Genshin Impact Yaoyao build

Our Genshin Impact Yaoyao build goes over everything you need to know about the four-star dendro healer, including her skills, best weapons, and best artifacts

Genshin Impact Yaoyao standing on one leg and holding a spear

Having been datamined very early in the game’s lifespan (wow, 2020 feels like a century ago now, right?) Genshin’s Yaoyao has taken up residence in the back of our minds, just waiting to hop out and steal our primos. And now, the adorable little gal is finally here, and, as the first dendro healer to join the roster, we’re very excited to see what she’s got.

So let’s take a look at the best Genshin Impact Yaoyao build, featuring artifacts, weapons, skills, and more, so you can make the best of this sweet, four-star dendro support. Then, if you want to see how she sizes up against the other characters, check out our Genshin Impact tier list. We’ve also got plenty of other build guides, including ones for Genshin Impact’s Alhaitham, Genshin Impact’s Xiao, Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao, and Genshin Impact’s Yelan.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao

Genshin Impact Yaoyao talking to Madam Ping

Who is Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao?

Yaoyao dates back to one of the earliest Genshin Impact leaks, and the first closed beta datamine. All of the other characters found in the datamine, including Genshin Impact’s Kokomi, Genshin Impact’s Kazuha, Genshin Impact’s Hu Tao, and more, have since been released, but Yaoyao is the last one to hop out into the world of Genshin Impact.

This is likely due to the fact that Yaoyao is a dendro character, and therefore had to be held back to line up with version 3. But now, as we approach the Lantern Rite Festival, it looks like this little Liyuean gal is finally joining the roster.

Yaoyao was Genshin Impact Xiangling‘s junior disciple, and they trained under the same martial arts master. She’s since become an assistant for Genshin Impact’s Ganyu, and is rarely found far from Madame Ping, who essentially treats her as a grandchild.

When is Genshin Yaoyao’s release date?

Yaoyao has arrived, alongside the recent Genshin Impact 3.4 update! She appears on the phase one banners alongside Genshin Impact’s Alhaitham and Genshin Impact’s Xiao. For more information, be sure to check out our Genshin Impact next banner guide. You also have the opportunity to invite her as your free four-star Liyue character in the Genshin Impact Lantern Rite celebrations.

Genshin Impact Yaoyao smiling

What’s the best Genshin Yaoyao build?

Yaoyao is a four-star dendro polearm wielder best suited to a support role. She can heal allies through both her skill and burst, while also applying AoE dendro damage, making her a great utility candidate for elemental reaction teams. We’re still getting a handle on what this sweet little radish-thrower can do, but we’ll be sure to update this guide as soon as we’ve had the chance to do some more theorycrafting.

What’s the best Genshin Yaoyao weapon?

Yaoyao is quite energy-hungry, with a pretty pricy burst. As such we believe the best weapon for her is Favonius Lance, as it allows her to regenerate particles at a quicker rate, especially if she’s the only dendro character in the team.

Alternatively, Staff of Homa is the best all-rounder polearm for pretty much any character, and works well for Yaoyao too – though it’s a highly contested weapon, and may be better used on one of your stronger damage dealer or five-star units.

For some decent four-star options beyond Favonius, Dragon’s Bane, Kitain Cross Spear, and Moonpiercer all work well with Yaoyao, offering elemental mastery to boost the damage of her elemental reactions.

We’re still crunching numbers at the moment, but we’ll be sure to update this section once we’ve tested all the options more extensively.

Weapon Effect
Favonius Lance Bonus stat: energy recharge
Skill: crit hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of elemental particles, which regenerate six energy for the active character. This can only occur once every 12 seconds
Staff of Homa Bonus stat: crit damage
Skill: increases HP by 20%, and provides an attack bonus based on 0.8% of the wielder’s max HP. When the wielder’s HP drops to less than 50%, the attack bonus increases by an additional 1% of their max HP
Dragon’s Bane Base stat: elemental mastery
Skill: increases the damage you deal to enemies affected by hydro or pyro by 20%
Kitain Cross Spear Base stat: elemental mastery
Skill: increases elemental skill damage by 6%. After the wielder’s elemental skill hits an opponent, the wielder loses three energy but regenerates three energy every two seconds for the next six seconds. This effect can occur once every ten seconds, even when the character is not on the field
Moonpiercer Base stat: elemental mastery
Skill: after triggering burning, quicken, aggravate, spread, bloom, hyperbloom, or burgeon, summon a leaf of revival around the character for a maximum of ten seconds. When you pick up the leaf, it grants the character 16% attack for 12 seconds. You can only generate one leaf this way every 20 seconds. You can trigger this effect even if the character isn’t on the field

Genshin Impact Yaoyao scratching her head

What are the best Genshin Yaoyao artifacts?

