Genshin Impact’s Yanfei is a half-adeptus and Liyue’s premier legal adviser. Not only can she offer top-of-the-line legal advice, but she can also pack a punch on the battlefield as a surprisingly powerful four-star pyro catalyst wielder. So if you’d care to read the wavier and sign on the dotted line, we’ll take you through the best Genshin Yanfei build, featuring her skills, weapons, and more.
For those of you who need some extra primogems for the next Genshin Impact banner, take a look at our Genshin Impact codes list. For those of you looking for other strong characters, we have guides that include our recommended builds for Genshin Impact’s Freminet, Genshin Impact’s Neuvillette, and Genshin Impact’s Baizhu.
Open your textbooks, let’s find out everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Yanfei.
|Best weapon||Vaporize: Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds
Overload: Sacrificial Fragments
|Weapon substitutes||Vaporize: The Widsith
Overload: Magic Guide
|Best artifact set||Crimson Witch of Flames|
|Artifact substitutes||Shimenawa’s Reminiscence or Wanderer’s Troupe|
Yanfei’s best vaporize weapon is Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds and her best overload weapon is Sacrificial Fragments due to its high elemental mastery. Her best artifact set is four pieces of Crimson Witch of Flames with a focus on attack%, pyro damage, and crit stats.
Yanfei primarily excels in an on-field DPS role, taking the lead in either a vaporize or overload team. She’s a great option for early gameplay, and her ranged attacks have a handy reach. She also has decent reach and damage with her AoE, consistent pyro application, and plenty of F2P and resin-efficient options when it comes to weapons, artifacts, and team builds. Yanfei’s elemental skill and elemental burst require a lot of field time, but their DPS potential makes it all worth it.
However, she has a long charged attack animation which isn’t easy to cancel and doesn’t offer invincibility, leaving her vulnerable to incoming attacks. As she’s also pretty squishy in most builds, you may find yourself relying on highly sought-after shield units to negate this damage.
The Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds is our catalyst of choice for vaporize Yanfei, as it compliments the extended on-field time necessary to make the most of her rotations. The crit rate secondary stat, which isn’t very common in catalysts, also works really well for her.
Alternatively, The Widsith is a great choice, especially as higher refinement ranks, as Yanfei is one of the few catalyst users capable of making full use of its buffs. Plus, it’s slightly easier to roll into.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds||Bonus effect: crit rate
Skill: Increases movement speed by 10%. When in battle, gain an 8% elemental damage bonus every four seconds. Max four stacks. Lasts until Yanfei falls or leaves combat
|The Widsith||Bonus effect: crit damage
Skill: When a character takes the field, they will gain a random theme song for ten seconds. This can only occur once every 30 seconds.
Recitative: Attack is increased by 60%.
Aria: Increases all elemental damage by 48%
Interlude: Elemental mastery is increased by 240
|Dodoco Tales||Bonus effect: attack
Skill: Normal attack hits on opponents increase charged attack damage by 16% for six seconds. Charged attack hits on opponents increase attack by 8% for six seconds
|Midsummer Island Adventure event|
|Mappa Mare||Bonus effect: elemental mastery
Skill: Triggering an elemental reaction grants an 8% elemental damage bonus for ten seconds. Max two stacks
|Forging or Stellar Reunion event|
Our top weapon picks for overload Yanfei are a bit different to that of Vaporize Yanfei, as your main priority for this role is increasing her elemental mastery as much as possible.
Sacrificial Fragments takes the top spot due to its high elemental mastery, despite its skill not being the most useful to her. Refinements don’t change much, so you’re fine at R1 for this one, meaning it’s also a very affordable option.
Magic Guide comes in at second, as it offers the second-highest elemental mastery of all the catalysts so far. Its attack doesn’t do much for Yanfei, but with it being a three-star weapon, it’s much cheaper to upgrade and refine than other weapons.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Sacrificial Fragments||Bonus effect: elemental mastery
Skill: After you damage an opponent with Yanfei’s elemental skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own cooldown. This can only occur once every 30 seconds
|Magic Guide||Bonus effect: elemental mastery
Skill: Increases damage against enemies affected by hydro or electro by 12%
|Thrilling Tale of Dragon Slayers||Bonus effect: HP
Skill: When you switch characters, the new character taking the field has their attack increased by 24% for ten seconds. This effect can only occur once every 20 seconds
Regardless of whether you’re using her in a vaporize or overload team, we highly recommend using a full set of the Crimson Witch of Flames artifacts to get a healthy pyro damage bonus. Shimenawa’s Reminiscence and Wanderer’s Troupe also offer some nice benefits depending on how you want to build your Yanfei.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Crimson Witch of Flames||Two equipped: pyro damage +15%
Four equipped: increases overloaded and burning damage by 40%, and vaporize and melt damage by 15%. Using an elemental skill increases two-piece set effects by 50% for ten seconds. Maximum three stacks
|Hidden Palace of Zhou Formula domain on Bashui Plain, Wuwang Hill, Liyue|
|Shimenawa’s Reminiscence||Two equipped: attack +18%
Four equipped: when using an elemental skill with 15 or more energy, you lose 15 energy and gain 50% normal/charge/plunging attack damage for ten seconds. This effect won’t trigger again during that duration
|Momiji-Dyed Court domain on Yashiori Island in Inazuma|
|Wanderer’s Troupe||Two equipped: elemental mastery +80
Four equipped: increases charged attack damage by 35% because Yanfei uses a catalyst
|World bosses and weekly bosses, or the Wanderer’s Troupe artifact strongbox|
|Martial Artist||Two equipped: normal attack and charged attack damage is increased by 15%
Four equipped: after using your elemental skill, your normal attack and charged attack damage is increased by 25% for eight seconds
|Domains, chests, enemy drops|
Artifact stat recommendations
When picking artifacts for Yanfei, you should prioritize the following stats.
