The long-rumored ‘lion dance boy’ is here – he’s Genshin Impact’s Gaming (pronounced gah-ming) and is a Wushou dancer hailing from Liyue. In combat, he’s a little fireball that’s a bit like Sonic mixed with Spider-Man, but on fire. Our Genshin Gaming build can help you to figure out which artifacts and weapons are best for him, and which teammates to pair him with.
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Here’s how to build a great Genshin Impact Gaming.
Gaming is a four-star pyro user, armed with a claymore, and is a plunge-attack-based DPS. His attacks cause him to lose HP, but his elemental skill can provide some healing to him, so you shouldn’t be in too much of a pinch. However, if you want to focus on reactions, you really need off-field applicators in the party with him as he has no off-field pyro himself. Characters like Xingqiu, Furina, and Raiden work very nicely here.
His best weapon is the Serpent Spine claymore, and his best artifact sets are Marechaussee Hunter and Crimson Witch of Flames, depending on the team you have him in.
How do I use Gaming?
The best way to use Gaming is to focus on his plunge attacks after using his elemental skill, or elemental burst. This provides a powerful hit and gets a boost as you ascend him and unlock more talents, too. During Gaming’s ultimate, Man Chai – his summon – can end his skill cooldown, allowing you to deal more instances of plunge damage in quick succession.
In Gaming’s character demo and stream appearance, we see him using the Blackcliff Slasher claymore. This is a good option for any DPS, but is quite expensive as it is sold in the Starglitter exchange, and cannot be forged. As with a lot of claymore users in Genshin, if you have a Serpent Spine or Itto’s signature weapon – the Redhorn Stonethresher – will work a treat on Gaming.
If you’re going for more reaction-based gameplay, the Mailed Flower claymore from a Sumeru event can boost his stats nicely.
|How to obtain
|Serpent Spine (four-star)
|Bonus stat: increases crit rate
Skill: Every four seconds Gaming is on the field, he deals 6% more damage but takes 3% more damage, too. This effect can stack up to five times and is not reset if he leaves the field. The stack reduces by one if Gaming takes damage
|Battle Pass reward
|Bonus stat: increases crit damage
Skill: increases Gaming’s defense by 28%. His normal and charged attack damage increases by 40% of his defense
|Weapon banner alongside Itto
|Blackcliff Slasher (four-star)
|Bonus stat: increases crit rate
Skill: After defeating an enemy, ATK is increased by 12% for 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and the duration of each stack is independent of the others.
|Mailed Flower (four-star)
|Bonus stat: increases elemental mastery
Skill: Within eight seconds of Gaming’s elemental skill hitting an opponent, or him triggering an elemental reaction, his attack and elemental mastery increase by 12%, or 48, respectively
|Lithic Blade (four-star)
|Bonus stat: increases attack
Skill: For every character in the party who hails from Liyue, Gaming gains a 7% attack increase and a 3% crit rate increase. This effect stacks up to four times
Gaming doesn’t specifically scale off anything with his attacks, so a few different substats won’t go amiss. As he’s a main DPS, though, a hefty attack stat and plenty of crit rate are your best bets, along with some pyro damage boosts, too. Specifically, we suggest a two-piece set of Crimson Witch of Flames, or a four-piece of Marechausee Hunter to give him some extra oomph as his HP changes.
|How to obtain
|Two equipped: normal and charged attack damage increase
Four equipped: when Gaming’s current HP increases or decreases, his crit rate increases by 12% for five seconds. This can stack three times
|Denouement of Sin domain
|Crimson Witch of Flames
|Two equipped: increases pyro damage
Four equipped: increases overloaded, burning, and burgeon damage by 40%. Vaporize and melt damage increase by 15%. Using an elemental skill increases the two-piece effects by 50% for ten seconds
|Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain
|Two equipped: increases attack
Four equipped: after using his elemental burst, Gaming gains the Nascent Light effect, increasing his attack by 8% for 16 seconds. When his HP decreases, his attack further increases by 10%. This can occur up to four times and can trigger once every 0.8 seconds. The Nascent Light dispels if Gaming leaves the field
|The Lost Valley domain
Artifact stat recommendations
- Sands: Attack
- Goblet: Pyro damage bonus
- Circlet: Crit damage
- Crit damage/rate
- Energy recharge
- Elemental mastery
To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.
Gaming works very well with Xianyun, or Cloud Retainer as you may know her, who boosts plunge attacks. Gaming also benefits from Bennett – as a lot of characters do. Pairing him with Furina or Xingqiu to capitalize on damage and elemental reactions works very well, along with keeping an anemo user in the party to swirl those elements around.
