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Genshin Impact Kirara build

Genshin Impact’s Kirara is an adorable feline delivery girl with the power of dendro. Our guide shows you her best build, weapons, artifacts, and more.

Genshin Impact Kirara's recent birthday art

Are you expecting a package? Because Genshin Impact’s Kirara is here to deliver. This energetic nekomata is always on the move, and we’re here to help you make the most of her unique kit. She’s blessed with a dendro vision and is a formidable shielder, so read on if you want to learn more about her skills, best weapons, constellations, and more.

We’ve got a whole bunch of Genshin guides to help you on your journey across Teyvat. Check out our Genshin Impact tier list, Genshin Impact codes, and Genshin Impact next banner guides to get up to date on the latest content and meta. We’ve also got build guides for other characters like Genshin Impact’s Zhongli, Genshin Impact’s Collei, and Genshin Impact’s Klee.

Here’s everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Kirara.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Kirara build?

Best weapon Key of Khaj-Nisut
Weapon substitutes
  • Sapwood Blade
  • Favonius Sword
Best artifact set Two Tenacity of the Milelith and two Vourukasha’s Glow (or any HP% set)
Artifact substitutes Full set of Instructor, Tenacity of the Milelith, or Deepwood Memories
Main stats
  • Sands: HP%
  • Goblet: HP%
  • Circlet: HP% / crit rate (Favonius Sword)
Sub-stats
  • Energy recharge
  • HP%
  • Crit rate (if using Favonius Sword)

Kirara’s best weapon is the Key of Khaj-Nisut and her best shielding artifact set is two pieces of Tenacity of the Milelith and two pieces of Vourukasha’s Glow. You can also use a full set of Instructor for a team-wide elemental mastery buff. As Kirara’s shielding scales based on her max HP, you should aim to equip her with pieces that offer HP%, HP, and energy recharge stats.

When leveling up Kirara’s talents, we recommend prioritizing her elemental skill first, followed by her elemental burst. Regardless of what role you play her in, Kirara’s normal attacks deal very little damage and are not an important part of her kit, so you don’t need to level those up unless you really want to.

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How do I use Kirara?

Genshin’s Kirara is four-star a dendro sword user and an extremely useful shield support. Her elemental skill has massive damage absorption potential, particularly for dendro damage, that scales based on her max HP.

As such, the most important part of Kirara’s kit is her elemental skill, though her elemental burst is also valuable, especially as it has the potential to trigger the four-piece passive for the Noblesse Oblige artifact set.

Both Kirara’s elemental burst and skill deal AoE dendro damage, and her skill provides a shield for her and her teammates that has incredible damage absorption potential. As mentioned above, her normal attack is negligible, so you don’t need to bother using them, even in on-field roles.

Kirara’s main role is as an off-field support, using the shield from her skill to increase the survivability of her teammates. In this role, while you can use the tap version of her elemental skill, we generally recommend doing the ‘short hold’ method where you briefly hold the skill button before tapping it again to cancel the Urgent Neko Parcel state.

Compared to the tap version of Kirara’s skill, this method generates four dendro particles instead of three, gains an additional stack for her Bewitching, Bewitching Tails passive, deals more damage, and applies two instances of dendro instead of one – all while still providing you with the same shield and taking up around the same amount of field time.

However, you can also user her as an on-field reaction driver by pairing her up with other characters that deal elemental damage (preferably off-field).

In this role, you should once again focus on using the ‘short hold’ version of Kirara’s elemental skill. However, you can also do the ‘full hold’ method, in which you hold the skill button and allow Kirara to fully enter the Urgent Neko Parcel state.

During the Urgent Neko Parcel state, Kirara continuously applies dendro very quickly. The main issue with this approach is that it requires frequent contact with the enemies, and can be a little tricky to control. It’s definitely worth practicing both versions to get a feel for which works for you in different scenarios.

What are the best Kirara weapons?

Generally, the most recommended weapon for Kirara is Favonius Sword, as it helps both her and her team with energy regeneration, and is a very affordable option that’s quite easy to build. The only setback is that it requires Kirara to land crit hits in order to activate its passive, so you need to build her with some crit rate if you go with this option.

Outside of that, Key of Khaj-Nisut is the best five-star sword for Kirara. It increases her max HP which buffs her shield’s damage absorption and also has the chance to increase the team’s elemental mastery if you use her skill frequently enough.

We’ve also suggested some potential four-star options that buff her energy recharge. Sapwood Blade seems like a particularly good budget pick as you can forge it and it synergizes well with dendro reaction teams.

Weapon Effect How to obtain
Favonius Sword Bonus stat: energy recharge
Skill:
Crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small number of elemental particles, which regenerate six energy for Kirara. Can only occur once every 12 seconds
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Key of Khaj-Nisut Bonus stat: HP
Skill: HP increased by 20%. When an elemental skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20 seconds. This effect increases Kirara’s elemental mastery by 0.12% of her max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3 seconds. Max three stacks. When this effect gains three stacks, or when the third stack’s duration is refreshed, the elemental mastery of all nearby party members increases by 0.2% of Kirara’s max HP for 20 seconds
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Sapwood Blade Bonus stat: energy recharge
Skill: Triggering burning, quicken, aggravate, spread, bloom, hyperbloom, or burgeon creates a Leaf of Consciousness around Kirara for a maximum of ten seconds. When picked up, the Leaf grants Kirara 60 elemental mastery for 12 seconds. Only one Leaf can be generated this way every 20 seconds. This effect can still trigger if Kirara is not on the field. The Leaf of Consciousness’ effect cannot stack
Forging

What are the best Kirara artifacts?

