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Genshin Impact - Kaeya Rating and Best Builds

Kaeya is a character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Kaeya's stats, strengths and weaknesses, best Artifacts build, and our rating of the character in this complete profile!

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Kaeya Rating and Basic Info

Kaeya Icon
Rating: B Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★
Element: Frost ImageCryo (Frost)

Weapon: Sword ImageSword

EN Voice Actor: Josey Montana McCoy
JP Voice Actor: Toriume Kohsuke

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HP Attack Defense Ascension Bonus Stat
Lvl 20 2,506 71 171 Energy Recharge 0
Lvl 80 10830 208 737 Energy Recharge +26.7%

Kaeya Strengths and Weaknesses

• Elemental Skill and Burst have very short cooldowns.
• Elemental Burst persists after swapping characters.
• Elemental Skill has a small area of effect.
• Passives and Constellations have few team synergies.

How to Use Kaeya

Quicky Freeze Enemies

Kaeya Elemental Skill

Kaeya's Elementak Skill, Frostgnaw, has a rather short cooldown of 6 seconds which allows for continuous Cryo applications. Paired with with some water or a Hydro character, Kaeya can keep enemies constantly frozen.

Persistent Elemental Burst

Elemental Burst: Glacial Waltz

Similar to Xiangling, Kaeya's Elemental Burst, Glacial Waltz, surrounds the character in revolving icicles dealing multiple hits of Cryo damage. Since this effect persists even when switching characters, it can be used to set up multiple Elemental Reactions. Consider pairing Glacial Waltz with a Hydro character like Tartaglia to keep enemies frozen and locked down, or with a Pyro Character like Diluc or Klee to rapidly trigger Melt.

Useful to keep in your party while exploring

Kaeya's Passive Talent, Hidden Strength, reduces the party's sprint stamina usage by 20%, making Kaeya useful when hunting for materials and treasure in Teyvat.

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Try out Kaeya and learn about his background in his Story Quest.

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Best Build For Kaeya

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Kaeya DPS Builds

Critical Cryo DPS

Weapon Artifact Set
Aquila Favonia ImageAquila Favonia
Set Bonus
• Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
• When a character attacks an enemy affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the enemy is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%.
Talent Priority
Normal Attack: Ceremonial Bladework
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.

Recommended Artifact Substats

Stat Priority
Sands of EonATK%

Goblet of EonothemCryo DMG Bonus or ATK%

Circlet of LogosCRIT DMG
Substats ・ATK%

Replacement Weapons

Weapon Effect
Prototype Rancour ImagePrototype Rancour Bonus Stat: Physical DMG
・On hit, Normal or Charged Attacks increase ATK and DEF by 4% for 6s. Max 4 stacks. This effect can only occur once every 0.3s.
Harbinger of Dawn ImageHarbinger of Dawn Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG
・When HP is above 90%, increases CRIT Rate by 14%.

Kaeya Sub DPS Builds

Cryo Sub DPS

Weapon Artifact Set
Skyward Blade ImageSkyward Blade
Set Bonus
• Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
Talent Priority
Glacial Waltz
Coalescing the frost in the air, Kaeya summons 3 icicles that revolve around him.
These icicles will follow the character around and deal Cryo DMG to enemies in their path for so long as they persist.

Recommended Artifact Substats

Stat Priority
Sands of EonEnergy Recharge or Elemental Mastery

Goblet of EonothemCryo DMG Bonus or Elemental Mastery

Circlet of LogosCRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
Substats ・Energy Recharge
・Elemental Mastery

Replacement Weapons

Weapon Effect
Skyrider Sword ImageSkyrider Sword Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
・Using an Elemental Burst grants a 12% increase in ATK and Movement SPD for 15s.
Festering Desire ImageFestering Desire Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
・Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 16% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6%.

Best Artifacts and Weapons for Kaeya

Best Artifacts Ranked

Rating Set Bonus
Best Bloodstained Chivalry • Physical DMG +25%
• After defeating an opponent, increases Charged Attack DMG by 50% and reduces its Stamina cost to 0 for 10s.
Second Best Blizzard Strayer • Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
• When a character attacks an enemy affected by Cryo, their CRIT Rate is increased by 20%. If the enemy is Frozen, CRIT Rate is increased by an additional 20%.
Third Best The Exile • Energy Recharge +20%
• Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s. This effect cannot stack.

