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Genshin Impact Ganyu best build

Genshin Impact's Ganyu is a devastatingly good cryo unit, so here's her best build, artifacts, weapons, and more to get the best damage out of her.

Genshin Impact Ganyu on a blue Pocket Tactics Background

Genshin Impact’s Ganyu, a five-star bow-wielding cryo user from Liyue, is sure to decimate any enemies in her path. She’s a half-qilin Adeptus devoted to both Rex Lapis and the Liyue Qixing. Heralded as one of the best DPS in the game thanks to her hefty charged shots, she’s an extremely powerful unit and a great asset to any player’s roster.

Once you’ve come to grips with Ganyu, head over to our Genshin Impact tier list to see where the rest of the characters rank, and then grab some Genshin Impact codes from our handy list. Check out the next Genshin Impact banners, too, to see who you can pull for.

Here’s everything in our Genshin Impact Ganyu build guide.

What’s the best Ganyu build?

Best weapon Polar Star
Weapon substitutes Amos Bow, Prototype Crescent
Best artifact set Blizzard Strayer
Main stats Sands – Attack
Goblet – Cryo damage bonus
Circlet – Crit rate/damage
Sub stats Crit rate, crit damage, attack

Ganyu is a super powerful ranged DPS that deals cryo damage and uses a bow. She’s also a five-star character. Ganyu is reliable across a wide range of team comps, and with some investment, is capable of dishing out some of the highest damage in the game. She relies on a well-invested team involving a shielder and/or a healer.

The best pieces to equip her with are the Polar Star or Amos Bow, and a set of Blizzard Strayer artifacts to up her cryo damage.

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How do I use Genshin Impact’s Ganyu?

Ganyu can deal a ton of damage with her charged shots, so we recommend focusing most of your time on that. Dropping her ultimate, especially if you also have a unit like Ayato, Kokomi, or Mona that can deal off-field hydro damage, will keep enemies frozen so you can take your time targeting them.

What are the best weapons for Ganyu?

Generally, the best weapon for Ganyu depends on your build. In a freeze team where Ganyu is your main, on-field DPS, Polar Star is the best choice. For a quickswap freeze team where you’re switching between characters regularly, Aqua Simulacra takes the top spot. For a melt team, Hunter’s Path charges into the lead.

For a strong four-star choice in both freeze and freeze quickswap teams, Mouun’s Moon at refinement rank five is your best option. However, if you’re looking for something that relies on a little less RNG, R5 Prototype Crescent is a great option.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Polar Star (five-star) Bonus effect: Increases crit rate
Skill: Increases elemental skill and elemental burst damage by 12%. After a normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill, or elemental burst hits an opponent, gain one stack of Ashen Nightstar for 12 seconds. When 1/2/3/4 stacks of Ashen Nightstar are present, your attack increases by 10/20/30/48%. The stack of Ashen Nightstar created by the normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill, or elemental burst counts independently of the others.
Weapon banner (alongside Tartaglia) 
Hunter’s Path (five-star) Bonus effect: Increases crit rate
Skill: 
Gain a 12% elemental damage bonus. Obtain the Tireless Hunt effect after hitting an opponent with a charged attack. This effect increases charged attack damage by 160% of Ganyu’s elemental mastery. This effect ends after 12 charged attacks or ten seconds. You can only gain one instance of Tireless Hunt every 12 seconds.
Weapon banner
Aqua Simulacra (five-star) Bonus effect: Increases crit damage
Skill: Increases HP by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, your damage increases by 20%. This takes effect whether Ganyu is on-field or not.
Weapon banner (alongside Yelan)
Amos Bow (five-star) Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: Increases Ganyu’s normal and charged attack damage by 12%. After a normal or charged attack is fired, damage dealt increases by a further 8% every 0.1 seconds the arrow is in the air up to 5 times.
Weapon banner (alongside Ganyu)
The Viridescent Hunt (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases crit rate
Skill: Upon hit, normal and aimed shots have a chance to create a Cyclone, which pulls in opponents and deals 40% of Ganyu’s attack as damage to said opponents.
All banners
Prototype Crescent (four-star) Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: Charged attack hits on weak points increase your movement speed by 10% and attack by 36% for ten seconds.
Forged at blacksmiths

What are Ganyu’s best artifacts?

For freeze or mono-cryo teams, Blizard Strayer is the best set with no competition. Its crit rate boost is a true asset to Ganyu, and it’s hard to go wrong with the cryo damage bonus. For melt teams, Wanderer’s Troupe is your best option. It offers a valuable boost to her elemental mastery and is very easy to farm passively or through artifact strongboxes. Any attack-boosting two-piece won’t go amiss either, as Ganyu will gladly make use of a higher stat.

Artifact set Effect How to obtain
Blizzard Strayer Two equipped: Cryo damage bonus
Four equipped: Increases crit rate by 20% when attacking an enemy affected by cryo. If the enemies freeze, it increases crit rate by an additional 20%.
Peak of Vindagnyr domain
Wanderer’s Troupe Two equipped: Increases elemental mastery
Four equipped: Increases charged attack damage by 35%.
Weekly and world bosses, artifact strongbox
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped:
If Ganyu has 15 or more energy when casting an elemental skill she loses 15 energy and normal/charged/plunging attack damage increases by 50% for ten seconds. This effect won’t trigger again during that duration.
Momiji-Dyed Court domain
Gladiator’s Finale Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: 
Not recommended
Weekly and world bosses, artifact strongbox

Artifact stat recommendations

When picking artifacts for Ganyu, you should prioritize the following stats.