Based on the artifact sets we currently have in the game, we’ve made some suggestions below about which ones work with Kirara’s kit, but currently, none of them is a perfect fit. If you want to lean fully into her shielding capabilities, a combination of Tenacity of the Milelith and Vourukasha’s Glow buffs Kirara’s HP and therefore her shield strength.

Dendro teams in particular can really benefit from a Kirara carrying a four-piece set of Instructor thanks to its team-wide elemental mastery buff that’s easy to maintain in a quickswap rotation. Similarly, a four-piece set of Deepwood Memories synergizes incredibly effectively with Spread/Bloom teams, even if Kirara can’t maintain its buff 100% of the time when off-field.

Artifact set Effect How to obtain
Tenacity of the Milelith Two equipped: HP +20%
Four equipped: upon hitting an enemy with an elemental skill, all nearby party members gain 20% attack and 30% shield strength for three seconds. You can trigger this effect once every 0.5 seconds, even if Kirara is not on the field
Ridge Watch domain on Bishui Plain, Liyue
Vourukasha’s Glow Two equipped: HP +20%
Four equipped: not applicable
Molten Iron Fortress Domain in the Girdle of the Sands, Sumeru
Instructor Two equipped: elemental mastery +80
Four equipped: upon triggering an elemental reaction, increases all party members’ elemental mastery by 120 for eight seconds
Chests, enemy drops, domains
Deepwood Memories Two equipped: dendro damage bonus +15%
Four equipped: after elemental skills or bursts hit opponents, the targets’ dendro resistance will decrease by 30% for eight seconds. This effect can be triggered even if Kirara is not on the field
Spire of Solitary Enlightenment domain in Avidya Forest, Sumeru

Artifact stat recommendations

We recommend focusing on the following stats when picking artifacts for Kirara.

Main stats:

  • Sands: HP%
  • Goblet: HP%
  • Circlet: HP% or crit rate (with Favonius Sword)

Sub-stats:

  • Energy recharge
  • HP
  • HP%
  • Crit rate (if using Favonius Sword)

What are the best Kirara team comps?

Depending on how you build her, Kirara can benefit from dendro resonance teams or multi-element comps, and she could be a great fit for bloom-based teams as her shields protect your allies from the dendro core explosions.

Here’s an example of a strong Kirara bloom team comp:

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Kirara iconKirara Kaveh iconKaveh Nilou iconNilou Xingqiu iconXingqiu

Genshin Impact's Kirara smiling in a piece of official art with Hu Tao off to the left

What are Kirara’s abilities?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Boxcutter Normal: Performs up to four rapid strikes
Charged: Consumes a certain amount of stamina to unleash three rapid claw strikes
Plunging: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact
Elemental skill: Meow-teor Kick Press: Kirara leaps into the air with all the agility of a cat passing through the bushes, and thwacks her foes with a flying kick that deals AoE dendro damage while creating a Shield of Safe Transport. This also briefly applies dendro to Kirara. The shield absorbs dendro damage with 250% effectiveness. The shield’s damage absorption is based on Kirara’s max HP and will not exceed a certain percentage of that max HP. If Kirara creates a new shield while a previous one is still active, it gains the remaining damage absorption stacks, and its duration resets
Hold: Kirara deploys a Shield of Safe Transport identical to the one created by pressing the skill and curls up into a special express delivery box, entering the Urgent Neko Parcel state in order to move and fight more swiftly.
Urgent Neko Parcel
· Deals dendro damage to opponents she crashes into. This effect can be triggered once on each opponent every 0.5 seconds
· When in this state, Kirara’s movement speed, climbing speed, and jumping power increase, and her stamina consumption from climbing also increases
· When the duration ends or Kirara uses the skill again, she unleashes a Flipclaw Strike more powerful than the attack in the press mode, dealing AoE dendro damage
· The Urgent Neko Parcel state lasts a maximum of ten seconds. When the state ends, the skill enters cooldown. The longer Kirara spends in this state, the longer the cooldown is
· Sprinting or actively canceling climbing ends this state early
Elemental burst: Secret Art: Surprise Dispatch Smash opponents with a Special Delivery Package, dealing AoE dendro damage. After the Special Delivery Package explodes, it splits up into many Cat Grass Cardamoms that explode either on contact with opponents or after a period of time, dealing AoE dendro damage

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Cat’s Creeping Carriage When Kirara is in the party, animals who produce fowl, raw meat, or chilled meat aren’t startled when party members approach them
Bewitching, Betwitching Tails When Kirara is in the Urgent Neko Parcel state of Meow-teor Kick, each impact against an opponent grants her a stack of Reinforced Packaging. You can trigger this effect once for each opponent she hits every 0.5 seconds, for a maximum of three stacks. When the Urgent Neko Parcel state ends, each stack of Reinforced Packaging creates one Shield of Safe Transport for Kirara. The shields created this way have 20% of the damage absorption that the Shield of Safe Transport produced by Meow-teor Kick would have. If Kirara is already protected by a Shield of Safe Transport created by Meow-teor Kick, its damage absorption stacks with these shields and its duration resets
Pupillary Variance Every 1,000 max HP Kirara possesses increases the damage Meow-teor Kick deals by 0.4%, and the damage Secret Art: Surprise Dispatch deals by 0.3%

What are Kirara’s constellations?

