Genshin Impact’s Freminet is a four-star cryo claymore wielder, and the quiet, younger sibling to the fabulous Lyney and Lynette. With the help of his cute lil penguin pal, he can dish out a unique mixture of cryo and physical damage, making use of the shatter reaction to take down his foes. Learn on to find out about the best Freminet build, including weapons, artifacts, team comps, and more.
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Here’s how to dredge up the best Genshin Impact Freminet build.
|Best artifact set
|Physical build: Pale Flame
Cryo build: Blizzard Strayer
|Physical build: two pieces of Pale Flame and two pieces of Gladiator’s Finale
Cryo build: two pieces of Blizzard Strayer and two pieces of Gladiators Finale or Emblem of Severed Fate
Overall, Freminet’s best weapon is Skyward Pride, as it suits him well in both a cryo and a physical DPS build. However, if you have a Serpent Spine at refinement rank five, it actually outperforms Skyward Pride for cryo DPS Freminet. But, considering Serpent Spine is hotly contested and Skyward Pride is under-utilized, and that physical DPS is Freminet’s main role, we generally recommend sticking with Skyward Pride. I mean, we’ve all got one gathering dust in our inventory, right?
For a cryo build, Freminet’s best artifact set is a full set of Blizzard Strayer, and Pale Flame is his best set for a physical build. Either way, when picking artifacts you should focus on getting his energy recharge up first, then boost his crit rate/damage and attack%.
When leveling up Freminet’s talents, we recommend prioritizing his skill first, followed by his normal attack. You can leave his elemental burst until last, as its main use is to activate the Subnautical Hunter state, and the duration of that state doesn’t increase with talent levels.
How to use Freminet
Freminet is a unique four-star cryo character who can act as a physical DPS, a cryo DPS, or a hyperbloom driver, giving you some flexibility in how you want to play him.
As a physical DPS (which is his standard role), your main focus should be getting Shattering Pressure to level four. You can do this by popping his elemental skill and weaving normal attacks in between to raise that pressure level.
In a cryo DPS role, you should focus on using his elemental skill as often as possible to dish out as many Shattering Pressure instances as you can throughout his elemental burst’s duration.
Freminet can also be a viable hyperbloom driver as he benefits from electro application and the hydro character can enable his shatter. However, this is a bit more of a niche role for him, so we’re primarily focusing on cryo and physical DPS builds in this guide. If you’d like to know more about superconduct Freminet, you can check out the KeqingMains guide or head over to the r/Freminetmains sub-Reddit.
Overall, Skyward Pride is the best weapon for Freminet, especially if you have him at C2 or lower. Its base attack, energy recharge, damage buff, and vacuum blade passive all add up to make it a very strong option for him, with those aforementioned vacuum blades even providing the benefit of physical resistance shred.
However, Serpent Spine at refinement rank five actually pulls ahead of Skyward Pride if you intend to use Freminet in a cryo DPS role, and it’s a strong second to Skyward Pride in a physical DPS role. At R5, Serpent Spine out-ranks any other five-star claymores for him, but at R1 it is only slightly better than his free-to-play options, so it really depends on those refinement ranks.
In a cryo DPS build, Freminet’s next best five-star claymore is Wolf’s Gravestone. As a physical DPS, his next-best five-star after Skyward Pride is Song of Broken Pines. However, both of these have other uses and are likely better used on other characters. Beyond that, other five-star claymores primarily act as stat sticks, generally sitting behind Serpent Spine R5 and above Serpent Spine R1.
If you’re looking for something that’s a little easier or cheaper to obtain, then Prototype Archaic is Freminet’s best free-to-play option in both playstyles.
|How to obtain
|Bonus stat: energy recharge
Skill: increases all damage by 8%. After Freminet hits an enemy with an elemental burst, normal, or charged attack, he creates a vacuum blade that does 80% of attack as damage to enemies along its path. Lasts for 20 seconds or eight vacuum blades
|All gacha banners
|Bonus stat: crit rate
Skill: Every four seconds Freminet is on the field, he deals 6% more damage and takes 3% more damage. This effect has a maximum of five stacks and will not be reset if Freminet leaves the field, but will be reduced by one stack when he takes damage
|Song of Broken Pines
|Bonus stat: physical damage bonus
Skill: A part of the “Millennial Movement” that wanders amidst the winds.
Increases attack by 16%, and when normal or charged attacks hit opponents, Freminet gains a Sigil of Whispers. This effect can trigger once every 0.3 seconds.