Yaoyao makes for a great Deepwood Memories holder if no one else on your team is using that set, as it offers a team-wide buff that reduces enemy dendro resistance. However, much like Noblesse Oblige, this effect doesn’t stack if you have more than one character on your team equipped with this set.

A great alternative is a full set of Tenacity of the Millelith, as it increases Yaoyao’s HP which buffs her healing, and gives a team-wide attack and shield buff.

We’re still crunching numbers at the moment, and think there may be room for a two-piece set build combining Tenacity of the Milelith with a healing set. We’ll be sure to update this section when we get more data.

Artifact set Effect Where to get
Deepwood Memories Two equipped: dendro damage bonus +15%
Four equipped: after elemental skills or bursts hit opponents, the targets’ dendro resistance decreases by 30% for eight seconds. You can trigger this effect even if the equipping character is not on the field
Spire of Solitary Enlightenment domain in Sumeru
Tenacity of the Millelith Two equipped: HP +20%
Four equipped: when you hit an opponent with an elemental skill, increase all nearby party members’ attack by 20%, and their shield strength by 30% for three seconds. You can trigger this effect once every 0.5 seconds, even if the wielder is not on the field
Ridge Watch domain on Bishui Plain, Liyue

Artifact stat recommendations

The two most useful stats for Yaoyao in a support role are HP and energy recharge, which both help maximise her healing potential. If she’s the only dendro character on your team, you realistically need about 200% energy recharge for her to burst in every rotation.

Generally, using HP%, energy recharge, and healing bonus main stats appears to be the best fit for her when it comes to team flexibility and strong heals. If you equip her with the Favonius Lance, you can also opt for a crit rate circlet to trigger its passive more reliably.

Alternatively, if you’re using Yaoyao in a hyperbloom team, you can instead equip her with a full set of elemental mastery main-stat artifacts to make the most of her dendro cores. However, this comes at the price of lower heals, and the dendro cores can still damage you, so keep that in mind.

Main stats:

  • Sands – HP%, energy recharge, or elemental mastery
  • Goblet – HP% or elemental mastery
  • Circlet – HP%, energy recharge, crit rate, or elemental mastery

Sub-stats:

  • Energy recharge to requirement
  • HP%
  • Elemental mastery
  • Crit rate/crit damage
  • Flat HP

Genshin Impact Yaoyao and Qiqi snacking together

What are Genshin Yaoyao’s skills?

Yaoyao normal attack

Skill Effect
Toss ‘N’ Turn Spear (normal attack) Perform up to four consecutive spear strikes
Toss ‘N’ Turn Spear (charged) Consume a set amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to enemies on impact
Toss ‘N’ Turn Spear (plunge) Plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage on impact

Yaoyao elemental skill

Skill Effect
Raphanus Sky Cluster Call upon Yuegui: Throwing Mode, a special device created by a certain adeptus to help Yaoyao solve her problems. Hold the skill button to enter aiming mode and adjust the throw direction. When deployed, Yuegui: Throwing Mode tosses radishes that explode upon hitting characters or opponents, dealing dendro damage to opponents within a certain AoE, and yealing characters within that same AoE based on Yaoyao’s max HP. If the radish doesn’t hit either an opponent or a character, the radish remains where it is and explodes on contact with a character or opponent, or explodes after its duration expires.
Yuegui: Throwing Mode chooses its radish-throw targets based on these parameters:
– if all nearby allies have more than 70% HP remaining, then it throws the radish at a nearby opponent
– if nearby characters have 70% or less HP remaining, it throws the radish at the character with the lowest HP percentage remaining. If no opponents exist nearby, Yuedui throws White Jade Radishes at characters even if they all have more than 70% HP remaining
A maximum of two instances of Yuegui: Throwing Mode can exist at any one time.

