Genshin Impact’s Qiqi is a five-star cryo sword wielder, who also happens to be a zombie resurrected by the Liyue adepti. Now in the care of Bubu Pharmacy’s Baizhu, she’s a soft-spoken, forgetful child, but can certainly hold her own with her attack-scaling heals and strong cryo attacks. Grab your diary so you don’t forget anything, because we’re about to dive into the best Genshin Qiqi build, featuring artifacts, weapons, skills, and more.
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Genshin Impact Qiqi
Qiqi often gets a bad rep as you likely lost your 50/50 to her on a limited banner, but don’t be too sad to see her flash up on your screen. While she’s far from a perfect unit, her hybrid of DPS and healer makes her a pretty valuable asset, and she offers some great survivability and decent damage upkeep.
One thing that’s great about Qiqi is that both her damage and healing potential scale through attack, making her pretty simple to build. Unfortunately, she struggles with energy regeneration, and has long skill and burst cooldowns, especially when compared to her regular competition.
However, when used as a primary healer, kitted out with the right artifacts, and paired up with another cryo unit, she’s surprisingly reliable. Honestly, don’t sleep on Qiqi – I’ve been using her as a full support in my freeze team comp alongside Genshin Impact’s Ayaka and Genshin Impact’s Ayato for a while now, and, with the relatively easy to obtain R5 Sacrificial Sword and a full set of Ocean Hued Clam, I’ve never been more comfortable.
In this guide we primarily focus on full healer Qiqi, as, in our opinion, that’s the role she excels at best, and the competition for cryo DPS is far too stiff to be worthwhile. However, if you want to explore other build options, check out the Keqingmains Qiqi guide, which goes over superconduct, taser driver, permafreeze carry, and other roles.
While Qiqi’s weapon choice is pretty flexible, we generally recommend going with Sacrificial Sword for healer Qiqi. Though it has low base attack, it offers a decent boost to her sorely needed energy recharge, which gives you more room to focus on attack stats on her artifacts.
Additionally, at refinement rank five, Sacrificial Sword’s passive reliably resets Qiqi’s elemental skill cooldown, which combats two of her main flaws – a long skill cooldown, and a lack of elemental particles. When paired with Ocean Hued Clam artifacts, Sacrificial Sword tackles most of Qiqi’s shortcomings, and makes her a far more viable healer.
Alternatively, you can equip Qiqi with Skyward Blade due to its high energy recharge. Or, if you’re looking for a more affordable option, Favonius Sword works well and reduces the strain on her teammates when it comes to regenerating elemental particles.
|Sacrificial Sword||Base stat: energy recharge
Skill: after an elemental skill damages an opponent, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. This can only occur once every 30 seconds
|Skyward Blade||Base stat: energy recharge
Skill: crit rate increases by 4%. Upon using an elemental burst, gain Skypiercing Might, which increases movement and attack speed by 10% and increases the damage of normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
|Favonius Sword||Base stat: energy recharge
Skill: crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of elemental particles, which regenerate six energy for the wielder. Can only occur once every 12 seconds
Ocean Hued Clam is an amazing choice for Qiqi, offering a significant boost to her damage, even when she’s off-field. This set synergises particularly well with Sacrificial Sword to maximise its up time.
Alternatively, you can use a full set of Instructor if you’re confident that your Qiqi will be triggering elemental reactions consistently. But honestly, just go with Ocean Hued Clam, it’s the best set for healer Qiqi by far.
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Elemental bursts increase all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This cannot stack
|Maiden Beloved||Two equipped: Healing effectiveness is increased by 15%
Four equipped: Elemental skills and bursts increase healing received for all party members by 20% for ten seconds
Artifact stat recommendations
- Sands – attack%
- Goblet – attack%
- Circlet – attack% or crit
- Energy recharge
- Flat attack
- Crit rate/crit damage
|Ancient Sword Art||Performs five strikes|
|Ancient Sword Art (charged)||Consumes stamina to perform two slashes|
|Ancient Sword Art (plunging)||Deals AoE damage on impact|
|Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost||Qiqi deals AoE cryo damage and summons a Herald of Frost.
Herald of Frost effects:
|Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune||Nearby enemies are marked with a Fortune-Preserving Talisman that deals cryo damage. When enemies marked with that talisman take damage, the character that dealt the damage regenerates HP|
|Life-Prolonging Methods (unlocked at ascension one)||If a character under the effects of Herald of Frost triggers an elemental reaction, their incoming healing bonus is increased by 20% for eight seconds|
|A Glimpse into Arcanum (unlocked at ascension four)||Qiqi’s normal and charged attacks have a 50% chance to apply a Fortune-Preserving Talisman for six seconds. This can only occur once every 30 seconds|
|Former Life Memories (unlocked automatically)||Displays the location of nearby Liyue-exclusive resources on the mini-map|
It can take a lot of luck to max out Qiqi’s constellations, but here’s every bonus you receive for achieving the great feat.
|Ascetics of Frost||When Herald of Frost hits an enemy marked by a talisman, Qiqi regenerates two energy|
|Frozen to the Bone||Damage dealt by normal and charged attacks against enemies affected by cryo is increased by 15%|
|Ascendant Praise||Increases the level of Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune by three|
|Divine Suppression||Enemies marked by the talisman have their attack decreased by 20%|
|Crimson Lotus Bloom||Increases the level of Adeptus Art: Herald of Frost by three|
|Rite of Resurrection||Adeptus Art: Preserver of Fortune revives fallen characters and heals 50% of their HP. This can only occur once every 15 minutes|
Keep hold of all your Violetgrass and Hoarfrost if you want to ascend Qiqi as soon as possible.
|20||20,000||One Shivada Jade Sliver, three Violetgrass, three Divining Scrolls|
|40||40,000||Three Shivada Jade Fragment, two Hoarfrost Core, ten Violetgrass, 15 Divining Scroll|
|50||60,000||Six Shivada Jade Fragment, four Hoarfrost Core, 20 Violetgrass, 12 Sealed Scroll|
|60||80,000||Three Shivada Jade Chunk, eight Hoarfrost Core, 30 Violetgrass, 18 Sealed Scroll|
|70||100,000||Six Shivada Jade Chunk, 12 Hoarfrost Core, 45 Violetgrass, 12 Forbidden Curse Scroll|
|80||120,000||Six Shivada Jade Gemstone, 20 Hoarfrost Core, 60 Violetgrass, 24 Forbidden Curse Scroll|
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