Main stats:

  • Sands: Attack%
  • Goblet: Cryo damage bonus
  • Circlet: Crit damage, crit rate

Sub-stats: 

  • Crit damage
  • Crit rate
  • Elemental mastery
  • Attack/%

To find out more about how these items work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.

Genshin Impact Ganyu: As featured in official artwork

What are the best Genshin Impact Ganyu team comps?

Ganyu excels as a main DPS thanks to her charged shots and as a sub-DPS, if you make use of her AoE burst. Here are some of the teams we recommend using her in.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Ganyu Xiangling Bennett Zhongli
Ganyu Mona Diona Venti
Ganyu Ayaka Kokomi Kazuha
Ganyu Shenhe Kokomi Venti

What are Ganyu’s abilities?

Ganyu’s kit overflows with icy benefits that cause devastation to enemies. Here’s what her normal and elemental skills do on the battlefield and what passive skills she possesses.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Liutian Archery Normal: Perform up to six shots with a bow
Charge level one: An icy shot that deals cryo damage
Charge level two: Fire a Frostflake Arrow that explodes on impact dealing AoE cryo damage
Plunging: A shower of arrows that deals AoE damage
Elemental skill: Trail of the Qilin This skill deals a small AoE of cryo damage and leaves behind an Ice Lotus. The Ice Lotus taunts enemies into attacking it and deals AoE cryo damage when destroyed
Elemental burst: Celestial Shower Ganyu Summons a Sacred Cryo Pearl that deals AoE cryo damage, and lasts over ten seconds

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Undivided Heart (unlocked at ascension one) After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the crit rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows increases by 20% for five seconds.
Harmony between Heaven and Earth (unlocked at ascension four) Celestial Shower gives a 20% cryo damage boost to party members.
Preserved for the Hunt (unlocked automatically) Refunds 15% of the ore cost when crafting bows.

What are Ganyu’s constellations?

Here’s every buff you receive when you level up Ganyu’s constellations.

Constellation Effect
C1: Dew-Drinker When an enemy takes damage from a charge level two Frostflake Arrow Bloom their cryo resistance lowers by 15% for six seconds. A hit regenerates two energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per charge level two Frostflake Arrow.
C2: The Auspicious Trail of the Qilin gains one additional charge.
C3: Cloud-Strider Increases the level of Celestial Shower by three.
C4: Westward Sojourn Enemies standing within the Celestial Shower AoE take extra damage. Damage increase begins at 5% and increases by 5% every three seconds, up to a maximum of 25%. The effect lingers for three seconds after the enemy leaves the AoE.
C5: The Merciful Increases the level of Trail of the Qilin by three.
C6: The Clement Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30 seconds to not require charging.

Genshin Impact Ganyu lying on the grass with one eye closed

What are Ganyu’s ascension materials?

Ascension can be an expensive process, so we’ve listed all the items you need to save up while leveling. The Cryo Regisvine drops hoarfrost cores in Mondstadt and qingxin flowers pop up all over Liyue.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One shivada jade sliver, three qingxin, and three whopperflower nectar
40 40,000 Three shivada jade fragments, two hoarfrost cores, ten qingxin, and 15 whopperflower nectar
50 60,000 Six shivada jade fragments, four hoarfrost cores, 20 qingxin, and 12 shimmering nectar
60 80,000 Three shivada jade chunks, eight hoarfrost cores, 30 qingxin, and 18 shimmering nectar
70 100,000 Six shivada jade chunks, 12 hoarfrost cores, 45 qingxin, and 12 energy nectar
80 120,000 Six shivada jade gemstones, 20 hoarfrost cores, 60 qingxin, and 24 energy nectar

Here’s where to get all of Ganyu’s ascension materials:

  • Shivada jade – obtain from normal and weekly bosses – especially the cryo hypostasis and Andrius – or craft via alchemy
  • Qingxin – gather from around Liyue, especially on mountaintops and Wuwang Hill
  • Whopperflower nectar, shimmering nectar, energy nectar – obtain from whopperflower enemies around Teyvat, especially Liyue and Mondstadt
  • Hoarfrost cores – drops from the cryo regisvine boss in Mondstadt

What are Ganyu’s talent materials?

Ganyu requires whopperflower nectar and shadow of the warrior items, which are drops of the weekly Tartaglia boss. The talent book that Ganyu needs is the diligence set. For the highest levels, you’ll need three crowns of insight if you want to completely round out her talents.

Level Mora Materials
Two 12,500 Six whopperflower nectar and three teachings of diligence
Three 17,500 Three shimmering nectar and two guides to diligence
Four 25,000 Four shimmering nectar and four guides to diligence
Five 30,000 Six shimmering nectar and six guides to diligence
Six 37,500 Nine shimmering nectar and nine guides to diligence
Seven 120,000 Four energy nectar, four philosophies of diligence, and one shadow of the warrior
Eight 260,000 Six energy nectar, six philosophies of diligence, and one shadow of the warrior
Nine 450,000 Nine energy nectar, 12 philosophies of diligence, and two shadows of the warrior
Ten 700,000 12 energy nectar, 16 philosophies of diligence, two shadows of the warrior, and one crown of insight

Here’s where to get all of Ganyu’s talent materials:

  • Diligence talent books – obtain from the Taishan Mansion domain on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
  • Whopperflower nectar, shimmering nectar, energy nectar – obtain from whopperflower enemies around Teyvat, especially Liyue and Mondstadt
  • Shadows of the warrior – drops from the weekly Tartaglia boss fight in Liyue’s Golden House

Talent priority:

As Ganyu focuses on charged attacks, you want to prioritize this when leveling her skills.

  • Normal attack > elemental skill > elemental burst

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