Genshin Impact Ganyu build

Here’s everything you need to know in order to master Genshin Impact’s Ganyu, from her constellations to her ascension materials and more

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Genshin Impact’s Ganyu is a five-star bow-wielding cryo user from Liyue. Soft-spoken and hard working, Ganyu is a half-qilin Adeptus devoted to both Rex Lapis and the Liyue Qixing. Heralded as one of the best DPS in the game, she’s an extremely powerful unit and a great asset to any player’s roster. In this Genshin Ganyu build guide, we set out to teach you about her skills, constellations, best artifacts and weapons, and more, so you can make the most of this gorgeous gal.

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. We’ve also put together some information on other popular characters, make sure you check out our Genshin Impact Venti and Genshin Impact Klee guide to find out more.

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What’s the best Genshin Ganyu build?

Ganyu is a super powerful ranged DPS with many playstyles for different situations. She’s reliable across a wide range of content and, with some investment, is capable of dishing out some of the highest damage in the game. She also has a fairly simple rotation, and is relatively inexpensive to build when it comes to weapons and artifacts.

On the other hand, she can be pretty vulnerable to damage and interruption due to her reliance on charged attacks, and she relies heavily on a well-invested team with some highly contested characters.

However, with her high DPS, brilliant cryo application, and flexibility, it’s no wonder why she’s so highly sought after – and she’s certainly worth your time and primogems.

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What’s the best Genshin Ganyu weapon?

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.

For a full breakdown of how all bows size up against on Ganyu, check out the Keqingmains Ganyu guide.

Weapon Effect
Polar Star Base stat: crit rate
Skill: increses 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 Ahen 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 is counted independently of the others
Aqua Simulacra Base stat: crit damage
Skill: increases HP by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, your damage increases by 20%. This takes effect whether the equipping character is on-field or not
Hunter’s Path Base stat: crit rate
Skill: gain 12% all 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 elemental mastery. This effect is removed after 12 charged attacks or ten seconds. You can only gain one instance of Tireless Hunt every 12 seconds
Mouun’s Moon Base stat: attack
Skill: for every point of the entire party’s combined maximum energy capacity, the elemental burst damage of the equipping character increases by 0.12%. A maximum of 40% increased elemental burst damage can be achieved this way
Prototype Crescent Base stat: attack
Skill: charged attack hits on weak points increase your movement speed by 10% and attack by 36% for ten seconds

Which artifact set should you use?

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.

Artifact set Effect
Blizzard Strayer Two equipped: 15% cryo damage bonus
Four equipped: Crit rate is increased by 20% when attacking an enemy affected by cryo. If the enemy is frozen, crit rate is increased by an additional 20%
Wanderer’s Troupe Two equipped: Increases elemental mastery by 80
Four equipped: Increases charged attack damage by 35%

Alternate artifact set

If you’re still levelling and haven’t managed to grab any of the above artifacts yet, the following set is a great option in the meantime.

Artifact set Effect
Martial Artist Two equipped: Increases normal and charged attack damage by 15%
Four equipped: After using an elemental skill, Ganyu’s normal and charged attack damage is increase by 25% for eight seconds

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

Main stats:

  • Attack% for Sands of Eon
  • Cryo damage bonus for the Goblet of Eonothem
  • Crit damage of crit rate for Circlet of Logos

Sub-stats: 

  • Attack%
  • Crit damage
  • Crit rate

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

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What are Genshin Ganyu’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Liutian Archery Perform up to six shots with a bow
Liutian Archery (charged) 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
Liutian Archery (plunging) A shower of arrows that deals AoE damage
Trail of the Qilin Deals AoE cryo damage and leaves behind an Ice Lotus. The Ice Lotus taunts enemies into attacking it and deals AoE cryo damage when destroyed
Celestial Shower Summon a Sacred Cryo Pearl that deals AoE Cryo damage

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Undivided Heart After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the crit rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows is increased by 20% for five seconds
Harmony between Heaven and Earth Celestial Shower gives a 20% Cryo damage boost to party members
Preserved for the Hunt Refunds 15% of the ore cost when crafting bows

What are Genshin Ganyu’s constellations?

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

Constellation Effect
Dew-Drinker When an enemy takes damage from a charge level two Frostflake Arrow Bloom their cryo resistance is lowered by 15% for six seconds. A hit regenerates two energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per charge level two Frostflake Arrow
The Auspicious Trail of the Qilin gains one additional charge
Cloud-Strider Increases the level of Celestial Shower by three
Westward Sojourn

Enemies standing within the Celestial Shower AoE take increased damage.

Increased damage taken 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

The Merciful Increases the level of Trail of the Qilin by three
The Clement Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30 seconds to not require charging

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What are Genshin Ganyu’s ascension materials?

Ascension can be an expensive process, so we’ve listed all the items you need to save up while leveling.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One Shivada Jade Sliver, three Qingxin, three Whopperflower Nectar
40 40,000 Three Shivada Jade Fragment, two Hoarfrost Core, ten Qingxin, 15 Whopperflower Nectar
50 60,000 Six Shivada Jade Fragment, four Hoarfrost Core, 20 Qingxin, 12 Shimmering Nectar
60 80,000 Three Shivada Jade Chunk, eight Hoarfrost Core, 30 Qingxin, 18 Shimmering Nectar
70 100,000 Six Shivada Jade Chunk, 12 Hoarfrost Core, 45 Qingxin, 12 Energy Nectar
80 120,000 Six Shivada Jade Gemstone, 20 Hoarfrost Core, 60 Qingxin, 24 Energy Nectar

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