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Genshin Impact - Shenhe Rating and Best Builds

Shenhe is 5-Star Cryo Polearm user from the Liyue Region. She was released in Version 2.4 of Genshin Impact. Learn Shenhe's stats, strengths and weaknesses, Japanese voice actor, best weapon and builds, character ascension and talent ascension materials, best team comps, and our rating of the character in this complete profile!

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Shenhe Rating and Basic Information

Shenhe's Character Information

Shenhe
Shenhe Icon
Rating: S Rank Icon

Rarity: ★★★★★
Element: Cryo ImageCryo

Weapon: Polearm ImagePolearm

EN Voice Actor: Chelsea Kwoka
JP Voice Actor: Kawasumi Ayako

Tier List Rankings

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N/A Genshin - S Icon Genshin - S Icon Genshin - C Icon

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Shenhe's Stats

HP Attack Defense Ascension Bonus Stat
Lvl 20 2,624 85 168 ATK 0%
Lvl 80 12080 306 772 ATK 28.80%

Shenhe Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths
• Provides large amounts of Cryo and Physical resistance shred.
• Tailor made for mono Cryo teams.
• Elemental Burst covers a wide area.
Weaknesses
• High Elemental Burst cost.
• Non-Cryo party members cannot take full advantage of her support buffs.

Shenhe Recommended Constellations

Constellation Constellation Bonus
C2 ・Increase Divine Maiden's Deliverance duration by 6 seconds and increase the Cryo CRIT DMG of allies within its field by 15%

C2 is Good for Cryo Support

Shenhe's second constellation is a good stopping point for players who want to get the most out of her kit without overspending. On top of the increase to crit DMG, her Elemental Burst will only have 2 seconds of downtime, which makes it an amazing buff for Cryo and Physical DPS characters!

How to Get Shenhe

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Shenhes banner, The Transcendent One Returns, ended on January 25, 2022. As of now, there is no way to get Shenhe from any of the Standard Banners.

The banner ran side-by-side with the first rerun of Xiao's banner! Shenhe was introduced along with the new featured 4-star Yun Jin.

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Best Builds for Shenhe

Recommended Roles for Shenhe

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Shenhe Sub DPS Builds

Pure ATK Sub-DPS

Weapon Artifact Set
Calamity Queller ImageCalamity Queller
Set Bonus
• ATK +18%.
• ATK +18%.
Talent Priority
Spring Spirit Summoning
Shenhe grants Icy Quill to all party members and deals Cryo DMG.
Tap: Shenhe rushes forward with a Talisman Spirit, dealing Cryo DMG along the path.
Hold: Commands the Talisman Spirit to deal AoE Cryo DMG.

Recommended Artifact Substats

Stat Priority
Sands of EonATK% or Energy Recharge

Goblet of EonothemATK% or Cryo DMG Bonus

Circlet of LogosATK% or CRIT Rate/CRIT DMG
Substats ・ATK%
・Energy Recharge

Replacement Weapons

Weapon Effect
Vortex Vanquisher ImageVortex Vanquisher Bonus Stat: ATK
・Increases Shield Strength by 20%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%
WavebreakerWavebreaker's Fin Bonus Stat: ATK
・For every point of the entire party's combined maximum Energy capacity, the Elemental Burst DMG of the character equipping this weapon is increased by 0.12%. A maximum of 40% increased Elemental Burst DMG can be achieved this way.

Shenhe Support Builds

Cryo Burst Support

Weapon Artifact Set
Calamity Queller ImageCalamity Queller
Set Bonus
• Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.
Talent Priority
Divine Maiden's Deliverance
Unleashes the power of the Talisman Spirit, allowing it to roam free in this plane, dealing AoE Cryo DMG. The Talisman Spirit then creates a field that decreases the Cryo RES and Physical RES of opponents within it. It also deals periodic Cryo DMG to opponents within the field.

Recommended Artifact Substats

Stat Priority
Sands of EonATK% or Energy Recharge

Goblet of EonothemATK% or Cryo DMG Bonus

Circlet of LogosATK%
Substats ・ATK%
・Energy Recharge

Replacement Weapons

Weapon Effect
Engulfing Lightning ImageEngulfing Lightning Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
・ATK increased by 28% of Energy Recharge over the base 100%. You can gain a maximum bonus of 80% ATK. Gain 30% Energy Recharge for 12s after using an Elemental Burst.
Skyward Spine ImageSkyward Spine Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
・Increases CRIT Rate by 8% and increases Normal ATK SPD by 12%. Additionally, Normal and Charged Attacks hits on enemies have a 50% chance to trigger a vacuum blade that deals 40% of ATK as DMG in a small AoE. This effect can occur no more than once every 2s.
The Catch ImageThe Catch Bonus Stat: Energy Recharge
・Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 16% and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 6%.

