Genshin Impact Sara build

Our Genshin Impact Sara build is here to help you harness the power of the leader of the Tenryou Commission, featuring her best weapons, artifacts, and more.

Genshin Impact Sara stretching her arm out

Leader of the Tenryou Commission, Genshin Impact’s Sara is a unique, four-star electro character best suited to an electro support or sub-DPS role. In this build guide, we look at her best weapons, team comps, and more.

If you want to learn more about the other faces of Teyvat, check out our Genshin Impact tier list. We also have a Genshin Impact code list full of primos and other goodies, and a Genshin Impact banner guide so you know who to save those wishes for.

Steady your bow, as it’s time to explore our Genshin Impact Sara build guide.

What is the best Genshin Impact Sara build?

Best weapon Skyward Harp
Weapon substitutes
  • Alley Hunter
  • Sacrificial Bow
  • The Viridescent Hunt
Best artifact set Emblem of Severed Fate
Artifact substitutes
  • 2pc Thundering Fury 2pc Noblesse Oblige
  • Thundersoother
Main stats
  • Sands: attack%/energy recharge
  • Goblet: electro damage bonus
  • Circlet: crit rate/damage
Sub stats
  • Crit rate/damage
  • Attack%
  • Energy recharge

Kujou Sara is a four-star electro bow wielder. It can a little tricky to make the most of her kit, and she’s often overlooked as a result. However, when built correctly and utilized to her full potential, she can be a real asset to many of your team comps.

While she can be used as a main DPS, we generally advise against it as she’s not really built for that role. Sara works best as a sub-DPS or a buffer support, with some potential to battery her allies.

Sara’s best weapon is Skyward Harp, and her best artifact set is Emblem of Severed Fate. When choosing artifacts for her, we recommend prioritizing crit, attack%, and energy recharge. In terms of talent priority, you should level her elemental skill furst, followed by her elemental burst, then her normal attack.

Sara is quite dependent on constellations, and she isn’t really viable until you get her to C2 or higher. However, if you do manage to get her to C6, she becomes an exceptional character with a stronger buff than even Genshin Impact’s Bennett.

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How to use Sara

Sara isn’t the easiest character to use, and it may take some practice to get used to her playstyle. Her most important asset in battle is her Tengu Stormcall, so learning when to use it is an integral part of mastering her kit.

When it comes to playstyle, frequently swapping characters is the key to Sara’s success. When her abilities are ready, switch to Sara and use them to both buff her allies and dish out some damage, before switching to your main DPS or burst DPS make the most of the attack bonus she provides.

When built, even during these brief appearances, she can deal some great damage, which only gets better if you manage to get her to C6. At C6, she also becomes the ultimate support for all electro characters – especially Raiden.

What are the best weapons for Sara?

Skyward Harp is a really strong pick for Genshin Impact’s Sara. It has the highest base attack of all bows, which greatly enhances the attack buff given by her elemental skill, Tengu Stormcall. Aside from the Skyward Harp, none of the other five-star bows really suit Sara’s playstyle, but they still offer higher attack than most of the four-star options.

When it comes to four-star bows, Alley Hunter is a great choice, as it offers a strong attack bonus, and compliments her switch-dependant playstyle, as it increases her damage for every second she’s in the party but not on the field. If you have Sara at C2, Alley Hunter is perfect – and even surpasses most five-star bows at refinement rank five.

If you don’t have Sara at C2 yet, you can use Sacrificial Bow to roughly emulate the benefits of her second constellation. While you may not make the most of its skill due to the brief windows that Sara is in the field, it offers decent energy recharge and, alongside Alley Hunter, has the highest base attack of all of the four-star bows.

Alternatively, as a sub-dps, The Viridescent Hunt from the battle pass is a good shout, as it increases crit rate and boosts the damage of her elemental burst, and its skill allows you to deal damage to multiple targets at once. If you’re struggling to get any of the other weapons and are happy to pay for the battle pass, this may be the best option for you as, unfortunately, most free to play weapons that are easy to get hold of aren’t really suitable for her.

