Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (2024)

Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (1)

Ganyu is a 5-star Cryo DPS carry who specializes incharged attacks and has a devastating on-field Elemental Burst ability.Ganyu is built for maximizing her damage output with little regard toany defensive stats.

Last updated on Feb 01, 2024 at 00:25by Tectonix





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Strengths and Weaknesses

Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (2)Strengths

  • Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (3)F2P options are great
  • Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (4)Simple Playstyle
  • Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (5)Safe with Ranged Gameplay
  • Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (6)Extremely High DPS

Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (7)Weaknesses

  • Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (8)Must use charged shots
  • Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (9)Teammates require heavy investment
  • Ganyu Guide and Best Builds (10)High energy costs


Ganyu Main DPS

Ganyu slays the majority of main story content and strolls throughAbyss with little concern when built correctly. She is all aboutCryo damage and crushing Frozen enemies withcharged shots from her bow. One of the best on-field DSPers in thegame for both single target and AoE damage, she is also an extremelyversatile team builder, as she can excel in many different setups.

BiS Weapon The First Great Magic
Alternate Weapons
  1. Amos' Bow
  2. Aqua Simulacra
  3. Polar Star
  4. Prototype Crescent
  5. Blackcliff Warbow
Best Artifacts
  • 4-piece Options
    1. Wanderer's Troupe
    2. Shimenawa's Reminiscence
  • 2-piece Options:
    • Shimenawa's Reminiscence — ATK +18%
    • Marechaussee Hunter — Charged Attacks DMG +15%
    • Blizzard Strayer — Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
Main Stats
  • Sand Stats: ATK %
  • Goblet Stats: Cryo DMG %
  • Circlet Stats: CRIT DMG %
Substat Priority
  2. CRIT Rate
  3. ATK %
  4. ATK
Talent Priority
  1. Elemental Burst
  2. Normal Attack
  3. Elemental Skill

Ganyu's 5-star first weapon, The First Great Magic, was chosen tofocus on buffing her charged attacks as well as using the skill of the bow fora 'Gimmick' stack. These stacks come from team members who are the same elementas her; this means having 2 Cryo team members is ideal. Thisalso activates a Cryo Resonance for moreCRIT Rate, benefiting her damage further. However, if youchoose not to use the same elemental team members, you still gain a buff formovement speed which helps Ganyu stay our of danger and at range throughout afight. Our alternative 5-star bow picks are also focused around Ganyu's ChargedAttacks, elemental damage or attack power. For the 4-star weapon picks, wefollow the same pattern focusing on what will best amplify Ganyu's damagecapabilities the best.

Ganyu's Artifacts will push for pure damage sub-stats on almost every piece,but you must first meet her Energy Recharge threshold of around130%-150%. Once you have attained that requirement, the rest of her sub statswill be chosen to amplify her DPS, starting with her CRIT DMGand CRIT Rate stats. Every defensive stat becomes null for her,as once she scales her DPS high enough, she kills so fast that keeping heralive is relatively simple. As for her Artifacts sets, Shimenawa's Reminiscence is arguably the best choice in allsituations due to the massive increase in her Charged Attack bonus.


Combos and How to Play Ganyu

Ganyu is devastating on the battlefield, commanding her Elemental Abilitiesto not just encase everyone in ice, but her charged attacks with her bow arealso incredibly powerful. Whether Ganyu is attached to aFreeze team, a Melt team or some kindof Mono-DPS team with buffers, she tends to follow the samepattern; primarily focusing on her Burst ability and using her Charged Attacksduring its recharge phase. Ganyu's Elemental Skill, Trail of the Qilin, is mainly used for energy generation and ataunt to keep her free to fire charged attacks at her enemies.

