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Genshin Impact - Kaeya Rating and Best Builds

Kaeya is a 4-star Cryo Sword Character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Kaeya's stats, strengths and weaknesses, Japanese and English voice actors, best weapons, best artifacts, best teams, best builds, and our rating of the character in this complete profile!

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Kaeya Rating and Basic Info

Kaeya's Character Information

Kaeya
Kaeya Icon
Rating: A Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★
Element: Cryo ImageCryo

Weapon: Sword ImageSword

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

Tier List Rankings

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Kaeya's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 2,506 71 171 Energy Recharge 100%
Lvl 80 10,830 208 737 Energy Recharge 126.7%

Kaeya Strengths and Weaknesses

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

Kaeya Best Builds

Best Roles and Builds

Kaeya Builds
Genshin - Kaeya Flowchart Cryo
Main DPS
Freeze
Sub-DPS
Superconduct
Sub-DPS

Main-DPS Build Summary

Weapon Artifact Set
Mistsplitter Reforged ImageMistsplitter Reforged
• 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%.
Summary of the Build
• Cryo DMG focused Kaeya build.
• Works best when he's paired with Chongyun.
• Constantly freezes enemies.
• Good against multiple non-Elite enemies.

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Sub-DPS Build Summaries

Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS

Best Weapon Best Artifact Set
Mistsplitter Reforged ImageMistsplitter Reforged
• 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%.
Summary of the Build
• Best build for Kaeya as a Sub-DPS character.
• Freeze Sub-DPS Kaeya works in any Cryo Main DPS team.
• Quick swap team focused on triggering Freeze effect.
• Funnels Cryo energy to a Cryo Main DPS.

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Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS

Best Weapon Best Artifact Set
Skyward Blade ImageSkyward Blade
• Cryo DMG Bonus +15%

• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
Summary of the Build
• Alternative build for players who need Cryo Support in Physical Main DPS teams.
• Elemental Burst is effective for enemies with lots of movement.
• Requires larger Elemental Recharge for Kaeya to burst off cooldown compared to other builds.

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Best Kaeya Main DPS Build

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Kaeya Main DPS Build Overview

Weapon Artifact Set
Mistsplitter Reforged ImageMistsplitter Reforged
• 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
1st (Tied)
Genshin - Kaeya Normal Attacks IconNormal Attack: Ceremonial Bladework
1st (Tied)
Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Burst IconElemental Burst: Glacial Waltz
3rd
Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Skill IconElemental Skill: Frostgnaw
Stat priority
Main Stats
Sands of EonATK%

Goblet of EonothemCryo DMG Bonus

Circlet of LogosCRIT DMG
Sub Stats ・CRIT DMG
・ATK%
・CRIT Rate
Recommended Energy Recharge ・120% - 140% Energy Recharge

Kaeya Best Main DPS Artifacts

Rating Information
Best
• 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%.
• Provides 40% CRIT Rate from the set bonus alone.
• Set Bonus gives players flexible options for either CRIT Rate or CRIT Damage on the Circlet Main Stat and Weapon Substat.
Second Best
• Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
• ATK +18%.
• Best substitute Artifact set while farming for a full Blizzard Strayer 4 piece set.
• Not as good as the best artifact, but works as a solid placeholder.
Third Best
• ATK +18%.
• If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.
• Passable alternative 5-star set while Blizzard Strayer domain is not yet available.
• Should be replaced immediately when Blizzard Strayer becomes available.
4-star Alternative
• CRIT Rate +12%
• When HP is below 70%, CRIT Rate increases by an additional 24%.
• Good early game artifact set for Main DPS characters.

Recommended Artifact Main and Sub Stats

Main Stat Priority
Sands of EonSands ATK%
• Strictly the best Mainstat for Main DPS Kaeya.
Goblet of EonothemGoblet Cryo DMG Bonus
• Kaeya will be primarily doing Cryo Damage, so this will be the best option.
• Infusing Cryo DMG on melee attacks greatly increases the value of the Cryo Mainstat.
Circlet of LogosCirclet CRIT DMG
• 4 pc. Blizzard Strayer will provide the majority of CRIT Rate needed for this build.
• Use CRIT Rate instead if Artifact Substats have high CRIT DMG.
Sub Stat Priority
CRIT DMG • Higher CRIT DMG will be needed to offset the amount of CRIT Rate the build provides.
• Players should aim for a 1:2 ratio for CRIT Rate and CRIT DMG for the best DPS potential.
ATK% • All of Kaeya's damaging abilities scale with ATK%. Having some ATK% on his artifacts will help his overall DPS.
CRIT Rate • CRIT Rate is still useful if players want to aim for an ideal CRIT Rate to CRIT Damage ratio of 1:2 (ex. 75% CRIT Rate and 150% CRIT DMG).

