Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu is a hardworking and dutiful gal, who essentially acts as a babysitter to Itto and the Arataki gang. Outside of that, she’s a unique four-star electro sword wielder, who sacrifices her health to summon an electro ring that damages enemies and heals allies, making her a great asset in aggravate and taser teams. So let’s take a look at the best Genshin Kuki build, including her artifacts, weapons, skills, and more.
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Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu
Kuki Shinobu is the deputy of the Arataki gang, and it’s her job to keep Itto in line, covering for his antics and compensating for any damages he causes, as well as collecting him from jail whenever he gets in trouble. She studied law in Liyue shortly before Inazuma went into lockdown, though her parents wanted her to be a Shrine Maiden like her older sister Miyuki.
Kuki Shinobu is a supporting character, and has a fantastic healing skill that also dishes out electro damage with its pulsing ring. The ideal Kuki build relies on plenty of elemental mastery, as this is what her passive healing talent is based off, but she also needs a high max HP stat, as her Sanctifying Ring elemental skill scales off this.
Kuki has recently come into her own thanks to the addition of the dendro element – she works fantastically in a Hyperbloom team, providing reactions left, right, and centre along with her healing.
Sumeru has given us some great weapon options for Kuki – the five-star Key of Khaj-Nisut and four-star Xhiphos’ Moonlight both buff elemental mastery, with the Key giving a hefty HP buff.
Freedom-sworn is another solid choice due to her healing scaling with her elemental mastery, and its skill still procing when she’s not on the field. Similarly, Iron Sting essentially works as an elemental mastery stat stick, though the skill likely won’t be very valuable to her.
On the other hand, Sacrificial Sword’s energy recharge means Kuki is able to use her burst more frequently, and the skill reset is always handy, especially as her skill field deals damage and therefore can trigger Sacrificial Sword’s passive even if she’s not on the field.
|Weapon||Rarity||Effect||How to get|
|Xiphos’ Moonlight||Four-star||Bonus stat: Increases elemental mastery
Skill: Every ten seconds, the equipping character gains 0.03% energy recharge for every point of elemental mastery. Nearby party members gain 30% of this buff, too. The effect is triggered even when not on field.
|Key of Khaj-Nisut||Five-star||Bonus stat: HP increase
Skill: HP is increased by 20%, and when an elemental skill hits an opponent, a Grand Hymn is gained. This increases elemental mastery by 0.12% of the max HP, and can stack. Three stacks will buff party members’ elemental mastery.
|Freedom-Sworn||Four-star||Bonus stat: Increases elemental mastery
Skill: Increases damage by 10%. When Kuki triggers elemental reactions, she gains a Sigil of Rebellion (once every 0.5 seconds). This triggers even if she isn’t on the field. When she reaches two sigils, she consumes both to grant all nearby party members +20% attack and +16% normal, charged, and plunging attack damage for 12 seconds. Once triggered, she gains no sigils for 20 seconds. Buffs of the same type don’t stack.
|Sacrificial Sword||Four-star||Bonus stat: Increases energy recharge
Skill: After Kuki damages an opponent with her elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. This can occur once every 30 seconds.
|Iron Sting||Four-star||Bonus stat: Increases elemental mastery
Skill: Dealing elemental damage increases all of Kuki’s damage by 6% for six seconds. This can occur once every second.
|Forge via Blacksmith|
We believe that Tenacity of the Millelith works best with her kit as her healing skill procs the buff, even when she’s off-field. Alternatively, if you don’t have another character on the team equipped with Noblesse Oblige we recommend giving that to Kuki, as its team-wide buff is invaluable but doesn’t stack.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Tenacity of the Millelith||Two equipped: Increases HP by 20%
Four equipped: When Kuki’s elemental skill hits an opponent, increases the attack of all nearby party members by 20%, and increases their shield strength by 30% for 30 seconds. This effect can trigger once every 0.5 seconds, even when Kuki isn’t on the field
|Ridge Watch Domain|
|Gilded Dreams||Two equipped: Elemental mastery increased by 80
Four equipped: Within 8 seconds of an elemental reaction being triggered, Kuki obtains buffs based on elements of other party members. Attack increases 14% for other electro characters, and elemental mastery increases by 50 for each other element. Effects trigger even off field.
|Spire of Solitary Enlightenment Domain|
|Flower of Paradise Lost||Two equipped: Increases elemental mastery by 80
Four equipped: Kuki’s Hyperbloom reaction damage is increased by 40%, and when the effect is triggered, another 25% bonus damage will be applied. Effects trigger even when Kuki is off field.
|City of Gold Domain|
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: Increases elemental burst damage by 20%
Four equipped: When Kuki uses her elemental burst, it increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack
|Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern Domain, or Noblesse Oblige artifact strongbox|
Artifact stat and sub-stat recommendations
Generally, for a top-notch healing Kuki, you should focus on increasing her elemental mastery and HP in her artifact stats and sub-stats. Energy recharge really takes a back seat because, as a healer, you don’t really need to use her burst much at all.