Overall, no matter what team Ganyu is a part of, she will always keep herElemental Burst, Celestial Shower, to trigger huge AoEElemental Reactions off her teammates abilities, then hammerthe enemies with some charge shots before rotating back through her team'srotation. Ganyu's Elemental Burst is a snapshot of her stats on cast, so youwant to activate as many buffs as you can before triggering the skill. Anotherimportant thing to note about this skill, is that your buffed damage that istaken at the start of the skill cast will be carried throughout the skillsduration regardless of if the buffs fall off of Ganyu or other characters.


Ganyu's Best Team Comps

As we have previously mentioned, Ganyu will be an on-field DSPer with teamcompositions built around her damage capabilities.


Ganyu Double Cryo Team

Sub DPSMain DPSSupport/HealerSupport/Buffer
Ganyu Kamisato Ayaka Sangonomiya Kokomi Kaedehara Kazuha

This team takes advantage of the Double Cryo Resonancebonus for more CRIT Rate against Frozen or Cryo affected enemies. This enhancesboth Ganyu and Kamisato Ayaka's abilities tomaximize our damage while we use Sangonomiya Kokomi as ourHydro applicator, leaving the enemies Frozen for the majority ofthe fight. On top of Kokomi's capability to heal her team, she can be alternativelyequipped with Tenacity of the Millelith as an option to increasethe team's ATK even higher. Kaedehara Kazuha helps to round outthe team with a Cryo RES Shred, reducing the enemies ElementalResistances, as well as applying a decent amount of Crowd Control to thebattlefield. This team has fantastic synergy between its members and can beutilized for the majority of Genshin's content.


4-star Double Cryo Team

Main DPSSub DPSSub DPSShielder - Cryo
Ganyu Xingqiu Fischl Diona

This 4-star focused Double Cryo team uses a great mix ofElemental Reactions, shielding and some limited healing.Xingqiu and Fischl's off-field abilitiesreally shine here, offering Ganyu some excellent synergy with each of theirelements. This allows us the ability to Freeze orSuperconduct enemies on the battlefield with Ganyu'sElemental Burst, Celestial Shower. Overall, this is a verysimple playstyle; keep Fischl's Oz out on the field and use Xingqui/Ganyucombos to Freeze enemies. All the while, Diona can place ashield on the team. This is a great F2P build if you were lucky enough to getGanyu on the gacha pull.


Ganyu Perma-Freeze Team

Main DPS - CryoHydroSupportShielder - Cryo
Ganyu Mona
  • Venti
  • Kaedehara Kazuha

This Perma-Freeze team can keep enemies frozen in icewith good rotational play as well as dish out some solid damage. Monais our source of Hydro on the battlefield, and when assisted byVenti or Kaedehara Kazuha's abilities, you canapply the Hydro quite effectively. Mona's Elemental Burst can also provide a solidDMG increase to the skill that breaks the Illusionary Bubble it creates, so besure to follow it up with Ganyu's Elemental Burst, Celestial Shower, to maximize your damage.Venti or Kazuha are not only key to helping apply our Hydro element, but canhelp to group enemies together. They can also provide some Elemental RESShred if equipped with the Viridescent Venerer set. Lastly, we haveDiona included in this team for shielding and healing, but wealso use her as as additional application of Cryo to keep enemies frozenfor as long as possible.


Ganyu Melt Team

Main DPSSub DPSBufferShielder
Ganyu Kaedehara Kazuha Bennett Zhongli

This Melt team is energy hungry. You will need to stackEnergy Rechargeon both Kazuha and Bennett to assist with the overall energy consumptionof this build, but once it is working its damage is incredible. First, westart off with shields from our high HP build Zhongli. Then, follow thesimple rotation below.

  • Ganyu's Elemental Skill Trail of the Qilin
  • Kazuha's Elemental Skill Chihayaburu
  • Bennett's Elemental Burst Fantastic Voyage
  • Kazuha's Elemental Burst Kazuha Slash
  • Ganyu's Elemental Burst Celestial Shower

Now hammer everything with Ganyu's Charged Attack from her bow. Thisbasic pattern can be reset at any point by going back to Zhongli and using hisElemental Burst for a meteor if you make a mistake.