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Kaeya Best Main DPS Weapons

Rating Information
Best
Sub Stat:
• CRIT DMG
Weapon Skill:
• Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus for a character's Elemental Type. At stacks 1/2/3, Elemental DMG is further increased by 8/16/28%. Each stack has an individual duration and are gotten through:
• Normal Attacks with Elemental DMG (duration 5s)
• Casting an Elemental Burst (duration 10s)
• Having less than 100% Energy (disappears at full Energy)
• Since Freeze Comps already gives enough CRIT Rate, a CRIT DMG weapon would be best for Kaeya.
• Weapon buffs Elemental DMG, which is Kaeya's main damage source.
Second Best
Sub Stat:
• CRIT Rate
Weapon Skill:
• HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
• Excellent sword that does not have conditional skill effects.
• Falls behind Mistsplitter because CRIT DMG is better for Kaeya in a Freeze Comp. Freeze Comp already gives enough CRIT Rate for the party.
Third Best
Sub Stat:
• ATK
Weapon Skill:
• After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts for 30s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6 Energy for each seed consumed.
• Best F2P weapon for Kaeya that gives both ATK% and energy.
• Gives enough leeway to run any artifacts with zero ER substats.

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Best Weapons for Main DPS Kaeya
5★ Gacha
4★ Gacha
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If you don't have Blizzard Strayer for Kaeya, use Primordial Jade Cutter instead for the added CRIT Rate!

Kaeya Best Main DPS Team Comp

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Kaeya Image Kaeya Chongyun Image Chongyun Xingqiu Image Xingqiu Kazuha Image Kazuha

Kaeya as a Main DPS will center around Chongyun infusing Cryo on Kaeya's melee attacks while Xingqiu will help freeze enemies while being off-field. Kazuha will help reduce enemy Cryo Resistance with the Viridescent Venerer artifact set.

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Sub-DPS Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Rosaria ImageGenshin - Shenhe ImageGenshin - Ganyu Image

Though few, any Cryo character that can increase Cryo DMG for Kaeya will be a good substitute for Chongyun in the Party. A sub-DPS replacement for Xingqiu is hard to find, so players should choose 2 support characters from the list instead if he is not available.

Support Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Jean ImageGenshin - Venti ImageGenshin - Sucrose ImageGenshin - Sayu ImageGenshin - Zhongli ImageGenshin - Kokomi ImageGenshin - Barbara ImageGenshin - Mona Image

The team composition needs to have only one Hydro character to freeze enemies and one character who can provide additional buffs to the party. Any Anemo character can carry the Viridescent Venerer artifact set. Zhongli can also provide half of that buff, but with the benefit of shields.

Kaeya Best Main DPS Constellations

Rating Constellation Effect
C1 ★★☆ The CRIT Rate of Kaeya's Normal and Charge Attacks against opponents affected by Cryo is increased by 15%.
C2 ★★★ Every time Glacial Waltz defeats an opponent during its duration, its duration is increased by 2.5s, up to a maximum of 15s.

C2 is mistranslated in EN versions. The actual effect does not need Kaeya nor his icicles to defeat the enemy to trigger this effect!

Recommended to Aim C2

It is recommended to get Kaeya's constellations to C2 for Main DPS! While defeating enemies, his total Elemental Burst uptime can increase up to 23 seconds!

Kaeya Main DPS Playstyle

Set Up For Frozen Reaction

Genshin - Cryo Attacker

Kaeya will be primarily supported by a Hydro character that can provide Hydro DMG off field so that Kaeya can freeze enemies. This will not only help with Kaeya's best Artifact Set, but also keep him safe as enemies stay frozen.

Best Elemental Resonance Setups

Recommended Rotation

Freeze Comp Rotation
1 Genshin - Kaeya Main DPS Rotation 1 - Kaeya Burst
Use Kaeya's Elemental Burst.
2 Genshin - Kaeya Main DPS Rotation 2 - Swirl Cryo
Swirl Cryo with an Anemo to reduce enemy Cryo Resistance.
3 Genshin - Kaeya Main DPS Rotation 3 - Apply Hydro to Freeze
Swap to the Hydro Character and use their off-field Hydro ability.
4 Genshin - Kaeya Main DPS Rotation 4 - Swap to Chongyun and Use Skill
Swap to Chongyun and use their Elemental Skill and Burst.
5 Genshin - Kaeya Main DPS Rotation 5 - Swap Back to Kaeya
Swap back to the Cryo-infused Kaeya and start using your Normal Attacks and Abilities.

