Genshin Impact’s Candace is the first hydro polearm wielder in Genshin, and is a four-star with a unique and flexible playstyle, perfect for buffing and applying hydro to enemies in quick-swap teams. Find out more about her role, best build, top weapons, and strongest artifacts in our Genshin Candace build.
If you’re still getting familiar with the new region, check out our Genshin Impact Sumeru guide. We’ve also got a Genshin Impact tier list, and guides to other characters including Genshin Impact’s Tighnari, Genshin Impact’s Collei, and Genshin Impact’s Dehya. Or, if you’re looking for some extra primos to go towards your fund, check out our list of Genshin Impact codes.
Genshin Impact Candace
Genshin Impact’s Candace is a character from the Sumeru region. She’s the Guardian of Aaru Village, and a true descendant of King Deshret.
Not only is she the first hydro user to also have a polearm, but she has an actual, physical shield as part of the elemental skill, which can absorb damage from enemies and turn it back on them. Both of these things come together to make her a very interesting and valuable character.
To get a glimpse of the mighty Candace in action, check out her trailer:
If you want a Candace on your team, she is available on the standard wish banner. It is likely we’ll see her as a boosted character on the event wishes again soon.
Candace is a flexible four-star unit, offering a handy buff capable of inflicting hydro from off-field every time you switch characters thanks to her hydro-infusing burst. As such, she’s suited to playing the role of support in quick-swap teams where you rotate through your characters quickly. Her power is greatly enhanced by her first constellation, and she’s a relatively affordable character to build, though she doesn’t outperform any of her five-star competitors.
When it comes to building Candace for support, we believe her best weapons are Skyward Spine or Staff of Homa as they best complement her kit and provide plenty of HP and energy recharge.
Alternatively, the Favonius Lance or The Catch are good options, or even Black Tassel if you don’t want to go fishing for The Catch’s ascension items (we don’t blame you).
Keep in mind that though Spear of the Scarlet Sands looks great on her aesthetically, it’s unfortunately wasted on her and you’ll get better results even with the above four-star options.
|Weapon||Rarity||Effect||How to obtain|
|Staff of Homa||Five-star||
Bonus stat: Crit damage
Skill: HP increases by 20%, and provides an attack bonus based on the wielder’s max HP. When Candace’s HP is less than 50%, this attack bonus is increased by an additional 1% of her max HP.
Bonus stat: Energy recharge
Skill: Increases crit rate and increases normal attack speed. Additionally, normal and charged attack hits on opponents have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of attack as DMG in a small AoE.
Bonus stat: Energy recharge
Skill: Crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the Character. Can only occur once every 12s.
Bonus stat: Energy recharge
Skill: Increases elemental burst DMG, and elemental burst crit rate.
Bonus stat: HP
Skill: Increases DMG against slimes by 40%
If you don’t have any other characters on your team with a full set equipped, Noblesse Oblige is a great choice for Candace, as it boosts her support capacity and offers a substantial buff to your entire party.
Alternatively, you can use two Emblem of Severed Fate to gain a nice boost to her energy recharge, combined with two Tenacity of the Milelith for the HP bonus. We currently believe that HP% is more valuable to her than a two-piece attack% bonus, but we’ll have to test it out further to decide whether this is fully accurate.
|Artifact||Effect||How to obtain|
Two equipped: Elemental burst damage +20%
Four equipped: After using an elemental burst, all teammates get +20% attack. Lasts 12 seconds. Does not stack.
|Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain, or Noblesse Oblige artifact strongboxes|
|Emblem of Severed Fate||Two equipped: Energy recharge +20%||Momiji-Dyed Court domain|
|Tenacity of the Milelith||Two equipped: +20% HP||Ridge Watch domain|
|Heart of Depth||
Two equipped: Increases hydro damage by 15%
Four equipped: Increase the normal and charged attack damage of the user by 30% after they use their elemental skill. This will last for 15 seconds.
|Peak of Vindagnyr domain|
Artifact stat and sub-stat recommendations
In general, you want to get Candace to at least 180% energy recharge before looking at anything else. Once you’ve achieved that, we recommend prioritising HP%.
- Sands: Energy recharge or HP%
- Goblet: HP%
- Circlet: HP%
- Energy reacharge
- Crit rate/crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)
Here are all of Candace’s skills and talents:
|Gleaming Spear: Guardian Stance (normal)||Perform up to four consecutive spear strikes.|
|Gleaming Spear: Guardian Stance (charged)||Consume a certain amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way.|
|Gleaming Spear: Guardian Stance (plunging)||Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along your path and dealing AoE damage on impact.|
|Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum||Tap: Candace rushes forward with her shield, dealing hydro damage.
