Crescent is also great on her for it increases her ATK%. Lastly, the 4-star Hamayumi is also ideal for it also increases the user’s Normal and Charged Attack DMG. 

In a Freeze Team, the 5-star Amos’ Bow also works well in the team synergy. However, the 5-star Thundering Pulse and Polar Star are great alternatives. Again, the 4-star Prototype Crescent works great in a Ganyu Freeze Team. 

Ganyu’s Best Artifacts


Ganyu is a popular choice in two team comps, dubbed Freeze and Melt. Note that these two are some of the most powerful reactions in Genshin Impact and form the basis of Ganyu‘s best team comps, coming up soon; Deciding which artifact set you want to go with will ultimately depend on what characters you have available to you.

Moving on to the last portion of Ganyu‘s build, let’s discuss the different artifact sets you can build on her depending on her role in the team. In a Ganyu Freeze Team, where she’s paired with Hydro and Anemo supports, you can build a 4-piece Blizzard Strayer on her. A 2-piece set increases Cryo DMG by 15%, while a 4-piece set increases the user’s CRIT Rate when they attack enemies affected by Cryo or are frozen. 

Here, get an ATK% Sands, a Cryo DMG Bonus Goblet, and a CRIT DMG on a Circlet. 

However, if you’re running Ganyu in a Melt Team, you can go for a few different artifact sets. You can go either for a 4-piece Wanderer’s Troupe or a 4-piece Shimenawa’s Reminiscence. A 2-piece Wanderer’s Troupe increases Elemental Mastery by 80, while a 4-piece increases the bearer’s Charged Attack DMG by 35%. 

On the other hand, a 2-piece Shimenawa increases her ATK by 18%, while the 4-piece set makes her lose 15 Energy whenever she uses her Elemental Skill. The good news is that, for a Melt Team, Ganyu won’t be casting her Elemental Skill that much. For a Melt Team, it’s recommended that Ganyu has around 200 or more Elemental Mastery. 

Here, get an Elemental Mastery Sands, a Cryo DMG Bonus Goblet, and a CRIT Rate/DMG Circlet


  • ATK%
  • CRIT Rate/DMG
  • EM

Ganyu’s Best Teams

  • In a Freeze Team, you’ll rely on dealing DMG through Elemental Reactions. Here, Ganyu permanently or temporarily freezes enemies with the help of Anemo units like Kazuha and Venti and Hydro units like Mona. Another Cryo character like Diona or Layla to protect
Venti, Diona, Mona
Ganyu’s Freeze Team Build
  • On the other hand, a Melt Team is comprised of Pyro supports like Xiangling and Bennett, who applies Pyro to opponents quickly. Then, Ganyu’s Charged Shots will Melt or Reverse Melt the opponents. A strong shieder like Zhongli is also recommended in this team comp.
Bennett, Zhongli, Xiangling
Ganyu’s Melt Team Build

Sources: Honey Hunter,, Fandom

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