Kaeya as a Freeze Main DPS has a very simple and short rotation. It's important to always apply Cryo first on enemies for the Viridescent Venerer set effect.

Chongyun's Elemental Skill needs to be used just before swapping to Kaeya in order to maximize the 10s duration of the skill.

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Recommended Elemental Recharge

Kaeya does not need a lot of Energy Recharge since he is the main DPS of the party. Kaeya's substat growth is also Energy Recharge (up to a maximum of +26.7%), which makes Energy Recharge Substats less valuable.

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Best Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Build

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Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Build Overview

Weapon Artifact Set
Mistsplitter Reforged ImageMistsplitter Reforged
• 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
1st (Tied)
Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Skill IconElemental Skill: Frostgnaw
1st (Tied)
Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Burst IconElemental Burst: Glacial Waltz
3rd
Genshin - Kaeya Normal Attacks IconNormal Attack: Ceremonial Bladework
Stat priority
Main Stats
Sands of EonATK%

Goblet of EonothemCryo DMG Bonus

Circlet of LogosCRIT DMG
Sub Stats ・Energy Recharge
・CRIT DMG
・ATK%
・CRIT Rate
Recommended Energy Recharge ・140% - 160% Energy Recharge

Kaeya Best Freeze Sub-DPS Artifacts

Rating Information
Best
• 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%.
• Can be easily utilized as Frozen enemies will always be affected with Cryo.
• Blizzard Strayer 4-piece effect, Cryo Resonance, and Kaeya's Ascension Passive synergizes well with Kaeya's kit.
• Gives you the opportunity to opt for CRIT DMG main stat and substats.
Second Best
• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
• Only a substitute if there are no other Noblesse users in the party and you don't have Blizzard Strayer.
• Duration of ATK buff is enough to cover both Kaeya's Elemental Burst and buffs provided by Viridescent Venerer Anemo support.
Third Best
• Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Provides pure increase in raw DMG, but won't be better than Blizzard Strayer's powerful and synergistic 4-piece effect.
4-star Alternative
• 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.
• Used to funnel more energy for Kaeya and the Cryo Main DPS.
• Should be replaced after getting better 5-star artifacts.

Recommended Artifact Main and Sub Stats

Main Stat Priority
Sands of EonSands ATK%
• This will be the best Sands main stat for Kaeya's overall damage output.
• Energy Recharge should be dedicated to your substats instead.
Goblet of EonothemGoblet Cryo DMG Bonus
• Kaeya's Elemental Skill and Burst, which deals Cryo DMG, are spammable. Therefore, using a Cryo DMG Bonus is a must.
• Cryo DMG Bonus will always be better than ATK%.
Circlet of LogosCirclet CRIT DMG
• With Kaeya's best Freeze team comp, Kaeya will gain enough CRIT Rate. As such, it's recommended to stack CRIT DMG instead!
Sub Stat Priority
Energy Recharge% • ER% should be prioritized until Kaeya meets the recommended sweet spot of 140%-160%. It is so that the Elemental Burst can be consistently used off cooldown.
CRIT DMG • As Kaeya can already get more than 50% CRIT Rate from Blizzard Strayer and Cryo Resonance, having more CRIT DMG will benefit his overall damage better.
ATK% • All of Kaeya's damaging abilities scale with ATK%. Having some ATK% on his artifacts will help his overall DPS.
CRIT Rate • While not that necessary, it won't hurt to have some CRIT Rate in your artifacts.