Hold: Candace raises her shield to block incoming attacks from nearby opponents, forming a barrier that absorbs damage based on her max HP. Absorbs hydro damage 250% more effectively. After holding for a certain period of time, Candace finishes charging. Upon releasing the skill button, after the skill’s duration expires, or when the barrier is broken, Candace performs a leaping strike that deals hydro damage to opponents in front of her.
|Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide||Deal AoE damage based on Candace’s max HP, granting your party members with the Prayer of the Crimson Crown. Allies affected by Prayer of the Crimson Crown deal increased elemental damage with their normal attacks. Whenever a character takes to the field, they unleash a rippling wave of water that deals hydro damage to nearby opponents. Active sword, claymore and polearm-wielding characters under the effects of the Prayer of the Crimson Crown gain a hydro infusion.|
|To Dawn’s First Light||Decreases climbing stamina consumption for your party members by 20%. Not stackable with passives that provide the same effects.|
|Featherflow Guard||If Candace is hit by an attack in the hold duration of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum, the skill finishes charging instantly.|
|Sand Arch||Characters affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown caused by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide deal 0.5% increased damage to opponents for every 1,000 points of Candace’s max HP when they deal elemental damage with their normal attacks.|
Every time you pull a copy of Candace, you can unlock one of her constellations. Here are the helpful bonuses each constellation offers:
|Returning Heir of the Scarlet Sands||Duration of the Prayer of the Crimson Crown effect triggered by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide increases by three seconds.|
|Moon-Piercing Brilliance||When Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard hits opponents, Candace’s max HP increases by 20% for 15 seconds|
|Hunter’s Supplication||Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15|
|Sentinel Oath||Shortens the hold cooldown of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard to be the same as that of the tapping cooldown.|
|Golden Eye||Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.|
|The Overflow||When characters (excluding Candace) affected by the Prayer of the Crimson Crown deal elemental damage to opponents using normal attacks, unleash the wave attack from Wagtail’s Tide. This effect can trigger once every 2.3 seconds, and triggering this does not consume the base wave instances granted by Prayer of the Crimson Crown.|
Here are all the ascension materials you need to gather to upgrade Candace to level 80. The Henna berries are a local speciality found in Sumeru’s desert, found on the cactus plants. the red satin, silk, and brocade items are drops from the Eremite enemies. Light Guiding Tetrahedrons drop from the Algorithm of Semi-Intransient Matrix of Overseer Network boss.
|20+||20,000||One Varunada Lazurite sliver, three Henna berries, three faded red satin|
|40+||40,000||Three Varunada Lazurite fragments, 15 faded red satin, ten Henna berries, two Light Guiding Tetrahedrons|
|50+||60,000||Six Varunada Lazurite fragments,12 trimmed red silk, 20 Henna berries, four Light Guiding Tetrahedrons|
|60+||80,000||Three Varunada Lazurite chunks,18 trimmed red silk, 30 Henna berries, eight Light Guiding Tetrahedrons|
|70+||100,000||Six Varunada Lazurite chunks, 12 rich red brocades, 45 Henna berries, 12 Light Guiding Tetrahedrons|
|80+||120,000||Six Varunada Lazurite gemstones, 24 rich red brocades, 60 Henna berries, 20 Light Guiding Tetrahedrons|
To get Candace’s talents levelled up and even maxed out, you need another stack of Eremite headband drops, along with the Admonition family of talent books. After level six, Candace’s talents will need Tears of the Calamitous God items, which drop from the Raiden Shogun weekly boss fight.
|Two||12,500||Six faded red satin, teachings of Admonition|
|Three||17,500||Three trimmed red silk, two guides to Admonition|
|Four||25,000||Four trimmed red silk, four guides to Admonition|
|Five||30,000||Six trimmed red silk, six guides to Admonition|
|Six||37,500||Nine trimmed red silk, nine guides to Admonition|
|Seven||120,000||Four rich red brocade, four philosophies of Admonition, one Tears of the Calamitous God|
|Eight||260,000||Six rich red brocade, six philosophies of Admonition, one Tears of the Calamitous God|
|Nine||450,000||Nine rich red brocade, 12 philosophies of Admonition, two Tears of the Calamitous God|
|Ten||700,000||12 rich red brocade, 16 philosophies of Admonition, two Tears of the Calamitous God, Crown of Insight|
That’s all we’ve got on Genshin Impact’s Candace so far, but be sure to check back later for more details. In the meantime, head over to our Tower of Fantasy characters guide to explore another open world.