Genshin Impact’s Ningguang is a four-star geo catalyst user, best suited to sub-DPS roles. She’s a strong battery in mono-geo teams, but is also very versatile and can slot in just about anywhere. So let’s take a look at her best build, weapons, team comps, and more.
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Now, come with us on a visit to the Jade Palace, as we explore the best Genshin Impact Ningguang build.
|Best weapon||Memory of Dust|
|Best artifact set||Archaic Petra|
Ningguang is a four-star geo catalyst wielder character best suited to mono-geo or geo flex teams, however, she can be highly versatile and slot into plenty of teams as a sub-DPS. She deals high single-target damage and has great range, and can fluidly adjust to rotations based on your requirements.
The best weapon for Ningguang is Memory of Dust, and her best artifact set is Archaic Petra. When picking artifacts for Ningguang, we recommend focusing on energy recharge, attack%, and crit.
All of Ningguang’s talents play an important role in her damage output, so you should level all of them. However, while you’re still building her, we recommend that you level her elemental burst first, then her normal attack, then her elemental skill.
Ningguang’s kit focuses on single target damage, and her base attack is very low for an attack-scaling DPS. She relies on a lot of investment in both her and her team in order to shine, and she benefits from multiple constellations.
Ningguang’s normal attacks are pretty lackluster, whereas her charged attacks do some respectable damage, especially when she has gathered Star Jades. As such, you should aim to weave charged attacks into her normal combos.
You can either link four charged attacks in a row, or start with one, two, or three normal attacks leading into a charged attack. Generally, one normal attack, one charged attack, then a dash to animation cancel is her best combo in melee situations, whereas two normal attacks, one charged attack, and a dash is a more reliable, general purpose combo for all other situations.
In terms of her skill and burst, you should generally aim for a loop of skill -> burst -> six seconds -> skill -> six seconds -> burst -> skill -> 12 seconds, then repeat. Also, the easiest way to make the most of her Jade Screen is to dash towards an enemy, turn to face away from them, then use her skill. This is the most consistent way to ensure the screen actually deals damage to an enemy, though feel free to experiment with other methods.
Memory of Dust is Ningguang’s best in slot weapon, as it synergises well with her crystalise capabilities and boosts her attack. Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds is also a great option, boosting her movement speed and elemental damage bonus – though its skill isn’t as useful if you’re using Ningguang in a quickswap rotation, she she won’t stay on-field long enough to reap the benefits.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, both the forgeable Prototype Amber and the battle pass reward Solar Pearl are viable options, with Prototype Amber increasing her ability to battery her team, and Solar Pearl boosting her personal attack.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Memory of Dust||Base stat: attack
Skill: increases the strength of shields by 20%. Hits that land on enemies increase attack by 4% for eight seconds. Maximum five stacks. This can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. While the equipping character is shielded, their attack increases by 100%
|Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds||Base stat: crit rate
Skill: increases movement speed by 10%. When in battle, the equipping character gains an 8% elemental damage bonus every four seconds. Max four stacks. Lasts until the character falls or leaves combat
|Prototype Amber||Base stat: HP
Skill: using an elemental burst regenerates four energy every two seconds for six seconds. Additionally, all party members regenerate 4% HP every seconds for this duration
|Forge via blacksmith|
|Solar Pearl||Base stat: crit rate
Skill: normal attacks increase elemental skill and burst damage by 20% for six seconds. Elemental skill or burst hits also increase normal attack damage by 20% for six seconds
|Battle pass reward|
The best artifact set for Ningguang is Archaic Petra, as it boosts her geo damage and offers a team-wide buff. Alternatively, Noblesse Oblige is also a strong option for team-wide buffs, but keep in mind that its effects don’t stack, so you should only have one character equipped with Noblesse Oblige on your team at any one time.
Retracing Bolide is another interesting option, with shield-focused skills that boost Ningguang’s personal damage and draw a parallel with the Memory of Dust catalyst.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Archaic Petra||Two equipped: geo damage bonus +15%
Four equipped: when you obtain an elemental shard via a crystallize reaction, party members gain a 35% damage bonus for that element for ten seconds. Only one bonus can be active at any one time
|Domain of Guyun in the Sea of Clouds, Guyun Stone Forest|
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: elemental burst damage +20%
Four equipped: using an elemental burst increases the entire party’s attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This cannot stack
|Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Mt. Aozang|
|Retracing Bolide||Two equipped: shield strength +35%
Four equipped: while protected by a shield, gain an additional 40% normal and charged attack damage
|Domain of Guyun in the Sea of Clouds, Guyun Stone Forest|
Ningguang artifact stat recommendations
The main stats on your Ningguang’s artifacts should always be attack %, geo damage, and crit. When it comes to substats, your top priority should be meeting the energy recharge requirement for your team.
Her energy recharge requirements vary greatly, but generally fall within 100% to 140% depending on your team. To get a more accurate insight into your personal Ningguang energy recharge requirements, use this energy recharge calculator.
