Best Yae Miko Build: Playstyles, Weapons, Artifacts Guide

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. Travellers’ excitement worldwide increased tenfold for the Event Banner of the new 5-star character became available. Yae Miko, an Electro catalyst user, is available on the Event Banner “Everbloom Violent” until March 8, 2022. The 4-stars on the Guuji’s Event Banner are 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. For those who are still unsure whether to pull for the cunning beauty, maybe this guide will help you decide. 

Breakdown of Talents and Playstyles

Talents

Yae Miko is a versatile character who can dish out damage in short and long distances. 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 be able to use her Burst continuously. 

When Miko uses her Elemental Skill, Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura, she dashes forward or backwards 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. You can summon all three of them on the field. The DMG of the pillars scales depending on the number of Sesshou Sakura present. 

Elemental Skill

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. 

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 Burst, the cooldown of her skills resets. 

As mentioned above, the Chief Priestess needs a battery character on the team to have her Burst up effectively. Tenko Kenshin has a whopping 90 Energy Cost and a cooldown of 22 seconds. 

Elemental Burst

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

  1. Use Yae Miko’s Elemental Skill (E) and summon three Sesshou Sakura.
  2. Swap out to other characters to deal DMG.
  3. Swap back to Yae Miko when her Elemental Burst (Q) is up and activate it.
  4. 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. 

Weapons

Weapons

The following information is taken from complete Yae Miko builds made by popular Genshin YouTubers Zy0x, Tenha, and IWinToLoseGaming

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. Another good 5-star for Miko is the Skyward Atlas, increasing her Elemental DMG Bonus. Sadly, not everyone has the Primogems to gacha these weapons, so here are alternatives you can use. 

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 does a Normal Attack. 

Artifacts

Artifcacts

Moving forward, let’s talk about the best artifact sets you can build on Yae Miko. Thankfully, she’s a flexible character in terms of artifacts for she can use a few different combinations of sets. 

If you wish to focus on maximising Yae Miko’s DMG output, you can go for a 2-piece Gladiator Finale paired with a 2-piece Shimenawa’s Reminiscence for the 18% ATK Bonus. You can also swap out one of these sets and switch it with a 2-piece Thundering Fury. Alternatively, you can also build a 4-piece Thundering Fury or a 4-piece Emblem of Severed Fate. 

At the end of the day, it’s best to go with a set that you have the ideal main and substats on. With that said, go for an ATK% Sands, Electro DMG Bonus Goblet, and a CRIT DMG/Rate Circlet. 

Substats: 

  • CRIT Rate/DMG
  • ATK%
  • EM
  • ER

Conclusion

What do you think of the Chief Priestess? Does she look like a fun character to play? We hope this Yae Miko build helped clear up your questions on her gameplay. For Travellers who are grinding daily to bring her home, we wish you the best of luck! 

Kazuko
Kazuko
Freelance model and writer by day and gamer by night- Kazuko is passionate about whatever she does. If she's not on her computer playing video games, you'll find her on the bed catching up on sleep.

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