Weapon Effect Where to get
Skyward Harp Bonus effect: +4.8% crit rate
Skill: Increases crit damage by 20%. Hits have a 60% chance to inflict a small AoE attack, dealing 125% physical attack damage. Can only occur once every four seconds
Gacha
Alley Hunter Bonus Effect: +6% attack
Skill: When Sara is equipped with this weapon and is in the party but not on the field, her damage increases by 2% every second, up to a max of 20%. When she’s on the field for more than four seconds, the aforementioned damage buff decreases by 4% per second until it reaches 0%
Gacha
Sacrificial Bow Bonus effect: +6.7% energy recharge
Skill: after damaging an opponent with an elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. Can only occur once every 30 seconds
Gacha
The Viridescent Hunt Bonus effect: +6% crit rate
Skill: upon hit, normal and aimed shot attacks have a 50% chance to generate a cyclone, which continuously attracts surrounding enemies, dealing 40% of attack as damage to these enemies every 0.5 seconds for four seconds. This effect can only occur once every 14 seconds
Battle pass reward

What are the best artifacts for Sara?

When it comes to picking artifacts for Sara, you’ve got a few options. Your best choice is equipping her with four pieces of Emblem of Severed Fate. As Sara’s burst is her primary source of damage, this set’s boost to her energy recharge and burst damage is perfect for maximising her damage output and how frequently she can buff her allies.

Alternatively, combining two pieces of Thundering Fury with two pieces of Noblesse Oblige is great for offering a boost to both your electro damage and burst damage.

Finally, you can use four pieces of Thundersoother. While not usually a prime choice, this set offers a 35% boost to electro damage. However, to make the most of it, it requires you having at least one other electro character on the team in addition to Sara.

Artifact set Effect How to get
Emblem of Severed Fate Two equipped: energy recharge +20%
Four equipped:
increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can obtain a maximum of 75% bonus damage in this way
Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma
  • Two Thundering Fury
  • Two Noblesse Oblige
  • Electro damage +15%
  • Elemental burst damage +20%
  • Thundering Fury from the Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff
  • Noblesse Oblige from the Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain in Minlin, Mt. Aozang, or from the Noblesse Oblige Artifact Strongbox
Thundersoother Two equipped: electro resistance +40%
Four equipped: increases damage dealt against enemies affected by electro by 35%
From the Midsummer Courtyard domain in Starfell Valley, Starsnatch Cliff

Artifact stat and sub-stat priorities

Main stats:

  • Sands: attack%/energy recharge
  • Goblet: electro damage bonus
  • Circlet: crit rate/damage

Sub-stats:

  • Crit rate/damage
  • Attack%
  • Energy recharge

Genshin Impact Sara aiming her bow

What are the best Sara team comps?

When built, Sara can fit into most team comps – I mean, who doesn’t love a good attack buff? However, it’s these very supporting abilities that dictate which teammates are best suited to fight alongside her.

Though extremely useful, her buff suffers from a range limitation, meaning she’s best suited to supporting close-ranged DPS allies.

Additionally, due to the short duration of the buff, it’s a good idea to team her up with sub-DPS who have talents that ‘snapshot’ (the attack’s power doesn’t change after activation). Funnily enough, all electro characters fit either one or both of these criteria – which is very handy, considering she makes a great support to most electro characters anyway, especially at C6.

Here are some example team comps for Sara. Keep in mind that you can substitute characters depending on who is available to you, especially if they can fill a similar role. Click on the character portrait to see their full build guide.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Raiden Sara Kazuha Bennett
Raiden Sara Yae Miko Venti
Keqing Sara Nahida Kuki
Ayabbto Sara Fischl Bennett

What are Sara’s skills?

Here are all of Kujou Sara’s skills and talents.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Tengu Bowmanship Normal: perform up to five shots with a bow
Charged: perform a more precise aimed shot. A fully charged arrow will deal electro damage, and when in Crowfeather Cover state, Sara will leave behind a Crowfeather after the attack hits. The Crowfeather she leaves behind triggers Tengu Juurai: Ambush, this deals AoE electro damage and grants the active character an attack bonus based on Sara’s base attack
Plunge: fire a shower of arrows in mid-air, these deal AoE damage on impact
Elemental skill: Tengu Stormcall Sara retreats and gains Crowfeather Cover for 18 seconds. When Sara next fires a fully-charged aimed shot, she consumes Corwfeather Cover and leaves a Crowfeather at the target location. Crowfeathers trigger Tengu Juurai: Ambush after a short time, dealing electro damage and granting the active character within its AoE an attack bonus based on Sara’s base attack. The attack bonus from different Tengu Juurai do not stack, and their effects and duration are determined by the last Tengu Juurai to take effect
Elemental burst: Subjugation: Koukou Sendou Casts down Tengu Juurai: Titanbreaker, dealing AoE electro damage. Then Tengu Juurai: Titanbreaker spreads out into four consecutive bouts of Tengu Juurai: Stormcluster to deal AoE electro damage. Titanbreak and Stormcluster provide the active character with the same attack bonus as Tengu Stormcall

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Land Survey Time spent on expeditions in Inazuma is reduced by 25%
Immovable Will While in Crowfeather Cover, aimed shot charge time is reduced by 60%
Decorum When Tengu Juurai: Ambush hits an enemy, Sara will restore 1.2 energy to all party members for every 100% energy recharge she has. This can only be triggered once every three seconds

What are Sara’s constellations?

