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Genshin Impact - Ganyu Rating and Best Builds

Ganyu is a 5-Star Cryo Bow character in Genshin Impact. Learn about Ganyu'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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Ganyu Rating and Info

Character Information

Ganyu Icon
Rating: S Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★★
Element: Cryo ImageCryo

Weapon: Bow ImageBow

EN Voice Actor: Jennifer Losi
JP Voice Actor: Ueda Reina

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Ganyu's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Stat
Lvl 20 1978 68 127 CRIT DMG 50%
Lvl 80 9,108 234 586 CRIT DMG 88.4%

Ganyu's Strengths and Weaknesses

• High base CRIT DMG.
• Multiple AoE Skills.
• Deals massive damage even at C0
• Provides Cryo DMG Bonus Support.
• Low HP
• Charge Attack take time without C6.
• Vulrenable while using aimed attacks.

Best Builds for Ganyu

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Main DPS and Sub Builds for Ganyu

Recommended Roles for Ganyu
Genshin - Main DPS Main DPS

Reverse Melt Team
Freeze Team
Genshin - Sub-DPS Sub-DPS

Cryo Sub-DPS

Reverse Melt Team Main DPS

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

This Main DPS build for Ganyu is a relatively cheap and easy build to make that helps Ganyu do the most DPS. It only needs two core characters, Xiangling and Bennett, for the team to work. The Shimenawa's set is the best set for this build, but a Wanderer's Set can be a good substitute.

Freeze Team Main DPS

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

This Freeze DPS build for Ganyu is more suited for non-boss-type enemies, stopping enemies in their tracks and dealing easy damage. One of the drawbacks of this build is it needs Mona or Kokomi and Kazuha or Venti to really make it shine.

Cryo Sub-DPS

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

Ganyu's role as a Sub-DPS is relatively simple. With her Elemental Burst, she will deal constant Cryo DMG in a wide area, while also providing a 20% Cryo DMG bonus to any character within the AoE field thanks to her Ascension Passive.

Ganyu's Talent Priority

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

Ganyu as the Main DPS will need her Normal Attack maxed out since it's her primary source of DMG. As a Sub-DPS, she will only need her Elemental Burst at a high level. Her Elemental Skill isn't particularly strong and should be left at around level 6.

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Best Artifacts Ranked

Rating Set Bonus
Best Shimenawa's Reminiscence • ATK +18%.
• When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charge/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.
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 Wanderer's Troupe • Increases Elemental Mastery by 80.
• Increases Charged Attack DMG by 35% if the character uses a Catalyst or a Bow.

Alternative Artifact Set

Set Bonus
Martial Artist • Increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 15%.
• After using Elemental Skill, increases Normal Attack and Charged Attack DMG by 25% for 8s.

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Ganyu Best Weapons

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Top 3 Ganyu Weapons

Weapon Weapon Information
1st Genshin Impact - Aqua Simulacra Image Aqua Simulacra Bonus Stat: CRIT DMG 19.20%
Skill Effect: HP is increased by 16%. When there are opponents nearby, the DMG dealt by the wielder of this weapon is increased by 20%. This will take effect whether the character is on-field or not.
2nd Genshin Impact - Amos Amos' Bow Bonus Stat: ATK 10.8%
Skill Effect: Increases Normal Attack and Aimed Shot DMG by 18%. Increases DMG by 12% for every 0.1s that an arrow is in flight. Stacks up to 5 times on each arrow.
3rd Genshin Impact - Polar Star Image Polar Star Bonus Stat: CRIT Rate 7.2%
Skill Effect: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG increased by 12%. After a Normal Attack, Charged Attack, Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst hits an opponent, 1 stack of Ashen Nightstar will be gained for 12s. When 1/2/3/4 stacks of Ashen Nightstar are present, ATK is increased by 10/20/30/48%. The stack of Ashen Nightstar created by the Normal Attack, Charged Attack, Elemental Skill or Elemental Burst will be counted independently of the others.

Best Free-to-Play Weapon for Ganyu

Weapon Weapon Information
Genshin Impact - Prototype Crescent Image Prototype Crescent Bonus Stat: ATK 6.0%
Skill Effect: Aimed Shot hits on weak points increase Movement SPD by 10% and ATK by 36% for 10s.

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Ganyu Best Team Comp

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Best Characters and Strategies

Character Element Weapon
Genshin Impact - Klee ImageKlee
· Enables Klee to do high Melt DMG.
· Ganyu's taunt skill proivdes crowd control for Klee.
Genshin Impact - Diona ImageDiona
· Cryo Elemental Resonance: CRIT Rate +15%
· Protects Ganyu with a Shield.
Genshin Impact - Shenhe ImageShenhe
· Increases Cryo and Charged attack DMG.
· Reduces Cryo Resistance with Elemental Burst.
Genshin Impact - Venti ImageVenti
· Swirling Cryo with Viridescent Venerer decreases Cryo Resistance of enemies.
· Elemental Burst is great for crowd control.

