Genshin Impact Kaeya build
- Genshin Impact Kaeya
- What’s the best Genshin Kaeya build?
- What are the best Genshin Kaeya weapons?
- What are the best Genshin Kaeya artifacts?
- What are Genshin Kaeya’s skills?
- What are Genshin Kaeya’s constellations?
- What are Genshin Kaeya’s ascension materials?
- What are Genshin Impact Kaeya’s talent materials?
As Cavalry Captain of the Knights of Favonius, Genshin Impact’s Kaeya is highly respected by the people of Mondstadt. He’s a four-star Cryo sword wielder, known for being extremely charming, and having a certain passion for sipping wine (we don’t blame him). In this Genshin Kaeya build guide we take a look at his skills, weapons, artifacts, and more. So what are you waiting for? Cool it, and come along.
Genshin Impact Kaeya
Kaeya is an accessible free-to-play unit in the early game, and a versatile sub-DPS reaction enabler throughout. He has low energy recharge requirements, consistent Cryo application, and is free to all new players, making him a reliable staple in your roster from the start.
He excels most in freeze comps, which make the most of his A4 Glacial Heart passive, first constellation (if you have it), cryo resonance, and Blizzard Strayer buff. He synergises well with Genshin Impact’s Chongyun, and hits his highest personal damage ceiling in said freeze teams.
Naturally, he doesn’t compare with some of the stronger, five-star cryo DPS, especially with Genshin Impact’s Ayaka and Genshin Impact’s Ganyu being two of the strongest damage dealers in the game. He can also struggle to beat out his main competition, Genshin Impact’s Rosaria, when it comes to general attack and her synergy with melt teams.
However, he’s still an extremely useful unit, offering a substantial amount of energy recharge through his ascensions, affordable build options, and more. Plus, he’s smooth, handsome, and charming. What’s not to love?
As a sub-DPS, the rankings for his best weapons rely heavily on his artifacts, team comps, buffs, and more. To get a full breakdown of all the different weapons and which is best for your build, either check out the Keqingmains Kaeya guide or to get all technical, run your stats through the Genshin Optomizer.
However, for a more general selection, here are our recommendations. Mistsplitter Reforged is the best weapon for Kaeya’s personal damage under the right circumstances, though it can be tricky to gain stacks for its passive without Chongyun. It’s also highly contested, and may be better used on other characters.
Freedom Sworn is another great option, especially in reverse melt teams, due to its elemental mastery stat. It also offers a valuable team buff that comes in handy as long as Kaeya is the one triggering reactions. If you’re struggling to meet energy recharge requirements, Skyward Blade is a good choice due to its high ER boost, allowing you to run more offensive artifacts.
When it comes to four-star options, The Black Sword is a good crit stat stick, though its passive is relatively useless for sub-DPS Kaeya. Alternatively, The Alley Flash or Lion’s Roar are great for reverse melt teams.
|Mistsplitter Reforged||Base stat: CRIT damage
Skill: Gain a 12% elemental damage bonus for all elements and receive the might of the Mistsplitter’s Emblem. At stack levels 1/2/3, Mistsplitter’s Emblem provides a 8/16/28% elemental damage bonus for the wielder’s elemental type. The wielder gains one stack of Mistsplitter’s Emblem when a normal attack deals elemental damage (stack lasts five seconds), upon casting an elemental burst (stack lasts ten seconds), and when their energy is less than 100% (stack disappears when their energy is full). Each stack’s duration is calculated independently
|Freedom Sworn||Base stat: Elemental Mastery
Skill: Increases damage by 10%. When the wielder triggers elemental reaction, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can trigger once every 0.5 seconds, even when the character is not on the field. When they possess two sigils, both are consumed and all nearby party members obtain ‘Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance’ for 12 seconds, which increases normal, charged, and plunging attack damage by 16%, and attack by 20%. Once this effect triggers, you don’t gain another sigil for 20 seconds. Buffs of the same type don’t stack
|Skyward Blade||Base stat: Energy Recharge
Skill: Crit hit rate is increases by 4%. The wielder gains Skypiercing Might when an elemental burst is used, this increases movement and attack speed by 10% and increases the damage of normal and charged attacks by 20% for 12 seconds
|The Black Sword||Base stat: Crit rate
Skill: Increases damage dealt by normal and charged attacks by 20%. Also regenerates 60% of attack as HP when normal and charged attacks score a crit hit. This effect can occur once every five seconds
|Favonius Sword||Base stat: Attack
Skill: CRIT Hits have a 60% chance to generate a small amount of Elemental Particles, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. Can only occur once every 12s.
|Lion’s Roar||Base stat: Attack
Skill: Increases damage against enemies affected by pyro or electro by 20%
In a freeze team, Blizzard Strayer is the best option for Kaeya without a doubt. It offers a nice boost to his Cryo damage and pushes his crit rate even higher, which synergises perfectly with the Cryo resonance bonus.