When you possess four Sigils of Whispers, consume them all and all nearby party members obtain the “Millennial Movement: Banner-Hymn” effect for 12 seconds.
“Millennial Movement: Banner-Hymn” increases normal attack speed by 12% and increases attack by 20%. Once this effect triggers, you will not gain Sigils of Whispers for 20 seconds.
Of the many effects of the “Millennial Movement”, buffs of the same type will not stack
|Weapon event gacha
|Bonus stat: attack%
Skill: increases attack by 20%. On hit, attacks against enemies with less than 30% HP increase all party members’ attack by 40% for 12 seconds. Can only occur once every 30 seconds
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|Bonus stat: attack%
Skill: on hit, normal or charged attacks have a 50% chance to deal an additional 240% attack damage to enemies in a small AoE. Can only occur once every 15 seconds
|Forge via blacksmith
As a physical DPS, Freminet’s best artifact set is Pale Flame, as he easily maintains full up-time on its passive, making the most of that lovely attack boost and physical damage bonus.
As a cryo DPS, Freminet’s best artifact set is Blizzard Strayer, giving him a nice boost to both his cryo damage and his crit rate. Unfortunately, as Freminet’s kit triggers shatter, he can’t make use of the additional 20% crit rate from hitting frozen enemies, but it still outperforms any other options in this role.
Alternatively, if you need something to tide you over while you farm for a full set of Pale Flame, you can combine two pieces of Pale Flame with two pieces of an attack set like Gladiator’s Finale to boost both his physical damage and attack.
Similarly, as a cryo backup plan, you can mix two pieces of Blizzard Strayer with two pieces of either an attack set like Gladiator’s Finale for an overall damage boost, or two pieces of Emblem of Severed Fate to help negate his energy recharge issues.
|How to obtain
|Two equipped: physical damage +25%
Four equipped: increases attack by 9% for seven seconds when an elemental skill hits an opponent. This effect stacks up to two times, and you can trigger it once every 0.3 seconds. Once two stacks are reached, the two-set effect is doubled
|Ridge Watch domain on Bishui Plain, Liyue
|Two equipped: cryo damage +15%
Four equipped: increases Freminet’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
|Two equipped: attack +18%
|World and weekly bosses, Gladiator’s Finale artifact strongboxes, and Adventure rank-up and journal rewards
|Emblem of Severed Fate
|Two equipped: energy recharge +20%
|Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma
Artifact stat recommendations
- Sands: attack% or energy recharge
- Goblet: physical or cryo damage bonus (depending on role)
- Circlet: crit rate/damage
- Energy recharge
- Crit rate/damage
Overall, your first priority should be getting enough energy recharge for Freminet to enable you to activate his elemental burst’s Subnautical Hunter state as frequently as possible. On average, he needs around 135 – 200% energy recharge, depending on what role you play him in, how many cryo characters are on his team, and whether you’re pairing him up with Genshin Impact’s Fischl or not.
Generally, as the solo cryo without Fischl, he needs around 180-200%, or as one of two cryo characters without Fischl, he needs around 155-175%. Either way, adding Fischl into the mix knocks his energy recharge requirements down by about 25%.
For more specific numbers relevant to your team, check out the community-driven energy recharge calculator.
Whether you want to build Freminet as a physical attacker or a cryo attacker, he always works well as the main DPS or a sub-DPS on a team. Although his kit interacts with all cryo-based reactions well, we’ve also had success with him in these freeze and ‘reverse melt’ team comps.
Here are two examples of strong Freminet team comps:
Here are all of Freminet’s skills and passives.
|Normal attack: Flowing Eddies
|Normal: Performs up to four consecutive claymore strikes
Charged: Drains stamina over time to perform continuous spinning attacks against all nearby opponents. At the end of the sequence, performs a more powerful slash
Plunging: Deals AoE damage upon impact with the ground
|Elemental skill: Pressurized Floe
|Performs an upward thrust that deals cryo damage and causes Freminet to enter Pers Timer for ten seconds.
While Pers Timer is active, his elemental skill turns into Shattering Pressure.
Pers Timer: When Freminet uses normal attacks, he also unleashes waves of frost that deal cryo damage and increase Pers’s Pressure Level. The accompanying cryo damage dealt this way is considered elemental skill damage.
