Shikanoin Heizou: Genshin Impact Build Guide

"Huh, my intuition tells me that something very interesting is about to happen..."

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Welcome back, folks! In today’s guide, we will cover the best ways to build Heizou and give in-depth information on his best weapons, artifacts, and the most effective team comps. We will also discuss his talents, the costs of leveling him up, and his constellations. Let us begin with a brief introduction to the character.

Heizou, titled: Analytical Harmony, is a young prodigy detective from the Tenryou Commission. Genshin Impacts’ newest character released in the 2.8 update is an Anemo Catalyst user. Despite being a 4-star, Heizou has proved to be one of the most fun characters as of late. He punches and kicks his enemies into the Abyssal depths and dishes out big numbers in the process.

Heizou’s playstyle is very unique. He utilizes elemental energy in martial combat, unlike other catalyst users who fire off projectiles. Making him the first of his kind and refreshing to play. However, some players may not feel the same due to varying playstyles and preferences.

Heizou thinking pose

Heizou’s Passive Talents

Talent NameTalent Description
Pre-Existing GuiltDecreases sprinting Stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%.
Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.
Paradoxical PracticeWhen Heizou procs a Swirl reaction while on-field, he will gain 1 Declension stack for Heartstopper Strike.

->This effect can be triggered once every 0.1s.
Penetrative ReasoningAll party members have their Elemental Mastery increased by 80 for 10s after Heizou‘s Heartstopper Strike hits an opponent.
Heizou’s Passive Build Talents

Heizou’s Normal And Charged Attacks

Heizou normal attacks

Heizou performs a 5-attack sequence, dealing Anemo DMG.

Heizou charged attacks

Consumes stamina to perform a backflip kick that also deals Anemo DMG

Heizou’s Elemental Skill

Heizou's Elemental Skill: Tapped

Upon pressing, perform a Heartstopper Strike that deals Anemo DMG.

Heizou's Elemental Skill: Held

Holding will charge up your skill and make it stronger. An approximate 5-second hold provides the maximum stacks of the Declension effect.

Declension makes your skill do maximum DMG. An even greater bonus is provided if you hold for greater than 5 seconds.

Heizou’s Elemental Burst

Heizou's Elemental Burst

Heizou’s Constellations

A brief note is necessary here.. C0 Heizou 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. 

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

Named Juvenile Casebook
Heizou C1 Icon
After Heizou is brought on-field:
-> Normal Attack SPD increased by 15%
-> Gains 1 Declension Stack for Heartstopper Strike.

–> Effect can be triggered once every 10s.
Investigative Collection
Heizou C2 Icon
Increases the effectiveness of Heizou‘s wind tunnel and also increases its duration by 1s.
Esoteric Puzzle Book,
Secret Archive
Increases the Talent Level of Heizou‘s Elemental Skill and Burst by 3.
Tome of Lies
Heizou C4 Icon
Heizou generates 13.5 extra energy after using his Elemental Burst.
Curious Casefiles
Heizou C6 Icon
Increases Heartstopper Strike CRIT Rate by 4% per Declension Stack count.

If 4 stacks are present, increases ability CRIT DMG by 32%.
Building Heizou’s Constellations

Here’s a table showing the difference in pull strength of C0 and C2 Heizou!

Heizou Pull Strength

The DMG difference between C0, C4, and C6 Heizou!

Heizou skill compare c0 c3 c6

Heizou’s Best Artifact Sets

Artifact NameDescription
Viridescent Venerer
Viridescent Venerer

2-Piece Bonus
Anemo DMG + 15%

4-Piece Bonus
Increases Swirl DMG by 60%.

Proccing Swirl reduced the opponent’s Elemental RES to the element infused by Swirl by 40% for 10s.
Gladiator’s Finale
Gladiator's Finale
2-Piece Bonus
ATK + 18%

4-Piece Bonus
If artifact set user wields a SwordClaymore or Polearm

->Increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.
Noblesse Oblige
Noblesse Oblige

2-Piece Bonus
Elemental Burst DMG + 20%

4-Piece Bonus
Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence
Shimenawa's Reminiscence
2-Piece Bonus
Character ATK +18%

4-Piece Bonus
->When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 energy.

->Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. ->This effect will not trigger again during that duration.
Heizou’s Best Artifact Builds

For your stats, we recommend prioritising Anemo DMG bonus, CRIT DMG, and CRIT Rate on your pieces!

Heizou’s Best Weapons

Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 608
Bonus CRIT Rate 33.1%

Boundless Blessing
->Increased Movement SPD by 10%.
->In battle, gain an 8% Elemental DMG bonus every 4s.
–>Max 4 stacks, lasts until the character falls or leaves combat.
Skyward Atlas
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 674
Bonus ATK 33.1%

Wandering Clouds
->Increased Elemental DMG Bonus by 12%.

-> Normal Attacks have a 50% chance to “earn the favor of the clouds”, which actively seek out nearby opponents for 15s, dealing 160% ATK DMG.

-> Can only occur every 30s.
Sacrificial Fragments
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK: 454
Bonus Elemental Mastery 221

Dealing Elemental Skill DMG to an opponent has an 80% chance to reset the Skill's CD.

The effect can trigger once every 16s.
Mappa Mare
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 5:
Base ATK: 565
Bonus Elemental Mastery 110

Infusion Scroll
Triggering an Elemental Reaction grants a 16% Elemental DMG bonus for 10s. Max 2 stacks.
The Widsith
At Max Level and Refinement Rank 1:
Base ATK: 510
Bonus CRIT DMG 55.1%

Characters gain a random bonus when taking the field for 10s:

ATK is increased by 10%
Elemental DMG is increased by 48%
Elemental Mastery is increased by 240
Heizou’s Best DPS Weapon Builds

Heizou’s Best Teams

  • Taser Heizou is the meta; It utilizes off-field damage dealers like Beidou, Fischl, and Xingqiu

Beidou’s and Xingqius Burst coupled with Fischl’s Skill constantly proc Electrocharged reaction. Constantly stunning your enemies and dealing chaining DMG that jumps across multiple enemies! 

Heizou Taser Team: Beidou, Fischl, Xinggiu

This team comp is recommended for Elemental Mastery builds on your Heizou.

Beidou can be used interchangeably with Yelan, whose Elemental Burst is a wonderful off-field attacker, and paired with Xingqiu, turn out to be quite the deadly combo.

  • This team enables Xiangling to do tonnes of Pyro DMG, using Xingqiu as the Hydro applier and Bennett to buff ATK. Heizou’s passive talent can also be used to increase EM, but mainly you’re going to be using him to swirl Pyro or Hydro
Heizou National Team: Xiangling, Bennett. Xingqiu
  • For personalised teams (that focus on buffing Heizou’s DMG), characters like Bennett and Zhongli are recommended. 
Heizou DPS example team: Jean, Bennett, Zhongli

Zhongli’s shield can reduce an enemy’s Elemental RES, making them weaker.
If you happen to have C4 Jean, she can also greatly increase the DMG output of your Heizou for such teams. A CRIT build on your Heizou is recommended.


Although Heizou has proved to be a pretty solid DPS, he isn’t on par with Xiao, who is the strongest Anemo unit in the game. But still, do not feel discouraged to pull for a character just because they deal less DMG than some other unit. Heizou’s playstyle (and you’ll hear this from anyone who has played the game for some time) is very refreshing in a world where melee attacks or elemental projectiles are the norms. Heizou provides an enjoyable mix of both.

Have you pulled Heizou yet? Did you enjoy using him? Did you find this guide helpful in building Heizou? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

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By Taimoor
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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