Cyno Genshin Impact Build Guide

I use my abilities to punish evil as I see fit. If you share my devotion to rules and justice, then I can lend you my strength.

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Welcome folks! Today, we are going to be discussing Cyno, The newest character released in the second half of update 3.1. We will be talking about how to build Cyno: his Ascension and Talent materials/costs, giving recommendations and thoughts on Talents, constellations, artifacts, weapons, and team comps. As always, we will begin with an introduction to the unit.

Cyno, Titled ” Judicator of Secrets”, is Sumeru Akademiya’s General Mahamatra. He is a 5-star Electro Polearm user—his kit points towards his role as a DPS character.

A Summary

Cyno‘s main focus abilities are his Skill and Burst: These abilities work well with each other to do extra DMG with, providing reduced CDs and passive ability DMG. Travelers are recommended to build Cyno, making use of both Elemental Mastery and ATK pieces of the Gilded Dreams artifact set. The White Tassel 3-star weapon at high refinement is very good for Cyno.

Cyno’s Ascension and Talent Costs/ Mats

Ascension Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Level 20x1 Vajrada Amethyst Sliver
x3 Scarab
x3 Divining Scroll
Level 40x3 Vajrada Amethyst Fragment
x2 Thunderclap Fruitcore
x10 Scarab
x15 Divining Scroll
Level 50x6 Vajrada Amethyst Fragment
x4 Thunderclap Fruitcore
x20 Scarab
x12 Sealed Scroll
Level 60x3 Vajrada Amethyst Chunk
x8 Thunderclap Fruitcore
x30 Scarab
x18 Sealed Scroll
Level 70x6 Vajrada Amethyst Chunk
x12 Thunderclap Fruitcore
x45 Scarab
x12 Forbidden Curse Scroll
Level 80x6 Vajrada Amethyst Gemstone
x20 Thunderclap Fruitcore
x60 Scarab
x24 Forbidden Curse Scroll
Totalsx1 Vajrada Amethyst Sliver
x9 Vajrada Amethyst Fragment
x9Vajrada Amethyst Chunk
x6 Vajrada Amethyst Gemstone

x18 Divining Scroll
x30 Sealed Scroll
x36 Forbidden Curse Scroll

x46 Thunderclap Fruitcore

x168 Scarab
Build Materials for Cyno’s Ascension

Cyno’s Talent Upgrade Costs

The following list only accounts for one of three of Cyno‘s combat talents.

Talent Level
Materials Required
Mora Cost
Level 2x3 Teachings of Admonition
x6 Divining Scroll
Level 3x2 Guide to Admonition
x3 Sealed Scroll
Level 4x4 Guide to Admonition
x4 Sealed Scroll
Level 5x6 Guide to Admonition
x6 Sealed Scroll
Level 6x9 Guide to Admonition
x9 Sealed Scroll
Level 7x4 Philosophies of Admonition
x4 Forbidden Curse Scroll
x1 Mudra of the Malefic General
Level 8x6 Philosophies Admonition
x6 Forbidden Curse Scroll
x1 Mudra of the Malefic General
Level 9x12 Philosophies of Admonition
x9 Forbidden Curse Scroll
x2 Mudra of the Malefic General
Level 10x16 Philosophies of Admonition
x12 Forbidden Curse Scroll
x2 Mudra of the Malefic General
x1 Crown of Insight
Totalsx3 Teachings of Admonition
x21 Guides of Admonition
x38 Philosophies of Admonition

x6 Divining Scroll
x22 Sealed Scroll
x31 Forbidden Curse Scroll

x6 Mudra of the Malefic General

x1 Crown of Insight
Cyno’s Talent Upgrade Costs

Cyno’s Passive Talents

Talent NameTalent Description
The Gift of SilenceGains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Sumeru Expedition for 20 hours.
Featherfall Judgment When Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state activated by his Elemental Burst, Cyno will enter the Endseer stance at intervals.

