Genshin Impact Layla build

Half-awake, half asleep, all incredulous. Sleepy elf Genshin Impact's Layla is finally here, so let's take a look at her element, role, best weapons, and more

Genshin Impact Layla: Layla's birthday art from 2022, showing a close up of her half-alseep sitting at a desk.

Hoyoverse first published drip marketing for Genshin Impact’s Layla in the lead up to the version 3.1 update, showing her to be an elven Sumeru native and student of theoretical astrology. Layla is a cryo character capable of providing shields for her allies and dealing damage from off the field. So let’s take a look at the best Genshin Layla build, including top tier weapons and artifacts, ascension materials, and more.

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Genshin Impact Layla

Genshin Impact Layla: Layla's character description graphic cropped to show just her head and shoulders on a blue background with dangling four-pointed stars.

Who is Genshin’s Layla?

According to the official Genshin Impact Instagram, Layla is a Rtawahist student who specialises in theoretical astrology. She’s a dutiful student who works tirelessly, drawing star charts to help support her thesis. Her teachers have very high expectations of her, meaning her desk is always piled high with a seemingly endless stack of papers for her to work through.

Check out Layla’s character demo below to find out more!

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What’s the best Genshin Layla build?

Genshin’s Layla is a cryo sword-wielder, and seems to play a hybrid role of sub-DPS and support. She’s capable of summoning a shield to protect herself and her allies, as well as both buffing her allies and applying cryo to her opponents, even from off-field.

What are the best Genshin Layla weapons?

The best five-star weapons for Layla are Primordial Jade Cutter and Key of Khaj-Nisut, but if you’re looking for four-star alternatives, we’d recommend Favonius Sword, Festering Desire, or Sacrificial Sword.

Weapon Effect
Primordial Jade Cutter HP increased by 20~40%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2~2.4% of the wielder’s Max HP.
Key of Khaj-Nisut HP increased by 20~40%. When an Elemental Skill hits opponents, you gain the Grand Hymn effect for 20s. This effect increases the equipping character’s Elemental Mastery by 0.12~0.24% of their Max HP. This effect can trigger once every 0.3s. Max 3 stacks. When this effect gains 3 stacks, or when the third stack’s duration is refreshed, the Elemental Mastery of all nearby party members will be increased by 0.2~0.4% of the equipping character’s max HP for 20s
Favonius Sword CRIT hits have a 60~100% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12~6s.
Festering Desire Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 16~32% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6~12%.
Sacrifical Sword After dealing damage to an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40~80% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30~16s.

Genshin Layla reading a scroll

What are the best Genshin Layla artifacts?

As Layla’s primary role in a team is shielder, the best artifact set for her is four-piece Tenacity of the Millelith.

Artifact set Effect
Tenacity of the Millelith Two equipped: HP +20%
Four equipped: When an Elemental Skill hits an opponent, the ATK of all nearby party members is increased by 20% and their Shield Strength is increased by 30% for 3s. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s. This effect can still be triggered even when the character who is using this artifact set is not on the field.

For artifact stats, you should prioritise the following:

Main stats:

  • Sands: HP or energy recharge
  • Goblet: HP
  • Circlet: HP

Sub stat priority:

  • Energy recharge
  • Attack%
  • Crit rate
  • Crit damage

Genshin Impact Layla: Layla's voice artist announcement graphic.

What are Genshin Layla’s skills?

Genshin Layla normal attack

Skill Description
Sword of the Radiant Path (normal) Perform up to three rapid strikes
Sword of the Radiant Path (charged) Consume a set amount of stamina to unleash two rapid sword strikes
Sword of the Radiant Path (plunge) Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage on impact

Genshin Layla elemental skill

Skill Description
Nights of Formal Focus Put forth a shield called the Curtain of Slumber, dealing AoE cryo damage. The Curtain of Slumber’s damage absorption is based on Layla’s max HP and absorbs cryo damage with 250% efficacy. After deploying the shield, Layla has cryo applied to her briefly.
Night Stars and Shooting Stars – while the Curtain of Slumber is active, it creates one Night Star that attaches to it every 1.5 seconds. When a character protected by the shield uses an elemental skill, they create two Night Stars. You can create Night Stars once every 0.3 seconds in this way, and can accumulate a maximum of four Night Stars at any time. Once the Curtain of Slumber accumulates four Night Stars and there are opponents nearby, the Night Stars transform into homing Shooting Stars that fire off in sequence, dealing cryo damage to any opponents hit. If the Curtain of Slumber’s duration ends or it’s destroyed, the Night Stars disappear. If they are already firing off as Shooting Stars, these Shooting Stars last until the wave of shots end. You can’t create new Shooting Stars until the previous wave of Shooting Stars has completed

