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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 build, ascension materials, best weapons, best artifacts, talent priority, skills, teams, and our rating of the character in this build guide!

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Kaeya Rating and Info

Character Information

Kaeya Icon
Rating: B Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★
Element: Cryo ImageCryo

Weapon: Sword ImageSword

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

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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's Strengths and Weaknesses

• 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.

Best Builds for Kaeya

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Main and Sub-DPS Builds for Kaeya

Recommended Roles for Kaeya
Genshin - Main-DPS Main DPS

Cryo DPS
Genshin - Sub-DPS Sub DPS

Freeze Team
Physical Team

Cryo Main DPS

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: ATK%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Cryo DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: Crit DMG
Substats Crit DMG, ATK%, CRIT Rate

This Main DPS Build for Kaeya enhances his Cryo DMG output. It's especially good when Chongyun is in the party to infuse Kaeya's Normal Attacks into Cryo DMG!

Freeze Team

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: ATK%
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Cryo DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT DMG
Substats ATK%, CRIT DMG, CRIT Rate

This Kaeya Freeze Team build has him as the secondary Cryo applicator in the team. He also functions as the unit who feeds Elemental Particles to the Cryo Main DPS.

Physical Support

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Main Stats
Genshin - HourglassSands: ATK% or Energy Recharge
Genshin - GobletGoblet: Cryo DMG Bonus
Genshin - CircletCirclet: CRIT Rate or CRIT DMG
Substats Energy Recharge, ATK%, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG

Kaeya's Sub-DPS build for Physical teams requires him to use his Elemental Burst to apply constant Cryo on enemies to trigger the Superconduct Elemental Reaction.

Kaeya's Talent Priority

Main DPS Sub-DPS
1st Normal Attack Elemental Burst
2nd Elemental Skill Elemental Skill
3rd Elemental Burst Normal Attack

Depending on Kaeya's Role, you will want to prioritize leveling his Normal Attacks or Elemental Burst, with his Elemental Skill next on the list.

Best Artifacts for Kaeya

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Best Artifacts Ranked

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
1st Genshin - Blizzard Strayer Image Blizzard 2-PC: Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
4-PC: 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%.
2nd Genshin - Blizzard Strayer Image Blizzard 2-PC: Cryo DMG Bonus +15%
Genshin - Noblesse Oblige Image Noblesse 2-PC: Elemental Burst DMG +20%
3rd Genshin - Noblesse Oblige Image Noblesse 2-PC: Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

Best 4-Star Artifact for Kaeya

Artifact Artifact Bonuses
Genshin - The Exile Image The Exile 2-PC: Energy Recharge +20%
4-PC: Using an Elemental Burst regenerates 2 Energy for all party members (excluding the wearer) every 2s for 6s. This effect cannot stack.

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Kaeya Best Weapons

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Top 3 Kaeya Weapons

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Mistsplitter Reforged Image Mistsplitter Reforged Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG 9.6 %
Skill Effect: 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)
2nd Genshin Impact - Primordial Jade Cutter Image Primordial Jade Cutter Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 9.6%
Skill Effect: HP increased by 20%. Additionally, provides an ATK Bonus based on 1.2% of the wielder’s Max HP.
3rd Genshin Impact - Sacrificial Sword Image Sacrificial Sword Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge 13.3%
Skill Effect: After damaging an opponent with an Elemental Skill, the skill has a 40% chance to end its own CD. Can only occur once every 30s.

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Kaeya

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - Amenoma Kageuchi Image Amenoma Kageuchi Bonus Stat: ATK 12.0%
Skill Effect: 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.

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Kaeya Best Team Comp

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Best Parties for Kaeya

Keaya Main DPS Teams
Kaeya Sub-DPS Teams

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.

Superconduct Team Comp

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

This Kaeya team increases Physical DMG damage as much as possible with Superconduct, Zhongli's shield applying a Physical Resistance debuff, and Shenhe's buffs and Debufs from her Elemental Burst.