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Kaeya Best Freeze Sub-DPS Weapons

Rating Information
Best
Sub Stat:
• CRIT DMG
Weapon Skill:
• Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus for a character's Elemental Type. At stacks 1/2/3, Elemental DMG is further increased by 8/16/28%. Each stack has an individual duration and are gotten through:
• Normal Attacks with Elemental DMG (duration 5s)
• Casting an Elemental Burst (duration 10s)
• Having less than 100% Energy (disappears at full Energy)
• Since Freeze Comps already give enough CRIT Rate, a CRIT DMG weapon would be best for Kaeya.
• Weapon buffs Elemental DMG, which is Kaeya's main damage source.
Second Best
Sub Stat:
• CRIT Rate
Weapon Skill:
• HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
• Excellent sword that does not have conditional skill effects.
• Falls behind Mistsplitter because CRIT DMG is better for Kaeya in a Freeze Comp. Freeze Comp already gives enough CRIT Rate for the party.
Third Best
Sub Stat:
• ATK
Weapon Skill:
• After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts for 30s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6 Energy for each seed consumed.
• Best F2P weapon for Kaeya that gives both ATK% and energy.
• Gives enough leeway to run any artifacts with zero ER substats.

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All Recommended Weapons

Best Weapons for Freeze Sub DPS Kaeya
5★ Gacha
4★ Gacha
Limited
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Kaeya Best Freeze Sub-DPS Team Comp

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Ayaka Image Ayaka Kaeya Image Kaeya Kokomi Image Kokomi Kazuha Image Kazuha

Kaeya in a double-Cryo team comp provides the set-up for swirling Freeze and buffing Cryo with Kazuha. Ayaka, or your Cryo Main DPS, will then utilize the buffs.

In addition, Kaeya's spammable Elemental Skill can give Energy back to Ayaka, especially since she has an 80 cost on her Elemental Burst!

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Main DPS Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Aloy ImageGenshin - Ganyu Image

A Cryo Main DPS will be best in a Freeze comp as Kaeya's entire kit synergizes with supporting another. While Ayaka is best as she is close-ranged, having Ganyu or Aloy take the reins is still viable in this team comp.

If you want a Tartaglia in this team comp, it's only usable if there is another Cryo Sub-DPS or Support!

Sub-DPS Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Mona ImageGenshin - Xingqiu Image

Hydro Characters with off-field Hydro application is best in the Sub-DPS role. Xingqiu and Mona are the best substitutes for Kokomi's role, but you'll have to substitute at least one healer to make it whole!

Another Cryo Sub-DPS is also viable when the Main DPS is Hydro.

Support Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Jean ImageGenshin - Venti ImageGenshin - Sucrose ImageGenshin - Sayu Image

Anemo characters that can utilize the Viridescent Venerer artifact set is necessary to swirl Cryo or Hydro and buff the respective elements.

Because Kaeya's icicles rotate on a pretty low elevation, Sucrose is a good alternative for Kazuha as she doesn't lift up enemies unlike Venti.

Kaeya Best Freeze Sub-DPS Constellations

Rating Constellation Effect
C2 ★★☆ Every time an enemy is defeated during the duration of Glacial Waltz, its duration is increased by 2.5s, up to a maximum of 15s.
C6 ★★★ Glacial Waltz will generate 1 additional icicle and will regenerate 15 Energy when cast.

C2 is mistranslated in EN versions. The actual effect does not need Kaeya nor his icicles to defeat the enemy to trigger this effect!

Recommended to Get C6

While they may be hard to get, Kaeya's best constellation as Sub-DPS is C6, which adds another icicle. It also refunds 15 Energy, which will lessen Kaeya's ER requirement.

Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Playstyle

Set Up Frozen Reaction

Genshin - Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Playstyle
Kaeya in a Freeze comp works best in setting-up Freeze reaction with another close-ranged Cryo character. He can also provide Cryo Resonance, which also buffs everyone's CRIT Rate!

Best Elemental Resonance Setups

Recommended Quick-Swap Rotation

Freeze Comp Rotation
1 Genshin - Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Rotation 1 - Apply Cryo with Kaeya
Use Kaeya's Elemental Burst to Elemental Skill.
2 Genshin - Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Rotation 2 -Swirl Cryo with Anemo
Swirl Cryo with an Anemo support to buff the element.
3 Genshin - Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Rotation 3 - Freeze Enemies with Hydro
Deploy an off-field Elemental Skill or Burst of a Hydro character to Freeze the enemies.
4 Genshin - Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Rotation 4 - Swirl and Gather
Use an Anemo Elemental Burst with pull-in mechanics like Kazuha or Sucrose to gather them.
5 Genshin - Kaeya Freeze Sub-DPS Rotation 5 - Use High Damaging Burst
Switch to your Cryo Main DPS and attack and freeze enemies with their abilities, like Ayaka's Elemental Burst.

Quick-swap rotations is best for a Kaeya Freeze comp. Not only does this create a frosty chain of reactions, it's also energy efficient, as you'd want to spam everything as much as possible to gain the energy lost.

