Genshin Impact Cyno build

The long-awaited General Mahamantra is finally here to help us navigate the Sumeru desert. Learn about Genshin Cyno's skills, weapons, release date, and more

Genshin Impact Cyno calling on the power of the wolf

Genshin Impact’s Cyno has appeared previously in the official manga, as well as a preview that came out way back in 2020, near the game’s release. Well, the white-haired General Mahamantra is finally here, so let’s dive into the best Genshin Cyno build, including his skills, artifacts, weapons, and more.

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Genshin Impact Cyno

Who is Genshin’s Cyno?

Cyno is a character that first appeared in chapter 12 of the official Genshin Impact manga, as well as the Teyvat chapter storyline preview. Also know as General Mahamantra, he’s in charge of supervising the researchers of Sumeru Akademiya, and is said to be extremely efficient when he gets down to work.

However, those who get close to him might just see his goofy side – like poor Genshin Impact’s Tighnari, who unsuspectingly struck up a friendship with the dutiful general, and has never been able to escape his bad jokes and lame puns since.

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What’s the best Genshin Cyno build?

Genshin’s Cyno is an on-field DPS with an unusually long rotation. He’s capable of dealing some very high damage, but his long burst time often outlives the elemental application, shield time, and buffs of many supports. This makes his team comps pretty rigid, as he relies on a particular type of support.

In general, we find he sees most success in aggravate team comps alongside Genshin’s Traveler with dendro alignment. While Nahida may appear to be a good option, she requires on-field time to reapply dendro every time new ads spawn, whereas Traveler’s burst continuously applies dendro even when they’re off field.

Aside from that, Cyno benefits from a strong shielder who can protect him from interrupts and reduce his need for healing during his long burst.

Cyno’s burst is quite similar to Genshin Impact’s Razor’s, but with an added caveat. To deal the most damage you need to look out for the eye prompt, then hit his skill. This can take a little time to get used to, but becomes second nature with a bit of practice.

Overall, Cyno is a very interesting character. He’s far from overpowered, but with enough investment into him and his team, he’s capable of some great DPS.

What is the best Genshin Cyno weapon?

When it comes to the best Genshin Cyno weapon, we’re still crunching numbers and testing builds. Naturally, his signature weapon Staff of Scarlet Sands is ultimately the best in show, but it’s hard to say what alternates are best aside from that.

Currently, the general consensus is that the highly contested Jade Winged Spear and Staff of Homa are also great choices, with Blackcliff Pole and Deathmatch each pulling good damage for four-star options. The jury’s still out on Skyward Spine, but it does offer some great energy recharge that allows for more crit and attack focused artifacts, and Cyno can comfortably make use of its passive. 

Surprisingly, White Tassel at refinement five is generally a pretty great choice for Cyno, too. For the more meta-focused of you, check out this super handy Cyno spreadsheet made by Reddit user u/D31ix, which breaks down some of the numbers and benefits of different weapons. If you want to interact with the spreadsheet yourself, please be sure to make a copy.

Cyno weapon Description How to obtain
Staff of Scarlet Sands Base stat: crit rate
Skill: provides Cyno with 52% of his elemental mastery as bonus attack. When an elemental skill hits opponents, the Dream of the Scarlet Sands effect activates for ten seconds. During this time, Cyno gains 28% of his elemental mastery as bonus attack. Max three stacks
Gacha
Primordial Jade Winged-Spear Base stat: crit rate
Skill: on hit, increases attack by 3.2% for six seconds. Max seven stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, Cyno’s damage dealt increases by 12%
Gacha
Staff of Homa Base stat: crit damage
Skill: HP increases by 20%. Also provides an attack bonus based on 0.8% of Cyno’s max HP. When Cyno’s HP is less than 50%, this attack bonus increases by an additional 1% of max HP
Gacha
Blackcliff Pole Base stat: crit damage
Skill: after defeating an opponent, Cyno’s attack increases by 12% for 30 seconds. This effect has a maximum of three stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of others
Paimon’s Bargains
Deathmatch Base stat: crit rate
Skill: if there are at least two opponents nearby, attack increases by 16% and defence increases by 16%. If there are fewer than two oppnents nearby, attack increases by 24%
Battle Pass reward
Skyward Spine Base stat: energy recharge%
Skill: increases crit rate by 8% and normal attack speed by 12%. Normal and charged attack hits have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of attack as damage in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every two seconds
Gacha
White Tassel Base stat: crit rate
Skill: increases normal attack damage by 24%
Chests

Genshin Impact Cyno crouching in the sand

What are the best Genshin Cyno artifacts?

The best Cyno artifacts depend on how you want to use him and what type of team you intend to put him in. Generally, Gilded Dreams is the best all-round option, though Thundering Fury is the best choice if you’re going for a more elemental reaction heavy build.

Artifacts Effect How to obtain
Gilded Dreams Two equipped: elemental mastery +80
Four equipped: within eight seconds of triggering an elemental reaction, Tighnari obtains buffs based on the elemental type of his other party members. Attack increases by 14% for each member whose elemental type is the same as his, and his elemental mastery increases by 50 for every different elemental type. Each of the buffs count up to three characters. This effect can trigger once every eight seconds, even when Tighnari isn’t on the field
Spire of Solitary Enlightenment domain, near Gandha Hill in Sumeru
Thundering Fury Two equipped: electro damage +15%
Four equipped:
increases damage caused by overloaded, electro-charged, and superconduct by 40%. Triggering such effects decreases your elemental skill cooldown by one second. Can only occur once every 0.8 seconds
Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff

What are Genshin Cyno’s skills?