Ganyu Best Constellations

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Sinae Unicornis

Constellation and Effects

Ganyu's Constellations
C1 Dew-Drinker
Taking DMG from a Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow or Frostflake Arrow Bloom decreases opponents' Cryo RES by 15% for 6 s. A hit regenerates 2 Energy for Ganyu. This effect can only occur once per Charge Level 2 Frostflake Arrow, regardless if Frostlake 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.

Best Constellations Rating and Explanation

Rating Constellation Effect / Merits
C1 ★★★ • Cryo RES reduction works for both Melt and Freeze teams.
• Bonus energy provided helps with recharging Ganyu's Elemental burst much faster.
C4 ★★☆ • Excellent buff for Freeze teams.
• Not as usefull for reverse melt Ganyu.

C1 Is a Good Stopping Point

Unlocking C1 for Ganyu is a good stopping point for light spenders. Her 4th Constellation is only really helpful for Freeze teams and has almost no value in a Ganyu reverse melt team comp.

Ganyu Ascension and Talent Materials

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Ganyu Ascension Materials

Qingxin ImageQingxin ×3
Mora ImageMora ×20,000
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×10
Mora ImageMora ×40,000
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×20
Mora ImageMora ×60,000
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×30
Mora ImageMora ×80,000
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×45
Mora ImageMora ×100,000
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×60
Mora ImageMora ×120,000

Ganyu Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Genshin Impact - Teachings of Diligence Image Teachings of Diligence
Genshin Impact - Whopperflower Nectar Image Whopperflower Nectar
Childe Challenge Reward
Genshin Impact - Shadow of the Warrior Image Shadow of the Warrior
Genshin Impact - Guide to Diligence Image Guide to Diligence Genshin Impact - Shimmering Nectar Image Shimmering Nectar
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Diligence Image Philosophies of Diligence Genshin Impact - Energy Nectar Image Energy Nectar

Talent Materials per Level

How to Use Ganyu

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Empowered Charge Shots

Genshin Impact - Ganyu Attack
Normal Attack: Liutian Archery

Different to other Bow users, Ganyu's Charged Shots will act differently depending on their level of charge. A fully charged Cryo shot will deal AoE Cryo damage. If you want to use her as a Main DPS, upgrade Ganyu's Normal Attack: Liutian Archery talent first!

Crowd Controlling Elemental Skill

Genshin Impact - Ganyu Skill
Elemental Skill: Trail of the Qilin

Ganyu's Elemental skill will summon a frozen flower to attract nearby enemies, before exploding dealing damage.

Massive AoE Elemental Burst

Genshin Impact - Ganyu Burst
Elemental Burst: Celestial Shower

Ganyu's Elemental Burst rains down ice shards on enemies in a rather large area inflicting Cryo Damage. If you want to use her as a Sub DPS, upgrade Ganyu's Elemental Burst talent first!

Passive Talent Grants Cryo Bonus

Genshin - Passive Talent - Harmony between Heaven and Earth
Passive Talent: Harmony between Heaven and Earth

Ganyu's passive talent, Harmony between Heaven and Earth, grants a 20% Cryo DMG Bonus to active party members inside her Elemental Burst's AoE. Which makes her Charged Shots stronger!

Burst, Skill, then Charged Shots Combo

Genshin - Ganyu Combo

How to Use Ganyu Combo
1 Use Ganyu's Elemental Burst to create a Cryo AoE. Keep Ganyu inside the AoE.
2 Use her Elemental Skill to take a way the enemies' attention from her.
3 Use Level 2 Charged Shots against the enemies.

To efficiently use Ganyu, use this combo! Being inside her Elemental Burst AoE will buff her Cryo DMG Bonus and then using her Elemental Skill will keep the enemies away from her.

Ganyu Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Liutian Archery

Talent Description
Perform up to 6 consecutive shot with a bow.
Charge Attack
Perform a more precise Aimed Shot with increased DMG. While aiming, an icy aura will accumulate on the arrow head before the arrow is fired.Has different effects based on how long the energy has been charged:
• Charge Level 1: Fires off an icy arrow that deals Cryo DMG.
• Charge Level 2: Fires off a Frostflake Arrow that Deals Cryo DMG. The Frostflake Arrow blooms after hitting its target, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.
Plunge Attack:
Fires off a shower of arrows in mid-air before falling and striking the ground, dealing AoE DMG on impact.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 31.7%
2-Hit DMG 35.6%
3-Hit DMG 45.5%
4-Hit DMG 45.5%
5-Hit DMG 48.2%
6-Hit DMG 57.6%
Aimed Shot 43.9%
Aimed Shot Charge Level 1 124%
Frostflake Arrow DMG 128%
Frostflake Arrow Bloom DMG 218%
Plunge DMG 56.8%
Low/High Plunge DMG 114%/142%

Trail of the Qilin

Talent Description
Leaving a single Ice Lotus behind, Ganyu dashes backward, shunning all impurity and dealing AoE Cryo DMG. The Ice Lotus continuously taunts surrounding opponents, attracting them to attack it. Its endurance scales based on Ganyu's Max HP, and it blooms profusely when destroyed or once its duration ends, dealing AoE Cryo DMG.
Flavor Text:
“You saw me, you say? You must be mistaken. I was working overtime then.”