- Sands: attack%
- Goblet: pyro damage bonus
- Circlet: crit rate or crit damage
- Crit damage
- Crit rate
To find out more about how artifacts work, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.
Naturally, when picking a team comp for Yanfei, the characters you should choose are reliant on whether you want a vaporize or overload team.
For vaporize teams, she synergizes well with Genshin Impact’s Xingqiu and Genshin Impact’s Bennett. You can fill the spare slot with an anemo unit like Genshin Impact’s Kazuha to shred resistance and reap the benefits of the Viridescent Venerer artifact set, Genshin Impact’s Fischl for additional damage and overloads, or Genshin Impact’s Zhongli to shield her, which helps negate her vulnerability during her long charged attack animations.
Here’s an example of a strong vaporize Yanfei team comp:
For overload teams, you should go with Genshin Impact’s Fischl and Genshin Impact’s Beidou. The fourth slot can once again be filled with Bennett, Xingqiu, or Zhongli, or you can go with Genshin Impact’s Kokomi, all of which help her survivability without interfering with overload reactions.
Here’s an example of a strong overload Yanfei comp:
|Normal attack: Seal of Approval||Normal: Yanfei shoots fireballs that deal up to three counts of pyro damage. On hit, Yanfei receives a Scarlet Seal, she can have a maximum of three. The seals decrease her stamina consumption
Charged: Consumes stamina and all Scarlet Seals to deal AoE pyro damage
Plunging: Yanfei plunged toward the ground, dealing AoE pyro damage on impact
|Elemental skill: Signed Edict||Deals AoE pyro damage and grants Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals|
|Elemental burst: Done Deal||Deals AoE pyro damage, grants Yanfei the maximum number of Scarlet Seals, and applies Brilliance to her.
Brilliance periodically grants Yanfei a Scarlet Seal and increases the damage of her charged attack
|Proviso||When a Scarlet Seal is consumed by using a charged attack, Yanfei’s pyro damage is increased by 5% for six seconds|
|Blazing Eye||When a charged attack deals a critical hit, Yanfei will deal extra AoE pyro damage that’s equal to 80% of her attack|
|Encyclopedic Expertise||The mini-map will show the location of nearby resources that are unique to Liyue|
You can unlock extra benefits for Yanfei by pulling copies of her. These are called constellations.
|C1: The Law Knows No Kindness||Each existing Scarlet Seal additionally reduces the stamina cost of charged attacks by 10% and increases resistance against interruption when released|
|C2: Right of Final Interpretation||Increases Yanfei’s charged attack critical hit rate by 20% against enemies with HP below 50%|
|C3: Samadhi Fire-Forged||Increases the level of Signed Edict by three.
The maximum upgrade level is 15
|C4: Supreme Amnesty||Done Deal creates a shield that absorbs up to 45% of Yanfei’s max HP for 15 seconds. The shield absorbs pyro damage 250% more effectively|
|C5: Abiding Affidavit||Increases the level of Done Deal by three.
The maximum upgrade level is 15
|C6: Extra Clause||Increases the maximum number of Scarlet Seals by one|
You need a lot of Noctilous Jade in order to ascend Yanfei fully. You can purchase five from Shitou at Jade Mystery in Liyue every three days.
|20||20k||One agnidus agate sliver, three noctilous jade, three treasure hoarder insignia|
|40||40k||Three agnidus agate fragment, two juvenile jade, ten noctilous jade, 15 treasure hoarder insignia|
|50||60k||Six agnidus agate fragment, four juvenile jade, 20 noctilous jade, 12 silver raven insignia|
|60||80k||Three agnidus agate chunk, eight juvenile jade, 30 noctilous jade, 18 silver raven insignia|
|70||100k||Six agnidus agate chunk, 12 juvenile jade, 45 noctilous jade, 12 golden raven insignia|
|80||120k||Six agnidus agate gemstone, 20 juvenile jade, 60 noctilous jade, 24 golden raven insignia|
Here are all the talent level-up materials you need to ascend one of Yanfei’s talents to level ten.
|Two||12.5k||Six treasure hoarder insignia, three teachings of gold|
|Three||17.5k||Three silver raven insignia, two guide to gold|
|Four||25k||Four silver raven insignia, four guide to gold|
|Five||30k||Six silver raven insignia, six guide to gold|
|Six||37.5k||Nine silver raven insignia, nine guide to gold|
|Seven||120k||Four golden raven insignia, four philosophies of gold, one bloodjade branch|
|Eight||260k||Six golden raven insignia, six philosophies of gold, one bloodjade branch|
|Nine||450k||Nine golden raven insignia, 12 philosophies of gold, two bloodjade branch|
|Ten||700k||12 golden raven insignia, 16 philosophies of gold, two bloodjade branch, one crown of insight|
That’s everything you need to know about Genshin Impact’s Yanfei. If you’re off exploring the cosmos with the crew of the Astral Express, check out our Honkai Star Rail codes and Honkai Star Rail tier list. We also have builds for characters like Honkai Star Rail’s Luka, Honkai Star Rail’s Jingliu, and Honkai Star Rail’s Imbibitor Lunae.