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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

Genshin Impact’s Yaoyao is an adorable, four-star dendro polearm wielder from Liyue. Having learnt from both Xiangling and Ganyu, Yaoyao is a surprisingly powerful little fighter, who can both heal and harm. So let’s get tossing those radishes as we dive into her skills, best weapons and artifacts, and more.

To see how Yaoyao sizes up against her elders, check out our Genshin Impact Xiangling and Genshin Impact Ganyu guides, or head over to our Genshin Impact tier list. We’ve also got all the latest Genshin Impact codes, along with a rundown of all current and upcoming Genshin Impact banners and Genshin Impact events.

Here’s everything in our best Genshin Impact Yaoyao build:

What’s the best Genshin Impact Yaoyao build?

Best weapon Favonius Lance
Substitute weapons
  • Staff of Homa
  • Dragon’s Bane
  • Kitain Cross Spear
  • Moonpiercer
Best artifact set Deepwood Memories
Substitute artifacts Tenacity of the Millelith
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
  • HP%
  • Elemental mastery
  • Crit rate/crit damage
  • Flat HP

Yaoyao is a dendro healer who acts as a strong support in many different team builds. Yaoyao’s best weapon is Favonius Lance, and her best artifact set is Deepwood Memories. When building her, we recommend focusing on HP to boost her healing efficiency, along with energy recharge to help her burst more often.

If you fancy experimenting and have another healer or a strong shielder on your team, you can also choose to build her as a reaction driver with a focus on elemental mastery – she’s a pretty flexible little unit with heaps of potential.

When leveling up Yaoyao’s talents, we recommend prioritizing her elemental skill, then her elemental burst, then her normal attack. It’s worth ascending her to level 90 if you can, as it allows you to make the most of her healing and ability to trigger reactions.

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How to use Yaoyao

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.

In combat, we generally recommend that you swap to her and use her elemental skill whenever Yuegui expires, so you can keep those heals and dendro applications coming.

In terms of her burst, we recommend keeping her on the field while it’s active, and essentially running around and jumping to make the most of the radishes that her Starscatter passive throws out.

What’s the best Genshin Impact Yaoyao weapon?

Yaoyao is quite energy-hungry, with a pretty pricy burst. As such, our top weapon pick is the 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 you may find better use for it on one of your stronger damage dealers.

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.

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

What are the best Genshin Impact 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, the 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. Alternatively, if you have a low constellation Yaoyao and really want to bump up her healing potential, you can combine two pieces of Tenacity of the Milelith with two pieces of a healing set like Ocean-Hued Clam.

For more information on the current artifact sets available in the game, check out our Genshin Impact artifacts guide.

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 maximize 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, HP%, energy recharge, and healing bonus main stats are 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 heels, 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
  • HP%
  • Elemental mastery
  • Crit rate/crit damage
  • Flat HP

Genshin Impact Yaoyao looking up

What are the best Genshin Impact Yaoyao team comps?

Due to her great healing and dendro application, Yaoyao is a pretty flexible character that can slot into many team comps. Personally, we love putting Yaoyao on a hyperbloom team, with our favourite line-up being Ayato, Raiden, Nahida, and Yaoyao in a quickswap rotation.

In this team, we recommend using Raiden’s skill, Ayato’s burst, Nahida’s skill and burst, then switching to Yaoyao to unleash her burst. In this situation, you can simply let Yuegui dish out that delicious hyperbloom damage, while simultaneously healing your allies up to full HP – and charging Raiden’s burst in the process.

Another great hyperbloom team consists of Alhaitham, Xingqiu, Raiden, and Yaoyao, which works much in the same way, only with the handsome Grand Sage taking up a bit more field time to maximise his mirror damage.

If you fancy something a bit more bloom focused, you can pair Yaoyao up with Nilou, Nahida, and either Ayato, Yelan, or Xingqiu, making the most of Nilou’s brilliant bloom buffs. Alternatively, you can also swap Nahida out for Alhaitham if you want some more offensive dendro application.

Yaoyao also synergises well with Genshin Impact’s Kaveh, alongside Nilou and another hydro character (once again, Ayato, Xingqiu, and Yelan are great choices here), as Kaveh’s kit allows him to burst all of those dendro cores with ease.

Truly, the options are quite limitless with Yaoyao, though we generally advise against putting her on freeze teams as dendro doesn’t react with cryo, and it’d be a waste of her main utility – leave those cryo heals up to her pal, Genshin Impact’s Qiqi.

Here are some visual examples of our top Yaoyao team comps. Click on the icons to view the full build guides for each of the teammates.

First character slot Second character slot Third character slot Fourth character slot
Ayato Raiden Nahida Yaoyao
Alhaitham Xingqiu Raiden Yaoyao
Nilou Nahida Ayato Yaoyao
Nilou Alhaitham Xingqiu Yaoyao

What are Genshin Yaoyao’s abilities?

Here are all of Yaoyao’s talents and skills.

Active skills:

Skill Effect
Normal attack: Toss ‘N’ Turn Spear Normal: perform up to four consecutive spear strikes
Charged: consume a set amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to enemies on impact
Plunge: plunge from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE damage on impact
Elemental skill: 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, Yuegui 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
Elemental burst: 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.

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

What are Yaoyao’s constellations?

If you pull a duplicate of Yaoyao, you can unlock one of her constellations. Here are all six of Yaoyao’s constellations and the buffs they provide.

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

What are Genshin Yaoyao’s ascension materials?

You can level Yaoyao up to a maximum of level 90, but you need to use a specific set of materials at certain intervals in order to ascend her. Here are all the materials you need to fully ascend Yaoyao.

Level Mora Materials
20+ 20k One nagadus emerald sliver, three jueyun chili, three slime condensate
40+ 40k Three nagadus emerald fragments, ten jueyun chili, 15 slime condensate, two quelled creeper
50+ 60k Six nagadus emerald fragments, 20 jueyun chili, 12 slime secretions, four quelled creeper
60+ 80k Three nagadus emerald chunks, 30 jueyun chili, 18 slime secretions, eight quelled creeper
70+ 100k Six nagadus emerald chunks, 45 jueyun chili, 12 slime secretions, 12 quelled creeper
80+ 120k Six nagadus emerald gemstones, 60 jueyun chili, 24 slime concentrate, 20 quelled creeper

Here’s where to get all of Yaoyao’s ascension materials:

  • Nagadus emerald – obtain from world and normal bosses or via alchemy
  • Jueyun chili – gather around Liyue’s Minlin, Qingce Village and Stone Gate, purchase from  Chef Mao and Fengtai, or grow in the serenitea pot
  • Slime condensate / secretions / concentrate – drops from slime enemies
  • Quelled creepers – drops from the dendro hypostasis normal boss

Official art showing Genshin Impact's Yaoyao offering snacks to Qiqi at a festival

What are Genshin Yaoyao’s talent materials?

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

As above, you can farm the slime materials by defeating slime enemies. The diligence books come from the Taishan Mansion domain on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, and you can earn the daka’s bell materials by defeating the Joururi Workshop weekly boss.

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

Talent level-up priority

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

  • Elemental skill > elemental burst > normal attack

That’s all we’ve got in our Genshin Impact Yaoyao build. If you’re looking for another adventure to embark on, check out our Honkai Star Rail tier list, Honkai Star Rail codes, and Honkai Star Rail events guides to explore Hoyo’s star-trotting RPG.