Kuki has the potential to offer some great DPS and electro application, while also healing herself and her teammates. Her skill relies on her sacrificing a portion of her health, and the duration of her burst extends if her HP is below 50%. Therefore, like Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao, she benefits from not being healed to full HP.
Don’t be afraid to see her HP bar drop into the red – if you’ve got her skill leveled up and some decent HP and elemental mastery on her artifacts, she’ll be able to survive with just a few ticks of her own healing.
|Shinobu’s Shadowsword (normal attack)||Perform up to four rapid strikes|
|Shinobu’s Shadowsword (charged)||Consume stamina to unleash two rapid sword strikes|
|Sanctifying Ring (elemental skill)||Kuki sacrifices a portion of her HP to create a Grass Ring of Sanctification, dealing electro damage to all nearby opponents. The Grass Ring of Sanctification follows your active character, dealing electro damage to nearby opponents every 1.5 seconds, and restoring HP for active characters within the ring’s AoE based on Kuki’s max HP. The HP consumption from this skill can bring her HP no lower than 20%|
|Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite||Kuki stabs an evil-excoriating blade into the ground, creating a field that cleanses the area of all that is foul, dealing continuous electro damage to opponents within its AoE based on Kuki’s max HP. If her HP is less than or equal to 50% when she uses this skill, the field lasts longer|
|Inazuma Expedition||Gain more rewards when dispatched on an Inazuma Expedition for 20 hours|
|Heart’s Repose||The healing and damage from Kuki’s elemental skill increases with the level of her elemental mastery|
|Break Free||Kuki’s healing bonus increases when her HP is low|
|C1: To Cloister Compassion||Increases Kariyama Rite’s AoE by 50%|
|C2: To Forsake Fortune||Increases Grass Ring of Sanctification’s duration by three seconds|
|C3: To Sequester Sorrow||Increases Sanctifying Ring’s level by three|
|C4: To Sever Sealing||If the character with Kuki’s Grass Ring active hits an enemy with a normal, plunging, or charged attack, they apply a Thundergrass Mark to said enemy. This deals electro AoE damage equal to 9.&% of Kuki’s max HP|
|C5: To Cease Courtesies||Increases Kariyama Rite’s level by three|
|C6: To Ward Weakness||When Kuki takes damage that would reduce her HP to 0, she won’t be knocked out. This effect triggers when her HP reaches one and can only occur once every 60 seconds. When Kuki’s HP drops below 25%, her elemental mastery increases by 150 for 15 seconds. This can also only occur once every 60 seconds|
In order to ascend Kuki, you need plenty of Spectral Husks from wily spectres and Runic Fangs from the Ruin Serpent boss in the Genshin Impact Chasm. Naku weed, thankfully, is a plentiful find in Inazuma.
|20||20,000||One Vajrada amethyst sliver, three naku weed, three spectral husk|
|40||40,000||Three Vajrada amethyst fragments, ten naku weed, 15 spectral husks, two runic fangs|
|50||60,000||Six Vajrada amethyst fragments, 20 naku weed, 12 spectral husks, four runic fangs|
|60||80,000||Three Vajrada amethyst chunks, 30 naku weeds, 18 spectral husks, eight runic fangs|
|70||100,000||Six Vajrada amethyst chunks, 45 naku weeds, 12 spectral nucleus, 12 runic fangs|
|80||120,000||Six Vajrada amethyst gemstones, 60 naku weeds, 24 spectral nucleus, 20 runic fangs|
Kuki, like all her fellow Genshin characters, requires a range of materials to get her talents up to scratch. The main cost is mora, but you also need talent books, and some enemy drops. To upgrade her talents to higher levels, you also need Tears of the Calamitous God, dropped by the weekly Raiden Shogun boss fight.
|Two||12,500||Six spectral husk, three teachings of Elegance|
|Three||17,500||Three spectral heart, two guides to Elegance|
|Four||25,000||Four spectral heart, four guides to Elegance|
|Five||30,000||Six spectral heart, six guides to Elegance|
|Six||37,500||Nine spectral heart, nine guides to Elegance|
|Seven||120,000||Four spectral nucleus, four philosophies of Elegance, one Tears of the Calamitous God|
|Eight||260,000||Six spectral nucleus, six philosophies of Elegance, one Tears of the Calamitous God|
|Nine||450,000||Nine spectral nucleus, 12 philosophies of Elegance, two Tears of the Calamitous God|
|Ten||700,000||12 spectral nucleus, 16 philosophies of Elegance, two Tears of the Calamitous God, one Crown of Insight|
And that’s all we’ve got on Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu for now. If you want to see how all the other characters rank, check out our Genshin Impact character list. We also have a list of all the current Genshin Impact events, so you can keep up to date on everything happening in Teyvat.