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Funnel Energy to the Main DPS

Genshin - Kaeya Funnel Energy

Because of his 6 second cooldown on his Elemental Skill, he can funnel or provide energy back to the Cryo Main DPS!

In addition, the synergistic nature of Kaeya and Blizzard Strayer with his Heart of the Abyss passive will help him create more energy!

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Best Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Build

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Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Build Overview

Weapon Artifact Set
Skyward Blade ImageSkyward Blade
• Cryo DMG Bonus +15%

• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
Talent Priority
1st (Tied)
Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Skill IconElemental Skill: Frostgnaw
1st (Tied)
Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Burst IconElemental Burst: Glacial Waltz
3rd
Genshin - Kaeya Normal Attacks IconNormal Attack: Ceremonial Bladework
Stat priority
Main Stats
Sands of EonATK%

Goblet of EonothemCryo DMG Bonus

Circlet of LogosCRIT DMG/CRIT Rate
Sub Stats ・Energy Recharge
・CRIT DMG
・CRIT Rate
・ATK%
Recommended Energy Recharge ・180% - 200% Energy Recharge

Kaeya Best Superconduct Sub-DPS Artifacts

Rating Information
Best
• Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Provides the highest personal damage for Kaeya.
• Optimal and consistent Cryo DMG from your Burst Damage.
Second Best
• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
• Only the best artifact set if there are no other Noblesse users in the party.
• Duration of ATK buff is enough to cover both Kaeya's Elemental Burst and the Physical DMG buff from Superconduct.
Third Best
• Energy Recharge +20%.
• Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus DMG can be obtained in this way.
• Only slightly behind in damage compared to the best artifact set on the list, making the choice between the two more dependent on sub stats.
• Can provide enough Energy Recharge to meet the sweet spot.
4-star Alternative
• 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.
• Solely used to funnel more energy for Kaeya and the party.
• Should be replaced after getting better 5-star artifacts.

Recommended Artifact Main and Sub Stats

Main Stat Priority
Sands of EonSands ATK%
• This will be the best Sands main stat for Kaeya's overall damage output.
• ER% Sands is used instead if you're not using an ER Weapon.
Goblet of EonothemGoblet Cryo DMG Bonus
• Kaeya spams Elemental Skill and Burst, which deals Cryo DMG.
• Cryo DMG Bonus will always be better than ATK%.
Circlet of LogosCirclet CRIT DMG/Rate
• Prioritizing CRIT DMG will be better if you have enough CRIT Rate, especially if you have Cryo Resonance.
Sub Stat Priority
Energy Recharge% • ER% should be prioritized until Kaeya meets the recommended sweet spot of 160%-180%. It is so that the Elemental Burst can be consistently used off cooldown.
CRIT DMG/Rate • After meeting ER% needs, priority should go to increasing CRIT DMG/Rate.
• Increasing this stat will drastically increase damage output compared to ATK%.
ATK% • All of Kaeya's damaging abilities scale with ATK%. Having some ATK% on his artifacts will help his overall DPS.

List of Artifacts and Set Bonuses

Kaeya Best Superconduct Sub-DPS Weapons

Rating Information
Best
Sub Stat:
• Energy Recharge
Weapon Skill:
• 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.
• Superconduct Team Comp provides less energy than a normal Freeze comp, and so more ER is needed for Kaeya.
• Best weapon when paired with an ATK% sands.
Second Best
Sub Stat:
• CRIT Rate
Weapon Skill:
• HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
• Needs to have ER% sands instead of ATK% sands to meet the Energy Recharge sweet spot, and so it falls behind Skyward Blade.
Third Best
Sub Stat:
• ATK
Weapon Skill:
• After casting an Elemental Skill, gain 1 Succession Seed. This effect can be triggered once every 5s. The Succession Seed lasts for 30s. Up to 3 Succession Seeds may exist simultaneously. After using an Elemental Burst, all Succession Seeds are consumed and after 2s, the character regenerates 6 Energy for each seed consumed.
• Best F2P weapon for Kaeya that gives both ATK% and energy.
• Gives leeway to run 20% less ER on his artifacts.
• Will also need at least an ER Sands to meet the recommended ER sweet spot.

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Best Weapons for Superconduct Sub DPS Kaeya
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Kaeya Best Superconduct Sub-DPS Team Comp

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Keqing Image Keqing Kaeya Image Kaeya Shenhe Image Shenhe Zhongli Image Zhongli

This team increases as much Physical DMG damage as possible with Superconduct, Zhongli's innate shred from his shield, and Shenhe's buffs from her Elemental Burst.

