Genshin Impact Kaeya guide – the best build

Our recommended build for Genshin Impact’s Kaeya

Kaeya flipping a coin

As Cavalry Captain of the Knights of Favonius, Kaeya is highly respected by the people of Mondstadt. In Genshin Impact, he’s known for being extremely charming, to the point where he can persuade dangerous criminals to give him the information he needs in order to arrest them, or set them free.

This four-star cryo character is easily obtained by completing quests at the start of the game, and although he isn’t the strongest character, Genshin Impact’s Kaeya can be an asset early on. Our guide will assist you in finding the best weapons and artifacts, as well as outline what each and every one of his skills does.

If you need some extra primogems to wish for new characters, take a look at our Genshin Impact codes list. We can also help you master other popular characters, so take a look at our Genshin Impact Traveler and Genshin Impact Eula guides for our recommended builds and a rundown on their skills.

The best Genshin Impact Kaeya build

Kaeya is best suited to a sub DPS, but unfortunately doesn’t excel in this role. We recommend using him in a team with Genshin Impact’s Tartaglia, as together they can keep freezing enemies with cryo reactions.

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Which weapon should you use?

The Skyward Blade is the best choice of weapon for Kaeya. However, if you’re having trouble acquiring it, the three-star Skyrider Sword is a suitable replacement.

Weapon Effect
Skyward Blade Critical hit rate is increased by 4%. Kaeya gains Skypiercing Might when an elemental burst is used. This increases movement and attack speed by 10% and boosts the damage of normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
Skyrider Sword Elemental bursts provide a 12% increase in attack and movement speed for 15 seconds

Which artifact set should you use?

We recommend using two items from each of the sets below to get a boost to your cryo and elemental burst damage.

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%
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Elemental bursts increase all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds

Kaeya slashing an enemy with his sword

What are Kaeya’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Ceremonial Bladework Perform five strikes
Ceremonial Bladework (charged) Consume stamina to unleash two fast sword swings
Ceremonial Bladework (plunging) Plunge from mid-air to deal AoE damage on impact with the ground
Frostgnaw Deals AoE cryo damage
Glacial Waltz Summon three icicles that follow Kaeya, dealing cryo damage to enemies

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Cold-Blooded Strike Frostgnaw also regenerates HP to Kaeya equal to 15% of his attack
Heart of the Abyss Enemies frozen by Frostgnaw will produce elemental particles
Hidden Strength Decreases sprinting stamina by 20% for the party

What are Kaeya’s constellations?

You can level up Kaeya’s constellations when you receive him as a duplicate when making a wish. Here’s every bonus you receive as you level up.

Constellation Effect
Excellent Blood Normal and charged attacks critical hit rate against enemies affected by cryo is increased by 15%
Never-Ending Performance When Glacial Waltz defeats an enemy, its duration is increased by 2.5 seconds for a maximum of 15 seconds
Dance of Frost Increases the level of Frostgnaw by three
Frozen Kiss The following effects are triggered automatically when Kaeya’s HP falls below 20%:
  • a shield is created that absorbs damage equal to 30% of Kaeya’s Max HP and lasts for 20 seconds
  • The shield absorbs cryo damage with 250% efficiency
    This can only occur once every 60 seconds
Frostbiting Embrace Increases the level of Glacial Waltz by three
Glacial Whirlwind An additional icicle is summoned when Glacial Waltz is used. It will also regenerate 15 energy when cast

Kaeya standing in front of a white background

What does it cost to ascend Kaeya?

Here’s how much mora and what items you need to fully ascend Kaeya.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One Shivada Jade Sliver, three Calla Lily, three Treasure Hoarder Insignia
40 40,000 Three Shivada Jade Fragment, two Hoarfrost Core, ten Calla Lily, 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia
50 60,000 Six Shivada Jade Fragment, four Hoarfrost Core, 20 Calla Lily, 12 Silver Raven Insignia
60 80,000 Three Shivada Jade Chunk, eight Hoarfrost Core, 30 Calla Lily, 18 Silver Raven Insignia
70 100,000 Six Shivada Jade Chunk, 12 Hoarfrost Core, 45 Calla Lily, 12 Golden Raven Insignia
80 120,000 Six Shivada Jade Gemstone, 20 Hoarfrost Core, 60 Calla Lily, 24 Golden Raven Insignia

If you want to know more about future characters, take a look at our Genshin Impact update guide.