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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's Character Information

Kaeya Icon
Rating: A Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★
Element: Cryo ImageCryo

Weapon: Sword ImageSword

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

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Kaeya's Stats

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 for easy Cryo application.
• Decent Auto-Attack and Elemental Skill DMG multipliers.
• Elemental Burst persists after swapping characters.
• Elemental Skill has a small area of effect.
• Constellations are hard to get.

How to Get Kaeya

Playing the Story

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Kaeya is one of the three unique characters that you unlock by playing the early part of the story through the Archon Quests. You can only get one copy of him, so you will need to find other sources to raise his constellation.

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Bought From the Starglitter Exchange

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As a 4-star character, Kaeya has a chance to appear in the Starglitter Exchange every month. He can be traded for 34 Masterless Starglitter.

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Best Build For Kaeya

Kaeya's Roles and Builds

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Kaeya Sub DPS Builds

Cryo Burst Sub DPS

Weapon Artifact Set
Iron Sting ImageIron Sting
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
Festering Desire ImageFestering Desire Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
・Increases Elemental Skill DMG by 16% and Elemental Skill CRIT Rate by 6%.
Favonius Sword ImageFavonius Sword Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
・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.

Best Artifacts and Weapons for Kaeya

Best Artifacts Ranked

Rating Set Bonus
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%.
Second Best Noblesse Oblige • Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
Third Best Emblem of Severed Fate • Energy Recharge +20%.
• Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.

Alternative Artifact Set

Set Bonus
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 Iron Sting Image Iron Sting Base Stats
Base Attack: 42
Bonus Effect: Elemental Mastery 36
Skill Effect
Dealing Elemental DMG increases all DMG by 6% for 6s. Max 2 stacks. Can occur once every 1s.
Second 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%.
Third Best Favonius Sword Image Favonius Sword Base Stats
Base Attack: 41
Bonus Effect: Energy Recharge 13.3%
Skill Effect
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.

List of Swords

Recommended Party Members for Kaeya

Best Characters and Strategies

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

How to Use Kaeya

Quickly Freeze Enemies

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

Deployable Elemental Burst

Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Burst - Glacial Waltz
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, or with a Pyro Character like Diluc or Hu Tao to trigger Melt.

Sprinting Stamina Reduction While Exploring

Genshin - Kaeya Stamina Reduction
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.

Ice Bridge with Elemental Skill

Genshin - Kaeya - Ice Bridging
Kaeya is also very helpful especially early on for traversing bodies of water by freezing it with his Elemental Skill. To reach islands far from shore like the Secret Island, use Kaeya's reliable skill to ice bridge there!

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
Genshin Impact - Treasure Hoarder Insignia Image Treasure Hoarder Insignia
Lupus Boreas Challenge Reward
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Genshin Impact - Guide to Ballad Image Guide to Ballad Genshin Impact - Silver Raven Insignia Image Silver Raven Insignia
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Ballad Image Philosophies of Ballad Genshin Impact - Golden Raven Insignia Image Golden Raven Insignia

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

Kaeya Image
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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