Genshin Impact Shenhe build

In this Genshin Impact Shenhe build you'll find everything you need to know about the icy beauty, including weapons, ascension materials, artifacts, and more

Genshin Impact Shenhe looking up

Genshin Impact’s Shenhe is a stunning, cryo-wielding adepti disciple with a heart-wrenching story and plenty of power in those delicate hands. To help you harness her great potential, we’ve put together this Genshin Shenhe build guide, diving into her skills, constellations, best weapons and artifacts, and more.

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So get ready to munch on some flowers outside Bubu Pharmacy, as it’s time to follow the red string of fate to our best Genshin Impact Shenhe build guide.

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When is Genshin Impact Shenhe’s banner?

Shenhe’s banner, The Transcendent One Returns, is available during the second phase of version 3.5. It runs concurrently with Genshin Impact Ayaka‘s banner, and also features the new, four-star support, Genshin Impact’s Mika. To find out more about current and upcoming banners, check out our Genshin Impact banner guide.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Shenhe build?

Shenhe is a cryo polearm wielder, with both support and sub-DPS capabilities, who can both buff her own and her teammate’s cryo damage. She can also debuff enemies with her elemental burst, giving your DPS character the perfect opportunity to smash through enemy defences.

Depending on your team comp, you can also use Shenhe as a main DPS, granted you have another hydro and a cryo character in the side-lines. Teaming her up with Genshin Impact’s Ganyu, Genshin Impact’s Mona, Genshin Impact’s Jean, Genshin Impact’s Eula, or Genshin Impact’s Diona is a great plan.

official Genshin Impact shenhe birthday artwork

What’s Genshin Impact Shenhe’s best weapon?

As most of these are gacha, they can be a little hard to obtain for F2P players, so we’ve also included the Dragonspine Spear which can be forged in-game and will synergise well with Shenhe’s cryo damage bonuses.

Weapon Effect (level one) How to obtain
Skyward Spine Increases energy recharge by 8%
Black Wing: increases critical rate by 8% and increases normal attack speed by 12%. Additionally, normal and charged attack hits on enemies have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of attack as damage in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every two seconds
Primordial Jade-Winged Spear Increases critical rate by 4.8%
Eagle Spear of Justice: on hit, increases Shenhe’s attack by 3.2% for six seconds, for a maximum of seven stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3 seconds. While in possession of the maximum possible stacks, Shenhe’s damage dealt is increased by 12%
Lithic Spear Increases attack by 6%
Lithic Axiom: Unity: for every character in the party who hails from Liyue, Shenhe gains a 7% attack increase and a 3% crit rate increase. This effect stacks up to four times
Calamity Queller Increases attack
Extinguishing Precept: Shenhe gains a 12% elemental damage bonus, and obtains Consummation for 20 seconds after using her elemental skill, causing her attack to increase by 3.2% per second. This attack increase has a maximum of six stacks. When Shenhe is not on the field, Consummation’s attack increase is doubled
Dragonspine Spear Physical damage bonus increases by 15%.
Frost Burial: hitting an enemy with normal and charged attacks has a 60% chance of forming and dropping an Everfrost Icicle above them, dealing 80% AoE attack damage. Enemies affected by cryo are dealt 200% attack damage. Can only occur once every ten seconds
Forge in Festering Fangs Quest, Forge via the Blacksmith

Genshin Impact Shenhe holding a spear

What are the best Genshin Impact Shenhe artifacts?

As with any Genshin character, you can equip Shenhe with up to five artifacts. Blizzard Strayer is a great pick, as it boosts her cryo and critical damage to dizzying heights, but the other two sets offer some brilliant stats for her too.

Feel free to mix sets of two artifacts, or a full set to make the most of your desired benefits. For example, the in-game trial equips Shenhe with two Gladiator’s Finale and two Shimenawa’s Resistances to dramatically increase her attack.

Artifact Effect How to obtain
Blizzard Strayer Two pieces equipped: increases cryo damage bonus by 15%
Four pieces equipped: when Shenhe attacks an enemy affected by cryo, her crit rate is increased by 20%. If the enemy is frozen, her crit rate is increased by an additional 20%
Peak of Vindagnyr domain on Dragonspine in Mondstadt 
Gladiator’s Finale Two pieces equipped: increases attack by 18%
Four pieces equipped: increases Shenhe’s normal attack damage by 35%
Weekly bosses, world bosses, Domain Reliquaries from Spiral Abyss, and Artifact Strongbox: Gladiator’s Finale
Shimenawa’s Reminiscence Two pieces equipped: increases attack by 18%
Four pieces equipped: when casting her elemental skill, if Shenhe has 15 or more energy, she loses 15 energy and her normal/charged/plunging attack damage is increased by 50% for ten seconds. This effect will not trigger again during that duration
Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashori Island in Inazuma

Alternate Artifacts

If you’re struggling to snag a full set of the artifacts above, you can use these in the meantime. They can be found easily on your travels around Teyvat.

Artifact Effect
The Exile Two pieces equipped: increases energy recharge by 20%
Four pieces equipped: using an elemental burst regenerates two energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every two seconds for six seconds. This effect cannot stack.

Genshin Impact Shenhe official birthday art showing her looking to the side with a sad expression

What are Genshin Impact Shenhe’s abilities?

Here’s a look at all of Genshin Impact Shenhe’s talents and abilities. Her talent level up materials are teachings of prosperity, guide to prosperity, and philosophies of prosperity, which you can get from the Taishan Mansion domain, you can gather nectar from whopperflowers, and hellfire butterflies from La Signora.