Ganyu's Ascensions, Talents, and Constellations

Ganyu AscensionsGanyu TalentsGanyu Constellations


Ganyu Ascension Passives and Materials

UnlockAscension PassiveExplanation
With Character Preserved for the HuntRefunds 15% of the ore used when crafting Bow-type weapons.
1st Ascension Undivided HeartAfter firing a Frostflake Arrow (charged shot Level 2), the CRIT Rateof subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects isincreased by 20% for 5s.
4th Ascension Harmony between Heaven and Earth Celestial Shower grants a 20% CryoDMG Bonus to active members in the AoE.

Ganyu requires a range of materials to ascend to the 6th ascension.Starting from the second ascension, she gains additional CRIT DMG asher bonus stat, giving a total of 38.4% additional CRIT DMG at the final ascension.The total cost to upgrade all ascensions is:

Mora420,000 Mora
Boss Material46x Hoarfrost Core
Ascension Material
  • 1x Shivada Jade Sliver
  • 9x Shivada Jade Fragment
  • 9x Shivada Jade Chunk
  • 6x Shivada Jade Gemstone
Local Specialty168x Qingxin
Enhancement Material
  • 18x Whopperflower Nectar
  • 30x Shimmering Nectar
  • 36x Energy Nectar


Ganyu's Talents

Listed below is each talent and a brief explanation of how they work.

TypeTalent NameBrief Explanation
Normal Normal Attack: Liutian ArcheryPerforms up to 6 consecutive attacks with a bow. Charged attacks hitfor Cryo DMG and have two levels of charge with different effects. Level 1is a basic Cryo DMG shot, while Level 2 produces a Frostflake Arrow thatdeals AoE Cryo DMG. Ganyu's plunging attack deals AoE DMG upon impact withthe ground.
Elemental Skill Trail of the QilinGanyu dashes backwards and deals AoE Cryo DMG that leaves behind an IceLotus. This Ice Lotus can taunt opponents for a set duration based onGanyu's Max HP, once the Ice Lotus is destroyed or its duration is over theLotus will explode for another round of AoE DMG Cryo .
Elemental Burst Celestial ShowerSummons a Sacred Cryo Pearl that rains down shards of ice, strikingopponents for high amounts of Cryo DMG in a large AoE ring.

To upgrade a single talent to level 10, it costs:

Mora1,625,500 Mora
Special Material1x Crown of Insight
Boss Material6x Shadow of the Warrior
Domain Material
  • 3x Teachings of Diligence
  • 21x Guide to Diligence
  • 38x Philosophies of Diligence
Enhancement Material
  • 6x Whopperflower Nectar
  • 22x Shimmering Nectar
  • 31x Energy Nectar


Ganyu's Constellations

Ganyu functions at C0, however, many players aim for her C6 as her damagedramatically increases with each one of her constellations.

C1 Dew-Drinker
  • Taking DMG from a Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow or FrostflakeArrow Bloom decreases opponents' Cryo RES by 15% for6s.
  • A hit regenerates two Energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occuronce per Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow, regardless if FrostflakeArrow itself or its Bloom hit the target.
C2 The Auspicious Trail of the Qilin gains 1 additional charge.
C3 Cloud-Strider
  • Increases the Level of Celestial Shower by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 Westward Sojourn
  • Opponents standing within the AoE of Celestial Shower takeincreased DMG. This effect strengthens over time.
  • Increased DMG taken begins at 5% and increases by 5% every 3s, upto a maximum of 25%.
  • The effect lingers for 3s after the opponent leaves the AoE.
C5 The Merciful
  • Increases the Level of Trail of the Qilin by 3.
  • Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 The ClementUsing Trail of the Qilin causes the next FrostflakeArrow shot within 30s to not require charging.



  • 29 Nov. 2023: Guide added.

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