Best Artifacts and Weapons for Shenhe

Best Artifacts Ranked

Rating Set Bonus
Best Gladiator's Finale • ATK +18%.
• If the wielder of this artifact set uses a Sword, Claymore or Polearm, increases their Normal Attack DMG by 35%.
Second 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.
Third Best Noblesse Oblige • Elemental Burst DMG +20%.
• Using an Elemental Burst increases all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

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.

All Artifact Sets and Set Bonuses

Best Weapons Ranked

Rating Weapon Stats (Lv.1)
Best Calamity Queller Image Calamity Queller Base Stats
Base Attack: 49
Bonus Effect: ATK 3.6%
Skill Effect
Gain a 12% Elemental DMG Bonus. Obtain Consummation for 20s after using an Elemental Skill, causing ATK to increase by 3.2% per second. This ATK increase has a maximum of 6 stacks. When the character equipped with this weapon is not on the field, Consummation's ATK increase is doubled.
Second Best Vortex Vanquisher Image Vortex Vanquisher Base Stats
Base Attack: 46
Bonus Effect: ATK 10.8%
Skill Effect
Increases Shield Strength by 20%. Scoring hits on opponents increases ATK by 4% for 8s. Max 5 stacks. Can only occur once every 0.3s. While protected by a shield, this ATK increase effect is increased by 100%
Third Best The Catch Image The Catch Base Stats
Base Attack: 42
Bonus Effect: Energy Recharge 10.0%
Skill Effect
Increases Elemental Burst DMG by 16% and Elemental Burst CRIT Rate by 6%.

List of All Weapons

Recommended Party Members for Shenhe

Best Characters for Shenhe

Character Element Weapon
Genshin Impact - Ganyu ImageGanyu
・Enhances Ganyu's Cryo Charged Attack damage.
Genshin Impact - Eula ImageEula
・Increases Eula's damage by reducing Enemy's Physical Damage Resistance.
Genshin Impact - Rosaria ImageRosaria
・Increases Damage for Cryo build Rosaira.
・Increases Damage for Physical build Rosaria.
Genshin Impact - Chongyun ImageChongyun
・Synergizes well with one another by enabling Cryo infused normal attacks.

Alternative Character Options

Alternative Characters
Main DPS
Genshin - Razor ImageGenshin - Fischl ImageGenshin - Ayaka ImageGenshin - Aloy Image
Sub-DPS
Genshin - Kaeya Image
Support
Genshin - Qiqi ImageGenshin - Diona ImageGenshin - Traveler (Electro) Image

Use Physical Main DPS or Cryo Characters

Shenhe as a buffing support unit truly shines when a team is built around the utility she provides. Physical damage or Cryo-type characters will be the ones who can take the most advantage of her Icy Quill stacks and Elemental Burst.

Though her passive talent (Spirit Communion Seal) does not need a specific elemental character to take advantage of it, being unable to maximize the use of her other buffs will hurt the overall performance of Shenhe and the party in general.

Who else is good for Shenhe?

For a list of the best teams with and without Shenhe, take a look at our party build guide!
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How to Use Shenhe

Support and Sub-DPS Capabilities

Genshin - Shenhe - Normal Attack
Normal Attack
Genshin - Shenhe - Charged Attack
Charged Attack

Shenhe works best as a Support or Sub-DPS character, dealing Cryo DMG to opponents while providing Cryo DMG, Elemental Burst, Elemental Skill, Normal Attack and Charged attack buffs to her party members!

Use Spring Spirit Summoning to Deal Cryo DMG

Genshin - Shenhe - Elemental Skill Tap
Shenhe's Elemental Skill can deal Cryo DMG to enemies in different ways depending on whether it is pressed or held. It will also provide an Icy Quill effect when cast.

What is the Icy Quill Effect?

Genshin - Shenhe - Elemental Skill Hold
When Spring Spirit Summoning is used, it will add the Icy Quill effect on all party members. All Normal, Charged, Plunging Attacks, Elemental Skills, and Elemental Bursts that deal Cryo DMG will be increased based on Shenhe's ATK.

Divine Maiden's Deliverance Debuffs

Genshin - Shenhe - Elemental Burst
When Shenhe unleashes her Elemental Burst, Divine Maiden's Deliverance, she will deal Cryo DMG in a large AoE. All enemies within the AoE will decrease their Cryo RES and Physical RES. The Talisman Spirit will also periodically deal Cryo DMG within the field.

