Genshin Impact’s Yelan, the smashing five-star hydro and bow wielder, is always ready to make a splash. If you rolled the dice and managed to snag her, you probably want to know how to make the most of her powerful skills – the good news is, you’re in the right place. Our Yelan build goes over the best artifacts, weapons, team comps, and more.
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Let’s jump into our Genshin Impact Yelan build.
|Best weapon||Aqua Simulacra|
|Weapon substitutes||Favonius Warbow, Mouun’s Moon|
|Best artifact set||Emblem of Eevered Fate|
|Main stats||Sands – HP
Goblet – Hydro damage bonus
Circlet – HP
|Sub stats||HP, energy recharge, crit rate, crit damage|
Genshin Impact’s Yelan excels in a sub-DPS role, equipped with the Aqua Simulacra bow and a set of Emblem of Severed Fate artifacts – though she can also be a main DPS as well.
She’s a hydro bow user whose talents help fill in the downtime between main DPS attacks, and her elemental burst directly increases an active character’s personal damage.
How do I use Genshin Impact’s Yelan?
Yelan is best used for her hydro application, as her play style is similar to Xingqiu, but a little better as she is a five-star unit. If you use these two together, then you’ve got the strongest hydro duo in the game.
Regardless of whether you want to use her as a DPS or sub-DPS, Yelan’s best weapon is the Aqua Simulacra. It’s a five-star bow that is centered around her kit, and both its crit damage base stat and skill are great assets to her. The Polar Star bow is another great, five-star choice for her in both roles, due to its crit rate stat and the attack boost of its skill.
If you’re looking for more affordable options, they differ depending on what role you want to build her for. Mouun’s Moon is the best four-star bow for main DPS Yelan, whereas Favonius Warbow is the best four-star bow for sub-DPS Yelan.
|Weapon||Effect||How to obtain|
|Aqua Simulacra (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit damage
Skill: Increases HP by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, Yelan’s damage increases by 20%. This takes effect whether she is on-field or not.
|Weapon banner (alongside Yelan)|
|Elegy for the End (five-star)||Bonus effect: Energy recharge
Skill: Increases Yelan’s elemental mastery by 60. When her elemental skills or bursts hit opponents, she gains a Sigil of Remembrance. This can trigger once every 0.2 seconds, even when Yelan isn’t on field. When Yelan has four Sigils, they will all be consumed, and nearby party members gain the Millennial Movement: Farewell Song for 12 seconds. This increases elemental mastery by 100, and attack by 20%.
|Weapon banner (alongside Venti)|
|Polar Star (five-star)||Bonus effect: Crit rate
Skill: Increases elemental skill and elemental burst damage by 12%. After a normal attack, charged attack, elemental skill, or elemental burst hits an enemy, gain one stack of Ashen Nightstar for 12 seconds. When 1/2/3/4 stacks of Ashen Nightstar are present, Yelan’s attack increases by 10/20/30/48%.
|Weapon banner (alongside Tartaglia)|
|Mouun’s Moon (four-star)||Bonus effect: Increases attack
Skill: For every point of the entire party’s combined maximum energy capacity, Yelan’s elemental burst damage increases by 0.12%. A maximum of 40% extra elemental burst damage is available this way.
|Favonius Warbow (four-star)||Bonus effect: Increases energy recharge
Skill: Crit hits have a 40% chance to generate a small number of elemental particles, which regenerate six energy for Yelan. Can only occur once every 12 seconds.
Regardless of which role you want to put her in, the best Genshin Impact Yelan artifact set is easily Emblem of Severed Fate, due to its energy recharge and elemental burst damage boosts. However, you can mix two pieces of Noblesse Oblige with two pieces of Emblem of Severed Fate for a flat increase to both stats instead. Yelan does scale on HP, though, so any HP-scaling options are viable if the artifact archons haven’t given you useful drops on her best set.
|Artifact set||Effect||How to obtain|
|Emblem of Severed Fate||Two equipped: Increases energy recharge
Four equipped: Increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can obtain a maximum of 75% bonus damage this way.
|Momiji-Dyed Court domain|
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: Increases elemental burst damage
Four equipped: Using an elemental burst increases all party members’ attack by 20% for 12 seconds. This effect cannot stack.
|Clear Pool and Mountain Cavern domain|
|Heart of Depth||Two equipped: Increases hydro damage
Four equipped: Increases normal attack and charged attack damage by 30% for 15 seconds after you use an elemental skill.
|Peak of Vindagnyr domain|
|Tenacity of the Millelith||Two equipped: Increases max HP.||Ridge Watch domain|
|Vourukasha’s Glow||Two equipped: Increases max HP.||Molten Iron Fortress domain|
Artifact stat recommendations
We recommend getting Yelan’s energy recharge to about 140% or above. Of course, more energy recharge is always nice, but anything over 200% isn’t really necessary.
