Fontaine’s mysterious magician, Genshin Impact’s Lyney, makes a splash with his flourishing pyro attacks at the drop of a hat. We first saw him in the Teyvat Chapter Storyline trailer alongside his sister Lynette. Lyney wields a bow with the pyro element, while not entertaining the court, of course. Lyney is a celebrated magician in the court of Fontaine, who puts on live shows alongside Lynette.
Here’s what we know about Genshin Impact’s Lyney.
|Best weapon||The First Great Magic|
|Weapon substitutes||Song of Stillness, Scion of the Blazing Sun|
|Best artifact set||Marechaussee Hunter|
|Main stats||Sands – Attack
Goblet – Pyro damage bonus
Circlet – Crit rate/damage
|Sub stats||Crit rate, crit damage, attack|
Lyney reliably fills an on-field DPS role, thanks to his pyro application and use of charged shots, especially in a mono-pyro or swirl team with an anemo grouper like Kazuha or Sucrose.
The best build for Lyney involves his signature weapon, The First Great Magic, and a set of Marechaussee Hunter artifacts with plenty of attack and crit stats.
How do I use Genshin Impact’s Lyney?
In combat, Lyney’s charged attacks fire off Prop Arrows, which summon a Grin-Malkin Hat. This acts as a taunt, and upon expiry, fires a Pyrotechnic Strike at one opponent dealing pyro damage. Aim to do this first, and then follow up with more charged attacks and his ultimate.
Lyney excels with a high crit rate, especially crit damage. If you can, focus on this as a main stat. If not, any attack or energy recharge boosting bows won’t go amiss.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|The First Great Magic (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit damage
Skill: Lyney’s attack increases by 12%. For every party member with the pyro element, Lyney gains one Gimmick stack. For every party member with a different element, Lyney gains a Theatrics stack. When Lyney has one, two, or three Gimmick stacks, his attack increases by 8/16/40%. When he has one, two, or three Theatrics stacks, his movement speed increases by 4/7/10%.
|Weapon banner alongside Lyney|
|Aqua Simulacra (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit damage
Skill: Lyney’s HP increases by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, he deals 20% extra damage.
|Weapon banner alongside Yelan|
|Scion of the Blazing Sun (four-star)||Bonus effect: Crit rate increase
Skill: When Lyney’s charged attack hits opponents, a Sunfire Arrow descends dealing 60% of his attack as damage. This applies the Heartsearer effect. Opponents affected by this take 28% more charged damage from Lyney.
|Song of Stillness (four-star)||Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: When Lyney is healed, he deals 16% more damage for 8 seconds. This triggers even if he is not on the field.
Ahead of his release, we can recommend pyro artifacts, and energy recharge to bring his skill back quickly.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Marechaussee Hunter||Two equipped: Normal and charged attack damage increase
Four equipped: When Lyney’s current HP increases or decreases, his crit rate increases by 12% for five seconds.
|Denouement of Sin domain|
|Crimson Witch of Flames||Two equipped: Increases pyro damage
Four equipped: Increases Lyney’s overload, burning, and burgeon damage by 40%. Increases his vaporize and melt damage by 15%. Using Lyney’s elemental skill increases the two-piece bonus by 50% of its starting value.
|Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain|
|Vermillion Hereafter||Two equipped: Increases attack
Four equipped: When Lyney uses his elemental burst, he gains the Nascent Light effect, increasing his attack by 8% for 16 seconds. When his HP decreases, his attack further increases by 10%. This can stack up to four times. The effect dispels if Lyney leaves the field.
|The Lost Valley domain|
|Golden Troupe||Two equipped: Increases elemental skill damage
Four equipped: Increases Lyney’s elemental skill damage by 25%. Additionally, when he is not on the field, skill damage increases by another 25%.
|Denouement of Sin domain|
Artifact stat recommendations
- Sands: Attack
- Goblet: Pyro damage bonus
- Circlet: Crit rate/damage
- Crit rate/crit damage
- Energy recharge
- Attack/attack %
Due to Lyney’s A4 passive, he excels in a mono pyro team, or a team with two pyro users. This really is his best team – he can be used for reactions, but you’ll get much better numbers with Xiangling, Dehya, or Bennett in a team with him.
Lyney is a great pyro DPS, and here is what his kit does both on and off the battlefield.
|Normal attack: Card Force Translocation||Normal: Lyney performs up to four consecutive shots with his bow.
Plunging: Lyney fires a shower of arrows before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE damage.