Genshin Layla elemental burst

Skill Description
Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker Unleash a Celestial Dreamsphere that constantly fires Starlight Slugs at opponents within its AoE, dealing Cryo damage. When a Starlight Slug hits, it generates one Night Star for nearby Curtains of Slumber. Each Curtain of Slumber can gain one Night Star this way every 0.5 seconds

Genshin Layla passive skills

Skill Description
Shadowy Dream-Signs When Layla crafts character talent materials, she has a 10% chance to receive double the product
Like Nascent Light While the Curtain of Slumber is active, the Deep Sleep effect activates each time the Curtain gains one Night Star, increasing the shield strength of the character under the effect of the Curtain of Slumber by 6%. This effect can have a maximum of four stacks and persists until the Curtain of Slumber disappears
Sweet Slumber Undisturbed The damage dealt by the Shooting Stars fired by Nights of Formal Focus increases by 1.5% of Layla’s max HP

Genshin Layla splash art and a brief overview of her skills from the 3.2 livestream

Genshin Layla constellations

If you pull a duplicate of Layla on her banner, you can unlock one of her constellations. Here are all six of her constellations.

Layla Constellation Description
C1: Fortress of Fantasy The shield absorption of the Curtain of Slumber generated by Nights of Formal Focus increases by 20%. Additionally, when unleashing Nights of Formal Focus, she generates a shield for any nearby party members who are not being protected by a Curtain of Slumber. This shield has 35% of the absorption of a Curtain of Slumber, lasts for 12 seconds, and absorbs cryo damage with 250% efficacy
C2: Light’s Remit When Shooting Stars from Nights of Formal Focus strike opponents, they each restore one energy to Layla. Each Shooting Star can restore energy to her in this manner once
C3: Secrets of the Night Increases the level of Night of Formal Focus by three. Max upgrade level is 15
C4: Starry Illumination When Nights of Formal Focus starts to fire off Shooting Stars, it grants all nearby party members the Dawn Star effect, causing their normal and charged attack damage to increase based on 5% of Layla’s max HP. Dawn Star can last up to three seconds and is removed 0.05 seconds after you deal normal or charged attack damage
C5: Stream of Consciousness Increases the level of Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker by three. Max upgrade level is 15
C6: Radiant Soulfire Shooting Stars from Nights of Formal Focus deal 40% increased damage, and Starlight Slugs from Dream of the Star-Stream Shaker deal 40% increased damage. Additionally, the interval between the creation of Night Stars via Nights of Formal Focus decreases by 20%

Genshin Impact Layla: Chibi of Layla realising that she wrote another essay in her sleep.

Genshin Layla ascension materials

Level Mora Materials
20+ 20,000 One shivada jade sliver, three nilotpala lotus, three divining scrolls
40+ 40,000 Three shivada jade fragments, two perpetual caliber, ten nilotpala lotus, 15 divining scrolls
50+ 60,000 Six shivada jade fragments, four perpetual caliber, 20 nilotpala lotus, 12 sealed scrolls
60+ 80,000 Three shivada jade chunks, eight perpetual caliber, 30 nilotpala lotus, 18 sealed scrolls
70+ 100,000 Six shivada jade chunks, 12 perpetual caliber, 45 nilotpala lotus, 12 sealed scrolls
80+ 120,000 Six shivada jade gemstones, 20 perpetual caliber, 60 nilotpala lotus, 24 sealed scrolls

Genshin Layla talent level up materials

These are the materials and mora required to get each talent up to level ten.

Level Mora Material
Two 12,500 Three Teachings of Ingenuity, three divining scroll
Three 17,500 Two Guide to Ingenuity, three sealed scroll
Four 25,000 Four Guide to Ingenuity, four sealed scroll
Five 30,000 Six Guide to Ingenuity, six sealed scroll
Six 37,500 Nine Guide to Ingenuity, nine sealed scroll
Seven 120,000 Three Philosophies of Ingenuity, four forbidden curse scrolls, one Mirror of Mushin
Eight 260,000 Six Philosophies of Ingenuity, six forbidden curse scrolls, one Mirror of Mushin
Nine 450,000 12 Philosophies of Ingenuity, nine forbidden curse scrolls, two Mirror of Mushin
Ten 700,000 16 Philosophies of Ingenuity, 12 forbidden curse scrolls, two Mirror of Mushin, one Crown of Insight

That’s everything we’ve got on Genshin Impact’s Layla right now, but we’ll be sure to update this guide as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, head over to our Genshin Impact tier list to see where your favourites place, or to our Genshin Impact update guide to get up to date.