However, if you’re hoping to put him in anything but a freeze team (i.e. reverse melt, or a team that doesn’t rely on either melt or freeze), a full set of Emblem of Severed Fate pulls ahead of the pack, offering a boost to energy recharge and burst damage.
Alternatively, combining two pieces of Blizzard Strayer with two pieces of Noblesse Oblige is a flexible option if you’re struggling to get a full set with decent stats.
Two equipped: 15% Cryo damage bonus
Four equipped: Crit rate is increased by 20% when attacking an enemy affected by Cryo. If the enemy is frozen, crit rate is increased by an additional 20%
|Emblem of Severed Fate||
Two equipped: energy recharge +20%
Four equipped: increases elemental burst damage by 25% of energy recharge. You can obtain a maximum of 75% bonus damage in this way
|Noblesse Oblige||Two equipped: Elemental burst damage is increased by 20%
Four equipped: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members’ ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
Artifact stat recommendations for Kaeya builds
Freeze Kaeya main DPS stats
- Sands – ATK %
- Goblet – Cryo damage bonus
- Circlet – CRIT damage
Freeze Kaeya sub-DPS stats
- Energy recharge to requirements
- Crit damage
- Crit rate (aim for around 45%)
Reverse-melt Kaeya main DPS stats
- Sands – ATK % or energy recharge
- Goblet – Cryo damage bonus
- Circlet – Crit rate or crit damage (try to maintain a 1:2 ratio overall)
Reverse-melt Kaeya sub-DPS stats
- Energy recharge to requirements
- Crit rate/crit damage
- Elemental mastery
|Ceremonial Bladework||Perform five strikes|
|Ceremonial Bladework (charged)||Consume stamina to unleash two fast sword swings|
|Ceremonial Bladework (plunging)||Plunge from mid-air to deal AoE damage on impact with the ground|
|Frostgnaw||Deals AoE Cryo damage|
|Glacial Waltz||Summon three icicles that follow Kaeya, dealing Cryo damage to enemies|
|Cold-Blooded Strike||Frostgnaw also regenerates HP to Kaeya equal to 15% of his attack|
|Glacial Heart||Enemies frozen by Frostgnaw will produce elemental particles|
|Hidden Strength||Decreases sprinting stamina by 20% for the party|
You can level up Kaeya’s constellations when you receive him as a duplicate when making a wish. Here’s every bonus you receive as you level up.
|Excellent Blood||Normal and charged attacks critical hit rate against enemies affected by Cryo is increased by 15%|
|Never-Ending Performance||When Glacial Waltz defeats an enemy, its duration is increased by 2.5 seconds for a maximum of 15 seconds|
|Dance of Frost||Increases the level of Frostgnaw by three|
|Frozen Kiss||The following effects are triggered automatically when Kaeya’s HP falls below 20%:
|Frostbiting Embrace||Increases the level of Glacial Waltz by three|
|Glacial Whirlwind||An additional icicle is summoned when Glacial Waltz is used. It will also regenerate 15 energy when cast|
Here’s how much Mora and what items you need to fully ascend Kaeya to level 80 and above:
|20||20,000||Shivada Jade Sliver, three Calla Lily, three Treasure Hoarder Insignia|
|40||40,000||Three Shivada Jade Fragments, two Hoarfrost Core, ten Calla Lily, 15 Treasure Hoarder Insignia|
|50||60,000||Six Shivada Jade Fragments, four Hoarfrost Core, 20 Calla Lily, 12 Silver Raven Insignia|
|60||80,000||Three Shivada Jade Chunks, eight Hoarfrost Core, 30 Calla Lily, 18 Silver Raven Insignia|
|70||100,000||Six Shivada Jade Chunks, 12 Hoarfrost Core, 45 Calla Lily, 12 Golden Raven Insignia|
|80||120,000||Six Shivada Jade Gemstones, 20 Hoarfrost Core, 60 Calla Lily, 24 Golden Raven Insignia|
Last but not least, here is the list of items you’ll need if you want to upgrade Kaeya’s talents (which we highly recommend). Like his ascension, he’ll need Treasure Hoarder and Raven Insignias, and Ballad talent books. The weekly boss drop he needs is the Spirit Locket of Boreas, dropped by Andrius, the Wolf of the North. Oh, and you’ll need a handful of Crowns of Insight to top it off.
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