Active talents:

Talents Effect
Dawnstar Piercer (normal attack) Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes
Dawnstar Piercer (charged attack) Consumes a certain amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to opponents along the way
Dawnstar Piercer (plunging attack) Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact
Spring Spirit Summoning Grants all nearby party members the Icy Quill effect and deals cryo damage in different ways based on whether it is pressed or held.
Press: rushes forward together with Talisman Spirit, dealing cryo damage to opponents along the path
Hold: commands the Talisman Spirit to deal AoE cryo damage
Icy Quill: when normal, charged, and plunging attacks, elemental skills, and elemental bursts deal cryo damage to opponents, the damage dealt is increased based on Shenhe’s current attack. The Icy Quill’s effects will be cleared once its duration ends or after being triggered a certain number of times. When held rather than pressed, the Icy Quill’s effect lasts longer and can be triggered more times. When one cryo damage instance strikes multiple opponents, the effect is triggered multiple times based on the number of opponents hit. The number of times the effect is triggered is calculated independently for each party member with Icy Quill
Divine Maiden’s Deliverance Unleashes the power of the Talisman Spirit, allowing it to roam free in this plane, dealing AoE cryo damage. The Talisman Spirit then creates a field that decreases the cryo resistance and physical resistance of opponents within it. It also deals periodic cryo damage to opponents within the field

Passive talents:

Talents Effect
Deific Embrace An active character within the field created by Divine Maiden’s Deliverance gains a 15% cryo damage bonus
Spirit Communion Seal After Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will grant all nearby party members the following effects:
Press: elemental skill and elemental burst damage increased by 15% for ten seconds
Hold: normal, charged, and plunging attack damage increased by 15% for 15 seconds
Precise Comings and Goings Gains 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Liyue Expedition for 20 hours

Genshin Impact Shenhe looking at her reflection in the water

What are Genshin Impact Shenhe’s constellations?

Here are all the bonuses you can get from levelling up Shenhe’s constellations. You can only ascend these by pulling her on her gacha banner more than once, so good luck!

Constellation Effect
Clarity of Heart Spring Spirit Summoning can be used one more time
Centered Spirit Divine Maiden’s Deliverance lasts for six seconds longer. Active characters within the skill’s field deal 15% increased cryo crit damage
Seclusion Increases the level of Spring Spirit Summoning by three. Maximum upgrade level 15
Insight When characters under the effect of Icy Quill applied by Shenhe trigger its damage bonus effects, Shenhe will gain a Skyfrost Mantra Stack. When Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will consume all stacks of Skyfrost Mantra, increasing the damage of that Spring Spirit Summoning by 5% for each stack consumed. Max 50 stacks, stacks last for 60 seconds
Divine Attainment Increases the level of Divine Maiden’s Deliverance by three. The maximum upgrade level is 15
Mystical Abandon When characters trigger Icy Quill’s effects using normal and charged attack damage, it does not count towards the Trigger Quota

What are Genshin Impact Shenhe’s ascension materials?

Shenhe needs the following materials to ascend and increase her level cap. You can farm the nectar from Whopperflowers, and find Qingxin flowers around the mountains in Liyue. For the Dragonheir’s fins, you’ll need to go against the Bathysmal Vishap bosses on Enkanomiya.

Level Mora
20 20,000 One Shivada jade sliver, three Qingxin flowers, three Whopperflower Nectar
40 40,000 Three Shivada jade fragments, two Dragonheir’s False Fin, ten Qingxin flowers, 15 Whopperflower Nectar
50 60,000 Six Shivada jade fragments, four Dragonheir’s False Fin, 20 Qingxin flowers, 12 Shimmering Nectar
60 80,000 Three Shivada jade chunks, eight Dragonheir’s False Fin, 30 Qingxin flowers, 18 Shimmering Nectar
70 100,000 Six Shivada jade chunks, 12Dragonheir’s False Fin, 45 Qingxin flowers, 12 Energy Nectar
80 120,000 Six Shivada jade gemstones, 20 Dragonheir’s False Fin, 60 Qingxin flowers, 24 Energy Nectar

Genshin Impact's Shenhe wielding her polearm

What are Genshin Impact Shenhe’s talent materials?

As for Shenhe’s talent upgrades, she needs Prosperity talent books, available at the Taishan Mansion domain, as well as Hellfire Butterfly drops from the La Signora weekly boss fight.

Level Mora Materials
Two 12,500 Six Whopperflower Nectar, three teachings of Prosperity
Three 17,500 Three Shimmering Nectar, two guides to Prosperity
Four 25,000 Four Shimmering Nectar, four guides to Prosperity
Five 30,000 Six Shimmering Nectar, six guides to Prosperity
Six 37,500 Nine Shimmering Nectar, nine guides to Prosperity
Seven 120,000 Four Energy Nectar, four philosophies of Prosperity, one Hellfire Butterfly
Eight 260,000 Six Energy Nectar, six philosophies of Prosperity, one Hellfire Butterfly
Nine 450,000 Nine Energy Nectar, 12 philosophies of Prosperity, two Hellfire Butterflies
Ten 700,000 12 Energy Nectar, 16 philosophies of Prosperity, two Hellfire Butterflies, one Crown of Insight

And that’s everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Shenhe. If you need a break from the world of Teyvat, check out our picks for the best mobile RPGs to find your next adventure.