Always Cast Elemental Skill Before Elemental Burst

Shenhe Elemental Skill.png
Shenhe not only provides buffs to her teamates, but also herself! If you plan on using the press/tap version of her Elemental Skill, use her Elemental Burst after to increase her Cryo and Burst Damage!

Shenhe Ascension and Talent Materials

Shenhe Ascension Materials

Lv.20→Lv.40
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×3
Lv.40→Lv.50
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×10
Lv.50→Lv.60
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×20
Lv.60→Lv.70
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×30
Lv.70→Lv.80
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×45
Lv.80→Lv.90
Qingxin ImageQingxin ×60

Shenhe Talent Level-Up Materials

Daily Domain Drops Enemy Drops Weekly Boss Drops
Mon/Thu/Sun
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Whopperflowers
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La Signora Challenge Reward
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Genshin Impact - Guide to Prosperity Image Guide to Prosperity Genshin Impact - Shimmering Nectar Image Shimmering Nectar
Genshin Impact - Philosophies of Prosperity Image Philosophies of Prosperity Genshin Impact - Energy Nectar Image Energy Nectar

Talent Materials per Level

Shenhe Talents (Skills)

Normal Attack: Dawnstar Piercer

Talent Description
Perform up to 5 consecutive spear strikes.
Charge Attack
Consumes a certain amount of stamina to lunge forward, dealing damage to enemies along the way.
Plunge Attack:
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
1-Hit DMG 43.30%
2-Hit DMG 40.20%
3-Hit DMG 53.30%
4-Hit DMG 26.3%+26.3%
5-Hit DMG 65.60%
Charged Attack DMG 110.70%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost 25.0
Plunge DMG 63.90%
Low/High Plunge DMG 128%/160%

Spring Spirit Summoning

Talent Description
Shenhe grants Icy Quill to all party members and deals Cryo DMG.
Tap: Shenhe rushes forward with a Talisman Spirit, dealing Cryo DMG along the path.
Hold: Commands the Talisman Spirit to deal AoE Cryo DMG.
Icy Quill: When Normal, Charged and Plunging Attacks, Elemental Skills and Bursts deal Cryo DMG to opponents, the DMG dealt increases based on Shenhe's ATK. When 1 Cryo DMG instance strikes multiple opponents, the effect is triggered based on the number of opponents hit. The number of times the effect is triggered is calculated independently for each party member.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Press DMG 139%
Hold DMG 188%
DMG Bonus 45.7% ATK
Press/Hold Duration 10.0s/15.0s
Press/Hold Trigger Quota 5/7
Press CD 10.0s
Hold CD 15.0s

Divine Maiden's Deliverance

Talent Description
Unleashes the power of the Talisman Spirit, allowing it to roam free in this plane, dealing AoE Cryo DMG. The Talisman Spirit then creates a field that decreases the Cryo RES and Physical RES of opponents within it. It also deals periodic Cryo DMG to opponents within the field.
Flavor Text:
The way of the adepti is not defined only by the mysterious and fantastical. Only by observing the changes in the heavens and the earth, and understanding the laws of cause and effect in this realm, may its essence be understood.

Skill Attributes

Attribute Effect (Lvl 1)
Skill DMG 101%
RES Decrease 6.00%
DoT 33.10%
Duration 12.0s
CD 20.0s

Deific Embrace

Talent Description
An active character within the field created by Divine Maiden's Deliverance gains 15% Cryo DMG Bonus.

Spirit Communion Seal

Talent Description
After Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will grant all nearby party members the following effects:
• Press: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG increased by 15% for 10s.
• Hold: Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG increased by 15% for 15s.

Precise Comings and Goings

Talent Description
Gain 25% more rewards when dispatched on a Liyue Expedition for 20 hours.

Shenhe Constellations

Shenhe Image
Clarity of Heart Sring Spirit Summoning can be used 1 more time
Centered Spirit Divine Maiden's Deliverance last for 6 seconds longer.
Active Characters within the skill's field deals 15% increased Cryo Crit DMG.
Seclusion Increases the Level of Spring Spirit Summoning by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Insight When characters under the effect of Icy Quill applied by Shenhe trigger its DMG Bonus effects, Shenhe will gain a Skyfrost Mantra stack:

When Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will consume all stacks of Skyfrost Mantra, increasing the DMG of that Spring Spirit Summoning by 5% for each stack consumed.

Max of 50 stacks. Stacks last 60s.
Divine Attainment Increases the Level of Divine Maiden's Deliverance by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Mystical Abandon When characters trigger Icy Quill's effects using Normal and Charged Attack DMG, it does not count toward the trigger Quota.

Shenhe Story and Lore

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