Genshin Impact Qiqi build, skills, and ascension materials

Our recommended build for Genshin Impact’s Qiqi

Genshin Impact's Qiqi holding her hat

In Genshin Impact, Qiqi may look like a cute child, but really she’s a zombie resurrected by the adepti. The adorable undead character is under Baizhu’s care, and currently works at Bubu Pharmacy in Liyue Harbor. Qiqi is known to exercise regularly to help prevent rigor mortis from setting in.

This cryo, sword-wielding character is best suited for a support role and can dish out some pretty potent heals. Our Genshin Impact Qiqi guide provides details on suitable weapons and artifact sets for a support build, outlines every item required to reach ascension level six, and much more.

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The best Genshin Impact Qiqi build

Qiqi is best suited to a support role due to her elemental skill that damages enemies while also healing all party members upon each hit. Use her in a party with Genshin Impact’s Klee to trigger the melt reaction, or Genshin Impact’s Keqing to lower the enemy’s physical defence via superconduct.

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Which weapon should you use?

Both of these weapons are suitable when using Qiqi as a support character. The Skyward Blade is our first choice but it’s rarer than the Sacrificial Sword, so may take some time to find.

Weapon Effect
Skyward Blade Crit rate is increased by 4%. Qiqi gains Skypiercing Might when an elemental burst is used, this increases movement and attack speed by 10% and increases the damage of normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
Sacrificial Sword After an opponent is damaged by an elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. This can only occur once every 30 seconds

Which artifact set should you use?

A full set of Noblesse Oblige artifacts is our preference, but Maiden Beloved items also work wonders when using Qiqi purely for healing.

Artifact set Effect
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

Qiqi floating against a black background

What are Qiqi’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
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:
  • When a normal or charged attack hits, Qiqi regenerates HP for all party members, this scales based on her attack 
  • Regenerates HP for the character in use regularly
  • Follows the active character dealing cryo along the way
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

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
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

What are Qiqi’s constellations?

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.

Constellation Effect
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

Qiqi holding her hand to her face against a white background

What does it cost to ascend Qiqi?

Keep hold of all your Violetgrass and Hoarfrost if you want to ascend Qiqi as soon as possible.

Required level Mora Materials
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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