Candace Genshin Impact Build Guide

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Hello Folks! Today, the topic of discussion is Candace. One of the newest character releases in the 3.1 update. In this guide, we will be discussing the best ways to build Candace, including her Talent and Ascension materials/costs, talents, constellations, artifacts, and teams. First, we will begin with a brief introduction to the character.

Candace, Title: Golden Vow, is Genshin Impacts’ newest 4-star Hydro Polearm character. Her kit nods towards her team role as a Sub-DPS character, who does Elemental DMG based on her Max HP. She is expected to be released alongside Cyno in the second half of 3.1.


Candace‘s main source of DMG will be her Skill and Burst. Her skill is a parry move, holding up her shield to charge up and deal increased DMG, a lot like Beidou. Her Burst increases the active Character’s Normal Attacks’ Elemental DMG. Like Thoma, who releases bouts of Pyro, Candace does waves of Hydro DMG that scale of her HP.

Her passives aid in climbing, provide an upgrade to her parry skill and also buff your character’s Normal Attack Elemental DMG by a certain amount off of her HP.

Candace Ascension and Talent Costs/ Mats

At certain Level milestones, Candace receives a bonus in HP. Leveling up Candace is an essential part of building her, since it unlocks the potential of increased Talent Levels, making her more powerful.

Candace Ascension Costs/Materials

Ascension Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Bonus HP
Level 20x1 Varunada Lazurite Sliver
x3 Redcrest
x3 Faded Red Satin
Level 40x3 Varunada Lazurite Fragment
x2 Light Guiding Tetrahedron
x10 Redcrest
x15 Faded Red Satin
Level 50x6 Varunada Lazurite Fragment
x4 Light Guiding Tetrahedron
x20 Redcrest
x12 Trimmed Red Silk
Level 60x3 Varunada Lazurite Chunk
x8 Light Guiding Tetrahedron
x30 Redcrest
x18 Trimmed Red Silk
Level 70x6 Varunada Lazurite Chunk
x12 Light Guiding Tetrahedron
x45 Redcrest
x12 Rich Red Brocade
Level 80x6 Varunada Lazurite Gemstone
x20 Light Guiding Tetrahedron
x60 Redcrest
x24 Rich Red Brocade
Totalsx1 Varunada Lazurite Sliver
x9 Varunada Lazurite Chunk
x9 Varunada Lazurite Chunk
x6 Varunada Lazurite Gemstone

x18 Faded Red Satin
x30 Trimmed Red Silk
x36 Rich Red Brocade

x46 Light Guiding Tetrahedron

x168 Redcrest

Candace Talent Upgrade Costs

Talent Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Level 2x3 Teachings of Admonition
x6 Faded Red Satin
Level 3x2 Guide to Admonition
x3 Trimmed Red Silk
Level 4x4 Guide to Admonition
x4 Trimmed Red Silk
Level 5x6 Guide to Admonition
x6 Trimmed Red Silk
Level 6x9 Guide to Admonition
x9 Trimmed Red Silk
Level 7x4 Philosophies of Admonition
x4 Rich Red Brocade
x1 Tears of the Calamitous God
Level 8x6 Philosophies Admonition
x6 Rich Red Brocade
x1 Tears of the Calamitous God
Level 9x12 Philosophies of Admonition
x9 Rich Red Brocade
x2 Tears of the Calamitous God
Level 10x16 Philosophies of Admonition
x12 Rich Red Brocade
x2 Tears of the Calamitous God
x1 Crown of Insight
Totalsx3 Teachings of Admonition
x21 Guides of Admonition
x38 Philosophies of Admonition

x6 Faded Red Satin
x22 Trimmed Red Silk
x31 Rich Red Brocade

x6 Tears of the Calamitous God

x1 Crown of Insight

Candace’s Passive Talents

Talent NameTalent Description
To Dawn’s First LightDecreases climbing Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.
Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the same effects.
Featherflow GuardIf Candace is hit by an attack in the Hold duration of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum, that skill will finish charging instantly.
Sand ArchCharacters affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown caused by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide will deal 0.5% increased DMG to opponents for every 1,000 points of Candace’s Max HP when they deal Elemental DMG with their Normal Attacks.

Candace’s Normal Attack

Here’s what Candace’s normal attack does:

Gleaming Spear – Guardian Stance

Candace Normal Attack
Candace Normal Attack
Candace Charged Attack
Candace Charged Attack

Performs a 4 attack sequence, dealing moderate DMG to enemies.

Candace’s Elemental Skill

This ability has two uses, Tap or Hold.

Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum

Candace E Tap
Candace E Tap
Candace E Hold
Candace E Hold

When tapped, Candace rushes forward with her shield, dealing Hydro DMG to opponents in her path. When held, Candace charges up and performs a leaping attack that scales off your HP. This ability takes around a second to charge up.

Of course, whether you’re going to be tapping or holding depends entirely on the scenario and/or your preference. For example, much like Kazuha, her tap and hold skills have different cooldowns (6 and 9 respectively) and like Kazuha, her held skill does more DMG in a larger AoE.

