Genshin Cyno build, skills, and more

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

In Genshin Impact, Cyno is a wise-cracking general with brilliantly cheesy sense of humour, a big personality, and spear-skills capable of giving the gods a run for their money. Whether he’s vanquishing foes or offering you a handful of honeyed dates, it’s hard not to be charmed by this charismatic character.

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. Since then, you’ve been speculating when Genshin Cyno’s release date will be, what weapon he’ll wield, what element he is, and more. Well, the white-haired General Mahamantra is finally here, so let’s dive into his skills, best build, weapons, and more.

If you want to keep up with the latest characters in Mihoyo’s hit RPG, check out our Genshin Impact tier list and Genshin Impact next banner guide. We’ve also got a list of Genshin Impact codes to keep the freemos flowing, so you’ll be able to pull on Cyno’s banner when he eventually arrives.

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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When is the Genshin Impact Cyno release date?

During the 3.1 livestream, Hoyoverse confirmed that Cyno will be featured on a limited banner during the first phase of the new update, alongside fresh four-star, Genshin Impact’s Candace. His banner is now live, so may all Cyno-wanters be Cyno-havers!


As of the 3.1 livestream, Hoyoverse officially confirmed that Cyno wields an electro vision, and the polearm is his weapon of choice. This makes Cyno the second male electro character since launch, with the other being Genshin Impact’s Razor. Funnily enough, Razor and Cyno share some clear physical similarities, and the way they control their element is pretty alike – we wonder if they’re related at all?

What is Genshin Cyno’s best weapon?

Of course, we’ve not had the chance to test out different weapons on Cyno yet. However, we know that Staff of the Scarlet Sands, the new polearm featured on the weapon banner that runs concurrently with Cyno’s banner, is his signature weapon tailored to his kit.

Aside from that, we’ve taken a look at the stats and believe that the following weapons would be a good fit for him.

  • Primordial Jade Winged Spear
  • Staff of Homa
  • Blackcliff Pole
  • Deathmatch

We’ll be sure to update this section as soon as we find out more.

Genshin Impact Cyno crouching in the sand

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.

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.