- Sands – Attack%
- Goblet – geo damage%
- Circlet – either crit rate or crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 rate to damage ratio)
- Energy recharge (until requirements are met)
- Crit damage/crit rate
- Extra energy recharge
When it comes to team comps for Ningguang, she performs best in a mono-geo or mono-geo flex team. While her kit is geared towards a DPS role, she can act as a battery and sub-DPS on an Itto team.
For a Ningguang on-field DPS team, she synergises well with both Zhongli and Albedo in the second geo slot. Generally, a third geo is a good option, with the fourth slot going to a buffer or an off-field support like Bennett or Fischl.
Alternatively, you can pair Ningguang with either Zhongli or Albedo once again, alongside Bennett and Xiangling or Yae Miko and Fischl for strong crystalise teams that offer plenty of damage.
Here are some examples of our favourite Ningguang team comps. Keep in mind that she is quite a flexible unit, and can therefore slot into many teams, so feel free to experiment or swap units around to see what suits you best. If you want to view the individual build guides for the characters listed below, click on their icons.
Here are all of Ningguang’s skills and talents.
|Normal attack: Sparkling Scatter||Normal: shoot geo damage and generate a Star Jade
Charged: consume a set amount of stamina to shoot a giant gem that deals geo damage. If Ningguang has any Star Jades, she fires them at the same time, dealing additional damage
Plunge: plunge from mid-air, dealing AoE geo damage on impact with the ground
|Elemental skill: Jade Screen||Create a jade screen that deals geo damage on spawn, and blocks enemy projectiles. Screen endurance scales based on Ningguang’s max HP. Only one jade screen may exist at any one time|
|Elemental burst: Starshatter||Fire homing projectiles at nearby enemies, with additional projectiles also firing from the jade screen, if present|
|Backup Plan||While star jades are present, charged attacks don’t consume stamina|
|Strategic Reserve||Characters that pass through the jade screen gain a 12% geo damage bonus for ten seconds|
|Trove of Marvelous Treasures||Displays the location of nearby ore veins on the mini-map|
If you pull more than one copy of Ningguang, you can unlock one of her six constellations. Here are all of her constellations and the buffs they provide.
|C1: Piercing Fragments||Normal attacks deal AoE damage|
|C2: Shock Effect||When a jade screen breaks, its cooldown will reset. This can occur once every six seconds|
|C3: Majesty be the Array of Stars||Increases the level of Starshatter by three|
|C4: Exquisite be the Jade, Outshining All the Beneath||Jade screens increase nearby characters’ elemental resistance by 10%|
|C5: Invincible be the Jade Screen||Increases the level of Jade Screen by three|
|C6: Grandeur be the Seven Stars||Starshatter creates seven star jades|
In order to get Ningguang to max level, you need to use certain materials to ascend her. Here are all of her ascension materials. You can find glaze lilies around Liyue, and the insignias come from Fatui enemies. To gather enough basalt pillars, you need to take on the Geo Hypostasis in Guyun Stone Forest.
|20||20k||One prithiva topaz sliver, three glaze lily, three recruit’s insignia|
|40||40k||Three prithiva topaz fragment, two basalt pillar, ten glaze lily, 15 recruit’s insignia|
|50||60k||Six prithiva topaz fragment, four basalt pillar, 20 glaze lily, 12 sergeant’s insignia|
|60||80k||Three prithiva topaz chunk, eight basalt pillar, 30 glaze lily, 18 sergeant’s insignia|
|70||100k||Six prithiva topaz chunk, 12 basalt pillar, 45 glaze lily, 12 lieutenant’s insignia|
|80||120k||Six prithiva topaz gemstone, 20 basalt pillar, 60 glaze lily, 24 lieutenant’s insignia|
You can upgrade each of Ningguang’s attacks to a maximum of level ten. Here are all the materials you need to get one of her attacks to max level.
You can farm her talent books from the Taishan Mansion domain on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, and you can get the insignias from Fatui skirmishers, cicin mages, and pyro agents. The spirit locket of boreas are, unsurprisingly, drops from the weekly Wolf of the North Boreas boss.
|Two||12.5k||Six recruit’s insignia, three teachings of prosperity|
|Three||17.5k||Three sergeant’s insignia, two guide to prosperity|
|Four||25k||Four sergeant’s insignia, four guide to prosperity|
|Five||30k||Six sergeant’s insignia, six guide to prosperity|
|Six||37.5k||Nine sergeant’s insignia, nine guide to prosperity|
|Seven||120k||Four lieutenant’s insignia, four philosophies of prosperity, one spirit locket of boreas|
|Eight||1260k||Six lieutenant’s insignia, six philosophies of prosperity, one spirit locket of boreas|
|Nine||450k||Nine lieutenant’s insignia, 12 philosophies of prosperity, two spirit locket of boreas|
|Ten||700k||12 lieutenant’s insignia, 16 philosophies of prosperity, two spirit locket of boreas, one crown of insight|
It’s important to upgrade all of Ningguang’s talents. But to start off, we recommend prioritizing the following:
- Elemental burst > normal attack > elemental skill
That’s everything you need to know in order to master Genshin Impact’s Ningguang. If you want to embark on another Hoyo adventure, head over to our Honkai Star Rail tier list, Honkai Star Rail codes, and Honkai Star Rail update guides.