If you’re looking for the best Genshin Heizou build, you’re in the right place. After combing the streets of Inazuma for clues and hanging around Bantan Sango’s Detective Agency for months, we’ve got all the answers you need to solve the mystery of this melee-anemo-catalyst enigma. It’s elementary, my dear Watson – so let’s dive in.
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Genshin Impact Heizou
As a melee anemo catalyst wielder, Heizou is a truly unique unit, and surprisingly strong for a four-star. He has great flexibility, allowing him to fill multiple roles. The most common and effect roles for him are on-field driver, where his main job is to swirl and catalyse elemental reactions, or quickswap support/DPS, in which he hops into the field to offer utility and take down enemies with his strong elemental skill.
While competition is stiff for Heizou (namely with Kazuha and Sucrose comfortably filling the same role with more potential to buff) and his grouping isn’t as strong as his other anemo counterparts, his unique kit, versatility, and affordable build options make him a highly valuable unit in most teams.
The best weapon for Heizou depends on how you want to use him, though pretty much all options are viable for him in some way.
Quickswap DPS Heizou
If you’re looking for Heizou to be a high-impact quickswap DPS, Skyward Atlus is his best in slot due to its powerful base stat and its passive, which only requires you to hit an enemy with a normal attack.
If you’re running quickswap DPS Heizou with a shielder, Memory of Dust is an extremely strong option. However, its effects become less valuable if you’re teaming up up with a buffer like Bennett.
Kagura’s Verity is also a solid choice for quickswap DPS Heizou, though it takes roughly 30 seconds to obtain the three stacks needed to feel its full effect, meaning Heizou deals a little less damage at the start of a fight.
When it comes to four-star options, the Wisdith at R5 is your best bet, though its damage fluctuates wildly depending on what buffs he has during his rotation.
Alternatively, Sacrificial Fragments at R3 or higher is a more stable option that allows him to use an extra skill during each rotation. This buff combined with the additional elemental mastery it offers gives you room to build more offensive artifacts, too.
Reaction driver Heizou
If you prefer your Heizou to focus solely on driving elemental reactions, then any weapon with an EM base stat takes the lead. Specifically, Sacrificial Fragments is the best choice, as it has the highest EM base stat out of all four-star weapons, and allows more swirls which is a big benefit in multi-target battles.
If you don’t have Sacrificial Fragments for your reaction driver Heizou, Magic Guide is a great economical option as it supplies a substantial amount of elemental mastery. Mappa Mare is also a good choice, as, although it offers less elemental mastery overall than Magic Guide, it’s a more flexible choice, allowing you to play a reaction driver DPS hybrid build.
Without a doubt, regardless of what role you want your Heizou to play, a full Viridescent Venerer set is his BiS. It not only increases his personal damage, but also boosts the rest of his team, and nothing else truly compares.
If you have another full set Viridescent Venerer holder on your Heizou team, you can instead use an easy-to-obtain combo of two pieces of Viridescent Venerer with two pieces of a set that gives you an elemental mastery boost (like Gilded Dreams), or two pieces of a set that gives you an attack boost (like Gladiator’s Finale). This set costs very little damage loss and allows you more freedom regarding stats and sub-stats, but doesn’t compare to the overall team damage boost provided by a full Viridescent Venerer set.
Finally, you can use either four pieces of Lavawalker or four pieces of Thundersoother depending on what characters you’re pairing Heizou with. This is great for Heizou’s personal damage, but, like the previous alternate set, still doesn’t compare to VV for overall team damage. It also restricts potential team comps unless you’re willing to build multiple sets and switch them out when changing between pyro and electro allies.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Viridescent Venerer||Two pieces equipped: anemo damage +15%
Two pieces equipped: increases swirl damage by 60%, and decreases opponent’s elemental resistance to the element infused in the swirl by 40% for ten seconds
|Valley of Remembrance domain in Windwail Highland|
|Lavawalker||Two pieces equipped: pyro resistance +40%
Four pieces equipped: increases damage against enemies affected by pyro by 35%
|Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain on Bashui Plain, Wuwang Hill|
|Thundersoother||Two pieces equipped: electro resistance +40%
Four pieces equipped: increases damage dealt against enemies affected by electro by 35%
|Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff|
Artifact stat and sub-stats
As with weapon options, your artifact stat and sub-stat choices should be based on what role you want Heizou to play. Of course, regardless of role, getting sufficient energy recharge is still important.
Generally, if you’re happy with using two skills before your burst, a quickswap DPS Heizou requires roughly 120-130% energy recharge, while reaction driver Heizou requires about 100-120%. These requirements increase by about 50% if you want him to burst after only one skill, though having him at C4 or higher reduces this number.
To get a fully accurate understanding of how much energy recharge your Heizou needs, check out Zakharov’s Energy Recharge Calculator tool.
Quickswap DPS Heizou main stats
- Sands – attack%
- Goblet – anemo damage%
- Circlet – crit rate/crit damage (try to remain a 1:2 crit rate to crit damage ratio overall)
Quickswap DPS Heizou sub-stats
- Energy recharge
- Crit rate/crit damage
- Elemental mastery
Elemental driver Heizou main stats
- Sands – elemental mastery
- Goblet – elemental mastery
- Circlet – elemental mastery
Elemental driver Heizou sub-stats
Keep in mind that farming a full set of elemental mastery artifacts takes a lot of time and investment as they have a relatively low drop rate, though they’re very worth it for elemental driver Heizou. As such, you likely won’t have much room to be fussy with sub-stats. But, if you can, prioritise the following.