The 3.1 livestream gave us our first official glimpse at Cyno’s skills, revealing him to be a powerful electro DPS. Here’s a closer look at all of his attacks.

Cyno normal attacks

Attack Effect
Invoker’s Spear (normal) Perform up to four consecutive spear strikes
Invoker’s Spear (charged) Consume a set amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way
Invoker’s Spear (plunging) Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact

Cyno skill

Attack Effect
Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer Perform a swift thrust, dealing electro damage to opponents along the path. When Cyno is under the Pactsworn Pathclearer effect triggered by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, he instead unleashes a Mortuary Rite that deals thenderous AoR electro damage and extends the duration of Pactsworn Pathclearer.

Cyno burst

Attack Effect
Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness Cyno calls upon a divine spirit to possess him, morphing into the Pactsworn Pathclearer.
Pactsworn Pathclearer: Cyno’s normal, charged, and plunging attacks are converted to electro damage that cannot be overridden. Also increases his elemental mastery and resistance to interruption, and gives him immunity to electro charged damage.
This effect is cancelled if Cyno leaves the field, and lasts for a maximum of 18 seconds.

Cyno passives

Skill Effect
The Gift of Silence Cyno gains 25% more rewards when you dispatch him on a Sumeru expedition for 20 hours
Featherfall Judgement When Cyno is in the Pactsworn Pathfinder state activated by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, he enters the Endseer stance at intervals. If he activates Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer while while affected by this stance, he activates the Judication effect, increasing the damage of this Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer by 35%, and firing off three Duststalker Bolts that deal 50% of Cyno’s attack as electro damage. Dustalker Bolt damage is considered elemental skill damage.
Authority Over the Nine Bows Increases Pactsworn Pathclearer’s normal attack damage by 125% of his elemental mastery. Also increases the Dustwalker Bolt damage from his passive talent’s Featherfall Judgement by 250% of his elemental mastery.

What are Genshin Cyno’s constellations?

Here are all of Genshin Cyno’s constellations, based on info from Honey Impact. Once again, keep in mind that details may change in his full release.

Constellation Effect
C1 – Ordinance: Unceasing Vigil After using Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, Cyno’s normal attack speed increases by 20% for ten seconds. If the Judication effect of his passive talent Featherfall Judgement triggers during Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer, the duration of this increase is refreshed. Requires passive talent Featherfall Judgement.
C2 – Ceremony: Homecoming of Spirits When Cyno’s normal attacks hit opponents, his normal attack crit rate and crit damage increases by 3% and 6% respectively for four seconds. You can trigger this effect once every 0.1 seconds. Max five stacks. Each stack’s duration is counted independently.
C3 – Pecept: Lawful Enforcer Increases the level of Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 – Austerity: Forbidding Guard When Cyno is in the the Pactsworn Pathclearer state triggered by Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness, after he triggers electro-charged, superconduct, overload, quicken, aggravate, hyperbloom, swirl, or crystalization reaction, he restores three elemental energy for all nearby part members (excluding himself). This effect can occur five times within one use of Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness.
C5 – Funerary Rite: The Passing of Starlight Increases the level of Secret Rite: Chasmic Soulfarer by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 – Raiment: Just Scales After using Sacred Rite: Wolf’s Swiftness or triggering the Judication effect of the passive talent ‘Featherfall Judgement’, Cyno gains four stacks of the ‘Day of the Jackal’ to fire off one Duststalker Bolt. ‘Day of the Jackal’ lasts for eight seconds. Max eight stacks. It is cancelled once Pactsworn Pathclearer ends. A maximum of one Duststalker Bolt can be unleashed this way every 0.4 seconds. Requires passive talent Featherfall Judgement.

What are Genshin Cyno’s ascension materials?

In order to ascend Cyno, you need the following materials. Check out our Genshin Impact scarab guide to help you farm those blasted beetles, and our Genshin Impact map guide to find everything else.

Level Mora Materials
20+ 20k One vajrada amethyst sliver, three scarabs, three divining scrolls
40+ 40k Three vajrada amethyst fragments, ten scarabs, 15 divining scroll, two thunderclap fruitcore
50+ 60k Six vajrada amethyst fragments, 20 scarabs, 12 sealed scroll, four thunderclap fruitcore
60+ 80k Three vajrada amethyst chunks, 30 scarabs, 18 sealed scrolls, eight thunderclap fruitcore
70+ 100k Six vajrada amethyst chunks, 45 scarabs, 12 forbidden curse scroll, 12 thunderclap fruitcore
80+ 120k Six vajrada amethyst gemstones, 60 scarabs, 25 forbidden curse scroll, 20 thunderclap fruitcore

And that’s everything we know about Genshin Impact’s Cyno at the moment. Be sure to check back from time to time, as we’ll update this guide with any new information as we get it. In the meantime, check out our list of the best games like Genshin Impact for something new to play.