Constellations are buffs that improve how a character performs in battle. You can level up Sara’s constellations when you receive her as duplicate when making a wish.

Sara’s capabilities as a support are, unfortunately, heavily tied to her constellations, meaning you need to pull her multiple times if you want to use her viably. As mentioned above, C2 is a massive game-changer when it comes to her buffing abilities, and is pretty much a necessity when it comes to getting the most out of her kit.

Her C4 and C6 are also great for maximizing Sara’s utility, so the more constellations you get for her, the better. Luckily, as a four-star character who not only gets featured on rate-up banners, but is also available on the normal banner, getting constellations for her is not as difficult as a other characters – as long as the RNG gods smile upon you, of course!

Constellation Effect
C1: Crow’s Eye When Tengu Juurai grants an attack bonus or hits opponents, the cooldown of Tengu Stormcall is decreased by one second. This can be triggered once every three seconds
C2: Dark Wings Unleashing Tengu Stormcall leaves a weaker Crowfeather at Sara’s original position that deals 30% of its original damage
C3: The War Within Increases the level of Subjugation: Koukou Sendou by three
C4: Conclusive Proof The number of Tengu Juurai: Stormcluster released by Subjugation: Koukou Sendou is increased to six
C5: Spellsinger Increases the level of Tengu Stormcall by three
C6: Sin of Pride The electro damage of characters who have had their attack increased by Tengu Juurai have their critical hit damage increased by 60%

What are Sara’s ascension materials?

You can get Sara all the way up to level 90, but you need to ascend her at certain intervals to increase her level cap. Here are all of Sara’s ascension materials. You can find out where to get them below the table.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20k One vajrada amethyst sliver, three dendrobium, three damaged masks
40 40k Three vajrada amethyst fragment, two storm beads, ten dendrobium, 15 damaged masks
50 60k Six vajrada amethyst fragment, four storm beads, 20 dendrobium, 12 stained masks
60 80k Three vajrada amethyst chunk, eight storm beads, 30 dendrobium, 18 stained masks
70 100k Six vajrada amethyst chunk, 12 storm beads, 45 dendrobium, 12 ominous mask
80 120k Six vajrada amethyst gemstone, 20 storm beads, 60 dendrobium, 24 ominous masks

Here’s where you can get all of Kujou Sara’s ascension materials:

  • Vajarda amethyst – drops from normal and weekly bosses
  • Dendrobium – found in the wild on Kannazuka and Yashiori Island
  • Damaged, stained, and ominous masks – drops from hilichurl enemies
  • Storm beads – drops from the Thunder Manifestation normal boss

Genshin Impact Sara aiming her bow

What are Sara’s talent materials?

You can level each of Sara’s active skills to a maximum of level ten. Here are the materials you need to raise on of Sara’s skills to max level.

Level Mora Materials
Two 12.5k Six damaged masks, three teachings of elegance
Three 17.5k Three stained masks, two guide to elegance
Four 25k Four stained masks, four guide to elegance
Five 30k Six stained masks, six guide to elegance
Six 37.5k Nine stained masks, nine guide to elegance
Seven 120k Four ominous masks, four philosophies of elegance, one ashen heart
Eight 260k Six ominous masks, six philosophies of elegance, one ashen heart
Nine 450k Nine ominous masks, 12 philosophies of elegance, two ashen heart
Ten 700k 12 ominous masks, 16 philosophies of elegance, two ashen heart, one crown of insight

Here’s where to get all of Sara’s talent materials:

  • Damaged, stained, and ominous masks – drops from hilichurl enemies
  • Elegance talent books – rewards from the Violet Court domain on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
  • Ashen heart – drops from the La Signora weekly boss in Inazuma

Talent priority

When leveling up Sara’s talents, we recommend prioritizing them in the following order:

  • Elemental skill > elemental burst > normal attack

That’s it for our Genshin Impact Sara guide – we hope it helps you harness the power of the tengu. If you need a break from the bustling world of Teyvat, check out our list of the best games like Genshin Impact, Honkai Star Rail tier list, or Honkai Star Rail codes to find something fresh to play.