- Elemental mastery
- Energy recharge
- Crit rate/crit damage (try to remain a 1:2 crit rate to crit damage ratio overall)
Heizou normal attacks
|Fighting Martial Art (normal)||Perform up to five consecutive melee attacks, dealing anemo damage|
|Fighting Martial Art (charged)||Consume a set amount of stamina to perform a sweeping kick, dealing anemo damage|
|Fighting Martial Art (plunge)||Plunge towards the ground, damaging all opponents in your path and dealing anemo damage upon impact with the ground|
Heizou elemental skill
|Heartstopper Strike||Tap: wield the swift winds to launch a Heartstopper Strike that deals Anemo damage
Hold: charge energy to unleash an even stronger blow. Heizou obtains the Declension effect while charging, which increases the power of Heartstopper Strike. When you release the skill button or the skill’s duration ends, Heizou strikes forward, dealing anemo damage
Declension: increases the power of the next Heartstopper Strike. Max four stacks. When you possess four Declension stacks, the Conviction effect activates, causing your next Heartstopper Strike to be even stronger and have a larger AoE
Heizou elemental burst
|Windmuster Kick||Leap into the air using the Fudou Style Vacuum Slugger and kick your opponent. The Vaccuum Slugger explodes upon hit, creating an Arresting Windtunnel that pulls in nearby objects and opponents, dealing AoE anemo damage.
When Fudou Style Vacuum Slugger hits enemies affects by hydro, pyro, cryo, or electro, it afflicts them with Windmuster Iris, which then explodes and dissipates, dealing AoE damage of the corresponding elemental type.
Fudou Style Vacuum Slugger can afflict a maximum of four enemies with the Windmuster Iris. Irises or different elemental types cannot afflict a single enemy target at the same time
Heizou passive skills
|Paradoxical Practice||When Heizou activates a swirl reaction while on the field, he gains one declension stack for Heartstopped Strike. You can trigger this effect once every 0.1 seconds|
|Penetrative Reasoning||After Heizou’s Heartstopped Strike hits an opponent, it increases all party member’s elemental mastery by 80 for ten seconds (excluding Heizou himself)|
|Pre-Existing Guilt||Decreases sprinting stamina consumption for your own party members by 20%. You can’t stack this with other passive talents that provide the same effects|
|C1: Named Juvenile Casebook||For five seconds after Heizou takes to the field, his normal attack speed increases by 15%. He also gains one stack of Declension for Heartstopper Strike. You can trigger this effect once every ten seconds|
|C2: Investigative Collection||Enhances the pull effect of the Arresting Windtunnel created by Windmuster Kick and increases its duration to one second|
|C3: Esoteric Puzzle Book||Increases the level of Heartstopper Strike by three. Max upgrade level is 15|
|C4: Tome of Lies||The first Windmuster Iris explosion in each Windmuster Kick regenerates nine elemental energy for Heizou. Every subsequent explosion in that Windmuster Kick regenerates an additional 1.5 energy for Heizou. One Windmuster Kick can regenerate a total of 13.5 energy for Heizou in this way|
|C5: Secret Archive||Increases the level of Windmuster Kick by three. Maximum upgrade level is 15|
|C6: Curious Casefiles||Each Declension stack increases the crit rate of the Heartstopper Strike unleashed by 4%. When Heizou possesses Conviction, this Heartstopper Strike’s crit damage increases by 32%|
Here are all the materials you need to fully ascend Heizou.
|20+||20k mora, one Vayuda Turquoise sliver, three onikabuto, three treasure hoarder insignia|
|40+||40k mora, three Vayuda Turquoise fragments, ten onikabuto, 15 treasure hoarder insignia, two Runic Fang|
|50+||60k mora, six Vayuda Turquoise fragments, 20 onikabuto, 12 silver raven insignia, four Runic Fang|
|60+||80k mora, three Vayuda Turquoise chunks, 30 onikabuto, 18 silver raven insignia, eight Runic Fang|
|70+||100k mora, six Vayuda Turquoise chunks, 45 onikabuto, 12 golden raven insignia, 12 Runic Fang|
|80+||120k mora, six Vayuda Turquoise gemstones, 60 onikabuto, 24 golden raven insignia, 20 Runic Fang|
You can level Heizou’s normal attack, elemental skill, and elemental burst to level ten. Here are all of the materials you need to level one of his talents to level ten.
|Two||12.5k mora, six treasure hoarder insignia, three teachings of transience|
|Three||17.5k mora, three silver raven insignia, two guide to transience|
|Four||25k mora, four silver raven insignia, four guide to transience|
|Five||30k mora, six silver raven insignia, six guide to transience|
|Six||37.5k mora, nine silver raven insignia, nine guide to transience|
|Seven||120k mora, four golden raven insignia, four philosophies of transience, one The Meaning of Aeons|
|Eight||260k mora, six golden raven insignia, six philosophies of transience, one The Meaning of Aeons|
|Nine||450k mora, nine golden raven insignia, 12 philosophies of transience, two The Meaning of Aeons|
|Ten||700k mora, 12 golden raven insignia, 16 philosophies of transience, two The Meaning of Aeons, one Crown of Insight|
That’s everything you need to know about Genshin Heizou. To unite the rest of the 4nemo boys (or is it 6wirl, now?) check out our Genshin Kazuha, Genshin Venti, Genshin Xiao, Genshin Scaramouche, and Genshin Traveler guides.