Charged: Performs a precisely aimed shot with increasing damage. Level one fires a pyro-infused arrow, and level two fires a Prop Arrow and summons a Grin-Malkin hat.
|Elemental skill: Bewildering Lights||Lyney uses his hat to throw fireworks dealing AoE pyro damage. On use, Lyney clears all Prop Surplus stacks and deals a pyro AoE to opponents. Damage increases depending on how many stacks are cleared, and also regenerates Lyney’s HP depending on his max HP.
If a Grin-Malkin Hat is on the field, it explodes and deals extra pyro damage.
|Elemental burst: Wondrous Trick: Miracle Parade||Lyney turns into a Grin Malklin Cat and moves quickly, sending flames to nearby opponents. When the Cat’s duration ends, Lyney sets off fireworks dealing more pyro damage. This also summons a Grin Malkin Hat and one Prop Surplus stack.|
|Perilous Performance (unlocks at ascension one)||If Lyney consumes HP when firing a prop arrow, the Grin-Malkin Hat he summons restores three energy to Lyney and increases his damage by 80% upon hitting an opponent.|
|Conclusive Ovation (unlocks at ascension four)||The damage Lyney deals to opponents affected by pyro receives the following buffs:
-Increases damage dealt by 60%
-Each pyro party member other than Lyney causes damage to increase by another 20%.
Lyney can deal up to an extra 100% damage in this way.
|Trivial Observations (unlocked automatically)||Lyney displays the location of nearby Fontaine-specific items on the minimap.|
Here is what Lyney’s constellations can bring to the table if you’re going for more than one of the magician:
|C1 – Whimsical Wonders||Lyney can have two Grin-Maklin Hats present on the field. Prop Arrows summon two Hats and grant an extra stack of Prop Surplus.|
|C2 – Loquacious Cajoling||When Lyney is on the field, he gains a stack of Crisp Focus every two seconds. Each stack increases his crit damage by 20%. This cancels if he leaves the field.|
|C3 – Prestidigitation||Increases the level of Card Force Translocation (normal attack) by three.|
|C4 – Well-Versed, Well-Rehearsed||After an opponent is hit by Lyney’s pyro-charged arrows, their pyro resistance decreases by 20% for six seconds.|
|C5 – To Pierce Enigmas||Increases the level of Wondrous Trick: Miracle Parade by three.|
|C6 – Guarded Smile||When Lyney fires a Prop Arrow, he also fires a pyrotechnic strike that deals 80% extra damage.|
To ascend Lyney all the way up to 90, you’ll need to head into Fontaine’s wilds. He needs a Fontaine regional flower, the rainbow rose, and a drop from the Emperor of Fire and Iron boss.
|20||20,000||One agnidus agate sliver, three rainbow roses, three recruit’s insignia|
|40||40,000||Three agnidus agate fragments, two emperor’s resolution, ten rainbow roses, 15 recruit’s insignia|
|50||60,000||Six agnidus agate fragments, four emperor’s resolution, 20 rainbow roses, 12 sergeant’s insignia|
|60||80,000||Three agnidus agate chunks, eight emperor’s resolution, 30 rainbow roses, 18 sergeant’s insignia|
|70||100,000||Six agnidus agate chunks, 12 emperor’s resolution, 45 rainbow roses, 12 sergeant’s insignia|
|80||120,000||Six agnidus agate gemstones, 20 emperor’s resolution, 60 rainbow roses, 24 sergeant’s insignia|
Similar to Lyney’s ascension materials, he needs a lot of Fatui drops, along with new Fontaine talent books. He also needs primordial greenbloom items from Apep’s weekly boss fight in Sumeru.
|Two||12,500||Six recruit’s insignia, three teachings of fairness|
|Three||17,500||Three sergeant’s insignia, two guides to fairness|
|Four||25,000||Four sergeant’s insignia, four guides to fairness|
|Five||30,000||Six sergeant’s insignia, six guides to fairness|
|Six||37,500||Nine sergeant’s insignia, nine guides to fairness|
|Seven||120,000||Four lieutenant’s insignia, four philosophies of fairness, one primordial greenbloom|
|Eight||260,000||Six lieutenant’s insignia, six philosophies of fairness, one primordial greenbloom|
|Nine||450,000||Nine lieutenant’s insignia, 12 philosophies of fairness, two primordial greenblooms|
|Ten||700,000||12 lieutenant’s insignia, 16 philosophies of fairness, two primordial greenblooms, one crown of insight|
Lyney’s charged attack, as part of his normal attack string, is where a lot of his damage comes from – so prioritize this.
- Normal attack > elemental skill > elemental burst
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