Genshin Impact’s Chongyun is an exorcist who was born with an overabundance of ‘yang’, meaning positive energy. This fact works for and against him. Although he is a proficient exorcist, Chongyun has never seen a spirit, as they flee from his pure yang spirit.
With help from our Genshin Impact Chongyun guide, you’ll soon master this four-star, claymore-wielding cryo exorcist. We recommend using Chongyun as a sub DPS character, so we’ve filled our guide with appropriate weapons and artifacts for you to use in this role. We’ll even give you a rundown on each of his skills so you can know how best to use him.
We’ve also got handy guides for other popular characters: take a look at our Genshin Impact Eula and Genshin Impact Yanfei guides if you need some help. And if you’re currently a bit low on mora, take a look at our Genshin Impact codes list to help line your pockets with some extra currency.
The best Genshin Impact Chongyun build
Chongyun is best suited for a sub DPS role, and his normal attacks can be converted into cryo damage. We recommend using him in a party with Genshin Impact’s Diluc to help trigger melt, or Genshin Impact’s Razor for superconduct.
Which weapon should you use?
Our preferred claymore for Chongyun is the Skyward Pride, but as it’s a five-star weapon, it can be hard to acquire. If you’re looking for something in the meantime, we recommend forging the Prototype Archaic via the blacksmith.
|Skyward Pride||Damage is increased by 8%. On hit, elemental bursts, normal, or charged attacks create a vacuum blade that deals 80% of attack as damage to enemies in its path. This effect lasts for 20 seconds or eight vacuum blades|
|Prototype Archaic||On hit, normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240% attack damage to enemies with a small AoE. This can only occur once every 15 seconds|
Which artifact set should you use?
Both artifact sets we’ve chosen can help maximise Chongyun’s DPS. Feel free to equip two from each set, or all four if you can get your hands on them.
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Elemental bursts increase all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. Cannot stack
|Blizzard Strayer||Two equipped: 15% cryo damage bonus
Four equipped: Crit rate is increased by 20% when attacking an enemy affected by cryo. If the enemy is frozen, crit rate is increased by an additional 20%
What are Chongyun’s skills?
|Demonbane (press)||Performs up to four strikes|
|Demonbane (hold)||Consumes stamina to deal AoE damage to nearby enemies, ending with a powerful slash|
|Demonbane (plunging)||Deals AoE damage upon impact with the ground|
|Spirit Blade: Chonghua’s Layered Frost||Deals AoE cryo damage, and leaves behind a Frost Field that converts all normal and charged attacks for sword, claymore, and polearm wielders to cryo damage|
|Spirit Blade: Cloud-parting Star||Summons three spirit blades that explode on impact with the ground, dealing AoE cryo damage and launching enemies|
|Steady Breathing (unlocked at ascension one)||The Frost Field created by Chonghua’s Layered Frost also increases sword, claymore, or polearm-wielding characters’ normal attack speed by 8%|
|Rimechaser Blade (unlocked at ascension four)||When the Frost Field expires, a spirit is summoned who strikes nearby enemies with AoE cryo damage, reducing their cryo resistance by 10% for eight seconds|
|Gallant Journey (unlocked automatically)||Liyue expeditions take 25% less time|
What are Chongyun’s constellations?
Leveling up constellations improves your character’s performance in battle. Here’s every bonus you’ll receive.
|Ice Unleashed||The last attack performed in a normal attack combo releases three ice blades, each dealing 50% of Chongyun’s attack as cryo damage|
|Atmospheric Revolution||Elemental skills and elemental bursts used within the Frost Field have their cooldown time decreased by 15%|
|Cloudburst||Increases the level of Spirit Blade: Cloud-parting Star by three|
|Frozen Skies||Chongyun regenerates one energy every time he hits an enemy with the cold or frozen status effect. Can only occur once every two seconds|
|The True Path||Increases the level of Spirit Blade: Chongyun’s Layered Frost by three|
|Rally of Four Blades||Spirit Blade: Cloud-parting Star deals 15% more damage to enemies with a lower percentage of max HP than Chongyun. Also summons an additional spirit blade|
What does it cost to ascend Chongyun?
Make sure you keep hold of all your Cor Lapis, as you’re going to need a lot to ascend Chongyun!
|20||20,000||One Shivada Jade Sliver, three Cor Lapis, three Damaged Masks|
|40||40,000||Three Shivada Jade Fragment, two Hoarfrost Core, ten Cor Lapis, 15 Damaged Masks|
|50||60,000||Six Shivada Jade Fragment, four Hoarfrost Core, 20 Cor Lapis, 12 Stained Masks|
|60||80,000||Three Shivada Jade Chunk, eight Hoarfrost Core, 30 Cor Lapis, 18 Stained Masks|
|70||100,000||Six Shivada Jade Chunk, 12 Hoarfrost Core, 45 Cor Lapis, 12 Ominous Masks|
|80||120,000||Six Shivada Jade Gemstone, 20 Hoarfrost Core, 60 Cor Lapis, 24 Ominous Masks|
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