Hoyoverse has finally revealed Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu. This four-star electro character has ties to the one and oni Genshin Impact’s Itto – for better or worse. She’s best used in a support role and can perform some handy heals to keep your team alive.
We’ve heard bits and pieces about the new Arataki gang member, Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu, and we’re pretty smitten already. This kind, hardworking girl has a strong sense of responsibility and duty when it comes to the troublesome oni, and we can’t wait to see what hijinks they get up to when she becomes a playable character. But when is Genshin Impact Kuki Shinobu’s release date? And who exactly is she?
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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.
I am writing to introduce a talented person to you. — Kujou Sara
— Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact) March 28, 2022
We’re still awaiting Kuki Shinobu’s release date, so we’ve not had the chance to test out her builds yet, but we do know that she’s a four-star electro sword wielder, and her skills suggest that she excels in a sub-DPS/healer hybrid role.
As stated above, we’ve not had the chance to test different weapons on Kuki Shinobu yet. However, when looking at her skills, we believe the following will be the best options.
Freedom-sworn takes the top spot due to her healing scaling with her elemental mastery, and its skill still procking when she’s not on 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 will be able to use her burst more frequently, and the skill reset is always handy, especially as her skill field deals damage and therefore should be able to reset her skill even if she’s not on the field.
|Weapon||Effect (level one)||How to get|
|Freedom-Sworn||Bonus stat: increases elemental mastery by 43
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. Buff of the same type don’t stack
|Sacrificial Sword||Bonus stat: increases energy recharge by 13.3%
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||Bonus stat: increases elemental mastery by 36
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’re unsure which artifacts are best suited to Kuki Shinobu at the moment, but we we believe that Tenacity of the Millelith will work well with her kit as the heals from her skill will proc 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.
When it comes to stats and sub-stats, we suggest aiming to increase her HP and elemental mastery. We’ll be sure to update this section when we know more.
|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 in Bishui Plain, Liyue|
|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
|From the Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Liyue, or from the Noblesse Oblige artifact strongbox|
From what we’ve seen of Kuki’s abilities, she appears to have 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.
|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|
The following information is sourced from Honey Impact. Hoyoverse hasn’t officially released Kuki’s constellations yet, and they are subject to change.
|To Cloister Compassion||Increases Kariyama Rite’s AoE by 50%|
|To Forsake Fortune||Increases Grass Ring of Sanctification’s duration by three seconds|
|To Sequester Sorrow||Increases Sanctifying Ring’s level by three|
|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|
|To Cease Courtesies||Increases Kariyama Rite’s level by three|
|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 spectres, and Runic Fangs from the boss in the Genshin Impact Chasm.
|20||20,000||One vajrada amethyst sliver, three naku weed, three spectral husk|
|40||40,000||Three vajrada amethyst fragment, 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|
And that’s all we know about Genshin Impact’s Kuki Shinobu so far. 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.