Genshin Impact Sayu build

Everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Sayu, from her best build, to her constellations, skills, and ascension materials.

Genshin Impact Sayu official birthday art showing her holding her finger to her lips

Genshin Impact’s Sayu is a sleepy ninja from the Shuumatsuban who uses her ninja techniques to hide and laze around in hopes that catching some extra beauty sleep might help her grow taller. This adorable, claymore-wielding, tanuki-hoodie wearing champ may like to sleep on the job, but she’s still got some handy tricks up her sleeve. So let’s take a look at the best Genshin Sayu build, featuring her skills, weapons, artifacts, and more.

For those of you who are curious about other characters, make sure you check out our Genshin Impact Ayato, Genshin Impact Yae Miko, and Genshin Impact Yoimiya guides. You can also pick up some extra primogems with help from our Genshin Impact codes list.

Genshin Impact Sayu

Genshin Impact Sayu stretching sleepily

What’s the best Genshin Sayu build?

Sayu is a unique support unit capable of some substantial healing with the right build, along with great utility and reaction driving through her swirls. Her kit can be a little tricky to get the swing of, especially with the momentum of her skill, and a lot of her utility – especially her healing – is gated behind her constellations.

However, with some time and investment, Sayu is a very interesting and versatile character, capable of slotting into many different team comps, and she’s relatively inexpensive to build. Plus, she’s fun and adorable – just look at her little outfit!

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What’s the best Genshin Sayu weapon?

When it comes to picking a weapon for Sayu, you’ve got a decent pool of options. Generally, Wolf’s Gravestone is her best five-star option for all roles, though Skyward Pride is a great choice if you’re struggling with energy recharge.

In terms of four-star options, the forgeable Katsuragikiri Nagamasa pulls into the lead with the energy recharge provided through both its base stat and skill. Alternatively, Favonius Greatsword also offers increased particle generation.

Weapon Effect
Wolf’s Gravestone Base stat: attack
Skill: increases attack by 20%. Attacks against enemies with less than 30% HP increases all party members’ attack by 40% for 12 seconds. This can only occur once every 30 seconds
Skyward Pride Base stat: energy recharge
Skill: increases all damage by 8%. After hitting an enemy with an elemental burst, normal, or charged attack, create a vacuum blade that deals 80% of attack as damage to enemies along its path. Last for 20 seconds of eight vaccuum blades
Katsuragikiri Nagamasa Base stat: energy recharge
Skill: increases elemental skill damage by 6%. When an elemental skill hits an opponent, Sayu loses three energy but also regenerates three energy every two seconds for the next six seconds. This can only occur once every ten seconds, and can be triggered even when Sayu is not on the field
Favonius Greatsword 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

What’s the best Genshin Sayu artifact set?

Viridescent Venerer is, without a doubt, the best set for Sayu, offering both a boost to her anemo damage and a teamwide buff that shreds enemy elemental resistance.

However, if  you already have a party member equipped with a full set of VV, you can combine two VV with two Noblesse Oblige to boost both Sayu’s anemo damage and burst damage.

Artifact set Effect
Viridescent Venerer Two equipped: increases anemo damage by 15%
Four equipped: increases spread damage by 60%. Depending on the element, the resistance of enemies hit by swirl is decreased by 40%. This effect lasts ten seconds
Noblesse Oblige Two equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 20%
Four equipped: 
using an elemental burst increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect does not stack

Genshin Impact Sayu official birthday art showing her taking a nap and hugging a present

Artifact stat and sub-stat priorities

When building Support Sayu, these recommended stats and sub-stats will help you out.

Main stats:

  • Sands of Eon: Elemental Mastery or Attack %
  • Goblet of Eonothem: Anemo Damage Bonus or Elemental Mastery
  • Circlet of Logos: Elemental Mastery or Healing Bonus


  • Attack %
  • Energy Recharge
  • Elemental Mastery
  • Crit Rate or Crit Damage

What are Genshin Sayu’s skills?