Shattering Pressure: Executes different sorts of attacks based on the Pressure Level of Pers Timer, and then cancels Pers Timer.
|Elemental burst: Shadowhunter’s Ambush
|Unleashes a wave of untouchable cold, dealing AoE cryo damage, resetting the cooldown of the Pressurized Floe and causing Freminet to enter the Subnautical Hunter mode for ten seconds.
While in Subnautical Hunter mode, Freminet’s resistance to interruption will increase, and his Pressurized Floe obtains the following buffs:
|Saturation Deep Dive
|When Freminet unleashes Pressurized Floe: Shattering Pressure, if Pers Timer has yet to reach Pressure Level Four, the cooldown of Pressurized Floe is decreased by one second
|When Freminet triggers Shatter against opponents, the damage dealt by Pressurized Floe: Shattering Pressure increases by 40% for five seconds
|Decreases Aquatic Stamina consumption for your own party members by 35%. Not stackable with passive talents that provide the exact same effects
If you pull duplicates of Freminet you’ll unlock his constellations. These provide additional buffs to his kit.
|C1: Dreams of the Foamy Deep
|The crit rate of Pressurized Floe: Shattering Pressure increases by 15%
|C2: Penguins and the Land of Plenty
|Unleashing Pressurized Floe: Shattering Pressure restores two energy to Freminet. If a Pressure Level Four Shattering Pressure is unleashed, this restores three energy
|C3: Song of the Eddies and Bleached Sands
|Increases the level of Flowing Eddies by three, up to a maximum level of 15
|C4: Dance of the Snowy Moon and Flute
|After Freminet triggers Frozen, Shatter, or Superconduct against opponents, his attack increases by 9% for six seconds. Max two stacks. This can trigger once every 0.3 seconds
|C5: Nights of Hearth and Happiness
|Increases the level of Pressurized Floe by three, up to a maximum level of 15
|C6: Moment of Waking and Resolve
|After Freminet triggers Frozen, Shatter, or Superconduct against opponents, his crit damage increases by 12% for six seconds. Max three stacks. This can be triggered once every 0.3 seconds
You can level Freminet all the way up to 90 using a combination of experience books and special ascension materials at certain levels. You can obtain Romaritime Flowers around Romaritime Harbor in Fontaine, transoceanic pearls and their rarer forms by defeating fontemer aberrants, and artificed spare clockwork component — Coppelius by defeating Coppelius of the Icewind Suite.
|One shivada jade sliver, three romaritime flower, three transoceanic pearl
|Two artificed spare clockwork component — Coppelius, three shivada jade fragment, ten romaritime flower, 15 transoceanic pearl
|Four artificed spare clockwork component — Coppelius, six shivada jade fragment, 20 romaritime flower, 12 transoceanic chunk
|Eight artificed spare clockwork component — Coppelius, three shivada jade chunk, 30 romaritime flower, 18 transoceanic chunk
|12 artificed spare clockwork component — Coppelius, six shivada jade chunk, 45 romaritime flower, 12 xenochromatic crystal
|20 artificed spare clockwork component — Coppelius, six shivada jade gemstone, 60 romaritime flower, 24 xenochromatic crystal
Given how much time Freminet spends underwater, it makes sense that that’s where you can find a lot of his talent level-up materials. You’ll also need to grind the Apep boss in Sumeru to hit those higher talent levels.
|Six transoceanic pearl, three teachings of justice
|Three transoceanic chunk, two guide to justice
|Four transoceanic chunk, four guide to justice
|Six transoceanic pearl, six guide to justice
|Nine transoceanic pearl, nine guide to justice
|Four xenochromatic crystal, four philosophies of justice, one worldspan fern
|Six xenochromatic crystal, six philosophies of justice, one worldspan fern
|Nine xenochromatic crystal, 12 philosophies of justice, two worldspan fern
|12 xenochromatic crystal, 16 philosophies of justice, two worldspan fern, one crown of insight
When leveling up Freminet’s talents, you should prioritize them in the following order:
- Elemental skill > normal attack >> elemental burst
That’s everything in our Genshin Impact Freminet build. If you fancy leaving Teyvat behind and embarking on a star-studded adventure, head on over to our Honkai Star Rail codes, Honkai Star Rail tier list, and Honkai Star Rail events guides to hop aboard the Astral Express. We’ve also got build guides like this one for Honkai Star Rail’s Huohuo, Honkai Star Rail’s Misha, and Honkai Star Rail’s Sparkle.