- Sands: HP or energy recharge
- Goblet: hydro damage bonus
- Circlet: HP, crit rate, or crit damage
- Energy recharge
- Crit rate/crit damage
Yelan is a very versatile character and can slot into an insane amount of team comps thanks to her application. She excels in electro-charged, vaporize, and hyperbloom teams, but doesn’t hold back when it comes to overload, burgeon, or a mono-hydro team, either. Below are just some of the possible combinations you can use her in.
Here’s what Yelan can do during battle, and her extra skills gained at ascension levels.
|Normal attack: Stealthy Bowshot||Normal: Release four consecutive shots with a bow, dashing backward during the last two hits
Charged: While you aim, flowing water accumulates around the arrowhead, inflicting hydro damage on hit
Plunging: Fire off a shower of arrows mid-air, before falling to the ground and inflicting AoE damage
|Elemental skill: Lingering Lifeline||Fire a lifeline that pulls you along rapidly, dragging in and marking any enemies in its path. When the movement ends, the lifeline explodes, dealing hydro damage to the marked opponents based on Yelan’s max HP|
|Elemental burst: Depth-Clarion Dice||Deal AoE hydro damage while also creating an ‘Exquisite Throw’ which aids you in battle, with an 18-second cooldown. Exquisite Throw follows the active character around, initiating a coordinated attack that deals hydro damage based on Yelan’s max HP. This can occur once every second when your active character uses a normal attack, and occurs each time Yelan’s Lifeline explodes and hits enemies|
|Lengthy Consideration (unlocked at ascension one)||Gain 25% more rewards if Yelan sets out on a Liyue Expedition for 20 hours|
|Turn Control (unlocked at ascension four)||If your party has one/two/three/four elemental types, Yelan’s max HP increases by 6%/12%/18%/30%|
|Adapt with Ease (unlocked automatically)||When an Exquisite Throw is in play, Yelan (or another active character) deals 1% more damage. This increases by a further 3.5% damage every second. Damage can increase by a maximum of 50%|
Here are all of Yelan’s constellations. Of course, to get a constellation, you’ll have to roll the dice and pull more than one copy of this lovely lady, so good luck!
|C1: Taking All Comers||For each opponent marked by your Lifeline, Yelan restores seven energy. You can restore a maximum of 21 energy for Yelan per Lingering Lifeline|
|C2: Enter the Plotters||Lingering Lifeline gains one additional charge|
|C3: Dealer’s Sleight||Increases the level of Lingering Lifeline by three. Max upgrade level is 15|
|C4: Bait and Switch||Increases the damage of Exquisite Throw’s coordinated attack by 30%|
|C5: Beware the Trickster’s Dice||Increases the level of Depth-Clarion Dice by three. Max upgrade level is 15|
|C6: Winner Takes All||After you use Yelan’s elemental burst, she enters the mastermind state. In this state, all of her normal attacks become Breakthrough Barbs and deal 130% extra damage|
Here’s what you need to ascend Yelan all the way up to level 80. Starconches are regularly found on Liyue’s coast, and the Runic Fang is a drop from the Ruin Serpent in the Chasm.
|20||20,000||One varunada lazurite sliver, three recruit’s insignia, three starconches|
|40||40,000||Three varunada lazurite fragments, 15 recruit’s insignia, ten starconches, two runic fang|
|50||60,000||Six varunada lazurite fragments, 12 sergeant’s insignia, 20 starconches, four runic fang|
|60||80,000||Three varunada lazurite chunks, 18 sergeant’s insignia, 30 starconches, eight runic fang|
|70||100,000||Six varunada lazurite chunks, 12 lieutenant’s insignia, 45 starconches, 12 runic fang|
|80||120.000||Six varunada lazurite gemstones, 24 lieutenant’s insignia, 60 starconches, 20 runic fang|
To get Yelan’s talents up to level ten, you need the following items. Prosperity talent books are available in the Taishan Mansion domain and gilded scales are a drop from the weekly Azhdaha boss fight.
|Two||12,500||Three teachings of prosperity, six recruit’s insignia|
|Three||17,500||Two guides to prosperity, three sergeant’s insignia|
|Four||25,000||Four guides to prosperity, four sergeant’s insignia|
|Five||30,000||Six guides to prosperity, six sergeant’s insignia|
|Six||37,500||Nine guides to prosperity, nine sergeant’s insignia|
|Seven||120,000||Four philosophies of prosperity, four lieutenant’s insignia, one gilded scale|
|Eight||260,000||Six philosophies of prosperity, six lieutenant’s insignia, one gilded scale|
|Nine||450,000||12 philosophies of prosperity, nine lieutenant’s insignia, two gilded scales|
|Ten||700,000||16 philosophies of prosperity, 12 lieutenant’s insignia, two gilded scales, one crown of insight|
When upgrading Yelan’s fantastic talents, aim to do them in this order:
- Elemental skill > elemental burst > normal attack
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