Candace’s Elemental Burst

Candace’s Elemental Burst is called Sacred Tide: Wagtail’s Tide.

Sacred Tide: Wagtail’s Tide

Candace Burst
Candace Burst

Candace‘s burst infuses her weapons (and any other sword, claymore or polearm taking the field) with Hydro. Dealing AoE Hydro DMG and also buffing your active unit’s Normal Attack DMG by 20% for 9s. You can make this effect stronger by leveling Candace up and unlocking her passive.

Her burst infusion could be very powerful when paired with a fast normal attacker, such as Xiangling with her Pyronado, constanty proccing aggressive reactions such as Vaporise. We will discuss more viable options in the teams section.

All attack gifs were sourced from Giyu‘s Youtube Channel.


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

Candace‘s constellations are pretty good, providing a bit of extra DMG and increasing the duration of her Burst, also, negating the cooldown difference in her skill.

However, if you do end up getting more constellations, congratulations! Let us get you familiar with Candace‘s Stella Fortuna.

Candace’s Constellations

Constellation 1: Returning Heir of the Scarlet SandsThe duration of Prayer of the Crimson Crown effect triggered by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide is increased by 3s.
Constellation 2: Moon-Piercing Brilliance
When Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum hits opponents, Candace’s Max HP will be increased by 20% for 15s.
Constellations 3 and 5:
Hunter’s Supplication and Heterochromatic Gaze

Hunter’s Supplication (C3) increases the talent levels of Candace’s Elemental Burst, Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide, by 3.

Heterochromatic Gaze (C5) increases the talent levels of Candace’s Elemental Skill, Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum, by 3.

The maximum upgrade level for both of these abilities is now 15.

Constellation 4: Sentinel Oath
Shortens the Hold CD of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum to be the same as that of the Tapping CD.
Constellation 6: The Overflow
When characters (excluding Candace herself) affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown caused by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide deal Elemental DMG to opponents using Normal Attacks, an attack wave will be unleashed that deals AoE Hydro DMG equal to 15% of Candace‘s Max HP.
This effect can trigger once every 2.3s and is considered Elemental Burst DMG.
Bennett’s Constellationsx

Candace’s Best Artifact Sets

Artifact Name Description
Tenacity of the Millelith
Tenacity of the Millelith

2-Piece Bonus
HP + 20%

4-Piece Bonus
When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.
Emblem of Severed Fate
Emblem of Severed Fate

2-Piece Bonus
Energy Recharge +20%

4-Piece Bonus
Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
Heart of Depth
Heart of Depth

2-Piece Bonus
Hydro DMG Bonus +15%

4-Piece Bonus
After using an Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 30% for 15s.
Candace’s Best Artifact Sets

Candace Best Stats on Artifact Sets

Candace Build TypeCirclet Stats
Goblet Stats
Sands Stats
RecommendedCRIT Rate/DMGHydro DMG BonusHP%
SupportiveHP% HP%HP%
GeneralCRIT Rate/DMGHydro DMG BonusEnergy Recharge
Candace Best Artifact Stats

Candace’ Best Weapons

Weapon NameWeapon Description
“The Catch”
The Catch
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK: 510
Bonus Energy Recharge 45.9%

Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 32% and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 12%.
Staff of Homa
Staff of Homa
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 608
Bonus CRIT DMG 66.2%

Reckless Cinnabar
HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s Max HP. When the wielder’s HP is less than 50%, this ATK bonus is increased by an additional 1% of Max HP.
Candace’s Best Weapons

Candace’s Best Teams

Candace looks to be an overall good character that can work in many teams. Her Hydro infusion can aid Cryo characters like Kaeya, Rosaria or Shenhe to consistently Freeze their enemies. Note that these characters are capable of dealing Cryo DMG off-field, using Candace‘s normal, Hydro infused attacks to inflict death upon your enemies.

Another viable variant could be that of the popular Taser Teams with Beidou and Fischl, who will be applying Electro off-field, doing massive DMG, and interrupting enemies.

Candace‘s Normal attack buff will greatly benefit a team that utilizes normal attack DMG, such as a physical build Rosaria, Childe, Ayato, or any other character that you choose. It is also notable that if you decide to run another Hydro character with Candace, she will be getting an HP boost due to the Hydro Resonance.

As mentioned before, Xiangling under the infusive effects of Candace‘s burst can Vaporise her own Pyronado, eliminating the need for Childe (who of course is nonetheless a welcome party member. However, even after a billion reruns not everyone may own the character).

Of course, the player is encouraged to innovate and make the best of what they have. These build options are just recommendations, so, we further recommend trying out different weapons, artifacts, or even teams and finding what works the best for them.


And that is al folks! Are you looking forward to 3.1? What are your thoughts on Nilou and Cyno? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments! And as always, thank you for reading!

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A rookie writer and an experienced player of games. Can be found playing Minecraft, Genshin Impact and LoL. In his free time he writes, plays games, codes, reads books or annoys the people around him.
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