As the Chief Priestess (Guuji) of the Grand Narukami Shrine, Yae Miko is expected to handle the temple’s affairs. If she’s not assisting visitors to the sacred land, she’s probably at the Yae Publishing House catching up on a story she’s missed.
On February 16, 2022, Genshin Impact’s 2.5 update went live. Travelers’ excitement worldwide increased tenfold for the Event Banner of the new 5-star character became available. Yae Miko, an Electro catalyst user, was first available on the Event Banner “Everbloom Violent” until March 8, 2022. The 4-stars on the Guuji’s Event Banner were Thoma, Fischl, and Diona.
In this article, we’ll bring you the best Yae Miko build that breaks down her talents, playstyles, best weapons, and artifact sets, and constellations.
A Summary of Yae Miko’s Best Builds
Typically, you’re going to want to play Yae Miko as the Main/Sub-DPS character in your teams. The Traveler should focus on upgrading the character’s Elemental Skill and Burst.
Due to the playable release of the Dendro Element, players are recommended to build Yae Miko with the Gilded Dreams artifact set. Other options include the Thundersoother, Emblem of Severed Fate, and the Wanderer’s Troupe/Gladiator’s Finale/Thundering Fury 2-piece combinations.
Her best-in-slot 5-star catalyst is Kagura’s Verity. 4-star options include the Solar Pearl and the Widsith.
Breakdown of Yae Miko’s Talents and Playstyles
Yae Miko’s Combat Talents
- Her Normal Attack is a 3-attack sequence that deals Electro DMG. (Upgrade Last)
- Her Elemental Skill leaves pillars on the ground that DMG enemies based on the number of pillars deployed, these pillars also increase her Elemental Burst DMG. (Upgrade First)
- Her Elemental Burst is a devastating Electro AoE attack.
Yae Miko is a versatile character who can dish out some serious DMG from close and far away. She is played as either a main DPS or a sub-DPS. In either case, she’ll need another Electro character, like Raiden Shogun or Fischl, on the team for her to use her Burst continuously.
Yae Miko’s Normal Attack/Charged Attack
Her normal and charged attacks deal Electro DMG to your opponents. Although very good for applying Electro on your enemies, this ability is not the most integral part of her kit. That role is filled by her Elemental Skill and Burst.
Yae Miko’s Elemental Skill
Her skill is the most important part of her kit, and we recommend players prioritize upgrading this talent over her Elemental Burst and Normal Attack.
Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura
When Miko uses her Elemental Skill, Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura, she dashes forwards or backwards (depends on where your mouse is aiming) and summons a foxlike pillar on the ground. These pillars, or Sesshou Sakura, periodically strike nearby opponents with Electro DMG, and they have three charges at C0. You can summon all three of them on the field. The DMG of the pillars scales depending on the number of Sesshou Sakura present.
Each pillar lasts for 14 seconds and has a 4 seconds cooldown between summons. Be careful not to summon the Sesshou Sakura too close to each other as the newly summoned pillar will shatter.
Yae Miko’s Elemental Burst
Yae Miko’s Burst should be upgraded second, after her Elemental Skill.
Great Secret Art: Tenko Kenshin
Next, Yae Miko’s Elemental Burst, Great Secret Art: Tenko Kenshin, calls forth a powerful lightning strike that deals AoE Electro DMG. Each Sesshou Sakura on the field transforms into a Tenko Thunderbolt that also deals AoE Electro DMG. One Sesshou Sakura equals one Tenko Thunderbolt.
Conveniently, after activating Yae’s Elemental Burst, the cooldown of her skills resets if you have her passive talent, “The Shrine’s Sacred Shade“, unlocked.
As mentioned above, the Chief Priestess needs a battery character (which we will discuss in detail in the teams section) on the team to have her Burst up effectively. Tenko Kenshin has a whopping 90 Energy Cost and a cooldown of 22 seconds.
All combat GIFs were sourced from Honey Hunter’s Database!
Yae Miko’s Passive Talents
- Meditations of a Yako: Has a 25% chance to get 1 regional Character Talent Material (base material excluded) when crafting. The rarity is that of the base material.
- The Shrine’s Sacred Shade: When casting Great Secret Art: Tenko Kenshin, each Sesshou Sakura destroyed resets the cooldown for 1 charge of Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura.
- Enlightened Blessing: Every point of Elemental Mastery Yae Miko possesses will increase Sesshou Sakura DMG by 0.15%. (IMPORTANT)
Yae Miko’s Rotations
The optimal rotation for a Yae Miko team composition typically goes like this:
- Use Yae Miko’s Elemental Skill (E) and summon three Sesshou Sakura.
- Swap out to other characters to deal DMG.
- Swap back to Yae Miko when her Elemental Burst (Q) is up and activate it.
- Note: Make sure three Sesshou Sakura are on-field.
Yae Miko’s playstyle can be a bit tricky to master. Apart from shining in specific team compositions, her skills also need timing to deal DMG effectively. Let’s move on to her best weapon slots.
Yae Miko’s Constellations
A brief note is necessary here.. C0 Yae Miko 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 they aren’t worth spending real-world currency on unless you have a large reserve of expendable income.
However, if you do end up getting more constellations, congratulations! Let us get you familiar with Yae Miko‘s Stella Fortuna.
Yae’s C1 allows the character to gain some extra energy for herself, making it easier for her to get the Elemental Burst back on cooldown.
Sesshou Sakura, Yae’s foxlike pillars from her Elemental Skill, have a DPS scaling based on the number of pillars, the base level is increased by 1, and the maximum possible level of these scalings is also increased by one. A
The Seven Glamours + Mischievous Teasing
Miko‘s C3 and C5 increase her Elemental Skill and Burst Talent levels by three, making them much stronger with little resource investment!
A support-type constellation, increases the Electro DMG of all nearby party members by 20% for 5s when Yae Miko‘s foxlike pillars, Sesshou Sakura, hit opponents with their lightning attack.
Forbidden Art: Daisesshou
*blows whistle* A lot like Raiden Shogun‘s C2, Yae Miko‘s C6 will allow her Elemental Skill’s Sesshou Sakura‘s lightning attacks to ignore 60% of your opponent’s DEF.
Unarguably the best catalyst for Yae Miko is the 5-star Kagura’s Verity, which is her signature weapon. The weapon not only matches Yae Miko’s aesthetics but also increases her Elemental Skill DMG. The catalyst also has ludicrous CRIT DMG and ATK scalings, making this weapon worthy of being the Chief Priestess herself.
Most other 5-star catalysts can serve as your Yae Miko‘s build well. Good 5-star options for Miko include the Skyward Atlas and the Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds. One of the most recent additions to the game, the Sumeru Archon‘s weapon of choice, A Thousand Floating Dreams, can also be considered in a Dendro based team composition (more on that very soon). The Memory of Dust catalyst is also a good choice if you have it, but isn’t the best option you can go for, especially considering how powerful some of the 4-star alternatives are.
The 4-star Widsith is a very good replacement catalyst as it increases the wielder’s Elemental DMG and Elemental Mastery. Another good 4-star weapon is the Solar Pearl for its Elemental Skill and Burst DMG increase whenever the user performs a Normal Attack.
This is a generalised ranking of some of the viable weapons that Yae Miko can equip. Please note, these DMG tests were performed under controlled scenarios, so DPS values may differ according to artifact sets, stats, and talent levels etc.