If he uses his Elemental Skill while affected by this stance, he will activate the Judication effect, increasing the DMG of his skill by 35%
and firing off 3 Duststalker Bolts that deal 50% of Cyno’s ATK as Electro DMG.

Duststalker Bolt DMG is considered Elemental Skill DMG.
Authority Over the Nine Bows Cyno’s DMG will be increased based on his Elemental Mastery

Pactsworn Pathclearer’s Normal Attack DMG is increased by 125% of his Elemental Mastery.

Duststalker Bolt DMG from his Passive Talent Featherfall Judgment is increased by 250% of his Elemental Mastery.
Cyno’s Passive Talents

Cyno’s Normal and Charged Attacks

Cyno's Normal Attack GIF
Cyno’s Normal Attack

Cyno‘s normal attack is a 4-strike sequence that deals moderate DMG. His charged attack is a lunge forward and deals DMG to all enemies along its path.

Cyno’s Elemental Skill and Burst

Cyno's Elemental Skill GIF
Cyno’s Elemental Skill

A jump and forward dash attack. This ability is used differently when Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state, it also takes up a different name: Mortuary Rite.

The player is recommended to upgrade this ability AFTER they’ve invested in Cyno‘s burst.

Cyno's Elemental Burst GIF
Cyno’s Elemental Burst

Upon activation, Cyno enters the Pactsworn Pathclearer state.
Cyno’s Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks are converted into Electro DMG that cannot be overridden.

  • Cyno’s Elemental Mastery and resistance to interruption will increase, and he gains immunity to ElectroCharged DMG.

This effect will be canceled when Cyno leaves the field and lasts a maximum of 18s.


A brief note is necessary here.. C0 Cyno 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 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 Cyno Stella Fortuna.

Cyno’s Constellations

Constellation 1
Cyno C1 Icon
Ordinance: Unceasing Vigil
After using Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness (Elemental Burst), Cyno’s Normal Attack SPD will be increased by 20% for 10s.

->If the Judication effect of his Passive Talent Featherfall Judgment is triggered during Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer (Elemental Skill), the duration of this increase will be refreshed.

->You need to unlock the Passive Talent “Featherfall Judgment.”
Constellation 2
Cyno C2 Icon
Ceremony: Homecoming of Spirits
When Cyno’s Normal Attacks hit opponents, his Electro DMG Bonus will increase by 10% for 4s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.1s. Max 5 stacks.
Constellations 3
Cyno C3 Icon
Precept: Lawful Enforcer

and 5
Cyno C5 Icon
Funerary Rite: The Passing of Starlight

Precept: Lawful Enforcer (C3) increases the talent levels of Cyno’s Elemental Burst by 3.

Funerary Rite: The Passing of Starlight (C5) increases the talent levels of Cyno‘s Elemental Skill by 3.

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

Constellation 4
Cyno C4 Icon
Austerity: Forbidding Guard
When Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by his Elemental Burst after he triggers Electro-based reactions, he will restore 3 Elemental Energy for all nearby party members (except himself.)

This effect can occur 5 times within one use of his Elemental Burst
Constellation 6

Raiment: Just Scales

After using his Elemental Burst or triggering the Judication effect of the Passive Talent “Featherfall Judgment,”

->Cyno will gain 4 stacks of the “Day of the Jackal” effect.

->When he hits opponents with Normal Attacks, he will consume 1 stack to fire off one Duststalker Bolt.

->Stack lasts for 8s. Max 8 stacks. It will be cancelled once Pactsworn Pathclearer ends.

->A maximum of 1 Duststalker Bolt can be unleashed this way every 0.4s.
Kamisato Ayato’s Constellations

Cyno’s Best Artifact Sets

Artifact NameDescription
Gilded Dreams (4-piece)
Gilded Dreams
2-Piece Bonus
Elemental Mastery +80

4-Piece Bonus
Within 8s of triggering an Elemental Reaction, the character equipping this will obtain buffs based on the Elemental Type of the other party members.