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Inherited HP 120%
Skill DMG 132%
Duration 6.0s
CD 10.0s

Celestial Shower

Talent Description
Coalesces atmospheric frost and snow to summon a Sacred Cryo Pearl that exorcises evil.
While active, the Sacred Cryo Pearl will continuously rain down shards of ice, striking opponents within its AoE and dealing Cryo DMG.
Flavor Text:
Ganyu can bring down sweet rains as a matter of course. But against demons and heretics, they become bitter, freezing.

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Ice Shard DMG 70%
Duration 15.0s
CD 15.0s
Energy Cost 60

Undivided Heart

Talent Description
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

Talent Description
Celestial Shower grants a 20% Cryo DMG Bonus to active party members in the AoE.

Preserved for the Hunt

Talent Description
Refunds 15% of the ores used when crafting Bow-type weapons.

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Character Thoughts on Ganyu

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Genshin Impact - Beidou ImageBeidou Privately, Ganyu and I get on like a house on fire! But as you know, she’s the secretary to the Liyue Qixing… and I’m not exactly in their good books right now! Doesn’t bother me, but I wouldn’t want to put Ganyu in a difficult position. So just keep what I said between us, yeah?
Genshin Impact - Keqing ImageKeqing Skepticism: Who knows what Rex Lapis must have doe to inspire such blind devotion from Ganyu...but her reluctance to be critical is not without its advantages. In the workplace, she'll carry out my instructions to the letter, even when I can tell she has her reservations. It's a good attitude to have as a career professional.
Reflection: I find myself getting a second opinion from her a lot these days. Lots things come up that I just have no idea about, and of everyone in Liyue, she's probably the most familiar with Rex Lapis. Heh...I feel a bit awkward, though, because I used to be opening disparaging of Rex Lapis in front of her...But she doesn't seem to mind, so I guess I've got nothing to worry about...
Genshin Impact - Ningguang ImageNingguang One cannot afford to be overly reliant on others even when it comes to Ganyu. There is a Liyue saying which goes, "It takes a hundred people to keep a secret, but only one to let it slip." When there are important affairs to deal with, it is always safer to investigate and resolve it personally.
Genshin Impact - Shenhe ImageShenhe I've heard many stories about her from my master. She's really quite different from how I originally imagined her... But don't worry, I'll be keeping this to myself. Speaking of Ganyu, her work in Liyue Harbor is unbelievably busy... It seems that there is a price to pay for those who want to integrate into the mortal world.
Genshin Impact - Xiangling ImageXiangling Ganyu? Oh... Oh yeah! I remember her — vegetarian, right? She doesn't come to the Wanmin Restaurant very often — but when she does, she sits alone in the corner and eats her meal in total silence. Poor girl, she seems kinda lonely... I always give her an extra-large portion because I feel sorry for her. Funniest thing is, she eats every last bite, every time! I wouldn't have guessed she had such an appetite just by looking at her.
Genshin Impact - Xiao ImageXiao Ganyu is neither mortal nor illuminated beast. Wandering, both the mortal and adepti realms with duty as her sole guide, it was inevitable that she would become perplexed...
What? Me? You believe a yaksha who knows nothing more than how to massacre countless souls and emerge unscathed is a suitable mentor for such an individual? ...Your mind occupies a very different world from that which your body inhabits.
Genshin Impact - Yae Miko ImageYae Miko Hmm, now that you mention it, it's been a while since I last saw Ganyu. Before the Sakoku Decree came into effect, the two of us would often meet to discuss bilateral relations between our two nations. I always found her quite reliable. The next time you go to Liyue, take her some more fresh Sea Ganoderma for me.
Genshin Impact - Yanfei ImageYanfei Ganyu is kind and thoughtful, it's just a shame she's so busy all the time. Most of the time, she's buried in an endless pile of paperwork — the only exception being her nap at noon. Don't get me wrong, I have to put in some hours at work, too. But I'm happy with the job I've chosen, and it's certainly a lot less taxing than hers.
Genshin Impact - Yelan ImageYelan Ah, the secretary... I could never work non-stop like she does, certainly not at that level of efficiency. I guess being half-adeptus must have its perks. Imagine not needing sleep to regain your energy levels...
Genshin Impact - Zhongli ImageZhongli Liyue’s prosperity has not merely been built on Rex Lapis’ oracles or wisdom. It is also thanks to the countless servants of the Geo Archon who have honored their end of the contract. Of them, Ganyu is the one who has served for the longest time. If you want to know about her past… You should ask her about it. I fear my wording would not be delicate enough to receive her approval.

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