Kaeya is best used in this team comp for off-field damage, constant application of Cryo, and provding Energy for Shenhe.

Freeze Team Comp

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

Kaeya in Freeze 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 provide much needed Energy for Ayaka.

Dendro Fridge Team Comp

Main DPS Sub-DPS Sub-DPS Support
Kokomi Image Kokomi Kaeya Image Kaeya Shinobu Image Shinobu Traveler (Dendro) Image Traveler (Dendro)

This Dendro team comp for Kaeya has him acting as an off-field unit that applies Cryo on enemies. Cryo does not interact with Dendro, which makes it easy for the Cryo Main DPS to freeze enemies and create Dendro Cores. Shinobu's role will be to trigger the Hyperbloom reaction with her Elemental Skill.

Kaeya Best Constellations

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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.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C1 ★★☆ • Very good Constellation for a main DPS Kaeya.
C2 ★★★ • Increases Kaeya's Burst DMG.
• Energy refund is appreciated for reduced Energy Recahrge requirements.

Perfect at C0 for Sub-DPS

Kaeya's constellations barely increase his damage as a Sub-DPS, so he's perfectly viable at C0. Though C2 might look enticing, it's very unlikely that his burst will defeat enemies given how low its DMG scaling is.

Kaeya Ascension and Talent Materials

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Kaeya Ascension Materials


Kaeya Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Character Thoughts on Kaeya

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Genshin Impact - Amber ImageAmber Concerns: ...I'm feeling uneasy all of a sudden! Was that Kaeya with you earlier? Did he give you any trouble?
Culprit: There's something weird-looking about the dandelions in the garden... Hmm, I bet Kaeya had something to do with this!
Genshin Impact - Collei ImageCollei How's everyone in Mondstadt, are they good? I caused so much trouble back then, I sometimes wonder if I should make some time to go back there and apologize... Hmm, but what if I ran into the Cavalry Captain, and he started teasing me? ... Yeah, there's no rush, maybe I'll leave it a while longer.
Genshin Impact - Diluc ImageDiluc Kaeya? You can only trust half of what he says... at best.
Genshin Impact - Diona ImageDiona How is it that even a captain is a disgusting boozehound! You know, that guy who's got that laugh! He downs drink after drink. Ugh!
Genshin Impact - Fischl ImageFischl Fischl: His nature is obscure, his fate a mystery, and his speech a vexing tapestry woven of both fact and fiction... Perhaps he and I share the burden of mystical sight...
Oz: Or perhaps he's secretly an actual pirate?
Genshin Impact - Jean ImageJean Is that right...? Kaeya also gave you some suggestions. He is an excellent knight after all — this is a fact no one can deny.
Genshin Impact - Klee ImageKlee Kaeya is the best! He wrote the Favonius Survival Rulebook for me and he always helps me cover it up when I make a big disaster.
Genshin Impact - Mona ImageMona Kaeya Alberich? He's a Pavo Ocellus. Destined for greatness and grandeur... and to hide ugly realities behind a layer of charm and elegance. He believes he has made a clean break with his past, but one day fate will catch up with him. When it does, he will have a major decision to make.
Genshin Impact - Noelle ImageNoelle He's a mysterious character! He comes and goes like the wind, and is always occupied with important business. I like the fact that he delegates some of the smaller jobs to me sometimes, it's nice to feel like part of the team, you know... What do you mean "errand runner"? I don't see it like that at all! Okay, well yes, technically I run errands for him. But still, I really appreciate it!
Genshin Impact - Rosaria ImageRosaria Wine has its uses... like revealing someone's true colors, for example. Smooth talk is Kaeya's veil, but being me, I can see right through it. Hah, you should see him when he's drunk.
Genshin Impact - Sucrose ImageSucrose Oh... I know he likes to joke, and isn't trying to make fun of me, but I often struggle to work out which parts are the truth and which parts are jokes. So whenever he talks to me, the outcome is either one of two things: morbid embarrassment or unbearable awkwardness.

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