With help from our Genshin Impact Chongyun guide, you’ll soon master this four-star, claymore-wielding cryo exorcist. Featuring his skills, ascension materials, constellations, best artifacts, best weapons, and more, this Genshin Chongyun build is sure to help you make the most of his unique and powerful kit.
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Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Chongyun.
|Best weapon||Skyward Pride|
|Alternative weapons||Sacrificial Greatsword|
|Best artifact set||Noblesse Oblige|
|Alternative artifact set||Blizzard Strayer and any attack% set|
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 pyro characters to help trigger melt or electro characters for superconduct.
With the right artifacts and weapons equipped, Chongyun’s energy recharge potential is huge, meaning you can have his skill and burst active almost all the time.
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 aiming for the Sacrificial Greatsword to maximize his skill uptime even more.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Skyward Pride||Bonus stat: energy recharge
Skill: Increases all damage by 8%. When Chongyun hits an enemy with an elemental burst, normal, or charged attack, he summons a vacuum blade that deals 80% of attack as damage to enemies along its path. This effect lasts for 20 seconds or eight vacuum blades
|Sacrificial Greatsword||Bonus stat: energy recharge
Skill: After you deal damage to an opponent with an elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. Can only occur once every 30 seconds
|Luxurious Sea Lord||Bonus stat: attack
Skill: Increases elemental burst damage by 12%. When Chongyun’s elemental burst hits opponents, there is a 100% chance of summoning a huge onrush of tuna that deals 100% of Chongyun’s attack as AoE damage. This effect can occur once every 15 seconds
|Moonlight Merriment event|
|Debate Club||Bonus stat: attack
Skill: After using Chongyun’s elemental skill, normal attack, or charged attack, generate a small AoE around the enemy that makes Chongyun’s attacks deal 60% additional damage. Effect lasts 15 seconds. Damage can only occur once every three seconds
Both artifact sets we’ve chosen can help maximize Chongyun’s DPS. Feel free to equip two from each set, or all four if you can get your hands on them. Although beware, only use a four-piece set of Noblesse Oblige for Chongyun if no other character has the set equipped, as the effect doesn’t stack.
You can use a two-piece set of Blizzard Strayer with practically any artifact set that gives an attack% bonus if you’re looking for a cheaper way to build Chongyun.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: elemental burst damage +20%
Four equipped: increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds after using an elemental burst. This effect cannot stack
|Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Mt. Aozang, or from the Noblesse Oblige Artifact Strongbox|
|Blizzard Strayer||Two equipped: cryo damage +15%
Four equipped: increases Chongyun’s crit rate by 20% when he attacks an enemy affected by cryo. His crit rate increases by an additional 20% if the enemy is frozen
|Peak of Vindagnyr domain on Dragonspine, in Mondstadt|
|Brave Heart||Two equipped: attack +18%
Four equipped: increases damage by 30% against enemies with more than 50% HP
|Various domains, bosses, and chests|
|Resolution of the Sojourner||Two equipped: attack +18%
Four equipped: increases charged attack crit rate by 30%
|Various domains, bosses, and chests|
Artifact stat recommendations
- Sands – attack%
- Goblet – cryo damage bonus
- Circlet – crit rate or crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio)
- Crit rate/crit damage
- Energy recharge
Chongyun’s role as a sub-DPS relies on his high cryo damage output potential and his AoE effects. Use his skill with hydro characters to freeze opponents and hit them for huge cryo damage with your normal attacks.
|Normal attack: Demonbane||Normal: Performs up to four strikes
Charged: Consumes stamina to deal AoE damage to nearby enemies, ending with a powerful slash
Plunging: Deals AoE damage upon impact with the ground
|Elemental skill: 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|
|Elemental burst: 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||The Frost Field created by Chonghun’s Layered Frost also increases sword, claymore, or polearm-wielding characters’ normal attack speed by 8%|
|Rimechaser Blade||When the Frost Field expires, it summons a spirit blade that strikes nearby enemies with AoE cryo damage, reducing their cryo resistance by 10% for eight seconds|
|Gallant Journey||Liyue expeditions take 25% less time|
Leveling up constellations improves your character’s performance in battle, but you need to pull more than one copy of the character to unlock them. Here are all of Chongyun’s constellations.
|C1: 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|
|C2: Atmospheric Revolution||Elemental skills and elemental bursts used within the Frost Field have their cooldown time decreased by 15%|
|C3: Cloudburst||Increases the level of Spirit Blade: Cloud-parting Star by three|
|C4: 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|
|C5: The True Path||Increases the level of Spirit Blade: Chongyun’s Layered Frost by three|
|C6: 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|
Make sure you keep hold of all your cor lapis, as you’re going to need a lot to ascend Chongyun! You can find pieces near Mt. Hulao and Cuijue Slope in Liyue.
|20||20,000||One shivada jade sliver, three cor lapis, three damaged mask|
|40||40,000||Three shivada jade fragment, two hoarfrost core, ten cor lapis, 15 damaged mask|
|50||60,000||Six shivada jade fragment, four hoarfrost core, 20 cor lapis, 12 stained mask|
|60||80,000||Three shivada jade chunk, eight hoarfrost core, 30 cor lapis, 18 stained mask|
|70||100,000||Six shivada jade chunk, 12 hoarfrost core, 45 cor lapis, 12 ominous mask|
|80||120,000||Six shivada jade gemstone, 20 hoarfrost core, 60 cor lapis, 24 ominous mask|
Here are all the talent level-up materials you need to ascend one of Chongyun’s talents to level ten. We’d recommend plotting a farming map to take down hilichurls for their masks.
|Two||12,500||Six damaged mask, three teachings of diligence|
|Three||17,500||Three stained mask, two guide to diligence|
|Four||25,000||Four stained mask, four guide to diligence|
|Five||30,000||Six stained mask, six guide to diligence|
|Six||37,500||Nine stained mask, nine guide to diligence|
|Seven||120,000||Four ominous mask, four philosophies of diligence, one Dvalin’s sigh|
|Eight||260,000||Six ominous mask, six philosophies of diligence, one Dvalin’s sigh|
|Nine||450,000||Nine ominous mask, 12 philosophies of diligence, two Dvalin’s sigh|
|Ten||700,000||12 ominous mask, 16 philosophies of diligence, two Dvalin’s sigh, one crown of insight|
Melt and freeze teams are where Chongyun really shines so we recommend pairing him with either another cryo character for increased cryo resonance, or a team with two pyro units for pyro resonance. These teams can both use his best friend Genshin Impact Xingqiu too!
Here’s an example of a strong Chongyun team comp:
That’s everything for Genshin Impact Chongyun. If you fancy giving a different Hoyoverse title a go, check out our Honkai Star Rail tier list and Honkai Star Rail codes. We also have build guides like this one for Honkai Star Rail’s Trailblazer, Honkai Star Rail’s Dan Heng, and Honkai Star Rail’s Hanya.