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Shuumatsuban Ninja Blade Perform up to four strikes
Shuumatsuban Ninja Blade (charged) Consume stamina before spinning towards enemies, at the end of the spin, Sayu performs a powerful slash
Yoohoo Art: Fuuin Dash (press) Sayu performs a cartwheel that deals anemo damage. At the end of the attack, she does a fuufuu whirlwind kick that causes AoE anemo damage
Yoohoo Art: Fuuin Dash (hold) Sayu performs a longer cartwheel that deals anemo damage. During this time she is resistant to interruption. You can control the direction she rolls while performing this move. If Sayu comes into contact with hydro, pyro, cryo, or electro while in this state, she will deal additional elemental damage of that type
Yoohoo Art: Mujina Flurry Summon a Muji-Muji Daruma that deals anemo damage to foes and heals nearby party members.

Passive skills:

Skill Effect
Someone More Capable When you trigger a swirl reaction while active, Sayu heals all characters for 300 HP. She will also heal an additional 1.2 HP for every point of elemental mastery she has. Can be triggered once every two seconds
No Work Today! The Muji-Muji Daruma gains the following effects:
– When healing, it will also heal nearby characters for 20% of their HP.
– increases the AoE of its attack
Yoohoo Art: Silencer’s Secret When Sayu is in your party, Crystalflies and other certain animals will not be startled when you get near them

What are Genshin Sayu’s constellations?

Here’s every bonus you receive when leveling up Sayu’s constellations.

Constellation Effect
Multi-Task no Jutsu The Muji-Muji Daruma will ignore HP limits and can simultaneously attack nearby opponents and heal characters
Egress Prep Yoohoo Art: Fuuin Dash gains these effects:
– Increases the damage of fuufuu whirlwind kick in press mode by 3.3%
– Every 0.5 seconds in the cartwheel will increase the damage of fuufuu whirlwind kick by 3.3%. The maximum damage increase is 66%
Eh, the Bunshin Can Handle It Increases the level of Yoohoo Art: Mujina Flurry by three
Skiving: New and Improved Sayu recovers 1.2 energy when she triggers a swirl reaction. This effect occurs once every two seconds
Speed Comes First Increases the level of Yoohoo Art: Fuuin Dash by three
Sleep O’Clock The Muji-Muji Daruma will now also benefit from Sayu’s elemental mastery. Each point will produce the following effects:
– Increases the damage dealt by the Muji-Muji Daruma’s attacks by 0.2% attack. A maximum of 400% attack can be gained
– Increases the HP restored by the Muji-Muji Daruma by three. A maximum of 6,000 additional HP can be restored

Genshin Impact Sayu taking a nap while getting a piggyback from Aether

What are Genshin Sayu’s ascension materials?

Make sure you save up all of your crystal marrow, you’re going to need a lot to fully ascend Sayu.

Required level Mora Materials
20 20,000 One vayuda turquoise sliver, three whopperflower nectar, three crystal marrow
40 40,000 Three vayuda turquoise fragment, 15 whopperflower nectar, two marionette core, ten crystal marrow
50 60,000 Six vayuda turquoise fragment, 12 shimmering nectar, four marionette core, 20 crystal marrow
60 80,000 Three vayuda turquoise chunk, 18 shimmering nectar, eight marionette core, 30 crystal marrow
70 100,000 Six vayuda turquoise chunk, 12 energy nectar, 12 marionette core, 45 crystal marrow
80 120,000 Six vayuda turquoise gemstone, 24 energy nectar, 20 marionette core, 60 crystal marrow

What are Genshin Sayu’s talent level up materials?

Here are all the talent level-up materials you need to ascend one of Sayu’s talents to level ten.

Level Mora Materials
Two 12,500 Six whopperflower nectar, three Teachings of Light
Three 17,500 Three shimmering nectar, two Guide to Light
Four 25,000 Four shimmering nectar, four Guide to Light
Five 30,000 Six shimmering nectar, six Guide to Light
Six 37,500 Nine shimmering nectar, nine Guide to Light
Seven 120,000 Four energy nectar, four Philosophies of Light, one Gilded Scale
Eight 260,000 Six energy nectar, six Philosophies of Light, one Gilded Scale
Nine 450,000 Nine energy nectar, 12 Philosophies of Light, two Gilded Scale
Ten 700,000 12 energy nectar, 16 Philosophies of Light, two Gilded Scale, one Crown of Insight

To find out who the best characters are, take a gander at our Genshin Impact tier list for more information.