Constellations are additional buffs that you unlock by pulling duplicates of a character. Here are all the constellations for Kirara.

Constellation Effect
C1: Material Circulation Every 8,000 max HP Kirara possesses causes her to create one extra Cat Grass Cardamom when she uses Secret Art: Surprise Dispatch. She can create a maximum of four extra Cat Grass Cardamom in this way
C2: Perfectly Packaged When Kirara is in the Urgent Neko Parcel state of Meow-teor Kick, she grants Critical Transport Shields to any other party members she crashes into. The damage absorption of Critical Transport Shield is 40% of the maximum absorption of Meow-teor Kick’s normal Shields of Safe Transport, and they absorb dendro damage with 250% effectiveness. Critical Transport Shields last 12 seconds, and you can trigger them once on each character every ten seconds
C3: Universal Recognition Increases the level of Meow-teor Kick by three, up to a maximum level of 15
C4: Steed of Skanda After active characters protected by Shields of Safe Transport or Critical Transport Shields hit opponents with normal, charged, or plunging attacks, Kirara performs a coordinated attack with them using Small Cat Grass Cardamoms, dealing 200% of her attack as dendro damage. This damage is considered elemental burst damage. This effect can trigger once every 3.8 seconds and its cooldown is shared by all members of the party
C5: A Thousand Miles in a Day Increases the level of Secret Art: Surprise Dispatch by three, up to a maximum level of 15
C6: Countless Sights to See All nearby party members gain 12% all elemental damage bonus within 15 seconds after Kirara uses her elemental skill or burst

What are Kirara’s ascension materials?

If you want to ascend Kirara all the way to level 90, you need the following materials.

Level Mora Ascension materials
20+ 20k One nagadus emerald sliver, three amakumo fruits, three spectral husks
40+ 40k Three nagadus emerald fragments, two evergloom rings, ten amakumo fruits, 15 spectral husks
50+ 60k Six nagadus emerald fragments, four evergloom rings, 20 amakumo fruits, 12 spectral hearts
60+ 80k Three nagadus emerald chunks, eight evergloom rings, 30 amakumo fruits, 18 spectral hearts
70+ 100k Six nagadus emerald chunks, 12 evergloom rings, 45 amakumo fruits, 12 spectral nuclei
80+ 120k Six nagadus emerald gemstones, 20 evergloom rings, 60 amakumo fruits, 24 spectral nuclei

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

  • Nagadus emeralds – drops from normal and weekly bosses
  • Amakumo fruits – found in the wild on Seirai Island in Inazuma
  • Evergloom rings – drops from the Iniquitous Baptist normal boss in Sumeru
  • Spectral husks, hearts, and nuclei – drops from specter enemies in Inazuma, Enkanomiya, and Sumeru

Genshin Impact's Kirara sleeping with her head on a desk

What are Kirara’s talent materials?

Some of Kirara’s talent materials are the same as her ascension materials, so make sure to double up when you’re farming. Here are all the materials you need to get one of Kirara’s talents to level ten.

Level Mora Materials
Two 12.5k Three teachings of transience, six spectral husks
Three 17.5k Two guides to transience, three spectral hearts
Four 25k Four guides to transience, four spectral hearts
Five 30k Six guides to transience, six spectral hearts
Six 37.5k Nine guides to transience, nine spectral hearts
Seven 120k Four philosophies of transience, four spectral nuclei, one everamber
Eight 260k Six philosophies of transience, six spectral nuclei, one everamber
Nine 450k 12 philosophies of transience, nine spectral nuclei, two everamber
Ten 700k 16 philosophies of transience, 12 spectral nuclei, two everamber, one crown of insight

Here’s where to get each of Kirara’s talent materials:

  • Spectral husks, hearts, and nuclei – drops from specter enemies in Inazuma, Enkanomiya, and Sumeru
  • Transience talent books – rewards from the Violet Court domains on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays
  • Everamber – drops from the Guardian of Apep’s Oasis weekly boss in Sumeru

Talent priorities

When leveling up Kirara’s talents, we recommend prioritizing the following:

  • Elemental skill > elemental burst > normal attack

That’s everything we know so far about Genshin Impact’s Kirara. We’ll update this guide as soon as we know more, so make sure to bookmark it. While you wait, check out some of our other Hoyoverse guides like our Honkai Star Rail tier list, Honkai Star Rail codes, and builds for Honkai Star Rail’s Black Swan, Honkai Star Rail’s Gallagher, and Honkai Star Rail’s Robin.