If you have Gaming equipped with a set of Crimson Witch of Flames, and perhaps a Mailed Flower claymore, you can pair him with a dendro unit and capitalize on burning and burgeon reactions – we recommend Nahida, Yaoyao, or the dendro traveler for this.
Here is Gaming’s full kit, showing what his combat abilities are, and what he can do off the field as well.
|Normal attack: Stellar Rend
|Normal: Gaming performs up to four consecutive strikes
Charged: Draining stamina over time, Gaming performs continuous spinning attacks, ending with a powerful slash
Plunging: Gaming plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents in an AoE
|Elemental skill: Bestial Ascent
|Gaming pounces forward using the Wushou arts, leaping into the air after coming into contact with an enemy or a surface. After he uses this skill to rise into the air, if he immediately uses a plunge attack, he uses the powerful Charmed Cloudstrider instead –
Plunging attack: Charmed Cloudstrider: The damage from Gaming’s plunge attacks converts to pyro damage that cannot be overridden. Upon landing, Gaming consumes some HP. His HP cannot drop below 10% in this way
|Elemental burst: Suanni’s Gilded Dance
|Gaming enters the Wushou stance, briefly applying pyro to himself and recovering some HP. He also summons Suanni Man Chai, his dog companion. Man Chai smashes into targets dealing pyro damage in an AoE. After hitting a target, Man Chai rolls away and then moves to Gaming. When it meets Gaming, Man Chai leaves the field and resets the cooldown of Gaming’s elemental skill.
While the Wushou stance is active, Gaming’s interruption resistance increases, and if he lands a Charmed Cloudstrider attack while having over 50% HP he can resummon Man Chai
|Dance of Amity (unlocked at ascension one)
|After Charmed Cloudstrider hits an opponent, Gaming gains 1.5% of his max HP once every 0.2 seconds for 0.8 seconds
|Air of Prosperity (unlocked at ascension four)
|When Gaming’s health is less than 50%, he receives a 20% incoming healing bonus.
When his health is more than 50%, he gains an attack bonus of 20% for Charmed Cloudstrider
|The Striding Beast (unlocked automatically)
|Increases the movement speed of your party during the day by 10%
As you (hopefully) grab more than one copy of Gaming, you can unlock his constellations. Each one gives a handy boost to him, but his C2 is especially good.
|C1: Bringer of Blessing
|When the Suanni Man Chai from Suanni’s Gilded Dance meets back up with Gaming, it heals 15% of his HP
|C2: Plum Blossoms Underfoot
|When Gaming receives healing and it overflows, his attack increases by 20% for five seconds
|C3: Awakening Spirit
|Increases the level of Bestial Ascent by three. Maximum level is 15
|C4: Soar Across Mountains
|When Bestial Ascent’s plunge attack hits an opponent, it restores two energy to Gaming. This can trigger once every 0.2 seconds
|C5: Evil-Daunting Roar
|Increases the level of Suanni’s Gilded Dance by three. Maximum level is 15
|C6: To Tame All Beasts
|Bestial Ascent’s plunge attack crit rate increases by 20%, and crit damage by 40%, and the attack radius increases
Gaming requires a smorgasbord of items, from Fontaine, Liyue, and across Teyvat. You need starconches, found on Liyue’s beaches, plenty of slime drops, and boss materials from the Emperor of Fire and Iron in Fontaine – the big crab under the sea.
|One agnidus agate sliver, three starconches, three slime condensate
|Three agnidus agate fragments, ten starconches, 15 slime condensate, two emperor’s resolution
|Six agnidus agate fragments, 20 starconches, 12 slime secretions, four emperor’s resolution
|Three agnidus agate chunks, 30 starconches, 18 slime secretions, eight emperor’s resolution
|Six agnidus agate chunks, 45 starconches, 12 slime concentrate, 12 emperor’s resolution
|Six agnidus agate gemstones, 60 starconches, 24 slime concentrate, 20 emperor’s resolution
If you want to get Gaming’s talents up, you’ll need a stack of prosperity talent books, available in Liyue’s Taishan Mansion domain. Gaming also needs drops from Fontaine’s weekly All-Devouring Narwhal boss to fully level him up.
|Six slime condensate, teachings of prosperity
|Three slime secretions, two guides to prosperity
|Four slime secretions, four guides to prosperity
|Six slime secretions, six guides to prosperity
|Nine slime secretions, nine guides to prosperity
|Four slime concentrate, four philosophies of prosperity, lightless mass
|Six slime concentrate, six philosophies of prosperity, one lightless mass
|Nine slime concentrate, 12 philosophies of prosperity, two lightless masses
|12 slime concentrate, 16 philosophies of prosperity, two lightless masses, one crown of insight
Upgrading Gaming’s burst is your priority, then his skill, and then his normal attack.
- Elemental burst > elemental skill > normal attack