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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 splash art on a blue background

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. Candace is the beloved guardian of Aaru Village and takes pride in her position. 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.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Candace build?

Best weapon Staff of Homa
Weapon substitutes Favonius Lance, Black Tassel
Best artifact set Noblesse Oblige
Main stats Sands – Energy recharge
Goblet – Hydro damage bonus
Circlet – HP
Sub stats HP, energy recharge, elemental mastery

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, Candace is 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.

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How do I use Genshin Impact’s Candace?

Candace is incredibly helpful as her ultimate provides a hydro infusion, which means you can easily freeze enemies with a cryo character as well. Candace can also protect you in a pinch with her skill, as she defends against attacks, and then unleashes that power to blast opponents away.

What are the best 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: Increases 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)
Favonius Lance (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases energy recharge
Skill: Crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small number of elemental particles, which will regenerate six energy for Candace. This can only occur once every 12 seconds
All banners
The Catch (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases 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
Rightful Reward (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases max HP
When Candace is healed, she restores eight energy. This can trigger every ten seconds, even when she is not on the field

What are the best 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 a 20% attackboost. This lasts 12 seconds, but 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 Millelith 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
Vourukasha’s Glow Two equipped: Increases HP
Four equipped: 
Elemental skill and elemental burst damage increase by 10%. After Candace takes damage, the damage bonus is increased by 80% for five seconds. This effect increase can have five stacks. These effects can be triggered even when Candace is not on the field
Molten Iron Fortress domain
Nymph’s Dream Two equipped: Increases hydro damage
Four equipped: After normal, charged, and plunging attacks, elemental skills, and bursts hit an opponent, Candace gains a stack of Mirrored Nymph for eight seconds. These stacks increase attack by up to 25%, along with hydro damage increasing by up to 15%
Molten Iron Fortress 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 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 Nahida Nilou Flexible dendro user
Candace Cyno Yelan Kazuha

What are 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: Candace performs up to four consecutive spear hits in a row
Charged: Consume a certain amount of Candace’s stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents directly in front
Plunging: Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents in a small AoE on impact
Elemental skill: Sacred Rite: Heron’s Sanctum Press: Candace rushes forward with her shield, dealing hydro damage to enemies she hits
Hold: Candace raises her shield to block incoming attacks from nearby opponents, absorbing damage based on her max HP. She also absorbs hydro damage 250% more effectively. After holding for a certain period of time, Candace finishes charging. When releasing the skill button, she performs a quick strike that deals hydro damage to opponents in front of her, which also knocks them back
Elemental burst: Sacred Rite: Wagtail’s Tide Activating Candace’s ultimate deals an instance of AoE hydro damage based on her maximum HP. It also grants your party members the Prayer of the Crimson Crown state. In this state, allies 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 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

Genshin impact Candace's birthday artwork showing her at night holding a cup of tea


What are 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

What are 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

Talent priorities:

  • Elemental burst > elemental skill > normal attack

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.