Ganyu is the newest 5-star character in Genshin Impact. This Cryo character wields a bow and controls the battlefield with her abilities. She can use her Elemental Skill to distract enemies, and her Elemental Burst is great for sustained area damage. Here is how to play Ganyu in Genshin Impact.
Attacks and Skills
Attack: Liutian Archery – Ganyu can fire off 6 quick shots, which deal Physical damage. If the arrow is held and charged, this converts to Cryo damage. If the arrow is charged for an even longer amount of time, it will become a Frostflake Arrow: this arrow does Cryo damage to the target and blooms, dealing Cryo damage in an AoE.
Elemental Skill: Trail of the Qilin – Ganyu dashes back leaving behind an Ice Lotus and dealing Cryo damage in a small AoE. This Ice Lotus taunts nearby enemies, similar to Mona’s Elemental Skill. It’s endurance scales with Ganyu’s Max HP. Once its duration is up it explodes, dealing Cryo damage to nearby enemies.
Elemental Burst: Celestial Shower – Ganyu creates a Sacred Cryo Pearl that sits in the sky. It continuously rains down shards of ice that do Cryo AoE damage until its duration ends. It can strike enemies multiple times.
Undivided Heart: Ascension 1 – After firing a Frostflake Arrow, the CRIT Rate of subsequent Frostflake Arrows and their resulting bloom effects is increased by 20% for 5s.
Harmony between Heaven and Earth: Ascension 4 – Celestial Shower grants a 20% Cryo DMG Bonus to active members in the AoE.
Preserved for the Hunt – Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Bow-type weapons.
C1: Dew-Drinker – Taking DMG from a Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow or Frostflake Arrow Bloom decreases opponents’ Cryo RES by 15% for 6s. A hit regenerates 2 Energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per Charge Level Frostflake Arrow, regardless if Frostflake Arrow itself or its Bloom hit the target.
C2: The Auspicious – Trail of the Qilin gains 1 additional charge.
C3: Cloud-Strider – Increases the Level of Celestial Shower by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4: Westward Sojourn – Opponents standing within the AoE of Celestial Shower take increased DMG. This effect strengthens over time. Increased DMG taken begins at 5% and increases by 5% every 3s, up to a maximum of 25%. The effect lingers for 3s after the opponent leaves the AoE.
C5: The Merciful – Increases the Level of Trail of the Qilin by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6: The Clement – Using Trail of the Qilin causes the next Frostflake Arrow shot within 30s to not require charging.
Artifacts and builds for Ganyu
With the release of the Dragonspine, the Blizzard Strayer artifact set was added to Genshin Impact. This set boosts Cryo damage and Crit Rate against enemies effected by Cryo. This set is great for Ganyu, but a 4-piece doesn’t see full use. Noblesse Oblige is also a solid artifact set, but make sure no one else on your team is running a 4-piece Noblesse Oblige.
Due to her use of a bow, Ganyu is best played at a distance from her enemies. This gives her time to charge up her Frostflake Arrows to optimize damage. When enemies get close, toss out an Ice Lotus to draw the attention of enemies. Then when the time is right, throw out Celestial Shower to deal large amounts of Cryo damage.