Kaeya is best used in this team comp for off-field damage, constant application of Cryo, and energy funneling to Shenhe's 80 Elemental Burst cost!

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Main DPS Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Razor ImageGenshin - Fischl Image

Close-ranged Electro Main DPS work best with Kaeya. You can also opt for a Physical-build Fischl as substitute, but note that Fischl needs to come close for Kaeya's icicles to hit the enemies!

Sub-DPS Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Rosaria ImageGenshin - Mona ImageGenshin - Xingqiu Image

While Shenhe is better in the Sub-DPS role, you can opt for Rosaria instead if you don't have the former! Rosaria also buffs Physical DMG if she has C6, making her a viable partner with Kaeya to Keqing.

As Freeze retains the Cryo element to an enemy, Xingqiu and Mona are also good replacements for Sub-DPS.

Support Options

Substitute Characters
Genshin - Diona ImageGenshin - Kokomi ImageGenshin - Bennett Image

If you need healing, these healers can be used as a replacement for shielding, though you'll lose the spicy RES shred from Zhongli!

Note that Bennett is not recommended if you have his C6, as his burst will infuse Keqing's auto-attacks into Pyro!

Kaeya Best Superconduct Sub-DPS Constellations

Rating Constellation Effect
C2 ★★☆ Every time an enemy is defeated during the duration of Glacial Waltz, its duration is increased by 2.5s, up to a maximum of 15s.
C6 ★★★ Glacial Waltz will generate 1 additional icicle and will regenerate 15 Energy when cast.

C2 is mistranslated in EN versions. The actual effect does not need Kaeya nor his icicles to defeat the enemy to trigger this effect!

Recommended to Get C6

As a Superconduct Sub-DPS, it is also Kaeya's job to deal as much off-field damage as possible, as your Main DPS can only dish out as much damage by themselves!

Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Playstyle

Off-Field Superconduct DPS

Genshin - Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Playstyle

Kaeya's role in a Superconduct comp is to apply as much off-field DMG as possible, while applying Cryo to proc Superconduct!

This also helps your Main DPS deal increased Physical DMG while hitting enemies affected with Superconduct.

Recommended Quick Swap Rotation

Superconduct Comp Rotation
1 Genshin - Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Rotation 1 - Use Buffs
Execute your buffs (ex. Zhongli's Hold shield and Shenhe's Hold Skill to Burst).
2 Genshin - Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Rotation 2 - Use Kaeya
Quick-swap to Kaeya's Elemental Skill to Burst.
3 Genshin - Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Rotation 3 - Proc Superconduct
Swap to your Electro Main DPS and use their abilities to cause Superconduct.
4 Genshin - Kaeya Superconduct Sub-DPS Rotation 4 - Hit Physical with Keqing
Hit enemies with your Main DPS's Physical Attacks until Kaeya's burst and the Superconduct buff expires.

This rotation will ensure that Kaeya's Burst will be buffed while you are using your Electro Main DPS. This maximizes your DMG while off-field!

Requires high Energy Recharge

Genshin - Kaeya Energy

As Kaeya cannot utilize his Energy passive, Kaeya will need more Energy than a Freeze Sub-DPS build. Because of this, we recommend having 180%-200% ER for Kaeya!

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Kaeya is one of the three unique characters that you get for free by playing 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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How to Use Kaeya

Spammable Cryo Elemental Skill

Genshin - Kaeya Elemental Skill
Elemental Skill: Frostgnaw

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

Deployable Cryo 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.

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

Lv.20→Lv.40
Lv.40→Lv.50
Lv.50→Lv.60
Lv.60→Lv.70
Lv.70→Lv.80
Lv.80→Lv.90

Kaeya Talent Level-Up Materials

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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%

Frostgnaw

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

Pavo Ocellus

Constellation and Effects

Kaeya's Constellations
C1 Excellent Blood
The CRIT Rate of Kaeya's Normal and Charge Attacks against enemies affected by Cryo is increased by 15%.
C2 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.
C3 Dance of Frost
Increases the Level of Frostgnaw by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C4 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.
C5 Frostbiting Embrace
Increases the Level of Glacial Waltz by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
C6 Glacial Whirlwind
Glacial Waltz will generate 1 additional icicle and will regenerate 15 Energy when cast.

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