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Best Weapons Ranked

Rating Weapon Stats (Lv.1)
Best Aquila Favonia Image Aquila Favonia Base Stats
Base Attack: 48
Bonus Effect: Physical DMG 9%
Skill Effect
ATK is increased by 20%. Triggers on taking DMG: the soul of the Falcon of the West awakens, holding the banner of resistance aloft, regenerating HP equal to 100% of ATK and dealing 200% of ATK as DMG to surrounding enemies. This effect can only occur once every 15s.
Second Best Skyward Blade Image Skyward Blade Base Stats
Base Attack: 46
Bonus Effect: Energy Recharge 12.0%
Skill Effect
CRIT Rate increased by 4%. Gains Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst: Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10%, and increases the DMG of Normal and Charged Attack hits by 20% for 12s.
Third Best Festering Desire Image Festering Desire Base Stats
Base Attack: 42
Bonus Effect: Energy Recharge 10
Skill Effect
Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 16% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6%.

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Recommended Party Members for Kaeya

Character Element Weapon
Genshin Impact - Razor ImageRazor Lightning Icon Claymore Icon
· Easily apply superconduct because of low Elemental Skill cooldown.
Genshin Impact - Tartaglia ImageTartaglia Water Icon Bow Icon
· Constant crowd control and Freeze when combined with Kaeya's Elemental Skill and Burst.
Genshin Impact - Diluc ImageDiluc Fire Icon Claymore Icon
· Great for high DMG Melt triggers.
· Both Kaeya and Diluc have low skill cooldowns.
Genshin Impact - Barbara ImageBarbara Water Icon Catalyst Icon
· Easily applies Hydro for Freeze reactions
· Team healer.

Kaeya Ascension and Talent Materials

Kaeya Ascension Materials


Kaeya Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
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Treasure Hunters
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Talent Materials per Level

Kaeya Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Ceremonial Bladework

Talent Description
Perform up to 5 rapid strikes.
Charge Attack
Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to unleash 2 rapid sword strikes.
Plunge Attack:
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 53.8%
2-Hit DMG 51.7%
3-Hit DMG 65.3%
4-Hit DMG 70.9%
5-Hit DMG 88.2%
Charged Attack DMG 55.0%+73.1%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost 20.0
Plunge DMG 63.9%
Low/High Plunge DMG 128%/160%


Talent Description
Unleashes a frigid blast, dealing Cryo DMG to enemies in front of Kaeya.
Flavor Text:
Kaeya seems affable, but his nature is that of unyielding ice.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 191%
CD 6.0s

Glacial Waltz

Talent Description
Coalescing the frost in the air, Kaeya summons 3 icicles that revolve around him.
These icicles will follow the character around and deal Cryo DMG to enemies in their path for so long as they persist.
Flavor Text:
A winsome smile, genial words, and the merciless hoarfrost that lies beneath... These are all Kaeya's weapons.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 77.6%
CD 15.0s
Duration 8.0s
Energy Cost 60

Cold-Blooded Strike

Talent Description
Every hit with Frostgnaw regenerates HP for Kaeya equal to 15% of his ATK.

Heart of the Abyss

Talent Description
Enemies Frozen by Frostgnaw will drop additional Elemental Particles.
Frostgnaw may only produce a maximum of 2 additional Elemental Particles per use.

Hidden Strength

Talent Description
Decreases sprinting Stamina consumption of your characters in the party by 20%. Not stackable with Passive Talents that provide the exact same effects.

Kaeya Constellations

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Excellent Blood The CRIT Rate of Kaeya's Normal and Charge Attacks against enemies affected by Cryo is increased by 15%.
Never-Ending Perfomance Every time Glacial Waltz defeats an enemy during its duration, its duration is increased by 2.5s, up to a maximum of 15s.
Dance of Frost Increases the Level of Frostgnaw by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Frozen Kiss Triggers automatically when Kaeya's HP falls below 20%:
Creates a shield that absorbs damage equal to 30% of Kaeya's Max HP. Lasts for 20s.
This shield absorbs Cryo DMG with 250% efficiency.
Can only occur once every 60s.
Frostbiting Embrace Increases the Level of Glacial Waltz by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Glacial Whirlwind Glacial Waltz will generate 1 additional icicle and will regenerate 15 Energy when cast.

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      You can only decrease your WL by 1, so if you ascend to WL5, the lowest it can go is WL4.

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      Ok, It's done now, not accepting requests anymore

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