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Genshin Impact Lyney build, weapons, and more

Find out who Genshin Impact's Lyney is, what weapons and artifacts are best for him along with who to put the magical man in a team with.

Genshin Impact Lyney's splash art on a red Pocket Tactics background

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.

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Here’s what we know about Genshin Impact’s Lyney.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Lyney build?

Best weapon The First Great Magic
Weapon substitutes Aqua Simulacra, 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.

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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.

What are the best weapons for Lyney?

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 increase
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 increase
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
Battle pass
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

What are the best artifacts for Lyney?

To get the best out of your magical man, you want a full set of Marechausee Hunter. This set adds a lot to his normal and charged attack damage, along with a hefty crit rate boost. If you don’t have this to hand, then you can mix and match some two-piece sets including any attack-boosting artifacts, and Crimson Witch of Flames.

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

When picking artifacts, don’t forget to check the stats. For Lyney, you definitely want a pyro damage bonus goblet, and then plenty of attack, crit, and energy recharge substats.

Main stats:

  • Sands: Attack
  • Goblet: Pyro damage bonus
  • Circlet: Crit rate/damage


  • Crit rate/crit damage
  • Energy recharge
  • Attack/attack %

White Day art of Genshin Impact Lyney holding a box of chocolates

What are the best Lyney team comps?

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.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Lyney Genshin Impact XianglingXiangling Bennett iconBennett Lynette
Lyney Genshin Impact XianglingXiangling Bennett iconBennett Kazuha
Lyney Dehya Bennett iconBennett Kazuha

What are Lyney’s abilities?

Lyney is a great pyro DPS, and here is what his kit does both on and off the battlefield.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
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

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
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 increases his damage by a further 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

What are Lyney’s constellations?

Here is what Lyney’s constellations can bring to the table if you’re going for more than one of the magician.

Constellation Effect
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

Genshin Impact Lyney leaning into the camera

What are Lyney’s ascension materials?

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.

Required level Mora Materials
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 resolutions, 20 rainbow roses, 12 sergeant’s insignia
60 80,000 Three agnidus agate chunks, eight emperor’s resolutions, 30 rainbow roses, 18 sergeant’s insignia
70 100,000 Six agnidus agate chunks, 12 emperor’s resolutions, 45 rainbow roses, 12 sergeant’s insignia
80 120,000 Six agnidus agate gemstones, 20 emperor’s resolutions, 60 rainbow roses, 24 sergeant’s insignia

What are Lyney’s talent materials?

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.

Talent level Mora Materials
Two 12,500  Six recruit’s insignia, three teachings of equity
Three 17,500 Three sergeant’s insignia, two guides to equity
Four 25,000  Four sergeant’s insignia, four guides to equity
Five 30,000 Six sergeant’s insignia, six guides to equity
Six 37,500 Nine sergeant’s insignia, nine guides to equity
Seven 120,000 Four lieutenant’s insignia, four philosophies of equity, one primordial greenbloom
Eight 260,000  Six lieutenant’s insignia, six philosophies of equity, one primordial greenbloom
Nine 450,000  Nine lieutenant’s insignia, 12 philosophies of equity, two primordial greenblooms
Ten 700,000  12 lieutenant’s insignia, 16 philosophies of equity, two primordial greenblooms, one crown of insight

Talent priority:

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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