Genshin Impact Candace build

Genshin Impact's Candace is making a splash in the exciting new region of Sumeru. Let's get to know this warrior princess, her skills, best weapon, and more.

Genshin Impact Candace's official birthday art with her against a starry sky

Not only is Genshin Impact’s Candace the first hydro polearm wielder in the game, but is currently the only user of a physical shield item. Her creative design makes her a very interesting character to play. Candace is the beloved guardian of Aaru Village and takes pride in her position. When she’s not guarding her people, she can be found shopping with Genshin Impact’s Dehya for new jewellery. She’s a four-star unit 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. We’ve got a Genshin Impact tier list, Genshin Impact events guide, and Genshin Impact banner guide for all the upcoming characters. Or, if you’re looking for some extra primos to go towards your fund, check out our list of Genshin Impact codes.

Our Genshin Impact Candace build will make her the strongest guardian out there, so let’s get into it.

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What’s the best Genshin Impact Candace build?

Candace is a very flexible four-star unit, offering a handy skill capable of inflicting damage from off-field as it imbues the active character with hydro. 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.

What are the best Genshin Impact Candace weapons?

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 these four-star options.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Staff of Homa (five-star) Bonus effect: Crit damage
Skill: Increases HP by 20%, and provides an attack bonus based on Candace’s max HP. Increases her max HP by an additional 1% when her HP is less than 50%, this attack bonus is increased by an additional 1% of her max HP.
Weapon banner (alongside Hu Tao)
Skyward Spine (five-star) Bonus effect: Energy recharge
Skill: Increases Candace’s 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 damage in a small AoE.
Standard banner
Favonius Lance (four-star) Bonus effect: Energy recharge
Skill: Crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of elemental particles, which will regenerate six energy for Candace. Can only occur once every 12 seconds.
All banners
The Catch (four-star) Bonus effect: Energy recharge
Skill: Increases elemental burst damage and elemental burst crit rate.
Fishing Association
Black Tassel (three-star) Bonus effect: Increases max HP
Skill: Increases damage against slimes by 40%.
All banners

What are the best Genshin Impact Candace artifacts?

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 set Effect How to obtain
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: Increases elemental burst damage
Four equipped: After using an elemental burst, all teammates get 20% attack. Lasts 12 seconds. Does not stack.
Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain
Emblem of Severed Fate Two equipped: Increases energy recharge
Four equipped: Increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus damage can be obtained in this way.
Momiji-Dyed Court domain
Tenacity of the Milelith Two equipped: Increases max HP
Four equipped: Increases attack of all nearby party members by 20% and shield strength by 30% for three seconds when an elemental skill hits an opponent. You can trigger this effect once every 0.5 seconds, even when Candace is not on the field.
Ridge Watch domain
Heart of Depth Two equipped: Increases hydro damage
Four equipped: Increases the normal and charged attack damage of the user by 30% after they use their elemental skill. Lasts for 15 seconds.
Peak of Vindagnyr domain

Artifact 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 prioritizing HP stats.

Main stats:

  • Sands: Energy recharge or HP%
  • Goblet: HP%
  • Circlet: HP%


  • Energy recharge
  • HP%
  • Crit rate/crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)

Genshin Impact Candace holding her signature weapon

What are Genshin Impact Candace’s abilities?

Here are all of Candace’s wonderful skills and talents, including her very helpful burst:

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Gleaming Spear: Guardian Stance Normal: Perform up to four consecutive spear strikes
Charged: Consume a certain amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way
Plunging: Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along your path and dealing AoE damage on impact
Elemental skill: Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum Press: 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
Elemental burst: 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

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
To Dawn’s First Light (unlocked at ascension one) Decreases climbing stamina consumption for your party members by 20%. Not stackable with passives that provide the same effects
Featherflow Guard (unlocked at ascension four) If Candace is hit by an attack in the hold duration of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum, the skill finishes charging instantly
Sand Arch (unlocked automatically) 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

What are Genshin Impact Candace’s constellations?

Every time you pull a copy of Candace, you can unlock one of her constellations. Here are the helpful bonuses each constellation offers:

Constellation Effect
C1: Returning Heir of the Scarlet Sands Increases the duration of the Prayer of the Crimson Crown effect triggered by Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide by three seconds
C2: Moon-Piercing Brilliance Increases Candace’s max HP by 20% for 15 seconds when Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard hits opponents
C3: Hunter’s Supplication Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15
C4: Sentinel Oath Shortens the hold cooldown of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard to be the same as that of the tapping cooldown
C5: Golden Eye Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Heron’s Guard by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15
C6: 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

What are Genshin Impact Candace’s ascension materials?

Here are all the ascension materials you need to gather to upgrade Candace to level 80. The henna berries are a local specialty found in Sumeru’s desert on the cactus plants. 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.

Required level Mora Materials
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

Genshin Impact Candace holding up her shield in a battle-ready position

What are Genshin Impact Candace’s talent materials?

To get Candace’s talents leveled 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.

Talent level Mora Materials
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

What are the best Genshin Impact Candace team comps?

Due to Candace’s fantastic hydro-infusing burst, she can slot into many different teams to allow for reactions like hyperbloom, bloom, and burgeon. She can also be a main DPS with her shield bash, though this takes a more specific team.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Candace Zhongli Yelan Xingqiu
Candace Ayato Xiangling Bennett
Candace Kuki Shinobu Nahida Nilou
Candace Ayato Dendro Traveler Thoma

And that’s all we’ve got on Genshin Impact’s Candace. Head over to our Honkai Star Rail characters guide to explore another open world and peep the Honkai Star Rail codes, too.