Yaoyao elemental burst

Skill Effect
Moonjade Descent Call upon Yuegui: Throwing Mode, a special device created by a certain adeptus to help Yaoyao solve her problems. Hold the burst button to enter aiming mode and adjust the throw direction. When deployed, Yuegui: Throwing Mode throws out White Jade Raishes that explode upon hitting characters or opponents, dealing dendro damage to opponents within a certain AoE, and healing characters within that same AoE based on Yaoyao’s max HP. If a radish doesn’t hit either an opponent or a character, it remains where it is and explodes on contact with a character or opponent, or explodes after its duration expires.
Yuegui: Throwing Mode chooses its radish-throw targets based on these parameters:
– if all nearby characters have more than 70% HP remaining, it throws the radish at a nearby opponent
– if nearby characters have 70% or less HP remaining, it throws a radish at the character with the lowest HP percentage remaining. If no opponents exist nearby, Yuegui throws radishes at characters if they have more than 70% HP and less than 100% HP remaining. Otherwise, it throws radishes into the area at random
A maximum of two instances of Yuegui: Throwing Mode can exist at any one time.

Yaoyao passive skills

Skill Effect
Tailing on Tiptoes When Yaoyao is in the party, your characters don’t startle crystalflies and certain other animals when you get close to them. Check the ‘other’ sub-category of the ‘living beings/wildlife’ section in the archive for creatures this skill works on
Starscatter While affected by the Adeptal Legacy state caused by Moonjade Descent, Yaoyao constantly throws radishes at nearby opponents when she is sprinting, jumping, or running. She can throw one raddish this way once every 0.6 seconds
In Others’ Shoes When radishes explode, active characters within their AoE regain HP every second based on 0.08% of Yaoyao’s max HP. This effect lasts five seconds

Genshin Impact Yaoyao looking up

What are Yaoyao’s constellations?

Constellation Effect
C1: Adeptus’ Tutelage When radishes explode, active characters within their AoE gain 15% dendro damage bonus for eight seconds and have 15 stamina restored to them. This form of stamina restoration can only trigger every five seconds
C2: Innocent While affected by the Adeptal Legacy state caused by Moonjade Descent, if radish explosions damage opponents, Yaoyao restores three energy. Can only occur once every 0.8 seconds
C3: Loyal and Kind Increases the level of Raphanus Sky Cluster by three. Max upgrade level 15
C4: Winsome After using Raphanus Sky Cluster or Moonjade Descent, Yaoyao’s elemental mastery increases based on 0.3% of her max HP for eight seconds. The maximum elemental mastery she can gain this way is 120
C5: Compassionate Increases the level of Moonjade Descent by three. Max upgrade level 15
C6: Beneficent For every two radishes Yuegui: Throwing Mode throws out, it also throws a mega radish that has a larger AoE than the standard radishes, and has the following effects upon exploding:
– deals AoE dendro damage based on 75% of Yaoyao’s attack
– restores HP for the active character based on 7.5% of Yaoyao’s max HP
Every Yuegei: Throwing Mode can throw out a maximum of two mega radishes

Genshin Impact Yaoyao leaning her head in her hand and looking at the sky

What are Genshin Yaoyao’s ascension materials?

Level Materials
20+ 20k mora, one nagadus emerald sliver, three jueyun chili, three slime condensate
40+ 40k mora, three nagadus emerald fragments, ten jueyun chili, 15 slime condensate, two Quelled Creeper
50+ 60k mora, six nagadus emerald fragments, 20 jueyun chili, 12 slime secretions, four Quelled Creeper
60+ 80k mora, three nagadus emerald chunks, 30 jueyun chili, 18 slime secretions, eight Quelled Creeper
70+ 100k mora, six nagadus emerald chunks, 45 jueyun chili, 12 slime secretions, 12 Quelled Creeper
80+ 120k mora, six nagadus emerald gemstones, 60 jueyun chili, 24 slime concentrate, 20 Quelled Creeper

What are Genshin Yaoyao’s talent level up materials?

You can level Yaoyao’s normal attack, elemental skill, and elemental burst to level ten. Here are all of the materials you need to level one of her talents to level ten.

Level Materials
Two 12.5k mora, six slime condensate, three teachings of diligence
Three 17.5k mora, three slime secretions, two guide to diligence
Four 25k mora, four slime secretions,, four guide to diligence
Five 30k mora, six slime secretions, six guide to diligence
Six 37.5k mora, nine slime secretions, nine guide to diligence
Seven 120k mora, four slime concentrate, four philosophies of diligence, one Daka’s Bell
Eight 260k mora, six slime concentrate, six philosophies of diligence, one Daka’s Bell
Nine 450k mora, nine slime concentrate, 12 philosophies of diligence, two Daka’s Bell
Ten 700k mora, 12 slime concentrate, 16 philosophies of diligence, two Daka’s Bell, one Crown of Insight

And that’s everything we know on Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao at the moment. While you’re here, be sure to check out our list of the best mobile RPGs for more fun on the go.