->ATK is increased by 14% for each party member whose Elemental Type is the same as the equipping character

->Elemental Mastery is increased by 50 for every party member with a different Elemental Type.

->Each of the aforementioned buffs will count up to 3 characters.

->This effect can be triggered once every 8s.

->The character who equips this can still trigger its effects when not on the field.
Thundering Fury
Thundering Fury
2-Piece Bonus
Electro DMG Bonus +15%

4-Piece Bonus
->Increases DMG caused by OverloadedElectroChargedSuperconduct, and Hyperbloom by 40%,

->DMG Bonus conferred by Aggravate is increased by 20%.

->When Quicken or the aforementioned Elemental Reactions are triggered, Elemental Skill CD is decreased by 1s.

->Can only occur once every 0.8s.

->The character who equips this can still trigger its effects when not on the field.
Cyno’s Best DPS Build Artifact Sets

Cyno’s Best Stats on Artifact Sets

A good, balanced stat build for Cyno would include CRIT Rate/DMG (in a 1:2 ratio) on your circlet. An Electro DMG % goblet and an Elemental Mastery main stat on your sands.

A complete EM build could also work if you’re using the beastly Staff of Scarlet Sands weapon. That is, EM circlet, goblet, and sands.

Cyno’s Best Weapons

Staff of Scarlet Sands
Staff of Scarlet Sands
Cyno’s Signature Weapon
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1
Base ATK 542
Bonus CRIT DMG 44.1%

Heat Haze at Horizon’s End
The equipping character gains 52% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK.

->When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect will be gained for 10s

->The effect allows the equipping character to gain 28% of their Elemental Mastery as bonus ATK. Max 3 stacks.
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK: 565
Bonus Elemental Mastery 110

Stillwood Moonshadow
After triggering BurningQuickenAggravateSpreadBloomHyperbloom, or Burgeon, a Leaf of Revival will be created around the character for a maximum of 10s.

When picked up, the Leaf will grant the character 16ATK for 12s.

Only 1 Leaf can be generated this way every 20s.

This effect can still be triggered if the character is not on the field.
White Tassel
White Tassel
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK 401
Bonus CRIT Rate 23.4%

Increases Normal Attack DMG by 48%
Cyno’s Best DPS Build Weapons

Cyno’s Best Teams

Cyno will be your team’s main source of DMG. So, it is important to craft teams around this role, thinking about any Sub DPS or Support/Utility roles. Of course, it is also necessary to keep in mind the artifact and weapon build you’re running on Cyno. With that out of the way, let us give you our team/unit recommendations!

Raiden Shogun and Fischl
Raiden Shogun and Fischl

If you’re equipping the Gilded Dreams set, it will benefit you to choose at least one other Electro Battery to ensure Cyno is gaining Energy when attacking. Characters like Raiden Shogun or Fischl at c6 can fill in this role swimmingly. You can even gain some extra DPS using these two insanely powerful characters.

Collei, Lumine and Aether
Collei, Lumine and Aether

To consistently proc the Quicken and Aggravate reactions, a Dendro character like the traveler or Collei will work excellently, even more so, considering that their Dendro application abilities can work from off-field.

Bennett, Zhongli, Kaedehara Kazuha, and Sangonomiya Kokomi

Your fourth character can be any support, to be honest. Kokomi could work wonders in your team, consistently applying off-field Hydro and proccing Electrocharged and Hyperbloom reactions.

Bennett is just universally good, slap on the Noblesse set and an Energy Recharge sword and there you have the most broken support character in the entire game!

Zhongli can apply an unbreakable shield, summon a powerful burst, and, shred your opponents’ Elemental Resistance, making him a viable 4th character as well.

Kazuha works too!

We highly, highly encourage the player to try out their own variants and combinations of teams, playstyles, artifact sets and whatnot. Our articles exist to guide, not to bind the player when making their decisions!

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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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